Saul Cohen, President of Hammond Residential Real Estate in Chestnut Hill, is pleased to announce that violinist Chi Li and pianist Constantine Finehouse will be performing at the next Hammond Performing Arts Series concert in Weston. The concert, which is sponsored by the Saul B. and Naomi Cohen Foundation and promoted by Hammond Residential Real Estate, will take place on Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. at the Weston Library, 87 School Street, Weston, MA. Admission is free.
Chi Li was born in Taiwan in 1994, and began playing the violin at age 5, under the guidance of Quai-Chou Chou and I-Ching Li, concertmasters of the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, he entered Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP) and continued his studies with Régis Pasquier, Olivier Charlier and Joanna Matkowska, earning his Bachelor’s degree in 2011 and a Master’s degree in 2013, both with highest distinction. In the fall of 2013, he enrolled in his second Master’s program, studying with Ikuno Mizuno at Boston University. Chi has attended a number of master-classes, and has worked with luminaries such as Salvatore Accardo, Emmanuel Ax, Zakhar Bron, Victor Danchenko, Viktoria Mullova, Samuel Rhodes and Donald Weilerstein. He released his first album at age 14, performing the complete sonatas for solo violin by E. Ysaÿe. His repertoire includes concertos by Beethoven, Berg, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Rózsa, Schumann, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, as well as sonatas by Bartók, Brahms, Debussy, Franck, and Ravel.
Constantine Finehouse was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and attended New England Conservatory, Juilliard, and Yale. His principal teachers included Fredrik Wanger, Natalia Harlap, Herbert Stessin, Jerome Lowenthal, Boris Berman and Bruce Brubaker. Praised by Rhein Main Presse Allgemeine Zeitung for his “interpretations of depth and maturity,” Mr. Finehouse has performed extensively in the United States (including in California, Colorado, Connecticut, the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington) and abroad (including in Lausanne, London, Odessa, St. Petersburg, and Trieste). His newest album with cellist Sebastian Bäverstam features the universally-admired “Brahms Sonata, Opus 38” for piano and cello, as well as several new works in the High Romantic style by Boston composer, Tony Schemmer. Mr. Finehouse has been awarded the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship from Juilliard, a 2004 St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant and a 2006 Classics Abroad Project Award. He serves on the faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory and Extension Divisions in Boston and as Visiting Artist/Faculty at Westmont College, Santa Barbara.
The Hammond Performing Arts Series began in Chestnut Hill twenty-two years ago as a means to provide talented musicians with performance opportunities and to enrich the cultural life of the communities that Hammond’s network of offices serve. The series proved so successful in Chestnut Hill that it has been expanded to Boston, Concord, Hingham, Lexington, Sharon, and Weston.
Reservations for the April 24 concert are currently being accepted. If you are interested in attending, please call 617-731-4644 x295 to reserve your complimentary seats.
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