Joining the Phil's opening concert, Let's Paint the Town Silver! on September 29, 2018.
Michael Chertock fashioned a successful career as a piano soloist, collaborating with conductors such as Keith Lockhart, Jack Everly, Robert Bernhardt, John Morris Russell, Thomas Wilkins, Carmon DeLeone, and the late Erich Kunzel. His many orchestral appearances include solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Montreal, the Toronto Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Chattanooga Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic.
Chertock has recorded the John Alden Carpenter's Concertino for Piano and Orchestra with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Abbey Road Studio; the Roger Davis Piano Concerto in F, with the Sofia Philharmonic; and the Rhapsodies of Piano and Orchestra of William Perry with the RTE Orchestra of Dublin, Ireland.
Chertock made his debut at the age of 17, performing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with Andrew Litton conducting. Chertock made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999 with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, performing Duke Ellington’s New World A’Comin’.
Chertock has toured Asia with the Boston Pops, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. His 2003 performance on the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Petrouchka with Paavo Järvi turned in rave reviews in Gramophone and American Record Guide. In 2005, Chertock performed Gershwin’s Concerto in F Major with Maestro Lockhart and the National Youth Orchestra of London. Later that year, Chertock performed the world premiere of "Jeux Deux" for hyper-piano and orchestra by Todd Machover, commissioned by the Boston Pops expressly for Mr. Chertock. Read more...
World-renowned violinist, SooBeen Lee joining the Phil's October 27th concert, Greeks & Others Bearing Gifts.
SooBeen Lee has been called “Korea’s hottest violin prodigy” (Hancinema). She has already appeared as soloist with every major Korean orchestra, including the Seoul Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra and KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Symphony Orchestra. Other distinctions include performances for Secretary-General of the United Nations Ki-moon Ban, at the Blue House for the King and Queen of Malaysia, with China’s Wuhan Philharmonic, at the Seoul Arts Center, and for many state guests in Korea.
During the 2018-19 season SooBeen Lee appears on the Young Concert Artists Series to give her New York concerto debut, performing the Chausson Poème with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and in recital at the Morgan Library and Museum. She also performs the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Gulf Coast Symphony and Rockford Symphony, the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Plymouth Philharmonic, the Sibelius Concerto with the Longwood Symphony, the Brahms Concerto with the Palm Beach Symphony, and recitals for Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Congregation Rodef Shalom, Southern Adventist University, Jewish Community Alliance, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Abbey Church Events and Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.
Ms. Lee’s Festival engagements include the Usedom Music Festival in Germany this season, and appearances at the Heifetz Music Festival, Chopin Music Festival in Poland, City of London Festival, Busan International Music Festival, Great Mountains International Music Festival, Seoul Spring Festival, and Japan’s Ishikawa Summer Music Academy, where she worked with YCA alumnus Koichiro Harada.
She won First Prize at the 2013 Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition and First Prize at the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, where she was also honored with YCA’s Slomovic Prize, which provided support for her Washington, DC debut, the Michaels Award, which provided support for her New York debut, and three performance prizes. Read more...
Soprano Kristen Watson joining all three performances of the Phil's Holiday Pops, December 8 & 9, 2018.
Kristen Watson, hailed by critics for her “blithe and silvery” tone and “winning stage presence”, has made solo debuts with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York City, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Boston Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Emmanuel Music, at such venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. Anticipated to “become a valuable presence in the early-music world” (Richard Dyer, Boston Globe), Kristen Watson was recently granted the Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellowship with Emmanuel Music, as well as awards from the American Bach Society Vocal Competition, Oratorio Society of NY Solo Competition, Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Joy in Singing Competition, and the Louisville Bach Society Vocal Competition.
Opera audiences have recently heard Kristen Watson as the “Voice of the Fountain” in Osvaldo Golijov’s acclaimed new opera Ainadamar with Opera Boston, directed by Peter Sellars. She has performed in additional productions with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston University Opera Institute, Intermezzo Opera, and the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in such roles as Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera and Monica in The Medium.
A versatile crossover artist, Kristen Watson has appeared at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra as the headlining artist on their “Holiday Pops” program, as well as “Mozart’s Greatest Hits”, both under conductor Keith Lockhart. Read more...