We are pleased to welcome members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Music Society as our resident performers for 2019! Students enrolled in the concert track will compose a short piece (ca. 2 minutes) for the full ensemble or a subset.
Yumi Kendall joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in September 2004 as assistant principal cello, immediately following graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with David Soyer and Peter Wiley. She began studying cello at the age of five following the Suzuki approach. At age 16, while studying with David Hardy, she made her solo debut with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center.
Ms. Kendall was the 2013 recipient of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s C. Hartman Kuhn Award, which is given annually to “the member of The Philadelphia Orchestra who has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and the reputation of The Philadelphia Orchestra.” A proud Suzuki alumnus, she founded the Suzuki Alumni Project (www.suzukialumniproject.org) in 2016 as a way for those who grew up with the Suzuki approach to celebrate Suzuki education and express gratitude to the movement’s teachers all over the globe for believing in their students’ potential, and that of all children.
Ms. Kendall’s festival and chamber music activities include Music from Angel Fire, the Marlboro Festival, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Smithsonian’s 21st-Century Consort, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, she has served on the faculties of the National Orchestral Institute, the New York State School for Orchestral Studies, the Brevard Music Center, and the Miami Summer Music Festival.
In addition to orchestral, chamber, and solo performing and teaching, Ms. Kendall serves on the board of Astral Artists, a national organization based in Philadelphia whose mission is developing the careers of prominent young classical musicians through mentorship and performance opportunities. She was invited to serve as an assistant instructor for the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree program, from which she graduated in 2017. Her interest in organizational psychology and development stems from her belief in classical music’s powerful role in human flourishing, and the importance of cultivating healthy organizations as pathways to serve the arts and public community.
Erica Peel joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as piccolo player at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. She enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, composer, and teacher. Prior to joining The Philadelphia Orchestra she was solo piccolo of the San Diego Symphony. She is praised for her effortless performances, which expertly maneuver from the strictly classical to rock and roll and everywhere in between, while maintaining an authenticity and approachability that is rare.
Ms. Peel began her orchestral career as principal flute of the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles at the age of 21. She went on to hold positions with the Honolulu Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, the Lincoln Symphony, and the Omaha Symphony and has most notably performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. She was also a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho.
Celebrated for her fearless and innovative approach to music-making, Ms. Peel has found a truly unique voice. As a founding member and composer of the internationally recognized pop-fusion flute duo In Sterio, she has discovered a passion for composition that draws influences from rock, folk, funk, Latin, world, electro, and jazz. Performing in these genres has empowered a sense of freedom in her playing and has led her to produce concerts for thousands of people across the country. With In Sterio she has released two albums of her works, Frequency and Awake, available on iTunes.Ms. Peel has been featured with the Omaha Symphony performing Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C major and was a first place prizewinner in several competitions, including the National Flute Association’s Orchestral Audition Competition, the Florida Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, and the Flute Society of Kentucky’s Young Artist Competition.
As a featured clinician and soloist at universities and schools across the U.S., Ms. Peel makes it her goal to create a spark and incite inspiration among her listeners. Whether it’s enlivening young children’s imaginations, creating nostalgic moments for adults, or completely altering someone’s perception of the flute, she believes that music education is less about educating and more about feeding the soul.
Ms. Peel’s primary studies were with Jill Felber, Christine Nield-Capote at the University of Miami, and Mary Ann Archer, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Ms. Peel performs on a 14K gold Miyazawa flute, a Hammig piccolo with a Mancke headjoint, and a Trevor James alto flute. She and her husband, oboist Jason Sudduth, have a young daughter, Avery.
Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a pianist whose playing is “warmly charismatic” and “calm maturity with naturalness” by Seen and heard International, pianist Hanchien Lee is recognized for her eloquent and virtuosic performances as a soloist and chamber musician. Since her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age sixteen, Ms. Lee has performed throughout the US, in Europe and across Asia in such prestigious venues as Steinway Hall in New York, Academy of Music, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Basilica San Pietro in Italy, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.
Ms. Lee performs diverse repertoire that incorporates familiar works from the piano repertoire as well as compositions by 21st-century composers. In the past seasons, Lee has given recitals at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Muhlenberg College Piano Series, Hillman Performing Arts Center, Texas International Piano Festival and China Conservatory. She has also appeared as soloist internationally with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Taiwan National Orchestra, American Elite youth orchestra, Plainfield Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Perugia and Poland’s Capella Cracovienses Chamber Orchestra.
Interested and dedicated in advancing contemporary music, Ms. Lee often premieres works by contemporary composers. An active recording artist, she took part in recording for composer Chia-Yu Hsu under the Naxos label. Her recording of Sarasate’s violin works with award winning violinist Yu-Chien Benny Tsung was awarded “Best interpretation” by 2015 Chun-Yi Golden Music Award in Taiwan. A dedicated and enthusiastic chamber musician, Lee has performed in many highly respected music festivals including Prussia Cove International Music Seminar, Kingston Chamber Music festival, Sarasota, Yellow Barn, Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals, and Music Academy of the West.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Hanchien Lee began her piano study with Shu-Ling Wang and Chao-Yang Liu at age 5. She immigrated to US to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age eleven where she was under the tutelage of Claude Frank and Eleanor Sokoloff. Following graduation from Curtis, she continued her studies at Yale University with Claude Frank, earning both a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University where she worked with Boris Slutsky. She was part of András Schiff’s class at Prussia Cove International Music Seminar. Her mentors also includes esteemed pianists such as Gary Graffman, Richard Goode, Meng-Chieh Liu and Jerome Lowenthal. She currently resides in Philadelphia and teaches at University of Pennsylvania.
We are thrilled to welcome the SPLICE ensemble for the inaugural year of the SPLICE academy! Students enrolled in the Tech Track will be cross-enrolled at the academy, and will compose a short piece (ca. 2 minutes) for the full ensemble or a subset.
SPLICE Ensemble is a trumpet, piano, and percussion trio focussed on cultivating a canon of the most important works composed for instruments and electronics. The ensemble is comprised of members Sam Wells (trumpet), Keith Kirchoff (piano), and Adam Vidiksis (percussion). Called a “sonic foodfight” by Jazz Weekly, SPLICE Ensemble works with composers and performers on performance practice techniques for collaboration and integrating electronics into a traditional performance space, and they were recently awarded a Chamber Music America grant for a commission of a new 25-minute work with composer Caroline Miller. The resident ensemble of both SPLICE Institute and SPLICE Festival, SPLICE Ensemble has been a featured ensemble at M Woods in Beijing, SEAMUS, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, SCI National, Electronic Music Midwest, and New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music 10. They have recorded on both the SEAMUS and Parma Labels.