Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Summer FREE Concert @ NEC 2023
at New England Conservatory,
Boston, Massachusetts

Aug 10 to 26, 2023
All concerts Admission Free, suggested donation $10 at door
Age 6 and under not admitted



Monday, August 14, 2023, 7:30 pm
NEC's Williams Hall

Hai-Ye Ni 倪海葉, cellist
Xun Pan 潘洵, pianist


Ludwig von Beethoven
Twelve variations in G major
on "See the conquering hero comes"
from Handel's Judas Maccabeus, WoO 45

Ludwig von Beethoven
Sonata No. 3 in A, Op. 69
Allegro ma non tanto
Scherzo. Allegro molto
Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace


Johannes Brahms
Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
Allegro non troppo
Allegretto quasi Menuetto

Claude Debussy
Beau Soir (Beautiful Evening)

Frédéric Chopin

Introduction et Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3



It is not uncommon for principals of major orchestras (in this case, the Philadelphia) to take to other stages as sought-after soloists and chamber players; such is the case with cellist Hai-Ye Ni, with her frequent partner, the accomplished pianist Xun Pan, the masterful duo brought well-honed skills to welcome fare. Chopin’s Introduction et Polonaise Brillante in C Major, Opus 3 (1829) - a lively showpiece, performed here with dazzle and verve. An encore, the beautiful “Swan” from Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals, rewarded the warmly responsive audience, floating with aristocratic grace.  - Julie Ingelfinger, The Boston Musical Intelligencer

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

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Lincoln, Massachusetts


event photos: Xiaopei Xu and Chi Wei Lo

Hai-Ye Ni 倪海葉, cellist

An exceptional musician renowned for her fluid technique, gorgeous tone, and brilliantly expressive performances, Hai-Ye Ni enjoys a distinguished career as principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and as a sought-after soloist and chamber musician. Praised by the press as “soulfully expressive” (Washington Post), Ms. Ni has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Her recital credits include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institute, and Alice Tully Hall. She has collaborated with pianists Jeffrey Kahane, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Yefim Bronfman, and violinists Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, and Leonidas Kavakos. Among her festival credits are Ravinia, Marlboro, Aspen, Spoleto, and Kuhmo.

Ms. Ni has performed the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, the Brahms “Double” Concerto, Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto, and John Williams’s Memoirs of a Geisha with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior highlights include a Baroque concerti program with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra as soloist and conductor, and the Tchaikovsky trio with Lang Lang at Carnegie Hall.

Hai-Ye Ni has recorded a solo CD on Naxos and a chamber CD Spirit of Chimes on Delos.

Hai-Ye Ni won the prestigious Naumburg International Cello Competition in 1990. Other awards include first prize in the 1996 International Paulo Cello Competition in Finland, and second prize in the 1997 Rostropovich Competition. Ms. Ni was associate principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic from 1999 to 2006.

Ms. Ni has been featured on ABC’s “20/20,” on NPR, and in The Strad magazine. She has given masterclasses at Curtis, Manhattan School, and Shanghai and Beijing Conservatories. She served on the jury of the Fifth Paulo International Cello Competition in 2013 and the Naumburg Competition.

She began her study with her mother and at the Shanghai Conservatory. She also studied at the San Francisco Conservatory and the Juilliard School.

Xun Pan 潘洵, pianist

A Steinway Artist, pianist Xun Pan received his early musical training from his grandmother and pianists-parents, Pan Yiming and Ying Shizhen. He continued his studies at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Syracuse University in New York, and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Mr. Pan has won many international piano competitions and awards, beginning with first prize in the 1986 China National Piano Competition in Beijing, and the "Dr. Luis Sigall" International Piano Competition in Chile in 1987, the International Festival Piano Competition in Korea in 1990, the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York in 1992, and the Artists International Competition in New York in 1993. A student of Theodore Lettvin, Mr. Pan has performed solo recitals and chamber music concerts worldwide from Carnegie Weill Hall to the Beijing National Center for Performing Arts. He has performed in Moscow, Santiago, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, London, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Taipei, Budapest, Salzburg, Sicily, New York, Seoul, Pyongyang, Biel, Bern, Brussels, Vina Del Mar, Washington DC, Lisbon, Toronto, Boston, San Jose, San Francisco, and many other cities in the world. He “…excites his audience with extraordinary power and masterful technique.” (The Star-Ledger)

A noted chamber musician, Mr. Pan is the pianist of the Newstead Trio, Trio Clavino, and Gabriel Chamber Ensemble. Their work has been broadcast live on radio and television, and they have released several highly acclaimed recordings. Trio Clavino toured seven cities in China with Fulbright Grants managed by US Embassy in Beijing in 2014, and again in 2016. Mr. Pan has been served as a judge in many competitions include "Frinna Awerbuch" International Piano Competition in New York, United States Music Open Competition in Oakland, CA, United States International Music competition in Stanford, CA, Pancho Vladigerov International Piano Competition in Shumen, Bulgaria, and Maria Clara Cullell International Piano Competition in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Dr. Pan is the Director of Keyboard Studies of The Tell School of Music at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and is a visiting professor at many universities and conservatories in China, includes Central Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory of Music. He also taught master classes at Manhattan School of Music, Boston University, Frost School of Music at University of Miami, University of West Florida, Benjamin T Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America, Dartmouth College, Mozarteum University (Austria), Bellini Music Institute (Italy), Tbilisi State Conservatoire (Georgia), and others. He taught and served as the Chairman of the Piano Department at Pennsylvania Academy of Music between 1996 and 2009.

Dr. Pan is one of the founding members and the Co-Artistic Director of the Lancaster International Piano Festival in Pennsylvania, USA.
He performed the entire 32 piano sonatas, 10 piano/violin sonatas, and 8 piano/cello works of Beethoven to celebrate his 250th anniversary of birth a couple of year ago.

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Lincoln,  Massachusetts