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PEP makes its debut in China
April 21, 2016, 12:00 am

The PEP - Piano and Erhu Project The exciting cross-cultural project will be touring China for the first time Press Release April 5th, 2016 VANCOUVER, BC - The Piano and Erhu Project (PEP) is an exciting cross-cultural project initiated by Associate Professor Corey Hamm from the UBC school of Music, and Concert Master of the B.C. Chinese Orchestra Nicole Li in 2012. They started in Vancouver, and will be heading to China for the first time in May 2016!Beginning on May 22nd in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Corey the pianist, and Nicole the erhu soloist will be sharing their innovative music, which combines unique Canadian characteristics with traditional Chinese style. The cities they will be visiting also include Beijing and Shanghai. In addition to performances, master classes and lectures will be held as part of the PEP tour. In past years, PEP has attracted hundreds of outstanding North American and Chinese composers. To date, more than 50 new music pieces have been composedexclusively for piano and erhu. These pieces, performed locally in Vancouver, were well received and praised by many music lovers.
Together Corey and Nicole recorded and released two albums in 2014 and 2015; the second album was nominated for the Classical Recording of the Year in 2015’s Western Canadian Music Awards. PEP has become one of the symbols of multiculturalism that defines Canada’s recent music scene. The pieces created possess an extensive variety of characteristics, including classical, pioneer, and jazz. They are also highly academic and professional; as all the composers involved either compose for a university or a symphony orchestra. PEP website: PEP 2016 China Tour website: Contact: Amber Ni Tel:778-237-0068 BIOS: Corey Hamm Corey Hamm has commissioned, premiered and recorded over two hundred works from composers all over the world. His CD of Frederic Rzewski's hour-long solo piano epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Redshift TK431) won Spotify's Best Classical Recording 2014, Best Classical Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA), and high praise from Rzewski himself - "Excellent! Bravo! This may be the best recording." Corey is pianist for The Nu:BC Collective whose CD Beyond Shadows (Redshift TK432) has also met with critical acclaim. He has also commissioned over forty new works with Erhu virtuoso Nicole Ge Li for PEP (Pianoand Erhu Project), and their PEP CDs Vols. 1, 2 (Redshift TK437 and 440) are just out. Corey is Associate Prof. of Piano at the University of British Columbia inVancouver, where he won a prestigious Killam Teaching Award, and is on the Piano Faculty of the SummerInstitute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at NEC in Boston. His beloved teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Marek Jablonski, Stéphane Lemelin, Ernesto Lejano, and Thelma Johannes O'Neill. Corey and PEP are represented by Latitude 45 Arts Promotion.
Nicole Ge Li Nicole Ge Li is currently Concert Master of the B.C. Chinese Orchestra and gaohu soloist with the BC Chinese Music Ensemble. Li began learning the erhu at the early age of six and graduated Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in erhu performance in 2008. An active erhu performer, both as a solo artist and as a member of an ensemble, since 2000, Li is a much sought after performing artist in Vancouver. In 2011, she organized and performed in her own erhu recital in Vancouver, which was also the first full-scale erhu performance event of its kind held in Canada. In 2013, she was invited to perform for Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the only Chinese instrumental soloist at the Chinese New Year Gala in Vancouver. Later that year, Li performed the celebrated erhu concerto DzButterfly Loversdz with the BC Chinese Orchestra. During this 2012/15 season, Li is collaborating with virtuoso pianist Corey Hamm in bringing the first of many world premieres of new works for erhu and piano by Chinese and Canadian composers. These performances are being supported by a Canadian Art Council grant as part of a cross-cultural music exchange project. In 2015, Li was a recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Young Leaders Medal of Merit Award.

PEP Piano and Erhu project