Rainier Duo: Gregory Maytan, violin, & Chi-Chen Wu, piano
VENUE: Cook Recital Hall, Music Building
Rainier Duo: Gregory Maytan, violin, and Chi-Chen Wu, piano
Beethoven Piano-Violin Sonata Cycle – Part I
- Sonata Op. 12 No. 1 - Ludwig van Beethoven
- Sonata Op. 24 (Spring)
- Sonata Op. 30 No. 2
Gregory Maytan has been praised for his 'infectious vitality' and for his 'lyrical freshness' by The Strad, who also awarded his CD of Scandinvian music with the distinction of CD of the Month. Other posture reviews have been garnered by Nordsee Zeitung, Strings Magazine and the American Record Guide. Maytan has performed virtually all the major violin concertos with orchestra, and regularly performs in recitals and concerts in Europe and the US. He has performed on the Dame Myra Hess series, and also at venues such as Ravinia and Tanglewood. He has pursued further studies at the Stockholm Royal University of Music as well as at Indiana University in the US, where he earned his doctorate degree under the tutelage of famed violinists Miriam Fried and Paul Biss. Maytan has been on a sabbatical leave this past year, and has spent his time in Europe researching and recording works by the Swedish Romantic composer Amanda Maier. A highlight of that project was performing as a soloist, together with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, on the first recording of Maiers recently discovered violin concerto. He performs on a 1683 Giovanni Grancino violin, generously loaned to him by the Jarnaker foundation, administered by the Swedish Royal Academy of Music. During the year, Maytan is Associate Professor of violin at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Praised by World Journal, Chicago for her “amazing playing” and her Schumann performance, in which “the music comes to life in a new way” (Early Music America), pianist Chi-Chen Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Taiwan, China, the Aspen Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series, among others. Her concerts have been broadcast on NPR several times. Musicians and conductors with whom she has concertized include Karl-Heinz Steffens, Jonathan McPhee, Zuill Bailey, members of the Julliard String Quartet, Takács String Quartet, musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and members of the Boston Symphony as well as New York Philharmonic orchestras. As recording artist, Chi-Chen’s album of the complete Schumann sonatas for piano and violin recently won two Gold Medals from the Global Music Awards in 2015. She has recorded Haydn Lieder on a replica of Walter fortepiano with soprano Andrea Folan for Musica Omnia. Her recital and discussion on piano collaboration are featured in DVD “Performing the Score” released in 2011. Wu is Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at the University of Wyoming. Her students have been prize winners in competitions and accepted to prestigious schools such as the Juilliard School, Conservatoire de Paris, and McGill University for graduate study. Before joining the faculty of University of Wyoming, she served full-time on the faculty at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania from 2010-2012. Wu is currently WMTA President.