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Presenting the

New Asia Chamber Music Society

Sunday

August 20, 2017

3 PM at the
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY

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  Photo of Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu   Photo of Wei-Yang Andy Lin
  Photo of Nan-Cheng Chen   Photo of Tsu-yi Chen

Pictured above, top to bottom and left to right:
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin; Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola and er-hu;
Nan-Cheng Chen, cello and Tzu-yi Chen, piano.

Hailed by New York Concert Reviews as “an impressively organized and professional group… comprised of many young and gifted players”, the New Asia Chamber Music Society (NACMS) is propelled by a shared passion for classical chamber music and profound respect for the works written by the composers of our time. NACMS was founded in 2010 by an idealistic group of young Asian-American virtuosi, graduated from America’s most prestigious music schools, including The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute. Based in New York City, NACMS is committed to bringing audiences exceptional performances of the finest works of chamber music, drawn from the canon of western music as well as contemporary Asian culture. This unusual young collective also seeks to reach out to its technologically-wired peers around the world, through the creation of innovative new work in future partnership with other arts organizations.

The New Asia Chamber Music Society gave their sold out inaugural performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 2011, and have since then presented concerts throughout New York City at venues including Queens Museum, Flushing Town Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Taiwan Center, Chelsea Museum, Taipei Culture and Economic Center of New York and Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. During the 2015-2016 season, members of NACMS toured Taiwan through three sold-out performances at venues such Taiwan’s National Concert Hall and gave master classes hosted by National Taiwan Normal University and Tainan National University of Arts.

Visit their Web site at newasiacms.org to read more about the group and to hear samples of their work.

Violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu enjoys a versatile international career as an orchestral soloist, a recitalist and a chamber musician. She has been featured with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra in her native country, as well as with such European orchestras as the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra.

As solo recitalist and chamber musician, Wu performs regularly in Asia, Europe and North America, at such prominent venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, among many others. Artists with whom she has collaborated include Gary Graffman, Kim Kashkashian, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Midori, Ralph Kirshbaum, William Preucil, Thomas Quasthoff, Fred Sherry, and members of the Alban Berg, Brentano, Guarneri, Miró, Tokyo and Ying quartets. Wu has appeared as guest violist — her second instrument — with the Orion String Quartet and the Dover Quartet. She is currently the Artist in Residence of the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles since 2013.

Wu’s festival collaborations include the Marlboro Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Mainly Mozart, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Music@Menlo, Verbier Festival and Academy, Olympic Music Festival, and she has served as a chamber music coach at the ENCORE School for Strings, the Hotchkiss Summer Portals, and Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts. Her media appearances feature performances on NPR’s “From the Top,” on WHYY TV and Radio in Philadelphia, as well as numerous on-air interviews with Philharmonic Radio Taipei and IC Broadcasting of Taiwan. She has been spotlighted on Taiwan’s TVBS Television and in the September 2004 issue of Marie Claire Taiwan.

Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, which awarded her the Milka Violin Artist Fellowship. In 2010 she graduated from the USC Thornton School of Music, with awards for excellence in both solo string instrument performance and chamber music. Wu’s teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Ida Kavafian, Victor Danchenko, Steven Tenenbom, and Midori Goto.

She joined the Thornton School faculty in 2011 as an Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Chamber Music. Among Wu’s many honors and awards are the Gold Medal in the 2003 Stulberg International String Competition and third prize in the Odessa International David Oistrakh Violin Competition. She has been praised by Taiwan’s Liberty Times for “capturing the spirit of the music astonishingly."

Wu performs on a 1734 Domenico Montagnana violin.

Violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin, born in Taiwan, is recognized as one of the most promising young violists and erhuists of today. He is the artistic director and founder of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. He came to the U.S. in 1997 to attend the Idyllwild Arts Academy and holds his bachelor and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. Mr. Lin has won numerous competitions including Taiwan National Viola Competition, the Idyllwild Concerto Competition, First Prize in the 2008 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition and subsequently made his Avery Fisher Hall solo debut with the Juilliard Orchestra. He was also the winner of the 2009 Stony Brook University Concerto Competition. In January 2013, he appeared as soloist on both the viola and erhu with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also appeared as soloist with the Incheon Philharmonic in Korea.

In addition to his solo career Mr. Lin is an avid chamber musician and is a member of the award winning string quartet, the Amphion String Quartet. The quartet was a winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and is starting its three-year residency at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society CMS2 Program. Mr. Lin is also a member of the Musicians of Lenox Hill and serves as principal violist of the Solisti Ensemble and the New York Classical Players. He has also served as a principal violist of the International Sejong Soloists. Additionally he has been privileged to perform for the former President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton and the former President of Taiwan, Ten-Hui Lee. He also performed chamber music with Itzhak Perlman where the New York Times described “Mr. Perlman, playing first violin… answered in kind by the violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin.”

In addition to his accomplishments as a classical musician, he is also a world recognized professional erhu player. He recently gave his erhu Lincoln Center debut at the Alice Tully Hall playing an erhu concerto “Newlywed’s Departure” with the COS Young Symphonic Ensemble. He recorded film music for a number of movies and short films, including The Blood Brothers and the award winning short film Daughters (Best Original Score at NYU Tisch Film Festival). He performed the erhu solo part at the U.S. Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davie’s “Kommilitonen!” with the Juilliard Opera Production, as well as the world premiere of Jeeyoung Kim’s “Engraft” for solo erhu and string orchestra with Solisti Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. He also premiered Winnie Lan-In Yang’s “Fantasy for Erhu and Strings” with the New York Classical Players. He played the solo erhu part in “Iris dévoilée” by Chen Qi-Gang with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. He gave recitals at the Gallery Concert Series and Patrons Lounge Concert of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has appeared at OK Mozart and Chamber Music Northwest festivals. Upcoming concerts include a viola/erhu recital at the Caramoor Center for the Music and the Arts.

Wei-Yang Andy Lin currently serves as a faculty member at the Chinese Cultural Arts Institute in Harrisburg, PA. To read more about Mr. Lin please visit his Web site at www.andylinviola.com or his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/weiyangandylin.

 

August 20, 2017

New Asia Chamber Music Society

Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin
Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola / er-hu
Nan-Cheng Chen, cello
Tzu-yi Chen, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in g-minor

Chinese and Taiwanese folk songs
arrangement for the Erhu and Piano Trio

Intermission

Winnie Lan-In Yang: Ballade for Piano, Violin and Cello

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet in g-minor

Program subject to change.

Admission is at the door only by suggested donation of $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students and anyone under 13 years of age is admitted at no charge. Refreshments are served after the concert catered by A Taste of Europe Restaurant.

This concert is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program, administered in Delaware County by The Roxbury Arts Group, Inc.

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An additional “Thank you!” to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert and our entire season possible.


Praised for his “beautiful tone” by New York Concert Reviews, award winning cellist Nan-Cheng Chen is passionate about sharing music with music lovers. At only the age of 25, Nan-Cheng became the executive director and founder of the New Asia Chamber Music Society (NACMS), a member of Sonic Escape, Chen Trio, Ensemble 101, and many other active music ensembles around the world. An active soloist, Nan-Cheng has collaborated with Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Metro-West Symphony, Quincy Symphony and Symphony Pro Musica, which received a review that states: “It was the kind of performance one might hear live only once a decade”, from Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Press and media of Taiwan have also called Nan-Cheng Chen one of the most recognized Taiwanese cellists performing today.

Among Nan-Cheng’s many honors and awards are first prize in the 2010 Queens Symphony Concerto Competition, 2009 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, 2006 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, 2005 Quincy Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2004 Hsin-Tian Temple National Cello Competition in Taiwan, and 2003 Metro-West Concerto Competitions. He also won top prizes in 2010 Long Island Conservatory Young Artist Competition, 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Competition and 1999 Taiwan National Cello and Piano Competition. Nan-Cheng has also been featured on NPR’s “From The Top” national radio broadcast in 2006, performing with its host, pianist Christopher O’Riley. During the summer, Nan-Cheng has been invited to music festivals such as Canada’s Banff Centre, Sarasota Music Festival, Heifetz Institute, Encore School for Strings, Kneisel Hall and served as a teaching artist at the Annual Music Festival of Walnut Hill.

A Native of Taiwan, Nan-Cheng earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Joel Krosnick, world renowned cellist of The Juilliard String Quartet. Nan-Cheng Chen came to United States at the age of twelve and attended Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, studying under Eleonore Schoenfeld. He then entered the New England Conservatory Preparatory Program to study with Mark Churchill before attending the Juilliard School. Nan-Cheng has also worked with other world renowned musicians, such as pianist Joseph Kalichstein, Andrew Watts and Gil Kalish; Cellist Paul Katz, Laurence Lesser, Pieter Wispelwey, Orlando Cole, Ronald Leonard, Timothy Eddy, violinist Sylvia Rosenberg and Donald Weilerstein, among others. Mr. Chen performed solo and chamber concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Juilliard School’s Paul Hall, WMP Concert Hall, as well as collaborations with Peridance Company, NaiNi Dance Company, New York Composer’s Circle, Ensemble 212 and at the Taiwanese Consulate of New York. In 2013-2014, Nan-Cheng toured the country as the newest member of Sonic Escape, a flute-violin-cello trio that performs throughout U.S. and Canada at many prestigious performing arts venues and music conferences.

“Magnificent,” raved Frank Daykin of the New York Concert Review about
Tzu-yi Chen’s Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall in 2014. “She displayed not only the usual technical command one expects, but beautiful tone, total artistic involvement, deep feeling, stylistic understanding, and in an era of cookie-cutter musicians, the feeling of spontaneity, even risk, that makes an evening truly memorable, often electrifying,” wrote Mr. Daykin.

At the age of three in Taiwan, Tzu-yi Chen idolized her older brother. She wanted everything he had and even studied his first-grade textbooks. She insisted on sitting with him during his piano lessons instead of waiting with her mother. The teacher observed this quiet, attentive toddler who showed an uncanny understanding, and soon enrolled her in private study. Tzu-yi said, “I was overtaken by the music.” Now, having lived and performed internationally, Tzu-yi is a citizen of the world and one of its best pupils. Joining ranks with some of history's greatest musicians, she went on to study Ravel with Jacques Rouvier at the Paris Conservatory, Beethoven at Germany’s National Karlsruhe Music University, and Rachmaninoff with Russian masters. She believes that the best way to approach a piece of music is to understand the culture, the folklore and the language of its composer.

Based in Washington, D.C. since 2014, Tzu-yi teaches at the Levine School of Music and serves on the music staff at Taiwanese Presbyterian Church. In Columbus, Georgia, after earning an Artist Diploma from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, she co-founded the International Friendship Ministries’ Arts Academy to teach children and youth, drawing from them what she discovered as a child.

At the 2015 Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition in Baltimore, Tzu-yi won 2nd prize, Best Interpretation, and the Béla Bartók Award. Among her first prizes are those from the Cantu and the Mauro Paolo Monopoli competitions in Italy, the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Music Club. She is also laureate at the Chopin piano competitions in Darmstadt and Taipei. In 2015, Tzu-yi earned Performance Membership at the Friday Morning Music Club in D.C. and joined the Artist Roster of the New Asia Chamber Music Society in New York. Recent performance credits include the Strathmore Mansion concert series in Maryland; the Steinway Gallery Concert Series in D.C.; the Taipei Economic Cultural Center in New York; The Auditorium at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia; and concerto appearances with Space Coast Symphony in Melbourne, Florida.


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