Rainier Duo

Award winning musicians, pianist Chi-Chen Wu and violinist Gregory Maytan met in the summer of 2016 at the Grumo Festival in Italy where they performed eight concerts together across the country in cities such as Milano and Cavalese. Being inspired by each other’s musicianship and passion for chamber music, Wu and Maytan founded the Rainier Duo and set a goal for their first project: to perform and record the complete cycle of Beethoven’s sonatas for piano and violin. The two musicians aim to bring a new voice to these ten compositions through acquaintance of the literature which had served as inspirational sources for Beethoven’s work. To help the audience appreciate these works through their connections to the literary works, some selected writings are presented in conjunction with musical performances. In the current season, the duo is touring with the first set, sonata nos. 1, 5, and 7 in Colorado, Wyoming, and Michigan. The group was invited to present their Beethoven program in China in spring 2018. Other plans are underway for a European tour, as well as a New York debut.

Chi-Chen Wu
Praised by World Journal, Chicago for her “amazing playing”, “symphonic, expansive texture of breathless virtuosity” (Historical Keyboard Society), and her Schumann performance, in which “the music comes to life in a new way” (Early Music America), pianist Chi-Chen Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Japan, Taiwan, China, the Aspen Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series among others. Her concerts have been broadcast on NPR’s Simply Grand Concert Series and NPR-From The Top in Boston. Musicians and conductors with whom she has concertized include Karl-Heinz Steffens, Jonathan McPhee, Zuill Bailey, members of the Julliard String Quartet, Takács String Quartet, musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and members of the Boston Symphony as well as New York Philharmonic orchestras. Wu’s Schumann recording has won two Gold Medals from the Global Music Awards and was named in the Top 10 “Best Classical Recordings of 2015” on The Big City, New York which included the New York Philharmonic.

Gregory Maytan
Gregory Maytan has been praised for his ‘infectious vitality’ and for his ‘lyrical freshness’ by The Strad, who also awarded his CD of Scandinvian music with the distinction of CD of the Month. The Nordsee Zeitung, Strings Magazine and the American Record Guide have also reviewed Maytan’s performances favorably. Maytan has performed virtually all the major violin concertos with orchestra, and regularly performs in recitals and concerts in Europe and the US. He has performed on the Dame Myra Hess series, and also at venues such as Ravinia and Tanglewood. He has also performed in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan and China. Maytan has recently been nominated for a Grammis award (Swedish Grammy) and has had his CD receive the distinction of ‘Classical CD of the Year’ by Hifi Magazine. He is also a Fulbright Specialist awardee. Maytan performs on a 1683 Giovanni Grancino violin, generously loaned to him by the Jarnaker foundation, administered by the Swedish Royal Academy of Music.

Rainier Duo

Rainier Duo

Rainier Duo

Gregory Maytan, violin; Chi-Chen Wu, piano

Adler, Samuel
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2

Bartok
First Rhapsody for Violin and Piano
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1
No. 2

Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin
No. 1
No. 2
No. 3
No. 4
No. 5
No. 6
No. 7
No. 8
No. 9

Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano
No. 1
No. 2
No. 3
Scherzo for Violin and Piano

Debussy
Sonata for Violin and Piano

Fauré
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1

Franck
Sonata for Violin and Piano

Grieg
Sonatas for Violin and Piano No. 1, 2 and 3

Mozart
Sonata for Piano and Violin K. 6
K. 301
K. 304
K. 377
K. 379
K. 454
K. 481
K. 526

Moszkowski
Suite for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 71

Piazzola
Revirado and Adios Nonino for Violin and Piano

Poulenc
Sonata for Violin and Piano

Prokofiev
Sonata for Violin and Piano in F minor, Op. 80
Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, op. 35

Ravel
Sonate posthume for Violin and Piano
Sonata for Violin and Piano

Saint-Saëns
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1

Schubert
Sonata for Violin and Piano, D. 574
Sonatina for Violin and Piano, Op. 137

Schumann
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1, 2, and 3
Phantasie for Violin and Piano op. 131

Stravinsky
Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano

Takemitsu
Distance de Fée for Violin and Piano

Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe
Sonata for Violin and Piano