Four Hands Piano
Ellyses Kuan & Jonathan Roberts
Saturday, January 28, 2017
M. Steinert & Sons
1245 Worcester Street
Route 9, Natick MA
Please join M. Steinert & Sons for a special evening of “four hands” piano featuring internationally renowned pianists Ellyses Kuan and Jonathan Roberts.
Admission to this concert is free but seating is limited. Please click here to reserve your seat.
6 Pieces Op. 11, S. Rachmaninoff
Slavonic Dance Op. 72 No. 2 , A. Dvorak
Fantasy in F Minor, D.940 , F. Schubert
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Pianist Jonathan Roberts has performed throughout the United States as both a soloist and collaborative artist. As a collaborator, he has performed with renowned musicians such as Mark O’Connor, Angella Ahn, Eugene Friesen, Demondrae Thurman, Tormod Flaten, and Julia Dinerstein. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in piano performance from the University of Alabama, the Master of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and two Bachelor’s Degrees in music education and piano performance from the University of New Hampshire.
Dr. Roberts’s primary teachers and mentors include Noel Engebretson, Kathryn Brown, Arlene Kies, Irina Tchantceva, and Kathy Czerny. In 2009, Jonathan was one of thirty-five pianists worldwide invited to perform at the Wideman International Piano Competition. He has been a featured artist at the Duxbury Music Festival, the PARMA Music Festival and on the Disney cruise ship Magic.
Jonathan is also a member of The Stardust Duo, named after the jazz tune by Hoagy Carmichael, with his wife, violinist Amanda Smith Roberts. Their duo specializes in performing and commissioning classical works influenced by popular musical styles, namely jazz and blues. Jonathan joined the piano faculty of the South Shore Conservatory in 2013 and currently serves as chair of the piano department.
A noted concert pianist and a native of Hong Kong, Ellyses started taking piano lessons at age three. She received a full scholarship for her Masters Degree, studying Piano Performance with Barry Snyder at the Eastman School of Music, and was selected to represent Hong Kong at the International Kirishima Music Festival in Japan. Among her other major teachers and mentors were Dr. Siu-Wan Chair Fang, Paul Odette and WU Dao-Wai. She also performed in masterclasses by John Perry, Dang Thai Son and Malcolm Bilson. Ellyses is enthusiastic about chamber music and collaborates with artists from all over the world. She also performs as a soloist and is particularly passionate about Baroque and Classical performance practices, striving to bring authentic music interpretation to her audiences.
Aside from being an active performer, Ellyses is currently the music director of EKS Music School. She taught piano master classes in Boston, New York, Toronto, San Diego and recently Hong Kong. She also organizes and hosts house concerts at the Alida House Concert Series in the South Shore area in Boston. In 2014, Ellyses was invited by the Boston GuitarFest Roundtable Panel to speak about Entrepreneurship and Making a Career in Music Work, and her music school was also featured in the Boston Globe the same year. Ellyses also holds an Information and Library Science degree and practiced as Collection Development and Technical Services librarian for over 10 years before she transitioned to full-time pursuit of her musician dream. Her goal is to build a community, promote performing arts awareness, and support local young musicians through advocacy, inspiration and performance. She has recently set up a music scholarship fund at her school to support quality music programs in the area.
Ellyses is also a member of The Duo Amie, a Boston-based cello and piano duo with the vision of bringing people together through the beauty and universality of classical music, while supporting non-profit organizations dedicated to caring for and enriching our shared community. (www.duoamie.org)