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Sibbi Bernhardsson and Yu-Chi Tai Guest Violin-Piano Recital April 20

April 18, 2012

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MACOMB, IL - -Two highly-acclaimed musicians will present a guest violin-piano recital at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 20 in the College of Fine Arts and Communcation (COFAC) Recital Hall at Western Illinois University.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Associate Professor of Violin Sibbi Bernhardsson and pianist Yu-Chi Tai will perform "Sonatina for Violing and Piano in D Major, Op. 137, No.1" by Franz Shubert; "Phantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 47" by Arnold Schoenberg; "Fantaisie pour violen et piano" by Olivier Messiaen; "Violin Sonata" by Leos Janácek; and "Scherzo in C Minor" by Johannes Brahms.

Grammy-winning Bernhardsson is a member of the Pacifica Quartet and performs more than 90 concerts a year in many leading concert halls worldwide. In addition to the Grammy, the Pacifica Quartet honors include the Musical American Ensemble of the Year and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Born in Iceland, he has made appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "Saturday Night Live." He has appeared as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra. Bernhardsson has collaborated with Menahem Pressler, Yo-Yo Ma, Jörg Widmann, the Emerson Quartet, members of Guarneri and Cleveland Quarters and singer Björk. He is on the faculty at UIUC and an artist-in-residence at the University of Chicago.

Tai, who earned her Artist's Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in piano performance from UIUC, has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber pianist and collaborative musician. Native to Taiwan, she received the KAWAI scholarship in 1993 and 2001 for outstanding young musicians. She was invited to the Prague International Piano Master Class in 2007, and in 2010 she placed sixth in the World International Piano Competition in Cincinnati. Tai was chosen as the winner of the 2011 Artist Presentation Society Competition in St. Louis.

For more information, contact the COFAC Recital Hall office, (309) 298-1843.

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