Space Coast Chamber Music Festival
Chamber Music Program
Dates: January 2-5, 2019
Location: Melbourne, Florida
Program Fees: $475
Stephanie Jeong, violin
Associate Concertmaster Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Yun-Ting Lee, violin
The Cleveland Orchestra
Carey Moorman, viola
Concertmaster, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra
Si-Yan Darren Li, cello
Cleveland Institute of Music
Sheng-Yuan Kuan, piano
Lynn Conservatory of Music
Violinist Stephanie Jeong was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2011 by Music Director Riccardo Muti. Prior to joining the CSO, she was a member of the New York Philharmonic. The top prize winner and recipient of the Best Paganini Concerto Prize of the 2008 Paganini Violin Competition, Jeong made her solo debut at age 12 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as winner of its Feinburg Competition and the Philadelphia Orchestra as winner of its Albert M. Greenfield Competition. Since joining the CSO, Jeong made return appearance as soloist with the orchestra and Music Director Riccardo Muti in the ‘14’15 season for Beethoven's Triple Concerto alongside CSO's Assistant Principal Cellist Kenneth Olsen and pianist Jonathan Biss.
This past season, she also joined Pinchas Zukerman and the CSO for Bach's Double Violin Concerto. In 1997, at the age of 9, Jeong became one of the youngest students ever accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Aaron Rosand. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and completed her master’s degree at the Juilliard School as a student of Cho Liang Lin and Ronald Copes.
Taiwanese-American Yun-Ting Lee joined the violin section of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2013. He completed Bachelor and Master degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where his principal teacher was William Preucil, David Cerone, and David Updegraff. He has also worked extensively with Phyllis Skoldberg and Ming-De Zhang.
A Grand Prize Winner of the Phoenix Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition, Mr. Lee has performed as soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, CIM, Music Academy of the West, National Repertoy, and Spoleto Festival USA orchestras. In 2017 Yun-Ting gave a masterclass and performed at the University of Iowa with concerts also at Ambrose University and Augustana College. A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Lee received the Dr. Bennett Levine Memorial Award in Chamber Music from CIM. His chamber groups have performed in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. He has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Cavani, and Tokyo String Quartets.
Yun-Ting has served as guest concertmaster for Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Spoleto Festival USA, and Lakes Area Music Festival. Principal 2nd violin appearances include Arizona Musicfest Orchestra and National Repertory Orchestra. He performed for a year with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and won a position with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2012. He has also been a member of Canton Symphony Orchestra and CityMusic Cleveland. Yun-Ting is an alumnus of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Holland International Music Sessions and the Pacific Music Festival.
Carey Moorman is the Concertmaster for the Space Coast Symphony and also performs in the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Moorman has been the Principal Second Violin for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the Associate Concertmaster for the Pine Bluff Symphony and the Fort Smith Symphony as well as Principal Second Violinist with the Conway Symphony. He was previously a Tenured Violinist with the Arkansas Symphony and performed with the Pinnacle Players Chamber Orchestra and the Wildwood Opera Festival.
Mr. Moorman has several solo Concerto performances on violin and viola with Orchestra to his credit as well. His chamber music collaborations ( on both violin and viola) include Scott Kluksdahl, J.T. Posadas, Michael Wiseman, Ayako Yonetani, Bharat Chandra, Phil Paglialonga, Daniel Askerov and many others.
Mr. Moorman was the 1st prize winner in the Stella Boyle Smith Young Artist Competition and the Little Rock Music Coterie Competition. He has performed in masterclasses for Yfrah Neaman and Jonathan Carney. Mr. Moorman studied with Professor Kevork Mardirossian who is now at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and earned his degree in Violin Performance at University of Central Arkansas.
He has been 1st violinist with Encore String Quartet, Pinnacle String Quartet, and the Falstaff String Quartet. Mr. Moorman serves as Program director for Satellite and Delaura Summer string camps in Brevard County, violin clinics for the Pine Bluff Orchestra Workshop, coached musicians for the Brevard Chamber Music Seminar, and judged Concerto Competitions throughout Florida. Currently, he is serving as string consultant in the Satellite Beach Feeder Chain schools in their orchestra program.
Cellist Si-Yan Darren Li made his professional debut at the age of 9 and has since gone on to an international career as a recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. He has appeared in solo and chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, Kennedy Center, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, National Concert Hall in Taipei and the Basilica de San Lorenzo in Florence.
Li has also performed in many renowned music festivals, including the Ravinia Festival, Kronberg Academy Cello Festival and Verbier Festival. An active chamber musician, he has collaborated with such esteemed artists as Emanuel Ax, Alexander Toradze, Thomas Quasthoff, Cho-Liang Lin, Miriam Fried, Carter Brey and the members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Casals and Ébène quartets.
Li is a prizewinner in numerous prestigious competitions, including the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. He is also a recipient of the American Masterpieces grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For many years, he has served as a jury member of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and New World Symphony International Auditions.
From 2008 to 2009, he served as principal cello of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. Having previously taught at Indiana University and University of Central Florida, Li joined the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2017 where he currently serves as the Chamber Music Coordinator. He is a former member of the Euclid and Cavani quartets. His recording of the Bartók string quartets with the Euclid Quartet was highly praised by Gramophone magazine and American Recording Guide. As a devoted pedagogue, his students have won major prizes at prestigious international and national competitions, such as the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition and Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Li began his cello studies at the age of 5 in China. At the age of 9, he was accepted to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. After moving to the United States in his early teens, he continued his cello studies with Orlando Cole in Philadelphia. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to Orlando Cole, his principal teachers include Fred Sherry, Harvey Shapiro, Alan Stepansky and David Hardy. Li’s other mentors include Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum and Tsutsumi Tsuyoshi. Li plays a 1773 cello by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, generously on loan from the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Rin Kei-Mei.
Praised for her “admirable technical finesse and expressive flair” (Baltimore Sun), pianist Sheng-Yuan Kuan has garnered enthusiastic receptions for her solo and chamber music performances at the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, Taiwan National Concert Hall, Musikverein in Vienna, and various music festivals and concert series throughout the US. Sheng-Yuan’s collaborations with renowned musicians such as Nobuko Imai, Stefan Jackiw, Stephen Taylor, Espen Lilleslatten, Richard Stolzman, Keng-Yuen Tseng, Chad Hoopes, members of the Parker Quartet and Apollo Trio, Sir Angel Romero, Time for Three, and Latin Grammy Award winning flautist Nestor Torres, reflect her passion in making chamber music of eclectic styles.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Sheng-Yuan relocated to America to further her music education. She holds a D.M.A. degree from thePeabody Conservatory, M.M. degree from Yale School of Music, and B.M. degree from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with famous pedagogues like Boris Slutsky, Peter Frankl, Scott McCarrey and Constance Keene. She obtained awards at competitions worldwide, including the 13th Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna (Best Female Pianist Award, 2009), the 12th Taipei Chopin International Piano Competition (3rd Prize, 2008), Corpus Christi International Competition in Texas (2nd Prize, 2008), New York Kosciuszko Chopin Piano Competition (3rd Prize, 2003), and BYU-Hawaii Concerto Competition (Winner, 2000). She was also the recipient of Honolulu Morning Music Club Scholarship, Peabody Institute of Music's Career Development Grant, Chamber Music Award and Accompanying Assistantship.
Currently a resident in south Florida, Sheng-Yuan performs regularly as a member of South Florida Chamber Ensemble,Scherzo Trio, A's Duo, and Femina Camera Trio. She serves as piano faculty at the Heifetz International Music Institute as well as staff collaborative pianist and adjunct keyboard instructor at Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, FL.