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Piano Masters@Moravian to feature emerging stars of jazz and classical piano
Bethlehem, Pa., March 22, 2006—Renowned jazz pianist Frank Kimbrough and classical pianist Jenny Lin will be the guest artists at the Piano Masters@Moravian concert on Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Moravian College’s Peter Hall. The program will feature Kimbrough and Lin as both solo and as duo performance artists.
Kimbrough, a North Carolina native, is a jazz pianist, composer and educator. He grew up in a family of musicians and received their full support to play the piano "before he can remember." Kimbrough left college to pursue musical opportunities in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Washington, D.C. before landing in New York where he found musical mentors who helped him to establish himself as a recognized artist. In addition to performing as a soloist, Kimbrough performs with his trio, the Noumena, and The Herbie Nichols Project, which he co-leads with Ben Allison. A solo album, Lullabluebye was released in 2004, and a new album (with Masa Kamaguchi and Paul Motian titled, Play, is due to be released sometime in May.
Kimbrough is a past adjunct faculty member of New York University and has taught at several music camps. In addition he has conducted workshops at the Paris Conservatory, Oxford University, Berklee College of Music, and other prestigious music schools. Currently he is engaged teaching private students, and continues as composer-in-residence with the Jazz Composers Collective, and continues to tour with his trio and various ensembles. He currently teaches private lessons.
Lin, who was awarded the Best Performer Prize from the 2000 Golden Music Awards, the "Grammys of Asia," is a young but worldly pianist. She has studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna with Noel Flores, at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore with Julian Martin, and in Geneva with Dominique Weber. She has performed also in New York with Richard Goode and Blanca Uribe and in Italy with Dimitri Bashkirov and Andreas Staier. She collaborates with composers, many of whom have written compositions especially for her, including Sarana Tzu-Ling Chou, Boudewijn Cox, and James Tenney. Lin has earned also a bachelor’s degree in German literature from The Johns Hopkins University.
This season Lin is scheduled to tour the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Taiwan. Her work will be featured in “Zahara,” a documentary by Elemental Films Spain. Lin's last CD, Preludes to a Revolution, concentrates on the work of Russian composers between 1905 and 1922 and received rave reviews, and she has scheduled several CDs for release during the coming year. Lin's continues to receive accolades worldwide as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician of superb technique.
Peter Hall is located on the college’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. Tickets are $25 in advance or ($30 at the door) and available by calling 610-515-1025 or online at www.pianoculture.com.