AVERY WAITE, BRENDAN SHEA & KIM MAI NGUYEN
on Tell Us A Tale
Sunday, December 29, 2013
1 pm (est)
Classically trained musicians Brendan Shea (violin), Kim Mai Nguyen (Viola) and Avery Waite (cello) will stop by WTJU on Sunday afternoon, December 29, for a visit to Tell Us A Tale. This talented young trio will perform a few pieces, and perhaps even discuss what got them interested in classical music.
As the son of a diplomat, Brendan Shea began violin at the age of 3 and studied while abroad in Belgium, China, USA and Taiwan. At the age of 10 Brendan performed Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasie in Carnegie Hall, and the following year made his debut with orchestra at the age of 11 playing the Paganini Concerto with the Landon Symphonette in Washington DC. While in elementary school he also won all available competitions at the Levine School of Music and in the Washington DC area. His early teachers include Zakhar Bron, Vladimir Klotchko and Olga Khroulevitch. Brendan studied with Milan Vitek at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he earned a Bachelors of Music and Artist Diploma in violin performance. He also has an MM from Indiana, where he was assistant instructor to Ik Hwan Bae. Since entering conservatory Brendan has performed regularly with Orchestras and in recitals nationally and internationally and has been a regular contender and semi-finalist in many major international competitions including Carl Nielsen, Sendai, Sibelius, Isang-Yun, and Seoul. His collegiate level awards include 1st place with honors in the Glazunov International Competition in Paris, the Oberlin Concerto Competition, and silver at the Fischoff national competition with the Wasmuth quartet. He is currently pursuing his DM from Indiana studying with Kevork Mardirossian and Ik Hwan Bae.
Cellist Avery Waite is an active performer, educator, blogger, and composer. In addition to being involved in a wide range of education programs, social justice initiatives, and cultural diplomacy projects, he is the artistic director of Music Feeds Us, a concert series designed to promote hunger relief and awareness. Originally from California, Avery has appeared in concert at Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, MoMA, Carnegie Hall and has performed solo in Europe, Asia and North America. Avery has been a featured performer on Sesame Street and was also recently selected to perform in concert with Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program. Avery is also an active composer and arranger. Inspired and moved by his most recent experiences in Afghanistan, he has done extensive arranging of traditional Afghan folk music. Selections from these arrangements were recently performed at the Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston (SC) and at The Juilliard School. Avery completed his undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory in 2010 and received a Masters degree from The Juilliard School in 2012.
Originally from France, violist Kim Mai Nguyen has performed across the globe as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. She recently performed for Michelle Obama and the spouses of the heads of government attending the United Nations General Assembly. She has also appeared in concert at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin and Salle Pleyel in Paris. Kim Mai has participated in numerous festivals such as the Castleton Orchestra Festival, New York String Seminar and Tanglewood Music Center and has had the honor of working with distinguished conductors as Christoph von Dohnanyi, Tan Dun, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Jaime Laredo, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Mazur and John Williams. Passionate about both modern and baroque viola, Kim Mai has performed with William Christie, Monica Huggett, Ton Koopman and Jordi Savall. Believing strongly in the concept of artist as citizen, she has participated in numerous cultural exchange and teaching projects including trips to Afghanistan, Jamaica, Guatemala and Mexico. Kim Mai holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School in New York.