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Theora Trio 2018 China Tour Concert

Date and Time

July 3, 2018 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Stanford Center at Peking University

The Lee Jung Sen Building
Langrun Yuan
Peking University
No.5 Yiheyuan Road
Haidian District
Beijing, P.R.China 100871


Date:        July 3rd, 2018

Time:        17:00 – 17:45 Performance; 17:45 – 18:20 Sharing and discussion 

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The Theora Trio is a dynamic group of Stanford students who share a deep love and appreciation for classical music. They are the first prize winners of the 2013 American Protégé International Competition (Chamber Music Division) and the 2013 Schoenfeld International String Competition (Youth Chamber Music Division).

“We are a group of Stanford students who keep finding ourselves coming back to classical music. Admist the iPhones and the Fitbits, we keep hammering away alone in dimly lit practice rooms on these clunky instruments made of wood.

Why? A computer could effortlessly produce the sounds we labor so intensely to make. Maybe we’re crazy. Maybe we’re onto something. We don’t have definite answers. But we’re still playing, so join us as we wonder aloud, through music and words, about what in this centuries-old art keeps speaking to us in these fast-moving times.”


Danna Xue, Cello

Danna is a junior student at Stanford University studying Mechanical Engineering. She has previously researched with Stanford’s Computer Science Department and worked at StartX.  Danna studied with her mother Pin Fei Tang, professor at La Sierra University, and Cal state LA for nine years. She currently studies with professor Christopher Costanza at Standford , cellist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Danna  received first prize in the 2017 Stanford Concerto Competition, 2013 ASTA-LA competition, the 2014 Colburn Music Academy Concerto Competition, the 2013 American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, and the 2013 Schoenfeld International String Competition at Youth Chamber Music Division and Youth Aficionado Division.

Niuniu Teo, Piano

Niuniu Teo studied piano with Yoshikazu Nagai at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for six years, and continued her studies under Thomas Schultz at Stanford. She has participated in competitions at state and national levels, winning first place at the Pacific Musical Society’s Centennial Competition, as well as first place at the MTAC 2015 Concerto competition, among others. At Stanford, she participated in several chamber music groups and won first place in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra’s annual concerto competition in 2015, and performed as their soloist in 2016 in Bing Concert Hall. She graduated from Stanford in 2016 with a major in History and minors in Creative Writing and Economics. She recently earned her Master’s in China Studies from Peking University and will continue her study as a History PhD student at the University of Chicago next year.

Shannon Xue, Violin

Shannon Xue graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and from the Stanford School of Medicine with a Masters in Science in Community Health and Prevention Research in 2018. She is the founder of former director of SHIFT and health++ and the General Director of ImpactMed. In fall 2018, Shannon will be joining McKinsey’s healthcare team in Silicon Valley. Shannon has studied violin with her father, professor Suli Xue, violinist at the Los Angeles Philharmonic since the age of seven. She has been studying her violin at Stanford with Professor Geoff Nuttall, the first violinist of St. Lawrence String Quartet.  In 2013 Shannon won first prize in Solo and Chamber Music at American Protégé International Music Competition, and Schoenfield International String Competition in Youth Chamber Music Division and Youth Aficionado division in Hong Kong.



1)  Piano Trio No.4 in Bb Major Op. 11                                                    L.V. Beethoven

         3rd Movement (Theme and Variation)           

2)  Theme from The Butterfly Lovers                                      He Zhanhao, Chen Gang

                                                                                                      Arr.  Jiang Yan / Jiang Yin

3)  Five Pieces for violin, Cello and Piano                                         Dmitri Shstakovich              

4)  Trio No.1 in B Major,   Op.8                                                             Johannes Brahms

        1st Movement  ( Allegro con brio)

5)  Jasmine Flower (Chinese Folk Tune)                                             Arr.  George  Chen

6)  Invierno Porteno   (Winter)                                                                   Astor Piazzolla

7)  Primavera Portena   (Spring)                                                                 Astor Piazzolla