Monday, August 26, 2013

Tzu-yi Chen with Boris Abramov: A Little Lunch Music, September 5, October 24 and November 14

A series favorite, pianist Tzu-yi Chen will return to A Little Lunch Music for three performances during the fall 2013 season. She will be collaborating with violinist Boris Abramov to present the first of a three-concert miniseries that will feature all ten of Ludwig van Beethoven's violin sonatas. The duo will bring its Beethoven Project to us on September 5, October 24 and November 14. The concerts will be in the Martin-Perricone Auditorium of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

UPDATE (11/6/2013): For those with a place to put them up, this post has posters for the events.

At the time of this post, these performances are yet unsponsored, though some have made verbal commitments. UPDATE (9/4/13): The September 5 performance is being sponsored by Nick & Carolyn Davis and Michael Golden. Another sponsor has verbally committed to the October 24 performance. The one on November 14 has a partial commitment, and at the moment lacks $200. UPDATE (10/16/13): The October 24 performance is being sponsored by Marjorie Newman, Lorna Wood & Donald Wehrs, and Phyllis Stanaland. The November 14 performance is being sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited (Facebook page for Auburn store) and Phyllis Stanaland. For more about the series or about helping out with this presentation of Beethoven Project, click here. A Little Lunch Music concerts are free to the public. Tzu-yi and Boris are gratefully dedicating these performances to Mrs. Marjorie Newman.

For information about music instruction by these performers, please contact the International Friendship Ministries' Arts Academy at (706) 653-0097.

Tzu-yi Chen
In 2006, pianist Tzu-yi Chen joined the ranks of some of history’s greatest musicians when she received the Premier Prix upon graduation from the Paris Conservatory. Her recent awards include first prize in the Georgia Music Teachers Association upper college level (2013), first prize in the Atlanta Music Club Scholarship Competition (2012), first prize in the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music’s concerto competition (2012), and fourth prize in the Darmstadt International Chopin Piano Competition (2009). She is currently staff pianist at the Schwob School, Piano and Violin Instructor in its Preparatory Division, and co-founder of the International Friendship Ministries’ Arts Academy. She holds two graduate degrees from the National Karlsruhe Music University and an Artist Diploma from CSU where she studied under Van Cliburn gold medalist Alexander Kobrin. Ms. Chen has been invited by Distinguished Concerts International New York to debut at Carnegie Hall in October 2014.

Boris Abramov
Since 2001, violinist Boris Abramov has received annual scholarships and prizes from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and in 2005 won second prize in Israel’s Rising Star national music competition. At age 16, he served as concertmaster of the Israel Youth Philharmonic Festival, having begun studying the violin at age seven with Stella Zlatkovsky. During his undergraduate studies at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, Boris was awarded First Prize at the 2008 Music Teachers National Association competition in Denver, won a special prize at the 2009 Pablo de Sarasate International Violin Competition in Spain, and was a three-time winner of CSU’s concerto competition. He recorded his first CD in 2008 with acclaimed guitarist Chad Ibison. Boris holds a Bachelor’s degree (Cum Laude) and an Artist Diploma Certificate from CSU where he is currently in the Master’s program as graduate teaching assistant to Professor Sergiu Schwartz.

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