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Renowned Violinist Yonetani Returns to Wofford

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC—Nationally renowned violinist Ayako Yonetani returns to Wofford College to perform in a convocation on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Leonard Auditorium. The 11 a.m. performance is free and open to the public.

Yonetani has become a Wofford community favorite after her performance at the 2001 inauguration of President Benjamin B. Dunlap and her appearance on campus last year that included the world premiere of Dr. Stella Sung’s “Elegy” for solo violin and string ensemble, a reflection on the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States.

Yonetani will be accompanied again by pianist Evan Solomon. The concert will include a performance of Bach’s double concerto with Yonetani and Eun-Sun Lee, assistant professor of violin and viola at Converse College, along with the Wofford Strings Ensemble, and the Vitali Chaconne with Yonetani accompanied by Wofford music professor Gary McCraw on the organ.

A native of Kobi, Japan, Yonetani began violin studies at age 5 and had her solo debut in Tokyo at 10 after winning the Japan National Competition. She is an associate professor of violin and viola at the University of Central Florida and is a member of Japan’s Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo.

Recently, Yonetani has appeared with the New Tokyo and the Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice; she also has performed with the NHK, Gunma, Rio Hondo, Brevard, and Okaloosa Symphonies; and the Chamber Orchestra of Zilina (Slovak Republic). She also has appeared frequently as a recitalist in major cities, such as New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Tokyo, Kyoto and Kosice.

Yonetani held the Isaac Stern concertmaster chair of the Academy Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2001 and 2002.

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 2003 Hannover International Violin Competition in Germany.

Lee, who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Julliard School, has performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, including being a participant in the Aspen Music Festival. She is a member of the Converse Trio.