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.
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 80 complete concertos and over 70 complete 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.
In Greater Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, over fifteen different recital series have invited Scott Meek to perform as a chamber musician. Meek frequently plays in recitals as The Meeks Duo with his wife, pianist Clare Yuan, and with violin virtuoso Oleg Pokhanovski. With Pokhanovski, he has performed over five hours worth of music, consisting almost entirely of Pokhanovski’s original transcriptions for violin and piano.
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.