Viennese Treasures: The Masters and the Students

Saturday, February 3
7:30 PM

A Four-Hand Piano Concert and Commentary with “Zwei & Zwanzig”

M. Steinert & Sons Performance Center
The Natick Mall
1245 Worcester Street
Natick, MA 01760

Join us on Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 PM in our Natick location for a special four-hand piano performance by Zwei & Zwanzig (“Four Hands & Twenty Fingers”), a piano duo formed by pianists Dr. Thomas Swenson and Ellyses Kuan.  They met at the Classical Music Festival the past summer in Eisenstadt, Austria, where Haydn was appointed court musician by the Esterhazy family for over forty years.  This program features works by Haydn, Mozart and Schubert and the influence between the masters and their students.

Admission is free but seating is limited. Please reserve your place by clicking here, or by calling (508) 655-7373.

PROGRAM

  • Il Maestro e Lo Scolare (Joseph Haydn)
  • Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C major, K. 521 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  • Fantasia in F minor for piano four-hands, D 940  (Franz Schubert)

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Ellyses Kuan

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.

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. Aside from being an active performer, Ellyses is currently the music director of EKS Music School.  She has taught piano master classes in Boston, New York, Toronto, San Diego and recently Hong Kong.  She is also a founding member of Duo Amie (www.duoamie.org). She performed at the Esterhazy Schloss in Austria in 2017 Classical Music Festival.

Ellyses spoke on the Boston GuitarFest Roundtable Panel on Entrepreneurship and Making a Career in Music Work, in 2014. Her music school was also featured in the Boston Globe the same year. Recently, she was elected President-Elect of the Massachusetts Music Teacher Association, and received a 2017 Steinway & Sons Top Music Teacher award. Her goal is to build a community, promote performing arts awareness, and support local young musicians through advocacy, inspiration and performance.  

Thomas Swenson

Thomas Swenson, PhD, NCTM, has distinguished himself as a national leader in the field of piano pedagogy through publications, leadership positions, presentations, workshops, performances, and the achievements of his students.  Thomas has instructed a wide variety of courses in colleges/universities for nearly two decades and has taught pre-college and adult students throughout the world for over 25 years.  He was honored in 2015 as a Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow while serving as President of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association. 

At the Music Academy of North Carolina he has chaired the Piano Department, directed the Accelerated Program, and served as the Artistic Director of the Constance Kotis Piano Competition.   Dr. Swenson holds degrees from Minnesota State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Oklahoma. Thomas can be heard in recordings as a performer, composer, and producer. 

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