Faculty Artist Recital/Guest Artist Recital:
Dmitry Rachmanov (piano) and Taeguk Mun (cello)
Born in 1994, Taeguk Mun began playing the cello at the age of four with Young Rim Yang in Korea. After moving to New York in 2007, he attended the Juilliard School Pre-College Division as a full scholarship student of Minhye Clara Kim and received the Bachelor of Music degree at the New England Conservatory as a full scholarship student of Laurence Lesser.
He has been the first prize winner of various competitions, such as 2014 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition, the Third Andre Navarra International Cello Competition, the International Competition for Young People in Oldenburg, Germany, and the Grand Prize winner of the National SungJung Music Competition in Korea. He was also laureate of the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition, the 2010 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.
Starting with Kumho Prodigy Concert in 2004 and his solo recital at Gyeonggi Arts Center in 2006, Taeguk Mun has been performing throughout, primarily in Korea and the United States. He has collaborated with various orchestras around the world including St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia, Hungarian Radio Symphony, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Korean Symphony Orchestra. Mun has been invited to various musical events such as Busan International Music Festival, Young Artist Lunch Concert Series at the Louvre Museum, France, Budapest Spring Festival, Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music, the World Orchestra Festival in Korea, and <Eaktay AHN 110th Anniversary Concert> in Hungary.
Taeguk Mun is sponsored by SungJung Cultural Foundation, Hwangjin Scholarship Committee and was selected as a “G.rium Artist” by SK Chemicals of Korea. He was the artist in residence at the Kumho Art Hall in 2017. Mun also has been awarded the Nanpa Musician’s Award in Korea in 2019 and the first Janos Starker Award in 2016. In 2019, his debut album released from Warner International Classics label.
Mun is currently pursuing the Master of Music degree with Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California as a full scholarship student.
Taeguk Mun plays on Giovanni Grancino, 1697, Milan, generously on loan by Samsung Cultural Foundation of Korea.
Dr. Rachmanov studied at Moscow's Gnesins School; he is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he received the William Petcheck Scholarship, and he holds the DMA from Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded the George Schick Award for Outstanding Musicianship. His teachers include Nadia Reisenberg, Arkady Aronov, and he coached with Yvonne Lefebure, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Menahem Pressler, John Browning and Andras Schiff. He won prizes at the Kapell, Senigallia and Awerbuch competitions, received the ArtsLink grant and held a fellowship from the American Pianists Association.
Rachmanov has been heard at venues such as London's Barbican and South Bank Centres, Washington DC's Kennedy Center and New York's Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and the 92nd Street Y, and at festivals such as Banff in Canada, Prussia Cove in England, Moulin d'Andé in France, Upbeat-Hvar in Croatia, Spoleto USA, Bard and the IKIF in New York. He has recorded for Omniclassic, Master Musicians and Vista Vera labels, and has collaborated with the Manhattan Philharmonia, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Symphony, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Ukraine National Symphony, National Orchestra of Porto, Portugal, and others. A strong proponent of the Russian repertoire, he gave the US premiere of Boris Pasternak's Piano Sonata, broadcast nationwide by the NPR, and his recital "The Art of the 19th Century Russian Character Piece" was noted by the New York Times for "considerable color and focus" he brought to each work.
A sought-after master class clinician, lecturer and adjudicator, Professor Rachmanov has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Long Island Conservatory, SUNY, and has appeared as a guest artist at schools such as UCLA, University of Chicago, Indiana University at Bloomington, Brandeis University, Queens College, University of Washington, University of Iowa, University of Alaska at Anchorage, Tulane University, Wesleyan University and Middlebury College. Dr. Rachmanov has been a frequent adjudicator at competitions in the US and in Europe. He is a Professor of Music at California State University, Northridge, where he serves as Chair of the Keyboard Studies area.
Saturday, February 8, 2020 -- 7:30pm
Cypress Recital Hall