April 29, 2019
NEW YORK – Talented musician and Thessaloniki-native Ellie Tsachtani performs on Friday, May 3, 7 PM, in a flute recital with Haodong Wu on piano at the Aaron Copeland School of Music, Choral Room 264, at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. Admission to the event is free.
The program includes pieces by Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach, Georges Bizet, Eugene Bozza, Frank Martin, and Carl Reinecke.
Tsachtani began playing the flute at a young age and was then accepted at the renowned State Conservatory of Thessaloniki where she received her Diploma with A+. After that, Tsachtani moved to New York at age 18 with a full ride scholarship from Bard College where she pursued a double degree in a five-year program and earned a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Dance. She earned her Master’s degree in Classical Music Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
Tsachtani spoke with The National Herald recently about her work and about the upcoming performance. She noted that, “I have put together a repertoire that I feel very strongly about and am incredibly excited to be performing it soon.”
She continued, “I am also preparing a recording of the same repertoire that consists of two solo pieces, one of them by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and the other by the French composer Eugene Bozza as well as a piece by Martin, Borne, and Reinecke. Besides that, I am preparing a really incredible performance with the Pancyprian Association of NY that will take place in early June for which I am super excited. Being Greek means a great deal for me. Being here as an ambassador of the cultural heritage of my country and putting together shows and performances that promote our cultural identity are my great passion. Performing music composed by remarkable Greek composers for the Greek and Cypriot communities of New York feels like an incredible responsibility and a way to share my gratitude for everything my country taught me to be as a person and an artist.”
Born in Shanghai, China, Haodong Wu began studying the piano at age 6. She made her debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra playing the Haydn D Major Piano Concerto at age 9 and was selected as one of the only five candidates across China to study at the Elementary School affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. During her study at the Shanghai Conservatory, Wu won competitions such as the “Zhu Jiang Cup” National Piano Competition, the “Gu Lang Yu” National Piano Competition, and the first prize of the Concerto Competition playing Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto at the Shanghai Conservatory.
At age 18, Wu was awarded a merit-based scholarship to study at the prestigious Mannes College of Music in New York City. She studied with Pavlina Dokovska, the chair of the Piano department, and later with Cristina Stanescu, the chair of the Collaborative Piano department. Wu was also awarded the Newton Swift Piano Award upon graduation, for excellence as a solo pianist as well as a collaborative pianist and a chamber musician.