Events Calendar

February 27, 2017
Concert: Gloriosa Trio
School: Oxford College
Department/Organization: Oxford College
Building/Room: Williams Hall (Oxford)
Speaker/Presenter: Gloriosa Trio
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Danielle Dockery
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"Driven by lush violin-and-cello unison melodies" and a timbre that is "fuller than the brain imagines three musicians can sound," (Jon Sobel, BlogCritics) the Gloriosa Trio burst onto the music scene in January 2014 as brightly as the flame lily for which the group is named. The trio's carefully-crafted thematic programs delivered in exuberant performance have appealed to diverse audiences around the country.

All experienced chamber musicians with a passion for collaboration, pianist Yoonie Han, violinist Jennifer Carsillo, and cellist Kevin Bate looked to the beauty of nature to inspire them with a name for their group, finding in the Gloriosa lily a fitting symbol to describe their fervent desire to share the music they love.

Hailed by the Washington Post for "her musical imagination and feel for complex textures," South Korean pianist Yoonie Han is the first-prize winner of the Washington International Piano Competition (2011), the Fulbright Concerto Competition (2011), Juilliard's Gina Bachauer Piano Competition (2008), the World Piano Competition (2008), and the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition (2005), and has garnered major prizes at the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition and Milan Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli Internaziole. Following her 2001 grand-prize award in the Korea National Music Competition, the Korean Ministry of Culture named her its "most promising young artist." In 2009, Han was honored with the Gawon Music Award as the "most brilliant pianist aged 17 to 31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence."

Han made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 13, and has since performed with the Berlin Symphoniker, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan. Her performances have also been broadcast on WQXR-New York and on National Public Radio's "Artist Showcases."

Han received a Bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. She is completing her Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook. Han is a Steinway Artist and has toured Steinway Halls in the USA and Europe.

Violinist Jennifer Carsillo has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Russia, Jamaica, Austria, California, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia, and has performed recitals throughout the United States and in England, France and Italy. In 2006, Jennifer became the violinist of the Evangeline Trio, joining founding members Ruth Drummond (cellist) and Gay Grosz (pianist).

Last season's recitals included collaborations with artists such as violin virtuoso Vadim Gluzman and Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu, as well as a Colorado recital Carsillo performed with her husband, Michael Butterman, in honor of Sarah Chang. An advocate for new music, Carsillo premiered Todd Gabriel's Harmony, Sincerity, and Energy for Violin and Piano at Centenary College's School of Music in February 2013. This season's highlights include a new piano trio being written for her by composer Gregory Robin, performing at New York City's Harvard Club with the Gloriosas, and joining chart-topping artist Simone Dinnerstein in a performance of Bach's C minor Sonata for Violin and Piano (BWV 1017).

Carsillo was in residence as the violinist for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. She was also a featured artist at the Prince Albert Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, and traveled to France and Italy to perform a series of violin and harp duo recitals with Parisian harpist Isabelle Perrin for the Chateau de Montcaud and the Maestro Foundation Cremona. The success of these recitals led to a new collaborative project: a concerto for harp and violin by the French master composer, Jean-Michel Damase, written for the duo and debuted in October 2007. Carsillo has also performed with the Ritz Chamber Players and was featured with the band Metro Area at Miami Beach's Winter Music Conference—the dance music industry's signature annual event.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Carsillo was introduced to the violin through the public school system, and her passion for music led her to the Oberlin Conservatory. After winning the Oberlin Concerto Competition, Carsillo continued her education as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and at Indiana University, earning her Master's Degree in violin performance.

Her latest commercial recording showcases her unusual gift as a narrator with many voices in Bradford Ross' A Family for Baby Grand. Recorded with the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra, the disc also features the great American actor John Lithgow narrating Francis Poulenc's The Story of Babar. Jennifer also performed (violin) with her sister, jazz vocalist Lori Carsillo, on Lori's album Jazz Lullabies for Little Dreamers.

Cellist Kevin Bate is an active soloist and chamber musician. He has performed as featured soloist with orchestras in Europe and North America and has given recitals on both continents. Bate serves as Assistant Principal Cellist of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Principal Cellist of Orchestra Kentucky. Previously, Bate served as Principal Cellist and performed as soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. In Evansville, as a member of the Eykamp String Quartet, Bate held the position of Artist in Residence at the University of Evansville.

As a champion of contemporary music, Bate has premiered several new compositions by composers such as Joseph Sheehan and David Schneider, and performed new works by Arturo Marquez, Russell Peck, Samuel Zyman, and Lowell Libermann among others. Bate also has collaborated in recording new works by Douglas Lowry for the Summit label.

A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Bate studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Hochschule fuer Musik in Freiburg, Germany. He received his Bachelor degree from DePauw University and a Performance Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Bate's teachers include Adriana Contino, Eric Edberg, and Uri Vardi.

Bate plays on a modern cello made by Turkish luthier Ersen Aycan.

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