Sophia Stoyanovich, violin

Derek Wang, piano

January 12, 2022

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Christopher Theofanidis (b. 1967) – Fantasy for Violin and Piano (2009) (7’)

Billy Childs (b. 1957) – Incident On Larpenteur Avenue (2018) (6’) 

Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964) – Toft Serenade (2006) (6’) 

John Adams (b. 1947) – Road Movies for Violin and Piano (1995) (16’)

I. Relaxed Groove

II. Meditative

III. 40% Swing

American violinist, Sophia Stoyanovich, partners with pianist, Derek Wang, to celebrate a program of all-American music for violin and piano. Both alumni of The Juilliard School, Stoyanovich and Wang perform in recitals across the country. In 2020, the duo launched American Stories, a podcast series that examines and celebrates American identity through music in performance, illuminated by personal histories and reflections from featured guests of all walks of life. American Stories is currently supported by Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward grant and the New York Community Trust. On today’s program, they will perform the works of composers John Adams, Christopher Theofanidis, Augusta Read Thomas, and Billy Childs.


Hailed as “…a spectacular young violinist” by Seattle Times Music Critic Bernard Jacobson, American violinist Sophia Stoyanovich has captivated audiences since her premiere at age ten with the Bremerton Symphony. She has soloed with numerous orchestras highlights including with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, and has performed across North America, Europe, Russia, China, and Vietnam. Recent highlights include winning the Beverly Hills National Auditions, with appearances on Great Music L.A. and Encinitas Music by the Sea Series, and joining the rosters for the International Contemporary Ensemble Evolution and The Next Festival of Emerging Artists. Upcoming engagements for the 2021-2022 season include debuts with the Santa Monica Symphony performing Sibelius Violin Concerto, appearances on the Crocker Art Museum Concert Series, Southern California Consortium of Chamber Music, and the release of her debut album, American Elegy, with Orpheus Classical. Ms. Stoyanovich holds Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and the Drs. & Kassie Neuman Scholarship. She has studied under the tutelage of Li Lin, Mark Steinberg, and Sylvia Rosenberg. She performs on a 1930 Berger Violin made in New York City.

Derek Wang is a New York-based pianist and communicator who is guided by the value of committed listening across musical and social spaces. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School and was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music upon graduation. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at Juilliard, studying with Stephen Hough and Veda Kaplinsky as a Kovner Fellow. In the summer of 2019, Derek began a fellowship position as pianist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival, enjoying duo collaborations with guest artists Vijay Iyer, and Robert McDuffie, in addition to chamber music with members of the festival’s artist-faculty, and premieres of works by the festival’s composition fellows. Derek was a winner of the 2021 New York Liszt Competition, and gave his solo debut recital in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in October of 2021. He has performed in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum, Lehrman Hall at the Morgan Library and Museum, and the West Gallery of the Frick Collection. 

More information on Sophia, Derek, and American Stories can be found at

Read program notes here

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

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Wednesday January 19, 12:15pm

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