Today's two performers don't play together, but they have an eerie number of things in common. Both hail from New England, both have full scholarships to Oberlin Conservatory of Music, both made their public debuts by age 10, and both are recent competition winners. It's enough to make you superstitious, but we'll have to chalk it up to coincidence, overwhelming talent, and lots of hard work.
First on this program, we hear from 15-year-old pianist George Li, who took First Prize in the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. As part of the YCA Series, Li will make his New York recital debut next month, on November 1, at Merkin Concert Hall.
The second half of our program features violinist Sirena Huang, a Connecticut native who has performed with over 35 orchestras internationally. At 17, Huang is the most recent winner of the 2011 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition, and seems to be right on Li's tail - he won the same competition in the piano category last year.
Music featured on this program:
Performed by George Li
Haydn - Sonata No. 50
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Performed by Sirena Huang
Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E Minor, with the Cleveland Orchestra, Conducted by Jahja Ling