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Friday, December 2, 2016

DURSO, LI, CAO TRIO CONCERT IS DEC. 10

WELLSBORO—The Durso, Li, Cao Piano Trio will play at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Coolidge Theater at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. This is the fourth concert in the Wellsboro Community Concert Association's 69th season.
Members of this piano trio include Robert Durso of Philadelphia at the piano; 20-year-old Zeyu Victor Li of Shanghai, China on violin and 22-year-old Chen Cao of Beijing, China on cello. All three artists are based in Philadelphia. Each is a soloist in his own right with a love for the collaborative experience.

In Wellsboro, they will play selections by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Ravel and a newly commissioned work to provide an "interesting, inspiring and entertaining" performance.

"These are very exciting pieces that require a great deal of virtuosity and collaboration," Durso said. Beethoven’s "Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1" is nicknamed “The Ghost” because of the haunting character of its second movement. Ravel's “Tzigane” is based on Gypsy music and is a showpiece for violin, he added.

Mendelssohn's piece is a tour de force for piano trio. “A demanding virtuoso work, it will be a true show stopper,” Durso said. The program will conclude with a medley of holiday music newly written for them by Philadelphia jazz pianist and composer Brendan Cooney of Philadelphia. "It will be a light, holiday send-off," Durso said.

To enhance the audience's listening experience, Durso will talk from the stage about the instruments they play and introduce each selection they will be performing.

Li was born in China in 1996 and began playing violin at the age of four. At the age of nine, he was accepted into the Shanghai Conservatory of Music middle school and at the age of 13 won first prize in the 9th China National Violin Competition. In 2010, at 14 he was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as one of the youngest violinists from Asia. At 16, he released his first CD, “The Charm of The Violin.” In March 2015 at 18, he won first prize at the 19th Annual Schadt String Competition.

Cao began his cello studies when he was seven years old. At 10, he became an honor student in the pre-college division of China’s most prominent music conservatory, the Central Conservatory of Music. In 2005, Cao was the first place winner in the youth division at the “Ai-Qin” Cup China National Cello Competition; in 2009 began his solo career; and in September 2013, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Durso has lived in Philadelphia for 33 years. He has performed extensively at home and abroad, including a 2002 appearance in Venezuela to present the work of Dorothy Taubman. He is co-founder and senior director of the Golandsky Institute, the preeminent center for the teaching of the Taubman Approach, which gives pianists and stringed instrumentalists the tools to play with brilliance and ease. The institute is held annually at Princeton University. Durso maintains private studios in New York and Philadelphia and also provides Taubman training in the Denver and Boston areas. He specializes in audition and competition preparation. His students have been accepted and attended several of the leading conservatories, performed in leading festivals and won first place in national and international instrumental artist competitions.

Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $5 for students and children. For tickets, visit www.wellsborocca.org or call 570-724-6220.



Robert Durso

Chen Cao

Victor Li

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