Sunday October 18, 2020
Carolyn Wu, violin
John Sutherland Earle, piano
Beethoven Sonatas con Brio!
Sonata in D major, Op. 12, no. 1 (1797/8)
Allegro con brio
Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto
Sonata in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2 (1802)
Allegro con brio
Scherzo: Allegro – Trio
Finale: Allegro – presto
Born and raised in Taiwan, violinist Carolyn Wu came to the United States at age 15 to study violin with Ann Setzer at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. She continued her education at Princeton University, where she majored in chemistry and minored in music. Her previous violin teachers include Naoko Tanaka, Yumi Scott, and Lisa Shihoten. She participated in numerous music festivals, studying violin with Aaron Rosand, Mikhail Kopelman, Almita Vamos, and Ilya Kaler, and were coached by the London Royal String Quartet, and the Pacifica String Quartet. While pursuing a degree in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, she continued to perform as both a violinist and a pianist and participated in music festivals. She was a member of the Princeton University Orchestra both as a violinist and a pianist during college, and a member of the Brown University Orchestra during residency. She finished her cardiology fellowship training at Georgetown University and is a cardiologist at Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals with Johns Hopkins Medicine.
John Sutherland Earle has performed on Emerson Avenue Salons as soloist and as collaborator in song and chamber music recitals. He studied piano performance and chamber music at the Oberlin Conservatory, Stanford University, and the Vienna Hochschule fűr Musik. His principle teachers were John Dupaquier, Peter Takacs, Adolph Baller, Haggai Niv, and Hans Petermandl and he also benefitted from coaching and master courses with John Perry, Gennady Kleyman, Alexander Lipsky, Jorge Bolet, Garrick Ohlsson, and Oleg Maisenberg. A National Merit and Fulbright Scholar as well as prizewinner at the Pacific International, Carmel Music Society, Palo Alto Symphony, and Misbin Chamber Music Competitions, he participated twice in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and he has given concerts in more than a dozen states of the US, several countries of Europe, and in Russia and Japan. Since moving to the DC area in 2010, he has been performing regularly with several groups including the IBIS Chamber Music Society, Rock Creek Chamber Players, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association, Friday Morning Music Club, and members of the US Army and Air Force Orchestras. In a parallel life, John does research and teaches at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University