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Lana Kuscer (flute), Dongni Xie (piano) play Mozart, Enescu and Charlotte Bray

Monday August 5, 2019 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Rondo for flute and orchestra in D, transcribed for flute and piano K Anh 184 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  2. Cantabile e presto - George Enescu
  3. Here everything shines, for violin and piano - Charlotte Bray
  4. Embraceable you, from 7 Études on Gershwin songs - George Gershwin, transcribed for piano by Earl Wild
  5. Sonata for Flute and Piano in C - Otar Taktakishvili

Lana Kušcer was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She presented her Carnegie Hall soloist debut in 2013, followed by concerto appearances in Washington’s Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Houston’s Jones Hall, Meyerson Symphony Center, Segerstrom and Davies Symphony Halls. She recently performed JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto with Carol Wincenc and Jeffrey Kahane at the Sarasota Opera House in Florida. As concerto competition winner, she performed J. Ibert’s Concerto with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra.

Kušcer has given recitals in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Slovenia, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States, and performed as soloist for Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, at London’s Houses of Parliament and Pope John Paul II’s Slovenia visit. She was a featured artist in Imago Sloveniae Festival.

Competition honors include First Prize in Slovenia’s National Competition, and prizes in Italy’s International Competition Per Giovani strumentisti and Germany’s Elise Meyer Competition. Kušcer is a member of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, as well as substitute with the New World Symphony, with past positions including Orchester Jakobsplatz München, Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra, and side-by-side collaborations with London Symphony Orchestra and English National Opera.

Kušcer is an Honors graduate of London’s Royal College of Music, and received her Master’s degree with Highest Distinction from Hamburg’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater and Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Music. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree at the University of North Texas, where she is a Toulouse Fellowship scholar and Teaching Fellow. Her principal teachers have been Susan Milan, Moshe Aron Epstein, Toke Lund Christiansen and Mary Karen Clardy.

Born in China, Dongni Xie began playing piano at the age of five and gave her first recital at twelve. Xie is the Gold Medalist of the WVU International Piano Competition, Young Texas Artist Music Competition, Odyssiad International Competition, American Music Competition and SAI Young Artist competition, and a prize winner of the Lewisville Lake Symphony International Piano Competition, the Carmel International Piano Competition, the Debut Concerto Competition, Young Chang Piano Competition (Korea) and the BMC Zimmerli International Competition, among others. Xie has performed in the United States, Europe, Asia, at venues Including the Carnegie Hall (New York), Steinway Hall (Plano), Chateau de Fontainebleau (France), Gijon City Hall (Spain), and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Los Angeles). She has performed with the Debut Concert Orchestra and opened the 2017-2018 season of the Boulder Symphony Orchestra. Xie is a featured artist of Imago Sloveniae International Music Festival (Slovenia).

Xie received her B.M. at Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Chen Jiang, M.M. at Peabody Conservatory of Music with Yong Hi Moon, and Graduate Certificate at the University of Southern California with Norman Krieger. Xie is currently a doctoral student in piano performance at the University of North Texas with a full scholarship and teaching fellowship, under the guidance of Dr. Pamela Mia Paul. In addition, Xie has worked with many distinguished pianists, such as Richard Goode, Dominique Weber, Robert Levin, Robert McDonald, John Perry, Boris Slutsky and Tsong Fu.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
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