Xavier Wilson will be giving his Performer's Certificate Recital on Thursday evening, May 19, 2016 at 8p in Hole Memorial Auditorium. He will be collaborating with pianist Jiayi Shi. His program will include the following:
- Adagio con Variazioni | Ottorino Rhespighi
- Cello Suite | Gaspar Cassadó
- Baal Schem- II. Nigun (Improvisation) | Ernest Bloch
- Cello Sonata Op. 19 | Sergei Rachmaninoff
XAVIER WILSON, cellist, is currently earning a Performance Certificate at La Sierra University with a full music scholarship. Before relocating to Southern California, he was a prominent teacher in the Greater Dallas Area in Texas with a studio of approximately 45 students ranging from ages 9-35, primarily teaching middle and high school students. His students went on to perform in local competitions and everyone who competed received superior and exemplary ratings, which is only given to students who performed their solos with technical and musical perfection. While in California he has toured with Midori Goto as well as soloed with the La Sierra Orchestra. Wilson is a very dedicated person to his musical journey, as well as his students personal development in theirs.
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.