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Release: Oct. 27, 2000
Timothy Shiu steps out of the Maia Quartet for a recital with pianist
Mansoon Han Nov. 6
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violinist Timothy Shiu will become the latest member
of the Maia String Quartet to take a bow apart from the ensemble this fall
when he presents a free University of Iowa faculty/guest recital with pianist
Mansoon Han at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Shiu, who is the quartets second violinist, and Han, staff accompanist
at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and instructor at the Community College
of Baltimore, will play Franz Schuberts Duo in A major ,op. post. 162;
Maurice Ravels Sonata for violin and piano; and Robert Schumanns
Sonata No. 1 in A minor, op. 105. In addition, Shiu will play the Sonata No.
4 in E minor for unaccompanied violin, op. 27 no. 4, by the great Belgian
violinist Eugene Ysaye.
The UI School of Musics resident string quartet, the Maia opened its
2000-2001 season on campus with a concert Sept. 29. But the members of the
ensemble have not limited themselves to their quartet concerts during the
fall semester. Earlier, violinist Amy Appold, was a soloist with the Chamber
Orchestra Oct. 15, and cellist Amos Yang has had a full schedule of concert
appearances, including a program of duos and trios Oct. 30 and an upcoming
solo date Dec. 7.
A remarkably flexible group of musicians, the Maias players also teach
individual and chamber music lessons in the School of Music, and they anchored
the string sections of the University Symphony in its concert with pianist
Van Cliburn Sept. 20.
The Nov. 6 concert grew out of a friendship that began when Shiu and Han
met at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Shiu holds a Graduate Performance
Diploma from Peabody, and as a member of the Maia Quartet also held a teaching
fellowship there. Han moved to Baltimore from Seoul, South Korea, in 1992
to study with pianist Ann Schein -- a participant last year in the UI Piano
Festival -- and subsequently received masters and doctoral degrees from
"I always look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with my good
friend Mansoon Han," Shiu said. "Shes a marvelous pianist."
Shiu said he and Han deliberately selected a program of "interestingly
varied" works, from Schuberts youthful Duo to Schumanns passionate
Sonata and the virtuoso showpiece by Ysaye.
"Schuberts Duo was written in 1817," Shiu explained. "In
it the young composer clearly finds his own voice, with its charming melodies
and nuanced harmonic coloration. The opening melody of the first movement
is particularly evocative and should linger in the memory long after the concerts
Another early work, Ravels Sonata for violin and piano was written
in 1897, when the composer was 22 and still a student at the Paris Conservatory.
"Ravels Sonata is particularly notable for its very jazzy Blues
second movement," Shiu said. "Here Ravel demonstrates his gift for
wide-ranging idiomatic borrowings that nevertheless retain his own individual
One of the greatest violin virtuosos of his generation, Eugene Ysaye wrote
eight violin concertos and a number of other works, including an opera in
his native Walloon language. Inspired by Bachs six sonatas and partitas
for solo violin, he wrote six solo sonatas for violin. Highly virtuosic works
that explore the full range of violin technique, the six sonatas were each
written in the characteristic playing style of an individual violinist.
The Fourth Sonata was modeled on the playing of, and dedicated to, Fritz
Kreisler, and it is reported that Kreisler asked to hear it as a final request
on his deathbed.
Schumann composed his First Sonata for violin and piano in 1851. Written
only three years before his deteriorating mental health forced him to give
up work completely, it is among his later works and will end the recital,
Shiu says, on a "passionate and deeply expressive" note.
Shiu began his violin studies at the age of three and a half. He holds a
bachelors degree in English with high honors from Yale University, where
he also received the T. Whitney Blake Prize for scholarship in English and
music. He also holds a masters degree in violin performance and Suzuki
pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a graduate performance
diploma from the Peabody Conservatory.
As a founding member of the Maia Quartet, Shiu has performed throughout
the United States and in Japan. Collaborations with leading chamber musicians
have included performances with violinist Peter Zazovsky of the Muir Quartet,
violist Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet, pianist Ann Schein and the late
flutist Samuel Baron. He was teaching assistant at the Juilliard School for
Joel Smirnoff of the Juilliard Quartet and has taught chamber music at the
Peabody Conservatory of Music. Orchestral engagements have included the Canton
(Ohio) Symphony and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette, La., where
he held the position of principal second violin.
Han began her piano studies at the age of 6 in Seoul, South Korea. She won
a reputation as an outstanding talent, winning numerous competitions in her
native country, including the Yook Young Competition, the Piano Music Competition
and the Nan Pa Music Competition. She was an honor student at the Seoul National
University, where she received her bachelors degree.
At the Peabody Conservatory she garnered a number of awards, including second
prize in the Yale Gordon Competition, the Clara Ascherfeld Accompanying Award
and a Peabody Scholarship. In addition she studied at the Aspen Music Festival,
the Orford Arts Centre and the Kent Blossom Summer Chamber Music Festival.
She has performed with members of the Maia Quartet, principal horn of the
Baltimore Symphony Peter Landgren, and soprano Hyunah Yu, a Naumberg Competition
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