Video: Duet of Pianist Yidan Guo and Violinist Shaoqing Xu at MIT

By Xinming Li,

Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 15, 2016, — Pianist Yidan Guo and Violinist Shaoqing Xu gave a wonderful performance at start of Ms. Guo’s Student Piano Recital on Saturday at MIT. The duet was a classic Chinese piece, and was well received by near 100 in the audience.

“It’s such a beautiful duet, wonderful music for the soul!” said an excited parent. Twenty-four talented students performed their recitals after that.

Yidan Guo is a young pianist living in Boston, Massachusetts, who has been highly praised by many master musicians such as Arbo Valdma, Robin Zebaida, Robert Sipos-Ori, George Lepauw, Donald Berman, Weihui Mao, Vadym Kholodenko, Yafen Zhu and Aylish E. Kerrigan.

Famous piano educator Arbo Valdma once praised Ms. Guo’s playing as “not only with rich, solid techniques, but also full of emotion and touching at the same time”. In 2013, she applied for master degree in piano performance and received offers from Northwestern University, Mannes School of Music, with high scholarship from Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music and Longy School of Music.
Ms. Guo started learning to play the piano at the age of 4. Later she studied at Xiamen Music School for elementary education. Being in a small class she received both high quality cultural and musical education. Since she started her piano study, she has attended many Piano performances and competitions, and received numerous praises and awards. She has studied under many great educators including pianist Ying Gai from Xiamen, piano professor Ziyu Gu from Central Conservatory Of Music, young pianist Nian Jiang from Guildhall School of Music in London, Chinese pianist Cheng Qian and Japanesepianist Rieko Aizawa. A lot of her students made great achievements under her supervision in their piano playing.
Violinist Shaoqing Xu received his Master of Performance degree from Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge in 2016. He was a receipian of Longy Conservatory Scholarship (2014-2016), and is frist Violin of Quincy Symphony and Violin Faculty of EL System Program in Boston since 2014.