Classical Encounters Foundation Inc

A California Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation
Presents a Program Featuring 

David Kaplan & Friends
David Kaplan - Pianist
Jia Kim - Cellist
Eric Silberger - Violinist

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David Kaplan

David Kaplan, pianist, has been called "excellent and adventurous" by The New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for "grace and fire" at the keyboard.He has appeared at London's Barbican Centre, at Miami's Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman, and worked with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recent recital appearances include the Ravinia Festival, Sarasota Opera House, and National Gallery, and he looks forward to appearances at Music on Main in Vancouver and Strathmore's Music at the Mansion in Baltimore. An avid concerto soloist who often conducts from the keyboard, he recently performed Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Johnstown Symphony and James Blachly, and the De Falla Harpsichord Concerto at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA

Kaplan's passion for drawing connections between past and present music has resulted in New Dances of the League of David, a suite that incorporates newly commissioned miniatures into Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6, including such eminent composers as Augusta Read Thomas, Hannah Lash, Gabriel Kahane, and Andrew Norman. Selected as one of the "Best Classical Music Performances of 2015," by The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini wrote: "'New Dances' is no gimmick... it was fascinating to hear Schumann through the ears of these perceptive, stylistically varied contemporary composers."

Kaplan balances solo performances with meaningful collaborations. This season includes programs together with the Enso and Ariel String Quartets, a new violin sonata commissioned from Christopher Cerrone together with Rachel Lee Priday, a joint recital with Pulitzer winning composer/performer Caroline Shaw, and piano-duo work with long-time collaborator Timo Andres (including a new two-piano concerto for the Britten Sinfonia in 2017). As a core member of Decoda, the affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, David performs frequently in New York's most exciting venues, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to National Sawdust, and appears frequently as part of the group's groundbreaking residency work, which has taken him on residencies throughout the US as well as internationally in Abu Dhabi, Mexico, and the UK. He appears widely as a guest of the New York Chamber Soloists, with whom he first performed replacing an ailing Menahem Pressler. He is a young veteran of numerous distinguished chamber music festivals and series: he has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and at Seattle Town Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Barge Music, and the Canadian festivals of Banff and Orford. In addition, he has been a guest at Ravinia (RSMI), Tanglewood, Bard, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. He is the Artistic Director of Lyrica Chamber Music, a community series in Morris County, NJ celebrating its 30th season next year.

Kaplan has recorded for Naxos, in music of Mohammed Fairouz with soprano Kiera Duffy (2016), and on Nonesuch in the acclaimed disc, Shy and Mighty (2010), featuring an album length two-piano suite by Timo Andres.

The recipient of a DMA from Yale University in 2014, Kaplan's distinguished mentors over the years include the late Claude Frank, Alfred Brendel, Richard Goode, and Emanuel Ax. Before entering Yale, he studied at the University of California Los Angeles with Walter Ponce, and under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant, he studied conducting with Lutz Köhler at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Away from the keyboard, he loves cartooning and cooking, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars.

David is proud to be a Yamaha Artist.

Jia Kim

Cellist Jia Kim, chosen as recipient of the prestigious 2017 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund, began her cello studies at the age of ten in Korea where she has won first place in the Korean Music Association Competition, the National Symphony Orchestra Competition of Korea and the Young Musician Foundation's National Debut Concerto Competition. Since then Ms.Kim has taken the stage in cities across the United States, South America, Europe and South Korea. Her performances have been reviewed by the New York Times, Vermont Today, South Florida Classical Review, and have been broadcasted on WQXR, PBS and KMZT Classical.

As a passionate and active chamber musician, Ms.Kim has worked with renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Robert Mann, Kim Kashkashian, Frans Helmerson, Robert Spano, Emmanuel Villaume, John Williams, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, Takacs Quartet, Orion String Quartet, and guest appearances with The Knights and A Far Cry. She has taken the stage at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Chicago Symphony Center's Orchestra Hall, Miami's Arsht Center, Valle De Bravo in Mexico, Toronto's Royal Conservatory, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Korea Society in NYC, Barclay Center in Brooklyn, Al-Hussein Cultural Center at the National Music Conservatory of Jordan and many more.

Ms. Kim is a recipient of numerous awards including the Jack Smith Memorial Award, Most Promising Young Talent at the 2005 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition in California, and Performing Arts Scholarship at the Cerritos Center of Arts Education. She has received full Scholarship to the Crossroads School in Santa Monica and the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

As a teenager, she spent five summers at The Perlman Music Program Summer Music School in Shelter Island which gave her life changing experiences. She has also been invited to participate at Académie musicale de Villecroze, Kneisel Hall, White Mountains Music Festival, Sitka Music Festival, The Perlman Music Program's Chamber Music Workshop where she was invited to tour with Itzhak Perlman in Israel, Toronto, Mexico City, Virginia Beach, and Miami.

A devoted educator, Ms.Kim has worked with students from the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, American Academy of Jordan, Tel-Aviv Conservatory of Music, and Grand Valley State University. She serves as faculty for the Brearley School, New York Youth Symphony's Chamber Music Program, International Music Sessions - a nonprofit organization that brings students from conflict areas around the world to bridge the gap between cultures through the universal language of music, and has been invited to do a Visiting Artist Residency at the University of Hawaii and College of William and Mary. In 2016, she served as Tone Judge for the Violin Society of America Competition.

Recently appointed as Artistic Director of the Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society in Stowe, VT, as well as Central Chamber Series in NYC, which takes place at the beautiful and historic Central Presbyterian Church where Charles Ives served as Music Director, Ms.Kim is committed to connecting with a wider audience through the powerful language of Chamber Music. She is evermore grateful to her mentors and teachers Ronald Leonard, Toby&Itzhak Perlman, and to Joel Krosnick, whom she studied with at The Juilliard School for a Bachelor and Master Degree in Music. Ms.Kim performs on a Testore cello made in 1748.

Eric Silberger

Virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger is a prize winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011. His performances have been described by critics as "spine-tingling...astonishing" (The Guardian), "dazzling virtuoso playing" (The Washington Post), "impeccable level of playing, a wonderful musician" (Heather Kurzbauer, The Strad), and " ....he has got everything in his favour, technique, composure and personality. We are on the eve of a great soloist" (El Pais, Spain).

Eric has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and around the world, including solo performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Mariinsky Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Chamber Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, London Philharmonia, Danish National Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de México, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, among others. Conductor collaborations include Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Dimitri Kitajenko, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Donald Runnicles, Robin Ticciati, and others. He has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Louvre in Paris, the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, The Moscow International House of Music in Russia, Shanghai Grand Theatre in China, Royal Festival Hall in London, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, the National Arts Centre in Canada, and more. Among numerous television and radio appearances in the United States, Asia, and Europe, he was featured on Radio France, STV in China, KBS in Korea, and WQXR, WFYI, FOX 59, WISH-TV, and NPR, among others.

An avid chamber musician, Eric frequently performs chamber music internationally. He also has a special collaboration with bandoneonist and composer JP Jofre and the JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band.

Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Mentors have included Glenn Dicterow, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Robert Mann, and Dorothy Delay, among others. He was also mentored by Maestro Lorin Maazel.

Eric plays on a rare J.B. Guadagnini violin from 1757 on generous loan from the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation Sau-Wing Lam collection.


"My Favorite Brahms"
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major Op. 78
Cello Sonata No. 1 in e minor Op. 38
Trio No. 3 in c minor, Op. 101