SUN, MAR 3, 2019

British Viola

Richard Yongjae O'Neill and Steven Lin

“Energetic and sassy…exceptional” – The Los Angeles Times

“Ravishing” – London Times

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The Broad Stage Artist-in-Residence, Emmy® Award winner, two-time GRAMMY® nominee and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill returns this March for a rare treat, a viola recital with Rubinstein laureate, pianist Steven Lin. Together they bring a recital program conceived and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon that captures the essence of the viola repertoire and the greatest compositions written from the UK. British Viola includes works by Benjamin Britten, Frank Bridge, York Bowen and Rebecca Clarke.

Program notes available here.

Richard Yongjae O'Neill

Violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill has appeared as soloist with the London, Los Angeles and Seoul Philharmonics, BBC, KBS and Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, and the Wurttemburg, Vienna and Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestras. Highlights of this season include the premiering John Harbison’s Viola Sonata written for him and Molly Morkowski, serving as Artist-In-Residence at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica and celebrating his fifteen-year anniversary of concerts in Korea with a special appearance of the Ehnes Quartet at Seoul Arts Center.
A recording artist with UNIVERSAL/Deutsche Grammophon, he has made nine solo albums that have sold over 200,000 copies. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Camerata Pacifica and the Ehnes Quartet. Composers Lera Auerbach, Elliott Carter, John Harbison, Huang Ruo and Paul Chihara have written and dedicated works to him. His chamber music project DITTO has introduced tens of thousands to chamber music in South Korea and Japan. The first violist to receive the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, he was honored with a Proclamation from the New York City Council.  He serves as Goodwill Ambassador for the Korean Red Cross, CARE, UNICEF and runs marathons for charity.

Richard Yongjae O'Neill Talks Shop with The Korea Herald on His New Album "Duo"

The Korea Herald and Richard Yongjae O'Neill delve into the differences between a solo and duet album, what he loves about collaboration and his new 2018 album "Duo" here.

A Behind-the-Scenes Throwback with Richard Yongjae O'Neill for The Korea Times

“Art is our way of being together in a society that is becoming increasingly fragmented and selfish. Music is a great way to relate with each other and it's just there to share," Richard O'Neill opens up about what he loves about music. See the full discussion here

Spotlight Talk with Richard Yongjae O'Neill starting at 1:15 PM. Learn more here.

Britten: Lachrymae for Viola and Piano, Op. 48
Bridge: Pensiero for Viola and Piano in F minor, H. 53
Bridge: Allegro Appassionato for Viola and Piano in B minor, H. 82
Bowen: Phantasy for Viola and Piano
Carter: Elegy for Viola and Piano
Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano

Classical Music Series at The Broad Stage made possible in part by the generous support of the Colburn Foundation.


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Takács Quartet