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What would it sound like if a cello and a piano can talk to each other?

In Music Friends‘ next music salon event, two of Vancouver’s homegrown talents, Dr. Chantal Bian (cello) and Yihan Zhang (piano), will present a program that explores the conversational dynamics between two of the most beloved instruments in classical music.

– Venue: Tom Lee Music (NEW downtown location, above the Vancouver City Centre station)

– Tickets: $15-25 (available at http://www.mymusicfriends.com/concert/2 )

– Included: Q&A session, wine, and refreshments

– Opportunities to mingle with the musicians and fellow music enthusiasts

===Event Details===

The center piece of their program will be Franz Schubert’s celebrated Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, a masterwork filled with songful melodies, originally written for a mostly forgotten stringed instrument, and is now commonly performed with cello and piano. 

They will also perform Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, along with a theme and variations from Beethoven. Chantal and Yihan will give our audiences insight into the history of these pieces as well as a short Q&A session after their performance. 

In our post-concert reception, you’ll have a chance to mingle and chat with the musicians and other audience members and make some great new friends.

===Program===

Franz Schubert:
Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821 (arr. cello and piano)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto

Rachmaninoff:
Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 (arr. cello and piano)

Ludwig Van Beethoven:
12 Variations on ‘See the conq’uring hero comes’ by George Frideric Handel WoO 45.

===Bios===

Dr. Zhuojun (Chantal) Bian, cello

Dr. Zhuojun (Chantal) Bian is a unique and dynamic performer, who has appeared in concerts within Canada and Asia. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in cello performance from UBC, where she was offered the Entrance Scholarship, under the guidance of the world famous cellist Eric Wilson.
Dr. Bian started music study with the violin when she was five years old and then switched to cello at the age of eight.

During her more than 15 years of cello career, she has won numerous awards, including the winner of “the ShanXi Province Youth Hope Cup” at the age of 17 and the winner of the “Tianjin Normal University concerto” competition. She completed her professional cello study at the Tianjin Normal University (Tianjin, China) for her Bachelor of Arts degree. She was then admitted to the University of Victoria and was guided by the acclaimed Canadian cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, as well as studied chamber study with world famous quartet, Lafayette String Quartet, while awarded the Herbert and Eva Schaefer String Scholarship. She received her Master of Music degree from Uvic.

Dr. Bian was the principal cellist of the UBC Symphony Orchestra from 2011 to 2012 and is recently a member of the Vancouver Metropolitan Symphony and the Vancouver Island Symphony.

Dr. Bian has been a cello and violin teacher for years. Her primary goal in teaching music is to help students gain a personal connection with music, and make playing music engaging, fulfilling and fun. She would like to share her experiences with more people, and let them enjoy and feel happy from the musical world.

Yihan Zhang, piano

Starting piano at the age of five, Yihan has studied in China, Spain, US and Canada with world-renowned pianists Rena Sharon, Geoffrey Duce, Tuyan Tonnu and Sayá Sangidorj. Yihan recently graduated from University of British Columbia with an Artist Diploma in Collaborative Piano Studies. With full scholarships she received her Master’s degrees in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano from Illinois State University. She also was the recipient of the Hans & Alicia Fuchs Scholarship in 2014.

Yihan has participated in various international masterclasses and music festivals, including Vancouver International Song Institute, Music Theater Bavaria, and BEYOND MUSIC International Music Festival. There, she studied under such world class musicians as Olga Kern, Graham Johnson, Jo Ann Kulesza, Amanda Johnston, Serouj Kradjianand, Laura Loewen, Isabel Bayrakdarian.

Striving for fineness and expressivity, Yihan’s playing has been described as exceptionally touching. She has performed throughout Asia, Europe and North America, winning prizes in both solo piano and collaborative piano. She was awarded 2nd place in Illinois’ 2013 MTNA Piano Competition, and 1st place for both solo piano and collaborative piano in The Yangtze River Cup National Piano Competition.

As an advocate of new music, Yihan is actively involved in contemporary repertoires. At RED NOTE New Music Festival 2014, she premiered famous Chinese composer Chen Yao’s Ad Libitum for Timpani and Piano in North America.
More frequently appearing on stage as a versatile, collaborative pianist, Yihan has performed with a diverse range of talented, local vocalists, instrumentalists, and chamber groups since she moved to Vancouver in 2015.