Performance Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | 8 PM

Lang Lang and Friends

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Many know Lang Lang as today’s most glittering classical music celebrity, a pianist seen by billions on TV at the Beijing Olympics. But here we can enjoy his talent in a more intimate setting: chamber music with young Chinese musicians.


  • David Chan, Violin
  • GeQun Wang, Tenor
  • Guo Gan, Erhu
  • Hai-Ye Ni, Cello
  • Jingyi Zhang, Piano
  • Lang Lang, Piano
  • Marc Yu, Piano
  • Scholars from the Lang Lang International Music Foundation
    ·· Anna Larsen, Piano
    ·· Charlie Liu, Piano
    ·· Derek Wang, Piano


  • SCHUBERT Rondo in A Major, D. 951
  • HUA YANJUN The Moon Reflected on the Er-Quan Spring
  • GU JIANFEN That is me, Mama
  • TRAD. Ussuri Fishermen's Song
  • MACK WILBERG Fantasy On Themes From Bizet's Carmen
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50

  • Program is approximately 2 hours, including one intermission



    Violinist David Chan is the concertmaster of The MET Orchestra and an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Mr. Chan made his Carnegie Hall debut during the 2002-2003 season, performing the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Rafael Figueroa and The MET Orchestra under the baton of James Levine. In addition, he was a featured soloist in The MET Chamber Ensemble's performance of Alban Berg's Chamber Concerto for Piano, Violin, and 13 Winds at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, also with Maestro Levine.

    Mr. Chan first gained international recognition when, at age 17, he won a top prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. He also won both the bronze medal and the special Josef Gingold prize at the prestigious Indianapolis International Violin Competition.

    Mr. Chan made his New York debut at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in 1995, performing Paganini's Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Hugh Wolff. He has performed throughout the US, Europe, and the Far East, appearing as soloist with such orchestras as the Moscow State Symphony; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Taiwan National Symphony; Aspen Chamber Symphony; and the San Diego, Indianapolis, Richmond, Springfield, and Northbrook symphonies. As a chamber musician, he is a frequent guest at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and at La Jolla's SummerFest. His recordings include a recital program, a disc of two Paganini concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, and an album of violin-cello duos with Rafael Figueroa.

    A native of San Diego, Mr. Chan began his musical education at age four. At 14, he won the San Diego Symphony's Young Artists Concerto Competition and subsequently appeared with the orchestra in two series of concerts. That same year he was the featured soloist on the San Diego Youth Symphony's tour of Austria, Germany, Hungary, and the former Czechoslovakia. Mr. Chan, whose principal teachers were Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, and Michael Tseitlin, received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his master's degree from The Juilliard School. He is currently on the faculty of Juilliard and lives near New York City with his wife, violinist Catherine Ro, and children, Annalise and Micah.
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    Tenor GeQun Wang studied vocal performance at the Shandong Institute of Arts and Shanghai Conservatory's Zhou Xiao Yan Opera Center. After spending two summers as a Merola fellow with San Francisco Opera Center, Mr. Wang continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he received his master's degree. He is also the recipient of Merola's career grant and the Li Foundation Grant.

    Mr. Wang has given recitals in China, South Asia, and the US. He has also been interviewed on KTTV-Fox 11 (Los Angeles), NPR, and Voice of America, and received outstanding reviews in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and World Journal.

    Mr. Wang has performed with such opera companies as the San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. His operatic repertoire includes the roles of Rodolfo, Nemorino, Lensky, Ottavio, Idomeneo, and Hoffmann.
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    Born in Shenyang, an industrial city in northern China, Guo Gan comes from a family of musicians. He first studied the erhu with his father, Guo Junming, a famous erhu soloist, and gave his first public concert at age four. Fascinated by Western instruments, he later studied violin, cello, and piano while in secondary school. At 16, he accompanied his father on tour, playing more than 100 concerts in a presentation titled Duo for the Two-Stringed Vielle.

    In 1987, Mr. Guo entered the Shenyang Music Conservatory and in 1991, won a prize with honors for his work on the erhu. Studying Chinese and Western percussion instruments, Mr. Guo gave an unprecedented performance at the conservatory: a jazz concert with percussion and piano.

    From 1991 to 1994, he performed frequently as a soloist and with percussion groups. He also played for the dance and theater company of Liaoning province, where he won first prize in a traditional-music competition in 1992. In 1995, he was named professor of erhu and percussion at the Conservatory of Liaoning Province; that same year, he was one of the founders of the jazz group, GYQ.

    In 2001, Mr. Guo entered the École Nationale de Musique in Paris, where he continued his training in jazz percussion. The following year, Gabriel Yared invited Mr. Guo to play in the soundtrack for the film L'Idole. In 2003, he made several recordings with pianist Colette Merklen and toured with Pascal Fauliot in Europe. He was subsequently invited to play at UNESCO and with the Huang He and Chang Jiang groups.

    Mr. Guo has also appeared with the contemporary dance group Gang Peng in Dialogues. In 2005, he was invited by composer Yvan Cassar to peform in the production of the symphonic poem, L'Encre de Chine, with the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris at Le Palais des Congrès. Later that year, he published a method for learning to play the erhu.

    In 2007, Mr. Guo was invited by violinist Didier Lockwood to play in a concert titled Passport for one Violons; last year, Lang Lang invited him to perform two concerts in Chicago's Symphony Hall.

    Guo Gan has become the emissary of the erhu in France, where he teaches, studies percussion with Marc Vives Querol, and gives concerts with his wife, pianist Liu Long. He is regularly invited to play in festivals, and is often interviewed on radio and television.
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    One of the most accomplished young cellists, Hai-Ye Ni is Principal Cellist of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Ni first came to prominence after her New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1991, a result of her first-prize victory at the 1990 Naumburg International Cello Competition. She also won prizes at the International Paulo Cello Competition in Finland and at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, and was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

    Ms. Ni has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Finnish Radio Symphony, and the Shanghai Symphony. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1997 under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. That same year, she went on a 14-city US tour, performing Bright Sheng's Two Poems for Cello and Orchestra.

    Ms. Ni has given recitals at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institute, and the Wallace Collection in London. In 2004, she gave a solo recital at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, featuring works by contemporary female composers Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Chen Yi.

    From 1999-2006, Ms. Ni was the associate principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic. During her tenure, she collaborated with Bobby McFerrin in Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos and made her solo debut. She also attended the Marlboro Music Festival and was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center.

    Ms. Ni has been heard on NPR and was also featured on ABC's 20/20. She was the subject of a 1997 cover story for Strings magazine and was featured in the book, 21st Century Cellists. Her solo CD on Naxos was chosen as "CD of the Week" by Classic FM (London). Her latest recording-with Cho-Liang Lin and Helen Huang on the Delos label-features piano trios by Chinese composer Zhou Long.

    Born in Shanghai in 1972, Hai-Ye began her cello studies with her mother and at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. After moving to the US, she studied with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School, and William Pleeth in London. She makes her Philadelphia Orchestra solo debut in January 2010.
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    Born in Pasadena, California, in 1999, Marc Yu made his orchestral debut at age six, playing a piano concerto and a cello concerto on the same evening. Favoring the piano, he has since been a featured soloist 11 times with symphony orchestras across the US.

    Mr. Yu's career also includes countless solo recitals, plus numerous national and international television appearances, including The Tonight Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. At age six, he was the youngest-ever recipient of the prestigious Davidson Fellowship Award. Eight months later, he inaugurated Steinway & Sons' Historical Piano Tour, performing at the piano maker's invitation on Vladimir Horowitz's piano.

    Mr. Yu has been the focus of print media worldwide, including cover stories for the Los AngelesTimes and the New York Times Magazine. In June 2007, he performed Schubert's Fantasie in F Minor with Lang Lang in Las Vegas. Later that year, he toured Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan as a performer to promote My Brilliant Brain (titled Brain Child in the US), a National Geographic documentary in which he was featured.

    In February 2008, Mr. Yu performed solo in a tribute to Lang Lang at the Grammy Salute to Classical Music. He also performed at a benefit to aid the victims of the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake, held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Shortly thereafter, he played for China's Vice-Premier Wang Qishan and members of the United States Cabinet at the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue. That same year, he was among 10 people who were given a "Most Innovative Person Award" at the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Dubai.

    Marc Yu is a piano student of Dr. Minduo Li at the Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, and studies orchestral conducting with Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
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    Nine-year-old Anna Larsen has been playing the piano since age three. She began piano lessons with Sachiko Ishihara and continued her studies with A. Ramon Rivera at the New England Conservatory's Preparatory School.

    Ms. Larsen has many videos posted on her YouTube channel,, including several performances of works by Bach. Her most famous video is a performance of Chopin's Etude in A Minor, Op. 25, No. 11, "Winter Wind," recorded when she was eight years old. Lang Lang viewed this video and invited Ms. Larsen to be one his foundation scholars. Through the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, she performed in the first YouTube Symphony Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall, and in an encore performance with Lang Lang on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

    Ms. Larsen loves both performance and composition. She studies composition with Alla Cohen and was a finalist in the MTNA, ASCAP, and Pikes Peak composition competitions. She aspires to be both a composer and a performing artist.


    Nine-year-old Charlie Liu began studying the piano at age four. He has been a winner in all 15 solo competitions he has entered, including the Steinway Society Scholarship Competition, Massachusetts Music Teachers Association, New Jersey Music Teachers Association, American Fine Arts Festival, Bradshaw and Buono International Competition, and the AADGT and Cecilian Music Club competitions, among others. Mr. Liu was also the youngest semifinalist in the 2009 Westfield Symphony Orchestra "Stars of Tomorrow" Concerto Competition.

    In October 2008, Mr. Liu became the youngest Lang Lang International Music Foundation Scholarship winner. Having already performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, he made his Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage debut at the YouTube Symphony Orchestra concert in April 2009.

    Mr. Liu gave his first public recital at age six in New Hampshire and subsequently performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. At age eight, he performed on the season finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and later gave two successful recitals in Connecticut and New Jersey.

    Mr. Liu currently studies with Ingrid Clarfield, Professor of Piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He has also studied with Tatyana Berketova, Irina Kirilenko, and Soo Kyung Cho.


    Derek Wang has been studying the piano with Dorothy Shi since age five. He has won the Bay State Piano Competition of the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association, International Young Musicians Competition of the AADGT, American Protégé International Piano Competition, the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and the American Finite Arts Festival competition.

    A scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Mr. Wang performed in the Foundation's inaugural concert at New York City's Town Hall in October 2008. In April 2009, he performed at Carnegie Hall as a guest artist of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. In May, he performed on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Lang Lang and two fellow scholars of Lang Lang's foundation.

    Mr. Wang lives in Boston with his parents and older brother, and is currently in the sixth grade at Mt. Alvernia Academy.
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Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture is made possible by a leadership gift from Henry R. Kravis in honor of his wife, Marie-Josée.
This performance is sponsored by China Merchants Bank.
The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Linda and Stuart Nelson in support of the 2009-2010 season.