Sun Mar 17
409 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Clara Schumann (1819-1896), Three Romances, Op. 22 (1853)
Vivian Fine (1913-2000), Sonatina for Oboe and Piano (1942)
Marina Dranishnikova (1929-1994), Poeme (1953)
Jean Coulthard (1908-2000), Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1947)
Thea Musgrave (b. 1928), Night Windows (2008)
Chiayu Hsu (b. 1976), Contrast for Oboe and Piano (1999)
Alyssa Morris (b. 1984), Four Personalities based upon the Hartman Personality Test (2007)
Katherine Needleman joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as principal oboist in 2003, the same year she won first prize at the International Double Reed Society’s Gillet-Fox Competition. As soloist, she has appeared with many major orchestras..She has performed as guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New Zealand, and San Diego.
Ms. Needleman’s chamber music engagements have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York; Jordan Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, as well as the Freer Gallery in Washington D.C. She has appeared at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Italy’s Spoleto Festival, the Alpenglow Festival, the Newport Music Festival, and throughout Greenland. A participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, she has also appeared on two tours with “Musicians from Marlboro.”
Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a pianist whose playing is “warmly charismatic” and “calm maturity with naturalness” by Seen and heard International, pianist Hanchien Lee is recognized for her eloquent and virtuosic performances as a soloist and chamber musician. Since her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age sixteen, Ms. Lee has performed throughout the US, in Europe and across Asia in such prestigious venues as Steinway Hall in New York, Academy of Music, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Basilica San Pietro in Italy, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei.
A dedicated and enthusiastic chamber musician, Lee has performed in many highly respected music festivals.
Born in Taiwan, she immigrated to US to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age eleven under the tutelage of Claude Frank and Eleanor Sokoloff. Following graduation, she continued her studies at Yale University with Claude Frank, earning both a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University where she worked with Boris Slutsky. Currently, she resides in Philadelphia and teaches at University of Pennsylvania.
Devoted to the music of our time, Ms. Needleman has premiered numerous works and has commissioned works by Luis Prado, Chia-Yu Hsu and David Ludwig. She gave the American premiere of Brenno Blauth’s Concertino and the West Coast premiere of Christopher Rouse's Oboe Concerto at the Cabrillo Festival with Marin Alsop conducting. She gave the premiere of Kevin Puts' oboe concerto, Moonlight, at the Baltimore Symphony's New Music Festival with Marin Alsop in June, 2018.
A Baltimore native, Ms. Needleman attended high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts but left early to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was a student of Richard Woodhams. She was a member of the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory for twelve years, and is currently on faculty at the Young Artist Summer Program at Curtis SummerFest.
Tickets: $17 in advance/$20 at door/$10 full-time students with ID