Studio 209: Musique des Femmes, Bonis et Viardot

This program brings together music by two French women of the late 19th century, one a well-known opera singer of Spanish descent, the other a classmate of Claude Debussy and Gabriel Pierne at the Paris Conservatory. Studio 209 is the partnership of Rachel Huang, violin, and Stephan Moss, piano.

Sunday, February 26, 2023, 7 p.m.
Drinkward Recital Hall

Two images of oil paintings in one image file. On the left is a head portrait of a female figure in a 3/4 view. On the right is a half-body portrait of a female figure in a 3/4 view.Portraits of Mélanie Hélène “Mel” Bonis (left; Charles-Auguste Corbineau, 1885; public domain image provided by Studio 209) and Pauline Viardot (right; Ary Scheffer, 1840; public domain image; CC0 Paris Musées / Musée de la Vie Romantique) 

Violinist Rachel Vetter Huang has performed locally and abroad with several chamber ensembles: the Mei Duo, the Gold Coast Trio, Trio Lykos and Quartet Euphoria, as well as Duo209 and, with Steve Moss, Studio 209. Holding degrees from Harvard University and SUNY StonyBrook, Huang has been a recipient of grants for performance from both the NEA and the NEH. With her husband, pianist Hao Huang, she has co-authored original research into the performance practice of Billie Holiday. In her 40 years of teaching at various schools and universities, she has the privilege of sharing with her students the legacies of three great teachers, with whom she studied; Ivan Galamian, Dorothy DeLay and Robert Koff, all of them both late and lamented.

Pianist and harpsichordist Stephan Moss was a student of Teala Bellini and Preethi de Silva. He has also studied composition with Barney Childs and is a frequent chamber music collaborator in the Claremont area and accompanist in the violin studio at Scripps College. After receiving a DMA in harpsichord per­formance, he has been active as both an IT specialist and a musician. He has appeared as a soloist with Con Gioia in southern California and the Magic Valley Symphony in Idaho. He has been primarily active as an accompanist and chamber music partner to students and to his colleagues.

Studio 209 is the partnership of Rachel Huang, violin, and Stephan Moss, piano. Huang and Moss have spent many hours together weekly, over many years, supporting  students' explorations of violin/piano literature. Moss also regularly solves Huang's computer problems. It's a great pleasure for them to perform this evening as a duo.

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