College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Charleston Music Fest Features Lowcountry Favorites

siow-khoma-vynnytskyThe College of Charleston School of the Arts will present its second Charleston Music Fest (CMF) concert of the 2012–13 season. After violinist Lee-Chin Siow’s successful recovery from an auto accident and return to the stage last fall, CMF continues its series with cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky, alongside Siow, in a celebration of Spring. The music of Mozart and Chausson will usher in the season of rebirth and renewal. The grace of Mozart’s Trio soars above his dark moments of financial despair, while the Trio in G minor displays Chausson’s genius with its depth of feeling and sheer beauty — A concert not to be missed, featuring Charleston’s own string virtuosos.

This engaging, chamber music performance will take place on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Admission is $25. Charleston Music Fest is in its seventh season and is presented by College of Charleston music faculty members Lee-Chin Siow and Natalia Khoma.

General admission is $25. Student tickets are $5 and includes free donut from Glazed Gourmet Donuts (until Feb. 22) and free fountain drink at Pita Pit (Feb. 22–24) — just show proof of purchase. Tickets available in advance ONLINE and will be sold at the door (cash and checks) one hour before curtain, based on availability. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more information, visit


Founded in 2006 by violinist Lee-Chin Siow and cellist Natalia Khoma and presented by the College of Charleston, the Charleston Music Fest has seen collaborations with world-class artists performing to capacity crowds in venues across the Lowcountry, and established a reputation for excellence. The Fest has won a loyal following in Charleston and beyond, providing educational opportunities to music students through masterclasses with celebrated musicians and pedagogues, and delighting numerous fans in its series of fine chamber music concerts.


Lee-Chin Siow, violinist, is “a distinguished cultural asset of international stature” (American Record Guide).  Gold medal winner of the 1994 Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition, Siow has performed to critical acclaim throughout the world, from Carnegie Hall to Japan’s Osaka Symphony Hall. Co-founder and co-director of the Charleston Music Fest, Siow is also the Director of Strings and Professor of Violin at the College of Charleston. More info:

Siow’s CD “Songs My Father Taught Me” was picked for Fanfare Magazine’s 2009 Want List!

Natalia Khoma, cellist, “…plays with masterful authority…magical and deeply touching…” (NewYork Concert Review), thrilling audiences around the world and capturing top honors at the All-Ukrainian competition (1981), the Budapest Pablo Casals Competition (1985), the Tchaikovsky International Competition (1990), and the Belgrade International Cello Competition (1990). Khoma is a Professor of Cello at College of Charleston. More info:

Khoma is the only Ukrainian cellist to win at the Tchaikovsky International Competition!

Volodymyr Vynnytsky, pianist, is a brilliant chamber music performer who has graced many of the great music halls of the world including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, the Great Bolshoi Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the Theatre Champs d’Elysees, and St. John’s Smith Square in London. Vynnytsky is Music Director of the Music and Art Center in New York.

A laureate of the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris (1983)


W.A. Mozart              Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548



Andante cantabile



Ernest Chausson                     Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 3


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