LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Two highly-acclaimed violinists will present a concert at Lock Haven University at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, December 2 in Price Performance Center. James Lyon and Max Zorin will share the stage to present a program featuring violin duets by Handel, Prokofiev, Bartok, Shostakovich and Sarasate. Some of the selections will include accompaniment by pianist Hyun Ju Curtin. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
James Lyon’s performances have received highly favorable reviews. The New York Concert review stated, “Lyon’s pure, keen sound soared effortlessly,” and the Times Record News of Wichita Falls, Texas, described his abilities as “clearly of virtuoso level.”
Max Zorin’s performances have received glowing reviews throughout three continents. In August 2008, String Magazine wrote, “Max Zorin is a name you should get to know; he’s simply a magnificent player.” Sud-Ouest, in Bordeaux, France, stated that “Max Zorin takes you by surprise with his virtuosity and tasteful interpretation.”
Lyon graduated with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied violin with Charles Castleman and chamber music with the Cleveland Quartet. Mr. Lyon has been heard in radio broadcasts from Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, as well as on Italian National Television and CBS television’s Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt. He currently teaches at Penn State University and The Quartet Program and performs as violinist with the Lyon Family Chamber Ensemble, the Castalia Trio and Duo Concertant, as well as serving as concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra. Recent tours have taken him to Jordan and the People’s Republic of China. He was honored by the Pennsylvania-Delaware String Teachers Association as 1997 Collegiate String Teacher of the year for his consistent demonstration of the highest standards of teaching excellence. Lyon resides in Boalsburg, Pa. with his wife and three musical children.
Zorin was born in Israel and began studying the violin at the age of five with his father and gave his first performances when he was eight years old. He has performed at Alice Tully Hall in New York, Aspen Music Festival, Luzerne Chamber Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, Staller Center of the Arts at Stony Brook, Noble Recital Hall of Luther College and on various classical radio stations. Notable performances abroad include performances at Tel Aviv University (Israel), the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (Russia) and live performances on French television networks and national radio stations. He is the co-artistic director of the French summer music academy and festival Rencontres Musicales Internationales des Graves and regularly performs at some of the most prestigious Chateaux in the Bordeaux region. He has been featured as a guest artist with the Philadelphia Piano Quartet, Parker String Quartet, Omega String Quartet and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.
Korean-born pianist Hyun Ju is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and has performed concerti, chamber music, and solo recitals throughout the United States and in Korea. She recently performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and frequently appears in concert with her husband, LHU music professor David Curtin.
David Curtin said, “Lock Haven University is very pleased to be hosting these two world-class violinists. James Lyon has been on the faculty of Penn State for a long time, and is a very active performer. Anyone who follows classical music in this area knows him and the quality of his playing. Max is a relative newcomer, but he already has a fantastic career going--he has played with the best of the best in the classical world.”
For more information, contact David Curtin (570) 484 2303 or email@example.com