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Recital by Sarita Kwok and Wei-Yi Yang rescheduled for Sunday, March 2

Program includes music for violin and piano by Janáček, Stravinksy, Prokofiev, and Ravel
February 11, 2014

Sarita KwokThe Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents a recital by violinist Sarita Kwok and pianist Wei-Yi Yang on Sunday, March 2 at 8 pm. This is the performance that was originally scheduled for February 3.

Kwok and Yang will perform selections by Janáček, Stravinksy, Prokofiev, and Ravel. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

The concert will open with Janáček’s Sonata for violin and piano. Fittingly, in Frankfurt, Germany in 1923, Yale professor and composer Paul Hindemith was the first violinist ever to perform the piece. Next in the program will be Stravinsky’s neoclassical Duo Concertante.

The second half of the recital opens with Prokofiev’s Five Melodies for violin and piano, Op. 35b, composed for the Parisian chamber music society Triton. The evening concludes with Ravel’s Sonata for violin and piano. Stylistically very different from the composer’s earlier efforts, the sonata shows influences of Satie and Stravinsky, as well as a dose of American jazz.

Wei-Yi YangAdmission to the performance is free, and the concert will also stream live online. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.



About the Performers

Australian violinist Sarita Kwok has been featured on stages in Australia, New Zealand, England, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Israel, Japan and the United States and has performed as a soloist with the major symphony orchestras in her home country. After being named the James Fairfax Sydney Symphony Orchestra Young Artist, she made her debut with the Sydney Symphony at age 15 and went on to win Australia’s most prestigious musical award, the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year (Strings). She has been awarded prizes at the Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition, Germany; Gisborne International Music Competition, New Zealand; and an Honorary Diploma at the 7th Wieniawski and Lipinski International Competition, Poland. As a soloist and chamber collaborator, Ms. Kwok has been featured at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Thayer Academy Winter Series, Hebron Academy and Temple Emanuel Chamber Series, Hammond Performing Arts Series, and on WGBH public radio. As first violinist of the Alianza Quartet (2004–2011), Ms. Kwok performed extensively in the U.S., at the Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence, Pacific Festivals, and held a graduate residency at the Yale School of Music under the mentorship of the Tokyo String Quartet. More recently, Ms. Kwok joined Mistral Music of Boston and formed the Arabella Quartet.  Sarita Kwok has performed in concert with Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth, and members of the Tokyo String Quartet and has worked in master-classes with the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Midori, Pierre Amoyal, Bruno Canino, and members of the Takács, Guarneri, and Juilliard quartets. Ms. Kwok received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music  in 2009 under the tutelage of Syoko Aki. She currently serves on the faculty of the Yale Department of Music and is the Director for the Undergraduate Lessons Program at the Yale School of Music.

Pianist Wei-Yi Yang has earned worldwide acclaim for his captivating performances and imaginative programming. Most recently, he was praised by the New York Times as the soloist in a “sensational” performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall. Gold Medal winner of the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has also performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and across Europe, Australia, and Asia. A dynamic chamber musician with a diverse repertoire, Mr. Yang has collaborated with the Pacifica, Cassatt, and Tokyo String Quartets; as well as Frederica von Stade, Clive Greensmith, and Richard Stoltzman, among numerous others. Mr. Yang has curated inventive interdisciplinary projects, including a collaboration with actress Miriam Margolyes as part of the “Dickens’ Women” world tour; lecture-recitals on the confluence of Czech music and literature; and multimedia performances of Granados’ Goyescas with projections of Goya’s etchings.  Mr. Yang studied first in the United Kingdom and then with Arkady Aronov in New York. Under the guidance of Boris Berman, he received his D.M.A. from Yale in 2004. Mr. Yang regularly appears at festivals across the United States, from Norfolk to Napa Valley, and abroad, including Germany, Serbia, Montenegro, Mexico, and Scotland. In 2005 he joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music.