Paul Huang and Jessica Osborne to Play at Tannery Pond, July 14, 8pm

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Paul Huang and Jessica Osborne
Paul Huang and Jessica Osborne

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30, No. 3
Camille Saint Saëns – Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75
Eugene Ysaÿe – Sonata No. 3 in D minor for solo violin “Ballade”
Olivier Messiaen – Thème et variations (1932)
Maurice Ravel – Pièce en forme de Habanera
Claude-Achille Debussy – La plus que lente; Beau soir
Franz Waxman – Fantasy on Georges Bizet’s opera, Carmen

Every Tannery Pond season includes a recital by at least one young musician of exceptional talent. Christian Steiner is especially excited about the twenty-one-year-old Taiwanese-American violinist Paul (Chun-Wen) Huang, who will playing at the Tannery on July 14, with another excellent young musician, pianist Jessica Osborne.

First Prize Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2009 International Violin Competition Sion-Valais in Switzerland, Mr. Huang is quickly establishing a outstanding reputation. As the recipient of the Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship of Young Concert Artists, Mr. Huang debuts this season in New York at Merkin Hall and Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Centers Terrace Theater, both in the YCA Series.

Other international performances for Mr. Huang have included appearances as soloist the Budapest Dohnnyi Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City, and twice with the Taipei Symphony; recitals at the Stradivari Museum in Cremona, Italy, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, and at the Muse du Louvre in Paris; and at music festivals including the Mineria Music Festival in Mexico City, the Moritzburg Festival in Germany, and in 2009 and 2010 at the Sion Music Festival in Switzerland.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Huang appeared as a guest artist with the Formosa Quartet at Wigmore Hall. He has collaborated with notable instrumentalists such as Shlomo Mintz, Nobuko Imai, Roberto Diaz, Jan Vogler, Myung-Wha Chung, and Frans Helmerson.Born in Taiwan, Mr. Huang received his first violin lesson when he was seven. At 14, he entered The Juilliard Pre-College in New York where he continues to work with Hyo Kang and I-Hao Lee. He received the 2008 Juilliard Achievement Award and the 2009 Chi-Mei Cultural Foundation Arts Award for Taiwanese Most Promising Young Artists. Mr. Huang’s instrument is on generous loan from the Chi-Mei Cultural Foundation in Tainan, Taiwan, which supports Taiwanese young promising artists of exceptional talent and ability by providing precious antique instruments to the performers. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity this organization has given him to play on such an outstanding instrument.

Jessica Xylina Osborne has established herself as a soloist and chamber musician of emotional depth and passionate energy. She has performed widely in the United States and Europe, including performances in such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and Concert Hall, and Steinway Hall. Radio broadcasts include NPR’s Performance Today, WQXR in New York, WGMS in Washington D.C., and KUHF in Houston.A winner of numerous piano competitions, Jessica Osborne has received international recognition with top awards in the International Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Competition, International Russian Music Piano Competition, and the Ima Hogg Young Artists’ Competition.Jessica Osborne recently completed her doctoral studies in piano performance at Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank. She received her Master of Music degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music under the tutelage of Jon Kimura Parker. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and the Juilliard School. Previous teachers include Emile Naoumoff, Seymour Lipkin, Martin Canin, Marjorie Lee, and Patricia Osborne.

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