The Faculty Artist Series - Guy Johnston, cello, and Chiao-Wen Cheng, pi-ano

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 at 7:30pm


Rochester, NY -- The Eastman School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents Guy Johnston, Associate Professor of Celloand Chiao-Wen Cheng, Assistant Professor of Ac-companying, in Kilbourn Hall. The program consists of Beethoven’s Seven Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Lieber fühlen,’ Britten’s Sonata in C, Op. 65, and Schumann’s Andante und Variationen Op. 46 for two pianos, two cellos and horn, as well as Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G minor, Op. 19. This performance also features Elinor Freer, piano, Steven Doane, cello, and Peter Kurau, horn.

One of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation, GuyJohnston 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 GuilheminaSuggia Gift, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award, and receiving a Classical Brit Award at the Royal Albert Hall.

He has made many important debuts, including the First Night of the BBC Proms play-ing 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’s RococoVariations with the St. Petersburg State Capella Orchestraund-er Dmitriev in St. Petersburg, the Elgar Concerto with the Osaka Philharmonic under Tadaaki Otaka in Tokyo, and the Schumann Concerto with the Eng-lish Chamber Orchestra under Tilbrook. Among past highlights with leading orchestras in the UK are Strauss’s Don Quixote with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain under Yan PascalTortelier, the Walton Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic under Tortelier, the Dvorak Concerto with the City of Birmingham Sym-phony Orchestra under Seal, Britten’s Cello Symphony with the Royal Northern Sinfo-nia under Robin Ticciati, and Shostakovich Concerto No. 2 with the RTE National Or-chestra under Vladimir Altschuler in Dublin.

Taiwanese pianist Chiao-Wen Cheng has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia. Solo engagements include the Fort Worth Symphony, Greece Symphony, and Taiwan Shin-Min Orchestra. Cheng has won numerous piano competitions and awards, including First Prizes at the Schubert Club Competition (2012); the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival Concerto Com-petition (2010); the Excellence in Accompanying Award at the Eastman School of Music (2010); and the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Excellence in Accompanying at Peabody In-stitute (2009).

A vibrant and dedicated chamber musician, Cheng has become a sought-after collabora-tive partner. She performs with the Argos Trio and has appeared numerous times on the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester concert series. A particularly rewarding facet of her career has involved chamber music concerts with musicians from all of the world, including Juliana Athayde (concertmaster, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra); Ian Bous-field (former principal trombone, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra); Astrid Schween (cell-ist, Juilliard Strong Quartet); and Ko-ichiro Yamamoto (principal trombone, Seattle Symphony Orchestra).

The Faculty Artist Series is generously supported by Patricia Ward-Baker. 

Tickets for Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series are $10 for the general public and free to cur-rent Season Subscribers and UR ID holders. Tickets can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 26 Gibbs Street, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Monday-Friday; by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at

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