L. V. Beethoven
Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1
Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2
An active performer, violinist Christina Mok has become a familiar figure in the classical music scene in Northern California. She devotes herself equally to solo performance, chamber recitals, and orchestral leading.
She has appeared as a soloist with the Russian Federal Symphony Orchestra, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Silicon Valley, among others. The San Jose Mercury declared of one of her concerto performances, “She was a spellbinder as she dug in and let it fly…There was no need to long for Itzhak Perlman or Gil Shaham.”
As a chamber musician, she has performed in Korea, Japan, England, Norway, Hong Kong, and the United States. Her recitals have been broadcast on the BBC and RTHK. Ms. Mok collaborates with pianists Miles Graber and Aileen Chanco.
Ms. Mok is the Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony and the Monterey Symphony and the Associate Concertmaster of Symphony Silicon Valley. She has played with many British Orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Bournemouth Symphony. She has played in the Evian Festival, the Proms, Mainly Mozart Festival and Midsummer Mozart Festival.
She is the winner of numerous competitions including the BBC Young Artists’ Forum Audition, the Sutton Chamber Music Competition, the Warshaw Violin Competition, the Korean Music Association Scholarship, and was named Young Promising Performer of the Year by the Seoul Arts Center. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with a full scholarship and was also honored with a British Council Fellowship. Her principal teachers include Soon-Chung Suh, Yfrah Neaman, and Rodney Friend.
Max Bragado-Darman, piano, has served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Monterey Symphony since July 2004. Before this, he was Artistic Director and Conductor of the Symphony orchestra of Castile and León in Valladolid, Spain, for nine years. From its formation in 1991, he built it into one of the most prestigious orchestras in Spain. He also has been Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra, the Philharmonic of Grand Canary, the Concerto Grosso Orchestra of Frankfurt and the Classic Chamber Orchestra of New York.