Gloria Chien, Co-Artistic Director

Gloria Chien

Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has one of the most diverse musical lives as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She made her orchestral debut at the age of sixteen with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, and she performed again with the BSO with Keith Lockhart. She was subsequently selected by The Boston Globe as one of its Superior Pianists of the year, “who appears to excel in everything.” In recent seasons, she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Dresden Chamber Music Festival, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. She performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2009, she launched String Theory, a chamber music series in Chattanooga, Tennessee that has become one of the region’s premier classical music presenters.  The following year she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at Music@Menlo. In 2017, she joined her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, as artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. The couple has recently been appointed artistic directors at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR. Gloria studied extensively at the New England Conservatory of Music with Wha Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman. She is Artist-in-Residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and she is a Steinway Artist.

Soovin Kim, Co-Artistic Director

Soovin Kim

Korean-American violinist Soovin Kim launched an international performing career at age 20 after winning the Paganini International Violin Competition. His enormous range of concert activities includes regular performances of the complete Bach sonatas and Paganini caprices for solo violin, sonatas for violin and piano ranging from Beethoven to Ives, Mozart and Haydn concertos and symphonies as a conductor, and world-premiere works almost every season.

For 20 years, he performed as violinist in the Johannes String Quartet, and now plays each season in the Chien-Kim-Watkins Piano Trio. Among his many commercial recordings is his acclaimed disc of Paganini’s Twenty-Four Caprices (“thrillingly triumphant” – Classic FM magazine). He is the founder and artistic director (together with his wife, pianist Gloria Chien) of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival (LCCMF). He was bestowed an honorary doctorate by the University of Vermont for the LCCMF’s great contributions to its community. Gloria and Soovin are in their first year as artistic directors of Chamber Music Northwest. Soovin devotes much of his time to his passion for teaching at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and many of his students already enjoy successful performing and teaching careers.

David Serkin Ludwig, Resident Composer

David Ludwig

David Serkin Ludwig is “a composer with something urgent to say” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His music has been described as “arresting and dramatically hued” (The New York Times) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare). David has written for many prominent artists, including Jonathan Biss, Jennifer Koh, the Dover and Borromeo quartets, eighth blackbird, ECCO, and orchestras including the Philadelphia, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and National Symphonies. He was awarded the 2018 Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Fellowship in the Arts. In 2013 his choral work, “The New Colossus,” was selected to open the private prayer service for President Obama’s second inauguration. In 2012 NPR Music selected him as one of the Top 100 Composers Under Forty in the world.

Last season’s highlights include the premiere of a concerto written for pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, commissioned by the Bravo! Vail music festival in honor of their thirtieth anniversary. David was also awarded a prestigious Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Performance Grant to support the creation of The Anchoress, a new song cycle for the PRISM Quartet, Piffaro “The Renaissance Band,” and soprano Hyunah Yu. The work opened the 2018 season for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Recent highlights include a violin concerto written for his wife, acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova; the concerto was commissioned by a consortium of eight orchestras across the United States. Other recent commission and performances include Titania’s Dream for the KLR Trio, Swan Song for Benjamin Beilman commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and Pictures from the Floating World commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

In addition to the Pew Center Fellowship, David is the recipient of the First Music Award, a two-time winner of the Independence Foundation Fellowship, and a Theodore Presser Foundation Career Grant, as well as awards from New Music USA, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has had multiple residencies at the Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies, the Isabella Gardner Museum and Marlboro Music. David has served on the faculty of Yellow Barn and the Ravinia Steans Institute, and is Artistic Director of the Curtis Young Artist Summer Program.

Born in Bucks County, P.A., David comes from several generations of eminent musicians including grandfather Rudolf Serkin and great-grandfather Adolf Busch. He holds degrees from Oberlin, The Manhattan School, the Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. David serves as the director of the composition faculty of Curtis and is the Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Advisor and director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Robert Whipple, Executive Director

Robert Whiupple

Robert Whipple joins Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival with extensive experience in the chamber music field, having served as an Artistic Administrator with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, and Festival Mozaic.  He has also held positions with major institutions outside of chamber music, including OPERA America and Jazz at Lincoln Center.  An experienced classical and jazz double bass player, Robert holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and bass.  When not at a show or in the office, you can find him hiking with his wife or enjoying a beer with friends. Contact Robert at robert@lccmf.org.

Kathleen Kono, ONE Strings Teacher

Kathleen Kono has been a music educator since 1996 both in private violin and viola lessons and group orchestra classes. She received music degrees from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and The University of Texas at Austin. Her students have consistently excelled at the Regional Solo, Ensemble and Orchestral Competitions and are very active in their area youth orchestras. Kathleen has twice been named Teacher of the Year at two separate schools in Texas and her orchestra was named 2nd Runner-Up in the State of Texas Honor Orchestra competition, the most elite orchestra competition in the state.

In 2011, Kathleen and her family relocated to Burlington Vermont where she teaches over 25 private students, serves as the violin instructor for the ONE Strings Program at the Integrated Arts Academy @HO Wheeler School in Burlington. She has most recently joined the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association staff as the Conductor of the Presto Orchestras and is the Burlington High School orchestra conductor. Although teaching is her passion, Kathleen is honored to play with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra in her spare time and volunteers frequently as a parent and musician with the Vermont Suzuki Violin Program.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • David Adair, Secretary
  • Lynne Bond
  • Simona Chubb
  • Valerie Graham, Vice President
  • Drew Kervick
  • Jane Kittredge
  • Marc Law, Treasurer
  • Arnie Malina, President
  • Stephen Mayer
  • Pia Sawhney
  • Sandra Rendall
  • Claude Schwesig
  • Emily Taubl

MISSION

To inspire a passion for chamber music

VISION

  • Programming delights and challenges diverse audiences who are enriched by an intimate and interactive environment.
  • Vibrant educational activities nurture present and future generations.
  • World-class musicians perform and are supported.
  • LCCMF is a financially healthy organization.
  • LCCMF’s collaborative partnerships sustain and promote a rich musical environment and the health of the arts community.

VALUES

  • Excellence in performance
  • Education for all ages
  • The creation and performance of new chamber works