Mary Baldwin University’s Sunday Recital Series presents the first Sunday Recital of 2011 on Sunday, January 30 at 3 p.m. in Francis Auditorium. The featured guest artist is pianist Emily Yap Chua, who will perform selected works by contemporary women composers.
Chua made her international solo debut at The Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, where she was described by The Daily Tribune as “a remarkably passionate piano soloist . . . vividly enchanting,” and praised for “tonal beauty and clarity,” “a graceful, effortless manner,” and a performance described as “vibrant, . . . spirited and movingly expressive.” ” . . . The overall impression Chua gave was of an exceedingly talented young pianist readying herself for greater acclaim. . . .” by The Philippine STAR.
An active soloist and chamber musician, her collaborations include performances with musicians of orchestras and institutions around the world, including recitals with members of the Cincinnati, San Francisco, Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), Granada (Spain), Charlotte, and Nashville Symphony Orchestras, as well as faculty from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (CCM-UC), The Juilliard School, University of Virginia, and Florida State University, among others. Recent appearances include a guest artist residency at the Asolo Song Festival and Institute for Song Interpretation in Asolo, Italy, and recitals at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, The College of Charleston, University of North Florida, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Mary Baldwin University, Longwood University, Sweet Briar College, University of Dayton, and at the national convention for Phi Beta National Performing Arts Fraternity. During the 2010-2011 season, she is touring with a recital program of works by contemporary female composers, performing in Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Nebraska.
Chua earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in music with minors in mathematics and dance from the Florida State University in 1996, graduating magna cum laude, and continued on to graduate study at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. As a full scholarship student and teaching assistant at CCM-UC, she earned the Master of Music degree in piano performance in 1998 and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with a cognate in music theory in 2002. She is an active clinician and adjudicator and in demand nationally as a collaborator, and her students have been prizewinners in competitions in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions. Her CD recording of the piano works of composer Kent Holliday, a project in collaboration with pianist Nicholas Ross, was recently released by Centaur Records.
Dr. Chua is Associate Professor of Music at Randolph College, where she coordinates the Guest Artist Series and teaches piano, accompanying, music theory, women in music, and ensemble. She also team teaches the interdisciplinary BFA colloquium and senior seminar. She was recently named the first recipient of the Katherine Graves Davidson Faculty Scholarship Award at Randolph College.
The recital will be at 3 p.m. on January 30 in Francis Auditorium in the Pearce Science Center, 227 East Frederick Street, Staunton. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $4 for seniors and non-Mary Baldwin students. For more information, call 540-887-7294.