JEROME LOWENTHAL (Guest Artist)
THE JUiLLIARD SCHOOL
Jerome Lowenthal has been a prominent presence in the international piano world for more than a half-century. A former student of three legendary musicians – William Kapell, Eduard Steuermann, and Alfred Cortot – he has performed a voluminous repertoire that includes 63 different concerti. Mr. Lowenthal has recorded for numerous record labels, including RCA, Columbia, and Arabesque, and recently recorded the complete Années de Pèlerinage of Liszt for Bridge Records, as well as two-piano works (with Ursula Oppens) by Messiaen, Debussy, and Corigliano. The latter were released by Cedille records, and the Corigliano recording received a Grammy nomination. His recordings of opera paraphrases and fantasies were recently re-released by LP Classics, along with a live recording from Abravanel Hall (now Hahn Hall).
He has served on the juries of the Cliburn, Tschaikowsky, Rubinstein, Horowitz, and Bachauer piano competitions, to name a few. Besides giving masterclasses in North America, Europe, and Asia, he has been on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1991. Mr. Lowenthal recently received an honorary doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
BORIS SLUTSKY (GUEST ARTIST)
Chair of Piano Department, Peabody Institute
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.
PROFESSOR OF PIANO, OBERLIN CONSERVATORY
French-born pianist Monique Duphil made her Paris debut with orchestra at age 15, performing Felix Mendelssohn's G minor piano concerto with the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. She was launched on the world’s stages after prizes in four international competitions, including the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and has since performed in more than 50 countries throughout five continents.
Duphil entered the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris at age 10 and studied with Jean Doyen, Marquerite Long, and Joseph Calvet. She won a premier prix in piano at 15 and graduated the following year with a grand prix in professional chamber music. She subsequently earned an artist diploma from the Musikhochschule of Stuttgart, Germany.
Her spectacular United States debut was performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, substituting on just a few hours notice for cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. Duphil was honored to be re-engaged by Eugene Ormandy and appeared with him four more times, performing two concertos on each occasion. Over the course of her career, Duphil has been the featured soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, among them the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Warsaw, Bern, Münchner Symphoniker, Paris Orchestre Lamoureux, Caracas, Mexico, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Seoul, Tokyo Metropolitan, Sapporo, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, and all Australian ABC orchestras.
A distinguished chamber musician, Duphil has partnered with renowned artists including Pierre Fournier, Cho-Liang Lin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Ruggiero Ricci, and Henryk Szerying, as well as the Musikverein Quartet, the Salzburg Mozarteum Trio, and the Vienna, St. Petersburg, Haydn, Chester, and American string quartets.
Her recordings can be heard on the Polydor, Telefunken (Japan), Marco Polo, Avila, Naxos, and Electra (Canada) labels.
Duphil served on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts before her appointment to the faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1992.
East Carolina University
Kwan Yi has been praised by audiences and critics alike as a pianist of "lyrical elegance" and "ravishing, pitch-perfect clarity". He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, the Metropolitan and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, Jordan Hall, Jones Hall, Mann Performing Arts Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Library of Congress, Kravis Center of the Arts, Großer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks (Germany), Auditorium du Louvre (France), Teatro Principal de Alicante (Spain), Suntory Hall (Japan), and Seoul Arts Center (Korea).
In recent seasons, Mr. Yi has appeared as a soloist with the Russian National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Festival Orchestra under the batons of Hans Graf, Julian Kuerti, Grant Llewellyn and Mikhail Tartanikov. As an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, and Roberto Diaz on national tours and was invited to perform at the Kronberg, Ravinia, Trondheim, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Castleton Festivals. He is a founding member of the Madison Piano Trio, a top prizewinner of the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition (Norway). As a recitalist and masterclass instructor, he has completed residencies at the Bowdoin College, University of Arkansas, East Carolina University, Marylhurst University, Michigan State University, Ouchita Baptist University, Stephen F. Austin University, Randolph College, Cleveland Museum of Art, Theatre de Vevey (Switzerland), and Sendai Cultural Center (Japan). His performances have been broadcast by WQXR, WHYY, KUHF, Radio France and Radio Frankfurt. He has recorded for Hänssler label with Violinist Itamar Zorman.
A recipient of many honors and prizes, Mr. Yi's awards include Mieczyslaw Munz Prize, National Federation of Music Clubs Award, and top prizes in the Sendai International Piano Competition (Japan), and the Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competition (Italy).
Mr. Yi is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute where he worked with Leon Fleisher and Robert McDonald. He has also attended the Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival.
Pianist Yury Shadrin is an internationally acclaimed soloist and recitalist, and has appeared in major venues from Geneva to Caracas, including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. In recent seasons he has performed in concerts at the Central Conservatory in China and the Chicago Cultural Center, and he returned to the Kennedy Center last May.
As a soloist, Mr. Shadrin has performed concertos with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica of Venezuela, the Salta Symphony Orchestra (Argentina), the Caracas Municipal Symphony, and the Vietnam National Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Peabody and Oberlin orchestras. He has been featured in radio and TV broadcasts in Vietnam, Venezuela, China, Japan, and the US.
Mr. Shadrin gained international recognition as a first prize winner of the Rome International Piano Competition and grand prize winner at the Siberian Piano Competition. In recent years, he has taken top honors at the World Piano Competition, the Maracaibo International Piano Competition, and the Yale Gordon Competition.
A Moscow Conservatory graduate, Mr. Shadrin studied with world-renowned pianists Lev Naumov and Eliso Virsaladze. Moving to the United States, he studied at the Oberlin Conservatory with Monique Duphil, at Yale with Peter Frankl, and most recently at the Peabody Institute with the great American master Leon Fleisher.
In addition to performing, Yury Shadrin previously taught and performed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Oberlin Conservatory.
Tian Lu has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and duo pianist throughout Asia, the United States, Europe, and South America. Praised by the Miami Herald as “a clearly gifted and promising artist with strong musical instincts and a flawless technique,” Lu has been invited to be a guest artist at the Aruba International Piano Festival and the Duxbury music festival, as well as to serve as a Jury member of the Chopin Youth International Piano Competition in China in 2014.
Prize winner of nine international piano competitions, Ms. Lu orchestral appearances include the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine), Venezuela Sinfonica, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Maracaibo Philharmonic Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra. Recent guest appearances include The Julliard School, Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music as well as her debut recital at the Kennedy Center with Washington Performing Arts.
Ms. Lu`s teachers includes Monique Duphil, Boris Slutsky and Leon Fleisher. Currently she is serving on the faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Peabody Preparatory, Garrison Forest School
At the young age of fifteen Margarita (Maggie) Loukachkina gave her debut at the Mishler Theatre (PA) performing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra. The Altoona Mirror wrote about that performance : "She did a fantastic job, she brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the music. It's really refreshing". Nicholas Palmer, ASO music director and conductor also commented on this performance saying that "the piece is perfect for Maggie, who has a great feel for the piece." After claiming first prizes at several competitions in the US (the 2004 Nittany Valley Young Soloist Competition, State College, PA and the 2005 Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Williamsport, PA) Margarita performed the Grieg concerto with the Nittany Valley Syphony as well as the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. Symphony Notes hailed her performance with the Williamsport Syphony as a : "brilliant execution" and the Montoursville Daily Times wrote: "Maggie Loukachkina played so effortlessly. She gave a flawless performance."
A native of Russia, Margarita began her studies of piano at age five with Tatyana Schklovskaya and shortly after was accepted into the prestigious Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children in Moscow, Russia. While at Gnessin Margarita traveled to competitions and performed in various recital series across Russia and Europe. Just at the age of nine she was awarded second prize at the 1998 “KONZERTEUM” International Piano Competition in Athens, Greece. Some of her additional prizes include: 2nd prize at the 2004 Rubenstein International Piano Competition, Paris, France; Grand Prize at the 2006 Wednesday Music Club Competition, Harrisburg, PA; 3rd Prize at the 2008 Louisiana International Piano Competition (Junior Level), Alexandria,LA; as well as 1st prize at the 2009 Baltimore Music Club Competition, Baltimore, MD.
Concertmaster, Symphony Number One
Award-winning Russian violinist Nikita Borisevich is known for the precocious depth and sensitivity in his playing and utterly finessed technique. He swept onto the international stage at the age of twelve, and has since then performed in Russia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Austria, Germany, Spain and the US on renowned stages such as the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (Russia) and the Manuel de Falla Auditorium (Granada, Spain).
Nikita was born into a musical family and started playing the violin at a young age of five, with his father being his first teacher. At the age of twelve, Nikita made his orchestral debut, performing the Haydn Violin Concerto with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra. At fifteen he performed two more concerti with that orchestra, after having won the prominent Russian national string competition “The Magical Bow.” In the 2011-2012 concert season, Nikita performed with the Ural Philarmonic and Volgograd Academic orchestras, playing works by Paganini, Ravel and Waxman. Most recently, he performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto in the Friedberg Hall of the Peabody Conservatory under the baton of Jordan Smith.
In addition to his busy performance schedule, Nikita broadened his musical horizons by attending the Russian Music Academy in Dortmund, Germany (2005), as well as the Heifetz Institute in Staunton, VA (2010, 2012). An avid chamber musician, Nikita won numerous chamber music competitions, including the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition (OH), the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition (CA), and the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition (MD).
In 2011, Nikita won the Grand Prix in the International Chamber Music Competition (trio division) in St. Petersburg, Russia and made his debut at the Moscow Philharmonic Society. As a member of a piano trio, he performed in the Washington College Concert Series (MD), the Friends of Chamber Music Concert Series (PA), and the Academy Arts Museum Concert Series (MD).
Nikita received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the renowned Moscow Conservatory, where he studied on full scholarship with Maya Glezarova and Marina Keselman.
Loyola University, Virginia Symphony
Award winning cellist, Ismar Gomes, performs across the US and Europe as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Hailed for his “impressive virtuosity, energy, and a handsome tonal range” (Berkshire Review), Mr. Gomes has established himself as a captivating young artist with a commanding voice and a growing reputation for delivering exciting performances and innovative programming.
Mr. Gomes’ busy international performance schedule includes dozens of solo and duo recitals, concerto performances, chamber music, early music and new music. Most recently, Mr. Gomes has appeared at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Evolution Contemporary Music Series, String Fest, Le Petit Salon, Early Music at St. Mark’s, and Old Town Hall Concerts, among others, including many appearances with his Duo partner, pianist Wan-Chi Su, with whom he has been touring for several seasons. Aside from his regular work as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral cellist, Mr. Gomes has given 50+ world premiere performances, and is engaged in several commissioning projects. Recent collaborators include members of the Pittsburgh and Baltimore Symphonies, as well as members of the Johannes, and Brentano String Quartets. During the 2015 – 2016 season, Mr. Gomes served as Fellow of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and is member of the Virginia Symphony.
On faculty at Loyola University of Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University, Mr. Gomes has enjoyed teaching young musicians for well over a decade, offering guest master classes at universities and in preparatory programs around the country. Most recently, Mr. Gomes was a faculty member and guest artist for StringFest at Merkin Hall, the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary, and the CIM Summer Chamber Music Program, as well as a Young Artist at the Three Bridges International Music Festival – he is currently a Faculty Artist at the Rushmore Music Festival. As a recording artist, Mr. Gomes recently made the premiere recording of a chamber opera by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, David Lang, in collaboration with the Harlem Quartet, and looks forward to recording his Duo’s debut album in the summer of 2016. He appears on Naxos and Cantaloupe Records. Mr. Gomes attended the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Alison Wells and Amit Peled. Prior to his time at Peabody, Mr. Gomes was a student of Marc Johnson, long time cellist of the Vermeer Quartet. Further studies were undertaken with Clive Greensmith and most recently with Colin Carr. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Mr. Gomes has appeared in Masterclasses for eminent cellists including Steven Doane, Janos Starker and Steven Isserlis, in addition to being mentored in chamber music by members of the Vermeer, Jerusalem, Brentano, Juilliard, Tokyo and Emerson String Quartets.
Ying Ying Su
University of Oklahoma School Of Music
Recognized for her clarity of sound and noble interpretation, pianist Yingying Su has established herself as a sensitive and imaginative musician, exhibiting a remarkable depth of musicianship and poise beyond her age. She is the winner of many national and international piano competitions including the National Piano Competition of China, the Concurso International Piano Competition in Maracaibo,Venezuela, the Bienen School of Music Concerto Competition. She is also the recipient of the “Special Prize of the Jury” in the III International Piano Competition in Memory of Emil Gilels in Ukraine, the John Elvin Piano Prize from the Oberlin Conservatory, and the Charles S. Miller Piano Prize from the Yale School of Music.
Ms.Su has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Celebrity Concert Series at the Heifetz International Music Institute, and has given numerous solo recitals and performances in the United States, China, Germany, Ukraine, Spain, Venezuela, and Australia. She has appeared as the soloist with the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra and the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra under conductors such as Eduardo Rahn and Victor Yampolsky.
Ms.Su studied with Monique Duphil at the Oberlin Conservatory and with Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music. She was awarded the degree of Doctor of Musical Art from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, under the guidance of Alan Chow. She is currently a visiting professor of piano at the University of Oklahoma School of Music.