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“Forward-looking, expert ensemble Third Sound” (The New Yorker) is a collective of virtuoso performers drawn from New York City’s finest chamber musicians. The ensemble musicians–flautist Sooyun Kim, clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, violinist Karen Kim, cellist Michael Nicolas, pianist Orion Weiss, and composer Patrick Castillo–have appeared on the most prestigious series and stages around the world and garnered myriad honors, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant, and the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance, among many others. Conceived from a desire to present the complete literature as a rich and dynamic continuum, Third Sound brings together an accomplished group of musicians equally skilled in – and equally passionate about – the work of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms as that of composers ranging from Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Messiaen; Carter, Wuorinen, Adams, and Reich; to emerging composers of the early twenty-first century.

Third Sound made its debut in November 2015 at the Festival de Música Contemporánea de La Habana (Havana, Cuba), presenting a program of contemporary American music in partnership with the American Composers Forum. I Care If You Listen wrote of the ensemble’s festival performance, “Third Sound played with a level of commitment, joy, and ensemble cohesion that belies the short time they have worked together.” Michael Harrison, one of the composer participants in the ensemble’s Havana residency, wrote, “Third Sound is already one of the country’s best contemporary music ensembles … For their debut concert at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival they selected an incredibly diverse range of ten works by leading American composers. Everything was executed with the kind of passion and precision that one only hears from the most experienced ensembles. Working with Third Sound is a composer’s dream!”

Patrick Castillo leads a multifaceted career as a composer, performer, writer, and educator. His music has been presented at festivals and venues throughout the United States and internationally, including Spoleto Festival USA, June in Buffalo, the Santa Fe New Music Festival, Queens New Music Festival, Bavarian Academy of Music (Munich), Nuremberg Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Havana Contemporary Music Festival.Mr. Castillo is the founding composer and managing director of Third Sound, a New York City-based chamber ensemble. He previously served as Artistic Administrator for Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in Silicon Valley, and as Senior Director of Artistic Planning of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; in 2016, he was appointed Executive Director of Hotel Elefant. The Quality of Mercy, an album of Mr. Castillo’s vocal chamber music featuring mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, has been praised as “affecting and sensitively orchestrated… a gorgeous, masterfully crafted canvas” (ClevelandClassical.com), and is available on innova Recordings.

Praised as “extraordinary” and “a formidable clarinetist” by The New York Times, Romie de Guise-Langlois has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Ms. de Guise-Langlois performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, Ensemble ACJW, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, McGill University Symphony Orchestra, at Music@Menlo and at the Banff Center for the Arts. She is a winner of the Astral Artists’ National Auditions and was awarded the First Prize in the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition; she was additionally a First Prize winner of the Woolsey Hall Competition at Yale University, the McGill University Classical Concerto Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and was the recipient of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Award. An avid chamber musician, Ms. de Guise-Langlois joined the roster of Chamber Music Society Two in 2012 and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. She has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia and Boston Chamber Music Societies, 92 Y Street, and Chamber Music Northwest among many others. She has performed as Principal Clarinetist for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Haven and Stamford symphony orchestras and The Knights Chamber Orchestra. A native of Montreal, Ms. de Guise-Langlois earned degrees from McGill University and the Yale School of Music, where she studied under David Shifrin. She has completed her fellowship at The Academy-A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute, and is currently Adjunct Professor of clarinet at Montclair University.

Grammy Award-winning violinist Karen Kim is widely hailed for her sensitive musicianship and passionate commitment to chamber and contemporary music. She has performed in such prestigious venues and series as Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Recital Halls; the Celebrity Series of Boston; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the Vienna Musikverein; London’s Wigmore Hall; the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; the Seoul Arts Center; and Angel Place in Sydney, Australia. Her recordings as a founding member of the Parker Quartet from 2002 to 2012 include the complete string quartets of György Ligeti, which received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011. With the Parker Quartet, Ms. Kim also received the Grand Prize and Mozart Prize at the 2005 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. Esteemed for her versatility across a broad spectrum of musical idioms and artistic disciplines, Ms. Kim has collaborated with artists ranging from Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Jörg Widmann, and Shai Wosner to Questlove & The Roots and the James Sewell Ballet. She is a member of the chamber ensembles Third Sound, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, and Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and frequently performs with such groups as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, NOVUS NY, and Chameleon Arts Ensemble.

Praised as “a rare virtuoso of the flute” by Libération, flutist Sooyun Kim has established herself as one of the rare flute soloists in the classical music scene. Since her concerto debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at age ten, she has enjoyed a flourishing career performing with orchestras around the world including the Bavarian Radio, Munich Philharmonic, Munich Chamber, and Boston Pops orchestras. She has been presented in recital series worldwide in Budapest’s Lizst Hall, Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and Kobe’s Bunka hall. Her European debut recital at the Louvre was streamed live on medici.tv which was immediately followed by a special invitation from the International Sejong Soloists for an encore recital in Seoul. This season’s highlights include orchestral appearances with Glacier Symphony, Kobe City Chamber, and Amadeus Festival orchestras performing concertos of Christopher Rouse, Mercadante, and Mozart. Also, as a member of Third Sound, she appears at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival in Cuba. A winner of the Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant, Ms. Kim has received numerous international awards and prizes including the third prize at the ARD International Flute Competition. An avid chamber musician, her summer appearances include the Music@Menlo, Spoleto USA, Yellow Barn, Rockport, Olympic, and Chamber Music Northwest festivals. A former member of CMS Two, she studied at the New England Conservatory under tutelage of Paula Robison. Ms. Kim performs on Verne Q. Powell Flutes.

Cellist Michael Nicolas is one of the rising stars of his generation and a dynamic performer on the classical and contemporary music scene, in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and improvisor. Hailed by critics from The New York Times and Washington Post, the “brilliantly assured soloist” captivates audiences across North America, Europe, and Asia with his ravishing tone, refined musicality, and probing interpretations of a wide variety of repertoire. Mr. Nicolas is a frequent guest at music festivals such as Bridgehampton, Marlboro, Ravinia, and Chamber Music Northwest, and is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Third Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. He has worked with many distinguished composers – Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Steve Reich, Charles Wuorinen, John Zorn – as well as countless others of his own generation. Of mixed French­Canadian and Taiwanese heritage, Mr. Nicolas was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and currently resides in New York City. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School.

Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and New York Philharmonic. His list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at The Juilliard School and the Mieczysław Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. In 2004, he graduated from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax. He has released 10 compact discs, including recital repertoire, concertos, and chamber music. 

Third Sound at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival

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Amadeus Regucera: Inexpressible (v.2)

Sooyun Kim, flute
Karen Kim, violin
Michael Nicolas, cello
Patrick Castillo, conductor

Recorded live, 12 January 2016, St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York, NY

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Michael Harrison: Radians Phase II

Sooyun Kim, flute
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Karen Kim, violin
Michael Nicolas, cello

Recorded live at National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY, 3 May 2016

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