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February 25, 2009 > Young musicians poised to wow

Young musicians poised to wow

Submitted By Caryl Dockter

On Sunday afternoon, March 1, the Fremont Symphony Guild will present three extraordinary young musicians in recital at the home of Art and Joan Kimber.

Cellist Travis Chen, 12, has won numerous competitions and performed as soloist with the Fremont Symphony at the 2008 Children's Concerts, will perform the first movement of Lalo's Cello Concerto, plus short works by Bach, Beethoven and Bright Sheng.

Pianist Alex Chien, 10, who won the Nafisa Taghioff Award in the Fremont Symphony's 2008 Young Artist Competition, the grand prize in the 2009 Mondavi Young Artist Competition and both First Place and the "Most Promising Young Talent" special award in the Ninth International Russian Piano Competition, Young Musician category, will perform works by Liszt, Chopin and Jianzhong Wang.

Violinist Stephen Kim, 13, was a featured soloist on NPR's "From the Top" and recently debut at Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, winning a rave review from Heuwell Tircuit of San Francisco Classical Voice for his "remarkable level of power, spot-on intonation and maturity of phrasing." Stephen will perform the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and a sonata by Prokofiev.

This is a rare opportunity to hear three budding virtuosos in an intimate setting. After the performance, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and audience members will be able to meet and talk with the young musicians.

Tickets for this event are $35; space is limited. For reservations or more information, please contact Phyllis Merrifield at (510) 793-5108 or email her at

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