Romantic Music for Cello and Piano: Ru-Pei Yeh, Cello and Helen Huang, Piano

February 17, 2011 - 8:00pm
  • Thursday, February 17, 2011
  • Old Cabell Hall
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Free

Cellist Ru-Pei YehPianist Helen Huang

On Thursday, February 17th at 8pm, the McIntire Department of Music will present a guest artist recital featuring internationally acclaimed artists Ru-Pei Yeh and Helen Huang. The pair will present a recital of cello and piano sonatas featuring the music of Beethoven, Brahms, and Elliot Carter. The concert will be in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Cellist Ru-Pei Yeh joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2006, and performs regularly as a recitalist in her native Taiwan and in the U.S. A founding member of the Formosa Quartet, formed in 2003, she has served as acting principal cello of the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera, in addition to performing with a string quartet of principal players from the San Diego Symphony. She has made solo appearances with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina School of the Arts’s International Music Program Orchestra, and Kuan-Jen School Orchestra, and is the winner of numerous competitions.

Taiwanese-American pianist, Helen Huang, was first discovered by the New York Philharmonic Maestro Kurt Masur upon winning the Young People’s Competition resulting in engagements with the prestigious New York Philharmonic and a recording contract with the Teldec record label. Known for immaculate technique and eloquent sensitivity, Ms. Huang has enjoyed to date a multi-faceted career as a soloist and chamber music player and can claim years of experience with an impressive list of performances with such orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony. Abroad she has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the London Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the KBS Symphony in Seoul, Korea. Her wide-ranging conductor collaborations include Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Leonard Slatkin, Paavo Jarvi, Jahja Ling, Herbert Blomstedt, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Thomas Wilkins.

This dynamic duo will present Beethoven’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Brahms’ Sonata in F major, and Elliot Carter’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. The concert is free and open to the public. The pair will also be offering masterclasses for UVA students on Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th which are free and open to the public as well. Please see the Music Department calendar for more details on these classes.

This concert is supported by a generous gift from Katherine S. Brooks, with additional support from the Eleanor Shea Music Trust. For more information, please contact the McIntire Department of Music at 434.924.3052.


McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176