MusicaNova Young Artists violinist Belle Wang, 17, a senior at Mountain View High School, and pianist Sage Binder, 17, a junior pursuing independent study, see out the old year and bring in the new.
Saturday, December 29
17-year-old violinist, Belle Wang is recognized as one of the outstanding young performers today. Among many of her accomplishments in recent years, she won numerous important music competitions, including American String Teachers Association State Solo Competition and Music Teachers National Association State Competitions in Arizona (in both Junior and Senior Divisions), Chandler Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Solo Competition and Chamber Music competition, Philadelphia International Music Festival Young Musicians Solo Competition, International Grand Music Competition, Judges’ Distinction Award – Plaque Trophy Winner in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, and the Grand-Prize in the Phoenix Youth Symphony Young Musicians Concerto Competition, among others. She appeared multiple times as winner/soloist in recitals at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, and performed Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Ravel’s Tzigane with Chandler Symphony Orchestra, and Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Four Seasons Orchestra in Arizona. In addition, she was featured as outstanding young performer at internationally renowned music festivals including the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy (2014), Philadelphia International Music Festival (2015), Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy (2016), Interlochen International Music Festival (2017), where she was a full-scholarship recipient and Concertmaster of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Montecito International Music Festival in California (2018). In Arizona, Belle serves as Concertmaster for Arizona All-State Orchestra, the Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestra, and for the Mountain View High School’s Chamber Orchestra, where she is a student.
Belle began studying the violin at age 7 with MusicaNova favorites, duo violinists Lan Qiu and Joy Pan. Since age 11, she has been a student of Danwen Jiang, Professor of Violin at Arizona State University. In addition, she has studied in masterclasses and music festivals with Rachel Barton Pine, Frank Huang, Martin Charlifour, Margaret Batjer, members of the Shanghai Quartet, among others.
Belle’s Recital Program
With Xiaoqian Gou, Collaborative Piano
Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
I. Allegro moderato
Niccolò Paganini: Caprice, Op. 2 No. 1
Eugène Ysaÿe: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, “Georges Enescu”
I. Ballades: Lento molto sostenuto
II. Allegro in tempo giusto e con bravura
Sage Binder, 16, is currently pursuing independent study. He was born in Arizona but spent most of his childhood living in Alaska and Egypt. He began learning piano at the age of 8 on a summer vacation to Phoenix and continued his study abroad with Pascal Rozier in Cairo. Since moving back to Phoenix in 2014, he has been studying with Mrs. Snezana Krstic. Sage has participated at numerous competitions and received awards at Elder Competition.
Other than playing piano, Sage enjoys tennis and plays varsity for North Canyon High School. Sage also works at Sprouts Farmers Market and volunteers at St. Mary’s Food Bank. In his free time, he likes programming and playing video games. He plans to take classes at Paradise Valley Community College, then transfer to ASU to study Music and Software Engineering.
Sage’s Recital Program
François Couperin: Les Barricades Mystérieuses
F. J. Haydn: Sonata in C, Hob.XVI/50
Frédéric Chopin: Étude in A-flat major, Op. 25, No. 1 “Aeolian Harp”
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23