BRIAN LEWIS, VIOLIN, with Chih-Long Hu, piano ~ Friday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. ~ First Presbyterian Church, Johnson City

'There are a lot of fine violinists on the concert stage today, but few can match Lewis for an honest virtuosity that supremely serves the music ... This is artistry that isn't to be missed.'
– Topeka Capital-Journal

'The figure of Brian Lewis towers among the ranks of the champion ... He proved his mettle beyond any doubt.'
– Greenwich Time

  Violinist Brian Lewis is known not only for his virtuoso performances, but also for his diverse and adventurous repertoire and ability to communicate with audiences of all ages. Acknowledged as one of the leading violin teachers of his generation, the professor of violin at University of Texas is equally dedicated to teaching young artists. Lewis, who began touring at age 9 has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as appearing with orchestras worldwide. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and has released seven solo CDs. Lewis is from a family of violinists. "Everyone in my family plays the violin," he told the Midland Reporter-Telegram. "My mom [Alice Joy Lewis] plays the violin, my sister [Beth] plays the violin, my grandmother [Rebecca] played the violin and my great grandmother, Rebecca Mackish ... My dad [Tom B. Lewis. Ph.D.] is an organic chemistry professor. He plays an instrument, too. He plays the CD player ... Well, somebody had to drive everybody to all those rehearsals." Lewis' mother, Alice Joy Lewis, was herself an accomplished violinist and teacher and he participated in the Ottawa Suzuki Strings program under the direction of his mother, while he studied under Eleanor Allen, Tiberius Klausner and twice traveled to Japan where he studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto. He holds the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy at University of Texas, where he is professor of violin. Lewis is also artistic director of numerous violin programs; a founding member of the Texas Piano Quartet; and concertmaster of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston. In addition, he is in residency at the Yale School of Music as the Class of '57 Visiting Professor in Music. For more on Lewis, visit his website.

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A native a Taiwan, Chih-Long Hu's performance career began to take off after receiving honors including the Taipei National Concert Hall Arising Star, the Chi-Mei Artist Award, and prizes from the Mauro Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, Concurs Internacional De Piano D'Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra, Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan and the Russian Music International Piano Competition in San Jose, Calif. An active pianist, Hu has performed extensively in Asia, Europe and throughout North America, appearing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has collaborated with conductors including Ann Krinitsky, Shunsaku Tsutsumi, Nicoletta Conti, Kenneth Kiesler, Nuvi Mehta, Cornelia Kodkani-Laemmli, Cheng-Hsiung Chen and Li-Ping Cheng. Hu's performances have been broadcast in Performance Today through NPR stations across the country and televised in Taiwan, China and Japan. His recent CD album Formosa Caprices has received critical acclaim and was nominated as "Best Crossover Album" and Hu as "Best Performer" for the 2009 Golden Melody Award. Another CD of complete Etudes-tableaux by Rachmaninoff was released in 2010.

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