October 24, 3pm EDT (US), 8pm BST (UK)

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J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No.3 in C major transcribed for viola, selected movements


“Viola in Symphony”: demonstrating excerpts from symphonic pieces where viola is the dominant voice


Solo viola cadenzas: selected cadenzas from viola concertos and sonatas in an improvisational style

About the artist

Violist Jiawei Yan earned a Master's degree from The Juilliard School as a student of Paul Neubauer, bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy from Bard College as well as in Viola Performance from Bard Conservatory of Music under instructions of Ira Weller and Michael Tree. In addition, Jiawei holds Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes School of Music of The New School and an Artist Diploma from New York University. Jiawei receives President Scholarship of The New School, Bard Conservatory Fellowship, A.H. Kuhn Memorial Scholarship and Lillian Fuchs Scholarship of Juilliard, Elain and Stephen Stamas Scholarship of New York Philharmonic, etc. throughout her musical education. 


New York City based violist Jiawei Yan maintains an active career as an orchestral, chamber, and freelance musician. Yan currently holds a section position in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, she has also served as principal of the Verbier (Switzerland) and Lake George (New York) Music Festival Orchestras and PRISMA Academy Orchestra (Canada.) She has also been a member of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (Japan) and the National Repertory Orchestra (Colorado.) She is also invited to play with Orchestra of St. Luke, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra (New York), Bravura Philharmonic, Montclair Orchestra and Symphony in C (New Jersey)  New World Symphony (Miami.)  Jiawei has performed under the batons of conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Gerard Schwarz, Fabio Luisi, Manfred Honeck, James Judd, John Nelson, Osmo Vänskä, Jeffery Kahane, and Carl St Clair. Venues of her performances include Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Richard B. Fisher Center Sosnoff Theatre (New York), Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg), Polish National Concert Hall (Warsaw), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna), Rudolfinum (Prague), Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Taipei), China National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing) and Grand Opera House (Shanghai). 


As a soloist and an active chamber music artist, Jiawei gave a solo viola premier at National Sawdust (Brooklyn, NY), and viola recitals in Manchester Music Festival Winter House Series (Stratton Mountain, VT) Piano on Park (New York), Fordham University Church (Bronx, NY) and Percy Grainger Society (White Plains, NY). Jiawei collaborated with her mentors such as Laurie Smukler, Raman Ramakrishnan and Marka Gustavsson in Bard Faculty Chamber Music Concert. She also performed with New Juilliard Ensemble, AXIOM and ChamberFest of The Juilliard School in chamber music ensembles.  As an outreach initiator, Jiawei managed and performed the solo and chamber music concert series at Fordham University and winter concert of Manchester Music Festival in Vermont following her participation of the festival. As a music instructor, Jiawei holds adjunct faculty position in New York University, coaching sessions in Mannes School of Music Prep Division, teaching studio at Nord Anglia International School in New York City and was a faculty of JCC Thurnauer School of Music in New Jersey and for chamber music, viola and violin lessons and group classes. 


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