Oliver Neubauer, violin & Chelsea Wang, piano


  • Clara Schumann (1819-1896) - 3 Romances for violin and piano, Op 22 (1853) (11’)
  • I. Andante molto
  • II. Allegretto
  • III. Leidenschaftlich schnell
  • Richard Strauss (1864-1948) - Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat, Op.18 (1887) (27’)
  • I. Allegro ma non troppo
  • II. Improvisation: Andante cantabile
  • III. Finale: Andante - Allegro

Violinist Oliver Neubauer attends the Juilliard School where he is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship and a student of Li Lin and Donald Weilerstein. Prior to his studies at Juilliard, Oliver attended the Perlman Music Program, the Juilliard Pre-College Division, and the Dalton School in NYC. Oliver has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the National Repertory Orchestra, the Sound Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of Westchester, and will make his debut with the Springfield Symphony later this year with the Korngold Violin Concerto as winner of the 26th Hellam Competition (2023). Other notable awards include third prize in the 2023 ArsClassica International Competition, first prize in the Adelphi Orchestra Competition (college division), and the Gold Award at the 2018 National YoungArts Competition. He has participated in masterclasses with Ana Chumachenco (at the 2019 Kronberg Violin Masterclasses), Mihaela Martin, Augustin Dumay, Ani Kavafian, and others. He has performed with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Carter Brey, Ani Kavafian, Shai Wosner, Jason Vieaux, and the Dover Quartet. Oliver’s festival appearances have included the Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Bravo! Vail, Music@Menlo, Lake Champlain Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Music in the Vineyards, Music from Angel Fire, and the Verbier Festival Academy. Highlights of the 2023-24 season include a concert and recording in Rome for ArsClassica Oliver plays on a 1780 J.B. Guadagnini violin, generously on loan to him from the Juilliard String Instrument Collection.

Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent young pianist”, Chelsea Wang has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia in venues including Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Chamber Hall of Warsaw Philharmonic, Taipei National Concert Hall and Seoul Arts Center. She is a prize winnerprizewinner and finalist of many national and international piano competitions including the Seoul International Piano Competition, Washington International Piano Competition, and New York International Piano Competition.

Ms. Wang made her orchestral debut at the age of six and has performed with many orchestras since then including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, among others. Chelsea has collaborated alongside Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley, Roberto Diaz, Anne-Marie McDermott, Anton Nel, Randall Scarlata, Dmitri Murrath, and other inspirational mentors. Some festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Ravinia Steans Institute, Bravo!Vail, Music Academy of the West, Fontainebleau, Music from Angel Fire, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Ms. Wang is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she studied with Meng-Chieh Liu and Ignat Solzhenitsyn and was awarded the prestigious Sergei Rachmaninoff Award upon graduation. She received her Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Leon Fleisher and Yong-Hi Moon, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music with James Giles. Her previous instructors include Dr. Ksenia Nosikova, Chiu-Ling Lin, and Damares Alvarez.

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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