Cheng-Zong Yin, piano

Saturday, April 1, 8 PM
Jordan Hall

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San Francisco Chronicle:
“Yin opened Friday with the Sonata in C major by Baldassare Galupi – which marks the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death in Venice…”
“Major curio of the recital was the Galuppi, an extraordinary three-movement piece that was 50 years ahead of its time.”
“Galuppi is almost totally forgotten today, but he was an important composer during the 18th century – Venice called him ‘Father of opera buffa’. St. Mark’s made him maestro of music. The Russian court invited him. He was an important teacher as well as major keyboard virtuoso and he helped set up both keyboard art and composition in Russia.”
“Galuppi seems to sit there on the shelf, awaiting discovery…”
“How ironic that a pianist from China should have the idea to honor him now and indeed, the courage to go so far for debut recital. Yin played it sensationally, by the way, with a wonderful gleaming panache in the two fast movements – better than I’ve heard when Michelangeli played it.”

New York Times:
“Yin Cheng-zong, who offered a recital of music by Galuppi, Schubert, Schumann and Liszt at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday night, puts a smooth legato and singing tone at the top of his priorities; one rarely hears the piano played so lovingly, expressively and with such a sensitivity to the sheer physical beauty of its sound."
"Mr. Yin, a native of China currently in the middle of a protracted tour of Western nations, is at his best in Romantic music; even the little Galuppi Sonata in C, which began the program, called to mind a particularly 19th-century conception of Classical style – dainty and rather prettified.”
“The program was well-worn in its familiarity, with Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata”, the Mozart Sonata in C (K. 330) and two Scarlatti items.”
“Mr. Yin showed in the Beethoven ... that he could race and roar with the best of the pianists.”

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Baldassare Galuppi (1706 – 1785):

Sonata in C major
I.   Andante
II.  Allegro
III. Allegra assai

 Ludwig van Beethoven:

     Sonata in F minor, Opus. 57 ("Appassionata”)
      I.   Allegro assai
      II.  Andante con moto
      III. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto


 Franz Schubert:

     Sonata in B flat major, D. 960
     I.    Molto moderato
     II.   Andante sostenuto
     III.  Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza
     IV. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto


Pianist: Cheng-Zong Yin

One of the world's leading pianists, Chengzong Yin, was born on China’s "Piano Island" of Gulangyu in Xiamen, Fujian Province. He gave his first recital at age nine. Three years later he entered the pre-college of the Shanghai Conservatory and then transferred to the Central Conservatory in Beijing. Mr. Yin later traveled to Russia to study with Tatiana Kravchenko, and graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory and Central Conservatory in Beijing. Throughout his career Mr. Yin has touched millions of souls with his music. Bernard Holland of the New York Times wrote that he demonstrated an "absolutely beautiful command of piano colors." He has won numerous awards, including the gold medal at the World Youth Peace and Friendship Festival held in Vienna in 1959 and second prize in the 1962 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, at which time he was only 20 years old. He has since become a legend in the music world and is one of four Chinese musicians who are listed in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, published in 1980.  Mr. Yin made his debut in New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 1983 and has returned four times as a soloist. The New York Times has called him "China's best pianist."  Through the years, Mr. Yin has traveled worldwide, performing under the baton of Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Claudio Abbado and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sir Malcolm Sargent and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also appeared in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, and at Lincoln Center. His solo performances were featured on China's Central Television and CBS Sunday Morning.  Formerly a professor and artist-in-residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mr. Yin now lives in New York City.

Mr. Yin is not only a virtuoso interpreter of Western masters, he is also a composer of highly renowned piano pieces. His piano interpretations of traditional Beijing opera and other classic Chinese music, combined with his contribution to the Yellow River Concerto have made him a household name in China. His recording of the latter piece received a Gold Record award, which has already over 3 million copies sold.
Mr. Yin has released more than 20 albums, including an all-Chopin CD and a recording of Debussy's Preludes, the Seasons by Tchaikowsky, and various Chinese ancient and traditional pieces arranged by Mr. Yin and others, all of which have been published by China Record Corporation. Recently, Mr. Yin published two super CDs of Peking Opera music.
Mr. Yin has also sat on many international music competition juries. In autumn of 2002, he brought the prestigious Fourth Tchaikowsky International Competition for Young Musicians to his hometown, Xiamen, China, where he served as the Chairman of The Competition. He also served on the jury of the Third China International Piano Competition in 2004.

2005 marks the 55th anniversary of Mr. Yin’s musical career. Extensive tour of North American and Chinese cities includes Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Washing, LA, Boston, Beijing, Shenyang, Xiamen, Guangzhou, etc. In October, Mr. Yin will perform the "Yellow River" Concerto at New York's Carnegie Hall, which marks the 35th anniversary of this work.