FA-RE-LA DUO - Resident Life at Kendal on Hudson

Sunday, December 4, 2016 – 3:00 PM
Pi-Hsun Shih, Piano
Tanya Anisimova, Cello
Manuel De Falla
Suite Popular Espanola for Cello and Piano
El Pano Moruno (the Moorish Cloth)
Seguidilla Murciana (Seguidilla from Murcia)
Nana (Lullaby)
Cancion (Song)
Masatoshi Mitsumoto
Pierre et Luce (2014)
Dans le metro
Les jeunes amoureux
Tanya Anisimova
Fa-Re-La for Cello and Piano (2015)
César Franck
Sonata in A major for Cello and Piano (Arr. Jules Delsart)
Allegretto ben moderato
Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia
Allegretto poco mosso
Described as a pianist of "searing precision" by her hometown newspaper Hartford Courant, Pi-Hsun
Shih enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and teacher.
The Taiwanese-American musician has been a featured soloist with the Sao Paulo State Symphony,
The Hartt Symphony, and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, for whom she served as the principal
keyboardist. She has performed throughout North America, South America, and Asia with ensembles
such as Empire Brass and the Emerson String Quartet.
Ms. Shih has been a participant in a number of diverse chamber ensembles. Early in her career, she
performed in the clarinet-piano ensemble Duo Asiatica, whose self-titled album was chosen as Record
of the Month by Shanghai's Xinmin newspaper. In a review of the recording, the International Clarinet
Magazine praised Ms. Shih for a “passionate virtuosity,” that supported, not supplanted the soloist.
A sensitive collaborator, Ms. Shih later was invited to join the New World Piano Trio, with whom she
has performed for over a decade. She has also concertized with her sister Yu-Chen Shih, as Duo
Asiana, a piano duet that recently won Second Prize at the International Chamber Music Ensemble
Competition in Boston. Her experience with those ensembles has allowed her to build on the strong
grounding in classical repertoire she received at The Hartt School (D.M.A.) and Boston University
(M.M.) and develop a musical style characterized by the Hartford Courant as full of "agile ease and
brilliant flashes of panache."
Ms. Shih's collaborations also include promoting contemporary compositions. She has premiered
works by Shih-Hui Chen, David Macbride, Dan Román, Robert Edward Smith, Kurt Stallman, Ken
Steen, and Gwyneth Walker. She regularly performs with Russian-American cellist/composer Tanya
Anisimova as Farela Duo. The duo has made its New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital
Ms. Shih balances her vibrant performing career with an equally active teaching schedule. Currently on
the faculty of the Hartt School Community, she has also taught at Mount Holyoke College and in the
Hartt School Collegiate Division. She studied with Gary Steigerwalt, Hong-Kuan Chen, Irma
Vallecillo and Rolf-Peter Wille.
Described by The Washington Post as a “thoughtful and powerful” artist “graced with spiritual
authority” and “easy mastery of her instrument”, whose original music is “melodious, mystical, and
deeply emotional”, Russian-born American cellist, composer, improviser, singer, and arranger has
been maintaining her multifaceted career for over twenty years.
Anisimova is as much at ease performing her own cello concerto with a symphony orchestra as she is
improvising in concert with legendary New Age musician Paul Horn. Tanya has collaborated with
internationally renowned musicians including pianists Claude Frank, Anthony di Bonaventura, cellists
Paul Katz, Igor Gavrysh, violists Raphael Hillyer, Atar Arad, guitarist Elliot Fisk. Her playing has
inspired a number of composers, including Pulitzer Prize winner composer David Del Tredici and Yale
School of Music’ former Dean Ezra Laderman, to write pieces for especially for her.
A prolific composer, Anisimova has over twenty works to her credit. Her caravan was selected as the
best work at the World Saxophone Congress in the United Kingdom in 2012. As a recording artist,
Anisimova has produced nine CD albums featuring an extensive repertoire ranging from her own cello
transcriptions of Bach’s Six Violin Sonatas and Partitas and her own compositions and improvisations,
to video performances with Taiwanese-born American pianist Pi-Hsun Shih. Under the new name of
farela duo, the musicians are currently preparing for a busy 2015 -2016 season.
Recent highlights include performances of The Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich
Cello Concerto No.1 with Symphonicity Orchestra and Loyola University Orchestra in New Orleans,
as well as sold-out appearances at Port Fairy Festival in Australia, Morelia Festival in Mexico, and
Carnegie Hall, which have been highly praised by the press and audiences alike.
Extensively educated in her field, Ms. Anisimova holds graduate degrees from Moscow Conservatory,
Boston University, and Yale. She is an active pedagogue and lecturer, and has presented numerous
lectures/demonstrations on the music of J. S. Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven at Portal de la
Universidad Nacional Autónoma México (U.N.A.M.) at the University of Mexico and El
Conservatorio De Las Rosas in Morelia.
Ms. Anisimova has taught master-classes in cello, improvisation, and chamber music at Moscow
Conservatory, Moscow Central Music School, Icelandic Academy of Fine Arts, Hartt School of Music,
George Washington University, Loyola University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and
Wintergreen Festival Summer Academy.
Ms. Anisimova is an award-winning cellist having received First and Special Prizes at Concertino
Prague International Competition and All-USSR String Quartet Competition. She is a top prizewinner
at First International Shostakovich Competition in Russia and Min-On International Competition in
As a performer, Pablo Casals, Maurice Gendron, Glenn Gould, and George Neikrug have greatly
influenced Anisimova. Other influential musical figures in her life are Paco de Lucia, Jordi Savall,
Anner Bylsma, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
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