Ray Chen will play Recital in Cerritos in Sept.

Ray Chen will play a Violin Recital in Cerritos on Wed. Sept. 14th at 7:30 at the Center for Performing Arts.   He will play music from his first CD:

  • TARTINI (arr. Kreisler)- Sonata in g minor from Devil’s Trill
  • FRANCK- Sonata in A Major
  • BACH- Chaconne from Partita in d minor
  • WIENIAWSKI- Legende, Op. 17
  • WIENIAWSKI- Variations on the Original Theme, Op. 15

This is an extraordinary young violinist of Taiwanese decent, who began as a Suzuki student in Australia.   I had the pleasure of hearing him play a flawless and engaging Recital in San Diego earlier this year.

Ray was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music at age 15.   He went on to compete at several international competitions and has made an international name for himself as winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition.

“Ray Chen can do pretty much anything he wants on the violin,” hails the Washington Post.   I would encourage my students go see him while you can still get your hands on a ticket.  It will be something to remember.


Graduations 09′

International Graduation

Every year in March the SMAC/LA regional teachers send in Graduation recordings of students who have mastered an International Book level of playing.   In order to qualify for IG one must not only complete the Book but also be about half way through the next book while polishing and reviewing the pieces from the last book.    A recording is made of the graduation piece from each book.

At TEC we have started making DVD recordings of the students graduation pieces which they send in to a teacher in the LA Branch who takes the time to review all of the recordings from one book level.    Each graduate will receive feed back from the teacher on another recording.    Much care and preparation must go into recording these DVDs and sending them in with registration and each student’s fees.    Graduates also have the opportunity to hear the Graduates of other book levels, including the advanced Post Graduates who play pieces beyond book 10.

Each student who graduates is invited to an Annual Graduation Concert usually held in the Spring at Zipper Hall in the Colburn School of Music, near Disney Hall.  The concert is admission free and open to the public.   After playing the piece with all of the other Graduates they also receive a pin and certificate along with their reviewers feed back.   This year the Concert will be on  Sunday April 5th.

This year the following TEC students sent in Graduation recording on the following pieces:

  • Arya              Book III Bourree, Bach
  • Kayla             Book III Bourree, Bach
  • Tianrui          Book III Bourree, Bach
  • Katherine     Book I, Gossec Gavotte
  • Marrisa         Book I, Gossec Gavotte
  • Mariana        Twinkle
  • Sydney          Twinkle
  • Sophie           Twinkle

After all that hard work these students sound even better on their pieces than they did when we recorded them.    Anyone want to record their graduation pieces again?

I would love to have our graduates make their graduation recordings available on our YouTube site so that the other students and even prospective students can hear what TEC students are capable of when they really polish their pieces.    Thank you for all of your hard work.   We are all very proud of you.