This performance by violinist Sophie Wang and pianist Alice Xu took place on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm.



Program

Composer Work Year
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 1812
Igor Stravinsky Divertimento 1934
Johannes Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100 1886

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About the Artists

Sophie Wang

Sophie Wang

A native of Irmo, South Carolina, Chinese-American violinist Sophie Wang joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s violin section in April 2022. She has performed in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and soloed with the South Carolina Philharmonic and Schwob School of Music Philharmonic. She has won top prizes in the Beijing International Music Festival, New York International Artists, and Music Teachers National Association competitions. Prior to the BSO, Sophie Wang was senior assistant concertmaster of the South Carolina Philharmonic and assistant principal second violin of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with notable artists Roberto Díaz, Wendy Warner, and Charles Wetherbee and has worked closely with the Borromeo, Shanghai, and Brentano string quartets. She was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center and has also participated in such festivals as IMS Prussia Cove, Taos School of Music, and Sarasota Music Festival.

Sophie Wang received her graduate diploma and master’s degree from New England Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree from Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia. Her principal teachers have included Malcolm Lowe, Donald Weilerstein, Sergiu Schwartz, and William Terwilliger. She currently plays on a 1738 Testore violin on generous loan from The Colburn Collection.

Alice Chenyang Xu

Alice Chenyang Xu

Described by The Boston Musical Intelligencer as “incisive and with innate musicality,” Alice Chenyang Xu has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Germany, USA, Canada, and throughout China. Notable concerts include solo performances and recitals at Chicago Symphony Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, Corbett Auditorium in Cincinnati, Hochschule Musik Hall in Leipzig, Germany, and Jordan Hall in Boston, concerto performances in Chicago Auditorium Theatre, JIAOZI Concert Hall and Chengdu Concert Hall in China, and chamber music performances at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Dorflinger Glass Museum and more.

Xu has appeared in various summer music festival around the world including Yellowbarn, Internationale Mendelssohn-Akademie, Art of Piano, and Morningside Music Bridge and has collaborated with Borromeo String Quartet and members of the Cleveland Quartet, violinist Anthony Marwood, cellists John Myerscough and Bonnie Hampton, soprano Lucy Shelton, baritone William Sharp, pianist Christina Dahl and the Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM). Xu has worked directly with composers George Crumb, Jörg Widmann, Shulamit Ran and Helen Grime, and performed for former Secretary of State Colin Powell under the auspices of the Eisenhower Fellowships.

Xu’s piano duo Xuberg with her husband Miles Fellenberg has been actively performing in the east coast area such as Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and more. They edited/rearranged the four-hands version of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 by Hugo Ulrich and premiered it in 2021.

Xu was a recipient of the Dorothy Hinton-Congleton Memorial Presidential Scholarship, second prize-winner of the 10th Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, third prize-winner of the 2nd SEILER International Piano Competition in Germany, winner of 2012 Chicago College of Performing Arts Solo Competition and Concerto Competition, winner of 2018 Borromeo Artist Award and 2020 Honors Ensemble Program at NEC. She graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and Roosevelt University and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at New England Conservatory of Music. Xu teaches piano and chamber music at Tufts University and is the coordinator for Piano for Non-Majors Class at New England Conservatory.