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Daily Archives: November 14, 2008

Yamenh Huang shows off piano skills at Cultural Centre

Yameng Huang’s musicianship has been respected by professionals and audiences alike.  A prizewinner of the 37th Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, she has given recitals in venues such as the Beijing Concert Hall, Poly Theatre in Beijing, Casals Hall in Tokyo, Ostrogski Castle in Warsaw, and the birthplace of Chopin in Zelazowa wola, Warsaw, Poland, among others. As a chamber musician, she has performed with violinist Gerald Poulet, Siqing Lu, violist Donald Mclnnes, cellist Jian Wang. Not only performing the standard repertoire, she has also been recognised as a pioneer for new music. She has premiered many compositions of some of the most important Chinese composers such as Xiaogang Ye, Qigang Chen, Xiaoting Gong.  
She has also been invited frequently to perform in various music festivals such as Imagine 2001 Memphis, USA The 3rd International Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Poland .2001, Music Festival Argerich’s Meeting Point in Beppu, Japan. And Beijing Forbidden City Music Festival. Her performances have been shown on CCTV ,CETV in Cahina and NHK in Japan. 
Born to an artistic family in Kunming, China, Yameng Huang began learning piano at the age of five. She studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing from 1983 to 1998, under the tutelage of Professor Qifang Li, Yiming Pan and Jianqin Fan.  As a scholarship student of German Academic Exchange Service, Miss Huang studied with Prof. Klaus Baessler in the Hochschule fuer Musik, Hanns Eisler, Berlin from 2003 to 2006. 
Miss Huang currently teaches in the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.

Yameng Huang will be performing alongside the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra in a music concert on December 8, at 20:00 pm at the Cultural Centre. Tickets range from MOP60/100/200. For more information please call +853 2825 2899/+853 2855 5555.

Tennis: Tennis chiefs snub Roddick over schedule

by Talek Harris*

Tennis chiefs yesterday rejected calls to re-think next year's schedule after world number six Andy Roddick criticised plans to force players to attend more tournaments.
Senior ATP official Brad Drewett said the new format, where players must attend eight new Masters 1000 events and four lower-tier events, was not up for discussion.
"I respect Andy's view. He's a very intelligent and good-thinking young man and his views are valued," said the ATP International chief.
"But in the end the board decided, taking into account everyone's perspective, that this would be the best way forward."
Roddick pulled out of the ongoing Tennis Masters Cup with an ankle injury, joining world number one Rafael Nadal on the sidelines, and then blasted the new schedule.
"I think too much is asked of us as far as playing 11 months of the year, and now they're imposing more mandatory tournaments," he said.
"It doesn't make a whole a lot of sense. It's unfortunate for someone like Rafa that goes out there and does things the right way. No one is ever going to question how much effort he gives every time he's on the court.
"I don't think anybody wants to be on the court more than he does, so at a certain point you would hope they start respecting our opinions a little bit more."
With the Australian Open in January and the season's climax, the World Tour Final, in November, successful players may only have one month's rest per year.
But Drewett said sponsors, broadcasters and fans were all in favour of the new series. Players face being barred from Masters 1000 events if they fail to show up.
"I've spoken to Andy about this, I respect his opinion but the ATP is taking into account the views of all the stakeholders and believes this way forward is the right one," he said.
Roddick pulled out shortly before his group match with defending champion Roger Federer on Wednesday. Nadal withdrew with knee tendinitis and is also skipping Spain's Davis Cup final against Argentina.
"This particular injury had nothing to do with it being a long season. It was an accident and it was unlucky it happened," Roddick stressed.
"That being said, I think I've been pretty forthright in my opinions on regarding the schedule and it being too long."
Concerns over the crowded schedule have long plagued tennis. In 2005 Chinese organisers voiced anger when Roddick, Nadal, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin all missed the Tennis Masters Cup.
Injury worries have also threatened to overshadow this year's edition with Federer carrying a back problem and Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro nursing a split big toenail.
The equivalent women's event lost top draws Serena Williams and Ana Ivanovic due to a stomach injury and virus respectively.
Shanghai will host a Masters 1000 tournament next October with other stops in Indian Wells, Miami, Rome, Madrid, Montreal, Cincinnati and Paris. Monte Carlo will also have a non-compulsory event in the same series.