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Recently named the most-performed composer of his generation, Mason Bates serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His lovely and innovative Garages of the Valley connects the culture of Silicon Valley to our symphonic tradition in a most novel way. We will present the latest Klein Competition virtuoso in a symphonic debut, and conclude the 2017-18 Season with Brahms’ triumphal and glorious Symphony No. 2 in D.
Recently named the most-performed composer of his generation, Mason Bates serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His music enlivens imaginative narrative forms with novel orchestral writing, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno, and it has been the first symphonic music to receive widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds. Leading conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Leonard Slatkin have championed his diverse catalogue. As both a DJ and a curator, he has become a visible advocate for bringing new music to new spaces, whether through institutional partnerships such as his residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, or through his club/classical project Mercury Soul, which transforms spaces ranging from commercial clubs to Frank Gehry-designed concert halls into exciting, hybrid musical events drawing large crowds. In awarding Bates the Heinz Medal, Teresa Heinz remarked that “his music has moved the orchestra into the digital age and dissolved the boundaries of classical music.”
Cellist Jeremy Tai, 19, has been recognized as an emerging artist of fierce energy, musical sincerity, and dynamic colors. At the age of thirteen, Jeremy made his solo debut at the Robert Mondavi Performing Arts Center performing with the UC Davis Symphony. Soon after, he performed with orchestras such as the California Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, and the Symphony Parnassus.
Jeremy is the recipient of numerous top awards including 1st prizes in the Klein International String Competition, MTNA National String Competition, and the Mondavi Center National Young Artists Competition. Recently, he was named a winner (finalist) of the 2015 National YoungArts.
An avid chamber musician, Jeremy founded the award-winning Konpeito Cello Quartet. He has been featured on the NPR program From the Top twice as a soloist and as a member of Konpeito. The quartet also collaborated with the show to make a music video that is featured on its YouTube channel.
Raised in Cupertino, California, Jeremy is an alumnus of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College where he studied with Jonathan Koh. Jeremy currently studies with Hans Jørgen Jensen at Northwestern University.
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Brahms’ Symphony No. 2