Amir Hoshang Farsi, Flute and Yun Janice Lu, Piano


  • Samuel Barber (1910-1981) Canzone (1959) (4’)
  • Charles T. Griffes (1884-1920) Poem for flute and piano, A. 93 (1918) (10’)
  • William Grant Still (1895-1978) Songs for Flute and Piano (10’)
  • 1. Bayou Home (1944)
  • 2. If You Should Go (1949)
  • 3. Song for the Lonely (1953)
  • Lowell Liebermann (b. 1961) Sonata for flute and piano, Op. 23 (1987) (13’)
  • I. Lento
  • II. Presto

Iranian and Pakistani American flutist Amir Hoshang Farsi’s playing has been described as “virtuosic and birdlike” (I Care if You Listen) and having a “beautiful sound and personal sense of expression” (New York Classical Review). Amir has made appearances at notable halls and music festivals across the United States and Canada, including Carnegie Hall, the Banff Centre, MASS MoCA, the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, the New World Center, Music@Menlo and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals, the Bang on a Can Festival, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar, the Annapolis and Lake George Music Festivals, the UN Chamber Music Society, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.

Currently a Fellow with Carnegie Hall’s prestigious Ensemble Connect program (2020-2023), Amir has collaborated with leading artists such as tenor Nicholas Phan, soprano Meigui Zhang, violinists Arnaud Sussmann and Jennifer Frautschi, cellist Inbal Segev, flutist and innovator Claire Chase, oboist Steven Taylor, harpist Parker Ramsay, bassist Scott Pingel, pianist Mika Sasaki, and horn player William Purvis. Other projects have included composers Julia Wolfe, Michi Wiancko, Luca Francesconi, Reena Esmail, Kaija Saariaho, Robert Honstein, visual-artist Kevork Mourad, multidisciplinary ensemble Running AMOC, cellist Mike Block and tabla-player Sandeep Das, and multidisciplinary duo The Afield.

Yun Janice Lu is regarded as one of the leading Taiwanese pianists of her age and semi-finalist at the prestigious 2018 Geneva International Music Competition (Concours de Geneve) in Switzerland, winner of Chi-Mei Arts Award (2020), PianoTexas Young Artists Competition (2014), and Bronze medalist at Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2021).

Janice has performed in all major venues and renowned festivals throughout the States, Europe, and Asia including Van Cliburn concert hall, Weiwuying recital hall, the Hahn hall, the Studio Ernest-Ansermet, Walnut Hill Music Festival, Academie Internationale d’Ete de Nice, PianoTexas Festival (formerly known as the Cliburn Institute), PianoFest in the Hamptons, and Music Academy of the West. She played her debut recital at the age of ten and gave her debut performance at the Kaohsiung Cultural Center with all Beethoven repertoires including piano concerto No.4. Her orchestral debut at age of fourteen with the Taiwan Youth Orchestra at the Chih-Te Hall garnered considerable attention from the publishers who featured her in “MuzikOnline” magazine. Remarkable orchestral collaboration includes performance with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Lio Kuokman. Her performance of Liszt piano concerto No.1 brought rave reviews from critics praising that “she captured Liszt’s style,” and “took full advantage of the fireworks.”

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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