Gordon in the News: last updated 11/14/2007

Pianists Mia Chung and Alina Polyakov to Perform at Thompson Chamber Music Series Concert

November 14, 2007

Ashley Hopkins
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-Mia Chung and Alina Polyakov will perform a duo piano recital on Friday, November 16, at Phillips Recital Hall on the campus of Gordon College. The performance, part of Gordon's popular Thompson Chamber Music Series, will begin at 8:00 p.m. The program will include works by Mozart, Brahms and Rachmaninov.

Cellist Carol Ou and pianist Ya-Fei Chuang, who were the original artists set to perform at this event, will reschedule their recital for a later date. Tickets already purchased for the Ou-Chuang recital will be honored at the Chung-Polyakov event. Tickets are currently on sale for $21 (general admission) and $16 (seniors), and are available online at www.gordon.edu/musicevents, or by calling 978.867.3400.

Mia Chung has ascended to the highest ranks of America's young pianists. Described as "uncommonly insightful, individualistic and lively" by The New York Times, Ms. Chung has enjoyed great success as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. In 1993 she won the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and in 1997 she received the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the highest recognition for young concert artists in the United States. Ms. Chung graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, received a master's degree from Yale University and a doctorate from the Julliard School. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and the world. Currently she is artist-in-residence and professor of music at Gordon College.

Alina Polyakov immigrated to the United States in 1989, and since then has been on the faculty of Gordon College, Atlantic Union College and the Boston Conservatory. She has performed throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. Her performances have been aired throughout metropolitan Boston on WGBH Radio 89.7 and WHDH-TV. Her festival solo appearances include the Pushkin Festival in Scotland at the Tron Theatre. She is also a member of the Rachmaninov Trio, which has performed at such venues as Hutchenson's Hall, the Royal Academy of Music and St. Andrews University.

The Thompson Chamber Music Series is one of several performance series that take place throughout the academic year at Gordon College. For more information on upcoming concerts at Gordon, visit www.gordon.edu/musicevents.


Gordon College is a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston's North Shore. The college offers majors in 36 fields and has graduate programs in education and music education. Leading the way in Christian college merit, Gordon is nationally ranked for its excellence in academics and its role in character building. These achievements recognize Gordon as one of the nation's top Christian colleges.