- 2016-2017 Season
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Lynn Czae, Pianist, started her performance career at age of five and won her first major competition when she was just nine years old. Czae's wonderful talent was instantly recognized and became a renowned young pianist in Korea. Ms. Czae moved to New York City and studied at the Juilliard School as a teenager and continued her studying at the Manhattan School of Music with Zenon Fishbein and Byron Janis where she holds for B.M And M.M.
Later, she went to Harvard Graduate school of Music History for post graduate study. Ms. Czae was honored with the "Citation of Honor Award" from New York City, and won the First Prize from Keyboard Artist Competition. Also add another First prize from Mozart Competition (USA). Internationally, she received the "Mozart Award"(France), and "Granada Music Award" from Spain.
Today, Ms. Czae's internationally acclaimed musical performance can be seen through her solo and chamber recitals all around the world. She has appeared as a soloist with numerous renowned Orchestras including the Festival Symphony Orchestra(USA), the Geneva UN Orchestra ( Swiss), the McGill Chamber ( Canada), the KBS Symphony (Korea), the Seoul City Philharmony Orchestra (Korea), the New Seoul Philharmony, and the Seoul Symphony Orchestra (Korea). Many of her performances were broadcasted on major T.V and Radio all around the world.
The critics describe Ms. Czae's performance with "Astonishing touch and the magical colors of musicality", "Charisma captivates audience ", "Giant within small build". She was a piano faculty at MSM (prep) NY, at Kyunghee University (Korea) and Chair for Piano Dept. at the Seoul Conservatory as well as a pianist for KBS FM in Korea before. Recently she move back to USA as a fellowship Professor at the Cal-state University of Northridge.
Robert Lee Watt, was born in Neptune, New Jersey the 4th child of seven. His father, Edward Watt Jr. played trumpet professionally when he was young in a Jazz ensemble “The New Jersey Squires of Rhythm.” When Robert was eight years old he got curious about his father’s trumpet that was kept high on a shelf.
Too short to reach the shelf, Robert put his little brother on his shoulders and tried to reach the trumpet. His little brother reached the trumpet but lost his balance causing both of them to fall to the floor damaging their father’s trumpet. Robert attempted to fix the dents he made in the instrument using a hammer. The badly damaged trumpet was the way Robert’s father discovered his interest in music.
After a serious reproach, Robert’s father tried to teach him trumpet. However, it wasn’t until years later that Robert discovered the instrument he really wanted to play. While helping his father clean out a room in the basement Robert discovered some old 78 recordings. The curious Robert gave the old recordings a spin.
It was the “William Tell Overture” on hearing the French horns on that recording he asked his father what instrument came in after the trumpet. His father informed him that it was a “French horn” “A middle instrument that never gets to play the melody like the trumpet…why, do you like that horn?” His father asked. Robert replied, “It gives me chills when I hear it, I love it. That’s what I want to play.”
His father informed the young Robert that it really wasn’t the instrument for him. Explaining that it was an instrument for white boys with thin lips. “Your lips are too thick to play that instrument. You would be better suited for the trumpet like you father.”
While a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Mr. Watt performed with:
- Leonard Bernstein
- Eugene Ormandy
- Eric Leinsdrof
- Carla Maria Giulini
- Pierre Boulez
- Zubin Mehta
- Henry Lewis
- James De Priest
- Michael Tilson Thomas
- Herbert Blumstedt
- Andre Previn
- Marin Alsop
- Esa-Pekka Salonen and
- Christoph Von Dohnányi.
When reaching high school Robert seriously pursued the French horn. Approaching the band director of his high school in Asbury Park, Robert was again told that his lips were too thick to play the French horn. After being persistent. The band director gave Robert an old French horn that barely worked. Nevertheless, Robert advanced quickly and was soon winning auditions for honor bands and orchestras throughout the state of New Jersey, bringing great honor to his high school.
After high school Robert was accepted to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he majored in music and studied French horn with Harry Shapiro of the Boston Symphony. Mr. Shapiro took great interest in Robert pushing him hard. At the end of his first year Mr. Watt was asked to perform the Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 with the Boston Pops Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler. The following summer he received a fellowship to the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood.
Returning to the Conservatory for his third year Mr. Watt was informed by the president’s office that the Conservatory had financial problems and that all scholarships would be canceled for the coming year. At the end of his junior year at the Conservatory Mr. Watt was informed by his French horn teacher that it was time for him to audition for a position in a major symphony orchestra. There were several vacancies at the time around the country. On the advice of his teacher, Mr. Watt chose Los Angeles and Chicago.
Mr. Watt has played on film scores such as
- Spiderman II
- Rush Hour
- Mission Impossible
- Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna"
and many others.
When Mr. Watt returned from his audition journey, he had made the finals in both auditions. Two months later The Los Angeles Philharmonic offered him the position of Assistant First Horn. Making him the first African American French horn player hired by a major symphony orchestra in the United States. Mr. Watt joined the ranks of only a handful of African Americans playing in symphony orchestras in these United States.
According to the American Symphony Orchestra League, less that 2% out of twenty-six top orchestras. Mr. Watt held his position until 2007. Mr. Watt performed several times as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and several orchestras in the Los Angeles area as well as the Oakland Symphony performing the Richard Stauss Second Horn Concerto.
Throughout his time in Los Angeles Mr. Watt has been active in the Recording, TV and motion picture industry, recording and performing with such artists as
- Ray Charles
- Stevie Wonder
- Barry White
- Issac Hayes
- Paula Abdul
- Herby Hancock
- Lalo Schifern
- The Carpenters
- Benny Carter
- Quincy Jones
- Bon Jovi.
Mr. Watt has also played the music for the Twentieth Century Fox cartoons, The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy and King of the Hill for the past three years. He played the music for the five hour TV special “The Jacksons, an American Family” under Harold Wheeler and played for several years for the TV program “Startrek Voyager.”
In the late 80’s Mr. Watt helped organize an African American Brass Quintet, “The New Brass Ensemble” which performed throughout the United States and abroad. In 1989 he was invited to serve on the Grand Panel of the National Endowment of the Arts (chamber music division) in Washington D.C.
Mr. Watt has done public speaking lecturing on music and African history in the Los Angeles area. He was hired as guest professor at Los Angele City College teaching the course, “Music of Black Americans” Mr. Watt is a licensed airplane pilot with an instrument rating. He is a saber fencer, and a staff writer for Brass Bulletin, a brass trade magazine published in Switzerland. He was hired to write articles on Jazz and classical musicians. He speaks German and Italian.
Marshall Sealy, a native of New York City, began his french horn study at the age of 8. As a young musician, he performed with the Long Island Youth Orchestra and attended Manhattan School of Music and Ithaca College, where he received music and soccer scholarships.
His musical career continued with many performing opportunities such as the show orchestras of Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Melba Moore, and the pit orchestras of The Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey Dance Company. In 1979, Marshall moved to Boston (MA), where he played with the orchestra of the Opera Company of Boston, Boston Pops Orchestra, Les Miserables Brass Band, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Boston Jazz Composers Orchestra, and the Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra.
He has been a soloist with the Plovdiv Symphony (Bulgaria) and U.S. Air Force Band and has performed with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Orchestra Filarmonica de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico. Since his return to New York, Marshall has played on Broadway in the pit orchestras of Beauty and the Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, The Lion King and toured with the National Tour of Evita. He has also performed with such notable artists as Lester Bowie, J.J. Johnson, Max Roach, David Murray, Shirley Horn, Ray Charles, Paquito D'Rivera and Steve Coleman.
Marshall has appeared with the live television studio orchestras of the Essence Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Christmas in Washington, and the Whitney Houston HBO Special.
He can be heard on recordings with Les Miserables Brass Band, George Russell, J.J. Johnson, Max Roach, Oliver Lake, Taj Mahal, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Nos, Will Smith, and Isaac Hayes (in the film score from the 1999 "Shaft"). Marshall has been Executive Director, New York City Housing Authority Symphony Orchestra; Director of Music, Harlem School of the Arts; and Horn Instructor, Berklee College of Music.
Hornist, Eric Davis, leads an actively diverse music career. He is the former Principal Horn of La Kamerata, Friends of Music Chamber orchestra in Athens, Greece, as well as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Queretaro in Mexico. Mr. Davis has also performed with the New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Princeton Symphony, the Vermont Symphony and the Westside Chamber Orchestra. The New York Times has stated that Mr. Davis plays “….with admirable poetry”.
Mr. Davis has performed with The Harlem Chamber Players, the Sylvan Winds, Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pops of Long Island, the Long Island Philharmonic. He has also worked with artists including Indina Menzel, Bernadette Peters, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Neil Sedaka, Jazz legend Wallace Roney, and Natalie Merchant.
On Broadway, Mr. Davis was an orchestra member of the Tony award winning “Porgy and Bess” and the Candor and Ebb production of “Curtains.” Additional Broadway shows include the new production of “Les Miserables,” “Cinderella,” “The Lion King,” “Mary Poppins," and “Follies.” Some of his recordings include the Westside Chamber Orchestra on Naxos records, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings on their album “I Learned the Hard Way,” Dap Tone Records, “Love This Giant” with David Byrne and St. Vincent, Todo Mundo and the Harmonie Ensemble in “The Music for Peter Gunn,” Harmonia Mundi label.
Source: The Harlem Chamber Players
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Deryck Clarke (French horn) comes from a family of immigrants from Guyana, South America. He is a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts in New York City and the Curtis Institute of Music. He holds a BM from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a MM from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
His professional engagements include Soulful Symphony, the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance orchestra, Early Music New York, the Paula Kimper Ensemble, the Ray Chew Orchestra, Imani Winds, Oregon Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, and Broadway productions of The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aida, and the US Tour of Oklahoma! Throughout his career Deryck has performed with renowned artists including Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, Donnie McClurkin, Ashford and Simpson, Sir Andrew Davis, Aaron Copland, Paquito D’Rivera, and James DePriest.
While in college, Mr. Clarke discovered his passion for teaching at the NY State Music Camp/Hartwick College Music Festival. He was faculty member at the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival, the Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program and the Mannes College preparatory division. Mr. Clarke also served as Interim Music Director of the Harlem School of the Arts. As a NJ state certified music educator, Deryck received awards and recognition for his service as instrumental and vocal music teacher at the Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark, NJ. He later served as Program Director of William Paterson University’s Music After School program in Paterson, NJ and Start the Music camp, and an artist-in-residence at the Cicely Tyson School of the Arts in East Orange, NJ.
Deryck is currently the Educational and Community Outreach director for The Harlem Chamber Players and founder of the Harmony Effect, an instrumental music learning program. He serves on the Leadership Council of the Newark Arts Education Roundtable, the Education Committee for the American Federation of Musicians Local 802, and the Education Committee of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.
Source: Harlem Chamber Players
Lynn Czae, Pianist, started her performance career at age of five and won her first major competition when she was just nine years old. Click on her image to learn more.
Mozart' Piano Concerto #23 in A Major has been a favorite of pianists, audiences, and orchestras since Mozart himself premiered it in 1786. The music is emotionally moving and filled with Mozartean beauty and energy.
Wagner composed the Siegfried Idyll as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. Wagner's opera Siegfried, which was premiered in 1876, incorporates music from the Idyll. Wagner adapted the material from an unfinished chamber piece into the Idyll before giving the theme to Brunhilde in the opera's final scene.
Richard Strauss premired his opera Die Frau ohne Schatten in Vienna in 1919. At the end of World War I, in the midst of an impressive creative burst of energy, he composed the Symphonische Fantasie aus Die Frau ohne Schatten. Incorporating themes and passages from the opera, Strauss created a work that stands on its own as a lush example of late romantic orchestral richness.
In a late addtion to our June 4th program, we have added a special treat: Famed hornist Robert Lee Watt will be performing Heinrich Hübler's Concerto for Four Horns, with colleagues Deryck Clarke and Eric Davis