Symphony Orchestra David Neely, conductor; Soyoung Kim & Seungkyu Oh, piano soloists
David Neely, conductor
Soyoung Kim & Seungkyu Oh, piano soloists
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R. Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for piano and
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major,
Op. 10 (1911-12)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34
Ogonek*: as though birds (2013)
*IU Jacobs School of Music alumna
About the Artists
David Neely (conductor)
In 2012 Opera News wrote, “The happy news of David Neely’s appointment as Des Moines Metro Opera’s first-ever music director portends some exciting operatic growth at Des Moines in years to come.” Since then, Neely has continued to elevate the company’s musical profile with acclaimed performances of a wide range of repertoire. Recent conducting highlights at DMMO include Turandot, Billy Budd, Manon, Falstaff, Elektra, Peter Grimes, Dead Man Walking, and La Fanciulla del West. DMMO's 2015 televised Jenufa was nominated for regional Emmy.
Neely is equally at home in concert and opera settings. Internationally, he has appeared as a conductor with the Bochumer Symphoniker, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, and numerous European opera houses including Bonn, Halle, Dortmund, and St. Gallen. In the United States, he has appeared for concerts and opera at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, and Sarasota Opera, where he has led numerous productions including their American Classics series of 20th-century operas. He has collaborated with such soloists as Joshua Roman, Bella Hristova, Benjamin Beilman, Rainer Honeck, Nicholas Daniel, Delfeayo Marsalis, Phillippe Cuper, Ben Lulich, and Ricardo Morales. Neely has conducted the German premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage's The Silver Tassie, the North American premiere of Robert Orledge's reconstruction of Debussy's The Fall of the House of Usher, and recently, world premieres of Arthur Gottschalk's Four New Brothers, Billy Childs' Concerto for Horn and Strings, and Alexandre Rydin's Clarinet Concerto.
Neely headed Orchestral Activities at the University of Kansas for ten years, where he brought distinction and greater community visibility to the orchestra program. The KU Symphony Orchestra now regularly performs with prominent international soloists, frequently appears at the renowned Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, and was the resident orchestra of the Eutiner Festspiele in Germany in 2011. He created annual family-oriented Halloween concerts and led summer Sinfonietta concerts in Lawrence, as well as partnered in an ongoing collaboration between the KU Symphony Orchestra members and Lawrence Arts Center for staged performances of Peter and the Wolf for children. He also partnered with Reach Out Kansas Inc. on free statewide performances for underserved communities. The Kansas Federation of Music Clubs named him Kansas Artist-Educator of the Year for 2016-17. In the fall of 2017, Neely will join the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as Visiting Associate Professor in Orchestral Conducting.
Upcoming performances include Jake Heggie's It's a Wonderful Life at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, D'Albert's Tiefland with Sarasota Opera, as well as concerts with the orchestras of the Jacobs School.
He holds a B.M. in Piano Performance and an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University, where his teachers were Zadel Skolovsky and Leonard Hokanson (piano), and Thomas Baldner and Bryan Balkwill (conducting). He received post-graduate study in orchestral conducting with Gerhard Samuel at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Soyoung Kim (piano soloist, Prokofiev)
Soyoung Kim is from South Korea. She began studying piano at the age of seven. In 2007, she graduated from Yewon Arts School then continued her musical studies at Seoul Arts High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Seoul National University under the tutelage of Ick choo Moon. She studied with Victor Rosenbaum at the New England Conservatory, where she earned her master’s degree with honors. Kim is currently pursuing Artist Diploma degree with Arnaldo Cohen at the IU Jacobs School of Music, where she holds a full scholarship supported by the Graduate Tuition Award and the Jacobs Chairman’s Scholar Award. When she moved to the United States, Kim was invited twice to the Scriabin and Prokofiev Festivals, and she performed in Jordan Hall each year. She has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including Nanpa, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Sungjeong, Seoul Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Segye Daily, Youngsan, Suri, Beethoven (South Korea), Jefferson Symphony Orchestra International (Colorado), Connecticut Alliance for Music, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, and Shigeru Kawai International Piano (Tokyo). She has given solo recitals in Seoul, Korea, at such venues as Yamaha Music Center, Yongsan Art Hall, Mozart Hall, and Ewon Cultural Center. Kim has played with the Pazardzik Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria) in the Goyoung Aram Nuri Center, and she performed Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with the Banatul Philharmonic(Romania) in the Seoul Arts Center.
Seungkyu Oh (piano soloist, Strauss)
Seungkyu Oh is a 23-year-old pianist from South Korea. He graduated from Sunhwa Arts High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Seoul National University, where he studied with Hie-yon Choi. He is currently pursuing master’s degree in piano performance with Arnaldo Cohen at the IU Jacobs School of Music, where he holds a full scholarship supported by the Graduate Tuition Award and the Jacobs Chairman’s Scholar Award. In his youth, he won several competitions held in South Korea, including Win and Piano Society. He performed at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and has participated in master classes with such notable pianists as Jerome Lowenthal, Niklas Sivelov, and Enrico Elisi. An avid chamber music player, Oh has engaged in duo performances at the Yamaha Concert Salon (Seoul, South Korea), and he has an upcoming performance at the Jacobs School with his ensemble, the HS-Trio.