The Chopin Foundation of the United States Presents: Jonah Kim & Geoffrey Loff
January 17, 2012
Join the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, as it partners with the Chopin Foundation of the United States in welcoming critically acclaimed cellist Jonah Kim, accompanied on the piano by University of Miami (UM) Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music graduate Geoffrey Loff. The concert will take place on Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m. in the Rosenstiel School Auditorium, located at 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, Fla. (next to the Miami Seaquarium.) Tickets are $25 and include a waterfront wine and hors d’oeuvres reception following the concert. Tickets can be purchased by calling 305-421-4061 or emailing email@example.com.
Jonah Kim made his debut with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2002 after winning the first prize at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Albert M. Greenfield Competition. He also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at its pops concert entitled Stars of Tomorrow in 2003, on which Joseph McLellan of the Washington Post wrote “[Jonah] sounded like the next Yo-Yo Ma.” Since then, he has performed with Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Redlands Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Jonah has given recitals at the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Kravis Center (West Palm Beach), and the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.). He has also appeared in radio and TV programs at WHYY, WITF, MPBN and WXEL, NBC and CBS. During summers, Jonah performs and participates in the Atlantic (Maine), Encore (Ohio), Lancaster (Ohio),Killington (Vermont), Sarasota (Florida), and Kneisel Hall (Maine) music festivals.
In 2006, at age 16, Geoffrey Loff was awarded the Bertha Foster Scholarship at the University of Miami (UM) Frost School of Music, where he recently received his Master Degree in collaborative piano. He holds the teaching assistantship as the staff pianist for the Frost Opera Theatre Company. In Summer 2008, Geoffrey was invited to the International Miami Piano Festival in Lecce, Italy, where he was hailed by Italian newspaper La Repubblica as “[one of the] Two American Stars of the Miami Festival.” He was later commissioned by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation to compose and perform a piano trio at the 70th anniversary memorial of Kristallnacht at the Miami Beach Holocaust Museum. Recently he took part in UM's Wall-to-Wall Opera Festival, where his playing had “[...] splendid articulation and nuanced subtlety.” In January 2011, Geoffrey continued his studies with the opera department; he performed an all Libby Larsen concert, featuring his arrangement of her opera Frankenstein for two pianos, where Libby Larsen personally lauded him “the man with the flying fingers.” Recently, he was sent to New York to perform Frankenstein at the National Arts Club presented by the Center for Contemporary Opera, followed by a concert at the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens encompassing various works by Godowsky and Britten. He is a recurring performer at the annual Mainly Mozart Festival in Coral Gables.
About the Chopin Foundation of the United States Founded by Mrs. Blanka A. Rosenstiel in 1977, the Chopin Foundation stemmed from the First National Chopin Piano Competition held in Miami in 1975 under the auspices of the American Institute of Polish Culture. For more information, visit www.chopin.org.
About the UM Rosenstiel
The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit >www.rsmas.miami.edu.