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Leonard Slatkin to Step in as Conductor of Juilliard’s Pre-College Symphony for Concert on Saturday, March 2

February 15, 2013 | By Gloria Gottschalk
Media Relations Manager
Juilliard alumnus, conductor Leonard Slatkin, has agreed to step in for Juilliard’s Pre-College Symphony conductor George Stelluto for his concert on Saturday, March 2 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, Artistic Director for Juilliard’s Pre-College Division, knows Mr. Slatkin and his brother, cellist Fred Zlotkin, from her student days at Juilliard, and when she heard that Mr. Stelluto had to cancel his appearance, she asked Leonard Slatkin if he would like to fill in, which he graciously agreed to do. Juilliard’s Pre-College Symphony features younger high school students, and they are excited about having the opportunity to work with a conductor of Mr. Slatkin’s caliber.

Leonard Slatkin returns later in the spring semester to conduct the Juilliard Orchestra on Saturday, May 4 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features R. Strauss’ Don Quixote and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. The program for the March 2 Pre-College Symphony concert features Kabalevsky’s Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op. 24; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 with Juilliard Pre-College violinist Qing Yu Chen; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503 with Juilliard Pre-College pianist Brian Ge; and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88.

FREE tickets are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to

About the Artists

Violinist Qing Yu Chen studies with Masao Kawasaki at Juilliard. She began playing the piano at age four and at five, decided to focus on the violin. Her notable performances have included concerts for the Doublestop Foundation and for the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon. She won the 2009 American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented Passion of Music Gold Medal and grand prize at the 2011 Youth Talent and Arts Competition, and first prize at the 2011 New York International Music Competition. She was a 2012 New Horizon Fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School. In April, Qing Yu will make her operatic debut in Juilliard Opera’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen. She is fluent in Mandarin and English, loves reading and swimming, and is a big sister to eight-year-old Liyu.

Pianist Brian Ge was born in Canada in 1997 where he started playing piano at the age of two. His formal music training began in 2002 at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Solomon Mikowsky. In 2004, he was accepted to the Special Music School at the Kaufman Center, and in 2008, was accepted to Juilliard’s Pre-College Division. In 2012, Brian won the Aspen competition, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 with the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2008 studying with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, Choong Mo Kang, and Wu Han. He currently is an 11th grade student at Stuyvesant High School in New York City and studies piano with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky and Choong Mo Kang at Juilliard.

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his tenure as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September 2008. In addition to this post at the DSO, he serves as music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, an appointment which began in August of 2011. He is also principal guest conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008, and is the author of a new book entitled, Conducting Business. Leonard Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have been recognized with seven Grammy Awards and 64 nominations. He has recorded with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Saint Louis, Nashville, and Chicago, as well as the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and all of the major London orchestras, as well as those in Munich, Paris, Lyon, Prague, Stockholm, and Berlin. Mr. Slatkin has demonstrated a continuing commitment to arts education and to reaching diverse audiences. He was the founder, and for nine seasons director, of the National Conducting Institute, an advanced career development program for rising conductors. He also founded the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestras, and he continues to work with student orchestras around the world. # # #

FOR LISTINGS: Saturday, March 2, 8 PM, Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater (155 West 65th Street, NYC) Juilliard’s Pre-College Symphony Leonard Slatkin, conductor Brian Ge, piano Qing Yu Chen, violin

KABALEVSKY Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op. 24

MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503

DVORÁK Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

FREE tickets are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to events.juilliard.




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