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Jacobs School faculty and guest to perform complete Beethoven works for cello and piano

Oct. 21, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Jacobs School of Music visiting assistant professor and collaborative pianist Liang-yu Wang will join Belgian guest cellist Thomas Landschoot in two concerts to present Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano, including five sonatas and three variations. The concerts will take place Nov. 5 and 6 at 4 p.m. in Auer Hall.

The five sonatas, categorized in three different opus numbers--5, 69 and 102--were written at different stages of Beethoven's life, illustrating the stylistic changes of his early, middle and late works.

The first concert includes two sonatas, Op. 5 No.1 and 2, and two variations, WoO 45 and 46. All these works were composed in the last decade of the 18th century with a significant influence of Haydn.

The second concert presents works from Beethoven's middle period as well as later works written in the 19th century, including sonatas Op. 69, Op. 102 No.1 and 2, and variation Op. 66.

As a duo, Landschoot and Wang have brought the cycle of Beethoven's works for cello and piano to three continents. Their newest CD on ArchiMusic, containing the sonatas of Debussy, Poulenc and Chopin, will be released in December.

About the Performers

Taiwanese pianist Liang-yu Wang was recently appointed post-doctoral scholar and visiting assistant professor of strings at the Jacobs School of Music for fall 2011. She has made numerous appearances as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, France, South Africa and Taiwan.

Actively engaged in concert appearances at national and international venues, Wang has performed in the Morgan Library & Museum, the Richard B. Fisher Center, the Hudson Opera House, the National Cultural Center in Taiwan, the Welgemeend Hall in Cape Town, South Africa, and in several unconventional performance venues, such as the Eastern Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison.

Wang has collaborated with Maestro Leon Botstein, cellist Raphael Wallfisch and clarinetist Todd Palmer, among others. Prior to her appointment at IU, she had been awarded the Post-Graduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship from the Bard Conservatory of Music and worked closely with world-renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw, the artistic director of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard.

Praised for his expressive and poetic music making, Belgian cellist Thomas Landschoot enjoys an international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue. His solo career started after taking a top prize at the International Cello Competition ŒJeunesse Musicales, in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania).

He recently performed with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra, Prima la Musica (Belgium), Shieh Chien Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Tempe Symphony and the Orchestra of the United States Army Band, and has collaborated with distinguished chamber musicians such as the Takacs Quartet, among others.

Landschoot has recently been involved in an interdisciplinary public service project--a documentary film of him traveling and performing in India combining photography, culinary arts, journalism and new composition, resulting in the building of an orphanage and hospital in Tamil Nadu, India.

He joined the faculty of Arizona State University in 2001 after having taught at the University of Michigan. He spends his summers performing and teaching at places such as the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and the Quartet Program in New York. He also serves as the artistic director of the Sonoran Chamber Music Festival and as the president of the Arizona Cello Society.