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Violinist Chee-Yun Kicks Off Center for the Arts 2013-2014 Recital Series

The Pepperdine University Center for the Arts 2013-2014 Recital Series will begin with a performance by violinist Chee-Yun at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Raitt Recital Hall, Malibu.

The program will include Brahms' Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108; Piazzolla's Le Grand Tango; J. S. Bach's Partita for Violin No. 2 in D Minor, "Chaconne"; Messiaen's Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus; and Saint-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28. Chee-Yun will be accompanied by Hsin-I Huang on piano.

Chee-Yun's flawless technique, dazzling tone, and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. Charming, charismatic, and deeply passionate about her art, Chee-Yun continues to carve a unique place for herself in the ever-evolving world of classical music.

Winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chee-Yun performs regularly with the world's foremost orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Houston, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and National symphony orchestras. Additionally, she has appeared with the Atlanta Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Her orchestral highlights include a concert with the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung-Whun Chung that was broadcast on national network television, a benefit for UNESCO with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Avery Fisher Hall, and her tours of the United States with the San Francisco Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas conducting) and Japan with the NHK Symphony. Recent and upcoming engagements include return subscription weeks in Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, as well as the Colorado and Austin symphony orchestras and the National Philharmonic.

Chee-Yun has been heard frequently on National Public Radio's Performance Today and on WQXR and WNYC radio in New York City. She has also been featured on KTV, a children's program on the cable network CNBC, Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, and numerous syndicated and local radio programs across the United States and abroad. She has appeared on PBS as a special guest on Victor Borge's Then and Now 3, in a live broadcast at Spivey Hall in Atlanta concurrent with the Olympic Games, and on ESPN performing the theme for the X Games. In 2009 she also appeared in an episode of HBO's hit series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Chee-Yun's first public performance at age 8 took place in her native Seoul after she won the Grand Prize of the Korea Times Competition. At 13 she came to the United States and was invited to perform the Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5 in a Young People's Concert with the New York Philharmonic. Two years later she appeared as soloist with the New York String Orchestra under Alexander Schneider at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In 1989 she won the Young Concert Artists International Competition and a year later became the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. In Korea she studied with Nam Yun Kim. In the United States she has worked with Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Daniel Phillips, and Felix Galimir (chamber music) at the Juilliard School.

In addition to her active performance and recording schedule, Chee-Yun is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator. She gives master classes around the world and has held several teaching posts at notable music schools and universities. Her past faculty positions have included serving as the resident Starling Soloist and Adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Visiting Professor of Music at Indiana University School of Music. In 2007 she was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Violin at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

The 2013-2014 Pepperdine Recital Series is sponsored by the Kwong family. For more information about this and other upcoming events, please visit the Center for the Arts website.

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