The 27th Annual Music Festival at Walnut Hill

July 19 to August 12, 2018

Concerts and Master Classes
Admission free. Suggested Donation $5 at door


Friday, August 3, 2018,  7:30 PM
at Keiter

Faculty Concert



~ Program ~

Mozart :
Sonata for Piano and Violin in Bb, K. 454 (1784)
  Amy Galluzzo, violin
Victor Rosenbaum
, piano

Zhou Jing :
Four Winds for solo flute (2010)
Sue Ellen Hershman Tcherepnin
, flute

Brahms :
Four pieces for piano, Op. 119 (1893)
Victor Rosenbaum, piano

~ Intermission ~

Beethoven :
Trio for piano, violin and cello, Op. 97 ("Archduke") (1811)
Pi-Hsien Chen
, piano
Jean Chu-Chun Huang
*, violin
Sam Ou
, cello

* Festival Teaching Assistant

Steinway piano provided by M. Steinert & Sons

Meet The Artists
Amy Galluzzo, violin

Praised for her “stunning rendition [of Danses sacrés et profanes]” (WGBH Boston) and her “incredible speed and energy” (Sarasota Herald Tribune), Amy Galluzzo enjoys an active career as both a chamber musician and soloist. As a member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, she tours around the United States, performing a wide range of repertoire. Amy has performed at several prestigious summer festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Festival, Chelsea Music Festival, Taos, and Sarasota Music Festival, and has collaborated with artists such as Masuko Ushioda, Carol Rodland, James Buswell and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. More unusual collaborations include Yihan Chen, pipa, Scott McConnell, steel pan, and Dariush Saghafi, santoor.

Recent highlights include Carpe Diem’s Carnegie Hall debut in 2017 and the release of Amy’s first several recordings: The Art of Calligraphy (Albany Records), featuring the music of one of NPR’s 10 Favorites, Iranian-born Reza Vali, and Volumes 4 and 5 of the complete String Quartets of Sergei Taneyev (Naxos Records). Current recording projects include the complete string quartets of D.C.-based composer Jonathan Leshnoff (both on Naxos Records) and more music by Reza Vali. Carpe Diem String Quartet has been the recipient of many grants and awards, including the 2015 Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, five PNC ArtsAlive Grants.

A finalist in the Naftzger Competition and the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, and recipient of the Jules C. Reiner Prize for violin, Amy has been heard in recital and concert across Europe and America and has served as concertmaster under the batons of conductors such as Kurt Masur, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos and Christoph von Dohnányi.

Amy Galluzzo began her violin studies in Great Britain and went on to study with Dona Lee Croft, a professor at the Royal College of Music, London. Amy received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music with Honors, and a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied with Marylou Speaker Churchill and James Buswell. She has studied with members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Shanghai, American and Concord Quartets.

Amy teaches through the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Continuing Education department. She has given masterclasses and workshops at University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University, Florida State University, Palm Beach University, Eastern Arizona College and numerous music programs for students of all ages and has taught at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference since 2015.

Victor Rosenbaum
, piano

Pianist Victor Rosenbaum, former chair of the NEC piano department for more than ten years, has performed widely as soloist and chamber music performer in the United States, Europe, Asia, Israel, and Russia, in such prestigious halls as Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has collaborated with such artists as Leonard Rose, Arnold Steinhardt, Robert Mann, and the Cleveland and Brentano String Quartets, among others. Festival appearances have included Tanglewood, Rockport, Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, Kfar Blum (Israel) and Musicorda, where he is on the faculty. He has been soloist with the Indianapolis and Atlanta symphonies and the Boston Pops. Also an accomplished composer and conductor, Rosenbaum gives masterclasses and lectures on pedagogy issues and interpretive analysis worldwide. His highly praised recording of Schubert is on Bridge Records.

B.A., cum laude, Brandeis University; M.F.A., Princeton University. Piano with Leonard Shure, Rosina Lhevinne; theory and composition with Martin Boykan, Edward T. Cone, Earl Kim, Roger Sessions. Former faculty of Eastman School of Music and Brandeis University. Former chair of piano at the Eastern Music Festival. Former Director/President of the Longy School of Music.

Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, flutist

Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin first appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as flute soloist at the age of 16, and has subsequently performed throughout Europe, Latin America, South America, Russia, and the United States as both soloist and recitalist. With pianist David Witten, she performs as a member of Dúo Clásico. Since 1986 the Duo has represented the US on State Department-sponsored foreign tours, and has gained a reputation for expanding knowledge of Latin-American composers to audiences around the globe.

Hershman-Tcherepnin is both founding member and flutist of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. Other local activities include performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera Company, New England Ragtime Ensemble, Portland (Maine) and Springfield (Mass.) Symphonies, and Broadway productions in the musical theaters of Boston.

Deeply committed to new music, Sue-Ellen has given many world premieres, including California composer Tom Flaherty’s Flute Concerto and a concerto by Massachusetts composer William Eldridge, written for her in memory of her late husband, Ivan Tcherepnin. Since 1985 she has been flutist with Dinosaur Annex Contemporary Music Ensemble, and has served as Co-Artistic Director since 2002.

Sue-Ellen was raised in Norwood, Massachusetts (USA). She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her principal teachers were Phillip Kaplan, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Samuel Baron. She has taught at Tufts University since 1989, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1991. From 1995-1999 Hershman-Tcherepnin also served as President of the 1800-member American Federation of Musicians’ Local 9-535 (Boston).

Pi-Hsien Chen 陳必先 , piano

Pi-hsien Chen was born in Taipei in 1950. When she was nine, she left Taiwan and one year later entered the University of Music in Cologne, Germany. She grew up in the home of her teacher, Hans-Otto Schmidt-Neuhaus, who was also the teacher of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Christoph Eschenbach, and Péter Eötvös. She later studied with Hans Leygraf and also with Wilhelm Kempff, Claudio Arrau, Geza Anda, and Tatjana Nikolajewa.

In 1972, her carrier as pianist began when she won the First Prize at the International ARD Competition in Munich. Her special interest in Schoenberg and Bach also enabled her to win the Arnold Schoenberg Competition in Rotterdam and the Bach Competition in Washington, D.C.

She has performed in most of the major concert halls and with many of the world’s major orchestras, particularly almost every orchestra within the German radio system. Among the orchestras with whom she has appeared are the Royal Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the BBC Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Tonhalle Orchestra, as well as the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo. She has also been a partner in the Asko Ensemble in Amsterdam, Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, and Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris.

She has appeared in the festivals in Lucerne, Schwetzingen, Hong Kong, and Osaka, as well as the Berliner Festspiele, the Wien Modern festival, the Festival d’Autumne in Paris, the Strasbourg Festival, the South Bank Festival in London, the Huddersfield Festival, the BBC Proms, the Ruhr Piano Festival, and the festival in Roque d'Antéron. She represented German music at EXPO 2000 in Hanover, appearing with Alfons Kontarsky. She has been a frequent guest at the Donaueschingen Festival, and was one of six piano soloists in the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas's limited approximations in 2010.

Her dedication to new piano music evolved out of her collaboration with composers such as John Cage, Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtág, John Patrick Thomas, and Péter Eötvös, to whom she was married. An IRCAM documentary film by Walter Schels shows Boulez assisting Pi-hsien Chen as she prepares for the world premiere of his Douze Notations. In "Black and White", a documentary film about Elliott Carter, Pi-hsien Chen is the pianist in his Double Concerto for Harpsichord & Piano and Two Chamber Orchestras.

She was a professor specializing in contemporary piano music at the Universities of Music in Cologne and Freiburg. She has taught and performed at the "International Summer Courses” in Darmstadt, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and the Chinese Foundation for Performing Arts Summer Music Festival in Boston. The documentary film "Himmel voller Geigen" (shown on the German/French arts channel ARTE in 2014) examines Pi-hsien Chen’s role as a pioneer in Taiwan's musical life.

Her recordings include:

J.S.Bach Goldberg Variations (Naxos), Six Partitas (JazzWerkstatt)
  "The Art of the Fugue" (Feldgen)
Jean Barraqué Sonata (Telos)
John Patrick Thomas "Lost Landscapes" (Emrick Music)
W.A. Mozart Complete Sonatas and other Variations and Piano Pieces (6 CDs for Sunrise)
A. Schoenberg Complete Piano Music (Hat[now]Art)
O. Messiaen "Harawi" with Sigune von Osten, soprano (JazzWerkstatt)
Pierre Boulez Complete Sonatas and Notations (Hat[now]Art)
Pierre Boulez
John Cage
Structures I & II and
"Music For Piano" with Ian Pace

John Cage
Domenico Scarlatti

"Music of Changes" and
Nine Sonatas of Scarlatti 
Klavierstücke I-Vl and
Sonatas Op. 101 and Op. 111 
Xiaoyong Chen "Invisible Landscapes" (Radio Bremen)
York Hoeller Piano Works   (EDA)
Lei Liang "Tremors of a Memory Chord" (Naxos)

A newly released box set with live recordings of five recitals in Cologne’s Kolumba Museum (February-July 2017)



"Chen creates a masterful "Art of the Fugue". (Richard Buell, Boston Globe)

"...Ms Chen's recording of Jean Barraqué's Sonata is remarkable. She takes a sparkling, crystalline view of the music in a way that brings it near the music of Barraqué's principal French contemporary, Pierre Boulez...." (Paul Griffiths, The New York Times)

"...Pi-hsien Chen's opening to Beethoven's Bagatelles announced that the audience would be treated to musical universes that were clear and clean, contained and carefully considered and phrased…. In the carefully curated and bigger-scope-than-normal Scarlatti sonatas, Chen wielded a rich palette while expressing an enlightening variety of characters, lines, and moods within each sonata (which makes me think her Mozart might be special)....", 2004

"...Pi-hsien Chen interleaves the four books of the Music of Changes with nine Scarlatti keyboard sonatas.... The juxtaposition works wonderfully with the irregular multilayered sound masses of Cage's pieces. What links them here, though, is the sense of buoyancy and alertness that characterises all of Chen's playing... " (Andrew

Clements, The Guardian, U.K.)

“Pi-hsien Chen's playing was strikingly colorful and exciting, and the duo with Nicholas Kitchen played Mozart's Sonata with real Mozartian elegance....” 2016

“... Beethoven’s late works, with their startling degree of subjectivity, form a fascinating contrast to Stockhausen’s impersonal, coolly constructed world. One reason this functions without problem is because Pi-hsien Chen possesses a remarkable ability to inhabit both of these worlds. Unexpected contrasts take place; above all, the transition from Op. 101 to Klavierstück V is sensational. Everything fits, even better than in Pollini’s version….” (Max Nyffeler, NMZ, Schott Phono)

Jean Chu-Chun Huang
* 黃竹君 , violin

*Festival Teaching Assistant

Huang is passionate about teaching. Since 2006, she has served as a teaching assistant at the Walnut Hill Summer Music Festival held by the Chinese Performing Arts Foundation. She has also had the privilege to work as James Buswell’s teaching assistant at NEC, where she works with undergraduate violinists. Huang also teaches private violin lessons on a regular basis, with students ranging from seven years old to adults. Wishing to share her broad depth of scholarly knowledge, she also works as a teaching assistant in the music history and music theory departments at NEC. Starting from September 2017, she serves as the newest faculty at the New England Conservatory Continuing Education division, where she teaches violin lessons and coach chamber music ensembles.

Sam Ou
歐維聖 , cello

Praised for his "impassioned performance" (Boston Globe) and playing "with remarkable ease and clarity, while maintaining a graceful—if vociferous—line that fit well into the narrative" (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), cellist Sam Ou enjoys an active musical life in the Greater Boston area. A recipient of the Rosemary Scales Prize for best cello concerto performance at the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition, Mr. Ou has performed at several prestigious summer venues including Tanglewood, Sarasota, Musicorda, Santa Fe, and La Jolla music festivals. In 2012, he gave the world premiere performance of Larry Bell’s Cello Concerto entitled The Triumph of Lightness with the Boston Civic Symphony at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (NEC). An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ou has collaborated and performed with the Borromeo String Quartet, James Buswell, Hung-Kuan Chen, Pi-Hsien Chen, James Dunham, Thomas Hill, Patricia McCarty, Paul Neubauer, Heiichiro Ohyama, Lois Shapiro, and Marcus Thompson. He performed Yehudi Wyner's Tanz and Maissele with violinist Lucy Chapman, clarinetist Bruce Creditor, and the Pulitzer prize-winning composer at the piano at The Center for Jewish History in New York.

Mr. Ou came to the United States from Taiwan at age 4, and began his cello studies at age 9. He has been a pupil of several renowned cello teachers, including Gretchen Geber, Eleanore Schoenfeld, and Aldo Parisot. After completing his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in New York from Columbia University and The Juilliard School in their double degree program, Mr. Ou moved to Boston to study with Laurence Lesser at NEC, where he graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts. His dissertation was entitled "In Felix's Footsteps: An Examination of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's Approach to Her Chamber Music."

While a student at NEC, Mr. Ou founded the NEC String Trio, which won the NEC Honors Ensemble Competition, was featured on Boston’s WGBH radio station, and was the resident chamber ensemble at the Musicorda Music Festival. As a former member of the Huntington Piano Trio, he performed extensively throughout New England and traveled to Poland, giving concerts in Poznan and Zakopane. He has studied with several inspiring chamber music coaches including Toby Appel, Emanuel Ax, Neil Black, James Buswell, Earl Carlyss, Lucy Chapman, Norman Fischer, Felix Galimir, Christoph Henkel, Lewis Kaplan, and Emma Tahmisian.

In addition to being a prize recipient at the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition, Mr. Ou has also been awarded the Rome Festival Concerto Soloist Award, the Chi-Mei Music Scholarship from Taiwan, the ARTS Level II Award from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, and the Joseph Schuster Memorial Cello Scholarship from the Young Musicians' Foundation.

Mr. Ou has been a visiting lecturer, performer, and cello teacher at Fu-Jen University in Taiwan, where he conducted solo and chamber music masterclasses and performed with Fu-Jen faculty musicians. As a participant of Fu-Jen’s 18th Century Piano Literature Symposium and the International Strings Literature Symposium, he presented papers on the chamber music of Beethoven and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. Mr. Ou has also coached undergraduate chamber ensembles and orchestral cello sectionals at Tufts University. Most recently, he was invited to México City to conduct masterclasses and give a solo recital at the National University of México's School of Music as part of the School's "5th National Cello Encounter" Conference.

A faculty member and assistant string chairperson at NEC’s Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education, Mr. Ou also teaches at Powers Music School and maintains a private teaching studio. In the summer, he has taught at Music on the Hill in Belmont, MA, the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg, the Walnut Hill Music Festival in Natick, MA, and Point Counterpoint in Leicester, VT. Mr. Ou released a CD entitled With String & Pipe, in which he collaborated with the late organist Harry Lyn Huff. He was also featured in Larry Bell’s CDs entitled In a Garden of Dreamers, where he collaborated with recorder player Aldo Abreu and harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa.

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