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The Altino Duo, Summit Avenue Music Season Opener

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Name: The Altino Duo, Summit Avenue Music Season Opener
Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT
Event Description:
Summit Avenue Music Season Opener
Featuring the Altino Duo
The Summit Ave Music Series (SAMS) season opener is Sunday, September 17, 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Christ at Martin Luther College (1995 Luther Ct), New Ulm, Minnesota. The concert will feature Korean violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino, her Brazilian husband Leonardo Altino and pianist Bethel Balge. The program includes duos by Mozart, De Falla, and Ravel.  The final piece, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, is an extraordinary work. Composed by Ástor Piazzolla, this piano trio has a distinctive musical sound that combines jazz and the Argentinian tango of his native land together with classical forms and twentieth century harmonic ideas.  Piazzolla’s music has exciting rhythms that seem to insist that the listener dance to their hypnotic beat.
Korean-born violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino is highly regarded as a gifted teacher and a versatile performer of solo and chamber music. Her concert engagements have taken her to Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Germany, Korea and throughout the United States, as well as to festivals including the Duxbury Music Festival, Festival de Inverno Campos do Jordão and Festival Virtuosi in Brazil, and the Academy y Festival Nuevo Mundo in Venezuela. She has collaborated with renowned artists such as Monique Duphil, Oleh Krysa, Laurie Smukler, Suren Bagratuni, Steven Mackey and Jasper de Waal, among others. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music in 2015, Soh-Hyun served as Associate Professor of violin and chamber music at the University of Memphis, where she regularly performed as a member of the Dúnamis Trio and the Ceruti String Quartet. As a dedicated teacher, Soh-Hyun directed the String Intensive Study Program at the Masterworks Festival for eleven summers and has given master classes at universities both in the United States and abroad. She is a strong advocate of continuing education of performers and teachers, and to that end has regularly presented professional development sessions and held forums and clinics for violin teachers and their younger students. Her main teachers include Violaine Melançon at the Peabody Institute and Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned her Bachelor's degree, Master's degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Born in Pernambuco, Brazilian cellist Leonardo Altino began his musical studies at the age of six, giving his debut with orchestra performing the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 at age eleven. Altino’s career breakthrough in Brazil came when he became the youngest winner of the Jovens Concertistas Brasileiros, a prestigious competition in Rio de Janeiro, which led to performances with every major orchestra in the country. Praised in The Strad for “exceptional musical intelligence and an exceptionally cultivated sound," Altino was the First Prize winner at the International Cello Competition in Viña del Mar, and has since appeared as soloist and in recitals throughout Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Venezuela; Italy, Denmark and Greece; Korea and Taiwan and in the United States. In the summer months, he has taught in numerous festivals around the globe. Altino, who served as Professor of Cello at the University of Memphis from 2002 to 2015, studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Detmold Musik Hochschule in Germany and University of Illinois. His main teachers include Francisco Pino, Aldo Parisot, Laurence Lesser, Marcio Carneiro and Suren Bagratuni. Altino currently serves on the faculty at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.
Admission – $13 adults, $35 three-concert pass, $5 students and children
Tickets: online at or at the door on the day of the concert. For more information, visit
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and from the New Ulm Area Foundation.
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