Xin Jie, soprano and Sumire Worman, piano.
Xin Jie was born in Shenyang and graduated from the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory with a BA in voice performance and from the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford with a Master’s level graduate diploma in voice performance. Xin Jie was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition and has performed for audiences from New York to Atlanta and from China to Europe in many styles and in seven languages.Venues include soloing with the Shanghai Philharmonic Association; soloing in a commemoration of Mozart in Avery Fischer Hall at the Lincoln Center; soloing at the Altamura Arts Center (NY) under the direction of Anton Coppola; and soloing with the renowned Orchestra at St. Luke’s for New York’s “First Night” New Year’s Eve celebration.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Sumire Worman started playing piano at the age of 3 and continued her studies in Switzerland and Canada from age 14. She later obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in piano from The University of British Columbia, and her Master of Music degree in piano performance and literature from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. Her principal teachers are Barrie Barrington, Sara Davis Buechner, Henri-Paul Sicsic, the Canadian duo pianists James Anagnoson & Leslie Kinton, and Takahiro Hoshino.
After graduating, she has performed solo and collaborative recitals in Japan. In addition, she taught piano lessons privately and translated masterclasses given by foreign pianists. Sumire is currently living in the U.S. and she enjoys being on the music faculty at Francis Marion University as well as performing with the Florence Symphony Orchestra.
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