Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra violinist James Jin

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra violinist James Jin

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

  • Fri 19 May 2017
  • 6:30—8:30PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Ticket $40

Enjoy the performance, then a drink and nibbles afterward with an opportunity to meet the musicians

Following memorable performances in 2015 and 2016, musicians from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra return to New Plymouth to present a series of works for string quartet.

Inspired by the exhibition On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Graves and Laura Riding, the Auckland Philharmonia musicians will perform a tailored programme exploring the theme of friendship and collaboration. Centred on the work of Benjamin Britten, a fellow colleague of Lye’s at the GPO Film Unit, the programme includes works by Frank Bridge, Dimitri Shostakovich and Aaron Copland capturing the connections between these modern figures. Several works by Frédéric Chopin, composed on the island of Mallorca, are included in the programme too, recognising another connection to the world of Len Lye.

Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 3 Op. 73
(Mvts 1, 2 & 3) 16'

Shostakovich – Two Pieces for String Quartet Op. 36a 9'

Chopin - Preludes Op. 28, No. 4 2'

Chopin - Preludes Op. 28 No. 15 'Raindrop' 5'

Copland - Two Pieces for String Quartet 9'

Britten - Three Divertimenti 11'



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James Jin - Violin

Xin (James) Jin was born into a musical family in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. In 2001 James immigrated to New Zealand, where he performed regularly in recitals and concerts. Highlights of his performances include Brahms’ violin concerto with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra and the Manawatu Sinfonia Orchestra and concert pieces with the Michael Monaghan Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra.

James was contracted by the Wellington Vector Orchestra as Principal Second Violinist in 2007. In the following year he was admitted, with the award of full scholarship, to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In America James has won top prizes in competitions including the Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Competition and the Y.E.S. Foundation Young Arts’ Competition.

James has also worked with many distinguished teachers, artists, ensembles and conductors in the Tanglewood Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and the Siena International Music Festival.

Returning to New Zealand in 2014, James has won the New Zealand School of Music concerto competition; the Waikanae Music Society scholarship; and the Victoria University of Wellington doctoral research scholarship. Besides working for the APO, James is completing his thesis for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts.

Yanghe Yu - Violin

Born in Jiangxi, China, Yanghe began violin studying at age 5. He got the Bachelor of Arts degree at China Conservatory and Master of Music at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His former teacher include Wei He, Catherine van Hoesen and Kathleen Winkler, also under the guidance of world famous artists such as Donald Weilerstein, Rachel Poder, Gyorgy Pauk, Dora Schwarzberg, Pamela Frank, Pinchas Zukerman and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Yanghe served as tutti first violin in Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra from 2011 to 2012, and violin fellowship of New World Symphony from 2015 to 2016, he also played as substitute violinist with San Francisco Symphony during their 2015-2016 season. Yanghe is an active chamber musician and teacher, his music festival experiences include Salzburg Music Festival (2010), Valdres Music Festival in Norway (2013), and Casals Music Festival in San Juan, Porto Rico (2016). On October 2015, Yanghe has been invited to perform Beethoven Triple Concerto as one of the soloists with Stockton Symphony Orchestra. He is also the semifinalist of Klein International String Competition on 2013 and the winner of SFCM Concerto Competition on 2014.

David Samuel - Viola

Violist David Samuel was born in Guelph, Canada. From 2013-15 he was the violist of Ensemble MidtVest in Denmark, and was also the founding violist of the Afiara String Quartet, of which he was a member from 2006-2013. During his tenure with the quartet, they were awarded 2nd prize at the Munich ARD Competition, 2nd Prize and the Székely Prize for the best performance of a Beethoven Quartet at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Young Canadian Musicians Award and were winners of the Concert Artists Guild competition. He has performed at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Esterházy Palace, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, at the headquarters of both LinkedIn and Facebook, and on “The Late Show with David Letterman”.

A dedicated teacher, David has served on the faculties of the University of Stavanger, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory and Extension Division. He was also a visiting instructor at the University of Alberta, the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and Stanford University. David received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, as well as an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers include Michael Tree, KarenTuttle, Paul Hersh, and Henry Janzen.

James sang-oh Yoo - Cello

Born in South Korea, James sang­-oh Yoo began studying Cello at the age of eight. His former teachers include Thomas Tsai and Susan Blake at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. In 2008 he moved to Germany and continued his cello studies with Maria Kliegel at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. During his studies, he also had lessons and masterclasses with Pinchas Zukerman, Truls Mørk, Gautier Capuçon,Laszlo Mezo, Li­Wei Qin and Pieter Wispelwey.

James has performed Cello Solo works and Sonatas on Fine Music 102.5fm and Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio broadcast and also performed a number of Major Cello Concertos with a various orchestras and ensembles including SBS Television and Radio Youth orchestra, Kuring­-Gai Philharmonie Orchestra and North Sydney Youth Symphony.


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