COLLABORATIONS


North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
Artosphere Festival Orchestra
New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
KUAF/Fulbright Summer Chamber Music Festival
Montecito International Summer Music Festival
Beverly Hills International Summer Music Festival
Bay View Summer Music Festival

...she plays with a tone that's bright and focused, like that produced by a fine soprano voice which allows for no shrillness or stridency on top, no coarsening in the mid-range, and no quavering vibrato in any register.  She bows, as she breathes, with the rise and fall of the phrases; and as is experienced of any well-versed and musically sharp-witted player, she adds a number of her own perfectly judged, always tasteful embellishments.  Absolutely lovely playing...

 

Er-Gene is a violinist passionately involved in multi-disciplinary collaborations.  Some recent highlights include working with the Texas Ballet Theater and choreographer, Jonathan Watkins, in their production of “Crash”, and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, premiered  “Primary Series” (composed by Ryan Cockerham).  Er-Gene co-curated a new music series, “Fuse”, at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art featuring the works of American minimalism, indeterminacy, and postmodernism.  Her A/V collaborations include working with animator Wilson Borja, whose work, “Cheré” explores the phenomenon of forced and voluntary migration in relation to the African diaspora.   

 

Er-Gene recently released Handel's Violin Sonatas (available here), and is currently involved in a preservation project reviving the two violin concertos of African-American composer, Florence Price. 

 

On the Handel sonatas : "...a certain number of readers will automatically reject these performances because they're not on period instruments.  That will be their loss, for I can honestly say that I've never heard these sonatas played more compellingly, and if anyone can give the lie to the charge that the music is bland and dull, it's Kahng and Panayotova.  They invest each work with such spirit, uplift, and verve in the Allegros, such songful soulfulness in the Adagios that one really has to wonder if, for too long, Handel's violin and keyboard sonatas haven't been seriously and unfairly underrated.  Sometimes it takes artists like Kahng and Panayotova to challenge the status quo ante and to change minds.  They have certainly changed mine.... "

 

Er-Gene was an Arkansas Visiting Fellow with the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England from 2016-2017.  She attended UCLA, Yale School of Music, and Northwestern University.  She teaches at the University of Arkansas and resides in Fayetteville.