Bion Tsang helped Chamber Music International open its 2013-14 Season at the one-year-old Dallas City Performance Hall on Friday, September 17, performing the Mendelssohn Cello Sonata in D major, Op. 58, with pianist Meng-Chieg Liu and the Faure Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15, with Liu and violinist Nai-Yuan Hu and violist Scott Lee.

Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News had this to say of Tsang's performance: "It’s hard to imagine any cellist anywhere playing Mendelssohn’s little-known D major Cello Sonata (Op. 58) better than Tsang. In music of pretty formidable virtuosity Tsang seemed incapable of playing a single 16th-note out of tune, and everything, fast as well as slow, was elegantly shaped."

And, about the group, Cantrell wrote: "It was a treat to hear Gabriel Fauré’s irresistibly tuneful and harmonically lush C minor Piano Quartet. CMI’s ad hoc ensembles don’t always blend into cohesive wholes, but here violinist Nai-Yuan Hu, violist Scott Lee and cellist Bion Tsang seemed wholly of a mind in boldly sculpting and warmly savoring the music. The slow movement, so tender and longing, was especially beautiful."

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