Cello-piano duo to play Sunday, Oct. 15

Cellist Ina Petkova-Apostolova and pianist Hongling Liang will perform cello sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms in a free concert at Grace Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Oct.15.

Pianist Hongling Liang and cellist Ina Petkova-Apostolova

The concert, which is open to the public, will be at 4:30 p.m. It’s the second edition of our new UU Free Concert Series. (Free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted.)

Both of these up-and-coming performers are Artist Diploma students in the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.

Hongling Liang, our regular UU accompanist, is also a prize-winning soloist and an experienced chamber musician. Born in Jilin, China, Hongling earned a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Jinan University and Master’s degree at Bard College’s Longy School of Music in Boston. In the United States, She also has studied with renowned pianists Peter Serkin and Alexander Kobrin. At the Schwob School, she is studying with Eric Zuber.

Ina Petkova-Apostolova was born in Russia, but she grew up in Bulgaria and graduated from the National High School of Music in Sofia. She continued her bachelor’s and master’s degree studies in Austria at the Vienna Conservatory. Ina also studied in Paris and in Lausanne, Switzerland before enrolling at the Schwob School, where she studies with Wendy Warner. Ina has won national and regional competitions, and she recently performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna at the famed Vienna Konzerthhaus.

Hongling and Ina will play Ludwig von Beethoven’s second Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69  (1808) and Johannes Brahms’ Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99 (1886).

Please tell your music-loving friends about this free concert. Better yet, bring them with you.