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Sophie Shao and Friends

Saturday, April 6, 2013
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Sophie Shao & Friends

Cellist Sophie Shao’s impromptu chamber ensembles are always brimming with passion and talent, but this configuration also includes cherished Middlebury favorites. Shao is joined by pianist Pei-Yao Wang (returning from Taiwan), violist Roger Tapping (formerly of the Takács Quartet), and the Houston Symphony’s concertmaster, violinist Frank Huang. The program includes Brahms’s Piano Quartet in A Major and a Beethoven piano trio. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Please see related PASS event below. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.  Go to the Box Office>>

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Associated event:
April 6, Saturday
7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) Reception

A festive evening is planned for members to gather and celebrate the first year of PASS. Membership information: 802.443.PASS (7277) or



Cellist Sophie Shao performs Chopin's Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 (transcription) in recital at the Curtis Institute on January 8, 2012 with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute.


BEETHOVEN String Trio in D Major, Op. 9, No. 2

Andante quasi allegretto
Menuetto: Allegretto
Rondo: Allegro

 Piano Quartet in A Minor


Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26

Allegro non troppo 
Poco Adagio 
Scherzo: Poco Allegro
Finale: Allegro


A recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, cellist Sophie Shao was the winner of top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions. Highlights of last season include the premiere of film composer Howard Shore’s concerto “Mythic Gardens” with the American Symphony Orchestra, the complete Bach Suites (in one evening) at Union College, recitals at Middlebury College and the Philadelphia Chamber Music, and her annual “Sophie Shao and Friends” performances from Brattleboro, VT to Sedona, AZ. Highlights of this season include a two-week American tour as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart, a recording with Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse of the complete Bach Suites, and performances throughout the country. Ms. Shao attended Curtis at thirteen and continued her studies at Yale, receiving a B.A. in Religious Studies and an M.M. from the Yale School of Music. She is on the faculty of Vassar College and the Bard Conservatory and plays on an 1860 cello by Honoré Derazey once owned by Pablo Casals.

Violinist Frank Huang was appointed concertmaster of the Houston Symphony in 2010. First Prize-winner of the 2003 Naumburg Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, he has also taken top prizes in the Premio Paganini, Indianapolis, Irving M. Klein and the D’Angelo international competitions. Recent concerts include debuts in Wigmore Hall, Salle Cortot, Kennedy Center, Herbst Theatre and a second recital in Alice Tully Hall, which featured the world premiere of Donald Martino’s Sonata for Solo Violin. His commitment to chamber music, has taken him to the Marlboro, Caramoor and Seattle festivals and Ravinia’s Steans Institute. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro tours, and was selected by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of their Chamber Music Two program. Mr. Huang studied with Robert Mann at Juilliard and Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute.

Violist Roger Tapping was a member of the Takács Quartet for ten years beginning in 1995. During his time with the quartet, he performed throughout the world, and their recordings have won three Gramophone awards, a Grammy and three more Grammy nominations, and many other awards. Born in England, Tapping played in a number of London’s leading chamber ensembles, before joining Britain’s longest established quartet, the Allegri Quartet. He taught at the Royal Academy of Music, and was a member of the English Chamber Orchestra and a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. A member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, Mr. Tapping teaches at the New England Conservatory where he is Chair of Chamber Music, and has served on the faculties of the Longy School and Boston Conservatory.

Pianist Pei-Yao Wang made her orchestral debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra at the age of eight and has since performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. She has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Orion, Chicago, Mendelssohn and Miró quartets, and has performed with other distinguished artists such as Claude Frank, Hilary Hahn, David Shifrin, and Mitsuko Uchida. Ms. Wang is also regularly invited to perform at festivals including Marlboro, Caramoor, Norfolk, La Jolla, and Ravinia, and is a former member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two program. Born in Taipei, Ms. Wang studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Seymour Lipkin and Gary Graffman. She then studied with Claude Frank at Yale University, where she received her master’s of music degree.

Press Quotes

“The players maintained a seamless cohesion and a warm, lean tone. This was all the more admirable because they’re not a regular ensemble, just colleagues and friends”--Times Union.

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