Season Opening Solo Flute Recital
"Phrased her solos with distinction" - Leslie Valdes - Philadelphia Inquirer
Ronna Ayscue was the principal flutist for 27 years with the Bay Atlantic Symphony, and has performed in concerts with Anthony Newman, the great harpsichordist, organist, & pianist, Igor Kipnis, the celebrated harpsichordist & pianist, Elizabeth Boggs, Philadelphia harpsichordist, David Booth, violinist/harpsichordist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Robert Trent, classical guitarist, & Adeline Tomasone, principal flute with Opera Philadelphia.
Ronna was accepted at the Juilliard School of Music, but attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy, where she studied with John Wummer, principal flute with the NY Philharmonic. Other teachers include Murray Panitz, principal flute, Philadelphia orchestra, Julius Baker, principal flute, NY Philharmonic, Ardelle Bowers, the first woman flutist at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Claire Polin, composer and flutist.
Ronna has taught both privately and at Rutgers University and Stockton University. Her flute and piccolo students consistently place at the top of New Jersey's All State and Regional music groups, and have soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and performed on Broadway. Ronna owns an English harpsichord by Robert Goble and Son from 1973 (as featured on the cover photo) and has studied Baroque performance practices and harpsichord with both Igor Kipnis and Anthony Newman. She was the President and a founding member of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia and has been a soloist and ensemble coach for the New Jersey Flute Society. She also was the flutist with Musica Sacra, specializing in Bach's works and the featured soloist twice with Amarita Chamber Players, top strings of the Philadelphia orchestra.
Her first CD, Concerts Royaux, was critically acclaimed by fanfare magazine claiming that it could be the chamber music recording of the year. Her new CD with harpsichordist Igor Kipnis will be out in the near future. On May 6, 2018 Ronna will be performing in Boston with Trio Russe.
Pianist Hugh Sung has been an active soloist and chamber musician ever since his debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 11. Two years later, he was accepted for studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, where his principal teachers included Eleanor Sokoloff, Jorge Bolet, and Seymour Lipkin, along with Karen Tuttle and Felix Galimir for chamber music.
Throughout his studies and subsequent to graduating with a Bachelor of Music, Sung has performed in major cities throughout the Americas, England, Canada, South Africa, Japan, and Korea. Mr. Sung has been presented at some of the world's most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Wigmore Hall, The National Gallery of Art, and The Ravinia Festival. He has made several guest appearances at radio stations throughout New York City, Rochester, Philadelphia, and New Zealand, and was featured on NPR's nationally syndicated "Performance Today" performing works by Clementi, Ravel, and Mussorgksy. His concerto engagements have included performances with the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, annual appearances with the Masterworks Festival Orchestras since 1998, and extensive tours with the South Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he was presented on Japanese National Television NHK in collaboration with violinist Aaron Rosand during a recital in the esteemed Ouji Hall in the Ginza district of Tokyo.
In addition to his solo endeavors, Sung has continued to receive critical acclaim for his work as an ensemble musician. He has been featured in the Philadelphia Orchestra's Chamber Music series, and has also collaborated with such distinguished groups and artists as The American Quartet, the Diaz Trio, Jeffrey Khaner, Julius Baker, Gary Schocker, Hilary Hahn, Leila Josefowicz, composers Jennifer Higdon, Robert Maggio, Harold Boatrite, and violinist Aaron Rosand, with whom he has recorded extensively under the Biddulph and Vox labels. His work can also be heard under the I Virtuosi, CRI, and Avie labels.
In 2014, Sung joined the roster of ArtistWorks, an online music and art school that combines a video curriculum with a cutting-edge Video Exchange system, enabling him to personally teach students anywhere around the world at any time. For more information about Hugh's online piano school, visit http://hughsungpiano.com
Sung is currently the executive producer and host of A Musical Life, a weekly podcast that shares stories about making music and the things that move our souls.