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Free concert offered by College of Fine Arts and School of Music

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 16, 2007) -- Ohio University's College of Fine Arts and School of Music are pleased to present the Florestan Duo with Stefan Kartman, cello, and Jeannie Yu, piano, at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in the School of Music Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program includes Divertimento in D major by Haydn, translated by Piatigorsky, Sonata in C major, Op. 102 #1 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Sonata in D minor, Op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich.

These performers are two brilliant soloists whose passion for chamber music brought them together in 1987 during their studies at the Juilliard School of Music. Like-minded musicians who share the same concept of an ideal sound, musical expressiveness, and excellence, they carry on a tradition whose lineage reaches directly back to the romantic period of Johannes Brahms. This tradition is the basis of inspiration for these shared ideals.

Their first meeting occurred in the studio of violinist Joseph Fuchs, with Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in C minor. They continued to study chamber music with Fuchs and sonatas with cellist Harvey Shapiro and pianist Martin Canin until their graduation in 1989. Both members of the Florestan Duo have since earned their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees and have also worked with cellists Bernard Greenhouse and Zara Nelsova and pianists Susan Starr and Ann Schein among others.

Kartman and Yu have performed to critical acclaim in concert halls and educational institutions throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. Recordings of their performances have been aired on WQXR in New York, WFMT in Chicago and WOI in Des Moines, Iowa. Most recently they have returned from critically acclaimed tours of Holland, Italy and China, including solo performances with the Xiamen Symphony and recitals as a duo in Xiamen, Jinmei, Shanghai, Soest and Verona.

Both members of the Florestan Duo are accomplished teachers of chamber music and solo repertoire, having served on the faculties of Drake University, Illinios Wesleyan University, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the MidAmerica Chamber Music Institute Ohio Wesleyan University, the Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute under the artistic directorship of Joseph Fuchs, the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival under the artistic directorship of Kevin Lawrence. Kartman is Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Yu freelances in the Milwaukee and Chicago metropolitan areas.

Stefan Kartman received degrees from Northwestern University and The Juilliard School of Music, and received his doctorate from Rutgers University.

He has served on the faculties of Drake University and Illinois Wesleyan University, and is currently associate professor of cello and chamber music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he chairs the string.  In addition to solo performance, Dr. Kartman's experience as cellist of the Kneisel Trio and the Florestan Duo continues to be an enriching aspect of his personal and professional life.

Kartman has performed to critical acclaim in the US, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Performances this year will included chamber music and solo performances in Italy, Holland, China, Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Houston with masterclasses at the Third Street Settlement Music School in New York City, Cleveland Institute of Music, Moores School of Music in Houston, University of Maryland, College Park, and the D'Albaco Conservatory of Music in Verona, Italy. Recordings of his performances can be heard under the AnnSam Recordings label.

He has been a teaching assistant to Harvey Shapiro and Zara Nelsova of the Juilliard School and proudly acknowledges the pedagogical heritage of his teachers Shapiro, Nelsova, Bernard Greenhouse, Alan Harris and Antony Cooke.

Jeannie Yu, a native of Korea, is an award-winning pianist.  Her honors include first prize in the Frinna Awerbuch Piano Competition in New York, and first prize in the Kingsville Piano Competition in Texas.  She also earned the prestigious Gina Bachauer Memorial Scholarship Award and a full scholarship to The Juilliard School of Music for both the bachelor's and master's degree programs. 

Yu has performed as a soloist with the Portland Symphony in Maine, the Marina del Rey-Westchester Symphony, the Flint Symphony in Michigan, the Des Moines Brandenburg Ensemble, the Des Moines Symphony and, most recently, with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra in China.  She is in great demand as a chamber musician and soloist in the greater New York and Chicago areas, and has appeared on Robert Sherman's Young Artist Showcase on WQXR in New York and WOI radio in Des Moines, Iowa. Yu performs regularly with her husband, cellist Stefan Kartman, in the Florestan Duo.

She has taught at the Alfred Summer Chamber Institute in New York, the Drake University Community School of Music, the Mid-America Summer Chamber Music Institute at Ohio Wesleyan University, the Milwaukee Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Troy Public Library Chamber Music Institute in Michigan and the Wisconsin Conservatory.

She has studied with Ruth V. Sitjar, Martin Canin, Susan Starr, Ilana Vered and Ann Schein.  She has recently received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore.

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