Concert by ensemble compost Q, with guests Wang & Chen

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Event Date: 
November 2, 2018 - 7:30pm
Krannert Art Museum
500 E. Peabody, Champaign

George A. Miller Visiting Artists • From Suzhōu, China
Yu-Chen Wang • guzheng (Chinese Zither)& Han-Jui (Henry) Chen • double bass

October 29-November 2, 2018 • School of Music, University of Illinois
All events free and open to the public


Mon. 10/29: Double Bass Recital, Chen, w/Julia Fedoseeva pno.
Works by Frank, Debussy, Fauré, Hahn
7:30 pm, Smith Music Hall, Memorial Room (220), 805 S. Matthews, Urbana

Tues. 10/30: Composers’ Forum with Wang & Chen
4:30pm, Room 0359 Music Building, 1114 W. Nevada, Urbana

Wed. 10/31: Wang-Chen Duo Concert
4pm, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana
Works by Yip, Chen, Lund, Wang

Fri. 11/2:
3-5pm Improvisers Exchange with Wang & Chen
7:30pm Concert by ensemble compostQ, with guests Wang & Chen. compostQ includes Dorothy Martirano - violin, Erik Lund - trombone, Chris Reyman - accordion, Armand Beaudoin - bass, Ricardo Flores - percussion, and Kirstie Simson & Jessica Cornish - dancers.
all Friday events at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody, Champaign

Residency Sponsors: George A. Miller Visiting Artist Program, School of Music, Spurlock Museum, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, Krannert Art Museum

Artist Bios:

Born in Taiwan, Yu-Chen Wang is a guzheng performer as well as a composer. She graduated from Tainan National University of the Arts. While living in United State, she joined two ensembles, Compost Q Music/Dance Improvisation Group (USA) and Orchid ensemble (Canada); these two groups bring her performs across the U.S. Ms. Wang is the winner of the Gold Prize at the “Golden Lotus” International Youth Music Competition in Macau. She was a three-time First Prize winner at the Taiwan National Music Competition, First Prize at the Chinese Musical Instrument Association’s Competition, and the winner of the Taiwan Young Concert Artist Competition. Ms. Wang has appeared as soloist with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, the Tainan National University Chinese Orchestra, the National Chinese Orchestra, and the Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra. She has performed many solo recitals and has toured to Germany with the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Wang was invited to play as a guest artist for Kansas City’s newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, UMKC Music Nova, UIUC New Music Ensemble, and Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra. She has worked with several prominent composers, including Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Erik Lund, Yao Chen, Stephen Yip, and Yuanchen Li, in preparation for performances and premieres of their compositions. She was appointed to Suzhou Chinese Orchestra as a guzheng performer in 2017.

A versatile bassist, Han-Jui (Henry) Chen has performed in North America, Europe, South Africa, Asia, and his native Taiwan. He enjoys performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral bassist. Henry was appointed to the faculty at Central Conservatory of Music in Fall of 2018. He previously taught double bass at Soochow University during 2014-2018, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2013, and Ball State University during 2011-2012. Henry also taught regularly in many international festivals such as Lan-Yang International Double Bass Summer Camp, Biarritz International Bass Academy, Chicago Bass Festival at Ravinia, and Illinois Summer Youth Music. In addition to his rich teaching experiences, Henry has also established a successful orchestral career. He was appointed principal bass of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2008. He served as principal of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and Advent Chamber Orchestra in Chicago, associated principal bass of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and assistant principal bass of the Sinfonia da Camera in Champaign-Urbana. Henry earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s degree from DePaul University. Henry has worked with several prominent composers, including Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Erik Lund, Bright Sheng, Stephen Yip, and Yao Chen, in preparation for performances and premieres of their compositions.

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