Second Season to Begin October 29
Music at St. Luke’s begins its second season of concerts on Friday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by internationally acclaimed cellist, Guy Johnston. He will be joined with collaborative pianist, Chiao-Wen Cheng. Their performance, sponsored through the generosity of Claire and Gordon May, will feature music by Bach, Grieg, Messiaen, and the USA premiere of a new cello sonata by UK composer, Joseph Phibbs. A reception will follow the performance in Budd Hall.
One of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation, Johnston was born into a musical family and joined his brothers in the world-renowned choir of King’s College, Cambridge, where he recorded the famous carol, “Once in Royal David’s City” under Stephen Cleobury. He went on to achieve important early successes through the BBC Young Musician of the Year title, the Guilhemina Suggia Gift, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award, and receiving a Classical Brit Award at the Royal Albert Hall.
Johnston has made many important debuts including the First Night of the BBC Proms playing the Elgar Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, the Brahms Double Concerto in the Philharmonie with the DSO Berlin under Juraj Valchua, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations Music at St. Luke's begins its Second Season with the St. Petersburg State Capella Orchestraunder Dmitriev in Russia, the Elgar Concerto with the Osaka Philharmonic under Tadaaki Otaka in Tokyo, and the Schumann Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra under Tilbrook.
Taiwanese pianist Chiao-Wen Cheng has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia. A vibrant and dedicated chamber musician, Cheng has become a sought after collaborative partner. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Frank Weinstock, where she received a Van Cliburn Scholarship. She completed her master’s degree at Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University as a student of Benjamin Pasternack, where she received a full scholarship. Cheng holds a doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student and teaching assistant of Barry Snyder. At Eastman, Cheng was also the recipient of a graduate assistantship as a collaborative pianist and large ensemble pianist.
Johnston plays a 1714 David Tecchler cello, generously on loan from the Godlee-Tecchler Trust which is administered by The Royal Society of Musicians. Both musicians are members of the artist-faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.