In this Soirées Musicales program, pianists Leona Cheung and Tanya Blaich will be presenting a diverse set of French four-hand Piano Miniatures by Claude Debussy and Cécile Chaminade. Though short in duration, some of these pieces fully employ the virtuosity of two pianists and weave sonic worlds that are complete, lush, and ethereal. Art expert Nancy Scott will offer commentary on 19th Century French art that are contemporary to these duets and provide insights on the mutual influence between the music and the art works.
Tanya Blaich is a pianist and teacher with particular sensitivity for and expertise in the song and collaborative piano repertoire. A faculty member of New England Conservatory’s collaborative piano and voice departments since 2006, Blaich is co-coordinator of NEC’s Liederabend Series. Blaich has been praised for her “unfailingly expressive and finely judged” playing (The Guardian) and her “distinct and refined palette and textures” and “unwaveringly attentive” ensemble (Opera Today). She has performed in concert venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia.
Leona Cheung is a Boston-based collaborative pianist. Her deep devotion to Art Song repertoire has brought her to perform in the Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Franz Schubert Institut and Songfest. She earned her Master of Music and Graduate Diploma in Collaborative Piano from New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Hong Kong Baptist University.
Nancy Scott is Professor Emerita of Fine Arts, Art History at Brandeis University. Her expertise is Modernism in Europe and America and painting and sculpture from the French Revolution to the mid-20th century including artists from David and Delacroix to Manet, Monet, Renoir and then the post-impressionists. Scott is affiliated with the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities, the Interdepartmental Program in European Cultural Studies, and the Dept of Romance Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis University.