Artist Recital Series
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Myra Huang, piano
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 8 p.m.
Nicholas Phan and Myra Huang replace John Relyea and Warren Jones, originally scheduled on this date.
Grammy-nominated American lyric tenor Nicholas Phan continues to distinguish himself as one of the most compelling tenors performing today. Known for his artful and communicative performances, his repertoire ranges from Bach to Sondheim, with the music of Benjamin Britten a particular specialty.
His widely praised musicality and intellect has been showcased in major halls with leading orchestras and opera companies including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, BBC Symphony, and English Chamber Orchestra, and the Houston, Seattle, Glyndebourne, Frankfurt, and Atlanta opera companies.
Adept at the intimate concert experience, Phan has dedicated his energies to art song and vocal chamber music repertoire as a founder and the artistic director of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago. He has collaborated with many chamber musicians, including pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Jeremy Denk; guitarist Eliot Fisk; violinist James Ehnes; and horn player Gail Williams. His most recent solo albums of this kind of repertoire—Britten: Still Fall the Rain and Britten: Winter Words (AVIE)—were named best classical recordings of 2011 and 2012 by the New York Times.
Opera News has proclaimed Myra Huang as one of the top accompanists of her generation for her work on stages around the world. She has served on the music staffs of the Washington National Opera and New York City Opera. She works frequently with Placido Domingo on his multinational competition Operalia and with the Marilyn Horne Foundation throughout the United States. A graduate of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio, Huang earned a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Martin Canin, and a master's degree in collaborative piano from the Manhattan School under Warren Jones.
Nicholas Phan, Photo by Henry Dombey