Violist Hong Mei Xiao, first-prize winner of the Geneva International Music Competition, will be performing on the Patron of the Arts Distinguished Performers Series on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Edinburg Campus, Performing Arts Complex.

The extraordinary artistry and brilliant virtuoso technique of Hong Mei Xiao have gained accolades from critics across the globe. She has made an international career as a soloist with performances in major concert halls and with orchestras of the greatest distinction throughout the world. Recent performance highlights include concerts in Europe, Asia and the U.S. with an appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Geneva Tribune heralded Hong Mei Xiao’s performance as “overwhelmingly masterful.” The Sunday Telegraph praised her recording as “extraordinary technically and expressively,” and the Ha’aretz lauded “The soloist Hong-Mei Xiao was wondrous.” She was honored as a United States Artistic Ambassador. She is also the featured soloist in the Naoxs world premiere recording of the original and revised versions of the Bartok Viola Concerto, which has won rave reviews and international critical acclaim since its release.

Violinist Sergiu Schwartz’s international concert appearances have taken him to major music centers on four continents, including twenty European countries, Israel, Asia, Canada, and over forty U. S. states, as soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber music concerts.  He will be performing at the UTRGV PAC in Edinburg on Sunday, April 15, at 5 p.m.

“Following in the footsteps of his fellow countrymen Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, he is a product of the best of European romantic interpretative style and 20th-Century American technical acuity,” states New York’s Newsday, while Le Soleil (Canada) notes that “he stands out as one of the best violinists of his generation.”

Mr. Schwartz combines his performing career with his position as Professor of Violin at the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, and as Professor at Haute Ecole de Musique et Conservatoire de Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a frequent guest at music festivals in the United States, Israel, Switzerland, Finland, England, France, Holland, Romania, Bulgaria and China, and serves on the artist faculty of the Bowdoin (Maine), Summit (New York), Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), and Keshet Eilon (Israel) international music festivals.

Tickets are $15 General admission, $10 Seniors, and $5 Students.   Group rates for schools are available.
Tickets are available at the door or at patron.utrgv.edu/events

For more information on the concerts call (956) 665-3881 or (956) 665-2353 .

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