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Visiting Artists Series welcomes cello-piano duo

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cellist Adrian Daurov and pianist Di Wu will visit Mercyhurst University March 16-17 as part of the Roche Visiting Artists Series.

The duo will perform a recital Monday, March 16, at 8 p.m. They’ll also work with Mercyhurst music students during a masterclass on Tuesday, March 17, at 2 p.m. Both events are in Walker Recital Hall (located in the Hirt Academic Center) and are free and open to the public.

Adrian Daurov is a versatile cellist who performs on international concert stages including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Madison Square Garden and Boardwalk Arena in Atlantic City, in concerts ranging from classical solo recitals to shows with the likes of Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, The TransSiberian Orchestra and the Icelandic postrock band Sigur Ros. He is a member of the award-winning Voxare String Quartet and also frequently performs with the cello rock band Break of Reality. He is also performing solo this season with the symphony orchestras of Wyoming, Corvallis (Oregon), Longwood (Massachusetts) and St. Petersburg in Russia.

Named one of the “up-and-coming talents” in classical music by Musical America, Chinese-American pianist Di Wu continues to enhance her reputation as an elegant and powerful musician. She made her professional debut at the age of 14 with the Beijing Philharmonic, and has since appeared with orchestras such as those of Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Seattle and the National Symphony Orchestra in the U.S., and abroad with the Hamburg Philharmoniker, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. Her most recent appearance in Tokyo, at an arena concert recorded and released by Sony-Epic Records in Japan, took place before an audience of more than 11,000. She is the winner of multiple awards, including a coveted prize at the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition.

Mercyhurst music professor Dr. Albert Glinsky founded the Visiting Artists Series in 1988 to introduce local audiences to a unique mix of acclaimed traditional soloists and chamber ensembles, along with specialized performers in areas of contemporary music, jazz, Renaissance, Baroque and world music. Last season, the Terry and Margaret M. Roche Family endowed the series, ensuring that these outstanding performances can be offered to the community at no cost.

The current season concludes with a performance by celebrated young soprano Sarah Wolfson on April 27.

For more information, contact Albert Glinsky at aglinsky@mercyhurst.edu or call 824-2394.