It all started in 2010 when Clare was in search of an accompanist for a school competition, and she was recommended Scott. The two exchanged contacts for rehearsal scheduling purposes then, and finally two years later, the two started getting to know each other through a cellphone game. Soon after their wedding in the summer of 2013, the Meeks started performing together spreading the fun of music in venues across Canada. The couple is loved by the audience.
Dr. Scott Meek
Canadian pianist Scott Meek, first-prize winner of three national competitions (Knigge, Shean, and National Music Festival), has been featured as soloist with the Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg Symphonies, as well as the Oberlin Conservatory, and Indiana University Orchestras. Scott has performed under conductors Robert Bernhardt, Glen Cortese, Eric Dudley, William Eddins, Rei Hotoda, David Hoyt, and Charles Olivieri-Munroe, among others. Scott has also won prizes in the Corpus Christi International Competition, World Piano Competition (Cincinnati), and Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council.
Described by the Winnipeg Free Press as a “consummate musician” who plays with “near-impossible fluidity” and “total physical involvement and passion,” Scott has also performed in recital series throughout North America, including University of British Columbia’s Noon Hour Recital Series, Capilano University Cap Classics, West Vancouver Community Arts Council, Qualicum Beach Music on Sunday, Valley CrossWay, Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, and the Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center (Washington, DC). He has collaborated with violin virtuoso Dr. Oleg Pokhanovski in many programs of transcriptions for violin and piano by Pokhanovski himself.
Currently, he is in high demand as a collaborative pianist in the Greater Vancouver area and is the studio accompanist of violin professor emeritus Taras Gabora. In addition, Scott regularly performs piano four-hands recitals with his wife, pianist Clare Yuan, and teaches at various music academies around the city.
The winner Vancouver Women’s Musical Society Bursary competition, pianist Chia-Hui Clare Yuan is currently studying with legendary pianists Kenneth Broadway and Ralph Markham.
Clare made her debut as soloist with the Metropolitan Philharmonic of New York Orchestra, performing the Brahms D minor piano concerto. She took on the role of conductor to lead the Vancouver Orchestra Club Symphony for the 2013/2014 winter concert season. She has been actively involved in performing with the clarinet, cello and piano ensemble, Trio Dolce. Soon after her wedding in 2013, she formed the Meeks Duo with her husband, pianist Dr. Scott Meek. They enjoy spreading the fun of four-hands piano music.
Clare was under the guidance of the famous Canadian pianist Jane Coop, who was the head of the piano department at University of British Columbia. Clare received her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, studying with Dr. Arkady Aronov. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria, studying with Professor Eva Solar-Kinderman.
Clare is currently residing in Vancouver, Canada with her husband. She is an active performer and she has been a frequent guest on FairChild Radio and FairChild Television discussing topics about music learning. She also runs her own piano studio, with the hopes of inspiring young talents to find their love for music.