"This concert continues our tradition of presenting extraordinary young artists at the start of their careers," explains series director Eric Edberg. "These are three of the finest young performers in the country. And there is no music more wonderful than the Mozart E Major and the Brahms B Minor piano trios." The festival's major sponsors include York Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Fine Print Books, the DePauw School of Music, and the Walden Inn and Conference Center. Admission is free.
Pianist Chia-Lin Yang, a native of Taiwan, is pursuing a doctoral degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she is one of only six students to have been accepted by the renowned André Watts. A recipient of IU's prestigious Chancellor's Fellowship, she is a winner of IU's concerto competition. Her performance of Beethoven's Second Concerto "revealed an admirable fluidity of line and limpid touch," according to Bloomington's Herald Times. Chia-Lin won first prize at the 2004 Kingsville Isabel Scionti Piano Solo Competition and the second prize at the 2004 WAMSO Young Artist Competition. Yang earned a Bachelor's degree from the National Taiwan Normal University and her Master's degree from Indiana University, studying with Evelyne Brancart.
Violinist Jung-Min Shin has performed throughout the United States, South Korea and Japan. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University, Diploma of Orchestra Academy from Toho Gakuen School (Japan) and Master of Music from the Juilliard School. She has studied with Kyung-Sun Lee, Hai-Eun Hyun, Hamao Fujiwara, and Masao Kawasaki.
Shin has been a featured soloist with orchestras such as the Sanglok Orchestra, Kyonggi Orchestra and Seoul Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. During the summers, she has participated in festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, and Flaine Festival (France). She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University, where she studies with Mauricio Fuks.
Cellist Kevin Bate is an active soloist and chamber musician. Bate has soloed with orchestras in Europe and North America and has given recitals on both continents. He recently competed in the V Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition in Mexico and was the only American invited to the Aram Khachaturian International Cello Competition in Armenia.
Bate holds a Performance Diploma from Indiana University where he worked with the legendary Janos Starker and was awarded the celebrated Eva Heinitz and Michael Kuttner scholarships. He is a graduate of DePauw University where he studied with Eric Edberg and was awarded a performance certificate, the Music Performance Award, and was elected Phi Kappa Lambda. Bate's teachers also include Adriana Contino and Uri Vardi. He has premiered several new compositions and has collaborated in recording new works under the Summit label. Recently, he performed the new work Lejania Interior (2006) by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez in Morelia, Mexico.