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Student Degree Recital - Sophie Thompson, voice, and Zoe Yucong Wang, piano

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  • Location:
    Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall
  • Date:
    Sunday, March 1, 2020
  • Time:
    9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Event Description


Soprano Sophie Thompson is known for her “pure soprano and immaculate articulation” (Big Island Music). Singing a wide range of vocal repertoire, notably Baroque opera, chamber music, German repertoire, and new music, Ms. Thompson has great passion and curiosity for diverse musical styles. Recent opera performances include Jessie in Mahagonny Songspiel by Kurt Weill and Bubikopf in Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann in a double-bill performance with Eastman Opera Theater, Eliza in Dark Sisters by Nico Muhly at the Miami Music Festival, and Clara in Signor Deluso by Thomas Pasatieri also with the Eastman Opera Theater. In concert and recital, Ms. Thompson has recently performed the role of Isabelle in a concert staging of Le Carnaval de Venise by André Campra with the Collegium Early Music Ensemble, Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra as winner of the 2019 concerto competition, and recital of German Lieder as winner of the 2019 Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition. Currently, Ms. Thompson is in her second year of her Master of Music at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Kathryn Cowdrick.


       Yucong (Zoe) Wang is a composer, pianist, and classical music entrepreneur from China. She is currently pursuing her two Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees in collaborative piano and composition at Eastman School of Music, where she holds the Brook Smith Fellowship, the Samuel Adler Scholarship, a graduate assistantship as studio pianist and teaching assistantship in composition. She studies collaborative piano with Dr. Andrew Harley and composition with Prof. Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez. Yucong is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Dragonfly International Music Festival (DIMF) in China. She organizes and performs in masterclasses, concert series, competitions, and lectures at DIMFs since 2017.

        As a collaborative pianist Yucong has performed in many concerts in China, the United States and Europe. In recent DIMF concert series she has been performed with artists including world-renowned Paganini Golden Medal Winners: Oleh Krysa, Bin Huang, Giovanni Angeleri, and Feng Ning. She has also collaborated with artists including Chien-Kwan Lin, Kei Saotome, Alexander Suleiman, Jiafeng Chen, and Nikita Zimin. As a composer/pianist, Yucong has performed many contemporary repertoires and collaborated with many new music ensembles. Her recent performances include music by Robert Morris, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, John Rea, Diego Vega, and many other colleges.

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