July Concert Features the Chapel Piano

JULY 1 // 7:30 P.M.

Pianist Dr. Joyce Wu and violinist James Zabawa-Martinez


James Zabawa-Martinez,Violin

James Zabawa-Martinez was born in Austin, Texas and had a strong desire to play the violin since early childhood. He began studies at age 11 in his middle school orchestra. When James was 14 he met with violinist Jennifer Bourianoff from the Austin Symphony through her tutoring at his school and began to study with her, with whom he met Sally O’Reilly. He then moved to Faribault, Minnesota to attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s Conservatory on a full scholarship to continue to study with Sally O’Reilly, and studied with her throughout his Bachelor’s at the University of Minnesota. James has performed in various masterclasses for many teachers including Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, Angie Fuller, Yair Kless, Jonathan Magness, Vijay Gupta, Bruce Coppock, and many more. James has performed throughout Europe and North America as a soloist and chamber musician, and has participated in national level competitions such as the Sphinx Competition, Saint Paul Chamber Competition, MTNA, and more. He a passion for meeting likeminded musicians and traveling. James is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at University of Texas at Austin with Professor Brian Lewis, and maintains a full teaching studio at Orpheus Academy of Music.


Wan-Hsuan (Joyce) Wu, piano

Native of Taipei, Taiwan, Dr Wu started her formal musical training at age 5.  After graduating from Soochow University in Taiwan, she came to the United States earning both Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Piano Performance from The University of Texas at Austin under the auspices of celebrated pianist Nancy Garrett. 

Dr. Wu is an active performer based in Austin, Texas.  She has appeared on concert stages in Taiwan, Japan, Canada, USA, and Europe as both solo and collaborative pianist.  She enjoys exploring wide range of repertoire and performed with chamber groups such as Trio Thallasea and Ensemble Cameranze.  Her performances were featured on KMFA radio station.  Dr. Wu is currently teaching at Orpheus Academy of Music.  When not teaching and performing, Joyce volunteers at KMFA and works as a gallery teacher at the Blanton Museum of Art at UT-Austin.  



Romance for Violin and Piano in B flat major, Op. 28                                                                          Gabriel Faure



Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100                                                                                           Johannes Brahms





Hebrew Melody                                                                                                                                          Joseph Achron



Estrellita (My Little Star)                                                                                                                            Ponce-Heifetz


Suite Populaire Espagnole for Violin and Piano                                                                                 Manuel de Falla


               I.  El Paño Moruno

               II.  Nana

               III.  Canción

               IV.  Polo

               V.  Asturiana

               VI.  Jota