Levine Presents 2021-22

Loeffler Alumni Series: Shea-Kim Duo

Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 4 PM ET

The Loeffler Alumni Series is sponsored by Robert and Jane Loeffler.

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Brendan Shea, violin
Yerin Kim, piano

Romance | Amy Beach

Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3 | Ludwig Van Beethoven

Suite in the Old Style | Alfred Schnittke

Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 105 | Robert Schumann

About the Artists

The award winning Shea-Kim Duo was formed in 2014 by husband and wife duo Brendan Shea and Yerin Kim. Since then, they have competed internationally and toured the world, performing in Belgium, Italy, Canada, South Korea, and the United States. Their awards include the Ackerman Chamber Music Award and Gold Medal at the Manhattan International Music Competition. Their performances have been broadcasted on Klara Continuo in Belgium, PBC in Seoul, and WUFT Classic in the USA. Their debut performance in Seoul, South Korea was recorded live and published by Ark Studio in 2016. Their second album, “The Sound and the Fury,” was released in November 2021 by Blue Griffin Records.

The duo is also actively involved in promoting chamber music to a broader community and audiences, and regularly perform sensory friendly concerts that provide high quality chamber music for individuals and families with autism. The duo also regularly appears at several notable music festivals, including the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival, the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, the Harborfront Chamber Music Festival, and are co-founders and co-artistic directors of Chamber Music in the Bend.

For more information and videos visit Shea-kimduo.com.

Yerin Kim, piano

Praised by the International Piano Magazine as a “pianist of beautiful finesse and golden tone,” pianist Yerin Kim is a recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. She has given concerts in various festivals and recitals in major venues internationally, including The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York, Place Flagey in Brussels and Rolston Hall at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.

As a regular lecturer and guest artist, Kim performs and gives talks on promoting awareness of the power of music in the community that it serves. She has been invited to give lectures for prominent educators and students at Indiana University Bloomington, the Nantucket Project, MTNA South Bend Music Teachers Association, and the Universal Arts Institute, S. Korea.

She recently joined the faculty at Central Washington University as their new Professor of Piano. Prior to joining Central Washington University, she taught at the University of Notre Dame as Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor, and at Chugye University for the Arts Conservatory in South Korea as Visiting Professor of Piano. She also enjoys pre-college teaching and has taught talented young students from pre-college programs at Indiana University Bloomington and State University of New York Stony Brook.

Kim holds a Double Degree in Piano Performance and Psychology from Oberlin Conservatory and College, a Master of Music from Indiana University Bloomington, and Doctor of Musical Arts from State University of New York, Stony Brook. Her mentors and teachers include Hans Boepple, Seunghae Choi, Haewon Song, Arnaldo Cohen, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, and Gilbert Kalish.

Brendan Shea, violin

Brendan Shea is an award winning violinist and chamber musician. His chamber music awards were won when he played with the Wasmuth Quartet and include the Bronze Medal at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Gold Medal and Audience Award at the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition, and Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. As a founding member of the Wasmuth (now Verona) Quartet, he performed across the United States, Germany, and Japan.

Brendan has performed with many world class ensembles and performers. As a soloist he has performed with orchestras in Washington D.C, Brussels, Sendai, Indianapolis, and South Bend. He premiered Frederic Rzewski’s Knight, Death, and Devil with the Emmy Award winning 8th Blackbird. He has been a finalist and semi-finalist at the Queen Elisabeth, Isang-Yun, Seoul, Sibelius, and Carl Nielsen, and has taken first place with Honors at the Glazunov International Competition in Paris.

In addition to his performance career, Brendan is also a sought after violin teacher and chamber musician. He has been a guest violin professor at the Oberlin Conservatory, and the Mahanaim School in New York. He was on the faculty at Indiana University, South Bend for five years where he was a violinist with the Euclid Quartet. He was a two year visiting professor of violin at the University of Notre Dame. He has given masterclasses across the United States at many different universities, such as Michigian State University, Central Washington University, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and University of Nebraska. He continues to teach and perform at several prestigious summer festivals, including the Encore Chamber Music Festival and the Alaska Chamber Music Festival. In 2017 he founded the summer chamber orchestra intensive at Indiana University South Bend. He is very excited to be joining the Boise Philharmonic as their new concertmaster, and the College of Idaho as Langroise Trio Artist in Residence.

Brendan has degrees from: Oberlin (Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma); Indiana University at Bloomington (Master of Music); Stony Brook University  (Doctor of Musical Arts). He currently performs on a violin made for him in 2021 by Sam Zygmuntowicz.

Brendan Shea is currently based in the Seattle area. For more information and videos visit Brendansheaviolin.com.

Please join us on Sunday, April 3 at 4:00 pm for our next Loeffler Alumni Series concert:
Julietta Curenton, Flute

Featuring: Julietta Curenton, flute with Jordan Dodson, guitar