Robert Schumann - Adagio und Allegro in As-Dur, Op. 70
Langsam, mit innigem Ausdruck
Rasch und feurig
Alfredo Carlo Piatti - Capriccio Nr. 6, Op.25
Joseph Haydn - Cellokonzert Nr. 2 in D-Dur (Hob. VIIb:2)
Johannes Brahms - Sonata Nr. 2 in F-Dur, Op. 99
Chinese Cellist Aihao Zheng, originally from Shanghai Conservatory of Music Middle School, China, has been studying and performing in the New England Conservatory in Boston since 2013. Aihao is now pursuing his Master of Music in Cello Performance at the New England Conservatory under Paul Katz and Laurence Lesser. At age 14, Aihao traveled to Germany to take part in an art exchange program with a full scholarship. On May 9th, he held a recital at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal Hall. He was principal at the cello section of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Middle School orchestra. In 2012, he got a full scholarship for going to Morningside Music Bridge in Canada. From 2015 to 2017, he performed with Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as their principal cellist. In 2016, Aihao won the first prize of NEC Tecchler-Forster Cello Competition, receiving a chance to play the William Forster II 1795 cello for one year. In 2017, his piano trio group was selected to play at the 150th Anniversary Chamber Music Gala Concert at NEC. In the same year, he performed as a soloist with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under Maestro Benjamin Zander in the Harvard Sander Theater as BPYO’s concerto competition winner. In 2018, Aihao was the finalist of the Mika Hasler competition. He has been invited to perform in the Beijing Super Cello festival in the National Museum Concert hall as a soloist, and in the same year, he was selected to the 2018 Prague Spring international Cello competition. Aihao has had master classes with Mula Na, Luis Claret, Desmond Hoebig, Johanne Perron, Yeesun Kim, John Kadz, Andres Diaz, Gary Hoffman, David Strange, Pieter Wispelway, and Ralph Kirshbaum.
Han-Wen Jennifer Yu, a native of Taichung, Taiwan. She earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Tunghai University (Taiwan), where she graduated with the highest honors with Dr. Juanelva Rose and Dr. Thomas Linde; a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano with Dr. Cameron Stowe, Dr. Pei-Shan Lee and Prof. Jonathan Feldman from New England Conservatory; and a Konzertexamen (equal as doctor program in Taiwan) at the HMT Leipzig with professor Gudrun Franke in piano chamber music, and minor in solo piano with professor Gerald Fauth. She has took masterclasses by Robert Levin, Graham Johnson, Brigitte Engerer, Volker Banfield, Margo Garrett, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Rita Sloan and so on. As an active pianist, she has performed throughout the U.S., Taiwan, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, England, France Switzerland and Sweden. She has been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, America’s Music Festivals, Chicago Radio, Deutschlandfunk, RTBF.be Radio, and Medici.tv. As a soloist, she has performed with Trierer Philharmonie. Han-Wen was twice YAMAHA foundation of Taiwan fellowship recipient in 2006, earned scholarships at the Aspen Music Festival from 2010-11. She took part in SongFest as one of the Marc and Eva Stern Fellows in 2010, and was awarded the 2013 Collaborative Piano Fellowship from Music Academy of the West in the U.S. She's accepted to the organization "Jeunes Talents" in Paris, France. She is a national and international competition prizewinning pianist, 1 prize in the Taichung City's Piano Competition, 1 prize in the Seidof International Piano Competition and 1 prize in the Vienna International Piano Competition. In 2014 she won 1 prize in the Clara Schumann Duo Competition in Leipzig with violist Seungwon Lee and soprano Chueh-Yu Lai. Among 103 groups, she won 1st prize with cellist Mon-Puo Lee in the form of a duo in the 19th Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Poland in 2016, the same year in September, she was awarded the Best Accompanist Prize from the George Enescu Festival Competition in Bucharest, Romania.