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Rising Star Recital at 2:30 pm

Feature Performance at 3 pm

Doors open at 2 pm

Dallas City Performance Hall: 2520 Flora Street, Dallas 75201

July 23, Stephen Nielson & Friends

  • Rising Star: Daniel Che and Alice Zhang, piano, tackle solos and duets by Beethoven, Chopin, and Aram Khachaturian. You won’t want to miss the chance to hear Mr. Che, recent grand prize winner of the Fort Worth Symphony Young Artist Competition, before he solos with the FWSO in their 2017-2018 season, and hear his partner on stage Ms. Zhang, a frequent prize winner in regional and state piano competitions.
  • Feature Performance: Steinway Artist Stephen Nielson is joined by Dallas Symphony Orchestra member Motoi Takeda, violin, and Caroline Nielson, mezzo soprano, performing works by Saint-Saens, Poulenc, Beethoven, Amy Beach, Vaughn Williams, and Strauss.


Artist Bios

Nielson, Stephen pianoDistinguished in both classical and sacred music, Steinway Artist Stephen Nielson‘s performance career has taken him to such cities as Hong Kong, Bogotá, Freiburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, London, Vienna, Brussels, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Prague, Salzburg, Jerusalem and Chennai, India, to name a few. He has toured major artistic centers in Russia, the Baltics, Japan and Switzerland, and is an Ambassador of Culture for the World Cultural Alliance. His North American solo and chamber music itinerary for more than a quarter century numbers concerts in the hundreds, from Los Angeles to Boston, Seattle to Naples, Detroit to Mexico City, Miami to Winnipeg and Toronto, Chicago to Dallas. His discography includes recordings of the classical repertoire, music for piano and cello, and hymn tunes in the classical style. His writing achievements appear in the catalogues of several American publishers.

For more than four decades, Stephen Nielson was one-half of the acclaimed duo-piano team of Nielson & Young, whose breadth of repertoire and performance venues was virtually without comparison. He continues his ongoing solo activities and is embarking on exciting new musical partnerships in the United States and abroad.

Takeda, MotoiMotoi Takeda began violin studies at the age 3 in Japan. At 13, Russian virtuoso Leonid Kogan heard him play and decided to teach him at the Moscow Conservatory on full scholarship, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Soviet Union. Mr. Takeda later received a four-year scholarship to The Juilliard School. He joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1977. In 1981, he won the silver medal in the G. B. Dealey Competition in Dallas and became Associate Concertmaster in 1987. Outside of orchestral playing, Mr. Takeda has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the U.S. and Japan such as the Irving Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, and the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also toured as a solo recitalist in Mexico and Tokyo. Currently, he is the Associate Concertmaster Emeritus for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.


Nielson, CarolineA native of Dallas, Caroline Nielson recently completed her master’s degree in voice performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music. Prior to her graduate studies, she received an undergraduate degree at Belmont University, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and a minor in German. Ms. Nielson’s operatic roles include Maurya in Riders to the Sea, Dorothée in Cendrillon, the Abbess in Suor Angelica, the Madre superiora in Mese Mariano (Eastman), Nancy in Albert Herring, Mercédès in Carmen, Mrs. McLean in Susannah (Opera in the Ozarks), Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites (Belmont), and ensemble in Pirates of Penzance (Nashville Opera). Additionally, Caroline is an avid performer of chamber and choral music, having been a featured soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Eastman as well as in numerous cantatas, recitals, and new compositions.


Che, DanielDaniel Che
, a junior at Plano West Senior High School, has been studying piano since age 7. He won the first prize at the 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017 Dallas Symphonic Festival; the first and second prizes at the Texas MTNA Performance Competition for three consecutive years; the grand prize at the 2015 McKinney Young Artist Competition; and the second prize at the 2017 Juanita Miller Concerto Competition. Most recently, Mr. Che won the grand prize and a performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at the 2017 Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Outside of Texas, he won the third prize at the 2013-14 MTNA Competition and was a semi-finalist for the 2016 Cooper International Piano Competition and the 2017 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. 

Zhang, AliceAlice Zhang is a young pianist from Dallas, and is currently a junior at the Greenhill School, where she balances her equally rigorous academic and extracurricular life. Ms. Zhang has received accolades in many competitions, such as the TMTA Piano Competition, the MTNA Piano Competition, the Austin Piano Festival, and the Dallas Symphonic Festival. Her most recent achievements include 1st place at the Baylor-Waco Piano Competition, 2nd place at the Collin County Young Artist Competition, and 3rd place at the Dallas Symphonic Piano Competition. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2016, and frequently attends festivals, such as the Texas Music Festival and the Odyssiad Keyboard Festival. She has also received notable scholarships to attend the Baylor University Piano Camp and the Interlochen Center of the Arts Piano Camp. Outside of music, Ms. Zhang enjoys golfing and writing for her school newspaper.

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