Music to Inspire Energy & Peace by Rachmaninoff
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"Pointed grace” (Los Angeles Times)
“Exquisite pianism” (Chinese American News)
“Energy and elation” (Daily Telegraph)
Musical prodigy who enrolled at Julliard at age 11 and praised by Los Angeles Times as "Pointed Grace"
Delivering virtual concerts designed to evoke relaxation and a calm mind for 30 minutes in the middle of the work day.
This program is crafted especially to reflect the times we are in. From turbulence to peace to triumph, the music sounds like the unexpected twists and turns life presents us. In an interview in 1941, Rachmaninoff said, "What I try to do, when writing down my music, is to make it say simply and directly that which is in my heart when I am composing." Even though Moments Musicaux were written because he was short of money, the pieces summarize his knowledge of piano composition up to that point.
1. Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G# minor, Op. 32, No.12
2. Rachmaninoff: Moment Musicaux in E minor, Op. 16, No. 4
3. Rachmaninoff: Prelude in Eb Major, Op. 23, No. 6
4. Rachmaninoff-Wild: "O Do Not Grieve"
5. Rachmaninoff: Prelude in Bb Major, Op. 23, No. 2
Anli Lin Tong, pianist
B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School; Candidate: Doctor of Musical Arts, UCLA
Pianist Anli Lin Tong has performed in Europe, Asia, and the United States as a concerto soloist and chamber musician in prestigious venues such as the Avery Fisher Hall (now the Geffen Hall) in New York’s Lincoln Center, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, Taipei Symphony Hall in Taiwan, and the Bordeaux Opera House in France. As a soloist, she has performed with the Taiwan Symphony in the Taiwan National Arts Festival, the Chinese Fine Arts Orchestra, the Bratislavia Chamber Orchestra, the Livic Chamber Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Burbank Philharmonic and the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra, among others in concertos ranging from Mozart, Chopin to Gershwin and Bartók. Her performance of the award-winning Concertino for Piano and String Orchestra by KUO Chi-Yuan was praised as the “best rendition of this work” in Taiwan Symphony Review. As a chamber musician, Anli Lin Tong has performed with musicians of the highest caliber, including members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and as the pianist of the Orphea Piano Trio.
A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy where she majored in piano under Dr. Michael Coonrod, Anli Lin Tong was born in Taiwan and began piano lessons at age five. She won her first competition at age nine, winning First Prize on a nationally televised competition in Taiwan. An invitation to study with the legendary Polish pianist and pedagogue Mieczyslaw Munz (the sole teacher of pianist Emanuel Ax) led to her leaving Taiwan under the auspices of Taiwan’s Ministry of Education to study as the youngest student in Munz’s class at The Juilliard School in New York where she later received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree in Piano under Martin Canin. In 2000 Anli Lin Tong was awarded a full scholarship to study under the late Vitaly Margulis at UCLA but her D.M.A. course was interrupted by a catastrophic medical condition. After a near miraculous recovery and having raised her two young children to adulthood, Anli Lin Tong returned to UCLA and advanced to candidacy in fall 2018. Her final D.M.A. recital explored a possible link between Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Chopin’s Sonata No. 2, two works that are the focus of her doctoral dissertation. In 2017, Anli Lin Tong was a featured guest artist at the Music
Teachers Association of California State Convention and presented a lecture “Rendezvous with Bartók.” She is the published author of two articles, both in The California Music Teacher, the official journal of Music Teachers Association of California: “Historical Recordings–Lessons from Pianists of the Golden Age” and “In Search of Mieczyslaw Munz” - the latter currently featured as part of a tribute display for Munz at the Curtis Institute of Music. Anli Lin Tong is an “ACME” (“Artists, Composers, Musicians, Educators”) Honoree by Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity and was awarded “Outstanding Woman in Music” by the Chinese Women’s Association of the South Bay. Anli Lin Tong has distinguished herself as a teacher whose students have received top prizes in prestigious competitions at the state and national levels in solo and chamber music competitions, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Kaper Award, theLos Angeles International Liszt Competition, and the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Competition. Her students in chamber music were awarded First Prize at the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition in 2015. Her private students have been accepted to all the top music schools in the country, including Juilliard.
In the 2019-2020 season, highlights of Anli Lin Tong’s engagements will include a solo recital and master class at Interlochen Center for the Arts, a planned solo recital and lecture at the Bartók Cabin in Lake Saranac, New York (where Bartók composed his final works, including the Concerto No. 3), a lecture recital “The Legacy of Mieczyslaw Munz” at the 2020 Music Teachers Association of California State and the release of “Munz: A Pianists’ Story,” a documentary in which Anli is featured among notable former pupils of Munz, including pianists Emanuel Ax and Ann Schein. With the founding of the Mieczyslaw Munz Society, Anli Lin Tong is honored to carry on the legacy of her early mentor Mieczyslaw Munz whose entire family perished in the Holocaust and who left no biological heirs.
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