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Biography


Ava Young was born in Calgary, Canada. She began playing the piano at the age of 6, with the piano teacher and composer Janice Thoreson. Ms. Thoreson gave her both piano and music theory lessons. More intensive music theory and music history lessons followed with the piano and music theory teacher Phyllis Murison.

Her next piano lessons were with Dr. Lillian Upright in Edmonton. Dr. Upright was on staff at the University of Alberta. With her guidance, Ava Young obtained the Performer's Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Further lessons were taken with Professor Robert Rogers in Vancouver. Professor Rogers was head of the piano department at the University of British Columbia.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (major in French literature) and a Bachelor of Education (teaching French as a second language), both at UBC in Vancouver, she decided to go abroad.

In Thailand, she worked at the International School of Bangkok. There, she accompanied the choirs during their music classes, and in concerts that took place in and outside of the school. She also organized the private music lessons that were offered by the music department.

Then came the move to Düsseldorf, Germany in 2001. Her piano studies continued with Professor Herbert Drechsel in Monheim. Professor Drechsel was a retired professor of the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf.

At this point, she decided to fully concentrate on music. This was made possible at the Conservatory of Maastricht in The Netherlands. The composer, pianist, and piano professor Avi Schönfeld guided her entire classical piano studies from 2005 to 2012. Mr. Schönfeld had himself studied, among others, with Arthur Rubinstein, Ilona Vincze-Krausz, and Nadia Boulanger.

She obtained the Bachelor of Music in 2009 and the Master of Music in 2012.

Ava Young is available for concerts (solo, chamber music), accompaniment, and for piano lessons. She lives in Düsseldorf, Germany.

 

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Program Suggestions
(75-minute playing time)


All periods (approximate dates, with overlap)

Program 1 – All periods (approximate dates, with overlap)

  • Baroque (1600-1750)
  • Classical (1730-1820)
  • Romantic (1780-1910)
  • Modern (1890-1975)
  • Contemporary (1975-Present)
Romantic period

Program 2 – Romantic period

  • Brahms
  • Chopin
  • Fauré
  • Liszt
  • Schumann
Polish music

Program 3 – Polish music

  • G. Bacewicz
  • Chopin
  • Paderewski
  • A. Schönfeld
  • K. Szymanowski
Russian music

Program 4 – Russian music

  • G. Catoire
  • Kabalevsky
  • N. Medtner
  • Mussorgsky
  • Prokofiev
  • Rachmaninov
  • Scriabin
  • Shostakovich
French music

Program 5 – French music

  • Couperin
  • Debussy
  • H. Dutilleux
  • Fauré
  • Messiaen
  • D. Milhaud
  • Poulenc
  • Ravel
Spanish & South American music

Program 6 – Spanish & South American music

  • Albéniz
  • De Falla
  • Granados
  • Mompou
  • Ginastera (Argentinian)
  • H. Villa-Lobos (Brazilian)
Canadian music

Program 7 – Canadian music

  • Violet Archer (1913-2000)
  • Stephen Chatman (1950- )
  • Jean Coulthard (1908-2000)
  • Gary Kulesha (1954- )
  • Larysa Kuzmenko (1956- )
  • Alexina Louie (1949- )
  • Barbara Pentland (1912-2000)
  • Heather Schmidt (1976- )
  • Janice Thoreson (1926–2016)
Women composers

Program 8 – Women composers

  • Violet Archer (Canadian, 1913-2000)
  • Grażyna Bacewicz (Polish, 1909-1969)
  • Lili Boulanger (French, 1893-1918)
  • Nadia Boulanger (French, 1887-1979)
  • Jean Coulthard (Canadian, 1908-2000)
  • Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (German, 1805-1847)
  • Barbara Pentland (Canadian, 1912-2000)
  • Alma Schindler-Mahler-Gropius-Werfel (Austrian, 1879-1964)
  • Heather Schmidt (Canadian, 1976- )
  • Ethel Smyth (English, 1858-1944)
  • Germaine Tailleferre (French, 1892-1983)
  • Clara Wieck-Schumann (German, 1819-1896)

Repertoire


Audio
  • Bach – English Suite in g-minor no. 3 BWV 808
  • Bach – Fantasy & Fugue in a-minor BWV 904
  • Bach – French Suites
  • Bach – Partita in a-minor no. 3 BWV 827
  • Bach – Prelude & Fugue in c-minor no. 2 BWV 847 (The Well-Tempered Clavier vol. 1)
  • Bach – Prelude & Fugue in C sharp-major no. 3 BWV 848 (vol. 1)
  • Bach – Prelude & Fugue in E-major no. 9 BWV 854 (vol. 1)
  • Bach – Prelude & Fugue in g sharp-minor no. 18 BWV 863 (vol. 1)
  • Bach – Prelude & Fugue in b flat-minor no. 22 BWV 867 (vol. 1)
  • Bach – Preludes & Fugues (vol. 2)
  • Bach – Toccata in e-minor no. 2 BWV 914
  • Couperin – Suites (vol. 1-4)
Audio
  • Beethoven - Sonata in c-minor op. 13 no. 8 (Pathétique) (vol. 1)
  • Beethoven – Sonata in A flat-major op. 26 no. 12 (vol. 1)
  • Beethoven – Sonata in c sharp-minor op. 27 no. 2 (Moonlight) (vol. 1)
  • Beethoven – Sonata in D-major op. 28 no. 15 (vol. 1)
  • Beethoven – Sonata in d-minor op. 31 no. 2 (vol. 2)
  • Beethoven – Sonata in f-minor op. 57 no. 23 (Appassionata) (vol. 2)
  • Haydn – Sonata in A flat-major Hob. XVI:46 (vol. 1)
  • Haydn – Sonata in c-minor Hob. XVI:20 (vol. 2)
  • Mozart – Sonata in F-major KV 332 (300k) (vol. 2)
  • Mozart – Sonata in F-major KV 533 & 494 (vol. 2)
  • Schubert – Sonata in E flat-major op. post. 122 D568 (vol. 1)
  • Schubert – Sonata in A-major op. post. 120 D664 (vol. 1)
Audio
  • Brahms – Three Intermezzi op. 117
  • Brahms – Two Rhapsodies op. 79
  • Chopin – Etude in C-major op. 10 no. 1
  • Chopin – Etude in a-minor op. 10 no. 2
  • Chopin – Etude in A flat-major op. 25 no. 1
  • Chopin – Etude in f-minor op. 25 no. 2
  • Chopin - Fantasy-Impromptu in c sharp-minor op. post. 66
  • Chopin – Nocturne in g-minor op. 15 no. 3
  • Chopin – Nocturne in D flat-major op. 27 no. 2
  • Chopin – Nocturne in e-minor op. 72 no. 1
  • Chopin – Ballades, Impromptus, Mazurkas, Polonaises, Preludes, Waltzes
  • Fauré – Ballade in F sharp-major op. 19
  • Fauré – Theme & Variations in c sharp-minor op. 73
  • C. Franck – Prelude, Chorale, & Fugue (FWV 21)
  • Liszt – On the Bank of a Source (Years of Pilgrimage, year 1)
  • Liszt – Chapel of Guillaume Tell (year 1)
  • Liszt - Consolations
  • Liszt – Evening Harmonies (Transcendental Etudes)
  • Liszt – The Bells of Geneva (year 1)
  • Liszt – Storm (year 1)
  • Liszt – Obermann Valley (year 1)
  • Liszt – Years of Pilgrimage (years 2 & 3)
  • Mendelssohn – Songs Without Words (vol. 1-8)
  • F. Mendelssohn-Hensel – Easter Sonata in A-major
  • F. Mendelssohn-Hensel – The Year, a piano cycle
  • Moszkowski – Fifteen Virtuosic Studies op. 72
  • Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Rachmaninov - Preludes
  • Saint-Saëns – Six Studies for the Left Hand op. 135 R54
  • Schumann – Carnival Jest from Vienna op. 26
  • Schumann - Davidsbündler Dances op. 6
  • Schumann - Intermezzi op. 4
  • G. Sgambati – Six Lyrical Pieces for Piano op. 18 (Schott: op. 23)
  • E. Smyth - Sonata for Piano no. 2 (Geistinger)
  • C. Wieck-Schumann – Romances op. 11
  • C. Wieck-Schumann – Sonata in g-minor
Audio
  • Albéniz – Iberia (vol. 1)
  • V. Archer – Fantasy for Pianoforte
  • V. Archer – Sonatina for Piano no. 1
  • G. Bacewicz – Sonata for Piano no. 2
  • G. Bacewicz – Sonatina for Piano
  • Bartók - Sonata Sz. 80, BB 88
  • J. Baur – Aphorisms, 12 Pieces for Piano
  • L. Boulanger – Theme & Variations for Piano
  • N. Boulanger – Towards the New Life, for piano
  • G. Catoire – Songs at Dusk for Piano op. 24
  • J. Coulthard – Sonata for Piano
  • Debussy – Etude no. 7 in Chromatic Half-steps
  • Debussy – Goldfish (Images vol. 2)
  • Debussy – The Joyful Island
  • Debussy – Masks
  • Debussy - What the West Wind Saw (Preludes vol. 1)
  • De Falla – Andalusian Serenade
  • De Falla – Betic Fantasy
  • H. Dutilleux - Sonata for Piano
  • Gershwin – Preludes for Piano
  • Ginastera – Argentinian Dances for Piano
  • Granados – Goyescas (vol. 1)
  • Granados – Six Expressive Studies
  • Hindemith – Ludus tonalis (Tonal Game), a piano cycle
  • Kabalevsky – Preludes
  • N. Medtner – Sonata in a-minor op. 38 no. 1 (Sonata reminiscenza)
  • Messiaen – Bird Catalogue
  • D. Milhaud – Saudades do Brasil op. 67
  • Mompou – Songs and Dances
  • Paderewski – Impromptus, Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Waltzes
  • Paderewski – Sonata in e flat-minor op. 21
  • B. Pentland – Studies in Line for Piano
  • Poulenc – Three Perpetual Movements
  • Prokofiev – Sonata op. 29 no. 4 (vol. 1)
  • Ravel – Gaspard of the Night
  • Ravel – Sonatina for Piano
  • Ravel – Water Games
  • E. Schulhoff – Hot Music, 10 Syncopated Studies
  • Scriabin - Preludes
  • Shostakovich – 24 Preludes & Fugues op. 87
  • N. Skalkottas – Suites
  • K. Szymanowski - Preludes
  • G. Tailleferre – Partita for Piano
  • G. Tailleferre – The Flowers of France
  • G. Tailleferre – Three Sonatinas for Piano
  • J. Thoreson – Freckles
  • J. Thoreson - Imps
  • J. Thoreson – Lullaby for an Indian Princess
  • J. Thoreson – Sunday Afternoon
  • J. Thoreson – The Frisky Acrobat
  • H. Villa-Lobos – Brazilian Bachian Pieces no. 4 for Piano
  • S. Chatman – Black & White Fantasy (1981)
  • G. Kulesha – Aphorisms (1978)
  • L. Kuzmenko – In Memoriam: For the Victims of Chornobyl (1997)
  • A. Louie – I Leap Through the Sky With Stars (1994)
  • H. Schmidt – Silver Tides (2008)
  • H. Schmidt – Twelve for Ten, Prelude-Fugue to Glenn Gould (2007)
  • A. Schönfeld – Autumn Rhythms (2006)
  • A. Schönfeld – Cantilène (2003)
  • A. Schönfeld – Quasis (2016)
  • A. Schönfeld – Sonatina, Mediterranean (1998)
  • A. Schönfeld – Tango Etude (2000)
Audio
  • G. Bacewicz – Sonata no. 4 for violin & piano
  • Beethoven – Sonata op. 12 no. 3 for violin & piano
  • Brahms – Sonata in E flat-major op. 120 no. 2 for clarinet & piano
  • Dvořák – Sonata in F-major op. 57 for violin & piano
  • Dvořák – Sonatina op. 100 for violin & piano
  • Dvořák – Piano Trio for piano, violin, & cello in g-minor op. 26
  • Mendelssohn – Duets for 2 voices & piano
  • Mozart – Sonata KV 448 (375A) for 2 pianos
  • A. Schindler-Mahler - Songs for Voice & Piano
  • Schubert – Duets for 2 voices & piano
  • Schumann – Duets for 2 voices & piano
  • Shostakovich – Concertino op. 94 for 2 pianos

Audio


Audio
Schubert - Sonata in E flat-major op. post. 122 D568 (1829) - I. Allegro moderato
Schubert - Sonata in E flat-major op. post. 122 D568 (1829) - II. Andante molto
Schumann - Intermezzi op. 4 no. 6 (1832)
E. Schulhoff - Hot Music, 10 Syncopated Studies no. 3 (1929)