Elena Ashkenazy was born in Moscow to a musical family. She graduated from the Central School of Music in Moscow, (class of Anaida Sumbatian) and the Gnessin Institute in Moscow (class of Alexander Yocheles). While at the Gnessin Institute, she won many international and national competitions as solo pianist and chamber musician. Ms. Ashkenazy has concertized in many cities of the USSR, as well as in Poland, Yugoslavia, Finland, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, and Japan as a solo pianist and chamber musician.
For many years she taught at the Central Music School under the Moscow Conservatoire. From 1995, she has been a Guest Professor at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan. Ms. Ashkenazy has presented numerous master classes in Europe and in many cities in Japan. Many of her students graduated with top honors from the Musashino Academia Musicae and were awarded prizes at the International and Japanese National competitions and auditions.
She has served
on many international piano juries, including the 8th International Schubert
Piano Competition (Dortmund, Germany), 1st Tchaikovsky Competition (Tokyo,
Japan), as well as the 73th and 74th National Music Competitions of Japan
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
Wei Gong received her Bachlor 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 recital in most cities in China,
such as Beijing,Wuhan,Qingdao and Jinan,both in solo and chamber music,Ms.Gong
has performed in Cannes (France), Karlsruhe (Germany), including made
recording for Schubert and Beetovens chamber music. Ms.Gong has
perfomed and taught at Washington International Piano Festival in 2014.
Lancaster International Piano Festival,2014. Currently,Ms.Gong is a full-time
piano teacher at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music,China. Many of her students
have won awards for their musical performances.
Since winning the gold medal at the first Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Douglas Humpherys concert career has spanned more than three decades across four continents. During recent years, he has concertized in many of the major cities of Asia. A frequent guest artist in Beijing, he has performed at the National Center for the Performing Arts, the Beijing Concert Hall, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall. In addition to concerts in the cities of Hong Kong and Chongqing, he has presented concerts and lecture-recitals throughout the Chinese conservatory and university system, including the Central Conservatory, the China Conservatory, the conservatories of Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Cheng-Du, Xian, Dalian, and Xiamen, the Shenzhen School of the Arts, Peking University, and Renmin University. In 2002 he made his Korean debut in Seoul at the Kumho Art Hall, and during a 2007 tour of Taiwan, he performed in the cities of Taipei, Tainan, and Kaohsiung.
In Europe, Mr. Humpherys has presented solo concerts in the cities of Moscow, Novgorod, Berlin, Hamburg, Prague, Venice, and Dublin, with additional concert engagements in Germany, the Czech Republic, Montenegro, and Serbia. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada at numerous universities and festivals, and is frequently a guest artist at conferences of the Music Teachers National Association. He has recorded for the Gina Bachauer Piano Foundation, American Public Radio, and has been featured in live performances on affiliates of NPR and PBS. During the summer of 2012, he will travel to Buenos Aires to teach and perform with Teachers del Norte-Pianists del Sur, a project sponsored in part by the United States Embassy in Argentina. He is currently listed on the artists roster of Steinway and Sons.
Mr. Humpherys completed graduate degrees at the Juilliard School (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (DMA), where he is currently Professor and Chair of the Piano Department.
During his student days, he studied with Nelita True, Martin Canin, and Robert Smith. In high demand as a teacher, he has been appointed to visiting residencies or professorships at the Middle School of the Central Conservatory in Beijing, Yonsei University in Seoul, and the University of Michigan. His students have won numerous competition prizes including the Honens, Cleveland, Hilton Head, Osaka, and Pacific International Competitions, as well as two recent national winners of the MTNA/Steinway Young Artists Competition.
He has taught literally hundreds of master classes at universities and conservatories including the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, most of the major conservatories in China, Seoul National University, National Taiwan Normal University, Northwestern University, the Oberlin School of Music, and Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary. He has served on the faculty of many summer festivals such as the Beijing International Festival and Academy, the Chinese National Pedagogy Convention in Shanghai, the Chinese-American International Piano Institute associated with the Sichuan Conservatory at Cheng-Du, the South Bohemia Music Festival in Prague, and the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. In addition, he has presented lectures to the European Piano Teachers Association, the Music Teachers National Association, the World Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.
adjudicator, he has served on the jury of the Gina Bachauer International
Piano Competition fourteen times, and has also adjudicated the Cleveland
International Piano Competition, the Rachmaninoff International Young
Artists Piano Competition in Novgorod, Russia, the Ricardo Viñes
International Piano Competition in Spain, the PTNA National Piano Competition
in Tokyo, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and the Bösendorfer
International Piano Competition. His experience in this regard led him
to create and direct the Eastman Young Artists International Piano
Competition, which is held biennially in Rochester, New York.
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.
Juan Lago studied at the Conservatorio de Málaga, Real Conservatorio de Madrid and Amsterdam Conservatorium. His principal teachers include Juan J. Peralta, Ana Guijarro and Jan Wijn. He has also been influenced by Gyorgy Sebok, Eugen Indjic, Claudio Martínez Mehner, Josep Colom, Imre Rohmann, Stanislav Pochekin and Leonel Morales.
received awards at such piano competitions, as Spanish Composers International
Piano Competition in Las Rozas, Madrid; Concurso Internacional de Piano
Cidade de Ferrol; Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Alexander Scriabin
in Grosseto Italy; and Concorso Internazionale Valsesia Musica in Varallo,
was a faculty member at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de
Salamanca. Currently, he is on the Piano Faculty at the Conservatorio
José Iturbi de Valencia, where he also serves as Piano Department
Chair. His students have won over 50 top Prizes at the national and international
piano competitions. Mr. Lago is the Founder and Artistic Director of the
Campillos International Piano Competition and Paterna International Piano
Prize. He has served on many international piano competition juries, such
as the Spanish Composers International Competition in Las Rozas, Madrid,
MozARTè in Aachen, Germany and Città di Cantù, Italy.
He is also frequently invited to teach Master classes in Spain, Italy,
Germany and the United States.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prizealong with every major prize, including the Audience Prize and Wilhelm Backhaus Awardat the 1981 William Kapell International (University of Maryland) Piano Competition. His other accomplishments include first prizes at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and major prizes at the International Bach Competition in Memory of Glenn Gould, Busoni, Rina Sala Gallo, and Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competitions.
Since his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony in 1980, Mr. Slutsky has appeared on nearly every continent as soloist and recitalist, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Dimitri Kitaenko and Valery Gergiev. He has performed with the London Philharmonic, Stuttgart State Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Neuss am Rhein in Germany, Bem Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, RAI Orchestra in Milan, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea, and major orchestras in Spain, Russia, Columbia, and Brazil. In South Africa, he has been soloist with the orchestras of Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. His North American engagements have included concerts with the Baltimore, Florida, Utah, and Toronto Symphonies.
Mr. Slutsky has been heard on recital series throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East, making appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Kaufmann Concert Hall, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Performing Arts Center in Seoul, and Teatro Colon in Bogota, among many others. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Slutsky's more than two decades of chamber music collaborations include the critically acclaimed recording of Schumann's Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Ilya Kaler on the Naxos label, as well as performances with many renowned artists.
Mr. Slutsky has presented master classes throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and served as a jury member for many international piano competitions.
Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Mr. Slutsky received his early training at Moscow's Gnessin School for Gifted Children as a student of Anna Kantor, and completed his formal studies at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, studying with Nadia Reisenberg, Nina Svetlanova, John Browning, and Joseph Seiger. In addition, he has worked for many years with his mentor Alexander Eydleman.
Mr. Slutsky joined the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, where he currently
serves as chair of the Piano Department.
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