W.A. Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major, K 526
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.2 in D Major, Op. 94 bis
Florin Parvulescu, who joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1998, is a native of Romania and received degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard Preparatory Division. He has been a member of the Saint Louis Symphony and Baltimore Symphony, won the 1993 Marbury Competition at Peabody and was a prizewinner in the 1994 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. He has appeared in festivals such as Aspen, Victoria International Festival, Ecole Americaines des arts in Fontainebleau, France and as soloist and chamber musician in New York, Baltimore, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Heidelberg, Germany. Recently, Mr. Parvulescu attended the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival.
Praised by the critique for her “admirable fluidity of line and limpid touch,” Chia-Lin Yang is a multidimensional artist, appearing in concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and her native country, Taiwan, as a concert pianist and a chamber musician. She has appeared as part of the Banff Keyboard Festival in Alberta, Canada, and at Benaroya Hall in Seattle as the second prize winner of the 2008 Seattle International Piano Competition. She was also invited to play in the soundtrack of an award-winning independent movie, Hide, directed by Robert Shelby. Dr. Yang’s First Prize win at the 2003 Kingsville International Isabel Scionti Piano Solo Competition in Texas paved the way for her future competition success at the national and international levels. Her Second Prize win at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition in Minnesota gave her the opportunity to perform on the national airwaves as a featured artist on WQXR. Additional prizes include top awards in the National Arts and Letters Competition, the Wideman Piano Concerto Competition, and the Camerata Orchestra Solo Competition.
A dynamic chamber musician, Dr. Yang has worked with some of the most emerging instrumentalists of today. Besides being the founder of the Aristo Trio and the Aristo Piano Duo, she performed with Queen Elizabeth Violin Competition laureate, Ik-Hwan Bae, Long-Thibaud Violin Competition winner, Frederieke Saeijs, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra principal violist, Andrew Ling, and violinist, Bartosz Cajler, winner of the A. Postacchini Violin Competition and faculty at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. Her most recent performances include chamber music with San Francisco Symphony violinist, Florin Parvulescu, at the Tateuchi Hall in Mountain View, and with the Sonnet String Ensemble as the piano soloist in Palo Alto.
Chia-Lin received her degrees of Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University Bloomington as a student of André Watts and Evelyne Brancart. After graduation, Dr. Yang joined the faculty at the West Valley College Music Department from 2008 to 2010. She co-established the Young Artist Concert Series at WVC and played in its inaugural recital and the following concerts. Dr. Yang is currently on piano faculty at the Pre-College and Adult Extension Divisions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.