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.
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.