Video of “Sounds of Sympathy: Duo Sonatas” (Piano & Violin Concert) held November 20th

Click on the following link to view the concert.  It was wonderful.  Thank you Nadya Meykson and Hwaen Ch’uqi.  An thank you to Stephanie Mercer for organizing this event:

Performance Video:


Newark FUMC is so fortunate to have a wonderful rebuilt Steinway piano at our church.  Because of that, I am able to invite exceptional musicians to come out and perform concerts for us and the community.  Please join me on Sunday, November 20th at 3pm to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of piano and violin music including works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Franck performed by violinist Nadya Meykson and pianist Hwaen Ch’uqi.  (submitted by Stephanie Mercer)

Nadya Meykson:   A native of Moscow, Nadya Meykson holds a Master’s Degree in Music from the

 Eastman School of Music, where she served as Teaching Assistant for Mikhail Kopelman. Her other primary teachers include Levon Ambartsumian, Alexander Volobuev, Alvia Vandysheva, Elvira Simonova and Ai-Yi Bao.

Nadya has performed as soloist and chamber musician in venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, David Josefowitz Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music in London, The State Kremlin Palace Concert Hall, The Moscow International Performing Arts Center, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall at the Moscow State Philharmonic Society and The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

As soloist with orchestra, Nadya has appeared with the OSSIA Orchestra, Shoals Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and Alabama Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Nadya has won various prizes, including Noel Levine Award, First Prize at Ray Dunmyer Youth Concerto Competition, Howard Hanson Scholarship, Charles W. Kennett Scholarship and First Prize at Shoals Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. In 2006, Nadya was selected to participate in London Master Classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She also received a full scholarship three consecutive summers to participate in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Nadya’s recent performances were in collaboration with The State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia, The Nordic Symphony Orchestra in Estonia, Malta Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and The Hermitage Chamber Ensemble. In 2022 Nadya was invited to join the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theater for several productions at the Bolshoi Theater of Moscow.


Hwaen Ch’uqi:   “This is true talent, a genuine diamond that you so rarely see.”–St. Petersburg Times

An Inca Indian and a native of Perú, pianist and composer Hwaen Ch’uqi is a world-renowned soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has performed throughout the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Russia, Taiwan, Japan, and Perú at such venues as Seiji Ozawa Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, and Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is on the roster of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society, and he is co-founder of several ensembles including the Terrace Ensemble and Duo Q’inti.

Mr. Ch’uqi’s gifts as a composer of the highest order are being increasingly recognized. In 2009, he, in collaboration with five other composer-pianists, was commissioned to produce a second book-in like manner and structure-of Hexameron Variations. The work was a feature of the 2010 conference of the American Liszt Society. In March, 2012, he was a finalist at the 17th International Piano Duo Composition Competition in Tokyo, Japan. More recently, he has received commissions from the Taipei Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Myanmar

Music Festival, the University of British Columbia School of Music, and the New York State Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. He has completed a massive piano sonata, several chamber sonatas, a song cycle, suites for piano solo and four hands, and a children’s musical.

Mr. Ch’uqi’s published output is extensive and varied. It includes four CD’s that feature him as composer, interpreter, and improviser. A growing number of his compositional scores is available. As well, he is penning a partial autobiography entitled “The Redemption of Hwaen Ch’uqi” and is the subject of an upcoming documentary called Coda. Mr. Ch’uqi holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under Natalya Antonova. He quickly distinguished himself as one of the rare pianists to be three times invited as a fellow to the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center; there, he studied with such luminaries as Gilbert Kalish and Leon Fleisher. He was a semifinalist at the Second Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition in Moscow and was awarded the Special Prize.

It is Mr. Ch’uqi’s fervent prayer that such music as he is privileged to render might serve as a catalyst for wondrous change in the lives of all who hear it.



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