Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Summer FREE Concert @ NEC 2022
at New England Conservatory,
Boston, Massachusetts

 August 11 - 27, 2022

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




Saturday, August 27, 2022, 7:30 pm
NEC's Jordan Hall

Mercury Orchestra

Nan Ni
Concerto winner
Fou Ts'ong International Concerto Competition 2022



Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73 ("Emperor")
Adagio un poco mosso
Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

~ intermission ~

Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Allegro con brio
Andante con moto
Scherzo: Allegro


The all-Beethoven extravaganza at Jordan Hall, including Nan Ni’s prize turn for the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts’s Fou Ts’ong International Piano Competition, found Channing Yu and the Mercury Orchestra in great form in the best of all possible concerts in Boston on Saturday night. -Lee Eiseman, Boston Musical Intelligencer.

"Alone on our calendar for Boston, this event constitutes the best of all possible concerts for Saturday night." -
Lee Eiseman, Boston Musical Intelligencer.

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

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Lincoln, Massachusetts



photos: Chung Cheng

photos: Xiaopei Xu and Chi Wei Lo

Nan Ni 倪楠 (age 23, China)
Concerto winner 傅聰國際協奏曲比賽
Fou Ts'ong International Concerto Competition 2022

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.

Mercury Orchestra


(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—June 18, 2010) The Mercury Orchestra has been selected as the national winner of the 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Performance, community orchestra division, in a competition including orchestras from 26 states and the District of Columbia.

The American Prize is a series of new non-profit national competitions designed to recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States. Founded in 2009, the American Prize rewards the best recorded performances of music by individuals and ensembles in the United States at the professional, community/amateur, college/university, church and school levels. 

The 97-member Mercury Orchestra, directed by the young American conductor Channing Yu, brings together some of the most talented amateur musicians in the Cambridge/Boston area to perform some of the most challenging works in the symphonic repertoire. Now in its third season, the orchestra will perform two highly colorful and evocative works—Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1911) and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique—on July 17 in Sanders Theatre at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In their evaluations, the competition judges praised the orchestra’s "excellent interpretations" and made special mention of the orchestra’s "thrilling rendition of the Rondo-Finale from the Mahler Symphony No. 5," taken from a live recording of the orchestra’s performance in July 2009. "What an incredible honor for the Mercury Orchestra," says Maestro Yu, who is also a finalist in the 2010 American Prize for Conducting competition. "The musicians in our orchestra are some of the most dedicated, serious, and expressive artists I have ever worked with, and it is a thrill to make music together."

The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra of West Windsor, N.J., took second prize, and the Auburn University/Community Orchestra of Auburn, Ala., won third prize. The judges’ decision was announced on June 18, 2010, on the American Prize website, where the three orchestras were congratulated "for their outstanding achievement, ranked among the finest community orchestras in the country." 

Justin Albstein, Mercury Orchestra’s general manager, says, "it’s wonderful that our orchestra has received this recognition in only its second year. The musicians deserve tremendous credit for taking on some of the most challenging pieces in the repertoire and succeeding brilliantly."

Adds Brian Van Sickle, principal flutist: "This is really an honor to receive such recognition. What I love most about playing in this orchestra is how sensitively all of the players work together and listen to one another. It’s a thrill to be a part of it all."

Channing Yu
music director and conductor

American orchestra and opera conductor Channing Yu is Music Director of the Mercury Orchestra in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Music Director of Bay Colony Brass in Watertown, Massachusetts. He is national winner of the 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting in the community orchestra division. 

He has also served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lowell House Opera, the oldest opera company in New England, where he conducted over thirty fully staged performances with orchestra, including Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Puccini’s Turandot, Verdi’s Otello, and Puccini’s Tosca. For his musical direction of Tosca, he was awarded second prize in the 2011 American Prize in Opera Conducting national competition.

His 2013–14 invitational engagements include conducting the Fall River Symphony Orchestra (Fall River, MA) and Berlin Sinfonietta (Berlin, Germany), and adjudicating for the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, the Brookline Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts Concerto Competition.

Of the Lowell House Opera’s performance of Otello, The Harvard Crimson wrote, "The production’s hero was the orchestra, under the keen direction of Channing Yu. Yu was able to channel all the energy of the 80-member ensemble into moments that spanned the entire emotional spectrum—from sheer joy to complete misery. The sound produced by the orchestra was stylish, heartfelt, and on the whole, refined." The Boston Musical Intelligencer noted, "The real star of the performance was the orchestra, led with great skill by Channing Yu."

He served as guest conductor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, in its 2008 production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s baroque opera Les arts florissants. He guest conducted the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and 2009. He was invited as one of fourteen conductors worldwide to work with conductors Neeme Järvi, Leonid Grin, and Paavo Järvi in master classes at the 2009 Leigo Lakes Music Days Festival in Estonia. In 2010, he worked with George Pehlivanian and L’Ensemble Orchestral de València in Spain. In 2013 he worked with Johannes Schlaefli and conducted the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.

He began formal study of conducting at Harvard University with James Yannatos; there he served as assistant conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and conductor of the Toscanini Chamber Orchestra. Since then, he has worked with a number of conductor teachers in the master class setting, including Kenneth Kiesler, Diane Wittry, Charles Peltz, and Frank Battisti.

Channing Yu grew up in Pennsylvania. Originally trained as a pianist, he was a divisional grand prize winner of the American Music Scholarship Association International Piano Competition, and he has appeared as piano soloist with numerous orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchèstra Nova. He has been praised by The Boston Globe for his "imaginative piano work." He performs with the chamber ensemble sul ponticello, in Cambridge, MA. As a violinist, he has served as concertmaster of the Brahms Society Orchestra and as violinist in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a founding member of the string quartet Quartetto Periodico. As a lyric baritone, he has performed with the Boston Opera Collaborative, in the Richard Crittenden Opera Workshop in Boston, and in the Neil Semer Vocal Institute in Coesfeld and Aub, Germany. He also sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Grammy award-winning chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. He is a member of the faculty of the Powers Music School in Belmont, Massachusetts. Channing Yu lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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