New England Conservatory: Xiang Yu, violin, and Yannick Rafalimanana, piano
April 7, 2014
Award-winning New England Conservatory students Xiang Yu, violin, and Yannick Rafalimanana, piano, perform Vitali’s Chaconne; Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, L. 140; Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 5, in F major, “Spring” (Op. 24); and Sarasate’s Spanish Dances “Habañera” (Op. 21).
Winner of the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition among many other prizes, Xiang Yu, a native of Inner Mongolia, is widely regarded as one of today’s most talented and creative young violinists. Xiang is a candidate for NEC’s Artist Diploma and is the only instrumentalist in the prestigious program.
Yannick Rafalimanana has performed in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout Europe, the United States, South America, Africa, and Middle East. Winning the first prize in the 2012 Tufts/New England Conservatory Soloist Competition, he made his U.S. debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra under Keith Lockhart. He joined the NEC’s Master’s in Music program after studies in his native Lille in northern France.