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Presented by the Happy Valley Cultural Center.

Chamber On The Mountain honors the traditional
while celebrating the innovative and the intermingling of nascent talent with venerated masters.

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Hanzhi Wang


Hanzhi Wang, Accordion
Photo by Matt Dine


October 4 - November 4, 2020

Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) (arr. Ferrucio Busoni)
Ave Maria - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) (arr. Charles Gounod)
Sonata in D minor, K9 - Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Sonata in C Major, K159 - Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Sonata in G Major, K146 - Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Impromptu - Katherine Balch (1991-)
My Story - Hanzhi Wang (1990-)
Revis Fairy Tale (I. Chichikov's Childhood) - Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)



Hanzhi Wang, Accordionist

Hanzhi Wang, Accordion
Photo by Matt Dine

Musical America Worldwide New Artist of the Month, July 2018
First Prize, 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions
First Prize, 40th Castelfidardo International Accordion Competition (Italy)
Peter P. Marino Debut Prize of YCA
Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists of YCA
Ruth Laredo Award of YCA
Candlelight Concert Society Prize
Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Prize
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Prize
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Prize
Tannery Pond Concerts Prize
University of Florida Performing Arts Prize
Usedom Music Festival Prize
Vancouver Recital Society Prize
Washington Performing Arts Prize  

"Ms. Wang dazzled all at the full house at the Kennedy Center with her skills and musicianship. She offered a program of surprisingly daring and eclectic repertoire, including a wide range of classical repertoire explored so masterfully that it seems as if these works had actually been written for the accordion in the first place. It was a genuinely eye-opening evening. Hanzhi Wang is undoubtedly well on her way to a brilliant career that is certain to be much discussed."

"Hanzhi Wang gave a remarkable performance. She displayed staggering virtuosity and a gift for drawing colors and magical dynamics from her accordion. It was an inspiring mixture of passion and finesse. Putting a regal polish on every phrase, her sparkling technique held the audience in a state of breathlessness, as thrilling to watch as to hear."

"Hanzhi Wang isn’t the first accordionist to specialize in classical music, but she is the first one ever to earn inclusion on the Young Concert Artists roster. That’s a pretty big deal. Nothing beats the plaintive lusciousness of Wang’s instrument of choice. She has a magically dynamic new album, and her Carnegie Hall debut in Zankel Hall is one of THE big accordion events of the year in New York."

Praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that are technically and musically masterful, the groundbreaking young musician Hanzhi Wang is the only accordionist to ever win a place on the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 59-year history. She is proving herself to be the perfect ambassador for her instrument.

Other firsts include being named Musical America "New Artist of the Month," an interview and performance on the 2,145th episode of New York WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase as the first solo accordionist on the program, and the Naxos label’s first-ever solo accordion CD, Ms. Wang’s "On the Path to H.C. Andersen,” which was nominated for the prestigious DR (Danish Radio) P2 Prize in 2019.

First Prize Winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Ms. Wang’s debut opened the 2018-19 YCA Series in New York in The Peter Marino Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and her Washington, DC debut opened the 40th Anniversary Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center, co-presented with Washington Performing Arts. This season, the Young Concert Artists Series will present her in New York with YCA’s Omer Quartet, in the Summis Auspiciis Concert at The Morgan Library and Museum.



Hanzhi Wang, AccordionistMs. Wang was awarded YCA prizes for performances for Candlelight Concert Society in Columbia, MD; Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, FL; Tri-I Noon Recitals at Rockefeller University in New York City; Vancouver Recital Society; Tannery Pond Concerts (NY), Usedom (Germany) Festival; Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (NC); University of Florida Performing Arts Prize; and Krannert Center at the University of Illinois in Urbana. In addition, Alan & Judy Kosloff and Mike Lubin & Anne-Marie McDermott sponsorship her YCA Fellowship, and she holds the Ruth Laredo Prize and Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists of YCA.

Additional invitations to perform have come from the Oregon Music Festival for a performance as soloist with orchestra, IRIS Orchestra in Tennessee, Palm Beach Symphony, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center (AL), Leaf Peeper Concerts (MA), Grand County (CO) Concert Series, the Bravo! Vail and Ibagué (Colombia) Music Festivals, and YCA alumnus Alexander Fiterstein’s Clarinet Academy in Minneapolis.

Ms. Wang won First Prize in the 40th Castelfidardo International Accordion Competition in Italy. She inspires the next generation of accordionists with lectures, performances and master classes, at the Manhattan School of Music, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Tianjin Music Conservatory, Ghent Music Conservatory (Belgium), and in Norway and Portugal. Composers Martin Lohse, James Black and Sophia Gubaidulina have written and dedicated works to her.

Ms. Wang earned her Bachelor’s degree at the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She completed her Master’s degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with the renowned accordion professor Geir Draugsvoll, and now serves as an assistant teacher at the Academy.

Hanzhi Wang is represented by Young Concert Artists, Inc.

Watch a Message from Hanzhi Wang
Young Concert Artists' "Songs of Comfort" Series


Upcoming Performances

Albert Cano Smit, Pianist
Albert Cano Smit, Pianist

Concert Details to be Announced

Albert Cano Smit, Pianist

Logan House
at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist
Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist
Photo by Christian Steiner

Christopher Goodpasture, Pianist
Christopher Goodpasture, Pianist

Concert Details to be Announced

Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist

with Christopher Goodpasture, Pianist

Logan House
at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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March 2020

Zlatomir Fung Wins 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant!

Zlatomir Fung, Cellist

The Avery Fisher Artist Program announced March 25th that 20-year-old cellist Zlatomir Fung has been awarded
a 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant of $25,000. The program recognizes talented instrumentalists whom
the Executive Committee determines have great potential for solo careers. 


June 2019

Announcing the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist, Zlatomir Fung

The Cello Jury of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia has awarded
20 year-old Zlatomir Fung the competition’s First Prize and Gold Medal, following his Final Round performance
of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 2 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Zlatomir Fung performed for Chamber On The Mountain on March 3, 2019 and an all-Brahms program on March 1, 2020.

Congratulations Zlatomir!

Pianist Albert Cano Smit Won First Prize at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions!

Albert Cano Smit, Pianist

Spanish/Dutch pianist Albert Cano Smit won First Prize at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, as well as The Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert Prize for support of his Kennedy Center debut, the Friends of Music Concert Prize (NY), and the Sunday Musicale Prize (NJ). Other prizes include First Prizes at the 2017 Walter W. Naumburg Piano Competition, which presented him in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.

As soloist with orchestra, Mr. Cano Smit has performed with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the Manchester Camerata, the Nottingham Youth Orchestra, and the American Youth Symphony. In recital, he has performed at L’Auditori de Barcelona, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and on tour in Spain. Mr. Cano Smit currently studies with Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School. Previous teachers include Ory Shihor, Graham Caskie and Marta Karbownicka. He has benefited from major artistic advice by YCA alumni Richard Goode and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, with whom he gave four-hand performances at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles and Wallis Annenberg Center Hall in Beverly Hills. Mr. Cano Smit is an alumnus of the Verbier Festival Academy.

Albert Cano Smit performed for Chamber On The Mountain with Flutist, Anthony Trionfo on March 4, 2018.

Albert will be back to perform a solo piano performance on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 3 pm.
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Congratulations Albert!

Heidi Lehwalder, Artistic Director for Chamber On The Mountain,
Receives the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's (first-ever) 2018 Distinguished Alum Award

Heidi Lehwalder

Former SYSO musician Heidi Lehwalder is an internationally renowned harpist who has performed and taught around the globe. In recognition of Lehwalder's remarkable career and her ongoing dedication to coaching young musicians, SYSO is thrilled to present her with their first-ever Distinguished Alum Award at The Power of Music Benefit Luncheon, April 22, 2018.

Heidi Lehwalder's career highlights include:

  • First recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize (now the Avery Fisher Career Grant)
  • Only harpist to ever tour with the famed Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont
  • Served as Professor of Harp at the School of Music at the University of Washington
  • Appeared on Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts on CBS at age 14
  • Performed as guest artist with more than 65 orchestras including: New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, and, of course, Seattle Symphony where she has appeared 55 times 

Met Opera’s New Concertmaster: The Canadian Violinist Nikki Chooi

Nikki Chooi

The Metropolitan Opera announced Thursday that its next concertmaster would be the young Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi,
who performed for Chamber On The Mountain on May 1, 2016. Mr. Chooi, 27, who was offered a one-year contract beginning next month,
will join the Met’s other concertmaster, David Chan.
Read the Article that appeared in the New York Times, July 6, 2016

Congratulations Nikki!

The Real Star of the 2016 Grammys was Ji-Yong Kim, the Pianist from That Android Commercial

Watch Video of Ji-Yong Kim's Android Commercial

Ji, Pianist, performed for Chamber On The Mountain on Sunday, May 17, 2015 and also Sunday, September 23, 2018..
Watch his phenomenal performance in a commercial that aired during the 2016 Grammy Awards Show.



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