A native of Bucharest, Romania, pianist Eugene Alcalay began playing at age two and composing at age eight. In 1984 Eugene came under the tutelage of Leonard Bernstein, who affirmed his "outstanding talent as both a performer and composer". Eugene became the first recipient of The Leonard Bernstein Scholarship for gifted young musicians at Indiana University School of Music, where he earned Bachelor's Degrees in both Piano and Composition. Aided by Maestro Bernstein, Eugene continued his studies at The Curtis Institute of Music and then The Juilliard School, where he attained Master's and Doctoral degrees in Piano Performance. Currently Professor of Piano at Azusa Pacific University School of Music near Los Angeles, Eugene's performance career has taken him to five continents and such United States venues as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall--Isaac Stern Auditorium. His 2007 London debut, sponsored by Steinway and the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, was "highly acclaimed" as a "poetic" and "memorable recital": in his review, Alberto Portugheis emphasized "Alcalay's command of line, color, temperament, imagination" and the "extraordinary qualities" of his pianism. Eugene's CD, "​Lyrical Liszt", released in 2008 by the Partita Records label, has been praised for "poetry, sensitivity... admirable tonal variety...beautiful playing throughout" (EPTA UK). His 2010 Paris debut was preceded by a "superb" recital to a large audience at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London: displaying "power and gusto" as well as "kaleidoscopic lyrical qualities", Eugene proved himself "an interpreter of rare distinction" (Malcolm Miller, Music &Vision). In addition to return engagements in London, the 2012-13 season included appearances in Oregon, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, England, Norway, as well as short term residencies in China. Highlights of Eugene's 2015 season included a recital at Budapest's Liszt Museum of the Academy of Music, a concert/master class tour of India, and teaching at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary, where he returned in 2016 and 2017. Since 2016 he has served as President of the newly established Southern California Chapter of the American Liszt Society. Recent seasons have featured tours of Australia and New Zealand, return appearances for the American Liszt Society, as well as recitals and master classes in San Francisco, CA and Hartford, Conn., Basel, Switzerland, China, Romania and Poland, as well as the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, to feature Beethoven Hammerklavier Sonata. Eugene Alcalay is a Steinway Artist.
Soprano Christi Amonson is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of the Opera Initiative at Augusta University. Amonson is an active soprano soloist, an Artist in Residence and Voice Faculty for the summer festival Opera de San Luis Potosi in Mexico and she writes the Music Major Minute column for Classical Singer Magazine. Recent concerts include Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915and Poulenc's Gloria, with Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, an Opera Gala with the National Orchestra of Brazil, Messiah at Virginia Tech and the Mozart Requiem with the Montgomery Symphony. In 2018, Amonson will sing Carmina Burana with the Missoula Symphony and the role of Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus) at the Fox Theatre in Tucson, AZ. In New York City, Amonson taught as a teaching artist for the Metropolitan Opera Urban Voices Program, the Elaine Kauffman Foundation, Concordia Conservatory and the Diller-Quaile School of Music. Her opera credits include Monica, Lucy, Adele, Yum-Yum and Amy (Little Women) with Opera Delaware, Nanetta and Gretel with Chautauqua Opera, Blondchen with Lake George Opera, Adina and Gilda with Taconic Opera, Zerlina with San Antonio Opera and Despina, Donna Anna and The Merry Widow with Southern Arizona Opera. Christi was a winner of the Classical Singer Competition in Philadelphia, the Liederkranz Competition in NYC and she was a Metropolitan Opera regional finalist. Christi Amonson earned her DMA in voice and theatre at the University of Arizona, her MM in voice at the Manhattan School of Music and her BM in Vocal Music Education at the University of Idaho. Before joining the faculty at Augusta University, Amonson taught at Troy University and served as an advisor for the VANN Vocal Institute with the Montgomery Symphony. She currently lives in Evans, Georgia with her husband Nick and their three daughters. Contact information is available with Berger Artist Management.
Praised by the New York Times for his "Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity," pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured five times on APM's Performance Today and on the cover of Clavier Magazine. Celebrating his twenty-three-year collaboration with Philip Glass, Barnes commissioned and gave the world premiere of Glass's Piano Quintet "Annunciation" with the Chiara Quartet at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on April 17, 2018. The Journal Star described the world premiere performance as "a romantic, late-period Glass masterwork." Fred Child, host of APR's Performance Today was present for the premiere and wrote: "Pianist Paul Barnes put together and performed a thrilling evening of music!" Child's interview with Barnes and Glass and the performance of the quintet was featured on Performance Today in June. New York Classical Review called the quintet a "a fascinating mosaic of Glass's late style...with a warm inner expression that seemed to echo Brahms." And New York Music Daily labeled the quintet "magically direct....lushly glittering." Barnes will record the quintet with Brooklyn Rider to be released in the late spring of 2019. Barnes' twelfth CD New Generations: The New Etudes of Philip Glass and Music of the Next Generation has received rave reviews. Gramophone Magazine wrote, "Pianists of Barnes's great technique and musicality are a boon to new music." And American Record Guide commented, "This disc provides further proof of Barnes's ability to communicate new music with flair and passion." Barnes is Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music. He teaches during the summer at the Vienna International Piano Academy and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. Upcoming performances include Barnes' latest lecture recital Love, Death, and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Ancient Chant. Barnes' recordings are available on Pandora, ITunes, Apple Music, YouTube, and Amazon.
Steinway Artist Michael Boyd is active as a soloist, collaborative artist, lecturer, teacher, and adjudicator. After receiving his high school diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts as a student of Bela Nagy, he earned an undergraduate degree from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Dr. Boyd's studies continued at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts Winter Program in Canada as an invited student/performer. Dr. Boyd's studies culminated in a Masters and Doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman he won first prize as pianist in the Kneisel Lieder Competition and played a radio broadcast recital from Carnegie Hall with Naumburg prize winning violinist Ian Swensen while still a student. Dr. Boyd graduated from Eastman with that institution's highest honor, the Performer's Certificate. As a concerto soloist, Dr. Boyd has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the Dearborn Symphony, and the Eastman Chamber Orchestra. Solo recitals have taken him across the country, performing frequently in California, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio. In March of 2007, he performed on the opening concert of the American Liszt Society' Festival at the San Francisco Conservatory performing the rarely heard original 1838 version of Liszt's Paganini Etudes, still considered some of the most difficult pieces in the keyboard repertoire. In Europe, Dr. Boyd has performed recitals in Austria, Belgium, Greece and in the summer of 2007, was invited to give two lecture recitals in Spain. His adjudication credits includes the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and the Liszt Garrison Competition at Ohio State University where he is also on the advisory board. Dr. Boyd is Professor of Piano at the University of Toledo. He was also a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music. His ability to verbalize and demonstrate how to efficiently use the body at the piano and his extensive knowledge of keyboard repertoire has attracted students from all over the country. During the summer, he has been on the faculty of the Indiana University's Summer Piano Academy and the Chautauqua Summer Institution. Dr. Boyd has recorded on the VAI label,and Fleur De Son Classics.
​Mark E. Britt, trombonist, has taught at Furman University since 1995. He serves as Department Chair, coaches brass chamber ensembles, teaches music education courses, and has been a featured soloist with the Furman Wind Ensemble and Furman Symphony Orchestra. His students have been national finalists in solo competitions sponsored by the International Trombone Association, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, and the Music Teachers National Association. Mark is the founder and music director of the Palmetto Posaunen (professional trombone ensemble), a founding member of the Zephyr Brass Trio, past president of SCMEA, and former National President of the Collegiate Membership for NAfME. He has appeared at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the International Trombone Festival, the Southeast Trombone Symposium, MENC Southern Division Conference, the CBDNA Southern Division Conference, the International Brass fest, the International Horn Symposium, the International Trumpet Conference, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, Piccolo Spoleto, and the Spoleto USA Festival. Traveling abroad he has performed recitals in Austria, Germany, and Italy. Dr. Britt is a frequent professor at the Accademia dell' Artein Arezzo, home to Furman's Study in Italy program. 2018markedhis sixth term as the Instrumental Music Director for the Montreat Conference on Worship and Music. Prior appointments include Valdosta State University, Columbus State University, Appalachian State University, and four years in the NC public schools. He served three years as adjunct trombone professor at North Greenville University, and in 2007,asinterim tuba professor at the SCGSAH. He is Principal Trombone of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hendersonville Symphony, and performs with the Greenville Symphony. Mark holds a BME from Appalachian State, with performance degrees from Northwestern University and Florida State University. His principal teachers are Harold McKinney, Frank Crisafulli (Chicago Symphony) and John Drew. He and his wife Bette, have three wonderful children, Jonathan, Sarah, and Logan.
Pianist Peter Cooper has been active as a performer and teacher for more than 30 years. He is dean and professor in the School of Music at Southern Adventist University, where he teaches piano and music theory. He has also served on the faculties of Andrews University, the University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen, and the Master Works Festival of the Christian Performing Artists' Fellowship. He especially enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in chamber music performances. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in piano performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music as a student of Richard Cass. A recipient of a Fulbright/DAAD grant, Cooper spent a year in advanced music study at the State Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany. He completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan, studying with Theodore Lettvin. Whether teaching or performing, Peter Cooper is committed to fostering an appreciation of artistic beauty and desires to share his faith through music.
Alexander Djordjevic is recognized for his stirring performances of the late works of Franz Liszt. His CD, Gray Clouds: Piano Music of Franz Liszt, was the 2010 winner of the Hungarian Liszt Society's 35th Annual Franz Liszt International Grand Prix du Disque. Djordjevic has performed as concerto soloist with the Central Oregon Symphony, New Philharmonic, Symphony of Oak Park River Forest, DuPage Symphony, Kankakee Valley Symphony, University of Illinois Symphony and Danville Symphony. Highlights from Mr. Djordjevic's recent solo and chamber music performances include Symphony Center, Chicago; Academy of Arts and Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia; Liszt's 199th Birthday Celebration Concert at the Old Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary; Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Chicago; PianoForte Chicago; Kosciuszko Foundation Auditorium, New York; Harold Washington Library, Chicago; Steinway Society Recital Series; Music Institute of Chicago's Faculty and Guest Artist Series; 19th Century Club. Born in Chicago, Alexander Djordjevic began his piano studies at age three and made his debut as concerto soloist with orchestra at age twelve. As a Fulbright Scholar, Alexander Djordjevic continued his piano studies with Russian pianist Vitaly Margulis at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, where he was awarded the Aufbaustudium Diploma "With Distinction." He also holds advanced degrees in piano performance and literature from the University of Illinois. His teachers have included Vitaly Margulis, Joel Shapiro, Gustavo Romero, William Heiles, Ann Schein (Aspen), John Wustman and Eric Dalheim (collaborative piano), and Sally Bauer. Mr. Djordjevic is on the piano faculties of the Music Institute of Chicago and the College of DuPage and maintains his own private studio in Wheaton. He is the membership secretary of the American Liszt Society and the president of the Chicago chapter of the American Liszt Society. For more information, or to contact Mr. Djordjevic, please visit
Pianist Gabriel Dobner has recorded for Haenssler Klassik, Ottavo andMDG (Musik Dabringhaus und Grimm). Following his second recording with Mezzo-Soprano Cornelia Kallisch for MDG with Lieder of Johannes Brahms, Mr. Dobner was referred to as 'A Master among Lieder Pianists' by the West German Radio. His recording with Mettenor, Gerhard Siegel was released in 2016 by Haenssler Klassik Profil, featuring songs of Strauss, Schoenberg and Hessenberg. To be released next year is a second recording with Mr. Siegel, includingsongs of Strauss and Wagner. Gabriel Dobner also recently recorded Schubert's Winterreise with Baritone Laurence Gien, released in 2017. Recordings for radio broadcast include those for Bavarian State Radio, West German Radio, North German Radio, Nippon Broadcasting Corporation in Japan, as well as Saint Paul Sunday in the US. In 1993, Mr. Dobner moved to Germany upon receiving a DAAD Scholarship to study Lied with Helmut Deutsch at the Munich Hochschule für Musik. Shortly after arriving in Munich, Mr. Dobner was awarded the Special Pianist Prize in the International Hans Pfitzner Lieder Competition in Munich. Gabriel Dobner quickly established a solid reputation as a Lieder pianist, having played with such notable singers as René Kollo, Cornelia Kallisch, Gerhard Siegel and Kevin McMillan, among others. These collaborations have led to performances in some of Europe's leading venues including the Semperoper in Dresden, Hamburg Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Herkuleesaalin Munich, Kölner Phiharmonie and the Musikverein in Vienna. Gabriel Dobner was born in Chicago where he completed his BMin piano from Roosevelt University with Prof. Ludmila Lazar. Hethen continued his studies at Indiana University for both his MM and DMA where he studied with Leonard Hokanson, later becoming his teaching assistant. Gabriel Dobner joined the faculty of James Madison University in 2001. This past summer marked Mr. Dobner's second year on the faculty of the AIMS Institute in Graz, Austria.
Considered by Martha Argerich an "extraordinary musician" and by the international critic a "phenomenon" and "a master of contrasts," Steinway Artist Alexandre Dossin keeps an active performing, recording and teaching careers.Currently a Professor of Piano at the University of Oregon School of Music, Alexandre Dossin is a graduate from the University of Texas-Austin and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia. He was assistant of Sergei Dorensky at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow, Russia) and Willliam Race and Gregory Allen at University of Texas at Austin (USA). A prizewinner in several international piano competitions, Dossin received the First Prize and the Special Prize at the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other international awards include the Silver Medal and second Honorable Mention in the Maria Callas Grand Prix, and Third Prize and Special Prize in the Mozart International Piano Competition, in addition to several prizes in Brazil. An active recording artist, he has 15 CDs released with several labels, including 6 CDs with Naxos and 6 editions/recordings for Schirmer. His work was praised in reviews by Diapason, The Financial Times, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Clavier and other international publications. Dossin is the Vice President of the American Liszt Society, the President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Liszt Society and is one of the recipients of the prestigious 2015-2016 Faculty Fund for Excellence at the University of Oregon, where he also chairs the piano department.
Praised for his “clear, expressive playing,” “mature display of pyrotechnics,” “seasoned artistry,” and “sensitivity to harmonic and formal considerations,” pianist Richard Fountain has steadily garnered praise for his versatile abilities as a soloist, a coveted collaborator, and an accomplished teacher.
Originally from Springfield, Nebraska, Fountain began studies with his mother Judy and continued with David Gerard. He then studied with Leon Harshenin at Taylor University and with Paul Barnes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fountain received the prestigious Early Achiever Award from the Nebraska Alumni Association in 2017, was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition, and was named the 2015 “Teacher of the Year” by the Lubbock Music Teachers Association. In recent seasons Fountain has performed Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” as well as concertos by MacDowell, Shostakovich, and J.S. Bach, in addition to thoughtfully programmed solo recitals and extensive activities as a vocal, instrumental, chamber, and choral collaborator. Fountain’s current major project is a complete cycle of Franz Liszt’s monumental transcriptions of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, each paired with a solo Beethoven sonata. This three-year project commemorates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth in 2020. During the 2018-19 season, Fountain will be performing the Fifth, Seventh, and Eighth symphonies.
Richard and his wife Sarah live with their three children in Plainview, TX, where he is full Professor of Piano at Wayland Baptist University, a proud All-Steinway School. Fountain is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Music Teachers Association, and has served as President of the Lubbock Music Teachers Association. He also serves as chanter and choir director at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Lubbock and holds the positions of Principal Keyboard with both Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Fountain’s website is

Charles Fugo is Professor of Piano at the University of South Carolina School of Music. He received his baccalaureate degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, with additional study at the Akademie des Mozarteums (Salzburg), and his MM and DM performance degrees at Indiana University, where he was also awarded the Performer's Certificate. During his study at Indiana he was named a state winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Division. His principal teachers include Abbey Simon, Jorge Bolet, and Joseph Schwartz, with additional study under Winfried Wolf, Sidney Foster, and Robin McCabe, and chamber music coaching under Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio. The recipient of the​ 2008 Cantey Outstanding Faculty Award given by the School of Music, he was a staff member of the summer honors program of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, serving for thirteen years. He was also official accompanist for the Josef Hofmann Competition, held in Aiken, South Carolina, over a five-year period. A frequent adjudicator, he has judged at local, state, and regional levels. In 2017, he was named a Foundation Fellow by the Music Teachers National Association. He has played collaborative recitals at New York City's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and has recorded the complete music for viola and piano by Schumann in collaboration with Lenny Schranze as well as transcriptions for double bass of works by Vaughan Williams, Schubert, and Franck in collaboration with Craig Butterfield, both issued on Centaur Records. As a member of the Jesselson/Fugo Duo he has also participated in a CD available online, "Carolina Cellobration," featuring works of six South Carolina composers commissioned by the Duo. He has performed throughout the Southeast and appeared frequently on South Carolina Radio and Television as soloist and chamber musician. 

Kemal Gekic presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations as a soloist and in collaboration with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Warsaw Philharmonic and Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. As a recording artist, Kemal Gekic has won accolades in Europe, America and Japan for insightful, original views of the music. Among his 15 solo-albums, his Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (Naxos) won "The Rosette" of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his recording of Liszt's Transcendental Etudes (JVC) is generally considered to be one of the best recordings of the set in history. Born in Split, Croatia, Kemal Gekic got his early training from Prof. Lorenza Baturina. He earned his MD in the class of Prof. Jokuthon Mihailovic (1985) at the Art Academy of Novi Sad,Yugoslavia and was immediately given a faculty appointment by the piano department which he eventually directed until 1999. Since 1999 he has been Artist in Residence at the Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where he teaches piano performance classes. Kemal Gekic is a guest lecturer at numerous universities and academies throughout the world. He has served as a juror on numerous piano competitions. Since 2010 he also directs Kemal Gekic Summer School and Festival in Split, Croatia. Programs on his life and his performances were broadcast by RAI Italy, TV Portugal, TV Yugoslavia, NHK Japan, POLTEL Poland, RTV Lower Saxony Germany, Intervision, CBC and PBS.
Pianist Gila Goldstein who is known as a versatile musician has captivated audiences around the world with her unique artistry and soulful interpretations. Ms. Goldstein's most notable performances included the Berliner Symphoniker, Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Da Camera in Mexico City and the Lincoln Symphony in Nebraska, as well as recitals and concerts at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall and Loewe Theatre in New York City, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Beijing Concert Hall, China, Seoul National University in Korea, the Purcell Room at the South Bank Center in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Musée de Louvre and Cité des Arts in Paris, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Colburn Music Academy in Los Angeles, Old First Church in San Francisco, Gardner Museum and Tsai Performing Center in Boston, Dame Myra Hess concert series, Ravinia's "Rising Stars" Series and Symphony Hall in Chicago, Henry Crown Hall in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Museum, among others. A Board member of the American Liszt Society (ALS) and the Founder-President of its NY/NJ Chapter since 1992, she has been a frequent guest performer at the ALS annual festivals in the USA and Canada. A champion of the music of Israel's leading composer Paul Ben-Haim, Ms. Goldstein has recorded two volumes of his entire piano and chamber works on the Centaur label. Gila Goldstein is the Chair of the Piano Department at Boston University and the Director of the Young Artist Piano Program at Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She has given master classes and adjudicated international and national piano competitions throughout the USA, in Israel, China, the Philippines and Korea. Ms. Goldstein obtained her music degrees in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Prof. Nina Svetlanova and the Tel-Aviv University's School of Music, where her teacher was Prof. Victor Derevianko. Please visit her web site,

A Berlin native, David Gross has performed widely in Germany, and the US, including as soloist with the Berliner Symphoniker, Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder, Ensemble Oriol, Rockford Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Macon Symphony, Idaho Civic Symphony, Anderson Symphony, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, and Brevard Philharmonic. He has been featured in numerous solo broadcasts for German NPR, in the film Singing Hands(German National Public Television), and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series (WFMT Chicago). His CD of Edouard Lalo's Piano Concerto with the Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder was selected for the in-flight audio program on Lufthansa. In 2010,Centaur Records released his recording of piano works by Jan Hugo Voríšek. Besides his commitment to solo repertoire, David Gross is passionate about chamber music: as a founding member of the Poinsett Piano Trio he has performed extensively on the East Coast, in Germany(2012),and New Zealand(2010, and 2013). David lives in Greenville where he is Professor at Furman University. Previously, he taught at the Hochschule Hanns Eislerin Berlin, Western Michigan University, Goshen College, and the University of Cape Town (South Africa). He holds degrees from the Hochschule München, the Yale School of Music, the Hochschule Hannover, and a Doctoral Degree from the University of Illinois, where his teachers included Ludwig Hoffmann, Arie Vardi, Daniel Pollack, Claude Frank, and John Wustman. He is a prizewinner of the international piano competitions in Marsala (Italy) and Bremen (Germany). Dr. Gross has given lecture-recitals, including at the Goethe Institute in Boston, at national conferences of the College Music Society and the Music Teachers National Association, and for local MTNA chapters throughout the Southeast. Eager to pass along his musical knowledge, experience, and insights, he teaches master classes to aspiring young pianists and gives lectures on pedagogical topics to music teacher groups.
Dr. Tad Hardin maintains an active career as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, conductor and educator. His recital engagements and master-classes have taken him to venues throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe, including numerous guest artist series and broadcasts on Florida Public Radio and Bolivian national television. He enjoys periodic engagements as a pianist with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Opera on the James, and North Carolina Opera. He also performs in frequent chamber recitals with singers and instrumentalists, including his piano-percussion ensemble, Duo Matre.Hardin earned his Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University College of Music where he studied with Carolyn Bridger, Timothy Hoekman, Karyl Louwenaar, and Douglas Fisher. Other influential teachers and coaches include David Allen Wehr, Martin Katz, and Graham Johnson. Students from his piano and vocal coaching studio have been accepted to highly competitive music schools and young artist programs, including Julliard, Yale, FSU, CCM, Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, Glimmerglass, and Chatauqua Opera. Dr. Hardin serves as Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Piano at Liberty University School of Music. Prior to that post, he held teaching positions at Lawrence University's Music Conservatory, Spring Arbor University, and several summer festivals, including the Songfest Young Artist Program, the Festival Internacional Bach in Perú, and the Asolo Song Festival in Italy. He also worked as a Performance Analyst for Zenph Sound Innovations, serving as Production Manager for collaborations with Yamaha, Sony Japan, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the critically acclaimed album, The Spanish Masters, featuring soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and cellist Zuill Bailey. Dr. Hardin resides in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he volunteers with the public school strings program, serves as guest conductor for a local theatre company, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra.
Pianist Jay Hershberger has played throughout the United States and Canada, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Library of Congress. He has also been a frequent guest artist at the Great Romantics Music Festival in Canada. He has performed in Europe, most recently in Finland, and has appeared in European festivals including the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in southern Italy and the South Bohemia Music Festival in the Czech Republic. In 2012he toured China, performing in Zhouhai, Chong-Ching, Chengdu, and Beijing. An avid chamber music advocate, he is a founding member of Excelsior! Trio (flute, saxophone, piano), which was named Class Notes Artists by Minnesota Public Radio. He also performs in the Modern Trio (violin, saxophone, piano) and the Concordia Piano Trio. He is currently Professor of Piano at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and was previously Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at Arizona State University. His undergraduate students have won competitions and have been accepted into prestigious graduate schools in piano performance and pedagogy, many with teaching assistantships. An active adjudicator, Hershberger has judged for the Chicago International Piano Competition, the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the Los Angeles International Young Musicians Piano Competition, the Phoenix Young Artist Competition, the San Angelo Symphony Sorantin Awards, the Lee Biennial Competition, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association. He is president of the American Liszt Society. His compact disc recording, featuring works by Franz Liszt, was released in the Fall of 2006 and was featured on Michael Barone's New Releases radio program on Minnesota Public Radio. He is a husband, father, and grandfather, and when he isn't practicing or teaching the piano, he loves to read. He also chases a temperamental pony named Jedi around his country spread.
Hailed for her "expressive and powerful playing", "formidable technique", as well as her "keen sense of lyricism and the classical style," Korean-American pianist Caroline Hong continues to flourish in her career as an internationally active soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, master class teacher, lecturer, and adjudicator. Pulitzer Prize and Academy award-winning composer John Corigliano referred to her as "one of the greatest pianists I have ever heard" after a performance of his Etude Fantasy (1976). Critics wrote that it was "breathtaking" and "hard to imagine a better performance." Favorably reviewed by American Record Guide, she has recorded for Mark Records and Fleur de Son, further establishing herself as an interpreter of living composers' piano solo music. Caroline Hong made her debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition. She is a laureate of the Van Cliburn International Audition, the Robert Casadesus International Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, UNISA International Piano Competition, Beethoven Foundation, Distinguished Performer of the Palm Beach International Piano Competition, Winner of the Society of American Musicians, Bach Festival of Southern California, among others. She has been a featured performer on Robert Sherman's "Young Artists Showcase" (New York Times Radio) and countless other radio broadcasts throughout the nation and abroad, also as a performer for the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy. As winner of the Chicago Civic Orchestra Soloist Competition, she performed in Symphony Center under the baton of Michael Morgan. Hong has had the privilege of studying with luminaries such as Martin Canin, Jerome Lowenthal, Sergei Babayan, Dmitrii Paperno, Ann Schein, and Karen Shaw, M. Deitzer, and in solo masterclass with Claude Frank, John Browning, Leon Fleisher, and chamber masterclasses with the late Gyorgy Sebok and Menahem Pressler, among others. Her first teacher, with whom she began study of piano at the age of 2, was her own mother, Mrs. Koon Ja Hong. Caroline Hong received her training from the Juilliard School in New York (M.M.), the Peabody Institute (B.M.), and holds a doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University (D.M.). She has served on faculty for the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Vianden International Festival and School (Luxembourg), "Piano at Peabody", Longwood University, as both Piano and Theory Associate Instructor for Indiana University, and is currently serving as Professor at The Ohio State University. Dr. Hong has a strong teaching record reflected by successful students who have won competitions and positions in music academia. As a chamber musician, she has performed with many fine artist groups including the Vermeer String Quartet and the Dorian Wind Quintet, and toured extensively in the U.S. as a member of the piano-violin duo, Duo Viardot. She is a Steinway Artist, the principal founding member and President of the American Liszt Society Ohio Chapter, and the Executive and Artistic Director of the Franz Liszt (U.S.) International Festival and Piano Competition. Other professional affiliations include Music Teachers National Association, Ohio Music Teachers Association, and the Columbus Symphony.
An active and versatile pianist, Daniel Paul Horn is Professor of Piano and Chair of Keyboard Studies at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, where he has taught since 1984, and was honored with a 2009 Senior Academic Achievement Award for sustained excellence in scholarship. As a solo recitalist, he has appeared at colleges and universities throughout North America, at the American Liszt Society Festival, and in live broadcasts over WFMT-FM, on its Pianoforte Foundation Fazioli Salon Series and 2010 Beethoven Piano Sonata series; he has also appeared with various Midwestern orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and made his European debut in April 2015 with the Sarajevo Philharmonic, playing Lumen by American composer Jacob Bancks. An avid chamber musician, he regularly collaborates with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With the Master Works Ensemble, he has played in Bermuda and at the Beijing Modern Music Festival; in addition, he has performed with the Ying String Quartet, the Rembrandt Chamber Players, Midsummer's Music in Door County, cellist Stephen Balderston, pianists Alexander Djordjevic and Caroline Hong, and Guarneri Quartet violinist John Dalley. He also works with noted singers, including sopranos Michelle Areyzaga and Sylvia McNair, baritone Gerard Sundberg, and bass Stephen Morscheck; with soprano Carolyn Hart and mezzo-soprano Denise Gamez, he has performed recitals in Chicago, New York, and Paris. Working with living composers, he has premiered music by Jacob Bancks, Jacob Beranek, Delvyn Case, David M. Gordon, Patrick Kavanaugh, Daniel Kellogg, Shawn Okpebholo, and Max Raimi. As an early keyboardist, he was harpsichordist in performances of Handel's Messiah and Haydn's Creation under the baton of John Nelson, and has twice performed on the Historical Piano Concert series at the Frederick Collection in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. In 1997, he recorded the critically praised disc "Wanderings" for Titanic Records on an 1829 Graf fortepiano, and in 2010 released Sehnsucht: Music of Robert Schumann; he also recorded for the Centaur label with CSO cellist Donald Moline, and for the Canadian Music Centre with soprano Carolyn Hart. A Detroit native, Horn studied at Peabody with Walter Hautzig, and at Juilliard, where he studied with Martin Canin and Felix Galimir, and earned his doctorate. He has also coached with Jerome Lowenthal, Ann Schein, Joseph Bloch, Roy Howat, and Menahem Pressler, for whom he twice served as a guest assistant at Indiana University. In addition to his duties at Wheaton, he is treasurer of the American Liszt Society, and has been a faculty artist at the Sewanee, Adamant, Blue Mountain, Master Works, and Dakota Sky summer festivals.
Korean Pianist Yun Ha Hwang, was written about in New York Times as "a true crowd-pleaser with a large, power-house sound and an unveiled artistic temperament". She has won several competitions such as "Artist International Competition", "Urbino Americani Musicisti Festival Competition", "Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition", "Tokyo International Piano Duo Competition", "Pusan Competition", and "Dong-A Competition". She also had concerts with various orchestras such as Americani Musicisti Festival, S.N.U. Symphony, New York Seoul Symphony, Seoul Symphony, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Hwang founded 'Korean Liszt Society'in 1999and'Korean Liszt Competition' in 2009,and has filled the president of the society up to date. For her continuous devotion to the cultural exchange between Korea and Hungary, she was awarded 'Pro Cultura Hungarica' medal(2004) and the Cross for Merit(2016)from Hungarian government. And she was received the title of "Honorary Patron of the Liszt Academy of Music" for her 'most valuable activity in promoting the legacy of Ferenc Liszt and fostering the international reputation of the Liszt Academy of Music in the Republic of Korea' in 2012. She received her B.M. from the college of Music in Seoul National University(Korea), M.M. from Manhattan School of Music(USA), and completed her Doctoral course from the latter school. Ms. Hwang was a member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division,Tivoliclassica/ Caprarola/ Urbino/International Music Festival in Italy, Amati Music Festival(NY), and Prague International Piano Master Classes(2008), Prague Institute & Music Festival(2013). She is currently a member of the faculty at the Kangwon National University.
Concert pianist and documentarian Antonio Iturrioz, born in Cuba, came to the United States when he was 7 years old. Giving his first concert at 9, he played the Liszt First Piano Concerto for his orchestral debut at 15.His teachers have included his father, Pablo Iturrioz; Francisco De Hoyos, a pupil of Gyorgi Sandor; Bernardo Segall, who studied with the Liszt pupil Alexander Siloti; Aube Tzerko; and Julian White. He has taken master classes from Byron Janis, Alexis Weissenberg, Jorge Bolet, and Andre Watts. Following an injury to his right hand, Iturrioz learned important and obscure works for the left hand, including the complete Godowsky arrangements and original compositions. This led to his first film, the unique documentary The Art of the Left Hand: A Brief History of Left Hand Piano Music, called "an important film "by Clavier magazine. His second, The Buddha of the Piano: Leopold Godowsky, the only film about Godowsky, has been shown at international piano festivals, colleges in the U.S., and the Edinburgh Society of Musicians. Highly praised by Marc-Andre Hamelin, Carlo Grante, and many others, Dr. Ronald Stevenson said, "It is an important film for all pianists and pianophiles....You reveal with skill, clarity and sensitivity the intricacies of his polyphonic piano writing." The film, translated into Italian and French, will soon be translated into Polish. Both films have been featured on national public television. Iturrioz in 2013 gave the world premiere performance on one piano of L. M. Gottschalk's complete two-movement symphony, La Nuit des Tropiques, having transcribed for the first time the second movement, "Fiesta Criolla,"for one piano. The Steinway & Sons label will release in fall 2018 the world premiere CD of this historic work. Andre Watts has called Gottschalk and Cuba an "extraordinary album of music!"
Martin David Jones, pianist, has been a featured performer in recital and with orchestra throughout the United States. His appearances at major musical centers include Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and Gindi Auditorium in Los Angeles. Jones has performed extensively in Washington, D.C. including solo recitals at the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection. He has been soloist with the Gwinnett Philharmonic Orchestra, Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, the La Crosse Symphony, the Columbia Orchestra of Maryland, and the Frederick Symphony Orchestra. The Washington Post called his "technique meticulous, his musicianship powerful and his inclinations poetic." Jones was the recipient of the Yamaha prize at the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition. His compact disc, the "Piano Music of André Previn", was released on the Centaur Records label receiving critical acclaim from and Fono Forum. His latest recording, the "Piano Music of Friedrich Gulda" (on the Naxos label) was released in the April 2018 receiving excellent reviews from Grammophone, Music Web International, and Classical-Modern Music Review. Increasingly active as a composer, his compositions have been performed at both Georgia Music Teachers Association and Georgia Music Educators Association conventions. Jones graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Northridge. He also has Master and Doctoral degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Julian Martin, Charles Fierro, Paul Schenly, and Earle Voorhies. Jones is professor at Augusta University where he teaches piano, composition, and Music Theory.
Award-winning pianist Joseph Kingma, whose sound has been described by conductors as "rich and encompassing, yet delicate​ and refined" and "flawless and expressive", maintains a career as both a prolific performing artist and committed pedagogue. He has won awards in numerous international competitions, most recently first prize in both the American Liszt Society's 2017 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition and the Monroe Symphony League's 2018 Marjorie Stricken Emerging Artists Competition. Formerly faculty member at Louisiana College, Joseph joined the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University in the fall of 2018 as Assistant Professor of Piano.His eloquent artistry and technical mastery has led to numerous concerto performances with orchestras across the nation. Passionate about both performing and teaching, he has drawn masterclass and recital invitations from the University of Toledo, the University of North Alabama, Ohio State University, and many others. He is in constant demand for solo recitals and has been engaged for such concert series as the Arts Alive! Concert Series (PA), the Good Shepherd International Concert Series (MN), and the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Concert Series (OH). He is currently represented in North America by Elegy Artist Management. In 2017, Joseph graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with his DMA, where he studied with Anton Nel. Previously, he earned his BM and MM at Rice University under the tutelage of Robert Roux. His earlier teachers include Aviram Reichert, Philip Pletcher, and Elena Arseniev. Joseph currently lives in southeast Florida with his wife (Rebecca), daughter (Eliana), and dog (Spunky).
American tenor, Grant Knox is enjoying a varied career in opera, musical theater, concert and recital.He has appeared with the Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Chautauqua Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera Atlanta, Rochester Lyric Opera, GLOW Lyric Theatre, and with Maestro Lorin Maazel's Castleton Opera Festival. Equally at home in concert repertoire, Knox has been engaged by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony Orchestra/Chorale, Cobb Symphony, Peninsula Music Festival, Bach Ensemble of Cincinnati, Rochester Oratorio Society/Philharmonic, Constella Festival, Hendersonville Symphony and in recital at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Upcoming engagements include the tenor solos in Handel's Messiahwith the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus, Joe Cable in South Pacific with the Indianapolis Opera, and Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Hendersonville Symphony. As a recording artist, Knox can be heard on the complete cast recordings of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Grand Duke and The Sorcerer, Offenbach's The Brigands, Romberg's Maytime, and Kalman's The Carnival Fairy, all released on the Albany Records label. Dr. Knox is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM, MM) and Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music (DM). Dr. Knox serves as Artist/Teacher of Voice and Director of Opera at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina where he was the 2016/17 recipient of the Alester G. Furman Jr. and Janie Earle Furman award for meritorious teaching.
Justin Kolb, pianist,  has premiered compositions by: Robert Starer, John Downey, Peter Schickele, Paul Alan Levi, William Ferris, and Robert Cucinotta. Collaborations have included solo performances with: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Hamburg Philharmonic, Amernet String Quartet, North Shore Concert Band, William Ferris Chorale, Michael Teolis Singers, and Woodstock's Ars Choralis. From Budapest to Santa Barbara his solo recitals, conservatory "power talks" and motivational "kids clinics" have shaped a successful 21st century career. Currently serving as the Executive Secretary of the American Liszt Society, Justin is a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Phoenicia Int'l Festival of the Voice, a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from DePaul University, and is a former U.S. Army Captain. Clavier magazine featured Kolb on its cover with an inside feature about his motivational "kids clinics". The NY Times [Alex Ross] and Chicago Tribune [John von Rhein] laud his American music performances and Albany Records retains Kolb on its artist's roster. FMI: Artist's statement: "Without an understanding of entrepreneurism, community engagement and self-promotion today's performing artist will neither accomplish nor succeed. "It's a tough business...but it's a business!" JK, Chamber Music America, annual conference 2018.
Jonathan Kregor is Professor of Musicology at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. His research interests include aesthetics, Franz Liszt, musical reproduction, music and memory, virtuosity and gender, and art song. He is the author of Liszt as Transcriber(Cambridge University Press, 2010), winner of the inaugural Alan Walker Book Award from the American Liszt Society; Program Music (Cambridge University Press, 2015); articles and reviews innumerous academic journals; editor of works by CPE Bach and Clara Schumann; co-editor of Liszt et la France (Vrin, 2012) and editor of Nineteenth-Century Programme Music: Creation, Negotiations, Reception (Brepols, forthcoming). Since2012 he has been editor of the Journal of the American Liszt Society.
Dr. Ryan C. Lewis is Associate Professor of Percussion at Ouachita Baptist University where he teaches Percussion and Music History courses and directs the Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band Drum Line, and Steel Drum Ensembles. Previously he served on the music faculties of Claflin University, the University of South Carolina, and Florida State University. Lewis has performed as timpanist-percussionist with many professional symphony orchestras and under the direction of maestros Keith Lockhart, David Zinman, and Leonard Slatkin. He has served as Principal Percussionist of the Spartanburg Symphony Orchestra and given solo, chamber, and lecture-recital presentations at Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and College Music Society National Conventions. Lewis has appeared with So Percussion, Third Coast Percussion, Bob Becker, John Harbison, Mannheim Steamroller, Smokey Robinson, Habib Koité, and Haiqiong Dengin her Carnegie Hall debut. He currently performs with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Trio di Risata, and Duo Matre. Lewis holds degrees from the University of South Carolina, Florida State University, and Furman University. A past President of the Arkansas Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, Lewis is an active member of PAS and the College Music Society and an Artist-Educator for Dynasty-Bergerault, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Black Swamp Percussion, Evans drum heads, and Sabian cymbals.
Linda Li-Bleuelis a professor of music in the Department of Performing Arts at Clemson University, where she teaches applied and collaborative piano to music majors and minors, music history, and music theory/aural skills. Dr. Li-Bleuel maintains an active solo and chamber music career. She recently completed a China recital tour, centering in the city of Nanjing. As a Fulbright-Taiwan scholar she taught piano and gave recitals at Chinese Culture University in Taipei, and has also performed at Taipei National University of the Arts, National Chengchi University, and National Taiwan Normal University. She has also been a visiting professor in China at Shaanxi Normal University in Xian, China, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, and Nanjing University of the Arts. A supporter of new classical art music, she and her husband, saxophonist/conductor John Bleuel, commissioned two pieces from Lucie Robert-Diessel, Paris Conservatoire composition professor and Prix de Rome winner. Dr. Li-Bleuel has given the United States and European premieres of her works, 10+1(solo piano with saxophone orchestra) under the baton of John Bleuel, and Interrogations for violin, piano, and alto saxophone. She was the 2012-14 Clemson University College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities Creativity Professor. Dr. Li-Bleuel has recorded for Arizona University Recordings and ACA Digital. She is the currently the MTNA Southern Division Director-Elect and is a sought-after adjudicator. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia, a Master of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teachers have included Jane Allen, Kenneth Drake, and Richard Zimdars.
Tsai-Wei Li is a winner of multiple contests in her native Taiwan, including the University of Taipei Concerto Competition, as well as the Taipei and the Keelung National Music Competitions. In the US, she has won the Lee University Concerto Competition and received the competitive Dean's Award as well as the opportunity to perform an Honors Recital at Georgia State University. Ms. Li was recently invited to be a soloist for upcoming performances with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and had previously performed Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto with the University of Taipei Orchestra and Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with the Lee University Orchestra. Tsai-Wei has participated in the International Keyboard Institute Festival in New York City, the International Piano Festival of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and, most recently, the Miami Music Festival in Florida. She has worked in master classes with distinguished artists including Boris Slutsky, Alon Goldstein, Alexandre Moutouzkine, Natalya Antonova, Ching-Yun Hu, Chun-Chieh Yen, Peter Takacs, Marina Lomazov, Yakov Kasman, Francesco Monopoli, Alexander Kobrin, Jerome Rose, Victor Rosebaum, Nina Tichman, Ming-Qiang Li, Michael Oelbaum, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, Gesa Luecker and Gabriele Leporatti.Ms. Liholds a bachelor's degree from the University of Taipei and a master's degree from Lee University where she was a full-scholarship recipient of Musicianship, Dean's Music, and Asian Pacific awards. She earned an Artist Certificate from Georgia State University as a graduate teaching assistant. Her principal professors have been Chin-Chuan Chang, Hui-Chi Liu, Ning An, Cahill Smith, and Raffi Besalyan. Tsai-Wei is currently a doctoral student in piano performance at the University of Georgia working with Dr. Liza Stepanova. She is minoring in music theory and collaborative piano and was awarded a full graduate teaching assistantship.
José R. López is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Keyboard Studies Program at Miami's Florida International University, president of the South Florida Chapter of the American Liszt Society, and a Board member of the United Kingdom's Alkan Society. He has performed throughout the United States, Italy and Central and South America as a recitalist and chamber musician. A founding member of the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble, he co-founded the Deering Estate's Chamber Concert Series, now in its 12thyear. A versatile pianist and enthusiastic performer of chamber music, he has recorded for SNE, Albany, Innova and Toccata Classics record labels. Complementing his interest in contemporary music, which has resulted in frequent world premieres and collaborations with composers, are López's efforts to revive rarely heard Romantic and Classical works: among his particular interests are French composer Charles Valentin Alkan and Italian composer Riccardo Malipiero. López received his MM and DMA degrees from the University of Miami School of Music, where he studied with Rosalina Sackstein, a former pupil of Rafael de Silva and Claudio Arrau.
Twenty-two year old Chinese American pianist, Isabella Ma, has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, Miami New World Center, and Disney Concert Hall. Ma has worked with world renowned musicians such as Yefim Bronfman, Stephen Hough, Richard Goode, Jerome Rose, Alexander Kobrin, Vladimir Feltsman, Vitaly Margulis, Anne Schein, and John Perry. She has been featured on National Public Radio and has been named a top prize winner of numerous competitions including the Chicago International Piano Competition, Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, Schoenfeld International Competition, MTNA National Competition, Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, Mannes Concerto Competition, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Concerto Competition, and the Miami Music Festival Competition. After her debut at the Miami New World Center, the Miami Times published a review praising her “maturity and musical intelligence that emphasized the lyric beauty and austere intensity...elegant phrasing and organic, graceful style that made the music come alive in a spontaneous, idiomatic fashion.” Ma began the piano at the age of nine under the guidance of Anli Lin Tong. Ma’s piano trio, MC² trio, was formed in Los Angeles and placed 1st at the MTNA Nationals Chamber Competition. The trio has performed concerts throughout the country, commissioning new works and performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto. A native of Shenzhen, China, Ma also plays the violin, beginning at the age of seven and enjoys playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles. She is a Bachelor’s degree graduate of The Mannes School of Music, where she studied with J.Y. Song and Pavlina Dokovska and was awarded the Steinway & Sons Award and the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award by the Dean. She is currently attending The Juilliard School pursuing her Master’s degree under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal.
Elyse Mach is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Music at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago where she coordinated both the undergraduate and graduate piano pedagogy programs and developed the group piano courses as well as having taught in the applied piano program. She has given concerts throughout Europe and the United States, appearing as piano soloist with such orchestras as the NBC Symphony and the Netherlandische Philharmonic Broadcasting Orchestra. Dr. Mach is the author of ten books on piano and pianists, among them, Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves (Dover Publishers), Learning Piano: Piece by Piece and Contemporary Class Piano, Eighth Edition (Oxford University Press) and two Liszt books, The Technical Studies and Rare and Familiar: 26 Piano Pieces by Franz Liszt, and has been a contributing music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. She has conducted well over a hundred interviews with internationally known classical and jazz virtuosos, literary figures, and film stars, as well as articles on piano pedagogy, that have appeared in magazines and scholarly journals both nationally and internationally, and authored the column "Practice Notes" for Clavier Magazine for a number of years. She has given guest lectures at such prestigious universities and conservatories throughout the world as: St. Catherine's College of Oxford University, Yale, Northwestern, The Juilliard School of Music and Peabody Conservatory, and is actively engaged as a competition adjudicator, piano clinician and master class teacher. The first recipient of the Board of Governors Universities Distinguished Professor Award, the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Illinois have honored Dr. Mach with a proclamation and again recently honored her with a proclamation upon her retirement from the university after many years of distinguished service. She has also been honored with the Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor Award and the Medal from The American Liszt Society, which is the highest and most prestigious award given by the Society, for her scholarly research and publications on Romantic composer and pianist, Franz Liszt.
Canadian baritone Kevin McMillan's performing career has spanned over 30years with more than 850 concerts, 15 professional recordings, a Grammy award, a Gramophone award and numerous Juno award nominations. Critics have praised his "elegant lyric baritone voice" and "singularly remarkable interpretive skills" in appearances with virtually every major North American orchestra, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. He has also established a presence in Europe, with appearances in centers such as London, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, and Prague. He has worked with such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Andrew Davis, Neeme Jarvi, Sir Roger Norrington​​, Hellmuth Rilling and the late Robert Shaw, Kurt Masur, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Pierre Boulez, and Sergiu Commissiona. He joined the faculty of the James Madison University School of Music in 2009, and was recently promoted to the rank of Full Professor. He teaches a full studio of voice students, both undergraduate and graduate vocal pedagogy, coaches the JMU Bach Aria Group, and coordinates Auditions and Admissions for the JMU Voice Area.
Ruby Morgan has been described as "one of the outstanding pianists of the South," performing solo recitals and chamber music throughout the eastern United States and Europe. She made her orchestral debut at fifteen with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and has since performed with orchestras as well as a member of the Heritage Chamber Players, with frequent broadcasts on South Carolina Public Radio. In addition to traditional solo programs, Morgan has presented commentary-concerts of works by women composers on campuses and before groups such as the International Congress of Women in Music and the South-Atlantic College Music Society. While dealing with the frustrations of focal dystonia in her right hand, she has presented numerous programs for the left hand alone, including recitals for the Musica de Camera Series at Spoleto USA, the Music on Madisonand the Music @ Ascension Series in New York City, as well as presentations at the National Meeting of the College Music Society, the New York Piano Teachers' Congress, and the MTNA National Conference in Austin. Morgan, who retired this year as Professor of Piano at Furman University, has had students as winners in both state and national competitions. For eight summers she was a member of the Artist-Faculty of the Brevard Music Center and later assisted at the Taubman Piano Institute at Amherst and Williams Colleges. Her current project is editing/publishing an anthology of recital music for left hand. Morgan holds graduate degreesin piano performance from Florida State University [with a fellowship from Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society]and the Juilliard School Professional Studies Program. Her undergraduate degree is from Winthrop University, where she received the Sylvan Award as the outstanding magna cum laude graduate. Her teachers include Jack Tait, Edward Kilenyi, Lilian Kallir, Martin Canin, and Edna Golandsky.
A native of Atlanta, GA, Caroline Owen is a recent graduate of Furman University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and studied with Dr. Derek Parsons. She was a semifinalist at the 2016 International Keyboard Odyssiad competition, and a prizewinner in the 2017 Georgia MTNA Young Artist Competition and the 2016 South Carolina MTNA Young Artist Competition. Most recently, Ms. Owen was the winner of the 2018 Atlanta Mozart Society Competition, through which she received a scholarship to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in July under Dominique Merlet and Christopher Hinterhuber. She was additionally selected to participate in Atlantic Music Festival's summer piano institute this past summer and studied with Boris Slutsky. Ms. Owen has performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 as a winner of the 2015 Furman Symphony Orchestra concerto competition. She has also performed for Lucille Chung, Martin Katz, Dina Yoffe, and Sandra Shen among others in masterclass settings. In 2016, Ms. Owen was awarded a Furman Advantage Research grant to co-author (with Dr. Derek Parsons) a two-piano reduction of a piano concerto by Anglo-Canadian composer Healey Willan. The reduction was published through the Healey Willan Society in 2017 and performed by the co-authors at the 2017 SCMTA Conference. Additional performance experience has included a Mozart sonata on a 1791 Broadwood piano in Easley, SC, and two public performances in Arezzo, Italy. Ms. Owen is currently in the second year of her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance under Dr. Liza Stepanova at the University of Georgia, where she holds a graduate teaching assistantship in music theory.
Called "a rising star definitely worth watching" (Michael Barone, Pipedreams) and "unusually able and sensitive" (The American Organist), Adam Pajan is Instructor of Organ and Shop Technician at the University of Oklahoma's American Organ Institute, where he teaches students in organ performance, organ technology, and church music. He received his DMA in 2014 under John Schwandt following studies at Furman University and Yale University, earning the BM and MM degrees under Charles Tompkins, Martin Jean, and Thomas Murray. His performing career has taken him across the United States and to Germany multiple times, playing in the cathedrals of Mainz, Magdeburg, Fulda, and Altenberg and other historical churches. Performances in 2018have included Los Angeles; Holyoke, MA; Ocean Grove Auditorium, NJ; and two international tours to Germany and England. Dr. Pajan has been recognized as the first prize recipient in three national competitions (Albert Schweitzer, Arthur Poister, and Ruth and Clarence Mader) and received the Firmin Swinnen Second Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in 2013. His playing has been heard at conventions of the American Institute of Organ builders, Organ Historical Society, and the American Guild of Organists, and multiple times on American Public Media's Pipedreams. An enthusiastic church musician, he serves as Organist and Choir Director at St. Mark the Evangelist in Norman, OK and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oklahoma Master Chorale. Adam also serves as Artist in Residence at St. John's Episcopal Church in Tulsa, OK, where he will collaborates with resident musician Joseph Arndt has served in an advisory role in the design of the new Schoenstein pipe organ. His first recording, "Romantic Resonance," was released in February 2018 under the Raven label on the Kegg pipe organ at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton, Ohio. For more information:
Clara Park has appeared as both soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, including such venues as Beijing Concert Hall, Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Of her solo tour in China, the Tianjin Daily reviewed that "Park caused a sensation among music lovers", and she has received critical acclaim from American Record Guide and Fanfare for her artistry and commitment to undis covered piano repertoire. With her compact disc "Piano Music of Theodor Leschetizky"(Centaur Records), American Record Guide writes "...can't imagine anyone playing these (pieces) better, or with more elegance and dedication...splendidly realized". She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University and the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Peabody Conservatory, and her teachers include Claude Frank, Boris Berman, Julian Martin and John Perry. She has been a concerto soloist with orchestras including the Augusta Symphony, the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra, and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. She has given several world and American premieres of solo and chamber works of living composers, and her chamber music performances have been featured at festivals including Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Aspen Music Festival, the Foothills Chamber Music Festival, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. As an educator, she presents workshops and master classes throughout the country, and her students have received regional and national distinction. She has taught at Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Georgia Southern University, and is currently on faculty at Augusta University.
Fabio Parrini's activity includes recordings, live broadcasts, solo recitals, concertos, chamber music, and collaborations with orchestras, choirs, summer festivals, and opera productions. Among his many musical partners are his wife Sherry (piano), their children Maria (piano) and Sam (violin), and his siblings Anna (soprano), Chiara (violin) and Alberto (cello). A Steinway Artist and S.C. Arts Commission Approved Artist, he has performed with the Asheville-based group Pan Harmonia, has released CDs as a soloist and withviolinist Eun-Sun Lee, and has received multiple competition prizes, a Fulbright Grant, a Kahn Award, and recording grants from the Metropolitan Arts Council and North Greenville University, where he chairs the Piano Department. He has coached for the Philadelphia International Music Festival and has given master classes for the NGU Piano Seminar, the Greenville MTA, the SC Governor's School, Clemson University, the Longy School of Music, Emporia State University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Carson-Newman University, the University of Texas at Tyler, and the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds degrees from the Conservatory of Padua (Italy) and Boston University, and has studied with Anthony di Bonaventura, Micaela Mingardo, Gyorgy Sandor, Bruno Mezzena, and Adriana Rognoni. For recordings and current concert schedule please visit
From his orchestral debut at age 12, Canadian pianist Derek Parsons has been performing for appreciative audiences in a career that has spanned four decades. Critics have hailed him as “a wonderfully sensitive musical artist” “…[exhibiting] extraordinary technique” (The Brantford Expositor) and his performances, “…a drama of epic proportions”, “…in total command” (The Evening Telegram), and “the range of colors is impressive…” (American Record Guide). As orchestral soloist, recitalist, and collaborative artist, he has performed throughout the United States, in Canada, Spain, Italy, and China, and has been heard on South Carolina Educational Television, South Carolina Educational Radio, and CBC Radio and Television in Canada. His repertoire encompasses a wide spectrum of styles, genres, and periods. Since joining the Furman faculty in 1988 he has performed concerti of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Gershwin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich with several regional ensembles. Parsons holds diplomas in Performance Studies from Trinity College, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Michigan. His teachers have included Theodore Lettvin, Charles Fisher, Martin Katz, and Ronald Turini; additional studies have been with Guido Agosti, Cecile Ousset, and Ivan Morovec. While in South Carolina, Parsons has enjoyed a long and productive association with the South Carolina Music Teachers’ Association. He has given performances on several SCMTA conference programs, and served as President of the organization from 2010-2012. He has recently become an active member of the American Liszt Society, and has been a performer in the 2014 and 2016 Festivals. His solo disc, Liszt: The Poet Inspired was released in June 2015. Other CD’s as a member of The Ambassador Duo (with Clifford Leaman, saxophone) are also available under the Equilibrium label. In addition to his teaching duties at Furman, he serves as Keyboard Coordinator, and Director of the Summer Keyboard Institute. He is best known in the Greenville area for his annual performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at Furman's Concerts by the Lake series.

Lori Piitz is Associate Professor of piano in the School of Music at James Madison University in Virginia. In addition to applied piano, she teaches graduate pedagogy and a course on "Preparing for the Job Market."An active soloist and chamber musician, she is also part of a 4-hand piano duo, and has appeared in such venues as New York's Lincoln Center and Steinway Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Music & Beyond Festival in Ottawa, Canada, and the Staunton Music Festival in Virginia. Dr. Piitz studied at the University of Ottawa and Indiana University with such luminaries as Jean-Paul Sevilla, Leonard Hokanson, and Menahem Pressler. Most recently, her interest in the pedagogy of injury-preventive piano technique has led to work with Dr. Barbara Lister-Sink (Freeing the Caged Bird). Previous teaching engagements include the University of Ottawa, Eastern Mennonite University,​ and the Nürnberg / Augsburg Hochschule für Musik.
Éva Polgár's artistry is characterized by clarity, conviction, and virtuosity. Critics praise her for her "intelligent interpretation" (Funzine Magazine), capability of "fully entering into the spirit of narrating a story" (Arkivmusic), and "vibrant technique" (American Hungarian Journal). Her dedication to her native Hungarian culture resulted in researching Béla Bartók's piano arrangements of his original orchestral compositions and specializing in Franz Liszt's music. She was featured at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Hungarian Culture Centre in London, and the Ferenc Liszt Museum and Research Center in Budapest. Ms. Polgár's concerto performances include concerts with conductors Tamás Vásáry at the Budapest Danube Palace and Horst Förster at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Her passion for contemporary music and entrepreneurship led herto co-found the InterSpheres Trio, an ensemble dedicated to commissioning and premiering new works. In the realm ofcross-disciplinary endeavors, she collaborates extensively with visual artist Sándor Vály. Their experimental music albums released under Ektro Records have been broadcast by the Finnish Radio. Ms. Polgár has won top prizes in competitions including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition (LAILC).She was elected co-director of LAILC in 2017, which empowers her to foster young musicians at the early stage of their professional careers. A committed educator, she has appeared as artist teacher, performer, a​nd adjudicator at festivals and competitions a tLAILC, the Bogotá International Piano Festival in Columbia, Tulsa University Summer Piano Academy in Oklahoma, and University of Mary in North Dakota. A graduate of the Franz Liszt University and Sibelius Academy, Ms. Polgár has earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas, where she teaches as an adjunct professor in the keyboard studies department. Her mentors are Jeno Jandó, Hamsa Al-Wadi Juris, and Adam Wodnicki.
Dr. Philip M. Powell, Chair of the Department of Music, is a Professor of Music and has been a faculty member at Coastal Carolina University since 1988, teaching piano and piano pedagogy. Since moving to South Carolina, Dr. Powell has maintained an active performing schedule with concerts frequently heard on South Carolina Public Radio. Locally, Dr. Powell has performed with the South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony and is a frequent soloist with the Long Bay Symphony, playing concerto repertoire ranging from Mozart to Gershwin. As a collaborative pianist, Powell has appeared with artists such as Kennedy Center Honors recipient Martina Arroyo, soprano; Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano; Sungwon Yang, cello; David Jolley, French horn; and Grammy nominated Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet. He has served as President of the Coastal Concert Association, Music Director of the Festival of Music and Art at Pawley's Island, founding Director of the Musicale de Geneve series and a member of the Board of Directors of the Litchfield Dance Arts Academy and of the Long Bay Symphony. Dr. Powell holds the BMA from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied with Drs. Todd Welbourne and Edward Gates. He also attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival as a student of the late Edith Oppens. Dr Powell holds a Masters of Music from Indiana University, where he was a student of both Karen Shaw, and Shegio Neriki and the Doctorate of Music, also from Indiana University, where he was a student of the late Michel Block.
Steinway Artist Eric Ruple is Professor of Piano at James Madison University. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan, with additional degrees from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Arizona State University. He also a nationally certified music teacher. He enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He has performed several times at Steinway Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., including a solo performance of Beethoven's "Diabelli" Variations. Recent engagements have included performances throughout the mid-Atlantic region and festivals in the Philippines and Hong Kong. He has performed at several American Liszt Society conferences. He has done a number of concerts which feature either the music of Beethoven, Liszt, or 20th century piano music. His most recent solo undertaking is a series of performances including Liszt's Années de pèlerinage. This summer, a new CD with hornist Ian Zook, "Musica Incognita" was commercially released on the MSR label. As keyboard player with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, he has been a part of many and varied performances, from harpsichord in Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" to featured piano soloist in Bernstein's "Prelude, Fugue and Riffs", to harmonium in the VSO's recording of Mahler Symphony #8, and most recently, he has been principal synthesizer soloist in the ongoing "Harry Potter in Concert" series.
Pianist John Salmon (, on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has distinguished himself on four continents, as both a classical and jazz artist. He is a frequent guest performer at festivals in the U.S. and Europe, having appeared at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, South Carolina), Piano Festival Northwest (Portland, Oregon), Interlochen Piano Festival (Interlochen, Michigan), Festival for Creative Pianists (Denver, Colorado), Festival Internacional de Música del Mediterráneo (Cartagena, Spain), Ethno Jazz Festival (Chi?inau, Moldova),and the International Bartók Festival (Szombathely, Hungary). He has toured China six times, with concerts in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Hangzhou. Other special appearances include an all-Liszt recital in Mexico City for the American Liszt Society and an all-Brubeck recital in Washington, DC for the Music Teachers National Association, after which he jammed at two pianos with Dave Brubeck in a spontaneous version of Duke Ellington's "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." He has recorded four compact discs of Dave Brubeck's classical piano music, on the Phoenix, Naxos, and Albany labels. Brubeck dedicated two compositions to Salmon-"The Salmon Strikes" and "Bach Again." Salmon'sCD of piano pieces by Nikolai Kapustin is also on the Naxos label, and his CD of his own jazz compositions, Salmon Is A Jumpin', was released by Albany Records in November 2010. His book Add On Bach (, called "playful, creative, and unique" by Clavier Companion, contains Salmon's added lines, varied reprises, and cadenzas to keyboard works of J.S. Bach. Jazz Up the Inventions ( and Jazz Up the Sinfonias( have Salmon's jazzy accompaniments to J.S. Bach's Two-Part Inventions and Three-Part Inventions. Jazz Standards( has his arrangements of twelve classic pieces from the American songbook, including "All of Me,""Blue Moon," and "Over the Rainbow."
From Chicago to the Southeastern United States, from Italy to Australia and Japan, Bruce Schoonmaker has performed on the operatic stage, on the recital stage, and as a guest soloist with orchestras and choruses. His combination of vocalism and dramatic ability has endeared him to audiences of the Charlotte Symphony, Greenville Chorale, Hickory Choral Society, Greenville Symphony, Opera Carolina, Columbia Lyric Opera and the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte. In a Greenville News review of his recent performance of Carmina Burana with the Greenville Chorale, he earned the accolade, "superb." In 1975, he won the Bel Canto Competition and studied technique and interpretation with Tito Gobbi at the Tito Gobbi Opera Workshop in Florence, Italy. In 1984, he studied with Carlo Bergonzi, and Renata Tebaldi at the Bel Canto Seminar in Giuseppe Verdi's hometown, Busseto, Italy. For thirteen years he was leading baritone at the Brevard Music Festival.In 1990, Bruce Schoonmaker performed in Perth, Australia and in 2006 in Japan. He has performed and taught in Arezzo, Italy. He made his New York City debut, singing with the New York City Chamber Orchestra, in a performance at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Recently, he and his wife, Gail, performed in Le Palais, France. He is professor emeritus of voice at Furman University.

Paulo Steinberg has performed as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist across the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe, including venues such as the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo in Brazil,and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Recent engagements include performances at the International Festival "Experiencing Villa-Lobos" and the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival "The Rhythms and Colors of South America" and teaching at the Saarburg Chamber Music Festival in Germany. In the spring of 2017 he undertook a European recital tour stretching from the U.K. to Latvia including, Ireland, Scotland, Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, and Sweden. A winner of several national competitions in his native Brazil, Dr. Steinberg was also the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the Brazilian Government while pursuing his advanced degrees in piano performance. He holds a Bachelor's degree in piano from Universidade de São Paulo, a Master's degree from Arizona State University, and a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. Among his distinguished teachers are Brazilian pianists Gilberto Tinetti and Paulo Gori, and Belgian pianist Ms. Evelyne Brancart. As an ambassador for cultural exchange through music, Steinberg initiated a partnership with Música no Museu, an organization based in Rio de Janeiro that co-sponsors an annual competition, provides performance opportunities, and offers scholarships for young musicians. He often serves as an adjudicator in competitions, and offers master classes, lectures, workshops and performances in the U.S. and abroad. Besides his love for teaching and performing, Steinberg has served in several administrative positions, most recently as president of the Virginia Music Teachers Association. Paulo Steinberg is Professor of Piano at James Madison University. Two recordings have been released recently -a recording in collaboration with clarinetist Dr. Janice Minor, as well as his solo CD, Alma Brasileira. For more information:
Praised by The New York Times for her "thoughtful musicality" and "fleet-fingered panache," Liza Stepanova has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Weill and Zankel recital halls at Carnegie Hall; Alice Tully, Merkin, David Geffen, and Steinway halls in New York City, and at the Kennedy Center. She has appeared as a soloist with conductors James DePreist and Nicholas McGegan and live on WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, and WETA Washington. 2018saw the release of Stepanova's solo CD "Tones & Colors, "exploring connections between music and visual art. The disc, recorded in New York City with Grammy Award-winning producer Adam Abeshouse, was featured on Performance Today and lauded in the BBC Music Magazine (UK) and The Whole Note (Canada). 2018-2019 concert highlights include Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no. 3 at UGA and Beethoven's Triple Concerto in New York, chamber music tours in Canada, Mexico, and the US Midwest, an invitation to the Bard Music Festival, and solo recitals at National Sawdust in NYC and in Germany. Stepanova tours internationally as a founding member of the Lysander Piano Trio, winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition. She is also an avid proponent of the art song recital having studied with the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau at the Berlin University of Arts and the Hugo-Wolf-Tage festival in Austria. Since 2010, Stepanova has been on the faculty at SongFest at The Colburn School in Los Angeles and also served as the festival's Associate Artistic Director and Piano Program Director for two years. She holds degrees from the "Hanns Eisler" Academy in Berlin, Germany (BM) and The Juilliard School (MM, DMA) where she studied with Joseph Kalichstein, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, and George Sava. Following teaching positions at Juilliard and Smith College, Stepanova is currently an assistant professor of piano at the University of Georgia.
Alexandre Tchaykov, born in Varna, Bulgaria, is in his senior year of study at the University of Georgia pursuing a double major in Piano Performance and English. At UGA, Alex studies with Dr. Liza Stepanova and has received several awards and piano scholarships, most recently being named a 2018-19 Presser Foundation Scholar. As a winner of the 2017 Concerto Competition, he performed Bartók's Second Concerto with the UGA Symphony Orchestra. For three consecutive years, he was the winner of the GMTA state competition, resulting in performances at the 2016-2018 conferences. Alexandre has spent his summers at Brevard Music Center and Chautauqua Institution. He has worked in lessons or masterclasses with Natalya Antonova, Alessio Bax, Michael Brown, Adam Golka, Boris Slutsky, Gilles Vonsattel, and other distinguished musicians. Alexandre's artistic work extends to poetry as well, his poems often exploring intersections between musical and literary forms.
Charles Tompkins is Professor of Music at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, where he teaches organ, harpsichord, music theory and church music courses. He also serves as Associate Organist and Artist in Residence for Christ Church (Episcopal) in Greenville. Dr. Tompkins holds the Bachelor of Music and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music, and the Master of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Michigan. He has presented recitals and workshops at universities and churches throughout the United States, and has been a featured artist at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the College Music Society, and the Music Teachers National Association. He has performed abroad in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France, including a2011recital at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris. This past April he played recitals at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, St. Alban's Cathedral, and St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol. Reviewers have praised his "brilliant technique and musicianship" (The American Organist), "stunning playing" (Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians), and "fine sense of control (and) flair for instrumental color"(Charleston, West Virginia Gazette). Tompkins' performances have been broadcast on American Public Media's PIPEDREAMS. Dr. Tompkins' organ students at Furman have attended prestigious graduate schools, placed highly in national competitions, and may be found in important church positions in the eastern United States. He was responsible for the acquisition and design of Furman's Hartness Organ, a 42-stop instrument tracker-action instrument by C.B. Fisk.
Hungarian pianist Péter Tóth has concertized in most countries in Europe, including Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, Russia, France, Holland, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. In addition, he performed in Japan, South Korea, Peru, Costa Rica, China, Australia, and the United States. As a competitor, Dr. Tóthhas won top prizes at numerous piano competitions, such as the American Paderewski Piano Competition (2013), the Franz Liszt International Piano and Voice Competition in Los Angeles (2010), and the Franz Liszt International Piano Competitions in Budapest(2001) and Weimar (2000). His first released CD recording won the Grand Prize of the Hungarian Liszt Society (2006). He also won a special award for the best performance of a major romantic work by his outstanding interpretation of Brahms's First Piano Sonata at the Southern Highland International Piano Competition in Australia (2011). Dr. Tóthis a regular guest artist at various music festivals, such as the American Liszt Society Festival and the Festival Musique en Vallée du Tarnin France. In addition, he was invited to serve on the jury panel of the Franz Liszt International Piano and Voice Competition in Los Angeles (2014), and he also adjudicated at the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition in Baltimore in October, 2015. He has been member of the American Liszt Society since 2011. Dr. Tóthhas has lived in the United States since 2009. He has recently earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at The University of Texas at Austin. His scholarly activities have included the investigation of the progressive harmonic language of Franz Liszt's piano music. In 2016, Dr. Tóth joined the piano faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He also teaches piano at​ Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey.
German pianist and WVMTA Teacher of the Year 2017 Henning Vauth serves as Associate Professor of Piano, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Co-Director of the Center for Wellness in the Arts, and Program Director of the School of Music (Interim, 2018/19) at Marshall University in West Virginia. He is President-Elect of the West Virginia Music Teachers Association and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (U.S. National Music Honor Society). A laureate at international competitions in Italy and Norway (IBLA and Grieg), Henning Vauth has performed in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. His professional engagements in 2018 include the National Taiwan University of the Arts in Taiwan, the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, the International Summer Academy of Music "Lüneburger Heide" in Germany, the Global Summer Institute of Music in Richmond, Virginia, the Festival of the American Liszt Society in Greenville, South Carolina, and competition adjudication for the Music Teachers National Association (Eastern and Southern Division). Henning Vauth holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester, USA), in addition to further degrees and certificates in piano performance and pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien (Hannover, Germany),the Ecole Normale de Musique "Alfred Cortot" (Paris, France), and Western Michigan University. He studied piano under Nelita True, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, and Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, and harpsichord under William Porter. Master classes with Philippe Entremont.

Internationally renowned pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky is laureate of the Margueritte Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris. Vynnytsky has performed with leading orchestras and appeared in solo recitals in many prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, the Phillips Gallery in Washington D.C., the Great (Bolshoi) Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the Theatre Champs d'Elysees, Amphitheatre Richelieu de la Sorbonne, Salons de Boffrand de la Presidence du Senat in Paris, St.John's Smith Square in London, Philharmon​ic Big Hall of Columns (Kyiv), Odessa Philharmonic Theatre in Ukraine, Tsai Performance Center (Boston),Teatro de Santa Isabel in Recife, Brazil,Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg and Baxter Theatre Centre Concert Hall in Cape Town, South Africa among many others. A popular television and radio guest he has also been featured on NHK-TV (Japan) and in the United States on WQXR-FM in New York, and nationally on NPR. Recital and chamber music appearances have included guest invitations in numerous International Festivals in Ukraine (Kyiv Music Fest, "Virtuosi", "Contrasts", "Bridge of Alexandre III"), France (Masters de Pontlevoy, "Les MusiCimes", "DSCH"), Brazil ("Virtuosi"), Curacao (Art in Avila), Canada (Niagara International Chamber Music Festival), Czech Republic ("American Spring" Festival)and USA (Artosphere Arts Festival, Chamber Players International, LWMF, Mohonk Festival of the Arts, Windham Chamber Music Festival, Southampton Festival of the Arts, Lake San Marcos Chamber Music Society, Music Mountain in Connecticut, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston ,Rachmaninoff International Festival in Los Angeles, "Music at the Institute" in New York and Art Center of Greene County, where he has served as artistic advisor and resident pianist since 1996. Described by critics as possessing "incredible technique and deep musical understanding", "The pianist is simply superb!" (American Record Guide), Volodymyr's recent performance in Charleston, South Carolina earned him a glowing review in The Post and Courier, titled, "Ukrainian pianist delivers excellence", in which his playing is hailed as "a grand display of skill and precision that was breathtaking". Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Volodymyr Vynnytsky studied at the Lviv Music School for Gifted Children and later at the Moscow Conservatory. After earning his doctorate from the Moscow Conservatory under the direction of Yevgeny Malinin,he taught at the Kyiv Conservatory and concertized extensively throughout Ukraine, the other republics of the former Soviet Union, Europe,the USA, Canada, Central and South America and South Africa. Volodymyr Vynnytsky has been a visiting member of the piano faculty in SUNY at Purchase, NY and at the University of Connecticut. In 2003 he was appointed Music Director of the Music and Art Center of Greene County, New York. Vynnytsky is an Honorary Professor of Lviv State Academy of Music, Odesa State Music Academy and Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine (Kyiv Conservatory). In October 2012 and 2015 Volodymyr served as a Chairman of the Jury of the Emil Gilels International Piano Competition in Odesa, Ukraine. Volodymyr Vynnytsky is a Director of Chamber Music at the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.

Alan Walker is Professor Emeritus of Music at McMaster University, Canada. Before settling in North America he was on the staff of the Music Division of the British Broadcasting Corporation in London. He has broadcast for the BBC, for the CBC, and for CJRT -FM (Toronto), and gives regular public lectures on the music of the Romantic Era.His thirteen published books include A Study in Musical Analysis, An Anatomy of Musical Criticism, and symposia on Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt. Dr. Walker's three-volume, prize winning biography of Franz Liszt, was a project which took him twenty-five years to complete, and for which the President of Hungary bestowed on him the medal ProCultura Hungarica. The biography also received the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize, presented by HRH The Duke of Kent in London. Time Magazine hailed the biography as 'a textured portrait of Liszt and his times without rival'. The Wall Street Journal called it 'the definitive work to which all subsequent Liszt biographies will aspire.' The Washington Post selected it as a Book of the Year. For the past ten years Alan Walker has been working on a large-scale biography of Fryderyk Chopin, which will be published in October 2018. It has been described as 'monumental' and 'the most comprehensive biography of the great Polish composer to appear in English'. For his services to music, McMaster University bestowed on Alan Walker the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa. During the Liszt bi-centennial anniversary year (2011) the Government of Hungary inducted him into one of its highest civilian honours: the Knight's Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.
The recipient of the 2017 California Association of Professional Music Teachers' (CAPMT) Lifetime Achievement Award, William Wellborn enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer on three continents, and holds degrees from the New England Conservatory (MM) and the University of Texas at Austin (DMA and BM).A guest artist at music festivals in Canada, France, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Brazil, he teaches in the summer months at the Idyllwild Adult Piano Workshop and the Krakow Piano Seminar. An inveterate traveler, Wellborn has co-hosted 17 different music tours (including four about Franz Liszt) throughout Europe. Wellborn is on the national board of the American Liszt Society and is the founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter. He is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (since 1989), and his students are frequently top prizewinners in state, national, and international piano competitions. Wellborn records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels, and for more information on his activities please visit his website at
Robert Wells is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Wells earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University with a double major in Piano Performance and Mathematics. He went on to earn Masters Degrees in Music Theory and Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, followed by a Ph.D. in Music Theory, which he completed in 2015. While at Eastman, Wells earned several performing honors, winning first prize for piano in Eastman's 2013 Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition and being selected as a finalist in the Brevard Music Center's 2010 concerto competition, performing Liszt's Totentanz. In addition to his work as a performer and teacher, Wells is an active music theorist, with research interests including the music of Liszt, South Indian Carnatic music, rhythm and meter, and mathematical music theory. He has presented his research at the Society for Music Theory National Conference, the Yale Graduate Music Symposium, the Music Theory Southeast Annual Conference, "The Improvising Brain III", and the Fourth International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music. Wells's work on a mathematically-based approach to metric conflict in Liszt can be found in theDecember2017issue of Music Theory Online
Praised by New York critic Harris Goldsmith for her 'impeccable soloistic authority' and 'dazzling performances', American pianist Heidi Louise Williams has appeared in solo and collaborative performances across North America and internationally. Her engagements have included recitals at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Taiwan National Recital Hall in Taipei, the Chicago Cultural Center, the French Embassy in Washington D.C., and festivals in France and Italy. Her playing has been heard on WFMT Chicago, Classic 99 St. Louis, WQLN Pennsylvania, and KUAT Tucson, and on classical radio stations throughout Taiwan and Canada. An ardent promoter of new music, Williams has worked with many distinguished composers. Her Albany Records solo CD, Drive American, was named among the top 10 classical albums of 2011 in the Philadelphia City Paper, featured in Fanfare's 2012 Critics' Want Lists, and has been described as 'veritably operatic', 'bold yet thoughtful', 'provocative and stimulating' (Fanfare), possessing '...the muscularity and poetic power to bring this demanding repertory to life' (American Record Guide).Forth coming recordings include a 2-disc album with soprano Mary Mackenzie, featuring premiere recordings of American art songs by Daniel Crozier, John Harbison, James Primosch and Ned Rore​m. She has also recorded for the Naxos and Neos labels. Williams joined the College of Music piano faculty at Florida State University in 2007. Her growing roster of graduate and undergraduate students have won regional, national, and international recognition, and are actively employed in teaching and performing roles in the U.S. and abroad. Williams completed her BM, MM, and DMA degrees at the Peabody Institute, where she studied with Ann Schein and coached chamber music with Earl Carlyss, Samuel Sanders, Stephen Kates, and Robert McDonald. Her prior mentors include William Phemister and Nellie Tholen. For more information, visit

Seung Hyun ("Sonny") Yoo was born in Gumi, South Korea. He earned his bachelor's degree in music composition from Kent State University under Dr. Frank Wiley, all the while studying piano with Dr. Donna Lee. Mr. Yoo went on to graduate with two master's degrees in both piano performance and music composition from KSU where he was the recipient of a Graduate Assistantship Award and was also awarded the William H. Kendrick Music Scholarship in Tribute to John Ferguson. Most recently, Sonny has performed as a soloist with the Stow Symphony Orchestra and participated in the Brevard Music Festival. He has been featured as both a composer and performer in many New Music Ensemble concerts, including such works as George Crumb's Vox Balaenae. After graduation, Mr. Yoo worked as a staff accompanist at KSU and also served as the rehearsal pianist for the professional group Cleveland Chamber Choir. Since the fall of 2018, he has been pursuing a doctorate in piano performance at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Liza Stepanova. At UGA, Sonny has been awarded a full graduate assistantship working in the opera department.
Praised by the Cologne Stadt-Anzeiger as "the prototype of a sensitive pianist who not only has a dazzling technique at his disposal, but also proved himself a brilliant architect of the musical construction of individual works," Richard Zimdars is Despy Karlas Professor Emeritus of Piano at the University of Georgia. His students have won national prizes, received the Fulbright Grant for piano study in Germany, and hold college positions in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and South Korea. He has given master classes at the London and Dublin Royal Academies of Music, the Stuttgart and Detmold Musikhochschulen, Oberlin and San Francisco Conservatories, etc. From 2006-08he served on the National Fulbright Screening Committee for piano. He has performed and broadcast in Europe, Brazil, Canada, and the U. S. Zimdars' discography includes the violin sonatas of Ives, the piano music of Roy Harris, and works of Claude Baker, Bassett, Gilad Cohen, Copland, Cowell, Druckman, Heiden, Huck Hodge, Ives, Wm. Matthews, Ji Eun Moon, Persichetti, Marga Richter, Rudhyar, Alexander Tcherepnin,Randall Thompson, and Natalie Williams. Writing in Fanfare Magazine of Zimdars' performance of Ives' Sonata No. 1 on Albany Records, James North said: "Of the several pianists who have essayed it on records, only Joanna MacGregor...has come close to Zimdars. Whereas MacGregor seems more poetic and imaginative at a few moments, her performance does not leave us shaking our heads in wonder, as this one does." He has published in Clavier, The Piano Quarterly, Journal of the American Liszt Society, American Music Teacher, and The Hungarian Quarterly. He is a contributing editor for Clavier Companion. Zimdars' two published translations are The Piano Master Classes of Hans von Bülow and The Piano Master Classes of Franz Liszt. He has lectured on Liszt's teaching in Europe and North America. A member of the ALS Board of Directors, he was artistic director of the 2011ALS Festival celebrating the bicentennial of Liszt's birth and that year founded the ALS Alan Walker Book Award.
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