May 16, 2018

Scandinavian Composers and Culture Celebrated at May 25 Concert

FVCC’s Music Department and the Sons of Norway invite the community to a free concert celebrating Scandinavian composers and culture on Friday, May 25. “Mizutani’s Scandinavian Music Adventure” will feature internationally trained musicians performing pieces by Edvard Hagerup Grieg, Ole Bornemann Bull, Jean Sibelius and other composers. Traditional homemade Scandinavian pastry will be served following the concert. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Building on the FVCC campus.

Violinist Wai Mizutani will be joined by Russian-trained pianist Wei Pai and internationally acclaimed French horn player Tsai-Ying Pai. FVCC Music student Tyler Schenck will accompany the trio on percussion, and young talent Lauren Welch will play violin in several pieces.

Mizutani teaches in FVCC’s Music Department and has performed around the globe. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Julliard School of Music and a master’s degree from Manhattan School Music.

Wei Pai started playing the piano at age six and studied for eight years at Gnessin’s Academy of Music in Moscow. His teachers included Boris Lvov, Maria Gambarian, Alexey Skavronsky and Alexander Braginsky. In 2003, he placed second in the International Mendelssohn Chamber Music Competition in Moscow. He has performed in Russia, Germany, Taiwan and the United States and now teaches at Dawson Community College (DCC) in Glendive, Montana.

Tsai-Ying Pai has been playing the French horn since she was 15. She received a master’s in music performance in 2014 from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied French horn with Daniel Grabois and wind conducting with Scott Teeple. In 2007, she won the National Solo Horn Competition in Taiwan.  In 2015, she performed at Carnegie Hall with the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Wind Ensemble. She joined the faculty at DCC last year.