Moores School of Music presents a Faculty Recital featuring Kirsten Yon

Moores School of Music presents a Faculty Recital featuring Kirsten Yon

The Moores School of Music proudly announces a recital featuring faculty violinist  Kirsten Yon, guest violinist Hal Grossman and pianist Brian Suits performing works by Poulenc, Schumann, and more on Friday, November 15 @ 7:30 pm in the Dudley Recital Hall (Fine Arts Building) at the University of Houston (UH Main Campus, Entrance #16 off Cullen Blvd). Tickets are $12/$7 for students and seniors and are available online at or at the door.


WHO:                           Kirsten Yon, violin

                                    Hal Grossman, guest violin

                                    Brian Suits, piano           

WHAT:                          Faculty Recital

PROGRAM:                  Antonin Dvořák: Sonatina in G Major, Opus 100

Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano

William Bolcom: Graceful Ghost

Robert Schumann: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor, Opus 105

Peter Schickele: Duo Caprice for Two Violins

WHEN:                         Friday, November 15, 7:30 pm

WHERE:                       Dudley Recital Hall (Fine Arts Building), University of Houston

UH Main Campus, Entrance #16 off Cullen Blvd.

DETAILS:                     $12/$7 – adults/students, seniors

CONTACT:                    Moores School Ticket Office 713-743-3313 or online at


Violinist Kirsten Yon is currently in residence at the University of Houston where she is Associate Professor of Violin. Past engagements include serving as Associate Professor of Violin at Texas Tech University, a position she held for eight years.

An acclaimed teacher, performer, and clinician, she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music before pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.  During her degrees, Ms. Yon studied with Stephen Shipps, William Preucil, David Updegraff, and Kathleen Winkler.  Additionally, Ms. Yon has worked with Raphael Fliegel, Christian Teal, and Vaclav Snitil. She attended the Meadowmount School for Strings for five summers, where she was the first recipient of the Catherine Tait Memorial Scholarship for Teaching and Outstanding Leadership. The winner of multiple competitions, Ms. Yon has received outstanding accolades for her performances as a concert soloist, chamber musician, and for her concerto appearances.

Ms. Yon has performed with numerous professional orchestras across the United States and South America, including the Ann Arbor Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Concertmaster positions include the Bayou City Chamber Orchestra, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Caprock Pro Musica Sinfonietta, and Ballet Lubbock.  In the arena of chamber music, Ms. Yon was a founding member of the Champlain Trio, the Archiano Ensemble, the Karlin Trio, and the Botticelli String Quartet.  Her concert schedules have included sold-out solo and chamber music recitals throughout Texas, New York (Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall), California, Minnesota, Michigan, New Mexico, Brazil, Honduras, Germany, France, and Norway.  In May 2005 the Botticelli String Quartet and violist Korey Konkol premiered a work by composer Peter Fischer at the International Viola Congress, held in Reykjavik, Iceland.  She has toured Brazil with the Botticelli String Quartet and pianist Cristina Capparelli Gerling, traveling to Curitiba, Florianopolis, and performing several concerti with the Orquestra de Câmara Theatro São Pedro in Porto Alegre (Brazil).

Since the beginning of her professional career, students from both her college and pre-college studios have won numerous solo competitions and awards.  A frequent violin clinician, Ms. Yon has given masterclasses at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and the Universidade Federal do São João del Rey (Brazil) in addition to numerous schools across the United States and Honduras.  Ms. Yon is also a repeated guest artist at the Nathan Schwartzman String Festival in Uberlandia, Brazil (2009-2012).  Ms. Yon served as the president of the South Plains Suzuki Strings Foundation and is a strong advocate of string education.  In her initial year at Texas Tech University, she was honored with a Texas Tech University Alumni Association New Faculty Award for her work at the School of Music.  In September of 2010, she was elected to the Texas Tech Teaching Academy, a distinct honor within the university.

Dedicated to musical outreach at the community and international levels, Ms. Yon is a founder and faculty advisor of Cuerdas de Enlace (String Connection), a pedagogical outreach program with ties to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Previously on the faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Texas Tech University Orchestra Camp, Ms. Yon also taught at the International Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic from 2009-2011.  In the summer of 2012, she joined the internationally acclaimed faculty of both the Texas Music Festival and the Cambridge International String Academy (England). Ms. Yon’s debut recording will be released by Centaur Records in 2013, featuring the Ravel and Kodály duos with cellist Jeffrey Lastrapes.

Hal Grossman, violinist, has been enthusiastically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for his “vibrant tone” and “superb technique”. As concerto soloist, he has appeared with American and Canadian orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic and the North Carolina, Illinois, Lima, Guelph and Battle Creek symphonies. Grand Award Winner of the Lima Young Artist Competition and Silver Medalist of the International Stulberg Competition, Mr. Grossman has performed for their Royal Highnesses, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, in a CBC television and radio broadcast. Recital appearances have taken him throughout North America and Europe. In the United States he has also been heard on National Public Radio, WQXI-New York, and WFMT-Chicago.

Mr. Grossman serves as the Concertmaster of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in Chicago, a position he has held for over 15 years. He has also served as the Concertmaster of the Estranach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg, and the Boise, Lansing and SaginawBay Philharmonics. He has been featured at the Casals (Puerto Rico), Evian (France), Orfeo (Italy) and, in the continental U.S., the Aspen, Lancaster, Breckenridge, Fontana, Great Lakes, Manitou, and Garth Newel music festivals.Mr. Grossman received First Prize Awards at the prestigious International Cleveland Quartet Competition and the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. His New York Debut at Carnegie Hall received exceptional reviews from the New York Times. As First Violinist of the Oxford String Quartet, he performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded several new works for string quartet.

Mr. Grossman holds music performance degrees from the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music. His primary studies were with Paul Makanowitzky and Sylvia Rosenberg and, in master class, with Isaac Stern, Alexander Schneider, and Charles Treger. Mr. Grossman is Assistant Professor of Violin at The University of Oklahoma and on the violin faculty at the Aria International Summer Academy. He was formerly on the violin faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Miami University. Mr. Grossman’s students can be found in every major music conservatory in the nation.

An eclectic musician, Brian Suits is a pianist, composer, conductor, arranger, and improvisational artist. He is seen regularly on the concert stage as collaborative artist and chamber musician. He has written concerti for both piano and violin, a double concerto for violin and guitar, a string quartet, a program work for full orchestra, and manifold solo and chamber works and songs. “March March!” was commissioned by the Moores School’s AURA ensemble and performed in April of 2010. His album of jazz-flavored solo piano works, “The Way Back,” was released in 2004 on musikdorf Records. As solo pianist, Suits has played concerti with the Jupiter Symphony and Sejong Soloists, among others. He recorded a set of 23 teaching CDs for Chung-Eum Music Publishers, including three dozen sonatas of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, the Bach Inventions, and the complete Czerny Etudes. Suits frequently guest conducts the French Chamber Orchestra Albéric Magnard, and has also conducted the Gonzaga Symphony, Project Divisi, and Houston Youth Symphony’s “Philharmonia” orchestra, as well as the Cheju Symphony, Prime Philharmonic, SangRok Symphony, Cadenza Chamber Orchestra and others in Korea. Suits has written and conducted orchestral arrangements for eight films in Korea, including “The Host” and “Mother,” both directed by Bong Joon-Ho. “The Host” was a hit at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, broke all box office records in Korea, and was a sleeper art house hit here in the states. The top two prizes for film music at the 2006 Korean Film Awards were awarded to “For Horowitz” and “The Host,” for both of which Suits made and conducted the orchestral arrangements. Suits taught accompanying and coached art song at the Yale School of Music from 1990-2002, and in summers teaches and plays at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. He was also an artist at the Great Mountains Festival in Korea in summer of 2010. He received his BM from UT Austin and his MM from USC, and his teachers have included David Renner, Brooks Smith, and Jean Barr. He also studied composition with Donald Grantham. He joined the faculty at Moores in fall of 2006, where he is Visiting Associate Professor of Accompanying and Chamber Music, as well as art song coach.