ceraso gallery presents


Colorado’s finest classical chamber ensemble, in the heart of Boulder

sunday, march 26th, 2017  4 pm

open donations of any amount accepted

‘The Sharp End’ refers both to the rock climbing term many Boulderites are familiar with, as well as the cello’s endpin. The Sharp End Ensemble is made up of members of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra dedicated to sharing great classical music with Boulder. All of our members come from outstanding backgrounds in music.

Ben Odhner, violin, was born in Boston and started his violin studies at age five shortly after moving to Michigan. He received his Bachelors degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Masters degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Paul Kantor. He has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Ashland Symphony, the Warminster Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles. In 2009 and 2008, Ben was selected to participate in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. A fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School in previous years, he has been concertmaster of the Aspen Sinfonia (2009) and the Aspen Concert Orchestra (2008). NPR’s radio program From the Top featured Ben as a member of the Gray Charitable Trust Piano Trio in 2007. In 2014 Ben became a member of the Colorado Symphony, and in 2015 he won the position of 4th chair in the first  violin section.

Susan Paik, violin, holds performance degrees from The Juilliard School and Seoul National University in South Korea, as well as diplomas from Indiana University and Manhattan School of Music. She is currently in the dissertation stage (ABD) of her doctoral degree in violin performance at Indiana University. Her major teachers include Mauricio Fuks, Sylvia Rosenberg, Hyo Kang, Chongsuk Li and Kwang-Koon Kim.  
An advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Paik has performed on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW chamber series. She premiered new works by Teddy Niedermaier, Eric Nathan, Yoomi Paick, Austin Jaquith, and others. Ms. Paik served as an Associate Instructor position at Indiana University and was assistant to distinguished violinist Mauricio Fuks. She also served as concertmaster of the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra under conductor Cliff Colnot.

Delcho Tenev, violin, began his music education in the “Dobrin Petkov” school under Prof. Darina Dankova in his hometown of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. At age 14 he moved to the U.S. and attended high school at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana Master’s degree and a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn University. Delcho has spent several summers at prestigious music festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including RoundTop International Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, Castleton Music Festival, Penderecki Akademie held in Germany and Poland, and AIMS Festival held in Graz, Austria. He was invited to perform in numerous masterclasses and collaborate with important music personas such as Lorin Maazel, Kristof Penderecki, Leonard Slatkin, Paul Kantor, Ilya Kaler, Ruggiero Ricci, Schmuel Ashkenazy and Joel Smirnoff, among others.  Delcho joined the violin section of the Colorado Symphony in September of 2015 and is happy to be playing great music with such a wonderful orchestra, as well as exploring the beautiful city of Denver, his new home.

Leah Kovach, viola, grew up in Salt Lake City and is thrilled to join the Colorado Symphony and return to the Rocky Mountains! Leah has performed and taught across four continents with ensembles such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the New World Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. She completed her studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Rice University Shepherd School of Music, where her primary teachers were Atar Arad and James Dunham. Other recent engagements include a two-year fellowship in the Da Camera Young Artist Program for chamber music and community outreach, a position in the Austin Symphony Orchestra, performances with the contemporary music ensemble Musiqa, as well the acclaimed Britten-Pears Young Artist Program in Aldeburgh, UK.Leah is dedicated to music education and bringing live classical music performances to underexposed communities. Her outreach work with Da Camera included performances and workshops at schools, hospitals, community centers, and even local bars. She served as a string coach for the Kinkaid School Orchestra's 2012 tour of China and has taught master classes at the Conservatorio Anna Maria Valencia in Cali, Colombia.

Alice Yoo, cello, has been warmly hailed for her sensitive musicianship, expressive nuance, and passionate commitment to teaching. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, performing in prestigious venues such as New York’s Weill and Zankel Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has been invited to esteemed festivals including Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, Music@Menlo, Caramoor Evnin Rising Stars, and IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. In the 2017 and 2018 seasons, she will appear on tour with Musicians from Marlboro. A native of Bozeman, Montana, Alice studied with Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee and was a pupil of Richard Aaron in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Artist Program. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Paul Katz. Under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbuam, she received a Post-Graduate diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and a Masters Degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.

Susan Yun, cello, joined the Colorado Symphony Orchestra during the 2014-2015 season. She recently completed her doctorate degree as a student of soloist Colin Carr. During her studies, she was a substitute with the New York Philharmonic and made her Aldeburgh Festival debut performing Boulez’s Messagesquisse with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras. She has performed as principal of the Sarasota Orchestra, guest assoc. principal of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and has performed Schumann's cello concerto as soloist with the New World Symphony. A native of Boston, Ms. Yun began her studies at age four. She was a featured soloist of her youth orchestra's tour of England/Ireland, making her debut in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and receiving headlining reviews of being "just enchanting" by the Birmingham Post. She went on to receive degrees from Northwestern University with honors and the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Hans Jorgan Jensen and Desmond Hoebig.

Austin Larson, French horn, joined the Colorado Symphony as Assistant Principal Horn in September 2014. Austin has previously held positions with Symphony in C, the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, and Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and has also performed as a guest with many other ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and New World Symphony. Austin has compiled a remarkable competitive record, holding the rare distinction of being one of only two people to ever win First Prizes in both the University and Professional Divisions of the International Horn Competition of America, the most prestigious competition for horn players in North America. Austin has also won the International Horn Society Premier Soloist Competition, Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, Wisconsin Public Radio Young Artists Competition, and was a finalist in the Jeju International Brass Competition in South Korea. A native of Neenah, Wisconsin, Austin holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and the Curtis Institute of Music

Jonathan "JJ" Groszew, French horn, is a native of New Jersey. He is currently the Assistant Librarian and Assistant Personnel Manager for the Colorado Symphony. After receiving his bachelors in music education with honors from Montclair State University in NJ, he went on to receive his masters degree from the University of Colorado studying under Michael Thornton. While at CU, he was a teaching assistant for the horn studio and a member of the Flatirons Brass Quintet, the graduate brass quintet in residence. You can see him frequently performing with the Colorado Symphony in the horn section, winning the Colorado Symphony's annual 5K, and partaking in Colorado Symphony events like Beethoven and Brews or special concerts at Colorado Children's Hospital. Groszew has also performed with many orchestras in the Denver area including the Boulder Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, and Steamboat Springs Symphony, among others.

Japanese Pianist Madoka Asari began studying the piano at age 4 and has been honored in competitions such as PTNA Piano Competition, Mainichi Children’s Concours, Student Music Concours of Japan, and International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia. At age 16, Madoka performed the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Naotaka Tachibana, winner of the 2nd Bartok International Opera Conducting Competition.Madoka moved to the U.S. to study with her mentor Dr. Steven Mayer at University of Denver. Madoka holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Denver, a Master of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she was also employed as an Associate Instructor for Music Theory. Madoka currently lives in Boulder with her husband Andrew Brown, cellist, and is active as a solo/collaborative pianist and musical instructor in Denver/ Boulder area.

with guest artists Koko Duylgerski and Rebecca Greenstreet

Cello Sonata No. 5 in DM, op. 102, no. 2                                            Ludwig van Beethoven
        Allegro con brio                                                                                                  (1770-1827)
        Adagio con molto sentimento d-affetto

Susie Yun, cello
Madoka Asari, guest piano

Horn Sextet in E-flat , op. 81b                                                             Ludwig van Beethoven
           Allegro con brio                                                                                              (1770-1827)

Susan Paik, Rebecca Greenstreet, violin
Koko Duylgerski, viola
Susie Yun, cello
Austin Larson, JJ Groszew, french horn


Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) , op. 4                                        Arnold Schoenberg

Ben Odhner, Delcho Tenev, violin
Koko Duylgerski, Leah Kovach, viola
Alice Yoo, Susie Yun, cello

We all appreciate your support. Any donations for this performance are welcome.

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