‘Sundays at Three’ Recital Showcases International Artist

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 24, 2011ᾰAn international pianist, Shen Yue, will be featured at the next Chamber Music Sundays at Three concert.  Don’t be fooled by the event title, though, because this concert will take place neither on a Sunday nor at three.

This special performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. 

Yue, a Chamber Music Fellow at the Royal Conservatory of London, will accompany Brandon Christensen, Sundays at Three artistic director, on the piano as they play various pieces composed by Beethoven, Elgar and more. 

Christensen performed recitals with Yue while on a sabbatical in China and later invited her to the United States to perform similar duo recitals throughout the Midwest.  Their March 11 performance kicks off their tour. 

Yue first studied piano in Shenyang, China, and continued on to China’s Central Conservatory of Music.  She later did her post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she became the first PRC national to be awarded the Shinn Fellowship. 

A celebrated piano accompanist, Yue has accompanied solo artists at the 32nd Annual International French Horn Festival (Beijing 2000), the China National Flute Competition (Beijing 2000), the National Clarinet Competition (Beijing 2001), the Menhuin Violin Competition (London 2004), the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle concerts (Hugo Wolf 2005 and Songs of Spain 2005), the Cheltenham Music Festival (United States 2005), the Leeds Music Festival (United Kingdom 2007) and performed live on BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom 2006).

Yue, a founding member of Peking Sinfonietta, has been its orchestral manager since 2006.  Yue began collaborating with Chinese violinist Jin Haiyin in 2002.  They have since had much success in their violin and piano repertoire performances in major cities in China.