Brightin Rose Schlumpf and Jamie Namkung will present a short recital of music for viola and piano by Bach, Bartok, Enseco and Glazunov on Wednesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. at the Blue Heron. The recital is free and open to the public.
Originally from Vashon, Ms. Schlumpf, daughter of Jake Schlumpf and Pam McMahan, began her violin studies with Gaye Detzer at age six. She continued her studies in middle and high school in Houston and Philadelphia. In 2007, she earned a BA degree in music, cum laude, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She completed a Master of Music degree in violin and viola performance at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA as a scholarship student of Laura Bossert. Seeking to focus on the viola, Ms. Schlumpf accepted a full scholarship and teaching fellowship at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she worked with Erika Eckert and Geraldine Walther of the Takacs Quartet, receiving a second MM degree in viola performance in 2012. While at CU, she enjoyed sitting principal viola in the CU Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Schlumpf’s recent orchestral experience includes the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony and Denver Philharmonic, among others. As a teacher, Ms. Schlumpf maintains a private violin and viola studio in Golden and Boulder, and is the violin and orchestra teacher at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School in Niwot, CO.
Pianist Jamie Namkung is currently completing her doctoral studies at Northwestern University, and earned her previous degrees from Oberlin and Peabody Conservatories. Since her public debut at the age of 11 in her native country of South Korea, Ms. Namkung has achieved public recognition through national competitions and concert appearances on King FM 98.1 and in distinguished summer festivals, including the Aria International Summer Academy and Banff International Piano Master Class. A dedicated teacher, she has maintained an active teaching studio and served as Visiting Professor of Piano at Northeastern Illinois University last fall.