24. Ekto Duo, violin & piano

Sunday, September 25th, 2022 @ 7pm | “All The Live-Long Day”


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Sunday Evenings at Klavierhaus
Joe Patrych, artistic director

presents

24.

“All The Live-Long Day”
 

Ekto Duo
Alyssa Wang, violin
Ruoting Li, piano

Sunday, September 25th, 2022 @ 7pm

Live at Klavierhaus
790 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019


Livestream: YouTube

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Samuel Barber
Canzone for Violin and Piano Op. 38a (1961)

Steven Mackey 
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1996)
I. Prologue
II. Sputtering, with Perseverance


Samuel Gardner
Coquetterie Op. 26 (1940)

~Intermission~
 
John Adams 
Road Movies (1995)
I. relaxed groove
II. meditative
III. 40% swing


Aaron Copland
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1942-43)
I. Andante semplice
II. Lento
III. Allegretto giusto


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Alyssa Wang is a passionate and versatile conductor, violinist, and composer. A recipient of the 2023 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award and the 2022 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award, Alyssa has enjoyed exploring diverse creative paths across several areas, with a focus on audience inclusivity and engagement. She is the Co-Founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor of the Boston Festival Orchestra, which presents an annual summer festival, chamber music series, and opera project. In 2021, she joined the Boston Ballet as Assistant Conductor, conducting full ballet productions throughout the year and serving as Music Director for the annual Next Generation project with Boston Ballet School.

As a violinist, Alyssa has soloed with ensembles across the country and is the newest member musician of the Boston Chamber Music Society. She has been featured in numerous contemporary recording projects, such as Carlos Simon’s Grammy-nominated album, Requiem for the Enslaved (Decca), Nancy Galbraith’s Violin Concerto with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and David Post’s Violin Sonata (Centaur). As a composer, she premiered her own violin concerto, Swept Away, with the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, who commissioned the work, in February 2023, and looks forward to future composition projects.

Alyssa earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Andrés Cárdenes, and completed two Master’s Degrees in violin performance and conducting at the New England Conservatory where she studied with Malcolm Lowe. She is the winner of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Concerto Competition and the Silbermann Chamber Music Competition, and is the recipient of the Pittsburgh Female College Association Prize, the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Award, the Senior Leadership Award, and the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. During her senior year at Carnegie Mellon she helped to run the Heritage Scholarship Campaign, which raised over $180,000 to start a substantial undergraduate merit scholarship for future School of Music students. Alyssa is also an Andrew Carnegie Scholar.

In addition to her life in music, Alyssa is an avid photographer, writer, and social dancer.

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Chinese pianist Ruoting Li is an eclectic artist who is eager to explore a wide range of musical styles and repertoire, both as a solo pianist and chamber musician.

Currently based in NYC and Boston, Ruoting has been involved in numerous activities, such as outreach concerts, music producing, and new music recording. She made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in November of 2019, and her Stern Auditorium debut in March of 2020. Both were well received, with special mention of her artistry. Ms. Li was also recently featured in a concert for the Library of Congress, and her passion for chamber music has resulted in a fruitful and ongoing collaboration with the Boston Festival Orchestra.

Born in China, she began piano at the age of 6 and was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music Middle School in Beijing when she was 11. In 2014, Ms. Li came to the U.S. and was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where she earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky. Her other mentors include Anthony de Mare and Kenneth Cooper

Aside from live performance, Ruoting is currently involved as artistic advisor and producer for several ongoing recording projects.

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