Date & Time: Saturday June 2, 4 pm
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: Free Admission. Donations Requested
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Reger Suite 1, Molto Sostenuto
Cassado Cello Suite Mvmt 1
Bach Cello Suite No.6 Prelude – Gigue
Brahms Sonata Op. 120 No. 2
Bach Chaconne for Solo Violin, From Partita No. 2 in D Minor
Dohnanyi Serenade for String Trio
Ysaye Sonata No. 5 in G Major ‘Mathieu Crickboom,’ Op. 27 I-II
York Bowen Sonata No.2 Op.22, Finale Allegro Giocoso
About the Artists
Violist Bella Fong is passionate about sharing music with diverse communities around the San Francisco Bay Area, performing in senior homes and schools. Ms. Fong has recently performed in the Junior Bach Festival and American Protege International Strings and Piano Competition Winners’ Recital in Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall, where she received first place (2018). Furthermore, Ms. Fong has won first prize in the Music Teacher’s Association of California VOCE as a chamber musician and soloist and has received prizes in the US Open Music Competition, Great Composers Competition and Silicon Valley Youth Music Competition. An avid orchestral musician, she has served as co-principal violist of the El Camino Youth Senior Symphony, principal and soloist of SF All-City Music Festival, assistant principal of Camerata in the Golden Gate Philharmonic and Lowell High School Symphonic Orchestra. In previous summers, Ms. Fong has served as assistant principal of the Curtis Summerfest Young Artist Summer Program in 2017, Stanford Youth Orchestra Summer Concert Series in 2015 and has participated in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 2016. Ms. Fong has worked closely with Sharon Wei, Toby Appel, Hye Min Choi, Christina Wong, and Wesley Collins and has performed in masterclasses for Roberto Diaz, the Juilliard String Quartet, Michael Zaretsky, and Don Erhlich. Besides music, Ms. Fong is active in her school and community, as vice president of a service club, a violin and viola teacher at Lowell High School, a tutor at Reading Partners, a member of the California Scholarship Federation, and member of Shield and Scroll Honor and Service Society. Ms. Fong currently studies with Jessica Chang at California Music Preparatory Academy where she plays in the award-winning piano quintet Quintetto Tranquillo. Additionally, she is currently the violist of the Nebula Trio at Young Chamber Musicians. In the fall, Ms. Fong will study Viola Performance and Prelaw at Boston University.
Violinist, Emily Gao, 17 began studying violin at age five, and currently studies with Zaven Melikian. Emily is a senior at Homestead High School. She has won prizes at the United States Open Music Competition and was the Helen Elliott Prize Winner of the 2016 Pacific Musical Society Competition. In the summer of 2014, she studied with Wendy Sharp, Robin Sharp and Hans Boepple at California Summer Music. In 2016, Emily participated in the Bowdoin International Music Festival, studying with renowned Eastman professor Mikhail Kopelman and the Pacifica Quartet. She has appeared in master class with artist Jennifer Koh. Emily has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2014, and performed at the Audi Summerkonzerte and on national German television. She was the violinist of YCM’s Trio Animato in 2016, winning the 3rd Prize of the Galante Prize Competition. In her free time, she does charity work including performing for the elderly and charitable organizations and teaching special education children music. This fall, Emily will attend UCLA.
Cellist, Natalie Lin, 17, is a senior at Los Altos High School. Her studies began at the age of seven; she currently studies with Eric Sung. Natalie is a two time soloist with her former orchestra, CPYO, and is Co-Principal of the SFSYO.Natalie recently placed third in the 2018 Pacific Music Society and was a finalist in the ASTA Music Competition. She was chosen twice to perform at the Junior Bach Festival and has placed in the KAMSA Music Competition, the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra Competition, the USIMC Competition and has performed at the Weill Recital Hall as a first place recipient of the AFAF Competition. With her former chamber group, she has received 1st place in the U.S. Open Music Competition and 3rd place in the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival. She was also the grand prize winner of the Korea Times Youth Competition in 2012.
Natalie will participate in the Hidden Valley Music Seminar Masterclasses for her third year; and she will also attend the BU Tanglewood Institute. This fall, Natalie will attend the Cleveland Institute of Music, majoring in Music Performance.