Lansing Symphony Orchestra Performs Final Chamber Concert

CREATED Mar 5, 2014

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LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Symphony Orchestra concludes their four-concert chamber series with the final performance titled, “String Quartets and Licorice Sticks,” on Sunday, March 9 at 3 pm. This performance, like all chamber performances this season, will take place in Molly Grove Chapel at First Presbyterian Church. The string quartet features violinists Fangye Sun and Ching-Wen Tseng, violist Mikhail Bugaev and cellist Daniel Tressel; Clarinetist Guy Yehuda will join the string quartet for this chamber concert. The ensemble will be performing Rachmaninoff’s “String Quintet No. 1,” Brahms’ “Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115,” and a composition by one of the members, “String Quartet No. 1” by Daniel Tressel.


Violinist Fangye Sun, a native of China, began learning violin at age four from her father. After winning the gold medal at the “Gao Hua” Chinese Youth Violin Competition at age 11, she continued to win numerous prizes. Sun has been a featured resident chamber musician at the Pacific Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Pine Mountain Music Festival. She is currently Lecturer in Violin at Central Michigan University and tenure member of Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Ching-Wen Tseng is a native of Taiwan and has received her Teacher Certificate prior to studying abroad. Tseng is currently the Assistant Concertmaster in the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra and violinist in the Lansing area as well as other orchestras throughout Michigan. She has been a violin instructor for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.


Daniel Tressel, composer and cellist, divides his time among composing, performing and teaching. Tressel has received several commissions to write new orchestral works including “Symphony No. 1,” premiered by the Jackson Youth Symphony on May 15, 2011. He was also named the winner of the 2011 Merle J. Isaac Composition Contest for his orchestral work, “Sunday Stroll.” As an orchestral musician, he performs with the West Michigan Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Jackson Symphony and Lansing Symphony. Daniel is currently on faculty at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School where he teaches private cello, music theory and music composition. One of his compositions, “String Quartet No. 1,” will be performed at this chamber concert.


A native of Novosibirsk, Russia, violist Mikhail Bugaev received his degree from the Novosibirsk State Conservatory in 2005, and in 2013 he completed his doctoral degree at Michigan State University’s College of Music under Professor Yuri Gandelsman. During his studies in Russia, he participated in both the Novosibirsk Kamerata and the Novosibirsk State Symphony Orchestra. Bugaev received first prize at Novosibirsk State Conservatory Competition in 2000 and second prize in Russia’s International Young Artist Competition in 2001. Bugaev holds positions in orchestras with Kalamazoo Symphony, Flint Symphony, Traverse Symphony, Lansing Symphony and West-Michigan Symphony.


Guy Yehuda is associate professor of clarinet at the MSU College of Music. Yehuda received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Indiana University Jacob School of Music, and received his artist diploma and bachelor’s degree from the Glenn Gould Professional Music School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Yehuda is the winner of the Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. As principal clarinetist, he has performed with the Lucerne Contemporary Festival, Chicago Civic, Spoleto Festival, Haifa Symphony and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Israel Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Yehuda is a sought-after recitalist throughout North America and Europe, an active chamber musician, and has given master classes throughout the Americas, Europe and Israel.

Tickets for the Lansing Symphony’s Chamber Series are available by calling (517) 487-5001 or online at Student tickets are only $10 and $15 for adults.