Past Event

Mid-Day Music @ Columbia featuring LYDIA VAN DER SWAAGH & CINDY LIU, viola & piano duo @ Faculty House

April 19, 2017
12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
12-1pm | Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr.

 Come join us in the Garden Room at Faculty House, where Students and Music Associates from Columbia University's Music Performance Program will be showcased in a noontime recital series.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata in G Major for Viola de Gamba and Harpsichord, BWV 1027
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non tanto
III. Andante
IV. Allegro moderato

César Franck (1822 - 1890)
Sonata in A Major for Viola and Piano
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo-Fantasia
IV. Allegretto poco mosso

Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992) 
Le grand tango (arr. viola and piano)


Cynthia (Cindy) Liu (CC ‘18) is pursuing a double major in English Literature and Sociology with concentrations in Eating Like a Queen and Being Outspoken. Since beginning piano studies (a.k.a. developing a lifelong inability to sightread) at age six, she feels grateful and honored to have annoyed her teacher emeritus, Elena Arsenyev, and now her mentor, Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, with slouching, overly-zealous fortissimo, and problematic pedaling. The only things Cindy love as much as Rach-ing out to her favorite Russian men are fashion and food, rendering human interaction practically irrelevant--except when she caffeinates and occasionally rehearses with Lydia. In that order.
Recently, she was winner of the 2014 Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Duet Competition with Brian Le, her four-hands partner-in-crime, and a finalist in the National Symphony Orchestra Young Artists’ Concerto Competition. Cindy has enjoyed performances at New York’s Carnegie and Steinway (the former--#rip) Halls; Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Hungarian & Austrian embassies; her parents’ hometowns in China, Beijing and Neixiang; and in Paris, France. She inaugurated the 2017 Intercollegiate Chamber Music Festival with Serina Chang (CC ‘19) and Dean Deng (CC ‘19), in collaboration with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She also enjoys yelling at the administration about Columbia's nonexistent performance space in a petition she wrote with Timothy Diovanni (CC '18).
In her ongoing annihilation of the patriarchy, Cindy is launching her eponymous artists' management firm this summer, and returns to Paris and Beijing for the fall season. When she's not startling unsuspecting heathen with her passion or rushing all of her runs, you’ll find her assembling monochrome outfits, reading James Baldwin in downward-facing dog, or complaining.

A native New Yorker, Lydia van der Swaagh (CC '19) is pursuing a major in Art History with a concentration in Classics. She began her music studies when she was two-years-old, wearing diapers and playing a box violin.

Lydia is a graduate of the Juilliard Pre-College Division and has had the privilege of playing at such venues as the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, the National Arts Club, Symphony Space, Alice Tully Hall, and the Weill Recital Hall. Through the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Program, she has collaborated with Wolfram Koessel and has played for acclaimed musicians like Ani Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Joel Krosnick, and Fred Sherry. Also, she has performed many outreach concerts in hospitals, public schools, and nursing homes throughout the city. Because of these memorable opportunities, Lydia has a dream to start a music foundation which would use music to reach out to children in underserved communities. 
When not studying or rehearsing with Cindy, she loves performing in CUO and with her piano quintet. But some of Lydia's most treasured pastimes are drinking coffee, biking around the city, running in Riverside, and passing a rainy afternoon at the Met. 

  All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

Mid-Day Music @ Columbia offers live music to a general audience, following the tradition established by Aaron Warner and Isidor Isaac Rabi, great lovers of music whose memories live on at Faculty House.