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Lin-Warner-Liu Trio on the Alumni Recital Series January 24

Violinist Jasmine Lin, cellist Wendy Warner, and pianist Meng-Chieh Liu join forces for an afternoon of chamber music by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky


Three charismatic soloists join forces for an exciting afternoon of Romantic chamber music when the Lin-Warner-Liu Trio performs on the Curtis Alumni Recital Series on Sunday, January 24 at 3 p.m. Jasmine Lin, a violinist of "virtuosic abandon" (New York Times); cellist Wendy Warner, winner of the 1990 Rostropovich Competition; and pianist Meng-Chieh Liu, winner of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, perform trios by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. The recital takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia.

Tickets are $28 and are available from the Curtis Ticket Office at 215-893-7902 or www.curtis.edu. All artists on the Alumni Recital Series donate their services, and proceeds benefit current Curtis students.

Jasmine Lin has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay, Evergreen Symphony of Taiwan, and National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and in recital in Chicago, New York, Nova Scotia, Rio de Janeiro, and Montevideo. She was a prizewinner in the International Paganini Competition and the International Naumburg Competition.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Lin has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, and she has toured extensively in the United States as a member of the Chicago String Quartet, in China as part of the Overseas Musicians, and in Taiwan as a member of Taiwan Connection Music Festival. Ms. Lin is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, which won first prize in the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. The quartet's critically acclaimed EMI recording of works by Mozart, Debussy, Wolf, and Schubert was released in 2006. She is a member of Trio Voce with cellist Marina Hoover and pianist Patricia Tao, as well as a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians. She received a Grammy nomination in 2007 as part of CCM's Grammy-nominated CD of works for winds and strings by Mozart.

Ms. Lin gave her New York debut in Merkin Hall, where the program included her poetry set to music. Her poem "The night of h's" received the Editor's Choice Award from the International Poetry Foundation, and her poetry/music presentations have been featured in Chicago, at Cornell University in Ithaca, and on radio in Taipei, and have resulted in collaborations with composers Dana Wilson, David Loeb, and Thomas Oboe Lee. Ms. Lin is a 1998 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and is on the faculty at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Wendy Warner has become one of the leading cellists in the world, performing at distinguished concert halls such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and Berlin's Philharmonie. A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. Warner has collaborated with leading conductors and has performed with the Chicago, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, London, Berlin, and Iceland symphonies; Minnesota and Philadelphia orchestras; St. Petersburg, Calgary, and Hong Kong philharmonics; Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec; French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; and L'Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse. Recital engagements include performances at the Music Institute of Chicago; Washington, D.C.'s Phillips Collection; and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, as well as in Milan and Tokyo.

In 2009 Ms. Warner's disc of works for cello and piano by David Popper and Gregor Piatigorsky was released on the Cedille label. Past recordings include discs of Hindemith works for cello and piano (Bridge Records), duos for cello and violin (Cedille Records), and the Barber Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Marin Alsop (Naxos).

Ms. Warner's musical career began at age six under the tutelage of Nell Novak; she joined Mstislav Rostropovich at the Curtis Institute and graduated in 1993. She teaches at Roosevelt University.

Meng-Chieh Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a twenty-one-year-old student at the Curtis Institute of Music, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with three hours' notice. The concert earned high acclaim from critics and audience alike and was followed by a number of widely praised performances, including a recital at the Kennedy Center and a concert on the Philadelphia All-Star Series. Since then he has performed in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Dallas, Seattle, and San Diego, as well as Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Bulgaria, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. In 2006 Mr. Liu undertook a two-year project, performing the complete Schubert Sonatas in San Francisco, Boston, Taipei, and Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

He received the 2002 Philadelphia Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award and first prizes in the Stravinsky, Asia Pacific Piano, and Mieczyslaw Munz competitions. In 2008 he was selected as one of the ten most outstanding young people in Taiwan. A dedicated chamber musician as well as a solo artist, Mr. Liu has collaborated with musicians in North America, Europe, and Asia, in addition to working with artists in other disciplines, including Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project.

Mr. Liu was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music at age thirteen and studied with Jorge Bolet, Claude Frank, and Eleanor Sokoloff. He has taught at Curtis since 1993, the year of his graduation, and in 2008 became a member of the major piano faculty. In 2006 he joined the piano faculty at Roosevelt University.

The Alumni Recital Series, coordinated by the Alumni Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Alumni and Parent Relations Office, supports the next generation of Curtis musicians. Artists donate their services, and each year Society members work directly with Curtis to decide how proceeds from the recital series can be most beneficial to the students. In recent years contributions have been made toward the purchase of student tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, acquisitions for the library, the student travel fund, and instrument repairs.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 160 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924, from such legends as Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, Leila Josefowicz, Lang Lang, and Time for Three.

Alumni Recital Series: Lin-Warner-Liu Trio
Sunday, January 24 at 3 p.m.

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music
1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Jasmine Lin, violin ('98)
Wendy Warner, cello ('93)
Meng-Chieh Liu, piano ('93)

TCHAIKOVSKY Trio in A minor, Op. 50
DVORAK Trio No. 3 in F minor

Single tickets: $28; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or www.curtis.edu. All artists donate their services, and proceeds benefit current Curtis students.


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