Yi Wang, Ian Munro



Yi Wang, violin–Ian Munro, piano

2.00pm Sunday, 1 July 2012
29 College Crescent, Parkville

Meet the Artists

Yi Wangis a prizewinner in both Chinese National violin competition and Rudolf Lipizer International competition held in Italy.After completing his undergraduate study at the Beijing Central Conservatory with Professor Zhing Long Wang,Yi travelled to London to continue his postgraduate course with the world-renowned violinist and educator Yfrah Neaman.He was awarded the prestigious ‘concert recital Diploma-Premier Prix’ in 1994,and in 1995 was offered the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Welsh National Opera.

Yi came to Australia in 1997 to join the Australian Chamber Orchestra. From 20012007 he was Principal First Violin with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra,with whom he was also Acting Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster.Yi is director and leader of Virtuosi Tasmania Chamber Orchestra and led Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria on many occasions.Recently he moved to Melbourne to join Orchestra Victoria as Principal Second Violin.

As a soloist Yi has performed with Tasmania Symphony Orchestra,Orchestra Victoria, Moldova Symphony and Chinese Youth Orchestra,and given recitals in London,Beijing,Sydney,Weimar, Hobart,Suffolk (UK) and  HangZhou (China).

In recent years Yi has been involved in developing Chinese music education,including participating in Beijing Chamber music festival,giving master class in central conservatory and Macau conservatory,leading and directing Chinese youth orchestra.

Ian Munro has emerged over recent years as one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded musicians, with a career that has taken him to thirty countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. His award in 2003 of Premier Grand Prix at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition for composers (Belgium) is a unique achievement for an Australian and follows on from multiple prizes in international piano competitions in Spain (Maria Canals), Italy (Busoni), Portugal (Vianna da Motta) and the UK, where his second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1987 established his international profile.

After completing his early training in Melbourne under the guidance of Roy Shepherd, he furthered his studies in Vienna, London and Italy with NorettaConci, Guido Agosti and Michele Campanella. His international career began in the UK, where he has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and broadcast widely for the BBC. Elsewhere, he has performed with orchestras in Poland, Italy, Portugal, Russia, the USA, China, New Zealand and all the major orchestras in Australia. A widely experienced chamber musician, Ian joined the acclaimed Australia Ensemble in Sydney in 2000.

During the last few concert seasons Ian has performed concerti by Ravel, Munro, Mozart, Kats-Chernin, Gershwin and Edwards, toured to the UK, Russia, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Uzbekistan and throughout Australia and New Zealand in recitals, chamber music and concerto performances. Increasingly in demand as a composer, he was Featured Composer for Musica Viva in 2011.


 Arthur Benjamin (1893-1960)

Three Pieces



Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L. 140 (1917)

  1. Allegro vivo
  2. Intermède: Fantasque et léger
  • Finale: Trèsanimé






Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, No. 2, Op. 100 (1886)

  1. Allegro amabile
  2. Andante tranquillo- Vivace
  • Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante)