Music at Mount Pleasant

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. — Concert 3 EnsembleNow

Jizhe (Jimmy) Zhang – Violin
Alexis Meschter – Violin
Eros Tang – Viola
Christopher Hwang – Cello

J. Haydn              String Quartet in Eb major Op.33 no.2 “joke”
                           Allegro Moderato
                           Scherzo: Allegro
                           Largo
                           Presto

P. Tchaikovsky     String Quartet No.1 in D major Op.11
                           Moderato e semplice
                           Andante cantabile
                           Scherzo. Allegro non tanto e con fuco
                           Finale. Allegro giusto – Allegro vivace

Jizhe (Jimmy) Zhang, Violin - Violinist Jimmy Zhang is an active performer and teacher in Canada and previously in the United States. An active chamber and orchestral musician, Jimmy has been selected as concertmaster of many orchestras including the Orford Festival Orchestra, Interlochen Academy Orchestra, and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. He will also hold principal positions in upcoming festivals such as the Mostly Modern Festival, and Prague Summer Nights Music Festival.

In the past, Jimmy has studied chamber music extensively with the Gryphon trio, Cecilia String Quartet, David Holland, Marietta Orlov and Timothy Ying. He was the back-to-back winner of the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award in years 2015 and 2016; once with the Chiron String Quartet and once with the JES Piano Trio. He completed his Bachelors of Music degree at the University of Toronto studying under Annalee Patipatanakoon. He is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at the Glenn Gould School under the tutelage of Erika Raum and Paul Kantor. In August, Jimmy will attend University of Southern California to pursue his Master’s degree with Lina Bahn. He likes to spend his free time playing basketball, watching documentaries and cooking for friends.

Alexis Meschter, Violin – Award-winning violinist Alexis Meschter has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in North America and Europe. In March, Alexis was invited to join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on their four city tour of Poland as part of their first international tour in thirty years.

Previously, Alexis was the first prize winner of the William Marbury Competition at the Peabody Institute and of the LISMA Foundation International Competition on Long Island, NY. In past seasons, Alexis has studied and performed at The Banff Centre, Scotia Festival of Music, Summit Music Festival, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.

A firm proponent of performing music across many genres, Alexis performed at the TED Summit Concert at The Banff Centre with the cellist Joshua Roman, the Nigerian singer Iyeoka, and the Kenyan rock star Blinky Bill and his band. Alexis also strives to bring his music to underserved communities and diverse spaces, partnering with the Creative Access Program in Baltimore as well as the Yellow Barn Music Haul Initiative on tour across the United States. Alexis is also a founding member of Project MainStream, a YouTube channel dedicated to the appreciation of both classical and popular music, featuring the collaborations of classical musicians.

Alexis Meschter studied at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is continuing his studies with the renowned Russian violinist and teacher Victor Danchenko at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and is a recipient of the Pierre L. Morrissette Family Foundation Scholarship.

Eros Tang, Viola - Eros Tang is a rising young artist in Toronto’s music scene. Eros has been concertmaster of a number of orchestras, including the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the University of Toronto Opera Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, the North York Concert Orchestra, and the CAST Philomusica Orchestra.

As an avid chamber musician, Eros has engaged audiences in many performance settings and has worked with members of renowned ensembles, including the St. Petersburg String Quartet, the Pražák String Quartet, and the Juilliard String Quartet. As a member of the Chiron String Quartet, Eros was awarded the First Prize in the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Competition at the University of Toronto.  In 2016, he performed with renowned pianist Richard Clayderman as part of a chamber ensemble. In addition, he has participated and performed at various music festivals including the Festival Pablo Casals in France, Orford Music Festival, Domaine Forget Academy and the Toronto Summer Music Festival. As the Artistic Director of NewNote Music ensemble, Eros has performed for many different settings and events across the GTA.             

Eros has attained the Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School and his Bachelor and Masters of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto under the guidance of Erika Raum, Annalee Patipatanakoon, Teng Li, and Timothy Ying. He has received his ARCT Performance Certificate in both violin and piano and has had many years of experience teaching both instruments in private and group settings.

Christopher Hwang, Cello - Canadian cellist Christopher Hwang expresses his passion for music as a devoted soloist, chamber musician and collaborator. He has won numerous first prize awards such as the Teccler and Forster Cello Competition, Canadian Music Competition, Kiwanis Music Festival and the National Music Festival.

Mr. Hwang has performed as solo with the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra, CAST orchestra, as well as performing with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Hwang has attended many music festivals across North America and has performed in masterclasses with world-renowned artists including Janos Starker, Steven Isserlis, Gary Hoffman, Raphael Wallfisch, Jian Wang and many more.

Mr. Hwang has received a Bachelor Degree from the University of Toronto, Master of Music and Artist Diploma at the Yale University, and a Graduate Diploma at the New England Conservatory.