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Piano Celebration at Watchung Arts Center

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The Watchung Arts Center is pleased to present a unique arts experience featuring internationally renowned pianist Min Kwon in concert, and artist David Dubal in the opening of a solo Art Exhibition of paintings and line drawings.  This special event will be held on Saturday, February 13, at 4 PM.  Ms. Kwon will be joined by highly accomplished pianists from the Center for Musical Excellence (CME) performing solo and ensemble works including four and six-hand arrangements from their debut recording “Piano Celebration”. Two paintings by Mr. Dubal grace the album.  Ms. Ludmila Kalivoda is the curator of the exhibition, titled “Styles, Moments, Impressions – David Dubal on Canvas, Paper and Blackboard.”  Light refreshments will be served at the Reception.

A Steinway Artist, pianist Min Kwon is in demand around the world as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music (BM), The Juilliard School (MM & DMA), and Mozarteum in Salzburg (post-doc), her professional engagements have taken her to over 60 countries on seven continents and to all 50 states in the US. Recent performance highlights include critically acclaimed solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York and at Steinway Halls in London and Sydney. Highlights of recent seasons include chamber music performances with ten principals of the Philadelphia Orchestra, a tour and recording of Schubert Four Hand recital with Viennese pianist Robert Lehrbaumer, and world premieres of three newly commissioned works for her in New York, Florida, and Serbia. Ms. Kwon has appeared as a soloist under James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and, as a chamber musician, with the principal players of New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic and many other distinguished artists. With her sister, violinist Yoon Kwon, she has given over 200 joint recitals throughout the United States under the auspices of CAMI, and has recorded for BMG/RCA Red Seal. Her solo album of Schubert and Liszt (MSR Classics) earned a Grammy Award for Best Producer of the Year (David Frost) in 2009. A dedicated teacher, Min Kwon has given master classes at major institutions and festivals around the world. Professor of Piano at Rutgers University in New Jersey since 2002, she is also the Founder and Director of CME, The Center for Musical Excellence in New York, a non-profit school for gifted young international pianists, and serves as Co-Director of Vienna ConcertoFest in Austria.

David Dubal began drawing at the age of five, and has continued to create art work throughout his life.  “Of great interest to me is line drawing.  I have done very many of these and frequently they stem from a live experience or a dream fragment.  This I instantly translate to paper never stopping from beginning to end. They may be highly symbolic, sarcastic, humorous, with certain motifs reoccurring.”  Dubal works in many media in his painting.  “Unlike the drawings, many of my paintings are non-objective abstracts, although I have produced many portraits of various types.” David Dubal is internationally known as a pianist, teacher, writer, broadcaster and one of the foremost American painters of our time. An acknowledged authority on the piano literature, Mr. Dubal's highly acclaimed books include The Art of the Piano, The Essential Canon of Classical Music, Evenings with Horowitz, Reflections from the Keyboard, and Conversations with Menuhin. Mr. Dubal has been a faculty member of The Juilliard School since 1983. He has performed in recitals and lecture-recitals in forty states, conducted master classes and lectured world-wide, and judged many international competitions, including the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Mr. Dubal received the Doctor of Music from the State University of New York (SUNY). Mr. Dubal's video, The Golden Age of the Piano, has been seen worldwide in four languages, and won him an Emmy award. His book "Remembering Horowitz,” with 125 essays by world famous pianists includes a compact disc of Mr. Horowitz and Mr. Dubal in conversation. Recipient of the First ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for broadcast journalism, Mr. Dubal has won numerous other honors, including the coveted George Foster Peabody Award for innovative broadcasting. He served as Music Director of WNCN in New York City from l967-90, and was also producer and commentator for innumerable special broadcasts. From 2000, Mr. Dubal has had a program “Reflections from the Keyboard" heard on WQXR.org world- wide (105.9 New York) and as well as "The Piano matters," a weekly program heard on WWFM.org highlighting the piano in comparative performance.

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Performing with Ms. Kwon will be CME artists Ming Xie, Carl Patrick Bolleia, Erickson Rojas, and Reed Tetzloff.

Ming Xie is a distinctive and promising pianist who won numerous top prizes in competitions, including Valsesia Musica International Piano Competition in Italy, Yamaha International Piano Competition, Lee International Piano Competition, TOYAMA International Youth Piano Competition in Hong Kong and Gulangyu National Piano Competition in China, among others. The New York Concert Review’s Jeffery Williams hailed his performance at Steinway Hall that “at only eighteen years of age, he played with involvement and mastery far beyond his years. This is a young man who bears watching” (2012). At the same time, Martha Argerich also claimed him as “phenomenal” (2013).  Ming Xie is currently a student at The Juilliard School under Professor Sergei Babayan.

Carl Patrick Bolleia has collaborated with musicians of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. Performances as soloist, conductor, chamber musician and collaborative pianist have occurred at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, (le) poisson rouge, Vienna ConcertoFest in Austria, Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg among others He is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Piano Performance at Rutgers University, where he studies with Min Kwon and performs on harpsichord with the Rutgers Baroque Players and as pianist with the new music ensemble, “Helix!”. Mr. Bolleia currently teaches secondary piano at Rutgers University.

With seven appearances at Carnegie Hall, Erickson Rojas has celebrated numerous solo and chamber-music performances in the United States, as well as in various European and Latin-American countries, where he has also been featured as soloist with various orchestras, most recently the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the Vienna International Orchestra. Erikson was one in five Americans and the only Hispanic in 30 pianists selected worldwide to compete in the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Mr. Rojas is an alumnus of Peabody Conservatory (G.P.D., M.M.), Curtis Institute of Music and Cairn University (B.M., B.S.). During his Doctor of Musical Arts candidacy at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, he studied with Min Kwon, Paul Hoffman, and Juilliard’s Martin Canin. 

Reed Tetzloff has been praised as a “young American to watch” by The Cincinnati Enquirer, which lauded his “magical tone” and “richly communicative” playing. He debuted at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with the Mannes Orchestra and gave his New York solo recital debut at Merkin Hall. He has also performed concerti with the Cincinnati Symphony, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Mississippi Valley Orchestra, Queens Symphony. Mr. Tetzloff has won major prizes from important international competitions. In 2015, he was invited to compete in the prestigious XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Reed was one of twelve semi-finalists, receiving wide acclaim in Russian media as the “lyric hero of the competition.”

The Dubal exhibition is free of charge. Tickets for the concert are $16 in advance, $20 ($18 WAC members, $10 students) at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at watchungartscenter.eventbrite.com. To obtain more information about upcoming performances, classes and workshops, and monthly art exhibitions, please visit WatchungArts.org or call 908-753-0190.

The Watchung Arts Center, located at 18 Stirling Road in Watchung on the Watchung Circle, is a multi-disciplinary arts facility serving Watchung, the surrounding communities and the Tri-State Area.

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