The 2015 festival, Sounds of the Wind, featured an unusual all-star lineup of wind instrument players from the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony. Together, we celebrated the great chamber works written for various combinations of winds, strings, and piano, and capped off our week with Mozart's magnificent wind serenade, the Gran Partita. A vocal recital, solo Bach performances, presentations about the development of wind composition, a Baroque evening, discussions with living composers, master classes -- it was another stimulating and deeply satisfying Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival!

 

Emblematic of how far this young festival has come in its short life, the Brahms Horn Trio in E-flat Major, Opus 40, was given a substantial inspired performance, as fine as anyone is likely to hear anywhere, anytime. Renowned Austrian French hornist Radovan Vlatkovic, a Marlboro Music Festival staple, was joined by violinist Soovin Kim, this festival’s founder and artistic director, and pianist Gloria Chien, Kim’s wife.

Vlatkovic played expressively with a warm, lustrous sound; and Kim matched with a sensitive, sensual and passionate — when appropriate — lyricism. Chien ably balanced them articulately with a wide range of sound and power, from quietly supportive to grand.

What made this performance stellar and important, however, was its cohesiveness and the musical depth of its players, separately and together. It was passionate, light and lively, while quiet and sublime moments were distinct but always felt part of the whole. This music making was about as good as it gets.
— Jim Lowe, Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, August 26, 2015
Soovin Kim has opened the equivalent of a luxury hotel
on Lake Champlain, the newest link in a chain of elite chamber music institutions ... All of this (the week’s programming) created the atmosphere of a true festival,
not just a concert series, and constituted a great musical gift to the community.
— Classical Voice of New England