Virgil Boutellis-Taft and JuYoung Park

Violin and Piano

December 16, 2018, 4 pm

Music Room

French violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft won a first prize at the Paris Conservatoire before continuing his studies in Budapest, London, and Tel Aviv. After winning the international competition at the International Summer Academy in Austria in 2010, Boutellis-Taft established a reputation as an exciting young soloist, with Le Canard enchaîné describing him as “an unrivaled violinist.” His 2016 album Entre Orient et Occident included the Violin Sonatas by Debussy and Janáček as well as André Hossein’s Caravan, all of which he will perform at the Phillips, alongside works by Schumann, Brahms, and Saint-Saëns. Pianist JuYoung Park was born in Seoul and studied in New York and Leipzig. Recipient of the Harold and Helene Schonberg Award for pianists in 2015/2016 and first prize at the Maurice Ravel Foundation in 2015, Park is an internationally recognized soloist and is a member of the MSM Piano Trio.


La Follia

F-A-E Sonata

Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105



CÉSAR FRANCK (1822-90)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major

Danse macabre

Hailed as an “unrivaled violinist,” “of fiery temperament,” Virgil Boutellis-Taft regularly performs throughout Europe and the US.

He has played in halls such as Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau, Theatre des Champs-Elyssées, Banaroya Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House, and Wigmore Hall, as well as with orchestras such as the Dayton Philharmonic, the Springfield Symphony, the Israel Chamber Orchestra Emeritus, the Mid Atlantic Symphony, and the Sinfonia Varsovia. He has also performed at major international festivals including Bowdoin (US), Eilat and the Red Sea Valery Gergiev (Israel), Valdres (Norway), Prussia Cove (England), Les Violons de Légende, the Roque Anthéron, the Folle Journée (France)...

Virgil’s chamber music partners include the harpist Emmanuel Ceysson, the pianists Guillaume Vincent, Vanessa Wagner and Abdel Rahman El Bacha, the guitarist Thibaut Garcia, the cellists Anne Gastinel and Camille Thomas…

Works have been dedicated to him by Paul Cantelon, Tara Kamangar, Drew Hemenger, and since 2015, Virgil forms the Duo La Rose and Reseda with the violinist Irene Duval.

In 2016, Virgil recorded for Evidence Classics/Harmonia Mundi the album Entre Orient & Occident that was acclaimed by the critics and praised for its “incandescent intensity”…

As First Prize of the Paris Conservatory and winner of the Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation, Virgil decided to pursue his musical career abroad, invited by the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and at the Royal College of Music in London where he obtained his Masters and his Artist Diploma. He then spent two years in Israel, invited by Tel Aviv University for a postdoc, as part of its International Music Program. He has worked with pedagogues such as Zakhar Bron, Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Schlomo Mintz, Igor Oistrakh, Haim Taub, Hagai Shaham, Almita Vamos. In 2010 he won the first prize of the ISA International Competition in Austria. Virgil plays the Domenico Montagnana "ex Régis Pasquier" Venice 1742, on generous loan from an anonymous benefactor.

As the distinguished recipient of The Harold and Helene Schonberg Pianist Award 2015-2016, JuYoung Park is currently pursuing his Meisterklassenexamen at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig.

JuYoung Park has performed numerous solo recitals at venues in South Korea, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland and the United States. After his debut with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, he subsequently performed with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Poland Silesian Philharmonic, the Dae-gu Symphony, and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra at the Opera Comique in Paris. Mr Park has been invited by the New Paltz International Piano Festival, the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, the Fontainebleau Festival in France, and has also performed numerous concerts including at the L’Association Chopin de Lyon, the Harvard Club, the Fontainebleau Festival Gala in New York and at the Fontainebleau Castle in France. Mr. Park has won top awards at, among others, the 2012 Long-Thibaud Crespin International Competition, the USA Chopin International Competition, Jacob Flier International Competition, and First Prize at the Maurice Ravel Foundation 2015.

An avid chamber musician, he has toured Germany with the MSM Piano Trio, performing works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff, to an enthusiastic reception by the German press. Selections from the trio’s CD have been featured on WNOX New York and the trio has performed at the New York Harvard Club and at Lincoln Center.

JuYoung graduated from Seoul Arts High School with top marks and the highest honorable mention after fierce competition. He then attended the Manhattan School of Music for the bachelor's and master's degrees with Phillip Kawin and Horacio Gutierrez, as a full scholarship student. Juyoung is currently based in Leipzig Germany, studying with Prof. Markus Tomas.

This coming June and July, as a winner of the Concerto Competition in Leipzig, JuYoung will be performing the Schumann Piano Concerto and the Grieg Piano Concerto for three concerts at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.