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Jonathan and Hannah Chu with Dmitriy Cogan

Date & Time: Sunday May 28, 7:30 pm
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: Free.  Limited Seating – Register online


Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12
I. Allegro Vivace

Bartók: 44 Duets for Two Violins, Sz. 98
No. 43, Pizzicato
No. 2, Maypole Dance
No. 36, Bagpipes
No. 33, Harvest Song
No. 32, Dance from Máramaros
No. 42, Arabian Song

Mozart: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 21 in E minor, K. 304
I. Allegro
II. Tempo di minuetto

Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia

Mendelssohn: Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
I. Allegro molto appassionato

Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

About the Artists


Jonathan Chu has studied the piano and violin for more than 11 years. He was concertmaster of the Golden Gate Philharmonic in San Francisco from 2012 to 2014 and joined the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2013. As a violinist, he was a winner at the Huain Cup International Chinese Music Competition in 2014 and the Ensemble SF Student Competition in 2015. He also performed as soloist with orchestra at the Bay Area Junior Bach Festival in 2012 and 2014. Last summer, Jonathan joined the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and performed at Carnegie Hall and in Europe with conductors Christoph Eschenbach and Valery Gergiev. This summer he will tour Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia with NYO-USA, led by conductor Marin Alsop. Since 2011, Jonathan and his sister, Hannah, have enjoyed bringing music to the community with frequent performances at senior care facilities and churches. He also served as accompanist for the Jubilate Children’s Choir at Lakeside Presbyterian Church of SF for three years. Apart from playing music, Jonathan has been active in student government since sixth grade and served as Class President and Student Body Council President in his high school. His other interests include math, physics, tennis, badminton and speed-solving the Rubik’s Cube. He is a 2017 US National Physics Olympiad Bronze Medalist and a National Merit Scholar. Jonathan has recently graduated from Lowell High School and will attend Harvard University in the fall.


Hannah Chu has been playing the piano and violin since age five. She was concertmaster of the Golden Gate Philharmonic during the 2015-16 season. Most recently, she performed solo violin repertoire at the Bay Area Junior Bach Festival in 2016 and 2017. Since 2013, Hannah has been singing as a soprano at the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco and has toured in the East Coast, Pacific Northwest, and Germany. This season Hannah and her fellow YWC choristers performed at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, and at Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Charles Dutoit. They can also be heard in the YWC debut album “Rejoice!” released last November. This summer she’ll tour Slovenia, Austria, and Hungary with her chorus. Hannah also has a passion in Chinese dance and won first place in the recreational division of the 2013 Fei Tian Academy Classical Chinese Dance Competition in the Bay Area. She is a rising sophomore at International High School in San Francisco.

Jonathan and Hannah both study the violin with Florin Parvulescu of the San Francisco Symphony, and the piano with John McCarthy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

coganw-779x1024Dmitriy Cogan began music studies at the age of six at the Central Music School before moving to the U.S. and settling in San Francisco in 1974. He studied conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and continued piano studies with Vladimir Pleshakov and Maria Cysic. In 1979, he moved to New York to study with Martin Canin at the Juilliard School, where he received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Mr. Cogan has performed publicly since age nine in Moscow. His American debut was in 1975 with the Peninsula Symphony in San Mateo, California. In 1981-1983, he was a prizewinner in competitions in New York, Cincinnati and Cleveland. In 1988, Mr. Cogan gave his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall to favorable reviews and has since appeared in recitals throughout the Northeast and California. He has also toured in France and in Russia twice and was a laureate of the 1990 Jose Iturbi International Piano competition in Valencia, Spain. Since 1985, he has performed throughout North America and Asia with violinist Alexander Markov; their first CD was released worldwide on the Erato label. In recent years, Mr. Cogan has often performed with violinist Philip Quint throughout California. His recordings with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento and with clarinetist Patricia Shands have also been recently released. Mr. Cogan is a staff accompanist at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and teaches piano privately in the Bay Area.

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