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Andreas  Klein
Andreas Klein
Head of Jury

“A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, tone, the four Ts of pianism…” The New York Times

Andreas Klein is widely admired as a pianist of rare sensitivity and musicality. The Washington Post has praised his “articulate and flowing pianism” while the New York Times called him “a pianist who makes silences sound like music.” About a recent Glenn Gould tribute (with the Minguet String Quartet), the Calgary Herald reported, “(Klein brings) to his performance a mature understanding...as well as a brilliant execution”, while Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC) was even more blunt : “Andreas Klein is a stupendous pianist...a stunning performance by any standard, and it brought the audience to its feet in a rousing ovation.”

He has performed in many of the leading houses of Europe, from Wigmore Hall in London to the Berlin Philharmonie, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and is at home with the grandeur of playing with the Berlin Philharmonic or the vast reaches of the Ravinia Festival (where he received two standing ovations) as he is with the intimacy of Le Poisson Rouge (NYC). He has extensively toured North America, with ensembles including the Salzburg Chamber Soloists (a 20-city tour) and the Festival Strings of Lucerne (10 cities) and in South America, where he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Brazil. Some exotic places on his concert tours included Damascus and Yerevan.

Since his meteoric start in his native Germany, performing recitals and as soloist with orchestra, he eventually answered the call to go to the Juilliard School in New York. But the highly focussed and musical approach to every work he performs was nurtured by one of his early teachers, the great Claudio Arrau. It is a philosophy Klein is credited with continuing.

In recent years Klein has added more forays into chamber music alongside his concerto and recital repertoire, including major projects with the Minetti Quartet and the Casals Quartet (Schumann’s Piano Quintet - US tour and Casals Festival, Puerto Rico). These collaborations have taken him to important venues such as Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Spivey Hall near Atlanta and the Wortham Center in Houston.

A frequent broadcaster, Klein has often appeared on WGBH Boston, WFMT Chicago, APR in ST Paul and KUHF in Houston. He was the subject of a “Musician Portrait” in Germany and his “Intermezzo with Andreas Klein” was televised by PBS. His recordings, “Piano Sonatas” and his album of music by Beethoven and Berg, have won admiring reviews (he is also an admired recording producer). And his self-composed new cadenzas for Mozart piano concertos have also won widespread praise. “Whatever the composer, whatever the project,” he says, “for me it is about being inside the music.”

More details on: www.AndreasKlein.com

Angelin  Chang
Angelin Chang

Internationally acclaimed pianist Angelin Chang is the first American female pianist awarded the GRAMMY® for Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra. She is recognized for her sense of poetry and technical brilliance. Concertizing in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Miss Chang’s concert tours have led her to such venues as the Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Lincoln Center, Severance Hall (Cleveland), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Zelazowa Wola (Warsaw), Shanghai Grand Theatre (China), Sala Luis Ángel Arango (Bogotá), Schnittke Philharmonic Hall (Russia) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation. As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Angelin Chang participated in the development and launching of the Arts for Everyone initiative. She has performed at the U.S. Department of State, for the United Nations Women's Organization in Nepal and for World AIDS Day in New York.

An active chamber musician, she performs regularly with the legendary violist Joseph de Pasquale, The de Pasquale String Quartet, and with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra. Recordings include solo piano album, Angelin (Sabintu Records), Soaring Spirit (Albany Records) with Angelin Chang on piano and Joseph de Pasquale on viola, and Cleveland Chamber Symphony (TNC) with Angelin Chang as piano soloist and John McLaughlin Williams as conductor in Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Dr. Angelin Chang is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Cleveland State University, where she is also Professor of Law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Anthony  Pattin
Anthony Pattin

Pianist Anthony Pattin gave his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 1998. In a review of that concert, the critic for the New York Concert Review magazine called Pattin "a pianist of definite skills and strengths." Another reviewer said of his more recent New York recital "Pattin is a solid presence onstage, confident and gracious. With the ear and ability to vary tone color with constancy, his palette is a good one." Pattin is an active pianist, orchestral soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and music scholar.

Anthony Pattin has performed concerts throughout the U.S. including on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. In addition to two concert tours of Japan, he has appeared in recitals throughout Europe and Central America. A prize winner in several national piano competitions, he was also a first-prize winner in the Bartok-Kabalevsky International Piano Competition held at Radford University. He was invited back the following year to serve as judge with famed Bartok protégé Gyorgy Sandor. He has appeared as soloist with the Alabama Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the Detroit Metropolitan Orchestra, the Arkansas Symphony and most recently the Abiliene Philharmonic.

An Ohio native, he earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toledo and subsequently received the Master of Music degree from University of Michigan. In 1994 he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Alabama. He was Professor of Music at the University of Montevallo from 1987 to 2011. While at UM he received the Distinguished Teacher Award (2001) and the following year was named the University Scholar. Dr. Pattin is now Professor Emeritus from UM and appears frequently on the Alabama Symphony's "Concertmaster and Friends" series. Pattin has recorded six compact discs on the APT label, exhibiting a command of a wide and diverse range of repertoire.