Praised by The New York Times for “combining the outward purity of a Renaissance angel and a voice of powerful warmth and excellent musicality,” American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is quickly making a name for herself as a rising star of the opera world. During the 2008-2009 season, she appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Kitty Oppenheimer in the New York premiere of John Adams Doctor Atomic, and will sing the same role with English National Opera in her European debut. Ms. Cooke is a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera, and has previously appeared in the Met’s productions of Hansel and Gretel, Iphigénie en Tauride, and Manon Lescaut. An acclaimed concert soloist and recitalist, Ms. Cooke has performed with the Met Chamber Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra New England, and Oratorio Society of New York, among others. She made her New York and Washington, DC recital debuts in 2007 as the First Prize winner in the 2007 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.Pianist Pei-Yao Wang has established herself as a
prominent soloist and chamber musician. She made her official
orchestral debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra at age 8 and has
since performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Wang has collaborated with members of the
Chicago, Mendelssohn, and Miro quartets; and has performed with other
distinguished artists such as Claude Frank, Hilary Hahn, David Shifrin,
and Mitsuko Uchida. She is also regularly invited to perform at
festivals including Marlboro, Caramoor, Norfolk, La Jolla, Ravinia,
and Bridgehampton in New York. She has been a member of Chamber Music
Society Two at Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann
Young Artists program.
in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Wang was the youngest pianist ever to receive
the overall First Prize in the Taiwan National Piano Competition, at
the age of eight. Four years later, she was invited to study at The
Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Seymour Lipkin and
Gary Graffman. She then studied with Claude Frank at Yale University,
where she received a Master of Music degree. She currently resides in
New York City, where for several years she was under the tutelage of
celebrated pianist Richard Goode.