Special to the Journal
ALBANY, Ga. – The second concert of a new chamber music series will feature the internationally acclaimed enhake, an ensemble consisting of violin, clarinet, ‘cello and piano, at the Albany Museum of Art on Sunday, January 13 at 4 p.m.The Jane and Harry Willson Chamber Music Series is a collaboration of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the art museum honoring Mrs. Willson and her late husband for their support of the arts in Southwest Georgia.
enhake is composed of Korean-born clarinetist Wonkak Kim, ‘cellist Katherine Geeseman, Korean pianist Eun-Hee Park and violinist M. Brent Williams. Consistently inspiring audiences around the world with its electrifying and sincere renditions of chamber music repertoire spanning classical to contemporary masterworks, enhake has been praised for its “playing the very highest caliber” (Fanfare) and “keen instinct for exciting programmes” (BBC MusicMagazine).
The group’s 2010 Carnegie Hall recital, Made in America, was lauded for its “rock solid rhythmic integrity…strengths in balance, intonation and musicality” and described as a “polished, yet spontaneous performance” (The New York Concert Review).
The grand-prize winner of the Yellow Springs (Ohio) Chamber Music Competition (2009), gold medalist of the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition at Carnegie Hall (2008) and laureate of the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (2011), enhake regularly performs throughout the world’s most exciting venues, including New York City’s Weill Recital Hall, at the Oklahoma Mozart Festival, the Pan-Music Festival at Seoul Music Center and the Promising Artist of the 21st Century Series in Costa Rica under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State and Costa Rica – North American Cultural Center. A staunch advocate of new music, they collaborate with leading composers such as Libby Larsen, Peter Lieuwen and Edward Knight who have written for and dedicated music to the group. enhake has recorded extensively and can be heard on NPR stations across the country as well as from its CDs on the Emeritus and Naxos labels.
Williams is currently Concertmaster of the Albany Symphony, Assistant Concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Valdosta Symphony. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many concerts in international locales. Williams has been a lecturer of Violin and World Music at Valdosta State University since 2008 where he performs with the Azalea String Quartet and is the director and founder of VSU’s Pan-American Ensemble.
Kim has captivated audiences around the globe with his “excellent breath control” (The Washington Post) and “beautifully balanced and blended tone” (Fanfare). Since his solo debut with Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, playing Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto, Kim has enjoyed a performance career spanning hundreds of venues on four continents. A laureate of the Presser Music Award, Kim received over a dozen international prizes and is frequently featured with orchestras and ensembles worldwide. Professor Kim joined the music faculty at Tennessee Technological University in 2011, where he performs as the principal clarinetist of the Bryan Symphony and the Cumberland Quintet. In addition, Kim serves as principal clarinet of the Albany Symphony.
Ms. Geeseman has performed extensively as a solo and chamber musician since 2001. She has performed in master classes with Zuill Bailey, Thomas Landschoot, the Miami String Quarter and Wesley Baldwin. Ms. Geeseman has studied under Daniel Morganstern and is now completing her Doctoral degree at Florida State University where she studies with Gregory Sauer. Geeseman serves as a principal ‘cellist of the Albany Symphony.
Ms. Park is frequently in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist. Praised by The New York Concert Review for a “solid foundation of fluent pianism,” Ms. Park has given concerts and presented masterclasses throughout the U.S., South Korea, Japan, Italy, Costa Rica and Brazil and has worked with renowned musicians such as Margo Garrett and Graham Johnson. Recently joining the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, she also teaches at the annual Chapel Hill (N.C.) International Chamber Music Workshop and Southern Miss Piano Institute. She holds her degrees from Florida State University (D.M.), Oklahoma City University (M.M.) and Colorado Mesa University (B.A.)
enhake’s album “Gulfstream” (Naxos) is selected as “Music US Choice” by the BBC Music Magazine (March 2012 issue) which also gave it a rave review.
Following the concert, there will be a reception and an opportunity to meet the musicians. Tickets for each individual concert are available for online purchase or at the door and are priced at $20 each with $10 tickets available for students with ID. For additional information, visit www.albanysymphony.org or www.albanymuseum.com.
Additional dates are March 3 with Robert and Diana Sharpe (piano and percussion) and April 7 featuring the Sima Piano Trio (piano, violin, and ‘cello).