LIEDERFEST IN SUZHOU 2014 fulfilled its mission successfully. During May 19-30, this festival enriched the cultural and musical life of the city of Suzhou and Soochow University, while dedicating to the depth and breadth of western and Chinese art songs. It is the first of such festival in China in terms of its scope and topic.
Faculty and guests from Soochow University and such world-renowned institutions as the Glenn Gould School and the Juilliard School, along with 11 voice/piano participants from China and the United States, reached out to audience of over 3000. They celebrated art songs (in Italian, German, French, Russian, English, and Chinese) across 3 centuries of music in 7 masterclasses/colloquium and 5 public performances, at various venues, such as Soochow University (Dushu and Old campuses), and Dushu Lake Church.
President Zhu of Soochow University, along with leaders, media, and members of the community, attended the opening concert “Song Without Words” performed by Dean Dr. Hekun Wu and Soochow and Liederfest faculty. The festival finished with a special performance of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde”, sung by local formidable Yang Guang (mezzo) and Zhu Yi Dong (tenor), in a modern Chinese translation text, accompanied by the premiere arrangement for two pianos by Professor Lucas Wong.
Margo Garrett, a distinguished guest and pedagogue from the Juilliard School, gave a special lecture in hopes to pave ways for the future study and understanding of the art of collaborative piano in China, which is the fastest growing field of piano study globally.
(Photo credit: Justin John Moniz, Lucas Wong, SUSM Office)