Married Vancouver-based pianists Scott Meek and Clare Yuan are The Meeks Duo, an acclaimed four-hands piano duo whose aim is to make every performance a uniquely enjoyable experience. Already well-established performers in Canada, Scott and Clare recently made their Asian debut with concerts in Japan and Taiwan, including at the prestigious Taiwan National Concert Hall.
The Meeks Duo has a repertoire covering all periods and styles, including classical masterpieces, Christmas music, tangos, and transcriptions by the Meeks. In concert, they entertain and inform with stories and anecdotes, and are always eager to surprise their audience with mid-performance antics.
Scott and Clare have received duo coachings from Ralph Markham and Kenneth Broadway of the Markham and Broadway Piano Duo. The Meeks Duo’s self-produced CD, Meet the Meeks Duo Live is popular among their fans worldwide, as are their many YouTube videos.
Scott maintains a busy schedule as one of the most in demand collaborative pianists and chamber musicians in Greater Vancouver. He has performed concertos with major orchestras in Canada, and is a top prizewinner in several national and international competitions in North America. Scott received a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University and also studied at the Oberlin Conservatory.
Clare runs a full studio of eager and talented students, who are inspired by her innovative teaching style and frequent performing opportunities. She has won scholarships and made her debut as a soloist in New York City, and as a conductor in Vancouver in 2013. Clare received a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She also studied at UBC and University of Victoria.
Scott and Clare combined musical forces shortly after they got married in 2013. They love the unique closeness of two musicians sharing a single instrument, and are happy to share this love with you!
Described by the Winnipeg Free Press as a “consummate musician” who plays with “near-impossible fluidity” and “total physical involvement and passion,” Canadian pianist Scott Meek is a highly active and sought-after collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and teacher in Vancouver, British Columbia. His extensive repertoire of collaborative works includes over 170 complete concertos and sonatas.
Scott Meek’s solo career highlights include three national first prizes (in the Shean Competition, the Knigge Competition, and the FCMF National Music Festival), and top prizes in the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, the Corpus Christi International Competition, and the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition. Meek has performed as soloist with the Edmonton, Toronto, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, as well as with several orchestras in the USA.
Scott Meek has performed as a chamber musician in many series around British Columbia, including regular concert tours as the Meeks Duo with his wife, pianist Clare Yuan, and with violin virtuoso Oleg Pokhanovski. Meek has performed in prestigious halls all over the world, including the Taiwan National Concert Hall (Taipei, Taiwan), Kennedy Centre (Washington, DC), Roy Thompson Hall (Toronto, ON), Winspear Centre (Edmonton, AB), and Centennial Concert Hall (Winnipeg, MB).
Scott Meek’s childhood teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba was Carole Pollard, a very active collaborative pianist and a strong influence on Meek’s current musical lifestyle. Meek attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, to earn his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts (East Asian Studies) degrees, studying under Alvin Chow. At the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Scott Meek received his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees, studying under the world-renowned pianist and founding member of the Beaux-Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler.
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.