On Saturday, April 7, 2018, Music at the Institute presented the final concert of the season “Shades of Love” performed by Karyl Ryczek, soprano, Anthony McGill, clarinet, Jesse Mills, violin, Wayman Chin, piano, and Rieko Aizawa, piano.
Soprano Karyl Ryczek has enjoyed a varied and rich performance career on the opera, oratorio, and concert stages. Her singing has been described as intelligent, dramatically informed, and in possession of opulent tone. A frequent soloist with the Cantata Singers, Ms. Ryczek has also appeared with Boston Baroque, the Monadnock Music Festival, Boston Musica Viva, Warebrook Festival, in addition to numerous orchestral engagements. She made her Symphony Hall debut with the Cantata Singers in the world premiere of T.J. Anderson’s Slavery Documents II and in Donald Sur’s Slavery Documents. She made her Boston operatic debut with Collage New Music in the premiere of Charles Fussel’s chamber opera Astronaut’s Tale, and she created the role of Madame Dubarry in the opera Grace, a production created for Opera on the Edge. She has performed Henryk Górecki’s popular Third Symphony, Robert Kapilow’s children’s operas Green Eggs and Ham and Gertrude McFuzz, and Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Committed to performing the works of contemporary composers, Ms. Ryczek gave the Boston premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis and Marjorie Merryman and has premiered the works of John Harbison, Charles Fussell, Lior Navok, Paul Brust, and Marti Epstein. Ms. Ryczek has performed with the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica String Quartet and with the Boston Chamber Music Society. She is Chair of Vocal Studies at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she is also Assistant Dean of Faculty and Program Development.
Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic since September 2014, has been recognized as one of classical music’s finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. He previously served as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Mr. McGill has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the New York String Orchestra, all at Carnegie Hall. In January 2015 he performed and recorded the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto with the New York Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, Mr. McGill has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with the Brentano, Daedalus, Guarneri, Miró, Pacifica, Shanghai, and Tokyo Quartets. He has also appeared with Musicians from Marlboro and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the University of Chicago Presents. His festival appearances include Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Music@Menlo, and Santa Fe, Seattle, and Skaneateles chamber music festivals. He has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang. On January 20, 2009, he performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. In demand as a teacher, Mr. McGill serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music.
Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills enjoys performing music of many genres, from classical to contemporary, as well as composed and improvised music of his own invention. Since his concerto debut at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, he has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including concerts at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Boston’s Gardener Museum, and the Marlboro Music Festival. He has also appeared at such prestigious European venues as London’s Barbican Centre, La Cité de la Musique in Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Carré Theatre, Milan’s Teatro Arcimboldi, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. Mr. Mills is highly regarded as a champion of contemporary music, improvisational artist, and composer. He earned Grammy nominations for his performances of Arnold Schoenberg’s music, released by NAXOS in 2005 and 2010. He can also be heard on the Koch, Centaur, Tzadik, Max Jazz, and Verve labels of works by Webern, Schoenberg, Zorn, Wuorinen, and others. As a member of the FLUX Quartet in 2001-03, he performed music composed during the last 50 years, in addition to frequent world premieres. Mr. Mills is a founding member of the Horszowski Trio, as well as Duo Prism, a violin-piano duo with Rieko Aizawa, which earned first prize at the Zinetti International Competition in Italy in 2006. With Ms. Aizawa, Mr. Mills became co-artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010. As a composer and arranger, he has been commissioned by venues including Columbia University’s Miller Theater and the Chamber Music Northwest festival in Portland, OR.
Pianist Wayman Chin has performed widely throughout the United States, Asia, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, his concerts have included performances at Princeton University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Jordan Hall in Boston, at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and on the Old First Concert Series in San Francisco. In the Far East, Mr. Chin has appeared at Tsuen Wan Town Hall in Hong Kong, and in the Philippines, on the Sala Foundation concert series and at the residence of the US Ambassador in Manila. His playing has been described as “transcendental….long lines spun like glorious gold thread,” “ferociously concentrated….intense, focused, and musically astute,” (Boston Herald) and “vividly characterized and atmospheric.” (Stamford Mercury, UK) Devoted to chamber music, Mr. Chin has collaborated with the Pacifica and Cassatt Quartets, violinist Eric Rosenblith, violist Masumi Rostad, cellist Thomas Kraines, oboist Keisuke Wakao, sopranos Nancy Armstrong and Maria Jette, and baritone Thomas Meglioranza. For twelve seasons, he appeared regularly as a member of the artist faculty at the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival and has also performed and taught at the Stamford International Music Festival in England. An advocate of new music, Wayman Chin has premiered a number of works by noted composers, including those of Scott Wheeler, Marti Epstein, Jeremy Van Buskirk, John McDonald, and Paul Brust; he has also introduced several works of Aaron Jay Kernis to Boston audiences. Currently the Dean of the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Mr. Chin has served on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and on the Music Program Faculty of the Winter Cycle at the Banff Centre.
Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa, discovered at the age of 13 by the late Alexander Schneider on the recommendation of pianist Mitsuko Uchida, made her U.S. debut in concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra. She has since established her own unique musical voice. Praised by the New York Times for an “impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing,” she has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Highlights of recent seasons have included acclaimed performances with the New Japan Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne in Switzerland, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Curtis Institute Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and Vienna Chamber Orchestra. An active chamber musician and the youngest-ever participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ms. Aizawa has performed as a guest with the Guarneri and Orion Quartets. She is a founding member of the Horszowski Trio and of the prize-winning Duo Prism. In 2010, she became artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado.
“Music at the Institute” sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute of America.