Concert | TMEC Amphitheater


Thursday, October 13, 2016, 5:00pm


Tosteson Medical Education Center | HMS | 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston

ConcertAmphitheaterTHREE, DUET, 2016, String Quintet in C Major, Franz Schubert

Doors open at 4:30pm, seating is limited
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Performer biographies

Stella Chen | Violinist Stella Chen has been praised by the Wall Street Journal as a “rising star to watch” and by the Strad magazine as having a “warm sound and long musical lines”. Stella has performed as a soloist on tour in Israel and Jordan with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra to critical acclaim, and with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín in Colombia.  Other recent performances include concertos with the London Chamber Orchestra, the Welsh National Symphony Orchestra, and Harvard’s Bach Society Orchestra.

Her achievements include being the first recipient of the Robert Levin Award, youngest ever prizewinner at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and 1st Prize at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Bronislaw Kaper Awards. She has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Robert Levin, Roger Tapping, Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Merry Peckham, members of St. Martin in the Fields, the Silk Road Ensemble.  Stella he has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, San Francisco Conservatory’s Groundbreaking Ceremony, and on the radio show From the Top. Itzhak Perlman invited her to be guest soloist for “An Evening with Itzhak Perlman” in Napa Valley and the Silk Road Ensemble as a guest soloist in performances in Farkas Hall.

For ten years, Chen studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Li Lin. At Harvard, she served as the concertmaster of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the Dunster House Opera, and president of the Brattle Street Chamber Players. Other recent projects include performances in the capital of Bhutan as well as a tour of Cuba with Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. She has participated in festivals including MusicatMenlo, the Perlman Music Program, the Sarasota Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and YellowBarn.

Chen is a graduate of the Harvard / New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program studying with Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein. Stella graduated with honors from Harvard in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and served as the 2015-2016 Artist-In-Residence of Harvard University’s Lowell House. Chen is currently a C.V. Starr doctoral fellow at the Juilliard School, studying with Donald Weilerstein and Sylvia Rosenberg.

David Fisher | David studied cello with George Ricci and Orlando Cole and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. While there, he performed under Eugene Ormandy, Ricardo Muti, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Alexander Schneider, and Paul Paray. He toured as guest artist with the Curtis Quartet (playing Schubert cello quintet), and also performed extensively as a member of the Lang Piano Trio. As winner of the Artists International Music Competition, he performed a solo debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1983. David has perfromed on "Young Artists Showcase" (WQXR, New York City), "Morning Pro Musica" (WGBH, Boston), and "Concerts from Curtis" (NPR, Philadelphia). Separately, he graduated from Swarthmore College, Cornell Medical School, and Rockefeller University. He is currently chairman of dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical Schoo.

Emma Frucht | Emma, a twenty-one-year-old violinist from New York City, is a senior at Harvard University studying Art History. Her primary teachers have included Louise Behrend, Naoko Tanaka, and Lynn Chang. Ms. Frucht has served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra, and the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, and has given solo recital and chamber music performances at Juilliard and Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Frucht has been a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Music Academy of the West, and the Taos School of Music, and has performed extensively in orchestra and chamber music ensembles with both faculty members and students of these festivals.

Paul Katz | Paul is known to concertgoers the world over as cellist of the Cleveland Quartet, which, during an international career of 26 years, made more than 2,500 appearances on four continents. Katz has appeared as soloist in New York, Cleveland, Toronto, Detroit, Los Angeles, and other cities throughout North America. He was a student of Gregor Piatigorsky, Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Gabor Rejto and Leonard Rose. In September of 2001, Paul Katz joined the New England Conservatory faculty, following five years at Rice University in Houston, and twenty years of teaching at the Eastman School of Music.

Elliana Kirsh | A native of Cincinnati, soprano Elliana Kirsh has studied voice for over 15 years. Before coming to HMS, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology. Kirsh is now a second year medical student at Harvard Medical School, where she hopes to pursue a career focusing on the integration of voice, wellness and neuroscience.

Clara Yang | Clara wants to live in a world filled with the dreams of children who are all able to become their best selves.

She’s used her four years of experience as a musician, teaching artist, and educator to explore interdisciplinary connections between music and other art forms, education, and medicine. Her most recent recital in New York City used improvisatory composition and audience participation to illuminate the issue of food deserts, a public health issue regarding disparate access to fresh food and produce, in Manhattan.

Prior to coming to Harvard Medical School, she was a teaching artist with the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the New York Philharmonic, freelance flautist, and associate conductor of the Manhattan Wind Ensemble. She also taught seventh grade science through Teach For America in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

She jumps out of bed with a big smile on her face each morning because she is tapping into the strengths of both music and medicine to advocate for equitable and holistic health of children.   

When she’s not curating salon evenings or researching adolescent health issues, you can find her cooking soupy Korean food and asking herself, “Why not?”