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Juilliard Pianist Hanbo Liu Wins Juilliard's Piano Competition and Will Perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 on Thursday, December 12 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall

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Program Also Includes Dvorak's Symphony No. 7

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Friday, November 22, 2013

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Larry Rachleff
Larry Rachleff
Hanbo Liu (Photo by Ruimin Wang)
Hanbo Liu (Photo by Ruimin Wang)

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Conductor Larry Rachleff, now in his 18th season as music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, returns to lead the Juilliard Orchestra on Thursday, December 12 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 with Juilliard pianist Hanbo Liu, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70. Mr. Rachleff is director of orchestras and holds the Walter Kris Hubert Chair at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston. Recent and upcoming conducting engagements for Mr. Rachleff include the Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic.

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s December 12 concert at $20 are available online at www.juilliard.edu/fallorch, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

Juilliard pianist Hanbo Liu, a native of China and a resident of Princeton, New Jersey, is a full-scholarship undergraduate student studying with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. In addition to winning Juilliard’s piano competition, he won the Best Songwriter Award at the 2013 Water Cube Cup Competition in Beijing. While Mr. Liu loves playing the piano, he also enjoys singing and composing. This summer, he entered the Water Cube International Singing Competition for fun and won the championship prize in New York. This year happened to be the 5th anniversary of the Beijing Olympic Games, and Mr. Liu was invited sing his own composition on the stage of the Water Cube Stadium during the Olympic celebration concert which was also televised. The stage was built on top of the Olympic swimming pool. It was a memorable experience for Mr. Liu. He also recently sang The Star Spangled Banner before a New York Mets vs. the Miami Marlins baseball game at Citi Field.

Born in China in July 1992, Hanbo Liu moved to the United States when he was 7 and began his formal piano training in Virginia at age 10 with Juliana Kuo and at age 13 with Rosita Kerr Mang. He gave his first public recital at age 11. He is a second prize winner at the Beethoven Society of America’s Maria Fisher Competition, first prize winner at the Elizabeth Davis Memorial Piano Competition, and first prize winner at the Nora Lichtenberg Piano Scholarship Competition. At age 14, he was the youngest participant to win second prize at the Daniel Piano Competition in South Carolina. Later that year, he won second prize in the Lee University International Piano Competition in Tennessee as the youngest participant. He made his orchestral debut at age 15 with the Dominion Symphony Orchestra of Prince William in Virginia, playing the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on A Theme of Paganini. He attended Juilliard’s Pre-College Division.

Mr. Liu has performed on the stages of Alice Tully Hall and Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Paul Recital Hall. He also has attended and performed at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine.

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 was composed between the fall of 1900 and April of 1901. Rachmaninoff performed the second and third movements on December 2, 1900, and the complete work was first performed on October 27, 1901 with the composer as soloist and his cousin, Alexander Siloti, as conductor. Rachmaninoff was only 28 years old when he composed the work.

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 was commissioned in 1884 by the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society in London. Dvořák began work on the score on December 13, 1884 and completed it on March 17, 1885. He conducted the first performance on April 22, 1885 at St. James’ Hall in London.

About Larry Rachleff

Eighteen seasons ago, Larry Rachleff became music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. He also serves as director of orchestras and holds the Walter Kris Hubert Chair at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston. During his career, he also served as music director of the San Antonio Symphony.

Mr. Rachleff is in demand as a guest conductor. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, and Toledo Symphony, among many others. Summer festival engagements include Tanglewood, Aspen, Interlochen, Chautauqua, Brevard Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. In 1993, he was selected as one of the four American conductors to lead the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under the mentorship of Pierre Boulez.

Larry Rachleff has conducted and presented master classes all over the world, including the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Zurich Hochschule, the Sydney and Queensland conservatories, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, and Royal Northern College in the U.K.

Mr. Rachleff is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education. He has conducted All-State Orchestras and festivals in virtually every state in the United States, as well as throughout Europe and Canada. He also served as principal conducting teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Conductors’ Guild, and the International Workshop for Conductors in the Czech Republic.

As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Rachleff has collaborated with leading composers, including Samuel Adler, Luciano Berio, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty, and John Harbison, among others.

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PROGRAM LISTING:

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard Orchestra

Larry Rachleff, conductor

Hanbo Liu, piano

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s December 12 concert at $20 are available online at www.juilliard.edu/fallorch, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.