DANIEL CARR: WORKS VOLUME 3High Voice and Piano Trio
BENEFIC PIANO TRIO
MINDY ELLA CHU, mezzo-soprano
Misha Vayman, violin
Cello (Qiele) Guo, cello
Sunhwa Kim, piano
World Premiere Recordings
PROGRAM NOTESA native of Cranston, Rhode Island, composer Daniel Carr creates music that has been described as being “undoubtedly of the 21st century”. His work is often virtuosic, yet it retains the lyricism, driving rhythm and colorful harmonies that audiences delight in hearing and musicians enjoy playing. Carr grew up in a musical home, his parents and siblings all being active in music. His father was a piano tuner and technician, so there were always several pianos, organs and other instruments throughout the home. It was not unusual for several family members to be playing pieces in completely different genres on different instruments in different rooms throughout the house at the same time. Fortunately, there were also times when the family played together in ensembles, inspiring Carr’s life-long love of chamber music. Although he played violin and piano when he was young, he did not become interested in composition until his mid-20s. Carr’s primary music teachers were his mother, pianist Naomi Carr, and Dr. Donald Rankin of the University of Rhode Island.
[ www.danielcarrcomposer.com ]
Mezzo-soprano Mindy Ella Chu has been praised for her expressive, vigorous performances. Chu made her international solo debut in 2015 performing John Rutter’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah in Japan. She recently appeared at the Getty Museum in multi-media art pieces with Los Angeles-based artist Carolyn Pennypacker-Riggs. Active in recording, she appears on a release featuring Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Stanford University chamber ensemble. She frequently appears with the Bach Collegium San Diego and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Chu has collaborated with numerous world-class artists, including David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Nicolas McGegan and Gustavo Dudamel. She also performed in tours and concerts with the American Bach Soloists, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Apollo’s Fire, The Thirteen, Voices of Music, Carmel Bach Festival and the Grammy award-winning Chamber Opera Series at the Boston Early Music Festival. In 2020, she made her company debut with The Industry opera. Chu has been heard live in performance on WQXR in New York and BBC Radio 3 in the United Kingdom.
[ www.mindyellachu.com ]
The Benefic Piano Trio, Grand Prize winners of the 2018 ENKOR International Music Competition, and Artists in Residence at the Benefic Chamber Festival, was formed at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, California, in 2017. The Trio has had great success among music critics and media, notably being interviewed and featured in South Korea’s premiere classical music magazine, String & Bow, and receiving rave reviews for performances nationally and internationally. The members of the trio – violinist Misha Vayman, cellist Cello (Qiele) Guo and pianist Sunhwa Kim – have received numerous accolades, including grants, residencies and competition titles around the world. Strong advocates of new music and performance practices, they have taken part in a number of recordings across various genres. The Benefic Piano Trio is based in Los Angeles and New York, where they pursue active performing, teaching, and studio careers. [ www.beneficpianotrio.com ]
Pianist Sunhwa Kim is the winner of numerous prizes, including several from Korea Chopin, Yamaha Music Scholarship, New York Paderewski International Piano Competition, International Chopin Piano Competition and Kerikeri International Piano Competition in New Zealand. She has also received the Roy M. Rubinstein Award through the Manhattan School of Music and the 12th Seoul Student Award for enhancing Korea’s national prestige from the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education. She was a finalist and received the Honorable Mention Prize at the International Paderewski Piano Competition in Poland. Kim is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Manhattan School of Music where she is also active in a teaching assistantship.
[ www.sunhwakimpiano.com ]
Misha Vayman is a violinist based in Los Angeles, where he performs with the Benefic Piano Trio, Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra and his genre-defying band, Mixtape. Aside from recordings with these ensembles, Vayman has also appeared on albums by Plini, String Theory and Jamie Drake, among others. As a soloist, he has performed concertos across the United States, Mexico, China and Russia. [ www.mishavayman.com ]
Cello (Qiele) Guo’s music performances began at the age of 14 when he was recognized as one of the “Ten Talented Young Artists of China.” Two years later, Cello (Qiele) won Second Prize at the prestigious Ai Qin Bei Competition in Beijing. In 2013, he won First Prize prize at the YSTCM Concerto Competition. Cello (Qiele)’s performances can be heard in numerous albums and motion picture scores, including Bullitt County, Disposition, String Theory, among many others. Cello (Qiele), one of the youngest tenured members of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, is currently working on his doctor of musical arts degree at UC Santa Barbara. [ www.celloguo.com ]
PROGRAMDANIEL CARR (b.1972)
PIANO TRIO for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op.19
NINE BETHANY SWANN SONGS for High Voice, Violin, Cello and Piano, Op.18
I. In Memoriam
II. Roses Through Barbed Wire
III. The Somnambulist
IV. The Struggle
V. Stained Glass
VI. A Return
VII. Song of Returns
VIII. Light Sources
IX. Northern Boundaries
VOCALISE for High Voice, Violin, Cello and Piano, Op.9
Music published by Nikoichi Publishing.
Recorded 26-29 May 2021 at Clear Lake Recording Studio, North Hollywood, California. Recording engineer: Samuel Ostroff. Mixing engineers: Samuel Ostroff and Zach Moses Ostroff.