March 8, 2015

Nathaniel LaNasa, piano
Wang Hua-Yi Studio Violin Virtuosi

     Timothy Dai - Alan Du - Isaac Huang
     Mia Huang - Constance Kaita - Phoebe Li
     Jessica Ling - Adrianna Liu - Joyce Lu
     Matthew Liu - Irene Qiao - Brian Zeng


Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Chinese Folk Song - Red Blossoms
Motti Czardas
Spring at Xinjiang
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

Return to 2014-15 season

Maestra Lin and the orchestra take a bow

An intense violin section

The lower strings hard at work

Maestra Lin leads the orchestra in a powerful Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Nathaniel LaNasa bows after a proud performance

The Wang Studio Virtuosi give a unique demonstration of Ma SiCong's pedagogical training

Ending in perfect unisona performance 

Praised by the New York Times for "the stormy lyricism” of his performance, pianist Nathaniel LaNasa has already been lauded by critics for the "definitive interpretation" (Portland Press-Herald).  A young artist with a quickly expanding calendar of engagements, he has performed at many of the nation’s most esteemed concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Benaroya Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Princeton University, and the Museum of Modern Art. Mr. LaNasa has performed numerous world premieres, including three concerti and several works dedicated to him. He has appeared as soloist with the New Juilliard Ensemble, Tactus New Music Ensemble, Manhattan School of Music's Composers' Orchestra, and other ensembles. Mr. LaNasa was recently recognized for his "deft sense of precision … poise and elegance" in performances of the works of Tobias Picker with the Tobias Picker Ensemble.  He earned his degrees at the Manhattan School of Music and the Julliard School of Music.  His teachers were André-Michel Schub and Julian Martin.  Mr. LaNasa is currently collaborating with Robert Durso,  Senior Director of The Golandsky Institute.  He will perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor.   

Back by popular demand, the virtuoso violinists from master teacher, Hua-Yi Wang, will present a repeat performance from three years ago, at this concert.  The violin ensemble will be playing in unison, which is a pedagogical training presented by Ma Si Cong, founder of the China Central Conservatory, and the famed violin pedagogue, Yehudi Menuhim.  Mr. Wang graduated from the Central Conservatory in Beijing, where he studied violin chamber music and composition under the world renowned Ma Si Cong.  Mr. Wang was the Concertmaster of the Central Conservatory Orchestra and became the understudy of the Concertmaster of the National Philharmonic Orchestra.   He came to the United States in 1985. Mr. Wang is currently a resident of New Jersey and has become a highly-respected and dedicated teacher over the last twenty years.  His brilliant teaching style has been recognized by the Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).