Debut Series

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Tues, Feb. 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm


Tues, Feb. 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm


Sat, March 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm


Sat, April 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm


Fri, May 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm


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The "Debut Series" brings lesser-known artists to SF audiences.

Some artists are setting the world afire with their blazing talent; others are steadily building their careers.

All are excellent!

All performances are San Francisco debuts.

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NING FENG, violin
with JEEYOON KIM, piano

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017 at 8:00 PM
at the SF Conservatory of Music

MOZART Sonata in A Major, K. 525
PROKOFIEV Sonata in D Major
BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances

STRAVINSKY Divertimento
WAXMAN "Carmen" Fantasy


"The young Chinese violinist wowed the bravo-spouting audience with his effortless virtuosity, clarity and command.  Ning Feng stole the show."

— Time Out

Ning Feng is one of the most exciting of the younger generation of top-level players. Feng was born in China in 1981, studied in London and now lives in Berlin, a base for his career performing concertos and recitals all around the world.  His extraordinary virtuosity is balanced by transparency, as well as his great powers of lyric expression.

In 2006 he won the Gold Medal in the prestigious International Paganini Competition in Genoa, and he has also won prizes at the Hanover International, Queen Elisabeth and Yehudi Menuhin International violin competitions. He previously studied at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and London’s Royal Academy of Music where he was the first student ever to be scored 100% on a final recital.

Feng has performed in recent seasons with orchestras such as the LA Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra (conducted by Iván Fischer), Russian State Symphony (conducted by Vladimir Jurowski), Orchestre National de Lyon and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. in such halls as the Sydney Opera House, Moscow’s Great Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre and Beijing’s NCPA.

In recital he has played in prestigious series and festivals such as the Vancouver Recital Series and Hong Kong International Chamber, Prague Spring and Schleswig-Holstein festivals.

Ning Feng plays a 1721 Stradivari violin, known as the “MacMillan.”


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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM
at Herbst Theatre

BERG Sonata in B minor, Op. 1
SCHUBERT Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D. 958
CHOPIN Preludes, Op. 28


“Everything is poetic, introspective and graceful.”

—The Financial Times

Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin Cho captured the world’s attention in 2015 when he won the Gold Medal at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. In 2011 at age 16 he had won Third Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition, and in 2009 he won the First Prize at the Hamamatsu Competition, the youngest winner in its history at age 14.  With his overwhelming talent thus coming to light, Cho is rapidly embarking on a world-class career.

He has already performed with some of the world’s major orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra, under such conductors as Myung-Whun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Marek Janowski, Mikhail Pletnev, Valery Gergiev and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Upcoming engagements in 2016 and 2017 include concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, Accademia Santa Cecilia di Roma, Russian National Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic. Seong-Jin will play debut recitals at the Concertgebouw Recital Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, London’s International Piano series, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Prague Spring Festival, Klavier Festival Ruhr and Carnegie Hall. 

Seong-Jin lives in Paris. In January 2016, he signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. 

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SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM
at St. Mark's Lutheran Church

BOULEZ Incises
RAVEL Gaspard de la Nuit
BACH Art of the Fugue (seletions)
CHOPIN Barcarolle, Op. 60
PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major


“This is pianism of rare poise, perception and warmth.”

—The Washington Post


Born in Washington, D.C., Sara Daneshpour was the First Prize winner of the Concours International de Musique du Maroc (Morocco, 2012), 2nd prize winner of the 2007 William Kapell Competition, 1st prize winner of the 2007 International Russian Music Piano Competition, and 1st prize winner of the 2003 Beethoven Society of America Competition.

She has studied with Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute of Music, Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at Juilliard, Dr. Oleg Volkov, and (currently) with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Ms. Daneshpour has performed in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Russia, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, and Sweden, at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Moscow Conservatory.

A natural, deeply musical performer, she has been featured on music series in Munich, Cleveland, Washington, DC, The Frederic Chopin Society in St.Paul, Minnesota, the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York (for which the New York Concert Review wrote  “she lavished color on oft-neglected lines, illuminated subtle beauties, and raged through the storms, always with stunning polish…she exhibits all the requisites for a high voltage career and more: blazing technique, expressivity, imagination, and a lovely stage presence."

Highlights of past seasons include solo recitals at the Musee d'Orsay and the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Vancouver Chopin Society, the Steinway Series at Texas A&M International University and the Chopin Foundation of the United States.  


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SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017 at 8:00 PM
at St. Mark's Lutheran Church

SCHUMANN Kinderszenen, Op. 15

SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13

LISZT from Transcendental Etudes:

   Feux Follets and Chasse-Neige

JANACEK "In the Mists"

PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 7

Such a combination of sensitive lyricism and hypnotic power is encountered very rarely”

—The Jerusalem Post

Since winning the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition in 2009, the deeply musical 25-year-old Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang’s star has been steadily on the rise.

In 2013, he performed with the Munich Philharmonic and the late Lorin Maazel. In 2014 he debuted at the BBC Proms and performed with Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev.

His 15/16 season will include extensive recital and concerto tours in Asia with performances in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Haochen will also give recitals in Boston, Toronto, Palm Beach and Freiburg, Switzerland.  He tours in both recital and concerto performances throughout Spain, makes his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra, and will play with the National Orchestra of Mexico. Haochen has been appointed Artist-in-Residence with the Hangzhou Philharmonic.

He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg, Sydney Symphony, London Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

In recital Haochen has performed at Spivey Hall, La Jolla Music Society, Celebrity Series of Boston, Krannert Center, Wolf Trap Discovery Series, Lied Center of Kansas and UVM Lane Series, among others. International tours have taken him to cities including Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Dresden, Rome, Tivoli, Verbier, Montpellier, Bogota and Belgrade.

Haochen is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied under Gary Graffman.


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FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017 at 8:00 PM
at St. Mark's Lutheran Church

MOZART Sonata in E minor, K. 304
RAVEL Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77
FRANCK Sonata in A Major

"Ms. Kamio had technique to burn, but she was distinguished by her warmly luxurious, buttery tone and long, seamless phrases."

— New York Times

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1986, the extravagantly gifted violinist Mayuko Kamio is the Gold Medalist of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition and is widely praised for her silken tone, expressive phrasing and virtuoso technique. The New York Times has called her an "exciting young musician" and "a radiant talent." Ms. Kamio made her concerto debut in Tokyo at the age of ten under the baton of Charles Dutoit, in a concert broadcast on NHK television.

After winning the 1998 Menuhin Violin Competition (its youngest winner ever), Ms. Kamio performed with the Orchestra National de Lille with Lord Menuhin conducting. In 2000 she took first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and in 2004 she won both the Monte Carlo Violin Masters Competition and the first David Oistrakh Violin Competition in Ukraine.

She has appeared as soloist with the Midsummer Mozart Orchestra under George Cleve, Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich under Mstislav Rostropovich, the National Philharmonic of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov, the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer, the Munich Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Prague Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and has appeared in Japan as soloist with most of the major orchestras.

Ms. Kamio has performed as recitalist in such cities as New York, Washington DC, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Frankfurt, Warsaw, and Tokyo.  When not on tour, she divides her time between Japan and Russia.