1:30 – 2:30 PM
The Plaza at CityCenter – H Street NW between 9th and 10th (Map)
The 6821 Quintet was specifically assembled for the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation. Cleverly named to reflect the distance from Tokyo to DC, the group is comprimised Mayu Kishima (violin), Tim Park (cello), Meng Wang (viola), Mayumi Sakamoto (piano) and Andrew Kwon (violin).
Mayu Kishima (violin)
Mayu Kishima was born in Kobe, Japan. She has won a large number of prizes in competitions inside and outside Japan. In 2000, she caused a stir in the music world when she took top honors as the youngest-ever Japanese top prize winner in the Junior Division of the 8th Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists. Currently Kishima is based in Cologne and Paris and performs frequently in Europe.
Tim Park (cello)
Tim Park grew up in New York and began cello lessons at the age of eight. He entered the Juilliard School at eleven and continued his studies at Yale University. He finished his degrees in Germany. Mr. Park has been praised for his energetic and exhilarating performances as well as for his expressive and beautiful sound. Since its founding in 2005, Tim has been the cellist of the Erlenbusch String Quartet, a Berlin based group.
Meng Wang (viola)
Violist Meng Wang has established himself as a soloist, an avid chamber musician and a prominent orchestral musician. He has been a member of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2007 and regularly plays with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Deeply committed to chamber music, Mr. Wang has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Lars Vogt, Sharon Robinson, Chao-Liang Lin, the pop star Bono, and more.
Mayumi Sakomoto (piano)
Born in Japan, Mayumi Sakamoto made her orchestral debut with her hometown orchestra at the age of 11. She graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, where she also received the Douseikai Prize and the Yomiuri Prize. She obtained Konzertexamen from Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media in Germany and graduated with a scholarship from the Rohm Music Foundation. Her bold but delicate performances, filled with colorful and emotional sounds, have won great acclaim.
Andrew Kwon (violin)
Praised for his bold, no-compromise manner of playing as well as his sensitivity in ensemble settings, Andrew Kwon’s virtuosity and charismatic stage presence has captivated audiences throughout the world. Mr. Kwon first began his studies on the violin in Korea with his father, who was a choir and orchestra director. Andrew is currently studying with Herbert Greenberg at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.