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Lunchtime Concert Series: The Solo Violin in Concert with Omar Chen Guey, violin

  • The Baroque Room 275 East 4th Street Suite #280 Saint Paul, MN 55118 USA (map)

The Baroque Room
Lunchtime Concert Series: The Solo Violin in Concert

Admission is FREE

Omar Chen Guey, violin

This recital features a sampling of great works for solo violin, including works by Bach, Paganini and Ysaye, the most influential composers in the genre. Bach’s Partita finishes with his iconic Chaconne and his influence is heard in both Ysaye’s Fugato and Ballade. Paganini’s legendary Caprices are the primary inspiration for Milstein’s dazzling Paganiniana.

PROGRAM (to include)
J.S. Bach - Partita No. 2 in D minor for unaccompanied violin, BWV 1004
Eugene Ysaye - Sonata for solo violin No. 3, Op. 27 Ballade
Fritz Kreisler - Recitativo and Scherzo
Nicolo Paganini - Caprice No 6, Op. 1
Eugene Ysaÿe - Fugato, from Sonata No.1 for solo violin, Op.27, No.1
Nathan Milstein - Paganiniana for solo violin

Brazilian violinist Omar Chen Guey has performed internationally as a soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber concerts throughout Brazil as well as the United States, Europe, Qatar, Taiwan, Kenya and the Seychelles. He has been a featured soloist with the Brazilian, Campinas, Goiania, Minas Gerais, Claudio Santoro National Theater, Sao Paulo University, Sao Paulo Municipal, and the State of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Amazonas Philharmonic, Petrobras Pro-Musica, Experimental Repertoire, Qatar Philharmonic, Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University Symphony, Maidstone Symphony and the Seychelles International Music Festival Orchestras. Following a recital in Oslo, Norway, he had the honor of performing for the King of Norway, Harald V. He is a prizewinner at both Tibor Varga and Lipizer International Violin Competitions in Switzerland and Italy, respectively.

Mr. Guey premiered the Violin Concerto by Jean-Charles Gandrille with the Qatar Philharmonic. This performance has been released on the French label Paraty. He released the Bach Concerto for Two Violins on the Paulinas Label with the Brazilian soloist Elisa Fukuda and the Camerata Fukuda, of which he was also concertmaster. He premiered and released a work for solo violin of renowned French Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife on Nagan records. He participated in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop and has collaborated with such renowned musicians such as Lynn Harrell, Ani Kavafian, David Finckel, Lawrence Dutton, Kikuei Ikeda and Colin Carr.

He is a member of A Far Cry, a two time Grammy nominated self conducted chamber orchestra. A Far Cry performs multiple different programs in Boston each season and has toured extensively throughout the USA, Canada and Austria. He is the assistant concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and member of the New England Camerata Trio, which performs several chamber concerts in Vermont and New Hampshire each season. He is a regular guest artist with various ensembles around Boston, including the Walden Chamber Players, Radius Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera and the Monadnock Music Festival, among others.

Mr. Guey’s principal teachers were Philip Setzer, Ani Kavafian and Pamela Frank, Robert Mann and Sylvia Rosenberg. He was awarded a full scholarship from the Brazilian government, the Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival Fellowship. He was assistant concertmaster of the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, in Valencia, Spain, under the direction of Lorin Maazel. He has served as concertmaster of the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra in Israel, and guest assistant concertmaster with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.

Upcoming performances include the Britten Violin Concerto with the Fribourg Youth Orchestra in Switzerland, violin and piano recitals around New England and chamber music concerts at the Monadnock Music Festival and Newport Music Festival.