Cameron Department of Music to present violin and piano concert by guest artist Maria Radicheva and Hyunsoon Whang

The Cameron University Department of Music will present “An Afternoon of Music for Violin and Piano,” featuring guest violinist Maria Radicheva and Dr. Hyunsoon Whang, Professor of Music, on Sunday, April 1. The recital takes place at 3 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is free. The concert is made possible by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

The program consists of unique yet accessible music written during the 20th century. Radicheva and Whang will perform sonatas by Parashkev Hadjiev, the foremost Bulgarian composer (and Radicheva’s great-uncle), melodies by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev and with selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” arranged by Jascha Heifetz.

Radicheva has been described by Yehudi Menuhin as “an artist of outstanding and exceptional talent.” A member of the violin faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, she has met with critical acclaim as recitalist, guest soloist, and chamber musician and has appeared in major concert halls throughout Europe, the United States, Mexico, Israel, Japan and Asia. She has recorded for Balkanton and Musical Heritage Society, including an album of four sonatas for violin and piano by Hadjiev. She presented the world premiere of his third and fourth sonatas, which were written for and dedicated to her. 

Radicheva is the recipient of the Premiere Prix Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and The Dame Myra Hess Trust Award. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where she first collaborated with Whang.

Critics have praised pianist Whang as “the kind of player who appears to immerse her entire being in the music,” and as one who has “always delivered with grace and beauty.” Born in Seoul, South Korea, Whang began her piano studies at the age of four and started playing public concerts at age twelve. Since then she has delighted audiences in more than 500 concerts across North America, Europe and Asia.

During this season, she has performed recitals in Ohio, Minnesota and Oklahoma, and was featured with the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Schumann Concerto. Her recent live videos have been airing on PBS stations throughout the Midwest. Whang serves on the Touring Artists Roster of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Artist Roster. In 2010, she was honored with the Governor’s Arts and Education Award by then-Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry.

Whang studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and earned a doctorate from Indiana University. She joined the Cameron faculty, where she holds the Louise D. McMahon Endowed Chair in Music, in 1993.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at 580-581-2440.

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March 29, 2012

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