Matinée with Music Lovers

Feb 7, 2018 (Wednesday) | 4pm
Mesa College
San Diego, CA

I will perform Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat major with violinist Paivikki Nykter, violist Annabelle Terbetski, and cellist Cecilia Kim. Kirsten Ashley Wiest will sing Leo Delibes's "Bell Song" with my accompaniment. Other pieces in the program include a Ravel trio and a Telemann sonata.

Soirée for Music Lovers

Feb 14, 2018 (Wednesday) | 7pm
Concert Hall, Conrad Prebys Music Center, San Diego, CA

Professor of Voice Philip Larson and I will perform Brahms's "Botshaft" and Richard Strauss's "Heimliche Aufforderung." I will also play Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat major with violinist Paivikki Nykter, violist Annabelle Terbetski, and cellist Cecilia Kim.Other pieces in the program include a Ravel trio and a Telemann sonata

Vocal Recital with Lauren Jones

Feb 15, 2018 (Thursday) | 7pm
Experimental Theater,
Conrad Prebys Music Center,
University of California, San Diego

In our first collaborative performance together, we will be singing Igor Stravinsky's Three Japanese Lyrics, excerpts from his opera The Rake's Progress, and a few other pieces by Erik Satie. Lauren will also be singing Luciano Berio's Sequenza and playing more ensemble pieces with other collaborators. This will be Lauren's Master's Degree recital.


I will serve as Music Director for the first full-presentation of Josh Charney's opera Bula Matari: Breaker of Rocks. The opera is based on the true story of British explorer Henry Morton Stanley’s tumultuous expedition through the African Congo into the Sudan.

Opera Bula Matari: Breaker of Rocks

March 10, 2018 (Saturday) | 7pm
Concert Hall,
Conrad Prebys Music Center,
San Diego, CA

Performance at Santee

March 25, 2018 (Sunday) | 6.30pm
Santee United Methodist Church,
8964 N. Magnolia Ave,
Santee, CA

I will perform Franz Schubert's piano work for four hands Fantasy in F minor with Ania Sundstrom.

Kirsten Ashley Wiest and I will be performing pieces from our contemporary music album "Luminous."

Cuyamaca College Concert Series

April 26, 2018 (Thursday)
Performing Arts Theater,
Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA

More updates to follow!

Chamber Opera with kallisti vocal ensemble

May 11 & 12, 2018 (Fri/Sat) | 7pm
Experimental Theater,
Conrad Prebys Music Center,
University of California, San Diego


Recording sessions with Kirsten Ashley Wiest

Jan 20-21, 2018 (Sat/Sun)
University of California, San Diego

We recorded our first album titled "Luminous." We challenge ourselves with a different kind of virtuosity with each piece, whether it's rhythmic complexity, extreme vocal registers, the construction of extreme moods, or the sheer number of notes(!) Here are what you'll find in our final product:
James ErberPhoenix (2016), Jeffery HolmesFragments (2010), Jack Van ZandtApples and Time Crack in October (2015), and Ligeti, Mysteries of the Macabre (1991)

We performed all the pieces we recorded in the Jan 20-21 recording sessions!

Contemporary Music recital with Kirsten Ashley Wiest

Jan 18 (Thursday) | 3pm
Recital Hall, Conrad Prebys
Music Center, San Diego, CA


Happy composers, poet, and performers after the concert!
From left to right:
James Erber (who flew all the way from London); me; Kirsten Ashley Wiest; Jeffrey Holmes; Jack Van Zandt; Jill Freeman


Family, Kids, and Infant-Friendly Recital 2

Jan 13, 2018 (Saturday) | 3pm
Location TBD

Following a successful kids' concert last year (April 2017), we did more of this! I played Cecile Chaminade's piano character piece "Pierrette," followed by the Figmentum Ensemble's toy piano pieces by Ania Sundstrom, Kyle Rowan and Olivia Kieffer. Soprano Lauren Jones sang "A Green Dog" and "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story with me in the accompaniment . We encourage kids to talk during performance, and infants can cry as part of musicking. Bottomless crayons and colored papers are provided.

Choral directing at the Christmas Eve Family and Evening Services

Dec 24, 2017 (Sunday)
5pm - family service
8pm - evening service
St.-Mary's-In-The-Valley Episcopal Church, Ramona, CA

I will be directing the St.-Mary's vocal ensemble in performing Mark Weston's Who's The Tiny Baby and other piece in celebration of Christmas. In the period of Advent, we will be singing Patrick Liebergen's Advent Prayers. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7pm at the church sanctuary. Please e-mail me if you're interested in participating!

Presentation at the American Musicological Society Chapter Meeting

September 30, 2017
Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA

I read the paper "The Music and Politics of Pierrot, 1885-1898: Challenges and National and Gender Identities in France" at this meeting. I also demonstrated musical examples from this paper - since there is no extant commercial recording - on the piano. 

Nine years ago, I collaborated with the Raimondi College Orchestra in playing Mozart's Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 414. This time, for my alma mater's 60th Anniversary, I will be performing the first movement of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor. The concert will also feature other music ensembles and choirs of Raimondi College.

Concerto performance
with the Raimondi College Orchestra

July 3, 2017  |  7.30 pm
Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall,
Hong Kong

In my brief visit to Hong Kong earlier, I interacted with Raimondi students who played piano for me.

Image credit: Raimondi College Videography and Photography Club

Piano Masterclass at Raimondi College

March 30, 2017 | 12.30pm
Karl Hall, Raimondi College
2 Robinson Road
Hong Kong

Theme of colloquium: “Influence, Quotation, Appropriation, and Originality”

Title of talk: “Political Correctness or Ethical Limits of Creativity? Four Vignettes in Composition Related to Asian and Chinese Cultures”

Presentation at the Composition area Colloquium

May 31, 2017 | 5pm
Room 231, Conrad Prebys Music Center,
University of California, San Diego

Bula Matari (Breaker of Rocks), a chamber opera by Joshua Charney

May 22, 2017 | 7pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center
Experimental Theater
San Diego, California

I served as pianist for the premiere of three selected scenes of this opera. 

From Charney: "it’s based on the true historical story of British explorer Henry Stanley and his final expedition through the African Congo into Sudan to rescue a Egyptian appointed governor from Sudanese Islamic freedom fighters. Part of the story may have been the inspiration for Jospeh Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. My musical inspirations are grounded in the early 20th century operas of composers like Strauss and Stravinsky, as well as my own experience with jazz, and my research concerning Iranian ritual opera called Ta’ziyeh."

Family, Kids, and Infant-Friendly Piano Recital

April 29, 2017 | 4pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center
Recital Hall
San Diego, California

Kid-friendly = they can talk during performance! 
Infant-friendly= they can cry during performance!

The program featured Fireflies by Amy Beach, Piano Sonata No. 28, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and
Ballade No. 1 by Frederic Chopin

Free crayons on stage.


The babies didn't cry!

The kids were cool as well!

King Yue Li (Filbert) mini-tour @ SoCal

April 25, 2017 | 7pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center
Recital Hall
San Diego, California

April 26, 2017 | 7pm
MiMoDa Studio
Los Angeles, California

I managed and booked King Yue Li's SoCal tour - my first time as a manager!

Winner of the Japan-Hong Kong International Music Competition and the Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition, King Yue Li traveled across the United States, Germany, and Hong Kong to perform in solo piano recitals, chamber ensemble concert, and harpsichord salons. Born in Hong Kong, King Yue is a holder of the Masters degree in piano performance at Temple University. 

In this concert, we played music by John Zorn, James Erber (London), and Bill Alves. Recordings can be found here.

A "new music natural," Kirsten has traveled to numerous venues in France, Texas, and California for concert and operatic performances. She is also the winner of the Young Musicians Foundation Concerto Competition in 2015, when we collaborated in playing Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre. (See also her orchestral performance here.)


Recital with Kirsten Wiest (coloratura soprano)

April 8, 2017  |  7pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center
Concert Hall, San Diego, California

The Finnish goddess singing John Zorn's jumalattaret

Presentation at the International Musicological Society Congress (Tokyo)

March 22, 2017 

The most recognized learned society in musicology around the globe, the IMS holds its quadrennial congress (the 20th this year) in Tokyo. I'll be presenting the academic paper "Unpolitical Music as Response to Political Apathy in Hong Kong."

Course instructor appointments

July to December, 2016

I taught "Western Classical Music Appreciation" (180-student, big lecture-hall style class), "Music and the Theatrical Mask" (upper-level undergraduate seminar), and "Popular Music: Hong Kong Identities and Politics" (lower-level undergraduate lecture) at the University of California, San Diego.

Music I taught in the Appreciation course include Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4 (second movement, "Orpheus in the Hades"), Undine Smith Moore's oratorio Scenes from the Life of a Martyr, and Lei Liang's piano concerto Tremors of a Memory Chord.

Course syllabi are available upon request.

More Notable Events

Curator and CoordinatorIntercultural Music Conference and Concerts, UC San Diego, February 26-28, 2016.
Special Discussion Section Leader and Teaching Assistant, for Undergraduates with Basic Needs in English Writing (majority minorities and international students) Revelle College "Humanities" Writing Program, UC San Diego, January - June 2016.
Disabling Schubert's Erl-King, Collaboration with ASL (American Sign Language) performer and percussionist , Dec 1, 2016.