Alice Yoo and Marisa Gupta
Alice Yoo, Cellist
Cellist Alice Yoo has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, performing in prestigious venues such as New York’s Weill and Zankel Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Yoo has collaborated with distinguished artists including Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Atar Arad, Miriam Fried, Midori Goto, Ana Chumachenko, Kim Kashkashian, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Anthony Marwood. She has been invited to esteemed festivals including Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Caramoor Rising Stars, IMS Prussia Cove, the Perlman Music Program, and the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts.
Ms. Yoo is currently a member of The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. As part of her Academy program, Alice teaches in Edward R. Murrow High School and performs around New York as a member of Ensemble ACJW. As winner of the USC 2009 String Concerto Competition, Ms. Yoo performed Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto with the USC Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jorge Mester. She has won top prizes in the Cleveland Cello Society Competition, Holland-America Music Society Competition, Schadt International String Competition, and Klein International String Competition.
Ms Yoo has appeared as soloist with the USC Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic, Billings Symphony, and the Bozeman Symphony. Her performances have been featured and broadcast on Los Angeles' KUSC and Boston’s WGBH. She has participated in master classes with some of the world’s most distinguished artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, Frans Helmerson, Leon Fleisher, Gyorgy Kurtag, Anner Bylsma, Boris Pergamenschikow, Claude Frank, and Gary Hoffman.
In 2011-2012, Ms. Yoo, with pianist Roman Rabinovich, performed the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas and Variations as Artist-in-Residence at the Yellow Barn Music Festival.
A native of Bozeman, Montana, Ms. Yoo earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from New England Conservatory, studying with Paul Katz. She received a post-graduate diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and a masters degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as a student of Ralph Kirshbaum. Past teachers include Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee and Richard Aaron.
Ms. Yoo currently resides in New York City.
Marisa Gupta, pianist
Born in America of Thai and Indian parentage, Marisa Gupta is the recipient of numerous awards, including top prizes at the International Concours Maria Canals in Barcelona and the Gian Battista Viotti International Piano Competition, a Solti Foundation Award, a Fulbright scholarship and top prizes at the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloists' Competition (UK), Corpus Christi Young Artists Competition (USA) and Kingsville International Music Competition (USA).
Highlights of recent and upcoming seasons include a forthcoming solo tour to China, appearances at The Wigmore Hall (with Truls Mork, Philippe Graffin, Chen Halevi, Stephen Kovacevich, and Juliette Hurel), Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica, The Purcell Room, The City of London Festival, The King’s Place, a performance of Bartok’s Sonata for two pianos and percussion with Stephen Kovacevich at the Festival Consonances in St. Nazaire, France, and chamber music performances in Spain, the UK and Norway. She also appeared in the BBC4 documentary on Delius, performing alongside violinist Philippe Graffin.
A versatile musician, Marisa feels at home in wide array of repertoire. Marisa has given the British premiere of several works for solo piano by the Catalonian composer Frederico Mompou. More recently she performed with the French violinist Philippe Graffin in world premieres of works for violin and piano by David Matthews (White Nights) and Philippe Hersant (Rhapsodie pour violon and lutheal). Additionally, she has given the European premieres of major song cycles by Ned Rorem and Aaron Jay Kernis at the Wigmore Hall with acclaimed baritone Thomas Meglioranza.
Marisa has appeared in some of the world's premier venues including the Wigmore Hall, The Concertgebouw, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica, The Purcell Room, The Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, and the Ateneul Român. She has performed with the Houston Symphony, The Orquestra Simfonica delVallès, as well as at the Ravinia Festival, Festival Consonances, Three Choirs Festival, English Music Festival and Prussia Cove. Radio broadcasts include those in the US, the Netherlands, Spain, and the BBC. She has also collaborated regularly with several prominent artists including Lynne Dawson, Gerard Causse, Mats Lidstrom, Philippe Graffin, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Thomas Meglioranza, Stephen Kovacevich, Isa Gericke, Arisa Fujita, The Gemeaux Quartet, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Marisa completed studies with Pascal Devoyon at the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve.