Sonata for Piano and Violin in C major, K. 296
W. A. Mozart (1756- 1791)
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante sostenuto
12 Variations on 'La bergère Célimène' for piano and violin, K.359/374a
W. A. Mozart
Sonata for Piano and Violin in E minor, K. 304
II. Tempo di Menuetto
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu
Praised by the Seattle Times as “Simply marvelous” and Taiwan’s Liberty Times for “astonishingly capturing the spirit of the music,” Violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu enjoys a versatile international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. She has been featured with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra in her native country, as well as with European orchestras as the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra.
As recitalist and chamber musician, Wu performs regularly in Asia, Europe and North America, at prominent venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Deutsches Theater München, among many others. Artists with whom she has collaborated include Teddy, Abrams, Gary Graffman, Kim Kashkashian, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Anthony Marwood, Midori, Thomas Quasthoff, and members of the Alban Berg, Brentano, Cleveland, Emerson, Guarneri, Miró, Tokyo and Ying quartets. Wu has appeared as guest violist—her second instrument—with the Dover Quartet, Formosa Quartet, Orion String Quartet and the Shanghai Quartet. She is currently the Artist in Residence and Artistic Partner of the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles since 2013.
Wu’s festival collaborations include the Marlboro Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Mainly Mozart, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Music@Menlo, Verbier Festival and Academy, Olympic Music Festival, and she has served as a chamber music coach at the ENCORE School for Strings, the Hotchkiss Summer Portals, and Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts.
Wu’s media appearances feature performances on NPR’s “From the Top,” on WHYY TV and Radio in Philadelphia, as well as numerous on-air interviews with Philharmonic Radio Taipei and IC Broadcasting of Taiwan. She has been spotlighted on Taiwan’s TVBS Television and in the September 2004 issue of Marie Claire Taiwan.
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008. In 2010 she graduated from the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California, with awards for excellence in both solo string instrument performance and chamber music. Wu’s teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Ida Kavafian, Victor Danchenko, Steven Tenenbom, and Midori Goto. She taught violin, chamber music, and string pedagogy at Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California from 2010 to 2015.
Among Wu’s many honors and awards are the Gold Medal in the 2003 Stulberg International String Competition and third prize in the Odessa International David Oistrakh Violin Competition, , and Milka Violin Artist Fellowship
Wu performs on a 1734 Domenico Montagnana violin, 1918 Stefano Scarampella violin, and 2015 Stanley Kiernoziak viola.
One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.
2017-18 sees him opening the season for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performing Beethoven's Triple Concerto and ending his season with the Colorado Symphony and Mozart’s majestic Concerto in C major, K. 467; in between Orion will play with eleven orchestras, go on a recital tour with James Ehnes, and perform recitals around the country. In 2016-17 Orion performed with the Knoxville, Wichita, and Santa Rosa Symphonies and the Symphony Silicon Valley, among others, and in collaborative projects with Alessio Bax, the Pacifica Quartet, and with Cho-Liang Lin and the New Orford String Quartet in a performance of the Chausson Concerto for piano, violin, and string quartet. In 2015 Naxos released his recording of Christopher Rouse’s Seeing – a major commission Orion debuted with the Albany Symphony – and in 2012 he released a recital album of Dvorak, Prokofiev, and Bartok. That same year he also spearheaded a recording project of the complete Gershwin works for piano and orchestra with his longtime collaborators the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta.
Named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, in the summer of 2011 Weiss made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as a last-minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman.
Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Anna Polonsky, the violinists James Ehnes and Arnaud Sussman, and cellist Julie Albers. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall. He won the 2005 William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard, and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April. Also in 2005 he made his European debut in a recital at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. He was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 2002-2004, which included his appearance in the opening concert of the Society’s 2002-2003 season at Alice Tully Hall performing Ravel’s La Valse with pianist Shai Wosner.
Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. In February of 1999, Weiss made his Cleveland Orchestra debut performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. In March 1999, with less than 24 hours’ notice, Weiss stepped in to replace André Watts for a performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was immediately invited to return to the Orchestra for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in October 1999. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.