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Duo Clarion

Chad Burrow

Chad Burrow is recognized as one of the premiere clarinetists of his generation.  He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls across the globe. The European press has said that Chad performs with “brilliant technique and tonal beauty mixed with an expressive ferocity.”  Danish critic, Henrik Svane, went on to describe a performance as filled with “virtuosity, energy, and power without compromise.”  The New York Times recently called a Carnegie Hall appearance in Poulenc’s, Sonata, as giving a “strong impression” and being a “bright and genial account.”

In 2009, Chad was appointed to the clarinet faculty of the University of Michigan, where he teaches clarinet, chamber music and has served as the director for the Michigan Chamber Players.  Additionally, he serves as co-artistic director for the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma (http://brightmusic.org) and is on the faculty of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival (www.sewaneemusicfestival.org) and Alpenkammermusik Festival in Austria (http://alpenkammermusik.com).   Chad is the current principal clarinetist with the Ann Arbor Symphony and has performed with the Detroit Symphony and the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.  He is also the former principal clarinetist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the New Haven Symphony, Quartz Mountain Music Festival, the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra and the past Associate Professor of Clarinet at Oklahoma City University.

Chad’s recent concert engagements abroad have included concerts in Austria, Denmark’s Thy Chamber Music Festival, a recital in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, concerts in Strasbourg, France and Concerto appearances with the Taichung Philharmonic, the “Classic” Orchestra of Taichung and the Shin Sharn Ensemble in Taipei.  Recent performances in the United States have included appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall, Chamber Music Northwest and performances on a series of Benny Goodman centennial concerts in Carnegie Hall and Yale University.  Other performances have included venues at Rice University, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, three International Clarinet Association conferences, Northwestern University, the Music Mansion in Providence (RI), Yale University and the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, among many others.

Chad has recordings released by Albany Records, CD Baby, Centaur, and Equilibrium Records.   A recent Duo Clarion recording of Brahms and Schumann, with pianist Amy Cheng, was released on CD Baby.  Chad is also the clarinetist with Trio Solari.  The trio has had a regular touring schedule since 2006.   Trio Solari’s most recent recording, on the Centaur label, features works of Bartok, Khachaturian, Milhaud and Edward Knight.  A recording of William Bolcom’s, Clarinet Concerto with the Michigan Symphony Band was also recently released.

Chad is the winner of prizes and awards from the 2001 Young Concert Artist International Competition in New York City, the 2000 Woolsey Hall Competition, the 2000 Artist International Competition, and the 1997 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition

Chad serves as an artist for Backun Musical Services.  He plays exclusively on Backun, MOBA clarinets.

Amy I-Lin Cheng

Born in Taiwan, pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng has appeared on concert stage in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada, France and Israel. She has been described by the New York Concert Review as a pianist whose “control of the keyboard is complete, technique easy and relaxed, with a wide range of touch.” Late pianist Claude Frank described her as “a brilliant, sensitive, imaginative and most beguiling pianist.” Amy’s live performances have been heard on WGBH, KCSC, WHYY, La Radio Suisse Romande-Espace 2, and NPR. Amy has presented recitals at venues such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and National Concert Hall in Taipei, as well as on concert series across the United States. Amy made her Boston concerto debut at the age of 17 at Jordan Hall under the direction of Benjamin Zhander. Since then, she has appeared as a concerto soloist with the ‘Musica Viva’ Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Taichung Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Pines in Texas, University Symphony Orchestra (University of Michigan) and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, among others. During 2015-2016 season, she gave the North American premiere of the Kapralova Piano Concerto at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor as part of the week long Kapralova Festival, hosted by the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She also gave the US premiere of Improvisation on Misirlou, a single movement piano concerto by Daniel Rein, with the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra during the 2017 Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

A dedicated chamber musician, Amy enjoys collaborating with others since a very young age. Amy is the co-Artistic Director of the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, a non-profit organization commissioning and presenting chamber music concerts since 2003. In addition to regular season concerts, Brightmusic launched its first Annual Spring Chamber Music Festival in 2012. Formed in 1999, Duo Clarion (with clarinetist Chad Burrow) has performed in venues such as Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall and National Concerto Hall in Taipei, as well as venues across the US and Asia. Duo Clarion has released recording through CDBaby, Albany and WeiStudio. Duo Clarion’s most recent release of music by Brahms and Schumann received outstanding review in the ICA publication. Violinist Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang joined the duo to form Trio Solari in 2006. Trio Solari released its debut CD through Centaur Record in 2016. Trio Solari has commissioned and performed trios by Edward Knight and Joseph Tyldesley. Amy has toured as a guest pianist with the American Chamber Players, America’s Dream Chamber Artists, and performs frequently on the Detroit Chamber Wind and Strings concert series and Michigan Chamber Players Series at the University of Michigan. Amy has been part of many commissioning initiatives and has recorded chamber music works by composers such as Edward Knight, Laura Schwendinger, Stephen Rush and Adolphus Hailstork on Centaur, Albany and the Block M Record.

A highly sought after collaborator, Amy has performed with artists such as Wenzel Fuchs, Sophie Shao, David Buck, David Halen, Yoonshin Song, David Shifrin, and Misha Quint, and has been Pianist in Residence for International Double Reed Society Convention in 2010 and 2011, as well as International Woodwind Festival in 2012, 2001, and 2002. Other festival chamber music appearances include the Maui Classical Music Festival, Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Brightmusic Spring Chamber Music Festival, Quartz Mountain Music Festival, Taos School of Music, LaJolla SummerFest, OKMozart International Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounter.

Amy enjoys a career of teaching and has given piano and chamber music masterclasses across the USA, in Asia and Germany. Committed to piano education of the younger generation, Amy devotes her time to instruct young pianists. She has worked with young pianists and young chamber music groups in summer festivals, at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts Massachusetts, and at the Community Music School of Ann Arbor. Currently, she maintains a studio of private students in Ann Arbor, ages 4-16.

A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music (BM), Yale University School of Music (MM and Artist Diploma), and the New England Conservatory (DMA), Amy holds degrees in Piano Performance. Her principal teachers were Claude Frank, Wha-Kyung Byun, Rolf-Peter Wille and Yi-Hsien Chang. She studied chamber music with Robert McDonald (Taos), Peter Frankl, Michael Friedmann and Boris Berman. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Amy was the Head of the Piano Area at Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School (06-09), and the Assistant Professor of Piano at the Oklahoma State University (02-06). After serving as a collaborative pianist for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan briefly, Amy joined the Piano Department faculty in 2012 as a Lecturer in Piano where she teaches studio piano and coaches chamber music. She is currently the Coordinator of the Piano Chamber Music, and Director of the U of M Piano Chamber Music series at the Bloomfield Public Library in Bloomfield and Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Abor, MI. In the summer, Amy teaches at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Amy lives in Ann Arbor with husband Chad Burrow, two children and two family dogs.

Anthony Beer Anthony Beer, Artistic Director

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