Virtanen and Ko
“Musical Landscapes of Hilary Tann was a composer’s dream concert. Every aspect of the experience had been carefully thought out by the ensemble, from the audience’s seating arrangement, to the accompanying images, to the program itself. For a single-composer concert “hold your applause to the end” meant that everyone in the room wholly concentrated on the music itself. The finely-rehearsed performances sang out in the darkened room. It was a spell-binding experience for all the listeners, the composer included. Bravo Music After 1900!” — Hilary Tann, Composer, John Howard Payne Professor of Music at Union College
-Tercet (Mov II) by John Liberatore. This work is written for Virtanen and Ko. Performed by Sini Virtanen and Eunmi Ko
“The performances are always highly professional — insightful and communicative.” –Charles Castleman, violinist, Professor of Violin at University of Miami
“…Playing here as a trio at last, Virtanen, Ko, and Barnhart establish excellent rapport and seem to feel not only the music’s changes but each of their musical and emotive reactions to the music with almost telepathic communication.” – Fanfare
In the fall of 2009, pianist Eunmi Ko and violinist Sini Virtanen began their partnership by launching a concert series “Music After 1900.” Since then, they have played works by dozens of the twentieth and twenty-first century composers including Grazyna Bacewicz, Bela Bartok, Lili Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Frederick Delius, Jean Francaix, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann, Arvo Part, Krzysztof Penderecki, Shulamit Ran, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Kaija Saariaho, Karol Szymanowski, Hilary Tann, Isang Yun, and more.
The group appeared in Eastman Virtuosi, Ossia New Music, Women in Music Festival at Eastman School of Music, The Venture Compound, New-Music Consortium at USF, CUNY in NYC, Union College in NY, and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC.
-Three Little Lights violin and piano duo by Baljinder Sekhon. performed here by Sini Virtanen and Eunmi Ko in 2015 at the New Music-Consortium concert, USF
“I am captivated by the program and recommended it to you who seek new avenues in tonality today. It charms consistently without pandering in the slightest.” –Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
Ko and Virtanen carefully designed each concert by carrying a theme in a way that they can introduce diverse styles and composers to public. For example, “Nocturne” concert presented nocturnes by Jennifer Higdon, Lili Boulanger, Karol Szymanowski, Valentin Silvestrov, and Kaija Saariaho. Musical Landscapes of Hilary Tann, the concert performed in the 2012 Women in Music Festival was a special event for the group. The concert showed a multimedia approach to music by incorporating landscape photographs into the performance. The imaginative presentation spellbound audiences of the festival and success of the concert led them to a recording project. The CD “Musical Landscapes of Hilary Tann” was released by Centaur Records. For additional information, please visit Musical Landscapes of Hilary Tann website
“a fine CD and an excellent introduction to Tann’s musical world for those unfamiliar with it.” – Fanfare