About The Duo/關於雙人組

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Married Vancouver-based pianists Scott Meek and Clare Yuan are The Meeks Duo: a highly acclaimed four-hands ensemble. They perform all genres of music with great passion, commitment, and a sense of youthful energy that is contagious to audiences everywhere. Recent performance highlights include being the featured artists at the 2017 Vancouver Women’s Musical Society Gala at the Vancouver Academy of Music’s Koerner Hall, and stepping in with only two days notice as replacement artists to perform a full recital for the Music Friends house concert series. Their debut self-produced CD, “Meet the Meeks Duo Live,” is popular among their audiences and fans worldwide, as are their many YouTube videos.

The Meeks Duo has accumulated a vast repertoire of over 400 minutes of music, covering a wide range of styles and periods. From Christmas programs (wearing Santa hats) to programs featuring sizzling tangos from South America, they strive to make their recital experiences as fun and enjoyable for their audiences as possible. They aren’t afraid to think (and play!) outside the box and have included repertoire that incorporates acting, sound effects, and acrobatics. Knowledgeable on all repertoire that they perform, they entertain audiences with stories and descriptions interspersed throughout each performance.

The Meeks Duo was formed in 2014, and from its first concert, it has maintained a very busy performing schedule, performing in recital series across Canada. Scott and Clare have both received lessons from the highly experienced and eminent piano duo Ralph Markham and Kenneth Broadway, who have played hundreds of concerts all over North America. Outside of the Meeks Duo, Scott is one of the most in demand collaborative pianists and chamber musicians in Greater Vancouver. Clare runs a full studio of eager and talented students, who are constantly inspired by her innovative teaching style and frequent performing opportunities.

溫哥華著名夫妻檔鋼琴家史考特。米克博士與袁佳慧所組成的『米克雙人組』是極受好評的四手聯彈雙人組。們以極大的熱情,投入和充滿青春活力的感覺表演所有類型的音樂,這些表演對各地的觀眾都極具感染性。 他們近期的演出亮點包括2017年由溫哥華婦女音樂協會舉辦在溫哥華音樂學院的克爾納音樂廳的音樂晚會的特別邀請藝術家,和在只有兩天準備情況下,作為替代鋼琴家,為『音樂友人』音樂會系列組織演奏完整的音樂會。他們自行生產的CD ”認識米克雙人組現場版“和他們的YouTube影片廣受世界各地的觀眾歡迎和喜愛。

米克雙人組擁有超過400分鐘的廣泛類型演出音樂曲目。從聖誕音樂曲目(包括戴著聖誕帽演出)到炙熱的南美探戈音樂演出,他們的表演方式讓觀眾不僅僅是讓音樂變得更有趣,更讓觀眾更進一步享受音樂會的演出。他們”新穎”的想法和表演方式,除了彈奏鋼琴外,經常融入了演戲,音效等讓觀眾更耳目一新的技術外,還以故事和解說的方式將他們對曲目的知識傳達給觀眾。而這也正是他們的音樂會讓觀眾能更深入享受音樂曲目的特色之一。

米克雙人組於2014成立之後馬上成為加拿大跨國受邀演出的組合。史考特和袁佳慧都曾受克勞迪奧。阿勞的鋼琴雙人組弟子:拉爾夫馬克姆和肯尼斯百老匯的指導。除了米克雙人組的演出外,史考特同時也是溫哥華極受歡迎的合奏家和空間音樂演奏家。袁佳慧則是溫哥華頗受好評的鋼琴老師,經營著一個工作室,以創新的教學風格和頻繁的表演機會啟發帶領著充滿熱情和有才華的學生。

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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.

Scott began piano studies at the age of six, taking lessons with Carole Pollard in Winnipeg, Manitoba, before enrolling at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, to earn his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts (East Asian Studies) degrees, studying piano under Alvin Chow. At the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Scott received his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees, studying under world-renowned pianist and Distinguished Professor, Menahem Pressler.

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.

身為多數國內外鋼琴比賽的冠軍,加拿大鋼琴家史考特米克博士曾受邀以獨奏者身份與多倫多交響樂團,愛民頓交響樂團,和溫尼伯交響樂團演出。同時,也曾於在學期間與奧柏林音樂學院和印第安納大學交響樂團等演出。米克博士與多位指揮家合作演出。所贏得的比賽包括了加拿大肯尼基鋼琴比賽,西恩鋼琴比賽,埃克哈特格拉瑪特比賽和國內音樂比賽,國際比賽包括了科伯斯克里斯蒂國際比賽和世界鋼琴比賽,並且得到加拿大藝術委員會和馬尼托巴藝術委員會的贊助與支持。

曾被溫尼伯媒體稱作用“幾乎非人能達到的流暢”和“熱情與完全肢體投入”的”完美音樂家“,米克博士於整個大北美洲做過多場演出,包括英皇哥倫比亞大學午間音樂系列,卡皮蘭諾大學古典音樂系列,西溫社區藝術委員會,奎里肯海灘星期天音樂系列,十字谷音樂系列,溫尼伯婦女音樂俱樂部舉辦獨奏音樂會和肯尼迪中心的千年舞台演出。他同時更是固定與小提琴演奏家奧列格坡可和諾夫斯基博士演出奧列格自己為小提琴和鋼琴編寫的名曲。

六歲時的米克博士在加拿大溫尼伯開始和凱羅頗拉德習琴。在奧柏林音樂學院的指導老師為阿爾文周,並同時取得了音樂學士學位和文科學士學位(東亞研究)雙學位。之後便在世界級名鋼琴家梅納漢普雷斯勒的指導下,於普雷斯勒任教的印第安納大學音樂系取得碩士學位以及博士學位。

米克博士與妻子袁佳慧於2014年成立了『米克雙人組』鋼琴四手聯彈夫妻組。他們”新穎”的想法和表演方式,除了彈奏鋼琴外,經常融入了演戲,音效等讓觀眾更耳目一新的技術外,還以故事和解說的方式將他們對曲目的知識傳達給觀眾,讓他們深得觀眾的喜愛。同時,米克博士目前是溫哥華極受歡迎的合奏家和空間音樂演奏家,更是固定為名小提琴家塔拉斯哥勃拉教授的學生伴奏。

Clare+Yuan+Advanced+Piano+TeacherClare Yuan

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 has been active and invited to many music series in western Canada, including Capilano University Cap Classics, West Vancouver Community Arts Council, Qualicum Beach Music on Sunday, Valley CrossWay.  While in school, 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. Her passionate conducting was loved by the audience. 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.

溫哥華婦女音樂協會音樂比賽歷年冠軍,鋼琴家袁佳慧目前為克勞迪奧阿勞的名傳奇鋼琴二人組弟子拉爾夫馬克和和肯尼斯百老匯的學生。

袁佳慧活躍於加拿大西岸,經常受邀於各個音樂系列演出,包括卡皮蘭諾大學古典音樂系列,西溫社區藝術委員會,奎里肯海灘星期天音樂系列,十字谷音樂系列。學生時期曾受邀與美國紐約都會愛樂交響樂團演出布拉姆斯第一號鋼琴協奏曲,獲得觀眾廣大好評。又受邀於溫哥華交響樂俱樂部樂團擔任2013/2014音樂季的指揮,熱情演出極受觀眾喜愛。近年,她在空間音樂表演這塊更為活躍,包括與黑管家肖恩厄爾,大提琴家萊恩頓組成的甜之三重奏。袁佳慧結婚後在2014年與他的先生,鋼琴家史考特米克博士組成了米克雙人組成立了罕見的鋼琴四手聯彈夫妻組。 夫妻兩人非常享受和觀眾分享四手聯彈的樂趣,並透過”新穎”的想法和表演方式,讓彈奏的曲目融入了演戲和音效等讓觀眾更耳目一新。此外,他們更以故事和解說的方式將他們對曲目的知識傳達給觀眾,絕對是讓觀眾能更深入享受音樂會的特色之一。

袁佳慧的歷年的指導老師包括曾經擔任英倫哥倫比亞大學音樂系系主任兼教授的名加拿大鋼琴家,Jane Coop。在紐約曼哈頓音樂學院任教,幫助她順利在該校取得碩士學位的Dr. Arkady Aronov。還有加拿大維多利亞大學的指導老師Eva Solar-Kinderman教授。

袁佳慧目前與她的先生定居於加拿大溫哥華。除了在加拿大各處活躍的演出,她也經常受邀于加拿大中文電台FM96.1與城市電視為嘉賓探討音樂相關的各類話題。她同時有自己的音樂教室,並且以創新的教學風格和頻繁的表演機會啟發帶領著充滿熱情和有才華的學生。