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Mendelssohn Piano Trio to perform at HCC Sunday

The Mendelssohn Piano Trio featuring Peter Sirotin from Ukraine, violin; Fiona Thompson from England, cello; and Ya-Ting Chang from Taiwan, piano, will perform on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Harford Community College's Joppa Hall, Recital Hall 1.

Celebrating its 15th year, the Mendelssohn Piano Trio is an chamber music ensemble that has performed internationally. The trio's performance at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, was recorded for the Taiwanese classical music TV channel, and their 2005 concert at the National Gallery of Art was broadcast on American Public Radio's "Performance Today."


Sirotin has been performing since his debut at the age of 14 with the Kharkiv Philharmonic in his native Ukraine. A chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster, he has performed in Europe, North America and Asia. Sirotin studied at the Moscow Conservatory and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. In 1997, he and his wife, Ya-Ting Chang, founded the Mendelssohn Piano Trio. He is artist-in-residence at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, artistic director of Market Square Concerts and concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.

Chang came to the United States as part of the Taiwanese Government's Gifted Children program. Chang, who attended the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, has performed extensively throughout the United States, Germany, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician, taught master classes, served as adjudicator in competitions and collaborated with many instrumentalists. Chang is a faculty member at Messiah College and executive director of the Market Square Concerts in Harrisburg.


Thompson has performed across the United States, Europe and Asia. A soloist and orchestral musician, she has played with ensembles, orchestras and symphonies including Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Thompson was educated at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, England, attended Northern College of Music in England and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She is a teacher and artist-in-residence at Messiah College and is a frequent judge for competitions.

Tickets are $1 to $10 and may be purchased online at, by calling the HCC Ticket Office, 443-412-2211, or at the door. Reasonable accommodations for a documented disability may be requested by calling Disability Support Services, 443-412-2402, in advance of participation. A minimum notice of 10 working days may be needed to provide some accommodations.

The HCC Fine Arts Calendar is made possible by a grant from Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts; grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board; grants from other federal and state agencies; corporate and individual contributions; and contributions from the Harford Community College Foundation Inc.