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Sunny Qu, pianist replaces Ilya Poletaev on Oct. 4

Due to illness, the concert of Ilya Poletaev has been postponed.  We are going to work very hard to reschedule it during the 2015-16.  We are extremely grateful to pianist Sunny Qu who will be replacing Mr. Poletaev.  Read about his accomplishments and programme below.

All tickets for Mr. Poletaev’s concert are still valid for Sun. Oct. 4 at 2 PM.

Mr. Qu will play the following repertoire:

Eight Memories in Water Color                           Tan Dun (Born 1957)               Missing Moon      

Sonata in B flat major, KV333                     W.A. Mozart  (1756-1791)

Souvenirs d’Europe                                        Jared Miller (Born 1988)             Fontaines (Le Parc du Chateau, Nice, France)

Miroirs                                                       Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) III. Une barque sur l’océan  IV. Alborada del gracioso


Dumka, op. 59                                       P.I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Un poco di Chopin, op. 72 no. 15         P.I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Souvenirs d’Europe                                       Jared Miller (Born 1988)               I. Origines (Cathedrale Notre Dame, Paris, France)

Barcarolle, op. 60 in F-sharp Major                F. Chopin  (1810-1849)

Polonaise in A flat major, op. 53                     F. Chopin  (1810-1849)

Sunny Qu, pianist

Pianist Sunny Qu was born in Qingdao, China and later raised in Vancouver, Canada. Sunny began piano lessons at an early age, and has met with success and recognition in competitions and festivals since his teenage years. Since then he has performed on three continents in such venues as the Weiner Salle in Salzburg, Austria, Duke’s Hall in London, England, and the Chan Centre in his native Vancouver, as well as being invited to perform in the Russian Embassy of Osaka, Japan on a special occasion.

Equally at home with repertoire from the Baroque period to the modern day, Sunny is known for eclectic to approach to programming innovative recitals with a link to the past. This has been cultivated by an interest in the composer and pianist Ferruccio Busoni. In addition to actively seeking out and performing Busoni’s lesser known compositions.

Sunny was the third prize winner of the 2009 Knigge Competition, as well as a past winner of the UBC Concerto Competition. He has subsequently performed with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as the West Coast Symphony Orchestra. He was also the recipient of the Johann Strauss Foundation Award in 2009, and the Else Cross Brahms Prize from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England in 2013.

Sunny was a graduate of the UBC School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Sara Davis Buechner and Hamish Milne. His past teachers include renowned pedagogue Edward Parker and concert pianist Ian Parker. He was also fortunate to receive guidance during his studies from such artists as Anton Kuerti, Robert Levin, Joanna MacGregor, Pascal Devoyon, and Steven Osborne.

Sunny Qu, piano

Sunny Qu, piano (photo: Yukiko Onley)

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