Broker Associate David Lyng Real Estate
Violinist Oliver Neubauer &
Pianist Zhu Wang
Beethoven Sonata No. 1
Eneseco Sonata No. 3
Grieg Sonata No. 3
Other works by Tchaikovsky and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
Date: Sunday, December 10, 2023
Location: Peace United Church, 900 High St. Santa Cruz
Time: 4:00 PM
About the Artists
Praised for his uniquely beautiful playing and mature artistry, 23-year-old violinist Oliver Neubauer is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting young artists of his time.
Highlights of the 2023-24 season include Oliver’s debut with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra playing the Korngold Concerto (as first prize winner of the 26th Hellam Competition), a concert and video-audio recording in Rome (as third prize winner of the ArsClassica International Competition), and a performance of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante along with his father, Paul Neubauer, and an orchestra comprised of members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Oliver will also be making appearances at Jupiter Chamber Players (NY), Apex Concerts (Reno, NV), PMP Suncoast (FL), Mostly Music (NJ), Parlance Chamber Concerts (NJ), and will perform recitals at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium and the Juilliard School’s Paul Hall. During the summer of 2023, Oliver returned to the Verbier Festival Academy, where he performed numerous concerts, participated in solo masterclasses, and received the festival’s Prix de l’APCAV award.
Past seasons have included appearances at Music@Menlo, Verbier Festival Academy, Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Palm Beach Chamber Music Society, Bravo! Vail, YoungArts Miami, Parlance Chamber Concerts, If Music Be the Food NYC, Mostly Music Series, Summerfest La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Lake Champlain Music Festival, OKM Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Music in the Vineyards, Art in Avila in Curaçao, and Music from Angel Fire. Oliver has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall on numerous occasions as well as Symphony Space, the American Museum of Natural History, Neue Gallery, Alice Tully Hall, and David Geffen Hall. Oliver also performed with his sister Clara at the Waldorf Astoria for a 9/11 Memorial and Museum Benefit Dinner, where they shared the stage with Robert De Niro and Bernadette Peters.
Pianist Zhu Wang
Praised by The New York Times as “a superb pianist, a thoughtful, sensitive performer” and Fou Ts’ong as “an incredible talent with a natural feeling of harmony and imagination,” pianist Zhu Wang’s engaging performances exhibit a remarkable depth of musicianship and poise. His recent Carnegie Zankel Hall debut recital was named “Best of 2021” by Anthony Tommasini in New York Times. Winner of 2020 Young Concert Artists International Audition, he was awarded the Stern Young Artist Development Award, which is supported by the Linda and Isaac Stern Foundation. Zhu showcases his artistry as both a passionate soloist and dedicated chamber musician.
Zhu has performed across the US and internationally at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Kammermusiksaal of Berliner Philharmonie, Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall.
Since his orchestral debut at age 14 with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, where he performed Mozart Piano Concerto No.21, he has soloed with Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Zermatt Music Festival Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, and Xiamen Philharmonic.
As an avid chamber musician and new music advocate, Zhu has performed with Orion String Quartet, Ida Kavafian, Anne-Marie McDermott, Wu Han, Colin Carr, and has given concerts for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Zhu has world premiered Timo Andres’s Moving Etudes(2017) and Nina Shekhar’s Vocalise (2021). He has appeared in music festivals such as Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bravo, Vail Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Four Seasons Chamber Music Workshop, Lake Como International Piano Academy, Shanghai International Piano Festival, Perlman Music Program and Music Academy of the West, where he won the solo piano competition.
A native of Hunan, China, Zhu began learning piano at the age of 5 where he trained at Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Zhe Tang, and Fou Ts’ong. He continued his study at the Juilliard School for his Bachelor of Music degree where he received Gina Bachauer and Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. Zhu graduated from Curtis Institute of Music this May. He is currently pursing his masters of music degree, studying with Emanuel Ax and Robert McDonald.
Zhu gratefully acknowledges the support from Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts.