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It is Beethoven’s 248th Birthday, and the party’s at Hey Nonny! There will be cake! And some really exquisite music. Three amazing chamber musicians — violinist Stefan Hersh, cellist Alexander Hersh, and pianist Mizi Li, will gather to present three amazing Beethoven pieces.
Violinist Stefan Hersh is a partner in Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in Chicago. Since 2003 he has been Artist Faculty at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he serves as Director of String Chamber Music. From 1995-2003 Hersh was Associate professor at De Paul University. Hersh’s career as a performer has included positions as Principal Second Violin of the Minnesota Orchestra (1991-1995), and Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony (1989-1991). Hersh was a founding member of the Chicago based Callisto Ensemble (2002-2010), a founding member of the Chicago String Quartet (1995-2000) and a member of the of Chicago Chamber Musicians (1995-2000.)
Cellist Alexander Hersh has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile talents of his generation. Hersh’s recent debuts have included performances of Schumann Concerto with the Houston Symphony and the Boston Pops, and a range of repertoire with other orchestras all over the US. In addition, Hersh has held a full calendar of recital and chamber music appearances in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Penzance (England), Blonay (Switzerland), and Berlin (Germany). Hersh has been awarded numerous top prizes at competitions worldwide including: New York International Artists Association Competition, Ima Hogg, Schadt, Artist Concerts Series National Solo Competition, Luminarts Classical Music Fellowship, Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, Hellam Young Artist Competition, Boston Pops / New England Conservatory Competition, Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition, Society of American Musicians, Fischoff, and the Chicago National Chamber Music Competitions. He is co-artistic director of Nexus Chamber Music Chicago, a summer chamber music festival.
Pianist Mizi Li began her musical studies at the age of five years old in her native Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. From 2010 she studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, under the guidance of Xian Zou. After finishing her bachelors degree in piano performance, she moved to Chicago to enroll as a Masters student at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with the acclaimed pianist Dr. Winston Choi. In 2011, Ms. Li won the First Prize in the Senior Group in the 5th Asian Youth Music Competition in Beijing. In 2015, she was the winner of 2015 CCPA Solo Competition, and the second place winner of the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation 2015 Piano Competition. Ms. Li has participated in many music festivals, include the 6th Beijing International Piano Festival, 2010; The 16th Season International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York, 2013; the 2015 Karlovac Piano Festival in Croatia; the 2nd International piano Festival in Italy; the Mateus Music Academy 2015 in Portugal, the 2016 Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan; the 2017 Edward Auer Winter Workshop and the Summer Workshop in Bloomington, Indiana.
The Beethoven pieces to be performed are:
Opus 11 Piano Trio (violin, cello, piano)
Opus 102 #2 Cello Sonata
Opus 96 Violin Sonata