Wanchi, violin

Robert Koenig, piano, and Chunyang Wang, double bass

Tuesday, February 23 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL


Wanchi has given highly acclaimed recitals and collaborated with internationally-renowned performing artists in chamber music performances throughout the United States, including at the Kennedy Center. She has served as an adjudicator at the Hong Kong Music School Festival multiple times and as a performing instructor at the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan for the past five summers. She has presented at the ASTA National Conference on multiple occasions, and her CDs of Eugène Ysaÿe Sonatas and complete Partitas and Sonatas of J.S. Bach for Solo Violin were released in the fall of 2013 and 2015, respectively, under the Centaur Records label. Both CDs have earned favorable reviews. Wanchi is a founding member of the Trio Sorpresa, a piano trio formed in 2014, and is looking forward to their scheduled concert tours in the near future.

Born in Taiwan, Wanchi started playing violin at age six and came to the U.S. at age 13 to study at the Peabody Conservatory and the Baltimore School for the Arts, soloing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under conductor Catherine Comet a year later. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, a Master of Music from The Julliard School, and a Doctor of Music from Indiana University. She currently resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she teaches a full violin studio at the James Madison University School of Music.

Pianist Robert Koenig has quickly established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician. He performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation's most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Concertgebuow in Amsterdam, and the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Born into a family of double bassists in Harbin, China, Chunyang Wang has established himself as one of the leading bassists of his generation. Mr. Wang won the ASTA Double Bass Competition and was a two-time finalist in the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and is a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University. Mr. Wang joined the faculty of James Madison University in 2015.


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