Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) – Sonata no. 2 in D Major for violin and piano, op. 94a
IV. Allegro con brio
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) – Sonata no. 3 in C minor for violin and piano, op. 45
I. Allegro molto appassionato
II. Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza
III. Allegro animato
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) – Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, op. 28
About Nancy Zhou
Lauded as one of today’s probing musical voices, Nancy Zhou harbors a robust presence that seeks to invigorate appreciation for the art and science of the violin. Her thoughtful musicianship resonates with a global audience in such a way that brings her on stage with leading orchestras around the world.
Nancy has collaborated with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Würzburg Philharmonic, and Finnish Radio Symphony; Shanghai and China National Symphonies and Hong Kong Philharmonic; San Diego and Kansas City Symphonies, among others. Alongside projects as a soloist, she harbors keen interest in chamber music and music education. She has performed for the Tanglewood, Verbier, Ravinia Festivals and devotes time to a select, online studio as well, teaching students across the globe and presenting masterclasses on fundamental training and cultivating mindful awareness critical to performance.
The past seasons, the violinist has explored works outside the traditional oeuvre. In collaboration with the New Jersey Symphony and conductor Xian Zhang, she presented Zhao Jiping’s first violin concerto at Alice Tully Hall and gave the premiere of Unsuk Chin’s “Gran Cadenza” for two violins with Anne-Sophie Mutter across the US; in the forthcoming season, she will perform Chen Qigang’s “La joie de la souffrance” with the Rogue Valley Symphony and commission a work by Canadian composer Vivian Fung for violin and electronics, exploring the intersection of various art forms and, indeed, music and culture.
American-born, Nancy commenced violin studies with her father, later studying with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory while simultaneously pursuing her interest in literature at Harvard University. She is additionally an Associated Artist at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.
About Evan Hines
Hailing from Sugar Land, Texas, Evan Hines maintains an active career as a pianist and collaborator since graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance, and the University of Michigan with a Master’s in Collaborative Piano. Following his studies at Michigan, Hines was a member of the Ann Arbor-based Trio Continuum, which toured throughout Mexico. He is Co-Director of A Seat at the Piano (ASAP); an online resource created to broaden knowledge and promote the inclusion, study, and performance of a more equitably representative body of piano works. He is also the Program Director for the Padanaram Chamber Music Festival, a community-oriented classical music performance festival in Massachusetts.
Hines’ most recently released project is an album of flute and piano works by composer Valerie Coleman with flutist and Oberlin Conservatory professor Alexa Still. He has given recitals with Valerie Coleman as well as principal oboist Frank Rosenwein and associate concertmaster Amy Lee of the Cleveland Orchestra. He served on staff at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a collaborative pianist, and was on faculty at the Oberlin Community Music School. His mentors include pianists Sanford Margolis, Alvin Chow, Philip Highfill, and James Howsmon of the Oberlin Conservatory, and Martin Katz of the University of Michigan School of Music. Evan is currently pursuing his D.M.A. under the direction of Dr. Colette Valentine at the University of Texas at Austin.