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Sept. 28, 2007

'Fiery' violinist Joan Kwuon will play UI guest recital Oct. 8

Violinist Joan Kwuon, who was hailed as "a fiery player with a commanding technique" by the Boston Globe following her Tanglewood solo debut, will present a University of Iowa guest recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Kwuon's recital, performed with pianist Edward Robie, will be free and open to the public. The program will comprise three major sonatas for violin and piano -- and an American treat to finish it off.

The complete program will be:

-- the Sonata in A Major for violin and piano, op. 100, by Johannes Brahms;

-- the Sonata in G Major for piano and violin, op. 96, by Beethoven;

-- the Sonata in D Major for violin and piano, op. 94a, by Sergei Prokofiev; and

-- "Song and Dance" by André Previn.

Kwuon has been hailed by critics for her "impassioned and poised" playing, exhilarating technique and "pure and vibrant" tone, and by the public for her ability to captivate an audience from the moment she takes the stage. Her virtuosity and radiant stage presence have been recognized by media ranging from the "Today Show," CBS News and Lifetime Television to National Public Radio.

At the invitation of André Previn, Kwuon made her solo debut at the Tanglewood Music Festival performing the Brahms Violin Concerto. She has since appeared with orchestras around the world, including the Royal Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the NHK Symphony of Tokyo, the Moscow State Symphony, the Bulgarian National Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Jyvaskyla Sinfonia of Finland, Orchestra Europa, the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Sejong Soloists.

Highlights of Kwuon's upcoming engagements include appearances with the Seattle Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Amarillo Symphony, and a U.S tour with the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. Joined by André Previn at the piano, she will perform at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

For more information, see her Web site, at

A native of North Carolina, Robie started studying piano and violin at age six. By 13 he had made solo piano appearances with the Winston-Salem and Raleigh Civic Symphonies, garnering praise for his performances of works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

Robie received bachelors and master's degrees in piano performance from the Juilliard School. He has won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Gina Bachauer Scholarship, the 2005 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition at Juilliard, the North Carolina Symphony Competition, the Raleigh and Durham Symphony Competitions, the Winston-Salem Symphony Talent Search and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Robie has performed in the Kennedy Center in Washington and is a frequent guest artist at the "Music at the Meadows" and "Music at Bald Head" recital series in North Carolina. In addition to numerous performances in the United States, he performed a series of concerts in Taiwan in 1999.

Kwuon and Robie are guests of the UI School of Music, which is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Nancy Shear Arts Services, national press representative for Joan Kwuon, 212-496-9418,; Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office), 319-541-2846 (cell),

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