Romance in the Romantic era
The impassioned relationship between two of the Romantic period’s most famous musicians, Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann. Pianist Rachel Kudo joins us for a rare performance of Clara’s own work alongside music by her husband Robert, her lover Theodor Kirchner, and her lifelong confidant Brahms. Note: Due to an unforseen conflict, soloist Rachel Kudo will not be performing this concert and will be replaced by Mimi Solomon.
Theodor Kirchner – Nur Tropfen (adapted by Jason Weinberger for string orchestra)
Robert Schumann – Introduction and Allegro with Mimi Solomon, piano
Clara Schumann – Konzertsatz with Mimi Solomon, piano
Johannes Brahms – Symphony no. 1
American pianist Mimi Solomon enjoys a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. She has performed throughout the United States, China, Japan and Europe, has appeared as soloist with orchestras including Shanghai Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and Yale Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts including the McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase, France 3, France Inter, and National Public Radio.
An avid chamber musician, she regularly appears at music festivals on both sides of the Atlantic such as Santander, IMS Prussia Cove, Lockenhaus, Rencontres de Bel-Air, Ravinia, Taos, Norfolk, Yellow Barn, Charlottesville, La Loingtaine, and Aspen.
Mimi is also an enthusiastic and dedicated pedagogue: she is co-artistic director of MYCO Youth Chamber Orchestra, she spends part of every year coaching and performing chamber music at Kinhaven Festival in Vermont, and she has taught at Cornell University, East Carolina University, and Ithaca College. She is currently on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mimi recently returned to the US after nearly a decade in Paris, during which in addition to being active as a a chamber musician and soloist, she perfected her French and gained an assiduous understanding of where to find the best French delicacies. She graduated cum laude in East Asian Studies from Yale and went on to receive a Master of Music from Juilliard. Her main teachers were Peter Frankl and Robert McDonald, and she has also played regularly for Ferenc Rados and studied the fortepiano with Patrick Cohen. Her studies were generously supported by a Beebe Grant and two Woolley Scholarships from the Fondation des États-Unis. She currently lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, violinist Nicholas DiEugenio.