Chamber music shines at Alpenglow |

Chamber music shines at Alpenglow

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The word “alpenglow” conjures romantic scenes of reddish sunrises and sunsets warming high mountain tops. It’s in this spirit – of exhilaration and inspiration – that Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival presents its four-concert series.

This year, the six renowned musicians return. The only difference in programming is that a special workshop on Wednesday for Summit High School musicians replaces the traditional free community concert; the Alpenglow board felt its mission to help bring classical music to the community would be served well by exposing students to professional musicians, said chairperson Evie Lau.

Alpenglow artistic director and cellist Edward Arron returns to Summit for his 11th year. He is quickly building a reputation worldwide for his elegant musicianship, creativity and passion. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, as well as in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa is a Steinway artist who has been in the festival for a dozen years. She has played in solo and orchestral engagements throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She earned her master’s degree from the Juilliard School, and she’s garnering a reputation for her detailed and delicately contrasted playing.

Jesse Mills is a Grammy-nominated violinist who has performed in Summit County for five years. As another Juilliard graduate, he has performed as a soloist with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, the Teatro Argentino Orchestra in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and plenty of other orchestras. He also has won the Aspen Music Festival’s violin competition.

Violist Danielle Farina returns for her third year. In addition to performing with ensembles here and abroad, she teaches at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division and records for feature film soundtracks and pop albums.

Aaron Janse’s intense and authoritive violin and viola playing has captured attention worldwide. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Juilliard and has served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra. This is his fifth appearance at Alpenglow.

The last, but not least, member of the Alpenglow Chamber is violinist Kyung Sun Lee. She won sixth place in the 1994 Tchaikowsky Competition, third in the 1993 Queen Elizabeth Competition and first prizes in the Washington and D’Angelo International Competitions, among others. She studied at Juilliard, as well as the Seoul National University and Peabody Conservatory. She returns to Summit County for her second year.

“We feel the musicians are the best in the world,” Lau said. “It’s a joy not only to listen to them play, but also to watch them interact; they’re young, enthusiastic and charming. It’s the best music you can imagine.”

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