Date: 30 May 2013 (Thursday)
Venue: Le Quadri Ballroom
Sonata in B-flat for Violin and Piano, K. 454…………….. Mozart
Sonatensatz (Scherzo)…………….. Brahms
Sonatina for Violin and Piano, Op. 100…………….. Dvořák
- Allegro risoluto
- Scherzo & Trio: Molto vivace
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28………………Saint-Saëns
Born in Michigan, Albert Wang made his solo debut with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra at age 15, performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major. Currently residing in Chicago, Wang holds degrees from Indiana University, University of Michigan and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the American Conservatory of Music.
The winner of numerous competitions including International Concerts Atlantique, Society of American Musicians, and the International French Music competitions, Wang is also a recipient of a Fulbright lecturing grant, the Leo Sowerby Medal and a Helmuth Fuchs career grant. He has performed and presented master classes in Canada, China, France, Indonesia, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, Thailand and throughout the United States. He recently performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the 2012 Jakarta International Music Festival and presented master classes at the Jakarta School of Music. His performances have been recorded and broadcast on National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service and WFMT Chicago Fine Arts Station.
As the Music Director of the Baroque Masterplayers since 1994, Wang has performed virtually every major baroque violin concerto with the ensemble. He also champions new music, having performed concertos by Lou Harrison and Frank Martin, and has numerous world premieres to his credit. He made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in 1998 and has recorded on New World Records and with the Slavic Projection Ensemble. Future projects include performances of the complete Bach violin concertos with the Baroque Masterplayers, recitals in the Midwest, Brunei, and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and solo appearances with the North Shore Chamber Arts Ensemble. This summer Wang will be presenting recitals and master classes at UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur and St. Scholastica’s College in Manila as well as performing as a soloist with the Manila Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Wang serves frequently on the juries of music competitions and has published articles and reviews for numerous journals and magazines. His biography is listed in Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. Formerly on the faculties of Roosevelt University and Wheaton College, Wang has been a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra since 1982.
A PADI certified Rescue Diver and AHA certified Emergency First Responder, Mr. Wang participates in a wide range of activities and is a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the United Way.
P’ng Tean Hwa has appeared in many public concert performances as a soloist as well as collaborative pianist in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hungary, and the USA. He has performed with the WVU Symphony Orchestra as a winner of its Young Artist Competition, and played in the masterclasses of Christopher O’Riley, Ralph Votapek, Lydia Artimiw, Anton Nel, Claude Frank, and Florence Kirsch. He has most recently performed in the KL Piano Gala Concert in March 2013, and will return to the same series in 2014.
As a clinician, Tean Hwa has presented numerous lectures, workshops, and seminars to both piano teachers and the general audience, and conducted many masterclasses. He has served as a guest examiner and also adjudicated competitions, including the 2nd Thailand Mozart International Competition and the Ars Nova Competition in Singapore, both in 2012.
A music teacher since 1979, Tean Hwa continues to be passionate in his teaching and in wanting to see his students realize their best potentials. Over the many years, he has taught numerous students of all ages at all levels. A number of his university students have successfully moved on to complete their master’s and doctoral degrees in music on full scholarships, and won numerous accolades along the way. Currently, Dr. P’ng is Professor and Head of the School of Music at UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur, where he teaches piano and coaches chamber music ensembles, as well as lectures in a number of specialized areas in music such as performance practice. At UCSI University, he is currently the Deputy Chair of the University Examination Board and a member of the Board of Postgraduate Studies, and he has served as the Chair of the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee in 2007–2010. In addition, he is a DISC trainer, and had also contributed as a peer reviewer for the Pertanika Journal at Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Dr. P’ng holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and literature from West Virginia University, Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in piano performance from Western Illinois University, FTCL and LTCL diplomas in piano performance from the Trinity College of Music, and a chemical engineering degree from Universiti Malaya. His principal piano teachers include Prof. Dr. Peter Amstutz and Prof. Dr. Michael Campbell. Tean Hwa is a life member of the national scholastic honor society of Phi Kappa Phi in the USA.