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Feb. 20, 2004

'Old Friends' Appold, Kim To Play Violin-Piano Program March 5

Two old friends -- violinist Amy Appold from the Maia String Quartet and the University of Iowa School of Music, and pianist Mansoon Han Kim from Hope College in Holland, Mich. -- will be reunited for a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 5 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their UI faculty/guest recital will be free and open to the public.

Appold and Kim have connections that go back to their student days and encompass far more than violin-piano duets. "Mansoon and I are old friends, dating back to our days at the Peabody Conservatory together," Appold explained. "We also shared accommodations at the Aspen Festival and spent MANY late nights playing cards!

"She is a dear friend and a wonderful, wonderful pianist. It's my pleasure to play with her again for this concert."

For the March 5 recital, Appold and Kim will share four pieces with each other and the audience: Bela Bartok's Rumanian Folk Dances; Beethoven's Sonata No. 4 in A minor, op. 23; Four Pieces, op. 17, by Josef Suk; and Johannes Brahms' Sonata in G Major, op. 78.

"In my solo programs I like to do a combination of standard repertoire and lesser-known works," Appold said. "In this program, the Bartok, Beethoven and Brahms clearly fall into the former category, while the Suk pieces represent the latter."

"The Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances are lot of fun to play! They really show Bartok's love for folk music, as well as his expertise in writing for string instruments. He has a way of making the violin sound like a voice, or a flute, or a guitar or even a whole band, depending on the character of the piece."

"Beethoven is my 'desert island' composer. Between the quartets -- especially the late ones -- many of the symphonies, and certainly some of the violin sonatas, I'd be content mentally even if hungry physically.

"In an ongoing quest to knowing all 10 of the violin sonatas I've been programming them one at a time in the past several years. After this sonata I'll only have two left to learn -- and then all 10 to play again and again throughout my life, I hope.

"The set of four pieces by Dvorak's son-in-law Josef Suk isn't played very much these days, but it's a real gem. They're very romantic, sweet little works. They have a beautiful harmonic language that is tonal, but with fun little quirks that bring them into the 20th century just a bit, since they were composed in 1900.

"Brahms Sonata in G major is one of the most beautiful sonatas written for the violin. I performed this piece with Mansoon about eight years ago, and we learned so much from each other through that process. I'm excited to reconnect with her on it and see how we each have evolved as musicians since then. I think the older you get, the more Brahms makes sense to you."

Appold is a founding member and first violinist of the Maia String Quartet. Her extensive performing experience also includes positions with the Youngstown and Canton symphonies and the Isabella Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra in Boston and solo performances with the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony and the Bach Ensemble of Baltimore. She won first place in the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition and subsequently performed a concerto with the Cleveland Institute Symphony.

Prior to their appointment at the UI, Appold and the other members of the Maia Quartet were the quartet in residence for the Acadiana Symphony in Lafayette, La., serving as first-chair players in the orchestra's string sections. The members of the quartet have also served on the chamber music faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

Appold has a bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute and a master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory. With the other members of the Maia String Quartet she held a two-year graduate quartet-in-residence fellowship from the Juilliard School.

Mansoon Han Kim began her piano studies at the age of six in Seoul, Korea. She has won numerous competitions, including the Yook Young 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 the Clara Ascherfeld accompanying award and a Peabody Scholarship.

Kim has also participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Orford Arts Center and the Kent Blossom Summer Chamber Music Festival. Currently teaching piano at Hope College in Holland, Mich., Kim leads an active performing career. 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, a 1998 Naumberg Competition finalist.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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