MBL Summer Concert & Fundraiser

“One of the world’s finest music academies”
(BBC Culture)


Sunday, July 24, 2016


7:00 PM Concert
Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole

9:00 PM Champagne and Dessert Reception
Swope Center Terrace

Proceeds will support the MBL’s research and education programs.

The MBL is pleased to welcome back Curtis On Tour for its third performance in Woods Hole.This summer’s program includes a new work composed by Curtis alumnus Jonathan Bailey Holland, written in inspiration of the Cape Cod National Seashore and in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. 

Drawing upon 90 years of artistry, the Curtis Institute of Music pairs tradition and innovation, educating exceptionally gifted young musicians as artist-citizens who engage a local and global community through music-making of the highest caliber. Each year 175 students come to Curtis, drawn by a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture. In this intimate environment, they are nurtured by a celebrated faculty and inspired by the school’s distinctive “learn by doing” approach, offering more than 200 concerts each year in Philadelphia, as well as performances around the world through Curtis on Tour.

Curtis on Tour is the global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. An embodiment of the school’s “learn by doing” philosophy, it offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performances, students frequently offer master classes, in-school demonstrations, and other community engagement activities. Since Curtis on Tour was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have traveled to more than 50 destinations in Europe, Asia, and North and South America, with new venues added each year.

Curtis reaches global audiences through Curtis Performs (curtis.edu/CurtisPerforms), the school’s dedicated HD performance video site. Online music courses and Summerfest programs offer lifelong learners further ways to listen, explore, and learn. And students hone 21st-century skills through social entrepreneurship programs that bring arts access and education to the community.

The extraordinary young musicians of Curtis graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history. Each season leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series around the world feature Curtis alumni. They are in the front rank of soloists, composers, and conductors and hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra. Curtis graduates are musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities. To learn more, visit www.curtis.edu.


Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Trio in B-flat major, D.581
Allegro moderato
Menuett: Allegretto
Rondo: Allegretto 

Kevin Lin, violin

Yoshihiko Nakano, viola

Youna Choi, cello

Jonathan Bailey Holland (b. 1974)
New Work*

Laura Park, violin

Kevin Lin, violin

Yoshihiko Nakano, viola

Youna Choi, cello


Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
Quintet in A minor, Op. 84
Moderato — Allegro
Moderato — Allegro

Kevin Lin, violin

Laura Park, violin

Yoshihiko Nakano, viola

Youna Choi, cello

Meng-Chieh Liu, piano

*New work inspired by the Cape Cod National Seashore and commissioned by the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival
and the Curtis Institute of Music for Curtis on Tour.


RS4059_Kevin Lin-scrKevin Lin, violin

Praised for “captivating the audience” with his “virtuosity and musicianship” (SFA News), 22-year-old violinist Kevin Lin continues to captivate audiences with his performances. He is a recent prizewinner in both the Irving Klein and Schmidbauer International Competitions, and in 2014 was also a participant in the Menuhin International Violin Competition and George Enescu International Violin Competition. Recently, Mr. Lin presented a sold-out concert series in Seoul, South Korea, and also appeared as a soloist with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Space in New York, under the baton of AACA alumna Gemma New. He has also performed with members of the Tokyo and Ebene Quartets, pianists Robert Levin and John Perry, and Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Andrew Bain. Mr. Lin has been a student at the Aspen Music Festival and School for six summers, and for the past two summers has received a TSAI String Mentor Fellowship with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Lin has previously studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec, and later received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Colburn School, where he studied with Robert Lipsett. He currently studies with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. Lin is the Jean J. Sterne Fellow.

RS4032_Laura Park (high def)-scrLaura Park, violin
Laura Park, from Chicago, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 and studies violin with Ida Kavafian. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Park is the Abigail Rebecca Zubrow Cohen Memorial Fellow. Praised for showing “extraordinary maturity, interpretive insight, passion, [and] nuance” (Chicagoclassicalmusic.org), she has been featured as soloist with orchestras such as the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica “Paul Constantinescu” Di Ploiesti Romania, Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra, Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Harper Symphony Orchestra, Music Institute of Chicago Academy Chamber Orchestra and Midwest Young Artists’ Concert and Symphony Orchestras. Additional highlights of her career have included appearances on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Millennium Stage Concert Series at the Kennedy Center, From the Top, 98.7 WFMT Introductions, and the Young Steinway Concert Series. Park has also been a laureate of many competitions, including the Lipizer International Violin Competition, Thomas and Evon Cooper International Violin Competition, Ima Hogg Young Artists’ Competition, and Stulberg International String Competition. An active chamber musician, Park holds gold medals from the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, St. Paul String Quartet Competition, and Rembrandt Chamber Players Competition. Her previous teachers include Almita and Roland Vamos, Marko Dreher, and Injoo Choi.

RS4467_YoshiNakano_LSF_6931Yoshihiko Nakano, viola
Yoshihiko Nakano is active as a free-lance violist in the Philadelphia area. He performs as a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and frequently appears as a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a soloist Nakano has appeared with orchestras including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Juilliard Orchestra, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. His many festival appearances include the Verbier Festival, where he served as one of the rotating principals of the Verbier Festival Orchestra for two seasons, as well as Perlman Music Program and Aspen Music Festival. Nakano received his Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Roberto Díaz and Michael Tree. He also holds degrees from the Juilliard School and Northwestern University.

RS4058_Youna-Choi-SMYouna Choi, cello
Youna Choi, from Seoul, Korea, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011 and studies cello with Peter Wiley and Carter Brey. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Choi is the Mimi Lane and Robert Durham Annual Fellow.

She received the First Prize at the Music Journal competition in her native Korea and won First Place and the Grand Prize at the Edu-Classic competition and received a scholarship from Edu-Classic society. Ms. Choi has performed recitals and chamber ensemble performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Sarasota Opera House and Holley Hall in Sarasota, as well as the Ewon Music Center, Urim Arts Hall, Seocho Arts Hall, and Soyang Hall in South Korea. Prior to entering Curtis, Ms. Choi attended the Seoul National University.

RS3992_Meng-Chieh Liu-scrMeng-Chieh Liu, piano
A recipient of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Meng-Chieh Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a 21-year-old student, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with three hours’ notice. His acclaimed performance was followed by a number of widely praised appearances, including a recital at the Kennedy Center.

Mr. Liu has performed with orchestras under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel and Alan Gilbert, among others. His concerts have been broadcast around the world, and Taiwanese National Television has aired a documentary on his life. A dedicated chamber musician, he has collaborated with musicians in North America, Europe, and Asia, in addition to working with artists in other disciplines, including Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project. He is the artistic director of Chicago Chamber Musicians, which he joined in 2009.

Mr. Liu received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Jorge Bolet, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Claude Frank. He received first prizes in the Stravinsky, Asia Pacific Piano, and Mieczyslaw Munz competitions.

Mr. Liu has been a member of the Curtis Institute of Music faculty since 1993 and also serves on the faculties of Roosevelt University and the New England Conservatory.