Steinway artist Stephanie Shih-yu Cheng and concert pianist Harriet Bushman performed in an exciting piano recital on 1 April at the Amricani Cultural Centre. They played classical pieces by J.S Bach, Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt, and Alexander Borodin to a large audience of classical music enthusiasts in Kuwait.
Taiwanese-American pianist Stephanie Shih-yu Cheng has received great critical acclaim for her solo and collaborative engagements in many of the world’s major music centres, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago and Tokyo Opera City Hall. Presently, she is on the faculty of the American University of Kuwait as an Assistant Professor of Music.
Harriet Petherick Bushman, a Londoner, is a graduate from the Royal Academy of Music, has toured as a solo pianist and chamber musician in the Middle East. In Kuwait, she participates in musicals and composes songs and incidental music for Shakespeare plays, in collaboration with a talented local youth theatre group.
Ms. Cheng and Ms. Bushman’s performance was well-matched, coloring the elegant and buoyant movements expressively in perfect melded precision. The musicianship and versatility in their playing allowed the audience to enjoy the insightful beauty of classical music and appreciate the evocative works of great composers.
Ms. Cheng’s musical solo of the Mephisto Waltz contained rapturous phrasing and expressive lines, which led to many moments of energetic excitement. The duo closed the program with a brilliant climatic rendition of Tarantella by Alexander Borodin. It was an evening of rich lustre that will reverberate for a long time and the audience showed their appreciation with thundering applause and a standing ovation.