Pianist Linda Ruan will perform at Trinity Presbyterian Church Mar. 7.

Nationals-bound pianist to play in Campbell River

Linda Ruan to perform Mar.7; Campbell River pianist Matthew Krell to open show

Linda Ruan is a talented young pianist who won the BC Provincial Piano Competition and will be representing the Province in July at the National Piano Competition.

Local fans of piano music can get a preview right here in Campbell River when Ruan performs at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. Mar. 7.

Ruan excels academically and is looking forward to an exciting University career starting this fall. She was born in Tokyo, Japan; and began her music studies in Shanghai, China, at the age of seven. The following year, her family emigrated to Canada, where she continued her studies under the tutelage of Dr. Corey Hamm and Professor Xiao Li.

Linda has been praised for her “great passion and poise.” She has won many awards and scholarships already in her very young career.

The highlights include:

• Ruan was one of two Canadian pianists to advance to the live rounds of the 2013 International e-Piano Junior Competition;

• In the summers of 2012 and 2014, she was among the few pianists across Canada to be accepted to the Internationally renowned ‘Morningside Music Bridge’ Programme; and

• She was a prize-winner at the American Fine Art Festival as well as the American Protege Internal Competition of Romantic Music in 2011.

This young virtuoso has also performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Brechemin Auditorium at the University of Washington. Last November, she successfully completed her solo recital tour in China where she made her concerto debut with the Xinghai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Outside of solo piano, Linda also competes in various ensemble competitions as a part of the Rossette Piano Trio, which has recently advanced to the International Live Auditions Round of the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Opening for Linda will be Campbell River’s own 19-year-old, award-winning Matthew Krell. He has studied in Campbell River with Shelley Roberts for more than thirteen years, and has been chosen six times to represent the North Island at the B.C. Festival of Performing Arts.

Krell was again chosen to represent the local branch at the Provincial Festival this year. He has completed the A.R.C.T. diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Last fall, Krell placed second at the B.C. Registered Music Teachers’ Association’s Young Artists’ Competition in Vancouver.  He is developing skills in electronic music production and composition, and preparing for post-secondary education in September.

These two talented young artists will be playing selections by JS Bach, Balakirev, Beethoven, Chopin and Dutilleux.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and can be obtained from any Registered Music Teacher, The Music Plant in Campbell River, or The Blue Heron in Comox.

For more information, please call Sonia Hauser at 250-923-2212.