June’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. in its community room. It will feature the Trio con Brio, San Diego performing music by Shostakovich, J S Bach, Gaspar Cassado, David Popper, Beethoven, Schumann, Lizst, and Mendelssohn. Trio members are violinist Shirley Wu, cellist Meagan Wu, and pianist Stephen Ai, all juniors at Canyon Crest Academy. The concert will last 45 minutes.
The Trio was formed in April 2011. Since then it has performed in many libraries, charity fund raising events, senior centers, and nursing homes, and has won top awards in competitions in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.
Shirley Wu has been playing violin for 11 years and currently studies with Michael and Irina Tseitlin. She is currently assistant principal violinist of the Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Chamber Orchestra of the San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS). She has also performed with San Diego Symphony in a Side-By-Side Performance.
Meagan Wu has been playing cello for nine years and studies with Ruslan Biryukov. She is currently assistant principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Chamber Orchestra of the SDYS. She has won many competitions and scholarships, and has performed in Carnegie Hall. This summer she will solo with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia and participate in the Mozart Concert Academy Summer Program in Germany.
Stephen Ai began studying piano at age 5 and has received many local and state first-place awards for his musicianship, including those of the California Contemporary State Competition, American Protege International Music Talent, and American Fine Arts Festival this year. He is currently a student of Anna Stal and has performed with various chamber orchestras and other ensembles, including the San Diego Symphony in 2007 and the Los Angeles Bach Festival Orchestra in 2010. Stephen performed in Carnegie Hall in May and will perform there again in December this year.
The library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. For more information call (858) 552-1668.