Antonio Di Cristofano
Antonio Di Cristofano
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 The 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.
Minkstimas is widely regarded as one of Europes top emerging young
pianists, one whose extensive repertory, solid technique and musical expression
have led him to perform throughout Europe and North America. In 2014,
Edvinas Minkstimas became Board member of the Liberace Foundation in the
United States, and Piano Faculty at the Washington Conservatory. A Steinway
Artist and winner of eight international piano competitions, Edvinas Minkstimas
currently serves as Artist in Residence of the Embassy Series and Phillips
Collection Music Series in Washington, United States, as well as a guest
faculty of WIPF. 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).
Upcoming engagements include concert tours in Alaska, China, South Korea, Ecuador, Argentina, performances at the WIPF, Embassy Series and Phillips Collection Music Series, a recording project with the Vilnius String Quartet. Other recent engagements include appearing as a guest soloist with the Lithuanian National Philharmonic (November 2014), in a Beethoven Triple Concerto with Piedmont Symphony Orchestra under conductor Glenn Quader (June, 2014), with Ecuador and Bolivia National Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Minkstimas will appear as soloist in concert tours in US and South America, as well as in festivals in Poland, Portugal, and Spain in late 2014/early 2015. He will also perform piano quintets by Franck and Brahms with the Vilnius String Quartet in the late fall of 2014, which is arguably the most renowned Lithuanian chamber ensemble with over 50 years of illustrious performing history. Many of the great pianists, including Mikhail Pletnev, Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, as well as Martha Argerich and Vladimir Ashkenazy, have performed and recorded with the Vilnius String Quartet. It will be Mr. Minkstimas fourth performing tour with the Vilnius Quartet.
the past few months, Mr. Minkstimas gave master classes and performed
at the Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina, Aiken, (January
2014) and Georgetown University (March 2014), as well as at the National
Gallery of Art concert series (May, 2014) in Washington. Earlier in May,
Mr. Minkstimas gave a solo recital at the Casa de la Musica in Quito,
avid chamber musician, Mr. Minkstimas has appeared with the New Juilliard
Ensemble, let by Joel Sachs, Phillips Camerata, flutists Matthias Lyding
and Gustavo Lovato, violinists Jesu Reina, Anna Margrethe Nilsen, Sean
Lee, Laura Lutzke, Anca Nicolau, Miranda Cuckson, Teri Lazar, Claudia
Chudakoff, and Marc and Olivia Hajioff, cellists Charlie Powers, Hiruo
Matsuo, Dane Johansen, Adrian Daurov, Andrew Janns and David Teie, violists
Kyle Armbrust, Osman Kivrak, Matthew Lipman, and Jesus Rodolfo Rodriguez,
clarinetists Albert Hunt and Rob Patterson, singers Esther Heideman, Nils
Nilsen, Aurelio Galbadon, Nicole Taylor and Alexis Vassiliev, as well
as with pianists Sofya Gulyak and Jonathan Floril.
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.
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.
an immensely prolific and successful 60-year-long career, Prof. MILENA
MOLLOVA is the leading and most successful Bulgarian concert pianist and
pedagogue today. "This artist was created to convey all that is most
elegant and spiritual in music. And she achieves that with a charming
skill." (Jacques Steman, La Lanterne, Brussels, Belgium)
Milena Mollova is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory
and is among the very few pianists, fortunate enough to study with the
legendary Russian pianist Emil Gillels. She completed her college studies
at the Sofia Academy of Music at the age of 19, in the piano studios of
Prof. Panka Pelishek and Prof. Dimitar Nenov. From that point onwards,
her performing career has been an endless chain of awards, guest performances
all over the world, and conquering of new artistic peaks, relevant to
her original goals as an artist. She is a prizewinner of some of the most
prestigious international competitions including the First Tchaikovsky
Piano Competition in Moscow, the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibault Competition
in Paris, the ARD International Contest in Munich, and the Beethoven Piano
Competition in Vienna. She has toured the concert stages of Europe, USA,
Cuba, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and India.
repertoire is impressive, including different styles and eras and covering
the wide range between solo, concerto and chamber performances within
various formations and in partnership with all Bulgarian symphony orchestras
under the batons of the greatest Bulgarian conductors, as well as of international
celebrities such as Kondrashin, Akiyama, Baumgartner, and Tzipin.
Milena Mollova's skills as a performer, teacher and organizer of festivals
are mutually complementary, helping her to bring her teaching and performing
projects up to such a perfection as to reflect her enormous experience
while outlining the far-teaching horizons of her ability and ambition.
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.
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.
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, Ian Hobson, Gabriel
Chodos, James Tocco, Markus Groh, John Ritter, Peter Sefl, Vit Gregor,
and Edward Auer. 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 on Cincinnati's Classical 90.9 WGUC, featuring solo performances
of Scarlatti, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann/Liszt, and Piazzolla.
is also in international demand as a teacher and adjudicator. He is currently
Artist-in-Residence at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China, where
he holds the distinction of being the first foreigner invited to join
their piano faculty. In addition to studio teaching, he is sought after
for his expertise in piano literature, chamber music, and international
piano technique methods. During his graduate study in the U.S., he was
a piano instructor at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory
of Music, a prominent choral director in the tri-state area, and co-chair
of the OMTA Buckeye Competition for piano, violin, and voice. He is an
active member of the Music Teachers National Association, and was a coordinator
for the 2nd 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 is a frequent
judge for regional, national, and international competitions.
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.
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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