Hanqing Chang is a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying with Awadagin Pratt. Ms. Chang has studied at the Sichuan, Tong Siew Toh and Peabody Conservatories.
Ms. Chang has won several competitions including first prize at the 3rd Wiesbaden International Piano Competition in Germany, first prize at the 10th “Xin Hai” National Piano Competition in Sichuan, China, first prize at the 3rd National Piano Competition in Guiyang, China as well as at the 12th Hong Kong Piano Open Competition.
Ms. Chang has appeared in concert venues throughout Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong, Baltimore and Cincinnati. In 2008 she was invited to perform a concerto with the Gui Yang Symphony Orchestra at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
Born in Trieste in 1982, Lorenzo Cossi began studying piano at the age of seven, later obtaining his diploma at the Conservatorio di Musica “G. Tartini” in Trieste. He has performed at the Amici della Musica of Padova, Amici della Musica of Mestre, Associazione “F. Soldano” in Brescia and the Società dei Concerti in Milan. Mr. Cossi has studied at the Sermoneta International Music Campus in Latina, Italy, and at the Lake Como International Piano Academy.
In April 2003, he won first prize at the Marizza Competition in Trieste. In 2004, he took home third prize at the Premio Venezia Competition in Venice. In 2012, he won a special prize at the 58th Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona, Spain. Mr. Cossi received a standing ovation for his interpretation of Brahms’ first concerto with the Calgary Philarmonic Orchestra. Mr. Cossi teaches at the Ars Nova Academy in Trieste and is often invited as a juror for national and international competitions. He has recorded for RAI, Radio Popolare and Radio Classica.
Elisa D’Auria has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, South America and Asia. She has performed for numerous festivals and musical associations including the Euromusic Festival, and in distinguished halls such as Teatro Romano, Teatro Grande and Steinway Hall in London.
After her debut at the age of twelve, Ms. D’Auria soloed with many orchestras, including the Orquestra de Mallorca. Her talent has allowed her to appear on renowned international stages. In 1996, she appeared on Eurovision as the Italian winner of the prestigious international competition “Mozart Prize.” In 2011, Ms. D’Auria gave an extensive recital tour throughout China. She is a laureate of more than thirty national and international competitions in Italy and abroad, including the Anton Rubinstein International Piano Competition. She has recorded for the label Musikstrasse.
Mikael Darmanie began his music studies at age twelve in Trinidad and Tobago, eventually matriculating at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He holds a master’s degree and artist diploma from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Darmanie has performed throughout the United States, France, Switzerland, Germany and the Caribbean, and has won first prize in the Southeastern Regional Piano Competition, Bearcat Festival Chopin Competition, Eurterpe Scholarship Competition, and the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs Competition.
Mr. Darmanie has performed in master classes for Leon Fleisher, Paul Schenly, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jerome Lowenthal, Joseph Kalichstein and Menahem Pressler.
Mr. Darmanie has given performances in North Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio, conducting various concerti from the keyboard, and has had his own compositions performed throughout the United States and Western Europe.
Alessandra Giunti was born in Foggia, Italy, where she started studying music at the local conservatory. Eventually graduating from the Milan Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi,” Ms. Giunti went on to win several awards at prestigious festivals such as the Pausylipon-Denza, Premio Napolitano, and Premio Venezia. The Fondazione Teatro La Fenice di Venezia has produced a live album of Ms. Giunti’s playing.
Ms. Giunti has played in halls such as the Malibran in Venice and Steinway Hall in London. In 2003, she played in Teatro La Fenice in Venice during the re-opening ceremony. Alessandra is a teacher at the Milan and Pavia universities.
Pianist Jihoon Jun was born in 1986, in Seoul, South Korea and was honored to be the youngest student ever admitted to the University Mozarteum, Salzburg. In 2006, he released his first solo recording, Tag der offenen Tür. He has participated in the International Mozarteum Summer Academy and the International Courchevel Summer Academy. In 2010, Mr. Jun graduated with honors from and is now a doctoral candidate at the Seoul National University.
Mr. Jun has played with the Korean Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Gangnam Symphony Orchestra, Hungary Virtuoso Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Ensemble, Porto National Symphony Orchestra and Trio Z-Art.
Born in Japan, Kyoko Kaise began her piano studies at the age of five. She graduated from the Tokyo College of Music High School in 2002, at the Tokyo College of Music in 2006 again in 2008. She continues to study at the Berlin University of the Arts. She is a scholarship student from the Agency of Cultural Affairs as part of the Japanese Government’s Overseas Study Program for Artists.
Ms. Kaise has taken home first prizes from the 1st Tokyo College of Music Competition, the 1st Seiler International Competition, the 74th Music Competition of Japan and the 17th Artur Schnabel Wettbewerb. As a concerto soloist, Ms. Kaise has been heard with the Izu Philharmonic Orchestra and the Numazu Symphony Orchestra.
Stanislav Khristenko’s performances have captivated audiences on four continents since his first solo recital at the age of eleven. He has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Musikfreunde Orchestra, Takamatsu Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony, Northwest Florida Symphony and Moscow Conservatory Orchestra. Other highlights include solo recitals in Weill Recital Hall, Schubertsaal in Vienna and the Phillips Collection in Washington.
The winner of over 25 International Piano Competitions, Mr. Khristenko has won top prizes in Mexico, Italy, Spain, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States. He has been a recipient of the Emil Gilels Award and the Russian Performance Art Foundation Award.
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Pianist Jin Uk Kim’s playing has been described by The Washington Post as a “victory in itself.” A multiple award winner, Mr. Kim most recently received first prize honors at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and second prize at the William Kapell International Piano Competition. He has also earned top prizes at the Corpus Christi International Competition, as well as at major Korean competitions. He has been a featured performer on NPR’s Performance Today and WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase.
Mr. Kim has performed widely as an orchestral soloist both in the United States and South Korea, with appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and the Music Academy of the West’s Festival Orchestra. Mr. Kim debuted with the New Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of ten and made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in November 2012.
Mo-Ah Kim, born in Seoul, South Korea has been described as a “highly musical talent with an innate feeling for music that is rarely encountered.” She is a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Kim has played in master classes for Marc Durand, Menahem Pressler, Nelita True and Lydia Artymiw. She is a recipient of many awards including the Pi Kappa Lambda Competition, the 2012 Mae & Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition and several concerto competitions.
Connie Kim-Sheng began her piano lessons with her mother at just three years old. At The Glenn Gould School, Ms. Kim-Sheng has had the chance to perform in classes for Gary Graffman, Menahem Pressler, Leon Fleisher and John O’Conor. As the winner of the concerto competition, she recently performed Rachmaninoff’s second concerto.
Ms. Kim-Sheng’s awards include first place in the Los Angeles Liszt International Competition, the 2009 Bronslaw Kaper Award given by the LA Philharmonic, second place in the concerto division of the Virginia Waring International Competition and finalist at the Eastman Young Artists International Competition.
Ms. Kim-Sheng was awarded the prestigious Davidson Fellows Scholarship and has been featured on NPR’s From the Top.
Winner of the 2011 Brevard Music Festival Concerto Competition and 2013 guest artist with the Clear Lake Symphony, American pianist Joseph Kingma has been praised for his technique and personal approach to music. He has won prizes at numerous competitions, including the 2010 Brevard Music Festival Piano Competition, the 2010 Rice University Concerto Competition and the 2012 Sorantin International Young Artist Competition.
Mr. Kingma has performed in venues such as the St. Cecilia Music Society in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Roussel Hall in New Orleans, Stude Concert Hall and Duncan Recital Hall in Houston, and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, Texas, among others.
Mr. Kingma holds a bachelor’s degree from, and is currently a master’s candidate at, the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. Former teachers include Aviram Reichert, Philip Pletcher, and Elena Arseniev.
Misha Namirovsky has performed as soloist in the USA, Italy, Russia, Spain, Croatia, Germany and Japan. He has collaborated with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan, Novaya Rossiya Symphony and Nizhniy Novgorod Philharmonic in Russia and has appeared at the Marlboro festival. He is a founder of ModЭTRE, a piano trio with violinist Tessa Lark and cellist Deborah Pae.
Mr. Namirovsky has studied in Moscow, Israel, Germany and the USA, and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Yale University. He is currently completing his doctorate at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Mr. Namirovsky is a prizewinner of many international competitions including Louisiana International Piano Competition as well as the Koscuisco and Sendai Competitions. His first album is due to be released in the summer of 2013.
Winner of the Rudolf Firkusny International Piano Competition in Prague, Anastasiya Naplekova received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Kharkov State University of Arts and the University of Florida respectively. Ms. Naplekova is currently a doctoral student at the University of Miami, Florida.
Ms. Naplekova has won prizes in numerous international competitions, among them fourth prize at the International Adilia Alieva Competition in France and honorary mention at the International Ignacy Paderewski Competition in Poland. She has participated in such international musical festivals as the Paris International Summer Sessions and the Beethoven Master Classes in Boston. She has appeared in solo recitals in the Ukraine, Russia, France and the USA, and has performed as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
Pianist Esther Park has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States, Asia and Europe. Ms. Park has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, Corpus Christi Symphony, Filharmonia Pomorska, Poland, Orchestra Filarmonica, Romania; Shanghai Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, Juilliard Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony.
Ms. Park has appeared at the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, the Tel-Hai International Music Festival in Israel, and the Van Cliburn Institute in Texas. Ms. Park has been heard in New York on WQXR Radio as the winner of the 52nd Kosciusko International Competition. Ms. Park is the recipient of President Clinton’s Prodigy Award.
Soyeon Park has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Romania, Italy, Czech Republic, China and Korea. She has appeared on the stages of the La Villa D’este in Tivoli, Italy, Auditorium Camera Di Commercio, Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, The Bravo Club in Beijing, Sejong Arts Center in Seoul, The Banff Center, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Steinway Hall, The Yamaha Salon, The Kosciuszko Foundation, and Weill Recital Hall in New York.
Ms. Park has taken home awards from the Prague International Piano Festival Competition, Heida Hermann International Competition, Wideman Piano Competition and the Corpus Christi International Competition. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where she is a currently a doctoral candidate. She is a recipient of the Svend Svendsen and Margarethe Svendsen Scholarship and the President’s Award.
Winner of the 53rd Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain, Ms. Prjevalskaya is also a laureate of numerous international piano competitions such as the 2007 Paderewski in Poland and the Panama International in 2012. She has appeared at the Minato Mirai Hall, the Grosser Saal of the Mozarteum, Steinway and Weill Recital Halls. As a soloist, she has performed with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra and Panama Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Marianna studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She holds degrees from the Royal College of Music in London, Indiana University of South Bend and the Yale School of Music. Her new Naxos CD with works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Schumann and Zárate was released in September 2012.
Award-winning concert pianist Julia Siciliano has won top prizes at the Heida Hermanns International, Beethoven Sonata, Eastman and University of Michigan Concerto Competitions. Most recently, she has been engaged by the Macon Symphony Orchestra.
Active as a chamber musician, Julia was invited to perform at the 2009 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition and was a prizewinner at the International Altenberg Piano Trio Competition. Ms. Siciliano has been heard on Chicago’s WFMT with violinist Yuan-Qing Yu, associate concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Haffer, assistant principal cello of the Chicago Lyric Opera, and Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Eric Owens. Ms. Siciliano holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music.
After studying at the Shanghai Conservatory, Jiuming Shen enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008. Before coming to the states, Mr. Shen performed in Melbourne and Sydney as a music exchange program participant. Mr. Shen debuted at Weill Recital Hall in 2012. He has played master classes for John O’Conor, Peter Frankl and Leon Fleisher.
Mr. Shen took second prize at the 2nd National Piano competition, junior group, in Gulangyu Amoy, China, bronze at the 6th Chinese Gold Metal Award of Music in Guangzhou and second prize at the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition.
Lu Shen, a native of Jiangsu, China, has won several piano competitions, including first prize in the Hong Kong Open Piano Competition and second prizes in the Jingzhong Competition and the Asia Chopin Piano Competition. He has won third prize and Best Chinese Musician in the Gulangyu Piano Festival. His performance of the Saint-Saëns second piano concerto with the Central Conservatory of Music Youth Orchestra was broadcast on CCTV, the largest national television network in China.
He has participated in The Juilliard School Piano Festival in Hong Kong, the China International Piano Festival in Beijing and the Texas Piano Festival. Recently, Mr. Shen ranked in the Wideman International Piano Competition, the Campillos International Piano Competition in Spain and the Florida International Piano Competition. Mr. Shen is currently studying at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Gold Medalist of the 2006 Taipei International Chopin Competition and prizewinner in the 2011 World Piano Competition, Mr. Shen made his concerto debut at the age of ten, performing with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Shen made his recital debut at the Taipei National Concert Hall, and has presented recitals at Paul Hall at Lincoln Center and the Vancouver Steinway Hall. He has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, The Banff Centre and the Prague International Piano Masterclasses. He was invited to give two all-Chopin recitals in 2010 to celebrate the composer’s bicentennial in Taiwan. Mr. Shen is an artist of Taiwanese Cultural Minister and is currently studying at The Juilliard School.
Jun Sun was recognized early on when he was accepted to the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of nine. In 2008, Mr. Sun relocated to the States and matriculated at The Juilliard School.
As a prizewinner of many international and national piano competitions, Mr. Sun won first place at the Asian Youth Music Piano Competition Shanghai Division in 2003 and 2005, first prize at the National Sander Piano Competition in 2005 and first place at the Shanghai Conservatory Mozart Concerto Competition in 2006. In February, Mr. Sun performed Brahms’ first piano concerto,with Leon Fleisher conducting at The Juilliard School
Reed Tetzloff made his Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2011 and presented at the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall in a solo recital debut in 2012. Past orchestral engagements include performances with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Mississippi Valley Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He has given solo recitals in the United States, as well as at both the China Conservatory of Music and Peking University in Beijing.
Mr. Tetzloff has taken first prize in the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy Concerto Competition, the American Protégé and Bradshaw and Buono Competitions, as well as the silver medal in the Schimmel International Competition. He is currently studying at Mannes College. He has appeared on NPR’s From the Top, and has had performances aired broadcast Minnesota Public Radio and WQXR New York.
In 2011, Natalia Tkachenko won first prize both at the International Piano Competition Eugenia Verdet as well as the Piano Competition “Ria de Vigo” in Spain. Other awards include third prize at the Piano Competition Frenchilla-Zuloaga, Spain, second prize at the 2002 Serebryakov International Competition in Volgograd, Russia, and first prize at the 2001 “Music Spring” Piano Competition in Nalchik, Russia.
Ms. Tkachenko graduated from the State Rachmaninoff Conservatoire in 2009 and completed her master’s degree at the Conservatoire Liceu of Music, Barcelona in 2011. She has given recitals at the St. Petersburg Belosselsky-Belzersky Palas and the V Festival Itinerant “Les Clés du Classique” in France. Her orchestral appearances have included concerto performances with the Vladikavkaz Symphony, Rostov Symphony, Kostromskoj Symphony, St. Petersburg Symphony and the Mallorca Symphony. Natalia is the recipient of the Rostropovich Fund and President of Russia grants, and is currently pursuing her artist diploma at Texas Christian University