An active repertoire that encompasses such composers as Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Debussy, Schubert and Stravinsky reinforces pianist Nicolas Hodges’ special prowess in contemporary music. Born and trained in London, and now based in Germany, where he is a professor at the Stuttgart Conservatory, Hodges approaches the works of Classical, Romantic, 20th century and contemporary composers with the same questing spirit.
Nicolas Hodges past has appeared with US orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, MET Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St Louis Symphony, and with European orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Symphony, ÖRF Symphony Vienna, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, while performances further afield include dates with the Tokyo Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony. In recent seasons, Hodges has become especially closely associated with the piano concertos of Elliott Carter, Beat Furrer (b.1954) and Thomas Adès, with Hodges giving the premiere of the British Composer’s In Seven Days in London in April 2008.
Conductors with whom Nicolas Hodges has collaborated are Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Hans Graf, Oliver Knussen, Thomas Adès, George Benjamin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Ilan Volkov and Tadaaki Otaka. As a recitalist, he has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall (London) and IRCAM (Paris), and his festival appearances have included Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, Paris (Festival d’Automne), Lucerne, Salzburg, Vienna (Wien Modern), Zurich (Tage für Neue Musik), Innsbruck (Klangspuren), Brussels (Ars Musica) and Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Nicolas Hodges’ discography includes solo and concertante works by Carter, Furrer, Birtwistle, Finnissy, Adams and Ferneyhough. Future CD releases include discs of Brian Ferneyhough on Neos, Walter Zimmermann on Mode, Harrison Birtwistle on Metronome and Rolf Riehm on Wergo.
Ying Fang, soprano
Soprano Ying Fang has been hailed by the New York Times for her “pure and moving soprano, phrasing with scrupulous respect for the line and traveling with assurance through the mercurial moods,” as well as “singing with a fresh, appealing soprano and acting with coquettish flair.” She is blooming as a well-rounded singer.
Ms. Fang made her Metropolitan Opera debut in their 2013-14 Season singing the role of Madame Podtochina’s Daughter in Shostakovich’s opera The Nose. Performing with Juilliard415 at Alice Tully Hall, she performed Handel’s Silete venti under Steven Fox and later his Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno under William Christie. Ms. Fang has also performed the leading role in Mozart’s opera Zaide with the New World Symphony and was featured in the Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School’s joint production of ‘A Concert of Comic Operas’ conducted by James Levine. In other Juilliard productions, she has been featured as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Fanny in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio and the Spirit of the Boy in Britten’s Curlew River. With the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Ms. Fang has performed Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Contessa in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims and sang the soprano solo in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Filene Center. She gained acclaim performing with the Aspen Opera Theater Center in Bernstein’s West Side Story and Mozart’s the Magic Flute: “Soprano Ying Fang sang Pamina with a creamy tone and marvelous specificity in each moment.” (Aspen Times)
A native of Ningbo, China, Ms. Fang most recently won the Gail Robinson Award of the Sullivan Foundation, the Opera Index Award at the 2013 Opera Index Vocal Competition, and 1st Prize Award at the 2013 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. She won one of China’s most prestigious awards- the 2009 7th Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music, one of the youngest singers ever accorded this honor. She has been hailed as “the most gifted Chinese soprano of her generation” (Ningbo Daily) Ms. Fang holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She is a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Youjin Lee, violinist
Violinist Youjin Lee, 19, is the Grand Prize winner of both the 2013 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and the 2013 Stulberg International String Competition. Lee began her studies at age 3, made her musical debut at the Inchon City Association of Music age 7, and has since won many of Korea's major national competitions, including the Baroque Competition, Korea Times Competition and Seoul Art Center Concert for Talented Musicians.
In 2008, Youjin performed with the Joy Philharmonic Orchestra in the Baroque Competition's Winner Recital, and with the Ploiesti State Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania in 2009. She was invited to perform at the Blue House Recital for South Korean President Myung Bak Lee and in 2010 at Lincoln Center. Since the summer of 2011, Youjin has been a student at the prestigious Perlman Music Program, selected by Itzhak Perlman, participating in both the summer program in New York and the winter residency in Florida.
In Los Angeles, where she has lived and studied as a student in The Colburn Young Artists Academy since 2010, she got 5th prize at Munetsugu Angel international violin competition in Japan. As part of her prize, she appeared with both orchestras as the featured soloist. A dynamic performer and engaging young artist, Youjin was also the soloist with the New West Symphony in 2012 and performed concerts for thousands of fifth grade students across Southern California as part of their Symphonic Adventures series.
Youjin is a student of Robert Lipsett in the Colburn Conservatory.