Cello & Piano Duo - January 23, 2019
GVSU professors Sookkyung Cho and Pablo Mahave-Veglia present works by
Messiaen, Pärt, and Shostakovich.
Noted for her “sensitive and imaginative” (New York Concert Review) playing, Korean-born pianist Sookkyung Cho has been captivating worldwide audiences with her personal, thoughtful expressionist style. She has appeared in venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Sarasota Opera House, Baltimore Museum of Art, Montreal Conservatory, Beaux concerts de la releve in Quebec, Château de Fontainebleau in France, and Zijingang Theater at Zhejiang University in China, among others, and was recently heard on Chicago’s WFMT.
Ms. Cho earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Juilliard, where she was honored with John Erskine Graduation prize, and a Master of Music degree from Peabody as a full graduate assistantship recipient, where she also received Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music. She earned her terminal degree, Doctor of Musical Arts, from Juilliard as a C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellow, where she also taught as a teaching fellow both in Piano Minor and Literature and Materials departments. Her teachers include Boris Slutsky, Julian Martin, Matti Raekallio, and Jonathan Bass. Appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at Grand Valley State University in Fall 2015, she is also on faculty at InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan during the summer.
Cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is Professor of Cello at Grand Valley State University. Mr. Mahave-Veglia is a cellist and teacher of broad interests whose repertoire ranges from the early baroque, performed on period instruments, to his ongoing interest in researching, performing and recording the work of contemporary Latin-American composers. He counts among his musical influences his mother, the noted piano pedagogue Mercedes Veglia, as well as such artists/teachers as Arnaldo Fuentes, Steven Doane, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Janos Starker and Uri Vardi.
A concerto tour of Chile last year included performances of the Haydn D Major Concerto with the Orquesta Clásica de Santiago, the Dvorák with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Antofagasta and the Boccherini with the Chamber Orchestra of Coyhaique. Previous projects include the performance of the Complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for cello and pianoforte utilizing period instruments and historical performance practices. Each of the three concerts was performed at Grand Valley State University, and repeated in regional concert series, and featured a different keyboard artist. Concerts took place at Eastern Michigan University, the Ann Arbor Early Music Academy, the Feeding the Soul of the City Series in Muskegon, MI, the Colby Barn Early Music Series in Illinois, and Washington University in St. Louis, MO.