Friday, June 4, 2010

Alison Chiang

Alison, age 18, is from Plano, Texas. Her Solo Recital will be presented Saturday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m.

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Nocturne no. 1 in B–flat minor, Opus 9, no. 1

FRANZ LISZT Grandes études de Paganini
Étude no. 2 in E-flat major, Searle 140

ALEXINA LOUIE Scenes from a Jade Terrace
I. Warriors

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Sonata no. 18 in E-flat major, Opus 31, no. 3
I. Allegro
II. Allegro vivace
III. Moderato e grazioso
IV. Presto con fuoco


Her Duo, Concerto, and Solo program can be heard on Monday, June 7 at 8:25 am.

HENRI DUTILLEUX Sonata pour piano
III. Chorale et variations

JOHANNES BRAHMS Sonata for violin and piano no. 2 in A major, Opus 100
I. Allegro amabile

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Concerto no. 2 in F minor, Opus 21
1. Maestoso



With each of her family’s moves, Alison Chiang discovered new opportunities as a student and performer of the piano. She was born in Rochester, New York, where she began her studies at the age of five. Only two years later, she won first place in the Saint Charles Illinois State Music Competition. When Alison was eight, her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she continued her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Olga Radosavljevich, receiving the Olga Radosavljevich scholarship award. At age thirteen, Alison performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 21 in C major with the Lakeside Symphony. Two years later, Alison performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in B-flat major with the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra and the Lakeside Symphony. Robert Cronquist conducted all performances.

In 2007, Alison and her family moved to Plano, Texas, where Alison now studies with Pamela Mia Paul at the University of North Texas. In 2008, Alison won the grand prize in the Vernell Gregg Young Artists’ Competition and performed Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto no. 2 in G minor with the Lewisville Lake Symphony. In 2009, she won the Collin County Young Artist Competition and performed Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in F minor with the Plano Symphony Orchestra.

Alison looks forward to the challenging PianoArts competition that requires a full solo recital, duo performances, and a concerto. What does she want the audience to hear in her performances? Alison says that she hopes that the audience will remember the different tone colors and expressions in each piece of music.

When she is not listening to piano music, Alison enjoys violin concertos and symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven and Peter Tchaikovsky, as well as Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

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