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Müzewest Concerts: Scott Meek & Boson Mo
Müzewest Concerts is thrilled to present pianist Scott Meek and violist Boson Mo, performing together the works of Bach, Schubert, and contemporary composer Karim Al-Zand.
Canadian pianist Scott Meek, first-prize winner of several national competitions, has performed as soloist with the Toronto, Edmonton, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, and has performed solo recitals for the University of British Columbia's Noon Hour Recital Series and the Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg. Additionally, he has performed as a chamber musician in many series in western Canada, including Capilano University Cap Classics, Qualicum Beach Music on Sunday, West Vancouver Community Arts Council, Vancouver Chamber Music Society, West Coast Winter Music Society, Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, and Valley CrossWay. Internationally, he has performed with the Oberlin Orchestra and the Indiana University ad hoc Orchestra, and has won bronze medals at the Corpus Christi International Competition and at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Scott began piano studies at the age of six, taking lessons with Carole Pollard in Winnipeg, Manitoba, before enrolling at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, to earn his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts (East Asian Studies) degrees, studying piano under Alvin Chow. At the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Scott received his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees, studying under world-renowned pianist and Distinguished Professor, Menahem Pressler.
Currently, Scott is a sought-after collaborative pianist and teacher in Vancouver, teaching at various schools in the Greater Vancouver area, and accompanying the studio of violin professor emeritus Taras Gabora. He also regularly performs piano four-hands recitals with his wife, pianist Clare Yuan.
Boson Mo discovered the violin at the age of seven and has since received numerous national and international distinctions.
Winner of Third Prize at the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Boson was named as one of Canada’s “30 under 30 Top Classical Musicians of 2015” by CBC Radio-Canada. As the only Canadian candidate at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, he was awarded the “Prix Joseph-Rouleau” at the 2010 Montreal International Violin Competition and is a recipient of Canada’s prestigious Sylva Gelber Foundation Award. Additionally, he is a two-time winner of Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank loan.
Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as having “stole(n) the show…with his rousing assertion of Fauré’s Violin Sonata…” at his Da Camera of Houston début, Boson’s recent performances include those at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival and Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival. His 2016-17 season includes performances at the Center for Jewish History and Christ & St. Stephen’s Church in New York City, a re-engagement with Da Camera of Houston, while his 2017 summer will see performances at Müzewest of Vancouver, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Festival Pontiac Enchanté, etc.
Boson has been featured as Young Artist in Residence of American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” and has been broadcast both nationally in the U.S. as well as internationally on Radio New Zealand and CBC Radio-Canada. He has performed as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia (New Zealand), Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (Canada), the CIM Orchestra, and the F.A.C.E. Symphony Orchestra; he has also been featured at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Début Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, as well as Music@Menlo’s Winter Residency.
As a teenager, Boson received the Canadian Music Educators’ Association’s W. Harvey Award for the Best Small Ensemble Performance, Third Prize at the Concours OSM Standard Life, and First Prize at the Canadian Music Competition. A recipient of the “Prix Joseph-Rouleau” at the 2010 Montreal International Violin Competition, Boson has competed at other major International Violin Competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth (Brussels), Menuhin (Beijing), Indianapolis, and Singapore.
An avid chamber musician, Boson performed as First Violin with the Ensō Quartet as part of their 2016 summer season, and has enjoyed regular trio collaborations with cellist Desmond Hoebig and pianist Andrew Staupe. Additionally, has also performed in recital alongside Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, James Dunham, etc. Boson is an alum of Music@Menlo’s International Program (Bay Area, CA), the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Perlman Music Program (New York), the Masterclasses and Chamber Music Residency at Banff Centre, the International Holland Music Sessions (Netherlands), Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival (Maine), Morningside Music Bridge (Calgary), and the Toronto Summer Music Festival.
A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Boson is completing a Doctoral degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under Paul Kantor. Boson currently performs on a violin by Carlo Antonio Tononi (1757), graciously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts.
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) - Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D minor (30 mins)
Karim AL-ZAND (1970) - "Imaginary Scenes" (14 mins)
I The wind, the rascal
II Scèna amorosa
III Mechanical marionettes
IV Whirling Dervish
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F. Schubert (1797 - 1828) - Fantasy for Violin & Piano in C, D. 934
B. Britten (1913-1976) - Suite for Violin & Piano, op. 6 (16 mins)