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March 28: Carhart-Lester guest pianist concert

FREDERICK, Md.—Four graduate students from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University will perform in Hood College’s Brodbeck Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. on March 28 for the 17th Annual Carhart-Lester Guest Pianist Concert.

Seulki Yoo, Ching-Yi Lin, Yi Chen Feng and Sejoon Park will perform a program of Russian music, playing works by Scriabin, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Balakirev, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

Yoo has been studying piano since she was 4 years old. After she studied in the Yewon Art School and Seoul High School in Korea, she earned a bachelor’s degree in music and an artist diploma from the Korea National University of Arts. She has won several prizes for her performances around the world, and she has taken master classes with numerous concert pianists, including Sontraud Speidel, Fabio Bidini, Nikita Fitenco and Myrthala Salazar. Her principal teacher is Yong hi Moon. She has also studied with Dae jin Kim and Oxana Yablonskaya.

Lin is a young pianist from Taiwan. He graduated from Soochow University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in music, and he was guided by Wei-Lung Lee and Li-Huei Chen. He has won numerous prizes in international piano competitions, and he has performed with orchestras including the Soochow University Symphony Orchestra. Since 2012, Lin has been invited from the cultural affairs department of Yunlin County to perform annual solo recitals in his hometown.

Feng began piano studies at age 7 in Taiwan. In 2014, he won the Taiwan Steinway Youth Piano Competition. He also collaborated with Kaohsiung Youth Orchestra to perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at Kaohsiung Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center. In 2015, he won first prize and the John Payless Performance prize at the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in the intermediate solo division. In 2016, he won the honorable mention at the San Jose International Piano competition in the advanced category as the youngest contestant.

Born to a musician family in South Korea, Park has won top prizes from the New Orleans International, PianoArts, and Southeastern Piano competitions, and is the recipient of the King Award for Young Artists. His recent performances include Rachmaninoff’s Concerto Nos. 2 and 3 with both the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea. He has also made solo appearances at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as well as with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Salina Symphony, Eurasian Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

The annual Homer Carhart Guest Pianist Recital was established in 2000 through a generous gift from Carhart, a long-time friend of Hood College who died in 2011. Upon the death of Noel Lester, professor emeritus at Hood College, in November 2016, Carhart’s daughter and son asked that the concert be renamed to honor both their father and Lester, who had helped establish the series and was piano instructor and concert manager at Hood until April 2016.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wayne Wold at woldw@hood.edu or 301-696-3782.