Strad for Lunch Series – Monday, November 30

Palacio Real Stradivarius
Stradivarius on display Madrid’s Palacio Real

Every Monday at 12:30pm, WMP Concert Hall offers a 45 minute long chamber music concert to the public, and it is free admission with a suggested donation of $10.00. The idea of the concert series is to offer high quality music to their neighbors while they take their lunch break.

Monday, November 30 at 12:30pm
Violinist Pei-Wen Liao with Pianist Evan Solomon

On Monday, November 30th @ 12:30pm, violinist Pei-Wen Liao will perform with pianist Evan Solomon works by Brahms, Grieg, Chopin, Paganini and Ravel.

Pei-Wen Liao, 15 years old violinist, won numerous international and national competitions, and has also performed with different orchestras in many concerts, benefits and recitals. The principal aspect, she made a debut recital in Carnegie Weill Hall only at the age of thirteen with sold-out tickets in 2007, and also made her Italy, Russia, America Korea, Taiwan and Japan debut, Pei-Wen has begun to start her career as a concert violinist.

From the end of May to the middle of June 2009, Pei-Wen made her Japan debut by performing with the New York Asian Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Atsushi Yamada on a National Concert tour in Kanazawa, and the Tokyo International Forum Hall (Hall A), which she received critical acclaims on media. Pei-Wen was also invited by the Music Association AGIMUS to perform a full recital in Padova, Italy on February 2009, which had a sold-out recital and a standing ovation.

On April 2009, Pei-Wen made her Korea debut by performing with the Seodaemun Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Doh Chung Koo at Continental Hall in Seoul, Korea. On July 2009, Pei-Wen was once again invited by the Sun international Company to play a full recital at the Taiwan National Recital Hall with sold-out tickets.

In the middle of October 2008, Pei-Wen made her Russia debut by performing with the Voronezh State Orchestra under the baton of Mak, Ka-Lok at the Voronezh Philharmonic Hall, and also with the Lipetsk Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Franz Schottky at the Lipetsk Theater in Russia. Pei-Wen was also featured on the Russian Television- THK.

On February 2008, Pei-Wen performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major with the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Walter Pavasaris at the Arlington Town Hall, which she was featured on the local Arlington newspapers and received excellent acclaims.

In March, Pei-Wen was a winner of the Juilliard Violin Concerto Competition, which she performed as a soloist with the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater under the baton of George Stelluto in the first of May.

In June, she was the Absolute prizewinner in the violin category and Second Grand prize in the 6th International Competition of Classical Music, which she was broadcasted by the local television and was also interviewed by the local newspaper. In July, Pei-Wen won the 1st prize at the Violin Category of the 6th International Competition “PREMIO CITTA’ DI PADOVA” in Padova, Italy.

In July, Pei-Wen performed three concerts with the American Air Force Band of Liberty under the baton of David Alpar at the Boston City Hall, Faniull Hall and the Columbus Park in Boston, Massachusetts with a standing ovation.

In August, she was sponsored by the Sun International Company to play a full recital at the Taiwan National Concert Hall with sold-out tickets.

In November 2007, Pei-Wen made her Carnegie debut recital at the Weill Hall with sold-out tickets; she performed as a soloist with the Manhattan Symphonie and also performed a recital program at the second half of the program.

In June, Pei-Wen won the 1st prize at the Flushing Town Hall Competition, which she won a violin and prizes.

In May, Pei-Wen won the Bachanalia Young Artist Competition, which she performed as a soloist with the Bachanalia Orchestra at Merkin Hall and also was loaned a violin from the Irish Rose Foundation. She was also invited by the Irish Rose Foundation to perform with the Concert Festival Small Orchestra at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church.

In April, Pei-Wen won the 1st prize of the 10th New York Music Competition, which she won prizes and performed at Carnegie Weill Hall. In March, Pei-Wen won the Arlington Philharmonic Competition, which she performed with the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra in February 2008.

In February, Pei-Wen won the Young Baroque Artist Competition, which she won prizes and performed at a gala concert. In 2006, Pei-Wen performed with the Orchestra dei Ragazzi in Venice, Italy under the baton of Edoardo Rosadini in August.

In May, Pei-Wen was one of the two winners of the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Violin Competition, which she performed with the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Julien Benichou in a tour concert at Maryland.

In April, Pei-Wen won the ASTA Potter’s Violin Instrument Award, which she won a Potter’s violin and a bow. Pei-Wen Liao was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She began violin at age of five at the Suzuki Education Center.

She also started playing the piano at seven at the Yamaha Education Center. Pei-Wen entered the Juilliard School Pre-College Division in 2004 studying with Ann Setzer. Pei-Wen is currently studying with Stephen Clapp and also is a 10th grader at the Professional Children’s School.

Pianist Evan Solomon has performed in Japan, Korea, China, France, Germany and throughout the United States in chamber music and vocal recitals.

He recently served as official pianist at the 2006 Hannover International Violin Competition and his yearly performances as faculty artist of the Great Mountains International Music Festival have been heard on the Korean Broadcasting System and NPR’s “Performance Today.” Other television credits for Mr. Solomon include appearances on A&E Network’s “Breakfast with the Arts” with violinist Sarah Chang and cellist Han-Na Chang, and PBS “Live from Lincoln Center: Perlman at the Penthouse.” His 1984 recording of music of Benjamin Britten with tenor Michael Sells was released to wide critical acclaim.

Evan Solomon began his piano studies with Olga Radosavljevich at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A graduate of Grinnell College with a major in mathematics, he received the Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California as a student of Brooks Smith. Mr. Solomon has been on the accompanying staff of the Juilliard School since 1985.

WMP Concert Hall is located at 31-33 East 28th Street, between Park and Madison. No food or beverages are permitted in the concert hall.

Future Shows:

Monday, December 7th @ 12:30pm:
Violinist Christine Kwak with Pianist Edward Laurel

Monday, December 14th, 2009 @ 12:30pm
Cellist Sarina Zhang with Pianist Alexandra Joan

Monday, December 21st @ 12:30pm:
Violinists Paolo Alberghini and Bruno Peña, Violist Kristin Sawyer, Cellist Sokol Nikaj and Pianist Enika Gjokoreci

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