Young Artists Orchestra

Young Artists Orchestra Series
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Guilford College - Dana Auditorium
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Sunday, March 18
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

Grant Cooper has served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra since 2001, where he has conducted close to 750 public performances. He was formerly Resident Conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for ten seasons. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Bach and Beyond Festival, and for several summers led the Anchorage Festival of Music in Alaska. As a conductor, Mr. Cooper is noted for his affinity for the music of virtually every era.

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, the son of a professional opera singer, Cooper sang and acted in his first opera at age four. After completing his degree in Pure Mathematics at the University of Auckland, his performing career as a trumpeter took him to Beijing, London, and many major concert halls of the world. In 1976, Mr. Cooper accepted a fellowship from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council for trumpet study with Bernard Adelstein and Gerard Schwarz in the United States, where he also held a fellowship at Tanglewood.

Mr. Cooper was guest conductor of the XIVth Commonwealth Games closing ceremonies, appearing with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as soloist. Mr. Cooper's collaborations with artists such as Hilary Hahn, Midori, Elmar Oliviera, Barry Douglas, and Deborah Voigt have prompted critical praise for his skills as an accompanist.

Mr. Cooper has been a frequent guest conductor for many American symphonies, including Houston, Buffalo, Rochester, Spokane, Kansas City, New Mexico, and Chautauqua. In recent seasons he made his debut appearances as guest conductor with the Jacksonville, Elgin, and Wichita symphonies. A gifted opera conductor, his recent repertoire includes Cosi fan tutteThe Marriage of FigaroThe Barber of SevilleToscaLa bohème, and Carmen. For several summers, he has conducted the ballet season at Chautauqua Institution, NY, featuring Charlotte Ballet’s recreations of George Balanchine’s choreography.

As a composer, Cooper’s recent original music includes A Song of Longing, Though…, for soprano and orchestra and On the Appalachian Trail, a ballet. Mr. Cooper’s original scores for two Charlie Chaplin films: The Immigrant and Easy Street, was premiered in March, 2009 and has since been performed by several orchestras on their Pops and Coffee series.

Mr. Cooper is especially passionate about creating works designed to introduce young audiences to the orchestra, including such works as Rumpelstiltzkin for narrator and orchestra, Goldilocks and the Three BearsBoyz in the Wood, for coloratura soprano and rap singer, and Song of the Wolf, for folk singer and orchestra. His educational music is an eclectic blend of modern and established styles with interactive participation of the audience, a compositional style that reflects his belief that orchestral music is a living, vital, and relevant part of our society, able to be appreciated by all.

Cooper was awarded the National Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Commission following competitive adjudication as part of the 2010 American Residency program of the NSO. His new work, Octagons, for Clarinet and String Quartet, was premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in May of 2012.

Cooper’s dedication to serving the West Virginia arts community was recognized in the spring of 2012 when he received the Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts.

Mr. Cooper has recorded for Delos International, Atoll, Ode, Mark, and Kiwi Pacific recordings.

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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