Schubert at Salmagundi
July 31, 2022, 3:00 PM
Franz Schubert Piano Trio in E-flat major, D.929
Followed by Q&A with the musicians:
Michelle Ross | violin
Han Chen | piano
Caleb van der Swaagh | cello
About the Musicians
Michelle Ross is a violinist, composer, and multi-instrumental improviser. A protege of Itzhak Perlman-turned-multidisciplinary artist, Michelle is known for her debut album, pop-up project and blog Discovering Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach. Michelle can most recently be heard featured on Movement 11’ of Jon Batiste’s GRAMMY winning Best Album of the Year: We Are. Passionate about expanding the bounds of contemporary music as both a creator and performer, Michelle is a member of Ensemble Échappé, a guest with International Contemporary Ensemble, co-curator of Lucerne Festival Forward and faculty at Lucerne Festival Contemporary. Michelle was recently the soloist in Arvo Pärt’s Fratres with James Blachly and EXO at the Met’s Temple of Dendur celebration of Arvo Pärt. Collaboration highlights also include Bach Double with Itzhak Perlman, Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony, guest concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra, leading the LFCO with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Teodor Currentzis at The Shed, and musicians from Marlboro tours. Recent album releases also include her solo cello composition The Whale Song, for Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, and her featured performances on Samuel Adler: Chamber and Instrumental Music. Michelle is the recipient of the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund, and was recently Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Michelle holds degrees from the Juilliard School and Columbia University.
Praised by the New York Times for his “graceful touch,” “rhythmic precision,” and “hypnotic charm,” pianist Han Chen has established himself in both the classical music and contemporary music worlds with his versatile programming and effortless technique. Since winning the Gold Medal at the 2013 China International Piano Competition, Chen has gained an international recognition and released three solo albums under the Naxos label, featuring music by Franz Liszt, Anton Rubinstein, and Thomas Adès.
As a soloist, Chen has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Calgary Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Macao Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony, China Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, to name a few. Chen has worked with renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Karina Canellakis, Nicholas McGegan, Simon Rattle.
An advocate for new music, Mr. Chen actively performs music of our time. He has worked with eminent composers such as Thomas Adès, Unsuk Chin, Helmut Lachenmann, Lei Liang and Nina Young, given world premieres of works by Chin, Molly Joyce, Jonah Haven, among others. He is a member of the New York-based groups Ensemble Échappé and PinkNoise Ensemble. His online series Migration Music consists of interviews and performances featuring immigrant composers, with support from the Metropolis Ensemble.
Born in Taiwan, Mr. Chen graduated from The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, studying with Prof. Yoheved Kaplinsky and Prof. Wha Kyung Byun. He is now a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center with Prof. Kaplinsky and Prof. Ursula Oppens.
Praised for his “entrancing” performances (National Sawdust Log), cellist Caleb van der Swaagh is a versatile chamber musician and soloist. He is an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW (now known as Ensemble Connect) and is the recipient of the Tanglewood Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize and the Manhattan School of Music Pablo Casals Award. In demand as a chamber musician, Caleb is a member of counter)induction and Exponential Ensemble. An advocate of contemporary music, Caleb is a member of Ensemble Échappé and Ensemble Ipse and appears regularly with other leading contemporary music ensembles as well as performing his own compositions and arrangements. As a recording artist, Caleb’s recent releases include the Against Method with counter)induction on New Focus Recordings and Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Quintet with Phoenix Ensemble on Navona Records. A native New Yorker, Caleb graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University as part of the Columbia – Juilliard Exchange program with a degree in Classics and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Caleb received his master’s degree with academic honors from New England Conservatory and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers are Bonnie Hampton, Laurence Lesser, and David Geber. Caleb plays on a cello made by David Wiebe in 2012.