NFMC Guest Artist Recital: Happy Dog Duo

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Location Lenna Hall

Admission to the Grounds and Amphitheater is free on Sundays. (Parking is free until 2 p.m.)

For over a decade, Eric Tran and Nathan Cheung have performed four-hands originals, transcriptions, and classics alike with a focus on bringing humor and joy to the classical music world. Happy Dog Duo has been performing four-hands and two-piano repertoire together since they were in middle school. They won both the 1st Prize and the Abild American Music Award at the 2017 Ellis Duo-Piano Competition, hosted by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Happy Dog Duo was awarded the 1st Prize in the inaugural MTNA-Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition 2018, and most recently they won the Ohio International Piano Duet and Duo Competition 2018. They have also won a record-setting 13 gold medals in piano duo events at the United States Open Music Competition and have performed with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Vallejo Symphony, and the Pittsburg Piano Festival Orchestra.

As part of the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning Pawn: The Musical, they toured in Korea, China, Canada, and New York. Happy Dog has also made multiple appearances at the Aspen Music Festival. They perform extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area—their hometown—and they were the first piano duo ever to perform in Bing Concert Hall as well as in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. They have appeared on Aspen Public Radio, WQXR, and NPR.

The name Happy Dog comes from their eponymously-titled 30-second compositional "masterpiece," Happy Dog. Neither Nathan nor Eric owns any dogs.