KEYS & STRINGS: A SPECIAL EVENING OF MUSIC

Join M. Steinert & Sons in our Natick Mall Performance Center as we welcome pianist Ellyses Kuan and cellist Julie Reimann for an evening of classical music.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
6:00 – 7:30 pm
M. Steinert & Sons
The Natick Mall

Attendance is free, but seating is limited. Please register online here to reserve your seat.

PROGRAM

  • Impromptu Op. 90 no. 2 in E-flat major – Franz Schubert
  • Arpeggione Sonata in A minor (1st movement) – Franz Schubert
  • 32 Variations in C minor – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Allegro Appassionato – Camille Saint-Saens

Intermission

  • Song Without Words – Felix Mendelssohn
  • Cello Concerto in C major – Joseph Haydn

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Ellyses Kuan, Piano

A native Hong Kong pianist who started taking piano lessons at the age of three, Ellyses received a full scholarship for her Master Degree, studying Piano Performance with Barry Snyder at the Eastman School of Music. She was selected to represent Hong Kong and attended the International Kirishima Music Festival in Japan.

Among her other major teachers and mentors are Dr. Siu-Wan Chair Fang and Paul Odette. 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 often. She is passionate about Baroque and Classical Performance Practices and she strives to bring authentic music interpretation to her audiences.

Aside from being an active performer, Ellyses is currently the music director of EKS Music School and founder of the Alida House Concert Series in the South Shore area. Her goal is to build a community, promote performing arts awareness, and support local young musicians through advocacy, inspiration and performances. She has recently set up a music scholarship fund at her school to support quality music programs in the area.

In 2014, Ellyses was invited by the Boston GuitarFest Roundtable Panel to speak about Entrepreneurship and Making a Career in Music Work. Her music school was also featured in the Boston Globe the same year.

Julie Reimann, Cello

Born and raised in Connecticut, Julie Reimann began playing the cello at age nine. She began studying privately with Aldo Parisot, cellist and professor of music at Yale School of Music and formerly Juilliard School, at age thirteen. Under his tutelage Julie performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Brazil, and won a number of music competitions, including Gold Medal in the New Haven Youth Symphony Young Artists Competition, First Prize in the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra Young Artists Competition, and Second Prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Junior Division.

Julie earned her Bachelor of Music degree in 1992 from Curtis Institute of Music where she was a student of David Soyer of the Guarneri String Quartet. During her four years at Curtis Julie was an invited performer in the Nationale Academie de Violoncelle in Paris, France, as well as the Banff Music Festival, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, Musicorda Music Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She won First Place in the Alliance Auditions National Music Competition in 1991, and was Principal cellist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra by her last year there.

Julie graduated from Bryn Mawr College’s post-baccalaureate Premedical Program in 1994, where she received the Horace Alwyn Prize for the student who contributed the most to musical life on campus. Julie continued to perform solo and chamber music recitals while pursuing her M.D. and Ph.D. in Biophysics at Stanford University (including in the Fortnightly Chamber Music Series in Palo Alto and the Soiree Musicale Chamber Music Series at Villa Montalvo), and during her residency and fellowship in Boston.

She continues to perform chamber music as well as solo recitals locally in various venues, and performed as a soloist with the Waltham Symphony Orchestra, with whom she is also principal cellist. She is also a practicing pathologist in the Newton, MA area, specializing in dermatology.

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