FOUNDATION FOR CHINESE PERFORMING
for Chinese Performing Arts, is a non-profit organization registered
in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in January, 1989. The main
objectives of the Foundation are:
enhance the understanding and the appreciation of Eastern heritage
through music and performing arts.
promote Chinese music and performing arts through performances.
provide opportunities and assistance to young Asian artists.
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The Foundation held its official
opening ceremony on September 23, 1989, at the Rivers School in
Weston. Professor Chou Wen-Chung
周文中 of Columbia
University lectured on the late Alexander Tcherepnin and his
contribution in promoting Chinese music. The Tcherepnin Society,
represented by the late Madame Ming Tcherepnin, an
Honorable Board Member of the Foundation, donated to the Harvard
Yenching Library a set of original musical manuscripts composed by
Alexander Tcherepnin and his student, Chiang Wen-Yeh. Dr. Eugene
Wu, Director of the Harvard Yenching Library, was there to
receive the gift that includes the original orchestra score
of the National Anthem of the Republic of China
commissioned in 1937 to Alexander Tcherepnin by the Chinese
The Foundation awarded Ms. Wha
Kyung Byun as the outstanding music educator. In early
December 1989, the Foundation, recognized Professor Sylvia
Shue-Tee Lee for her contribution in educating young
The recipients of the Foundation's
artist scholarship award were: 1989 Jindong Cai
蔡金冬, MM conductor
,New England Conservatory, NEC (conductor and Associate Professor
of Music, Stanford University, and currently the director of the
US-China Music Institute and professor of music and arts at Bard
College.). 1990: (late) Pei-Kun Xi, MM, conductor,
NEC; 1991: pianists John Park and J.G. Park;
1991:pianist Ilia Itin for the 9th Robert Casadesus
International Piano competition where he won the first prize;
1992: Lan Shui
Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, currently the
conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra; 1994: soprano
University under Phylis Curtain; (currently Director of Vocal
Department, Beijing Central Conservatory Attached High School,)
1999: cellist Xu Xiao-Jan under Laurence Lesser,
NEC; 2005: pianist Larry Weng at Juilliard and
Columbia University; 2006: violinist Ying Xue under
Donald Weilerstein at NEC. 2007 and 2008: violinists Ying
Xue, Jing Zhang, and Quan Yuan under Donald
Weilerstein at NEC. 2009, 2012 and 2013: violinists
under Donald Weilerstein at NEC and pianist Qi Kong
under Wha Kyun Byun and Russell Sherman at NEC Prep Walnut Hill
School. 2010 and 2011: pianists Lu Shen and
SiCong Liu under Alexander Korsantia at NEC. Musician
Sponsorship for Boston Philharmonic Orchestra with Benjamin
Zander: 2009 Ying Xue, and 2010, 2011 Quan
Yuan. 2011: pianist XiXi Zhou under
Hung-Kuan Chen at NEC, 2011-2012: violinist Angelo Xiang Yu
under Donald Weilerstein at NEC.
2011-2012: cellist Zhou Yi under Laurance Lesser at
NEC. 2012 soprano WanZhe Zhang
张婉哲at NEC. 2012-2013:
cellist Taeguk Mun under Laurance Lesser at NEC.
2013: flutist Bi-Le Zhang under Paula Robison at
NEC. 2014: violist Jing Peng under Kim Kashkahiam at
NEC. 2014, 2015: saxophone Kangyi Liu under Kenneth
Radnofsky at Boston University. 2014: cellist Ana Kim
under Laurance Lesser at NEC. 2015,2016,2017: cellist
Jiyoung Lee under Laurance Lesser at NEC. Composer
Delong Wang at NEC and Juilliard. 2017: saxophone
Gary Tsz Kit Lau under Kenneth Radnofsky at NEC, pianist
Ziang Xu under Victor Rosenbaum at NEC. Cellist
Annette Jakovcic under Laurance Lesser. 2018: pianist Sean
Yu under Meng-Chieh Liu at NEC.
The Foundation awards about $35,000
annually in scholarships to young musicians attending our Music
Festival at Walnut Hill.
New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's (YPO)
concert tour to Taiwan and Korea; 1990: "A Ma Sitson
Retrospective" concert; and Boston Musica Viva "Asian and
Asian-American Composers Concert"; the ALEA III International
Composition Competition, 1990, and 1993-1996; the Jin-Jin
Lin Dancing Company; 1992 and 1993: International
Young Artist Piano Competitions; 1999: composer Shih-Hui
陳士惠 Showcase at Carnegie
Hall; 2006: New World Trio featuring Kurt Stallmann’s
new work; 2007: New England Conservatory YPO concert tour
to China; 2012: BMOP recording of Chen Yi 's陳怡new
works; 2012: Wu Man’s
吳蠻Return to China
"Discovering a Musical Heartland" recording; 2012: Bion
Sponsored the 2015 China Education Symposium Annual
Conference Closing Performance at Harvard University Graduate
School of Education on May 3, 2015. Program included works
by composer Delong Wang, performed by violinist InMo
Yang, cellist Taeguk Mun, and suona player Yazhi
郭雅志. 2016, 2017, and
New Asia Chamber Music Society新亞室內樂協會
Gala concerts in New
York. 2017, 2018 and 2019: VivaViola Festival in Taiwan by
黃心芸. 2017, 2018 and 2019:
cellist Bion Tsang
recording projects. 2017:
"Zenkora The Seven Eras"
project. Sponsored October 8, 2017 and December 16,
"Music for Food"
concerts at NEC's Brown Hall. 2018: BMOP recording
of Chen Yi 's陳怡new
"Concertos for String
2018: Han Chen recording project: An Album of Solo Piano
Music by Thomas Adès, which will be released under the Naxos
"The Stream Flows" for solo
1990. World premiere: October 20, 1990 by violinist Nai-Yuan
胡乃元 at NEC’s Jordan
"Westwinds" for Soprano and
Chamber Ensemble, Theodore Antoniou, 1991. World
premiere: May 4, 1991 by ALEA III Chamber Orchestra at Marsh
Chapel, Boston University.
"Autumn Air" for flute and
doublebass, Yong Yang
楊勇, 1992. World
premiere: Spring, 1993, London.
"East-West for Chamber
Orchestra", Theodore Antoniou, 1993. World premiere:
May 1, 1993. ALEA III Chamber Orchestra at Boston University.
"Run" for flute, clarinet,
harp, piano, and string quartet. Theodore Antoniou, 1996.
World premiere: May 4, 1996. ALEA III Chamber Orchestra at
"River Songs" for erhu and
2001. World premiere: January 18,2002, by Xu Ke ,erhu at
NEC’s Jordan Hall.
新十六版" for erhu, pipa,
violin, viola, and cello. Yong Yang楊勇,
2005. World premiere: January 8, 2005 at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
"Shu Shong Key
思想起 (Remembrance)." For
viola and chamber ensemble by Shih-Hui Chen
premiere: January 6, 2007 at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
Echo in the Sky
violin by Ke Xu
2014.World premiere January 17,
2015 by violinists Angelo Xiang Yu
于翔at NEC's Jordan Hall.
for solo violin by
World premiere March 31, 2018 by
Angelo Xiang Yu于翔at
NEC's Jordan Hall.
1.October 21, 1989: Pianist
Boston debut at Harvard’s Sanders Theater. The concert was
favorably reviewed by the Boston Globe and other
2. February 27, 1990: The
Foundation, together with the Enchanted Circle Series of the New
England Conservatory, presented "Winds from China, New Music by
Chinese Composers" at Jordan Hall. Works by Ma Shui-Long, Chen Yi
陳怡, Tan Dun譚盾,
楊勇 and Qu Xiao-Song
were performed by the ALEA III Chamber Orchestra
conducted by conductor/composer Theodore Antoniou.
Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe said "...the
city's first concert by the young Chinese composers... It is only
a matter of time before Chinese composers begin to take their
places in the international pantheon."
3.October 20, 1990: Violinist
Boston recital debut, at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Richard
Buell of the Boston Globe praised the outstanding
performance by the 1985 first prize winner of Queen
Elisabeth Competition of Belgium Nai-Yuan Hu
胡乃元and his accompanist
Dr. Ick Choo Moon, and the composer Bright Sheng盛宗亮
, whose solo violin
piece "The Stream Flows" was commissioned by the
Foundation and was premiered at the concert.
4. April 6, 1991: A benefit
concert for Boston's South Cove Manor Nursing Home at
Jordan Hall. Featured artists included pianist Yin
殷承宗and the Pro
Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, under the baton of
conductor/composer Theodore Antoniou. The program
included: Yellow River Concerto, Mozart piano concerto No.
21, and Rachmaninoff piano concerto No. 2. A sum of
$5,000 was presented to the Nursing Home by
Professor Susan Weld (Mrs. Governor Weld of Massachusetts) on
behalf of the Foundation. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe
gave this concert a fine review. The Foundation also held an
international competition to search for the best Chinese
translation for the "Pro Arte"
博雅Orchestra. The winner
from over 100 entries, Miss Chia-Yu Tu, a senior at National
Taiwan University, received certificate and cash award. Prof.
Rulan Pian (Harvard), Dr. Eugene Wu (Harvard Yenching Library), and Mr. Ton Wu (Museum of
Fine Arts Boston) served as the judges.
5. May 4 and 5, 1991: The
First International Conference on Chinese Music at Boston
University. The objective is to stimulate
discussions of East-West cross cultural influences on music
compositions. Keynote speakers were: Lukas Foss, Earl Kim,
Robert Morris, George Rochberg and Chinary
Ten junior composers of Chinese-American background (including
陳怡 , Zhou Long
周龍, Bright Sheng盛宗亮,
also presented their works. Selected works by the keynote speakers were presented in a
concert on May 4. "Westwinds," composed specifically for this
conference by Theodore Antoniou, was premiered.
Richard Buell of the Boston Globe reviewed this
concert with remarkable comments.
6.April 24, 1992: Pianist
陳必先 Boston Debut, at
Jordan Hall. Richard Buell of the Boston Globe
wrote: "... Chen a first-rate, penetrating musical intelligence. "
7, November 30, 1992: A special
memorial concert for Alexander and Ming Tcherepnin
for their contribution to Chinese music at Harvard University’s
Sander’s Theatre. In this concert, Yo-Yo Ma played
Tcherepnin's Suite for Solo Cello and joined violinist Lynn
張萬鈞in the Duo Fantasia.
Pianists Luise Vosgerchian, Judith Gordon, Lily Tong Chou
and cellist Rhonda Rider also performed works of
Tcherepnin. The second half of the concert was devoted to
Alexander Tcherepnin's opera "The Nymph and the Farmer,"
in a semi-staged production overseen by Ivan Tcherepnin and
narrated by June Lewin. The singers were Cindy
Wang and Bo Song, both eminent artists from China. The
Pro Arte Orchestra
were directed by Lan Shui, the Affiliated Conductor
of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Boston Globe
called it, "An elegant tribute to the Tcherepnin family!" Even
though it was a long concert, Richard Dyer indicated that he was
"hungry for more!" Josiah Fisk of the Boston Herald
called it "a fitting memorial," and that "the performers were
numerous and superb."
8.January 29, 1993: Pianist
傳聰at Jordan Hall. Richard
Buell from the Boston Globe: "... his reputation as a Chopin player is
of a kind that no amount of glossy ads and record-store display
can buy...Whose quality is evident from the first few notes."
9, May 1 and 2, 1993: The
Second International Conference on Chinese Music at Boston
University. Keynote speakers were Lawrence Moss, Jonathan
Kramer, Earl Kim, Chinary Ung and Leon Kirchner. Fourteen
Chinese-American composers (including Chen Yi
陳怡, Zhou Long周龍,
, Yang Yong楊勇)
also presented their works. Selected works by the keynote speakers
and of Shui-Long
and the late Daylee Lee-Huei Wu were performed by
ALEA III on May 1. "East-West for Chamber Orchestra" by
Theodore Antoniou was premiered at the
concert and received fine review by Anthony Tommasini of The
10, July 24, 1993: "An Evening of
Beethoven" at Boston University Tsai Performance Center.
Featured soloists Lynn Chang
張萬鈞, Mihae Lee, and Bion
Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C under the direction of
Ronald Knudsen with members from the Longwood and Newton
Symphony Orchestras. Richard Buell of the Boston Globe
wrote: "...real music-making did get done."
11. October 31, 1993: Pianist
in celebrating the 10th anniversary of his debut at Carnegie
Hall, New York. Bernard Holland of The New York
Times wrote: "Mr. Yin's absolutely beautiful command of
piano color" had made his concert a pleasure one to attend.
12, November 14, 1993: Pianist
Gwendolyn Mok. Boston debut at Jordan Hall. Richard Buell
"The initial good impression made by Samuel Barber’s ‘Excursions’
was sustained by a self-possessed, unflashy, but peculiarly
spot-on account of the Ravel ‘Miroirs."
13, May 23, 1994: The Peacock
Princess, dancer Yang LiPing Boston debut at
John Hancock Hall. An sold-out event.
14, October 8, 1995: Taipei
Sinfonietta Orchestra debut performance at Boston’s
Symphony Hall. Music Director Henry Mazer
along with pianist Hung-Kuan Chen
and trumpet Timothy Morrison
presented works by Mozart, Shostakovich, Schoenberg and Fou-Tong
Huang to the more than 2000 music lovers at Symphony Hall. Richard
Dyer of the Boston Globe called the Taipei
Sinfonietta "a great string orchestra… The sound was
15, February 3, 1996: Pianist
at New York Carnegie Hall (the Main Hall.) About two thousand attended.
16, March 30, 1996: The first joint
concert by Pianists Pi-Hsien Chen
and her brother Hung-Kuan Chen
陳宏寬at Jordan Hall.
Michael Manning of Boston Globe wrote: "It was clear
from the outset that both are highly accomplished musicians, very
skilled pianists ... "
17. May 3 and 4, 1996: The
Third International Conference on Chinese Music. Keynote
speakers were Lukas Foss, Jonathan Kramer, Lawrence Moss,
Rulan Chao Pian, Bernard Rands, Kay Kaufman Shelemay, David Stock,
and Ivan Tcherepnin. Thirteen Chinese-American composers
also presented their works. Selected works by the keynote
speakers and that of Tzyy-Sheng Lee, Lei Liang, Yang
Yong, Po-Yun Hsu, May-Tchi
Chen, Joyce Bee Tuan Koh, and Shing-Kwei Tzeng
were performed by ALEA III in two
concerts on May 3 and 4. "Run" by Theodore Antoniou
was commissioned by the Foundation and premiered at the concert
and received favorable review by the Boston Globe.
18, October 5, 1996: "Songs from the
World" with soprano Ree-Ven Wang, mezzo soprano Ji-Young
and pianist Michael Beattie at Jordan Hall.
19, March 29, 1997: Pianist
傳聰gave an All-Schubert
program in celebration of Schubert’s 200th birthday, at Jordan Hall. It
was a sold-out event. Michael Manning of The Boston Globe
said: "...The Chinese virtuoso Fou Ts’ong
傳聰 is a legendary Chopin
Mazurka interpreter who hewed the trail now well trod by Asian musicians."
20, September 27, 1997: Pianist
Tian Ying at Jordan Hall. Richard Dyer of The
Boston Globe called it "Ying is at pinnacle of pianism",
and started his article by saying "In the first major piano
recital of the season, Tian Ying set the bar
unimaginably high. "
21, March 27, 1998: Peking
Opera at Harvard University’s Sander’s Theatre. Presented
jointly with the "World Music," this sold-out
event led the enthusiastic audience through a breath-taking
journey. The 57-member Peking Opera Group
received top rated reviews from both The Boston Globe
and the Boston Herald.
22. April 2, 1998: Traditional Silk
and Bamboo Music by "The China Found Music Workshop"
from Taiwan at Boston University Concert Hall. Program included
traditional Chinese music and new works by Pan Hwang-Long,
Lee Tzyy-Sheng, and a world premier piece by Hsu
23, April 10, 1998: Violinist
林昭亮, pianist Li Jian, and
cellist Hai-Ye Ni at
Jordan Hall. Richard Buell of the Boston
Globe called it "high-powered trio of instrumentalists for
a program that ventured enterprisingly beyond safe and standard."
24, September 25, 1998:
Violinist Lynn Chang
張萬鈞, pianist Hung-Kuan Chen
陳宏寬, and cellist Bion Tsang
at Jordan Hall. Barbara Sealock
of the Middlesex News called it : "A spellbing
evening… the performers, together and individually, will
undoubtedly garnering further international acknowledge..."
25, 26, February 20 and 26, 1999:
Pianist Fou Ts’ong
傳聰 at Jordan Hall and
Carnegie Hall (Main Hall) for an All-Chopin program. Richard Buell
of the Boston Globe praised Fou Ts’ong
傳聰 in this 2 sold-out
performancse: " ..the lofty position Fou Ts’ong occupies among the
pianistic elite is something you’ll get no arguments about from those in the know....This
recital documented the pianist’s lifelong devotion to Chopin in
the most beautiful and moving of ways...."
27, April 20, 1999:
Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Taipei, Chun-Fung Lee,
Music Director, at the First and Second Church in Boston.
Richard Buell of Boston Globe praised the works by
Ma Shui-Ling, Earl Kim, and Ivan Tcherepnin.
28, September 25, 1999:
Alexander Tcherepnin Centennial Concert at Boston Symphony Hall.
A special memorial concert dedicated to Alexander, Ming, and Ivan
Tcherepnin for their contribution to Chinese Music. More than 2600
people filled the Symphony Hall to its capacity to hear
Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Chang
張萬鈞, Hung-Kuan Chen陳宏寬
, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra directed by Lan Shui.
Both Boston Globe and Boston Herald
announced this event three weeks prior the concert and followed
with several other reports and very favorable reviews. Richard
Dyer of Boston Globe called this concert "An
eloquent tribute to Tcherepnins, the father and son who lived for
music" Mr. Lloyd Schwartz of Boston Phoenix said
"...What we now need is to hear more of his (Alexander) music -
more music by all the Tcherepnins." The program book with more
then 180 pages of special collection of photos, biographies and
tributes to Alexander, Ming and Ivan written by famous musicians
has served as a reference document for sure.
29, January 28, and Saturday,
January 29, 2000: Beijing Kunju Opera at Harvard
University’s Sanders Theatre. Presented jointly with the "World
Music," this two sold-out evenings led the enthusiastic audience through a breath-taking
journey. The 60-member group performed "Borrowing the fan", " Zhong Kui marries off his sister",
"The crossroads" and "In the garden from the Peony Pavilion." The
performances received top rated reviews from both The Boston
Globe and the Boston Herald. Richard
Dyer of the Boston Globe called it "...dazzling
show..." "(the) happy audience experienced one of the world’s most spectacular theatrical forms.."
30, February 18, 2000:
Pianist Pi-Hsien Chen
at Jordan Hall. Richard Buell of
the Boston Globe praised her talent and feistiness:
" It was hardly a surprise that Chen’s playing showed an
unexceptionable sylistic ease."
31, April 8, 2000: New Music
from China, Concert and Seminar, at Longy School of Music.
Composers (alphabetically) Shih-Hui Chen
陳士惠, Chen Yi
陳怡, Sarana Tzu-Ling Chou,
Bun-Ching Lam, Hwang-Long Pan, Bright Sheng, Yang Yong
, and Zhou Long周龍
represent three generations of Chinese composers from China,
Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and their works are performed by
Boston Modern Orchestra Project with Gil Rose conducting and Wu
Man as the pipa soloist. More than 400 people, including
Pulitzer winner Professor Bernard Rands and Richard Buell of
Boston Globe, filled the concert hall to its capacity.
32, May 12, 2000: Duo Asiatica
(Song Tu, clarinet and Pi-Hsun Shih, piano) and pianist Elaine
Chew at Jordan Hall. Principal
clarinetist of both Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai
Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Song Tu and pianist Pi-Hsun Shih
performed Weber’s Grand Duo among other works in "…total homony…"
33, September 22, 2000:
Violinist Nai-Yuan Hu
胡乃元, and pianist Nelson
Padgett, at Jordan Hall. Program included works by Mozart, Bach,
34, October 7, 2000. Pianist
傳聰at Jordan Hall. Michael
Manning of The Boston Globe gave Mr. Fou a rave
review for his triumphant return to another sold out concert: "Fou
is acknowledged as one of the great performers by many of his most
esteemed colleagues, as one of the greatest living interpreters of
35, February 2, 2001. Pianist
at Boston Debut at Jordan Hall. Richard Dyer of The Boston
Globe praised Dang: " a pianist of superb discipline and
undeniable distinction." Mr. Dyer also recognized the tireless
effort of the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts,
he said "…their series has been a valuable addition to our
cultural landscape, and over the years it has built a
substantial and enthusiastic audience for Asian artists of all
36, March 17, 2001. Pianist
陳宏寬at Jordan Hall.
Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe wrote: "Never will
I forget his encore after a blazing performance in 1987-- Brahms’s
‘Paganini’ Variations!" Ms. Ellen Pfeifer of The Boston
Globe titled her review: "Chen takes command at Jordan
Hall" marking Mr. Chen’s triumphant return to the stage after his
severe hand injury in 1992. She described the performance as "Spectacular!"
37, April 7, 2001. Pianist
應天峰at Jordan Hall.
Michael Minning of the Boston Globe titled his review as: "Pianist Tian Ying
shows stunning artistry at Jordan Hall" "Ying’s program was a
memorable entry on this year's concert calendar... There was not a
moment that one could call ordinary, nor a single musical impulse
that qualified as mundane..."
38, April 27, 2001. A
Traditional Chinese Music Concert by Ping Li李平,
dulcimer, Jun Qin秦君,
GuZhang, and Zhan-Tao Lin林戰濤,
Erhu at The Tsai
Performance Center at Boston University. The excellent
performances charmed the sold-out American and Chinese audiences.
39, May 13, 2001: Taiwan
Heritage Concert 2001 at Harvard’s Paine Hall. Pianist
陳宏寬and his sister
violinist Pi-Chao Chen performed music by Taiwanese
composers: Wen-Yeh Chiang, Shih-Hui Chen
陳士惠, Hwang-Long Pan, and
40, October 19, 2001. The Ju
Boston Debut at Longy school of Music. The Group charmed a full
house, bringing the enthusiastic audience to their feet, cheering
nonstop. Upon the request of the Foundation for Chinese Performing
Arts, the Group added a special arrangement of Irving Berlin's
"God Bless America" as a tribute to the tragedy of September 11.
41, January 18, 2002. Xu Ke許可
Erhu Recital Music from the Silk Road
at Jordan Hall. Accompanists are pianist Wang Li, cellist Edward
Arron, and dulcimer player Zhang Zhen-Tian. Program included Erhu
classics, Silk Road music, and world premieres of works by Yang
楊勇 and Wang Yanquao. The
enthusiastic audience was stunned by Xu Ke’s superb technique and
amazed by the flexibility, speed, dynamism, and hall-filling tone
of this ancient, two-stringed Chinese instrument.
42, April 13, 2002. Pianist
傳聰at Jordan Hall. Over
one thousand enthusiastic audience members packed Jordan Hall in
this special concert dedicated to the memory of pianist
許裴平 (1952-2001), who
was scheduled to appear originally but passed away in a tragic
automobile accident in China. The fruits of a lifelong devotion to
music were displayed in Fou Ts’ong’s Performance. Despite of the
tendentious in his hands, Fou Ts’ong’s penetrating notes reached
out to everyone in the concert hall. In his master class
the next day, Fou Ts’ong explained his ideas to three advanced
young pianists including Ning An安寧,
winner of the Chopin and Rachmoninoff competitions, as well as
nearly one hundred musicians and students.
43, October 5, 2002. "Triple
Visions" A Gala Concert with violinist Lynn Chang
張萬鈞, pianist Hung-Kuan Chen
陳宏寬, cellist Bion Tsang
and the New England String
Ensemble Festival Orchestra led by Susan Davenny
Wyner, at Jordan Hall. Program included Beethoven’s Trio
No. 6 in Bb major ("Archduke"), and Beethoven’s Concerto for
violin, cello, piano and orchestra in C major. The three
soloists, each the recipient of individual international acclaim,
were united as one in the trio performances. The concert also
featured the Boston debut of Bright Sheng’s "Post
Cards" for Orchestra, a love letter from China describing the
nature, the people, and the culture.
44, October 11, 2002: "Chinese
in America" at Jordan Hall. In collaboration with Boston
Modern Orchestra Project, Gill Rose conductor. Works by Tan
Dun, Bright Sheng, Chen Yi
陳怡, Yang Yong
楊勇 , and Shih-Hui Chen
陳士惠were presented, with
featuring soloists Wu Man on pipa and Xu Ke
on Erhu. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe noted the
effort of the Foundation in promoting the Chinese
composers: "…it was amazing to think back to the first such local
program a dozen years ago - it featured four of the same
composers, all of them still or recently students, and some of
them have since become figures of world importance. "
45, February 1, 2003:
violin and André-Michel Schub, piano
at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. This concert was recorded live by
WGBH 89.7 FM for future broadcast.
46, April 5, 2003: The
Shanghai Quartet at Jordan Hall. Their superb artistry was
demonstrated in a program of Beethoven, Schubert, and selections
of "ChinaSong" by Yi-Wen Jiang. The concert was record live
by WGBH 89.7 FM.
47, August 29, 2003: Han-Tang
Boston Debut at John Hancock Hall. Dubbed "spell-binding" by the
New York Times, Han-Tang Yeufu was praised by Richard Dyer
of the Boston Globe as "…a crowd-pleasing
journey..the dancing was graceful and excellent… the founder Chen
Mei-O, a singer of extraordinary plangent resources.. the music
was intimate..it came from a culture that was closer to the
rhythms and patterns of nature than are our lives today." Their
lecture and demonstration at Harvard's Yenching Library on August
23 initiated passionate discussions among the renowned scholars in
attendance. This highly anticipated performance was featured in
both the Boston Globe's Critics' Picks and
Calendar's Choice sections.
48, October 4, 2003: Pianist
Boston Debut at
Jordan Hall. After surviving life-threatening illness, Meng-Chieh
Liu returned to the stage in his Boston debut with brilliance,
depth, and maturity. The audience poured out their unreserved
applause for this moving and inspirational performance. WGBH
89.7 FM invited Mr. Liu for a live performance before the
concert. The Boston Herald published a full page
story and photograph, and Boston Globe cited the
concert as a "Critic’s Choice."
49, January 29, 2004:
National Experimental Choral Group from Taiwan at Sanders
Theatre. The top professional choral group from Taiwan is
celebrating their 18th season with this US-Canada tour.
Soprano Dang Gui-Ping鄧桂萍,
of "Madame Butterfly" fame from Boston also joined the
performance. It was listed on the "Calender
Choice" of the Boston Globe.
50. February 28, 2004:
Pianist Dang Thai-Son鄧泰山at
Jordan Hall. The 1st prize winner of 1980 Chopin
International Competition presented a challenging program
including works by Debussy, César Franck, and Chopin. He
brought the house down playing what Boston Globe has
described as "First Class! A pianist of superb discipline and
undeniable distinction." This concert was recorded live by
WGBH 89.7 FM and was listed on Boston Globe’s
51. March 14, 2004: Sumptuous
Feast Chinese Music for Strings and More at Forsyth Chapel
of Forest Hills. Ching-San Cheung, Shin-Yi Yang, Elisa Cheung,
Lucy Lu, and Chi-Sun Chan performed at a sold-out concert with
traditional Chinese music ranging from classical to morden
52. April 17, 2004: Three
Rising Stars at Jordan Hall. Ning An安寧,
piano; Joseph Lin, violin; and Wendy Law, cello. Mr.
Keith Powers of Boston Herald said "Virtuosity and
musicianship of the highest order were on display all evening…"
They were invited to perform live on WGBH 89.7 FM
and was listed on Boston Globe’s Classical Picks.
53. August 4, 2004: The Ju
at Sanders Theatre. T.J. Medrek of Boston Herald
called them " Terrific…Striking Performance…, the Ju Percussion
Group positively dazzled in a performance combining the theatrical
energy of the "Stomp" with the sophistication of the finest
contemporary classical ensemble."
54, October 2, 2004: Pianist
Concert at Jordan
55, October 9, 2004: Pianist
Fou Ts’ong 70th Birthday Concert at Carnegie
Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium. In the two sold-out concerts, Fou
Ts’ong performed works by Haydn, Schubert, Chopin and Soong
Fu-Yuan. In his master class October 3 at New England
Conservatory, he shared many insights to a depth that only a few
top masters could reach. About two hundred musicians and students
attended. The concert on October 2 at Jordan Hall was recorded live
by WGBH 89.7 FM and was listed as one of the "Classical
Picks" by Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe.
56, January 8, 2005: Distant
遠韻清音: Musical Encounters with
and Xu Ke許可
at Jordan Hall. Through snow and ice, more than 700 enthusiastic
listeners cheered the performance. The concert also included
percussionist Robert Schulz and pianist Leslie Amper, and cellist
Yo Yo Ma applauded from the audience. Richard Dyer of the
Boston Globe called the performers "superb" and described
the music as "enthralling". He mentioned Lynn Chang as "expert
and indefatigable" and Leslie Amper as "warm-toned…The strongest
impressions were left by Chen Yi's
陳怡 Ning’ for violin (Lynn
Chang), cello (Carol Ou), and pipa (Wu Man); and Yang Yong’s
楊勇Distant Rhythm’ for the
same instruments plus erhu (Xu Ke) and viola (Meng-Hsun Chuang)."
Keith Powers of the Boston Herald wrote in his review entitled "Distant
sounds come together harmoniously" that the "intelligent sonic
explorations of gorgeous instruments…blended
seamlessly with its Western counterparts, …and Bright Sheng’s
‘The Stream Flows’ was gracefully interpreted by Lynn Chang and
dancer Xiao-Lin Fan." He was impressed by erhu’s "surprising
volume and clarity." $5,000 from the proceeds were donated to The
Red Cross for the Tsunami Relief Fund The concert was recorded
live by WGBH 89.7 FM.
57, April 9, 2005: Beethoven’s
Complete Sonatas and Variations for piano and cello by pianist
Anton Nel and cellist Bion Tsang
章雨亭 at Jordan Hall.
To an enthusiastic, captivated audience in two back-to-back
concerts at 2 and 8 PM, the five sonatas and three variations,
performed in chronological order, showcased Beethoven’s dramatic
stylistic development over his compositional career. The two
acclaimed musicians dazzled the audience with their virtuosity and
their thoughtful interpretations.
The two concerts were recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM
and has been released by Artek Recordings.
58, May 28, 2005:
Pianist Ruei-Bin Chen
at Boston Debut at Jordan Hall.
Just as Boston
described before, his performance was "…powerful, with white-hot
energy and virtuosity, can play with delicacy and imagination."
This concert was listed on Boston Globe’s Classical Picks
by Richard Dyer.
59, June 11,
2005: Pianist Larry Weng
NEC Willisams Hall. A fund raising event for this very gifted
young musician and to celebrate the releasing of his first
60, and 61, Sept.
23, 2005: GuangZhou
North America Debut at Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium; and
Sept. 26, 2005 at Boston Symphony Hall.
Over two thousand music lovers
attended the two successful events. Music critics from The
New York Times (James Oestreich) and The Boston
Globe (Richard Dyer) and celebrities including pianist
Lang Lang, composer Tan Dun, among others, were there
cheering from the audience. Mr. Richard Dyer of The Boston
Globe wrote in his review entitled: "In Chinese symphony’s
works, East vividly meets West." He praised conductor Long Yu
余隆as "solid and sturdy",
and the orchestra "played with discipline and panache." He gave
Chen Qigang’s "Iris Devoilee" (Iris Unveiled)" the highest
remark of the program. Soprano Huang Ying’s
黃音 lustrous tone in
Western style and Peking Opera Qingyi Ma Shuai ‘s馬帥piercing,
sliding, and eloquent voice made a vivid contrast and an elegant
complementary presentation. French violinist Augustin
Dumay played the popular Chinese piece "The Butterfly Lovers
violin concerto" with his own interpretation. He added an encore
in Boston, Revel’s "Tzigane," that showcased his elegant
62, October 22,
2005: Pianist Ning An
at Harvard Sanders Theatre.
The program included works by Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and
63, December 7, 2005: Sounds
of the Silk Road at Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in
conjunction with the exhibition "Sounds of the Silk Road: Musical
Instruments of Asia." Traditional Chinese music performed by
renowned musicians: Shin-Yi Yang
楊信宜, Ching-San Cheung
張正山, Elisa Cheung
黃少堅, Kevin Zhen
甄若茅, on guzheng, dizi,
xiao, xun, hulusi, yangqin, erhu, and pipa to a full-house
64, January 28, 2006: Pianist
陳宏寬 at Jordan Hall.
He gave a stunning performance that lifted all the audience from
their seats cheering and yelling non-stop. Many of them described
themselves as "completely
overwhelmed" by the performance. Chen presented a gigantic
program: Mozart Rondo in A minor; Beethoven’s sonata in Bb major
Op.106 (Hammerklavier); Bartok’s "Out of Doors Suite"; and
Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, yet another huge pieces. Few pianists
dare to perform Beethoven’s Bb major sonata live, and even fewer
perform it well. Chen chose an extremely fast tempo, thrilling the
audience with his risk-taking and virtuosity. Richard Dyer of
The Boston Globe called his performance:
"a stupendous display of power, speed, stamina, and color allied
to an extraordinary depth of feeling and communicative urgency…
Something significant was going on all the time." Dyer hailed his
Bartok: "propulsive rhythms, terrifying power, and the sensitivity
of a calligrapher", and his Liszt: "virtuoso élan and a flamboyant
theatricality." Dyer praised Chen: "the playing of a master, a
pianist transformed by his trials," that he "is back in prime form
after years of struggle following an injury, but those years have
made him a different pianist, and a better one." The concert was
recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM. Chen was interviewed
and performed live at WGBH station one day before
65, March 18, 2006: Pianist
宋如音 at Jordan Hall
presented Taiwanese composer Chiang Wen-Yeh’s江文也
rarely performed Bagatelles (1-16), and Debussy’s technically
demanding Etude selections with ease, grace, and virtuosity.
Guest violinist Tanja Becker-Bender was brilliant in Stravinsky’s
"Suite Italienne". The concert was recorded live by WGBH
66, April 1, 2006: Pianist
殷承宗 at Jordan Hall.
He presented Galuppi’s rarely performed Sonata in C major as well
as Beethoven’s "Appassionata" and Schubert’s Sonata in Bb major,
67, August 26, 2006: "Tea and
Music in Dialogue"
Dorothy Quincy Suite, Back Bay Event Center, Boston. The "Trance
from Taiwan performed a unique combination of Chinese music, tea
ceremony, chanting of poem, flower arrangement and exhibition of
traditional Chinese arts and art objects. The performance
involves two types of tea: Pao Chung
包種茶and Tie Guan Yin
鐵觀音or "Iron Goddess of
Mercy". It was an unforgettable event.
68, and 69, September 29 and 30,
2006: pianist Meng-Chieh Liu
劉孟捷at Jordan Hall:
Schubert piano sonata cycles 1 and 2. After surviving
life-threatening illness, Mr. Liu returned with two concerts
entirely devoted to six Schubert sonatas: Eb major D568, C major
"Relique" D840, A minor D845, A minor D537, G major D894, and C minor D958. The
two concerts were recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM
70, Jan. 6, 2007: "Snow In
六月雪 at Jordan Hall.
Chosen by The Boston Globe as the classical
"Choice" of the week, recommended as a "must-see event",
accompanied by a large photo of Wu Man, also listed as one of the
Boston Globe’s Classical Pick, the concert was a
smashing success. The enthusiastic audience, including Yo Yo Ma
and many other distinguished musicians, packed the hall cheering
nonstop for the superb performance by an ensemble of
internationally renowned musicians. Violinist Lynn Chang張萬鈞
and pipa virtuoso Wu Man吳蠻
were joined by violist Hsin-Yun Huang黃心芸,
cellist Bion Tsang
章雨亭and Carol Ou, flutist
Fenwick Smith, conductor Scott Yoo, percussionist Robert Schulz,
clarinetist Thomas Hill, as well as Samuel Solomon, William
Manley, Aaron Trant, Steve Kim and Jae Young Cosmos Lee in a
provocative production of Chinese contemporary music. Highlights
included two notable works by Tan Dun
譚盾, "Elegy: Snow In June"
for percussion quartet and cello, and the rarely performed
complete "Ghost Opera." for string quartet and pipa, with stone,
water, paper, and metal. The concert also includes Zhou Long周龍
and Wu Man’s arrangement of Chinese folk tunes and the Boston
premiere of Shih-Hui Chen’s
陳士惠new "Shu Shon Key
Part of the program was performed and aired on WGBH
on Jan. 5. The entire concert was recorded live by WGBH 89.7
71, Feb. 3, 2007: Cho-liang
林昭亮 violin, Hei-Ye Ni
倪海葉 cello, and Helen Huang
at Jordan Hall.
demonstrated its artistic excellence and flowing musical rapport
in a program that included: Debussy's cello sonata, Mendelssohn’s
Piano trio in D minor, and works by renowned composer Zhou Long
The concert was recorded live by
WGBH 89.7 FM Boston
72, March 3, 2007: Pianist
at Jordan Hall. Tian Ying
preformed an musically challenging and technically demanding
program that including Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of
Corelli, Beethoven’s Sonata Op 57 "Appassionata", Liszt’s Sonata
in B Minor, and Rigoletto Paraphrase. The concert was recorded
live by WGBH 89.7 FM Boston.
73, Sept. 29, 2007: Pianist
Jordan Hall. His lifelong devotion to music and the artistry of a great master was clearly
demonstrated and appreciated by the house-full of enthusiastic
music lovers. In his master class at NEC, he explained his music
insight to two advanced graduate students, faculty members, and
74, Nov. 3, 2007: Pianist Peng
龔天鵬and Marimba soloist Pius
Cheung at Jordan
Hall. The 14-year old "Mozart of Aisa"
Peng Peng performed works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff and his own
transcription of Ravel’s La Valse. Pius Cheung transformed the
complete Bach’s Goldberg variations on Marimba.
75, Jan. 12, 2008:
Three Sopranos: Guang Yang楊光,
鄧桂萍, and Mewas Lin
林惠珍coached by pianist Timothy
Steele at Jordan
Hall. The virtuoso sopranos performed operatic aria, art songs,
and folk songs in solo, duet, and trio.
76, Feb. 5, 2008: Pianist
77, Feb. 10, 2008: Pianist
at Stern Auditorium Perelman
Stage at Carnegie Hall. Program included Messiaen "Le Baiser" from
"Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus," Schubert "Sonata in Bb
Major, D. 960," and Beethoven "Sonata in Fb Major, Op. 106
"Hammerklavier." What Richard Dyer of Boston Globe
wrote in 2006 was once again reconfirmed: "the performance was a
stupendous display of power, speed, stamina, and color…..the
playing of a master." Mr. Chen also performed at Boston University
on Feb. 3rd and gave master classes at New England
Conservatory and Boston
78, April 5, 2008: Cellist
pianist Anton Nel at
Jordan Hall. An Evening of Brahms Sonatas and Hungarian Dances,
including E minor, Op. 38, F major, Op. 99 for piano and cello, and Hungarian Dances Nos. 1,2,4,5,
arranged by Bion Tsang
based on Joseph
Joachim’s violin originals. Boston Chinese News
called it "Master pieces played masterly." They were also invited
to perform live on WGBH 89.7 FM. The live concert
has been released by
79, May 10, 2008: Nai Ni Chen陳乃霓Dance
Company at John
Hancock Hall. Marcia Siegel
Phenoix wrote after this fantastic show: "The
program demonstrated how the traditions can nourish contemporary
dance, with practical tools like movement and symbolic objects as
well as philosophical and literary themes. With its quiet and
mysterious moods, its visual spectacle and meticulous dancing,
this beautifully produced program have induced reflection and
80, Sept. 27, 2008: Violinist
李傳韻 and pianist Robert Koenig
at Jordan Hall. Hundreds of enthusiastic followers of Li were
rewarded with a performance of challenging program including
Strauss, Bazzini, Sarasate, Waxman, and more. Sino-American
Times and Boston Chinese Report called his
performance "dazzling, incredible". The concert was recorded live
by WGBH 89.7 FM Boston.
81, October 25, 2008: "Sound of
the Ocean" by U Theatre優人神鼓at
John Hancock Hall. More than 1000 packed the Hall cheering with
lasting standing ovation and tears in their eyes . This sold-out
compelling, performance with seamless work of theatre, percussion,
martial arts and meditation will be remembered for a long time.
82, Jan. 10, 2009: Winners of Young
Concert Artists International Audition: Chu-Fang Huang黃楚芳, piano and Daxun Zhang
張達尋, double bass
at Jordan Hall. Program includes classics from both East and West. The audience were amazed
by especially the virtuosity from a double bass in a solo
83, March 21, 2009: Meng-Chieh
piano at Jordan Hall. "Schubert Sonata Cycle 3" Schubert Sonata in
B major, D. 575, A minor, D. 784, and A major, D. 959.
84, Sept. 26, 2009: Magic
Strings: A Dialogue between Pipa and Violin
Hall. The 20th Anniversary Season opening was a huge
success. A program designed by violinist Lynn Chang張萬鈞
, contrasting the Chinese-American composer Chen Yi
陳怡and the American but
Asian-influenced composer Lou Harrison. performed by Lynn
Chang, Wu Man
吳蠻on pipa, Robert
Schulz’s percussion and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra. Boston
Globe selected this concert on their "Editors’ Pick" of
the week, a preconcert Classical Notes titled "From two
traditions, one true sound" by David Weininger after intensive
interviews with Lynn Chang and Chen Yi
陳怡. And a very positive
Boston Globe review by Matthew Guerrieri "A study in
contrasts at Jordan Hall". The performance was a huge success. It
was a concert that will be long remembered.
85, Jan. 16, 2010: Three Minds
Meeting: Composer, Performers, Audience三心會:
at Jordan Hall.:
, violin,Wendy Law羅詠媞,
piano. The three
outstanding classical laides charmed appreciative audience with
works byHandel-Halverson, Cassado, Paganini, and Chopin in solo
and duo, as well as a fantastic performance of Mendelssohn’s Piani
Trio in D minor, Op. 49. Ms. Chu-Fang Huang also gave a piano
master class at Steinert Hall of M.Steinert & Sons of Boston.
86, March 12, 2010: pianist
Cheng –Zong Yin
殷承宗at Harvard Sanders
Theatre, as well as a Master Class on March 10 at the Steinert
Hall of the M.Steinert & Sons Boston. Celebrating his 60 years of
piano performance, Yin performed an All-Schubert program to an
enthusiastic audience that raised the roof at Sanders. Four
advanced students, Derek Wang, Cun Mo Yin, Minjoo Choo, and
Leonardo Hilsdorf played at his master class. The house at
Steinway was completed full over its capacity.
87, March 27, 2010: "Sound
of the Ocean" by U Theatre優人神鼓at
Cutler Majestic Theatre. Another sold-out event with standing
ovation. There were no dry-eyes in the audience for this moving
performance. The lecture Demonstration on March 28 at Harvard
Paine Hall was also a very successful event.
88, April 10, 2010: "Palace
荒漠錦堂曲 at Jordan Hall.
A traditional Chinese classical music concert performed by
prize-winning virtuosos lead by Bao Jian包键
and Hu Jianbing胡建兵
. Three North America
debuts including a rarely heard original ancient tune of the
"Beijing Zhihua Temple"
北京智化寺古音乐on sheng, guanzi,
pipa, erhu, flute, xun, and other instruments. The old music
preserved by this Temple carries a significant meaning to Buddhist
music, ethnic music and Chinese musical history.
89, April 30, 2010: pianist
Minsoo Sohn, at Jordan Hall. Program included Kirchner,
Beethoven and Ravel to an enthuasiastic audience.
90, October 30, 2010: pianist
鄧泰山 at Jordan Hall.
Celebrating the Chopin 200 birthday year, with Chopin’s Dances,
including Waltzes, Bolero, Tarantella, Mazurkas, and Polonaise
Fantasie to critical acclaim before an enthusiastic audience.
91, Nov. 19, 2010: pianist
and students at Emmanuel Church Boston. Mr. Chen’s top students
from NEC (Lukas Vondracek), Yale (Michael Namirovsky),
and NEC Prep program at Walnut Hill School (Cun Mo Yin)
performed a challenging program to critical accalms.
92, Feb. 12, 2011: Instrumental
Minds: violinist NaiYuan Hu胡乃元,
cellist Bion Tsang章雨亭,
pianist Ning An安寧
at Jordan Hall. The Boston Globe called them "
technically solid, energetic, and sharply drawn," "the most
high-spirited playing", The Boston Musical Intelligencer
called the concert " a riveting recital."
93, April 9, 2011: pianist
辻井伸行Boston Debut at
Jordan Hall. A sold-out concert by the winner of 2009 Van Cliburn
Piano Competition. The Boston musical Intelligencer
gave "Nobo" who was blind at birth, very high remarks. He
also gave a demo and Q/A session the day before monitored by
Richard Dyer, and translated by Yukiko Sekino.
94, April 19, 2011: New Asia
Chamber Music Society新亞室內樂協會Debut
Performance at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, NY. A sold-out
event by guest violist Hsin-Yun Huang黃心芸,
and violinists Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu
吳天心, Kevin Shue
許愷洋, Paul Chun-Wen Huang
黃俊文, Daphne Su
蘇子茵, violist Wei-Yang Andy
林維洋, cellists Nan-Cheng Chen
陳南呈, Yu-Wen Wang
王郁文, and pianists
黃海倫, Yu-Chieh Kelly Lin
林雨潔. Program includes
works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Jay Lin’s
林煒傑 world premiere "..as
time flows, and eclipses.." (2011) for Piano and Cello Quintet.
95, October 29, 2011: pianist
黎卓宇Jordan Hall Recital
Debut. At age 16, George Li is the winner of Gilmore Young Artist
Award, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the
Cooper International Piano Competition. He performed a challenging
program before a houseful of enthusiastic audience and received
high commends from Lloyd Schwartz of The Boston Phoenix,
and Brian Jones of The Boston Musical Intelligencer.
96, Jan. 21, 2012: The
上海四重奏 and pianist
陳宏寬 at Jordan Hall.
Program includes string quartets by Beethoven and Penderecki
(Boston Premiere), and the Brahms’ piano quintet in F minor.
Cashman Kerr Prince of The Boston Musical Intelligencer
gave rave review on the entire concert.
97, Feb. 11, 2012: pianist Sa
and violinist Ning Feng寧峰
at Jordan Hall. Sa Chen lost her passport two days before the
concert. Their concert is postponed. Instead pianist
performed a solo recital
featuring three late Beethoven piano sonatas: Nos. 27, 28, and 29
(Hammerklavier) to critical acclaim. The Boston Musical
Intelligencer praised Chen’s accomplishment, caliber, and
refinement: "Hung-Kuan Chen is a masterful pianist. His
meditative, introspective interpretations of Beethoven’s late
piano sonatas are both provocative and enlightening."
98, April 7, 2012: double bassist
Tomoko Kashiwagi at Jordan Hall. Mr. Zhang also gave a
master class at the Longy School of Music.
99, June 22, 2012: A "sold-out"
Boston Debut. Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Chorus
at Harvard Sanders Theatre, under the baton of conductor
and assistant conductor Li
A moving and powerful performance that left no dry-eyes in the
100, November 3, 2012: The
Long Piano Duo Boston Debut, Beatrice and Christina
隆信真與隆愛真雙鋼琴at Jordan Hall.
Accompanied by "The St. Botolph Strings", an
ensemble consists of 18 top level players from the New England
Conservatory of Music, coached by Lynn Chang
張萬鈞. This concert was
selected as "Editor’s Pick" by Boston Globe.
101. Feb. 2, 2013: Empty
and Taoism Temple Music,
featuring the four virtorosos of Chinese wind instruments:
at Jordan Hall. Both the pre-concert lecture (Waifong Loh
and concert were attended by enthusiastic audience with warm
102. March 30, 2013: violinist
pianist Ya-Fei Chuang莊雅斐,
cellist Carol Ou歐逸青,
violist Jennifer Chang, violinist Amanda Wang, and the Grammy
Awarded Ying Quartet
performing "Music From Around The World" at Jordan
Hall. Works by Randall Thompson, Samuel Barber, Shih-Hui Chen
陳士惠, Joaquin Turina, and
Felix Mendelssohn were performed to an enthusatic audience with
standing ovation. Chen, composed the sound track for the award
winning film "Returning Souls讓靈魂回家",
appeared on stage with the film director Tai-Li Hu
胡台麗 showing part of the
film. The concert was one of the "Featured Events" on
Boston.com, and received a rave review from The Boston
103, April 15, 2013: Pianist
Hall,performing Schubert Sonata cycle 4: A Major, D 664, D Major,
D 850, and B flat major, D 960. The concert was one of the
"Featured Events" on Boston.com., and received a rave
review from The Boston Musical Intelligencer.
104, Oct. 26, 2013: Light and
violin, Scott Lee李捷琦,
viola, Bion Tsang章雨亭,
cello and Meng-Chieh Liu劉孟捷,
piano at Jordan Hall,
performing works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Faure. It was
selected by Boston Globe Calendar as "Editor's
Pick", and received a rave review from The Boston
105, Nov. 15, 2013: Pianist
at Jordan Hall. Celebrating his 30th anniversary of
Carnegie Hall Debut. It was listed among Boston Globe's
106. Nov. 21, 2013: New Asia
Chamber Music Society新亞室內樂協會
at the Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. World Premier Gordon Chin's
"Moon Night Sorrow".
107, Jan. 25, 2014: pianist Sa
violinist Feng Ning寧峰at
Jordan Hall. This concert was listed as one of Boston
Globe's "Featured Events." Due to passport
issues, Sa Chen cannot arrive Boston on time. The program
was slightly changed. Feng Ning performed with pianist
Hung Kuan Chen陳宏寬
on Brahms Sonata in D minor No. 3,
with Niu Niu
on Waxman's Carmen Fantasie,
and with Peter Chuang Chuang Fang方壯壯
on Beethoven's Sonata No.9. Both Niu Niu and Fang are
current students of Hung-Kuan Chen at New England Conservatory.
Praised by the enthusiastic audience as the "Chinese Heifetz,"
performance with standing
108, March 1, 2014: violinist
and pianist Helen Huang黃海倫
at Jordan Hall. This concert was listed as one of Boston
Globe's "Featured Events." Program "Italian and Slavic
Influences" with works by Vivaldi, Respighi, Stravinsky, Glazunov,
109, May 24, 2014: pianist
concert was listed as one of Boston Globe's "Featured Events."
Crystal Award Winner of the Van Cliburn Competition, Sean Chen
plays Bach, Debussy, Scriabin, Chopin, and his own arrangement of
Ravel's La Valse.
110, September 27,
2014: pianist Jue Wang
Jordan Hall. This concert was listed as one of Boston
Globe's "Featured Events." Program includes Chopin
Ballade and Rachmaninov's Barcarolle and Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor.
111, January 17, 2015:
violinist Angelo Xiang Yu
at Jordan Hall. Program include world premier piece "The Echo
in the Sky天際鴻音"
by Ke Xu徐可.
The stunning virtuosity of Angelo and Qing received rave reviews
from The Boston Musical Intelligencer and major
112, March 28, 2015:
pianist Ya-Fei Chuang
Jordan Hall. The stunning virtuosity of her playing draw rave
reviews from The Boston Musical Intelligencer and
major Chinese newspapers.
113, May 2, 2015:
at Jordan Hall. Chinese traditional music from the mid-16th
century along with recent compositions including world premiere
and US premiere, performed by virtuoso instrumentalists Bao
, Weng Hui
and Cai Zhenqi
114, May 22, 2015: pianist Hung-Kuan Chen
Carnegie Zankel Hall. Program
Bach, Liszt, Chopin and Scriabin. He rewarded two encores to the
house-full enthusiastic audience after receiving several standing
ovations and shower of bouquets. Distinguished pianists Gary
Graffman, Phillip Kawin, among others were there in person.
Renowned pianist Ruth Slenczynska , now
in her 90's admired "...a thoughtful
artist who expressed music in a careful and personal way. An
extraordinary concert. "
115, Sept. 26, 2015: Yazhi Guo郭雅志
, suona "Desert River大漠長河
"at Jordan Hall, accompanied by Lin Lin
林琳, piano, Tao He
何涛, erhu, and Ping Li
李平, dulcimer. This
concert was selected by The Boston Globe as one of
the "Critic Choice" of the week. Program includes Chinese classic
and world premiere of works by renowned Chinese composers. The
performance was warmly received with major media attention.
116, January 23, 2016: pianist
Dang Thai Son
鄧泰山at Jordan Hall.
Quote from The Boston Musical Intelligencer titled:
"Thai-Son in Knockout" "During Saturday night’s snow,
those brave enough—or wise enough—to venture out to Jordan Hall
were warmed by real artistry from Vietnamese pianist Dang
Thai-Son. In this recital Dang showed why he was the 1980 first
prizewinner at the International Chopin Competition, showcasing
works by four composers—Schubert, Chopin, Fauré, and Debussy—each
seemingly an old friend. "
117, March 26, 2016: The Ying
殷氏四重奏at Jordan Hall
presenting an All-Beethoven Program: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.
127, and Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No.1. The Boston Globe
selected this concert as one of the "Classical Ticket of the
Week." The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised The
Ying Quartet "...delivered Beethoven quartets with great intensity
and high-spirited energy."
118, May 14, 2016: pianist
張昊辰 at Jordan Hall.
Program includes works by Chopin, Schubert, and Prokofiev. His
stunning performance received standing ovation from a house full
of enthusiastic audience. The Boston Music Intelligencer
praised him: ".... from the opening notes the presentation sounded
so probing and nuanced, the voicing so originally textured, the
thoughtfulness so arresting, that you were seemingly hearing the
works for the first time... among the most promising under-30
superhuman keyboard entrants, now include Zhang’s name."
119, September 24, 2016: pianist
陳薩at Jordan Hall,
performed Chopin Barcarolle, 10 selections of Debussy Preludes
books 1 and II, and Liszt Sonata in B minor, to a house of
audience who were on their feet cheering nonstop. The Boston
Music Intelligencer praised her: "… an honest, thoughtful
artist ... Chen’s performance showed immense power, foremost,
being powerful as all get out yet also with a sameness of texture
120, January 21, 2017: Bion
cello and Adam Neiman piano
at Jordan Hall.
To the amazing and unforgettable
Bion Tsang and Adam Neiman performed works by Dohnanyi, Britten,
and Grieg, the Boston Musical Intelligencer says:
"... a wonderfully innovative program... It was wonderful to hear
this ( Dohnányi) work which infrequently graces our concert
halls... In (Grieg’s) sonata, we hear the warmth, the comfort,
the love of an amiable home and functional family... I applaud the
Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts for bringing Bion
Tsang to Boston, and pairing him with his frequent collaborator
121, March 25, 2017: FOUR
四面來風- Music Dialogue and
Cooperation (Series 5) with Meng-Chieh Liu
劉孟捷, piano, Borromeo String
Quartet and Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra
紫禁城室內樂團 at Jordan Hall.
Program include Chinese traditional tune from Han Dynasty to two
world premiere works by Daniel Walker and Xiaogang Ye
葉小綱. The Boston
Music Intelligencer said " .. A truly enlightening and
satisfying evening. With such splendor on stage from every
performer to an ever so fascinating range of traditional Chinese
instruments mingling with the traditional European string quartet,
the eye was as fulfilled as the ear. Dignity was everywhere on
Jordan’s stage, both sight- and sound-wise... " Special credits
were given to " Wang Hua
王華, bamboo flute, the
xiao, with sensitive silk and satin tones. .. Shen Cheng
沈誠, Zhang Zunlian
張尊連, on huqin, or Chinese
fiddle, masters of that instrument, voicing a pureness reaching
all the way to the soul.... Meng-Chieh Liu
the youthful extravaganza from the delicately shaded
impressionistic opening to the virtuosic crashing close. "
122. May 13, 2017: Pianist
陸逸軒at Jordan Hall.
The Boston Music Intelligencer said: "By concert’s end,
little doubt remained as to Lu’s extraordinary facility, his
nearly flawless playing, power, and lightning speed. … with
blinding technique and formidable energy such as that of a rock
super star. ...for those who caught Eric Lu in concert at
Jordan there was certainly more than enough from the 19-year-old
to bring his audience to its feet, asking for more...."
123, September 23, 2017:
Reflections on Diaspora花果靈根集at
Jordan Hall. Renowned Chinese instrumentalists (Bao Jian
包鍵 guanzi ,Hu Jianbing
胡建兵 sheng, Chen Tao
dizi, Zhou Yi
周懿 pipa ,Xia Wenjie夏文傑
erhu, Weng Hui翁惠guzheng,
劉麗 qugin) and cellist Mike
Block performed Chinese
traditional master pieces and contemporary improvisations.
The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised the
concert: " Chinese Banquet for Ear and Eye Alike" and " Almost
without exception, the eight musicians reigned in sonic
124, November 4, 2017: The
Parker Quartet and special guests Jung-Ja Kim, piano
and Charles Clements, double bass, at
Jordan Hall. Co-presenting with the Korean Cultural Society of
Boston. This concert was recommended by
The Boston Globe and listed on the "Critic's Tips".
Program included the string quartets of Mozart, Prokofiev, and the
Schubert Trout Quintet. Enthusiastic music lovers and renowned
faculty members from NEC, Boston Conservatory, Boston University,
Longy School were in the audience, cheering with pride for their
former students, now achieved musicians. The Boston Musical
Intelligencer said: " ... [the Prokofiev Quartet No. 2]
Adagio reposed with as much beauty as you can ever hear from four
strings. (Even among today’s topflight competition, these artists
stand out individually.) "
125, January 27, 2018: Pianist
陳必先at Jordan Hall,
performing Mozart, Schoenberg, Boules, Liang and Schubert For
some this was their first experience hearing live performance of
Boulez. The Boston Musical Intelligencer said "...
her first offering, Mozart’s dark Fantasia in C Minor KV475,
completely surprised us with waves to terror as if from the
Commendatore’s burning hand. She grabbed us and would not let
go." Many Boston musical celebraties among the enthusiastic
audience were there cheering and giving her standing ovation.
126, March 31, 2018: Violinist
Angelo Xiang Yu
composer-pianist Andrew Hsu
at Jordan Hall, performing
Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Sarasate and Andrew Hsu's
world premiere: " æther for solo violin", dedicated
to Angelo Xiang Yu
于翔. The Boston Musical
the performance in a review titled " Duo That Can Melt Icebergs"
and said: " Among the many excellent violin-piano recitals given
in Boston this season, the concert by violinist Angelo Xiang Yu
and composer /pianist Andrew Hsu at Jordan Hall Saturday night
stands out as dazzlingly stellar." Many musical celebraties and
the enthusiastic audience were there cheering and giving both
musicians standing ovation.
127, May 12, 2018: Pianist
鄧泰山at Jordan Hall.
The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised him: "Not
since Shura Cherkassky played in Jordan Hall in 1990 have I heard
piano tone as beautiful as Dang Thai Son’s..." Many of his
students who are also noted internationally, including Eric Lu,
Tony Yang, among other musical celebraties were there cheering
128, September 15, 2018:
Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen
陳宏寬at Jordan Hall
performing the last 3 piano sonatas of Schubert, D958, 959, and
960. The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised him: "
... A remarkable musical performance is marked by subtlety,
nuance, depth of sound with buoyancy and balance, not excess
weight.... It demands, in the most polite manner, introspection...
it offers up layers of hedonistic pleasure. It’s missed when it’s
gone, but not so much, because the experience is encapsulated and
remembered. It’s a onetime deal, and you knew that going in." A
house-full of enthusiastic audiences gave him standing ovation
started from the intermission.
129, January 26, 2019: Violinist
and pianist Helen Huang
黃海倫 at Jordan Hall
performing Dvorak, Prokofiev, Ysaye, and Franck. The Boston
Musical Intelligencer called: " Huang Teamwork in the
Highest" ".... Paul with poised, noble, clean expression. Both
players listened to each other attentively as they emphatically
spun out the charming musical tales.." Stephen Wigler
of the International Piano Magazine wrote about
Helen Huang: " ... it had been nearly 20 years since I had
heard anything from or about her. As this recital demonstrated,
Helen Huang is not only still an extravagantly talented pianist,
but also one who has matured into genuine mastery. The Huangs’s
performance of the great Prokofiev sonata was good enough to
compare to the live recordings made by David Oistrakh and
Sviatoslav Richter in the early 70s. In the final movement, the
pianist’s huge, granite-like sonorities evoked the movement’s
tolling death knell and helped bring the piece, along with the
violinist’s haunting, menacing scales, to its chilling conclusion.
The performance.... made the music’s final moments, which end in
joyous delirium and celebration, seem utterly inevitable."
130, March 30, 2019: Pianist
徐翔 at Jordan Hall. The
2017 Van Cliburn Bronze medalist gave an amazing Jordan Hall
debut, performed works by Bach, Rachmaninov,
Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Liszt, and Mussorgsky. Leon Golub of the
Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote entitled "Daniel Hsu
Masterful in Musical Pictures", that "Hsu delivered a powerful,
thoughtful, and sensitive program connected by strong imagery and
an enigmatic French-Russian dimension, as part of the first-rate
concerts sponsored by the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts.
This deeply inquisitive artist’s inner probing brought fresh
meaning to great warhorses, reaching well beyond his stunning
mastery of technical difficulties." Stephen Wigler of
International Piano Magazine London wrote: " His
performance of Bach C-sharp Minor Prelude and Fugue was beautiful
and thoughtful. Rachmaninov’s Etude-Tableau in E-flat Minor
emerged in all its passionate turbulence and led inexorably to its
climax. Tchaikovsky’s Dumka in C Minor showed remarkable
comprehension of a piece that eludes most Western pianists.
Mussorgsky’s "Pictures at an Exhibition" was among the best and
most authentically Russian-sounding performances of the piece I’ve
ever heard.... " Music celebrities including Dan Thai-Son among
others were in the audience.
131, May 11, 2019: Violinist
Soovin Kim and pianist Gloria Chien
簡佩盈at Jordan Hall.
Program included works by Ravel, Webern, Szymanowski, Prokofiev,
and Strauss. Susan Miron of The Boston Musical
Intelligencer: "Duo Exceeds High Expectations" "Violinist
Soovin Kim and pianist Gloria Chien, both well-known to Boston
audiences as soloists and chamber musicians, played a thoughtfully
conceived program with passion and a passionate attention to
detail at Jordan Hall Saturday night with many distinguished NEC
faculty in attendance...The Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
has been presenting some extraordinary musicians in first-class
concerts for 30 years. My high expectations were actually
exceeded … I can think of no higher compliment. ..."
132, September 28, 2019:
Pianist Hong Xu
徐洪at Jordan Hall.
MUSIC FESTIVAL at Walnut Hill
胡桃山音樂營 and SUMMER CONCERTS at
Since July 1990 to August 2018, the
Foundation has organized a successful summer music festival at the
Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. Each year about 50 talented
young musicians, chosen by auditions, come from Taiwan, China,
Hong Kong, Korea, Canada, and the United States to an intensive
musical program with world renowned masters on an one-on-one
basis. The faculty of the festival who has taught at the festival
Russell Sherman, Robert Levin , (late) Luise Vosgerchian, (late)
T. Krafchenko, Hung-Kuan Chen陳宏寬
, Pi-Hsien Chen
, Yin Cheng-Zong
殷承宗, (late) Anthony
di Bonaventura, Wha Kyung Byun, David Deveau, Meng-Chieh Liu
劉孟捷, Ilya Itin, Minsoo
Sohn, Ya-Fei Chuang
Alexander Korsantia, Vivian Weilerstein, Bruce Brubaker, Victor
Rosenbaum, Sylvia Chambless, Tema Blackstone, Jonathan Bass, Mana
張萬鈞, (late) Marylou
Speaker Churchill, (late) Masuko Ushioda, James Buswell, Nai-Yuan
胡乃元, Nicholas Kitchen,
Magdalena Richter, Donald Weilerstein, Kristopher Tong, Amy
Scott Lee, Mai Motobuchi, Gillion Rogell, Hsin-Yun Huang
Laurence Lesser, Mark Churchill, Bion Tsang
章雨亭, Michael Bonner,
Carol Ou, Sam Ou. Yeesun Kim, Paul Katz.
Edwin Barker, DaXun Zhang, Pascale Delache-Feldman.
Yuhudi Wyner, Samuel Headrick, Yong Yang楊勇
, Shih-Hui Chen
Doriot Dwyer, Jean DeMart, Sue-Ellen Tcherepnin.
Kathy Lord. Joyce Alper.
鄧桂萍, Ree-Ven Wang, Patty
Thom, Maxwell Li.
Robert Schulz, Pius Cheung.
Thomas Hill, David Samour.
Neil De Land.
INTERPRETATIONS OF MUSIC:
Erhu: Zhan-Tao Lin, Dulcimer: Ping Li, Tai-Chi: Tai-Chun Pan.
Along with private lessons, chamber
ensembles, master classes and work shops, the students were taken
to Tanglewood, concerts, musical performances, museums, piano
factory, and many historical sites in the greater Boston area.
Pianist Lang Lang
郎朗(1996),Yeol Eum Son
(2nd prize of 2009 Van
Cliburn competition), Kate Liu (3rd prize 2015
Chopin International Competition in Warsaw), Eric Lu (
First prize of 2015 US National Chopin Competition, and 4th
prize 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw), and many
other talents were students of this program.
Each year, the faculty members and
the students of the music festival perform about 25
concerts/master classes/lectures. The Longwood Symphony
Orchestra, participated in the program from 1996 - 2013, to
perform with the festival participants at the Boston Esplanade to
an audience of over 8000. Starting from 2014, Mercury Orchestra
under music director Channing Yu collaborated with the
Festival and performed at Harvard Sanders Theatre, MIT Kresge to
a full-house with standing ovations. The festival concert series
are of top quality and captured media attentions. Great reviews
were given by The Boston Globe and the
After nearly 30 years of successful
operation, this program had to concluded in 2019 due to venue
issues. The concert performances and the concerto competition part
of the Music Festival will move to New England Conservatory,
become the "Summer
Concert Series at NEC"
including the International Concerto Competition,
starting August 2019.
ALL-AMERICAN YOUTH CHINESE
BRUSH PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITION
Since 1991, the Foundation organized
the All-American Youth Chinese Brush Painting and
Calligraphy Competition annually in April. Each year nearly
250 entries from about 25 different Chinese Schools in 10
different States are submitted. Winners receive cash awards,
certificates, and also posted on the Foundation’s website. The
panel of judges is made up of renowned scholars and artists.
YOUTH POETRY IN SILK AND
2008-2017, the Foundation successfully organized the Annual
Chinese Music Instrument Audition and Concert,
at the First Church of Boston .
Students from New England and special guess artists participated
annually. Details on
$1,000 and more
Catherine Tan Chan
Bi Yun Chen
Kathleen Mclsaac and Robert
Anna Yinfei Hu
Yu-Sing and Lena Jung
The TAN Family Culture Fund
Nai Nan Ko
Xiaohua Zhang and Quan Zhou
Ellen and Ronald Brown
Renne Chen Lu
Macquarie Group Foundation
Hung-Chang Hubert and Susan Su
Shih Huei Wang
Paul K. Chan
Irene N. Chang
Lijian L. Chiang
Wanchin W. Chou
Catherine L. Fuller
Yanlong Zhang and Hong Guo
Larry and Sophia Ho
Anne and Spencer Hu
Paul K. Lee
May and David Li
Meei H. Li
Xiao Jian and Katie Li
Joshua and Chinhui Liu
Nick and Tomie Nichols
Tai-Chun and Tong-mei Pan
A. Ramon Rivera
Shih Nam Sak
David and Katharine Shaw
Linda and T.Y. Shen
Qing Charles Wang
Martin Stephen Wigler
June Chen and Mark Witinski
F.Y. And Jane Wu
Hung Ha Wu
Sun Shine Yuan
Yueqing and Ziming Xuan
Peter and Shirley Chen
Ching-Mi Li Sun
The membership is open to any individual
who supports the objectives. To become a member, email your name
and address to: Foundation@ChinesePerformingArts.net,
3 Partridge Lane, Lincoln, MA 01773. There is no membership
fee. Tax-deduction donations are greatly appreciated. Donation can
be made online at
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