UVA Chamber Music Series - Daniel Sender, violin

February 4, 2024 - 3:30pm
Old Cabell Hall
$15 General / $13 UVA Faculty & Staff / $5 Students / Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance / Free for students under 18.

Daniel Sender, violinThe UVA Chamber Music Series presents the fourth concert of the 2023-2024 Series on Sunday, February 4th, 2024, at 3:30pm in Old Cabell Hall on the UVA Grounds. This concert features Daniel Sender, concertmaster of the Charlottesville Symphony, Charlottesville Opera, and the Virginia Consort and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Virginia.

UVA's Daniel Sender will be joined by virtuoso pianist Qing Jiang for an exciting program of masterworks for violin and piano. Jiang and Sender have previously performed together at the Interlochen Center for the Arts where they both serve on the faculty of the Adult Chamber Music Camp.  Jiang is currently Associate Prof. of Piano at Bucknell University.

For those who can not come to Old Cabell Hall, we invite you to join us via our live-feed on the music department YouTube channel.



Daniel Sender, violin
Qing Jiang, piano


Daniel Temkin: Together, We for Violin and Piano  

Amy Beach: Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 34

~ Intermission ~

Daniel Sender: Scenes from Csenyéte Three Souvenirs

Gabriel Fauré: Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 13

***This program is subject to change


Daniel Sender

Violinist Daniel Sender (pictured above) is gaining an international reputation as a performer, educator, and scholar. Recent concert tours in Europe have been met with high praise and Dr. Sender is increasingly in demand in both the classroom and the concert stage.  A frequent guest soloist and principal artist with chamber and symphony orchestras throughout the region, Dr. Sender currently serves as concertmaster of the Charlottesville Symphony, Charlottesville Opera, and the Virginia Consort.  Since 2017 he has also been a festival artist with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra.

Dr. Sender was selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the 2020-21 Academic Year and will be teaching at the prestigious Liszt Academy (Budapest) and the University of Pécs during the Spring 2021 semester. Dr. Sender was also previously awarded a Fulbright Student Scholar grant for his research in Budapest (2010-11), and attended the Liszt Academy as a student of Vilmos Szabadi.  He was formerly the first violinist of the Adelphi String Quartet, which held a fellowship residency at the University of Maryland, and was for four years the violinist of the Annapolis Chamber Players.  Dr. Sender has recorded for Centaur, Sono Luminus, Bifrost and other independent labels.

Dr. Sender’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of folk music and art music in Hungary.  With written and composed works, including the article, “Bartók’s Rhapsodies: A Violinist’s Guide to Building an Authentic Interpretation” (American String Teacher), Dr. Sender has been making progress in bridging the gap between scholarship and performance relating to the music of central Europe. Recent research has resulted a new composition for violin and piano, “Roma Folk Dances: Village Tunes of the Hungarian Roma” (2019), and additional new works are currently in progress. 

As a chamber musician, Dr. Sender has had the pleasure of performing with members of the Audubon Quartet, Axelrod and Left Bank quartets and spent two years working intensively under the mentorship of the Guarneri Quartet. Solo and chamber concerts have taken him to venues around the world including the Kennedy Center, National School of the Arts “Panayot Pipkov” (Bulgaria), Institute of Music at the University of Pécs (Hungary), Hungarian Embassy, Bartók Hall of the Erdödy Palace (Budapest), Smithsonian Museum of American History, Universität der Kunste (Berlin) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal).

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Sender attended Ithaca College, the University of Maryland, the Liszt Academy (Budapest) and the Institute for European Studies (Vienna).  His primary teachers include Vilmos Szabadi, Arnold Steinhardt, David Salness, René Staar, and Gerald Fischbach. He is on the performance faculty of the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music and also holds a faculty position at Interlochen’s Adult Chamber Music Camp.

Qing Jiang, pianistQing Jiang

Praised for “spirited” (Boston Globe) performances that are “vigorous and passionate” (New York Times), Qing Jiang has emerged as a versatile musician who is equally known as a performer, teacher, and an advocate of contemporary music.  As a performer, she has appeared in Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Jordan Hall, as well as the UK’s Snape Maltings Hall, and China’s Shenzhen Poly Theater. Jiang performed under legendary conductor and composer Oliver Knussen with the Britten-Pears Orchestra in England, as well as with the Lanzhou Symphony under revered Chinese conductor Zushan Bian. Highlights of the 22-23 season include “Dreamed Landscapes” CD tour in Germany, China, and New Zealand, concert with the Aeolus String Quartet, and artist residencies at Tianjin Juilliard in China and Victoria University of Wellington.

Passionate about chamber music, Jiang is a faculty artist member of the Kneisel Hall Festival in Maine, where she collaborates with many leading musicians and pedagogues. Jiang previously maintained longstanding relationships with the Yellow Barn festival, appearing as both a faculty artist and fellow, and the Britten-Pears Festival where she performed in numerous chamber, solo, and contemporary settings. Other festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Interlochen, Garth Newel Music Center, the Perlman Music Program, and the Aspen festival where she was a winner of the concerto competition. As Duo ING, Jiang and violinist Ying Xue have collaborated closely for many years, appearing in Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, Yellow Barn, and elsewhere, and in 2016, Jiang performed on a six-city tour in China with esteemed chamber musicians Laurie Smukler, Natasha Brofsky, and Roger Tapping.

Versatile in style and interests, Qing has performed with the Britten-Pears contemporary ensemble, the New Juilliard ensemble, and the Aspen percussion ensemble. Jiang has worked directly with composers Brett Dean, Jennifer Higdon, Olive Knussen, Jörg Widmann, and Lei Liang to prepare performances of their works, and her debut album “Dreamed Landscapes” (Albany) features works by Thomas Adès and Daniel Temkin. Jiang wrote her doctoral thesis on Debussy’s seminal Etudes and their subsequent influence on virtuosic composing in the 20th & 21st centuries; she has given multiple performances of her “Debussy the Virtuoso” program, pairing Debussy’s etudes with those of Abrahamsen, Ligeti, Perle, Rakowski, and others, and she has premiered specific companion etudes by composer Zhou Tian, Eric Nathan, and Colin Mathews.

Born in Zhenjiang, China, Jiang began studying piano at age three with her mother.  As the first Chinese recipient of Jack Kent Cooke Arts Scholarship, she holds degrees from Arizona State University, Juilliard, and New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Caio Pagano, Robert McDonald, Wha Kyung Byun, Shuxing Zheng, and the late Patricia Zander.  Previously taught at New England Conservatory, the NEC Preparatory School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program, Jiang currently is an Associate Professor of Music at Bucknell University. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania with her husband, Daniel, and their young daughter Kate. 

The UVA Chamber Music Series presents innovative performances by the University of Virginia's world-class performance faculty and celebrated guest artists, is comprised of six professional performances for the University and the central Virginia community. These intimate concerts are programmed to offer both new and traditional works that will delight the novice as well as the well-tempered critic. The UVA Chamber Music Series is directed by Jiyeon Choi

To see all concerts in the series, please visit https://music.virginia.edu/uvacms.   

Tickets: $15 General / $13 UVA Faculty & Staff / $5 Students / Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance / Free for students under 18.

Tickets are available at the UVA Arts Box Office by calling 434.924.3376, or by visiting artsboxoffice.virginia.edu.  Individual tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to the concert. UVA students need to reserve their tickets 24 hours in advance at the UVA Arts Box Office student ticket portal

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. (map) Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall

All programs are subject to change.  

For more information, please call the Department of Music at 434.924.3052. 

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