Young Artists (May 9 - June 5)
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Borbély, László

Choi, Sarah

Chong, Tinaa

Christian, Sophie

Doan, Sandra

Ertl, Jacob

Estrada, Angy

Fan, Andrea

Fang, Jeannette

Han, Yoonjung

Imai, Tadashi

Jeong, Eugenia

Kenney, Rebecca

Kim, Minjung

Kinsella, Brendan

Li, Xiaoting

Liu, Yuntian

Mann, Steven

Nahkur, Hando

Niekawa, Futaba

Park, Sun-A

Pelick, Taiko

Reeder, Joy

Sanchez, Paul

Siciliano, Julia

Su, Yingying

Tajima, Ran

Tsay, Jonathan

Wang, Lu

Weitz, Jacquelyn

Wicaksono, Aryo

Wright, Andrew

Xu, Xiao-jin

Xu, Yang

Yuan Jie

Zhang, Youyou

Zhang, Yue







Master Class Repertoire:
Granados - "El Amor y la muerte": Balada
                  from Goyescas

Debussy - L'isle joyeuse           

School: Mannes College of Music
Teacher: Jerome Rose


Min-Jung Baek is 20 year old pianist from Korea currently studying at Mannes College of Music as a scholarship student with Jerome Rose. She came to the United States for further studies in 2004. She began studying the piano at the age four, entered her first competition at age six and by the age of eleven, she had placed first in thirty Korean national competitions such as Wol-Eum Piano Competition, Music Education News Competition, Eum-ak Chun-chu Competition, Eun-Youn Piano Competition, Korea-Germany Brahms Association Competition, Kyung-Hee University Competition; and Samick Piano Competition. She was also selected to be the winner of the Young Artist audition of Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2002, she was awarded The Highest Student Award of School Honor from Seoul Arts High School.

She made her orchestral debut at the age of ten with Korea Pusan Philharmonic orchestra playing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1. Since then, she has given recitals and concerts in USA, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Spain, and Korea. In 1999, she played with Richard Clayderman in Korea at Pusan Cultural Center Main Hall in the '99 Richard Clayderman et Son Orchestra Korea Tour as a competition winner. She also participated in the International Keyboard Festival and Institute in NY in 2003 and 2004 as a scholarship student.

She has appeared at Mannes contemporary festival (2005) and The Late Romanticism festival (2005). Also, in April 2005, she won the 25 th Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. In January 2006, as a 2005-2006 guest soloist, she will play Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with SVSO in Chicago.

She has participated in masterclasses with many distinguished musicians, including David Dubal, Fabio Bidini, Jeffrey Swann, Oxana Yablonskaya, Hae-Kyung Suh, Hae-Sun Baek, Victor Rosenbaum, Russell Sherman, and Yin Chen-Zon.





Master Class Repertoire:
Schumann - Etudes symphonique, Op.13
Chopin Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.54

School: Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
Teacher: György Nádor and Balázs Réti

László Borbély was born in 1984 and started piano lessons at age five. He enrolled in the "Rácz Aladár" Music School where his teacher was Edit Major. In 1998 he graduated to the "Bartók Béla" Secondary School of Music where his teacher was Professor Mariann Ábrahám. In 2002 he was admitted to the Liszt Academy of Music where he came under the tutelage of Professors György Nádor and Balázs Réti.

In Hungary, László has received competition honors including the First Prize in the 1998 Piano Competition in Budapest, the Third Prize in the 1998 National Piano Competition, the Grand prize for the 2001 National Piano Competition for Secondary Schools, 2002 Yamaha Scholarship Award at the Liszt Academy, the Special Prize of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage in the 2003 National Competition of the Hungarian Radio, and the First Prize at the 2004 Andor Földes Piano Competition, Budapest.

Overseas he was awarded the Second Prize at the 2001 EPTA International Competition for young pianists in Osijek, Croatia. Several prizes including "the most artistic performance" for different categories at the 2002 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition; and most recently in April, 2005 the Educational Award at the London International Piano Competition as been awarded to him.

László performed recitals in Zagreb, Croatia (2001), Florence, Italy (2003), Tallahassee and Sarasota, Florida (2003), Bergen, The Nederlands (2004), and Timisoara, Romania (2004).

László participated in master classes by Dmitrij Bashkirov in Budapest; Livia Rév in Paris; and; Mikhail Voskressensky, Pjotr Paleczny, and Jan Marisse Huizing in the Netherlands. He also participated for several summers in the International Bartók Seminar in Szombathely, Hungary.






Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven - Sonata No.18 in E-flat major, Op.31 No.3
Chopin - Ballade No.2 in F major, Op.38

School: Manhattan School of Music.
Teacher: Arkady Aronov

A featured pianist of Yamaha Artists Service Incorporation of New York's Concert Series, Sarah Soohyun Choi has been recognized as one of the most emerging pianists of her generation. Most recently, her performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18 with New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra has been critically acclaimed-" Her brilliant technique in performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 was powerful enough to capture hundreds of listeners at the concert hall. She played with stable consistency and powerful energy" (The New York Korea times). As a result, she has been engaged to perform the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with the New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra at Issac Stern Hall at Carnegie Hall for the 2005-2006 season. Furthermore, she has been recommended to join to concert series "Animato"-Tomorrow's Great Pianists, Today in Paris, France.

In 2004, she has earned distinction as a winner of exceptional Canadian Classical Musician "Ottilie M. Gunning Memorial Award" of Women's Musical Club of Toronto. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's Degree in Piano Performance under the guidance of Dr. Arkady Aronov at Manhattan School of Music.

Ms. Choi began studying the piano at the age of five. She entered her first competition, "National Young Artists Piano Competition of Korea" at the age of seven and won first place. Moreover, she became a prizewinner at the Korea Times Young Artists Piano Competition. From the age of ten, she has made numerous public concert appearances including the Young Artists Concert Series and her performance was broadcasted on television in Korea. She won first place at the Guelph Symphony Orchestra Piano Concerto Competition and made an appearance at the River Run Center to perform the Schumann Piano Concerto with Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, she became a prizewinner at the Toronto Music Competition (TMC), National Canadian Music Competition (CMC), and received The Anne Conway Scholarship and invitation to the Winners' Concert Series held at Toronto Archives Center.

In 2004, she has earned her Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music where she was the recipient of the exceptional student award-The Violet Green Piano Scholarship. At that time, she gave numerous solo recitals throughout North America including the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina and performed master classes with such internationally renowned pianists as Abbey Simon, Alan Walker, John Perry, and Robert MacDonald. Her first CD entitled, "Piano Praise" (Super Star Recording Production/Seoul, Korea) which consists of Hymns collection arranged by her has been played on major radio stations in Korea and Canada. In addition, she has given tour concerts at many venues as a featured guest artist.

Ms. Choi's upcoming engagement in 2005 and 2006 include presenting "Canadian Master's of Manhattan" at the Yamaha Artists Service Center in New York, giving New York debut piano recital at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hal, and participating in Aspen Music Festival.





Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin - Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58
Rachmaninov - Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

School: Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Angela Cheng

After her debut with orchestra at the age of nine, Tina Chong has been featured six times as a guest soloist with orchestras in Toronto, Mexico City, and Calgary. She has advanced eight times to the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competitions, placing first five times. She was recently awarded the state prize at the Tuesday Musical Association Competition. In 2003, she received top prize at the senior level in the Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival, won the Calgary Concerto Competition, and was a semi-finalist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition.

Chong has been a participant in master classes with such eminent pianists as Sergei Babayan, Jon Kimura Parker, Marek Jablonski, Anton Kuerti, Jean-Paul Sevilla, and John Perry. Last summer, she was one of a handful of pianists chosen to study with Arie Vardi at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. In 2003, Chong obtained her Royal Conservatory Examinations ARCT Performance Diploma with the highest honors. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, she is a student of Angela Cheng.





Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin - Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise
             brillante, Op.22
Schubert - Fantasy in C major, "Wanderer" D.760

School: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Teacher: Christopher Harding

Sophie Christian began piano study at the age of four under her mother Sri Suliani Leo, a first-prize graduate of the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music (Belgium). Sophie was enrolled in the Medan Music School Preparatory Program two years later, studying music theory, music history, traditional instruments and songs, chamber music, and of course, piano. After finishing both high school and the preparatory music school program, Sophie continued to pursue advanced music studies as a piano performance major at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she received her Bachelor of Music with Honors in May 2005. Her teachers and inspiration there were Fr. Sean Brett Duggan and Christopher Harding.

Sophie has been a finalist and prize winner in several competitions including the Jakarta/National Piano Competition, the North Sumatra Piano Competition, Medan Music School Piano Competition; and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. Being an Indonesian-born Chinese, Sophie has been thrilled to be able to experience the beauty and depth of musical education and live performances given by world-class musicians here in the United States, which she rarely had during her years in Indonesia. Thus, she looks forward to enriching her musical experiences at TCU-Cliburn!





Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven - Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101
Chopin - Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47

School: TCU
Teacher: Tamás Ungár

Sandra Doan began studying piano at the age of three with Dr. Donna Edwards. Under Dr. Edwards' tutelage, she won top prizes in several competitions, including the Music Teachers National Association State Student Affiliate competitions, Dallas Symphonic Festival, Fort Worth Music Teachers Association Piano Competition, University of Texas Solo Competition, Baylor Piano Concerto Competition, Dallas Music Teachers Association Solo Competition; and Mountain View College Piano Competition.

In 1993, she was selected to participate in the Texas Conservatory for Young Artists in Plano, Texas. Her performance at the final recital was selected to be broadcast on BBC London radio. In 1995, 1996, and 2000, Sandra was chosen to participate in the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas, and in 1997, she was accepted into the Baylor Summer Piano Institute. During these programs, she played in master classes with Ann Schein, Bryce Morrison, Phillipe Bianconi, Gabriel Kwok, Tamás Ungár, John Owings, José Feghali, Jane Abbott-Kirk, and Krassimira Jordan.

Sandra matriculated into Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, to study with Dr. Támas Ungár for her undergraduate degree. She competed in and won the Texas Christian University Concerto Competition in 2002, leading to a performance with the TCU Symphony Orchestra in February 2003 of the Liszt Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major. She was named Presser Scholar in 2004 as the outstanding senior in the music program at TCU, and in 2005 Phi Beta Kappa Scholar.

Sandra graduated summa cum laude with bachelor's degrees in piano performance and economics. She has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2005 to study at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. She is currently studying with Dr. Tamás Ungár.





Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin - Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58
Beethoven Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90

School: Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Robert Shannon


Jacob Ertle, 21, currently studies piano with Robert Shannon at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he is pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree. His former teacher was Michael Injae Kim.

Mr. Ertl's performance highlights include concerto performances with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and the Fox Valley Symphony. He has given recitals on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Live from the Elvehjem" series, and WFMT radio's "Live from WFMT" series in Chicago. Other performances include recitals for PianoArts, the 10th Anniversary of the Yamaha Music Program, and at the Fox Cities Stadium.

Mr. Ertl has been a winner in many competitions including the PianoArts National Concerto Competition; WPR Neale-Silva Concert of Young Musicians Competition; the Kingsville, Lennox, and Oberlin International Piano Competitions; and the Fox Valley Symphony Soloist Competition. Recently he was named an MTNA National Finalist in the Young Artist division.

Additional training has been at the Bowdoin International Music Festival where he studied with Arie Vardi. He has also attended the ARIA International Music Academy, the International School for Musical Arts in Niagara, and the Heifetz International Music Institute. Jacob has also participated in master classes given by such renowned figures as Yoheved Kaplinsky, Russell Sherman, Richard Goode, Ruth Laredo, and Jania Aubikarova.





Master Class Repertoire:
Villa-Lobos - Choros No.5 for piano "Alma Brasileria"
Bach - Partita No.1 in B-flat major, BWV 825

School: Arizona State University, Tempe
Teacher: Baruch Meir

Angy Julieth Estrada began musical studies at the age of eight in her native Colombia. She attended Universidad del Valle and Consevatorio Antonio Maria Valencia under the instruction of Dr. Lucia Mora. Ms. Estrada played with the Latin Jazz band of the conservatory and recorded a C.D. produced by "Bellas Artes". Angy Estrada also performed folk music with different ensembles and played several concerts in some Latin American countries such as Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

In 2001, Ms. Estrada participated as a performer in Piano Master Classes at La Habana, Cuba. She took several piano pedagogy classes and piano instruction with Dr. Tiles from Spain.

In 2003, Ms. Estrada won a national music competition in Colombia - Lunes de los Jovenes Interpretes and played her own recital at Luis Angel Arango in Bogotá. In the same year, Ms. Estrada moved to U.S.A. She took private lessons with Dr. Robert Hamilton while attending Glendale Community College in Arizona.

In spring 2004, she won the first place of "Maricopa Music Competition 2004". In addition, she performed for the local T.V channel. In the same year, she was admitted by Arizona State University and received a scholarship from the Music school and the University.

Ms. Estrada has recently played with the University Symphony Orchestra and Regina Carter. Ms. Estrada is a piano performance major under the instruction of Dr. Baruch Meir.





Master Class Repertoire:
Prokofiev - Sonata No.5 in C major, Op.38
Chopin - Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, Op.61

School: Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Monique Duphil

Age 21 and raised in Hong Kong, Andrea Lingchih Fan is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, OH and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and International Studies at the Oberlin College under the auspices of the Dean's Talent Award. A pupil of Monique Duphil at the conservatory, she has also pursued piano studies with Sergei Babayan (CIM, USA), Domonique Merlet (Switzerland), Martin Canin (Juilliard, USA), Nina Kogan (Moscow Conservatory, Russia), Victor Rosenbaum (New England Conservatory, USA), Petras Genuisas (Lithuanian Academy of Music, Lithuania; Royal Academy of Music, London), Eleanor Wong, Katherine Huang (Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts), Jung Mi Lee and Ludowick Crofoot (Phillips Exeter Academy, NH); and Jean-Paul Sevilla (Normandy, France). From 1988 to 1997, Andrea studied the piano and cello at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the Grant Scholarship.

Acquiring 2 performance diplomas from The Royal Schools of Music, London and the Trinity College of Music, London by the age of 12, Andrea has won over 14 competitions in Hong Kong as well as those open to mainland China and Macau. She holds trophies, scholarships as well as a prize piano from competitions such as the Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals, the Junior Exhibition Award (Hong Kong), and the China-Hong Kong-Macau Piano Competitions.

Andrea Lingchih has performed in venues such as the Hong Kong Cultural Center, Hong Kong City Hall, Tsuen Wan Cultural Center, Hong Kong Arts Center, Cleveland Playhouse, Court House at Niagara-on-the-lake as well as having the pleasure of performing for former Governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten. Recently, she was invited to perform twice in the Niagara International Chamber Festival, Canada concert series; in Avon Lake, West Lake and Amherst, OH; at the Cleveland Institute of Music, in Verneuil Sur Avre, France; and premiered Ryan Carter's "Bending Mercury Waves" at the Cleveland Composers Guild concert.

Previously, she has been selected to participate in the Tanglewood Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Camp, Johanesson School of the Arts (Victoria, B.C.), the TCU/Van Cliburn Piano Institute (1999, 2000), Ithaca Violoncello Institute, International School for Musical Arts, (Canada), Bowdoin Music Festival, Academie de Musique (Sion, Switzerland), and the highly acclaimed Sergei Babayan Academy (Cleveland). Andrea has also received inspiration from masterclasses with artists such as Lee Kum-Sing, Christopher Elton, Tamas Ungar, Robin Wood, Benjamin Yu, Hilary Coates, Maria Juagaribe, Anya Alexyev, Lee Ming Chiang, Vadim Serebryany , Tatiana Tchekina, John Owings, Ann Schein, Robert Shannon, and Jose Feghali.

Upcoming in 2005 will be further scholarship and performances at the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute, the Beethoven Institute at Mannes and at the Aspen Music Festival, under the mentorship of Joseph Kalichstein, Gabriel Chodos, Randall Hodgkinson, Jacob Lateiner, Thomas Sauer, and Robert McDonald.





Master Class Repertoire:
Brahms - Variations on a Theme by
                        Robert Schumann, Op.9
Chopin - Scherzo No.4 in E major, Op.54

School: Juilliard School of Music
Teacher: Yoheved Kaplinsky

Jeannette Fang, age 19, is currently able to study at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Veda Kaplinsky through the J. and R Lhevinne and John and Eva Post Scholarships. She is a 2003 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and was invited to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Her other awards include the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition on Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paginini; and being the only music student from New Jersey to be selected as a national winner in the 2003 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) Arts Recognition and Talent Search program, where she received the Level I award in Classical Piano. She won second place in The Oberlin International Competition and was the winner in the Karlfried Nordman Scholarship Piano Competition at Juilliard pre-college, which resulted in full tuition at Juilliard pre-college. She has also just been awarded the Alex Award from the National Alliance for the Arts. She has been featured on the radio on McGraw-Hill Young Artist's Showcase (WQXR 96.3) and on the From the Top national radio broadcast NPR from the Disney Institute. Her past awards include Scholarship winner of the Inaugural New York Piano Competition 2002, First Place and Grand Prize in the 2000 and 1997 Steinway Society Scholarship Competitions, third place at the national round of the Music Teachers National Association High School Competition, and winner of the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition.

She has been the featured soloist with the Juilliard pre-college orchestra, Manhattan School of Music pre-college Symphony Orchestra, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey and the Battleground Symphony Orchestra. For six consecutive years she has placed first in the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Young Artists Competition.

Jeannette has played in master classes given by Li Ming-Qiang, Ann Schein, John Perry, Ralph Votapek, Peter Takacs, Ilana Vered, Lori Sims, and Jose Feghali. She has performed at the Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard Theater, Paul Hall, Morse Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, and the John E. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

She also is very active with chamber music; her current trio has just been selected to perform in concert series at the Trinity Church located at ground zero, and has performed at Bargemusic in the past and participated in the Juilliard Chamber Fest 2005. Her chamber groups in the past at the Juilliard Preparatory had been selected to perform at the Juilliard Theater and Alice Tully Hall.

Jeannette enjoys all forms of creativity in addition to music, and is into the visual and literary arts. Last year her artwork had been selected to be in the traveling tour for the state Teen Arts festival, and she has had works win first place in her school's writing contests. She is a frequent writer at the Juilliard Journal.







Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven - Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101
Rachmaninoff - Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18


School: Curtis Institute of Music
Teacher: Eleanor Sokoloff


Yoonjung Han was born in Korea in 1985. She is a former highest honored student of The Seoul Arts school, and a full scholarship receiver from The Juilliard Pre-college as the winner of the Frederich Nordmann competition. Currently, she is a student of Eleanor Sokoloff at The Curtis Institute of Music.

Ms.Han's performances has been frequently broadcast on Radio and Television including National Public Radio, WQXR and CBS. In 2001, Korea Times highly acclaimed her Chopin Concerto, "Poetic tone, passionate playing!". She has honored with the award "The most promising young artist" from Korean Minister of Culture.

Yoonjung Han was the first prize winner of Korea National Music competition, Korea Times music competition, Samick piano competition; and Ihwa-Kyung Hyang Music Competition. Since her arrival to USA in 2001, her top prizes in international competitions include the Kosciuszco Chopin Competition, MTNA Yamaha competition, Juilliard Mozart competition, Eastman Piano competition, Missouri Southern piano competition, Friday Woodmere music competition, and Japan-Ishikawa award.

Ms.Han has given recitals in Korea, Japan, Canada, Czech Republic; and USA. She has performed with Seoul Philharmonic, Juilliard Symphony, Yewon Chamber Orchestra; and Pottstown Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Han has participated in the Aspen music festival, Area music festival, Prague piano masterclasses, New Millenium piano festival, Ishikawa music festival; and TCU-Cliburn institute.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Yoonjung Han's recent concerts has been at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln center, Juilliard Theater, University of Florida Auditerium, Curtis Hall, Sejong Concert Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Kumho Arts Hall, Utah Convention center, and Villa Bertramka Mozart Musium.





Master Class Repertoire:
Schubert/Liszt Der Erlkönig and Der Lindenbaum
Berg - Sonata, Op.1

Academy of Music, London
Teacher: Christopher Elton

Japanese pianist, Tadashi Imai began his studies in 1985 at the age of ten. In 1986 he entered the Toho Gakuen Music School for Children, graduated from the High School in 1991 and finally from the Toho Gakuen College of Music in 1994. He then went to United States of America and graduated from the "Artist Diploma" Program at Texas Christian University's School of Music (He was granted the Lili Kraus Scholarship). His teachers included Kazuyo Ueda, Mieko Nakagawa, Hiroshi Tajika, Hidemitsu Hayashi; and Tamás Ungár.

Tadashi has been successful in the 1990 Kamakura City Music Competition (First Prize), the 1992 Twelfth Takahiro Sonoda Award International Piano Competition (2nd Prize); and performed Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with the Osaka Symphoniker with Kunihiko Makimura. In 1993 Tadashi was selected to represent the Toho Gakuen High School in a national concert. In 1996 he performed in the 1st Okinawa Music Festival as a guest performer. In 1997 he made his official debut in Tokyo under the sponsorship of the Van Cliburn International Competition Japan Committee. In 2000 He was successful in the Steinway Society Piano Competition of Dallas(2nd Prize), and in the Spring Field Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians' Audition(2nd Prize).

Tadashi was a national finalist of the 2000 Music Teachers National Association's Collegiate Competition, He performed Tschaikowsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neal Stulberg, and made his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall under the sponsorship of the Chopin Society of Texas. In 2001, He has been selected for the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

He also constantly gives chamber music concerts as well as appearing as a solo pianist. In 2002 He formed the "Byron Piano Trio" and it established itself as one of the top chamber music group at the Royal Academy of Music. This group has been invited for several Chamber Music Festivals and performed in concerts mainly in UK (London and Scotland). He has appeared as a chamber musician in France and had a concert tour with a cellist Amelie Mabire.

He has participated in master classes with many distinguished musicians, including Stephen Hough, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Boris Petrushansky, Lev Naumov, Georgy Pauk, Mikhail Voskressensky, Klaus Helwig, Arie Valdi, Russell Sherman; and Claude Frank.

After finishing his studies at Texas Christian University, he went to the United Kingdom for further study. He is currently enrolled in Postgraduate Diploma Programme at Royal Academy of Music (he was granted a scholarship) under the tutelage of Alexandre Satz and Christopher Elton. He studies chamber music with Michael Dussek and Clifford Benson.





Master Class Repertoire:
Liszt - "
Tarantella" from Venezia e Napoli                       (Supplement aux Années de Pèlerinage,            Second Year, Italy)
Chopin - Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23

School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Nelita True

Eugenia Jeong is currently finishing up her freshman year at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she studies with Professor Nelita True.

Eugenia grew up in the States and South Korea and has received education in both countries. Her musical training started in Korea when she entered the gifted Yewon Arts School and the Seoul Arts High School to study with Young-Sook Kim, Soo-Hyun Yoo, and Jin-Woo Chung. However, it was after returning to the United States (Seattle, WA) in September 2001, that she rediscovered her true passion for music.

Her awards and honors during the past three years include: alternate winner of the Washington State Music Teachers Association Yamaha Piano Competition; first prize winner of the Simon-Fiset Competition; winner and festival medalist of the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival; live performances on KING-FM 98.1; participant of ARTS Week in Miami, Florida, through being selected as a winner from the National Foundation of Advancement in the Arts (NFAA); winner of the Northwest Chopin Piano Festival, among others. She was also a full scholarship student at the Academy of Music Northwest for two years. In addition, Eugenia was a participant in numerous summer music festivals, such as the London Piano Music Festival, Eumyoun Music Festival, Adamant Music School, and the Heifetz International Institute of Music. While still in the Seattle area, she has received instructions from Willard Schultz and Craig Sheppard.

Apart from music, Eugenia loves to draw, paint, travel, play with her dog, and spend time with friends.






Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven - Sonata No.18 in E flat major,
                  Op.31 No.3
Ravel - Concerto in G major

School: Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, PA
Teacher: Igor Resnianski

Rebecca Kenney is a 15-year-old ninth grade honor student at the Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. For the last 7 years she has studied at the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, PA. She first studied with Nelly Berman and for the last 5 years with Igor Resnianski.

Rebecca has won numerous competitions and awards. In 2004 she won the First Prize for the Tricounty Concerts Competition in Wayne, PA, she was selected to participate in the Tel Hai International Piano Master Classes in Israel. In June 2003, she attended the Young Artists program of the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute and as a winner of the Concerto Competition performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. She was also a winner of the Old York Road Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in May 2003 and performed with the Orchestra in May 2004. In December 2002 Rebecca was selected to be a soloist with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra in Upper Darby, PA under the direction of Irving Ludwig. In 2002 she also attended the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute and received Honorable Mention in the Concerto Competition.

Rebecca won First Prize in the 15 th Annual Kennett Piano Competition in Westchester, PA in May 2002. In 2001 she was featured on "From the Top" a nationally broadcast show from Public Radio International, participated in the Kinhaven Music Summer Program, and played in the International Youth Music Festival in Monaco. In 2000 she was the winner of the International Festival for Gifted Young Virtuosos sponsored by the Russian-American Music Association and performed in Carnegie Hall, New York.

Rebecca has given full-length solo recitals in Fort Worth, Texas, Washington, D.C., Rutgers University- Camden Campus, and around the Philadelphia area.

When she is not practicing the piano, Rebecca loves to ski, especially in the mountains of Vermont. She is the devoted owner of 3 dogs and 2 cats.







Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin - Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47
Chopin - Scherzo No.4 in E major, Op.54

School: Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Haewong Song

Minjung Kim, born in Korea, is 20 years old. She has started her piano studies at the age of six. She graduated from Yewon School and entered Seoul Arts High School studying with Seung-Hye Choi in Korea. She is currently studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, with Professor Haewon Song.

Minjung has won in The Korean Times Competition and Teenager Competition in Korea. She has also participated in Vienna Music Festival in 2001.






Master Class Repertoire:
Mozart - Sonata in F major, K.332
Franck - Prelude, Chorale et Fugue

School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Teacher: Robert Weirich

Pianist Brendan Kinsella has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as a genre recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. Mr. Kinsella began studying piano at age 11 and made his concerto debut at age 15 with the Kentucky Symphony. In August of 2001, Mr. Kinsella performed throughout China as a collaborator with the Starling Chamber Orchestra; and has since performed chamber music programs with members of the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

As a performer of new music, Mr. Kinsella has presented works by Chen Yi, Corigliano, Crumb, Feldman, Cage, Berio, and numerous others. Since 2001, Mr. Kinsella has closely studied Olivier Messiaen's piano and chamber output. Recently, he performed selections from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus at the Cincinnati Art Museum as part of a series of concerts celebrating of the paintings of Claude Monet and other French 20th-century artists. Mr. Kinsella has performed all-Messiaen programs in Chicago and Kansas City, including repertoire such as the Poèmes pour Mi , Chants du terre et de ciel, and the Quatour pour la fin du temps .

Mr. Kinsella was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and earned his Bachelor of Music (with honors) and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music as a pupil of Frank Weinstock, with additional coaching from James Tocco and Kenneth Griffiths. Currently, he is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he studies with Robert Weirich. At UMKC, Mr. Kinsella is a graduate teaching assistant for the opera department. As the winner of the 2005 concerto competition, Mr. Kinsella performed the Brahms Second Concerto with the conservatory orchestra in March. In his spare time, Mr. Kinsella enjoys studying foreign languages and works as a computer consultant.



Master Class Repertoire:
Prokofiev - Sonata No.3 in A minor, Op.28
Liszt - Ballade No.2 in B minor

School: San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Paul Hersh


Xiaoting Kara Li was born in Kunming, China in 1983. She won several local competitions and was widely recognized through televised performances. In July 1996, she successfully passed Grade 10, the highest grade set by All-China Appraisal Committee of Non-Professional Instrumental Playing.

In 1997, Xiaoting immigrated to America with her parents, lived in New Jersey and attended Eastern High School. She continued to study piano privately with Professor Meng-Chieh Liu who teaches at both Temple University Music Prep Division (at the time) and the Curtis Institute of Music. She was very active in musical groups and activities. She joined the chamber music group and the sonata class at the Temple University music Prep; became a member of Tri-M Honor Society, and a member of All-South Jersey Wind Ensemble; and was invited to play at the Temple Open House, and the Philadelphia Ethical Society. In school, she also joined the Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band. In 2001, she received the Camden County High School Music Award and Eastern High School Special Achievement Award.

Xiaoting decided to further pursue music through college. Currently, she's in San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying closely with Professor Paul Hersh. In 2002, she won the 2nd place at the Symphony of the West Valley Young Artist Competition. She has been chosen to play at Yefim Bronfman and Sergey Schepkin's piano master class. In July of 2004, she went to The Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes held in Israel and studied with Professor Jacob Latenier. In the following month, she went back to her hometown in China for the first time since she immigrated to United States. Xiaoting successfully gave a concert in the city hall with the Kunming Symphony Orchestra.






Master Class Repertoire:
Ravel "Ondine" from Gaspard de la nuit
Chopin Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60

School: Xinghai Conservatory of Music
Teacher: professor Popova

Liu Yuntian was born on Dec.8 th , 1986 in Hengyang, Hunan Province, China. He started learning the piano at the age of five under Mr. Zhu Lin who is teaching in Xinghai Conservatory of Music. In 1999, he entered the Affiliated Secondary Middle School of Xinghai Conservatory of Music and studied with Mrs. Xie Xiaohe. In 2001, he won 4 th place of Group D in The 65 th Steinway International Youth Piano Competition in Southwestern China Contest Areas. In 2003, he came under the tutelage of Prof. Popova, a guest artist from Ukraine, and won the 1 st place of China Area in the 3 rd German Wiesbaden International Piano Competition as well as winning the final competition in German in 2004. In the same year, he won the Chinese Highest Prizes "Golden Bell Award" in the China National Piano Competition.






Master Class Repertoire:
Copland - El Salon Mexico
Beethoven - Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109

School: Indiana University
Teacher: Menahem pressler


Steven Mann was born in Newport Beach and grew up in Southern California. He began studying the piano when he was seven years old and studied with Dr. Mark Sullivan from 1998 to 2002. During that time he was a full-time student at the Orange County High School of the Arts in the Instrumental Music Piano department under the direction of Dr. Stephen Cook. He is now a junior at the Indiana University School of Music where he studies piano with Distinguished Professor of Music, Menahem Pressler.

Steven has received awards in many competitions and festivals including First Place in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival. He was selected as a winner in the Southern California Junior Bach Festival for three years and was a finalist in the Long Beach Mozart Festival Concerto Competition in 2001. That same year he attended the Indiana University Piano Academy and, for two years, the Adamant Music School in Vermont, where he performed live on Vermont Public Radio. In 2002, Steven was admitted to the Young Artists Guild, the most prestigious recognition awarded by the Music Teachers Association of California. He was one of only five pianists selected statewide that year. That same year he was invited by conductor and violinist William Fitzpatrick to perform as a soloist with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra. Last summer Steven attended the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at the Mannes College of Music in Manhattan, New York. In March of 2005, Steven performed in an anniversary concert for the Adamant Music School in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Steven is currently the Kenda Webb Memorial Scholar at IU. He was also recently named the Theodore Presser Scholar in recognition of his outstanding work, an honor given to only one undergraduate each year.






Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven - Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111
Bach/Busoni - Chaconne (from Partita No.2 in
                                      D minor for violin)

School: Yale University
Teacher: Boris Berman

Hando Nahkur was born in Estonia on July 7th, 1982. In 2001 Hando graduated from Tallinn Music High School as a pianist and percussionist.He studied at TMHS with Prof.Y.Sisa, T.Nahkur E.Saar and K.Maeots(Percussion). 2001-2003 Hando continued studying at the Estonian Academy of Music as a pianist, conductor and arranger with Prof.A.Juozapenaite-Eesmaa, A.Soot and O.Ehala.

Since September 2003, Hando Nahkur lives in United States of America and studies at Yale University School of Music with Prof.Boris Berman.He is pursuing a Master's degree from Yale Univerity.

Hando Nahkur has been a prize winner of several national and international piano competitions: Special Prize, International "Chaikovsky" Piano Competition for young musicians in Russia 1997. First Prize, Estonian National Piano Competition in Estonia 1998. Nahkur was chosen to represent Estonia in 9th Eurovision Competition for young interpreters in Vienna 1998. Fifth Prize, International Piano Competition "L.Knezkova-Hussey" in Canada 2000. Second Prize, International Piano Competition "Kontzerteum 2000" in Greece 2000. Third Prize, International Piano Competition "Citta di Treviso" In Italy 2002.

Hando Nahkur has been a scholar and a student at the International Holland Music Sessions for three summers, 2000-2002. In August 2002 Nahkur gave his debute recital in Amstredam Concertgebouw, where The International Holland Music Sessions presented him as a young artist of 2002. Following his debut in Amsterdam, Nahkur was invited to Switzerland for a month. As an "Artist in Residence 2002" Hando stayied in the hotel Laudinella, in St.Moritz and gave many performances and recitals in the South Switzerland. During the March 2005 Hando Nahkur made a Concert-Tour to USA and Europe. He gave 11 recitals in 18 days in 8 different places around the world. The Concert-Tour took him to USA (San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Haven, Boston, New York City and Washington), Estonia (Tallinn) and Italy(Treviso). Hando Nahkur has given recitals and performances in Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Canada(Toronto, Vancouver etc.) and USA(San Fransisco, Los Angeles, New York City, New Haven, Boston, Salt Lake City, Washington etc.).

Nahkur has been soloist of Estonian National Symphony orchestra, Orchestra of Estonian National Opera, Parnu City Symphony orchestra, TMHS Symphony orchestra, Bergslagen's symphoniker in Sweden, and the St.Andrews Festival Orchestra in Canada.






Master Class Repertoire:
Schumann - Kreisleriana, Op.16
Beethoven - Sonata No.31 in A flat major, Op.110

School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Thomas Schumacher

Futaba Niekawa is currently a senior at the Eastman School of Music where she studies with Thomas Schumacher.

She began her piano studies at the age of ten. She entered the Toho Gakuen Music School for Children in 1993. After she studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music for three years, she came to the United States to continue studying music in 2001 as a result of winning the Hamamatsu-Eastman Scholarship award. Her teachers include Kumiko Miyazaki, Keiko Takeuchi, and Anne Koscielny. She also studied chamber music with Sylvie Beaudette, and Mimi Hwang; and harpsichord with William Porter. She has received second prize in the Third Biennial Lee Piano Competition in 2002, and was the alternate winner in Young Artist Piano in the eastern division competition of Music Teachers National Association in 2005.

She has participated in numerous master classes, including the 6 th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy in 2001; the Mozarteum Summer Academy, Austria in 2002, where she performed for Andrzei Jasinski; and the International Music Academy in Nice, France in 2004, where she performed for Pascal Roge and Brigitte Engerer. In addition, she has performed for Roman Lebedev, Renna Kellaway, Eric Heidsieck, and Bruno Canino.

From September, she will be pursuing a Masters Degree at New England Conservatory with Patricia Zander.






Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin - Ballade No.2 in F major, Op.38
Schumann - Carnaval, Op.9

School: Juilliard School's Pre-College Division
Teacher: Yoheved Kaplinsky

Pianist Sun-A Park has performed as a concert pianist throughout the United States and also internationally in Korea, Japan, China, and Italy. In United States, her performance led her to numerous venues such as the Juilliard Theater, Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Eastman Theatre, Weill Recital Hall of the Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, and the Assembly Hall of the Square Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She has also appeared as a soloist with several orchestras including the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Plainfield Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at Aspen, Newark Symphony, Summit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica del Festival di Chioggia, and the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Park is the winner of the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition of 2004. She also won first prizes at John Pierce Langs Piano Competition, A.G. DeGrado International Piano Competition, Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition (2000), and the New International Music Festival Competition in 2000. She is also the prizewinner at the 2000 Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition, Kingsville Music Competition, Eastman International Piano Competition, Oberlin International Piano Competition, Corpus Christi International Competition, and the New Jersey Young Artists Audition. Recently, her performance was broadcasted live in Ohio on the WCLV classical music station.

Born in 1988 in Pusan, Korea, she began her piano lessons when she was four under her mother's instruction. In 1997, Ms. Park moved to United States for further studies in music at the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division. She is currently studying under the tutelage of Yoheved Kaplinsky. In Juilliard, she has been a scholarship recipient, receiving the Terry Adams Scholarship, Gordon Roberts Scholarship, and the Gina Bachauer Scholarship.

Besides her music career, she is dedicated in her academic studies. Ms. Park is the member of the National Talent Network, recipient of Citizenship Award from the American Legion, and the President's Award in recognition of outstanding academic excellence. She has also shared her musical talent with nursing homes, schools, and churches abroad in New Jersey and New York.

Ms. Park is currently a sophomore student at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, New Jersey.






Master Class Repertoire:
Liszt - Ballade No.2 in B minor
Debussy - "Feux d'artifice" from Préludes (Book II)

School: TCU
Teacher: John Owings

Taiko Pelick is a second year junior at TCU where she is majoring in Piano Performance under Professor John Owings. Taiko is from Gainesville, Florida, and began her piano studies at the age of eight. Since that time, she has won recognition in numerous competitions; including the Florida State Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition, the MTNA State Competition; and the David Hubbell Concerto Competition, where as winner she performed the Mendelssohn Concerto No.1 in G Minor in concert. Taiko won the Mary Elizabeth Land Award in the Senior Piano Concerto Competition at the Florida Federation of Music Clubs State Junior Convention in 2002 and the same year was selected as a finalist in the Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. In 2003, she won the FFMC Senior Gold Cup Concerto Competition with the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2.

Taiko has been an active performer as both a soloist as well as a chamber pianist. She is the former student of Dr. Soomee Yoon and has taken master classes with Karen Shaw and Ralph Votapek. Most recently, Taiko was awarded the prestigious Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship at TCU. In her free time, Taiko enjoys working out, ballet, traveling and swimming.





Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin - Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52
Schumann - Carnaval, Op.9


School: Indiana University
Teacher: Menahem Pressler

Joy Reeder has studied the piano since she was three and a half years old. First instructed by her mother, Fumiko Reeder, she won prizes such as first in the Indiana Young Hoosier Piano Competition and performed at Former Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon's Inauguration.

Joy started studying piano with Mr. Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago in 1998. During her studies at the Music Institute of Chicago, she received first prizes from the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, Chicago Musicians Club of Women, Society of American Musicians, Union League Club of Chicago, and American Opera Society. She also received an honorable mention from the National Arts Recognition Program.

Joy has performed in Fort Wayne, IN with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic; and also has had performances at Three Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Fortnightly Club of Chicago, Union League Club of Chicago, Steinway Young Artists Concert Series, and Kobe, Japan.

Joy has received instruction from pianists Kum-Sing Lee, Alan Chow, Jerome Lowenthal, Sarah Davis Buchener, Frederic Chiu, and composer George Crumb. She has participated in the Las Vegas Music Institute, Gold Country Piano Institute (Nevada City, CA), and Warsaw Piano Workshop (Warsaw, Poland).

She is currently a sophomore majoring in piano performance with Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler at the Indiana University School of Music.





Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin - Nocturne in C minor, Op.48 No.1
             Nocturne in F-sharp minor, Op.48 No.2 Liszt - "Funérailles" from Harmonies poétiques
          et religieuses

School: TCU
Teacher: Tamás Ungár

Pianist Paul Tuntland Sánchez was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and started his piano studies at age four, working under the tutelage of Dr. Rick Andrews. Paul has performed in solo recitals throughout the US; and also in Mexico, Canada, and Spain. His performances with orchestra have included concerts with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Henry Charles Smith, the TCU Symphony Orchestra, the Cherokee Symphony, and the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra; performing such varied works as Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 , Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue , Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Op. 80 , and Rodrigo's Concierto Heroico .

Most recently, Paul performed with pianist Shields Collins Bray in a Musical Awakenings series of educational recitals for children sponsored and produced by the Van Cliburn Foundation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

From 1998-2005, Paul has studied with Dr. Tamás Ungár, Executive Director of the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute and one of the world's foremost pedagogues, at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas; where he received full academic scholarship and the prestigious Presser Scholar award in recognition of his outstanding musicianship and academic excellence.

After recent, successful performances of works from Isaac Albeniz' Iberia suite in Barcelona, Paul was invited to study with the famous Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha, and plans to go to Barcelona to pursue his Master of Spanish Music degree with Ms. de Larrocha in 2005.





Master Class Repertoire:
Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet, Op.75
Schumann - Carnaval, Op.9

School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Nelita True

Julia Siciliano has received honors in several state and national competitions. She has performed Beethoven and Chopin concerti with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Grand Rapids Youth Symphony in Michigan, and the Ithaca College Chamber Orhcestra and Eastman Chamber Orchester in New York. Ms. Siciliano was a winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Claire-Frances Whitehurst Competition, Stillman-Kelley National Competition for Piano, MTNA state competitions, the National Fite Family Competition, and the Eastman concerto competition. Ms. Siciliano has performed in master classes of Leif Ove Andsnes, John Perry, Menahem Pressler, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Peter Frankl, Pavlina Dokovska, Lori Simms, Matti Raekallio, and Arie Vardi. She has attended the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, TCU-Cliburn Piano Institute, International Institute for Young Musicians, Eastman Summer Music Festival, Shandelee Music Festival, and the International Konzertarbeitswochen, in Goslar, Germany.

Julia studied piano in Michigan with Logan Skelton, from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Sharon Rea, and Natalie Matovinovic. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance at the Eastman School of Music where she is in the studio of Nelita True.





Master Class Repertoire:
Debussy - "Voiles" and "Le vent dans la plaine"
                from Préludes (Book I)
Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op.35               Vol. & II.

School: Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Monique Duphil


Yingyin Su is a sophomore piano major at the Oberlin Conservatory studying with Monique Duphil. She has given recitals and performances throughout the United States and China such as the performance at the Kennedy Center, and has won prizes in the Hong Kong Asian Competition for Young Pianists(1999) and the Chinese National Piano Competition in Qing Dao(1996).






Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven - Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53
Liszt - " Un sospiro" from Etudes de concert

School: Toho Gakuen School of Music, Tokyo
Teacher: Yasuo Watanabe


Ran Tajima began studying classical piano fifteen years ago, at the age of seven. Her current teacher is Yasuo Watanabe, with whom she has studied with for eight years. She attended Tokyo Metropolitan Senior High School for Music and Fine Arts. She is graduating from Toho Gakuen School of Music in March 2005. She has participated in Piano Summer at New Paltz in 2003 and 2004. She had her first recital in 2004 May at Steinway salon in Tokyo. She has studied chamber music with Hamao Fujiwara, Kazuoki Fujii and Yasuo Watanabe.

In August 2005, Ran Tajima will pursue her master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music with Jeffrey Cohen. Her hobbies are reading books and watching movies.





Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven - Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111
Ravel - Gaspard de la nuit

School: SMU
Teacher: Carol Leone

Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Jonathan started his piano studies with Carolyn Savko at the age of five. His current piano teacher is Carol Leone, with whom he earned a Bachelor's of Music with Honors at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU). While at SMU, he was the recipient of the van Katwijk Award, the Roy and Sue Johnson Award, and the Mu Phi Epsilon Award.

His other musical backgrounds include violin studies with Irene Lau, percussion studies with Joey Carter, composition studies with Simon Sargon and David Karp, and conducting lessons with Jack Delaney and Paul Phillips. Jonathan served as pianist, violinist, violist, and percussionist for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, where he also won the Young Artists' Award.

Jonathan has participated in the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Le Centre d'arts Orford in Quebec, and the Las Vegas Music Festival. Through these institutes Jonathan has received instruction from some of the premier musicians from around the world, including Joaquín Achúcarro, Arnold Steinhardt, Boris Berman, Marc Durand, Jerome Lowenthal, John Perry, Boris Petrushansky, and Tamas Ungar.

Jonathan was a top prizewinner in the collegiate division of the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Performance Award, and was also a top prizewinner in both solo and concerto divisions of the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) piano competitions. He is also the winner of the South Central division of the 2004-2005 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artists Piano competition and was a national finalist. Recent and upcoming performances include an appearance in Musical Awakenings, a series of educational recitals sponsored by the Van Cliburn Foundation, and a concerto performance with orchestra at the TMTA State Convention in June 2005.

Jonathan has remained active as a chamber musician; he was the first pianist to participate in The Institute for Strings, a chamber music intensive program founded by Dallas Symphony Orchestra violinist Jan Sloman. Jonathan has been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at SMU.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys playing football, maintaining his website, and watching cartoons. His long-term goals include purchasing a small island at the US/Canadian border with his close friends and building a summer haven there.






Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin - Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35
Chopin - Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, op.61

School: Juilliard School
Teacher: Yoheved Kaplinsky and Jerome Lowenthal

22 years old pianist Lu Wang made his official debut at age of 8 with China's National Symphony playing Mozart Concerto in C. He has then performed with all major orchestras in China, including China's National Symphony, China's National Ballet Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Shanghai Opera Orchestra. Lu has given recitals throughout China, playing in such places as Shanghai Concert Hall, Hong Kong Performing Arts Center, People's Palace in Beijing, and the Central Musical Hall amongst others. Lu had recorded a CD for the Singapore Recording Company playing works of Debussy, Grieg and Chopin. People's Daily News called him "one of the 10 future stars" in an article issued after Lu won the first prize in the National Piano Competition for gifted children. He was then invited to participate in a tour in Japan with a group of kids selected by the Culture Minister. Lu won Third Prize and Second Prize in the 1992 and 1996 China's National Piano competition and Gold Medal at the 13 th Hong Kong International Piano Competition. He also won Second Prize at the 1999 Woodmere Musical Competition in Long Island, as well as First prize at the 1999 Stravinsky International Piano Competition.

Born in Nantong City, Lu started studying piano at age of 4 with his mother. He then studied with Professor Zeng Ming Qiang in the Prep division of the Shanghai Conservatory. At age of 9, Lu was accepted to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music as a full scholarship student of Professor Wang Jiang Zhong, and his late wife, professor Yang Yan Ru. He also studied with Professor Wu Ying and represented the School in performing for many important occasions, including an opening concert at the Shanghai's Lang Xin Opera House with the School Orchestra. Lu made his New York Debut with the New York Symphonic Ensemble at Lincoln Center for Performing Art. He has given recitals at Steinway Hall in New York City, Alice Tully Hall, and toured the United States in 1999. Lu had studied at the Music Academy Of the West in Santa Barbara in 2001 and 2003. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music as a full scholarship student of Nina Svetlanova. He also worked with Phillip Kawin, studying chamber music with Sylvia Rosenberg and Seymour Lipkin. Currently Lu is in the Masters Program studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Jerome Lowenthal at Juilliard.





Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven - Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58
Brahms - Piano Pieces, Op.118 Nos. 2,3,6

Montana State University-Billings
Teacher: Dorothea Cromley

Jacquelyn Weitz is a 21-year-old senior in the Department of Music at Montana State University-Billings. She is majoring in Piano Performance and studies with Professor Dorothea Cromley. Jacquelyn began her piano studies at the age of three, with her mother, Robette Weitz. When she was fifteen she auditioned to study with Professor Cromley and was accepted into the music program at MSU-Billings.

Jacquelyn has been the recipient of many honors and awards in state regional, national and international piano competitions. As a high school student, she won first place in both the state and regional divisions of the Music Teachers National Association Competition, and went on to represent the Northwest division as a National Finalist in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2002 Jacquelyn won second place and the Outstanding Musician award at the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Competition, held in Radford, Virginia. Last year, she was chosen as a finalist for the William C. Byrd Concerto Competition in Flint, Michigan. At age 19, Jacquelyn also received an Honorable Mention in the Pinault International Competition in New York City. She was one of only five finalists in the Professional Division which included pianists from ages 19-59 and applicants from over seventy countries.

As a result of winning the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras Competition as both a high school student and collegiate competitor, Jacquelyn has performed twice as a soloist with the Billings Symphony and appeared with the Bozeman and Helena symphonies. Jacquelyn was also awarded two performances of Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra after winning the Missoula Symphony Association Concerto Competition. In May, Jacquelyn again performed the Third Concerto by Rachmaninoff with the Aurora Symphony in Colorado, after winning the Aurora Symphony Concerto Competition earlier this spring.

In addition to the time she devotes to the piano, Jacquelyn also enjoys painting, reading, singing, swimming and spending time with her family and friends. Jacquelyn intends to pursue a career as a concert pianist.





Master Class Repertoire:
Bach - Toccata in F-sharp minor, BWV 910
Scriabin - Sonata No.5, Op.53


School: University of Arizona
Teacher: Tannis Gibson and Paula Fan

Aryo Wicaksono, recently graduated with Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with Honors, is currently a Master's Candidate in Piano Performance and Collaborative Arts under Tannis Gibson and Dr. Paula Fan at the University of Arizona School of Music and Dance. Born in 1982 in Surabaya, Indonesia, he began music lessons at the age of five and studied with pianists Oei-Sjok Tjoe, Esther Karlina Magawe-Tong, and Hansjoerg Koch. He has previously studied with Nicholas Zumbro at the University of Arizona, as well as with Teresa De-Jong Pombo and Dr. Louise Lepley at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California.

A University of Arizona President's Concerto Competition winner, he performed Liszt "Totentanz" S. 126 with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra for the 2002 President's Concert. He also won the 2001 Tucson Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition, as well as three time finalists / prize winners of the Green Valley Piano Competition, and finalist for the Arizona Contemporary Music Festival Competition 2002, held at the Arizona State University.

The past two summers he received the Young Artist scholarship to participate in the 2003 and 2004 International Keyboard Festival at the Mannes School of Music, New York City. He has played in master classes given by Anne Marie Mc-Dermott, Jerome Rose, Jeffery Swann, Irina Morozova, Mykola Suk, Sarah Davis Buechner, Dmitry Rachmanov, Lorin Hollander, the late Igor Kipnis, Lydian String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, flutist Alexa Still, amongst others. He was also a Liberace scholarship recipient for the Las Vegas Music Festival 2003; in which he performed in solo recitals and master classes as well as performing the Shostakovich 1 st Piano Trio in c-minor with the "Valkyrie Trio." In the past two years, he has performed Ravel a-minor Piano Trio several times with this ensemble. In Spring 2002, he was one of the four pianist members to perform Stravinsky "Les Noces" (Arizona premiere) with the Arizona Choir under the direction of Dr. Bruce Chamberlain.

He was the one of the two staff accompanists for the Arizona State Met Opera Singing Competition in October 2004, and he is also the staff accompanist for the 2005 South West Flute Festival. He is also going to perform in one of the concerts of the 2005 Flute Festival with the University of Arizona flute professor, Dr. Brian Luce, and U. of A. Flute Professor Emeritus Dr. Phillip Swanson.

Since Fall 2003 until present, he has been a member of the University of Arizona Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble. With the group, he has performed contemporary Wind Ensemble repertoire such as Jay Rees "Teardrops" (World Premiere), David Maslanka "Testament " (written 2001), Daniel Asia "Gateways" (written 2001), Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" suite for Wind Ensemble, Phillip Glass "Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanist and Wind Ensemble" (South West Wind-Ensemble arrangement premiere), amongst other standard literature. In April 2005, the Wind Ensemble is going to perform an all-David Maslanka program and get to work with the composer himself. With soprano Kathryn Mueller and baritone Nathan Krueger, Mr. Wicaksono also teaches opera and creative arts as part of the "Opening Minds Through the Arts" (OMA) program in the Tucson public schools.

He loves hiking, reading, running, and enjoys a variety of international cuisine. He was the Vice President and Founder of the U. of A. International Cooking Club in 2003. Biking, swimming, photography, painting, and cooking are his favorite hobbies.






Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven - Sonata No.2 in A major, Op.2 No.2
Carl Vine - Piano Sonata No.1 (1990)

School: WichitaState University
Teacher: Julie Bees

Native of New York, Andrew Wright is the first Konrad Wolff - Ilse Bing Chamber Music Scholar at Wichita State University where he is pursuing his bachelor's degree. He is a student of Julie Bees and has previously studied piano with Peter Amstutz and Mario Quiroz; chamber music with Lawrence Lesser, Herbert Greenberg, Theodore Kuchar, John Mack and Joela Jones; and orchestral conducting with Michael Palmer. In 2005, he performed a concert of chamber music by George Crumb as part of Dr. Crumb's 75th birthday tour. In 2004, he premiered a concerto by Jason Moore at the Iba Citizen Athlete Awards in Tulsa OK, which was broadcast on the Cox Cable TV network. He has also performed as a concerto soloist with Michael Palmer and the WSU Symphony, with Dan Delisi and the Hays Symphony, and with Ramon Revueltas and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Michoacan. Andrew was a 2004 Fellow at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival and has performed at the Banff Chamber Music Festival and the International Musical Arts Institute Festival in Maine as part of the Pegis Trio. Earlier credits include a recital on three day's notice with Juan Carlos Rybin (Amati quartet, Verona) and a solo recital broadcast on WQED-FM (Pittsburgh, PA).

An avid 20th-21st century music enthusiast, Andrew recently organized and performed a recital devoted entirely to modern chamber music with faculty artists from Wichita State University. He is founder and president of the Zeitgeist Consort, WSU's new music ensemble.

Music critics have written: "The program selected fascinated me with its extent, variety, and difficulty, perhaps very ambitious, but all in earnest and without frivolity... There were no errors; he came forward with all the demands of virtuosity and achieved a great dramatic intensity that is uncommon to hear. We were in the presence of a magnificent pianist, as musician and performer... he played stupendously, as art of his time and place." El Cambio de Michoacan "A magical night of musical stories in Teatro Ocampo." La Voz.





Master Class Repertoire:
Schumann - Carnaval, Op.9
Chopin - Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23

School: Tianjin Music Middle School, affiliated                 with the Tianjin Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Pang Bo

Xu Xiaojin was born in 1987 in China. She began to study piano at the age of four. In 1999, she was admitted to the Tianjin Music School, affiliated with the Tianjin Conservatory of Music. Later on, with the recommendation from Madam Zhou Guangren, an eminent pianist in China, Xu Xiaojin began to take lessons from Ms Pang Bo, herself a former student of Dr. Tamás Ungár, up to the present time.






Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven - Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53
La Campanella -
                  from Six Grandes Etudes de Paganini

Xu Yang was born in 1990. Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. With the support from her parents when she was four years old, she started learning the piano, which enabled her being always with music and realized her dream. Xu Yang is fascinated in melodies; because according to her, music is the understanding and flavor of life. To her, music is a long-lasting beauty; music is an ever-blooming flower.

At the age of six, she was recommended by a musician to learn playing the piano with Mrs. Bao.

When she was nine, the pianist Mr. Xu Zhong, who had learned piano in France, was recruiting students in Qingdao. Xu Yang went for his interview. Since the other candidates are much older than her, she felt somewhat nervous. Fortunately, she passed the interview and had the chance to learn from Mr. Xu. During the process of study, she came in contact the Chopin's works and was deeply attracted to them. At the age of eleven she participated in the annual France International Music Camp at the invitation of France Fontainebleau American Conservatory of Music.

At the music camp, she found herself the youngest. Other older students came from different countries around the world were studying in the respective conservatories of music in their countries; she, however, was just a pupil in elementary school. Through observance, emulation and performance, all students gained a lot of inspiration and had lessons with masters. She received private lessons given by famous international masters and garnered high praise. She won the unanimous applause of French audience during her recital there.

It has been almost ten years since Xu Yang started the piano, and her interest has not waned in the slightest. In 2004, she participated in the "Dandelion Cup" National Young Artist Selecting Competition and won the gold medal in the professional teenage group. In January of 2005, she won the first in "SANDNER Cup" - China Cross-strait Piano Competition that was presented by Shanghai Conservatory of Music and German SANDNER Company.

Xu Yang's hobbies include playing the piano, singing, reading and Chinese cooking.






Master Class Repertoire:
Stravinsky - Trois Movements de Petrouchka
Chopin - Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35

School: TCU
Teacher: Tamás Ungár

Yuan Jie was born on Dec.8 th , 1985 and started to learn the piano at the age of five under Prof. Yang Yongzhe, and in his second year, he was selected to perform for King N. Sihanouk, the king of Cambodia .After Jie's first public appearance in his hometown, he started to study with Prof. Zhou Jinli, a professor in the Jilin Consevatory of Music. After that, he won the 1st prizes in State Piano Competition of Jilin Province twice, during 1994 and 1995.

Because of his father's job, he moved to Guangzhou when he was ten and began to study under Prof. Li Xiao, the dean of piano department of Xinghai Conservatory of Music. In 1998, he tested into The Affiliated Secondary Music High School of Xinghai Conservatory of Music as the 1 st place. In the same year, he won first place in the China Five Southern Provinces Piano Competition. In 2000, he won 1 st place in the National Chinese Works Piano Competition in Hong Kong. In 2001, he won the Jury Special Prize in the 25 th Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Competition in Salt Lake City. In the same year, he also won 1 st place in 11 th Hong Kong Asian Piano Open Competition. In 2002, he won the National Winner in 2002 China National Piano Competition in Xiamen, after that he was invited to perform for Chairman Jiang Zemin, the president of People's Republic of China. In 2003, he performed concertos with the Guangzhou Youth Symphony Orchestra in Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong amongst others. In 2004, he graduated from The Affiliated Secondary Music High School of Xinghai Conservatory of Music ranked 1 st and was accepted into China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing as the 1 st place. In the same year, he received the Pianist Lily Kraus Full Scholarship which enabled him to go to TCU to study with Dr. Tamas Ungar, the director of Cliburn Institute.

During his schooling years, Jie has received a tremendous amount of instruction from Zhou Guangren, Li Mingqiang, Dan Zhaoyi as well as many other famous Chinese teachers. He has held many concerts in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Changchun, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xinjiang, Xiamen, the U.S., Malaysia, Singapore, and various other countries and cities. He has performed many times with the Guangzhou Youth Symphony Orchestra and Xinghai Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared on Hong Kong and Xiamen television broadcasts and recorded three CDs with Guangzhou Music Publishing Company.





Master Class Repertoire:
Liszt - Sonata in B minor
Bartók - Out of Doors

School: The Curtis Institute of Music
Teacher: Seymour Lipkin

Ms. YouYou Zhang enrolled in the Curtis Institute of Music in USA in 1998 when she was fourteen years old as a piano student studying under the tutelage of Seymour Lipkin for her Bachelor's Degree. Throughout these seven years of study, her piano playing has been progressing rapidly, amassing a large repertoire.

In 2002, she won the first prize of the 'Pennsylvania Young Artist Competition' and in 2003, the first prize of 'Connecticut Young Artist Competition' in USA. Due to her wonderful performances in the Busoni International Competition in Italy in both 2002 and 2003, she was picked and awarded as one of the newly featured artists by one of the best classical music websites in the world ("" of Italy) to promote excellent young artists(pianists) to the world. In 2004 - 2005, she will be re-engaged to perform more concerts around the world by the conductors she has worked with.

Ms. YouYou Zhang was born in 1984 in Shanghai, China. She started learning the piano when she was five, and had been taught by professor Ms. Mei-Ge Li from 'Teacher Training University in Shanghai'. At the age of ten, she was picked and started studying with the famous Professor Ms. Shi-Zhen Yao from 'Shanghai Conservatory of Music'. Her recital debut was given at the age of five; and in later years, she had the chance to perform in the concert hall of "Shanghai Conservatory of Music" and "Jin Jiang Recital Hall". In 1996, she had enrolled in the 'Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music'. During the year 96-97 there, she was presented with the award by the 'Tang Educational Foundation' as well as scholarships to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Middle School in both 1996-97 and 1997-98.

In the summer of 2000, after her performances in 'Stiftung fur Internationale Meisterkurse fur Musik Zurich' in Switzerland, she was praised by the famous concert pianist Rudolf Buchbinder - "YouYou is an absolutely enormous talent with a brilliant technique and great musical abilities. I believe that she must have a great future as a pianist". Also in 2001 summer, she was praised by the famous piano professor and concert pianist Gerhard Erber after her performances in 'Leipzig International Music Academy and Festival' - "YouYou's immense talent, temperament, and alert musical intelligence help her transfer different playing styles (especially Bach) in short time. She has a large repertoire for her young age, which she must tend to towards a greater body. Her charisma is amazing. Her talent deserves great promotion". She has also had masterclasses with Gary Graffman, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Richard Goode, Yefim Bronfman and Emanual Ax.





Master Class Repertoire:
Liszt - Sonata in B minor
Ginastera - Danzas Argentinas, Op.2

School: Tianjin Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Chen Yunxian

Zhang Yue Started learning accordion at five years old and gave the first public performance at seven.Since 1989 studied with Professor Xiaoqing Cao who is graduate from Hannover Conservatory of Music in Germany.In 1993 Switched to learning piano up to now. Since March 1997 Studied with Prof. Yunxian Chen, dean of piano department of Tianjin Conservatory of Music, China.

Admitted to the affiliated middles school of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, China. 2001 Enrolled in Piano department of Tianjin Conservatory of Music with high scores majoring in piano. Meantime took lessons with many world famous pianist including Prof.Zhou Guangren and Taihang Du from Central Conservatory of Music of China in Beijing, Prof. Ying Wu from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Prof. Tim Ovens and B.gozeke from Hannover Conservatory of Music in Germany, Mr.Chongli Cai, chairman of Hongkong Piano Association and so on.

2002 - 2003 Studied advanced dual piano and chamber music with Prof. A.Sokolove from St.Petersburg Conservatory of Music. 2005 Being instructed many times by Prof. Taihang Du of the Central Conservatory of Music of China. In 2005 Admitted to the First International Piano Festival of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music through experts* strict screening of the recordings and became one of the thirty students from candidates all over the world. Received instructions from a number of experts including Paul Badura-Skoka of Austria, Dmitri Bashkirov of Russia, Boris Berman of USA and Pierre Reach of France. Obtained Certificate of completing the courses of the Masters Class and won high praises.

Previous Concerts and Awards:
Oct.2004 Sixth Asian Chopin International Piano Competition at All-China District -
University Group -- 2nd place (1st place void)
With orchestra, Concerto Group - 4th place (1st and 2nd place void)
Received high comments and praises from foreign members of the jury of the competition Paul Pollei from USA, Kikuchi Peiko from Tokyo and Jozef from Poland.
Received invitation from Mr.Paul Pollei to attend the 14th &Gina Bauchauer* International Pianist Competition.
Sept.2004 Sixth Asian Chopin International Piano Competition at Beijing China District -
University Group and Concerto Group - 1st place
Sept.2003 TOYAMAYoung Artist Piano Competition -- 2nd place
Aug.1999 Pasi Young Artist Piano Competition -- 2nd place
Nov.1997 97* National Youth Dual Piano Competition sponsored by Chinese Ministry of Culture
Group A -- 3rd place

For many years have been instructed by Prof. Zhou guangren, famous Chinese piano
Educationalist, Prof. Chong li Cai, chairman of Hongkong Piano Association, Prof.
Tim Ovens of Hannover Conservatory of Music in Germany, young pianist Xie Ya Ou, Prof. Ding Xiao Li, Dean of piano department of University in Texis USA, Prof. Ying Wu of Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and famous international piano expert Bernd Goetzk of Hannover Conservatory of Music. Meanwhile held several recitals in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenzhen Chengdu and Hefei of China, the most recent ones are in Tianjin and Hefei in 2004. Both were reported by local media and won big successes.













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