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Intimate Letters & Inner Voices | String Quartet

Wednesday, March 29, 2023—7:00pm

Wednesday, March 29, 2023—7:00pm
In Your Community
1 hour and 30 minutes

At Southfield Parks & Recreation

Janáček named his Second String Quartet "Intimate Letters," as it was inspired by his passionate obsession with a woman to whom he wrote over 700 letters; the work contains some of the composer's most ardent music. Paired with this piece is Sibelius's only mature string quartet, which he referred to as "Inner Voices" for its inwardness and contemplation.

Program

LEOŠ JANÁČEK
String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters" 
JEAN SIBELIUS
String Quartet in D minor, "Voces Intimae"

Artists

Alexander Volkov

Second Violin

A native of Athens Greece, Russian violinist Alexander Volkov joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2020. 

Alexander studied with Professor Atis Bankas and Peter Seminovs at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy for Young Artists as well as the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. He was a recipient of The Ihnatowycz Emerging Artist Scholarships, receiving full scholarship for his degree.

During the pursuit of his degree in Violin Performance, Alexander participated in a variety of festivals, competitions and training programs. Over several years, he won first prizes in Kiwanis, Leons, North York festivals. In addition, he was a three-time first-place winner of the Canadian Music Competition and was awarded the grand prize in 2013. The following year, he won the Glenn Gould Concerto Competition where he performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Leon Fleisher. He also frequently performed as a soloist with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony, York Symphony, and Aurora Chamber Ensemble and Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra.

Alexander participated in prestigious orchestra-training festivals such as the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, Leonard Bernstein’s Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany (twice), and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan (thrice). These training programs led him to perform as a fellow at the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Most notably, he trained at the Institute for Orchestral Studies at the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada. 

Prior to joining the symphony, Alexander held section violin positions at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Canada and Quebec Symphony Orchestra in Quebec City, Canada. He was a frequent substitute violinist at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He owes his achievements to his parents, who are graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and have extensive musical backgrounds.

Sujin Lim

Second Violin

Violinist Sujin Lim was born in Seoul, South Korea where she began her musical studies at age 5. She joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as section violinist in 2017.

Sujin is a prizewinner in numerous national and international violin competitions, including the Lodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition (Italy), Torun International Violin Competition (Poland), Indianapolis Matinee Musical Scholarship Competition, Indiana University Sibelius Concerto Competition (United States), Joongang Music Competition and Ewha&Kyunghyang Competition (Korea).

Sujin has appeared in recital and as a soloist throughout Korea, Europe and the United States with Romania Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, Torun Symphony Orchestra, Yeonsae University and Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, she is member of the EM trio in Korea and performed in such chamber recitals as Yagi studion, Jungdong Hall, KNUA hall, and Kumho Art Hall. Sujin has also served as principal concertmaster in the Evansville philharmonic, Indiana University Symphony, KNUA symphony and Aspen Conducting Academy orchestra.

Mike Chen

Viola

Mike Chen received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University, studying violin with Blair Milton. In 1999 he began playing the viola and studied with Li-kuo Chang. His other teachers included Michael Strauss, Peter Slowik, Keith Conant and Baird Dodge.

Mike was a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2018, a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2012, and prior to that, a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 1992 to 1995. He has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony. In 2017, Mike joined the Cincinnati Symphony on its European Festivals Tour.

He received a Master’s degree in Conducting at Northwestern University in 1999, studying with Victor Yampolsky and Mariusz Smolij. His other conducting teachers include Gilbert Varga, David Zinman, and Murry Sidlin.

Mike was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, Colorado in 2008. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, guest conductor of the Webster University Community Music School’s Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, and guest conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Side-by-Side Orchestra.

David LeDoux

Cello

David LeDoux comes to the orchestra from the Syracuse Symphony, where he served as Principal Cellist from 2006-2012.

David has appeared as a soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, the Skaneatelas Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Oklahoma State University Symphony, the Louisiana Sinfonietta and the Mid-Texas Symphony.

David is an active and avid chamber musician, performing for many years with the Syracuse Society for New Music. As a committed private teacher, he spent last year as a cello instructor for Imagine Syracuse—-a music program in an inner-city school that was modeled after the El Sistema program in Venezuela.

Previous professional engagements for David included serving as Principal Cellist with the Baton Rouge (LA) Symphony, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Symphony and the Louisiana Sinfonietta.

David has studied with Ronald Leonard, Dennis Parker and Kari Padgett Caldwell. Currently a resident of Madison Heights, David’s hobbies include reading, running and movies.

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