8pm, Friday, November 30, 2012
Paine Hall, Harvard University
George Fu '13, piano
George Xiaoyuan Fu (b. 27 Jan 1991) is an American pianist. A native of Frederick, MD, George graduated from Urbana High School in 2009. He is currently a senior at Harvard College in Cambridge, MA, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Economics. He studies piano privately with Meng-Chieh Liu. His previous teachers include Carole Kriewaldt, Faye Bonner, Dr. Scott Beard, and Susan Starr.
George has been a frequent participant in numerous international and national piano competitions. Some highlights include: First Place, 2009 Blount-Slawson National Concerto Competition in Montgomery, AL; First Place, 2008 National Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in Washington, D.C.; First Place, 2008 MTNA National Senior Piano Duet Competition in Denver, CO; Second Place and Audience Prize, 2007 Oberlin International Piano Competition in Oberlin, OH; Third Place and Audience Prize, 2006 International Institute for Young Musicians International Piano Competition in Lawrence, KS; First Prize, 2006 National MTNA Junior Piano Competition in Austin, TX; etc. Most recently, George has been a semifinalist in the Busoni International Piano Competition (Aug 2011) and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (Mar 2012). George’s many achievements have generated great interest in his performances from various venues. He had his orchestral debut in 2009 with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., playing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. He has performed concerti with the the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and the Landon Symphonette. He has also been invited to perform at the American German Embassy in Washington, D.C., the U.S. State Department, and Kansas Public Radio at the University of Kansas.
George is also a composer and a conductor. As a composer, George has won several awards for his solo piano compositions. George is serving as the 2012-2013 Music Director of the Dunster House Opera, conducting Jules Massenet's Cendrillon. He has studied composition with Carolyn Lamb Booth and conducting with Federico Cortese and Sean Newhouse.
Danielle Rabinowitz '14, composer
Danielle Galler Rabinowitz is a junior currently enrolled in the joint Harvard-New England Conservatory AB/MM program for composition. She has written over 50 original compositions, including solo and duo piano works, chamber pieces, vocal works for choir and a capella, six symphonies and two ballets. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for composition, including being named a six-time finalist and winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts Finalist, and a two-time MTNA National Finalist. This fall, The Harvard Ballet Company staged one of her works, Bug Ballet, on the Loeb Mainstage at the American Repertory Theater. She spent summer, 2008 at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA and summer, 2012 in Paris, France as a composition fellow in the European American Musical Alliance Program. She is also an accomplished visual artist and pianist, performing as a piano duo with her twin sister, Arielle. For more information, visit www.DanGalRab.com.