Victoria Belliard, violin | jiayi Shi, piano
Victoria Belliard will be giving her senior recital on Saturday evening, April 9, 2016 in Hole Memorial Auditorium at 8:15p. Here program will include:
- Bach Sonata No. 6 in G Major BWV 1019
- Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia for Violin and Cello
- Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair by Jascha Heifetz
- Estrellita by Jascha Heifetz
- Franck Violin Sonata in A Major
- I. Allegretto ben moderato
- II. Allegro
- III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia
- IV. Allegretto poco mosso
Violinist Victoria Nicole Belliard is earning her bachelor's degree in violin performance at La Sierra University, where she studies with Jason Uyeyama. She has had the privilege of taking master classes from Martin Chalifour, Sooah Kim, Scott Yoo, and Ian Swenson. Ms. Belliard has performed with orchestras in such esteemed venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Salzburg Mozarteum, Teatro Verdi, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Ms. Belliard has also served as concertmaster for several orchestras including the La Sierra University Symphony, University of Redlands Youth Symphony, and the Credo Summer Music Festival Orchestra at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Additionally, she played in the first violin section for the highly acclaimed Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra (CYMO). Ms. Belliard debuted as a soloist at the age of eleven with the University of Redlands Youth Symphony. Since then, she has been featured as a soloist with several orchestras including the Canadian Union College Orchestra, the New England Youth Ensemble and the California State San Bernardino Orchestra.
Ms. Belliard has enjoyed extensive chamber music opportunities as well. She has served as first violinist for many chamber groups including groups at Montecito International Music Festival, Credo Summer Music Festival at Oberlin, Los Angeles' Junior Chamber Music, and La Sierra University.
In 2008, Ms. Belliard opened a private studio of violin students and discovered her passion for teaching. Ms. Belliard is a fervent supporter of the power of music to change lives, and believes that economic status should not be a barrier to learning musical instruments and has volunteered locally and internationally as a violin teacher for underserved children. Locally, Victoria has taught for music programs such as Community Kids' Connection in San Bernardino and served as volunteer at Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) at HOLA in Los Angeles. Internationally she has taught at music academies in Ecuador and Thailand. Victoria is also a student member of the Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC).
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.