Violin Sonata no. 1 in A Major, op. 13 (1876)…..Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
I. Allegro molto
III. Allegro Vivo
IV. Allegro quasi presto
Four Souvenirs…..Paul Schoenfield (1947 - )
III. Tin Pan Alley
IV. Square Dance
Er-Gene Kahng’s performances have been described as sporting a sweet warm tone and a caressing sense of phrase, translat[ing] the music into a meaningful musical discourse that few virtuosi accomplish; her beautiful tone and honest musicianship have marked her performances with a fresh communicative air. Her most recent project includes performing new or under-performed works of African-American Arkansas composer, Florence Price. Her performance of her String Quartet in G major was featured recently on APM’s Performance Today with Fred Childs. From October 2016, she will be the Arkansas Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England.
Er-Gene’s previous orchestral experience includes: Concertmaster of Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Associate concertmaster of Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, title positions with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as section positions with the Lancaster Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and Eastern Connecticut Symphony. She is a currently Section Violin of the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra.
Kahng’s summer activities include co-founding and performing in the Fulbright Summer Chamber Music Festival, held at the University of Arkansas; Section Violin of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra; violin faculty at Montecito International Summer Music Festival, and violin faculty at the Beverly Hills International Music Festival. She previously served as violin faculty and 2nd violinist of the Bay View Music Festival faculty string quartet.
Kahng currently serves as the Associate Professor of Violin and Head of Strings at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She received degrees from UCLA, Yale and Northwestern. Her primary teachers include Mark Kaplan, Erick Friedman, Syoko Aki, Tokyo String Quartet and Almita and Roland Vamos. Her students have gained admission to some of the top music schools in the country, including New England Conservatory, University of Southern California, Peabody Conservatory/Johns Hopkins University, University of Minnesota, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, as well as being prizewinners of the MTNA regional and national level competitions.
Bulgarian pianist Miroslava Panayotova has made numerous appearances as recitalist and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, Romania, and Mexico. As well, Ms. Panayotova has appeared at such music festivals as Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont, XXI Festival Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado in Mexico, the Orford Festival in Canada, Apolonia in Bulgaria, and others. Her numerous awards include the first prize at the Green Valley Piano Competition, and the second prize and the Silver Medal at the XVII National Piano Competition Svetoslav Obretenov in Bulgaria. As a winner of the 2006-2007 President’s Concerto Competition, Ms. Panayotova appeared with The Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Recent concerto performances include appearances with The Florida Orchestra and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. She toured the southwest as soloist with University of Arizona Pianists on Tour. Her performances have been broadcast by KUAT-FM, KUAT-TV, and the Bulgarian National Television.
Miroslava Panayotova holds Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance from the National Academy of Music in Bulgaria, a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of South Florida, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance with a minor concentration in musicology from the University of Arizona. She studied with Daniela Andonova, Svetozar Ivanov, and Tannis Gibson.
Dr. Panayotova’s repertoire encompasses variety of styles, including contemporary music and premiere performances of both solo and ensemble works. Enjoying a wide variety of performance opportunities as a collaborative artist, she appears with Patrick Neher, bassist on recently released CDs by ISG Publications.
Dr. Panayotova serves as Artist Faculty at the Beverly Hills International Music Festival. She was a member of the music faculty at the University of South Florida, where she taught piano, piano pedagogy, and chamber music. In 2014, Dr. Panayotova joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville as Instructor of Class Piano and Collaborative Piano.