Olivia Chiang was back at GSI – she’s 17 now and has been coming in to shoot videos since she was 12, making her a very young old friend of ours by now. This time she played Andrew York’s Home on a 2014 Fritz Ober, La Despedida by Juan A Rodriguez on a 2017 Kenneth Brogger and the Gigue from Bach’s Lute Suite in E Minor on a 2017 Dominik Wurth ‘Torres’.

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9 Responses to “Olivia Chiang at GSI”

  1. steve biasini says:

    Hi Olivia….so here is a comment from one who does not play nearly as well as you…so, FWW: I notice that you play some successive duplicate notes in the York piece with the same finger, often the index. If this is a a choice you have made then that is fine, but if it is a habit (which many of us have) then you might watch this video to see what you think about whether that might be worth a bit of work. You are terrific BTW.

    • Olivia Chiang says:

      Thank you Mr. Biasini. I repeated it purposely when the tempo allows, to have consistent tone color with the continuous motion with my index finger, although sometimes I use the ring finger to engage the melody note on the highest treble strings the traditional way. I enjoy the index finger for free stroke on the second string after rest stroke by the same finger on the first string, it is convenient because the finger is already there and make the middle finger and ringer finger available for further use. Perhaps it sounds better than it looks. Thanks for the thought and the reminder. I wish you a great 2018.

  2. Forrest Anderson says:

    I love the way you play “Home!” Thanks.

  3. Dan Burr says:

    I’ve heard Andrew York play Home and now Olivia. Such a beautiful song. In my opinion, anyone who does not experience the feeling of melancholy during this song does not understand the power of music. Very well played, Olivia.

  4. Don Witter says:

    I’m having a great time finding out about you.You are an excellent musician.Can you describe what each guitar felt like like ease of playing and projection ability

    • Olivia Chiang says:

      They are all great guitars and effortless to play, I like cedars that sound like spruce and spruces that sound like cedar, I believe that is what the top classical luthiers are trying to explore. You won’t play Bach on a spruce and then switch to a Ramirez cedar to play Tarrega. Spruce is good when playing scales, very digital and clear, but the chords are ice cold and sound like piano. Cedar guitar is warm on chords, but not very clear on scales…I guess nothing is perfect.

  5. Don Witter says:

    I forgot to wish you all the best for 2018. You have a great talent!!!!


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