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Celebrating Our Sixth Season!
Presented by the Happy Valley Cultural Center under the Artistic Direction of renowned harpist Heidi Lehwalder.

Chamber On The Mountain honors the traditional
while celebrating the innovative and the intermingling of nascent talent with venerated masters.

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCE

Zlatomir Fung, Cellist

with Janice Carissa, Pianist

Zlatomir Fung, Cellist
Photo by Matt Dine

Sunday, March 3, 2019
3:00 pm / Logan House

(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023

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Program
Selections from 11 Capricci for Solo Cello - Joseph Dall'Abaco
Baal Shem, B. 47 - Ernest Bloch
Sequenza XIV for Cello - Luciano Berio
Premiere - Katherine Balch
Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38 - Johannes Brahms

 

Meet the Artists!
Reception will follow the performance.

 

General Admission $25.00

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BIOGRAPHY

Zlatomir Fung, Cellist

Zlatomir Fung, Cellist
Photo by Matt Dine
 

First Prize, 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition
First Prize, 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions
Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize
Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert Prize
Slomovic Soloist Prize
Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize
Embassy Series Prize
Lied Center of Kansas Prize
Paramount Theater Prize
Sunday Musicale Prize
2017 Astral National Auditions
2016 Presidential Scholar for the Arts
First Prize, George Enescu International Cello Competition (Romania)
First Prize, Irving Klein International Competition


THE BALTIMORE SUN:

"Zlatomir Fung brought a rich, warm tone, impeccable intonation, appreciation for dynamic shading and thoughtful phrasing to the Schumann Cello Concerto (with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra)."

BENICIA HERALD (California):
"In the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, Fung showed a mastery of his instrument that was truly a thing to behold. He was lost in the magic of the music, maneuvering the strings with exquisite control as he created his own musical mosaic."

—PERFORMING ARTS MONTEREY BAY:
"The Saint-Saëns concerto demands technically flawless execution, and here Fung delivered hands down. This was a spectacular performance."

 

Cellist Zlatomir Fung recently captured First Prize at the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition, as well as the competition’s sole performance engagement prize for a concert with Poland’s Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra. Other performances as soloist with orchestra this season include the Dvorak Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman and the Bloch Schelomo with Orchestra Iowa.

Previously, Mr. Fung has appeared in the U.S. with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Boston Pops, Santa Cruz, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids Symphonies, and New England Philharmonic, and abroad with Romania’s State Philharmonic of Sibiu, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest, and the Lausanne Sinfonietta in Switzerland.

As a First Prize Winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Fung makes his recital debuts in the 2018-19 Young Concert Artists Series at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, sponsored by the Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert Prize and in Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center, sponsored by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert Prize. He also won special performance prizes: the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, Embassy Series Prize in Washington D.C., Friends of Music Concerts Prize, Paramount Theatre Prize, Lied Center of Kansas Prize, Sunday Musicale Prize, and Slomovic Prize for sponsorship of an Orchestra Partnership Project concerto engagement.

 

 

 

Zlatomir Fung will perform recitals this season for the Cosmos Club, Hopkins Center, Port Washington (NY) Library, Aaron Copland School of Music/Queens College, Jewish Community Alliance, Colgate University, Patrons for Young Artists in Poughkeepsie, Salon de Virtuosi, Tryon Concerts, Chamber On The Mountain in Ojai, CA, and the American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Fung was a 2016 Presidential Scholar for the Arts, and won the 2017 Astral National Auditions, First Prizes at the George Enescu International Cello Competition in Romania, Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, Stulberg International String Competition and Irving Klein International Competition, and Second Prize at the 2018 Paulo International Cello Competition in Finland. He has participated at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Heifetz International Music Institute in Virginia and the Aspen Music Festival. He is a regular member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York, and has been featured on NPR’s radio show “From the Top” six times, as well as on “Performance Today.”

Mr. Fung is of Bulgarian-Chinese heritage. Born in Oregon, he and his family moved from there to the Boston area so that he could attend the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. He is currently a full Kovner Fellowship student of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy at The Juilliard School. Outside of music, he enjoys cinema, reading philosophy and chess.

Mr. Fung holds The Anne & George Popkin Cello Chair of YCA, and plays a 1705 Mattio Popella cello generously on loan from Marc Pasciucco.

Zlatomir Fung is represented by Young Concert Artists, Inc.

 

Janice Carissa, PianistBiography

Janice Carissa, Pianist

Janice Carissa, from Surabaya, Indonesia, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2013 and studies piano with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full tuition scholarships, and Ms. Carissa is the Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Fellow.

A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Ms. Carissa was recently awarded the 2018 Career Grant Winner of Charlotte White’s Salon De Virtuosi. She will perform at WQXR’s Greene Space in New York in November. In Summer 2018, Ms. Carissa participated at Ravinia Steans Music Institute Summer Festival and premiered the Timo Andres Piano Trio, which she would play in Ravinia’s 2019 Tour along with Miriam Fried and her colleagues. Following her success at Ravinia, Ms. Carissa was also invited to collaborate with players of Berlin Philharmoniker’s Scharoun Ensemble in Poland at Penderecki Center, performing works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Bach. Her other upcoming 2019 engagements include a recital tour series with cellist Zlatomir Fung.

 

 

 

Ms. Carissa was a Young Scholar of Lang Lang’s International Music Foundation; the runner-up in the 2014 piano competition at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Music Festival and School; Star Performance Award Winner of the 2012 American Protégé International Music Talent Competition in New York; the runner-up in Indonesia Pusaka International Piano Competition in 2011; and the Top Prize Winner of the IBLA Foundation’s 2006 International Piano Competition.

Janice CarissaMs. Carissa has been featured on television and radio, including Indonesia Mencari Bakat, Inspirasi Pagi, Sang Juara, Global TV, RCTI, Trans TV, BC TV, Metro TV, TV One, Voice of America, WHYY-TV, WXQR’s Greene Space, and National Public Radio’s From the Top.

Recent career highlights include her debut with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra playing Mozart Piano Concerto and a solo recital tour in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Long Island, and New York. She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea; Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra; Symphony in C; the Eastern Wind Symphony; Bay Atlantic Symphony; and appears regularly with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Concert Series. She also has performed at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris for the Auditorium opening in 2016. Other notable venues include The Sydney Opera House, Stern and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, Miller Theater in Columbia University, the Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, the Kimmel Center, United Nations in New York, Oxford University’s St. Hilda’s College, Chicago’s Jay Priztker Pavilion, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Sydney Opera House, the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music’s Concert Hall in Warsaw, Theatre Hall of the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, and performances in Rimini, Ragusa, and Cesena in Italy.

In 2011, Ms. Carissa performed for the President of Indonesia and other dignitaries at the Presidential Palace in Bogor and for Lady Dewi Sukarno in Bali. 


Upcoming Performances

2018 - 2019 Series:
 

Busch Trio
Busch Trio
Photo by Blake Ezra

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Busch Trio

Omri Epstein, piano
Mathieu van Bellen, violin
Ori Epstein, cello 

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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2019 - 2020 Series:

 

Tomer Gewirtzman, Pianist
Tomer Gewirtzman, Pianist
Photo by Christian Steiner

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Tomer Gewirtzman, Pianist

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Arianna String Quartet
Arianna String Quartet

Michele Levin, Pianist
Michele Levin, Pianist

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Arianna String Quartet
and Michele Levin, Pianist

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Duo
Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Duo
Photo by Simon Shiff

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Duo

Leonard and Slava Grigoryan, Guitarists 

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist
Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist
Photo by Christian Steiner

Christopher Goodpasture, Pianist
Christopher Goodpasture, Pianist

Sunday, March 8, 2020

BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist

with Christopher Goodpasture, Pianist

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Hanzhi Wang, Accordianist
Hanzhi Wang, Accordianist
Photo by Matt Dine

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Hanzhi Wang, Accordianist

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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NEWS

Heidi Lehwalder, Artistic Director for Chamber On The Mountain,
Receives the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's (first-ever) 2018 Distinguished Alum Award

Heidi Lehwalder

Former SYSO musician Heidi Lehwalder is an internationally renowned harpist who has performed and taught around the globe. In recognition of Lehwalder's remarkable career and her ongoing dedication to coaching young musicians, SYSO is thrilled to present her with their first-ever Distinguished Alum Award at The Power of Music Benefit Luncheon, April 22, 2018.

Heidi Lehwalder's career highlights include:

  • First recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize (now the Avery Fisher Career Grant)
  • Only harpist to ever tour with the famed Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont
  • Served as Professor of Harp at the School of Music at the University of Washington
  • Appeared on Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts on CBS at age 14
  • Performed as guest artist with more than 65 orchestras including: New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, and, of course, Seattle Symphony where she has appeared 55 times 

Met Opera’s New Concertmaster: The Canadian Violinist Nikki Chooi

Nikki Chooi

The Metropolitan Opera announced Thursday that its next concertmaster would be the young Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi,
who performed for Chamber On The Mountain on May 1, 2016. Mr. Chooi, 27, who was offered a one-year contract beginning next month,
will join the Met’s other concertmaster, David Chan.
Read the Article that appeared in the New York Times, July 6, 2016

Congratulations Nikki!

The Real Star of the 2016 Grammys was Ji-Yong Kim, the Pianist from That Android Commercial

Watch Video of Ji-Yong Kim's Android Commercial

Ji, Pianist, performed for Chamber On The Mountain on Sunday, May 17, 2015.
Wonderful News!!
Ji will be back to perform for us again on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3 pm.
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Watch his phenomenal performance in a commercial that aired during the 2016 Grammy Awards Show.
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