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Curtis on Tour: Wanchi & Jordan Dodson


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Curtis Institute of Music alumni Jordan Dodson, guitar, and Wanchi, violin perform. Program is half solo guitar, half guitar/violin duo repertoire. 1st in Series of 3 Curtis on Tour Programs.

The Curtis on Tour program offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performing, students also offer master classes and interactive concerts, and participate in community engagement activities. Each season leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series around the world feature Curtis alumni. They are in the front rank of soloists, composers, and conductors, and hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is honored to be among renowned international and national venues.

Wanchi, Violin, is praised for “her incisive technique and an exceptionally rich and beautiful tone” (Phil's Classical Reviews, Audio Video Club of Atlanta, November 2015). She has received critical acclaim for her recordings and performances of chamber music, solo recitals, and as a soloist with orchestras throughout North America and Asia. Recent performance venues include the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and numerous international music festivals.

Born in Taiwan, Wanchi began playing violin at age six and moved to the U.S. at age 13 to study at the Peabody Conservatory and the Baltimore School for the Arts. One year later she soloed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under conductor Catherine Comet. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, a Master of Music from The Julliard School, and a Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Wanchi is currently a professor of violin and teaches a full violin studio at the James Madison University School of Music in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she resides with her family.

Wanchi has served as an adjudicator in several major string competitions nationally and internationally in the U.S., Hong Kong, and mainland China. Deeply passionate about bridging the gap between music education and music performance, she has presented at the American String Teachers Association National Conference on multiple occasions. Her CDs of Eugène Ysaÿe Sonatas and complete Partitas and Sonatas of J.S. Bach for Solo Violin were released in the fall of 2013 and 2015 respectively, under the Centaur Records label. She is looking forward to the release of her next recording project of the music of Benjamin Brittan and William Walton for Violin and Piano under, to be recorded by Centaur Records in the spring of 2018.

Jordan Dodson, Guitar, is described as “one of the top young guitarists of his generation.” (Performance Today). A winner of Astral’s 2013 National Auditions, he is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. He has also received awards from the 2011 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, the 2010 Indiana International Guitar Competition, and the 2008 American String Teachers Association Competition. In 2013, he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today. In the fall of 2011, Mr. Dodson was one of two students selected to inaugurate the Curtis Institute of Music’s classical guitar studio, bringing to the school not only a new instrument, but also new repertoire and new possibilities for music-making. Curtis Dean John Mangan said Dodson fulfilled the school’s need for “ambassadors for the instrument and its repertoire who could create interest among their peers, along with a desire to collaborate.”

Mr. Dodson’s recent performance and teaching schedule has taken him across the U.S. and abroad to venues such as (Le) Poisson Rouge (New York City), Roulette (Brooklyn), the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), and the Museo Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá), and to such music festivals as the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Festival Daniou (France). An advocate for contemporary music, Mr. Dodson has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally, including works by Lewis Nielson, Elliot Cole, Robert Sirota, and Gabriella Smith. He performs in several New York City chamber ensembles including Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Marcel, and Ensemble sans maître, and he recently collaborated with such acclaimed artists as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ransom Wilson, and Contemporaneous. He can be heard on the album Subject on Tzadik Records.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jordan Dodson started playing music at a young age. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included Clare Callahan, David Starobin, and Jason Vieaux. He plays a Gary Lee guitar.