Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major (Op. 12); Rachell Wong, violin; Jennifer Lee, fortepiano

In this video

Live concert video from the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, 2017, performed on period instruments. The Sonata in D Major was published as Opus 12 by Artaria in Vienna, ca. 1798, and dedicated to Antonio Salieri.
This video was recorded as part of the Apprentice Program of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.
The festival includes a summer residential program for students and young professionals. It is an intensive exploration of chamber music from the Classical and Romantic era on period instruments through both coachings from and collaborations with some of the world’s leading experts in early music, with an emphasis on performance.

In collaboration with the Early Music ensemble Voices of Music, these performances are recorded in 4K, ultra high definition video and broadcast worldwide, free for anyone to see, and are part of a permanent digital library. The Early Music channel of Voices of Music is one of the largest music channels in the world; to date, more than 31 million people have watched these videos in 200 countries.

Artist bios:
Violinist Rachell Ellen Wong is at home both with the modern and the baroque violin.

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Ms. Wong has performed as a soloist with orchestras across the United States and abroad. Recent concerts include solo appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Panama and a tour with the New Zealand String Quartet.

Rachel has won numerous prizes in international and national competitions, including Grand Prizes in the 52nd Sorantin International Young Artist Competition, and the 2013 International Crescendo Music Awards. Notable music festival appearanes include the Valley of the Moon Festival, American Bach Soloists Academy, Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Seminar, Tafelmusik Baroque Institutes, Sarasota Music Festival, London Masterclasses, and the Starling-Delay Violin Symposium held at the Juilliard School.

Rachell is a proud Kovner Fellow in the Historical Performance program at The Juilliard School. She received her Masters of Music from the Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Mark Kaplan and Stanley Ritchie. In her free time, she loves to explore her multi-race heritage by studying diverse styles, including the Scottish fiddle.

A San Francisco native, Jennifer M. Lee, is an active collaborative pianist, organist, and educator. During her formative years as keyboardist of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Indiana University’s New Music Ensemble and Bloomington Camerata Orchestra, she cultivated her passion for chamber music and enlarged her scope of keyboard playing on piano, celesta, and synthesizer.

Notable performances in European venues include the Musikverein and Concertgebouw as well as in the United States, such as Noontime Concerts at St. Patrick’s Church in San Francisco, Davies Symphony Hall, Thursday Musical Club at Tiburon Baptist Church, and Sherwood Auditorium. She has also performed piano and celesta alongside The Cleveland Orchestra at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival at the Blossom Music Center in Ohio and was a pianist for the Collaborative Artists program at Aspen Music Festival.
Jennifer has received awards such as the Dean’s Scholarship and Artistic Excellence Award from Indiana University, and was a prize winner of the Fremont Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition. She holds a Master of Music with an emphasis in chamber music at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Rice University, Shepherd School of Music. She currently serves as the organist of Hope Lutheran Church, enjoys a thriving private teaching studio, and pursues diverse musical horizons and chamber music collaborations.


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