“We’re just not used to hearing a double bass player so blissfully unaware that dazzling virtuosity is usually someone else’s job,” wrote The Philadelphia Inquirer of Xavier Foley. A concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony, he performs a program spanning four centuries.

“A highly engaging and soulful player.” —WQXR

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    Xavier Foley

    Xavier Foley is known for communicating his virtuosity and passion for music on the double bass, which is rarely presented as a solo instrument. Winner of a prestigious 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he was recently recognized on New York WQXR’s "19 for 19" Artists to Watch list, and featured on PBS Thirteen’s NYC-ARTs. 

    Also a composer, Mr. Foley has been co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Sphinx Organization for a new work entitled “For Justice and Peace” for Violin, Bass, and String Orchestra, which will be performed at Carnegie Hall this season as part of a program designed to promote social justice. 

    As concerto soloist with orchestra, he has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Brevard Concert Orchestra, Victoria (TX) Symphony, Sphinx Symphony and Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall. Upcoming appearances include the Bottesini Concerto No. 2 with the Greensboro Symphony and Brevard Philharmonic.  

    Mr. Foley won the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions along with four Performance Prizes and a Paiko Foundation Fellowship, and First Prizes at Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, Sphinx’s 2014 Competition, and the 2011 International Society of Bassists Competition.

    In 2018, he made his acclaimed New York recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater on the Young Concert Artists Series. The program included two of his own compositions. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall as a Laureate of the Sphinx Competition, at the Young Concert Artists Series at Alice Tully Hall and the Morgan Library, and for Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Paramount Theatre in Vermont, Harriman-Jewell Series in Missouri, and Buffalo Chamber Music Society. This season, Mr. Foley performs for Baltimore’s Evergreen Museum, Southern Adventist University, Sill Music Mondays, Leaf Peeper Concerts (including a commission of a new composition) and the Matinee Musicale Series in Duluth, MN.

    An active chamber musician, Mr. Foley has been reengaged to perform on tour and at Alice Tully Hall with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center this season, and appear on a special YCA Gala Concert at Alice Tully Hall. He has also appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, Tippet Rise Music Festival in Fishtail, MT, Bridgehampton and Skaneateles (NY) Festivals, New Asia Chamber Music Society in Philadelphia, South Mountain (MA) Concerts, Wolf Trap, and with New York’s Jupiter Chamber Players.

    A native of Marietta, GA, Xavier Foley is an alumnus of the Perlman Music Program, and earned his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music working with Edgar Meyer and Hal Robinson. His double bass was crafted by Rumano Solano.

    Kelly Yu-Chieh Lin, piano

    Kelly Yu-Chieh Lin is an active and sought-after collaborative pianist, who began her musical studies at an early age on the piano, violin, viola, and er-hu. Soon after, she began winning national competitions and awards on all four instruments in her native Taiwan.

    Dr. Lin has made regular appearances in New York at Carnegie Hall, and was invited to perform with the Trinity Church Concert on Wall Street for their Festival Concert Series. She has served on the jury of the Steinway Society Competition, and has been staff accompanist at Rutgers University. She is currently a collaborative pianist at The Juilliard School, Mannes/New School, Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University, as well as a member of the piano faculty and accompanist for the Berkshire Summer Music, Westminster Piano High School Camp, 4string Music Festival, and QM International Music Center. In addition, Dr. Lin is the accompanist for the Hudson Valley International Competition, Rondo Competition, International Virtuoso Competition, and Camerata Artists International Competition, was recently invited to accompany the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia, and performed at the 2019 International Trombone Festival.

    Dr. Lin received full scholarships while earning her BM, MM, and AD degrees at the University of Southern California in piano performance, studying with John Perry. She then received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance at Rutgers University with Daniel Epstein in 2015 on a full scholarship with a teaching assistantship, while balancing a busy schedule as a piano teacher, accompanist, and chamber musician. 

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Sonata for Cello and Continuo No. 3 in A minor, RV 43

Ruhollah Khaleghi (1906-1965)

Tasnif Khooshe Chin (arr. Foley)

Xavier Foley (b. 1994)

Irish Fantasy for Solo Double Bass

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Suite No. 2 in D minor for Solo Cello, BWV 1008

Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889)

Elegy No. 1 in D major for Double Bass and Piano

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

Allegro appassionato for Solo Cello, Op. 43 (arr. Foley)

Xavier Foley (b. 1994)

Always on the Move for Double Bass and Piano

Program Subject to Change Without Notice