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AN EVENING OF MUSIC by Mei Rui & Roger Tapping

Piano Recital by Mei Rui, with violist Roger Tapping of the Julliard Quartet - An exclusive concert for Yale Club of Houston!

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  Exclusive Performance for Yale Club of Houston 


Concert Pianist Mei Rui 
Violists Roger Tapping


April 20, 2018

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Online Ticket Sales will end today at 5 PM 

 Reception at 6:30 PM
Concert / Performance at 7:30 PM



Fellow Yale Club member and concert pianist, Mei Rui, will perform an exclusive concert at at 6:30 PM on Friday, April 20 for the Yale Club of Houston.  You might recall Mei was flooded by Harvey and lost her piano studio.  She has been trying to raise funds to cover some of the cost of a new piano and studio.  Mei invited one of the great violists, Roger Tapping, of the Julliard Quartet, to Houston to perform with her on April 20th for the Yale Club.  They will also perform together on Saturday, April 21 at Rice University  Tickets to the April 20th private concert are only $20 with proceeds going to Mei (see link below).  Once you register your attendance, you will receive a separate notice with the concert location (inside loop). 

At the April 20th concert for the Yale Club, Mei will raffle a couple of tickets to another concert she is performing on Saturday, May 12 at the Hobby Center.  She will play Rachmaninoff 2nd concerto with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra at the Hobby Center.  Don't stay home! Get out on the 20th, take in an evening of music and support our Yale concert pianist!

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Mei Rui, D.M.A. The Bronze Medal Winner of the World Piano Competition in 2015, Dr. Mei Rui was praised by the Boston Globe as a “riveting” virtuoso, and by Boston Musical Intelligencer as a concert artist with “deeply felt and intense musicality.” Pianist Mei Rui has performed to critical acclaim in the United States and abroad, including a recent performance of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

A graduate of Yale University, Yale School of Music, and Stony Brook, she holds duo-degrees in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (B.A.) and Music (M.M., A.D. D.M.A). While pursuing her D.M.A., she taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Organic and General Chemistry at the Sophie Davis Biomedical School at the City University of New York (2008-2012).

Last year, she performed a season-opening concert with violinists Xiang Yu at the Louvre Museum Auditorium in Paris, France. Her recording of Eric Nathan’s solo works for piano with the producer Judith Sherman, who received a Grammy Nomination in 2015. Mike Greenberg writes of a recent solo recital in San Antonio, "Rui possesses “breathtaking technique” and an “extraordinary command of color”. Equally active as a chamber musician, Dr. Rui was featured as Artist-in-Residence at Yellowbarn Festival for its 2013-2015 season. She was also invited to serve on the piano faculty at the Young Artist Program at Yellowbarn in 2014. She has appeared at the Ravinia Festival (2009), Perlman Festival (2012, 2013), Yellowbarn Festival (2008), Taos (2006), Music Academy of the West (2005), Norfolk (2006), and Van Cliburn Piano Institute (1997).  She has collaborated with some of the most eminent musicians in the world, including Issac Perlman, George Manahan, Shinik Hahm, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, and Peter Frankl.

A native of Shanghai, Mei began her piano studies at the age of 3, and was accepted into the Shanghai Conservatory of Music 3 years later. She gave her first solo recital at the age of 10 in front of an illustrious audience that included the President of Austria and other international dignitaries at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna. At age 11, she made her orchestral debut soloing with the Beijing Radio Symphony. She won numerous regional and national competitions in China, and her performances were featured multiple times on Chinese national television and radio stations.

As a soloist, she has played with the Beijing Radio Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, and Yale Philharmonic. She has performed in some of the most prestigious concert venues in the world, including Bennet Gordon Hall in Chicago, Jordan Hall in Boston; Carnegie Hall (Weill), Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall, Stellar Performing Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Borden Auditorium in New York; San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Duncan Hall in Houston; Woolsey Hall and Sprague Hall in New Haven; San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio; National Concert Hall in Taipei; Lehman Hall in Santa Barbara; Beijing Concert Halll and Shanghai Grand Concert Hall.

Turning down full scholarship offers from both the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of music, she enrolled in the highly selective B.A./M.M. program at Yale, where she was the recipient of the prestigious Joseph Selden Memorial Award for excellence in the Arts, the Sheffield Scientific Scholarship, the Bruce Simonds Scholarship, and the George W. Miles Scholarship. Other awards include the Seldon Award, Van Gelder Memorial Award, the McDermett Scholarship, the Lowenthal Fellowship; top prizes in the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, William Waite Concerto Competition, Yale Chamber Music Competition, the Kingsville International Competition, and the Kosciusko Chopin International Competition.

A dedicated educator, Dr. Rui taught at the Yale School of Music (2004-2007) prior to starting her piano studio in New York and later in Houston. She was invited to serve on the Piano Faculty at Yellowbarn Festival’s Young Artists Program in 2014. She has given masterclasses and coached chamber music groups at the American Festival of the Arts, and at the Houston High School of Performing Arts. In 2014, her students swept the first and second prizes in the middle and high school divisions at the HMTA competition. Numerous of her students have given their Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center debut performances in New York. Many others have garnered top prizes in numerous competitions. Some of Dr. Rui’s most influential mentors include Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Gil Kalish, Phillip Kawin, Jerome Lowenthal, and Robert Mcdonald. In 2016, Dr. Rui joined Dr. Claudius Conrad’s research team at MD Anderson Cancer Center as a Clinical Research Scientist in the Department of Surgery. She also serves a collaborative pianist at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. A Yoga-Alliance certified Baptiste and Bikram instructor, she is a world traveler, PADI-certified SCUBA diver, and a proud owner of a dachshund named Ludwig.



Roger Tapping joined the Juilliard Quartet and Juilliard’s viola faculty in 2013. Previously, he had moved from London to the U.S. in 1995 to join the Takács Quartet. During his decade with them, their career included many Beethoven and Bartók cycles in major cities all over the world. Their Decca/London recordings, including the complete quartets of Bartók and Beethoven, placed them in Gramophone magazine’s Hall of Fame and won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy and three more Grammy nominations, among many other awards. Tapping taught regularly at the Aspen Festival, the Taos Quartet School, and London’s Guildhall School of Music.

In recent years he has been on the viola faculty of the New England Conservatory, where he also directed the Chamber Music program. He also taught at the Longy School in Cambridge and the Boston Conservatory. In the summers he has served on the faculties of Itzhak Perlman’s Chamber Music Workshop, the Tanglewood String Quartet Seminar and Yellow Barn, and he has given viola master classes at Banff. He has also given viola and chamber music master classes at other festivals and conservatories in the U.S. and Canada.

Born in England, Tapping played in a number of London’s leading chamber ensembles, making several highly acclaimed albums, before joining Britain’s longest established quartet, the Allegri. He taught at London’s Royal Academy of Music, was principal viola of the London Mozart Players, a member of the English Chamber Orchestra and a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He has performed frequently as a guest with many distinguished quartets from the U.S. and Europe, and he was a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society.

His teachers were Margaret Major and Bruno Giuranna and he participated in master classes with William Primrose. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge. Tapping is a member of the Order of the Knight Cross of the Hungarian Republic, has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Nottingham, and is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in London.

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