Chamber music virtuosos Duo Gratus will perform a moving new creation by Stony Brook composer Peter Winkler. “Sonata para los Separados” is Winkler’s response to the separation of children from their parents at the U.S. Southern Border. Cellist Phuc Phan and pianist Hsin-Chiao Liao will feature the new work as part of a performance that will also include music by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Sergei Rachmaninov. Winkler wrote his new piece specifically with Duo Gratus in mind. “From the moment I first heard these two artists play together,” he said, “I knew I had to write a piece for them. Phuc Phan is a fearless player who brings passion and deep sensitivity to an enormous range of music, from the 17th century to the present. Hsin-Chiao Liao is a very special pianist, a small person with small hands who is capable of making an enormous sound. When she plays, every fiber of her body is focused on the music – she embodies the music.”
Cellist Phuc Phan has wowed audiences around the world. He has earned accolades as principal cellist with the New York Classical Players Orchestra, Napa Valley Institute Orchestra, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and Asian Youth Orchestra. His career has carried him from his early training at Hanoi National Institute of Music to a faculty position at Stony Brook University. Hsin-Chiao Liao is widely recognized as a gifted pianist. Her sensitivity as a collaborative artist has led to performances with many international stars, including violinist Philip Setzer, flutist Carol Wincenc, and cellist Colin Carr. Winner of the Kawai International Piano Competition, TCSSH Concerto Competition, and the HTK Music Competition, she is currently a Chamber Music Piano Fellow at the Heifetz Institute.
Le Petit Salon de Musique is honored to offer our audience a chance to see this talented duo performing some of the world’s most beautiful music, including Peter Winkler’s powerful new composition.