Performing

One of my defining features as a performer is my ability to communicate with audiences. The actual musical performance aside, I put a lot of effort, time, and heart, into any pre-concert, in-concert, post-concert speaking.  I believe that the right combination of words / humour / information will allow any audience member (new, seasoned, raw, experienced) to enjoy any piece of classical music.  Concert after concert, listeners approach to say that they had a great initial trepidation about composer XYZ, but after hearing what I had to say about them they saw the music in a new light.

I believe in programming that, above all else, entertains and inspires audiences. This often means creating thematic and custom-tailored shows that suit audiences’ and presenters’ needs. A case in point: This program that I designed to complement the Toronto Public Library’s Keep Toronto Reading initiative that featured The Cellist of Sarajevo. Pre-concert, as an added link to the novel, I decided to perform a movement from Bach’s G major cello suite (with my left hand only!).

My solo repertoire has the wingspan of your typical modern-day young concert pianist (i.e. from very old Bach to slightly less old Prokofiev, and everything in between), as well as some choice modern composers (mostly Canadians). I have a particular love for the French (Fauré, Debussy, Ravel) and Russians (Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev), and huge admiration for jazzers.

Check out some of the programs I’m cooking up at the moment.

Two notable partnerships currently on the front burners: Fung-Chiu Duo (piano duo) and the Crow-Chiu Duo (violin + piano). With regards to chamber music, outside of those two duos, I have partnerships with some of North America’s best string talents. You can read more about all of that in my bio.

If you are interested in working together for your recital series, please don’t hesitate to contact me or my agent. Let’s explore the possibilities!