December 31, 2020
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Orpheus violinist Todd Phillips performs Beethoven Sonata No. 7 with pianist Rachel Yunkyung Choo. Recorded at Skillman Studios in Brooklyn, NY on February 10, 2020.
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Concert Duration: 27 minutes
Violin Sonata No.7 in c minor, Op.30 No.2
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Scherzo: Allegro-Trio
Todd Phillips, violin
Rachel Yunkyung Choo, piano
December 31, 2020
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Violinist Todd Phillips enjoys a varied career that harkens back to the traditions of previous generations of musicians who were in equal demand as soloist, chamber musician, orchestra leader/conductor, and teacher. Since making his solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the age of thirteen, he has appeared with many orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, including the Brandenburg Ensemble, the Jacksonville Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Honolulu Symphony, Sejong Soloists, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1982 with the New York String Orchestra and conductor Alexander Schneider. Return engagements at Carnegie Hall soon followed, as well as solo performances in Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Boston Symphony Hall, and the Frankfurt Opera House.
He can be heard as soloist and chamber music artist on the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal, Koch International, Delos, Arabesque, Bridge Records, Albany, Finlandia, NY Philomusica Records, and Marlboro Recording Society labels.
Mr. Phillips is a founding member of the highly acclaimed Orion String Quartet, along with his brother Daniel Phillips, violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Timothy Eddy. The Orion String Quartet has the been the quartet-in-residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mannes College of Music, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Isaac Stern invited the quartet to take part in a special chamber music concert celebrating Carnegie Hall’s Centennial and also to participate as coaches at the prestigious Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop. The Quartet’s television appearances have included PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center, three performances on ABC’s Good Morning America, and A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts.
Mr. Phillips’s other extensive chamber music activities have included performances at the Marlboro, Spoleto, Santa Fe, Aspen, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, and Lockenhaus festivals, the Great Mountains Music Festival (Korea), the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the 92nd Street Y. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Rudolf Serkin, Jaime Laredo, Pinchas Zukerman, Peter Serkin, Richard Goode, and Andras Schiff and has participated in eighteen tours with Musicians from Marlboro.
His experience as a member of the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has led to his being in great demand as a frequent leader of that group worldwide. This has prompted further invitations to lead/conduct the Brandenburg Ensemble, Haydn–Mozart Chamber Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Camerata Nordica of Sweden, the Tapiola Sinfonietta of Finland, Mannes Sinfonietta, and the festival chamber orchestras from Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Risor, Norway.
Todd Phillips serves on the violin and chamber music faculties of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and Bard College Conservatory of Music. He is also visiting chamber music faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Mr. Phillips began studying the violin at the age of four with his father, Eugene Phillips, a composer and former violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and later studied with Sally Thomas at the Juilliard School and with Sandor Vegh at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He also studied the piano with his mother, Natalie Phillips, a professor in piano at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Phillips lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, violinist Catherine Cho, and is the father of four children, Lia, Eliza, Jason, and Brandon.
Pianist Rachel Yunkyung Choo has been praised for her artistry and musical sensitivity and enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. The New York Sun lauded her Lincoln Center debut as a “perfect” playing exhibited “a strong-handed air of confidence,” and The New York Times music critic James Oestreich wrote of her recent Carnegie Hall performance, “Rachel Choo stood out among the players.” Rachel made her U.S. debut at the Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Orchestra under maestro James Colon. Her other recent performances have included solo recitals and chamber concerts in Washington, DC, New York City, New Brunswick, NJ, and Asia. Other recent concert engagements have taken her from a live performance on Cleveland’s WCLV Radio and New Jersey’s WWFM to appearances in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and National Gallery of Art in Washington.
A native of Seoul, Korea, Rachel graduated from Yewon Middle School and the Seoul Arts High School where she studied with Choong Mo Kang. At the age of 12, Rachel gave her debut public solo recital at the Kum-ho Arts Hall as part of the Prodigy Concert series. She has performed with numerous orchestras, including Korea National University of Arts Orchestra, Kang-nam Symphony Orchestra, TBC broadcasting Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, and Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. Rachel has received many international awards from esteemed competitions in South Korea and U.S.
Rachel is currently a DMA candidate in Piano Performance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University under the tutelage of Min Kwon. She has completed her undergraduate and Master’s studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School and Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody institute of The Johns Hopkins University with Yong Hi Moon.
An active chamber musician, Rachel is a member of piano ensemble "at65." Outside of stage, she currently hold a position as a lecturer at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.