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Guest Artist Program Features Popular Violinist and local pianist

Simon Shiao to perform with R-MWC's Emily Chua

10/13/2006 11:02:13 AM


LYNCHBURG — Simon Shiao, a violinist and assistant professor of music at the University of North Florida, will be featured in concert with Emily Chua, pianist and R-MWC music professor, on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Wimberly Recital Hall. The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of R-MWC’s guest artist program.

The two will present works by Bright Sheng, Debussy, Ravel, LeClair and Fauré.

The guest artist program at R-MWC brings instrumentalists and vocalists from around the country to perform and teach in the music department. Artists give master classes, teach private lessons, coach chamber music, and perform concerts that are free and open to the general public. R-MWC faculty will often collaborate with the guest artists in their performances.

Shiao is the Gerson Yessin Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of North Florida . A versatile performer, he holds the distinction of having performed at Carnegie Hall in three different capacities: as a recitalist, and with both string quartet and orchestra.

Shiao has appeared around the world in concert, as well as on broadcasts of CNN's Science and Technology program and on Public Radio's Live on WGBH Radio. Highlights of his performances include concerts at the Museum of Oceanography in Monte Carlo , the U.S. Embassy in Vienna , the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in Boston , and as soloist with the New World Symphony in Miami . He has also appeared at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada , A Winter Festival in Jerusalem , and the Heidelberg Schloss Festspiele in Germany. As co-concertmaster of the New World Symphony, Shiao led that orchestra at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and John Adams.

Shiao currently performs with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra in Wyoming . At the University of North Florida , he teaches violin and viola and is the Director of Orchestral Studies. He has adjudicated the Music Teachers' National Association Young Artist Competitions and the UNF String Competition, and has presented lecture-recitals and masterclasses at numerous universities and conservatories in the U.S. , Belize , Taiwan and China . He is currently the chair of the solo competition for the Florida Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

Shiao holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

For more information, contact Emily Yap Chua at (434) 947-8530 or

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