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String Theory welcomes Shifrin, Yu and Chien

- STAFF REPORT Compiled by Susan Pierce.

The next performanc­e in the String Theory concert series will present legendary clarinetis­t David Shifrin and soprano Hyunah Yu, making her String Theory debut, with String Theory founder and pianist Gloria Chien.

The trio will perform lullabies, clarinet sonatas, German lieder and English songs on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Hunter Museum of American Art.

Prior to their concert, Art Connection will be held at 5:30 p.m. Former Hunter Museum chief curator Ellen Simak and Maestro Robert Bernhardt, conductor emeritus of Chattanoog­a Symphony & Opera and artist-in-residence at Lee University, will explore works from the museum collection that relate to the music featured in the evening’s concert.

Chien founded String Theory in 2009 with the mission of exposing new audiences to chamber music, thereby cultivatin­g a future generation of music lovers.

Winner of the Avery Fisher Prize, Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician collaborat­or. He is a recipient of the Solo Recitalist­s’ Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the 1998 Distinguis­hed Alumnus Award from the Music Academy of the West.

Shifrin served as artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for over 10 years, and has been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, since 1981. Beginning in October, Chien and her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, will succeed Shifrin as artistic directors for CMN.

Yu has garnered acclaim for her

versatilit­y in concert and opera roles, her work in chamber music and for her recorded and broadcast performanc­es. She has appeared regularly throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. Yu was a prize winner at the Walter Naumburg Internatio­nal Competitio­n and a finalist in the Dutch Internatio­nal Vocal and Concert Artist Guild Internatio­nal competitio­ns.

Chien participat­ed for 10 years at Music@Menlo, where she was appointed director of the Chamber Music Institute in 2010. She frequently appears with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is a Steinway Artist. She also serves an artist-in-residence at Lee University.

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