AYA Piano Trio
The incredible AYA Piano Trio got their start at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where they studied under some of the greatest chamber musicians and soloists in the world.
In the 19/20 season, the trio gave debut recitals in the Concerts International Series of Memphis and the esteemed Schneider Concert series at the Mannes New School in New York City. In 2020, they group was awarded first prize in the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition and was nominated finalists of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition. In the 20/21 season, the trio made their Beethoven Triple Concerto debut with Maestro Leif Bjaland and the Waterbury Symphony in Connecticut. In the 21/22 season, the trio appeared at multiple prestigious concert series, including their debut recital in the newly opened Parker Concert Hall of Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Merkin Concert Hall of NYC, Dame Myra Hess memorial series in Chicago, and Washington Performing Arts series in D.C.
“The AYA Trio is one of the finest young chamber groups on the musical scene today. The stellar technical ability of each member allows them to focus on and share their passion for the music easily and completely with their audiences” Philip Setzer, Emerson String Quartet
"The AYA was absolutely fantastic! The entire audience was on their feet for intermission and at the end. The comments were overwhelmingly, enthusiastically positive! Just a wonderful concert!"
Linda Slavin, Chamber Music Utica
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AYA Piano Trio
AYA Piano Trio was formed in 2013 at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where its
members studied extensively and worked closely with renowned chamber musicians and
soloists including members of the Guarneri Quartet and Beaux Arts Trio. Its long-time mentors
at Curtis include cellist Peter Wiley, pianists Jonathan Biss, Robert McDonald, Meng-Chieh Liu,
and violinists Arnold Steinhardt.
The trio has performed extensively across the U.S. in both recital and competition stages. In
2018, it won the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition in Davidson College, North
Carolina, and was invited for the following season to return to the competition for a residency
consisting of recordings and concerts. In the 19/20 season, the trio gave debut recitals in the
Concerts International Series of Memphis and the esteemed Schneider Concert series at the
Mannes New School in New York City. In 2020, they group was awarded first prize in the Yellow
Springs Chamber Music Competition and was nominated finalists of the Chesapeake Chamber
Music Competition. In the 20/21 season, the trio made their Beethoven Triple Concerto debut
with Maestro Leif Bjaland and the Waterbury Symphony in Connecticut. In the 21/22 season, the
trio appeared at multiple prestigious concert series, including their debut recital in the newly
opened Parker Concert Hall of Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Merkin Concert Hall of
NYC, Dame Myra Hess memorial series in Chicago, and Washington Performing Arts series in
Highlights for the trio’s 22/23 engagements include re-invitations from the Washington
Performing Arts series in D.C. and festival appearance at the Shouse Institute of Great Lakes
Chamber Music Festival in Detroit.
Twenty-five-year-old Chinese pianist Ying Li was the First Prize winner ofthe 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions. She has received top awards in numerous national and
international competitions, including winning the inaugural PremioInter nazionale Antonio Mormone in Italy and first prizes at the Sarasota Artist Series Piano Competition, Brevard Music Festival solo and
concerto competitions, International Liszt Piano Competition for YoungPianists, and third prize at Minnesota Orchestra’s Young ArtistCompetition.
Ying made her European orchestral debut tour in Germany and Italy in fall2021 with Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and their chief conductor Jonathon Heyward. She has also performed with orchestras and
conductors at venues including Teatro La Scala in Milan with L’Accademia Orchestra del La Scala and Maestro Toshiyuki Kamioka, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Maestra Lina Gonzalez-Granados, New Jersey Performing Arts Center with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Maestra Xian Zhang, Brevard Music
Festival Orchestra with Maestro Ken Lam, and Longwood SymphonyOrchestra with Maestro Ronald Feldman. An avid chamber musician, Ying has appeared at prestigious 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. She is also a founding member of the AYA Trio.
Highlights of her 22-23 season includes a debut album release onUniversal x Decca label, and recital debuts at Zankel Hall of Carnegie,Kennedy Center in D.C., and Konzerthaus Berlin. She will collaborate
concerto performances with Maestros Gabriel Feltz and Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Dan Ettinger and Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Radu Paponiu and Southwest Florida Symphony, Eric Jacobsen and Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. After starting piano lessons at age five in China, Ying was a student at the Elementary School 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 received her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York with Robert McDonald in 2021, and currently is an Artist Diploma candidate at Juilliard.
Praised for her “very special charisma, made of natural sensibility and high level control of sound… achieves to bring all her skills into a global expression which expresses a variety of colors and a great diversity of characters” (Emmanuel Hondré), Chinese violinist Angela Sin Ying Chan has found success both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Top prize winner of the Singapore International Violin Competition, Louis Spohr, Shanghai Issac Stern, Harbin, Nomea, and 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, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, EOS Orchestra of Beijing, and the Hong Kong Symphonia. In 2016, Ms. Chan was selected as a soloist to a tour around the states with The Curtis Chamber Orchestra. She has also played in 9 concerts with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in their “2017 Europe Tour”. Ms. Chan has held many recitals in various cities such as Philadelphia, Hong Kong, Beijing, Xiamen, and Guizhou. As an active chamber musician, Angela has collaborated with world famous artists such as Nobuko Imai, Peter Wiley, Tien-Tsin Cindy Wu, Gary Hoffman, etc. As the violinist of the AYA piano trio, the trio has won first prize of the WDAV Chamber Music Competition and Yellow Spring Chamber Competition. AYA piano trio is currently represented by Jean Schreiber Management.
Angela’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. She is also scholarship recipient of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance fund and the Lin Yao Ji Foundation.
Cellist Andrés Sanchez, born in Allentown PA, USA, began his cello studies at the age of eight years old under the wing of current Puerto Rico symphony cello principle Miguel Rojas. After two years he began his studies with cellist Jesus Morales, member of the Dali Quartet and ex-principal of the Puerto Rico Symphony. At 10 years of age, Andrés made his first solo debuts in the Midwest Clinic of Chicago and the Ocean City Pops orchestra. Three years later, he made his Carnegie Hall debut alongside the Arconet chamber orchestra. At age sixteen, Andrés was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music in 2013 where he
studied with cellists Peter Wiley and Carter Brey. Andrés graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2020 and is continuing his studies at the New England Conservatory under the guidance of Paul Katz.
Andrés has appeared as soloist with the Arconet Chamber Orchestra on several occasions since joining Curtis and has also performed as a soloist with the Kutztown University Chamber Orchestra. In 2019 Andres made solo appearances with the Kennet Square Symphony, the Central Jersey Symphony, the Summit Symphony, and PA Sinfonia. He made his Beethoven Triple Concerto debut this past year with the
Waterbury Symphony as part of the AYA Trio.
An avid chamber musician, Andrés has performed in over 30 chamber music concerts in the Curtis Student Recital Series. As cellist of the AYA Trio, he has performed across the country in esteemed series including Concerts International in Memphis TN, and The Mannes School Schneider Concert series in New York City. This year, the trio will be making debuts in the Brevard Music Center and New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall.
Andrés participated in the 2015 Banff Center Master Class Program where he studied with cellists Andres Díaz, Raphael Walfisch, and Denis Brott, and he has also participated in the 2016 Music From Angel Fire Festival where he performed side by side with artists such as Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Steven Tenenbom,
and Ani Kavafian. In the summer of 2018, Andrés attended the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival where he played with and was coached by the esteemed artists of the Emerson Quartet including Philip Setzer and Paul Watkins. Andrés has also participated in the Heifetz Institute, where he performed several chamber and solo recital works and took part in several master classes with cellists such as Franz Helmerson and Yeesun Kim. In summer of 2022, Andrés will be a participant of Ravinia Steans Music Institute.