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Liang Wang, Oboe, Philip Myers, French Horn, Joyce Yang, Piano

Sundays with Friends

Liang Wang, Oboe
Philip Myers, French Horn
Joyce Yang, Piano

Works of Reinecke, Francaix, LeFrak, Ginastera, Saint-Saens and Bizet
Liang Wang joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2006 as Principal Oboe. Previously, he was principal oboe of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2005–06), and principal oboe of the Santa Fe Opera in the 2004–05 season. 

Born in Qing Dao, China, in 1980, Mr. Wang comes from a musical family. His mother was an amateur singer; his uncle was a professional oboist, and Mr. Wang began oboe studies with him at the age of seven. In 1993 he enrolled at the Beijing Central Conservatory, studying with Professor Zhu Dun, and two years later became a full-scholarship student at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. During his time there he was the Jack Smith Award Winner at the Pasadena Instrumental Competition, a two-time winner of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Fellowship, and a winner at the Spotlight Competition of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Mr. Wang completed his bachelor’s degree in 2003 at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Philadelphia Orchestra principal oboist Richard Woodhams. While at Curtis, he was a fellowship recipient at both the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with John de Lancie, the former Principal Oboist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Music Academy of the West, where he was a Career Grant recipient. Mr. Wang was a prize winner at the 2003 Fernard Gillet International Oboe Competition and a prizewinner at the 2002 Tilden Prize Competition. 

Since graduating from Curtis, Mr. Wang has served as principal oboe with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and associate principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony; he was also a guest principal oboist with the Chicago and San Francisco symphony orchestras. An active chamber musician, he has appeared with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Angel Fire Music Festival. He has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto, and in Santa Fe, performing oboe concertos by Marcello and Vivaldi. He has given master classes at the Cincinnati Conservatory, was on the oboe faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, and is currently on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and New York University. 

Philip Myers joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal French Horn (The Ruth F. and Alan J. Broder Chair) in January 1980, and made his solo debut with the Orchestra that month in the premiere of William Schuman’s Three Colloquies for French Horn and Orchestra. He has since appeared as a Philharmonic soloist often, most recently performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 2, conducted by Lorin Maazel, in New York in January 2008 and again in February 2008 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and Shanghai, China. Mr. Myers began his orchestral career in 1971 with a three-year term as principal horn of the Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was third horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1974 until 1977. As principal horn of the Minnesota Orchestra for a season and a half, he made a solo debut with that ensemble in 1979, performing Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1, Sir Neville Marriner conducting. A native of Elkhart, Indiana, Mr. Myers holds two degrees from Carnegie–Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He plays Engelbert Schmid French horns.

Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences across the globe with her virtuosity, lyricism, and magnetic stage presence. At just 27, she has established herself as one of the leading artists of her generation through her innovative solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras.

During the 2013-14 season, Yang completes her Rachmaninoff cycle with Edo de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, makes her debut with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, performs as concerto soloist in Brazil, and returns to symphony orchestras including those of Fort Worth, Houston, Nashville, Melbourne, Seoul, and Vancouver. She plays solo recitals in Washington, D.C., Houston, and Seattle, and appears at the Kennedy Center with violinist. 

A series of five eclectic chamber music performances curated by Eileen Moon, Associate Principal Cello of the New York Philharmonic. Often described as “the music of friends,” chamber music — like the very venue where you will enjoy it — is close and enveloping, featuring small ensembles of spectacular performers.

Generous support of the 2014 Sundays with Friends Chamber Music Series is made possible by a gift from Robyn Gerry and Children, The Guenther Family, Midori Yamanouchi, Ph.D., Richard and Karen Goodman, Dr. John and Nancy Farkas´╗┐, and Karen LeFrak. 



All dates, acts, times and ticket prices subject to change without notice.

  • Oct 26 , 2014
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  • 12:30 PM Doors Open
    2:00 PM Show Time
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  • $57.00 advance; $20.00 students
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