Shi-Hwa Wang’s outstanding reputation as a violinist has earned him the post of concertmaster for several professional orchestras, including the Taipei Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, the Ballet West and Utah Chamber Orchestras in Salt Lake City, and the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt, Austria. An avid chamber musician, he is the founding member of the Formosan Violin-Piano Duo, the Wasatch Piano Trio, Browning String Quartet, and the Kismarton String Quartet.
As an educator Dr. Wang is selected as the Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor
at Weber State University. He has a keen sense of teaching which allows his students
to achieve their very best. His pupils have constantly been prize-winners of state and
national competitions. He has had seven national finalists in the Music Teachers National Association national competition, 21 first-place state strings competition winners in Utah and 30 WSU Concerto Night competition winners. Many have gone on to graduate programs of the top music universities in the country or become accomplished teachers after graduation from WSU.
Dr. Wang has served as a clinician, adjudicator, and master class teacher, both nationally and internationally. He has taught violin in the summer programs at the University of Michigan, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Illinois, the International Workshops in Europe, Classical Music Festival in Austria, and the Banff International Youth Orchestra Festival in Canada. He taught violin at the Haydn Conservatory of Music in Austria as a visiting professor and toured many European countries as a solo recitalist. He frequently adjudicates and conducts master classes in Music Teachers National Association or American String Teachers Association’s state and national competitions and the Kiwanis Festival in Calgary, Canada. He was on the planning committee in the first American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conference in 2003. He is
the director of the annual WSU ASTA Stringfest for string players of all ages and the executive director of the Sid & Mary Foulger International Summer Music Festival. He has served as the state president of ASTA and was its Utah Educator of the Year recipient.
A graduate of Soochow University, Dr. Wang studied violin with Cheu-Sen Chen in Taiwan. He holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) where his teachers include Yuri Mazurkevich, Catherine Tate, and Peter Schaffer. He also studied with Paul Kantor in Michigan, Camilla Wicks in Califor-
nia, and the late Raphael Bronstein in New York. Other pedagogues he has worked with include Gerald Fischbach, Igor Ozim, Ivan Strauss, Jaap Schroeder, and Arianna Brone.
A performer in great demand, Wang has appeared frequently as a soloist, chamber musician, and guest concertmaster in the US, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, and Europe.
Francisco De Gálvez
Dr. De Gálvez is one of the leading Spanish conductors of his generation. He obtained international recognition when he was awarded First Prize and Gold Medal in the 1994 Tokyo International Conducting Competition (Min-On), among 194
conductors of 36 countries.
He is Director of Orchestral Studies at Weber State University. He was the Music Director of Malaga Symphony Orchestra and Malaga University Orchestra between 2004 and 2013. He was founder and director of the Montreal Chamber Players Orchestra in 1991, with whom he performed extensively in North America and Spain. As guest conductor, Francisco has offered concerts worldwide, with Orchestras like Berliner Symphoniker, Zagreb Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo City and Osaka Philharmonics, Saint Petersbourg Philharmonic, Filarmonica di Russe Orchestra, Postdam Philharmonic, Sinfonica di Sofia, Fort Worth Symphony, Danish Radio Orchestra, Flanders Opera, Spanish National Orchestra, Madrid Symphony, Málaga, Seville and Granada Symphony
Orchestras and Utah Symphony among many others.
He has performed in prestigious international concert halls like Philharmonie Saal, Berlin, Carnegie Hall, New York, Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Real, Madrid, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, or Suntory Hall, Tokyo.
He has extensively promoted contemporary music during his career. He was Artistic
Director of Contemporary Music Cycles organized by the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra between 1995 and 2000. He has produced and participated in numerous CD, radio and TV recordings.
Dr. De Gálvez obtained a PhD “cum laude” in Music and Comunication at Malaga.
“...unbelievable pyrotechnics that bring to mind the virtuosity of David Oistrakh’s recordings...effortlessly à la Rostropovich in his prime...synergistic combination
of Casals and du Pré-like fire and Fournier’s elegance... Bravo and bravo again!” (Fanfare Magazine)
Viktor Uzur has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and guest artist in Austria, Spain, Italy, France, Russia, Canada, Korea, China, Latvia, Brazil, United States and the former Yugoslavia. His recent engagements include performances at Mondavi Center, Sala Sao Paulo and Sale Cortot, jury member at the Aram Khachaturian International Competition and guest artist at Festival Campos de Jordao.
Uzur’s recent collaborations
include musicians such as Suren Bagratuni, Sergei Babayan, Stephen Prutsman, Arnaldo
Cohen, Ricardo Castro, Emmanuele Baldini, Tim Fain, Ruggero Allifranchini, Carmelo
de los Santos and Fabio Zanon. His long term partnership with guitarist Brad Richter
brought him numerous tours and original composition premieres in most of the states ofthe U.S., as the Richter Uzur Duo.
Uzur’s recordings include critically acclaimed Russian Masterpieces, Live at Club Congress, Solo Cello, String Theory, In Recital, and Entertainers. He is regularly featured on important broadcasts of NPR (United States) and Radio Cultura (Brazil).
Uzur is a prize winner and a diploma recipient at competitions such as the Yugoslavian National Solo Competition, Sarajevo, Jeuness Musicales International Competition, Belgrade and XI International Competition Tchaikovsky, Moscow. \
He is Professor of Cello at Weber State University where he is also founder and director of the Bonneville Chamber
Music Festival in its 14th season.
Uzur was born in Jagodina, Serbia, where he graduated from the School for Musically
Gifted Children “Horeum Margi” in Cuprija. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s in
Cello Performance with soloist diploma from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow during which time he worked with teachers such as A. Fedorchenko, D. Miller and N. Shakovskaya. While still a student in Moscow, Uzur was also the principal cellist and soloist of the ARCO Moscow Chamber Orchestra. In the United States he studied with Suren Bagratuni and David Starkweather, and has received master classes from Bernard Greenhouse, Lynn Harrell, Carter Brey and Peter Wiley. He holds a doctoral degree from
Michigan State University.
“Applying relentless energy, razor-sharp virtuosity, and a great sense of fun....Uzur has created a treasury of irresistible encore items.” (Strings Magazine).