Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra 2022/23 Season

The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra’s Season Finale

The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra presents its 2023-24 Season Finale at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre.

Saturday, June 10, 6pm

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet op. 10
Antonín Dvořák: String quartet no. 10, op. 51

Akiko Hosoi – Violin
Naho Parrini – Violin
Noah Field – Viola
Julia Henderson – Cello
TBD – Clarinet

Dvořák was a master of combining folk elements of his Slovak homeland and finding inspiration from African-American music during his stay in the United States to create a truly unique voice that became a global sensation. Not too far away from the Czech republic, a young Anglo-African composer by the name of Samuel Coleridge Taylor was composing his first monumental work, the clarinet quintet in F# minor. His teachers had doubts that this young man would be able to escape the influence of Brahms who also wrote an extraordinary clarinet quintet but Coleridge-Taylor found his voice through inspiration from Dvořák to create a glorious piece of music that is not quite English, not quite American, and not quite African. When this piece was presented to his teacher Charles Villiars Stanford, he only response was “You’ve done it my boy!”

This remarkably unique quintet of Colerdige-Taylor will be performed along side Dvorak’s String Quartet no. 10 [occasionally called the Slavonic Quartet] to show how these two unique composers have a common thread shared between the two.

SCCO is a Nesin Cultural Arts supported project. This program is made possible in part by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathleen Courtney Hochul and the NY State Legislature, Episcopal Charities, Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Laura Jane Musser Fund, Sullivan County Legislature, M&T Charitable Foundation, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, NY Life Foundation, Walmart Community Foundation and Stewart’s Shoppes.

Hosoi  | Violin

A resident of New York City, Japanese violinist Akiko Hosoi is an active solo and chamber music performer across the United States, while being a member of the New Haven Symphony and Stamford Symphony Orchestras. Akiko enjoys collaborating with other artists and organizations dedicated to promote community enhancement and social justice, with projects such as organizing outreach performances at veteran hospitals, hospices, schools, and state prisons across the US, as well as benefit concerts to raise money for the 3/11 Fukushima disaster. Akiko also maintains a performing presence in Japan with regular recitals as well as outreach collaborations with Alexander Technique Studio Tokyo. In 2016, Akiko partnered with Sullivan County (NY) non-profit arts organization Nesin Cultural Arts (NCA) to co-establish and lead the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra, a conductor-less string orchestra, whose mission is to serve the community and elevate the quality of life for all generations through artistic expression and cultural experiences.

Always trying to inspire the younger generation, Akiko is in high demand as a violin instructor. Through NCA she has co-founded the Aspiring Young Musicians Program and the Summer Music (Arts) Academy, designed to provide students aspiring to develop their musicianship with regular and frequent contact with high caliber performing artists who have a commitment to music education. In 2019 she was invited to teach as a strings instructor at Summer Music in Tuscany, Italy.

Akiko has had an international career from an early age. After attending the Junior Department of the Toho Gakuen School of Music, she enrolled in the Purcell School of Music in London where she was a recipient of many awards and scholarships including the British Government Music and Ballet Scholarship. As a solo recitalist and chamber musician, she worked with distinguished pianists such as Noriko Ogawa and Boris Berezovsky; touring the UK, Finland, Malta, Russia and Japan. A third-prize winner in the 4th Uralsk International Violin Competition in Kazakhstan, she performed with the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra. Festival invitations include Mozarteum Summer Music Academy, Encore School for Strings, Taos School of Music, Perlman Music Program Chamber Workshop, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Akiko has performed in masterclasses for Ida Haendel, Gyorgy Pauk and Zakhar Bron, and as a chamber musician, has worked with Seymour Lipkin, Bonnie Hampton, Peter Salaff, Roger Tapping, Donald Weilerstein, and members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Cavani, Orion and Shanghai Quartets. Akiko holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include David Cerone, Ronald Copes, Maurice Hasson, Lydia Mordkovitch, Kazuki Sawa, and David Updegraff.


Andy Jong-Hyun Cho  | Clarinet

Andy Jong-Hyun Cho is a versatile clarinetist who performs actively as orchestral, chamber, and solo musician across the United States and Canada. He has previously held principal clarinet positions with the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony Orchestra and currently serves as principal clarinet of the Lancaster Festival in Ohio during the Summer. In addition, he has appeared as guest principal clarinetist with orchestras such as Boise Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Windsor Symphony Orchestra and has also appeared with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Andy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Temple University, Masters of Music from the University of Southern California, Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and is currently a Doctoral in Musical Arts candidate at the Rutgers University. He has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has participated in Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, National Art Centre’s Young Artist Program, National Orchestral Institute, Sarasota Music Festival, and Atlantic Music Festival.  His primary teachers include Wes Foster, Ricardo Morales, Yehuda Gilad, Michele Zukovsky, Anthony McGill and Mark Dover.