A wonderful interview with Deborah Pae and Mike Telin of Cleveland Classical talking about the many facets of her career and her all solo-cello program featuring works by Bach, Mayuzumi, and Mumford; which took place at the Stocker Arts Center's Signature Series on November 3, 2016.
News about upcoming projects, concerts, recordings, travels, and fun discoveries from Deborah...
It seems like March flew by in a flash and now we are already at the end of April! I have been on 8 flights and 7 concerts in the last four weeks, and will be on a plane to Paris this Wednesday. There is so much I want to share with you and will get to in the coming week. But in the meantime, I wanted to share this honor and highlight! The members of the Formosa Quartet have been a joy to perform, travel, and spend time with during the last few weeks. I am thrilled to be part of their global family and to join them in this new chapter of their 14-year history. The official press release is below.
It is with great pleasure that the Formosa Quartet announces its new member, cellist Deborah Pae.
An internationally acclaimed artist, Deborah has built a rich and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, teacher, and pioneer of new music. Her numerous awards include grants from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, DoMusica Foundation, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, as well as the silver medal in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition with Trio Modetre, the ensemble she co-founded. She has been a featured artist at renowned festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Crans-Montana Classics, and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove. After three years as Artist-in-Residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium, Deborah has recently returned to the United States where she continues a full concert season of solo recitals and chamber music appearances in Europe, Asia, and North America. Hailed by Gramophone as "exceptionally gifted" and "breathtaking", Deborah has shared the stage with many of the world's celebrated artists including Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, and Kim Kashkashian, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Cleveland Quartets.
The Formosa Quartet is thrilled to welcome both Deborah and her Vincenzo Postiglione (c. 1885) cello, generously on loan from the Arts and Letters Foundation, and looks forward to an exciting musical future in its new formation. Deborah begins playing as a part of Formosa immediately commencing with a 4-day residency at UCSD from April 18-21, 2016, during which Formosa will record Lei Liang's Verge Quartet as well as perform Liang's Song Recollections, a piece based on aboriginal Taiwanese folk songs — whose premiere, presented by Art of Élan in San Diego, was recently given by Formosa with Deborah as cellist. This June Deborah will make her inaugural trip to Taiwan with Formosa to premiere a commission by New-Zealand composer Garreth Farr for harp and string quartet.
Deborah succeeds cellist and founding member Ru-Pei Yeh, who remains in the Formosa Quartet family and whose warmth, humor, and artistry will be much missed by Formosa's audiences. Formosa extends its heartfelt thanks to Ru-Pei and celebrates her artistic contribution with its new CD on the Delos label (released April 6, 2016), featuring Brahms and Gernsheim piano quintets with pianist Reiko Uchida.
Emily Motherwell, Marketing & Publicity Director
392 Belmont Street
Quincy, MA 02170-4011
Ph: +1 646-266-6918
On Monday February 22, I was thrilled to return to Boston with my piano trio, Trio Modetre, with violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Misha Namirovsky. After several years of living on different continents, traveling and performing across the globe, we finally made our much anticipated return at the invitation of Music for Food Boston (MFF) at the New England Conservatory, our alma mater. Performing in Boston seemed very fitting as the trio was founded at NEC in 2012 where we were all students and we got to share the stage with wonderful violinist and NEC faculty, Soovin Kim, who gave a powerful performance of Bach's Solo Sonata in D minor, BWV 1004. Our concert that evening served as a vehicle to raise awareness and support for the Women's Lunch Place, one of MFF's affiliate partners and a sanctuary for women experiencing homelessness or poverty in the Boston community. This shelter holds a special place in my heart as I curated a concert series there in 2011. The series is still flourishing today under the leadership of current students at the Conservatory.
For those of you who are just hearing about Music for Food, MFF is a musician-led initiative to raise awareness about local hunger relief. The concert series brings artists, musicians, audiences, and the people of our communities together to contribute their talents and gifts towards a very important issue in our society. MFF began in 2010 and through their grassroots movement, they have flourished nationally and internationally. Their model is sustainable and can be replicated for musicians to bring to their own communities which is why you can find Music for Food in Boston, Appleton, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Berlin! If you haven't heard about their growing partnerships, please visit their website to find out more. Even if you're not a musician, you can still be part of this incredible organization.
Thanks to a wonderful friend, SoYoung Sarah Yang, who has some nifty skills capturing photos on her phone, we're able to share a bit of the evening with you here. Additionally, we would like to thank Kim Kashkashian, violist and artistic director of Music for Food; Cashman Kerr Prince, general manager; their entire team, and the Boston community for welcoming us so warmly.