Lunchtime Music: Bartók, Beethoven, Chausson, Quilter
Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
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Yuzhe Wang violin
Jiayi Chen piano*
Xuan Liu piano**
Bartók Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117, BB 124 (i. Tempo di Chaconne)
Beethoven Violin Sonata No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2*
Poulenc Sonata for Violin and Piano, FP 119**
Gabriela Talvan soprano
Jonathan French piano
Mascagni Son pochi fiori
Quilter Go lovely rose
Nichifor La Centaine
Yuzhe (Adrian) Wang was born in 2000 in China where he studied at the Primary and Middle Schools Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. There he studied with associate professor Zhou Ming’en and associate professor Ding Xiaolei.
In 2014, Yuzhe established The Lohas Trio – comprising violin, viola and piano, a rarely-seen combination. The trio held a special concert at Shanghai Poly Grand Theater in 2017.
He has performed in the Konzerthaus Berlin, London Wigmore Hall, the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the Bolzano Teatro Comunale, the Spain Seville Opera, the Singapore esplanade Concert Hall, and the Shanghai Poly Grand Theater.
In 2018, under the guidance of young composer Gao Hong, he composed the Phoenix Nirvana Violin and Piano Sonata, which premiered at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in June of the same year, receiving wide praise from audience. He subsequently held four violin solo concerts in Shanghai, Jiangsu province and elsewhere. In the same year, he co-operated with Professor Zhanhao He, composer of the famous Chinese violin concerto Butterfly Lovers, to perform around China with orchestra.
In 2019, he toured the world with the National Youth Orchestra of China. In same year, he entered Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he has studied with Jiafeng Chen and Susanne Stanzeleit.
This year, he was awarded the Harrison Frank Family Foundation Awards for Violinists Special Scholarship in the UK. Yuzhe has been awarded first prize in various international competitions.
Gabriela Talvan is a Romanian soprano currently in her fourth year of study at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under Catherine Benson.
In July 2018 she took part in a musical tour in France called Entre Deux Airs where she debuted as a soloist with an orchestra in Paris at the L’Eglise Sainte Marie-Madeleine, conducted by Bogdan Voda.
During her time at the Conservatoire she has played numerous operatic roles, including The Countess (The Marriage of Figaro) and Erst Damme (The Magic Flute) by Mozart and Marenka in Smetana's The Bartered Bride. This year she played the role of Elizabeth Hayward in the opera Banished by Stephen McNeff which follows the story of a group of female convicts on board a ship bound for Van Diemen’s Land in the 1780s.
She is delighted to perform for live audiences again as the restrictions are finally lifted and she looks forward to participating at new and exciting collaborations and musical events.