MOUNT DESERT — When two collaborative pianists met at a concert of Brahms piano trios at Symphony Hall in Boston last February, the result was inevitable: piano duets!
Woo Young Jung and Christina Spurling will perform a program of Brahms, Schubert, Dvorak and Rachmaninoff for piano four-hands at the Somesville Union Meeting House on Saturday, July 28, at 7 p.m. The concert is part of the new Quietside Chamber Music Festival organized by Spurling.
Woo received her diplôme d’etudes musicales in piano accompaniment at the Conservatory of Versailles, cycle de perfectionnement in piano performance at the Conservatory of Evry in Paris and a master’s in chamber music with distinction at the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland.
She won the first prizes in the Claude Kahn National Competition of Piano and in the International Piano Competition of France, and the third prize in the Sforzando European Chamber Music Competition. She taught at the Conservatory of Zurich before moving to Boston two years ago. Woo is a native of Korea.
Spurling earned the master’s of music degree in collaborative piano performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Mass., where she was a presidential scholar.
She has performed widely with vocalists, instrumentalists, choirs and orchestras. With a passion for chamber music and community, she is the founder of the Quietside Chamber Music Festival. Christina grew up on Little Cranberry Island and MDI and makes her home in the community that first nurtured her love of music.
The Quietside Chamber Music Festival is a series of concerts based on the west side of MDI which aims to celebrate the artistry of local artists as well as to bring musicians based in cities such as Boston to enjoy the beauty of Acadia and share their gifts with the community. It grew out of the success of several concerts held at the Somesville Union Meeting House last summer, under the direction of Christina Spurling. Concerts will be held throughout the summer at SUMH and St. John in Southwest Harbor. Featured artists this summer include vocalists, strings, flute, piano and organ. Donations from the concerts will benefit the artists, the church venues and the West Side Food Pantry.