March 8, 2020
Karen Joy Davis and Juliette Herlin with Dannielle Engle

Concert starts at 4:00 p.m.

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Karen Davis

Praised by the London Times for “sparkling brilliance, technical accuracy and full range of sonority” for her Wigmore Hall recital, pianist Karen Joy Davis is a native of the Washington, D.C. area who made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at age 12. After attending high school at Interlochen Arts Academy and North Carolina School of the Arts, she continued her studies at the Juilliard School. During this time, Davis won first prizes at the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, the Bartok Competition, the Inter-American Festival and the International Bach Competition. She was also a finalist at the Naumburg International Piano Competition.

Davis studied with Ylda Novik, Irwin Freundlich and Arminda Canteros, as well as with Maria Curcio and the renowned pianist Leon Fleisher, both of whom were students of Artur Schnabel. She has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout the US, Europe, England, South America and Australia, at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Heinz Hall, the World Bank, Lisner Auditorium, the Strathmore Center, the Kravis Center and Wigmore Hall. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Fairfax Symphony, the Redlands Symphony, the McLean Symphony, Orchestre National de Toulouse, Orquestra de Camara Fortaleza, the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey, the Beloit-Janesville Symphony and the Sao Paulo Symphony.

An avid chamber music player, Davis has also performed at numerous festivals, including the Aspen Festival, Spoleto, Friends of the Arts Beethoven Festival, and Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She also played and toured with the prominent classical tango group, Quintango for three years. More recently, she was featured on WFMT Chicago in programs about composers Chopin and Schumann, on which she collaborated with the acclaimed producer Jon Tolansky. The current season has included concerts at the Rachmaninoff Museum in Ivanovka, Russia, and master classes and recitals in Australia. Davis is a participant and member of the Juilliard National Council. She is the Executive Producer of the Salk Science and Music Series at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California.

Juliette Herlin

Praised for her “impressive artistry” and “wonderful bowing technique” by San Francisco Classical Voice, French cellist Juliette Herlin has performed throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia. As a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, she has appeared in the following prestigious venues: the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Musée du Louvre and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Zhuhai and Chongqing Grand Theaters in China and at the Minsk Philharmonic, in Belarus.

Herlin’s 2019 highlights included Canadian Recital debut in Toronto with pianist Kevin Ahfat; a featured performance with Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra; Aletheia Piano Trio recital at the Shenson Chamber Music Concert in Washington D.C.; a ten-concert tour in China; and performances as part of Sundays Live dates in California at the Los Angeles Museum of Art and Boston Court Pasadena. Previous seasons highlights include: Korean debut with Beethoven Triple Concerto at the Busan Maru International Music Festival in South Korea and the NorthAmerican premiere of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Third Cello Sonata as part of a recital presented by the Music Academy of the West.

An avid chamber musician, Herlin has shared the stage with Donald Weilerstein, Glenn Dicterow, Anthony Marwood, Martin Chalifour, Gérard Caussé, Roger Tapping, Teng Li, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Romain Guyot, Amaury Coeytaux, Bernadene Blaha and Jérôme Ducros.

She is a founding member of the Aletheia Piano Trio with violinist Francesca dePasquale and pianist Fei-Fei Dong. Formed at the Juilliard School, the Aletheia Piano Trio has quickly risen to acclaim. The Trio’s highlights include performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, the St. Vincent College Concert Series, the Ukrainian Institute of America and the Shandelee Music Festival.

Winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe String Competition, Herlin is also the recipient of first prizes at the international Vatelot-Rampal Music Competition and the UFAM Competition in Paris as well as a Beverly Hills National Auditions winner. She has been awarded the Grunin Prize, as well as receiving grants from Fondation Safran pour la Musique and the ADAMI. In France, Herlin has performed several times as a soloist with the Orchestre des Universités de Paris, and with the Orchestre des Etudiants du CNSMDP under the direction of Maxime Pascal. Her performances have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today, WFMT (Chicago), KUSC and many times on France Musique, France’s main classical music station.

Juliette has worked closely with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Robert Levin, Ida Kavafian, David Finckel, and Joseph Kalichstein. She has been invited to Yellow Barn, the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Music Academy of the West, Encuentro de Santander (Spain), the Festival Pablo Casals (France), the International Holland Music Sessions (Netherlands), and Le Festival Jeunes Talents, among others.

Herlin is a substitute player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Paris and has performed with the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio-France and the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain. She has performed under conductors Semyon Bychkov, Alan Gilbert, Georges Prêtre, Leonard Slatkin, James Gaffigan, James Levine, Zoltán Kocsis, Maxim Vengerov and Alain Altinoglu.

As a dedicated advocate for contemporary music, she actively collaborates with prominent composers including Kaija Saariaho, Jörg Widmann, and Andrew Norman and has premiered many new works and commissions. Eager to discover various repertoires and to explore historically informed performances, Herlin has taken baroque cello lessons with Phoebe Carrai, William Skeen and Bruno Cocset.

Born in Paris in 1991, Herlin was admitted at the age of 16 to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP) where she obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, studying with Jérôme Pernoo. She pursued studied at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Richard Aaron and is currentlyis a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California where she studies with Ralph Kirschbaum.

Herlin is the grateful recipient of support from the French Ministry of Culture, the Balas Company, and the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF).
Dannielle Engle Dannielle Engle is an assistant professor in the Regulatory Biology Laboratory and a member of the Salk Cancer Center faculty. She focuses on the early detection and treatment of pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancers. Having lost close family members to pancreatic cancer, Engle has a personal connection to the disease. In the laboratory, she develops miniature pancreatic organs (organoids) to study human pancreatic cancer development. She seeks to identify essential biomarkers and therapeutic targets that will allow for earlier diagnosis and more effective treatments.


3:30 PM Registration opens
4:00 PM Concert begins in the Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
4:45 PM Intermission
5:00 PM Faculty speaker
5:15 PM Concert resumes
6:00 PM Concert concludes