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Minna Choi, Sebastian Ruth, and Eliko Akahori
July 21 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Red Newt Cellars welcomes Minna Choi, Sebastian Ruth , and Eliko Akahori for an afternoon concert of Schubert and Brahms.
Minna Choi & Eliko Akahori – Schubert Violin Sonata
Sebastian Ruth & Eliko Akahori – Brahms f minor Viola Sonata
Informal concert starts at 3:30 and Bistro food and wine menu will be served.
(Regular Lunch hours 11-3pm, food service extended until start of the concert)
Violinist Minna Choi is a resident musician and the Fellowship Program Director at Community MusicWorks, a nationally-recognized program that connects professional musicians with urban communities in Providence, Rhode Island. Now in its twenty second season, Community MusicWorks continues to experiment with how to integrate music performance and education with social justice work, with the intention of building and strengthening communities.
Minna received her Master’s of Music from the Hartt School of Music, where she was the winner of the School’s chamber music competition, and Bachelor’s of Arts from Brown University. Minna was a founding member of the Providence String Quartet, and has performed with members of the Borromeo, St. Lawrence and Turtle Island String Quartets and violist Kim Kashkashian. Influential teachers include Katie Lansdale, Eric Rosenblith and Lois Finkel.
Violist Sebastian Ruth is the Founder and Artistic Director of Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI. Community MusicWorks has been called a “revolutionary organization” (The New Yorker) that builds cohesive urban community—through music education and performance—that transforms the lives of children, families, and musicians in underserved urban neighborhoods of Providence, RI. CMW’s programming includes a full season of chamber music performances and commissions by its twelve musicians in residence and guest artists; a free, robust music education program for 150 neighborhood young people; workshops, student concerts, and community dinners that involve families and the wider community; and fellowships and training programs that prepare a next generation of musicians to pursue socially-engaged music making.
As an active performing violinist and violist, Sebastian has performed in recent seasons in Providence, Boston, Los Angeles, Banff, and New York. Sebastian has collaborated with the Borromeo, Kronos, Muir, Miro, Orion, and Turtle Island String Quartets; pianist Jonathan Biss, violist Kim Kashkashian, oboist Frank Rosenwein, and violinist Jonathan Gandelsman of the Silk Road Project.
Sebastian graduated from Brown University, and influential music teachers have included Michele Auclair, Lois Finkel, Pamela Gearhart, Kim Kashkashian, Eric Rosenblith, Rolfe Sokol, and Mela Tenenbaum.
Since 2013, Sebastian has served as a Visiting Lecturer at the Yale School of Music, designing and teaching courses on the connection between music and civil society, including an online course on the Coursera platform, called “Music and Social Action.”
Since 2016, Sebastian has served as an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Music at Brown University.
In 2010, Sebastian visited the White House to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michele Obama on behalf of Community MusicWorks. In 2012, Sebastian received an honorary doctorate in music from Brown University, and was named by Strings Magazine as among the 25 most influential people in the string music world.
Sebastian is a recipient of a 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for “creating rewarding musical experiences for often-forgotten populations and forging a new, multifaceted role beyond the concert hall for the twenty-first-century musician.”
Pianist Eliko Akahori has appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent performances include recitals with Mai Motobuchi, violist in the Borromeo Quartet, and with saxophonist Ken Radnofsky. She was also recently featured in a live broadcast of Brahms’ Clarinet Trio on WGBH radio in Boston, and has made appearances as a guest artist with Winsor Music, Community MusicWorks, Cantata Singers and Music at Eden’s Edge. Ms. Akahori collaborated with Vienna Philharmonic principal flutist Karl-Heinz Schütz in recording two CDs that were released in 2014 along with a series of recitals in the U.S., Austria and Spain. She received the first prize, Coleman-Barstow Award, in the 57th Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. Past collaborators in recitals, chamber music concerts, recordings, and radio and television broadcasts include members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago, Montreal, Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, among others. Ms. Akahori has performed in many festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, IMAI in Maine, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. She is currently a senior performance faculty and director of the music performance program at Wellesley College.
Ms. Akahori holds a Doctorate of Music in Collaborative Piano and Master’s degree in Music Theory, both from the New England Conservatory of Music, along with a Bachelor’s degree in Composition from the Kunitachi College of music in Japan. While studying in Japan, she was the winner of both the Yamaha Young Artist’s Award and the Yomiuri Musician’s Award in the same year, graduating with Academinc Honors and Highest Distinction in Performance. In 1996, Ms. Akahori performed for the Japanese Emperor’s Family in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.