MERCEDES CHEUNG

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MERCEDES CHEUNG (ZHANG) BIO:~梅賽得斯~張(中英文簡歷如下)

Canadian-Chinese young violinist, Mercedes Cheung (Zhang) speaks in fluent French, English and Mandarin. she has been hailed as being "A True Music Prodigy" by many world leading musicians & media: "Very talented"- Itzhak Perlman (Faculty of Juilliard; world leading concert violinist), "Extremely gifted… A Wonderful talent”- Donald Weilerstein (Founder & First Violin of world famous Cleveland Quartet),"Wonderful memory and very gifted" - Joel Smirnoff (President of Cleveland Institute of Music, former String Department Head of Juilliard School, first Violin of Juiliard Quartet), "Very very gifted...A wonderful talent" - David Cerone (Former President of Cleveland Institute of Music, and Violin Department Chairman at Curtis, succeeding the late Ivan Galamian) Mercedes possesses a virtuosic technique and profound musicality that surpasses her tender age.

Mercedes is the Silver Medalist of the "2014 Teen's Talent Show" - American Youth Talent and  Arts Competition, in New York (Competition started the Audition Round from early March to Final, end on July)

Mercedes has been selected by Maestro Shlomo Mintz as the 2014 youngest one of the twelve gifted violinists [Age up to 27]; to Join the Crans-Montana Classics in Switzerland, she has been invited to solo with Maestro Shlomo Mintz together for the Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins with the National Chamber "Kiev Soloists" in the closing  concert.

On April 8, 2012, Mercedes made her orchestral debut with the Markham String Chamber Orchestra, performing Vivaldi's "Winter" Concerto from The Four Seasons.  A month later, on May 28, 2012. she performed as soloist in Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen with the Markham Symphony Orchestra.

Mercedes is the world's youngest violinist (Age 10) ever to have performed the most virtuosic and challenging repertoire: the complete 24 Caprices by Paganini in her Carnegie Hall debut recital on December 28, 2012 ( Slated for November 3, 2012 but postponed due to Hurricane Effects). She is also the youngest violinist ever, at age 10, to record  in one take the complete 24 Caprices on DVD & CD which have been released on May 28, 2012. Mercedes has also performed a solo recital in Paul Hall, 60 Lincoln Centre Plaza at 65th Street, New York on January 12, 2013, Saturday.

Mercedes has been admitted with a full scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division-Young Talented Program as the 2010 youngest (8 years old) winner after she auditioned with the music: Paganini: 24 Caprices, No. 24; Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto, No. 5 (Complete); Bach: Solo Sonatas and Partitas, Sonata, No. 1 (Complete) for 8 Jurors ( Itzhak Perlman, Sally Thomas, Stephen Clapp etc.).

Mercedes also has been awarded full scholarships from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, and the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for the Young Artists  at The Royal Conservatory of Music to studies Chamber Music with Barry Shiffman, and violin with Paul Kantor at Glenn Gould School. Mercedes has master classes and lessons with Shlomo Mintz, Zakhar Bron (Teacher of Maxim Vengerov and Vadim Repin etc.), David Cerone (former Violin Department Chairman at Curtis Institute of Music, succeeding late Ivan Galamian) and Sungsic Yang, she has also lessons with Robert Lipsett and Joel Smirnoff, and master class with Soovin Kim.

Mercedes currently studies with Donald Weilerstein (Faculty of Juilliard School and New England Conservatory, Dorothy Richard Starling Chair, Teacher of many International Violin Competition Winners), and her father, Ephraim Cheung (Music Director and Conductor, Markham Symphony Orchestra and designated faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Pre-College): this arrangement was recommended by Weilerstein.

In 2011, Mercedes was offered a full scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music "Young Artists Performance Academy" at the age of 9. On July 8th, 2011, she was invited by world-famous violinist, Barry Shiffman as a special guest soloist to perform at the Banff Centre Artists Concert in Rolston Recital Hall, in 2013, July 13, Mercedes gave her solo performance again at the Rolston Recital Hall as a returned Artist. Mercedes is the youngest one in the history of the Royal Conservatory of Music to obtain First Class Honours in her Grade 10 violin exam (Age 7) and ARCT Violin Performer Diploma Exam (Age 9). Her intense discipline and passionate dedication in her violin studies has brought her to an amazing artistic excellence within a short period of time. She has also equally distinguished herself in her spectacular piano playing.

At the age of 2 years and 7 months, Mercedes started to play the violin and 2 years later, she requested her father, Ephraim Cheung to give her formal lessons. On December 21, 2008, Mercedes gave her “Six Years Old” public violin solo recital debut at the Markham Theatre for Performing Arts where she performed a full two-hour concert comprising 8 selections of music (Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 [Complete], Beethoven: Romance No.2, Hubay: Hejre Kati, Beethoven: Spring Sonata [1st Mvt], Chopin: Nocturne in C# Minor, Elgar: Salut d'amour, Sarasate: Ziguenerweisen, Encore-Bach: Solo Partita No.2, Allemande & Christmas Song), all from memory. Her excellent memory, superb technique & musical maturity shocked the media & audience, and hence, from their love & respect, Mercedes received a full house standing ovation. After this extremely successful performance, Mercedes has been invited to perform in many concerts and events. She has been regularly interviewed by various media including Newstalk 1010 (John Moore), WNED Classical FM 94.5, Buffalo (Peter Hall), Canada AM National Television (Beverly Thomson), City TV, Rogers, Fairchild, Omni, Talentvision, CTV, & Sinovision (New York) TVs which aired the interviews on local and national news broadcasts including an one-hour long interview and documentary on Fairchild TV. Online and local newspapers including Sing Tao Daily, Ming Pao, World Journal, Markham Economist and Sun, and Markham Review published news articles on her performances as well as on Whole Note & "Toronto Life" Magazine . Mercedes has been interviewed live on air and has invited to be a guest on TVOKinds for their special "Music" day which aired om New Year's Day 2013     

Mercedes is the Winner of the prestigious 2010 Achievement and Civic Recognition Award (ACRA) in the Cultural Category (Markham, Canada) along with two other category winners: Seneca College President, David Agnew (ACRA-Technology Award) & Co-Founders of "Free the Children", Craig & Marc Kielburger (ACRA-Community Award).

MERCEDES' MOST HIGHLIGHTED PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:

On December 30, 2008 (her 7th birthday), Mercedes performed at the Gala Banquet of the World Journal Newspapers. On April 3, 2009, she received a three-day notice to appear as one of the youngest artists-violin soloist in “Love Across the Pacific” benefit concert for China’s Szechuan earthquake in P.C. Ho Theatre at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto along with 8 pop and classical superstar singers from China. Mercedes has not only appeared in performances in the concert hall, she has also performed at Government special events such as the "Tribute Performance" (violin solo on June 23, 2009) to Councillor Tony Wong & Senior’s Hall of Fame Awards at Markham Civic Centre. Mercedes' performances followed month after month. On July 1, 2009, she performed as a violin soloist at "the Canada Day Celebrations"- Mayor & Councillors' Luncheon at Le Parc Dining & Banquet Halls. Thereafter, on August 30, 2009, she performed at the Markham Community Outdoor Concert hosted by Member of Provincial Parliament for Oak Ridges & Markham. On September 19, 2009, Mercedes was featured as the youngest artist to perform (Violin Solo) at the Meadowvale Theatre in celebration of the Moon Festival and Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the Mississauga Mandarin Association. Then on October 31, 2009, Mercedes performed at the Halloween Banquet hosted by Markham Rotary Club and following that, on November 19, 2009, she was featured as the youngest violinist at the Opening Gala "Spotlight 2009-Youth Talent in York Region" (with Canadian Idol Judge, Farley Flex as Master of Ceremonies), hosted by The Children's Aid Foundation. That evening, Mercedes was the only performer to be interviewed by Rogers TV and also received an Award of Recognition for "Outstanding Musical Ability and Contribution" from the Markham Mayor & Members of Council. Three days later on November 22, 2009, Mercedes was invited to perform at the Opening Ceremonies Gala in Recognition of International, National, Provincial & Regional Championships Winners, hosted by the Markham Sport Council. Mercedes was the only one who received a full house standing ovation and a scholarship.

Mercedes was invited by Canadian Idol judge, Farley Flex, to perform as violin soloist at the Durham International Festival on July 16 to 18 2010 and also invited to perform as soloist at the Canada-China 40th Anniversary Diplomatic Relations Concert on August 8th.  With all these extremely successful performances, Mercedes has proven herself to be one of the most gifted, versatile and virtuosic prodigy violinists of today. She will continue to present her solo performances in Canada, USA and Asia. Mercedes plays on a Josef Guadagnini 1773, on permanent loan to her from an anonymous benefactor.

 

 

 

 

*Donald Weilerstein, Faculty Juilliard School & New England Conservatory of Music, Dorothy Richard Starling Chair (previously held by Itzhak Perlman), Teacher of Many International Violin Competition Winners: Menuhin International Violin Competition (Gold Medalist); Paganini International Violin Competition (Gold Medalist); Indianapolis International Violin Competition (Gold Medalist); Hamburg International Violin Competition (Gold Medalist); Hanover International Violin Competition (Gold Medalist); Donald Portnoy International Violin Competition (Gold Medalist); International Violin Competition for Music of Eastern & Central Europe(Gold Medalist); Brussels International Violin Competition (Silver Medalist); Stradivarius International Violin Competition (Gold & Bronze Medalists); Again most recent Menuhin International Violin Competition 2010 (Gold Medalist, Xiang Yu)

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賽得斯簡歷:

加拿大華裔音樂神童梅赛得斯 ( Mercedes Cheung ),是世界上最年輕傑岀和最優秀的小堤琴獨奏家之一。二零一二年的十二月二十八號,梅赛得斯在世界最著名的卡尼基演奏廳(Carnegie Hall),一囗氣獨奏完這小堤琴技巧最難并演譯深奧的曲目: 帕格尼尼的全部二十四首隨想曲(Paganini: Complete 24 Caprices),創下世界最年輕小堤琴獨奏家[]演奏新記錄,她的記意力之驚人和演奏之完美令到當時全塲滿坐的觀眾起立鼓掌以示敬意。 赛得斯早已在二零一二年的三月十四號一囗氣一次過將帕格尼尼的全部二十四首隨想曲錄成DVDCD, 並在二零一二年的五月二十八號己發行了這音樂精典樂曲。

二零一零年, 在八位國際著名小堤琴教授和獨奏家評委 (Sally Thomas, Shirley Givens, Perlman 等人) 前演奏,在那年以最小年紀八歲考獲全奬學金進入了朱利音樂學院大學預科青年天才班 (Juilliard School Pre-College)

二零一三年, 赛得斯獲許朱利亚音樂學(Juilliard School)的同意 修假一年, 接受了全奬學金進入了新英格兰樂學院(New England Conservatory of Music)

赛得斯是美国中文电视、美国中文网举办的"天生我才·2014美国青少年才艺大赛" 的銀牌得奖主 (Silver Medalist).

二零一四年, 赛得斯是十二位年青天才小捉琴家之一, 被世界著名小提大師 Shlomo Mintz 挑選中, 瑞土 [Switzerland} 獨奏演出, 並參加两個星期的大師班, 随同小提大師 Shlomo Mintz(世界小提家巨星), Zakhar Bron(他是者名小提琴家 Maxim Vengerov Vadim Repin 的小提琴老師), David Cerone (前任克利夫兰音乐学院校長-Cleveland Institute of Music  和柯蒂斯音乐学院的弦樂主任-Curtis Institute of Music ))上課。

二零一一年,皇家音樂學院獲給梅赛得斯全奬學金,邀請她加入皇家音樂學院的天才年輕爇術家學院,跟隨 Glenn Gould School 的美國特意邀請小堤琴教授 (Artist Resident) Paul Kantor ;同時應學院主任和音樂總 Barry Shiffman (柴司夫斯Tchaikovsky國際小提琴大赛評委),特意邀請在國際知名的"Banff"音樂節,同與朱利亚音樂學院和其他名校教授、名獨奏家同塲演奏和獨奏。二零一三年,梅赛得斯又再次被邀請在國際知名的"Banff"音樂節獨奏。

赛得斯是皇家音樂學院有史以來最小年齡以優越地成績考獲小提琴第十級(), 和考獲小提琴演奏文慿級()

二零一二年,四月八號,梅赛得斯和萬锦市弦樂團 (Markham String Chamber Orchestra) 獨奏了韋發第的四季"冬季"小提琴協奏(Vivaldi: Four Seasons "Winter" Violin Concerto)。一個月後, 在五月二十八號, 她又和萬锦市交嚮樂團獨奏了薩垃沙泰的流浪者之歌。

赛得斯現在是朱利亚音樂學院(大學預科青年天才班)全奬學金學生,跟隨小提琴教授唐納、維力斯坦(Donald Weilerstein)和父親,張怡飛 (Ephraim Cheung, 新英格兰音乐学院大學預科班小提琴教授)课,梅赛得斯是*Weilerstein最小的小提琴學生。她也跟现任克里夫學院院長, 乔尔· 斯米诺夫 (Joel Smirnoff, President, Cleveland Institute of Music)學習小提琴。 梅塞德斯現在演奏一把名琴約瑟夫瓜達尼尼(Josef Guadagnini 1775)

赛得斯雖然小小的年紀, 她已經擁有豐富的台上演奏經驗, 她以高超純熟的演奏技巧, 再加上那富有色彩的演藝, 令到台下的觀衆無不驚訝!當世界級 國際小提琴比賽評委, 和朱利亚音樂院小提琴教授及演奏家, 韩裔凯瑟琳, 聽完梅赛得斯六嵗時的小提琴演奏後,重覆地稱讚: 赛得斯是一位非常非常, 有天才的小音樂家. 她並希望, 赛得斯能再回到朱利亚音樂院來跟她上課。 世界級國際小提琴天王, 伊扎克、帕爾曼(Itzhak Perlman)也稱讚: 赛得斯是非常有天才的小提琴家。唐納、維力斯坦(Donald Weilerstein)是許多國際小提琴巨星金奨得主的老師,也是朱利 ( Juilliard ) 和新英格蘭 ( New England ) 音樂學院的小提琴教授 ( Dorothy Richard Starling Chair),當他聽完了梅赛得斯演奏後稱讚: 赛得斯是絕色的小提琴天才,並在他繁忙的教學演奏情况下, 立刻收梅赛得斯爲他的學生, 因維力斯坦(Weilerstein)也非常讚賞梅赛得斯的父亲的小提琴教學, 所以特别推薦和邀请他, 繼續一起共同教授梅赛得斯小提琴。

二零零八年十二月二十一號, 年僅六歲的梅赛得斯已在萬锦市的劇院, 首次舉行個人長達两小時公開小提琴獨奏音樂会, 小小年紀的她一囗氣演奏了八首不單技巧高深, 并演譯深奧的名曲,其中包括有演奏級的流浪者之歌, 莫差特的第三號小提琴協奏曲 (全首共三個樂章), 貝多芬的春奏鳴曲, 和浪漫曲,胡拜的匈牙利風光,蕭邦的夜曲,艾爾加的爱的呼喚,巴赫的無伴奏奏鳴曲, 她的記意力之驚人, 和演奏之完美, 令到當時全塲滿坐的觀眾起立鼓掌以示敬意; 同年她又被邀請到萬锦市的市長廰, 和世界日報的周年慶典盛宴上表演小提琴獨奏, 從此梅赛得斯得到了各傳媒的關注和支持,因此無數次地接受了各大報界的記者採訪, 並且多次在多個電視台接受訪問和演奏,例如:加拿大國家電視Canada AM(名人主持 Beverly Thomson)CityTVCTV 新時代電視、城市電視、Rogers電視、Omni 電視, Newstalk 1010 (名主持John Moore), 美國華人電視台(Sinovision TV, New York), 美國水牛城古典音樂電台名主持Peter Hall(WNED Classical 94.5, Buffalo New York)。梅赛得斯應TVO電視台特别邀請,將會在新年一月一日在TVOKids的音樂節目和其他名星一起表演。二零一三年,一月十二號,將會在朱利亚音樂學院的保羅演奏廳(Juilliard School Paul Hall)獨奏。

二零零八年十二月三十號,梅赛得斯應世界日報的邀請,在他們的周年大慶典會上担任小提獨奏,二零零九年,七嵗的她己應新時代電視的邀請在 ﹤大城小聚﹥ 錄影了實塲演奏和訪問長達一小時的整個節目; 同年四月三號梅赛得斯應邀請在四川地震慰演﹤跨越太平洋的愛﹥與中國八名演藝巨星( 郭峰、徐誉滕、阿尔法、王立森、黑鸭子組合和林振宇總導演)同塲演岀小提琴,當時妑是全塲最小的獨奏者。接着同年的六月二十三號,梅赛得斯應萬锦市市長的邀請,在萬锦市CivicCentre爲名人頒奖慶典會上担任小提獨奏,一個月後又被萬锦市市長和議員們的邀請,在加拿大日(Canada Day) 慶典會上担任小提獨奏,接此梅赛得斯時常被邀請在政府慶典會上担任小提獨奏表演,

 在二零零九年的九日三日, 梅賽得斯再次到訪美國,她到加州的迪士尼樂園(Disneyland)玩,并順道來到了世界著名的"海費茲教課廳 <<Heifez Studio>>,  演奏給當今偉大的小提琴教學大師,Robert Lispett (Lipsett Leila Josefowicz 的小提琴教授,Leila 是當今可以跟 Sarah Chang Midori 比美的國際巨星女小提琴家,當Lipsett聽完梅賽得斯演奏之後對其父亲說 "我對您的女兒非常感興趣,她什麽畤候可以再回來美國呢?并推薦梅賽得斯拉魏歐當(vieuxtemps))的小提琴第五號協奏曲 (這曲是Mr. LipsettLeila十二歳時跟美國洛杉矶愛樂管弦樂团獨奏的曲目)Mr. Lipsett希望一年後, 梅賽得斯能再回來美國, 並演奏這協奏曲給他聽(到時梅賽得斯會是八嵗吧!)

二零零九年,九月十九號,梅賽得斯被省國議的邀請, 戶外音樂會上担任小提獨奏,接着梅賽得斯又被邀請, Mississauga, 爲國語協會十周年慶典音樂會, 和月餅節担任小提獨奏, 當晚她也是全塲最小的演奏者。梅賽得斯得奬和表演無數,令人難忘的是在二零零九年的十一月十九日, 赛得斯爲加拿(York Region)天才青少年音樂會, 担任開幕首演小提琴獨奏,在當晚所有多位表演者當中,她是最注目的一個,不單梅赛得斯是唯一接受ROGERS電視台訪問, 及現塲演奏錄影, 她還是當晚唯一接受市長頒發給 <<岀優秀音樂才氣和貢獻奨状>>的表演者。同個星期的十一日二十四日,萬锦市體育委員會, 在奧運、國際、國家、省、市的體育得獎者頒奬會上, 梅賽得斯再次担任開幕首演小提琴獨奏,她再次以精采的琴技和演藝, 令到當晚全塲滿坐的觀眾爲她而起立鼓掌, 更令人感動是當世界柔道冠軍 Kimberly Orr (Gold MedalistCommonwealth –International Judo Championship)聽完了梅賽得斯演奏, 感動得把萬錦市市長頒發給她的奬牌, 掛在梅赛得斯身上,以示她對梅赛得斯的欽佩和讚賞。二零一零年七月十六至十八號,Canadian Idol的評委, 特意邀請梅賽得斯, Durham的國際藝術音樂節, 担任小提琴獨奏。

 赛得斯從小就酷愛音樂,在两嵗半時,父親張怡飛,(Ephraim Cheung小提琴家和教授,并担任萬锦市交嚮樂团音樂總監和指揮) 已開始教她拉一些簡單的兒歌。到她四嵗十個月的有一天,梅赛得斯突然要求父親給她正式上課, 自從那天開始她就接受了嚴格訓練。 赛得斯也跟隨其母親 (皇家音樂院考官和鋼琴演奏與教學博士) 戴美玲(Nancy Tye)學鋼琴,現在她的鋼琴水准,可以与她的小提琴媲美。但由于她的学, 和小提琴的繁忙演奏生涯,她要暂时放下她的钢琴学习。梅赛得斯的理想和志願是希望將來能成爲一位世界上最好的獨奏家。 她平時的愛好有很多,喜歡看書,繪画,聽音樂,看電視,玩迪士尼玩具,騎單車和到公園玩耍

Donald Weilerstein是朱利亚和New England 音樂院小提琴教授及演奏家(Dorothy Richard Starling Chair), 也是許多國際小提琴大赛得奨主的老師,以下是他的學生在這些國際小提琴大赛得奨: Menuhin國際小提琴大赛(金奨); Paganini國際小提琴大赛(金奨); Indianapolis國際小提琴大赛(金奨); Naumburg國際小提琴大赛(金奨); Hanover國際小提琴大赛(金奨); Donald Portnoy國際小提琴大赛(金奨); Music of Eastern & Central Europe國際小提琴大赛(金奨); Brussels國際小提琴大赛(銀奨); First Stradivarius國際小提琴大赛(金奨和銅奨); 還有最近再次在2010年的Menuhin國際小提琴大赛"金奨得主,Xiang Yu也是他學生.

 

 

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