Piano Quintets of Dvorák and César Franck
Jinjoo Cho / James Thompson, violin
Leah Ferguson, viola / Carlyn Kessler, cello
Daniel Shapiro, piano
DANIEL SHAPIRO continues to gain recognition as a leading interpreter of Schubert, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms and Beethoven—whose thirty-two sonata cycle he has twice performed—and as a teacher and coach at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has given critically acclaimed recitals and concerto appearances across the United States, in Brazil, Britain, Ireland, Spain, France, Korea and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. His CD of Beethoven’s “Diabelli” Variations on the Azica label received enthusiastic reviews. Shapiro has performed extensively with orchestras, including the National Symphony, Sâo Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Academy of London, Knoxville Symphony and the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra. He regularly performs Mozart concertos with the Mozart Classical Orchestra in California. Shapiro was a top prize winner of the William Kapell International Piano Competition, and also won the American Pianists’ Association Beethoven Fellowship Award.
As a chamber musician, Shapiro has performed regularly with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, and has also performed with the Cavani, Mirò and Linden String Quartets. He has participated at the Marlboro and Ravinia Festivals and the Fellowship Program at Tanglewood. He has released chamber music compact discs on the Harmonia Mundi and ASV labels.
Daniel has studied conducting since the age of fourteen, and has studied with Daniel Lewis, Victor Yampolsky, Fritz Zweig and Gustav Meier. He made his conducting debut at age sixteen at Tanglewood, and conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Akron Lyric Opera.
His musicianship has been enhanced and deepened by extensive experience as a collaborator and coach in art song and opera; listening to and working with singers have continually been a source of tremendous inspiration. He studied both with Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Natalie Limonick, and was an opera and art song coach at UCLA.
A native of southern California, Daniel began the study of piano at the age of six. His teachers have included Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Russell Sherman, Joanna Graudan and Reginald Stewart. He studied at the University of Southern California and at the Peabody Conservatory, where he received his doctorate. Before joining the Cleveland Institute of Music he was on the piano faculty of the University of Iowa. He has given master classes in several of the leading conservatories in Korea, China and Hong Kong. He has also taught and given master classes at many summer music festivals across the U.S. and Canada.
Daniel is also an expert Scrabble player. He has won several tournaments and is currently one of the highest-ranked players in Ohio. More information can be found at:
JINJOO CHO, violin, is First Prize winner of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition (2013), 2nd laureate of the Isang Yun International Music Competition (2011), First Prize and Orchestra Award winner of the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition (2010), First Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award winner of the Montréal International Musical Competition (2006) and Gold Medalist of the Stulberg International String Competition (2005). She has appeared as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Montréal, Québec, Winnipeg and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, Seoul Philharmonic, Kalamazoo Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, l’Orchestre de Chambre I Musici de Montréal and Aspen Concert Orchestra, collaborating with such artists as Robert McDuffie, Michael Stern, Peter Oundjian, Kent Nagano, Steven Smith, Anton Nel, Muhai Tang, James Gaffigan and Tito Muñoz.
Jinjoo has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts, regularly appears in recital (Cleveland, Montréal, Seoul, Munich and New York) and has given three Canadian recital tours. In 2011-12 she toured Argentina, appearing with La Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and in recitals organized by Mozarteum Argentino. Her strong Cleveland ties make her a favorite with local organizations including the Ashland and Lakeside Symphonies, Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic, Cleveland Clinic, Akron’s Tuesday Musical Association, CityMusic Cleveland, Arts Renaissance Tremont and others. An avid chamber musician, she’s worked regularly with Peter Salaff and the Cavani String Quartet and participated in masterclasses with Midori, Donald Weilerstein, Arnold Steinhardt and the Pacifica and Takács String Quartets.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Jinjoo is a graduate of Yewon Art School and the Korean National University of Arts (Pre-College). She came to the U.S. in 2002 to study with Paul Kantor and participate in the CIM Young Artist Program. Paul Kantor has been her mentor and teacher since 2002. Jinjoo attended the Curtis Institute of Music, but returned to CIM, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in performance (AC 2010/BM 2011/MM 2013). Fall 2012 she began studying with celebrated artist/teacher, Jaime Laredo.
JAMES THOMPSON, violin, is enrolled in the bachelor’s program at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil, having previously studied with Paul Kantor in CIM’s preparatory division. In 2012, Mr. Thompson performed the Dvořák Violin concerto with The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO) at Severance Hall, having won the ensembles concerto auditions. He has appeared as soloist with the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra (awarded the Jean L. Petitt Memorial Music Scholarship) and the Cleveland Philharmonic, in addition to other local orchestras. He has served as concertmaster of Brevard Music Center’s Sinfonia and of COYO, of which he was a member from 2005-2012. Very active in Cleveland’s thriving musical community, James has given recitals throughout the city with pianist Julia Russ over the last six years. Also a composer, he was commissioned in 2011 to write curtain music for dramas performed at Cuyahoga Community College and St. Ignatius High School. In 2009 his original setting of the text from ‘Amazing Grace’ was selected for performance by several ensembles including the Hotchkiss Chamber Choir and Cleveland Composers’ Guild.
Born in Evanston, IL in 1993, violist LEAH FERGUSON has won numerous honors at competitions including first prize at the MTNA National Competition and the International Viola Congress Young Artist Competition, and top prizes at NFAA YoungArts week. In 2012 she served as principal viola of the New York String Orchestra Seminar. A devoted chamber musician, Leah was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Her enthusiasm for performing and collaboration has taken her to festivals including Music@Menlo, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Perlman Music Program and Norway’s Valdres Festival. Leah has collaborated with renowned artists including Itzhak Perlman, Sergei Babayan, Rachel Barton Pine and members of the Cleveland, Orion and Tokyo quartets. Leah currently studies with Robert Vernon on a full merit scholarship at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she is pursuing her undergraduate degree. She plans to further pursue orchestral studies and a career in a major orchestra. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, cooking, baking and traveling.
Cellist CARLYN KESSLER, originally from Westport, Connecticut, is a graduate student of Sharon Robinson at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Carlyn is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree in Cello and Suzuki Pedagogy. She recently completed her Bachelor of Music degree at CIM this past spring as a student of Melissa Kraut. Prior to CIM, Carlyn attended the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division for two years, where she studied with cellist Ole Akahoshi. She has attended numerous summer music festivals including the Banff Chamber Music Residency, Banff Master Classes and Festival Orchestra, the London Master Classes, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Meadowmount School of Music and Bowdoin International Music Festival, among others. Carlyn has received several awards including the Stamford Symphony Jeniam Foundation Scholarship and the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra Guild’s Dorothy Gluckmann Music Award. Carlyn has recently performed in Master Classes and received coachings from Ralph Kirshbaum, Donald Weilerstein, Bonnie Hampton, Andrés Díaz, Colin Carr and Gilbert Kalish, among others.