Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society (OCCMS) will begin its 6th season with the accomplished 15-year- old violinist Kristin Qian and internationally known collaborative pianist Cary Lewis in an ocean-view home in Depoe Bay. This will be their third OCCMS appearance as a duet. Their program will include works by Beethoven, Debussy, Ginastera, Stravinsky, and Saint-Saens.
As a 13-year-old, Kristin amazed the musically educated OCCMS audience at the season’s opening in 2011 with her technical and interpretive skills on the violin. She did so again in 2012 at both benefit and regular season concerts. Kristin is also an accomplished pianist, composer, painter, and academic. Her studies of violin with Professor Carol Sindell and composition with Tomas Svoboda have brought her to performances in international music festivals in China and France and highly selective international competitions. In 2011 she was concertmaster of the America High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall; in 2012 Kristin was the youngest violinist chosen to compete at the 2nd International Violin Competition in Buenos Aires. She has been featured on television as a painting prodigy, speaks several foreign languages, and published a book of poems in 2008. Critics have praised her as an “omnibus prodigy” for her exceptional talent in art, music and academics. She now looks forward to further achievements as she begins her senior year at Catlin Gabel School.
Cary Lewis is a highly acclaimed collaborative pianist with a style that always complements his various partners. He earned his doctorate and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music and received two Fulbright scholarships in Vienna. He has been successful as both a Professor of Music and a performer. In the past, he performed and recorded as a member of the renowned Lanier Trio with his wife, cellist Dorothy Lewis, and Cleveland orchestra’s concertmaster William Preucil. In 1993 Time magazine hailed the trio’s recording of Dvorak Trios as one of the ten best recordings of any kind. Today he is frequently engaged as a recital accompanist and chamber musician in the Pacific Northwest.