The Tutunov Piano Series Friday at SOU

Zheyu Jiang
Zheyu Jiang

The Tutunov Piano Series will feature guest pianist Zheyu (Crystal) Jiang on Friday, October 21, 2022 at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall.

Presented by the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., in-person and will be simultaneously live-streamed over the Oregon Center for the Arts YouTube Channel.

“Our season continues, this time featuring Crystal Jiang, one of the most promising young pianists of her generation,” said Dr. Alexander Tutunov, series founder. The concert will feature a 90-minute program focused on “the dialogue between the lyrical and the percussive” with Chopin’s 12 Preludes (the first 12 of 24), Prokofiev’s 6th sonata, Zou’s Sketch the dance in memory and conclude with Schubert’s monumental Wanderer Fantasy.” It is a program that is sure to delight,” said Tutunov.

Jiang is known best for her rare musicality, and a brilliant command of the piano. Originally from China, Jiang came to the U. S. in 2014 as a member of the outstanding students’ group from the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music from China. She graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory, UMKC Conservatory, and is now pursuing a performance diploma at Peabody Conservatory.

Tickets for the Tutunov Piano Series are available in-person at the OCA Box Office Monday-Friday from 3-6pm on the Southern Oregon University Campus.  Reserved seats are $25 per person/$20 for seniors. Live-stream link is $20/household. For online tickets: https://sou.universitytickets.com or call the OCA Box Office at 541-552-6348.

Zheyu Jiang
Zheyu Jiang

About pianist Zheyu (Crystal) Jiang

Highlights of her 2021-22 season include a performance with the Symphony of Westchester playing the rarely performed Mozart Piano Concerto k. 459, numerous performances at the “Lieven International Piano Foundation Summer Concerts”, at the Bösendorfer Salon in Vienna, at the Abbey Bach Festival in Oregon, and over a dozen concerts and lectures at the Emerald Coast Music Alliance in Florida – a festival dedicated to bringing music to populations with less access and means. Crystal also made her Chicago debut at the “Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series”, as well as her New York recital debut as part of the prestigious “Salon di Virtuosi” in early 2022. She also performed in Berlin at the “Piano Salon Christophori” concert series, and a series of recitals in Israel, including Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos (k. 365), with the Tel Aviv Soloist Ensemble and pianist Alon Goldstein under the baton of Barak Tal in Akko, Israel.

Pianist Zheyu (Crystal) Jiang is one of the most promising young pianists of her generation.

As a result of winning the gold medal at the 70th Wideman International Piano Competition, Crystal is invited to perform the monumental Piano Concerto No. 2 by Prokofiev as the season Finale of the Shreveport Symphony in the 2022-23 season. She will also open the season of the Marshall Symphony in Texas, with beloved Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2. In March 2022, Crystal won the grand prize at the 78th Naftzger Young Artists Competition. Following her recent success in the US as well as abroad, Crystal was invited to perform in Israel, Austria, and France, and to record her debut album for Naxos in Fall 2022.

In the past, Crystal has held solo recitals in major concert halls including China National Center of Performing Arts, Wuhan Huangzhong Concert Hall, Henan Opera House, and Vienna’s Musikverein. She performed Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto with the Oberlin Orchestra in 2019 as well as Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the UMKC orchestra to critical acclaim as a result of winning both concerto competitions.

As a young pianist of the new age, Crystal has been active in music programs and outreach activities. Crystal was invited to participate in the Lieven International Piano Foundation at Musikverein in Vienna in February 2020 and is currently the director assistant for the foundation – Vienna Summer school, a two-month long, tuition-free, intensive masterclasses & concerts summer program that invites only eight young pianists from around the world each year. In 2019, she started two local monthly concert series in Kansas City, and acted and produced music videos on social platforms. She graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory, UMKC Conservatory, and is now pursuing a performance diploma at Peabody Conservatory.

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