Join us on Saturday, September 8 for the first concert in our 2018-2019 concert series. Pianists Chengcheng Yao and Stefan Chaplikov will perform works for pianoforte a quattro mani by Mozart, Schumann, and Ravel. After the concert, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists and hear them discuss their personal histories, current interests, and their master plan for world domination career plans.

Core Memory is a non-profit community service organization based in southern Rhode Island. Our monthly concerts take place inside a private home in the village of Peace Dale, a few miles west of Narragansett. There is no admission charge and everyone is invited to attend. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the performance begins promptly at 7:30.


Composer Work Year
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in C major, K. 521 1787
Robert Schumann Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66 1848
Maurice Ravel Ma mère l’Oye 1910

About the Artists

Chengcheng Yao was born in the Chinese province of Hebei and began studying music and playing piano at age four. When she was sixteen, she performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Hebei Symphony Orchestra; her performance was a resounding success and won her critical acclaim. She has since performed as a soloist in venues such as Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Steinway Hall in Hamburg, National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Beethoven Center and University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, China Cultural Center in Berlin, and University of Toronto.

Her awards include the Elizabeth Parisot Prize at Yale University (2017), Second Prizes at Young Artist Piano Concerto Competition (2016), Virtuoso & Belcanto Piano Competition (2016) and the “KAWAI” National Piano Competition (2007), and First Prizes at Kayserburg National Piano Competition (2011), “YAMAHA” Piano Competition (2009) and the Steinway International Piano Competition (2007).

Ms. Yao completed her Bachelor of Music degree at China Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Professor Min Li. She holds two masters degrees from The Juilliard School and the Yale University School of Music, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, Peter Frankl, and Hung-Kuan Chen. She now resides in Baltimore and studies with Leon Fleisher in pursuit of a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.

Stefan Chaplikov enjoys a versatile career as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed across Europe and North America to high critical acclaim. He won first prize at the International Piano Competition in Varna and second prize at the Concours International de Piano Albert-Roussel à Sofia. His latest CD, an album of piano sonatas by Clementi, is scheduled for release on the Naxos label in August 2018.

Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Stefan made his concert debut in Sofia at the age of eleven as a soloist with the Sofia Soloists chamber ensemble. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with Michell Béroff and was a Rebanks Family Fellow at The Glenn Gould School under the tutelage of John Perry. His graduate degrees include an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music under Peter Frankl. He is now a doctoral student at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studies with Leon Fleisher.

Who’s Coming

Craig Maynard, host