The Chamber Music Olympics

“Gems from Germany”

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Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii-Manoa

 Sunday, August 18 at 4:00 PM


Concert Blog | HCMF

HCMF makes their return to the University of Hawaii-Manoa’s Orvis Auditorium. The concert was a success, met with great applause. Violinist Evan Hjort led the concert with his passionate playing as he performed on every piece on the program. His Beethoven Romance was delightful and wonderfully played.

With even more vigor and emotion, Evan, alongside cellist Joshua Nakazawa and pianist Shanice Aaron, played the Brahms Piano Trio No.1. Everyone had the spotlight as themes were past around and individuals had great solo melodies.

The Bruch Octet was a major success and the most highly praised after the concert. This piece is lesser known than the Mendelssohn and is considered a hidden gem.

The finale Mendelssohn Octet was a flashy and epic piece. Joined by Hawaii Symphony Orchestra cellists Nancy Masaki and Joshua Nakazawa, this revolutionary piece exhibited extreme intensities of group playing and counterpoint. Mann-wen Lo led the group as the first violinist with the responsibility of playing a densely packed part, and performed wonderfully.

Special thanks to Joseph Stepec, University of Hawaii Orchestra Director and newly appointed Hawaii Youth Symphony Director, for making this concert possible!


Concert Program | “Gems from Germany”

Ludwig Beethoven: Romance in G Major, Op.40

Evan Hjort, violin
Shanice Aaron, piano

Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No.1 in B Major, Op.8

Evan Hjort, violin
Joshua Nakazawa cello
Shanice Aaron, piano

Max Bruch: String Octet in B flat Major

Mann-wen Lo, violin 1
Evan Hjort, violin 2
Dustin Wilkes-Kim, violin 3
Cheyenne Lee, violin 4
Tyler Katsura, viola 1
Michael Chong, viola 2
Daniel Lim, cello
Chris Yick, bass

Felix Mendelssohn: String Octet in E flat Major

Mann-wen Lo, violin 1
Charissa Leung, violin 2
Evan Hjort, violin 3
Joseph Stepec, violin 4
Michael Chong, viola 1
Tyler Katsura, viola 2
Joshua Nakazawa, cello 1
Nancy Masaki, cello 2