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Monday, January 10, 2011

Juilliard Duo Pianists Celebrate Chinese New Year in Recital


JUILLIARD DUO: PIANISTS LANG-NING LIU & LU WANG

CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR IN RECITAL JANUARY 18, 2011

Pianists Lang-Ning Liu and Lu Wang, who together form the Juilliard Duo, bring in the Chinese Year of the Rabbit with a concert of solos, duets and stunning two-piano works, Tuesday, January 18 at 8 p.m.at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto. The event is presented by CAST – the Chinese Artists Society of Toronto.

Tickets, $30; $25 students and seniors, and information are available from www.roythomson.com, or by calling phone 416-872-4255. (Tickets will be available at the Glenn Gould Studio box office two hours before the concert.)

PROGRAM:

The founding artistic directors of the CCC Toronto International Piano Competition (November 1-8, 2010), Liu and Wang perform Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Lutoslawski’s dazzling tour-de-force, Variations on a Theme by Paganini – both for two pianos – and the Schubert Fantasy in F minor for piano four-hands.

To honor the Chinese New Year, they premiere their own two-piano arrangement of 100 Birds Salute the Phoenix, a popular tune usually performed on the traditional Chinese oboe, the “suona”, mimicking bird sounds.

The program will include two solos: Scriabin’s Fantasy, Op. 28; and – in honor of the Liszt 2011 bicentennial – Vallée d’Obermann from Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage.

THE ARTISTS:

Both in their 20s, Chinese-born pianists Lang-Ning Liu and Lu Wang formed the Juilliard Duo in 2005 while studying at New York’s Juilliard School. Exploiting a vast repertoire for two pianos, the duo has appeared at prestigious venues and on TV in Canada, the U.S. and in China – including Alice Tully Hall, the Beijing Central Conservatory Hall and the Banff Centre – attracting considerable attention. In 2009, the duo gave its sold-out Canadian debut concert in Toronto, donating the proceeds to the Chinese Cultural Center’s Sichuan Earthquake Rebuilding Fund. Wang and Liu plan to continue helping the community through their future projects.


Both are accomplished soloists who have already embarked on successful international careers.

Info about the Juilliard Duo can be found at www.valentineconcert.com/pianists.html (from 2009). Lang-Ning Liu’s website is www.artoflangning.com. (Concert website to come.)

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