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The Pacific Northwest Cultural Exchange Council (PNWCEC) is the most prominent culture and music advocate in the Greater Seattle Area for bringing fusion of Chinese and Western music. Since 2013 the “Colorful Musical Journey” Concert and 2015 the Greater Seattle Chinese New Year Concert performed by China Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in Seattle’s prestige Benaroya Hall, as well as 2016 in Beijing Music Hall organized and hosted by China Symphonic Development Foundation, performed by China Radio and Film Orchestra “Austin Huang Composition Concert”, PNWCEC has engaged with many musicians local and international

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AUSTIN HUNG 黄晓枫 博士

 COMMITTEE CHAIR, COMPOSER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 作曲家、音乐总监、制作人

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Austin Huang started composing in 2007 and has since composed 20 pieces, which have performed in the U.S., Canada and China. China Symphonic Development Foundation (a non-profit organization under the Ministry of Culture of China (function similar to American’s National Symphony Orchestra Association)     presented Austin Huang’s composition works in a special designated concert in Beijing Music Hall on Jan 21, 2016, performed by China National Radio/Film Symphony Orchestra.

Austin Huang is an engineer and composer, currently fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering, Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering with Academy of Geo-Professionals. Rigorous training in engineering has helped him tremendously in music composing and he sees many similarities between writing a dissertation and composing a concerto.

Concerts: 

  • 2016 Beijing Music Hall - China National Radio/Film Symphany Orchestra, Conductor Sun Ying

  • 2016 Bayshore Symphony Orchestra, Bellingham and Mt Vernon, Washington

  • 2015 Benaroya Hall – China Shenzhen Symphony with Conductor Jindong Cai, music professor of Stanford University

  • 2015 Chamber music lead by Zhao Cong from China Central Chinese Orchestra and Central and China Conservatories

  • 2014 Chamber Music lead by Sharyn Peterson

  • 2013 Bellevue Youth – Master’s Works

  • 2013 Benaroya Hall – Debut Austin Huang composition (A Colorful Musical Journey)

  • 2012 Whatcom Symphony – Chinese Culture Festival

  • 2012 Shanghai Songjiang Student Orchestra

  • 2011 Whatcom Symphony – Family Concert

  • 2010 Starry Night Chamber Orchestra

Works in his current collection from classical to contemporary:

  • Symphony No. 2 – Gir - 2015

  • Violin with Orchestra Conquire the Weihu Mountain by Strategy - 2014

  • String Quartet - Shan Dan Dan - 2014

  • Violin Concerto - Pursuing Dream - 1984 - 2013

  • Symphony No. 1 - Rebellion against haven - 2012

  • String, wind and brass Septet Xinjiang Dance - 2012

  • Overture “Joy and Prosper”-Symphonic Northeast China Opera - 2011

  • String, wind and piano Septet “Ah Li Shan Girls” - 2011

  • Jinghu and Jingerhu double concerto “Kongfu” - 2011

  • Tenor Solo with choir - “Qinyuanchun Xue” - 2011

  • Soprano Solo with choir - “Motherland, my dear mother” - 2010

  • Symphony Orchestra - Monkey King’s three Strikes defeating Whitebone Demon - 2010

  • Symphony Orchestra – arr. A Flower - 2009

  • Symphony Orchestra – arr. Peking Opera “Drunken Royal “ - 2009

  • Piano Trio with violin and cello - “San Shi Li Pu” - 2009

  • Cello concerto “Chinese Girl” - 2008

  • String Quartet “Love my Hometown” 2007

黄晓枫博士,作曲家,美国西华盛顿大学音乐系名誉教授。黄晓枫博⼠师承美国现代派先锋作曲家一脉: Aaron Copland(卡普兰)- Samule Adler - Roger Briggs - 黄晓枫 。他创作有20 余部作品包括室内乐、交响乐、协奏曲(大提琴、小提琴、京胡和京二胡), 声乐包括花腔女高音及男高音独唱与合唱,尤其把家乡的乡土音乐二人转融入到现代交响乐中 。他的作品2010 年起在美国和加拿大推出、2013 年他的作品音乐会在西雅图美国著名音乐厅之一的Benaroya Hall 举行引起巨大轰动和反响。中国交响乐发展基金会2016年1月21日在北京音乐厅举办了黄晓枫作品音乐会

NOTEWORTHY PERFORMERS

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ROGER BRIGGS

Former Conductor, Composer

Roger Briggs has been Artistic Director of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra since 1996 and under his leadership the orchestra has expanded to an award-winning regional orchestra that was most recently honored with an ASCAP award from the League of American Orchestras for Adventurous Programming. With an international reputation as a composer, Roger most recently received the prestigious Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York.

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CHIP BERGERON

Conductor Bayshore Symphony Orchestra, Cellist

Music Director Chip Bergeron has been playing the cello for about 50 years. After obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of North Texas he performed in various orchestras in Mexico, then went to Bogota, Colombia for 3½ years as co-principal cellist with the National Symphony of Colombia and the Camerata Bogota. After returning to the USA, he played with the Ft. Worth Symphony and Opera Orchestras. In 1984 he toured as principal cellist in the pit orchestra for the musical Showboat for over 200 performances throughout all of Europe. After getting a Master of Music (University of Houston) in Cello Performance in 1988 he toured with the Mantovani Orchestra as principal cellist throughout the United States, Japan, South Korea and China. He has just retired from public school teaching in the Bellingham schools since 1994. However, he continues to direct the North Cascades Community Orchestra and the Bayshore Symphony in addition to maintaining a cello teaching studio.

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HUA MA

Conductor

The young Chinese conductor in the US, perhaps the first Chinese visiting scholar at the University of Washington School of Music, and Hua Ma is the graduate from Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Master degree. She is currently the director of the Music and Art Center of Shanghai Maritime University and the board member of the China Wind Music Association. She was the host of the "Classic 947" music program at the Shanghai Oriental Broadcasting Center. She has directed many domestic and international youth symphony orchestras and band orchestras, and won many awards such as outstanding conductors and excellent artistic directors in the "Shanghai Spring" International Music Festival, New York, Chicago Music Festival and related competitions. She has held more than 30 special concerts and lectures at home and abroad, promoting classical music and art to communities, schools and enterprises. Participated in the writing and publication of the key art textbook of the Ministry of Education, "University Music Appreciation", and published more than ten papers.

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SHARYN PETERSON

Violinist

A versatile performer and experienced instructor of all ages of instrumental and choral groups. Director of Mt. Baker and Fidalgo Youth Symphonies, she is active as an adjudicator, recording studio musician, and has conducted, orchestrated, and performed in numerous Northwest musical theatre productions. 

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VICTORIA PARKER

Violin

Victoria Parker began studying the violin at age two-and-a-half with her mother, Sharyn Peterson, and was performing with her family quintet by age 5. She has been featured both as soloist and concertmaster with numerous orchestras across the US, including Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Mozart Festival, One World Symphony (NY ), and Philharmonia Northwest (Seattle).

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LINA YU

Soprano

Yu Lina, native of Northeastern China, is a young soprano already designated as a national level singer. Admitted to the Hebei Art School to study vocal music  in 1983, she pursued further studies with vocal educator Jin Tielin, and after graduation she joined the Hebei Province Song and Dance Theatre to become a soloist, a position she has occupied since 1999. She frequently wins First Place in national singing competitions. She has great breadth of tone color and a variety different singing styles, she specializes in traditional folksongs of North China, especially those of Eastern Hebei Province. She is the most prolific recording artist among young Chinese singers today.

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MATTHEW REHFELDT

Cello

Matthew Rehfeldt, cellist and guitarist, was born into a musical family. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands with a major in cello performance and a minor in classical guitar. He studied cello with Rick Mooney, Joyce Getting (U of R), Barton Frank, Ray Davis (principal cello, Seattle Symphony) and guitar with Terry Graves (De Falla Trio). Matthew was honored with the University of Redlands

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SUWEI CHEN

Tenor

Chen Suwei, Tenor, born in 1979 in Suzhou. Good at singing Western opera. In 2001, Zhou Xiaoyan Opera Center played Earl Nanaimo Reno, Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” in Donizetti’s “Love glycol. Lensky in cooperation with the Ukrainian State Tchaikovsky Conservatory Opera Center in 2003, played cano LeonCavallo “Harlequin” Tchaikovsky “Evgeni · Onegin” multi-the Alcatel Fulie in Verdi’s “La Traviata”. Chensu Wei is a Chinese Ukraine protagonist, played on the opera stage. Personal first bel canto group the Chen Suwei in the 14th CCTV Young Singer Grand Prix!

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ROWENA HAMMILL

Cello

Rowena Hammill is Associate Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Opera. She divides her time between LA and Seattle, where she is Co-Director, with her cellist husband, Douglas Davis, of Vashon Chamber Music. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, she was teaching assistant to the esteemed Janos Starker before being appointed Professor of Cello at California State