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CONCERT BY ALBERT CHENG/LU WANG VIOLIN/PIANO DUO, UK/CANADA

PROGRAM

MozartViolin/Piano Sonata In G Major K301

MozartViolin/Piano Sonata In B Flat Major K 454

MozartFantasy in c minor for Piano Solo

BachSonata BWV 1005 for Violin Solo

Largo

MozartViolin/Piano Sonata in e minor K304

WieniawskiPolonaise in D For Violin

* program is subject to change

 

Albert Cheng

As one of the leading violinists and teachers in Hong Kong, Albert Yue Cheng started his violin studies at the age of five with his father Yat Wah Cheng, who is also an influential violin teacher of his generation.

 

Mr.Cheng has performed extensively in his native country and at venues all over the world. In 2011, he was invited to perform at the closing ceremony of the 1st China Movie & Education Festival which was broadcasted through CCTV; the following year, he made his debut performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall as the first place winner of the American Protégé International Competition; the same year, he performed with Cho-Liang Lin at the opening concert of the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. He has also made appearances at renowned concert halls such as the Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, and Cultural Center.

 

Albert started to rise as a violinist at an early age. When he was 5 years old, he was a prize winner at the Children talent show organized by Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB). At the age of 12, Cheng became the champion of the violin concerto competition at the Hong Kong Music Festival; after couple of months, he was admitted to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (APA) with full scholarship where he studied with Professor Michael Ma, the head of string department. He was soon selected to perform at master classes held by acclaimed violinists such as Isaac Stein and Joseph Silverstein. Later on, he received first prize in the competition of Sandra Wagstaff Scholarship for String Concerto and made media appearance including Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) and Asian Television. In 2000, Cheng was awarded Student Musician of the year by the South China Morning Post.

 

At the age of 17, Albert enrolled in the Juilliard School with scholarship under the studio of Ms. Dorothy DeLay. He continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Ms. Patinka Kopec and performed at the Summer festival in National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada under Maestro Pinchas Zukerman’s guidance as a scholarship recipient. Cheng holds his master degree with scholarship from the Juilliard School under the studio of Maestro Robert Mann, former violinist of the reputable Juilliard String Quartet and distinguished conductor and composer. After graduation, he became a prize winner of the 5 Towns Music and Arts Foundation Young Musician Competition and received Distinguished Achievement Award from the Burgos International Music Festival (Spain) where he studied with Albert Markov.

 

Albert is currently a violin faculty at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He performs on a 1741 Carlo Antonio Testore.

Lu Wang

 

Acclaimed by the People’s Daily News, China’s most important newspaper, as “the most promising and sensational classical musician in China, whose performances show no sign of self-ego, but rather spiritual depth and a larger than life approach, which makes him very much different from now modern day young pianists”, Lu Wang is recognized as one of the most important Chinese pianists of his generation. Especially praised for his interpretations of the German classics by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, the New York Times says his performances have a “maturity and artistry far beyond his age, reminiscences of an old master musician”. Lu has performed with all major orchestras in China, including the China National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China National Ballet Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, Xiameng Symphony Orchestra, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. He has given recitals in the most prestigious concert halls throughout China, such as the National Center for the Performing Arts, Hong Kong’s Performing Arts Center, Shanghai Langxin Opera House, Shanghai Oriental Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing ZhongShan Concert Hall, Xinghai Concert Hall and Shanghai Concert Hall. After winning several international piano competitions including t, Lu made his American debut at age sixteen at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Since then, he has continued performing internationally in the US, Canada, Russia, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, England, Finland and many other countries throughout Europe and Asia – often in recitals, chamber music and lieder with other renowned or gifted young musicians and singers. Lu's performances are regularly broadcast on TV and radio stations in China and Canada, such as China CCTV Music Channel and Classical 96.3 FM in Toronto.

Lu started playing the piano at the age of four. A child prodigy, he made his recital debut at age six. During that same year, he toured Japan with a group of young artists and gave over twenty concerts under the sponsorship of the Chinese National Cultural Exchange Program. At age eight, he captured first prize at the China National Piano Competition for Young Artists, then, in the same year, made a remarkable orchestral debut with the Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F Major KV 459. He subsequently recorded his first commercial CD, playing works of Chopin and Debussy.

Lu strongly believes that classical music belongs not only to musicians, the rich or the privileged, but to everyone in society. Music education and giving back to the community have always been a top priority for him. He serves as Youth Ambassador for the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto in Canada. He is the co-founder of the CCC Music Festival, which takes place every year in Toronto and enables young pianists to communicate and perform with each other in concerts and competitions. In 2009 he gave his sold-out Canadian debut in Toronto, and donated the concert’s proceeds to the China Sichuan Earthquake Rebuilding Fund. In 2003, together with his mother, a celebrated piano teacher specializing in child pedagogy, he established his own piano academy in his hometown in China. The academy now has over hundreds of students, including many underprivileged children who study under scholarships.

Lu is the first Chinese pianist to receive the prestigious Artist Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, after graduating from the famed Juilliard School in New York City with a master’s degree in Piano Performance. He resides in both Shanghai and Toronto. In his spare time, Lu studies Buddhism and other ancient spiritual traditions.

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