‘An Afternoon of Exceptional Music’ at Appleby College / Oakville, Ontario

, 2:00 pm
  • Willis Hall — Appleby College
    540 Lakeshore Road West
Oliver Zhou (piano), Sarah Ning (piano), Vivian Chen (piano), Tiffany Tsai (violin), Yulai Duan (piano), Julia Dębowska (vocal)

A benefit concert to raise funds for the CMC Scholarship fund featuring some of Canada’s top young musicians. A reception will follow the concert.

Oliver Zhou, 15, studies piano under the guidance of Dr. Olga Chichova. Since 2010 Oliver has won numerous awards and scholarships from various festivals. In 2013 and 2014 he was a finalist in the Canadian Music Competition. As of late, Oliver has been exploring the art of piano duet with his partner, Sarah Ning. In 2016 they were invited to perform at the Vienna Musikverein.

Sarah Ning, 14, studies piano with Dr. Olga Chichova. She was a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition from 2012 to 2015 and she performed at Carnegie Hall in March 2016. Sarah has been focusing on playing duets with her partner Oliver Zhou and this year they will be compete at the Canadian Music Competition. Recently they placed first in two categories at the Kiwanis music festival.

  • Piece: Vltava (Moldau), Bedřich Smetana composer’s piano duet version

Vivian Chen is currently in her third year at the University of Toronto majoring in piano performance under the tutelage of Lydia Wong. In 2016, Vivian was awarded first prize at the national Canadian Music Competition with 95%, and at the University of Toronto’s UTSO Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance with the orchestra this January. Vivian recently performed in the Weill Recital Hall in March as her Carnegie Hall debut. Future performances include an appearance with the York Symphony Orchestra in their 2017/18 season, as well as in the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Tampa, Florida in July.

  • Piece: Vallée d’Obermann (from Années de Pèlerinages S. 160, Première Année: Suisse) — Composer: Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Tiffany Tsai was six years old when she started playing the violin. She recently completed the ARCT Performer’s Exam. She is currently in tenth grade in the Earl Haig Secondary High School for the Claude Watson Strings Program. Tiffany was a winner in her age group at the 2009 CMC finals.

  • Piece: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens

Yulai Duan studies the piano at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Berkovsky. In 2016 he was placed first at the CMC Nationals in the 11 year old category.

  • Piece: Variations Serieuses Op.54 by F. Mendelssohn

Julia Dębowska is a full scholarship student at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy in Toronto. She has performed twice in Carnegie Hall, NY. In October 2015, Julia received III Prize (Group A1, 16-17) at the IV. Giulio Perotti International Vocal Competition in Uckermünde,Germany. In June 2016, she received First Place at the Canadian Music Competition with the highest mark (96%) for voice (ages 18-33) in the National Final. Julia will be spending her second summer at the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute in Montréal, led by Joan Dornemann of the Metropolitan Opera.

  • Pieces:
    1. Tornami a vagheggiar from Alcina, by G. F. Handel
    2. Wonne der Wehmuth D. 260, by F. Schubert
    3. Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß from Giuditta, by F. Lehar

The Canadian Music Competition (CMC) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, supporting and promoting promising young Canadian classical music students. We provide opportunities for the musicians to measure themselves against their peers through competitions, we give financial assistance through scholarships and bursaries and we offer a wide range of performance opportunities.

Contact Susan for information 905-842-7424