On Feb. 2, for the first time in its 10-year history, the classical chamber music concert series, Sunday Music in the Garden Room, will present two of its own members who have recently completed post-graduate programs at two internationally-renowned schools of music. They are now in the professional world displaying their musical talents to admiring audiences and, of course, teaching and continuing their own studies privately.
The concert will feature violinist Stan Chen and pianist Edward Enman. After completing a Bachelor of Music at Acadia, specializing in violin with Robert Uchida, Chen continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he completed a Master of Music.
Enman, meanwhile, completed a Bachelor of Music at Acadia with Ronald Tomarelli and a graduate degree at the University of Ottawa. He is currently is currently studying with highly acclaimed Canadian pianists David Jalbert and André Laplante.
Chen’s home is in Wolfville, while Enman’s is in Kentville and Halifax, where he teaches part-time at Dalhousie. Their program includes works by Beethoven, Glick, Paganini and Greig, all of which are highly attractive for a Sunday afternoon.
Chen’s violin playing has won him numerous music awards including the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship and the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music competition winner in New York. Currently, Stan is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, while enjoying teaching music and performing regularly.
Enman’s musical originality is gaining him a reputation as a leader in the contemporary music landscape. A recipient of the Zoya Solod Scholarship in piano at the University of Ottawa (MMus), and a University Scholar at Acadia, he has worked with Canadian pianists Maneli Pirzadeh, Janina Fialkowska, Laplante, and Anton Kuerti. Last year he won third prize in the 36th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition.
This is the fourth concert of the season of free Sunday afternoon concerts, which are sponsored by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University. It will take place on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Garden Room of Acadia’s Irving Centre in Wolfville. The next concert is on March 2.