Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Annual Summer Concert Series
at New England Conservatory,Boston,Massachusetts

 August 7–24, 2019

All conecrts Admission Free,suggested donation $10 at door.
Age 6 and under not admitted.

Concert 11
Monday August 19, 2019, 7:30 pm
at NEC's Burnes Hall

Angelo Xiang Yu 于翔, violin
Feng Niu

~ Program ~

Ludwig van Beethoven :
Sonata for violin and piano in D Major, Op.12, No.1
Allegro con brio
Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto
Rondo: Allegro

Benjamin Britten :
Suite for violin and piano, Op.6
Introduction. Andante maestoso
March. Allegro alla marcia
Moto perpetuo. Allegro molto e con fuoco
Lullaby. Lento tranquillo
Waltz. Alla Valse: Vivace e rubato

~ Intermission ~

Cesar Franck :
Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano
Allegretto ben moderato
Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia
Allegretto poco mosso

Maurice Ravel :
Tzigane Rhapsody


Quote from Julie Ingelfinger of The Boston Musical Intelligencer:
“ Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu and pianist Feng Niu produced a nuanced and varied recital at Monday’s Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts summer concert series at Burnes Hall at NEC, starting with Beethoven’s Opus 12 No. 1 sonata and ending with Ravel’s Tsigane Rhapsody. Yu, a recipient of both a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2019 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and the First Prize in the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin competition, is a joy to hear and a treat to watch. He is not only a superb violinist but practically embodies each piece, given his wide range of his facial expressivity. In contrast, the quietly expressive and precise pianist, Niu, presently a DMA candidate at NEC, emanates strong support and imaginative collaboration. One hopes they will perform together frequently.


Admission Free,suggested donation $10 at door.
Age 6 and under not admitted.

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts


Angelo Xiang Yu 于翔, violinist

Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, recipient of both a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2019 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, as well as First Prize in the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin competition, has won consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his astonishing technique and exceptional musical maturity.

In North America, Angelo Xiang Yu’s recent and upcoming performances with orchestra include appearances with the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver, Houston, Colorado, North Carolina, San Antonio, Puerto Rico, and Charlotte symphonies, as well as the Rochester and Calgary Philharmonic among others. Internationally, he has appeared with the New Zealand Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Norwegian Radio Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic.

In March 2017, Mr. Yu was chosen to be a member of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed in a number of world-renowned venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Louvre in Paris, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Victoria Theater in Singapore, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Oslo Opera House, Auckland Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston.

Mr. Yu is also a frequent guest at summer music festivals in the US and Europe, including the Ravinia Festival, Grant Park, Music @ Menlo, Sarasota Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest and the Bridgehampton Music Festival, as well as at the Verbier and Bergen Festivals in Europe. In the summer of 2019, he makes his debuts at the Aspen Music Festival and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and returns to Music @ Menlo and the Sarasota Music Festival, where he will open the festival playing the three Brahms sonatas with Jeffrey Kahane at the keyboard.

Born in Inner Mongolia China, Angelo Xiang Yu moved to Shanghai at the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master's degrees as well as the prestigious Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory of Music where he was a student of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried and served as Mr. Weilerstein’s teaching assistant. He joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory Department in 2016.

Mr. Yu resides in Boston and performs on a 1729 Stradivarius violin generously on loan from an anonymous donor.

Feng Niu 牛豐pianist

Chinese pianist Feng Niu 牛豐 is known for her vivacious and sensitive collaboration with some of the most promising instrumentalists of recent years. The highlight of her recent and upcoming performances include appearances at the “First Monday Series” in Boston’s Jordan Hall, Strathmore’s “Music at the Mansion”, the Cranbrook Guild Music Series in Michigan, and the Phillips Collections’s “Sunday Concerts Series” in Washington DC.

Niu is a long-term partner with flutist virtuoso Annie Wu, who is the winner of Astral Artists’ 2015 Auditions as well as the First Prize winner of the 2016 James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition. Recently they recorded a debut album titled “They Call Me Mignon: 11 variations on a voice”, and their performance has been broadcast nationally on WETA classical radio.

At the New England Conservatory, she is in frequent demand as a collaborative pianist working with renowned artists such as Paula Robison, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Katz, Kim Kashkashian, and Laurence Lesser. She has been a staff pianist at Bowdoin International Music Festival since 2018.

Niu received her early piano training under the guidance of professor Shiyu Zhou at Shanghai Conservatory. She made her solo recital debut at the age of 10, and was a top prize winner at the Hong Kong Young Pianist Competition, Yamaha Asia Piano Competition, and Lagny Sur Marne International Piano Competition in France.

Niu came to the U.S. in 2012, working with Mr. Gabriel Chodos at the New England Conservatory. She is currently pursuing a highly sought-after Doctor of Musical Arts degree at New England Conservatory, working with Dr. Pei-Shan Lee.

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