Guest Soloists

2015-2016 Season

Concert Program, November 12th, 2015
ST. Albert the Great Church, Minneapolis MN

Yuri Ivan, Music Director

featuring Ivan Konev piano

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February 26th, 2015

Helen Chang Haertzen, violin and John Snow, oboe
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor, BWV 1060

Helen Chang Haertzen joined the Minnesota Orchestra’s first violin section in the fall of 2003. Formerly associate and principal second violin of the Bamberg Symphony in Germany, Haertzen has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and played with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. This was Ms. Heartzen’s third appearance with the LHCO.

John Snow has been playing the oboe for over 45 years and has had the fortune to play in many orchestras here and abroad including the Detroit Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1999.


November 20th, 2014

Manny Laureano, Trumpet & Guest Conductor
Alan Hovhaness: Prayer of St. Gregory, Op.62b
Joseph Jean-Baptiste Llaurent Arban: Carnival of Venice

Manny Laureano is the Principal Trumpet of the Minnesota Orchestra. Laureano has performed solos in all the Orchestra’s concert series and served as an assistant conductor during the 2005-06 season. In recent years he has appeared regularly as guest conductor at Indiana University, as well as the Eastern Music Festival, St. Olaf College, and Bethel University. Mr. Laureano conducted the LHCO in Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, the Unfinished.


May 8th, 2014

Anton Melnichenko, Piano
Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat Minor

Anton Melnichenko is a multiple prize winner of both international and regional piano competitions and festivals. He has also made several guest appearances on radio and television in both Russia and the US. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Minnesota’s School of Music.


February 27th, 2014

Jonathan Magness, Violin
Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Jonathan Magness  was appointed the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate principal second violin in September 2008. He has also appeared as soloist with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Klagenfurt Musikverein, Regional Orchestra of Chile and orchestras in the U.S. and Austria. He teaches violin at the University of Minnesota’s Bravo Institute.


December 6th, 2013

Anthony Ross, Cello
Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto no. 1 in A minor

Anthony Ross is the John and Elizabeth Bates Cowles Chair and Principal Cello of the Minnesota Orchestra and in recent seasons has performed as soloist in Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante for Cello and Orchestra, the Walton Cello Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto. In March 2012, he was featured on the Orchestra’s Chamber Music at MacPhail series, performing Schubert’s Octet for Winds and Strings. Ross was principal cello of the Rochester Philharmonic in New York before joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 1988.


May 9th, 2013

Kenneth Freed, viola
Max Bruch: Romance for Biola and Orchestra, Op. 85

Kenneth Freed has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra’s viola section since 1998. He has also been music director of the Mankato Symphony since 2006 and held the same post with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2006. During 2005-06 he served as an assistant conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.


March 7th, 2013

William Yang, piano
Frederic Chopin: Variations on La Ci Daren La Mano

William Yang is 11 years old from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He has been publicly giving piano performances and winning piano competition prizes since the age of 7. William was the featured soloist in NPR’s “From the Top” show #219 in July 2010, a nationally syndicated program featuring the finest precollege aged musicians in the country.  He played Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of The Animals with Minnesota Orchestra in March and July, 2010. He Performed Chopin Variations “La ci darem la mano” with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra in February and March, 2012. William performed Mozart piano concerto No. 9, K271with Kenwood Symphony in March, 2012. William has been awarded through various competitions: winner of MMTF Mozart Piano Concerto Competition in 2012,  the 2nd prize of Saint Paul Piano Teacher’s Association Concerto Competition in November, 2011 and a finalist in 2009, 2010; the alternate winner in Minneapolis Piano Teacher’s Forum, Mozart Concerto Competition in 2010; the finalist of the Young Artist World Piano Festival Concerto Competition Junior Division in 2009, 2010, 2011.







April 12th, 2012

Paul Shaw, Piano
George Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue for Piano and Orchestra

Jamaican pianist Paul Shaw has appeared in recital, chamber music and as a soloist with orchestras in Asia, Europe and the Americas. A top prize-winner in the 1988 William Kapell International Piano Competition and the 1986 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he has performed  in  such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Beethovenhalle, Hall of the Americas and the Marlboro Music Festival. Mr Shaw is an Associate Professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Music.


June 9th, 2011

Helen Chang Haertzen, Violin
Saint Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccios
Sarasate: Gypsy Tunes

Helen Chang Haertzen joined the Minnesota Orchestra’s first violin section in the fall of 2003. In 2006 she appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Orchestra under Andrew Litton’s direction, and she has played chamber works of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel and Mozart at Orchestra chamber concerts.
Ms. Chang Haertzen also appeared with the LHCO in June of 2010, performing Sarasate’s Gypsy Airs.


April 11th, 2011

Christopher Brown, Double Bass
    Serge Koussevitzky: Double Bass Concerto In F# Minor, Op. 3

In his 25th season with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as principal bass, Christopher Brown has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on several occasions. Prior to joining the SPCO, Brown was a bass player with Pittsburgh and Detroit symphonies.


June, 2010

Obed Floan, Voice

Obed Floan is an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Oklahoma City University. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Twin Cities Opera Guild Scholarship in 2000, and the Bemeking Fellowship in 2008. He has performed with the Minnesota Chorale, Voce Magna, The Dale Warland Singers, the Philadelphia Chamber Chorus, the Center Stage Opera Company, and the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra.


December 9th, 2010

Cindy Lu, piano
   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 

   14-year-old Cindy Lu, has performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 23 at Ordway Center and at Mendel Hall in Chicago. She has won first prizes in the 2010 Thursday Musical piano competition, the Minneapolis Music Teachers Federation’s Mozart Concerto Competition, and in the Lee National Piano Competition and the Minnesota State Fair. She has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday, and inn 2009, she performed Mozart’s Concerto #24 with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the MMTF Mozart Piano Concerto Competition.


April 15, 2010

Jonathan Magness, Violin
   Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1, op. 26 

Jonathan Magness was appointed the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate principal second violin in September 2008, after performing as a regular substitute with the Orchestra’s first violin section for one full season. His performances have included Schumann’s Piano Quartet at the 2009 Sommerfest.  This was his second appearance with the LHCO. He teaches violin at the University of Minnesota’s Bravo Institute.


December 10, 2009

Greg Nelson, Cello
    Sir Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Greg Nelson has held the position of adjunct instructor of cello studies at St. Cloud State University since 2006.  He is a private teacher and performer in Minneapolis and has taught at St. Cloud State University, in the Twin Cities, Northfield, MN and in Muncie, IN. Mr. Nelson is currently principal cellist in the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and the Lirica Chamber Ensemble. He has appeared as soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra and St. Cloud Symphony orchestra.


April 16th, 2009

David Baldwin, Trumpet
    Johann Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E Major 

David Baldwin is Professor of Trumpet at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis. He conducts the University Brass Choir, an 15-member ensemble which has several recordings to its credit. He is an active soloist, ensemble player, composer, arranger and teacher. He has over 100 arrangements and compositions published by G. Schirmer, Shawnee Press, Theodore Presser and others. Baldwin also serves as leader of the Summit Hill Brass Quintet.


April 10th, 2008

Woobin Park, piano
   Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto Opus 16 in A-Minor

Born in Seoul, Korea, pianist Woobin Park graduated from the Yewon School and the Seoul Arts High School. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Ewha Women’s University where she won first prize at the Ewha keyboard competition. Ms. Park won several important competitions in Korea including the Korean Philharmonic Orchestra Competition, the Nan-pa Music Competition sponsored by the Korean Music Society, and the Se-jong Competition.


December 13th, 2007

Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horm
Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No.1, in E flat major

A member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1993, Ellen Dinwiddie Smith was named third horn in 2000. She also contributes to Twin Cities musical life as a chamber music series creator, guest soloist, chamber music performer and private instructor.


March 30th, 2006

Roderick Kettlewell, piano
Wolfgang Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 27 in B-flat

Roderick Kettlewell has performed and recorded as a piano soloist, as an accompanist and chamber musician (including with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra), throughout America and in Europe, including at Carnegie’s Weill Hall. kAdditionally, he has conducted extensively in the choral, opera and orchestral genres as well as having worked in straight theater, musical theater and popular musical styles.


December 15th, 2005

Vali Phillips, violin
Wolfgang Mozart: Adagio for Violin and Orchestra

Vali Phillips joined the Oregon Symphony in 2013 after having served as principal second violin with the Minnesota Orchestra for 11 seasons, then four seasons in the Orchestra’s first violin section. Before coming to Minnesota, Phillips served as concertmaster of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra and associate concertmaster of both the Erie Philharmonic and the Charleston Symphony.