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Lyric Soprano
Eva Peng

Pianist
Anthony Olson

The Lyric Duo has received great acclaim for its concert appearances in the United States and in China. The Lyric Duo is an energetic husband and wife team who began their musical collaboration in 1995 at the University of Southern California. Lyric soprano Eva Peng and pianist Anthony Olson, the Lyric Duo offers unique concert programs that explore a wide variety of songs, arias, chamber music and solo piano works. In addition to their touring, they have had live recordings broadcast on numerous television and radio stations, including KSCI TV, Channel 18, Los Angeles and Nanjing Broadcasting, Jiang-Shu province, China.

In addition to their unique concert programs, they are deeply committed to the education of young audiences and performers. They offer school programs for elementary and middle schools as well as lectures and masterclasses for local colleges, universities and music teachers' organizations.

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Lyric Soprano - Eva Peng

A native of China, lyric soprano Eva Peng served as the resident soprano soloist for the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for many years before emigrating to the United States. During her time with the company, she performed under the direction of many world-famous conductors including the late Herbert von Karajan. She also appeared in a special command performance for former Chinese premier Jiang Zemin in Zhong-Lang-Hai, China's national state house. She was the subject of a cover story in China's TV Guide following a nationally televised concert at Guangzhou's Friendship Theatre.

Now a US citizen, Ms. Peng has toured the country to present recitals and concerts and to appear on the theatrical stage. She has starred in numerous productions, singing the roles of "Maria" in The Sound of Music (at the historic Ft. Totten Little Theatre), "Bastienna" in Mozart's Bastien and Bastienna, "Yum Yum" in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, and "The Princess" in Puccini's Sor Angelica.

She has also toured in Europe, giving concerts in Serbia, England, and Holland - including engagements in the cities of London and Belgrade.

Ms. Peng has appeared at professional conferences throughout the Unites States and Europe. She has performed at conventions of the the European Piano Teachers' Association, The American Liszt Society, the Virginia Music Teacher' Association, the Missouri Music Teachers' Association, the Iowa Music Teachers' Association, the Florida Music Teachers' Association and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers.

In addition to the traditional classical vocal repertoire, Ms. Peng explores lesser-known works. Recently she presented performances of and wrote an article on the British folksong arrangements of Ludwig van Beethoven.

A passionate teacher, Ms. Peng is currently on the music faculty at Northwest Missouri State University and at North Central Missouri College.

She studied at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Wuhan Conservatory, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Southern California. Her primary teachers have included Natalie Limonick, Bard Suverkrop, Xiao Yan Zhou and Jennie Darnell.

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Pianist - Anthony Olson

Anthony Olsonís career as a classical pianist has taken him throughout the United States, Europe and China. His ability to combine expressive phrasing with virtuosic flair and a dynamic stage presence led to his performances being broadcast on Americaís National Public Radio, KSCI Television (Los Angeles, California), KVCR Television (California) and Nanjing Television Broadcasting (China). In one concert at the Redlands Bowl Amphitheatre in southern California, he attracted an audience of 5,000. He continually explores a broad range of repertoire as both a soloists and a chamber musician; his recent solo appearances with orchestras and wind symphonies have featured works by the American composers George Gershwin and Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

Current recording projects include a CD of solo piano music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk and a CD of Chopin mazurkas that feature his own original cadenzas. These discs will soon be available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

Olson travels throughout the United States to judge piano competitions. His adjudication appearances have even included performing and judging at the International Festival for Creative Pianists.

A dedicated educator, Anthony Olson is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Northwest Missouri State University. His teaching skills are in demand by other institutions and Dr. Olson frequently serves as a guest professor and lecturer. He has taught at Imperial College in London, England, Teikyo University in Maastricht, The Netherlands, the Roosevelt Academy in Middelburg, The Netherlands, Adelphi University in New York City, and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy.

Olson has presented lectures and recitals on a variety of musical topics at national and international conferences. He has appeared at conferences for the European Piano Teachersí Association (EPTA), the Music Teachersí National Association (MTNA), The American Liszt Society, the World Piano Conference and the College Music Society (CMS). He has presented at various state music teachers' conferences in the United States as well, including the Virginia Music Teachersí Association, the Missouri Music Teachersí Association, the Iowa Music Teachersí Association, the Florida Music Teachersí Association and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers.

An active author, Dr. Olson has written articles for The Piano JournalClavier Magazine, Classical Singer Magazine, The Choral Journal and the Proceedings of the Southwest Academy of Management. He has written about topics ranging from piano music and opera to business management.

Olson is an energetic stage director and conductor as well as a pianist. He has directed and conducted numerous operas including works by George Gershwin, Gustav Holst, Samuel Barber and Mozart. His love of opera developed during his time as pianist and vocal coach for Opera A La Carte, a professional opera company, and for the Full Circle Opera project at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

He studied piano at the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and the University of North Dakota. His teachers have included Daniel Pollack, Greg Allen and Arthur Houle.

Anthony Olsonís biography is included in Whoís Who in America.

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