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。
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.
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.
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。