Miclen LaiPang, an internationally acclaimed violinist who grew up in Redlands and Loma Linda, will perform in a concert on Saturday afternoon, June 19, at Loma Linda’s Campus Hill Church.
Joining the musical artist in a performance of sacred and classical works will be Kimo Smith on piano and Celia Chan Valerio on harp.
From his boyhood in Redlands and Loma Linda, 26-year-old LaiPang has achieved global recognition on his way to being acclaimed by the New York Times as “a force to be reckoned with,” and by the German newspaper Die Welt as “a musician of daring virtuosity.
LaiPang started his first violin lesson at age 3, inspired by the work of his brother, a violinist in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. By age 9, he went on to win numerous competitions.
In 2006, he won the Young Artists competition at the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival at age 10. There were five other contestants that year ranging in age from 15 to 30.
He now lives in Cologne, Germany, and Vienna.
Smith is a professor of music and former chairman of the La Sierra University Department of Music in Riverside. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree from UCLA.
Valerio is an adjunct professor of harp at California Baptist and La Sierra universities, and a harp instructor at UCR. She holds a bachelor of music degree from La Sierra and master’s and doctoral degrees in harp performance from Indiana University. She is active as a harp soloist, orchestral musician, and international harp teacher and performer.
Tickets to the concert are not being sold at the church, nor will they be available at the doors when they open at 4 p.m. June 18 for the 4:30 concert.
LaiPang is also a dedicated violin teacher whose students have advanced to the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale, Indiana, and other prominent institutions. He performs on a violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, circa 1850, once owned by Arthur Grumiaux, and with a bow made by Dominique Peccatte.
Apart from his musical vocation, LaiPang says he enjoys cooking, surfing, rock climbing and petting every dog that crosses his path.