Sharon Wei, viola
Angela Park, piano
Canadian musicians Sharon Wei and Angela Park have captivated audiences around the world through their unique interpretations of the viola and piano repertoire from Bach to new creations. Since their first collaboration in 1998, they have gone on to win such prestigious honours as the 2006 CBC Rising Stars Galaxie Award, a Debut Atlantic tour of the Maritimes, Canada and Ontario Arts Council career and touring grants, and in 2008 were selected by Chatelaine Magazine as one of “80 women to watch”.
They have performed on series including the Banff Centre for the Arts, the New York Viola Society Recital, the 2006 International Viola Congress in Montreal, CBC’s Music Around Us, the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, Jeffery Concerts in London, Oakmont Series in California, Ottawa International Chamberfest, Stratford Summer Music, and at Yale University. Their performances have been recorded and aired on CBC Radio.
As individual musicians they have won many awards and prizes. Angela captured the Grand Prize of the Grace Welsh International Competition in Chicago and received awards of recognition at the World Piano Competition, the Honens International Piano Competition, and the Maria Canals International Competition. Sharon graduated from Yale with the Viola Prize, and has garnered awards in the Sinfonia Toronto International Concerto Competition, Washington International Strings Competition, and the Grand Prize at the London Music Foundation Competition. Sharon has taught in Yale Undergraduate program and is currently on faculty at Stanford University. They have played concerts all over North America, Europe, and Asia and have appeared as soloists with various orchestras. They are also founding members of the award-winning Ensemble Made in Canada with violinist Judy Kang and cellist Rachel Mercer.
Sharon and Angela studied at the University of Western Ontario. Sharon completed her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale University and Angela received her Masters from the University of Toronto and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Université de Montréal. They have given viola, piano, and chamber music masterclasses at the University of Western Ontario, Laurier University, Brandon University, University of Ottawa, University of Manitoba, and conducted a residency at the State University of New York in New Paltz. Sharon plays on a viola kindly on loan to her from the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Friday, November 11/11 Brandon MB
Presented by Brandon University ProSeries in Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon University at 7:00PM
Monday, November 14/11 Snow Lake MB
Presented by Ravna Concerts in Ravna House at 7:00PM
Tuesday, November 15/11 The Pas MA
Master classes arranged by The Pas Arts Council at 4PM Location TBC
Wednesday, November 16/11 The Pas MB
School show presented by The Pas Elementary School at 10:00AM in The Pas Elementary School
Presented by The Pas Arts Council in Roman Catholic Cathedral of our Lady of the Sacred Heart at 7:00PM
Sunday, November 20/11 Lacombe AB
Masterclasses presented by CUC in CUC Auditorium at 11:00AM
Presented by Canadian University College in CUC Admin Building Auditorium at 7:00PM
Saturday, January 21/12 Estevan SK
Presented by Estevan Arts Council in St Paul’s United Church at 7:30PM
Sunday, January 22/12 Regina SK
Presented by Regina Musical Club in Riddell Centre, University of Regina at time TBC
Performance dates and venues are subject to change. Schools shows, workshops & master classes in addition to these concerts. Please contact the local presenter to confirm performance details.