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Chamber Music Recital: Tao Ni, cello | Jiayi Shi, piano

24 Sep 2015 by In Past Events

OCTOBER 10, 2015 at 7:00PM

Hole Memorial Auditorium | La Sierra University

The Department of Music is excited to announce that cellist Tao Ni (LA Phil) and pianist Jiayi Shi will be giving a concert at La Sierra University on Saturday evening, October 10 at 7:00p. Doors open at 6:30p. Program will include the following:

Franz Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821

-Allegro moderato

Ligeti: Solo Cello Sonata
-Dialogo-Andante, rubato, cantabile
-Capriccio-Preston con slancio

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62


Igor Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for Cello and Piano, transcribed by Gregor Piatigorsky.
-Minuetto e Finale

Samuel Barber: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6

-Allegro ma non troppo


-Allegro appassionato

David Popper: Elfentanze, Op. 39


General Admission $15

Seniors $10

Students $5

About the Performers

Tao Ni, cello

TAO NI was born in Beng Bu, An Jui Province, China. He began his cello studies with his father at the age of eight and a year later he was enrolled in the Shanghai Conservatory Preparatory Division, where he studied with Professor Liu Mei Juan. Tao Ni made his first visit to North America in 1996 attending summer music workshops at Indiana University (Bloomington) and the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. He came as a student to the first Morning side Music Bridge in 1997, and stayed at Mount Royal College Conservatory studying with John Kadz. His other teachers include Laurence Lesser, Timothy Eddy, and most recent, Ronald Leonard at the Colburn School. Tao was also a participant in various festivals including Meadowmount, Ravinia Festival (Steans Institute for Young Artist), and the New York String Seminar in Carnegie Hall.

Ni has had much success in competition, including winning the Johannsen String Competition, the Pasadena Showcase Competition, the Hudson Valley Competition, and the new England Conservatory Concerto Competition, as well as getting top prizes at the Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians, the Kingsville Competition, the Klein String Competition, the Corpus Christi Concerto Competition, and the Hams Competition. 

He has soloed with many orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Arlington Symphony, the Brockton Symphony, the Concord Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Sendai Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera, the Colburn Orchestra, and the Calgary Youth Orchestra, among many others. As an experienced chamber musicians, Ni has collaborated with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Joseph Silverstein, Ani Kavafian, Anton Kuerti, Kim Kashkashian, James Dunham, Donald Weilerstein, Frank Cohen, Miriam Fried, and Robert Chan.

Other performing highlights include playing for Jiang Zemin, the President of China, in Calgary; playing in recital at The Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C.; being featured in a national CBC radio broadcast as part of the Mount Royal College 90th Anniversary Series; and performing a hip-hop arrangement of Vivaldi’s A-minor Cello Concerto with members of the Boston University Orchestra. He was featured in Canada’s National Post newspaper as a “Leader of Tomorrow.”

Tao Ni was previously a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in March 2012.

Jiayi Shi, piano

Pianist JIAYI SHI maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She works extensively with the internationally renowned violinist Midori and made her New York recital debut with Midori in March 2004. Her performances took her not only throughout the USA, but also to Germany, Hong Kong, the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Soon after arriving in the United States from her native city Shanghai, China, Ms. Shi won a succession of honors and awards, including top prizes in the Sydney Wright Competition, and the Steinway Society Piano Competition.

Born into a musical family, Ms. Jiayi Shi started to play the piano at age 4. At age 7, she was accepted into the prestigious pre-college division of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. With the support of the Fund for Chinese Pianists in Texas, Ms. Shi received a Bachelor’s degree in Piano at the University of Texas and continued her education at the Eastman School of Music with the renowned pianist Barry Snyder. She graduated from Eastman in 2002 with both a Master’s degree and a Performance Certificate in Piano.