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Elena Ashkenazy
Antonio Di Cristofano
Nikita Fitenko
Ivo Kaltchev
Hae-Young Kim
Songwen Li
Edvinas Minkstimas
Xun Pan
Ralitza Patcheva
Matthew Quick
Alexander Tutunov

 

Elena Ashkenazy

Elena Ashkenazy was born in Moscow to a musical family. She began her studies at the Central School of Music in Moscow under Anaida Sumbatian. In 1975 she graduated from the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, where she studied with Alexander Yocheles. During her studies at the Gnessin Institute, she won many international and national competitions as solo pianist and chamber musician. Since 1976, she has performed solo and chamber music recitals with violinist Grigori Feigin and cellist Valentin Feigin in many cities of the USSR as well as in Poland, Yugoslavia, Finland, Germany, Austria, Spain, France and Japan. She taught piano at the Central Music School under Moscow Conservatory. Since 1995 she has been a Guest Professor at Musashino Academia of Music in Tokyo, Japan. She continues to be in demand as a solo pianist as well as chamber musician, playing concerts in duo with Grigori Feigin, with her son Vladimir Sverdlov-Ashkenazy, and with Sachiko Nakamura-Koch. She gives Master Classes in Europe and in many cities around Japan. Many of her students received top honors at the Musashino Academia of Music and won prizes at several International competitions. She has been invited to serve on the juries of the Schubert International Competition in Dortmund, Germany, International Competition " The Young Virtuosos " in Sofia, Bulgaria, 1st Tchaikovsky Competition in Tokyo, Japan, Asia Chopin International Competition in Japan, Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, and " Music Competition of Japan " in Tokyo - the most prestigious piano competition in Japan.

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Antonio Di Cristofano

Antonio Di Cristofano completed his piano studies in 1986 at the Conservatory "L.Cherubini" in Florence under the supervision of Maestro Bacchelli and Maestro Damerini. He has performed as piano soloist, chamber musician and as soloist with many orchestras including the Orchestra of the University of Milan, Strings Orchestra "Cantelli" of Milan, Chamber Orchestra of Florence, Symphony Orchestra of Lecce, Magna Grecia Orchestra, Sicily Symphony Orchestra, Solisti Aquilani, Milano Classica Orchestra, Radio Orchestra of Bucharest, Orquesta Sinfonica de l'Estado de Mexico, University Orchestra of Houston, Radiotelevision Albania Orchestra, Istanbul Chamber Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic, Lamont Symphony Orchestra Denver, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Iasi State Philharmonic, Wiener Mozart Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonia, Philarmonique de Montreal, Jerusalem Symphony, Slovak Filharmonie, Kaerntner Sinfonieorchester, and Thailand Philharmonic with conductors G. Taverna, F. A. Krager, O. Balan, M. Bosch, M. Ancillotti, M. Alsop, N. Arman, C. Schulz, M. Zanini, C. Olivieri-Munroe, L. Svarovsky, A. Chernushenko, and many others.
He has performed at the most important concert venues in Italy including the "Verdi Theatre" in Florence, the "Festival dei Due Mondi" in Spoleto, "Asolo Musica", the Theatre of Alessandria, the "Bibbiena Theatre" in Mantova, the "Puccini Hall" at the Conservatory "G. Verdi" in Milan, "Politeama Theatre" in Palermo. He has also concertized worldwide including performances in Romania (Aeteneum and Radio Bucharest), Spain (Festival de Vigo, Madrid, Jeunesses Musicales de Sevilla), Mexico (Belles Artes Palacio and Revueltas Auditorium), USA (Moores Opera House of Houston and Newman Center in Denver), Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir and Adana), Croatia (Dubrovnik, Rector Palace), Czech Republic (Prague, Smetana Hall and Dvorak Hall), Russia (the Moscow Conservatoire Hall), South Korea (Seoul, Leeum Auditorium), France (Nancyphonies Festival), Austria (Klagenfurt, Konzerthaus), Germany (Munich, Gasteig), Poland (Warsaw, Chopin Society), Canada (Toronto, Glenn Gould Studio), Lithuania (Vilnius, Christopher Summer Festival), as well as in Switzerland, Albania, Israel, England, Portugal, Bulgaria, Belgium, Brazil, and Thailand. He has recorded 2 CDs of music by Schubert as well as by Brahms, Berg and Scriabin. Recently he made his debut at Carnegie Hall (New York) and in Konzerthaus and Golden Hall MusikVerein (Vienna).
He has served as member of many international piano competitions including Compositores de Espana - Madrid, Varallo, Cantù, Osijek, Gante - Pordenone, Parigi, Viardo - Belmont, Rachmaninov - Moscow, Iturbi - Valencia, Parnassos - Monterrey, Francaix - Vanves among others. He has presented master classes at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the Summer Academy in Dubrovnik, Denver University, the SMC Academy in Seoul, and in Thessaloniki Conservatoire. He is also a recepient Paul Harrys Fellowship from the Rotary Club.

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Nikita Fitenko

Nikita FitenkoInternationally 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.

While performing 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.
In addition to solo recitals, Nikita Fitenko performs extensively in piano duo with Katerina Zaitseva. Hailed by critics for their "superlative sound, superlative interpretation, and superlative pianism…", the duo has performed worldwide with most recent appearances at the Moscow State Conservatory Hall (Russia), Madeira Music Festival (Portugal), Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (Washington, D.C.), Yamaha Hall (NYC), Piano Duo Series (Tokyo, Japan), Nancyphonies Music Festival (France), University of Florida Young Pianists Festival, and Berkeley University (California, USA). Their critically acclaimed CD featuring works for piano four hands by Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms has been released internationally by the Classical Records label and is available through Amazon.

Native of 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.

Dr. Fitenko 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.

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Ivo Kaltchev

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.

Mr. 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 holds degrees and diplomas from Yale and Rutgers Universities, Sofia Academy of Music and the Liszt Hochschule für Musik (Weimar). He is recipient of piano pedagogy awards for teaching excellence and has presented lectures, workshops and master classes in Europe, China, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the Virgin Islands and the US. Dr. Kaltchev's students are prizewinners of more than 20 piano competitions and have performed with numerous orchestras including I Solisti di Perugia (Italy). Dr. Kaltchev is an active adjudicator and has judged international piano competitions in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the U.S.

Currently, 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.

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Hae-Young Kim

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.

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Songwen Li

Dr. Songwen Li is among the most recognized pianists and pedagogues in the piano community in China. Currently he is serving as a professor and the chairman at the Piano Department, Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music, also the Dean of Music Department at the Southern College of Sun Yat-Sen University, and the Vice Chairman of the China National Piano Society.


As both a performer and educator, Dr. Li is frequent engaged in concerts and academic activities both in- and outside of China, including performing solo recitals in Guangzhou, Beijing , Shenzhen , Hong Kong , Zhongshan, Shunde, Tianjin, Vienna and Eisenstadt of Austria, and Manchester of England. As one of the most sought-after teachers of his generation in the country, Li's pupils have won top awards in numerous high level professional competitions. As an active member on the musical scene in China and abroad, he has organized, taught or coordinated in numerous high profile academic activities and master classes in important musical centers such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Vienna, Manchester, working together with world-renowned musicians such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berman, Peter Donohoe, and Leslie Howard.

Mr. Songwen Li entered the pre-college division of the world-renowned Beijing Central Conservatory of Music at the age of 12, and 6 years later was accepted by the college division of the conservatory with a top ranking. His teacher was Li, Qi-Fang, one of the most sought after teachers in China. Being awarded a full scholarship, Mr. Li continued his studies in the United States, where he was enrolled in the master's degree program at the Louisiana State University under the direction of Dr. Jack Guerry and in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of North Texas under world-renowned concert pianist and pedagogue Joseph Banowetz. Besides winning a number of prizes in high level competitions as part of his professional achievements in this period, Li Songwen became an all around musician with extensive experience in a wide range of musical fields such as symphony, opera, chamber music and both orchestral and choral conducting.

Songwen Li is actively engaged in academic explorations. He has published articles in professional publications such as the Journal of Music in China (based in Los Angeles, U.S.) , The Xinghai Music Quarterly, and Piano Artistry magazine. His book "East Meets West, the Nationalistic Elements in Chen Yi's Music," was published in 2006.

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Edvinas Minkstimas

Edvinas Minkstimas is widely regarded as one of Europe’s top emerging young pianists, one whose extensive repertory, solid technique and musical expression have led him to perform throughout Europe and North America.Mr. Minkstimas became a Steinway Artist in August, 2013. He will give regular public Steinway master classes at the Steinway showroom and concert hall in North Bethesda for the Washington musical community.

During the 2013 – 2014 season, Mr Minkstimas has been invited to perform a series of chamber music concerts at the upcoming Mahler Festival in August 2014, Vienna, Austria. Also in Vienna, he will serve as a judge at the Leopold Auer string competition in June, 2014. Mr. Minkstimas was also invited to become a board member of Malaga Clasica, a two-week festival in Malaga, Spain, and to perform as a guest soloist (May – June 2014).

Other upcoming engagements include appearing as a guest soloist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, with the Lithuanian National Philharmonic (October 2014), in a Beethoven Triple Concerto with Piedmont Symphony Orchestra under conductor Glenn Quader (June, 2014). He will also perform piano quintets by Elgar and Shostakovitch with the Vilnius String Quartet.

Additionally, Mr. Minkstimas will give master classes and perform at the Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina, Aiken, (January 2014) and Georgetown University (March 2014). Starting July, 2012, Mr. Minkstimas has been serving as a Jury and Board member of the Salzburg Vocal Festival and a Board member of the Mahler Philharmoniker in Vienna, Austria. Highlights of the 2012-2013 concert season included performances at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, soloist appearances with NSO, Arlington Philharmonic, Amadeus Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Philharmonic, as well as concert tours in Europe and South America, among others. In 2012-2013, Mr. Minkstimas performed with celebrated conductors Johannes Wildner, Christopher Zimmerman, and Scott Wood.

Since 2012, Mr. Minkstimas also serves as a guest faculty member of the Washington International Piano Festival, which in 2012 featured such prominent performers and teachers as Atsuko Okada, Leon Fleisher, Jose Feghali, Ivo Kaltchev, Nikita Fitenko, and Seymour Bernstein.

In July 2011, Mr. Minkstimas became Artist-in-Residence of the Embassy Series Festival in Washington DC, where he also works as assistant to Director Jerome Barry. Together, they have prepared the “Songs of Vilna Ghetto” program, which continues to tour in Europe and the United States since the fall of 2011. For this program, Mr. Minkstimas wrote arrangements for the songs and solo piano variations.

In May 2011, Mr. Minkstimas received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, New York, where he was recipient of the C.V. Starr Foundation Doctoral Fellowship and studied with Jerome Lowenthal. He previously received the Artist Diploma from the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) under the tutelage of Michel Beroff. Previously, Mr. Minkstimas studied in Lithuania with Veronika Vitaite at the Lithuanian Academy of Music. He has taken master classes with pianists Nikolay Petroff, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Idil Beret, Eugene Indjic, Jeffrey Swann, Joseph Kalichstein, Marie Francoise-Bucquet, and other prominent performers, including Itzhak Perlman. He also studied composition with Guy Reibel (Paris Conservatory) and Vytautas Barkauskas at the Lithuanian Academy of Music.

Since July 2010, Mr. Minkstimas has served on the boards of directors for several international non-profit organizations. In this capacity, he has helped organize fundraisers for social and international causes, including three fundraisers in the United States, one in Lithuania, during which over $100,000 was raised for autism-related research. One of the fundraisers in New York (which received coverage in The New York Times) raised money to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. He is also a co-founder of the GLL (Global Lithuanian Leaders) organization, and a board member of National Jewish Health.

In 2010, Mr. Minkstimas won the Belz-Parker Young Artist Award in Memphis, Tennessee, and in 2007, he won First Prize at the Fifth International Ciurlionis Piano Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania. He has taken top honors at the First Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians (Moscow), the International Knezkova- Hussey Piano Competition (Canada) and European Piano Days (France), among other festivals and competitions.

A native of Kaunas, Lithuania, Edvinas Minkstimas claims his early artistic influences from Nordic poetry, Baltic mythology and other romantic images. He conveys the lyricism and poetry within a musical work through his displays of virtuoso technique. He is strongly influenced by such great pianists as Richter and Michelangeli, and composers Brahms, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Ligeti and Penderecki. Of his contemporary colleagues, Mr. Minkstimas is inspired by Evgeny Kissin, Spencer Myer, Sofya Gulyak, Jeffrey Swann and Martha Argerich.

Edvinas Minkstimas’ professional debut was at the age of fourteen with The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Vilnius), playing the Grieg Piano Concerto in A-minor. He has released two recordings, featuring solo and orchestral performances of works by Brahms, Beethoven and Liszt. Mr. Minkstimas has been recipient of numerous grants and scholarships, including those from the Meyer Foundation (France), Music Academy of the West (California), and the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture.

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Xun Pan

Chinese-American 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.

Mr. 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. He "…excites his audience with extraordinary power and masterful technique" (Intelligencer Journal).

A 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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Ralitza Patcheva

Pianist Ralitza Patcheva has been called a “phenomenon” (The Washington Post) and praised for her “elegant pianistic technique”, “courageous, innovative interpretation” (Dolomiten, Italy) and “crystal tone; amalgamation of witty virtuosity, powerful expression and profound sensitivity” (Thuringer Landeszeitung, Germany). She is a prizewinner at the 51st International Competition Busoni in Italy, the Washington International Piano Competition and the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists competitions. She also won second prize at the International Chamber Music Competition “Accademia di Citta di Pinerolo” in Italy together with cellist Vasily Popov.

Ralitza Patcheva has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC, the Jena Philharmonic (Germany), the Haydn Orchestra (Italy), the Arlington Symphony, the Alexandria Symphony and the Williamsburg Symphonia. She has appeared in recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Phillips Collection, the Embassy Series, as well as major international concert venues the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Gasteig and Villa Musica Mainz and Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh.

In 2005 Ralitza Patcheva recorded a double CD with works dedicated to famous pianists of the turn of the 20th century. A copy of this album, titled "Dedicated to A Friend" is kept at the International Piano Archives of the University of Maryland. In 2007 she performed the piano version of the Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. In 2009 she performed the Goldberg Variations of J.S.Bach in Washington DC. In 2013 Ralitza commenced a recital project called "A Room With a Symphony", the first part of which is performing the solo piano arrangements by Otto Singer II of the symphonies of Johannes Brahms.

Ralitza Patcheva has more than twenty concertos in her repertoire and a number of recital programs, encompassing major works of Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Stravinsky, Bach, Schubert, Haydn, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Ravel as well as rarely performed compositions by F. Martin, K. Szymanowski, R. Hahn, P. Pabst etc. She is known for daring programming, like performing a harpsichord/piano recital at the Phillips Collection or premiering newly composed works. In 2001 Ralitza performed the world premiere of "Glasshouse", a piece for piano and electronic soundscape dedicated to her by the German composer Marco Hertenstein. In recent years she has enjoyed collaborations with composers Frances McKay, Stanislava Stoytcheva, Jessica Krash, Jonathan Bingham and Samuel Post.

At present Ralitza Patcheva is an associate chair of the chamber music program at Levine Music and adjunct faculty at Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America. She keeps and active performing schedule and has a private piano studio in Washington DC. She is the associate artistic director of the Bulgarian Music Society in Washington DC.

Ralitza Patcheva holds advanced degrees in piano performance and vocal accompaniment from the University of Maryland, the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich and Peabody Conservatory. Her early training took place at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC and the State Music School in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has studied with Andre Watts, Eliso Virsaladze, Santiago Rodriguez, Helmut Deutsch, Julian Martin, Irena Orlov and Nina Aladshem. She has also studied harpsichord with Webb Wiggins and Lois Narvey and organ with Harvey van Buren.

Dr. Patcheva has been a lecturer at the University of Maryland-College Park and adjunct faculty at the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich, Germany and the Georgetown University in Washington. From 2001 to 2003 she was a Young Artist at the “Villa Musica” foundation in Mainz, Germany.

Since 2002 she co-directs the Brown Bag Music Series at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington DC with cellist Vasily Popov. The series offer free noontime concerts on the first Thursday of every month.

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Matthew Quick

Known for his distinguished musicianship, Matthew Quick's performances have been hailed as "electrifying," "one revelation after another," and "a major triumph of imagination and execution." He began his piano study at the age of 6, and throughout his youth was a prizewinner in numerous competitions. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University, where he won the concerto competition, was awarded the David Rabin Prize for excellence in musical performance, was elected to the National Dean's List, and graduated with highest honors. He continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he earned both his Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts.

Dr. Quick's major teachers include Craig Nies and Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff. He has had sessions with many of the world's top artists including Martin Katz, Awadagin Pratt, Yakov Kasman, Meng-Chieh Liu, Gabriel Chodos, James Tocco, Markus Groh, John Ritter, Peter Sefl, Vit Gregor, Edward Auer, and Ian Hobson. In addition to his career as a solo artist, he has conducted, coached, and collaborated with orchestras, chamber ensembles, choirs, and soloists from around the world. In recent years he has concertized throughout the U.S., toured China, performed in Prague, studied music in Vienna and Salzburg, and travelled to Italy on numerous occasions to perform, coach, and conduct. His CD release Dedication is scheduled to be aired this year on Cincinnati's Classical 90.9 WGUC, featuring solo performances of Scarlatti, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann/Liszt, and Piazzolla.

Dr. Quick is also in international demand as a teacher and adjudicator. Currently, he is Artist-in-Residence on the piano faculty of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China. In Cincinnati, he taught group and private piano at the UC College-Conservatory of Music, served on the faculty of the CCM Preparatory Department, and was co-chair of the OMTA Buckeye Competition for piano, violin, and voice. He is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, frequently participating in conferences and events. In 2012, he was a coordinator for the MTNA National Piano Pedagogy Symposium, where he led sessions on piano technique and injury prevention. He is a founding teacher of the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program and has been a judge for numerous competitions as an OMTA certified adjudicator.

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Alexander Tutunov

Alexander Tutunov is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. First Prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, Tutunov's playing was described by Soviet Culture, Moscow, as "exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent". Dr. Tutunov maintains a busy performing schedule in Europe, China, Mexico, and the United States as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and on radio and television. Dr. Tutunov is also in demand as an adjudicator for piano competitions.

Tutunov's recording of the Abeliovich Piano Concerto was featured as part of the Emmy award winning soundtrack for the History Channel documentary, Russia: Land of Tsars, and his CD of the Tchaikovsky Concert Fantasy with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra was produced in January 2008. Other recordings include: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra by Peter Sacco with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (Albany Records) and the solo piano works of Lev Abeliovich Sonatas & Frescoes, Trio, Songs (Altarus Records).

Tutunov graduated magna cum laude from the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory (studies with Anna Artobolevskaya and Lev Naumov) and University of North Texas (piano studies with Joseph Banowetz). Awarded his doctoral diploma with honors in concert performance from the Belarusian State Conservatory, Dr. Tutunov has taught at the Minsk College of Music, the University of North Texas, and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Alexander Tutunov now lives in Ashland, where he is Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at Southern Oregon University. A successful piano pedagogue, he continues to prepare award-winning students. Dr. Tutunov is Artist in Residence at the University of Alaska Southeast, and Artistic director of the SOU International Piano Institute.

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