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Nikita Fitenko
Douglas Humpherys
Ivo Kaltchev
Hae-Young Kim
Juan Lago
Chongxiao Liu
Edvinas Minkstimas
Xun Pan
Boris Slutsky

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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Douglas Humpherys

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.

A frequent 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.

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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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Juan Lago

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.

He 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, Italy.
Juan Lago frequently performs in Spain, Portugal, France, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, Turkey and the United States. He has been featured as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial de Málaga, Orquesta Sinfónica de Córdoba, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta de Valencia, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Bacau Royal State Philarmonic Orquestra, Istanbul Chamber Orchestra and Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra. Juan Lago is also an active collaborator in chamber music groups, having performed with pianist Belén Navarro, violinist Santiago Juan, and violist Santiago Cantó.

He 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.

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Chongxiao Liu

Chinese 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.
Many students of his are prizewinners of numerous piano competitions in China.

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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. 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.

In 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, Ecuador.
Mr. Minkstimas has appeared as a soloist in some of the most coveted concert venues in the world, including the Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, (NYC) Teatro Echegaray, Teatro Cervantes (Malaga, Spain), Salle Pleyel, Salle Faure, Cite de la Musique, CNSM and Cite Internationale des Arts (Paris), Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.) and many others. His performances are broadcasted regularly by WETA, Mezzo and other major classical music broadcasters.

An 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.
For two years, starting July of 2012, Mr. Minkstimas served 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.

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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Boris Slutsky (master class only)

Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize—along with every major prize, including the Audience Prize and Wilhelm Backhaus Award—at 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.

In 1993, Mr. Slutsky joined the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, where he currently serves as chair of the Piano Department.

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