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The UW-Whitewater Piano Trio

  • The Baroque Room 275 East 4th Street Suite #280 Saint Paul, MN 55101 USA (map)

The UW-Whitewater Piano Trio

$15 | $10 Seniors & Students

Myung Hee Chung, piano
Leanne League, violin
Benjamin Whitcomb, cello

The UW-Whitewater Piano Trio, now in its 20th season, will be performing masterpieces by Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms: Mozart’s warm and friendly Trio K564—the last one he wrote; Schubert’s one-movement Nocturne—timeless and gorgeous; and Brahms’ first Trio (Op. 8)—richly beautiful and moving.

Piano Trio in G Major, K564 - W. A. Mozart
Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 148 - Franz Schubert
Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 - Johannes Brahms

Dr. Myung Hee Chung, native of Korea, holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including first prize at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Performer's Competition and the William Kapell International Piano Competition. Her playing has been described as “clean, strong…marked by a bell-like quality that never disappeared even under the severest pressure.” Since then, she has performed throughout North America with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as in Europe and Asia.

Myung Hee Chung has also been an active chamber musician—not only as part of the Seraphin Piano Trio, but also as a collaborator with many artists such as David Kim, David Taylor, and Alison Balsom. She performs regularly as a member of UW-Whitewater Piano Trio and with other faculty. More recent performances include concerts in Wisconsin and England, as well as the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois and recording all 24 Debussy preludes.

In August 1995, she joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she is a full Professor and Keyboard coordinator. She has judged many competitions including Missouri Southern International competition and has given master classes in universities in the US and Korea.

Leanne League is the violin and viola professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year Award by the Wisconsin chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Sought after as a performer in many different roles, Leanne is the associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony and assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She also performs frequently with the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio. Her playing has been described by the media as “assured and lovely” (Dane 101 website), “beautifully crystalline” (Capital Times-77 Square), and “incredibly beautiful” (Channel 3000, Madison).

From 1996-1999, Leanne was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida where she performed as concertmaster and principal second violin. Chamber music and orchestral festivals include the Tanglewood Music Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, AIMS in Austria, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Leanne completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University, studying violin and baroque violin with Karen Clarke. She earned her masterʼs degree at UW-Madison, where she played in the Strelow String Quartet and studied with Vartan Manoogian.

Benjamin Whitcomb is a Professor of Cello and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-
Whitewater, where he has received awards for his teaching, research, and service. An active
recitalist and chamber musician, he performs more than thirty concerts a year around the country and overseas. Dr. Whitcomb is a frequent guest clinician and performer at universities and conferences throughout the country and abroad. His books, The Advancing String Player’s Handbook series, Cello Fingerings, and Bass Fingerings have received rave reviews from journals on string playing such as Strings magazine and the journals of ASTA and AUSTA. He has published numerous articles on cello and on music theory, and has presented many papers at national and international conferences as well. At UW-Whitewater, Whitcomb initiated and continues to coordinate the Theory/History Colloquium speaker series, the Musical Mosaics Faculty Concert Series, the Chancellor’s Quartet program, and the Summer String Camp. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University, and he has studied with Phyllis Young, George Neikrug, and Evan Tonsing.