Chuan-Yun Li 李傳韻, violin
Robert Koenig,
piano

Saturday, September 27, 2008, 8 PM
New England Conservatory's
Jordaon Hall

 

Program:
  1. Liszt: Consolation
  2. Richard Strauss: Sonata in E flat major Op.18
    Allegro ma non troppo
    Andante cantabie
    Andante Allegro
  3. Bazzini: La Ronde des Lutins, Op. 25

    ---- Intermission -----
     
  4. Chen Gang 陳剛 : Sunshine over Tashkurgan 陽光照耀在塔什庫爾干
  5. Vitali: Chaconne
  6. Sarasate: Zapateado OP.23
  7. Saint-Saens: Caprice after a study in form of a waltz Op. 52/6
  8. Alexander Glazunov: Intermezzo
  9. Waxman: Carmen Fantasy


Chuan-Yun Li 李傳韻, violin

"If China wants to have a great violinist, they have one. All they have to do is look after him," concluded violinist maestro Ruggiero Ricci (March 2004) after listening to Chuanyun Li. "This boy should have a great career. He has a fantastic violinist capability. He's got all the requisites."

Hailed by The Daily Camera as "a massive talent with astonishing dynamic and expressive range," Chuanyun Li is one of the foremost violinists of his generation from China and internationally. An active member of the Yip's Children Arts Centre since 1986, he has studied under the sponsorship of entrepreneur Mr Choi Kin Chung with Professor Yaoji Lin from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and won numerous prizes, including the 1st Prize in the 5th Wieniawski International Youth Violin Competition at 11. He studied with Dorothy DeLay, Itzhak Perlman and Hyo Kang in the Juilliard School of Music and continued his studies with Delray and Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and with Joey Corpus in New York City with the support of the Clarisse B Kampel Foundation.

Li has toured extensively in China, Japan and the US and collaborated with such orchestras as the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, Detroit Symphony with Neemi J?rvi, Hong Kong Philharmonic with Edo de Waart, Queensland Symphony Orchestra with Michael Christie, China National Symphony with Xincao Li and Singapore Symphony with Lan Shui, among others. In September 2003, at 5 days notice, Li replaced Maxim Vengerov and performed  Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole and Ravel's Tzigane with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra under Rumon Gamba. In the same year, he braved the threat of SARS and returned to Hong Kong to replace an international soloist who could not come and performed with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta under Wing-sie Yip to great critical and audience acclaim.

He performed the solo violin for the soundtrack of Chen Kaige's movie Together in 2002, noted by the Washington Post for "his ethereal playing, which has given the movie such a magnificent aural backdrop." Li was featured in a 2004 Radio Television Hong Kong documentary series of outstanding young Chinese musicians along with Lang Lang, Yundi Li and Jian Wang. When he toured the United States with the China National Symphony in 2006, The New York Times referred to Li as "a first-rate violinist" and remarked that "the chance to hear Mr Li's violin playing made the evening all worthwhile."

As the best violinist of Hong Kong, Li was invited to perform in the concert of celebration of 10th Anniversary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Then and there, he has been interviewed by the President Hu Jintao.

Robert Koenig, piano

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, DC, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Concertgebuow in Amsterdam, and the Louvre Museum in Paris. He has performed with many of today's leading artists including Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Pamela Frank, Roberto Diaz, Elmar Oliveira, and Aaron Rosand.

Mr. Koenig has appeared at many festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, Banff, Saratoga, Caramoor, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the El Paso Pro Musica, Chamber Music Northwest, the Campos do Jordao Festival in Brazil, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. He is frequently heard on radio and television including ABC's "Good Morning America" and CBS "This Morning". Mr. Koenig was staff pianist at both The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music, and from 2000-2007 he served as Professor of Piano and Piano Chamber Music at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. With the assistance of the University of Kansas Center for Research, Mr. Koenig commissioned renowned American Composer Lowell Liebermann to write a new trio for flute, cello and piano. Beginning in the fall of 2007, he will assume his new position as Professor and Head of The Collaborative Piano Program at The University of California in Santa Barbara. Mr. Koenig has recorded for Artek, Ambassador, Biddulph, Cedille, CRI, Decca, Eroica, and Naxos. His most recent CD of transcriptions for viola and piano by William Primrose was released in July/2006 on Naxos with violist Roberto Diaz, and was nominated for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)" at the 49th annual Grammy Awards in 2007.

Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Robert Koenig began his formal training at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Lee KumSing and Gwen Thompson and later studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Academie Musicale di Chigiana in Siena, Italy. During this time he received several awards from the Canadian Government including a Canada Council Project Grant. He completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accompanying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Dr. Vladimir Sokoloff and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Karen Tuttle.


Tickets:

  • $37  (reserved VIP seats)
  • $32  (open seating, sit anywhere except VIP section)
  • $22  Students with ID (open seating at $32 section)
  • $15  Rush Tickets starts 6:30 PM on concert day.
  • Price includes the New England Conservatory $2.00 Preservation Fee.
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  • Children under 6 are not admitted.
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New England Conservatory has implemented a $2.00 per ticket Preservation Fee on all single ticket sales for events held in Jordan Hall. As a result, we are adding $2.00 to the price of our tickets. All money collected through this additional charge will go directly to NEC.
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