COLLABORATION  

"Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music."

- Jimi Hendrix

Many pianists start their training as a solo player, and so did Jialiang. It's true that it's through the solo piano repertoire that pianists establish a solid technical foundation and develop their musicality. It is also through the vast body of solo repertoire that pianists acquaint themselves with different musical styles. However, sometimes it gets a little lonely to spent hours and hours in the practice room by oneself. Jialiang has had the opportunity to discover the joy and excitement of jamming with other musicians during her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. Ever since, she has loved chamber music and vocal collaboration.

 

In September 2015, three friends from the U of T St. George campus, Alessia Disimino, Andrew Ascenzo and Jialiang, decided to start a piano trio together for their shared passion for chamber music. After a heated debate, they named themselves Bedford Trio. Why Bedford? Because the three of them used to commute to campus by subway everyday and always used the entrance of St. George Station on the Bedford Road. One can say that "Bedford" represents the meeting of three friends in a most literal sense. 

Since then, Bedford Trio has performed at various venues in Onatrio and Québec. Most recently in August 2018, they participated in the Career Development Residency at Ottawa Chamberfest. One can hear the Trio on CBC Radio One in a feature with composer Rob Kapilow (“What Makes It Great”), performing excerpts from his latest composition-in-progress based on Louise Bourgeois’ “Maman” sculpture at the National Gallery of Canada.

 

Alessia, Andrew and Jialiang are ever grateful for their mentors' guidance and support, including Annalee Patipatanakoon, Roman Borys & Jamie Parker of The Gryphon Trio, Lydia Wong, Enrico Elisi, Tim Ying, Joseph Johnson, Shauna Rolston, and George Zukerman. To find out more about the Trio or to watch their performances, please click HERE.
 

May 03, 2020

"Combat Loneliness and Break Boundaries" Instagram Live Concert

The pandemic situation has brought so many tragedy and changes. Meanwhile, it has also given Jialiang much more time to reflect upon herself and to connect with family and friends. Tonight, she is so thrilled and honoured to be part of the Emerging Young Artists (EYA)'s arts initiative to bring people consolation and hope during the lockdown. Jialiang and EYA invite the audience on a journey to explore the themes of peace and turmoil, blending classical works by Bach, Beethoven, and Prokofiev, new compositions by David Jaeger, as well as improvisations on poetry by Kathryn Knowle.

October 10, 2019

The Bedford Trio is thrilled to return to the Thursday Noon Recital Series at University of Toronto. They are very honoured to continue the Irene R. Miller Piano Trio Residency for the second year. This time, they will bring two works that were written when the composers were very young—Debussy was 18, and Rachmaninoff was 19, at an age when he wasn't even sure if he should continue on the composer's path! Come hear these young composers' refreshing voices in which one can already detect their personal musical traits in their mature styles.

12:10-1pm, Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen's Park. Free Admission.

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