Fans of classical music will be excited to know that Le Petit Salon de Musique is bringing The Gratus Duo to its stage on February 21, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Pianist Hsin-Chiao Liao is a stunning talent from Taiwan who perfectly complements Vietnamese cellist Phuc Phan to create a remarkable new chamber music duo that will offer some of the most beautiful pieces of cello and piano music ever written.
Before moving to the United States to pursue further musical education and training, Hsin-Chiao Liao had already received national recognition and awards in her native Taiwan. She won First Prize at the Kawai International Piano Competition, TCSSH Concerto Competition, and the HTK Music Competition for Talented Youth. Since coming to this country, she has appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist in venues and festivals across the US and Asia. In addition to her love of the classics, Hsin-Chiao is an advocate of new music and has participated in the Contemporary Chamber Players at Stony Brook University on numerous occasions.
Her musical partner Phuc Phan, has traveled and enjoyed successes in many different parts of the world as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member. Since completing a performance degree at the Vietnam National Institute of Music, notable performances include collaborations with members of the Emerson String Quartet, bassoonist Frank Morelli and cellist Colin Carr. Phuc's eclectic interest in music includes work as an active member of the Stony Brook Baroque Ensemble, collaborations with the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and composers at Stony Brook, and performance in other genres include jazz, rock, tango and bluegrass.
This exceptional concert will include a sonata for cello and piano by F.Mendelssohn, sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord by J. S. Bach (played on cello and piano), a set of variations for cello and piano by L. Beethoven and Pohadka (Fairy Tale) by Leos Janacek.
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