DaXun Zhang and Tomoko Kashiwagi To Delight Music Fans at Jordan Hall

中華表演藝術基金會

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts

Presents

DaXun Zhang張達尋, Double Bass

Tomoko Kashiwagi柏木知子, piano

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 8 PM



Picture of DaXun Zhang from 2010.
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

Tickets: $15-$50, Order online: www.ChinesePerformingArts.net

Program

1. Suite No. 4, BWV 1010………………………………………………………………….J.S. Bach

Prelude

           Allemande

           Courante

           Sarabande

           Bourrée I & II

           Gigue

2. Sun Shines on Taxkorgan陽光照耀在塔什庫爾干………………..Chen Gang 陳剛

Intermission

3. Song of Birds* 空山鳥語 ………………………………………………..Chinese Traditional

4. Moon Reflected in the Spring 二泉映月 ………………………….Yan-Jun Hua華彥鈞

5. Elegy……………………………………………………………………………….Giovanni Bottesini

6. Souvenir D’amerique………………………………………………………….Henri Vieuxtemps

* “Song of Birds” is played on a Chinese instrument called “Jing Hu京胡“,

          Usually used in Peking opera.

Tickets: (Children under 6 not admitted)

$50: VIP Reserved Seats, $30: open seating at non-VIP section, $15: student open seating at non-VIP section

100 free student tickets (age 14 and up) available at http://www.chineseperformingarts.net/specials

Rush tickets $10 for students and senior, available 6:30 pm on concert day at Jordan Hall Box Office only, 617-585-1260

Order Online: www.ChinesePerformingArts.net (no fee) 781-259-8195

Email: Foundation@ChinesePerformingArts.net

        DaXun Zhang張達尋, Double Bass

www.DaXunZhang.com

“If the bass is finally to produce a headliner, the instrument can have no better champion,” wrote The Washington Post of double bassist DAXUN ZHANG, who has indeed made his mark as a soloist on this unusual instrument.

In April 2007, Mr. Zhang won an Avery Fisher Career Grant, only the second double bassist in the history of this prestigious award. In the summer of 2008 he returns to the Music at Menlo Festival in California and tours Korea with the chamber ensemble DITTO, including a concert at the SeoulArtsCenter. During the 2008-2009 season, Mr. Zhang continues his residency with Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two. He also performs as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and gives recitals at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CA), Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts at Jordan Hall in Boston, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Maple Ridge Music Society (Canada), Loyola University New Orleans and Vancouver Recital Society. He performs a unique duo recital with pipa player Yang Wei at Fox Hill Village (MA) and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Mr. Zhang has performed extensively with the Silk Road Project, including concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall, and in Japan and California. He recorded the soundtrack to a 10-part documentary series with the Silk Road Project and its Artistic Director, Yo-Yo Ma, which aired in Japan on NHK Television. The CD was released as “Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon” on Sony Classical. He has also joined with fellow Silk Road musician and pipa player Yang Wei and pianist Tomoko Kashiwagi to form the innovative chamber ensemble Qi Lin.

As concerto soloist, Mr. Zhang has appeared with orchestras includingOrangeCounty’s Pacific Symphony, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra. He has given recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, theKravisCenterfor the Performing Arts, the University of Georgia, Missouri State University, and at the Chinese Embassy in the Embassy Series inWashington,DC. He has also performed chamber music at the La Jolla Music Society’s Summer fest, the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival and the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival.

DaXun Zhang is the first double bass player to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and start a career under the auspices of Young Concert Artists. He made his New Yorkdebut sponsored by the Claire Tow Prize and hisWashington,DCdebut as a co-presentation with Washington Performing Arts Society. He also won the La Jolla Music Society Prize, the Orchestra New England Soloist Prize, and The Fergus Prize. In April 2006, Mr. Zhang performed Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy in at Jazz atLincolnCenter’s Rose Hall with Keith Lockhart conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

DaXun Zhang comes from a family of bassists in Harbin,China. He has been playing the instrument since the age of nine, and studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing beginning at the age of eleven. He continued his studies in theU.S.at the Interlochen Arts Academy and received his Bachelor of Music at the Indiana University School of Music, where he worked with Lawrence Hurst. He has served on the faculty of Northwestern University and was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Zhang was the first double bassist ever to win First Prize in the 2003 WAMSO (Women’s Auxiliary of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra) competition, leading to a performance with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra with Osmo Vanska, conducting. In 2001, Mr. Zhang was the youngest artist ever to win the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. He has also received the Grand Prize of the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition.

Tomoko Kashiwagi柏木知子, piano

Pianist Tomoko Kashiwagi, a native of Japan, began her piano studies at the age of 6. In 1997, she came to theUnited Statesfor further music studies. She completed her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees and the Performer Diploma in Piano Performance at Indiana University. She received the first Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2011.

Ms.Kashiwagi performs regularly with double bass soloist DaXun Zhang nationally and internationally. These performances have taken the duo to such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the 92nd St.Y in New York, the Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston and the Suntory Hall inTokyo. During the summers, she has served as a staff pianist at the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Ithaca College Suzuki Institute and the Meadowmount School of Music. She has been a staff pianist at the University of Texas at Austin and more recently, was an official pianist at the International Society of Bassists Convention in San Francisco.

(2012)

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