Joy Pan and Lan Qiu, violin
Marilyn Kredel, collaborative piano
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3 PM
Scottsdale Presbyterian Church
Hayden and Osborn Roads, Scottsdale
Free Admission – Donations Accepted
Joy JiaYe Pan began her music training at age of four. When she was thirteen, she won the national entrance competition for Shanghai Conservatory, one of the most prestigious music schools in China. She attended Andrews University, Michigan for her Bachelor of Music degree and earned her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the School of Music at Arizona State University. Between 2005 and 2010, she served the concertmaster for the Chandler Symphony Orchestra in Arizona. Currently, she is the concertmaster for the La Forza Chamber Orchestra, based in Scottsdale, AZ. She has served the concertmaster for ASU Chamber Orchestra between 1998 and 1999. She has appeared as a concert soloist with the Chandler Symphony, La Forza Chamber Orchestra and Musica Nova Orchestra.
In 2008, she premiered the “Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto” by Chen/He in Arizona, the most beloved virtuoso violin work in many Asian countries, accompanied by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra.
Together with her husband Lan Qiu, violinist with the Phoenix Symphony, they are always enthusiastic to share their music with the community. From concert halls to hospitals, churches to family settings, they are the best fit for a violin duet. For the past 21 years, Ms. Pan has been dedicating much of her time in providing superior classical music training in violin performance for students of various ages. Currently she teaches at her private violin studio in Ahwatukee, Arizona. Besides her passion for music, she also enjoys playing tennis, hiking, dining and cooking.
Lan Qiu began learning violin at age seven in Wuhan, China, from his uncle who was self-taught. When he was only nine, he began playing in youth orchestras to entertain international visitors as China opened up to tourism after President Nixon’s historic visit in 1974. Following graduation from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1989, he joined the first violin section of the China Central Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the China National Symphony Orchestra) in Beijing and served as acting Concertmaster until 1996. Qiu was the winner of the National Youth Violinist Competition in 1990. In 1996, he was elected as the “Outstanding Young Artist of China.”
Qiu came to the United States in 2000 and has been playing in the first violin section of the Phoenix Symphony since 2003. With great honor, he was asked to perform at the First Shanghai Worldwide Chinese Artist 2006 New Year’s Concert in China. He has also appeared with the Chandler and Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestras, and in 2012 was guest concertmaster of Guiyang Symphony Orchestra in China.
In December, 2009, he proudly became a citizen of the United States and on August 5, 2010, Qiu performed the National Anthem with MusicaNova Orchestra principal violist Dwight Lear for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Playing a variety of music is his greatest passion, including classical, sacred, solo, orchestral and chamber music. Together with his wife, violinist Joy Pan, they are always enthusiastic to share their music with the community. From concert halls to hospitals, churches to family settings, they are the best fit for a violin duet.
Collaborative pianist Marilyn Kredel has performed in such revered venues as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the famous Bach churches of Germany, and Carnegie Hall in New York City, but many of her favorites have been in some of the most remote places on earth such as Pitcairn Island, Bonaire, and Molokai! She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at Wheaton College, her M.M in Musicology from Northwestern University, and did advanced piano studies at Eastman School of Music. She has held teaching and performance positions at Wheaton College, Georgetown College, Colonial Williamsburg, and various churches throughout the U.S. Her CDs When Morning Gilds the Skies, and Christmas Eve Lullaby with violinist Lan Qiu, feature classic masterworks blended with timeless hymns or carols arranged by Marilyn Reimer.
In addition to her music degrees, she has master’s degrees in business and information systems. Her business positions have included the Smithsonian Institution, PricewaterhouseCoopers in Frankfurt, Germany, and financial institution consulting firms. on all seven continents where she has traveled with her husband, Don, to gain a better understanding of other peoples and cultures. Since 1995 she has been Associate Organist at Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, and sings with The Phoenix Symphony Chorus. She is active on boards of cultural and charitable organizations including the American Guild of Organists, Board of Overseers of the Phoenix Symphony, and the Director’s Circle of the Phoenix Art Museum.