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Chamber Recital

Dvořák's String Quintet

Dvořák's String Quintet

Tuesday, January 21—7:00pm

Tuesday, January 21—7:00pm
In Your Community
1 hour and 30 minutes

NO TICKETS REQUIRED. At The Commons in Detroit.

Enjoy Dvořák's String Quintet, and other favorites, in The Commons, a newly renovated community gathering space. Concert admission is free thanks to the generosity of Cadillac.

Will Haapaniemi

Second Violin

Will Haapaniemi is a violinist born in Los Angeles with Finnish ancestry. He joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2014 alongside his wife and violinist Heidi Han. Will wanted to be a violinist from the time he was little more than 2 years old, when he saw Itzhak Perlman play on Sesame Street. Many other interests competed with practice time—some of his favorites being the martial art Capoeira, dance, and training for his glider pilot license.

Much is owed to Will’s master violin teachers, Yoko Takebe and Michael Gilbert of the New York Philharmonic while Will attended Manhattan School of Music. In high school, Will was fortunate to study with Mark Kaplan, and fondly remembers lessons with Ruggiero Ricci in his home in Palm Springs. Also of great influence was Will’s cousin Paul Roby of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and his aunt Linda Grace, whose tireless support encouraged him to be the musician he is today. Plus, without the phenomenal support of Will’s parents, none of this would have been possible.

Will is active as a soloist and chamber musician, occasionally throwing viola into the mix. An avid outdoorsman, he hikes at every opportunity, and pays homage to his Finnish heritage by skiing during the winter.

Hae Jeong Heidi Han

Second Violin

Korean violinist Heidi Han first picked up a violin at the age of 5. Born and raised in Korea, she continued her studies with JaeKwang Song while attending Yewon School of Arts. When Heidi was 13, her family moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada, and she continued her studies with Robert Davidovici. While in Canada, she served Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra as a concertmaster and won first prize of the Kiwanis Competition, Burnaby Clef Concerto Competition, and the Young Artists of British Columbia Competition.

Heidi received both her bachelors and graduate performance diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, earning the Peabody Merit Scholarship for both programs. During her time at Peabody, Heidi studied with Victor Danchenko and was the concertmaster for the Peabody Concert Orchestra. While pursuing her degrees, she won the first prize in the Marbury Competition and was awarded the Josef Kaspar Award. She was also invited to join the Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercourse in Israel to study with Shlomo Mintz.

Currently, Heidi plays with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as a second violinist and lives in Detroit, Michigan where she enjoys making great music with her colleagues and husband, Will Haapaniemi.

James VanValkenburg

Assistant Principal Viola

James VanValkenburg, Assistant Principal Viola of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, came to orchestral playing after a satisfying career in chamber music. As a founding member of the International String Quartet, he toured the world with concerts in Europe, the Far East, South America and the United States. The quartet won several notable prizes, including the Munich Competition, East & West Artists of New York, and first prize in the Premier Grand Prix at the International Chamber Music Competition in Evian, France.

A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Indiana University School of Music, James has enjoyed chamber music collaborations with many of his favorite musicians: Menahem Pressler, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, David Shifrin, and Isaac Stern. He became a member of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings in 2004.

His recent recordings, all on the Koch International label, include a violin-viola duet by William Bolcom, piano quartets by Franz Waxman and the Stravinsky septet. James enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, ages 14 and 11, as well as training for and competing in Ironman triathlons.

Jeremy Crosmer

Cello

Jeremy Crosmer is a remarkable young artist—both as a cellist and a composer. He completed multiple graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in cello, composition and theory pedagogy, and received his D.M.A. in 2012 at age 24. From 2012 to 2017 he served as the Assistant Principal cellist in the Grand Rapids Symphony, and joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May of 2017.

Jeremy is the composer and arranger for the GRS Music for Health Initiative, which pairs symphonic musicians with music therapists to bring classical music to hospitals. In March of 2017 the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital launched a music channel that runs continuously, using four hours of meditative music composed by Jeremy and performed by musicians of the GRS.

Jeremy is a founding member of the modern music ensemble Latitude 49. He is also a current member of the band ESME—a duo that aims to broaden the education of classical music by bringing crossovers and mashups of pop and classical music to schools throughout Michigan. ESME released its first CD in December of 2016.

In April of 2013 Jeremy toured London with the Grand Valley State University Chamber Orchestra, performing the Boccherini G Major Concerto, No. 7. He performed the Vivaldi Double Concerto with Alicia Eppinga and the GRS in March of 2016. While still in school, Jeremy was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award to publish, record and perform his Crosmer-Popper duets. He recorded the duets with Julie Albers, and both sheet music and CD recordings are available online.

Jeremy has taught music theory, pre-calculus and cello at universities across Michigan. He draws mazes, writes science fiction and plays good old country fiddle in his spare time.

Stephen Molina

Assistant Principal Bass

Stephen Molina is Assistant Principal Bass of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He served in the interim position of Acting Principal Bass from 2002-2008 and 2012-2014. Born in New York City, he began his musical training at the age of 6 and went on to graduate from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in 1975. His principal teachers were Marvin Topolsky of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Barry Green, former principal bass of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Stephen has attended many prestigious summer music festivals, including Interlochen, Aspen, and Tanglewood. He has also performed at the Utah Music Festival and at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, WY.

Prior to joining the DSO in September 1976, Stephen served as a member of the New Orleans Philharmonic and the New Orleans Bass Quartet. He has performed with several Detroit-area ensembles, including the Lyric Chamber Ensemble, the Renaissance City Chamber Orchestra, the Ars Poetica Chamber Orchestra, the American Artists Series, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the Ann Arbor Chamber Music Festival.

Stephen works with young musicians throughout the year teaching bass, coaching ensembles, and giving master classes. He has also taught at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, and Oakland University.

In 1983 the DSO engaged Stephen with the added responsibilities of Assistant Personnel Manager, which evolved into the position of Associate Personnel Manager in 1989 and Orchestra Personnel Manager in 1998. He retired as the Orchestra Personnel Manager at the end of the 2014-15 season.

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