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Meng Concert Hall - Cal State Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, California 92831
Performing works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms and others
Born in Landstuhl (Germany), Daniel Blumenthal is of American origin. He began his musical studies shortly after his fifth birthday and is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Music) and the Juilliard School in New York (Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts). He has won several international competitions: Sydney and Leeds in 1981, Geneva and Busoni in 1982, and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1983. He enjoys an international reputation as a soloist, concert musician, and chamber musician. Daniel Blumenthal is professor op piano performance at the Brussels Conservatory and the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark. In 1995 he served on the jury of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition. He has recorded over 80 CDs. Daniel Blumenthal is honorary member of Icons of Europe and musical advisor to this not-for-profit cultural association.
Praised by critics for her «mastery of the instrument» with «great warmth and beauty» (The Strad), cellist Bongshin Ko has appeared worldwide at music festivals including Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, Rostropovich & Friends, Fundacio Barcelona, American Cello Congress, Summit New York and Seoul International. As a recipient of over 30 international prizes and awards including the highest performance award in her native Korea and the Crossroads Award in the US for her «superior teaching», her solo engagements have reached Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Monaco, Croatia, Russia, Poland, and most major cities in the US and Asia. Ko has taught master classes at Juilliard School, München Music School and Seoul National University to name a few. Her recordings can be heard on SONY Classical and the Asiana Airlines international in-flight classical station among others. As a founder and director of the university's annual CelloFest and Cello Choir, Ms. Ko is Professor of Cello and serves as Assistant Director of the School of Music.