Liu, Yang 刘扬
Yang Liu combines dazzling technical command and sublime musicality with the philosophies of Zen study in performances which have earned him worldwide praise. A former first-prize winner of China’s national violin competition and a prize winner of the Twelfth Int ernational Tchaikovsky Violin Competition in Moscow, he has already established himself as the most important Chinese violinist of his generation. Beijing tonight names Yang “one of the best of the billion!”
Born in TsingTao China, Yang made his concert debut at age ten, playing Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen with the NHK orchestra in Tokyo, Japan. In a nationally televised live concert with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, he performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. His concert tours have led him to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Greece, and Egypt. In 2002, Yang made his North American Debuts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performing concertos by Paganini and Nielsen. He has also appeared frequently as soloist at the Aspen Music Festival, and with the Starling Chamber Orchestra, including two tours to his homeland, China and as a featured soloist on the their PBS broadcast and Emmy award winning educational video, Classical Quest. Yang’s debut recording, “Song of Nostalgia,” was recently released to critical acclaim. The disc represents his broad interests, including both traditional Chinese music and some of the most difficult repertoire written for the violin.
Yang studied with renowned Professor Yao-Ji Lin at the Central-Conservatory of music in Beijing since age nine, and continued his studies as a Starling Scholar of Dorothy Delay and Kurt Sassmannshaus in Cincinnati.
Yang, Qing 杨青
Since her debut at the Beijing Music Concert Hall in 1987, Qing Yang has performed widely in Asia and North America. After her appointment as a section cellist in the China Central Opera Orchestra, Qing worked with renowned singers and conductors, rising quickly to assistant principal cellist. Qing left China’s capitol city in 1995, moving to New York City, where she performed contemporary music at Columbia University and filmed and recorded jazz with the Scandinavian Jazz Quartet. In Beijing, New York, and Ohio, her characteristic sound has been sought out for recordings ranging in style from ragtime to classical.
Qing’s musical training began at the China Conservatory, where she matriculated from the pre-college division with honors and subsequently received the Bachelor of Music degree. She has participated in both the Aspen Music Festival and the Macao International Music Festival. Qing earned her Masters degree from Ohio University, where she taught courses in string pedagogy and studied cello and chamber music with Gary Hoffman and Jean Barr. Qing Yang is currently completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her primary mentor is Lee Fiser. Qing’s upcoming engagements include a solo recital in Richmond, Indiana, and an engagement at the University of Miami concert series. Qing currently resides in Cincinnati with her husband, Adam, who is a cellist and professor of Chinese history.
Chen, Xi - Violinist
Born in October 1984 in China, Chen, Xi is among the most promising and respected young artists of his generation in his country. He has been frequently praised for his technical excellence, gorgeous tone , musical imagination, emotional maturity, and abiding passion.
In June, 2002, 17-year-old Chen participated in the 12th International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition. Even with his left hand injured in an accident right before the semi-finals, he continued to perform with passion and faultless technical precision. Finally, he had the honor of sharing the second prize with Tamaki Kawakubo (no first prize awarded). Such an achievement made by a 17-year-old participant was truly exceptional in the history of this international competition.
Chen Xi showed a gift for music at an early age, giving his debut recital at 12 and performing with top orchestras in China the following year. In 1995, he was admitted into the Central Conservatory of Music. In 2002, Chen Xi enrolled in the Curtis Institute of Music, studied under Mr. Joseph Silverstein, and graduated five years later. Currently, he is a graduate student at Yale University.
The violin Chen Xi is currently playing is a 1708 “Ruby” Stradivarius on loan to him from the Stradivarius Society. At the signing ceremony for the loan, President of the Society, Mr. Fushi, said: “Chen Xi is not only a talented and brilliant musician, but also one of the best people I have ever known.”
陈曦1984年出生于中国沈阳，三岁半随父习琴，五岁半正式师从沈阳音乐学院 王冠教授。 1995年9月，陈曦以优异成绩考入中央音乐学院附小五年级，师从赵 薇教授及隋克强教授； 1999年3月，他有幸成为世界著名小提琴教育大师、中央 音乐学院林耀基教授的学生； 2003年以第一名成绩考入美国柯蒂斯音乐学院 （The Curtis Institute Of Music）， 师从美国著名教育家、演奏家、指挥家约瑟 夫·席尔维斯坦先生（Joseph Silverstein）。 在求学的过程中，陈曦得到包括拉吉罗·里奇、伊扎克·帕尔曼、平恰斯·祖克曼、马克希姆·文 格洛夫等在内的众多 国际知名小提琴大师的教诲和赏识。
2002年六月，年仅十七岁的陈曦参加第十二届柴科夫斯基国际音乐比赛小提琴 比赛。 半决赛前他的左手不幸受伤，但是他坚持继续参赛，最后以优异的成绩与 Tamaki Kawakubo 分享银奖（该次赛事没有颁发金奖）。年仅十七岁的青年获 得如此荣誉， 在柴科夫斯基国际 音乐比赛小提琴比赛历史上实属罕见。目前，陈 曦在美国耶鲁大学学习。
在香港凤凰卫视2005年于故宫博物院举办“太和邀月颂和平”故宫中秋晚会，陈曦奏响了具 有300年历史, 巨珍贵的斯特拉底瓦里古董名琴“红宝石”。 美国斯特拉底瓦里名琴协会主席 杰夫里·富什先生在晚会的授琴仪式上亲手将这把名琴正式授予陈曦使用，并致辞说：“我们 非常高兴将这把珍贵的古董名琴授予年轻的古典音乐艺术家陈曦使用。他不仅是一位才华 横溢的音乐家， 也是我所认识的最优秀的人之一。我非常高兴将斯特拉底瓦里最精美的杰作 授予这位年轻的艺术大师”。陈曦成为有史以来第一位获赠“红宝石”的中国人，也是迄今为 止获得授权使用斯特拉底瓦里亲手制作的古董名琴的第一位 中国小提琴家。
Gao, Can - Violinist
Gao, Can, Born in Chongqing, China. He began to play the violin at age 4. In 2002, he entered China Central Conservatory of Music (CCCM) after studying for ten years at the elementary and high schools affiliated to CCCM. He studied the violin with Prof. Lin Yaoji and Composition with Dr. Hao Weiya. In 2007, he received his MA in Literature. He is now a faculty member at CCCM and a visiting scholar at CCM.
In 2006 Gao Can was the gold medalist in the Youth Division of the 8th National Violin Competition in China. In 2007, he received the Outstanding Award at the International Wieniawski Youth Violin Competition. In 2008, Gao won two prizes at the 15th Alberto Curci International Violin Competition—the second prize and the Special Prize of the Critic.
高参,1981 10月出生在重庆， 四岁半开始学习小提琴，1992年考入中央音乐学院附小， 94年以 优异 成绩保送入附中， 2002年5月考入中央音乐学院作曲系， 成为双专业学生， 2003年保送入 研究生部， 曾担任中国少年交响乐团乐队副主席， 中国青年交响乐团乐队 首席，中国青年艺 术家室内乐团乐队首席， 中央音乐学院青年交响乐团乐队首席等。 在中央音乐学院学习期间,授教于国际著名小提琴家、教育家林耀基教授, 和当代著名青年 作曲家郝维亚博士。2007年 取得文学硕士学位. 现任教于中央音乐学院. 目前在CCM 作为访问学者.
在2006年中国第八届小提琴青年组比赛中获得金奖，并在2007年维尼亚夫斯基国际青年小 提琴比赛中获得特别认可奖。在2008年刚刚结束的意大利三大国际小提琴赛事之一，第十 五 届那不勒斯“阿尔伯特.古奇”国际小提琴比赛中，作为此次比赛唯一的双奖获得者-银奖和特 别奖。
Violinist: Bin Huang 小提琴家: 黄滨
“[Bin Huang is] a talent that leaves a listener flabbergasted…” (The Baltimore Sun)
“[She is] a winner at what matters the most…” (The Washington Post)
Bin Huang (黄滨) endeared herself to the musical world when she was only fourteen years old. She won the Junior Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Lublin, Poland, sharing First Prize with Maxim Vengerov. Since then, she has maintained international prominence, winning both the Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy in 1994 and the Munich International Music Competition in 1999.
Bin Huang won the 41st Paganini(1782-1840) International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. Her prize included the honor to perform on 19th-century virtuoso Niccol Paganini's 1742 Guarneri del Gesu, the Cannon violin, on Oct. 12, Columbus Day, in Genoa City Hall. Only the winner of the Paganini Competition is allowed to play it once each year.
She has also won top prizes in the Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition in France, the Prague Spring International Music Competition in the Czech Republic, the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Russia, the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Belgium, the Hanover International Violin Competition in Germany, the Dong-A International Violin Competition in Korea, and the Indianapolis International Violin Competition in the USA.
Huang loves chamber music. She formed the Fideo Piano Trio with cellist Soo Bae and pianist Hyun-Sun Kim in 2002. The group has performed in the States and Canada. She has also participated in the renowned Marlboro Music Festival, coaching and performing with members of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Juilliard and Guarneri String Quartets.
张博 Zhang Bo, Cellist
Zhang Bo is China National Symphony Orchestra cellist and a visiting scholar at College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. He started his cello lessons at the age of six. At ten, he was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music’s affiliated elementary school and studied under Professor Chen Yuan.
Upon graduation with highest honors in 2000, Zhang joined the National Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has been performing at home and abroad. In 2006, he was invited by the German composer Robert Zollitsch to go to Germany and Holland for special performances and won critical acclaim. In 2010, he was recognized by the Ministry of Culture as one of the Unique Artistic Talents in China.