For five weeks this summer as part of Chamber Music Northwest’s 2013 Summer Festival, the Protégé Project musicians played in multiple Portland venues—concert halls, nightclubs, theatre--and earned rave reviews for their energy, passion and skill. The Protégés also worked in multiple Portland venues, teaching young music students, discussing music with audiences, and training with visiting nationally known chamber musicians.
The Protégé Project is one of Chamber Music Northwest’s most exciting new initiatives.The 2013 Protégés included the Dover String Quartet, Violinist Benjamin Beilman, Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, and Andy Akiho, a doctoral candidate at Princeton and a composer specializing in steel drum compositions and performance.
The Protégé Project is a training and performance institute for young professionals, and for Portland audiences and music students, it is an exciting opportunity to witness the fresh energy and creativity of these musicians at the beginning of their careers. After completing their five-week residency in Portland, for example, The Dover String Quartet traveled directly to the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition where they took a near-sweep of prizes.
The Dover String Quartet will return to Portland next year, along with new Proteges, to work alongside Chamber Music Northwest luminaries at the 2014 Summer Festival.
We're pleased to announce the participants in the 2013 Protege Project at Chamber Music Northwest:
Andy Akiho - composer, percussion
Ben Beilman - violin
Bryan Lee - violin
Joel Link - violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt - viola
Camden Shaw - cello
Yekwon Sunwoo - piano
These rising stars will be performing alongside festival veterans on our main stage and will be featured artists in our Club Concert series in informal, alternative venues around Portland. In addition, they will provide coaching and masterclasses for area music students and will perform in a number of free community outreach concerts for listeners of all ages. Stay tuned for more details on the Proteges' performance schedule in the coming months!
Early plans for our 4th Protege Project during the 2013 Summer Festival are coming together. We will bring an emerging young string quartet, recent graduates of a top conservatory. Look for the name of the ensemble to be revealed in a future update. We'll also bring a pianist and several wind players. The Protege Project will continue our popular club concerts with 3-4 shows in alternative venues around the city like the Doug Fir, Someday Lounge, and Alberta Rose Theater. Proteges will also lead workshops for local music students and perform in a number of free community outreach concerts. We look forward to sharing more with you as plans develop over the next few months!
2012 Protégé Project
In our 42nd annual summer festival, we celebrated the third year of our exciting Protégé Project, presenting dynamic concerts to many sellout crowds. Designed as a training, performance and outreach program for outstanding young emerging artists, we invited 10 young musicians in their mid-20s to be in residence during the five-week festival. They were mentored and coached by CMNW festival artists, performed with their older colleagues on the CMNW stage, and presented their own “Club Concerts” in alternative venues. The Protégés also coached Portland-area music students at local summer music camps, performed at retirement communities, and presented other free CMNW summer outreach events.
The 2012 Protégé Project featured the Amphion String Quartet and additional instrumentalists, from piano and percussion to bass and trombone. This year for the first time, we incorporated a Protege composer, Oregon's own Katerina Kramarchuk. We also offered the musicians opportunities to perform in new combinations throughout the festival. The Protégés performed three Wednesday night “club concerts” in alternative venues such as the Doug Fir Lounge and Alberta Rose Theater, a series of intimate and informal events for audiences of around 200. At the Alberta Rose Theater, we had a near capacity crowd of over 300. The Protégés also performed many free outreach concerts around Portland, including at retirement communities and a downtown noon concert at the Oregon Historical Society. A highlight of the season was our joint series with BodyVox, combining live music and dance to create a memorable show for three sellout crowds at PSU's Lincoln Hall.
We are grateful for the support through Global Giving which helped us continue and expand this exciting new program.
At the end of this week, our 2012 Proteges arrive in Portland to begin rehearsing for the first of their three concerts:
We're excited to announce that we're partnering with Young Professionals of Portland to host YPOP @ CMNW on 7/11 at the Someday Lounge. We look forward to sharing the excitement of our Club Concerts with YPOP members for the first time this year!
We're also pleased to share that our Proteges will be performing on Intel's Jones Farm Campus for company employees on Friday, June 29th. This is a component of our partnership with Intel's Great Place to Work program, and we look forward to welcoming Intel to our festival concerts.
In addition to the Club Concerts, our 2012 Proteges will join Festival artists for main stage concerts and will perform around town in free public outreach concerts and private events, including at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and a joint show at PSU's Lincoln Hall with the renowned local modern dance company, BodyVox.
We hope you will join us for the exciting third year of the Protege Project! Buy your tickets now, as the club concerts are selling fast! More details are available on our website at the following link:
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