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Randolph kicks off guest artist music series with performance by virtuoso violinist

Christina Nam

Christina Nam

Virtuoso violinist and 2019 National YoungArts Winner Christina Nam is the featured musician in Randolph’s first guest artist recital of fall 2019. She will perform alongside music professor Emily Yap Chua (piano) on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. in Wimberly Recital Hall, located inside Presser Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Nam and Chua will perform a Clara Schumann piece in the recital in recognition of her 200th birthday (September 13, 1819). Nam will also work with students in Lynchburg City Schools as part of her residency.

Since her solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Robert Trevino at age nine, Nam (now 16 years old) has performed both as a soloist and with orchestras around the globe. She has received numerous accolades and recognitions during her rapid rise to fame, including a second place finish at the esteemed Cooper International Violin Competition. She has also received top prizes and recognitions from the Overture Awards, Louisville Orchestra Young Artists, Sejong Music, Clark J. Haines Memorial, Lakeland Young Artists, and many other organizations.

In 2018, Nam was invited to participate in the junior category of the prestigious Menuhin Competition in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was chosen as soloist with the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Musique de Genève under the direction of Maestro Antoine Marguier. She was also selected to represent the United States at the Closing Gala Concert in the Bow Passing Ceremony for the Menuhin Competition, to be held next in Richmond, Va., in 2020. Learn more about Nam and her remarkable abilities at https://www.christinanam.com/about.

Nam is just the first of several renowned musicians slated to perform at Randolph this fall. Others include pianist Sean Chen, the KAIA String Quartet, pianist Gabriela Montero, baritone Scott MacLeod, and pianist Roger McVey.

“This season’s roster of guests features musicians of international acclaim, and Christina is no exception,” Chua said. “We’re so fortunate to host her early in her career. Our community is looking forward to the concert performance as well as the educational outreach events for Lynchburg City Schools string students on Friday, Sept. 20.”

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