Learning to Listen

The Coleman Sisters Learning to Listen Series was established in memory of Elizabeth Coleman Mooney ’48 and in honor of Susan Norton Coleman ’45, who wanted future generations of students to derive the same great pleasure from music that they did. The Series features virtuosic musicians in a salon-like atmosphere with tasty refreshments and informative conversation.

Learning to Listen events are free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets are required. Refreshments will be served.

Learning to Listen 2015-2016


Satie image

With Viktor Valkov, piano and Luosha Fang, violin

Viktor Valkov Luosho Fang

Saturday, March 26, 7pm
Goodhart Music Room
FREE with birthday cake served

Born in 1866, Erik Satie was a colorful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. The evening will illustrate his musical protest against forebears Beethoven and Wagner and include works of colleagues Ravel and Poulenc.

Violinist Luosha Fang made her concert debut at the age of eight, in
Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. She has performed widely as soloist
and chamber musician in leading venues throughout the U.S., and
recently premiered and recorded George Tsontakis’ double violin
concerto Unforgettable for the Albany Symphony Orchestra. She also
premiered Chinese composer Shen Yiwen’s violin concerto Mulan with
the American Symphony Orchestra, under Leon Botstein. In March
2014, Ms. Fang appeared in Carnegie Hall, performing Penderecki’s
Sextet. In the summer of 2014, she is in residence at Marboro
Music. Upcoming, Ms. Fang joins the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as
a regular guest artist, and is featured as soloist with the Louisville
Orchestra in “Autumn” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

A winner of Astral Artists’ 2013 National Auditions, Ms. Fang was
awarded the Silver Medal at the prestigious 2010 Fischoff National
Chamber Music Competition, as the first violinist of the Chimeng
Quartet, for whom she is also a founding member. The quartet has also
performed Takuma Itoh’s Concerto for String Quartet with the Albany
Symphony Orchestra, under David Alan Miller. Ms. Fang has appeared
at the Library of Congress, Italy’s Incontri in Terra di Siena Chamber
Music Festival, the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Society of Reading, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, and the Aspen, Kneisel Hall, Music from Angel Fire, and Bard festivals. She has collaborated with such musicians as Peter Wiley, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Paul Katz, Hsin-Yun Huang, Anna Polonsky, Yeesun Kim,
Scott St. John, and eighth blackbird.

Luosha Fang came to the United States from China in 2005 on a Distinguished Scholarship in Classical Violin, to further her studies at the Bard College Conservatory of Music with Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt. After graduating from Bard with degrees in both Violin Performance and Russian Studies, she attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Ida Kavafian and Shmuel Ashkenasi, where she received a Diploma in 2014. She has also studied under Anatoly Reznikovsky at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Winner of the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Viktor Valkov has been highly acclaimed by the critics as “lion of the keyboard” and “sensational”. In the 2013-2014 concert season he is scheduled to perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2002 Valkov has given a number of recitals in USA, Japan, Germany, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, and Macedonia. A Japanese tour in 2002 took him to Tokyo, Toyama, Yokohama and Okinawa. In Bulgaria, Viktor Valkov appeared in performances with most of the major orchestras and at most of the important music festivals. In 2003, he received an invitation from the New Symphony Orchestra, and  conductor Rossen Milanov, to perform Dimitar Nenov’s Grande Piano Concerto. Thus he became the fifth pianist to perform that concerto and the only one to do the entire version. In 2007, Mr.Valkov made his debut with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Valkov’s concert activities reflect a vast interest in the chamber music repertoire, as well as lesser known piano music. He frequently performs with the Bulgarian cellist, Lachezar Kostov, in a cello and piano duo. Both being deeply interested in broadening the repertoire for that medium, they often include in their programs composers like Kabalevsky, Roslavetz, Schnittke, Saint-Saens (the Second cello Sonata), and others. Their close friendship and professional collaboration began in 2000. In 2009, the Kostov-Valkov Duo gave their Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall. In 2011 they won the Liszt-Garrison International Competition, where they were awarded First Prize, the overall Liszt Prize as well as all the special prizes in the collaborative artists’ category.

As a solo performer one of Mr.Valkov’s last projects featured Busoni’s Fantasia Contrappuntistica as the focal point of his concert programs. During the 2011-2012 Viktor Valkov presented a program of music from the 1600’s including composers like Froberger, L Couperin, Frescobaldi, Buxtehude and selections from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.

Viktor Valkov studied at the State Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria with Prof. Stella Dimitrova and subsequently in the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen,Germany with Michael Roll. In 2006 he enrolled at the Juilliard School and earned his Masters Degree studying with Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio. In the fall of 2010, Viktor Valkov started pursuing a DMA Degree at the Rice University, Houston with Jon Kimura Parker.

Mr. Valkov has made a number of recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio archive, many of which have been broadcast. He has also recorded for Bulgarian National Television and Macedonian Radio and Television. In 2008 he recorded the entire music for cello and piano by Nikolay Roslavets in collaboration with the cellist Lachezar Kostov. This CD was released by NAXOS in March 2011.

Image of Gloria Ferry-Brennan Image of Shannon Lee
Image of Andres Sanchez Image of Rimbo Wong

Shannon Lee, Gloria Ferry-Brennan, violins
Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, viola
Andres Sanchez, cello
in A Very Open Rehearsal of
Beethoven's String Quartet op. 18 No. 6 in Bb major

SAT • FEB 20 • 7PM
Music Room, Goodhart Hall

In this highly informative format, musicians from Curtis work their way through challenging passages, discussing the qualities of performance they are striving for and how to achieve them, answering our questions and finally playing through the work fully.

Photos: Gloria Ferry-Brennan, Shannon Lee, Andres Sanchez, Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, clockwise, Photos by Victoria Koursaros

About Curtis 

Curtis Institute LogoThe Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective, with an enrollment of about 165. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach, which has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in Philadelphia in 1924.


Christine LampreaJorrdan Dodson

Photos: Vanessa Briceño Photography 

Christine Lamprea, cello
Jordan Dodson, guitar
Exploring the sonority of strings in music by
Antonio Vivaldi, Manuel deFalla and Atanas Ourkouzounov 

SAT • DEC 12 • 7PM
Ely Room, Wyndham Guest House

The artists will consider three distinct musical periods, the two instruments’ timbres and history, and what their individual voices bring to the pieces. 

About the Artists

Christine LampreaColombian-American cellist Christine Lamprea was the First Prize winner of the XVI Annual Sphinx Competition (2013). As such she joined the roster of the Sphinx Soloists Program, and is presented as soloist with major orchestras worldwide. She has also received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Young Texas Artists’ Competition and, captured First Prize at the 2013 Schadt National String Competition. A winner of Astral’s 2013 National Auditions, Ms. Lamprea has appeared as soloist with the Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and has toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi across the U.S., in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Omaha and Bay Atlantic symphonies and solo recitals in Illinois’ Krannert Center and Florida’s Kravis Center. In 2016 and 2017, she premieres Jeffrey Mumford’s Cello Concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble 212, the Omaha Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony. Ms. Lamprea has worked with members of Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, studied sonatas with fortepiano with Audrey Axinn, and has premiered several works by composers at The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. She was a member of a small ensemble that worked with jazz musician Anthony Coleman on avant-garde composer John Zorn’s game piece Cobra, for musical improvisers and prompter. A passionate teacher, she worked with Ecuadorian youth in Quito and Guayaquil, as part of a residency between The Juilliard School and “Sinfonia Por La Vida,” a social inclusion program modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema program. Ms. Lamprea is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She studied with Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School, where she was a Gluck Community Service Fellow, and holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Natasha Brofsky.


Jordan Dodson Performance Today describes classical guitarist Jordan Dodson as “one of the top young guitarists of his generation.” A winner of Astral’s 2013 National Auditions, he has also received awards from the 2011 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, the 2010 Indiana International Guitar Competition, and the 2008 American String Teachers Association Competition. In 2013, he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today. Mr. Dodson’s recent performance and teaching schedule has taken him across the U.S. and abroad to venues such as (Le) Poisson Rouge (New York City), Roulette (Brooklyn), the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), and the Museo Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá), and to such music festivals as the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Festival Daniou (France). An advocate for contemporary music, he has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally, including works by Lewis Nielson, Elliot Cole, Robert Sirota, and Gabriella Smith. Mr. Dodson performs as a member of Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Marcel, and Ensemble sans maître, and he recently collaborated with such acclaimed artists as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ransom Wilson, and Contemporaneous. He can be heard on the album Subject on Tzadik Records. In the fall of 2011, Mr. Dodson was one of two students selected to inaugurate the Curtis Institute of Music’s classical guitar studio. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and his teachers have included Clare Callahan, David Starobin, and Jason Vieaux. He plays a Kenny Hill guitar.

Learning to Listen Program Contact:
Lisa Kraus

Coordinator, Performing Arts Series
Bryn Mawr College
For Event Info:
Arts Office
Bryn Mawr College