Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Internationally Celebrated Violinist To Perform at Bernardsville Library

Internationally celebrated violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou will perform in free solo concert at Bernardsville Public Library on Sunday, April 18 at 3:00 pm. The concert is part of the Sundays at Three series funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library. Doors open at 2:45 pm and light refreshments will be served at intermission. No sign-up is needed.

Ms. Hou is the first violinist ever to capture three gold medals with unanimous decisions at international violin competitions: Concours International Long-Thibaud (France, 1999), Lipizer International Violin Competition (Italy, 1999), and Sarasate International Violin Competition (Spain, 1997). She has collaborated with world-renowned artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Spivakov, Cho Liang Lin, and Marcello Viotti, among many others. She can be heard performing the violin solos in the 2008 Atom Egoyan film "Adoration" which won the Ecumenical Jury Prize at Festival de Cannes 2008, and she was the subject of Canadian Broadcasting’s “The National” documentary: "Shanghai Sensation," revisiting her childhood in Shanghai, with her father, Alec Hou, a renowned violin pedagogue in China.

Hou has traveled the world, touring in Canada with Debut Atlantic & Prairie Debut, and throughout the United States, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, China, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. She has made solo appearances with the best orchestras in the world.

Born into a musical family, Ms. Hou had music surrounding her all her life. Both her mother and father are violinists, and Hou began studying violin with her father, Alec Hou, at the age of four. Less than a year later, she gave her first public performance and was received with a standing ovation. At nine, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto invited her as a scholarship student. Since then, Hou has had scholarships and fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival for nine summers, as well as The Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor of Music as a student of Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka in 2000. She then went on to do a one-year Masters program and completed the highly acclaimed Artist Diploma Program in Juilliard with Cho Liang Lin and Naoko Tanaka.

Ms. Hou will perform on a new, very special violin: "Miss Mary," the violin (the 1735 Mary Portman Guarneri Del Gesu 'ex-Fritz Kreisler' violin).

Ms. Hou appears by arrangement with MTM Artists, There is no charge to attend the concert at the library, and no sign-up is needed. For further information, call the library at 908-766-0118.

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