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Curtis Institute of Music Presents Chamber Concertos Featuring Piano Faculty on March 31

Final installment of A Silver Touch series celebrates Meng-Chieh Liu’s tenure at Curtis

PHILADELPHIA—March 25, 2019—The three-part series A Silver Touch concludes on Sunday, March 31 at 4 p.m. in Gould Rehearsal Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music with a program featuring chamber concertos for piano performed by pianist Meng Chieh Liu, the Vera Quartet, and the Curtis Chamber Ensemble.

In the 25 years since his graduation, pianist Meng-Chieh Liu has earned a place among the most respected musicians of his generation. Throughout that time he has continuously been a vital presence at Curtis as a performer, teacher, and mentor. In this special afternoon, the third and final program celebrating this milestone, he offers a variety of chamber concertos. Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 in C minor. Op. 35—which also features student Omri Barak as the trumpet soloist—will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble of Curtis musicians conducted by alumnus Junping Qian (Viola ’13). Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453 rounds out the program, performed with the Vera Quartet, string quartet in residence at Curtis, and double bass student Marcus Elliott Gaved.

Single tickets for $25 are available from the Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or Curtis.edu/Performances.

Past and future meet through the Curtis Presents series, which features a diverse collection of artists—alumni, faculty, students, and friends—whose musical foundations are rooted in the Curtis community. This series of intimate and innovative recitals offers a unique experience that transcends generations and genres, with exceptional artistry and one-of-a-kind programs.

Meng-Chieh Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a 21-year-old student, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with three hours’ notice. His acclaimed performance was followed by a number of widely praised appearances, including a recital at the Kennedy Center.

A recipient of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Liu has performed with orchestras under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel, and Alan Gilbert, among others. His concerts have been broadcast around the world, and Taiwanese National Television has aired a documentary on his life. A dedicated chamber musician, he 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. He is the artistic director of Chicago Chamber Musicians, which he joined in 2009.

Mr. Liu received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Jorge Bolet, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Claude Frank. He received first prizes in the Stravinsky, Asia Pacific Piano, and Mieczyslaw Munz competitions.

Mr. Liu has been a member of the Curtis Institute of Music faculty since 1993 and also serves on the faculties of Roosevelt University and the New England Conservatory.     

The Vera Quartet is in its first season as quartet in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2018–19 the quartet appears with pianist Peter Serkin on the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble series and with piano faculty member Meng-Chieh Liu on the Curtis Presents series. The group travels to the Intimacy of Creativity festival in Hong Kong as part of the festival’s ensemble in residence from Curtis.

The Vera Quartet shares the uniquely democratic dynamic of a string quartet with diverse audiences, both within and beyond the concert hall. Winner of the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, the quartet has also received grand prizes at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music in Yellow Springs Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles, top prizes from the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Prize from the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. In 2017 the group participated in the Robert Mann and Juilliard string quartet seminars, and was selected by NPR’s Performance Today as a Young Artist in Residence.

The Vera Quartet has attended the chamber music residency program at the Banff Centre, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the McGill International String Quartet Academy, and the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where they worked closely with composer Augusta Read Thomas and gave the local premiere of her Selene. The quartet previously held a residency at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany; and served as the graduate quartet in residence at the Jacobs School of Music, where they worked with the Pacifica Quartet, collaborated with the IU Latin American Music Center and the IU New Music Ensemble, and partnered with the Musical Arts Youth Organization.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average. A tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission. With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and a “learn by doing” philosophy. Curtis students hone their craft through than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year in Philadelphia and around the world.


CURTIS PRESENTS: A Silver Touch – Part Three

Sunday, March 31 at 4 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia



Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453

Meng-Chieh Liu, piano
Vera Quartet
Marcus Elliott Gaved, double bass 


Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052

Meng-Chieh Liu, piano
Curtis Chamber Ensemble
Junping Qian, conductor 




Concerto No. 1 in C minor. Op. 35

Meng-Chieh Liu, piano
Omri Barak, trumpet
Curtis Chamber Ensemble
Junping Qian, conductor


Tickets: $25, sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Performances, or (215) 893-7902.

The Curtis Presents season is sponsored by Blank Rome LLP.


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