Saturday, June 5, 2021, 7:30 pm
at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Angelo Xiang Yu 于翔, violin
Feng Niu



~ Program ~

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart :
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 18
K.301 in G Major

Allegro con Spirito

Ludwig van Beethoven :
Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 12 No.1
in D Major

Allegro con brio
Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto
Rondo: Allegro


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart :
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 21
K.304 in E Minor

Tempo di Menuetto

Ludwig van Beethoven :
Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 24 No. 5
in F Major “Spring”

Adagio molto espressivo
Scherzo: Allegro molto
Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo


“Yu projected warmly infectious joy to those lucky 80 who obtained tickets. His synergistic partnering with amiable and eloquent pianist Niu resonated not only with the venue but also with the general audience mood.

Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin, no. 18, in G Major K301, ... is also sunny and playful, with two lilting allegro movements which well suited Yu’s virtually flawless delivery.

(Beethoven’s Opus 24, F Major Spring sonata) The couple drew out the bittersweet and touching phrases with delicacy, polish and aplomb.

“The gifts of coloration Yu achieved on the 1715 “Joachim” Strad on loan to him inspired our publisher Lee Eiseman to ask a noted cellist and chamber music coach in the hall to supply the technical name for the special pleading inflection he heard, especially in the second movement of the Spring. “No, there is no technical term for that effect said Paul Katz, but your phrase, ‘special pleading inflection’ is perfect. Angelo possesses an enormous vocabulary of colors and effects. But what makes him so great, is the absolutely artistic way he uses technique to project emotion. That’s something we can’t teach.”

- Julie Ingelfinger of the Boston Musical Intelligencer

Free admission, donation appreciated.
Face mask and social distancing mandated.
Children under 6 not admitted.

Reservation required

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts



photos: Chi Wei Lo and Xiaopei Xu

Angelo Xiang Yu 于翔, violinist

Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, recipient of both a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2019 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, as well as First Prize in the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, has won consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his astonishing technique and exceptional musical maturity.

In North America, Mr. Yu’s recently appeared as a soloist with a number of major orchestras including the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver, Houston, Colorado, North Carolina, San Antonio, Puerto Rico, and Charlotte symphonies, as well as the Rochester and Calgary Philharmonic among others. Internationally, he has appeared with the New Zealand Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Norwegian Radio Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic.

An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed in a number of world-renowned venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Louvre in Paris, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Victoria Theater in Singapore, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Oslo Opera House, Auckland Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston. In March 2017, Mr. Yu was chosen to be a member of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).

Mr. Yu is also a frequent guest at major summer music festivals including the Ravinia, Aspen, Grant Park, Chamber Music Northwest, as well as at the Verbier and Bergen Festivals in Europe. He also serves as artist faculty at Music @ Menlo and the Sarasota Music Festival.

Mr. Yu joined the faculty at the New England Conservatory Preparatory in 2015, and also serves as a guest faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the summer of 2020, he became the newest member of the Shanghai Quartet. He severs as an artist in residence at John J. Cali School of Music and at Montclair State University and as a resident faculty member at The Tianjin Juilliard School.

Born in Inner Mongolia China, Angelo Xiang Yu moved to Shanghai at the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master's degrees as well as the prestigious Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory where he was a student of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried, and served as Mr. Weilerstein’s teaching assistant.

Mr. Yu currently performs on the 1715 “Joachim” Stradivarius violin, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

Feng Niu 牛豐pianist

Chinese pianist Feng Niu 牛豐 is known for her vivacious and sensitive collaboration with some of the most promising instrumentalists of recent years. The highlight of her recent and upcoming performances include appearances at the “First Monday Series” in Boston’s Jordan Hall, Strathmore’s “Music at the Mansion”, the Cranbrook Guild Music Series in Michigan, and the Phillips Collections’s “Sunday Concerts Series” in Washington DC.

Niu is a long-term partner with flutist virtuoso Annie Wu, who is the winner of Astral Artists’ 2015 Auditions as well as the First Prize winner of the 2016 James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition. Recently they recorded a debut album titled “They Call Me Mignon: 11 variations on a voice”, and their performance has been broadcast nationally on WETA classical radio.

At the New England Conservatory, she is in frequent demand as a collaborative pianist working with renowned artists such as Paula Robison, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Katz, Kim Kashkashian, and Laurence Lesser. She has been a staff pianist at Bowdoin International Music Festival since 2018.

Niu received her early piano training under the guidance of professor Shiyu Zhou at Shanghai Conservatory. She made her solo recital debut at the age of 10, and was a top prize winner at the Hong Kong Young Pianist Competition, Yamaha Asia Piano Competition, and Lagny Sur Marne International Piano Competition in France.

Niu came to the U.S. in 2012, working with Mr. Gabriel Chodos at the New England Conservatory. She is currently pursuing a highly sought-after Doctor of Musical Arts degree at New England Conservatory, working with Dr. Pei-Shan Lee.

Notes on the Program
by Dr.Jannie Burdeti
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