New York based young Chinese pianist Xiying Zou (Laura) will dedicate a classical music solo performance to all that ranges from the classical style to the romantic style to the contemporary style. Xiying Zou was born in Guangdong, China to parents that were both highly educated. From the age of 5 she began to study the piano, and even as a child she started to obtain first prizes in many competitions both inside and outside of China. She believes that playing piano allows her to find her real self, and that the piano is her way of showing her emotions and unburdening herself. When she is submerged in classical music, she experiences the emotions and lives of the classical masters, which is often a feeling of profound connectedness. Xiying's music performance over time has taken on a more mature feeling, a feeling that was created from the solid base of her childhood, the subsequent influence of literature on her development. In her four years of study at college, she studied under the Piano department professor Mei Zhu of Xinghai Conservatory of Music and Dali Wang- South china normal University conservatory, further she also had many lessons and master classes with professor Zhe Tang of the piano department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Master class direction was also obtained on many occasions during international music festivals from Barry Snyder (Eastman School of Music) and Dr. Marc Silverman (Manhattan School of Music).
Some of the prizes she got from past few years have included:
• First prize (Schubert category) in the 2nd Internationaler Deutscher Irmler- Klarvierwettbewerb . • The best performance award (Liszt category) in the 2nd Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klarvierwettbewerb. Several other prizes in the 2012 academia pianistica incontricol maestro China Young Professional Group.
• The 3rd Hong Kong International Piano Invitation Competition Young Professional Group. • The 3rd International Deutscher Irmler-Klarvierwettbewerb.
In September of 2014 Xiying came to one of the best Conservatories in the world, Manhattan School of Music with scholarships for Master's Degree studies, and in March of 2016 graduated. On the 17th of March of 2016 Xiying Zou successfully completed her graduate-level final solo recital, right after being invited on January 11th, 2017 to perform at the New Jersey Union Art Center for the Musician Performance Series, where she successfully carried out a solo performance, that received wide approval.
In 2014-2016, Xiying Zou studied under the tutelage of Steinway Artist, Dr. Joanne Polk and had lessons with renowned pianist Dr. Min Kwon, the celebrated American pianist of Russian heritage Dr. Arkady Aronov, and the famous American pianist Daniel Epstein. Currently she is pursuing her Artist Diploma at Mannes, under the tutelage of one of the greatest piano maestros in the world, Jerome Rose. Moreover, she is not only a New York based pianist, she is also a Chinese American TV broadcaster. Xiying Zou is presenting this concert to grateful her beloved parents and dearest friends' love and supportive.
Adrian Daurov is a versatile cellist, who performs on world-famous concert stages including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Madison Square Garden, and the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters, ranging from classical solo recitals to playing shows with the likes of Alicia Keys, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Josh Groban, Burt Bacharach, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sarah Brightman and the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros. Most recently, Adrian has collaborated with the Swedish folk-rock band First Aid Kit, and also toured with the cello rock band Break of Reality.
After studying at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, Adrian received the Jerome L. Greene Scholarship to study at the Juilliard School with the renowned cello pedagogues Andre Emelianoff and David Soyer, where he completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Since 2007 Adrian was also appointed the principal cellist of The Chamber Orchestra of New York, and a year later formed his own group - the award-winning Voxare Quartet, with which he toured for several seasons. Adrian's cello playing was heard and broadcast on several radio stations and TV channels like WNYC, WQXR and NTV-America and popular American TV shows such as Regis & Kelly Live, Good Morning America, Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Adrian made his New York solo debut at Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center and performed as a soloist with The Chamber Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Daurov is an avid chamber musician and performs as a duo with pianist Spencer Myer. In 2016, he joined the distinguished United Nations Chamber Music Society, performing several times each season in and around the World Headquarters building.
In recent seasons, Mr. Daurov has been seen performing as a soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony, Bozeman Symphony, Altoona Symphony, Westerville Symphony and Ridgefield Symphony, among other orchestras. Daurov's playing is featured on two recent albums released by the Naxos label, in works by NYC composers Mohammed Fairouz and Grigory Smirnov.