Join us on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 3:00 pm for a recital by violist Martine Thomas and pianist Jiarong Li.


Program

Composer Work Year
Robert Schumann Märchenbilder, Op. 113 1851
Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Sonata in C major, BWV 1005 1720
Intermission
Benjamin Britten Lachrymae (Reflections on a song of Dowland), Op. 48 1950
Sergei Prokofiev 6 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet (arr. V. Borisovsky), Op. 64 1936

About the Artists

Martine Thomas

Martine Thomas

Violist Martine Thomas performs internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, improviser, and composer collaborator. She has appeared at the Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Mariinsky Theatre, Disney Hall, the KKL Lucerne, the Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, and at the BBC Proms, Mariinsky White Nights Festival, Donaueschingen Festival, and Lucerne Festival. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Tyshawn Sorey, Kim Kashkashian, and Ghost Ensemble.

Martine loves presenting solo recitals, and is looking forward to recitals this year in New York City, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and upstate New York. She is also passionate about recitals and concerts in community-oriented settings, including as a Music for Food artist fellow, through Meristem Artists, at the Biophony Festival, and in Celebrity Series Concert for One. Martine has a special interest in contemporary music and working with composers, which has led to recent collaborations and premieres with Tyshawn Sorey, Rebecca Saunders, George Lewis, Catherine Lamb, Miya Masaoka, and Joy Guidry as well as extensive workshops and performances at the Banff Centre and Lucerne Festival.

Martine received her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard and her Master of Music from New England Conservatory, where she studied in the Harvard-NEC Dual Degree program. Her mentors include Paul Neubauer, Martha Katz, Mark Steinberg, Paul Biss, and Vijay Iyer. She is currently working on a doctorate in viola performance at CUNY Graduate Center and is on the string faculty at Brooklyn College Conservatory and Point CounterPoint.

Jiarong Li

Jiarong Li

Chinese pianist Jiarong Li continually seeks opportunities to grow as an artist and maintain sincerity in her music making. Based in NYC, she is an active and experienced collaborative pianist and educator. Her teaching philosophy is to impart fundamental knowledge and technique to her students, allow them to achieve their goals independently, and encourage them to appreciate classical music.

Jiarong was a collaborative piano fellow at Bowdoin Music Festival and Music Academy of the West and is the staff accompanist for the Puerto Piano & Strings International Music Festival. She regularly appears recitals at Sacred Music at Columbia University and Music at the Farm at Grace Note Farm Music. Additionally, she was collaborative pianist for 2023 Concours musical international de Montréal.

Jiarong has won prizes at competitions including first prize in the Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival and Summer Academy Competition, the New England Conservatory Honors Competition, the International Music Competition-Best Schubert Performance, the Distinction Award of the Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition, and was a finalist at New England Conservatory Piano Concerto Competition.

Jiarong is currently pursuing her doctorate with an assistantship at Manhattan School of Music, where she studies with John Forconi. Jiarong holds a Master of Music from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Bruce Brubaker and Pei-Shan Lee. Her former teachers include Heasook Rhee, Xiang Zou, and Yang Hu.

About the Concert

This performance begins at 3:00 pm. If you’d like, come an hour earlier and join us for a pre-concert discussion about the music on the program. After the performance concludes, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their background, interests, and career plans.

The address of the venue is 103 North Road, Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879. Driving time from Providence, Newport, Westerly, and southeastern Connecticut is under an hour, and Amtrak’s Kingston Station is only five miles away.

Map and Directions

If you can’t attend this concert in person, you’re invited to listen to our audio livestream. No reservation required.

Reservations

If you’d like to attend this concert, send an email to craig@corememorymusic.com with the name of each person in your party. If seating is still available, we’ll confirm your reservation.

All guests are asked to make a financial contribution at the door. The suggested contribution is $40 per person. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards. Checks should be payable to “Core Memory Music”.