Nai-Yuan Hu, violin
Bion Tsang, cello,
Ning An, piano
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Duo, Op. 7, for Violin and Cello
Allegro Serioso non troppo
Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento
Trio in D minor, Op. 32, for Violin, Cello and Piano
Scherzo: Allegro molto
Finale: Allegro non troppo
by Bion Tsang
Saturday, 2/12, 9 -11 AM
NEC Keller Room
Madeleine Tucker, Ariel Kao, and Jina Lee
the 1st and 4th movements of Elgar Concerto
and the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations.
Joy Cline Phinney, pianist
is Free - All are Welcome
winning the First Prize in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth
International Competition in 1985, violinist Nai-Yuan Hu has
appeared on many of the world’s stages, including the
Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Avery Fisher Hall in New York and
major venues in London, Paris, Brussels, Munich, and other cities
in Europe, North and South Americas and Asia. In praise of his
playing, BBC Music Magazine wrote, "Taiwanese violinist Nai-Yuan
Hu is an awesomely capable performer whose technical facility,
musical intelligence and unfaltering verve place him among the
higher echelons of today’s string virtuosi."
Mr. Hu’s solo engagements include appearances with the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Toronto Symphony, Seattle
Symphony, Netherland and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras,
Belgian National Orchestra, Liège Philharmonic, Orchestre National
de Lille in France, Haifa Symphony, Austro-Hungarian Haydn Chamber
Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony,
Taiwan’s NSO & NTSO, China and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras
and others. He has collaborated with such conductors as George
Cleve, Adam Fischer, Leon Fleisher, Gunther Herbig, Jahja Ling,
Shao-Chia Lu, Gerard Schwarz, Maxim Shostakovich, and Hubert
Soudant, among others.
Mr. Hu has given recitals in such venues as Alice Tully Hall and
Weill Recital Hall in New York, Cité de la Musique in Paris,
Purcell Room in London, Casals Hall in Tokyo, and Jordan Hall in
Boston where he premiered Bright Sheng’s "The Stream Flows" in
1990. In summer seasons, he has appeared either as a guest soloist
or chamber music artist in such festivals as Mostly Mozart,
Marlboro, OK Mozart, Seattle, and Newport. In 1999, he
collaborated with Fou Ts’ong, Martha Argerich and Misha Maisky in
the Beijing Music Festival. Mr. Hu is the Music Director of Taiwan
Connection, a music festival he founded in his native homeland in
2004. A conductorless chamber orchestra consisting of young
talented Taiwanese musicians was incorporated to the Festival in
Mr. Hu’s recording of Goldmark’s Concerto and Bruch’s Concerto No.
2 with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony (for the label
Delos) garnered "Critics’ Choice" from Gramophone as well as
praises from many publications including BBC Music Magazine, The
Times of London, and The Washington Post. His solo violin album
"Unaccompanied…" for EMI label received two Golden Melody Awards
in Taiwan for best classical album and best instrumentalist. In
2003, he released "Vienna Revisted" which comprises many of the
beloved violin pieces from a bygone era.
Born in Taiwan, Mr. Hu began studying the violin at age five and
was soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Taiwan three
years later. He came to the United States in 1972 to continue his
studies, first with Broadus Erle and later with Joseph Silverstein
and Josef Gingold.
Cellist Bion Tsang has been internationally recognized as one of
the outstanding instrumentalists of his generation: among his many
honors are an Avery Fisher Career Grant, an MEF Career Grant and
the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition.
He has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the New York,
Moscow and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, the Atlanta,
Pacific, Civic, American and National Symphony Orchestras, the
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the
Taiwan National Orchestra.
Mr. Tsang’s chamber music career has also been a distinguished
one, marked by collaborations with such artists as violinists
Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anne Akiko Meyers,
Kyoko Takezawa and Chee Yun, violist Michael Tree, cellist Yo-Yo
Ma, bassist Gary Karr and pianist Leon Fleisher. He has been a
frequent guest artist of the Boston Chamber Music Society,
Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music International of
Dallas, Da Camera of Houston, Camerata Pacifica of Los Angeles and
Bargemusic in New York and performed at such festivals as Marlboro
Music Festival, the Cape Cod, Tucson, Portland and Seattle Chamber
Music Festivals, the Bard Festival, Bravo! Colorado, Music in the
Vineyards and the Laurel Festival of the Arts, where he served as
Artistic Director for ten years.
Mr. Tsang has toured the complete Beethoven works for cello and
piano with pianist Anton Nel in, among other venues, Zankel Hall
at Carnegie Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, with the latter
performance recorded by WGBH and commercially released on the
Artek label. Artek subsequently released Tsang’s performance of
the Brahms Cello Sonatas and Hungarian Dances (transcribed by
Tsang), also in Jordan Hall with Nel, in early 2010.
Mr. Tsang received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.M.A.
from Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot. His
other cello teachers included Ardyth Alton, Luis Garcia-Renart,
William Pleeth, Channing Robbins and Leonard Rose.
Mr. Tsang resides in Austin, Texas, where he is on the faculty at
the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin
and enjoys chasing after his three young children: Bailey, Henry
Pianist Ning An, is a rare pianist who has been hailed as a
musician who "combines a flawless technique and mastery of the
instrument with an expressive power that is fueled by profound and
insightful understanding." (New York Concert Review) His top
prizes from the Queen Elizabeth, Cleveland, and William Kapell
Piano Competitions led to performances from Carnegie’s Weill
Recital Hall, Salle Verdi (Milan), to the Great Hall of the People
in Beijing, China. He has been invited to perform at numerous
festivals, including the International Chopin Festival in
Duszinski, Poland, the Gina Bachauer Piano Festival in Salt Lake
City, New Hampshire's Monadnock Music Festival, the Bourglinster
Festival in Luxembourg, and the Interlaken Music Festival in
Switzerland. A passionate chamber musician as well as soloist, Mr.
An has performed with groups such as the Ysaye, Daedalus, and
Takacs Quartets as well as instrumentalists James Buswell, Paul
Neubauer, Andres Diaz and Soovin Kim.
Since making his orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the
Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. An has been a featured soloist with
orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio
Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, the Stuttgart
Philharmonic, Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, the Belgian National
Symphony, the Flemish Radio Symphony, the Beijing Symphony
Orchestra and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra under the batons of
conductors such as Vladimir Fedosseyev, Jorg-Peter Weigle, Rafael
Fruhbeck de Burgos, etc. Mr. An was also a featured soloist during
the 100th Anniversary American Tour made by the Warsaw
Philharmonic and Maestro Kazmierz Kord.
Ning An has also been a top prize winner of the Paloma O’Shea
Santander Competition, the Tivoli International Piano Competition,
the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition and the Alfred
Cortot Prize winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition.
Mr. An began his musical studies at the Cleveland Institute of
Music with Olga Radosavljevich and Sergei Babayan. Subsequently,
Mr. An continued his studies under the tutelage of Russell Sherman
at the New England Conservatory of Music.
A frequent guest lecturer himself, Mr. An has given master classes
throughout the United States and Asia. Since 2005, Mr. An has
served as the Artist in Residence at Lee University, Tennessee. He
is a Steinway Artist.
▼Event photos by staff of Boston Musical Intelligencer :
今年二月十二日星期六晚八時, 在波士頓經過接二連三的大雪後首次回暖放晴, 四百多位音樂愛好者聚集在新英格蘭音樂學院喬登廳
(NEC’s Jordan Hall), 聆賞由中華表演藝術基金會主辦, 三位屢獲大獎的華裔音樂家；小提琴家胡乃元、大提琴家章雨亭, 鋼琴家安寧, 所聯合演出"琴心集 : 弦鍵上的天籟"
。當天有波 士頓環球報(Boston Globe)
Intelligencer及中美音樂界知名人士及教師多人到場, 演出精采, 深受好評 。
這三位都是在美國受教育, 獲得多項國際大賽的輝煌大獎, 集伊莉莎白女皇音樂大賽, 柴可夫司基大提琴大賽,
及許多大賽的最高榮譽 。但當天波士頓環球報 及Boston Musical
Intelligencer樂評主筆都以『三位還不是家喻戶曉的音樂家』來稱呼 。但對他們精采演出都毫無保留的讚美 。
當天演出曲目開始是安寧鋼琴獨奏 Rachmaninoff 的Corelli變奏曲 。 安寧畢業於紐英倫音樂學院,
是Russell Sherman指導下得到最難得的藝術家文憑 。波士頓環球報稱他 "所演奏的變奏曲, 均衡平穩, 溫文爾雅引人入勝 。音樂技巧表現的既強有力道又有節制, 含蓄有教養又嚴謹規格, 整曲貫穿之間恰到好處 。"Boston
Musical Intelligencer 對其表現形容為"迷人的演出 。"
。胡乃元曾獲得全世界最受肯定的「比利時伊莉莎白女皇音樂大賽」小提琴第一名, 大提琴家章雨亭是被國際公認為當代最優秀的演奏家之一, 在樂界享有盛名 。他曾穫Avery Fisher 及MEF成就獎
。整曲似乎反映了戰爭時黑暗的低落情緒 。Kodaly是一位民族音樂學者, 此二重奏裡使用的撥奏技術及整曲結構展現出東歐風味
。波士頓環球報樂評稱讚 "胡乃元沉穩的表情拉奏出飽滿自信的音色, 相對於章雨亭的溫情感人的展現, 兩位透過音樂的對話, 清晰傳達出作品所表達的思念與感傷, 勾畫出一幅荒涼孤獨的風景畫 。"聽眾也隨著樂曲投入其中, 整場鴉雀無聲
的三重奏使當晚達至最高潮 。澎湃浪漫的第一樂章和抒情的第三樂章, 三位展現出強有力且高昂的魅力, 將全場帶入昂揚的情緒, 也為當晚的演出畫上美麗句點 。其中一位樂評對於三人演出描述仔細, 特別對於現場聽眾高度集中力, 會場秩序, 及欣賞古典音樂的素養特加表揚 。
這三位華裔音樂家已是世界知名, 獲獎無數, 且到各處精彩演出 。但仍被稱之為"Not Household Name , "不為家喻戶曉 。希望大家支持, 使更多華裔音樂家在世界古典音樂的殿堂上更上一層
。中華表演藝術基金會主辦下一場音樂會是四月9日(盲人鋼琴家Nobuyuki Tsujii 2009
范克萊本Van Cliburn大賽金獎) 精彩的音樂會 。