At Music Mountain on Saturday June 3 at 7 pm, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists celebrates David M. Hunt Library with a free concert. A tent with sips and small bites will be open at 6 pm. The concert, featuring renowned Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Koh and Conductor Peter Askim leading a string orchestra of young professional musicians, will consist of contemporary works by Anna Clyne and Caroline Shaw, the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Violinist Koh has been called “one of our most thoughtful and intense musicians” by the New York Times. The concert is free; donations benefit the library.
Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Peter Askim, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is an immersive residency for young (20-30 years old) professional string players focused on musical exploration, entrepreneurial thinking, and contemporary performance practice. This year’s fifth anniversary festival takes place May 28 – June 10.
2017 Guest Artist Jennifer Koh
Violinist Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. An adventurous musician, she collaborates with artists of multiple disciplines, curates projects that find connections within music of all eras from traditional to contemporary, and has premiered more than 60 works written especially for her.
Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, Koh has been heard with leading orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Cleveland, Mariinsky, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and Philharmonia (London) Orchestras; and the Atlanta, BBC, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, National, New World, NHK, RAI (Torino), and Singapore Symphonies. This season, she played with the Baltimore, Cincinnati, New Jersey, and St. Louis Symphonies, among others; the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; premiered a new violin concerto by Christopher Rountree with wild Up; and focused on the music of Kaija Saariaho in recital, chamber music, and concerto performances.
Koh made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11 and went on to win the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She has a degree in English literature from Oberlin College and studied at the Curtis Institute, where she worked with Jaime Laredo and Felix Galimir. She is Artistic Director of arco collaborative, an artistdriven nonprofit that fosters a better understanding of our world through a musical dialogue inspired by ideas and the communities around us.
Saturday, June 3, at 7 pm
Refreshment tent with sips & small bites opens at 6 pm
For reserved seating,
call the Hunt Library at 860.824.7424
Music Mountain’s Gordon Hall
225 Music Mountain Road