Kia-Hui Tan

Kia-Hui Tan will present a violin recital at The College of Wooster on April 25.


Violinist Kia-Hui Tan to Present Guest Recital at The College of Wooster on April 25

Free public performance scheduled for April 25 in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center

April 12, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Kia-Hui Tan will present a violin recital featuring award-winning works from the 2013 KH Tan Composition Competition: “Asian Inspirations” at The College of Wooster on Thursday, April 25. The performance, which is free and open to the public, begins at 8 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.).

Tan, who has performed as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in 25 states and 20 countries on five continents, will present seven pieces including the grand prize winner from the competition, “Twelve Signs,” a composition by Chiayu based on the Chinese Zodiac and its 12 animal signs, with separate movements dedicated to the characteristics of each sign. Also on the program are three other prizewinners: Suzanne Sorkin’s “Toward the Other Shore,” based on the six virtues of Mahayana Buddhism, which are considered requirements for serving others and achieving enlightenment; EunSeok Park’s “Sanjo,” a free form of the Korean traditional folk music that translates to “scattered melodies” and demonstrates the virtuosity of Korean traditional instruments; and Balee Pongklad’s “Ride,” which was inspired by the composer’s experience of riding a long‐tail boat in Thailand.

Rounding out the program are Elizabeth Lim’s “The Dream,” a piece adapted from her suite for chamber orchestra, "Chao Chun;” Anne-Marie Turcotte’s “Variazioni su un canto popolare cinese,” a work based on a popular Chinese song (“The Old Fisher”); and Ching-Chu Hu’s “Joy Rising,” a five-movement composition for solo violin dealing with the concept of five types of chi, or wu xing, which are central to all elements of Chinese thought.

Tan, who was once described in The Strad as a “violinist whose virtuosity is astonishing,” has won numerous awards, including the Bronze Medal at the first Chinese International Violin Competition at Town Hall in 2008. Her repertoire consists of more than 400 solo or chamber works performed by more than 70 living composers. She has recorded with various new music ensembles and is frequently invited to perform at contemporary music festivals and conferences, often presenting themed lecture-recitals on the vastly unexplored repertory for unaccompanied solo violin.

An experienced orchestral violinist, Tan had served as concertmaster under Sir Colin Davis and Mstislav Rostropovich among many other notable conductors. She is currently an associate professor of violin at The Ohio State University. Previously, she was on faculty at Cornell University, The University of Toledo, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Cleveland Music School Settlement before joining the Ohio State faculty in 2005.

Born in 1975, Tan studied piano, violin, music theory, and composition in her native Singapore before receiving scholarships to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was conferred the doctor of musical arts degree in 2001.

Additional information about the recital is available by phone (330-263-2419) or e-mail.