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Randall Goosby, violin

Signed exclusively to Decca Classics in 2020 at the age of 24, American violinist Randall Goosby is acclaimed for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship alongside his determination to make music more inclusive and accessible, as well as bringing the music of under-represented composers to light.

Randall has performed with orchestras across the United States and Europe. Recital appearances have included the Kennedy Center, Kravis Center, the 92nd Street Y and Wigmore Hall.

Highlights of this season include return engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and LA Phil. He will also make international debuts in South Korea, Japan, Amsterdam and Lucerne.

Randall is deeply passionate about inspiring and serving others through education, social engagement and outreach activities. He has enjoyed working with non-profit organizations as well as participating in community engagement programs for schools, hospitals and assisted living facilities across the United States.

Randall was First Prize Winner in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In 2019, he was named the inaugural Robey Artist by Young Classical Artists Trust in partnership with Music Masters in London; and in 2020 he became an Ambassador for Music Masters, a role that sees him mentoring students in schools around the United Kingdom; and in 2022, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Randall made his debut with the Jacksonville Symphony at age nine. At age 13, he performed with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and became the youngest recipient ever to win the Sphinx Concerto Competition. He is a recipient of Sphinx’s Isaac Stern Award and of a career advancement grant from the Bagby Foundation. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he continues his studies there, pursuing an Artist Diploma under Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho.

Randall plays a 1735 Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu on generous loan from the Stradivari Society.

Natalie Loughran, viola

Violist Natalie Loughran is quickly establishing herself as one of the most versatile young artists of our time. Natalie was awarded First Prize at the 2021 Primrose International Viola Competition, along with the Audience Award, as well as the BIPOC Composer Prize for her arrangement and performance of William Grant Still’s ‘Mother and Child’. She also appeared as a finalist for the 2020 Young Concert Artist Auditions, and was awarded a special prize for her performance of the Bowen Viola Sonata in C Minor at the Tertis International Viola Competition. Natalie has been awarded the William Schuman prize for her outstanding leadership and achievement in music, from the Juilliard School.

A former member of the Kila Quartet, Natalie is a sensitive and passionate chamber musician. She has appeared on WQXR’s series, ‘Midday Masterpieces’, and has participated in the Perlman Music Program Chamber Workshop, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, Yellow Barn, Marlboro Music Festival, and Kronberg’s Chamber Music Connects the World. She attended the Marlboro Music Festival in 2022. Natalie has collaborated with such renowned chamber musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff and Tabea Zimmermann.

In addition to solo performance and chamber music, Natalie holds a deep love of the orchestral repertoire, and has worked as principal violist under the batons of Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has performed with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, toured internationally with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.

Natalie earned her B.M. and M.M. in Viola Performance at Juilliard, under the tutelage of Roger Tapping, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang, where she was a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. In Fall of 2022, Natalie will continue her professional studies at the Kronberg Academy with Tabea Zimmermann.

Natalie plays on a 1976 viola by Sergio Peresson.

Zhu Wang, piano

Praised by The New York Times as “a superb pianist, a thoughtful, sensitive performer” and by Fou Ts’ong as “an incredible talent with a natural feeling of harmony and imagination,” Zhu Wang’s performances exhibit a remarkable depth of musicianship and poise. His recent Carnegie Zankel Hall debut recital was named “Best of 2021” by Anthony Tommasini (The New York Times.) Winner of 2020 Young Concert Artists International Audition, he was awarded the Stern Young Artist Development Award, which is supported by the Linda and Isaac Stern Foundation.

He is also the first prize winner of the 2nd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians, 4th Manhattan International Music Competition, and Hilton Head Young Artist Piano Competition. He was a Bravo Vail! Piano Fellow during the summer of 2022 and has been a featured soloist on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase.

Zhu has also appeared in recital and chamber music performances at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series, Salon de Virtuosi, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

The 2022-2023 season includes performances at Evnin Rising Stars at Caramoor, Vancouver Recital Society, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Buffalo Chamber Music Society, performing commission works by Steven Banks and Alistair Coleman, and will join Columbus Symphony for Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto.

A native of Hunan, China, Zhu is a graduate of the Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he studied with Zhe Tang, and Fou Ts’ong. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he received Gina Bachauer International Scholarship Piano Competition, and was a recipient of the Juilliard Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. Zhu is currently pursuing his artist diploma at Curtis Institute of Music, under the guidance of Robert McDonald. He gratefully acknowledges the support of the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts.

PROGRAM

Ludwig van Beethoven:
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Opus 31. No. 1
Zhu Wang, piano

Robert Schumann:
(1810-1856)

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
Natalie Loughran, viola
Zhu Wang, piano

Florence Price:
(1887-1953)

Two Fantasies
Randall Goosby, violin
Zhu Wang, piano

INTERMISSION

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
(1756-1791)

Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for Violin & Viola, K. 364
Allegro maestoso
Andante
Presto

Randall Goosby, violin
Natalie Loughran, viola
Zhu Wang, piano

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