May Sunday Virtual Concert
This concert will include the following musical program from Iris Orchestra’s May 2nd concert. The video will be live on this page from May 15th thru June 15th for all Iris Orchestra ticket holders.
Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30 No. 1
Adagio molto espressivo
Allegretto con variazioni
Violin Sonata No. 3 Op. 45
Allegro molto appassionato
Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza
May 2, 2021 Concert Video
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Meet the Musicians
Guest Artist: Nancy Zhou, violin
Chinese-American violinist Nancy Zhou, emerging as one of today’s outstanding talents, is rapidly building an international profile after winning the inaugural Harbin International Violin Competition and the Shanghai Isaac Stern Violin Competition in 2018.
Highlights from the 2019-20 season include Ms. Zhou’s debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival, Kansas Symphony/Peter Oundjian, San Diego Symphony/Eun Sun Kim, IRIS Orchestra/Michael Stern, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra/Lio Kuokman and Italy-based Padua Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, she will go on tour with Long Yu and the China Philharmonic in the winter of 2020. To conclude the year and celebrate the centennial of Isaac Stern, she will collaborate with the Osaka Philharmonic under the baton of David Stern.
The 2018-19 season saw Ms. Zhou performing with the Shanghai Symphony/Jaap van Zweden and the Sichuan Symphony/Darrell Ang, as well as making her debut in Poland with the Grammy award-winning Kalisz Philharmonic/Adam Klocek. To cap off 2019, Ms. Zhou made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York String Orchestra/Jaime Laredo.
From an early age, Ms. Zhou already gained experience by performing with an impressive list of orchestras. After making her debut in her hometown with the San Antonio Symphony at the age of 14, she went on to perform with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Tapiola Sinfonietta, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Shenzhen Symphony, among others. Among the conductors with whom she has collaborated are Sakari Oramo, Christoph Poppen, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Jurjen Hempel, Muhai Tang, Sebastian Lang-Lassing and Ken-David Masur.
Alongside projects as a soloist, Ms. Zhou holds interest in chamber music and in providing guidance to young musicians. Since 2015 she regularly visits Taiwan to give masterclasses. In 2017 she was invited by the Encore Chamber Music Festival to serve as guest artist and faculty member. As a recitalist, she has visited the Verbier Festival, Ravinia Festival, Festpiele Mecklenburg-Vorpormmern, Festival de Coimbra and the Marvao Festival.
Born in Texas in 1993, Nancy Zhou began the violin at age four under the guidance of her father, who remained her teacher throughout her youth. She went on to study with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory while pursuing her interest in literature and earning a Bachelor’s of Arts at Harvard University. In 2008 Ms. Zhou caught the attention of Anne-Sophie Mutter, after which she received personal support and multiple performance opportunities across the globe. Since 2018 Ms. Zhou also holds the title of Associated Artist at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where she previously worked with Augustin Dumay.
Currently, Ms. Zhou plays on a Joseph Guarneri violin from 1730-33 known as “Le Sphynx,” which has been generously loaned to her from a private sponsor.
Accompanist: Adrienne Park, piano
Adrienne Park has a wide breadth of experience performing as a pianist in chamber music and symphonic settings. She has been Principal Piano with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since 2004. She was the faculty collaborative pianist for six years at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and she has performed with the Memphis Chamber Music Society for fifteen seasons. She has appeared with many renowned artists in recital, including violinists Joshua Bell and Andrew Dawes, cellists Shauna Rolston and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, bassist Edgar Meyer, flutists Paul Edmund Davies, Timothy Hutchins and Tara Helen O’Connor, bassoonist Frank Morelli, saxophonist Nikita Zimin, horn player Frøydis Ree Wekre, and percussion group NEXUS.
She has performed with IRIS Orchestra since 2005 and is currently on faculty at the University of Mississippi as a collaborative pianist and Instructor of Music. She created Sonic Explorations, a chamber series featuring themed concerts involving projected film, art, and poetry with innovative lighting designs and stage positioning.
Adrienne studied with Abbey Simon and Ruth Tomfohrde at the University of Houston and with Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia. While at the Banff Centre, she had the privilege of working closely with Isobel Moore Rolston and Tom Rolston.
For more information about Adrienne, please visit adrienneparkpiano.com
Season 21 Concerts are sponsored by:
Dr. and Mrs. John Adams Jr., Robert Green, Dorothy O. Kirsch, Dr. Thomas Ratliff, Gateway Tire & Service Center