Don Freund (born 1947, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American composer and Professor of Composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
He studied at Duquesne University (BM ‘69), and earned his graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music.
From 1972 to 1992 he was chairman of the Composition Department at Memphis State University. As founder and coordinator of Memphis State University’s Annual New Music Festival, he programmed close to a thousand new American works; he has been conductor or pianist in the performance of some two hundred new pieces, usually in collaboration with the composer.
Steven Gross is Professor of Horn at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Gross is also a former member of the Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
In 2008, Dr. Gross was awarded the Stich-Punto Commemorative Plaque from the Czech Horn Society for outstanding devotion to Czech horn music. He is only the second American to receive this award.
In 2010, he was a faculty artist at the First International Music Festival at SIAS University in China. Dr. Gross was also Visiting Professor of Horn at the National Taiwan University for Arts.
At the age of 21, Steven Gross won the First International Heldenleben Horn Competition. He now is Director of the International Horn Competition of America, North America's leading solo event for horn.
Currently Professor of Cello at the University of North Texas, Eugene Osadchy is a principal cellist with the Plano Symphony and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. He is also the Artistic Advisor of the Vetta Chamber Music Series in Vancouver, Canada and the Artistic Advisor of the Blue Candlelight Music Series in Dallas.
After graduating from The Special Music School for Talented and Gifted Children where he was in the class of Professor Ilya Zaritsky, he continued his education at the Kiev State Conservatory of Music (now the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music), where he was in the class of Professor Maria Tchaikovskaya and graduated with honors. Mr. Osadchy became a Laureate of the Republic of Ukraine Cello Competition.
For the past ten years, Mr. Osadchy has presented his annual Summer Cello Clinic. For more information and a registration form for the upcoming 201
Israel Yinon (Born in January 11, 1956 in Kfar Saba , Israel ) is a world renowned German, international conductor.
Yinon studied conducting, music theory and composition at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv (1981-1984) and at the Music Academy in Jerusalem (1985-1988) among others, Noam Sheriff and Mendi Rodan.
Israel Yinon served as guest conductor with numerous orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the London Royal Philharmonic, Royal Antwerp Flemish Philharmonic, the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony and the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin.
Yinon interpretations are marked by faithfulness, sensitivity and precision craftsmanship. At the same time his conducting style is characterized b
Ruth was born in Sacramento, California. When she was four, she began her piano studies in Europe, later studying with Artur Schnabel, Egon Petri, Alfred Cortot, Josef Hofmann, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Slenczynska was accepted to the University of California, Berkeley and while there,. In 1964 she accepted a full time position at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as Artist-in-Residence, a title she retained until 1987.
In 1957 she published a book of memoirs, Forbidden Childhood, which deals with life as a child prodigy, and a book on piano technique, Music at Your Fingertips: Aspects of Pianoforte Technique.
In recent years Ruth Slenczynska's career has been resurgent in Japan, where she currently records and performs.
Hui-mei Chen 陳惠湄
Hui-Mei CHEN began her professional career as flutist of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. After her study in CNR de Paris, she assumed an active role in Taiwan’s musical scene, as a pedagogue as well as a performer. She was featured many times as soloist in Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan and France.
She obtained her DEA degree at the University of Paris IV/Sorbonne and the IRCAM on 1997, which launched her new career as an academic researcher. In her third venture to Paris, she obtained her Ph. D. degree with highest honours in Music and Musicology of Twentieth Century at the University of Paris IV/Sorbonne on 2007 with her dissertation on the Japanese composer Yoshihisa Taira. Since then she was engaged as a very active researcher and invited to participate to conferences in Taiwan as in foreign countries. She is associate assistant professor teaching History of Western Music, Music of Twentieth Century, Music of Taiwan in Taipei Municipal University of Education, National Taiwan University of Arts and Fu Jen Catholic University. She continues also the activities as flutist in concerts.
Professor: Piano Pedagogy
Dr. Rebecca Payne Shockley is Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Coordinator of Class Piano at the University of Minnesota.
A native of Cincinnati, she holds degrees in piano performance from Indiana University, where she studied under Joseph Battista and Sidney Foster, and a D.M.A. from the University of Colorado, where she worked with Guy Duckworth. She also holds a Performer's Licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying under Guy Jonson. She has given presentations on music learning for colleges, universities, and music teacher organizations across the U.S. and in England, Canada, Taiwan, China and Korea.
An active member of Music Teachers National Association, Shockley chaired the Pedagogy Saturday Committee for two years and previously served on the National Convention Program Committee. For twelve years she also chaired the Committee on Learning Theory for the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. She has given clinics for Frederick Harris and the Lorenz Corporation, and she served on the Advisory Board for Piano Discoveries, a recent piano method published by Lorenz. Her articles have appeared in Clavier, The American Music Teacher, Keyboard Companion, Piano Life, Piano Journal, and College Music Symposium.
Area Coordinator for Music Education and Pedagogy: School of Music, University of Minnesota , 2004 - 2005
Coordinator of Class Piano: School of Music, University of Minnesota
Head: Keyboard Division, School of Music, University of Minnesota , 2003 - 2004
Chair: MTNA Pedagogy Saturday Committee , 2003 – 2005
Field(s) of Study: Collaborative Piano, Chamber Music, Vocal Arts
Degrees and Studies:
B.M., North Carolina School of the Arts. Graduate studies, Manhattan School of Music. Piano studies with Irwin Freundlich, Samuel Sanders, Pierre Bernac.
The Juilliard School:
Joined The Juilliard School faculty in 1985; chair of accompanying program, 1986-91; rejoined faculty, 2000.
Andy Jaffe is the Lyell B.Clay Artist in Residence in Jazz and Director of Jazz Activities at Williams College, as well as having served from 1999-2010 as Artistic Director of the Williamstown Jazz Festival.
An active jazz composer, performer, and recording artist, Jaffe has been a leader in jazz pedagogy for over thirty years, having taught at the Berklee College of Music (1977-81); The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Graduate program in Afro-American Music and Jazz (1994-98); the Institut Musical de formation Professionelle in Nimes, France (1984); Amherst College (1987-99); Tufts University (1992-93); Smith College (1997-99); The Tainan (Taiwan) National University of the Arts (2009), as well as at Williams (since 1988), where he directs the jazz ensembles and teaches courses in jazz ear training, theory/improvisation, arranging/composition, and on the music of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane.
He is a former member of the faculty of the Jazz in July and Litchfield Jazz Camp summer programs, and a current member of the Music Composition Faculty in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.
In 1980, Jascha Heifetz appointed her as Master Assistant in charge of his world renowned violin class at the University of Southern California. She held this position until the death of the master. Heifetz confirmed his belief in Sherry Kloss by bequeathing to her the Tononi violin with which he made his famous Carnegie Hall debut in 1917. It is upon this historic instrument that she now performs. Her recordings, " Forgotten Gems from the Heifetz Legacy", "Lost and Found Treasures of the Heifetz Legacy Vol. I and Vol. II" and her book "Jascha Heifetz Through My Eyes", have received national recognition and critical acclaim, placing her in the musical forefront today. Her book "Jascha Heifetz Through My Eyes" has also been translated into Chinese.
Sherry Kloss is strongly committed to education. She has held professorships in South Australia, Southern California and Indiana, and presents master classes throughout the world. She is Founder and Artistic Director of the " Music Institute for the Development of Personal Style" and Co-Founder of Jascha Heifetz Society. In 1998 and 2001, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania issued proclamations recognizing Sherry Kloss as a prominent Pittsburgh artist.
Born in Silesia Maria Szraiber there began the piano education leading her to the graduation from the Music Academy in Katowice. Her teachers were: Wanda Chmielowska, heir of the famous piano school of T. Leschetizky and Bolesław Woytowicz, heir of the pure F. Chopin tradition, through Karol Mikuli, F. Chopin’s pupil. Maria Szraiber’s piano studies were completed at the famed P. Tchaykowsky Conservatory in Moscow where she worked under the guidance of Tatiana Nikolajeva and Rudolf Kerer, both well known representatives of the Russian school of piano playing.
In addition to performing Maria Szraiber loves to teach. She is a full professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw where she was also elected dean of the Department of Piano, Harpsichord and Organ and was as well head of the Chair of Piano.
For many years Maria Szraiber has been conducting master classes in Poland and abroad. She has sat on the jury of a number of piano competitions. In line with her interest in the history of piano playing she has been presenting a series of concert-lectures and reminiscences entitled “Nestors of Polish Piano Playing”.
Gretchen Van Hoeson
Gretchen Van Hoesen has been Principal Harpist of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1977. She has appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, both in the subscription series and on tour. She gave the New York première of the Alberto Ginastera Harp Concerto in 1976 and the Pittsburgh première in 1978. She has appeared as soloist with conductors André Previn, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Zdenek Macal, Sergiù Comissiona, and Pinchas Zukerman and has collaborated with flutists James Galway, Bernard Goldberg and Jean-Pierre Rampal in performances of Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp.
Additional appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony have included a series of distinguished performances. In 1985 she and her husband, PSO Co-Principal Oboe James Gorton, presented the Pittsburgh première of Witold Lutosławski’s Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra in the Pittsburgh Symphony subscription series. Among other performances, in March 2008 she presented the world première of André Previn’s Concerto for Harp in the Pittsburgh Symphony subscription series. Gretchen Van Hoesen is currently on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University and has served on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival. She has presented harp master-classes throughout the world and has served as a judge for numerous National Competitions.
Keyboard performer Michael Tsalka has won numerous prizes and awards throughout his career. A versatile musician, he performs solo and chamber music repertoire from the early baroque to contemporary on the modern piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano and chamber organ. Tsalka was a faculty member at the Esther Boyer College of Music (Temple University) and the Escuela Superior de Musica, National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. Currently, he teaches early keyboards at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm and is a visiting professor at Celaya Conservatory in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Dr Tsalka was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, he continued studies in Germany and Italy. In 2001, he received a piano solo diploma from the Scuola Superiore Internazionale del Trio di Trieste. From 2002 to 2008, he resided in Philadelphia and studied at Temple University, fortepiano and chamber music with Lambert Orkis, modern piano with Harvey Wedeen, and harpsichord, clavichord and chamber organ with Joyce Lindorff. Tsalka holds three degrees from that institution: a master’s degree in chamber music/accompanying, a master’s degree in harpsichord performance and a doctorate in piano performance.
JEAN BARR, pianist, has performed throughout the world and has collaborated in concert with many distinguished artists, including Pierre Fournier and Mstislav Rostropovich. The first person in the United States to earn a doctoral degree in accompanying, she studied with Gwendolyn Koldofsky at the University of Southern California, where she later joined the faculty. In 1988 Barr was appointed professor of music at the Eastman School of Music, where, as director of the piano accompanying and chamber music program, she has developed two new graduate degrees in these highly specialized fields.
Browning’s composition awards have included an Illinois Arts Council Composer Fellowship and a Chamber Music America Commission. Performances include the Bonk Festival of New Music (Tampa), the International Society for Contemporary Music Festival (Miami), International Computer Music Conference (New Orleans), Spark Festival (Minneapolis), Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam), Composers Choice Festival (Dublin), Sonorities Festival (Belfast) , Skinneskatteberg Festival (Sweden), Asian Contemporary Music Festival (Seoul), and National Chiang Kai Shek Cultural Center (Taipei). Recent lecture performances include Jilin University, Northeast Normal University, and Nanjing Normal University in China; Seoul National University in South Korea; and National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei National University of the Arts, Fu-Jen Catholic University, and Tunghai University in Taiwan. Browning is an associate professor emeritus of music composition at the
University of Illinois.
Dmitry Rachmanov studied at the Moscow's Gnesins School of Music and has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, where he received the William Petcheck Scholarship, and the DMA from Manhattan School of Music on full scholarship.
Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov is a Professor of Piano at California State University, Northridge, where he serves as Chair of Keyboard Studies. A sought-after educator, master class clinician and lecturer, Dr. Rachmanov has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and he has appeared as a guest artist at schools such as Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Shanghai Conservatory and Beijing Central Music School in China, UCLA, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Washington, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Florida State University, Arizona State University and Indiana University at Bloomington, among others.
Rachmanov's awards include high honors at the Frinna Awerbuch, Senigallia, E. Pozolli and Maryland Piano Competitions, a Fellowship from the American Pianists Association and the George Schick Award for Outstanding Musicianship presented by the Manhattan School of Music. In 1995 Rachmanov became a recipient of the ArtsLink grant, enabling him to travel to Russia for a series of successful performances. In 2008 Dr. Rachmanov was named the Jerome Richfield Memorial Scholar of the year at California State University, Northridge.
Chair of Conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, is a renowned conductor whose career spans continents and decades.
Maestro Palló attended the Budapest Conservatory of Music, majoring in piano, composition and percussion. In 1964, he graduated from the Vienna Academy of Music. As a student at the Academy, Imre Palló served as a musical assistant to Herbert von Karajan and Professor Karl Boehm at the Vienna and Salzburg Festivals in addition to conducting the Academy Orchestra.
In 1994, Maestro Palló joined the faculty of the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he was Chair of the Instrumental Conducting Department. In May 2005 he came to the Conservatorium as a visiting lecturer and joined the faculty as Professor and Chair of Conducting and Opera Production in 2006.
Professor of percussion at the Conservatory Darius Milhaud in Paris, vice president of french section ISCM committee, director of percussion collection at Jobert Editions (Paris), Thierry Miroglio gives masterclasses, lectures and seminars about contemporary percussion in many countries and founded, as Artistic Director, the “International Meeting of Percussion”.
Thierry Miroglio pursued percussion studies with the eminent soloists Jean-Pierre Drouet and Sylvio Gualda, with whom he obtained a first Prize at the National Conservatory of Versailles. He also pursued studies in musical acoustics at the Sorbonne with Iannis Xenakis. He studied harmony and counterpoint, and received First Prize for chamber music at the National Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt.
He is working in close collaboration with the world well-known Cadeson instruments Taiwan, with whom he is playing.
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Lertkiat had entered to Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, and later he was awarded scholarship to studying at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He has studied trumpet with Edmund Cord, Laurie Gargan and Edward Hoffman. In March 2004, he was a host of the first Bangkok Trumpet and Brass Festival and later the Thailand Brass Festival in 2006, the 2007 Thailand Summer Brass Academy, and the 2009 Thailand Brass Festival. To know more about Lertkiat, please log on to www.lertkiat.com
Lertkiat, is currently a Principal Trumpet of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Galyani Vadhana Institute Orchestra and Trumpet and Brass lecturer at Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University. Lertkiat is also a founded member, leader and manager of Bangkok Brass Quintet.
Pierre excelled academically, demonstrating unparalleled technique and dedication at the Music Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium (tutored by Pierre Kerremans), then progressing to the Escola Superior da Musica de Porto, Portugal (tutored by Hugues Kesteman), and finally graduating for the third time at the Hochschule für Musik de Karlsuhe, Germany (tutored by Professor Günther Pfitzenmaier).
At the age of 22, Pierre started his orchestral career as the solo bassoon of the Flemish Radio Orchestra (Belgium) and succeeded to leap three years later towards one of the most prestigious European Orchestras: the Bamberger Symphoniker in Germany. From Tokyo to New York, Moscow to Sao Paolo, he has showcased his talent in the world's most grandiose arenas and has delivered tremendous performances in the most renowned festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne and Edinburgh, to name but a few.
As a solo artist, he has won many national and international awards such as the Tenuto (Belgium), the International Competition of Musical Personalities Alexandre Tansman (Lodz, Poland), and the Pacem in Terris (Beyreuth, Germany).What's more he played as a soloist in a diverse array of European orchestras including the Bamberger Symphoniker (Germany), the Sinfonietta Baltica (Germany), and the Vlaams Radio Orchestra (Belgium), Brussels Festival Orchestra (Belgium),….
Passionate about giving back what he has learned and knowledge transfer, he started tutoring and mentoring at the Gent Hogeschool (Belgium), the Nürnberg Musikhochschule (Germany) and the illustrious Lübeck Musikhoschule, where he received a Professorship. At the same time, he leads the woodwind section of the Bayreuth Young Artists Festival and regularly delivers Master Classes in Portugal, Belgium, Germany and Brazil.
A graduate with a First Prize from the Vienna Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Joseph Banowetz studied with the renowned Carl Friedberg (who was himself a pupil of Clara Schumann) and also with György Sándor (a pupil of Béla
Bartók). In 1992, this exceptional artist was awarded the The 2010 GRAMMY©
nominationof Paul Kletzki’s Piano Concerto.
Pianist Joseph Banowetz, described as “a giant among keyboard artists of our time”
(Fanfare Record Review), continues to create excitement and receive accolades wherever he performs. And, he was just honored with a 2010 GRAMMY® nomination for his latest recording, piano works of composer Paul Kletzki, with Thomas Sanderling conducting and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra (Naxos label). “A superb job all around, and strongly recommended.” (Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Record Review) This is his second GRAMMY® nomination.
Chris Malloy is a composer living in Denver, Colorado. His music has been performed in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, by Ricardo Iznaola, Elizabeth Keusch, Jonathan Leathwood, Rohan de Saram, the Auros Group for New Music, the East Coast Composers Ensemble, the Boston Cyberarts Festival, the Guildford International Festival of Contemporary Music, the Sonorities International Festival of Contemporary Music, the Boston Cecilia Chorus, the Lydian String Quartet, the Pennsylvania Wind Quintet, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, members of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and many others. After receiving a B.A. in Composition from Pennsylvania State University, he earned a Ph.D. in Composition and Theory from Brandeis University, where his teachers included Allen Anderson, Martin Boykan, Eric Chasalow, Ed Cohen, Allan Keiler, Harold Shapero, and Yehudi Wyner. He chairs the Composition and Theory Department in the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. In the United States, he also has taught at Brandeis University and the New England Conservatory at Walnut Hill. In the United Kingdom, he has taught at the University of Surrey. His scores and recordings are published by Cadenza Music.
Douglas Bostock, currently Principal Conductor of the Aargau Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland and Principal Guest Conductor of internationally renowned Czech Chamber Philharmonic since 1992, conducts widely within Europe, the US and Japan. From 2000 - 2006 Douglas Bostock was Principal Conductor of the highly acclaimed Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and currently serves as their first Principal Guest Conductor. Increasingly active as an opera conductor, he is also Music Director of the Hallwyl Opera Festival in Switzerland.
Douglas Bostock enjoys working with young musicians and is frequently invited to conduct and teach at colleges in Europe and Asia, e.g. Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Danish Academy, Musikhochschule Zürich, and Gei Dai University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo.
Aquilles D vigne
Born in Argentina, Aquiles Delle Vigne gave his first recital at the age of 8. At 17 he was already a disciple of Claudio Arrau and won the Grand Prix "Albert Williams", the most prestigious competition in South America. This award opened the doors of the most important concert halls of the continent for him.
Later, he completed his training in Europe with Prof. Eduardo del Pueyo and György Cziffra.
As a teacher, Aquiles Delle Vigne is highly sought after internationally. He currently holds post at the Rotterdams Conservatorium (Codarts, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) in The Netherlands. He also gives masterclasses at the International Sommerakademie Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, and is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
He is also regularly invited at the Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes Schools in New York, the Tchaikowski Moscow Conservatory and the Korsakow St. Petersburg Conservatory, the Toho University in Tokyo, the Hochschules in München, Karlsruhe and Hamburg, the Universities and conservatories in Seoul, Taejan, Sydney, Melbourne, Pretoria, Baltimore, Texas, Indiana, Osaka, Kyoto, Bangkok.
Born and raised in New York City, he studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a clarinet and piano major. Professor Cohen's clarinet teachers at Oberlin included Loren Kitt and Larry McDonald. He studied for a year with Karl Leister in Berlin and subsequently with Robert Marcellus in Cleveland and Chicago.
Professor Cohen was guest artist and master class clinician with the Seoul Philharmonic Clarinet Festival and, on many occasions, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. He has performed at ICA clarinet conventions and the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine. Since moving to Chicago in 2005, he has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Lyric Opera, as principal clarinet with the Music of the Baroque Orchestra, and has performed in chamber music groups throughout the Chicago area, including the Chicago Chamber Musicians. In the winter of 2007, he returned to Korea and conducted a week of master classes in Seoul, and in the summer of 2007, he performed recitals and conducted master classes at the China International Clarinet Festival in Beijing, China.
Colin Durrant is an experienced educator and musician and has been responsible for the design and implementation of professional development courses for teachers and musicians. He is eager to enable teachers and conductors to improve efficiency and effectiveness in their music-making while providing optimum musical and educational experiences for those he conducts and teaches.
He can offer:
Professional development for teachers and conductors in leading and rehearsing choirs of all abilities and ages;
Singing and vocal development workshops - concentrating on vocal health and tension-free singing;
Consultation for choirs and conductors;
Teaching conducting - concentrating on effective gesture, rehearsal technique, motivations strategies and communication skills.
Borealis String Quartet
Founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in the fall of 2000 and rapidly establishing a stellar reputation, the Borealis has toured extensively in North America and performed to enthusiastic sold-out audiences in major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, Washington DC, Montreal, Ottawa and, of course, in their home town of Vancouver.
In recent years, the Borealis has established close ties with Asia, touring extensively in Taiwan to large sold - out audiences where their passionate performances of innovative programs combining eastern and western music has led to offers of yearly repeat invitations. This invitation extends also to establishing outreach programs and giving extensive and regular masterclasses at the major universities and schools. In 2011, they made their debut in major cities in China, including in Shanghai.
The Borealis has also served as String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of British Columbia for the past 10 years. In addition, they have been the Quartet in Residence at the June Music Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Magic City Chamber Music Festival in Birmingham, Alabama and the Winter Chamber Music Festival in Tucson, Arizona. This past January, they served a short - term residency at Idaho University. The Borealis are dedicated to bringing music to the schools and the younger generation and are active in many regional outreach programs, both in North America and Asia.
Concert Master of St. Petersburg Pjilharmonic Orchestra
Justin O'Dell (born 1974, Detroit, Michigan) is an American clarinetist, international concert artist, Michigan State University professor, and orchestral and chamber musician. He earned degrees from Western Michigan University (BM), Yale University (MM), University of Michigan (DMA) with further studies at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in Germany.
He assumed a position at Michigan State University's College of Music in the autumn of 2008, succeeding the retiring Elsa Ludewig Verhehr, long serving professor of clarinet.
He won the gold medal and first prize at the 2007 Mercadante International Clarinet Competition with his Trio Sofia (together with Borislava Iltcheva (violin) and Akiko Konishi (piano), the first time the top prize was awarded in the competition's history. He was appointed principal clarinetist of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette, Louisiana in 2007.
Franz Cibulka, born in 1946, is an Austrian composer.
Franz Peter Cibulka is a freelance composer from Graz, Austria. His list of works includes more than 300 compositions of the most diverse instrumentation and styles resulting from his artistic collaboration with various performers. Having completed his musical studies in clarinet, composition and orchestral conducting at the Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, he served as Professor of Clarinet, Chamber Music and Music Theory at the Johann Joseph Fux Conservatory in Graz until July 2002.
Jürgen Weber received his musical education at the conservatories in Cologne with Prof. Igor Ozim and Freiburg in the master class of Prof. Ulrich Koch. Master classes with Max Rostal Bruno Giuranna, Sandor Vegh and the Amadeus Quartet completed his training.
Weber was a prize winner of several international competitions, including by Robert Schumann Quartet at the International ARD Competition in Munich in 1973. In 1975 he was inducted into the National Selection of the German Music Council, and received in the same year the prize of the state of Hesse.
Since 1977, Weber is principal violist of the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio. He has a number of solo works for viola, etc. by Klaus Huber and Hans-Jürgen von Bose, the premiere brought. In addition, he has made through intensive chamber music activities, solo commitments and numerous CD recordings a name.
For several years, Weber is also increasingly active as employees at various renowned publishers such as Schott and Henle. He regularly teaches master classes in Europe, Japan and USA. Jürgen Weber is a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.
Director of Admissions, Bard College Conservatory of Music; Director, Post Graduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Bard Conservatory of Music: Piano Fellowship
Academic Expertise: Music
Area of Specialization: Collaborative Piano, Chamber music, Vocal accompanying
Before coming to The Bard College Conservatory of Music, Frank Corliss was for many years the director of music at the Walnut Hill School and a staff pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
John Anderson took up the oboe while at school in South Wales. He went on to study with Derek Wickens and, at the Royal College of Music, with Terence MacDonagh. By the age of twenty he had taken up his first orchestral post with the Suisse Romande Orchestra in Geneva. In the twenty years since his return to the UK, John Anderson's career has included positions with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has been a regular guest with all of the major London orchestras and has taught and given masterclasses at all the conservatoires in the UK as well as in Japan, China and Canada. He currently combines his work as Principal of the ECO with a professorship at the Royal College of Music. He is also a busy freelance player both as a solo artist and as a studio player recording music for film and television. Recent film projects have included The World is Not Enough, Mansfield Park and The Beach.
Recent performances have included the Bach double concerto with Maxim Vengerov in Germany and Spain and with Kennedy at London's Royal Festival Hall. In February this year he performed the Strauss concerto with the ECO for the first time in the Bermuda Festival and was guest artist at the Guelph Spring Festival in Ontario.
Catherine Wood earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Music from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctorate in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University. Her teachers have included Caroline Hartig, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, David Etheridge, Naoum Gomon, Charles Neidich, Colin Lawson and Ted Oien.
Clarinetist Catherine Wood has performed and taught throughout Canada, the United States and France. Before joining the faculty at Brandon University Dr. Wood was Professor of Clarinet at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. She has also taught at the Flint Institute of Music, Flint School for the Performing Arts, one of the largest performing arts schools in the USA and at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Wood has been a guest teacher and performer at L’ecole de musique de Limonest in France. During her two residencies in France she gave numerous performances in Limonest, Lyon and Paris. She has also been on faculty and a guest soloist at Cannon Music Camp in Boone, North Carolina.
Her father was a foreign correspondent and her family lived in the USA, Tokyo and Moscow before moving to England when she was 13. She began playing the horn aged 14 at school and then attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department. She went on to study full time at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where her teachers included Anthony Halstead and Jeff Bryant.
She later studied with Fergus McWilliam in Berlin, where she became 2nd Horn in the Berlin State Opera under Daniel Barenboim in 1991. During this time, Sarah played as a guest with many top orchestras such as Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic and performed worldwide as a soloist and in various chamber music ensembles.
In 2001 Sarah Willis joined the Berlin Philharmonic, becoming the first female member of the brass section. She has recorded various acclaimed CDs including works such as the Brahms Horn Trio and the Rosetti Double Horn Concertos as well as the much celebrated CDs Opera! and Four Corners! with the Berlin Philharmonic Horns.
In his fourth year as Artistic Director of the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Mark Gibson maintains an active performing career on three continents while heading the Orchestral Studies program at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.
At the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), Mr. Gibson serves as Music Director of the CCM Philharmonia, one of the preeminent conservatory orchestras in the world. Highly sought after as a teacher, he has been invited to give conducting master classes in Beijing, Munich, while his student Xian Zhang recently won the prestigious Maazel/Vilar Conductor’s Competition. Before coming to Cincinnati, Mr. Gibson was visiting Music Director of the Eastman Philharmonia. His first book, a major revision of the classic conducting text, The Modern Conductor (7th edition), was recently published by Prentice-Hall.
Gülsin Onay started her piano education when she was three and gave her first public recital on Turkish Radio when she was only six. With the aid of a special state scholarship she studied with Ahmed Adnan Saygun and Mithat Fenmen, and subsequently at the Paris Conservatoire, from where she graduated at the age of 16, winning the prestigious “Premier Prix du Piano”. Prizes in top international competitions, including the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud (in Paris) and the Ferruccio Busoni (in Bolzano), quickly followed.
Gülsin Onay holds the titles of State Artist in her native Turkey, and of soloist for the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara. She is “Artist in Residence” at Bilkent University in Ankara and holds an honorary doctorate degrees from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, and from Hacettepe University in Ankara. The Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation awarded its prestigious 2007 Honorary Award Gold Medal to Gülsin Onay, and she was named “Pianist of the Year” in the 2011 Donizetti Classical Music Awards.
John Bleuel and Linda Li-Bleuel
John Bleuel and Linda Li-Bleuel have performed together since 1990. They have been featured on the Bridge New Music Series at Lincoln Center, regional and national meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth World Saxophone Congresses. As Fulbright lecturer grant recipients they spent the fall 2008 semester teaching in Taiwan, at National Chengchi University and the Taipei National University of the Arts (Bleuel), and Chinese Culture University (Li-Bleuel). They have served as guest professors at three music schools in China: Shanxxi Normal University in Xian, the Central Conservatory of Beijing, and the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, and have recorded for ACA Digital and Arizona University Recordings. John Bleuel is Professor of Music at the University of West Georgia, conductor of the UWG Saxophone Ensemble, and director of the UWG Saxophone Symposium. He earned a DMA in saxophone performance at the University of Georgia, where he was a student of Kenneth Fischer. John Bleuel is a Yamaha Performing Artist. Linda Li-Bleuel is Professor of Music at Clemson University. She has performed as soloist with the Clemson University Orchestra, is an active recitalist and chamber musician, and served as co-founder of the Clemson University Women’s’ Arts Festival. She earned a DMA in piano performance at the University of Georgia, where she was a student of Richard Zimdars.
Born in Recife, Brazil in 1957 into a family of musicians, Antonio Meneses began his cello studies at the age of ten. At the age of 16, he met the famous Italian cellist Antonio Janigro and was asked to join Janigro's classes in Düseldorf and later in Stuttgart. In 1977, Antonio won the first Prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich and in 1982; he was awarded first Prize and gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
In addition to a busy concert schedule, Antonio Meneses gives master classes in Europe, the Americas, and in Japan. Antonio will start teaching at Hochschule der Künste Bern in 2007.
Winner of the Silver Medal at the 1986 International Tchaikovsky Competition while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory, Suren Bagratuni has gone to a distinguished international career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. In addition to performing throughout the former Soviet Union, he has toured worldwide earning enthusiastic praise in both traditional and contemporary repertoire.
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Mr. Bagratuni began his musical education there at the age of seven. After winning several national and international competitions he continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory and later in the United States, at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Former faculty of the New England Conservatory and University of Illinois, Suren Bagratuni currently is Artist-Teacher and Professor of cello at Michigan State University College of Music. His students occupy teaching positions in major universities and perform in orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad.
David Abbott has been Associate Professor of Piano at Albion College since 2005. Dr. Abbott has dedicated a great deal of his career as mentor and teacher, serving on the faculties of the Zürich and Schaffausen Conservatories of Music (Switzerland), and earlier at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2010, he was asked to serve on the faculty of the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as a sabbatical replacement for Edmund Battersby. He has also directed summer courses in both piano and chamber music in Europe as well as in the United States for over 25 years. In 2003, he founded the Con Brio Music Academy at the Hindemith Music Center in Blonay, Switzerland where he works with students across Europe and from the United States in piano and chamber music.
In 2011, Dr. Abbott was invited to teach and perform in the Republic of China (Taiwan) and also appeared in recitals with his wife Lia Jensen-Abbott in France and Switzerland. He was awarded a Bronze medal and two special prizes at the 1980 International Music Competition in Geneva. A graduate of the Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music, Dr. Abbott remains active in historically informed performance practice as a result of work with renowned fortepianist Malcolm Bilson.
Konstantin Lifschitz was born December 10, 1976, in Kharkov. As a child, he became irresistibly attracted to the piano, playing by ear and improvising with total absorption for hours on end. This aptitude for his chosen instrument was so remarkable that at age five he enrolled in the renowned Moscow Gnessin Special Middle School of Music, studying with Tatiana Zelikman. In future years of studies in Russia, England and Italy his teachers also included Theodor Gutmann, Vladimir Tropp, Hamish Milne, Alfred Brendel, Fou T'song, Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel and Charles Rosen.
In the recent time Konstantin Lifschitz is starting to be more and more requested as a conductor. He conducts, amongst others, orchestras such as the Moscow Virtuosi, Lux Aeterna + the Gabrieli Choir (Budapest), Musica Viva (Moscow), St. Kristupas (Vilnius), Arpeggione (Austria) or I Solisti di Napoli.
In 2002/2003 K. Lifschitz was appointed an Associate/a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music London. Since 2008 he has his own class at the Hochschule Musik in Lucerne. He gives master-classes around the world and takes part in different educational programmes.
Born in Munich, Eckart Schwarz-Schulz trained in Frankfurt and Vienna with Antonio Meneses and Wolfgang Herzer. Having played as a student in all the major Viennese Orchestras (Vienna Phil, State Opera, RSO) he became in 1998 Co-Principal Cellist in the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and is now its Principal Cellist.
Eckart is playing a 17th century Venetian Cello by the former principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Robert Scheiwein. Since 2003 member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna state opera orchestra.
Jean-Marie Londeix (20 September 1932) is a French saxophonist born in Libourne who studied saxophone, piano, harmony and chamber music.
Jean-Marie Londeix studied saxophone with the legendary Marcel Mule at the Paris Conservatory. He also studied with Fernand Oubradous and Norbert Dufourcq, among others. He then served as the saxophone instructor at the Conservatory of Dijon for 18 years. He retired from the National Conservatory of Bordeaux, France in 2001.
He is the founder of the "French Saxophonists Association" and the "International Saxophone Committee"
Shuann completed degrees in Piano and Biology at Oberlin College and earned a Master's degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Her teachers have included Jack Radunsky, Norma Fisher, David Breitman, and Claus-Christian Schuster of the Altenberg Trio. She has long fostered an active interest in early pianos, and completed a graduate degree in fortepiano at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague under the tutelage of Bart van Oort and Stanley Hoogland. In 2010 she received a full scholarship at the Banff Centre (Canada), where she was one of eight pianists from around the world selected to take part in an exclusive Beethoven Seminar and Master Class with Anton Kuerti.
Alongside her concert appearances, Ms. Chai has been increasingly in demand as a teacher. She has conducted master classes and lecture-demonstrations at UC Davis (USA), the Grieg Conservatory in Bergen (Norway), the Central Conservatory of Beijing (China), National University of Taipei (Taiwan), and Duke University (USA). Last year she also received an appointment at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where she is now a Visiting Lecturer in the History of Early Keyboards and Pianos.
Linda Di Fiore
Dr. Linda Di Fiore, Mezzo-Soprano and Regents Professor, has performed professionally for forty years as a soloist in opera, oratorio, recital, and musical theatre.
Dr. Di Fiore joined the faculty of the University of North Texas in 1996. Prior to that, she was a Professor of Voice at the University of Florida, where she taught for fourteen years. While there, she twice received the Teacher of the Year Award for the College of Fine Arts as well as a Teaching Incentive Program Award from the Florida Board of Regents. At UNT she has received the Citation for Distinguished Service to International Education and the President's Council Teaching Award. She holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota where she studied with the renowned pedagogue, Roy Schuessler.
National competitions in which her students have won or placed include Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, Dallas Opera Guild Career Grant Competition, Houston Grand Opera McCullum Competition, El Paso Opera Guild Competition, Palm Beach Opera Competition, Birmingham Opera, Bel Canto Competition, National Opera Association, “America’s Got Talent,” The American Prize Competition, MTNA and NATSAA.
The Taiwan-born conductor Shao-Chia Lü studied music in Taipei, later at the Indiana University in Bloomington, USA , and also at the Hochschule for Music in Vienna. His training was topped off with three important first prizes at renowned international conductor competitions: The Concours International de Jeunesse Chef d'Orchestre in Besancon, France, the Concorso Internazionale per Diretori d'Orchestra Antonio Pedrotti in Trento, Italy, and the Kirill Kondrashin Competition in Amsterdam.
In 1995, he began his opera career as Erster Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin. Numerous guest performances followed, including the Australian Opera Sydney, the English National Opera, the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, den Norske Opera in Oslo, the Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hamburg, Staatsoper Stuttgart as well as the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 1998, Shao-Chia Lü took over the position of General Music Director of both the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz and of the Koblenz Theatre.
Shao-Chia Lü, as General Music Director of the Staatsoper Hannover between 2001 and 2006, has established himself firmly as an excellent opera conductor through numerous outstanding performances during this period of such repertoire as: Aida, Ernani, Le nozze di Figaro, Jenufa, Vec Makropulos, Fidelio, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Tristan und Isolde, Fliegender Hollander, Wozzeck, Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Salome.... In summer 2004, Shao-Chia Lü and the Staatsoper Hannover earned international acknowledgement by performing Pelleas et Melisande at the renowned Vienna and Edinburgh Festivals.
Shao-Chia Lu has been Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan since August 2010.
Marian Migdal, born in Poland, started to study piano in Warsaw. After emigrating in 1964, he studied with Hans Leygraf in Stockholm, then with Bruno Seidlhofer in Cologne and finally at Ania Dorfman at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. There he received his concert diploma in 1973 at the same time the Loeb Award, the highest distinction for excellence in piano performance.
Marian Migdal 1971 won the International Piano Competition of broadcasters (ARD) in Munich, two years later, the International Schumann Competition in New York. His concert tours have taken him since then by the United States, Europe and Asia.
Since 1985, Marian Migdal, a professor at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg.
Prof. Timothy S. Brophy
Timothy S. Brophy is Assistant Dean for Research, Technology, and Administrative Affairs in the College of Fine Arts, and Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida. A highly awarded classroom music teacher, he received an Ashland Teacher Achievement Award (1996), a Memphis Rotary Club Rotary Award for Teacher Excellence, and was the first elementary music teacher to be honored at the Disney American Teacher Awards in Los Angeles in 1998. As a college teacher, he has been named the 2004 Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educator of the Year (Tampa, Florida), inducted into the Carl Lampert Music Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky as a distinguished alumnus, and is the Florida Music Educator Association’s 2006 College Music Educator of the Year.
An active music education writer and clinician, he has published over 40 articles that have appeared in numerous journals. He is sole author of three books, including the widely acclaimed Assessing the Developing Child Musician. Dr. Brophy has conducted music education workshop sessions and made presentations throughout the United States and Canada, England, Spain, China, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Indonesia.
Born in Shanghai to a family of intellectuals (his father was the translator Fu Lei), Fou first studied piano with Mario Paci, the Italian founder of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In 1953, Fou moved to Europe to continue his training at the Warsaw Conservatory, where he amazed his professors with his intuitive grasp of the mazurka rhythm. His mastery was confirmed when he won the special Mazurka Prize at the 1955 International Chopin Piano Competition.
Fou had been based in London since 1960, whence he embarked on a performing and teaching career that has taken him throughout the world and been distinguished above all by his authoritative interpretations of Chopin; indeed, Hermann Hesse proclaimed him to be the only true performer of the composer's work. Among Fou's closest friends are the fellow pianists Martha Argerich, Leon Fleisher, and Radu Lupu, who, acknowledging his influence upon their musical development, were "obliged to Fou Ts'ong for all his new ideas and for opening new musical horizons for all of us."
He was a member of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition's jury in 1991, 1999 and 2007.
From 1960 to 1969, he was married to Zamira Menuhin, the daughter of Yehudi Menuhin, and they had one son. Their marriage ended in divorce. He later married the Chinese pianist Patsy Toh. He lives in London.
Chi-Wu Lee 李繼武
Lee is a cellist, professor of Xinghai Conservatory of Music, and member of Chinese Musicians Association. Graduating from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Lee has been a visiting scholar in Royal Academy of Music, UK.
Mei-Ling Lai 賴美鈴
Lai is currently adjunct professor in National Taiwan Normal University and Taipei Municipal University of Education. Her publications are mainly about music education and assessing music curriculum.
Pi-Hsien Chen 陳必先
Chen is a Taiwanese pianist. She studied in Hochschule für Musik Köln at age of 9, and gained various awards in piano contests in Germany and United States. He has performed in London, Berlin, Munich, Zürich, Amsterdam and Tokyo, collaborating with various famous orchestras and conductors. Chen currently lives in Germany and lectures in Hochschule für Musik Freiburg.
Huei-Fen Sang 桑慧芬
Sang received doctorate degree in University of Wollongong and master degree in National Taiwan Normal University.
Fang-Lan Lin 林芳蘭
Lin is a therapist in Down Syndrome Association and adjunct lecturer in Fu Jen Catholic University.
In-Ho Yeo 呂寅虎
Yeo graduated from College of Music, Yousei University. He studied in Hogeschool Muziek en Theater Rotterdam, tutored by Walter Boeykens. He is renowned as the best clarinetist in Korea, and has gained awards in different contests in Korea. Yeo is currently the leading clarinetist in Euroasia Philharmonic Orchestra and a professor in University of Ulsan.
Yu-Ling Chen 陳譽齡
Chen is currently a music therapist in Chang Gung Memorial hospital. She received master degree in piano and music therapy in University of Kansas and had worked in several organizations as music therapist.
You-Hsiu Chen 陳郁秀
Chen studied piano, music theory, music history and chamber music in Conservatoire Nationale de Musique de Paris and lectured in Conservatoire Regienale de Superieur de Musique de Poissy.
In 1994, Chen was elected chair of NTNU Department of Music, and became chairperson of Council of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Culture in 2000. In 2007, she became president of National Theater and Concert Hall.
Eric Chen 陳冠宇
Chen is associated professor in Taipei Municipal University of Education and has his own chamber orchestra. He has held solo concert in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and won various award in contests.
Fang-Ling Kuo 郭芳玲
Kuo is currently assistant professor in Taipei Municipal University of Education and National Taipei University of Education. She graduated from Hochschule fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Tao-Chang Yu 余道昌
Yu is Ph.D. in University of Maryland and has lectured in Heifetz International Music Institute, University of Maryland, Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University and the Juilliard School. He is currently professor of Shih Chien University.
Chi-Jen Chang 張己任
Chang is dean and professor of Soochow University. He is Ph.D. of Columbia University and majors in western music history, conducting, music theory, composing, analysis of 20th century music and piano.
Gang Chen 陳鋼
Chen is Shanghai pianist and composer. He is currently member of the national committee of CPPCC and professor of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He has visited the States, Canada, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan, and his name was listed in Who’s Who in the World.
Yung-Yi Tzeng 曾永義
Tzeng is Ph.D. and master of Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University. He specializes in traditional drama and Chinese poems, and dedicates himself in promoting Kunqu opera. He has wrote many pieces of Beijing opera and received various awards for his art and cultural contribution. Tzeng is currently professor of Department of Chinese Literature, Shih Hsin University.
Lina Yeh 葉綠娜
Yeh has been teaching in NTNU since 1978. Being an active pianist, Yeh constantly performs in solo concerts, two piano concerts, concertos and chamber music concerts.
Ting-Yu Wu 吳庭毓
Wu graduates from Ville de Rueil-Malmason Conservatoire National de Region. Instructed by Melle Brignon, Wu participates in solo concerts and chamber music concerts in school. Wu currently teaches in Fu Jen Catholic University, National Chiao Tung University and National Taiwan University of Arts.
Shu-Gi Cheng 鄭淑姬
Cheng graduated from the Dance Department of Chinese Culture University, and is currently associate professor in Taipei National University of the Arts.
Nai-Yuan Hu 胡乃元
Hu, Violinst, born in Tainan, Taiwan and lives in the States. Hu won 1st place in 1985’s Queen Elisabeth Music Competition and founded Taiwan Connection, which is highly rated for outstanding performances in different countries.
Mu-Rong Xi 席慕蓉
Xi was born in China in 1943, and later moved to Taiwan. She loved painting since she was little, and went to Belgium to learn painting in 1964. Xi has held several art exhibitions and was awarded for her album of painting.
Xi published many poem and article collections and was very popular among the public. The main themes of her work are about life, nostalgic feelings and human affections.
Solungga FangTzu Liu 劉芳慈
Liu is PhD of Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. She releases several piano solo CDs and chamber music albums. In 2006, Liu was signed by Centaur Records and released solo album: The Master Piano Works of Charles Tomlinson Griffes. In 2006, along with American composer Gregory Mertl, Liu became director of Open Gate chamber music orchestra.
Gu-Jeng Lin 林谷珍
Lin specializes in Chinese bamboo flute, and has hosted several radio programs about Chinese music. Lin visited many famous musicians and flute masters in China, and was dedicated in cross-straight music and cultural interactions.
Tie-Chui Wang 王鐵錘
Wang is a famous Chinese flute and xiao performer. Born in 1932, Wang started to learn instruments at 7, and began to perform in 10. He had performed in over 30 countries and was respected for his contribution in Chinese music and international cultural exchange. Wang also composes many Chinese music pieces and published books about flutes and his art creations.
Chia-chu Hsu 徐家駒
Hsu learned Basson from Professor Helman Jung in Germany. In 1979, he joined Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Hsu became professer in NTNU Department of Music in 1996, and founded his own bassoon orchestra in 2008. He is currently teaching in Aletheia University.
Ju-Fang Liu 劉如芳
劉如芳出生於臺灣高雄. 五歲起接受鋼琴演奏訓練, 九歲選擇主修低音提琴。14歲時,接受特別獎助, 赴美學習音樂.
她於印第安那大學完成其學士與碩士學位,期間師從Bruce Bransby以及Lawrence Hurst兩位著名低音提琴大師. 在2003年加入印第安拿波里斯交響樂團之前,她於佛羅里達的新世界交響樂團 (New World Symphony Orchestra)裡擔任低音提琴首席,當時樂團指揮是著名的指揮家Michael Tilson Thomas.
2005年她獲得了印地安那州州長獎. 2007年拿到印第安那藝術協會的創意新人獎,並開啟學習電貝司吉他的演奏. 另外,於1999年,如芳是第一位同時贏得國際低音提琴協會舉辦的獨奏類與交響樂類競賽.
Liu began to major in doublebass at 9. She went to the State to learn music under scholarship at 14. She was bachelor and master of Indiana University, and learned doublebass from Bruce Bransby and Lawrence Hurst and was a member of the New World Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Ya-Hui Wang 王雅蕙
Wang is conductor and director of Akron Symphony Orchestra. She was born 1968 in Taipei, moved to Singapore at 5, and went to the States at 18, majoring in piano and conducting. After she got master degree, she entered Curtis Institute of Music and leared conducting from Otto-Werner Mueller. Wang has been very active since 1993, conducting various concerts and collaborating with many world-class orchestras.
Mei-Ann Chen 陳美安
Chen is PhD of Conducting in University of Michigan and was student of Kenneth Kiesler. She has master degree of violin and conducting in New England Conservatory and has performed in Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood Music Festival. Chen is the first female to won the Malko International Conductors Competition, and has been awarded the Taki Concordia Fellowship. She is currently the assistant conducter of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which is led by famous conductor Robert Spano.
Nini Chien 錢仁平
Chien is currently curator of Shanghai Conservatory of Music Library. He specializes in composition and composition theory researches, and in 2005 he held the first annual meeting on contemporary Chinese music composition. He writes columns about 20th century music masterpieces and modern Chinese music in a famous music magazine in Shanghai.
Lei Liang 梁雷
Liang won 1st place in piano competition at 17, and was elected Ten Outstanding Young Person in Beijing. He got master degree in New England Conservatory of Music, and got doctorate degree in Harvard University. In 2007, he became the first Chinese professor in Department of Music, UCSD. In 2009, he won scholarship in performing arts in John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2011, Liang received award from American Academy in Rome.
Ginlia Wang 王秋梨
Wang is a famous soprano in Taiwan. She graduated from Conservatorio Santa Cecilia di Roma, and started her performance career in 1986. Wang also dedicates herself in music education, and is currently adjunct professor in Renmin University of China.
Ching Lin 林菁
Lin joined GloryStar Children’s Chorus in Taiwan when little, and got master degree of piano and vocal performing in the States. She has 16 years of experience in conducting and teaching, and has wrote many outstanding chorus songs. She’s currently teaching in University of Texas in Arilington.
Edwin I 衣慎行
Edwin has won 1st place in children’s violin competition in Taipei, and moved to the States to study violin in UCLA, tutored by Mark Kaplan.
Pao-San Chang 張寶三
Chang is teaching in Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University. His researches focus on chinese classical texts, semantics,Japanese Chinese studies and philology.
Scott Lee 李捷琦
Lee was born in Taipei and moved to the States at 14. She has studied in Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, and has won several international competitions at age of 22. She is currently teaching in University of Missouri, and the mentor of Idyllwild Indoor Music Festival.
Ya-Fei Chang 莊雅斐
Chang studied piano from Russell Sherman in New England Conservatory of Music, and has won the Cologne International Piano Competition at 18 and has performed in various international music festivals since then. She is currently Chair of master class in the Boston Music Conservatory and New England Conservatory.
Kai-Wen Chang 鄭愷雯
Chang is master in music education and music therapy. She is adjunct assistant in National Kaohsiung Normal University, National Pingtung University of Education and Tunghai University.
Ning An 安寧
An has won prizes in William Kapell Piano Competition, Santander Piano Competition, Chopin Piano Competition, etc. He is currently teaching in Lee University in the States.
Tien-Hsin Wu 吳天心
Wu has learned violin from Dorothy Delay, Victor Danchenko and Ida Kavafian. She won several violin competitions and started her violinist career in 2004.
Shuei-Lung Ma 馬水龍
Ma learned composition from Dr. Sigmand in Germany, and has taught in Soochow University and National Taiwan University of Arts. He is the first Taiwanese Composer to hold solo event in Lincoln Center.
Fan-Ti Wang 王範地
Wang, renowned Chinese pipaist, is currently teaching in China Conservatory. He has been teaching and doing research since 1960s and has cultivated hundreds of pipa performers and teachers.
Pei-Tzu Chin 秦蓓慈
Chin majors in piano and has taught in Universität Mozarteum, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, Hochschule für Musik Köln, Baylor University, National Taiwan University of Arts and Shih Chien University.
Li-Hua Chang 張麗華
Chang specializes in visual arts, creative teaching, drama performance and ceramic arts. She has been awarded by Ministry of Education for her teaching and researching contribution.
Pondepaure is renowned pianist and chamber music performer. She graduated from Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris and dedicates herself in vocal performance.