The Modern Trio

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7PM

Korean Cultural Service New York

On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 7pm, The Modern Trio will perform at this year’s Holiday Concert as one of the Korea Music Foundation Annual Concert Series with the support of the Korean Cultural Service New York. 

The Modern Trio will perform trio compositions by Ludwig Van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. 

About the performers:

  • Gilles Vonsattel: Piano
  • Adam Barnett-Hart: Violin
  • Na-Young Baek: Cello

Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. Skilled with an enormous range of repertoire, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers. American violinist Adam Barnett-Hart has attracted worldwide attention for his sensitive musicianship and inspired artistry. Korean American cellist Na-Young Baek made her NYC debut in Carnegie Hall, and was invited to play at the Marlboro Music Festival for three summers and has also participated in the “Musicians From Marlboro” tours. 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.    

Meet the Artists

Gilles Vonsattel, Piano

A "wanderer between worlds" (Lucerne Festival), Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. Comfortable with and seeking out an enormous range of repertoire, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers. Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions, he recently made his Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, and San Francisco Symphony debuts, while performing recitals and chamber music at the Tonhalle Zürich, Ravinia, Tokyo's Musashino Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Music@Menlo, the Gilmore festival, the Lucerne festival, and the Munich Gasteig. His most recent 2014 New York solo recital was hailed as "tightly conceived and passionately performed...a study in intensity" by The New York Times. Deeply committed to the performance of contemporary works, he has premiered numerous works both in the United States and Europe and worked closely with notable composers such as Jörg Widmann, Heinz Holliger, and George Benjamin. His 2011 recording for the Honens/Naxos label of music by Debussy, Honegger, Holliger, and Ravel was named one of Time OutNew York's classical albums of the year. A former member of Chamber Music Society Two, he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Columbia University and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. Mr. Vonsattel is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

Adam Barnett-Hart, Violin


American violinist Adam Barnett-Hart has attracted worldwide attention for his sensitive musicianship and inspired artistic decisions. Barnett-Hart made his Lincoln Center debut in 2002, performing the Brahms Concerto with the Juilliard Symphony. Today he performs in many of the most prestigious venues around the world including Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Kennedy Center, the Ravinia and Caramoor Festivals, the Louvre, Wigmore Hall, and the Concertgebouw. He regularly collaborates with artists such as Khatia Buniatishvili, Leon Fleischer, David Finckel, Wu Han, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, David Shifrin, Jason Vieaux, and Pinchas Zukerman. Barnett-Hart frequently tours Korea as leader of the Sejong Soloists.

As the founding first violinist of the Escher String Quartet, Barnett-Hart records for the Naxos and BIS labels, with the complete Zemlinsky and Mendelssohn quartets scheduled for release between 2014-16. The Quartet serves as Artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and in 2013 became one of the few chamber ensembles to be awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. The current season sees the Quartet’s debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel; in addition, the group tours the UK with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and continues its relationship with the Wigmore Hall, returning to collaborate with jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman. Further significant debuts follow next season including Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Campos do Jordao Festival in Brazil and the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, as well as a debut appearance at London’s Kings Place. Barnett-Hart studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Joel Smirnoff at the Juilliard School. 


Na-Young Baek, Cello

Cellist Na-Young Baek holds a B.A. from the Curtis Institute of Music, M.A. from Yale University, A.D. from the Juilliard School, and a D.M.A. from Stony Brook University. Her teachers include Orlando Cole, Aldo Parisot, and Colin Carr, and at the end of her study with Aldo Parisot, she was awarded an “Aldo Parisot Prize” for being the most promising young cellist. Her doctoral studies lead her to a wide variety of repertoire from Biber to Gubaidulina, and her dissertation, Historically Informed Playing of Bach Suite No.5, was based on the comparison of the fifth cello suite with the g minor suite for Lute. She was the first prizewinner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Competition, Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition, and Holland-America Music Society Competition. She made her orchestra debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and played with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, DuPage Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, and Korean Chamber Ensemble in major venues including the Academy House in Philadelphia and Rheingau Musik Festival in Germany. Recently, she played Beethoven Triple Concerto with Hong Kong-Macau-Taiwan symphony orchestra for their New Year's concert. She made her NYC debut in Carnegie Hall, and her Dame Myra Hess concert series recital was broadcast live in Chicago. An avid chamber musician, she was invited to and played at the Marlboro Music Festival for three summers and has participated in “Musicians From Marlboro” tours. She has made chamber music appearances in the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Skaneatles Music Fesitval, Lake Champlain Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Isaac Stern Seminar in Israel, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, and was featured in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Cadogan Hall in London, and on NPR's “Performance Today.” Na-Young is a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Sejong Soloists, East Coast Chamber Orchestra(ECCO), and Metropolis Ensemble. In Korea, she serves as a faculty member of LG Chamber Music School(Youth Orchestra) and is a roster of Ensemble Opus. She performs on the Matteo Goffriller cello, Venice, ca.1715, on a generous loan by Samsung Music Foundation and Strad Society. 

Miro Yoon