november, 2017

8nov12:15 pm- 1:00 pmSihao He, Cello & Han-Wen Jennifer Yu, Piano12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural CenterPrograms:Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Sihao He, Cello
Han-Wen Jennifer Yu, Piano

Méditation from Thaïs (5′)
Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912)

Tibetan Dance from Seven Tunes Heard in China (4’)
Bright Sheng (b. 1955)

Sonata in A Major (30’)
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
César Franck (1822 – 1890)

Born in Shanghai, China, Sihao He began playing cello at the age of 9 with Shihong Ni. At the age of ten, he was accepted to the Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music as a student of Professor Meijuan Liu. Mr. He graduated from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he studied with Hans Jorgen Jensen and Julie Albers and he is currently attending Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University for his master’s degree with Hans Jorgen Jensen.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. He is a prize winner of many renowned competitions, placing first at the International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Croatia in 2006 and the National Cello Competition for Young Cellist in 2008, and fourth prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in South Korea in 2009. In 2011, he won first prize at the 2nd Concerto Competition of Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2013, he won the Macon (Georgia) Symphony Concerto Competition, Grand Prize and First Place honors at the ASTA (American String Teacher Association) National Solo Competition in New York City, and took the grand prize in the 3rd Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan. As the winner of the Cassado competition, He toured Japan in July 2014, performing solo recitals in Tokyo, Hachioji, Kyoto and Nagoya, and was so well received that he was invited to return in 2018. Mr. He was the laureate of the first Queen Elisabeth Competition for Cello in 2017.

Mr. He is also a member of Simply Quartet, coached by Jensen Hornsi Lam. The quartet attended the ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) in Austria for master classes and public performances in 2009, was placed first in the Haydn Invitational Chamber Music Competition in Shanghai, China in 2009, and was awarded “The Most Promising Young String Quartet” at the 4th Beijing International Music Competition – String Quartet in 2011.

Mr. He has played in masterclasses given by Yo-Yo Ma, Laurence Lesser, Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Myung-Wha Chung, Jian Wang, Andres Diaz, Enrico Dindo, Richard Aaron, Robert deMaine, Desmond Hoebig, Liwei Qin, Haiyan Ni, the Alban Berg Quartet, Hatto Beyerle, the Tokyo Quartet, and Peter Oundjian. He has performed with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Zhenhua Chamber Music Orchestra, and has played many concerts throughout China, United States and Japan.  He has performed in chamber groups with Joseph Silverstein, Pinchas Zuckerman, Donald Weilerstein, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Hsin-Yun Huang, Robert McDuffie, and David Krakauer. In June 2015, he performed for the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society along with violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti. He has participated in Morningside Music Bridge in Canada, PyeongChang Music Festival in Korea, Rutesheim Cello Academy in Germany, the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy, and Meadowmount School of Music, all on full scholarship. He is also a recipient of the Cultural Art Talent Scholarship and Chengxian Fu Scholarship.

Han-Wen (Jennifer) Yu from Taichung, Taiwan. She earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Tunghai University in Taiwan; a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the New England Conservatory; and a Konzertexamen at the HMT Leipzig with Pro. Gudrun Franke and Prof. Gerald Fauth. She is a national and international competition prizewinning pianist, such as 1st prize in the 19th Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition with cellist Mon-Puo Lee in Poland and the Best Accompanist Prize from the George Enescu Festival Competition in Romania. She has worked with DG label cellist Kian Soltani together with maestro Daniel Baremboim, Berlin Philharmonic members and many others. She has performed throughout the U.S., Taiwan, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, England, France and Sweden, been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, America’s Music Festivals, Chicago Radio, Deutschlandfunk, Radio,, and received critical claims from Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg Kulturradio. She has served as staff pianist at the New England Conservatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Foulger International Music Festival, Prague Summer Nights Festival, Euro Music Festival Academy, International Music Festival Music Islands and Young Concert Artist European Audition. She has worked as a studio pianist for Kim Kashkashian while she’s at NEC. She’s now living in Berlin, Germany, a member of the “HoHaiYan Arts” organization, and playing regularly projects from the Blackmore’s – Berlins Musikzimmer.


(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST


Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60605

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