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AYA Piano Trio

The AYA Piano Trio tours extensively across the U.S., recently making debuts in the esteemed Merkin Concert Hall in NYC and The Brevard Music Series to rave reviews. They have performed at distinguished series and festivals including Concerts International of Memphis, TN and the Schneider Series at the Mannes School. Winners of the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition in NC, the trio was re-invited for a residency of recordings and concerts in 2019. In addition, the trio has been invited to perform in chamber music festivals and series including the Shouse Institute of Music of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in CT, the Utica Chamber Music Series, Washington Performing Arts and others.

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About

AYA Piano Trio

Piano Trio

Based in Boston & NY, AYA Trio was formed in 2013 at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where they studied with cellist Peter Wiley as their main coach and regularly with pianists Jonathan Biss and Robert McDonald, violinists Arnold Steinhardt and Philip Setzer.  

 

The trio have performed extensively across the U.S. In 2018, they won the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition in NC, where they were re-invited for a residency of recordings and concerts in 2019. They have been invited and performed in chamber music festivals including the Shouse Institute of Music of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in CT. The trio have also had masterclasses with world renowned musicians including Boris Berman, Robert DeMaine, Peter Frankl, Ida & Ani Kavafians, Peter Stumpf, members of the Brentano Quartet and Emerson Quartet, and the piano trio of Noah Bendix-Balgley, Robert Levin, and Peter Wiley.

 

Highlights for the group’s 2019-2020 season included a residency in Memphis as part of the Cncerts International Seires, a New York City debut at the Mannes New School Schneider Concert Series, Curtis On Tour representation in Washington D.C., a Beethoven Triple concerto performance with the Waterbury Symphony (cancelled), and others.

Bios

Ying Li

Piano

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Winner of the inaugural Antonio Mormone International Prize in Italy, twenty-three-year-old Chinese pianist Ying Li comes from Yantai, China. She has received top awards in numerous national and international competitions, including first prizes at the Sarasota Artist Series Piano Competition, Brevard Music Festival solo and concerto competitions, International Liszt Piano Competition for Young Pianists, and third prize at Minnesota Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. In spring 2021, she was also a finalist Concours Musical International De Montreal.

Ying has performed with many orchestras including her most recent debut at Teatro Alla Scala in Milan with L’Accademia Orchestra del La Scala and Maestro Toshiyuki Kamioka. She has also appeared on the family concert series with The Philadelphia Orchestra with Maestra Lina Gonzalez-Granados, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with Maestra Xian Zhang, Brevard Music Festival Orchestra with Maestro Ken Lam, and Longwood Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Ronald Feldman. As an avid chamber musician, Ying has appeared at prestigious chamber music festivals around the world including Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, Ravinia’s Steans Institute in Chicago, La Jolla Music Society in San Diego, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut.

Highlights of Ying’s 21-22 season includes a Mozart Concerto tour in Germany with NWD-Philharmoniker and conductor Jonathon Heyward, recital at Sala Verdi of Milan, and debut CD recording with Universal.

Started playing piano at age 5, Ying was a student at the preparatory division of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, then she moved to Philadelphia in 2012, at age fourteen, to study at the Curtis Institute of Music with Jonathan Biss and Seymour Lipkin. After receiving the Bachelor of Music degree at Curtis Institute in 2019, she is received her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York with Robert McDonald in 2021. She currently serves as the Community Artist Fellow at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Angela Sin Ying Chan

Violinist

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Chan plays her violin lovingly, with graceful movements and a nice variety of vibrato…in fact, I noticed even her slowest, narrowest vibrato was noticeably beautiful.” (Laurie Niles) 

 

Top prize winner of the Louis Spohr, Issac Stern International Competition, Harbin International, Nomea, Michael Hill International Competitions, and founder of the AYA piano trio, she is fast emerging as one of the most unique and polished violinists of her generation.

 

As a soloist, Angela has appeared with numerous orchestras including The Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra of Germany, China Philharmonic Orchestra, EOS Orchestra of Beijing, and the Hong Kong Symphonia. In 2016, She was selected as a soloist to a tour around the states with The Curtis Chamber Orchestra. 

Chan’s festival appearances as a soloist and chamber musician include Hefeitz Institute of Music as Artist-in-Residence, Verbier Festival Academy, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

 

Born in Hong Kong, Angela started playing the violin at the age of 3 under her mother. She continued her violin studies with Michael James Ma, Vera WeiLing Tsu in China, and Shmuel Ashkenasi, Pamela Frank, and Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music. With full scholarship granted, she is currently studying with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory of Music. Ms. Chan is also scholarship recipient of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance fund and the Lin Yao Ji Foundation.

Andres Sanchez

Cellist

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Cellist Andres Sanchez was also accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music in 2013, where he studies with cellist Peter Wiley and Carter Brey.

Andres has appeared as soloist with the Arconet Chamber Orchestra on several occasions and has also performed as a soloist with the Kutztown Univeristy Chamber orchestra. He has also performed as a soloist with the Kennet Square Symphony, the Central Jersey Symphony, and the Summit Symphony. 

In the 2016-17 season, Andres served as the associate principal cellist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and as principle of the Curtis Opera Orchestra. During his service, Andres played in high profile venues such as the Kimmel Center; also a participant of the 2017 Curtis on Tour, Andres traveled and played in the finest venues of European cities including Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo, Dresdner Philarmonie, and Weiner Concert Hall. 

Andres has attended the Banff Center Master Class Program where he studied with cellist Andres Díaz, Raphael Walfisch, Denis Brott, and Colin Carr, and he has also participated in Music From Angel Fire where he performed side by side with Artists such as Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Steven Tenenbom, and Ani Kavafian. The summer of 2019 will be his first time participating in the Heifetz institute where Andres will play chamber music and solo recital pieces throughout the festival.