The Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra performing at the Ferst Center

Georgia Tech School of Music Presents:
Pivot and Change

Georgia Tech School of Music Presents:
Pivot and Change

Monday, February 20th 2023
Ferst Center for the Arts

Chaowen Ting, Conductor


The GT Symphony Orchestra opens its first concert of the year with Anna Clyne’s Pivot, a piece that, as its name suggests, pivots seamlessly between several lively Scottish and American fiddle tunes. Also included are Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, featuring soloist Matthew Zhou (winner of the 2022 GTSO Concerto Competition), and Stella Sung’s Game of Players. The orchestra concludes with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, the last of the composer’s symphonies and regarded by many critics as the pinnacle of his instrumental work.


Anna Clyne (1980-)

Pivot (2021)

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) 

Matthew Zhou, piano, winner of the 2022 GTSO Concerto Competition

Dr. Andrea Perez Mukdsi, conductor

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (1868) 

      I. Allegro molto moderato 

      II. Adagio 

      III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato 

Stella Sung (1959-)

Game of Players (2018)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) 

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, “Jupiter” (1788) 

      I. Allegro vivace 

      II. Andante cantabile 

      III. Menuetto: Allegro 

      IV. Molto allegro 

Program Notes – Pivot

Pivot is inspired by my experiences at the Edinburgh Festival where I enjoyed an array of fantastic performances across the arts. It is this variety that I have tried to capture in Pivot which, as the title suggests, pivots from one experience to another. The Pivot is also the former name of the 200-year-old folk music venue and pub in Edinburgh, The Royal Oak.

Pivot quotes fragments of The Flowers of Edinburgh, a traditional fiddle tune of eighteenth-century Scottish lineage that is also prominent in American fiddle music and thus bridges between Edinburgh and St. Louis, where this music was premiered. Thank you to Aidan O’Rourke for his guidance on folk fiddle bowings and ornaments, which are incorporated into Pivot.

Program Notes – Game of Players

Game of Players was commissioned by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in celebration of its 25th anniversary (2018). The composition develops around the word “game”; people play games as children, and when they “grow up,” they play games as adults whereby the games evolve into more complex forms involving relationships, competitive sports, politics, etc. In Game of Players, I have isolated certain instruments (and their players) and have given them musical motives or identities. The musical lines are tossed back and forth, sometimes interrupted and then resumed but perhaps in a slightly altered way. I incorporate several familiar nurseries and children’s tunes that become at times whimsical, humorous, or dark and foreboding. But in the end, the mood is more reflective in nature as we hear “row, row, row your boat gently down the stream” with the music ending on an unresolved, final cadence chord.

Soloist Bio – Matthew Zhou:

Matthew Zhou is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science with threads in Intelligence and Systems & Architecture and a minor in Mathematics. He has been taking piano lessons with Mr. David Kuperstein since the age of five and throughout high school. He is the winner of various international piano competitions, including the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition, the International Young Artist Piano Competition, the Young Musicians Inspiring Change International Competition, and the BMTG Intercontinental Music Competition. As a result, he has been invited to perform in the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and the Washington International Piano Festival. As the winner of the Howard County High School Gifted and Talented Orchestra Concerto Competition, Matthew performed Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Most recently, he is the winner of the 2022 GTSO Concerto Competition. 

Outside of piano, Matthew is also a cellist in the GTSO. Matthew also enjoys playing badminton and is an active member of the Badminton Club at GT. On the academic side, he works as a Teaching Assistant under Professor Thad Starner and has an interest in deep learning. 

Anna Clyne headshot

Composer Bio – Anna Clyne

Described as a “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods” in a New York Times profile and as “fearless” by NPR, GRAMMY-nominated Anna Clyne is one of the most in-demand composers today, working with orchestras, choreographers, filmmakers, and visual artists around the world.

Clyne has been commissioned and presented by the world’s most dynamic and revered arts institutions, including the Barbican, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic, MoMA, Philharmonie de Paris, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet, and the Sydney Opera House; and her music has opened such events as the Edinburgh International Festival, The Last Night of the Proms, and the New York Philharmonic’s 2021–2022 season.

Clyne often collaborates on creative projects across the music industry, including Between the Rooms, a film with choreographer Kim Brandstrup and LA Opera, and the Nico Project at the Manchester International Festival, a stage work about pop icon Nico’s life that featured Clyne’s reimagining of The Marble Index for orchestra and voices. Other recent collaborators include such notable musicians as Jess Gillam, Martin Fröst, Pekka Kuusisto, and Yo-Yo Ma.

In 2022–2023, Clyne serves as Composer-in-Residence with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra starting in the 2023–2024 season. Past residencies include the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 

Headshot of Stella Sung

Composer Bio – Stella Sung

Award-winning composer Stella Sung is published by Theodore Presser Music Publishers, Editions Henry Lemoine, Southern Music Company, and Sonic Star Music Productions, and is currently available on Koch International Recordings, BIS, Naxos, Sinfonica (Italy), MSR, and Albany Records. She was the first Composer-in-Residence for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (2008-2011) and was one of five composers awarded the first "Music Alive" awards (with Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, 2013-16) sponsored by New Music USA, the League of American Orchestras, the Aaron Copland fund, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. She is the recipient of a prestigious “Commissioning Grant for Female Composers” from Opera America (2020) for her opera The Secret River, with Pulitzer prize winning librettist Mark Campbell. Dr. Sung continues as Composer-in-Residence for Dance Alive National Ballet (Gainesville, FL).  Sung is a two-time winner of the “Individual Artists” award from the State of FL and was the recipient of the National Artist award by the Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honor Society. Premieres, performances, and commissions of Sung’s work have included pieces for cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the German Ministry of Culture (Rhineland-Pfalz), the National Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Pops, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and other professional and youth orchestras and ensembles.  Sung holds a B.M. (piano performance) from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), an M.F.A (composition) from the University of Florida, and a D.M.A (piano performance) from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Sung is a “Pegasus Professor,” an Endowed Trustees Chair Professor, and is the director of the Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE) at the University of Central Florida, College of Arts and Humanities. 

Ensemble Members

Violin I

Lawrence Ro, Concertmaster

Electrical Engineering, 2nd year

Felix Pei, Assistant Concertmaster 

Electrical Engineering, 4th year 

Harold Graney Green

Computer Science, 3rd year 

Nathan Lin

Computer Science, 1st year

Raymond Jia

Computer Engineering, 1st year masters

Irene Oh 

Computer Science, 1st year

Jonathan Shi

Music Technology, 1st year

Christia Saputera

Business Administration, 1st year

Banglue Wei

Aerospace Engineering, 2nd year

Julia Fleischman 

Environmental Engineering, 1st year

Sarang Pujari 

Computer Science, 1st year 

Chengrui Li 

Computational Science and Engineering, 2nd year PhD

Nikhil Damani

Computer Engineering, 4th year

Archishma Goli

Computer Science, 1st year

Violin II

Adrian Cheung, Principal 

Computer Science, 1st year

Gregory Zhang 

Industrial Engineering, 3rd year

Madison Park

Mechanical Engineering, 2nd year

Eileen Liu

Computer Engineering, 3rd year

Daeyong Kwon

Computer Science, 1st year

Sohum Gala 

Computer Science, 4th year

Alexander Hom

Mechanical Engineering, 2nd year

Alex Wang 

Computer Science, 1st year 

Emily Primmer 

Biology, 3rd year 

Joshua Sampson 

Computer Science, 1st year 

Bharat Kanwar 

Robotics, 4th year PhD 

Rick Nguyen 

Computational Media, 2nd year 


Olivia Johnson-Liu, Principal 

Business Administration, 3rd year 

Emma Axelson 

Civil Engineering, 1st year masters 

Ivy Xue 

Neuroscience, 3rd year 

Michelle Wang 

Computer Science, 3rd year 

Ayush Narain 

Computer Science, 1st year 

Emily Liu 

Aerospace Engineering, 4th year 

Sujay Rao 

Aerospace Engineering, 2nd year 

Esha Sringeri 

Neuroscience, 1st year 


Nat Wertz, Principal 

Computer Science, 3rd year 

Harrison Zhu 

Computer Science, 4th year 

Peter Gardner

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 3rd year 

Madeline Belew 

Computer Engineering, 3rd year 

Benjamin Borthwick

Computer Science, 2nd year

Matthew Zhou 

Computer Science, 2nd year 

Sean Yoshihara 

Computer Science, 1st year 


Eric Shute, Principal

Mechanical Engineering, 4th year

Hyun Choi

Physics, 4th year

Atharva Gujrathi

Aerospace Engineering, 1st year


Alex Yang *+ 

Economics, 1st year 

Haley McLain ~^ 

Biochemistry, 2nd year 

Ama Maiki ~

Environmental Engineering, 4th year


Oliver Long *+

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2nd year

Anthony Otlowski ^~

Aerospace Engineering, 2nd year


Nathan Duggal ^

Computer Science, 1st year

Kevin Li +

Mechanical Engineering, 1st year


Lucille Dentice *+

Materials Science and Engineering, 4th year 

Vishaal Kareti ~^

Computer Science, 2nd year


Alex Bendeck *+

Computer Science, 2nd year PhD

Carlos Sanchez ~^

Biomedical Engineering, 1st year


Camryn Aguilar ~^

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 1st year

Daniel Hudadoff *+

Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2nd year masters

Matthew Liu ~

Civil Engineering, 4th year


Tony Qin ^

Mathematics, 1st year

Justin Zandstra ~

Mathematics, 4th year

Eli Corley

Computer Engineering, 2nd year


Alexander Coles Industrial Engineering, 2nd year


Kwanwoo Lee 

Computer Science, 1st year 

Ulyana Buslovska 

Mathematics, 1st year 


Denotes principal player:  *Mozart, ^Grieg, ~Clyne, +Sung 

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