A conservatory faculty recital by The Oberlin Trio: Haewon Song, piano, David Bowlin '00, violin, and Amir Eldan, cello.
Joan Tower: Big Sky (2000)
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
Felix Mendelssohn: Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49
Originally founded in 1982, The Oberlin Trio is an ensemble of all-Oberlin Conservatory faculty members. Now in its new formation with pianist Haewon Song, violinist David Bowlin, and cellist Amir Eldan, the group continues an important Oberlin tradition. The ensemble has made appearances across the U.S. and recently began work on a new CD of Brahms and Haydn. In keeping with the ensemble’s tradition of excellence in both performance and chamber music instruction, the Oberlin Trio has worked with members of the Portland Youth Philharmonic in residency, and extensively with the students at Oberlin in coaching and collaboration. The ensemble recently appeared with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra as soloists in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, and debuted at the Seoul Arts Center in April 2012.
Violinist David Bowlin '00 is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He has been a prizewinner in both national and international competitions, including first prize at the 2003 Washington International Competition for Strings. He has performed recitals and concertos across the US, including the 2007 Carnegie Hall premiere of Mahagoni, a violin concerto written for him by Austrian composer Alexandra Hermentin-Karastoyanova..
Bowlin is a passionate performer of traditional and contemporary music. He is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), which has an active national and international touring schedule in addition to educational residencies at New York University, Northwestern University, and others. Recently the ensemble performed in Poland, Mexico, and across the United States. He is also a former member of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players, touring extensively in the US and former Soviet Union.
Bowlin was appointed to the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2007, after serving as teaching assistant to Ronald Copes at the Juilliard School from 2002-2005. He has given masterclasses at major institutions including Stony Brook University, Cornell University, the North Carolina School for the Arts, and the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Mexico.
Bowlin has performed chamber music extensively in New York, including concerts at Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. Y, Merkin Concert Hall, Miller Theater, and Symphony Space. He has performed with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and recently toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Recording credits include works of Stravinsky, Webern, George Crumb, Chinary Ung, Huang Ruo, Su Lian Tan, Richard Wernick, Brian Fennelly, and Ursula Mamlok. He is also artistic director of Chamber Music Quad-Cities, an organization that brings chamber music performances to the community in eastern Iowa and western Illinois where David is a native.
Bowlin studied with Roland and Almita Vamos, Ronald Copes, Philip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, Pamela Frank, and Stephen and Kimberly Sims. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University.
Amir Eldan performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an orchestra cellist. He was the youngest member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra when he won the position of Associate Principal Cellist at the age of twenty-two. He performed with the orchestra for three years and was invited by James Levine to perform with the MET Chamber Ensemble in Carnegie Hall. This past year, Eldan has been serving as principal cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra by invitation from Zubin Mehta.
Eldan has performed at the music festivals of Aspen, La Jolla, Ravinia, Giverny, France, Prussia Cove, England, and in West Cork, Ireland. He also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Eldan has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Cleveland string quartets, Richard Goode, Kim Kashkashian, Joseph Silverstein, Midori, and Lynn Harrell. His performances have been featured on PBS and Public Radio, in concerts throughout the U.S., Europe, and Israel, and he has presented master classes in the U.S., Israel, and China.
Eldan holds a Doctor of Music degree and Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where he also served as a guest teacher. He received his Bachelor cum laude from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2006, he was appointed to the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and became the cellist of the Oberlin Trio.
Haewon Song is an active artist and pedagogue who has performed and taught throughout the United States and worldwide in such countries as France, Germany, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. She has performed as soloist with the KBS Orchestra in Seoul; the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; the Cleveland Chamber Symphony; and such Oberlin ensembles as the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, Oberlin College Community Strings, and the Oberlin Wind Ensemble; and, with the Oberlin Piano Quartet, she toured South Korea.
Song has performed at Mexico's Cervantino Festival; the All-American Music Festival in Stuttgart, Germany; the Grand Teton Music Festival; the Aria Festival; Canada's Institute of Musical Arts; the Festival de Nice in France; and the Oberlin Summer Piano Festival. She often appears in duo piano recitals with her husband, Robert Shannon, Professor of Piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, with whom she has recorded for Bridge Records.
Song studied at the Toho School in Tokyo, the Peabody Preparatory School in Baltimore, and the Juilliard School. Her majors teachers were Shuku Iwasaki, Julian Martin, and Martin Canin. She has taught at Tunghai University in Taiwan, Kyung Won University in Seoul, and has been a member of the Oberlin Piano Department since 1993.
Song's students often perform as concerto soloists with significant orchestras, and have won major prizes in the MTNA Nationals, Wideman, Kingsville, Oberlin International Piano, Walgreen, World, and Corpus Christie competitions.
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