The UTC Music Department will present the students of Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai in a Piano Studio Recital at the UTC Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Concert hall, 752 Vine St., on Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. The performance is presented free of charge and open to the general public.
Liszt’s Études d’exécution transcendante of 1839, a revision of a simpler set of 12 études from 1827 dedicated to his teacher Carl Czerny, are to be performed. It is of interest to note that these études, as the title suggests, challenge the performers and take their technical and musical execution to a transcendental level.
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a pianist, composer, teacher, and conductor. He concertized extensively early in his career and was admired by an enraptured audience that could not get enough of his virtuosic skills. One of the products of this touring phase was Études d’exécution transcendante of 1839. In 1852, realizing that his youthful ambition was too extreme, Liszt removed some of the redundant and impossible passages, and this 3rd version became the final one played in concerts.
The concept of performing complete Transcendental Etudes by Franz Liszt was first discussed in Tsai’s Keyboard Literature class with three of her graduate students, and came to fruition with the enthusiastic participation of her current students, UTC alumnus Jason Duroy, who is a doctoral candidate at UNCG, and one of her private students, Sophia Guan, an 8th grader at Girls Preparatory School. The students performing at this recital are all either winners or runner-ups of various music competitions, as well as recipients of numerous awards, so this recital will showcase a spectacular evening of musical ability. The pianists are: Roy Treiyer; Isaac Hinchman; Sophia Guan; Margaret Cooke; Abigail Hinchman; Amber Snow; and Kelsey Stansell.
UC Foundation Professor of Music at UTC, Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai is considered one of the best trained pianists of her generation, officials said. She teaches piano, piano pedagogy, and piano literature at UTC, and is actively involved in the community where she has presented several outreach concerts and workshops. She is a Steinway artist and her credentials include having received numerous awards and acknowledgements for her outstanding musical performances. Tsai is widely travelled and has collaborated with the finest musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. Furthermore, she is credited with several world premieres of contemporary compositions. She recently returned from concertizing and teaching in Thailand and can be heard on AUR’s label performing Immensity on the Loose by Jonathan McNair. Her other overseas activities include performances and master classes at Shanghai Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division and several universities in China, Korea, and Argentina.
For more information call the Music office at 425-4601 or visit http://utc.edu/music.