acclaimed pianist and Yamaha Artist Nikita Fitenko has performed recitals
and with orchestras in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, and South
and North America. He has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as
St. Petersburg Capella Symphony, Russian Chamber Philharmonic, Russian
Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow, St. Petersburg State Conservatory Orchestra,
State Hermitage Orchestra, Slovak National Philharmonic, Corvallis Symphony
Orchestra, Lewisville Symphony, Rapides Symphony, Northeast Texas Symphony,
and Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. His future engagements this year
besides the concerts in the US will bring him to England, Sweden, Malta,
China, South Korea, and Japan.
a wide and diverse repertoire, Nikita Fitenko is an acknowledged master
of Russian piano music. His CDs for Altarus Records of complete piano
works by leading contemporary Russian composers Georgy Sviridov and Sergei
Slonimsky have garnered rave reviews from the international music press.
Fanfare Music Review wrote, "Fitenko plays magnificently!" Slonimsky
himself described Fitenko's interpretation of his piano music as "outstanding."
He also added, "It is very vivid, imaginative, virtuosic, fascinating,
and pianistically brilliant." Mr. Fitenko's recording of Scriabin's
Piano Concerto with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow was released
internationally on Classical Records label. His latest recording of works
by Bach, Beethoven, Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninov for Classical Records
will be released this fall.
St. Petersburg, Russia, Nikita Fitenko graduated from the St. Petersburg
State Conservatory with a citation for excellence given to only five other
graduates in the last fifty years. After receiving the Anton Rubinstein
Memorial Award he came to study to the US pursuing his master's and doctoral
degrees from the University of North Texas. His principal teachers included
Roman Lebedev, Igor Lebedev, and Joseph Banowetz.
has been invited to serve on many international piano competition juries,
including 2012 Nordic International Piano Competition (Malmo, Sweden),
2011 Chopin International Piano Competition (Hartford, CT), 2010 Scriabin
International Piano Competition (Grosetto, Italy), 2009 American Pianists
Association's Classical Fellowship Awards (Indianapolis, IN), 2008 Rachmaninov
International Piano Competition (Moscow, Russia), and 2003 World International
Piano Competition (Cincinnati, OH) among others. He has presented master
classes at the Verdi Conservatory of Music (Turin, Italy), Hochschule
fur Musik (Saarbruken, Germany), Estonian Academy of Music (Tallinn, Estonia),
Korean National, Yeonsei, Hanyang, Sejong, ChungAng Universities (South
Korea), Sichuan Conservatory, Xinghai Conservatory, Jinan University,
Hangzhou University (China), as well as at the 2010 Convention of the
Maryland State Music Teachers Association, 2009 Chinese-American International
Piano Institute (Chengdu, China), and 2009 University of Florida Young
Pianists Festival (Gainesville, FL). Among his students are winners of
national and international competitions including National MTNA Competition.
Currently, Dr. Fitenko holds a position of Associate Professor of Piano at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and co-directs the Washington International Piano Festival. Prior to that he was Associate Professor and Coordinator of Keyboard Area at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He is also the founder of Louisiana International and Florida International Piano Competitions.
Prizewinner of international piano competitions and a Bösendorfer Concert Artist, pianist Ivo Kaltchev has enjoyed a successful performing career as recitalist, soloist with orchestras, chamber musician and recording artist. "Formidable technique" (Piano Journal, England), "possesses the genius of rubato" (Diapason, France), "distinctive and original" (Soviet Culture, Russia), "impressive" (Frankfurter Neue Presse, Germany), "most beautifully and idiomatically played" (International Record Review, England), "glittering," " big technique" (The Washington Post, USA), "a master of the whole range of pianistic attacks and coloristic effects" (The Star Ledger, USA) - these are some of the words which music critics have used to describe Mr. Kaltchev's artistry.
Mr. Kaltchev has performed in musical centers throughout the world, including Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Malii and Rachmaninov Halls, St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, Salle Moliere (Lyon, France), Tel Aviv Museum Recanati Auditorium, Mendelssohn Hochschule für Musik Hall (Leipzig, Germany), Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium, and the Bulgaria Great Hall. He has been a guest artist at music festivals in Austria, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, Finland, Ukraine, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S. Some of the highlights of recent seasons include both a solo recital and a concerto performance with the EOS Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, a concert tour in Asia as well as performances of the complete solo piano works of Claude Debussy. A respected chamber musician, Mr. Kaltchev has collaborated with members of the New York Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as Essex Quartet, pianists Ilana Vered and Milena Mollova, and French actress Marie Christine Barrault.
Kaltchev's critically acclaimed commercial recordings for the Bulgarian
"Gega New" label include an all-Charles Griffes CD (hailed by
the French magazine Diapason as "the most accomplished interpretation
known until now"), a CD with the world premieres of solo piano works
by the French composer Florent Schmitt as well as a recently released
CD with works of Debussy.
Dr. Kaltchev is Associate Professor of Piano and Head of the Piano Division
at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He is co-Director
and co-Founder of the Washington International Piano Festival (www.washingtonpianofest.com)
as well as Artistic Director of the Bulgarian Music Society Concert Series
at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington DC. He has taught as a Visiting
Piano Professor at the Beijing China Conservatory of Music and the Yale
University School of Music.
Internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Yuri Didenko has performed recitals and with orchestras in the best concert halls of Moscow, including Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Moscow International House of Music, cities of the former Soviet Union and abroad: Belgium, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Japan, USA, Poland, Malta, Greece, Chile, China, countries of Western Africa, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain, South Korea, Austria.Mr. Didenko is a winner and prizewinner of numerous competitions in Great Britain, Italy, USA, Belgium. In 2003, Mr. Didenko received the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture Award "For Special Achievements in Culture".
Mr. Didenko studied piano at the Central Music School affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory with Alexander Mndoyants and then at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Merzhanov. Since 1994, he has been on the piano faculty of the Moscow Conservatory. Since 2005, he has his own students. In his class many talented students who are winners of various international competitions.Yuri Didenko recorded several compact disks with various romantic and XX century works. He made numerous recordings on the Russian State Radio.
is in demand for master classes in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Kazakhstan,
UAE, Germany, Spain, Malta, Italy, USA, South Korea, and China. He gives
master classes for children and students. Such communication with the
growing generation of young musicians allows him to select for his class
of talented students.
Professor of the Gnessins Musical College. Head of the Organizing Committee
International Piano competition Slobozhanska Fantazy and International
classical music festival. Diana Didenko was born in Sumy, Ukraine where
she completed training at Sumy Dmitry Bortniansky musical college with
distinction and continued education in the Sergei Prokofiev State Music
Academy in Donetsk (professor Natalia Chesnokova), graduated with a degree
in two categories - piano and organ. She then continued to study in the
postgraduate courses in the Kiev National University of Arts and Culture
(2000-2003).Since 1997 Diana Didenko became professor of Bortniansky High
School of Art and Culture in Sumy, since 2016 she is piano professor of
the Gnessins Musical College (Moscow). Diana take part in the different
festivals, play solo recitals and chamber music (piano duet with Yuri
Didenko) in Ukraine, Russia, Malta, Germany, USA, China. Also she play
concerts with the symphonic orchestra of Sumy Philharmonic Society. In
2010, she became a solo organist of Sumy Philharmonic Society. In her
repertoire is music of different styles, epochs and directions. She also
actively works as a jury member of the international piano competitions
and master classes.
Chinese pianist Wei Gong received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees under Prof. Zhihong Guo from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. During the past few years Ms. Gong has performed solo and chamber music recitals in many cities in China, such as Beijing, Wuhan, Qingdao, and Jinan, Ms. Gong has also performed in Cannes (France), and Karlsruhe (Germany), where she recorded chamber music of Schubert and Beethoven.
Currently, Ms. Gong is a full-time piano professor at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, China. Many of her students have won awards from their musical performances and competitions.
Professor Hae-Young Kim is a graduate of Kyunggi Girl's High School (Korea), Seoul National University (Korea), Musik Hochschule fur Musik (Vienna, Austria), Musikwissenschaft and Musikalische Frueh-erziehung (Germany). She has performed in Korea, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, the US and Finland as a solo pianist, chamber music player and a soloist with national and international philharmonic orchestras. Every summer she presents lectures and master classes as well as serves on the jury of the piano competition in the Forum Barcelona Festival (Barcelona, Spain). Prof. Kim is a champion of contemporary music and has premiered numerous 20th century works including pieces of Jeno Takas, Jukka Linkola, and Edmon Tapio in Korea and other countries. Her most recent performances include "Apollo" by Jukka Linkolla at the Contemporary Music Festrival in Terrassa (Spain), Sonata for 2 pianos & percussion by Bartok, and a lecture recital of Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango" for cello and piano.
Professor Kim has been in demand for master classes throughout South Korea and in many European countries. She regularly serves as a jury member of national and international competitions. Most recently she was a competition judge on the panels of the Vladigerov International Competition in Shumen, Bulgaria and the Young Pianist International Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria. She serves as an international adviser and a faculty member of the Asian International Piano Academy, Festival and Competition in Korea.
Prof. Kim is the Vice-President of the Piano Society in Korea as well as a former Dean of Academic Affairs and Head of Graduate School at Chugye University for the Arts in Seoul, Korea. Currently she is a Piano Professor and Head of the Piano Department at Chugye University for the Arts as well as a member of the Development Committee at the Ministry of Education of South Korea.
Alexander Kobrin (recital and masterclass only)
Called the Van Cliburn of today by the BBC, pianist Alexander Kobrin has placed himself at the forefront of todays performing musicians. His prize winning performances have been praised for their brilliant technique, musicality, and emotional engagement with the audience. The New York Times has written the Mr. Kobrin was a fastidious guide to Schumanns otherworldly visions, pointing out hunters, flowers, haunted corners and friendly bowers, all captured in richly characterized vignettes. This was a performance that will be revered and remembered as a landmark of the regeneration of exceptional classical music in Central New York.-critic wrote after Mr. Kobrins performance of Second Piano Concerto by Johannes Brahms with Syracuse Symphony in Syracuse,NY.
In 2005, Mr. Kobrin was awarded the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, TX. His numerous successes in competitions also include top prizes at the Busoni International Piano Competition (First Prize), Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Top Prize), Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow (First Prize), and the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (Third Prize). Mr. Kobrin has performed with many of the worlds great orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Berliner Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Swedish Radio Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he has collaborated with include Mikhail Pletnev, Mikhail Jurovsky, Mark Elder, Vassiliy Sinaisky, James Conlon, Claus Peter Flor, Alexander Lazarev, Vassiliy Petrenko and Yuri Bashmet.
He has appeared in recital at major halls worldwide, including the Louvre Auditorium and Salle Cortot in Paris, Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Munich Herkulesaal and Berliner Filarmonia Hall in Germany, the Kennedy Centre in Washington, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatoire, Sheung Wan Civic Centre in Hong Kong, as well as Sala Verdi in Milan and many others. Other past performances have include recitals at Bass Hall for the Cliburn Series, the Washington Performing Arts Society, La Roque dAntheron, the Ravinia Festival, the Beethoven Easter Festival, Busoni Festival , the renowned Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the Festival Musique dans le Grésivaudan ,the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, annual concert tours in Japan, China and Taiwan. Mr. Kobrin has also performed a two-piano recital in collaboration with his friend of many years, French pianist Frederic dOria Nicolas at Salle Gaveau, Paris which was broadcast by both Mezzo and ARTE.
Though widely acclaimed as a performer, Mr. Kobrins teaching has been an inspiration to many students through his passion for music. He served on the faculty of the Gnessins Academy of Music from 2003 to 2010. Since 2006 he has been on the faculty of the IKIF at Mannes College of Music and is now the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. In 2013, he joined the renowned Artist Faculty of the Steinhardt School of Piano Studies at New York University. Mr. Kobrin has also given masterclasses in Europe and Asia, the International Piano Series and at the Conservatories of Japan and China.
Mr. Kobrin has been a jury member for several international piano competitions, including the Prix Animato in Paris, the Blüthner International Piano Competition in Vienna, E-Competition in Fairbanks, AZ and the Neuhaus International Piano Festival in Moscow.
Mr. Kobrin has released recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Quartz, and Centaur labels, covering a wide swath of the piano literature. Gramophone Magazine raved about his Cliburn Competition release on Harmonia Mundi, writing that in [Rachmaninoffs] Second Sonata (played in the 1931 revision), despite fire-storms of virtuosity, there is always room for everything to tell and Kobrin achieves a hypnotic sense of the musics dark necromancy.
Mr. Kobrin was born in 1980 in Moscow. At the age of five, he was enrolled in the world-famous Gnessin Special School of Music after which he attended the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. His teachers have included renowned professors Tatiana Zelikman and Lev Naumov.
Alexander Korsantia (recital and masterclass only)
Dubbed "a major artist" by the Miami Herald and a "quiet maverick" by the Daily Telegraph, pianist Alexander Korsantia has been praised for the "clarity of his technique, richly varied tone and dynamic phrasing" (Baltimore Sun), and a "piano technique where difficulties simply do not exist" (Calgary Sun). The Boston Globe found his interpretation of Pictures of an Exhibition to be "a performance that could annihilate all others one has heard." And the Birmingham Post gushed that "his intensely responsive reading was shot through with a vein of constant fantasy, whether musing or mercurial." Ever since winning the First Prize and Gold Medal of the Artur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition and the First Prize at the Sidney International Piano Competition, Korsantias career has taken him to many of the worlds major concert halls, collaborating with renowned conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Gianandrea Noseda, Valeri Gergiev and Paavo Jarvi and orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Kirov Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony and Israel Philharmonic.
Resent and coming seasons bring him to the Cincinnati Symphony, Edmonton, Huntsville, Pacific, Louisville, Bogota, San Juan, Jerusalem, City of Birmingham, Oregon, Vancouver, Omaha, Elgin, Mannheim and Israel Symphony orchestras; Tokyo, Louisiana, Oslo, Malaga and Israel Philharmonic orchestras; Georgian Sinfonietta, Ingolstadt and Israel Chamber Orchestra, Gerusalem Camerata, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, RAI Orchestra in Turin, Polish Radio Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in Mexico City among many others. He can be heard at Piano Jacobins concert series in Toulouse, Warsaw, Boston, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Calgary, San Francisco, Lodz, White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Tanglewood, Newport, Stresa, Gilmore, Verbier festivals and music series performing solo recitals and collaborating with musicians such as Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin and Sergei Nakoriakov among others. Bel Air Music and Piano Classics are among the recording labels Mr. Korsantia has worked with. The most recent release includes a collection of piano variations by Beethoven (Eroica), Rachmaninoff (Chopin) and Copland.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Alexander Korsantia began his musical studies at an early age with his mother, Sventlana Korsantia and later became a pupil of Tengiz Amiredjibi, Georgias foremost piano instructor. In 1992, he moved his family to the United States and joined the famed piano studio of fellow Georgian, Alexander Toradze, at Indiana University in South Bend. In 1999, he was awarded one of the most prestigious national awards, the Order of Honor, bestowed on him by then-President Eduard Shevardnadze. Korsantia resides in Boston where he is a Professor of Piano on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. Mr. Korsantia is the artistic director of the annual music festival From Easter to Ascension in Georgia.
Seok-Rahn Kwon is one of the most outstanding pianists in South Korea. As a solo pianist, she performed in numerous music centers in Europe, USA, Canada, and Korea. She also performed as soloist with such orchestras as Kang-nam Philharmonic Orchestra, Busan Philaharmonic Orchestra, and Korean Symphony Orchestra. Her performance of Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op.43 with Busan Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2007 Korea Orchestra Festival received critical acclaim: "dazzling and colorful sound, her playing is persuasive and brilliant".
won several Competitions including 2007 Korea Orchestral Festival Soloist
Audition, New England Conservatory Honor's Audition, Clark University
Competition, Texas Steinway Competition, and International Viotti Valsesia
Competition. She has served as a jury member of the 2009 International
Louisiana Piano Competition.
received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from New England Conservatory
of Music, Boston and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University
of North Texas with Honors. Currently Dr. Kwon is an Associate professor
of Music at Sejong University and also teaches at Seoul National University
and Seoul Arts School.
pianist Chongxiao Liu is director of the Middle School Piano Division
at Wuhan Conservatory of Music,China. He graduated with honours from China
Conservatory of Music in Beijing receiving BM and MM degrees in Piano
Performance. In 2012,he studied in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under
Prof. Pavel Nersessian. He is enjoying a busy performing career as a solo
pianist,chamber musician and recording artist. He has performed in the
United States,Russia,Germany,France,Bulgaria and China.He has recorded
for Hong Kong Radio 4 and has been a concerto soloist with China Philharmonic
Orchestra as well as Beijing Film Orchestra.Mr.Liu has perfomed and taught
at Washington International Piano Festival in 2012 and 2014. Lancaster
International Piano Festival,2014.
in Nanjing, China, Lingshuai Meng started playing piano at the age of
five. He graduated from the
In addition to performing Mr. Meng has translated and published a large number of articles and books . His major research area is influence of the Russian piano school on the development of Chinese piano art. Mr. Meng published his book Notes on the Russian Piano School and has compiled several textbooks for Chinese elementary piano education. His academic thesis "The History and Development of Russian Piano Art" appeared in the Journal of Piano Art, published by People's Music Publishing House in China.
Mirabella began studying piano under the guidance of Maestro Giuseppe
Cultrera; later, he graduated with the highest honors from the Musical
Institute "V. Bellini" in Catania, Sicily, under the guidance
of Giovanni Cultrera. He continued his studies with Maestro Epifanio Comis,
Aquiles Delle Vigne, Michele Marvulli, Stefano Fiuzzi, Bernard Ringeissen,
Zenon Fishbein, Carl Cranmer, and Igor Resnianski. He graduated from the
prestigious National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome under the leadership
of Sergio Perticaroli and won several national and European piano competitions.
often performs as a soloist and in chamber music in important Italian
and foreign venues, such as Theatre of Marcellus and Auditorium Parco
della Musica - Petrassi Hall, Rome; Alte Oper and Bechstein Piano Center,
Frankfurt; Arkhangelskoe Palace and Central house of Art Workers, Moscow;
Conservatory of Ulyanovsk and Great Hall of the Lenin Memorial, Ulyanovsk
(Russia); The ware Center (Lancaster, Pennsylvania); New York Italian
Institute of Culture; "Lyceum Club" of Catania, Catania Diocesan
Museum, Teatro Garibaldi Modica, St. James Festival Bologna; Pushkin Theatre
(Lugansk - Ukraine); Swope Hall, Phillips Autograph Library (West Chester
Philadelphia); Auditorium Philharmonic Orchestra Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine);
Sala Mare - Auditorium Symphony Orchestra Sergei Lunchevici in Chisinau
(Moldova), Teatro SS Prokofiev (Donetsk - Ukraine); Theatre Tom Jobim
Brazilian embassy in Asuncion (Paraguay), National Theatre, opera and
ballet Oleg Danovski Constance (Romania),
Mirabella has performed many times as soloist with the State Philharmonic
Orchestra of Lugansk, Dnepropetrovsk State Philharmonic, the Philharmonic
Orchestra of Moldavian State "Sergei Lunchevici", the Philharmonic
Orchestra "S. Prokofiev" of Donetsk, the Youth Symphony Orchestra
of the Conservatory of Lugansk, Ukraine Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra
of the Teatro Oleg Danovski in Constance and the orchestra of West Chester
University. Particularly appreciated is his interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev's
Piano Concerto #3, under the guidance of Epifanio Comis at the Pushkin
Theatre in Lugansk, broadcasted live by Ukraine national television, which
received high ratings.
Mirabella has held high-level master classes in China (Beijing Conservatory,
Wuhan Conservatory and Chengdu Conservatory), Paraguay (Asunción)
and has participated several times as a faculty member of the Lancaster
International Piano Festival, Pennsylvania.Frequently invited to be a
juror in national and international piano competitions (such as USOMC,
San Francisco LIPF etc.), he recently received the "Diploma of Honor"
by the prestigious Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation
in Moscow. Mr. Mirabella is the artistic director of -Amici della Musica
"Peppino Cultrera"- in Sicily, and piano professor at the Sassari
Conservatory, in Sardinia, Italy.
pianist Xun Pan received his early musical training from his grandmother
and pianists-parents, Pan Yiming and Ying Shizhen. He continued his studies
at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Syracuse University in
New York, and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University
in New Jersey.
Pan has won many international piano competitions and awards, beginning
with first prize in the 1986 China National Piano Competition in Beijing,
and the "Dr. Luis Sigall" International Piano Competition in
Chile in 1987, the International Festival Piano Competition in Korea in
1990, the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York
in 1992, and the Artists International Competition in New York in 1993.
A student of Theodore Lettvin, Mr. Pan has performed solo recitals worldwide
from Carnegie Weill Hall to the Beijing National Center for Performing
Arts. He has performed in Moscow, Santiago, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai,
Pyong-Yang, London, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Taipei, Budapest, New York,
Vina Del Mar, Lisbon, Toronto, Boston, and many other cities in the world.
excites his audience with extraordinary power and masterful
technique" (Intelligencer Journal).
noted chamber musician, Mr. Pan is the pianist of the Newstead Trio and
Trio Clavino, two of the most distinguished piano trios in North America.
Their work has been broadcast live on radio and television, and they have
released several highly acclaimed recordings. Mr. Pan is a visiting professor
at China Conservatory of Music, China Northwest University for Nationalities,
Fuzhou University, Yantai University, Shandong University, Qinghai Normal
University, and at Wenzhou University.
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