Two years ago, Le Petit Salon de Musique fans were thrilled by the virtuosity of The Gratus Duo. On Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. we welcome Taiwanese pianist Hsin-Chiao Liao and Vietnamese cellist Phuc Phan back to our intimate space to once again create some of the most beautiful and stirring chamber music ever written – this time with an emphasis on French composers.
Hsin-Chiao Liao has become renowned for her “stirring yet cordial touch” on the piano and is considered to be one of the world’s foremost young pianists. After winning numerous national and international competitions as a young person, she has appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist in venues and festivals across the globe. In addition to her love of the classics, Hsin-Chiao is an advocate of new music and has participated in the Contemporary Chamber Players at Stony Brook University on numerous occasions. She recently won the Stony Brook Concerto Competition for her performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with conductor Paul Watkins and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra.
Phuc Phan has enjoyed success in many different parts of the world as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. As an orchestral musician, Phuc was one of very few selected from his country to participate in the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra, the Asian Youth Orchestra, the Napa Valley Institute Orchestra in California and most recently, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Japan in where he served as the principal cellist. Phuc has performed in a wide range of musical genres, including a recent collaboration with Boston country song-writer/singer Wayne Martin on Martin’s recording of original songs.
The Gratus Duo is excited to offer classics of the French repertoire for piano and cello. They’ll perform Debussy’s Cello Sonata (1915) and an arrangement of the Cesar Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano (1886). Other works in the program will be from various French composers, including Nadia Boulanger, Jules Massenet and Camille Saint-Saens.