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March 23, 2012

Outstanding trio to serve as SEISO ‘Artists in Residence’

CENTERVILLE — Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the San Francisco-based Aleron Piano Trio as 2012 Artists in Residence.

The trio consists of violinist Solenn Séguillon, pianist Teresa Yu and cellist Anne Suda.

SEISO has sponsored residencies by outstanding performing artists since 1982.

This year, Aleron Trio will perform Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C Major, Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. at Indian Hills College St. John Auditorium in Ottumwa.

Praised for their “dexterity and breathtaking perfection” by French critics during their last summer tour, Aleron Trio draws audiences with their unique energy and commitment to performing. An ensemble of three women from France, the United States and Taiwan, the San Francisco-based Aleron Trio’s mission is to present chamber music to as broad a range of audiences as possible, whether performing in cathedrals, museum galleries, intimate chapels or the traditional concert hall. Listeners can expect to hear a variety of styles from the classical repertoire to a fusion of genres including American jazz and Irish idioms. In addition to performances in the Bay Area, upcoming Aleron Trio engagements include a tour of Spain and a return to France for the third consecutive summer appearing as featured artists at celebrated music festivals.

Aleron Trio is a fiscally sponsored affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. For more information, visit www.alerontrio.com or www.facebook.com/alerontrio.

Parisian violinist Solenn Séguillon began the 2011 season with a tour of China as soloist with the American Philharmonic Orchestra and returned to perform the Chausson Poème with the same orchestra last March. Solenn has also appeared as soloist with the Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra this season, and will again work with the American Philharmonic this spring, performing Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. While living in France, Solenn served as concertmaster of the Unesco Orchestra and was a member of Donna Musica Orchestra, which gave performances in Paris, Nancy, Metz and Orsay. Solenn has also attended many international music festivals, including the Zephyr Chamber Music Festival in Italy. Solenn has recently spent her summers performing on acclaimed concert tours in France with the Aleron Trio.

Since making her Kennedy Center debut performing Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, cellist Anne Suda has enjoyed numerous chamber music performance opportunities, including a recent performance on the Noe Valley Chamber Music series with contemporary chamber music group Nonsemble 6.

Anne has been praised for bringing a contemporary sound to standard works, with Jack Gabel of the Northwest Reverb writing of a Debussy Sonata performance, “Cellist Anne Suda read so much contrast into the score, intermittently I felt I wasn't hearing Debussy at all, but discovering his lost contemporary genius…it was the freshest I've heard.” Anne has appeared as soloist with the Knox- Galesburg Symphony in Illinois for several seasons, most recently performing Dvorak Concerto with the orchestra, and looks forward to her performances of the Brahms Double Concerto with Aleron Trio violinist Solenn Séguillon next season.

Teresa Yu is enjoying the career of a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and Director of the Amabile School of Music in San Francisco. She has won several competitions including first prize at the New England Piano Teachers’ Association, the San Francisco Young Pianists Competition, the Berkeley Piano Club Competition and the Mu Phi Epsilon Competition. Teresa has performed the Bach Double Piano Concerto in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. As winner of the San Francisco

Teresa has performed in many master classes conducted by world famous artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Stephan Hough and Murray Perahia. Teresa was invited to perform three times at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as a part of the Conservatory Project.

The Southeast Iowa Symphony Artist-in-Residence Program has been nationally recognized by the League of American Orchestras and receives support from the Iowa Arts Council, Wapello County Foundation, Enhance Henry County Community Foundation, John Deere Foundation and Pennsylvania Place in Ottumwa. Dozens of volunteers have worked together to help make the 2012 Artist-in-Residence program a success.

Artist-in-Residence appearance schedules may be downloaded from the Orchestra’s web site at www.seiso.us. More information is available from the symphony office at (319) 385-6352, seiso@iwc.edu or from community coordinators: John Riessen in Burlington and Joyce Kramer in Ottumwa. The Artist-in- Residence program is part of the educational component of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, with all public residency recitals and classes offered free of charge.

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