Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Summer FREE Concert @ NEC 2022
夏日系列音樂會
at New England Conservatory,
Boston, Massachusetts

 August 10 - 27, 2022

All concerts Admission Free, suggested donation $10 at door
Age 6 and under not admitted
 


 



Concerto semi final round

Saturday, August 20, 2022, 1-6 pm
at
NEC's Williams Hall



announced June 21, 2022
10 semi-finalists
(alphabetically)

Lucas Amory Han Chen Boyuan Cheng Po-Wei Ger Sahun Sam Hong
Nan Ni Peter Yide Shi Hongzhen Wang Alice Chenyang Xu Sunny Lin Kai Zhang
 

Solo Pieces
(20 minutes each)

In addition to the Solo repertoire listed, each candidate will perform a 5-7 min orchestra excerpt from the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73. It will be announced on Thursday Aug 18, two days before the Semi-Final Round.

Concerto 2022
2022年指定曲:

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5,
Op. 73 (Emperor)

貝多芬鋼琴協奏曲第五號
第七十三號作品 (皇帝)
 

 

Admission Free, suggested donation $10 at door.
Age 6 and under not admitted.

中華表演藝術基金會
Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Lincoln, Massachusetts


 


 
solo piece performers (alphabetically)

Lucas Amory
(age 20, USA)

Solo repertoire :

1, Beethoven: Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1

      Allegro vivace (~6 minutes)

2, Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 (~11 minutes):

      No. 5, "In der Nacht" ("In the Night") in F minor
      No. 6, "Fabel" ("Fable") in C Major
      No. 7, "Traumes Wirren" ("Dream's Confusions") in F Major
      No. 8, "Ende vom Lied" ("End of the Song") in F Major


Pianist and conductor Lucas Amory is enrolled in Harvard University and New England Conservatory’s dual degree Solo repertoire, as a Piano Performance major in the studio of Hae-Sun Paik. A 2020 Presidential Scholar of the Arts Semifinalist and National Young Arts Foundation Finalist in Classical Music, Lucas is also a past winner of the Lyra Music Young Artists Competition, the Claudette Sorel Piano Competition, and a two-time winner of NEC’s Honor Recital Competition. He has performed at the 92nd St.Y, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and multiple times at Alice Tully Hall. Among many summer festivals, he has attended Music Academy of the West, Morningside Music Bridge, Yellow Barn, and Aspen. In his down time, he acquaints himself with opera, sightreads with friends, and enjoys watching baseball.


Han Chen
(age 30, Taiwan)

Solo repertoire :

1, Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
    
Moderato cantabile molto espressivo (6’30”)
2, Schumann: Drei Fantasiestücke, Op. 111
(11’)

Praised by the New York Times for his “graceful touch,” “rhythmic precision,” and “hypnotic charm,” pianist Han Chen has established himself in both the classical music and contemporary music worlds with his versatile Solo repertoireming and effortless technique. Since winning the Gold Medal at the 2013 China International Piano Competition, Chen has gained an international recognition and released three solo albums under the Naxos label, featuring music by Franz Liszt, Anton Rubinstein, and Thomas Adès.

As a soloist, Chen has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Calgary Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Macao Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony, China Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, to name a few. Chen has worked with renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Karina Canellakis, Nicholas McGegan, Simon Rattle.

An advocate for new music, Mr. Chen actively performs music of our time. He has worked with eminent composers such as Thomas Adès, Unsuk Chin, Helmut Lachenmann, Lei Liang and Nina Young, given world premieres of works by Chin, Molly Joyce, Jonah Haven, among others. He is a member of the New York-based groups Ensemble Échappé and PinkNoise Ensemble. His online series Migration Music consists of interviews and performances featuring immigrant composers, with support from the Metropolis Ensemble.

Born in Taiwan, Mr. Chen graduated from The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, studying with Prof. Yoheved Kaplinsky and Prof. Wha Kyung Byun. He is now a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center with Prof. Kaplinsky and Prof. Ursula Oppens.


Boyuan Cheng
(age 22, China)

S
olo repertoire :

1, Schubert: Sonata in C minor, D.958, first movement
2, Chopin: Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op.60


Boyuan Cheng, 22, started learning piano at the age of four. At the age of twelve, he was accepted into the Shanghai Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music, ranking first out of all auditionees. There, he studied with pianist Zhou Ting. Boyuan has enjoyed various accomplishments in his career — in 2016, Boyuan received second prize in the 10th Moscow International Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists, appreciated by all the jury members including Dang Thai Son, Katarzyna Popowa. He has also received scholarships from the Junyuan Tang Education Foundation and Shanghai Literary and Art Talent Fund.

Boyuan has also performed with numerous orchestras in China, including the Xiamen Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. With these orchestras, he performed great concertos such as Beethoven’s Third and Fifth Concerto, Chopin’s First Concerto, and Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto.

He also held 9 recitals, including some well-known concert halls in China such as Beijing National Grand Theater, Shanghai Concert hall and so on. Boyuan recently received his bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and studied with pianist Hung-Kuan Chen. In the fall, he will be starting his master’s degree under the tutelage of pianist Dang Thai Son at the New England Conservatory of Music.


Po-Wei Ger
(age 26, Taiwan)

S
olo repertoire :

1, Haydn: Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI 46 (mvt I)
2, Debussy: Etude XI pour les arpèges composés
3, Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39


Born on December 6th, 1995. Pianist Po-Wei Ger graduated from the Master of Musical Arts degree in Yale School of Music, under the guidance of Dr. Melvin Chen in 2021, and will enroll in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Manhattan School of Music this fall, under the tutelage of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky.

Po-Wei began studying piano with Ms. Jia-li Shu at the age of seven. At the age of ten, he further continued his study with Dr. Ming-Hui Lin, piano faculty of the National Taiwan Normal University. He has participated in the Annual Walnut Hill Music Festival in 2009, 2011. He was also honored to perform in the prizewinner concert of the Mozarteum University Summer Academy in 2012, as part of the Solo repertoire of Salzburg Festival. During his Bachelor of Music degree study, Po-Wei collaborated with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra in 2015 and 2016. In April 2021, Po-Wei won the 2nd Prize, Chamber Music Prize, and the Audience Prize of the Premio Jaén competition in Spain.

An avid chamber musician, Po-Wei has played in masterclasses of prestigious musicians such as Mr. Gilbert Kalish. He and his friends, Chao-Chih Chen and Tzu-Wei Huang, formed the clarinet trio – Trio Astralis, and won the Youth Chamber Music Solo repertoire of the Eslite Bookstore, the leading bookstore chain in Taiwan. He has performed in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in 2019, Taos School of Music in New Mexico, 2021, and will return to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in 2022.

Sahun Sam Hong
(age 27, USA)
 
Solo repertoire :



 (short bio)

 

 

 

 


 

 

Nan Ni (age 23, China)

Solo repertoire :

1, Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 9 in D Major, K311, 1st movement
2, Mendelssohn: Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op.28


Nan Ni was born in Anhui, China. She began studying piano at the age of five. At 10, she was admitted to the Music Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music studying under Natalia Filippova. She graduated from the New England Conservatory in 2021 with a Bachelor of Music and is continuing at NEC for her master’s degree with Bruce Brubaker, chair of the Piano Department.

Nan won first prize at the Los Angeles Young Musician International Piano Competition, third prize at the Conero International Piano Competition, second prize at the Shenzhen Piano Open Competition and is a three-time winner of the Piano Department Honors Competition at NEC. A recipient of the Tan Family Grant Scholarship at NEC, she was also awarded a Shanghai Government Scholarship and Niu Ende Piano Music Scholarship and won the Audience Award at the winners’ concert.

Nan has participated in many prestigious music festivals including the Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Music Academy of the West, at which she was awarded the 2020 Sharon and David Bradford Full Scholarship and 2021 Hyon Chough and Maurice Singer Full Scholarship in solo piano. She has taken master classes from Arie Vardi, Jeremy Denk, and Dmitry Alexeev, among other distinguished musicians.

Nan is also an organist studying under Thomas Handel at NEC. She has performed as a solo organist at the Church of the Covenant in Boston, as well as with the NEC concert choir and chamber singers. As an active chamber musician, she and her fellow chamber music partners have won the first prize in the Chamber Music Competition at Shanghai Conservatory.


Peter Yide Shi
(age 20, China)

Solo repertoire :

1, Beethoven: Sonata in B flat Major, No 29, 1st movement
2, Liszt: Feux follets, Transcendental Etude in B flat Major, No 5, S 139
3, Ravel: Ondine


Peter Yide Shi, currently a student of Professor Meng-Chieh Liu in New England Conservatory, started his journey with piano at the age of five. When he was nine, he started his professional music study with Professor Chang at Central Conservatory of Primary School in Beijing. Shortly after that he was accepted to Central Conservatory of Middle School at the age of twelve.

He has appeared in many festivals and venues, including the Oxford Philharmonic Piano Festival, PYPA Festival in Philadelphia, Miami International Piano Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, Jacqueline du Pre Music Hall in Oxford, Zhonghuilou Concert Hall in Beijing, Field Concert Hall of Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery in Miami and AOVA Concert Hall in Philadelphia.

He is also a winner of multiple important piano competitions. His major prizes include the 2nd prize in National Xinghai Piano Competition, the 3rd prize in National Pearl River Kayserburg Piano Competition Amateur Group Three in Guangzhou, the 5th in National CCTV Piano and Violin Competition in Beijing, the 2nd in the International Philadelphia Piano Competition Group A in Philadelphia.

Hongzhen Wang
(age 25, China)

S
olo repertoire :

1, Messiaen: "Regard de l'esprit de joie" from Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus
2, Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”
1st movement: Allegro


Chinese pianist Hongzhen Wang was born in 1997 in Shenyang, China. He began playing the piano at the age of five. In 2015, he graduated from the Middle Music School Affiliate of Shenyang Conservatory under the guidance of Prof. Danwen Wei, Chair of the Piano Department at Central Conservatory in Beijing. He completed both B.M. and M.M. degrees with academic honors from New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Prof. Bruce Brubaker, Chair of the Piano Department. Currently, Hongzhen continues his D.M.A. degree with Prof. Brubaker at NEC as a Tan Family Foundation Scholarship and Emil Danenberg Scholarship recipient.

He has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at major venues such as Jordan Hall in Boston, Meany Center for the Performing Arts in Seattle, Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, and Casa Da Música in Porto. Recent performances include NEC Piano Department Concert Series at Jordan Hall in January 2022, Connections-Chamber Music Series at Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theater in October 2021, and the 250th Anniversary Celebration of Beethoven at Jordan Hall in 2020. His piano trio performance at Jordan Hall was selected and broadcasted by Music for Food in May 2021 and he was also invited by music festivals such as Aspen and Walnut Hill.

Recent years, he also won top prizes in competitions such as American International Piano Competition in Washington D.C., BSO Pops Concerto Competition, PSA Young Artist Competition, BMI International Music Competition, and NEC Piano Honors Competition.


Alice Chenyang Xu
(age 34, China)

Solo repertoire :

1, Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 16, in A Minor, D. 845 First movement
2, Ravel: Scarbo from Gaspard de la nuit

Alice Chenyang Xu has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Germany, USA, Canada, and throughout China. Notable concerts include performances at Chicago Symphony Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Auditorium Theatre, Corbett Auditorium in Cincinnati, Hochschule Musik Hall in Leipzig, Germany, and Jordan Hall in Boston. Xu has collaborated with Borromeo String Quartet and members of the Cleveland Quartet, violinist Anthony Marwood, cellists John Myerscough and Bonnie Hampton, soprano Lucy Shelton, baritone William Sharp, and pianist Christina Dahl. She has coached with composer George Crumb on his set of piano works, Makrokosmos, and has played for former Secretary of State Colin Powell under the auspices of the Eisenhower Fellowship at the Northeast Asia Regional Solo repertoire Seminar. She was invited to give a lecture recital at The Consulate General of the United States, Chengdu in 2019.

She was a recipient of the Dorothy Hinton-Congleton Memorial Presidential Scholarship, second prize-winner of the 10th Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, third prize-winner of the 2nd SEILER International Piano Competition in Germany. She graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and Roosevelt University and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at New England Conservatory of Music. Xu studied with Vivian Weilerstein, Seth Knopp, Wha-Kyung Byun, Meng-Chieh Liu, Winston Choi and Seymour Lipkin.


Sunny Lin Kai Zhang
(age 17, Canada)

Solo repertoire :

1, Beethoven - Sonata in A flat Major, op. 110, 1st and 2nd movements
2, Rachmaninoff - prelude in C Minor, op. 23 no. 7
3, Rachmaninoff - prelude in E flat Major, op. 23 no. 6
4, Liszt - Grandes Etudes de Paganini no. 3: La Campanella


Sunny Lin Kai Zhang began his musical training at the age of three. When he was five, Lin Kai was invited to perform at the Beijing Concert Hall. In the same year, he was invited by Dr. Guangren Zhou to perform in the recital of celebrating F. Chopin's 200th anniversary.

His achievements in international competitions include: First Prize and Gold medal at the Seattle International Piano Competition; First prize at the Carmel Clavier International Piano competition in Solo and Concerto categories; First prize at Orbetello International Piano Competition; First prize at Pacific International Piano Competition; New York Young Performer’s Prize first place winner, etc.

As a soloist, Lin Kai performed in venues such as Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, Chan Centre, Beijing Concert Hall, Gateway theatre, Bell Centre, etc. When he was sixteen, he performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Lin Kai performed multiple concertos with local orchestras and the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet. He also performed multiple concertos with Grosseto Symphony Orchestra in Italy.

He participated in International Masterclasses in the United States, France, Italy and Germany, taking classes with renowned professors such as Gary Graffman, Veda Kaplinsky, Matti Raekallio, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Susan Starr, Lydia Artymiw, Elanor Sokoloff, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Alexander Braginsky, Rena Shereshevskaya, etc.

Sunny Lin Kai Zhang was a student at the Juilliard Pre-College and will continue his piano performance studies at Juilliard this fall, studying under Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone.

Sunny Lin Kai Zhang is a Steinway Young Artist.
 


 



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中華表演藝術基金會
Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Lincoln,  Massachusetts