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Music Soiree with Chopin, Rachmaninofff, Bach, and Brahms at Heliconian Hall


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Music Soiree with Chopin, Rachmaninofff, Bach, and Brahms at Heliconian Hall

Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Prelude in E-flat minor, Op. 23, No. 9 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-flat Major, BWV 998 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sonata for Piano and Violin in A-Major, Op. 100 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
I. Allegro amabile (first movement)

Esther Yoo, Violin
Cheyne Yu, Piano

Admission: Free donation
All proceeds go to the Music Program of University Presbyterian Church

Esther Yoo started playing the violin at age 11 and entered the Royal Conservatory of Music program completing grade 10 violin by age 16. Esther received her Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Western where she continued ARCT in violin performance through Don Wright Faculty of Music.

Esther’s passion has always been for music but her studies and desire to help others have led her to pursue a profession in the healthcare industry. As a continued expression of her love for music, Esther has been volunteering as a string instructor at Reaching Up since 2013, encouraging students to cultivate the same appreciation for music.

Her prior performances include violinist of the UWO Symphony Orchestra, two seasons as a violinist with the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra along with Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Hamilton East Chamber Ensemble.

Cheyne (also known as Chenyi) is a concert pianist and teacher based in Toronto by way of Taipei, Boston, and New York. Born of Taiwanese and Japanese parentage, she has given numerous performances in Boston, New York City and Taipei, including a critically acclaimed performance of the Goldberg Variations of JS Bach in Seully Hall at Boston Conservatory. She has performed a recital debut in Steinway Hall, New York City, also participated in a seminar given by Andras Schiff on the topic of the Goldberg Variations at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. In 2013, she became a resident of Toronto and continues to devote herself to teaching and performing. In April, 2018, Cheyne will be giving a recital in Osaka together with Soprano Kuniko Omoto.

A graduate of the doctoral program at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City, Cheyne’s dissertation was “The Effect of Touch on Tone Production on a Grand Piano” which relates to performance practice and historical studies on piano playing. The New York based master teacher and performer, Seymour Bernstein, was one of the interviewees whom personally given insightful help for Cheyne to complete her academic work. She is also a recipient of Alfred. E. Lee Piano Scholarship, obtained her Master and Bachelor of Music from Boston Conservatory. Cheyne has performed in master classes for world acclaimed concert pianists and professors including Monique Duphil, Michael Lewin, Dr. Jonathan Bass, Janice Weber, and Vladimir Feltsman. She has studied with Irwin Gelber and Ada Kopetz-Korf who are both pupils of legendary Scottish-American master pianist and a respectable teacher at the Juilliard School, James Friskin.

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