Sunday, January 22, 2017


Sunset Center, Carmel

Free Admission. No ticket needed.

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Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
 Carnival Op. 9

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
 Variations on a Theme of Robt. Schumann


Free improvisation
 on themes from the audience

Frederic Chopin (1810 -1849)
 Nocturne No. 7 in C# Minor Op. 27 No.1

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
 La Valse

Nikolai Kapustin (b.1937)
 Concert Etude Op. 40, No.1, 3, 6, 7

After the Winners Concert on June 4:
(left to right) 3rd place, Dongni Xie; 2nd place, Misha Galant; 1st Place, Man-Ling Bai
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All events take place onstage in Sunset Center, the Central Coast's premier performing arts facility. Visit the Sunset Center Website.

Man-Ling Bai, piano

Solo Recital by the Winner of the 2016
Carmel Music Society Biennial Piano Competition

Carmel Music Society is delighted to present this concert
to the general public. No ticket is needed!

Man-Ling Bai was born in October 1994 in Taipei, Taiwan. She began studying the piano at the age of six, and started composing music on her own at the age of seven.

One of her early compositions, written in 2004 when she was ten, was performed in public annually by the Yamaha Children Music Festival for nine years.

Another composition, The Flower Fairy, was performed in Thailand at the Asia Oceania Junior Original Concerto Competition. Five years later her piano concerto was performed by the same group.

While in Taiwan, Man-Ling coached with pianist Lang Lang, and also established herself as an active chamber music player, winning piano trio and piano quintet competitions.

Man-Ling has also won competitions in the United States and and has performed a wide range of repertoire including piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme of Paganini.

Man-Ling's popularity with her American audiences attracted the attention of Steinway & Sons, who invited her to give a solo recital for the company last season. She is currently a full scholarship student at California State University, Fullerton, where she is a student of Mr. Ning An.

The CMS Biennial Piano Competition

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Since 1976, Carmel Music Society has sponsored an annual competition in a three year cycle: Piano, Voice, and Instrumentalists. As of 2016, the competition has been re-established as a Biennial Piano Competition.

The 2016 Competition was open to pianists who reside, study, or were born in California, Oregon or Washington State and were between the ages of 18 and 30 on June 4, 2016.

The finalists on June 4 competed for cash prizes totaling $10,000:

First Prize $5,000 (includes a solo recital in the CMS 2016-17 season)

Second Prize $2,000     Third Prize $1,500     All other finalists receive $500.

The Judges for the Finals on June 4, 2016 were:

Heidi Hau, pianist, winner of Carmel Music Society's 1999 Competition

Anatole Leikin, pianist      Jung-Ho Pak, conductor

Learn more about the three judges