Join us on Saturday, September 8 for the first concert in our 2018-2019 season. Chengcheng Yao, who performed a solo recital here last January, returns with Baltimore pianist Stefan Chaplikov to present works for pianoforte a quattro mani by Mozart, Schumann, Debussy, and Ravel.

Core Memory is a non-profit community service organization based in southern Rhode Island. We present public concerts each month from September to June, featuring emerging artists from around the world. The concerts take place at a private home near Peace Dale, South Kingstown.

Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the performance begins promptly at 7:30. After the concert, we’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their backgrounds, current interests, and career plans.


Composer Work Year
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 358 1774
Robert Schumann Six Impromptus, Op. 66 “Bilder aus Osten” 1848
Claude Debussy Trois Chansons de Bilitis 1897
Claude Debussy Six épigraphes antiques, L. 131 1914
Maurice Ravel Ma mère l’Oye, M. 60 1910

About the Artists

Chengcheng Yao was born in the Chinese province of Hebei. She began studying music and playing piano when she was four years old. At sixteen, Ms. Yao performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Hebei Symphony Orchestra. The performance was a resounding success and won critical acclaim. She has since performed as a soloist in numerous major venues, including 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 the 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 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

Alesia Beth Sadosky
Arlene and Irwin Birnbaum
Barbara Holtzman
Ben Roth
Bill and Johnette Rodriguez
Brian Mitchell
Britt and Fran Bell
Claudia Strauss and Jim Van Cleve
Craig Maynard, host
Eliza Collins
Eugenie and Ron Maine
Jere Wiseman
John and Janet Grant
Judy Staples and guest
Lloyd Feinberg
Mary Iocobbo
Mary Lou Foley
Mirja Hanslin
Misty 😺
Peggy and Bill Gale
Peter and Maggie Marcus
Rob and Peggy Leeson
Rory Maynard-Dean and guest
Sondra and Robert Wiskari
Thomas Dawley
Vic Dvorak
Vicki Finch and Villy Gurov