The College of Music, Payap University
A Guest artist concert
“Piano Duo Concert”
Lin Hengyue and Wang Ji
August 18, Sunday at 7.30 PM
at CRK Recital Hall, College of Music, Payap University
The “Ballerinas” piano duo was initially founded with the support of Noise Matchbox, National Arts Council Singapore in 2017. The duo made a successful debut in Singapore in August 2017, putting together a theme of enjoyable music from ballets and operas. The concert was described as “Highly spirited” by Singapore’s The Strait Times and “very sincere and heart-warming dialogue” from current music teachers and students. The Singapore’s Chinese newspaper “Lian He Zao Bao” described “Ballerinas” as “breaking away from the traditional impressions of Classical music”. The success of the debut concert soon led the duo to perform in Shenzhen, China (September 2017), the Voyage Festival Singapore (August 2018), and the University of Oregon, United States (November 2018) under the invitation of Steinway Artist Dr. Dean Kramer.
The duo is widely known for their favourable program which appeals to the general public easily. This summer, the duo will be starting off another series of concerts starting in Shenzhen, China with the incorporation of multi-media for a different concert experience.
Singaporean pianist Lin Hengyue’s playing has been described as “Warm-hearted, with feeling and sensitivity” by Singapore’s “The Straits Times”. She is the prize winner of the 30th Washington International Young Artist Piano Competition, the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, and the Maryland Music Teachers National Associations Competition. Hengyue has performed solo recitals and appeared in concert series at the United States Department of States, the Carnegie Hall, the Singapore Embassy in Washington D.C. and etc.
As a collaborative artist, Hengyue toured with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in USA and Canada in February 2016. Hengyue is also the Co-founder of ‘SG Inspirations’, a special new music initiative started in conjunction with Singapore’s jubilee celebration ‘SG50’. The project saw a successful concert premiering all new works by Singapore composers, and an album release in December 2015. In 2011, she performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Chorus for “Jeanne D’arc au bucher” under the baton of Marin Alsop in the Carnegie Hall and Meyerhoff Hall (Baltimore). In July 2018, she performed with the Ding Yi Chinese chamber orchestra in Singapore in a week-long musical series “Bukit Ho Swee”.
Hengyue is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Oregon under Dr. Dean Kramer. At the same time serving as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in piano pedagogy and collaborative piano. She received Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in piano performance under full scholarships from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory respectively. As a music educator, Hengyue was invited twice to teach at the Guangxi Arts University in China as a visiting professor since December last year.
Award-winning pianist Wang Ji has been performing extensively across the globe including China, Singapore, Japan, Romania, Greek, Poland, and Indonesia. She was the first prize winner of the Eastern Keyboard Competition in 2005 and received the Golden Prize of “De Yi Shuang Xin” Piano Competition in China in 2010. She was a semi-finalist of the Dinu Lipatti International Piano Competition and had the honor to meet the Prince of Romania in 2013. Wang Ji also received the Merit Diploma as the youngest competitor in the open category of the Argento Concorso International Piano Competition in Italy in 2013. In 2014, she was invited to the Kirishima music festival in Japan to study with Neriki Shigeo from the University of Indiana. In August 2015, she performed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with conductor Anna Duczmal-Mroz in Koronowo, Poland. Apart from playing in “Ballerinas”, she also collaborated a successful concert with saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky in the concert series “Home”, held at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in November 2018.
Born in 1992, Wang Ji began to receive professional piano training since 2005 at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music Pre-College. Later on, she graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore under full scholarship, in the studio of Associate Professor Albert Tiu. She has performed in masterclasses with renowned artistes such as Boaz Sharon, Yang Yunlin, Julie Bees, Melvyn Tan, 88 squared duo, Neriki Shigeo, Ilja Scheps, Noriko Ogawa and Aviram Reichert. Apart from performing, Wang Ji shares a strong passion in music education. She was invited to judge the Silk Road International Music Competition in 2018. In 2017, she co-founded the Virtuoso Studio in Shenzhen with a vision to provide professional education for talented young musicians. In the same year, one of her students became the first in the world to achieve a high distinction from the ARSM and successfully auditioned into several Conservatories in Europe.