Young Artists Orchestra

Young Artists Orchestra Series
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Guilford College - Dana Auditorium
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Wednesday, October 24
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043

Largo, ma non tanto

John Fadial, violin; Qing Li, violin

Symphony No. 9 in D major

Andante comodo
Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb
Rondo-Burleske: Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig
Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend

Born in New Zealand as the son of a professional opera singer, Grant Cooper sang and acted in his first opera at age four and studied piano and music theory prior to college.


After completing his degree in pure mathematics at the University of Auckland, he traveled to the United States for further studies in music. His initial opportunities as a conductor grew from his colleagues’ invitations to lead them in larger chamber ensemble performances.   


Since then, his many guest conducting engagements have included the Houston Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, and Syracuse Opera, among many others.


Recently, he made successful debut appearances with the Kennedy Center Orchestra and, on the international stage, with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic.


Prior to accepting his position as artistic director and conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in 2001, Cooper served as resident conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for ten seasons. He also serves as artistic director of the annual Bach and Beyond festival in Fredonia, New York and as resident conductor of the Eastern Music Festival.


A commissioned composer, Cooper’s concert works include A Song of Longing, Though…, for soprano and orchestra, which has received numerous performances in recent seasons, and his ballet, On the Appalachian Trail, which was premiered in 2010 at Chautauqua. He recently completed a commission to write original film scores for two Charlie Chaplin movies and composed a chamber work on commission from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, which was premiered there in May 2012. Cooper is especially passionate about creating works designed to introduce young audiences to the orchestra and has created a substantial body of works for this purpose.


Cooper has recorded for Delos International, Atoll, Ode, Mark, and Kiwi Pacific recordings, and has the unique distinction of having CD recordings of himself as conductor, performer, and composer, all currently available in the catalog.

Cooper’s dedication to serving the West Virginia arts community was recognized in the spring of 2012 with his receiving the Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts and with Fairmont State University’s conferring the degree of Doctor of Letters in 2017.

Violinist John Fadial, Assistant Concertmaster of the Eastern Festival Orchestra since 2000, has appeared on four continents as chamber musician, soloist and pedagogue, and his performances have been praised by the critics. "Sparkling Technique," L'Est Republicain "Wow! Great Stuff," The Washington Post. He has toured internationally for the US State Department as a United States Artistic Ambassador, and has served as Concertmaster of the North Carolina Opera, the Colorado Festival, the Menuhin Festival Orchestra of Saumur (France), the Heidelberg Schloss-Spiele (Germany), and Greensboro (NC) Symphony Orchestra (eighteen seasons). He has performed at: the Phillips Collection, the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center, the Salle Poirel (Nancy, France), the University of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. Fadial has given recent master classes at prestigious institutions and universities around the globe including: the Eastern (US) and Mirecourt (France) Music Festivals, and the Universities of Paraiba (João Passoa, Brazil), Bahia (Salvador Brazil), Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He currently maintains a large and talented violin class at the University of Wyoming. His students have won positions and competitions around the US, and have included four MTNA National Finalists. He holds degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Eastman School, and the University of Maryland where his teachers were Elaine Richey, Charles Castleman, and Arnold Steinhardt, respectively. As a recording artist he was a semifinalist for the Grammy Award for best Chamber Music Performance of 2007 for the CD Where Does Love Go: Chamber Music of Mark Engebretson on the Innova label; and in 2009 he released a disc of the Complete String Sextets of Johannes Brahms (RadioFrance) with the Stanislas Sextet of Nancy (France), of which he is a founding member. His disc of the Chamber Music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was deemed "not to be missed" by American Record Guide; and he recently completed a recording of the Brahms Sonatas for the Centaur label. His disc of the Chamber Music of Jennifer Higdon, produced in collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize winning composer was released on the Albany label in 2013. In 2016 Fadial has performed throughout France as a founding member of the Nancy based Stanislas Sextet in celebration of their 20th season. Concerts included the French premier of Gerard Schwarz Duos for Violin and Cello, and world premiers of new Sextets by Georges, Sauget and Fadial.

Astonishing in her musical versatility, violinist Qing Li brings great warmth, poise and insight to her music making. Born in Beijing China, Ms. Li began violin studies at age 4 with her father Zhen-Kun Li. At age 12, Qing Li was accepted to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. There she was discovered at a master class by Berl Senofsky, the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition. Based on a prize winning Sibelius Violin Concerto performance at the first Beijing International Youth Violin Competition, Mr. Senofsky brought her to Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory. She was granted a full scholarship and won the Marbury violin competition. After graduating from Peabody she studied with the legendary Joseph Gingold and won fellowships at major music festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Meadowmount and Alexander Schneider's New York String Seminar. In 1993 Ms. Li auditioned for the Baltimore Symphony, winning a position playing a $100 Chinese violin. Ms. Li currently performs on a Neopolitain instrument made by Nicolo Gagliano in 1736.

Qing Li is currently the BSO's Principal Second Violin, appointed by Yuri Temirkanov in 2000, and is frequently featured as a soloist. Other solo engagements have included the Butterfly Lovers Concerto at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Haydn violin concerto with the Richmond Symphony and the Bach Double Concerto with Hilary Hahn. Ms. Li is also a Piatigorsky Foundation Artist, a much sought after recitalist, chamber musician and guest Concert Master.

Her broadcast appearances include a biography on Voice Of America, interviews on Baltimore's WBJC and WYPR radio, and television stations in Germany and China.

Ms. Li is the Associate Concert Master and a faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival. In addition to being a faculty member of the Beijing International Music festival and Academy, she also teaches as a faculty member at the Master Player Festival on the campus of the University of Delaware in August. She has also taught at the University of Delaware, the Festival Internacional de Inverno Compos do Jordão Winter Festival in Brazil and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Ms. Li has always felt that teaching is her way of repaying the kindness shown to her by her mentors.

Notable reviews for Qing Li include the Baltimore Sun, 'It was impossible not to be swept along by all the passion', The German Hohenlohe News, 'excelled with ethereal play' and the Richmond Times, 'her style was impeccable.

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