Friday, June 15 | 8 PM (Entrance: 7:30 PM)
AmiCaFest Faculty Concert
Chiesa di Sant’Anna: Corso Cavour, 115 | Grammichele
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
From Notenbüchlein (Little Clavier Book), II, for Anna Magdalena Bach (1725):
Aria in G Major, BWV 988/1
Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825
V. Menuett I
VI. Menuett II
Enrico Elisi, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”
I. Das Lebewohl. Adagio – Allegro
II. Abwesenheit. Andante espressivo
III. Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Alborada del gracioso from Miroirs, M. 43
Ji-Hyun Cho, piano
Alexander Scriabin (1871-1915)
Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op. 9
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
From Preludes, Op. 23:
No. 1 in F-sharp minor
No. 4 in D major
No. 6 in E-flat major
Thomas Lanners, piano
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1
Mazurkas, Op. 67
1. Vivace in G major
2. Cantabile in G minor
3. Allegretto in C major
4. Moderato animato in A minor
Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 “Heroic”
Tian Ying, piano
Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Enrico Elisi has been hailed for his mastery of elegance, refinement, and fantasy (La Nueva España). He regularly performs to acclaim throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia and his interpretations reveal “remarkable sensitivity, imagination and polish,” (Baltimore Sun).
In Italy he has appeared in historical settings such as La Fenice Theatre, Venice; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; Bibiena Theatre, Mantua; Pavarotti Opera House, Modena; Teatro Comunale and Sala Bossi, Bologna; Sant’Anna dei Lombardi Church, Naples, as well as Amalfi Cathedral and Museo diocesiano. He has also given recitals in various European countries including France, Germany, Slovak Republic and Spain. In Asia he performed in South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Singapore. Recent engagements include recitals at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library, New York’s Morgan Library, Washington’s National Gallery of Art and the Italian Embassy, Lima, Peru, as well as several performances in Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Tennessee.
Elisi has appeared with the Florence Symphony, Italy; Orchestra Classica de Porto, Portugal; Bay Atlantic Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Williamsport Symphony, Pennsylvania Centre, Penn State Philharmonic, Penn’s Woods, UNLV Chamber and Johns Hopkins Symphony orchestras, USA. He also debuted as soloist/conductor with the Green Valley Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Among Elisi’s awards are top prizes in the Venice Competition (Italy) and the Oporto International Competition (Portugal). After winning nine first prizes in competitions in Italy and the US, and having garnered a dozen of other top prizes and awards, Elisi performed in Toulouse, France, and New York’s Weill Recital Hall as a La Gesse Fellow.
Via Classica, a German radio station, offered a two-hour broadcast of Elisi’s live recital in Hamburg followed by an interview (2008). Additional radio broadcasts include Montebeni Classica FM (Italy), WCLV Cleveland, UNC, KCNV Nevada Public Radio, and KGCS (USA). He also appeared in a TV broadcast for WPSU and Portuguese national TV.
An avid chamber musician, Elisi has performed at the Taos and Ravinia Festivals, and collaborated with principal players from the Baltimore, Chicago, and American Symphony Orchestras, as well as other well-known soloists. As a champion of new music, Elisi has commissioned works from composers of many nationalities and premiered Paul Chihara’s Two Images, at Weill Hall—a composition he subsequently recorded (Albany Records).
A frequent guest at music festivals, Elisi appears and performs regularly in such settings as Cincinnati Art of the Piano, Montecito, Lee University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Texas State University, and Chautauqua Institution (USA); Associazione Umbria classica and Amalfi Coast Festival (Italy); Ameri-China Foundation and Sichuan International Piano Festival (China).
Elisi recently joined the distinguished Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto as an associate professor, having previously taught at the Eastman School, the Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Nevada L.V. His current and former students include prizewinner in competitions; hold teaching posts; performed with orchestras (including the Rochester Philharmonic and Dallas Chamber Symphony); gave debut recitals from New York to Caracas, Paris and Seoul; garnered fellowships and scholarships at summer programs and have been accepted in artist diploma, MM, and DMA programs in prestigious institutions in the US and abroad.
Elisi also presented hundreds of master classes, both in conjunction with his performing engagements, at Northwestern University, Boston University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Temple University, the University of Michigan, USA; University of British Columbia, Canada; National Conservatory of Lima, Peru; Accademia delle Marche, Italy; Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan; China Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory, China; Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong; Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Singapore; Jakarta Conservatory, Indonesia; Seoul National, Yonsei, Hanyang, Ewha Woman’s, as well as most other major universities in Korea. Elisi also held a two-year guest professorship at the China Zhejiang Art School in Hangzhou, China and since 2013 he has been teaching an annual workshop in Seoul.
As an adjudicator, he has taken part in the Tremplin International and the Concours de Musique du Canada, the Iowa, the Peabody Yale Gordon, the Julia Crane International, the Fite Young Artist competitions, as well as the Nevada, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas State Music Teachers Associations’ competitions, as well as the Ameri-China Foundation Competition in Chengdu, China. In 2017 he will also adjudicate the Dallas International Piano Competition.
After studying at the Conservatory of Florence and the world-renowned Incontri col Maestro International Piano Academy of Imola, Elisi worked with Schnabel’s disciple Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. A year after graduating, at Fleisher’s invitation, he performed at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in a joint recital with his mentor. Among his teachers were pianist Lazar Berman and Boris Petrushansky, respectively pupils of Goldenweiser and Neuhaus, as well as Alexander Lonquich, Franco Scala and Giuseppe Fricelli.
Elisi’s latest CD, Mozart Piano Album, has been released in 2011.
Enrico Elisi invites his audience to interact with him on Twitter and “like” his page at www.facebook.com/enricoelisipiano.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Ji-Hyun Cho has been praised by the critics for her beautiful tonal colors and the florid lyricism. As a winner of the Artists International Competition, Ms. Cho made her New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1995. Since then, she has been active as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. In 2016, she made her successful debut at the Musikverein Goldener Saal in Vienna, where she performed Mozart Piano Concerto K.488 with the Budapest Sinfonieorchestra.
She has also appeared with a number of orchestras including the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Sung-Nam Philharmonic Orchestra (2006 Orchestra Festival), the Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Korea Chamber Orchestra, the Seoul National University Alumni Symphony Orchestra, the Kang-Nam Philharmonic Orchestra, the KT Chamber Orchestra, the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan, Budapest Sinfonieorchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Elche, Euro Sinfonietta Wien and the Kaunas Chamber Orchestra among others.
Ms. Cho has a prolific international career, performing at prestigious venues such as New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, the Musikverein Goldener Saal, Solti Hall, Novomatic Forum Hall, Auditorium de Aguilas, Gran Teatro de Elche, Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Culture Center, Kumho Art Hall and Sung-Nam Art Center among others.
As an active chamber musician, she frequently collaborated with renowned musicians on stage. In 1996 and 1999, she performed at the United Nations’ Concerts for World Peace, held in the Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium. As a member of Seoul Chamber Society, she performed on a concert tour throughout Southeast Asia in 2013. She was the featured artist at the music festivals such as ‘Bol Summer Festival (Croatia)’ and the ‘Armonie della Sera Chamber Music Festival (Italy)’ in 2016.
Born in Incheon, South Korea, Ms. Cho began her piano studies at age seven and she received her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University. She obtained her Master of Music degree at The Julliard School, and later earned her D. M. A. degree at The Manhattan School of Music. She has studied under Kye-Sook Suh, Oxana Yablonskaya, and Constance Keene, and has also had several sessions with Lazar Berman at the Kleipeda Music Festival in Lithuania. She has won numerous prizes throughout her career including the IBLA International Competition and the Trani International Competition.
Ms. Cho has also had her performances aired on numerous Korean national radio stations including ‘KBS-FM’ and ‘TBS-FM.’ She recorded an album devoted to romantic dances by Chopin, Liszt and Brahms, which was released in 2006. She has performed series of recitals entitled ‘Piano Album (2002-2010)’, ‘Mozart Highlight Series(2011-2013)’ and ‘Schubert Highlight Series (2013-2016)’, all of which were favorably received in Korea.
She is now well into the ‘Beethoven Cycle’, performing all the instrumental sonatas of Beethoven. Ms. Cho has been a Professor of Piano at Dankook University in Korea since 2003.
Thomas Lanners has appeared as a solo and collaborative pianist and clinician throughout the U.S. and abroad, presenting his New York solo debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004. His performances have been broadcast nationally and internationally on programs such as American Public Media’s Performance Today and RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany in Ireland, among many others.
Thomas has performed, presented master classes, and given lectures on various musical topics as a guest artist throughout the United States, in Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia. Most recently, he has presented master classes at Yonsei University in Seoul, and in China at the Sichuan Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory and Conservatory Middle School, Zhejiang Conservatory, East China Normal University and Beijing Normal University. Thomas gave a master class on the NYU Steinhardt School of Music’s Piano Artist Master Class Series in 2012 and served as a performer, master class clinician and adjudicator at the Lee University International Piano Festival and Competition in Tennessee. He performed in Bangkok and Hua-Hin, Thailand in 2014.
Other institutions he has visited as a guest artist include the Eastman School of Music, the Universities of Texas-Austin, Colorado-Boulder, North Texas, Miami (FL), South Carolina, Oklahoma, Western Ontario (Canada), and Iowa; Northwestern, Syracuse, Louisiana State, Southern Methodist, and Baylor Universities; the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and the Unidad Académica de Artes de la Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas in Mexico. In addition, Lanners has played solo recitals in Belgium and performed on the Classical Mondays recital series in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.
His latest recording, Ned Rorem: Piano Works, Volume 2, was released worldwide by Centaur Records. The disc received great critical praise, including this from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Thomas Lanners brings exceptional detail and urgency to the repertoire, taking as much care with inner voices as he does with arching statements. Grade: A.” An American Record Guide review of Thomas’ previous CD, Ned Rorem: The Three Piano Sonatas, read: “Anyone who cares about mainstream 20th Century piano music should seek out this superlative recording.” In a review of Lanners’ recording of Leonard Bernstein’s solo piano works, Jed Distler wrote for ClassicsToday.com: “All told, Lanners’ loving mastery easily holds its own in any company. Warmly recommended.”
His championing of American piano music was the topic of an interview article in a 2010 issue of Fanfare. He is an active writer on musical topics, with several feature articles having been published in American Music Teacher magazine, among others. Always in demand as a clinician, he has presented numerous sessions at both Music Teachers National Association conferences and various state associations. Thomas will be featured, for the fifth consecutive year, in the annual MusicEdConnect.com National Conference, a four-day online piano pedagogy event.
Lanners received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Eastman School as a student of Barry Snyder. He also studied under John Perry at the Aspen Music Festival and Jerome Lowenthal at the Music Academy of the West. Designated the 2014 Distinguished Music Teacher by the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, he currently serves as Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University.
Praised by the Boston Globe as “one of the finest pianists active in America,” Tian Ying, winner of many prestigious awards, including high honors at the Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1989, has become well-known for his eloquent, poetic, and dramatically intense performances. Ying’s reputation for unusually searching and profound interpretations played at the highest level of virtuoso accomplishment has earned him a distinguished place among today’s most exciting, original and accomplished artists of his generation.
Tian Ying has appeared with numerous orchestras, such as the Rochester Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta at Orchestra Hall, and the symphonies of Atlanta, Fort Worth, Toledo, Columbus, Colorado, Hartford, Jacksonville, Spokane, Oakland, Madison, Wichita, Ann Arbor, Shanghai, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others. Solo recitals have taken Tian Ying across North America, Europe, and from Casablanca to Seoul; he has performed at Jordan Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Mondavi Center, Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Woodruff Arts Center, Shanghai Grand Opera Theater, Taipei National Theater, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, and among others.
During the 2003-04 season alone, Tian Ying performed 9 different concerti with orchestras across the U.S. The Boston Globe chose Tian Ying’s Bank of Boston Celebrity Series concert as one of the Top Ten in classical music events; The Miami Herald chose Tian Ying’s performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 at the Opening Concert at the 2009 Festival Miami as the Top Five performances of the year. There have been many articles written about Tian Ying, including profiles in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and People Magazine.
Recent and upcoming engagements include recitals at Universities of Louisville, Wisconsin, Alabama, South Carolina, Coker College, Lee University, and festivals at Southeastern, Eastern Music, Pine Mountain and many others. International performances also brought Tian Ying abroad to Bangkok, Thailand for the 2011 inaugural concert of the “C-Clef” Concert Series.
Tian Ying is currently professor of Keyboard Performance at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in Coral Gables, Florida, a position he has held since 2002. Tian Ying records for Centaur Records and DeMA Records.