Ji Hye Jung, Doug Perkins, Todd Meehan, Ayano Kataoka, Gwendolyn Dease, Eric Cha-Beach, and Eduardo Leandro
Ji Hye Jung
Ji Hye Jung is Associate Professor of Percussion Studies at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and Principal Percussionist with the West Coast-based chamber music ensemble Camerata Pacifica. An advocate for new music, she has commissioned works by Kevin Puts, Alejandro Viñao, Lukas Ligeti, Paul Lansky, Jason Treuting, Michael Torke, David Bruce, Huang Ruo, and John Serry. Jung garnered consecutive first prizes at the 2006 Linz International Marimba Competition and the 2007 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition while completing a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Eduardo Leandro attended Sao Paulo State University, Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, and Yale University for his formal percussion studies. Currently, he serves on the faculty of Stony Brook University in New York, where he is also Artistic Director of the university’s new music ensemble the Contemporary Chamber Players. Leandro previously taught at the Haute École de Musique de Genève and directed the percussion program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. As a percussionist, he has performed with ensembles such as the Steve Reich Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Bang on a Can All Stars. Leandro is part of the Percussion Duo Contexto, which was an ensemble in residence at the Centre Internacional de Percussion in Geneva for ten years. He played regularly with Ensemble Champ d’Action, Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Ensemble Contrechamps. He has performed in music festivals throughout the world such as the Suita Music Festival, Ferienkurse fur Neue Muzik, Festspiel, Ars Musica, Archipel, Nits de Altea, Espinho Music Meeting, Izmir Music Festival, Athenaeum Concert Series, and Festival d’Automne.
Gwendolyn Dease is currently Associate Professor of Percussion Studies at the Michigan State University College of Music. Dease has maintained a career as an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She is Principal Percussionist of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, she has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Dease was awarded the Teacher Scholar Award from Michigan State University in January 2012. She was the winner of the Keiko Abe Prize at the 2nd World Marimba Competition and has performed numerous solo recitals throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. Dease has released several compact disc recordings on the Naxos, Bridge, and Blue Griffin labels. Dease holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Yale School of Music.
Ayano Kataoka was the first percussionist to be chosen for Chamber Music Society Two, a three-season residency program for emerging artists offering high-profile performance opportunities in collaboration with The Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center. She gave the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s “Self Comes to Mind” for cello and two percussionists with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the American Museum of Natural History. Kataoka presented a solo recital at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, which was broadcast on NHK, the national public station of Japan. Since 2013, she has toured in the United States and Mexico extensively as a percussionist for Cuatro Corridos, a chamber opera led by Grammy Award-winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi addressing human trafficking across the United States and Mexican border. Kataoka is on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Todd Meehan is Associate Professor of Percussion Studies at the Baylor University School of Music. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician. Meehan currently performs contemporary percussion chamber music with the Meehan/ Perkins Duo and is the Principal Timpanist of the Waco Symphony Orchestra. He has commissioned new works for percussion by such composers as David Lang, Paul Lansky, Tristan Perich, Charles Wuorinen, Jonathan Leshnoff, and Alejandro Viñao. Meehan has released recordings on Cantaloupe, Bridge, New World Records, and Physical Editions labels. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Music degree from Yale University.
Doug Perkins founded the percussion quartet So Percussion and the Meehan/ Perkins Duo. Perkins also performs regularly with Signal and eighth blackbird. His recordings can be heard on the Bridge, Cantaloupe, Harmonia Mundi, New Focus, and New World labels. His productions of “Persephassa” in Central Park Lake and John Luther Adams’ “Inuksuit” were named to “Top Ten Performances” in 2010 and 2011 by The New Yorker, New York magazine, and Time Out New York. Perkins is on the percussion faculty at Boston Conservatory and previously served on the faculty at Dartmouth College. He is Director of the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar and served with eighth blackbird as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago.
As a member of So Percussion since 2007, Eric Cha-Beach has a performing career ranging from the traditional (Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre, and Los Angeles Philharmonic) to the unusual (Bonnaroo, Radiolab, and HBO’s “The Jinx”). He has worked closely with such artists as Steve Reich, David Lang, Paul Lansky, Steve Mackey, Dan Trueman, Bryce Dessner, Matmos, and Dan Deacon. Cha-Beach has composed music for and with So Percussion, Shara Worden, Buke and Gase, Shen Wei Dance, Q2 Radio, and Nuit Blanche New York. Together with the members of So Percussion, Cha-Beach is a performer-in-residence at Princeton University and Co-Director of the So Percussion Summer Institute and the percussion program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. He studied with Robert van Sice at the Peabody Conservatory and the Yale School of Music. Cha-Beach also received a Fulbright fellowship to work with Bernhard Wulff in Freiburg, Germany.
Session: Daytime Showcase Concert
“New Works for Keyboard”
Date & Location
Vic Firth, Adams/Pearl, Zildjian