VIVO returns to the Southern Theatre for our second co-production with Chamber Music Columbus with a program highlighting the stunning virtuosity of VIVO artists, from the plucky energy of a Bach harpsichord concerto transcribed by Bridget Kibbey, the flying fingers of Wieniawski's caprices in the hands of Siwoo and Robin, Victor's blazing mallets in Andy Akiho's LIgNEouS, and the whip smart bows flying through Mendelssohn's most effervescent quartet.
Robin Scott, violin, has built a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and pedagogue. He is the first violinist of the Ying Quartet, and as such, an associate professor at the Eastman School of Music.
Scott has appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Montgomery Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille in France, and many others. He has given numerous recitals and performances throughout the United States and abroad, and has competed internationally, winning prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, Stulberg International String Competition, California International Young Artists Competition, and the WAMSO Young Artist Competition in Minnesota.
As an avid and passionate chamber musician, Scott has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Morgan Library, Town Hall in New York City, Weill Hall and other venues around the world. His festival appearances include the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, and others. He has participated in the acclaimed Music From Marlboro tours, as well as tours under the auspices of the Ravinia Festival.
He has played guest concertmaster with the Houston Symphony, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and has served as concertmaster of the New York Classical Players. He has performed many times with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as guest principal second violin.
A native of Indiana, Scott began studying the violin at age five. His principal teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, Miriam Fried, and Mimi Zweig.
Alicia Hui, currently Principal Second Violin of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, began her musical studies at the age of four and made her orchestral debut at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Maryland at age nine. Since then, she has soloed with numerous orchestras including the Arlington Symphony, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, the Nationals Repertory Orchestra, the Zurich Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Hui was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age 11 where she studies with Victor Danchenko and received her Bachelor’s Degree at sixteen. She received her Master’s Degree, Artist Diploma, and Professional Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of David Cerone, Paul Kantor, and William Preucil. In addition to her current position, Ms. Hui is also a member of the Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble and a regular performer and Development Director of the Vivo Music Festival.
Bridget Kibbey is in demand for her virtuosic and soulful performances. Using her harp as a musical passport, she excavates centuries of music as recitalist, concerto soloist, and alongside today’s top performing artists – from the French Belle Époque, to the Baroque, to Nuevo Latino genres and beyond. Kibbey recently made her solo NPR Tiny Desk Debut, is a winner of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, a Salon de Virtuosi SONY Recording Grant, the only harpist to win a place in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program, Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France, among others. She has toured with luminaries Placido Domingo, Dawn Upshaw, The Dover Quartet, Alexi Kenney, Gustavo Santaollalo, Mahsa Vahdat, LOAH, Avi Avital, also recording for SONY Records and Deutsche Grammaphon; and, her own solo debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of the Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York.
This season’s highlights include a solo debut at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, featured soloist/MC with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, premiering her own transcription of Rodrigo’s Concierto Aranjuez with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for 40,000 attendees at “Madison’s Concerts at the Capitol,” touring her own “Sacred and Profane” project– celebrating French Masterworks on the harp alongside the Calidore String Quartet, and Leyenda, a celebration of Nuevo Latino voices, alongside Latin-Grammy winning Samuel Torres and Ismail Lumanovski. Kibbey launches her newest record with Pentatone Record via recitals across the United States and Canada, starting October 13th, 2023! Visit bridgetkibbey.com for details.
Born in 1988 in Columbus, Ohio, John Stulz has been a member of the Paris-based new music group Ensemble Intercontemporain and founding co-artistic director of VIVO Music Festival since 2015. He has performed around the world with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and organizations like Klangforum Wien (Vienna, Austria), the Marlboro Music Festival, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt, Germany), Omnibus Ensemble (Tashkent, Uzbekistan),and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra.
From 2007 to 2012, John was founding co-artistic director of the Los Angeles based What's Next? Ensemble with conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni. In 2019, John created Trio Estatico with the violists Megumi Kasakawa (Ensemble Modern) and Paul Beckett (Klangforum Wien), bringing together three of Europe's leading new music violists to create new music for their unique ensemble.
In 2021 John was named viola professor at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon (CNSMDL). He has taught at the Écoles d'arts américaines de fontainebleau since 2017 and given master classes and workshops at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, Oberlin, Rice University, Juilliard, IRCAM, Lucerne Festival Academy, New World Symphony Orchestra, and at regional conservatoires throughout France.
Cellist Alice Yoo has warmly been hailed for her sensitive musicianship, expressive nuance, and passionate commitment to chamber music and teaching.
Yoo is the Co-founder and Co-Artistic director of the Denver Chamber Music Festival, a new destination for world class chamber music in Colorado. Yoo regularly performs in numerous chamber music festivals, including Marlboro/Musicians from Marlboro Tours, Ravinia, Yellow Barn, Olympic, and Moab Music Festivals. Yoo has collaborated with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Pamela Frank, Kim Kashkashian, Midori Goto, Miriam Fried, Jonathan Biss, and members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Takács, and Juilliard Quartets. Passionate for new music, she has worked closely with esteemed composers Sophia Gubaidulina, Jennifer Hidgon, Andy Akiho, Paul Wiankco, Samuel Carl Adams, and John Harbison. Yoo has garnered top prizes at the Holland-America Music Society, Schadt, and Klein International String Competitions. Solo appearances with orchestras include the Cleveland Philharmonic, New York Classical Players, Bozeman Symphony, and other North American Orchestras.
Yoo is currently on the cello and chamber music faculty at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. Past teaching positions have included Colorado State University, Bard Conservatory’s preparatory division, and guest cello professor at CU-Boulder College of Music. Yoo holds degrees from the New England Conservatory, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and USC's Thornton School of Music. She was a member of Ensemble Connect, a program of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and the NYC Department of Education. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband, cellist Matthew Zalkind, and plays on a cello made for her in 2018 by Ryan Soltis. More information can be found at aliceyoocello.com and denverchambermusicfestival.org.
Siwoo Kim is an “incisive” and “compelling” (The New York Times) violinist who plays with “stylistic sensitivity and generous tonal nuance” (Chicago Tribune). Siwoo performs as soloist and chamber musician, and he is the co-founding artistic director of VIVO Music Festival in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
As soloist, Siwoo gave the world premiere performance of Samuel Adler’s violin concerto which was written for him. His recording of the work on Linn Records was praised by the BBC Music Magazine for its “notable fire & impassioned playing.” Siwoo made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the Juilliard Orchestra and has since performed with orchestras around the world such as the Staatsorchester Brandenburgisches Frankfurt, Houston Symphony, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Royal de Chambre, and Seongnam Philharmonic.
As chamber musician, Siwoo regularly collaborates with Concordia Chamber Players, Music From Copland House and the Manhattan Chamber Players. Siwoo’s engagements with Quartet Senza Misura, Ensemble DITTO, Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect and Decoda have led to international debuts and residencies. Highlights include summers at Marlboro Music Festival, Kennedy Center debut, serving as faculty at Stellenbosch Music Festival and collaborating with veteran artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Joyce DiDonato, and Susan Graham.
Siwoo received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied under Robert Mann and Donald Weilerstein with full scholarship.
Victor Caccese is a founding member of the Brooklyn-based percussion quartet, Sandbox Percussion and a GRAMMY® nominated percussionist. As a member of Sandbox, Victor has performed over 200 concerts worldwide and taught at institutions such as University of Missouri - Kansas City, The New School College of the Performing Arts, The Peabody Conservatory, The Curtis Institute, Yale School of Music, Michigan State University, Vanderbilt University, University of Kansas, and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Victor has collaborated with composers such as Amy Beth Kirsten, Andy Akiho, David Crowell, James Wood, John Luther Adams, and Thomas Kotcheff. This summer Victor will teach and perform at the eighth annual Sandbox Percussion Seminar, a chamber music festival accepting students from around the world to study and perform some of today’s leading contemporary percussion pieces.
Victor holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Yale School of Music. He is also a member of The Percussion Collective, a stunning ensemble founded by performer and pedagogue Robert van Sice. Victor serves on faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory as a percussion instructor and ensemble-in-residence with Sandbox Percussion. He also is on faculty at The New School College of the Performing Arts, and was a visiting artist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with Sandbox Percussion as the ensemble in residence in theFall of 2019. Victor endorses Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic Firth drumsticks, Remo drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, and Black Swamp accessories.