Bios: Concert I

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Lun Jiang, violin

Violinist Lun Jiang is a native of Beijing, China, and grew up in Westchester, New York. He has appeared in concerts with Paul Katz, Ruth Laredo, Glenn Dicterow, Ian Swenson and members of the Brentano, Pacifica and Ying String Quartets. Most recently, he performed at Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Lun has recorded the complete string quartets of Camille Saint-Saens for Eroica Classical Records. A new album was recently released featuring Lun and his twin brother Quan playing music of Ysaye, Rosza and Paganini. Lun was a founding member of the Equinox String Quartet and Gotham Quartet, which was a graduate quartet in residence at Rice University from 1999-2001.

The Gotham Quartet was a winner of Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and has appeared in New York, Chicago, Houston, Detroit, Dallas-Fortworth, Indiana and North Carolina. Lun is a graduate of the Rice University and Manhattan School of Music, he has worked with Stanley Bednar, Isidore Cohen, Sergiu Luca and Raphael Fliegel. He has coached chamber music with Isaac Stern, Joseph Silverstein, Miriam Fried and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard and Tokyo String Quartets. Lun is currently a member of the Utah Symphony. He plays on a Januarius Gagliano violin made in 1780, Naples.

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Lee Livengood, clarinet

 Lee Livengood is currently clarinetist and bass clarinetist in the Utah Symphony Orchestra and a Past-President of the International Clarinet Association. He also performs regularly at the Grand Tetons Music Festival. His teachers include Stanley Hasty, Mitchell Lurie, Michael Webster, and George Silfies. He has been a member of the Savannah Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Livengood is well known as a mouthpiece maker and refacer, with clients around the world. When not performing in the Utah Symphony or refacing mouthpieces, Lee enjoys time in the outdoors with his wife and two sons, drinking great coffee, and playing the electric bass.

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Vedrana Subotic, piano

Pianist Vedrana Subotic has won international acclaim from critics and audiences for her refined interpretations, rich tonal palette, and supreme levels of technical and musical mastery. Her debut solo performance at age nine was broadcasted on national television in her native country, the former Yugoslavia. Upon winning the top prize in Yugoslavia’s National Piano Competition, Vedrana moved to the United States. She has since been active as a soloist and a chamber musician in the Americas and Europe. She performs in dozens of concerts a year, combining concerto appearances, solo recitals, chamber music collaborations, and orchestral performances.

Vedrana’s more recent performances include concert tours in Puerto Rico, the Utah premier of Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto, appearing as a soloist in Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto with the Dubrovnik Symphony, and Prokofiev’s third piano concerto at the Chautauqua Festival in New York, as well as chamber music concerts at the International Chamber Music Festival in Nis, Serbia, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the Chautauqua Festival, the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, and Intermezzo and Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has collaborated in recital with such artists as Joseph Silverstein and Paul Neubauer, and is a member of the Porter-Subotic Duo with her husband, Utah Symphony violinist David Porter. Vedrana has also performed concerts in Bratislava, Prague, Belgrade, London, and Venice, as well as throughout the United States and Canada. Vedrana’s artistry and extensive concert activity has attracted the attention of the Director of the Worldwide Concert and Artists division at the Steinway corporation in NY. In 2003, she was invited to join the distinguished roster of Steinway Artists.

In addition to faculty recitals and lectures, Vedrana performs regularly in local concert venues, and has appeared as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Utah Chamber Orchestra, and the Weber State and Snow College Orchestras. Vedrana is a founding member and Music Director of the Intermezzo Chamber Music Concert Series, hailed by the Salt Lake Tribune, in its first year (2003), as one of the top ten musical events in Utah.

Vedrana has taught piano at Indiana University, Hartford Conservatory, and the Chautauqua Institution in NY where she was also Head of the Instrumental Accompanying from 1995-2001. In 2003, she founded the piano program at the Horne School of Music at Snow College (UT), an all-Steinway school, and directed it until 2008. An active clinician and adjudicator, Vedrana has served on the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition Jury, and is a frequent guest as a master-teacher at the Utah Symphony’s Youth Guild masterclasses. She has presented lectures on a variety of pedagogical and performance topics for the Utah Music Teachers Association and the Suzuki Piano Association.

An avid admirer and dedicated champion of the piano traditions from the days of the “old-world” performing legends, Vedrana has been trained by internationally acclaimed pedagogues and performers who continued the legacy of Arthur Schnabel, Rosina Lhevinne, Robert Goldsand, Rudolph Serkin, and Vladimir Horowitz. In addition to her University of Utah piano studio, Vedrana maintains a private studio of gifted young students in Salt Lake City. Her students have continued their musical studies at leading music schools in United States and Europe and have won awards in numerous competitions.

Vedrana graduated from the former Yugoslavia’s State Music Conservatory at age fifteen, and received  Bachelor of Music degree from Belgrade University four years later. She has since earned a Master of Music from Michigan State University, and an Artist Diploma and Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Her teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Arbo Valdma, Leonard Hokanson, Peter Frankl, Ralph Votapek, Gyorgy Sebok, Byron Janis, Janos Starker, and Josef Gingold.

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Pegsoon Whang, cello

Pegsoon Whang, cello, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Mannes College, where she graduated as “Most Outstanding Graduating Student.” She has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Lawton Philharmonic, and the North Carolina School of the Arts Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, she concertized in France, Italy, Germany, and the US. She is a member of Quattro Amici and the Snake River Chamber Players in Colorado. Festival appearances have included the Grand Teton Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival, where she was appointed principal cello.