Saturday May 5, 2018 at 8:00PM
Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
263 W. 86th Street, New York, NY
Symphony No. 4, Op. 98
Carl Maria von Weber
Overture to Oberon, J. 306
Henriette Renié (1901)
Harp Concerto (1901)
Emmanuel Ceysson, harp
About the Artists
Emmanuel Ceysson, Harp
With his powerful, virtuoso playing, Emmanuel Ceysson, the 'enfant terrible' of the harp, sweeps away all the clichés associated with his instrument. His infectious enthusiasm and boundless energy reveals the harp in all its sparkling splendour, in a world where poetry vies with temperament.
Since 2005 he has been a presence in such leading venues on the international musical scene as the Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau, Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Berlin Philharmonie, where his appearances in recital, concerto repertoire and chamber music regularly win high praise from the press. In 2006 he joined the Orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris as Principal Harp; ever since then, his solo passages have frequently been singled out for mention by the Paris opera critics.
His unfailing commitment to his instrument has earned him the highest international distinctions. In rapid succession, he won the Gold Medal and a special performance prize at the USA International Harp Competition (Bloomington) in 2004, First Prize and six special prizes at the New York Young Concert Artist Auditions in 2006, and First Prize at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich in September 2009, thus becoming the first harpist to obtain awards at three major international events.
He was Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 2005 to 2009 and has taught at the International Summer Academy in Nice since 2010; he also gives regular masterclasses in France and in the course of his foreign tours.
In 2010, Emmanuel Ceysson was nominated in the category 'Solo Instrumental Discovery' at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. In November 2011 he received a Prix d’Encouragement from the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l'Institut de France (Fondation Simone Del Duca) in recognition of his distinguished early career. A Naïve artist since January 2012, he is currently preparing a solo album based upon famous Opera themes.
David Chan, Conductor
David Chan is the concertmaster of the MET Orchestra in New York, where he is in his seventeenth season as leader of that renowned ensemble. Widely recognized as a brilliant violinist and one of the leading musicians of his generation, Mr. Chan enjoys a diverse career as conductor, soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. His concerts have taken him to leading stages in North America, Europe, and Asia, appearing as soloist under the baton of such conductors as James Levine and Fabio Luisi. He is highly sought after as a chamber musician, performing regularly at the most prestigious summer festivals as well as throughout the New York City area.
In addition to his frequent guest appearances, Mr. Chan has a history of helping new musical institutions achieve instant success. In 2008, combining his interest in wine with his passion for music, he co-founded the Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot festival in the Burgundy region of France. As artistic director of the festival, which pairs wine tastings with first-rate musical offerings, Mr. Chan has overseen the growth of the event from a small, intimate gathering to a two-week extravaganza attracting many of the biggest names in classical music, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Charles Dutoit, Joyce Di Donato, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Matthew Polenzani, Menahem Pressler, Cho-Liang Lin, Gary Hoffman, Marlis Petersen, and Ildar Abdrazakov.
As a conductor, Mr. Chan was recently appointed Music Director of The Montclair Orchestra, a New Jersey-based ensemble that will present its inaugural season beginning in October 2017. He has conducted at Musique et Vin, where the festival orchestra includes musicians from the Metropolitan Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic, and all the top orchestras in Paris; and he works frequently with the student orchestras at New York's Juilliard and Mannes conservatories, as well as at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Next season his conducting engagements include l'Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne in France as well as concerts in South America and Eastern Europe, in addition to his commitments with The Montclair Orchestra.
A native of San Diego, Mr. Chan began his musical education at the age of four. He first came to international attention by winning prizes at the prestigious Tchaikovsky and Indianapolis international violin competitions. He made his New York debut in 1995 at Avery Fisher Hall, and his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003, performing the Brahms Double Concerto under the baton of James Levine. Mr. Chan, whose principal teachers were Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, and Michael Tseitlin, received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his master's degree from The Juilliard School. He is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School and the Mannes School of Music, and lives in the New York City area with his wife, violinist Catherine Ro, and their children Annalise, Micah, and Arianna.