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Winter Concert

Slavonic Dance Nº 1 in C

Double Concerto
Jay Zhong, violin
Stephen Harrison, cello

Symphony Nº 2

SPONSORED BY: John & Kathryn Hughes
PRINCIPAL CELLO SPONSOR: Donna and Liam Burke – GE Foundation

JAY ZHONG's violin prowess was evidenced at age 14, when legendary violinist Nathan Milstein heard his playing and exclaimed: "Why spend millions of dollars on a Stradivarius when one can make an ordinary violin sound so good?" Two years later, through arrangement by Milstein's manager Harold Shaw, Jay began his career as a professional violinist by performing a solo recital on the main stage of New York's Carnegie Hall.

A seasoned violinist now, Jay Zhong has performed on four continents of the globe and earned accolades for his solo recitals in capital cities of the world. The Washington Post described "Zhong's Virtuosity" as "nimble and unassuming… restrained but incisive, and without the bombast that some performers find so irresistible." Brussels' Le Soir hailed him as "chinois solar"; California's Pacifica Tribune called his rendition of Brahms' sonatas "a golden exploration", while his performance of Beethoven won such praise from El Colombiano of Medellin: "Jay Zhong, super-violinist, with interpretation worthy of an analogy…".

Jay's musical sensitivity has made him a desirable partner for fellow musicians. He has collaborated with reputable musicians from his generation, including pianists Yuan Sheng, Audrey Axinn, Robert Koenig, violist Hong Mei Xiao and Hui Liu, and violinists Xiang Gao and Keng Yuen Tseng. While serving as first violinist of the Julstrom String Quartet, he has toured with that ensemble extensively and recorded rarely heard chamber works by Rebecca Clarke (Centaur label).

Born in Beijing, China, Jay Zhong began studying violin at age 4 with his parents. He won a national audition at age 11 with the fiendish Paganini Violin Concerto No.1 to enter the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. At age 12, he left China alone for the United States. In New York City, he was a pupil of Raphael Bronstein, pedagogical descendant of Leopold Auer, who offered him shelter along with lessons. After the passing of Bronstein, Jay was tutored by Arianna Bronne until his completion of college. He continued his artistic training with renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira. Jay Zhong holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Fine Arts degree from State University of New York at Purchase.

By invitation, Jay has performed on some of the most valuable violins in the world, including the 1717 "Antonius" Stradivarius from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Arts and the 1692 "Oliveira" Stradivarius. Jay Zhong currently serves as Associate Concertmaster at the Santa Rosa Symphony, Concertmaster of Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, and teaches Applied Violin at Sonoma State University Department of Music.

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STEPHEN HARRISON, cellist, has been on the faculty at Stanford University since 1983 when he returned to his native Bay Area to become cellist of the newly formed Stanford String Quartet. His performing life has combined chamber, solo and contemporary music. During his fourteen years with the Stanford String Quartet, he recorded and toured internationally with a number of works commissioned for the ensemble, including those by Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Bolcom, Ben Johnston, and Donald Crockett.

In 1998, he co-founded the Ives Quartet and continues performing, recording (on the Naxos, New World and AIX Entertainment labels) and teaching with that ensemble in the Bay Area and around the US. In 2014, the IQ transformed into the Ives Collective. Stephen and his wife, Susan Freier, are co-artistic directors of the multi-faceted ensemble.

A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and Boston University's School for the Arts (where he won the award for Distinction in Graduate Performance), he has been solo cellist of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players since 1985. With the Contemporary Players, he has given over 50 world premieres and made commercial recordings for the CRI, Albany, Music and Arts, New Albion, Newport Classics, New World and YBM labels.

Former principal cellist of the Chamber Symphony of San Francisco and the New England Chamber Orchestra, he is currently principal cellist of the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, cellist at the Telluride Chamber Music Festival and on the faculty at the SoCal Chamber Music Workshop. Mr. Harrison has served as artist/faculty at the Rocky Ridge Music Center, and at Italy's Schlern and Orfeo International Music Festivals.

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Cotton Auditorium


Venue - Cotton Auditorium

Fort Bragg

From Main Street (Hwy 1) in Fort Bragg, head East (a right turn if you're coming from the South) on Fir Street. Cotton Auditorium is six blocks from Main Street at the intersection of Fir Street and N. Harold Street.

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