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Yong Hi Moon

Gerard Willems

Gerard Willems

Gerard Willems

Asaf Zohar

Wojciech Switala

 

Yong Hi Moon
 
Accomplished pianist and teacher Yong Hi Moon made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 10 as winner of the National Korean Broadcasting Competition. Ms. Moon has won top prizes in the Elena-Rombro Stepanow Competition in Vienna, the Viotti International Competition in Vercelli, Italy, the Vienna da Motta Competition in Lisbon, Portugal and received the Chopin Prize from the Geneva International Competition in Switzerland.
 
Ms. Moon performs extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the US as recitalist and soloist, having appeared with the Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo, Philharmonics, and the Korean National Symphony. In 1975, the South Korean government invited Ms. Moon to participate in a festival for the 30th anniversary of the Korean liberation, and she continues to maintain a strong performing and teaching presence in her native country. In 1991, she was invited to participate in a cycle of the complete Mozart piano concerti with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, commemorating the composer's bicentennial year. In 1997, Ms. Moon performed the complete solo piano works of Schubert in six recitals in both Korea and the US. In the summer of 2000, she made her first extensive concert tour of Korea, including solo recitals in five cities, as well as performances with the orchestras of Kwangju and Daejun.
 
She collaborates regularly with her husband - pianist/conductor Dai Uk Lee - in duo piano concerts and has performed under his baton with the Busan, Bucheon and Ulsan Philarmonics, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Korea Chamber Orchestra, Peabody Alumni Orchestra of Korea and the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 they performed Olivier Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen in both the US and Korea.  Their CD recording on the Music and Art label of Czech four-hand piano music has received outstanding critical acclaim.
Ms. Moon is in high demand as a guest master class teacher and adjudicator. In 1993, she released a popular teaching video in Korea entitled Artistic Piano Playing. Ms. Moon has been a regular faculty member at Shandelee, Aria, Prague, Bowdoin Summer Festival, Valencia Piano Academy and the Art of Piano Festival at the College-Conservaroty of Music in Cincinnati. In addition, she has been invited to perform and conduct master classes at Chautauqua Summer Festival in New York and the International School for Musical Arts in Canada. Recently she gave master classes in Shanghai Conservatory and Korean National University of Arts.
 
She has served on the juries of the CCC Toronto International Piano Competition, Senigallia International Piano Competition in Italy, Gilmore International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International Competition as well as numerous MTNA competitions throughout the US. In March of 2014, she served as the chair of the jury at Seoul International Piano Competition.
 
Ms. Moon was a professor of piano at Michigan State University School of Music for fifteen years and since 2002 she has been a member of piano faculty at Peabody Institute. 
 
Ms. Moon studied at the Vienna Academy, graduating with the highest honors. She continued her studies in London before pursuing an Artist Diploma at Indiana University in Bloomington. Her major teachers include Dieter Weber, Maria Curcio, György Sebok, Leon Fleisher, Wilhelm Kempff and Fou T’song, who have always been inspirations in her work.
 
Gerard Willems
 
Gerard Willems was born in 1946 in Holland. He toured as chorister throughout Holland, Belgium and France whilst he received his first piano lessons on scholarship at the Brabant Conservatorium. He moved to Australia with his family in 1958 and on graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music he returned to Europe. He continued his piano studies and conducting studies in Amsterdam and Munich, where he studied amongst others with the pedagogue Greville Rothon, the assistant to Claudio Arrau. Presently Gerard Willems is Associate Professor in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2008 he held a position for six months as Guest Professor at the Hochschule fur Musik Freiburg, Germany.
 
Gerard Willems has performed in the USA, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and Israel having performed under conductors such as Sir Bernard Heinze, Nicholas Braithwaite, John Lanchbery, Nicholas Milton, Avnir Biron and Patrick Thomas. He has broadcast for Australian, Dutch, French, Austrian and Israeli radio. He completed a concert tour of Norway in 2010 where he played in Troldhaugen in Bergen.His many recordings include Piano Concerto No 1 by Franz Liszt with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Complete Piano Trios by Mozart and the 32 Piano Sonatas by Beethoven. The Sonatas were awarded the ARIA prize in 1999 and 2000 as “best classical album of the year”.
 
In 2003 Gerard Willems recorded all five Beethoven Piano Concertos with Sinfonia Australis under the direction of Antony Walker for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. His DVD performance of the Emperor Concerto received the “World Music DVD “ prize in New York in 2005.
 
In 2010 he recorded the Diabelli Variations of Beethoven which were widely acclaimed. In 2013 the recording project was completed with the three Electoral Sonatas WoO 47 and a reconstruction by Cees Nieuwenhuizen of the Fantasia Sonata, deest 45.
 
The Beethoven-Willems Collection was launched in September 2013 as a 15 CD/DVD set by ABC Classics. In August 2015 his latest double CD album “Morning Mood” with piano music of Grieg was launched at the Opera House and has been widely acclaimed in the press.
 
In 2000 Gerard Willems was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II prize of $60,000 by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust to research Early Music Performance Practice in USA and Europe. In the same year he was Guest Professor in the “Hepzibah Menuhin Piano Chair” at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. In 2012 he was artist in residence at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore.
 
Gerard Willems teaches and gives masterclasses worldwide and is invited to be on juries of national and international piano competitions. He is regarded as a specialist in the first Viennese school. In 2012 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Southern Highland International Piano Competition and decorated with an AM for services to the arts as a concert pianist, educator and mentor to young musicians.
 
Asaf Zohar
 
Born in Israel, Asaf Zohar is one of the most active Israeli pianists and pedagogues. Asaf Zohar is a graduate of the Givatayim Conservatory and The Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He received his Doctorate degree from the Indiana University School of Music, where he was also a visiting lecturer. His teachers include: Hana Shalgi, Arie Vardi, Menahem Pressler, Leonard Hokanson and Michele Block. Artists for whom he performed in masterclasses include: Arthur Rubinstein, Alfred Brendel, Christoph Eschenbach, Eugene Istomin, Leon Fleisher and Claude Frank.
 
Zohar was awarded prizes in Israel and in International Competitions in Pretoria, Sydney, Vienna, and The Robert Casadesus Competition in Cleveland. He has performed with all the leading Israeli orchestras including The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the batons of Zubin Mehta, Gary Bertini, David Robertson, Mendi Rodan, Noam Sheriff, David Shalon, Jan Pascal Tortelier, Urs Schneider and others. He has also appeared in numerous recitals in Israel as well as on Israeli Radio and T.V. Abroad, Mr. Zohar has performed concerts and recitals in the U.S.A, Austria, Germany, France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Russia, Georgia, India, South Africa, Australia and Japan.
 
Zohar teaches as a Professor for Piano at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at The Tel-Aviv University, as long as at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where he has served as Chairman of the Keyboard Department and Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts for ten executive years.  In addition, Mr. Zohar teaches at the Givatayim Conservatory, as well as in The Jerusalem Music Center.

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