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Renowned Violinist Yonetani Returns to Wofford College

Monday, March 04, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Nationally renowned violinist Ayako Yonetani returns to Wofford College for a public performance on Tuesday, March 12, that will include the world premiere of “Elegy” for solo violin and string ensemble, a reflection on the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S.

The work was composed by Dr. Stella Sung, recognized as a young American composer of rising national and international stature. Yonetani will be accompanied by pianist Evan Solomon and a strings ensemble composed of Wofford students and staff and three Spartanburg High School orchestra members. Her performance will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Dvorak and Paganini.

The performance will be at 11 a.m. in Leonard Auditorium on Wofford’s campus; it is free and open to the public.

Later that day, Yonetani will conduct a masterclass for four strings players—two from Wofford and two from local high schools—to which strings players from area high schools are invited. The masterclass will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium.

Yonetani and Solomon also will hold a free public recital on Wednesday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall at Converse College. Earlier that day, Yonetani will conduct a masterclass for Converse students and Converse Pre-College students at 2:30 p.m. in Mayfarth Rehearsal Hall.

Yonetani, who performed in April 2001 at the inauguration of Wofford’s 10th president, Dr. Benjamin Dunlap, is a native of Kobi, Japan. She began violin studies at age 5 and had her solo debut in Tokyo at 10 after winning the Japan National Competition. Recently, her solo career has included appearances with the New Tokyo and Kosice State Philharmonic; the NHK, Gunma, Rio Hondo, Brevard and Okaloosa symphonies; and the Chamber Orchestra of Zilina (Slovak Republic).

Solomon has appeared in chamber music and vocal recitals throughout the United States as well as France, Germany, China, Japan, Korea and Zimbabwe. As a yearly visitor to the Aspen Music Festival, he performs frequently in the Starling Recital Series, Young Artist Concerts, and as harpsichordist and arranger for International Sejong Soloists, ensemble-in-residence at the Aspen Festival. He recently served as official accompanist for the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition in Germany.

Sung has received recognition and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, “Meet the Composer,” the American Society of Authors, Composers, and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL), the Southern Arts Federation, the German Ministry of Culture, the MacDowell Colony, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the National Flute Association, the International Clarinet Association, the Bureau of Cultural Affairs for the State of Florida, the Florida State Music Teachers Association, the Arts Services Council of Orlando, Florida, and various other music organizations. Her works are performed regularly throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.