Wanchi, violin, and Lori Piitz, piano

Featuring Diane Phoenix-Neal, viola, and Carl Donakowski, cello

Mon, Jan 14 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL

Wanchi, violin, and Lori Piitz, piano

Featuring Diane Phoenix-Neal, viola, and Carl Donakowski, cello

Mon, Jan 14 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL


Wanchi has given highly acclaimed recitals and collaborated with internationally renowned performing artists in chamber music performances throughout the United States, including at the Kennedy Center. She has served as an adjudicator at the Hong Kong Music School Festival multiple times and as a performing instructor at the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan for the past five summers. Wanchi has presented at the ASTA National Conference on multiple occasions and her CDs of Eugène Ysaÿe’s Sonatas and complete Partitas and Sonatas of J.S. Bach for Solo Violin have been released under the Centaur Label. Both CDs have earned favorable reviews. Wanchi enjoys performing with Trio Sorpresa, a piano trio, and is the founding member of this ensemble. Huang earned a B.M. from the Curtis Institute of Music, an M.M. from The Juilliard School, and a D.M. from Indiana University. She currently teaches a full violin studio in JMU’s School of Music.

Lori Piitz has performed in prestigious venues on both sides of the Atlantic, including New York’s Lincoln Center and Steinway Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and the Augsburg Mozart Festival, both in Germany. Ms. Piitz has been heard on both the French and English networks of CBC Radio (Canada) as well as on the Südwestfunk (Southwest German Radio in Stuttgart). A winner in the Canadian Music Competitions (CMC), she was also a finalist in CVC television’s Virguoses en Herbe Competition.

Since joining the JMU faculty in 2002, Ms. Piitz has performed in a number of summer festivals, including the EMU Bach Festival, and both the Richmond and Staunton Music Festivals. Previous teaching engagements include the University of Ottawa, Eastern Mennonite University, and the Nürnberg/Augsburg Hochschule für Musik.

Ms. Piitz studied at the University of Ottawa and Indiana University. Her teachers include Jean-Paul Sevilla, Leonard Hokanson, and Menahem Pressler.

Violist Diane Phoenix-Neal performs nationally and internationally as a collaborative chamber musician and soloist, most recently in France, Poland and Brazil. Her sound is described as “rich and sumptuous” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) with “an admirable combination of precision and fire” (The New York Times). Phoenix-Neal is principal violist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra, and received her training from The Juilliard School, the UNC School of the Arts, and UNC Greensboro.

Carl Donakowski was a prize winner in the 1989 Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin. His recital performances have aired on WQRS Detroit, WQXR New York and Sudwestfunk Radio Baden-Baden. As a member of the West End Chamber Ensemble, he participated in the National Endowment for the Arts/Chamber Music America Rural Residency Chamber Music Initiative. His major teachers were Timothy Eddy, Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman, and Christoph Henkel.


HIGHLIGHTS


  • Kyle Abraham's company, A.I.M, brings its "lush movement, infectious music and magnetic dancers" to the Forbes Center for the first time!



  • Jeremy Denk is "a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs" (The New York Times).



  • The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra makes its Forbes Center debut on its first-ever North American tour!



  • Staunton dance devotee Pamela McCray wins 2018 Circle of Excellence Award


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