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Luminary violinist coming to WMU

Feb. 1, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Accomplished violinist and violist Ivan Chan is coming to Western Michigan University Feb. 14 to 18 to both perform for the public and work with students as a visiting artist.

Chan, a native of Hong Kong who became first violinist of the prominent Miami String Quartet in 1995, will perform with WMU's Merling Trio, give a master class for violin students, work with student ensembles as a chamber music coach and judge the music school's annual concerto competition. Chan will perform with the Merling Trio in an all-Brahms concert titled "A Brahms Extravaganza" at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in Dalton Recital Hall. Regular admission is $10 or $5 for students and seniors.

Chan has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Third Quadrennial Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Ima Hogg Young Artist Auditions, Washington International Competition and Julius Stulberg Auditions. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis and New World symphonies and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Chan also was a founding member of the Windham String Quartet and the Felix Quartet.

As a member of the Miami Quartet, he has appeared extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Highlights in recent seasons include performances in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York and across the United States, while international highlights include appearances in Bern, Cologne, Istanbul, Lausanne, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Taipei and Paris. The quartet recently toured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and appears annually with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. In 2002, the Miami String Quartet made its debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Kennedy Center.

Chan's visit to WMU is sponsored by the WMU School of Music and the Visiting Scholars and Artists Program. The Merling Trio, the acclaimed strings and piano ensemble of the WMU School of Music, features faculty members Renata Artman Knific, violin; Bruce Uchimura, cello; and Susan Wiersma Uchimura, piano.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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