Maier Hall Concert Series: Pianist Anson Ka Lik Sin
May 27, 2017
Maier Hall Concert Series: Pianist Anson Ka Lik Sin
Peninsula College is pleased to present one of its most accomplished musical alumni, Anson Ka Lik Sin, in a free piano recital in the college’s Maier Concert Hall, on Saturday, May 27 at 2:00 pm.
Sin will be performing two Sonatas for Piano: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in Eb, Op. 81a (“Les Adieux”) and the Sonata #1 by contemporary Australian composer, Carl Vine. With the assistance of Mark Johnson, a talented pianist recently arrived in Port Angeles, Sin will also perform two movements from Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto in Bb and the two-piano original version of Maurice Ravel’s “Ma mère l’Oye” (“Mother Goose Suite”). It promises to be an interesting and varied program.
Just a few short years ago, Sin, born and raised in Hong Kong, was enrolled as a student at Peninsula College where he studied piano with Kristin Quigley Brye and violin with Heather Marie Ray. In addition to performing in the violin sections of Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra, Port Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Port Townsend Community Orchestra, and winning Honorable Mention in the 2013 Young Artist Competition, Sin performed both the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and the Beethoven Piano Concerto #1 with the Port Townsend Community Orchestra under the baton of the late Dewey Ehling.
After leaving Port Angeles, he continued his studies at Hong Kong Baptist University where he received a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in music and performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1 with the university orchestra. He majored in piano performance and pedagogy, studying with the eminent Cui Shi-Guang. He also completed a double minor in violin, under Lee Sai-Hong Simon, and viola. He was nominated by the Head of the Music Department of HKBU to represent students of HKBU Music Department by participating in the 2016 Yihai liujin Cultural Exchange Activities between China, Hong Kong and Macau. During the exchange, Sin was invited to perform on piano in the well-known historical sites and scenic spots in China, Changsha and Zhangjiajie. He was also invited to perform and participate in a live interview on RTHK radio broadcast in 2017.
This talented multi-instrumentalist has since gone on to receive many honors. Sin has won competitions in Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong Asia - Pacific Youth Piano Competition 2016, and Hong Kong (Asia) Youth Piano Competition 2015, First Class in the Open Class of 2014 Tchaikovsky and Kabalevsky Piano Competition of 14th Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Piano Competition. He has been awarded Second Place in 3rd Hong Kong Youth Piano Competition and Hong Kong Music Competition for Young Pianists, Third Place in the 7th Hong Kong Students Open Music Competition, and a number of prizes in Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals.
In 2017 February, Sin won the third prize, silver award in Manhattan International Young Artists Music Festival. He is currently invited to perform in the Prizewinners Gala Concert at New York Carnegie Hall in July of 2017.
Sin is currently studying, on full scholarship, with Alexander Tutunov at Southern Oregon University where is pursuing a graduate degree in piano performance and serves as a teaching assistant. He will return to Port Angeles to generously share his talent with the people of Port Angeles and the North Olympic Peninsula who supported him during his time as a student here.
In the Beethoven Concerto and the Ravel Suite, Sin will be accompanied by Mark Johnson, a recent transplant to Port Angeles. Mark considers himself a bit of a late bloomer in music as he didn’t stumble into his first music lesson until he was 13. He quickly made up for this, however.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance studying with Jane Abbott, with a minor in voice from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and studied piano with Santos Ojeda at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and composition with David Conte at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
He has played in master classes with Gary Graffman, Adele Marcus and Ilana Vered and studied with Robert Schwartz in San Francisco and played for students of many voice teachers, including Carol Castel when visiting from the New York Opera Workshop. He was a modern dance accompanist at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and did freelance work during the 30 years he lived in San Francisco.
Mark was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus under Vance George, sang with and accompanied the UC Berkeley Alumni Chorus in many concerts including four hand accompaniments to Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, Orff’s Carmina Burana (accompanied by the SF Smuin Ballet Company) and P.D.Q. Bach’s Liebeslieder Polkas, sang opera with the chorus of the San Francisco Lyric Opera and was the bass section leader at the Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco.
Mark moved to the Olympic Peninsula in 2016 to be closer to family, dirt roads and wild animals and has found kindred musical spirits singing at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles and the newly formed Port Angeles Symphony Chorus.
This concert is free and open to the public and will take place at 2:00 pm, Saturday, May 27 in Maier Concert Hall located in Bldg. E on the campus of Peninsula College. It is co-sponsored by the Peninsula College Music Department.
Anson Ka Lik Sin invites you to join him on his FaceBook page: “Garlic Music Zone”. View his website.
For more information contact Dr. David Jones at email@example.com(link sends e-mail).