For Immediate Release: Intimate Classics Featuring Sirena Huang, Paul Galbraith, Jeffrey Siegel, Jiayan Sun, and Han Bin Yoon

Escondido, California — :

Intimate Classics
October 19, 2014 – May 3, 2015
Featuring Sirena Huang, Paul Galbraith, Jeffrey Siegel, Jiayan Sun, and Han Bin Yoon
California Center for the Arts, Escondido at The Center Theater
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Time: 3 PM


“[Sirena Huang’s] transition from prodigy to adult performer was accomplished at an improbably young age. While studies suggest that the change usually happens at 15 or 16, Ms. Huang said she felt it occurred for her between 12 and 14. During that period, she performed less, practiced more and spent time focusing on her teachers’ admonition to reflect on her larger role.” -New York Times


“[Paul Galbraith is] gracefully phrased, beautifully balanced … imagination and coloristic variety.” -New York Times


“Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate.” -Los Angeles Times


“[Jiayan Sun is] technically flawless, poetically inspired and immensely assured playing.” -Toronto Star


“It was clear [Han Bin Yoon] was the winner [of the student competetion] after the first 12 bars. He was spectacular.” – Christopher Beach, Artistic Director, La Jolla Music Society


The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) is thrilled to present some of the brightest stars and emerging talent in its forthcoming Intimate Classics Series. Featuring acclaimed performers such as Sirena Huang, Paul Galbraith, Jeffrey Siegel, Jiayan Sun, and Han Bin Yoon, the singular series focuses on virtuosos of various classical instruments including the violin, guitar, piano, and cello. The Intimate Classics Series is being held in the Center Theater, a cozy theater hosting only 400 seats, and each event takes place on Sundays at 3:00pm. Two of the performers (Sirena Huang and Paul Galbraith) are offering Master Classes on-site at Studio One Theater on the day-of-the-show at 11:00am. The Intimate Classics Series runs at the Center from October 19, 2014 through May 3, 2015. For additional information, please visit


The California Center for the Arts, Escondido contributes to the national initiative to keep classical music thriving in the Southern California market by presenting modern masters and today’s foremost upstarts. Renowned for her “exquisite performance style,” Sirena Huang made her remarkable solo debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra at the age of nine. In 2006, she appeared as a guest speaker at the TED Conference in California after which reporters called her a player with “a musician’s soul that transcends her years.” Channeling centuries of history and tradition, the young violinist combines technical perfection with profound emotional insight as she delivers striking performances across the globe. She has been awarded top prizes in numerous international competitions and played with more than 40 orchestras. She’s also performed for the likes of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and the Dalai Lama.


Huang pursued an extensive musical education at a young age, taking lessons with Stephen Clapp and the Dean of The Juilliard School at age eight. She went on to later win The Juilliard School Pre-College Concerto Competition at the remarkable age of nine. Huang’s musical education has come full circle with her now studying at Juilliard; she’s concluded her first year with a triumphant performance at Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra and James Gaffigan of Bartok’s Concerto No. 2. Achieving recognition from her peers and heavy hitters in the industry, Huang signed with Columbia Artists Management in 2013. Whether performing with celebrated orchestras like the New York Philharmonic and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, or continuing to reinforce her infallible talent through education and performances, the young prize-winning artist is among today’s premier violinists.


*Sirena Huang performs at the Center Theater on October 19, 2014 @ 3:00pm. Her Master Class takes place at Studio One Theater at 11:00am. More information can be found on


A brilliant innovator of the classical guitar, Paul Galbraith has masterfully expanded the technical limits of his instrument. Performing on his signature eight-string Brahms Guitar, he has reached critical acclaim by winning a GRAMMY® Award nomination (1998), as well as engaging with some of the finest orchestras in Britain and Europe, and reaching the top 10 on the classical charts in Billboard Magazine. His work was declared “a landmark in the history of guitar recordings” by Gramophone Magazine. The originality of Galbraith’s musical personality has driven his career to international heights as he continues to push the boundaries of his unparalleled repertoire.


The Scottish-born Galbraith exchanged the traditional guitar for the eight-string Brahms (which he helped develop), due to it best fitting his ability to interpret classical transcriptions from his personal repertoire. His revolutionary work on the instrument and decades of performing with the likes of the BBC Philharmonic and at the Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, and Carmel Bach
Festivals, has brought his virtuosic performances to audiences around the world.


*Paul Galbraith performs at the Center Theater on November 23, 2014 @ 3:00pm. His Master Class takes place at Studio One Theater at 11:00am. More information can be found on


Jeffrey Siegel, a Center favorite, returns with his signature enthusiasm, world-class credentials, and astounding virtuosity. His keyboard conversations are more than just a concert—they provide avid music lovers a more meaningful listening experience and make the joy of music accessible to audiences of all ages. The brilliantly polished concert-with-commentary format includes brief, captivating remarks introducing dynamic performances of piano masterpieces, and concludes with a fast-paced Q&A. Collaborating with such respected orchestras at the Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony and bringing Keyboard Conversations to audiences across the country, Siegel has a memorable character and musical eloquence that reaches far and wide.


*Jeffrey Siegel performs at the Center Theater on January 11, 2015 @ 3:00pm. More information can be found on


With an impressive performance index that includes Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Jiayan Sun has blown audiences away with his masterful playing. The Juilliard-trained pianist has been the recipient of numerous international awards and has collaborated with prestigious conductors such as Michail Jurowski, Sir Mark Elder, Stefan Sanderling, Leon Fleisher, Xincao Li, David Hayes, and Kerry Stratton. The China-born musician often plays the harpsichord and pianoforte, proving that passion for early music need not be stifled by young age.


*Jiayan Sun performs at the Center Theater on February 1, 2015 @ 3:00pm. More information can be found on


Displaying phenomenal musical talent from an early age, Han Bin Yoon has excelled as a top prizewinner in numerous competitions. Within a year of picking up the cello, the standout chamber musician won his first competition and made solo appearances with the San Diego Youth Symphony. During his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship bestowed by the NEC. He is currently continuing his studies with Ralph Kirshbaum at the USC Thornton School of Music.


Performing locally and abroad, he has appeared as a guest soloist with orchestras such as the Springfield, Torrance, Palisades, Brentwood and Huntsville Symphonies. He has performed with the Los Angeles Violoncellos Society, and was chosen as a finalist in the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards competition; he subsequently performed in the PBS-broadcast of the gala concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Han Bin Yoon has quickly earned his place as one of the most notable emerging classical musicians, with singular performances at many acclaimed venues and festivals, including the Kennedy Center and La Jolla SummerFest.


*Han Bin Yoon performs at the Center Theater on May 3, 2015 @ 3:00pm. More information can be found on




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