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Clive Greensmith & Wei-Yi Yang perform Mendelssohn duets Apr. 19

April 4, 2012

Featuring the historical Erard piano in the Collection of Musical Instruments

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents cellist Clive Greensmith and pianist Wei-Yi Yang in a concert featuring music of Mendelssohn on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The program will take place at 8 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

Greensmith and Yang will perform duets by Felix Mendelssohn for cello and piano: the two Cello Sonatas – No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 45, and No. 2 in D major, Op. 58 – as well as the Variations concertantes, Op. 17, and the Song Without Words in D major, Op. 109.

Yang, whose performances have been described by critics as “sensational” (New York Times) and “a joy to behold” (Classics Today), will play the Collection’s Erard grand piano, made in France in 1884. Greensmith, the cellist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, also enjoys international acclaim as a soloist.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance.

The concert is free, but tickets are required due to limited space. Tickets can be reserved in person at the Sprague Hall box office (470 College Street, New Haven). Phone and web reservations (available at music.yale.edu/concerts or by calling 203 432-4158) require a $1 service charge per ticket.

For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit www.yale.edu/musicalinstruments.

For more information, visit www.yale.edu/musicalinstruments.

About the Performers

Cellist Clive Greensmith joined the Tokyo String Quartet in June 1999. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Musikhochschule in Cologne, his principal teachers were Donald McCall and Boris Pergamenschikow. He has held the position of principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as András Schiff, Midori, Claude Frank, and Steven Isserlis, and has won several prizes including second place in the inaugural Premio Stradivari (Cremona, Italy). Mr. Greensmith has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Greensmith’s recording of Brahms sonatas with pianist Boris Berman was recently released on the Biddulph label.

Pianist Wei-Yi Yang enjoys a flourishing concert career, appearing before audiences in North and Central Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia. The New York Times praised him as the soloist in a “sensational” performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall. Winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has performed in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Kumho Art Hall (Seoul), among many others. Born in Taiwan of Chinese and Japanese heritage, Mr. Yang studied with Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music and has worked with such artists as Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Murray Perahia, and Hans Graf. Under the guidance of Boris Berman, Mr. Yang was awarded a DMA from Yale in 2004. He can be heard on the Renegade Classics, Albany, and Holland-America Music Society labels. He has appeared at festivals in Novi Sad, Monterrey, Kotor, Norfolk, and La Jolla, among others. Mr. Yang has recently collaborated with such artists as Frederica von Stade and the Pacifica, Cassatt, and Tokyo String Quartets. He joined the Yale faculty in 2005.

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I’ve always been a big fan of Clive Greensmith!

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