2023 Youth Music Culture the Greater Bay Area Chamber Concert 3

Date / Venue

  • Feb 18, 2023 20:00
  • Symphony Hall, Xinghai Concert Hall


George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) (arr. Johan Halvorsen)

GSO “PENG & PAN” String Duo
Peng Ke, violin
Pan Chang, cello

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Divertimento in E-flat Major K.563-  I.& VI.Allegro

Macao Orchestra String Trio
Li Na, violin
Li Jun, viola
Zhang Taiyang, cello

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D.810 (Death and the Maiden) – I. Allegro

SZSO String Quartet
Yang Ziwei, Kuang Yingjie, violins
Wang Chien-Tai, viola
Mao Chengyu, cello

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115-I.Allegro

GSO String Quartet
Wang Jiaqi, Yan Xiaojie, violins
Liu Shuangshuang, viola
Xi Yimeng, cello
Lorenzo Iosco (Guest Artist), clarinet

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano

Hong Kong String Duo
Cheng Li, Liu Fangxi, violins
Shen Lu (Guest Artist), piano

Olli Mustonen (1967-)
Nonet for Strings No. 2

Peng Ke, Cheng Li, Li Na, Liu fangxi, violins
Liu Shuangshuang, Wang Chien-Tai, violas
Pan Chang, Ye Hui, cellos
Zhou Hongji, double bass

Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra “PENG & PAN” String Duo

Established in April 2020 by GSO concertmaster Peng Ke and associate cello principal Pan Chang, the “PENG & PAN” String Duo has appeared in the Xinghai Concert Hall’s “X Infinity” concert series, the first of which attracted more than 10,000 views online. Since then, “PENG & PAN” was invited to appear on CCTV’s “International Arts” program performing Edvard Grieg’s string duo, and was special guest at the GSO’s book launch in December 2020. In October 2021, at the 13th Golden Bell Awards GSO concert, they collaborated with the orchestra in Camille Saint-Saëns’ La Muse et le Poète. The duo appeared for a second season at the GSO’s Music Happy Hours series on May 25, 2022 under the title “It Takes Two II.” The duo is fresh and unique, advocating string chamber music to the audience.

Macao Orchestra String Trio

Founded in 2018, the Macao Orchestra String Trio features three musicians of the ensemble: violinist Li Na, violist Li Jun and cellist Zhang Taiyang. With the mission to promote chamber music, this trio has appeared on many stages in Macao. All three musicians are veteran performers with extensive experience in Europe and China., having served in such institutions as the China Philharmonic Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Jenaer Philharmonie, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. After arriving in Macao, their fine musicianship was widely recognized. They also performed at the founding concert of the Central Conservatory of Music Alumni Association of Macao. During the pandemic they were invited to perform in online concerts featuring Chinese musicians around the world.

Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra String Quartet

Yang Ziwei received a full scholarship to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2017. As early as 2012, she won the top prize at the Shanghai International Chamber Music Competition. A regular performer on the major stages in China and the United States, she has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Shanghai Concert Hall as well as the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre.

Kuang Yingjie started violin studies at a young age, and was accepted at the Central Conservatory of Music in 2016. She has received much praise in masterclasses by such renowned players as Jiang Danwen, Ning Feng, Qian Zhou and Elisabeth Kropfitsch. In early 2020, Kuang went abroad to Germany under the tutelage of Tomasz Tomaszewski at the Universität der Künste Berlin and Ulf Schneider at the Hochschule für Musik Hannover.

Violist Ashley Chien Tai Wang is an active musician who first attracted attention for her performances in the United States and Taiwan. She has graced the stages of New York City, including such venues as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as other cities. Wang holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.

Mao Cheng Yu was a runner-up in 2007 in the string section of the 4th International Youth Performers’ Competition held in Russia. In 2012 he had a full scholarship at Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of world-renowned cellist Liwei Qin. In 2015, Mao was accepted at the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy on a full scholarship for chamber orchestra training. In 2020, Mao received the top prize in the cello category at the Shenzhen Musicians Association Competition.

Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra String Quartet

Wang Jiaqi
A graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Wang Jiaqi joined the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in 2011 in the first violin section. Wang had served as concertmaster of the Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra and violin instructor for the inaugural junior division of the GSYO.

Yan Xiaojie
Yan Xiaojie joined the first violin section of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in 2004 after graduation from the Xi’an Conservatory of Music. Yan has traveled with the GSO to many countires and is a part-time instruction for the junior division of the Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra. Yan was one of the performers at the 2018 YCMG Opening Concert playing chamber music. In 2022, Yan participated in the Bay Area Youth PianoFest, performing chamber music with pianist Chen Sa.

Liu Shuangshuang
Associate Principal Viola of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Liu Shuangshuang is also an instructor for the Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra. She won third prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in England, and second prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She was also runner-up in China’s National Viola Competition. While in the United States, she was a guest player at the Philhadelphia Orchestra, and worked at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Xi Yimeng
A member of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra cello section, Xi Yimeng is also a cello instructor for the Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra. Prior to that, Xi was also the GYSO cello principal. Third-prizewinner of Chamber Music Competition of the Mozartverein Nürnberg, Xi was a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg.

Lorenzo Iosco, clarinet

Lorenzo Iosco is an Italian clarinetist and conductor based in Hong Kong where he is a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied the clarinet at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence from where he graduated with Distinction. He then became a member at Madrid Opera House Teatro Real and London Symphony Orchestra for many years. Chamber music highlights include his London Wigmore Hall debut in 2013. Lorenzo studied orchestral conducting with Piero Bellugi in Florence and Donato Renzetti in Rome. Lorenzo is founder and artistic director of Ensemble Ubertini based in Tuscany with international guest musicians.

Hong Kong String Duo

Currently first violin of the HK Phil, Cheng Li graduated from the Beijing Music Conservatory. He was then awarded a full scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where he earned a master’s degree in 2002. Cheng has performed widely throughout Asia and Europe – as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Musicians with whom he has collaborated include Yehudi Menuhin, Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel and Seiji Ozawa. Chen plays a violin by Rocca, dated 1778.

Currently first violin of the HK Phil, Liu Fangxi was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts at 15. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History of Asian Studies from the Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York. During her studies, she was appointed Concertmaster of the college orchestra, and went on tours of Europe and Asia. She was awarded the Special Prize at the 15th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy. Sponsored by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, she became a fellow of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for two years.

Shen Lu, piano

Shen Lu studied in the United States, graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Doctoral degree in piano performance, New England Conservatory of Music with a Master’s degree, and Central Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s degree. He won top honors at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and during his studies won top prize in concerto competitions at the Cleveland Institute of Music and New England Conservatory. A silver-medal winner at the China “Golden Bell” Awards, he is now a professor in the piano department at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music.

Zhou Hongji, bass

Born in Cixi, Ningbo in 1996. In 2010, he was admitted to the Shanghai Music Middle School and studied double bass with Professor Luo Bing. Following this, he moved to Switzerland in 2012 to entered in the class of Bo Yuan (Professor of Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, Principal Bassist of L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande). Between 2012-2020, he successfully obtained his Bachelor degree as well as two Master’s degrees at Haute École de Musique de Lausanne.

As a professional orchestra bassist, he was appointed Second Soloist of l’Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Guest Principal Bassist of Theatre Orchestre Bienne Soleure, and invited as guest player in multiple Swiss orchestras, working with conductors including Gergely Madaras、Hannu Lintu、Joshua Weilerstein、Lawrence Foster、Lionel Bringuier、Renaud Capuçon、Simone Young etc. Zhou Hongji joined Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Bassist in 2022.