Sunday, Nov. 12
Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of the Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works.
While at the Weis Center, they will perform Mendelssohn's Quartet Op. 12, Penderecki's Quartet No. 3 (commissioned by the Shanghai Quartet), and Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34.
Praised by The New York Times as a "fiery musician" whose playing is "vigorous and passionate," pianist Qing Jiang enjoys a diverse career in solo, chamber and contemporary music. A dynamic chamber musician, Jiang has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Anthony Marwood and Gilbert Kalish, as well as with members of the Peabody Trio and the Emerson, Juilliard, Shanghai, Kronos, Left Bank and Parker string quartets. A native of China, Jiang is a graduate of Juilliard School, New England Conservatory of Music and Arizona State University, under the tutelage of Robert McDonald, Wha Kyung Byun, Caio Pagano and Patricia Zander. She is assistant professor of piano at Bucknell University, and piano faculty at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival. Jiang was the first Chinese recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke National Arts Scholarship.