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November 12, 2013 > Student violinists raise funds for kids in need

Student violinists raise funds for kids in need

Submitted By Patty Chou

Five accomplished high school students from the East Bay, together with their violin teacher Ker Qi, held a charitable violin concert at Le Petit Trianon Theatre in San Jose to raise funds for the Prince of Peace ChildrenÕs Home in China. The October 26 program ranged from Eastern to Western and included famous violin concertos from romantic era composers Mendelssohn and Saint-Saens, the most famous Chinese violin concert, ÒThe Butterfly Lovers,Ó and many adoring pieces by Sarasate, Massenet, Gershwin, and others.

Ker Qi is a long-time Fremont resident and a renowned violin teacher who has taught many Bay Area youth. QiÕs students have noticed that their teacher usually takes a break during the summer to volunteer at Prince of Peach ChildrenÕs Home, an orphanage for handicapped children located near his hometown in Tianjin, China. After learning about this orphanage and the wonderful work it has done, QiÕs students also wanted to help. They decided to utilize their talent and years of hard work to share beautiful music with the Bay Area audience and raise funds to serve these disfranchised children in China.

George Zhang, Rey Tang, Hanlin Wang, Christina Liu, and Minmin Fu were the eveningÕs featured performers:

Zhang is a Mission San Jose High School senior who started playing violin at the age of five. He has been a member of the First Violin in both El Camino Youth Symphony-Sinfonietta Orchestra and San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic. Tang is also a Mission San Jose High School senior who has been playing the violin since the age of 10. He has been on tour with SJYS Philharmonic Orchestra twice to European countries and is an involved member of the community, playing violin solos in church and community events.

Wang is a freshman from Mission San Jose High School. He has played violin since he was five years old and is a member of the California Youth Symphony Senior Orchestra and principal of the 2012 CYS Associate Orchestra second violin section.

Liu is a cheerful, dedicated, compassionate young musician, playing violin since the age of seven. A sophomore at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, Liu is the violin principal of both El Camino Youth Symphony-Sinfonietta Orchestra and San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also selected for California Music EducatorÕs Association as a violin principal.

Fu is a freshman at UC Davis and a winner of the 2010 San Jose Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra solo competition, member of the San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra, and co-principal in the 2012 Cal Poly All-State Symphony Orchestra.

The concert was hosted by Diana Qi with piano accompaniment provided by Dr. Anny Cheng, an active pianist with a doctoral degree in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University. Over 300 people were in attendance, including some special guests: Culture Counselor Xiao Xiayong and Consul Wang Jun, Consulate General of China in San Francisco; Yu Jingjiang, Vice President of ICN TV Network; Tai Chi, Adviser of Northern California Chinese Athletic Federation; and Ann Woo, Executive Director of Chinese Performing Arts of America.

Thanks to the talent and generous hearts of these student musicians, the concert collected $5,100 in donations for the Prince of Peace Children's Home in China.

To learn more about the Prince of Peace ChildrenÕs Home or make a donation, visit

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