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The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents 2019 C. Hartman Kuhn Award to Principal Horn Jennifer Montone

June 17, 2019

Retiring horn player Daniel Williams honored after 44 years with the Orchestra

 

James Barnes, Choong-Jin Chang, and Elizabeth Hainen recognized for 25 years of service 


(Philadelphia, June 17, 2019)––The Philadelphia Orchestra Association acknowledged five Orchestra members during yesterday afternoon’s performance in Verizon Hall for their outstanding contributions: Principal Horn Jennifer Montone was honored with the 2019 C. Hartman Kuhn Award; assistant property master and stagehand James Barnes, Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang, and Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen were each presented with a watch for 25 years of service; and horn player Daniel Williams, who will retire following the 2018-19 season, was recognized for his 44 years with the Orchestra.

Established in 1941 and named for a charter member of the Board of Directors who served from 1901 to 1933, the C. Hartman Kuhn Award is given annually to “the member of The Philadelphia Orchestra who has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and the reputation of the ensemble.” Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin selected Principal Horn Jennifer Montone as the 2019 recipient, and Board Chair Richard B. Worley presented her with the award on stage, noting her role as an exemplary musician and an energetic and enthusiastic champion for the Orchestra. A member of the Orchestra for 13 years, Montone serves on the Board Development Committee and juggles a busy schedule of performing, teaching, and raising her two sons.

Nancy Galloway, president of the Volunteer Committees for The Philadelphia Orchestra, presented James Barnes, Choong-Jin Chang, and Elizabeth Hainen with the traditional watch recognizing 25 years of service with the Orchestra. Funded by the Volunteer Committees, these awards have been given annually since 1928. The watch presentation is made possible by Christian Michael Jewelers.

Distinguished second horn player Daniel Williams will retire from the Orchestra at the end of the 18-19 season after 44 years of service. In addition to his role in the Orchestra, Williams serves on the faculty of his alma mater Temple University. He was gifted a special framed photograph of the Orchestra by Worley during the ceremony as a farewell present.

About the Kuhn Award recipient:

Jennifer Montone is principal horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as a world-acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. A Grammy Award-winner, Montone has been on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School since joining the Orchestra in 2006. Previously principal horn of the St. Louis Symphony and associate principal horn of the Dallas Symphony, she was an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University and performer/faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She was also third horn of the New Jersey Symphony and has performed as a guest artist with the Berlin and New York philharmonics, and the Cleveland, Metropolitan Opera, Saint Paul Chamber, and Orpheus Chamber orchestras. She regularly performs as a soloist with such orchestras as The Philadelphia Orchestra, with which she made her solo debut in 2010; the St. Louis, Dallas, National, and Polish National Radio symphonies; the Warsaw National Philharmonic; and the Curtis Institute of Music Orchestra. Montone, who holds the Gray Charitable Trust Chair, is a graduate of Juilliard, where she studied with Julie Landsman, former principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2006 she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is also winner of the 1996 Paxman Young Horn Player of the Year Award. A native of northern Virginia, Montone studied with Edwin Thayer as a fellow in the National Symphony’s Youth Fellowship Program. She is married to double bass player Timothy Ressler and enjoys spending time with her two sons, Max and Felix.

About the 25th anniversary celebrants:

Assistant property master and stagehand James Barnes was born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey. His grandfather started working backstage in vaudeville in Philadelphia in 1916. His family followed in his footsteps: his sons, grandsons, granddaughter, great grandsons, and great granddaughters became members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 8. Barnes joined his family after a few years of college, beginning at the Academy of Music, from 1983 to 1994. He then had the opportunity to work for The Philadelphia Orchestra. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Francine, in Lewes, Delaware; gardening; biking; and golfing. He is the proud father of daughter Jaclene and son Matthew, and grandfather to Rylee and Natalie.

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Choong-Jin (C.J.) Chang became principal viola of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2006 after having joined the ensemble in 1994. He holds the Ruth and A. Morris Williams Chair. Chang made his performance debut as a 12-year-old violinist with the Seoul Philharmonic as winner of the Yook Young National Competition. At the age of 13 he moved to the U.S. to attend the Juilliard School of Music, subsequently studying at Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music, from which he received degrees in both violin and viola. His primary teachers were Jascha Brodsky and former Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Viola Joseph dePasquale. Chang made his solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 2007 and since then has appeared in numerous recitals in the U.S. and South Korea. He made his Philadelphia Orchestra subscription solo debut in 2009. He is also a founding member of the Johannes Quartet. A respected violin and viola teacher, his former pupils include members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra. He currently serves as the viola professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen, who holds the Patricia and John Imbesi Chair, has appeared as a featured soloist with such ensembles as the Philadelphia, Bulgarian National Radio, Chicago Civic, and Kennedy Center orchestras; the Adelaide, Mexico State, and Vancouver symphonies; the City of London Sinfonia; the Hong Kong Philharmonic; and in numerous recitals at Carnegie Hall. She has launched major commissioning projects, including works by Bernard Rands and Melinda Wagner. Hainen’s discography continues with her fifth solo recording, Home, including works by Bach, Debussy, and Glass. She serves on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University. In 2004 she founded the Saratoga Harp Colony, which continues in Philadelphia as the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony, presented by Curtis’ Summerfest. Through her nonprofit foundation, the Lyra Society, she has provided educational outreach to hundreds of school children in the Philadelphia area. Born in Toledo, she began harp lessons at age 10 and continued studies with Susann McDonald at Indiana University School of Music, where she was awarded a Performance Certificate and two degrees in performance.

About Daniel Williams, retiring after 44 years:

A native Philadelphian, Daniel Williams serves as the Orchestra’s second horn player. He began his horn studies at the age of nine in the Philadelphia public school system and went on to attend Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music. While at Curtis he performed with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia (now the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia) and the Pittsburgh Symphony in its summer season. In 1975, during his senior year at Curtis, he became a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra. His primary teachers were F. Mason Jones, John Simonelli, Ward Fearn, and Glenn Janson, all former members of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s horn section. Williams currently serves on the faculty of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance.

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