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Concert: 2011 - 2012 Season ~ Coming Concert

Apple Creek Seventh-Day Adventist Church (corner of Apple Creek/Town Centre Blvd, walking distance just northwest of Markham Theatre. Email:


Saturday, July 21, 2012: Markham Unity Festival on Main Street Unionville.


Concert: 2011 - 2012 Season ~ Past Concert

Markham Theatre for Performing Arts - Location: 171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham, ON L3R 8G5 Map location is approximate (905) 305-7469March 8,


2012, Sunday 8:00 pm, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts - Location: 10268 Yonge Street Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 3B7 Canada. Box office: 905.787.8811



Concert:  2012 - 2013  Season Artists:

Xiang Yu is regarded as one of today’s most talented and creative young violinists in the world. His astonishing technique and exceptional musical talent have won him consistent critical acclaim (the Strad, String magazine, ect.) and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his solo recitals, orchestral engagements, and chamber music performances.

Xiang is the 1st Prize winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition 2010, together with the Bach Prize and the Audience Prize. He also won the 2nd prize of Wieniawski International Violin Competition (2006) as the youngest prize winner; 3rd prize of Michael Hill International Violin Competition (2011); 2nd prize and the Best Commissioned Work Prize of 25th Irving M. Klein International String Competition; 1st prize and the Best Chamber Music Performance prize of the Baden-Württemberg International Youth Music Competition (2005).

As an active young soloist, Xiang has performed more than 20 concerts in venues throughout the world, including Konzerthaus Berlin (Germany), Shanghai Grand Theatre (China), Wianiwski Hall (Poland), the Grand Theatre of Calgary (Canada), Victoria Concert Hall (Singapore), Oslo Opera House & Troldsalen Bergen (Norway), Auckland Town Hall (New Zealand), Bennett-Gordon Hall, and Boston Jordan Hall(USA). Xiang also appeared as a soloist with world-leading orchestras such as the National Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Young Euro Classic Orchestra, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, and Oslo Philharmionic Orchestra.

In addition to his solo career, Xiang is also an active chamber musician. Since the age of fourteen, he has regularly presented chamber music concerts in China with repertoire ranging from Joseph Haydn to Alfred Schnittke. His “Xiang Quartet” not only won the 1st prize of Bode Cup Chamber Music Competition, but also premiered many contemporary chamber music masterpieces in China, including Ullmann’s String Quartet No.3 and Hartmann’s String Quartet No.1. Xiang has also been invited to numerous renowned summer festivals such as Kronberg Academy (Germany), Verbier Academy(Switzerland), Yellow Barn Festival(USA), Morningside Music Bridge(Canada), Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival(USA). He has worked and performed as a young artist with such artists as Walter Levin, Zakhar Bron, Christian Tetzlaff, Nicolas / Ana Chumachenco, Pamela Frank, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Frans Helmerson, and Paul Katz.

Born in Inner Mongolia, Mr. Yu received his early training from Qing Zheng in Shanghai. He is now studying at the New England Conservatory in Boston with Prof. Donald Weilerstein on full scholarship and NEC merit award. In addition, he is also a recipient of the NEC Presidential Scholarship, Rising Star Scholarship, and Irene M. Stare Scholarship in Violin.


Alvin Tung has established himself as one of Canada’s most brilliant virtuosi by securing numerous first prizes in many different competitions across North America.  His honours have included winning the silver medal at the prestigious Tokyo International Guitar Competition, becoming the first Canadian in the thirty five year history of the competition to ever win a prize.  He is also a two time consecutive first prize winner of the Canada Council National Grant Competition and Canadian National Music Competition (CMC).

Tung was the youngest Doctoral (DMA) guitar recipient from the Eastman School of Music studying under Dr. Nicholas Goluses where he was a scholarship student.  At Eastman, Alvin Tung received the honour of becoming the first guitarist to ever win the school’s coveted Performer’s Certificate.

Alvin Tung has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras across Canada, the United States, and Asia.  Highlights in his career have included appearing as guest soloist with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra to inaugurate the grand opening of the Living Arts Centre.  In addition, he has made recital and chamber music debuts at the Glenn Gould Studio, the George Weston Recital Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, Muskoka Lakes and Ottawa Chamber Music Festivals and the Taipei International Guitar Festival.   He will record his fourth CD and perform the Western Suite, a concerto for guitar and orchestra by American composer Christopher Fazzi which he gave the Canadian premiere.

At the age of 25, Dr. Tung was appointed to the faculty of the University of Toronto to instruct guitar and chamber music.  In addition to his responsibilities at the University, he is in great demand nationally as an adjudicator and clinician and has given master classes internationally.  He has taught at the Taipei International Guitar Festival, the Algonquin International Music Institute, and the International School of Musical Arts.  He was also appointed to the faculties of the Weathersfield Summer Music Festival in Vermont and the Silver Bay Summer Music Festival in New York. His students are among the finest young musicians in the country having won numerous first and grand prizes at national and international music competitions.  Dr. Alvin Tung performs on a 1989 Paulino Bernabe and a 1978 Jose Ramirez generously donated by his patron, Colin Robert Fraser.  In addition, he is also under the generous patronage of renowned Canadian luthier Peter Daniels, who built “le Sorcier” for him in 2002.


After Mercedes has performed the Vivaldi: Four Season "Winter Concerto" she is coming back to perform the most favorite & beautiful Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in MSO 2012 -2013 season.

10-year old Canadian-Chinese violinist, Mercedes Cheung(Zhang), has been hailed as being “A True Music Prodigy”by many world leading musicians & media: “Very talented”-Itzhak Perlman, “Extremely gift ed… A Wonderful talent”-Donald Weilerstein. Mercedes possesses a virtuosic technique and profound musicality that surpasses her tender age.

Mercedes currently studies with Donald Weilerstein (Faculty of Juilliard School and New England Conservatory, Dorothy Richard Starling Chair, Teacher of many International Violin Competition Gold Medalists: Xiang Yu [Menuhin] and Soovin Kim [Paganini] and many others) and his father; this arrangement was recommended by Weilerstein.

Mercedes Cheung (Zhang) has been admitted with a full scholarship to the Juilliard School-Young Talented Program as the 2010 youngest (8 years old) winner. In 2011, Mercedes was off ered a full scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music “Young Artists Performance Academy” at the age of 9. At the same time, she was invited by world-famous violinist, Barry Shiff man (Juror of Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition), as a special guest soloist to perform at the Banff Centre Artists Concert in Rolston Recital Hall. Mercedes is the youngest one in the history of the Royal Conservatory of Music to pass the ARCT Violin Performer Diploma Exam at age 9 with First Class Honours. She has also equally distinguished herself in her spectacular piano playing with numerous distinctions in exams and festivals.

Mercedes has not only appeared in performances in the concert halls, but she has also performed at government special events, & also received an Award of Recognition for Outstanding Musical Ability and Contribution from the Markham Mayor & Members of Council.

Mercedes will be the world’s youngest violinist (Age 10) ever to perform the most virtuosic and challenging repertoire: the complete 24 Caprices by Paganini in a Carnegie Hall debut recital on November 3, 2012. Mercedes is also the youngest violinist ever to record the complete Caprices on DVD & CD which was released late May 2012.

Mercedes is the winner of the prestigious 2010 Achievement and Civic Recognition Award (ACRA) in the Cultural Category (Markham, Canada) along with two other winners in other categories: Seneca College President, David Agnew (ACRA-Technology Award) and Co-Founders of “Free the Children”, Craig and Marc Kielburger (ACRA-Community Award). Mercedes will continue to give her solo performances in Canada, U.S.A. and Asia.

Mercedes plays on a Josef Guadagnini 1778, on permanent loan to her from an anonymous benefactor.

Coming Concert: Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts