OLGA KERN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION WINNER
Winner of the inaugural Olga Kern International Piano Competition, the Scriabin Prize, the Rome Prize, and numerous other internationally renowned competitions, Chen Guang combines his extraordinary technical capacity with a profound and mature musical sensibility and an exceptional onstage charisma.
Concert associations of Europe, America and Asia have hosted him both in recitals and with orchestras, performing programs ranging from William Byrd to Ligeti to modern-day composers.
Guang was born into a family of musicians, and at the age of 11, he moved to Beijing to study in the Central Conservatory. In 2012, he received his pre-college diploma at The Juilliard School of New York. In 2015, he received his diploma at the Accademia Internazionale Pianistica di Imola, where he studied with Maestro Ashkenazy as the youngest graduate in the Academy’s history. He is now continuing his studies at the Academy with Leonid Margarius. Among his other teachers are Zhu Lianping, Zhao Pingguo, Matti Raekallio, Enrica Ciccarelli and Paul Badura-Skoda, to name a few.
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Sure, in the abstract, a banjo duo might seem like a musical concept beset by limitations. But when the banjo players cast in those roles are Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn—she with the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter, he with the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots—it’s a different matter entirely. There’s no denying that theirs is a one-of-a-kind pairing, with one-of-a-kind possibilities. It was inevitable and eagerly anticipated by fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare that these partners in music and life (who married in 2009) would eventually do a full-fledged project together. Their debut album as a duo, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, is the 2016 Grammy Award winner for Best Folk Album.
Fleck, a fifteen-time Grammy winner, has devoted time away from his standard-setting ensemble, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments, from writing a concerto for the Nashville Symphony to exploring the banjo’s African roots to playing jazz duos with Chick Corea. Washburn has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums, done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, contributed to singular side groups such as Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force, and become quite a live draw.
“If anyone can convince a skeptical world of the beauty of the banjo, it is this pair.” – The Guardian
THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE
Dirty Dancing, the classic story on stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing.
Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life. Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!