Violin-Piano Recital

Date: 24 July 2014

Time: 8pm

Venue: Le Quadri  Ballroom, North wing campus


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Sonata No.32 in B-flat major, K 454  —- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Largo – Allegro

Sonata in G minor, L 140  —-  Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Allegro vivo Intermède: Fantasque et léger Finale: Très animé

Tzigane —- Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)


Sonata No.3 in B minor, op.58  —- Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Largo Finale: Presto non tanto; Agitato

Caprice Viennois —- Friedrich Kreisler (1875-1962)

gan jia rongJia-Rong Gan, Violin Jia-Rong Gan, a native of Malaysia, began her violin studies at the age of five. She holds a Master’s of Music degree in Violin Performance from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music from Western Illinois University where she graduated summa cum laude. Past teachers include Julieta Mihai, J. Patrick Rafferty, Thomas Joiner, Malgorzata Potocka, John Allen and Lee Yin Hwa. Jia-Rong has won numerous competitions such as the Young Musical Talent of Malaysia; Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior String Category at State Level; American String Teachers Association; and concerto competition in Brevard Music Festival as well as Western Illinois University. She has appeared as soloist with Brevard Music Center Orchestra and Western Illinois University Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Jia-Rong has performed with the President’s International String Quartet for four consecutive years and is presently a member of Gidding String Quartet and Promessa Trio. She has studied and performed chamber music in various countries including Germany, France, and United States. Currently, Jia-Rong is a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. She has also served as concertmaster for Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, Western Illinois University Symphony & Chamber Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Brevard Music Festival Sinfonia.  Starting in August 2014, Jia-Rong will pursue her Doctor of Music at Florida State University under the tutelage of Corinne Stillwell. chang


Joanne Chew Ann Chang, Piano A native of Ipoh, Malaysia, Joanne Chew Ann Chang (24) began piano lessons at age four. She recently graduated with a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the Florida State University under the tutelage of Read Gainsford. Joanne earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Kent State University, where she graduated summa cum laude in Spring 2012 on a full scholarship. Past teachers include Jerry Wong and Patricia Lim. Joanne also studied additionally with Joela Jones, James Giles, Rebecca Penneys, and Peter Miyamoto. An avid performer, Ms. Chang has participated in numerous master classes and summer festivals, notably the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, and the New York Summer Music Festival. Joanne has been featured locally and internationally in numerous solo and chamber recitals, as well as in competitions, lectures, and symposiums. Aside from the traditional piano repertoire, she enjoys working with living composers, musicians, and dancers. Joanne’s strong interest in research and pedagogy has resulted to the completion of a thesis on French piano duet music for her honors project, and selected as a university representative in the national level. Joanne believes that music appreciation is important and hopes to attract audiences in Malaysia to grow and love this art. Beginning August 2014, she will be pursuing her doctoral studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with Karen Shaw under a fellowship.

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