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Release: Nov. 30, 2001

Craioveanu, Han Will Perform Works For Violin, Piano At UI Dec. 13

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violinist Mihai Craioveanu and pianist Mansoon Han, faculty members at Hope College in Michigan, will perform works by Ravel, Franck, W.H. Ernest and Enescu in a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The program -- the Ravel and Franck sonatas, Ernst’s Variations on "The Last Rose of Summer" for solo violin and Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 -- duplicates the program of their upcoming concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Craioveanu, who was born in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, Romania, has been active internationally as both a violinist and a conductor, including appearances at the Edinburgh, Banff and Bodensee festivals. His performances have been broadcast on network television in America, Australia and Europe, and he has been featured on the international channels of Radio Free Europe and the Voice of America.

He was educated at the University of Music in Bucharest and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he was a winner of the international Concert Recital Diploma. He was also a scholarship student at the International Summer Music Institute at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Germany and the International Music Festival "Jeunnesse Musicale" in Belgium.

At Hope College Craioveanu was a founding member of the Anchor Trio and was Music Director of the Holland Symphony Orchestra for five years. He also often returns to Romania, where he has been a soloist with the Bucharest National Radio Orchestra, the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra and the Moldavian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mansoon Han began her piano studies at the age of six in Seoul, Korea. She has won numerous competitions, including the Yook Young Competition, the Piano Music Competition, and the Nan Pa Music Competition. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University she moved to the United States to study with renowned concert pianist Ann Schein at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, where she received both master’s and doctoral degrees. She won a number of awards at Peabody, including second prize in the Yale Gordon Competition, the Clara Ascherfeld accompanying award and a Peabody Scholarship.

Han has also participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Orford Arts Center and the Kent Blossom Summer Chamber Music Festival. She has worked in master class with Menahem Pressler, Leon Fleisher, Abbey Simon, Jorg Demus, Marc Durand and Sergei Dorensky.

An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with members of the Maia Quartet; with Peter Landgren, Principal French Horn with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and with soprano Hyunah Yu, 1998 Naumberg Competition finalist. Among her upcoming projects will be a performance in January 2002 at Carnegie Hall's Weil Recital Hall in New York City with violinist Mihai Craioveanu.

Their concert is presented by the UI School of Music, part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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