Student Recital Series: Ryan Gil, violin
May 18, 2014 | 7PM | Hole Memorial Auditorium
This recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree. His program will include the following:
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80 | Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
I. Andante assai
II. Allegro brusco
Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
II. Andante scherzoso, più Allegretto
III. Allegro molto
Quintet: Fugata | Astor Piazzola (1921-1992)
Ryan Gil, violin
Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, accordion
Cody Breyer, guitar
Tim Swanson, double bass
Ariel Mizumoto, piano
Ryan Gil, violin
RYAN GIL began playing the violin at the age of 6. Since then he has toured Europe twice in the past and all over the United States as part of the Loma Linda Academy String Ensemble. This summer he is planning on traveling once again to Eastern Europe to perform in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as in Estonia and Finland. Apart from music, Ryan is currently a fourth year student at La Sierra University and will graduate this summer with a BA in Music Performance and a Minor in Biochemistry. He has been recently accepted into the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and will be attending next fall. Ryan has been studying under the tutelage of Jason Uyeyama for 12 years and had previously studied with Karen Hoatson. Ryan also recently picked up the viola in early September of 2013 and, with it, is an avid chamber music performer. In his free time, Ryan enjoys reading, spending time with his dog Audrey, and rock climbing.
JIAYI SHI, piano
Pianist JIAYI SHI maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She works extensively with the internationally renowned violinist Midori, and made her New York recital debut with Midori in March 2004. Her performances took her not only throughout USA, but also to Germany, Hong Kong, as well as the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.
Soon after arriving in the United States from her native city Shanghai, China, Ms. Shi won a succession of honors and awards, including top prizes in the Sydney Wright Competition, and the Steinway Society Piano Competition.
Born to a musical family, Ms. Jiayi Shi started to play the piano at age 4. At age 7, she was accepted in the prestigious pre-college division of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. With the support of the Fund for Chinese Pianists in Texas, Ms. Shi received a Bachelor’s degree in Piano at the University of Texas and continued her education at the Eastman School of Music with the renowned pianist Barry Snyder. She graduated from Eastman in 2002 with both a Master’s degree and the Performance Certificate in Piano.
Ariel Mizumoto, piano
When ARIEL MIZUMOTO was 12-years-old, she had the privilege of meeting and conversing with her role model, the legendary Mr. Van Cliburn, in Fort Worth, Texas. The encouragement and support she felt during their short encounter has been Ariel’s inspiration for music ever since that experience.
Ariel has performed in a variety of venues including at the Hollywood Ford Amphitheater, the Orange County Performing Arts Center/Segerstrom Hall, and the Irvine Barclay Theater as a member of a the Anya Foundation Piano Ensemble created to promote childhood safety. She has also traveled across the world to perform in venues in Asia, such as at the Bejing Conservatory of Music in China and in numerous performances in Tokyo, Japan.
In addition, she has performed at the Paramount Motion Picture Studios for the “Celebrate Life with Hope” childhood cancer survivor’s annual celebration event. In spring of 2008, at the composer’s request, Ariel was featured in a documentary film about the famous American composer, Benjamin Lees. She was invited to perform for the composer and was his VIP guests during the premier of this documentary, “The Musical Life of Benjamin Lees” by Joel Hochberg. Ariel has always been generous and willing to share her musical talents for humanitarian benefits such as for the tsunami relief benefit concert in Phoenix, hospitals, community and senior centers, high schools, and churches. She also won the pianist scholarship for the Warsaw Piano Institute in Poland and was able to travel to Warsaw to perform in the summer of 2010. Also, Ariel, as a part of the Yusona Trio, recently performed as the pianist at the Mozarteum in Austria in spring of 2012. Ariel and her chamber group have most recently been invited to perform in venues in Russia, Estonia, and Finland.
Ariel has won a variety of piano competitions and scholarships including her win at the 2010 Inland Empire Piano Festival, and the Inland Empire Rotary Piano Competition. She was also the grand prize winner of the 2007 Long Beach Mozart Festival, MTAC Los Angeles Branch Scholarship Competition, OEC Music Scholarship Competition on Orange County, and others. She has also performed a concerto with the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony under the baton of Dr. Ivan Shulman on two separate occasions.
In addition to the piano, Ariel is an accomplished cellist and was selected by audition to perform two seasons with the Pasadena Pops Symphony Orchestra’s Side-by-Side summer concert program. She attended high school at the Orange County High School of the Arts and participated in the OCHSA symphony orchestra. Ariel has also appeared as a cellist in a major Paramount Studios feature film and served as principle cellist of the La Sierra University orchestra for the 2011-12 school year.
Ariel currently studies piano with Dr. Elvin Rodriguez at La Sierra University in Riverside. She has also studied piano with Dr. Anna Grinberg, Dr. Vadim Serebryany, and Mr. Ethan Dong, and has studied cello with Wendy Liu, Julie Jung and FangFang Xu.
Elvin Rodríguez, accordion
ELVIN S. RODRÍGUEZ is currently professor of music and chair of the Department of Music at La Sierra University. Dr. Rodríguez also serves as director of University Studies, La Sierra’s general education program. Dr. Rodríguez frequently performs in solo and chamber recitals, and has presented at local, state, and national workshops and conferences in the areas of Baroque keyboard performance practice, improvisation for beginners, and the integration of music technology in the piano curriculum. Dr. Rodríguez has worked with state, national and international prize winning pianists of all ages and is a frequent adjudicator for advanced and professional adjudications and competitions.
Dr. Rodríguez received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and later received an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has studied with Rhona Hodgen, Earle Voorhies, Constance Keene, Dr. Mark Silverman, and Dr. Robert Pace. Dr. Rodríguez has received many awards and won many competitions, including the prestigious Young Artist Guild given by the Music Teachers Association of California, and received the distinction of Promising Young Artist from the national ARTS organization. Dr. Rodríguez resides in Riverside with his wife Linette, and their two daughters, Elynn and Natalyn.
Cody Breyer, guitar
CODY ALAN BREYER was born in Riverside, California on December 28, 1987. Raised in Redlands as well as Riverside, Cody attended Redlands Adventist Academy—where he began his first musical journey. Since the age of 9, Cody had been trained in percussion under James Walters M.A. and received his first drum set at 12. In high school, Cody advanced to further instruction under David Bown at Music Lessons Central in San Bernardino, CA. It was during these years that Cody decided that he wanted to pursue a music career. He graduated from RAA in 2006.
After high school Cody attended La Sierra University as a percussion performance major under the instruction under Jamie Douglass. After a year of studying, Cody left the country to become a student missionary on the tropical island of Pohnpei (2007-2008). There he taught a second grade class and learned to play his mother’s acoustic guitar. During his stay on Pohnpei he developed a sincere love for the guitar and music theory. Because of his clear shift in passion, he enrolled as a Classical Guitar Performance major the following year under the instruction of Lee Zimmer at La Sierra University. Cody currently resides in Riverside playing timpani for the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra at La Sierra University in addition to playing guitar for the Big Band. Aside from his classical training, Cody invests his time as a recent member of the jazz-fusion quintet, Heritage (HTG), and expects to see exciting results come out of that group.