Saturday, April 14, 2018

An Afternoon Recital featuring Eric Chin, Ellie Kanayama, and Yi-Fang Wu


Program:
Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op.56
Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor, Op.108

Violinist Eric Chin, a founding member of the acclaimed Telegraph Quartet, is
equally passionate about performing and teaching. Captivated by chamber music, he founded
the award- winning Nexus String Quartet in 2007 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Ellie Kanayama is a senior at Berkeley High School, and is currently studying with Eric Chin at the Precollege Division of San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has received top prizes in competitions, including Youngarts, VOCE, Etude Club of Berkeley, US Open Music, American String Teacher Association, and other concerto competitions. 

Yi-Fang Wu decided to pursue her love of music after graduating from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan and came to Cleveland Institute of Music to study with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro for Master Degree in Piano Performance. 

Eric Chin, Ellie Kanayama & Yi-Fang Wu at the Maybeck
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is FREE 
Violinist Eric Chin, a founding member of the acclaimed Telegraph Quartet, is
equally passionate about performing and teaching. Captivated by chamber music, he founded
the award- winning Nexus String Quartet in 2007 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
After the final season of the Nexus String Quartet, Mr. Chin received invitation to join the
Hausmann Quartet and the chamber music and string faculty at San Diego State University,
and held that position until 2014. He then decided to move back to the San Francisco Bay
Area, where he later co- founded the Telegraph Quartet, the faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the
San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Chin’s concert tours as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster have taken him
performing throughout Europe as well as in Asia, Canada, and the United States. He has
appeared on faculty at festivals such as the Capistrano International Chamber Music Festival,
LyricaFest, and Chamber Music Connection Ohio, and was invited abroad to give concerts and
masterclasses at the top art universities in Taiwan, including the National Taiwan University of
Arts, Tunghai University, National Pingtung University of Education, Wenzao Ursuline College,
and Taiwan Normal University. Mr. Chin has also appeared as performing artist at the Great
Lakes Music Festival and at Music Mountain.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Chin has performed with some of the most sought after musicians
of our time, including members of the Juilliard, Concord, Meliora, Miami, Tak√°cs, and
Alexander string quartets. Mr. Chin currently maintains a committed teaching studio in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Ellie Kanayama is a senior at Berkeley High School, and is currently studying with Eric Chin at the Precollege Division of San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has received top prizes in competitions, including Youngarts, VOCE, Etude Club of Berkeley, US Open Music, American String Teacher Association, other concerto competitions, such as Fremont Nova Vista, and Young People’s Symphony Orchestra. As a passionate chamber music player, Kanayama has participated in many chamber music master classes, including Muir String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, Yo- Yo Ma, Kronos String Quartet, Alexander String Quartet, and Enso Quartet. Kanayama is also a recipient of the Jacqueline Freiger Music Scholarship, and a violin on loan from the Chimei Museum of Taiwan and. In the past summers, she has studied with violinist Aaron Rosand at Summit Music Festival, and has also participated at the String Quartet Workshop at Boston University Tanglewood Institution and the International Youth Orchestra Summer Program directed by violinist Cho-Liang Lin.

This past summer, she returned for her second year at the Young Artist Program of Yellow Barn Music Festival, was invited to join the National Youth Orchestra of USA, and participated in14th International Music Festival and Workshop in Kirchberg, Germany.

As a former English major, Yi-Fang Wu decided to pursue her love of music after graduating from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan and came to Cleveland Institute of Music to study with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro for Master Degree in Piano Performance. CIM was the very first music school in her life, and there she quickly absorbed music theory, history, and everything else at a dizzying pace during the two-year program. She shockingly discovered after those years that her heart did not actually belong to solo performance, but instead enjoyed musical interactions with others, and proceeded to join the Collaborative Piano program with Anita Pontremoli at CIM. It was the most exciting period during which Yi-Fang developed a love of string repertoire and since then, she has collaborated with many wonderful chamber musicians while also maintaining for position as a staff pianist of San Francisco Conservatory’s Pre-College division. Yi-Fang has performed at the Eastern Music Festival, Hidden Valley Festival, The Quartet Program, Miami Music Festival and International Music Festival and Workshop in Germany.