Jessen Series: David Kim, violin, and Anton Nel, piano
with Christabel Lin, violin, Renata van der Vyver, viola, and Daniel Smith, cello

Anton Nel

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
Jessen Auditorium
Sonata for Piano and Violin in E Minor, K. 304
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Tempo di Menuetto
 1756 - 1791
Langsamer Satz for String Quartet
Anton Webern
 1883 - 1945
Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44
Robert Schumann
Allegro brillante
In modo d'una marcia. Poco largamente
Scherzo: molto vivace
Allegro ma non troppo
 1810 - 1856

Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School. In 1986 he was the only American violinist to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and in 1990 was a prizewinner at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.As a highly sought-after pedagogue, Mr. Kim presents masterclasses at schools and institutions such as Juilliard, the New World Symphony in Miami, Princeton, Yale, the Korean National University of Arts, and universities and colleges across the United States. He serves as Artist in Residence at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan - performing and holding masterclasses several times each season. He is also Artist in Residence at Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia and serves as advisor to the Valley Christian Schools Conservatory of the Arts in San Jose, CA. Mr. Kim appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with numerous orchestras around the world. Conductors with whom he has performed include Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Myung Whun Chung, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Rafael Frubeck de Burgos, Vladimir Jurowski, Peter Oundjian, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. He also appears internationally at festivals such as MasterWorks (USA) and Pacific (Japan).His instrument is a J.B. Guadagnini from Milan, Italy ca. 1757 on loan from The Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Kim resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife Jane and daughters Natalie and Maggie. For more information, follow him on Twitter @Dkviolin

Anton Nel, winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition continues to enjoy a remarkable and versatile career that has taken him to the Americas, Europe, Asia, and South Africa, where he made his auspicious debut at the age of twelve with Beethoven's C Major Concerto after only two years of study. Highlights in the U.S. include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies among many others, as well as coast to coast recitals in major venues. Overseas he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo among many others. Much sought after as a chamber musician he regularly appears with some of the world's finest instrumentalists and singers. Mr. Nel has appeared at festivals on four continents, including Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, and Aspen.He has recorded numerous acclaimed concerto, chamber, and solo CDs, and holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches an international class of students and also heads the Division of Keyboard Studies. During the summers he teaches at the Aspen Music Festival and at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Mr. Nel is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied with Adolph Hallis, and the University of Cincinnati where he worked with Bela Siki and Frank Weinstock. His website is

Christabel Lin was born in New Zealand and made her first major solo appearance with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (New Zealand) in 1997 at the age of 11 to an audience of 250,000. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (NZ), Taichung Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), the Vienna Conservatory Orchestra, in venues such as the Sydney Opera House and the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna. In 2012 she was s a full-time section player of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, Austria before moving to Austin, Texas in 2013 to further her education at the University of Texas at Austin in the Artist's Diploma program. Christabel has been the winner of numerous Chamber Music competitions and has been involved in extensive Chamber Music performances and tours, which have taken her throughout New Zealand, to Asia and the UK (including St. Martins in the Fields in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival). In 2006, her string quartet was chosen to participate in Graduate String Quartet program at the New Zealand School of Music, where they dedicated themselves to a year of playing string quartet under the mentorship of the acclaimed New Zealand String Quartet. Christabel keeps her artistic actives diverse and likes to be involved in many varied projects and mediums.

Renata van der Vyver, a native of Cape Town (South Africa), is currently pursuing her DMA degree in viola performance at the University of Texas (Austin) under tutelage of Roger Myers. She obtained her Graduate Certificate and Masters degree in Viola Performance at USC under tutelage of Donald McInnes. She recieved her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas, where she studied with Susan Dubois (viola) and Cynthia Roberts (baroque violin). She started her studies on violin in 1992 with Louis van der Watt. Renata has performed as soloist with various orchestras, including the Hugo Lambrechts symphony orchestra (Cape Town), the Cape Town philharmonic, the USC Early music Ensemble, UNT collegium and UNT symphony orchestra. She has participated in the Manchester Chamber Music festival, Vermont, the Stellenbosch Chamber festival, attended Music Academy of the West and performed in the Franco-Americaine recontres de chambre musique concert series, France. Renata enjoys a great variety of musical endeavors and has had the opportunity to work in person with many composers on various concerts, in addition she enjoys historical performance practice and is delighted to have been included as baroque violinist and violist in various groups around the US, including Austin concerts with La Folia, Ensemble Settecento, the St. Cecilia- and Redeemer Presbytarian Baroque festivals. In 2009 Renata was invited to perform a recital in the 37th annual viola congress, Stellenbosch (South Africa), and in 2010 she was a soloist at the international viola d'amore congress, Evanston (Illinois).

Daniel Smith, age 24, is a second year doctoral student studying with Bion Tsang. Before his studies at the University of Texas, he received a Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of Michigan, studying with professor Richard Aaron. Daniel has received numerous scholarship awards for both school and summer study, most recently to the summer music festival at Colorado College, where he was a winner of the student concerto competition. Daniel also spends part of his week as a teacher on the faculty of the UT string project. He has seven students, all of whom he hopes are either at this concert, or at home practicing! Daniel is originally from sunny Southern California, but has only recently begun learning how to surf. His other hobbies include yoga, meditation, tennis, and writing.