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Summer Series 3: Michael Noble and Sunny Qu - Piano for Two!

St Helen's Anglican Church

4405 W 8th Ave

Presented by Müzewest Concerts

Here in Vancouver, the days are long and the sunsets are glorious in the summer. To add to that, let’s add some amazing chamber music!


Michael Noble, piano
Sunny Qu, piano

Michael Noble has developed an international reputation as an "astonishing" (Het Nieuwblad) and "elegant, stylish, and powerful" pianist (Peninsula News) of a multifarious repertoire. After giving his first recital at the age of six, he has gone on to perform across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The winner of numerous competitions, Mr. Noble has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, and has worked with numerous eminent musicians and conductors. He has studied at the Paris Conservative, obtained a BA in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music and a BA in English Literature cum laude at the University of Rochester, received an MA at the Yale School of Music, and is now a doctoral candidate there. In addition to his many activities as a performer, Mr. Noble is the co-founder and director of the Brussels-based "Music of Changes," a concert series that presents dynamic programs juxtaposing contemporary music with that of the past. 

Pianist Sunny Qu was born in Qingdao, China and later raised in Vancouver, Canada. Sunny began piano lessons at an early age, and has met with success and recognition in competitions and festivals since his teenage years. Since then he has performed on three continents in such venues as the Weiner Salle in Salzburg, Austria, Duke’s Hall in London, England, and the Chan Centre in his native Vancouver, as well as being invited to perform in the Russian Embassy of Osaka, Japan on a special occasion.

Equally at home with repertoire from the Baroque period to the modern day, Sunny is known for eclectic to approach to programming innovative recitals with a link to the past. This has been cultivated by an interest in the composer and pianist Ferruccio Busoni. In addition to actively seeking out and performing Busoni’s lesser known compositions.

Sunny was the third prize winner of the 2009 Knigge Competition, as well as a past winner of the UBC Concerto Competition. He has subsequently performed with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as the West Coast Symphony Orchestra. He was also the recipient of the Johann Strauss Foundation Award in 2009, and the Else Cross Brahms Prize from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England in 2013.

Sunny was a graduate of the UBC School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Sara Davis Buechner and Hamish Milne. His past teachers include renowned pedagogue Edward Parker and concert pianist Ian Parker. He was also fortunate to receive guidance during his studies from such artists as Anton Kuerti, Robert Levin, Joanna MacGregor, Pascal Devoyon, and Steven Osborne.  He is currently studying with Professor Jeffrey Kahane at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA at the USC Thornton School of Music.  


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 570 (1789)
Franz Schubert – Fantasie in f minor for four hands, D. 940 (1828)
“Namucuo”, op. 53 by  Xiao-gang Ye
“Bells” from Dreams by Frederick Rzewski
Maurice Ravel – Mère l’Oye for four hands (1910)


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Saturday Jul 29, 2017 7:30 pm
Adult   $35.00
Teacher   $20.00
Senior   $25.00
Student   $15.00