Cellist Karen Yeh '15 and pianist Bridget Hough '13
UCSB Music alums cellist Karen Yeh ‘15 and pianist Bridget Hough ‘13 will present a recital on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 3:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Santa Barbara. The concert will open the 2018-2019 Music at Trinity concert series, and will feature a cello and piano arrangement of the "Träumerei" movement (No. 7) from Robert Schumann's piano suite, Scenes from Childhood, Op. 15 (1838); Ludwig van Beethoven's Cello and Piano Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2 (1815); and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Cello and Piano Sonata in g minor, Op. 19 (1901).
There will be a $10 suggested donation at the door. For more information, please visit trinitysb.ladiocese.org.
Karen Yeh, cello
Karen Yeh is an active cellist based in Los Angeles, California. A multifaceted performer, she has appeared in solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has played in venues ranging from symphony appearances in Carnegie Hall to sold-out pop concerts at the Dolby Theatre. She is in demand as a recording artist for the motion picture industry and recently performed in an exclusive project for Amazon's hit series, Mozart in the Jungle. Festival appearances include the Meadowmount School of Music, Domaine Forget, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Montecito Festival, and the International Music Academy in Pilsen (Czech Republic). In 2009 she traveled to Oberstdorf, Germany to attend the Oberstdorker Musiksommer to perform in masterclasses with Stephan Forck (Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin). Karen has played in masterclasses for such distinguished artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Colin Carr, Anner Bylsma, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Matt Haimovitz, and Janos Starker.
Karen is an active chamber musician and has been coached by members of the Pacifica Quartet, Calder Quartet, and Danish String Quartet. In the summer of 2009 she performed Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” String Quartet with violinist Sylvie Gazeau (Paris Conservatory) in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
A proponent of new music, Karen often premieres new works in both orchestral and chamber settings. She collaborated with composer Kaija Saariaho at Northwestern University in a concert showcasing Saariaho’s complete cello works. She has also performed as guest artist with Now Hear, a Santa Barbara-based ensemble dedicated to contemporary music. Most recently she performed with New West Symphony and the Lyris Quartet in their world premiere of Salmagundi by Bruce Broughton, Emmy Award-winning TV and film composer.
An avid orchestral musician, Karen served as principal of her section at Northwestern University, Indiana University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She currently performs with New West Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and is on the substitute list of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In addition to performing, Karen has extensive experience teaching students of all levels and ages. She held a private studio in Santa Barbara and served as a teacher for the Santa Barbara Symphony's Education department. While at Indiana University, she was an Associate Instructor and was the Orchestral Teaching Assistant while attending UC Santa Barbara.
Born on Long Island, Karen was inspired to begin piano at the age of 6 and later started cello studies at age 9. She attended the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook’s Pre-College Program where she received her first chamber music coachings. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at Northwestern University under the tutelage of Hans Jorgen Jensen and a Performer’s Diploma at Indiana University where she served as Janos Starker's last assistant. She completed her master's under full scholarship at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied with Jacob Braun and Jennifer Kloetzel.
Bridget Hough, piano
A native of Southern California, Bridget Hough is a versatile and dynamic pianist known for her sensitive artistry and lyrical approach to the keyboard. Equally at home in solo, chamber, and duo repertoire, she has played for music festivals in the United States and abroad, and is engaged regularly for recording projects, competitions, and performances.
In demand as a sensitive collaborator, Bridget has played for master classes conducted by Stephanie Blythe, Alan Smith, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Leonidas Kavakos, Roberto Diaz, and the St. Lawrence and Emerson String Quartets. She has been an invited pianist for several summer festivals, including SongFest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, the Schubert-Institut in Austria where she worked with renowned pianists Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, and Roger Vignoles, and the prestigious Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar led by Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith, where she was a fellow for two seasons.
Committed to new music Bridget has performed and premiered works by many contemporary composers, including Juliana Hall, Tom Cipullo, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, John Musto, and Thea Musgrave, among others.
A believer in the power of music to heal and benefit society she is involved with the Mindful Music program at UCLA Health, an interdisciplinary initiative designed to integrate music into communities in order to explore and share the health benefits of music through live performances, education, and research.
Bridget was awarded her Doctor of Musical Arts in Keyboard from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also received a Master of Music and Bachelor of Arts in Music, summa cum laude.
August 24, 2018 - 10:30am