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Storrs Scholars Piano Recital - Mar 22, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:00am
Storrs Scholars Recital
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Estrid Eklof and Anne Lee

Evelyn Bonar Storrs established a fund through the Musical Club to support "talented and advanced students of piano". Each year a number of these scholarship recipients present a Piano Recital that showcases some stars of tomorrow.

Admission free.



Shuangning Liu
Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op.83 by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Allegro inquieto
Shuangning Liu is a DMA candidate at Hartt School of The University of Hartford, studying with Dr. Paul Rutman. He is scheduled to play his first DMA recital on April 5th, 2018, 7:30 pm at Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford. He will play pieces by Bach, Liszt, and Prokofiev. He is also a co-founder and organizer of the Hartford International Music Festival which takes place every summer at Hartford area. Last year, the event was held at the Hartt School, and 30 students from the U.S and China came here to join us. The festival lasts 10 days, and consists of master classes, private lessons, a faculty concert, a student recital, and ensemble coaching. For more information please contact shuangningliu_1988<at>
Victor Nigri e Silva Santos
French Suite No.5 in G major, BWV 816 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue
Victor Nigri is a Master’s candidate in piano performance at The University of Hartford's The Hartt School, where he is the recipient of a music talent scholarship, studying under the guidance of Professor Luiz de Moura Castro and Professor Dr. David Westfall.

He has performed in both solo and chamber music recitals throughout Brazil, the United States and Portugal. He recently took part in the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, Brazil, and Óbidos International Piano Festival, Portugal.
In 2014 he graduated from Minas Gerais State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance as a student of Professor Heron Alvim. In addition to being distinguished with an Honorable Prize of Best Performance of Brazilian Music at the VII Maestro Spartacco Rossi Piano Competition, Nigri was also a top prizewinner at the XXII Souza Lima Piano Competition and the IX Cora Pavan Capparelli Piano Competition.
Nigri has performed in master classes and private lessons for Yefim Bronfman, Arnaldo Cohen, Paul Badura-Skoda, Anna Malikova, Boris Berman, Josep Colom and Berenice Menegale.
Cihan Yücel
Piano Sonata No. 20 in D major, K. 311 by W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Allegro con spirito
Andante con espressione
Rondeau: Allegro

Miles Walter
Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 893 (from WTC Book II) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Six Etudes and a Dream Hannah Lash (b. 1981)
“Thumbs and Pinkies”
Études, Book 2  György Ligeti (1923-2006)
No. 8, “Fém”
Miles Walter is a pianist and composer from New Hampshire. He is currently finishing a BA in Music (Intensive) at Yale, where he studies piano with Wei-Yi Yang and composition with Hannah Lash and Kathryn Alexander. He is an eager chamber musician and an active performer of new music.

Jimin Han
Piano Sonata Op. 35 No. 2 by Fréderic Chopin (1810-1849)
1st movement
South Korean pianist Jimin Han was born in 1989 and began studying piano at the age of five. In 2007, Han made her solo debut recital performing in the 24th Annual Young Musical Recital at the YoungSan Arts Performance Hall while studying at the Sunhwa Arts High School in Seoul. Han has also won top prizes at the Teenager Music Competition and receive honorable mention prizes at the Chopin International Competition and Paderewski International Competition in Hartford, the Beijing International Music Festival Academy. Jimin Han earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance from Yonsei University. Han is currently an artist diploma student with the 20/20 performance ensemble at the Hartt School where she studies with Professor David Westfall.
Anna Grudskaya
3 Sonatas by  Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Sonata K. 380 in E Major           
Sonata K. 466 in F minor
Sonata K. 24 in A Major
Anna Grudskaya was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to a family of musicians and artists and began piano studies at the age of four. Winner of the Concerto/Aria Competition at Santa Clara University, the Van Waynen Piano Competition, and the 2017 Hartt Chamber Music Competition, Ms. Grudskaya has performed in concert halls in the United States and abroad. She has performed in festivals including the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria; International Keyboard Institute and Festival; Aspen Music Festival and School; Beijing International Music Festival and Academy; New Orleans Piano Institute; NYU Summer Piano Intensive; and Adamant Music School.
She has worked with distinguished artists such as Menahem Pressler, Nelita True, Boris Berman, Ann Schein, Alan Chow, and Alessio Bax. Anna Grudskaya has earned degrees from Santa Clara University, Mannes College of Music, New York University, and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in piano performance at The Hartt School under the tutelage of David Westfall. Other major teachers have included Hans Boepple, Pavlina Dokovska, Vladimir Valjarevic, and Eteri Andjaparidze. Ms. Grudskaya is a faculty member at the Hartt School Community Division as well as the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Note: Ms. Grudskaya was prevented by a snowstorm from traveling to Hartford for this performance.
Yoshina Toi
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110, Mvt. III by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro ma non troppo
Yoshino Toi is a junior pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Hartt School under the direction of Professor David Westfall. She is a winner of the Paranov Concerto Competition at the Hartt School and has received awards in multiple competitions including, the Brevard Music Center Piano Competition, the High School Scholarship Competition by the Musical Club of Hartford, the Audrey Thayer Competition, and the Rene̒e B. Fisher Piano Competition with the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work. A native of Japan, she has studied at the Hartt Community Division since moving to the U.S. in 2010. Her previous teachers include, Malgosia Lis and Atsuko Imamura.
Hanna Yukho
Don Juan’s Serenade from “Masks” by Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
Born in Minsk (Belarus), Hanna Yukho started playing piano at age six under the tutelage of her mother. In 1999 she made her debut with the Belarusian State Chamber Orchestra performing the fifth J. S. Bach piano Concerto. Prizewinner of International Piano Competition in memory of Arthur Rubinstein in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Hanna received her first award at the age of ten as a winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Antonin, Poland. In 2003, she became a prizewinner of the International Piano Competition “Music of Hope” in Gomel, Belarus. In 2015, she won Pianist’s Award of the ISA15 – International Summer Academy of the MDW in Reichenau, Austria.
During her career, Hanna appeared at important venues at different festivals such as Weill Recital Hall – Carnegie Hall and Klavierhaus in New York during the Mannes Sounds Festival, Flagey in Belgium. Hanna has participated in international festivals such as Vladimir’s Spivakov’s charity Festival “Moscow meets friends”. She also gave performances in Belgium, Italy, Austria, Holland, Poland, and Russia. As a soloist, Hanna has performed with the Belarusian State Chamber and Symphony Orchestra several times.
Hanna has won scholarships from different institutions such as Tuition Scholarship from Mannes College The New School For Music, Tuition Scholarship from Yale School of Music, and Marian Marcus Wahl Memorial Award, and The Musical Club of Hartford. Hanna Yukho attended Republican Music College in her native Minsk, Belarus. In 2013, she graduated from the Academy of Music in Minsk where she studied with Prof. Igor Olovnikov, who had been her teacher for the previous thirteen years. Hanna attended Mannes College The New School for Music where she studied with the legendary pianist Vladimir Feltsman. In 2017 Hanna Yukho graduated from Yale School of Music where she studied with Boris Berman and Peter Frankl.