Harmonica virtuoso to perform at Darien Library
World-class harmonica virtuoso Jia-Yi He will perform in concert at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14, and will be accompanied by a string quartet.
He plays the chromatic, diatonic, tremolo and bass harmonicas as well as the largest and smallest harmonicas in the world.
Self-taught, he is a world competition winner in England, Germany, Israel, the United States and Japan and an international competition judge in Taiwan, Malaysia, China and Singapore, according to his biography on Turtle Bay Music School website, www.tbms.org. He is on the faculty at Turtle Bay.
He said his favorite style of music to teach is classical/modern; his favorite song is "Rhapsody in Blue;" his favorite composers are Bach and Gershwin; and he practices three to four hours a day.
According to the website, www.tremoloharmonica.com, he was a soloist with the China National Symphony Orchestra, China National Ballet Symphonic Orchestra and the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra. He also has appeared on television in China and the United States, and recorded music for films, radio stations and CDs. He was invited to perform at 60th anniversary concert at the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations. He performed at the Royal College of Music in London and with Calcutta Chamber Orchestra in India.
He is the author of "Recital Pieces for Chromatic Harmonica."
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