Renowned harpist Bridget Kibbey and fellow members of The Phillips Camerata conclude the 2013/2014 season of Sunday Concerts with the Washington premiere of a new Harp Concerto by Canadian composer Vivian Fung, jointly comissioned by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, the Metropolis Ensemble, The Phillips Collection, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Fung has distinguished herself as a composer with a powerful compositional voice.
Full program to be announced. Program will include other standard harp concerti works.
According to The New York Times, Bridget Kibbey "makes it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it." She is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation's 2012 Young Artist Award, and winner of Concert Artist Guild's 2007 International Competition and Astral Artist Auditions. Kibbey's debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of 2007's Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York. She may also be heard on Deutsche Grammaphon with Dawn Upshaw, on a recording of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre and Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs. Kibbey's solo performances have been broadcast on NPR's Performance Today, on New York's WQXR, WNYC's Soundcheck, WETA’s Front Row Washington, WRTI’s Crossover, and A&E's Breakfast with the Arts.
Kibbey has collaborated with Grammy-Award winning producers Robert Sadin and Adam Abeshouse, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, Ian Bostridge, David Krakauer, mandolinist Avi Avital, clarinetist Patrick Messina, Armenian oudist Ara Dinkjian, Jaime Laredo, Edgar Meyer, Mayumi Miyata, Cristina Pato, Sharon Robinson, David Shifrin, and the Calder and Jupiter Quartets. She is often featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is the founding harpist of the International Contemporary Ensemble and Metropolis Ensemble, and often performs with the Knights Chamber Orchestra.
Highlights of the 2013/2014 Season include a five-orchestra World-Premiere Concerto Consortium. Kibbey will perform a new harp concerto by Juno-Award winning Vivian Fung alongside standard harp concerti with the Alabama Symphony, Karlsruhe Badische Symphoniker, The Phillips Collection with the Phillips Camerata, San José Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolis Ensemble. Kibbey will be celebrating the Britten Centennial in duo with Ian Bostridge at Carnegie Hall, with Rob Kapilow and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at Lincoln Center, performing Ceremony of Carols, and in various collaborations with Trinity Church, Wall Street. She will also be featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on tour and in Alice Tully Hall, performing French masterworks for harp and strings. Kibbey is pleased to be returning to the Savannah Music Festival and will make her debut at the Poletas Music Festival in Brazil. She will present multiple performances across the States of her recent solo project, The Bridge Project, a virtuosic, cultural smorgasbord for solo harp- with new works by composers who draw inspiration from their native cultures, most having immigrated to NYC from other countries.
This past season Kibbey recorded the world premiere of a new work by luminary Kaija Saariaho in Rothko’s Chapel. She joined the International Contemporary Ensemble in solo and chamber works at the Mostly Mozart Festival and Cité de la Musique in Paris. She was concerto soloist with the Brazilian State Orchestra in Porto Alegre, the Pensacola Symphony, and the Atlantic Coastal Orchestra, and was featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As soloist and chamber musician, she performed at at The Phillips Collection, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Los Angeles’ Camerata Pacifica, Houston’s Da Camera, Denver’s Pendulum New Music, University of Arizona Presents, Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, BodyVox Dance Company in Portland, Oregon, and the Savannah and Lake Music Festivals
Kibbey is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Nancy Allen. She is on the harp faculties of Bard Conservatory, New York University, and the Juilliard Pre-College program.
JUNO Award-winning Canadian composer Vivian Fung has distinguished herself as a composer with a powerful compositional voice, whose music often merges Western forms with non-Western influences such as Balinese and Javanese gamelan and folk songs from minority regions of China. In 2012 Naxos Canadian Classics released the world premiere recording of Fung’s Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto Dreamscapes, and Glimpses for prepared piano, with the Metropolis Ensemble conducted by Andrew Cyr, featuring violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Conor Hanick. The Violin Concerto earned Fung a 2013 JUNO Award for ‘Classical Composition of the Year.’ Several of Fung’s works have also been released commercially on the Telarc, Çedille, and Signpost labels.
New commissions for the 2013/2014 season include String Quartet No. 3 for the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition; a new work for Wallace Halladay, saxophone, and the Hannaford Street Silver Band in Toronto; a harp concerto for Bridget Kibbey and a consortium of orchestras including Alabama Symphony, Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe in Germany, Metropolis Ensemble in NY, The Phillips Collection, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra; and a new work for Kristin Lee, violin, and Jason Vieaux, guitar.
Fung‘s music has been embraced as part of the core repertoire by many distinguished artists and ensembles around the world. Kristin Lee and Conor Hanick gave the world premiere of Birdsong for violin and piano at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival, as well as subsequent Philadelphia and New York premieres at the Kimmel Center and the Americas Society, respectively, in September 2012. In 2011, the Eastern Music Festival premiered Dust Devils for large orchestra, conducted by Gerard Schwarz, commissioned in celebration of the festival’s 50th anniversary. Pizzicato for string quartet was recorded on the Telarc label by the Ying Quartet and has remained part of that ensemble’s repertoire for several seasons. Fung’s String Quartet No. 2 was commissioned by the Shanghai String Quartet for its 25th anniversary international tour in 2009/2010, including its world premiere at the Freer Gallery in Washington DC, and the Canadian premiere in Fung’s native city of Edmonton. Glimpses for prepared piano has been championed by a diverse group of pianists, including Margaret Leng Tan, Conor Hanick, Jenny Lin, Jenny Q Chai, Bryan Wagorn, and Vicky Chow. Fung’s orchestral and chamber works have also been performed by the Afiara String Quartet, Escher String Quartet, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Music from China, Suwon Chorale of South Korea, and American Opera Projects, to name a few.
Fung traveled to Southwest China in 2012 for ethno-musicological research to study minority music and cultures in the Yunnan province, continuing research that previously inspired Yunnan Folk Songs (2011), commissioned by Fulcrum Point New Music in Chicago with support from the MAP Fund. Following the March, 2011, world premiere, The Chicago Tribune wrote, “Yunnan Folk Songs stood out… [with] a winning rawness that went beyond exoticism.” As a composer whose travels often inspire her music, Fung has also explored diverse cultures in North Vietnam, Spain, and Bali, Indonesia. Fung toured Bali in 2010 and competed in the Bali Arts Festival as an ensemble member and composer in Gamelan Dharma Swara.
Fung has received numerous awards and grants, including the 2012 Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts’ Gregory Millard Fellowship, ASCAP, BMI, American Music Center, MAP Fund, Music Alive!, and the League of American Orchestras, American Composers’ Forum, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has been composer-in-residence of the Delaware Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Loft chamber music series in Chicago, the San José Chamber Orchestra, and the Billings Symphony. Vivian Fung also completed residencies at the MacDowell, Yaddo, and Banff arts colonies, as well as residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Ms. Fung is also an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.
Born in Edmonton, Canada, Fung began composition studies with composer Violet Archer and later studied with Narcis Bonet in Paris, France. She received her doctorate from The Juilliard School in New York, where her mentors included David Diamond and Robert Beaser.
Kristin Lee and the Metropolis Ensemble performs Vivian Fung's Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra.