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Release: May 17, 2002
UI School of Music appoints three new studio faculty in musical performance
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Agrell is pronounced with the accent on the second
syllable: a-GRELL. Volkan Orhon is pronounced as written: VOLE-cahn
ORE-hahn. Tse is pronounced Chey.)
University of Iowa School of Music has appointed three new members of its
studio faculty for the 2002-03 academic year: Jeffrey Agrell in horn, Volkan
Orhon in string bass, and Kenneth Tse in saxophone.
Kristin Thelander, director of the UI School of Music, commented: We
feel very fortunate to have three such terrific musicians and teachers join
our faculty for the coming year. All three are established professional artists
who also have distinguished careers as teachers. I look forward to having
them join the rest of our outstanding faculty for the coming year.
Agrell has been a visiting faculty in the School of Music, teaching horn,
directing the Horn Choir, coaching chamber music and performing with the Iowa
Brass Quintet. Before coming to Iowa, he was a member of U.S. Army Bands and
was associate principal horn with the Lucerne (Switzerland) Symphony Orchestra
1975-2000, playing symphonic music, opera, operetta, ballet, musicals and
choral music. During that time he also performed chamber music throughout
Agrell began composing and arranging during his college years and played
jazz guitar and electronic music in the 1980s. For the past decade he has
had a steady stream of commissions from professional chamber music ensembles.
His works have appeared on CD and have been broadcast on radio and television
nationally and internationally. His Rhythm Suite for Clarinet and Marimba
won First Prize in the 2000 composition contest of the International Clarinet
At the 2001 Workshop of the International Horn Society in Kalamazoo he gave
a clinic on non-jazz improvisation and performed his Night Sonata
for horn, piano, bass, and percussion, which is revolutionary in its integration
of written and non-jazz improvised material. Another recent piece in this
style, September Elegy for natural horn and piano, was performed
at the Infinite Respect Conference at the University of Iowa in January 2002,
and was a winner in the Beyond 9-11: Arts in Iowa project.
Widely respected as performer, teacher and composer, Agrell was a guest artist/clinician
at the Midwest Horn Workshop in 2002. During the summer of 2002 he was a featured
artist and clinician at the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival and a coach
for the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong. He was on the editorial staffs
of two brass journals, writes two regular columns for Horn Call, and has some
60 published articles to his credit. He is currently working on a multi-volume
method that integrates traditional technique with aspects of improvisation,
jazz, and contemporary music. He offers regular workshops for regional high
school horn players and is sponsoring a contest for young horn soloists from
Agrell has degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He did further studies at the Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales in Montreux
(Switzerland) and at the Basel Conservatory.
Orhons professional career spans a wide variety of solo, orchestral
and chamber music performing and teaching across the country and around the
world. He has played with internationally recognized musicians including double
bassist Gary Karr and the Emerson String Quartet. He has performed as soloist
with orchestras across the country, including the El Paso Symphony, Hartford
Symphony, Connecticut Orchestra, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, Cortlandt
Chamber Orchestra and Northern Westchester Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his solo playing, he has been a member of the Hartford Symphony
Orchestra, Connecticut Opera Orchestra and a freelance musician throughout
New England. He recently completed a European tour with the Fazil Say and
Kudsi Erguner Jazz Quartet, performing at the Montreux, Paris, Antibes, Montpellier,
Istanbul and Izmir jazz festivals.
Orhon was a finalist and prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition
in New York City, and was the co-first place winner of the International Society
of Bassists Solo Competition. He was the first double bass player ever to
win the Grand Prize overall and first prize for double bass at the American
String Teachers Association Solo Competition.
Orhon was born and raised in Turkey. He began playing the double bass at
the age of 12, and spent much of his youth touring Europe. After receiving
a bachelors degree from Ankara State Conservatory, he became a member
of the Ankara Presidential Symphony Orchestra. He came to the United States
in 1991 to continue his studies with Karr at the Hartt School of Music in
Hartford, Conn., where he received an Artist Diploma and masters degree.
Orhon has served on the faculties of the University of Connecticut, Central
Connecticut State University, University of Massachusetts, Hartt School Community
Division of the University of Hartford, and Summer Strings Music Festival
in Pocatello, Idaho. Orhon is a DAddario Diamond Performing Artist and
performs exclusively on DAddario Strings.
More information is available on Orhons web page, at http://www.volkanbass.com/.
As a Yamaha performing artist and Vandoren endorsed artist, Tse is an active
international performer and clinician. He has given performances and master
classes in many parts of Asia, Europe and the United States. Many composers
have written pieces for Tse, including saxophone sonatas, saxophone concerto,
solo and chamber works by David DeBoor Canfield, John Cheetham, and Leonard
Upon his 1996 Carnegie Hall debut, the New York Times heralded Tse as a
young virtuoso and the Herald Times described his playing as virtuosic
brilliance with a beauteous, ever-so-smooth voice. Saxophone
Journal wrote, Every aspect of saxophone performance has been refined
to the nth degree: His ability to bring out the lyricism of any
line no matter how active or convoluted is breath taking.
A former student of the internationally acclaimed American artist and teacher
Eugene Rousseau, Tse has appeared as a soloist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta,
Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia, Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Baylor University
Wind Ensemble, Emory University Wind Ensemble, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony
and Des Moines Symphony, among others. He has solo compact disc recordings
on Crystal Records, RIAX Records, and Enharmonic Records. He is currently
the membership director for the North American Saxophone Alliance.
More information about Tse is available on his web page, at http://
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