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Cho-Liang Lin, violin
Hai-Ye Ni, cello
Helen Huang, piano
Debussy: Cello Sonata
Zhou Long: Partita For Violin and Piano (2000)
Zhou Long: Secluded Orchid For Violin, Cello, and Piano (1983)
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in d minor, Op. 49
CHO-LIANG LIN, VIOLIN
Taiwanese-American violinist Cho-Liang Lin is lauded the world over for the eloquence of his playing and for the superb musicianship that marks his performances. Renowned for appearances as a soloist with major orchestras, he is also frequently heard in recital and in chamber music. Musical America named Mr. Lin its Instrumentalist of the Year in 2000.
During the current year, Mr. Lin continues his wide-ranging musical activities. Performing on four continents, he appears as soloist with orchestras in Norway, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Canada and the United States. Apart from conventional repertoire, Mr. Lin continues his advocacy for contemporary music by presenting the world premiere of Taiwanese composer Gordon Chin's Double Concerto with cellist Felix Fan with the San Diego Symphony conducted by Jahja Ling as well as Chinese composer Bright Sheng's Three Fantasies at the Library of Congress with pianist Andre-Michel Schub. This summer, he will perform at festivals in Aspen, Ravinia, Santa Fe and Naantali, Finland.
As artistic director of La Jolla SummerFest for the sixth summer, the Los Angeles Times stated that Mr. Lin "has put together another bracing and provocative series." In his capacity as music director, he has helped commission and premiere works by Chen Yi, Chick Corea, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Mark O'Connor, Esa-Pekka Salonen among others. As a solo artist, he has premiered concerti by Tan Dun, Joel Hoffman, Christopher Rouse, Elie Siegmeister, Bright Sheng, George Tsontakis, George Walker and Chen Yi.
Cho-Liang Lin has recorded for Sony Classical, Decca, Ondine and BIS. His albums have won such awards as Gramophone's Record of the Year, as well as two Grammy Award nominations. On Sony Classical, his discography includes standard violin repertoire such as concerti ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky as well as chamber music of Brahms, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Ravel. For Decca, he recorded the Concerto for Violin and Guitar by Aaron Jay Kernis with Sharon Isbin, conductor HughWolff and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. For BIS, he recorded Chen Yi's concerto Folk Dance Suite. His recording of the concerto by Christopher Rouse on Ondine was recently named one of the best classical releases of 2004 by The New York Times. His current recording projects include Vivaldi's Four Seasons with International Sejong Soloists and Anthony Newman, music of Austrian composer/conductor Georg Tintner with pianist Helen Huang scheduled for release this autumn on Naxos.
Born in Taiwan in 1960, Cho-Liang Lin began his violin lessons when he was 5 years old. At the age of 12, he went to Sydney to continue his musical studies. His early teachers include Sylvia Lee and Robert Pikler. Inspired by an encounter with Itzhak Perlman while in Sydney, he arrived in New York in 1975 to audition for Mr. Perlman's teacher, the late Dorothy DeLay, at the Juilliard School. Within two years of his enrollment, Mr. Lin won the first Queen Sofia Violin Competition in Madrid and his concert career was soon launched. He has been a member of the Juilliard faculty since 1991 and resides in New York with his wife and daughter.
HAI-YE NI, CELLO
One of the most accomplished young cellists of our time, Hai-Ye Ni came into prominence via her critically praised New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1991. This noted performance came as a result of Ms. Ni capturing the first prize at the Naumburg International Cello Competition, and thus becoming the youngest recipient to receive this distinguished award. In 1996, Ms. Ni was the unanimous choice for first prize in the International Paulo Cello Competition in Finland. In 2001 she received the Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Ms. Ni's performance with the Chicago Symphony under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach was a highlight of 1997, a year which also included winning second prize in the International Rostropovich Competition in France, as well as a 14-city tour of the U.S. introducing Bright Sheng's new cello concerto "Two Poems," for which she was recommended by Yo-Yo Ma. During the 1998-99 season, Ms. Ni performed at Lincoln Center as a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society II. She also performed in recital in London, at Harvard University and at the Freer Gallery/Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC with Cho-Liang Lin. The 1999-2000 season saw Ms. Ni's appointment as associate principal cellist for the New York Philharmonic, while in 2001 she made her Kennedy Center debut.
Ms. Ni's many engagements include the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Houston Symphony, and the Odense (Denmark) Symphony; the International Cello Festival in Brazil, the Kuhmo Festival/Finland, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, as well as the Naantali Festival in Finland. She has also had return engagements with the Ravinia Festival, the Finnish Radio Symphony, Spoleto/Italy, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony, Korsholm/Finland, and the Peninsula Festival. Ms. Ni participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and the Steans Institute for Young Artists/Ravinia, and has performed with such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Joshua Bell, Emanuel Pahud, Leonidas Kavakos, Barry Douglas, Ida Kavafian, Pinchas Zukerman, David Shifrin and Bobby McFerrin.
Ms. Ni's performances have been broadcast throughout the USA on National Public Radio. She was featured on the ABC television show "20/20" and on a PBS documentary of the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition in Moscow. Her performance of Bright Sheng's concerto was aired on "CBS Sunday Morning". She was the cover story in the May/June 1997 issue of Strings magazine and is featured along with Yo-Yo Ma in the book Twenty-first Century Cellists. Ms Ni's first solo CD, on the Naxos label, was chosen CD of the week by Classic FM, London. Ms. Ni's other awards include the 1995 SONY ES Career Award, and the best performance prize of Tchaikovsky at the 1994 International Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow.
Born in Shanghai in 1972, Hai-Ye began her cello studies with her mother and later at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Hai-Ye continued her musical education with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School of Music, and with William Pleeth in London.
HELEN HUANG, PIANO
At age 22, Helen Huang can already look back on an impressive list of engagements with such orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. Born in Japan of Chinese parents in October 1982, she moved to the United States with her family in 1985 and began piano lessons two years later. Within a year she had won her first competition and several other victories soon followed. In 1995 she became one of the youngest recipients of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Ms. Huang's first public appearances were with several orchestras in the Philadelphia area. Just after her eighth birthday, she made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra after winning its student concerto competition. Similarly, she won the New York Philharmonic's Young Performers Auditions and performed with the orchestra, under Music Director Kurt Masur, in December 1992.
Ms. Huang developed a close association with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic, with whom she made her subscription debut in 1995. She joined the orchestra on its 1998 Asian tour for several concerts in Japan and again toured with them during 1999 in North America. In April 2001 she made four appearances with the Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall.
Highlights of recent seasons include performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony. Abroad she has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France under Kurt Masur, the Israel Philharmonic, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra (both in Vienna and on tour in the United States), and the KBS Symphony in Seoul, Korea. In addition Helen frequently appears in recital and chamber music performances in the US, Europe and Asia, and returns each summer to perform at the Marlboro Music Festival.
Helen Huang's recordings are available on the Teldec label. She made her debut recording, of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, in live concerts with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic, and later recorded the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 with those forces. She has also recorded a recital album, "For Children," featuring works of Debussy and Schumann. Ms. Huang made her national television debut in a concert with the Boston Pops Orchestra for PBS's "Evening at Pops" and was featured in an A&E broadcast from the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. She also participated in a special concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations and with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre.
Helen Huang received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize upon graduating from the Juilliard School in 2004, where she was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School. She continues her studies with Ms. Kaplinsky and with Arie Vardi. She earlier attended the preparatory division of the Manhattan School of Music, winning its concerto competition in 1992. In 1994 she was selected by the New York Philharmonic to receive Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award for promising young artists.
Zhou Long (b. July 8, 1953, Beijing). Chinese-born American composer of mostly
orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been performed throughout the world.
Mr. Zhou studied piano as a child, but the Cultural Revolution interrupted his musical progress in 1966. He later studied composition with Wu Zu-qiang at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing from 1977-83. He then studied composition with Chou Wen-chung and Mario Davidovsky at Columbia University and there earned his DMA in 1993.
His honors include First prizes in the Ensemblia in Mönchengladbach (1990, for Ding [Samadhi]), d'Avray (France, 1991, for Dhyana), Barlow (1994, for Tian Ling), and Masterprize (1998, for Two Poems from Tang) competitions, as well as many earlier prizes in national competitions in China. Most recently, he received the Adventurous Programming Award from ASCAP (1999, for Music from China), a Grammy Award (1999, for the Teldec CD of his Words of the Sun and works by other composers) and the Academy Award in Music for lifetime achievement from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2003). He has also received fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts and various grants. Numerous ensembles, orchestras and organizations in China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the UK, and the USA have commissioned him.
Mr. Zhou is also active in other positions. He served as composer-in-residence to the National Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra of China from 1983-85 and as the Music Alive! composer-in-residence to the Silk Road Project Festival of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2002. In addition, he currently serves as artistic director of the ensemble Music from China in New York City.
He is the Visiting Professor of Composition at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He has also taught as a Visiting Professor at Brooklyn College and Memphis University and has given composition lectures and masterclasses at universities in China and throughout the USA.
He has lived in the USA since 1985 and is married to the composer Chen Yi.
Zhou Long (b. 1953, Beijing) is internationally recognized for creating a unique body of music that brings together the aesthetic concepts and musical elements of East and West. Deeply grounded in the entire spectrum of his Chinese heritage, including folk, philosophical, and spiritual ideals, he is a pioneer in transferring the idiomatic sounds and techniques of ancient Chinese musical traditions to modern Western instruments and ensembles. His creative vision has resulted in a new music that stretches Western instruments eastward and Chinese instruments westward, achieving an exciting and fertile common ground.
He is the recipient of the 2003 Academy Award in Music, a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters reads:
"Unlike many composers of today working between cultures, Zhou Long has found a plausible, rigorous, and legitimate way of consolidating compositional methods and techniques that allow him to express brilliantly both his experiences as a composer of Western music and his considerable knowledge of his native China. In [his music], Zhou Long displays a stunning (quasi-tactile) orchestral imagination that dramatically demonstrates his skill of embedding elements of the two cultures in a consistent, seamless, and original musical language."
Zhou Long was born into an artistic family and began piano lessons at an early age. During the Cultural Revolution, he was sent to a rural state farm, where natural scenes of roaring winds and fierce wild fires made a profound and lasting impression. He resumed his musical training in 1973, studying composition, music theory, and conducting, as well as Chinese traditional music. In 1977, he enrolled in the first composition class at the reopened Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Following graduation in 1983, he was appointed composer-in-residence with the National Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra of China. He came to the United States in 1985 under a fellowship to attend Columbia University and received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1993, having studied with Chou Wen-Chung, Mario Davidovsky, and George Edwards. After more than a decade as music director of Music from China in New York City, he received ASCAP's prestigious Adventurous Programming Award in 1999.
Zhou Long is currently Visiting Professor of Composition and director of Musica Nova at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has also been a visiting professor at Brooklyn College and the University of Memphis. In addition, he has given composition lectures and master classes at Duke University, Cornell University, Columbia University, Indiana University at Bloomington, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, San Francisco State University, the San Francisco Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In May 2002, he was Music Alive! Composer-in-Residence of the Seattle Symphony's 'Silk Road Project' Festival with Yo-Yo Ma, supported by the American Symphony Orchestra League and Meet the Composer.
Zhou Long has received fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, as well as recording grants from the Mary Flagler Cary Trust and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. His awards include Masterprize (Two Poems from Tang with a performance by the London Symphony and recordings for BBC and EMI), and the CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts, as well as winning the Barlow International Competition (Tian Ling with a performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic), the Fifth International Competition in d'Avray, France (Dhyana), the Ensemblia Competition in Mönchengladbach, Germany (Ding), and many top prizes from Chinese national competitions. He has been the recipient of commissions from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Among the ensembles who have commissioned works from him, are the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Out of Tang Court), the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra (Poems from Tang), the Tokyo Philharmonic (The Future of Fire), the New Music Consort (The Ineffable), the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (Soul and Tian Ling), the Peabody Trio (Spirit of Chimes), the Kronos, Shanghai, Ciompi, and Chester string quartets (Poems from Tang), and the vocal ensemble Chanticleer (Words of the Sun). In September 2000, his evening-length work Rites of Chimes, for solo cello and Chinese instruments, was premiered at the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., by Yo-Yo Ma and Music from China.
In July 2004, the BBC Symphony, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, will premiere The Immortal, commissioned by the BBC World Service for the BBC Proms. In May 2003, the Singapore Symphony, conducted by Lan Shui, premiered The Rhyme of Taigu, commissioned with funds from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition. Recent chamber commissions include The Five Elements (flute/piccolo, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello), for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players funded by a grant from the Fromm Foundation and premiered in November 2002. The same month, a version of The Five Elements for Chinese and Western instruments (dizi, erhu, pipa, clarinet, cello and percussion), commissioned by Wesleyan University, was premiered by Music from China.
Zhou Long's works have been recorded on BIS, EMI, CRI, Teldec (1999 Grammy Award), Cala, Delos, Avant, and China Record Corporation. His music is published exclusively by Oxford University Press.
A United States citizen since 1999, Zhou Long is married to the composer-violinist Chen Yi. It should be noted that Zhou is his family name and Long is his personal name, and thus he should be referred to as Mr. Zhou or Dr. Zhou.