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Mu Phi Epsilon Concert: Thao Pham, violin and Jeffery Ou, piano


Dallas Public Library - J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Fine Arts Division

Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas Alumni Chapter presents Thao Pham, violin and Jeffery Ou, piano in concert on November 17, 2019 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library First Floor Auditorium in Dallas TX at 3:00PM.

In 2009, 18-year-old Jeffery Ou introduced himself to the music world by emerging as a Top 20 Semifinalist in the fourth season of “America’s Got Talent.” He was among the youngest contestants as well as the only classical musician, instrumentalist and East Asian to reach semifinals in the American spin on the “Got Talent” franchise that year. His performance drew worldwide attention.

The career of Taiwanese-American pianist, conductor, singer and television personality Jeffery Ou (b. 1991) has taken him across 5 US states and 3 countries. In Europe, Jeffery holds Diplomas in Art Song and Opera from the Sankt Goar International Music Academy in Germany, and is an alumnus of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He was also invited in summer of 2016 to enroll in the Cornish-American Song Institute (CASI) in England. In the United States, he is a graduate of the world-renowned College of Music at the University of North Texas, where he was an Emerald Eagle Distinguished Scholar and completed both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Piano Performance, under the guidance of Dr. Steven Harlos and Gustavo Romero.

Recent performances have featured Jeffery as concerto soloist in Bach, Beethoven and Shostakovich with the Shepton HS Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in Plano. In the fall of 2015, to commemorate the 260th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jeffery embarked on an ambitious tour of presenting the complete cycle of solo piano sonatas in six recitals, a project that is currently halfway complete with 10 sonatas in 3 successful performances. The extensive, eclectic list of respected artists for whom he has performed includes pianists NING AN, JUYEON KANG, ROBERTO POLI, JEANEANE DOWIS, JONATHAN LOMASCOLA, BART VAN OORT, JULIUS DRAKE, HELMUT DEUTSCH, LELIA SADLIER, TRUNG SAM, CHARLENE HARB, PATRICIA MCKEWEN AMATO, Danish baritone BO SKOVHUS, German-Mexican tenor EMILIO PONS, German tenor FALKO HÖNISCH, American heldentenor DAVID SADLIER, casting director of Baden-Baden Festival ANDREAS GEIER, and senior vice president/director of IMG Artists MATTHEW HORNER among many others.

His private instructors have included Wells Yi Wu (winner of the inaugural Esther Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary), Baya Kakouberi (Director of Blue Candlelight Music Series in Dallas), Dr. Steven Harlos (chair, Division of Keyboard Studies - UNT College of Music) and acclaimed Mexican-American concert pianist Gustavo Romero. February 2018 saw Jeffery’s vocal performance debut in McKinney, singing the role of Sammy Fong in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Flower Drum Song.” He maintains a very active solo and collaborative performing career, and is highly sought after as a respected teacher and freelance artist throughout the North Texas metroplex and beyond.

 

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