Debussy: Musicien Français

April 24, 2021 | 7 PM EDT

Alyssa Wang and Ruoting Li present Debussy's unique Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor. What makes this sonata so peculiar and enticing? Explore the musical language of Debussy, the techniques that make his singular violin sonata so colorful, and the reason why this particular composition has continued to fascinate the music world over 100 years after its premiere.


Debussy La Plus Que Lente

Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor

Alyssa Wang, violin

Ruoting Li, pianist

Nicholas Brown, host

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Ruoting Li

Chinese pianist Ruoting Li is an eclectic artist who is eager to explore a wide range of musical styles and repertoire, both as a solo pianist and chamber musician. Born in China, she began piano at the age of 6 and was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music Middle School in Beijing when she was 11. In 2014, Ms. Li came to the U.S. and was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where she earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. Ruoting has been involved in numerous activities, such as outreach concerts, music producing, and new music recording. She made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in November of 2019, and her Stern Auditorium debut in March of 2020. 

Alyssa Wang

Alyssa Wang is a passionate and versatile violinist, conductor, and composer. In 2016, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Andrés Cárdenes. She was the winner of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Concerto Competition and the Silbermann Chamber Music Competition, and is the recipient of the Pittsburgh Female College Association Prize, the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Award, the Senior Leadership Award, and the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. During her senior year at Carnegie Mellon she helped to run the Heritage Scholarship Campaign, which raised over $180,000 to start a substantial undergraduate merit scholarship for future School of Music students. Alyssa is also an Andrew Carnegie Scholar. Alyssa completed two Master’s Degrees in violin performance and conducting at the New England Conservatory. During the summers she has been assistant conductor for the Colorado College Summer Music Festival with Scott Yoo and the New Hampshire Music Festival with Paul Polivnick. Currently, Alyssa is the violinist of Hub New Music, a Boston-based mixed-quartet that performs 21st century music. Most recently, Alyssa was commissioned by the Palo Alto Philharmonic as a composer. She also looks forward to the inaugural season of the Boston Festival Orchestra, of which she is co-founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys composing, writing, and photography. For more information please visit