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'Made in Shanghai' classical trio makes its debut

A "Made in Shanghai" classical trio of young musicians born and trained in Shanghai and abroad makes its debut tomorrow at the Shanghai Grand Theater.

The three - pianist, cellist and pianist - will cooperate with the Symphony Orchestra of the Shanghai Opera House.

The musicians, calling themselves the Shanghai Trio, are cellist Qin Liwei, pianist Song Siheng and violinist Huang Mengla.

In the first half of the concert, they will perform separately. Song performs Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," Huang will play Sarasate's "Carmen Concert Fantasy" and Qin will perform Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme."

In the second half, they will perform Beethoven's "Triple Concerto" with the orchestra under the baton of Zhang Guoyong.

The trio - all quite young, the eldest being 33 - were born in Shanghai and graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. All studied abroad.

"We have a similar education background and overseas experience and are delighted to stage as a group," says Song, the first Chinese to win the Grand Prix of Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in 2004.

Song, born in 1981, started playing piano at the age of three and entered the local conservatory at the age of 10. In 2002 he studied at the National School of Music of Paris with professor Marian Rybicki and later received first prize of Diplomat of Piano Concertist. Now he studies with Dominique Merlet.

"We hope to further popularize chamber music in China," says violinist Huang, widely known for his brilliant technique and unique interpretations.

In 2002, Huang won the first prize in the Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy. He was also honored for the best interpretation of Paganini's caprices.

Huang, born in 1980, began studying violin at the age of four and entered the conservatory when he was only eight. In 2006 he received his master's degree and became the youngest-ever faculty member at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In the same year he studied in London with Gyorgy Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music.

Qin, the "Chinese Cello Prince," is the oldest of the three. He won the silver medal in the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1998 and first prize in the 2001 Naumburg Competition (Germany). He was invited to join the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme.

Qin also started playing at a young age and attended the Shanghai Conservatory. He moved to Australia at the age of 13, studied with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in 1995 and then became a professor of cello there.

Qin is on the faculty of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore. He is also a guest professor at the Shanghai Conservatory.

Date: May 9, 7:15pm

Venue: Shanghai Grand Theater, 300 People's Ave

Tickets: 80-380 yuan


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