SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College’s Department of Music will present the Second Annual Chamber Music Concert featuring Dr. Eun-Sun Lee and guest artists Kyoko Hashimoto and Alexander Kramer at 7p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Leonard Auditorium.
All performances are free and open to the public.
Lee is associate professor of music and director of the Wofford Chamber Players. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from The Juilliard School in New York City, and her doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Southern California. Lee has performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, including in New York City for the Beethoven Society, the Metropolitan Museum, Carnegie Hall, Kaufman Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y, and the Lincoln Center, and at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. She has received numerous individual awards, and in 2004 she was selected as one of the founding artist members on SouthernArtistry.org.
Kyoko Hashimoto was born in Tokyo and began to study the piano at the age of 3. Her first piano performance on the radio was at the age of 5, and her first television performance as a soloist with an orchestra was at the age of 7. After graduating from the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Indiana University and The Juilliard School.
Hashimoto regularly has performed throughout the world, so far in more than 20 countries. She has been invited to several festivals including the Prague Spring Festival, the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival and the Saito Kinen Festival. She is associate professor of piano at McGill University in Canada.
Alexander Kramer was born in Vienna, Austria. Alexander began his musical life by learning the entire score of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and began cello lessons at the age of 9 with Carol Olefsky.
Kramer’s studies continued in Austria with Dankwart Gahl at the Salzburg Mozarteum and Roland Rois of the Music Academy of Linz. He was accepted on a full scholarship by cello professor Gordon Epperson to the music school at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Upon Epperson’s retirement in 1988, Kramer moved to New Brunswick, N.J., where he continued his cello studies at Rutgers.
Kramer then relocated to the Carolinas and began playing in various orchestras around the South, landing full time positions as principal cellist of the Greenville (SC) Symphony and assistant principal of the Charlotte Symphony, as well as being a first call substitute with the Atlanta Symphony.
Kramer’s September 2005 recital with his father, Stephen, was featured this year on WDAV Classical Radio as part of the Carolina Concerts series. The program was broadcast on Father’s Day and included excerpts from an interview with host and producer Rachel Jeffreys.