An evening of Chopin | Masterclass with Yale Professor Boris Berman Nov. 2018


Ballade No. 1 In g minor, Op.23 - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Pianist: Angela Lee

2. Ballade No. 2 In b minor - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Pianist: Katharine Lee

Read about Chopin Ballades: English

3. Concerto #1 In E Minor, Op. 11 - I. Allegro Maestoso - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Pianist: Michelle Fan

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4. Concerto 2, Op. 12 - I. Maestoso - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Pianist: Anne Liu

5. Concerto 2, Op. 12 - II. Larghetto & III. Allegro vivace - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Pianist: Angela Lee

Chopin Concerto Piano Orchestra: Dr. Judy Huang

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About the Artists:

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WQXR Radio Station and New York Concert Review calls her “one of the most refined and artistic player for her age and perhaps any age.” Allison To (16), was the recipient of the Evgeny Kissin Grand Prize award at the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition in New York. She was the top prize laureate at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, ASU Yamaha/Bosendorfer International Piano Competition and San Jose International Piano Competition.

Allison was the MTAC State Winner for both Concerto and Solo division and has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Yamaha Salon in New York,  Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Utah and on (NPR) National Public Radio's “From The Top” which aired on KUSC 91.5 FM .

She has soloed with the Southern California Philharmonic, South Coast Symphony, Seraphim Symphony and the Culver City Symphony.  Allison has been studying at Opus119 since age 8.

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16 years old Anne Liu was the recipient of Chet & June Schmidt Award and the senior division 1st prize winner in the 2017 H.B. Goodlin Competition, she also received 1st place and Outstanding Gold Medalist award of the US Open Piano Competition in Palo Alto, 2nd prize at the 2016 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and special prize for overall best performance of an “Opera Paraphrase or Transcription” award.  Anne was the Bronze Medalist as well as the Special Award for the most outstanding performance of a composition by a Russian composer in 8th Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition in Arizona earlier this year. Anne has soloed with the San Diego Great Chamber Orchestra, the South Coast Symphony,  and will be performing with the La Jolla Symphony and the Southern California Philharmonic the next season. Last month, as one of the LA International Liszt Competition winners, Anne performed to a full house at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library to celebrate Liszt’s birthday.

Anne lives in San Diego and has made her commute to Opus119 a part of her weekly routine.

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New York Concert Review calls Angela Lee (13) as a pianist who “knocked everyone’s socks off and demonstrated the sensitivity, maturity, power, and pianism that one often misses in pianists twice her age.” She was privileged to be awarded the most promising Junior Award at the 2015 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. Since then, she was named the Evgeny Kissin Grand Prize winner at the Fourth Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition. In 2016, Angela made her radio debut on New York public radio WQXR, featuring performance at the 2016 NAMM show and she also made a concerto debut with the Southern California Philharmonic. Angela has also been the MTAC State Concerto (2016) and Solo final winner and the Special Grand Prize for Solo competition with additional $1000 scholarship (2015).  Angela was also the State Final winner for the  CAPMT Concerto competition.  Angela has been studying at Opus119 since 7 years old.

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Stacy Chang (16) is an award winning young pianist of numerous piano competition including top prizes at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Roselyn Tureck International Bach Competition, San Jose International Piano Competition, MTAC State Solo Piano Competition as well as 1st prize at the Glendale Piano Competition. She has soloed with the Mount Orchestra, the South Coast Youth Symphony and will be touring with the Symphony in Salzburg and Vienna this winter performing the Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. Stacy has performed in Cortina, Italy, Carnegie Hall in New York and will be making her Renée Segerstrom Concert Hall debut as a soloist with the SCYS Orchestra next Spring in Orange County.

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Ursula Hardianto (13) has been traveling weekly from San Diego to Opus119 since she was 6 years old.  She has been performing for senior citizens in retirement homes throughout San Diego and Los Angeles county since the age of nine. She has been invited to perform in Santa’s Brunch for The University Club Atop Symphony Towers for 3 years in a roll in San Diego.

As a young pianist, Ursula has been awarded 1st prize winner at the 2013 H.B. Goodlin Audition in her division, 1st place award in the 5th grade division at the 2014 Glendale International Piano Competition, Gold medal winner at the AADGT and American Protege International Piano Competition, and has had the privilege of performing twice in the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Most recently, Ursula has been awarded the 1st prize at the 21st Annual Ghiglieri Piano Competition in Northern California.

Ursula was named as San Diego’s 2014 Cool Girl and awarded the Lifetime Honorary Girl Scout Award by the Girl Scouts of San Diego and Imperial County for her community service through her piano performances. Ursula has also been featured on TED Talks in San Diego.

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12 years old Michelle Fan received 1st Prize at the 2013 San Jose International Piano Competition, 3rd prize at the 2016 International Liszt Piano Competition, 1st Prize at the 2017 Glendale Piano Competition, and 1st Prize at the 2017 Southern California Philharmonic Young Artist Concerto Competition. Michelle has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and was invited to perform at the Liszt Society convention at Northwestern University earlier this year. In the spring of 2018, Michelle will be giving her concerto debut with the Socal Philharmonic Orchestra in Orange County. Michelle has been studying at Opus119 since 5 years old.

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12 years old Katherine Lee was one of the youngest prize winner at the 2015 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. She had the privilege of making her concerto debut with the Virginia Waring Orchestra performing the entire Mozart Concerto K488 at the McCallium Theater at age 9. She was the winner of the 41st annual Long Beach Mozart Festival and was featured as a soloist at the opening gala of the Long Beach Symphony and Carnegie recital hall; additionally she was awarded the Gold Medal at the Seattle International Piano Competition and 3rd prize at the San Jose International Russian Music Competition. Katharine has been studying at Opus119 since 4 year old.

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Dr. Judy Huang made her professional debut at age eleven with the Fine Arts Orchestra in Taiwan. She was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2004 Carmel Music Society.

She has given concerts in Taiwan and in the United States, as well as in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, England, and Poland. Sharing her passion of chamber music, Dr. Huang is dedicated to community outreach programs and has collaborated with members of Pacific Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She is currently on the faculty of Orange County School of the Arts.

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"Well known to the audiences of nearly fifty countries on six continents, Professor Boris Berman regularly appears with leading orchestras, on major recital series, and in important festivals. He studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianist Lev Oborin.
An active recording artist and a Grammy nominee, he was the first pianist to record the complete solo works of Prokofiev. Other acclaimed releases include all piano sonatas by Alexander Scriabin and a recital of Shostakovich piano works, which received the Edison Classic Award (the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy). He also recorded three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Neeme Jarvi conducting, as well as works by Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Schumann, Brahms, Franck, Debussy, Stravinsky, Janácˇek, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Joplin, and Cage.
In 1984 Professor Berman joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he is Professor in the Practice of Piano, coordinator of the piano department, and music director of the Horowitz Piano Series. He was the founding director of the Yale Summer Piano Institute and of the International Summer Piano Institute in Hong Kong. He also gives master classes throughout the world and is a frequent juror of international competitions. In 2005 he was given the title of Honorary Professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
In 2000 Yale University Press published Professor Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, which has been translated into several languages. In 2008 the same publisher released his book Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer. He is the editor of the new critical edition of Piano Sonatas by Prokofiev (Shanghai Music Publishing House)." - From Yale University Faculty Bio website