German-born pianist Andreas Klein has distinguished himself as a dynamic and compelling performer with his command of a wide range of tonal colors and imaginative interpretations. The New York Times declared him "A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, tone, the four Ts of pianism" and "A pianist who makes silences sound like music".
Andreas Klein's career as orchestra soloist and recitalist has taken him to the world's most prestigious venues from London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Philharmonic Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, to Washington DC's Kennedy Center. In Europe as well as in the USA, Mexico, and the Middle East, he has gained critical acclaim for his performances in major cities such as Berlin, Rome, Milan, Bern, Leipzig, Dresden, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Cleveland, Damascus, and Mexico City.
His signature repertoire includes all Mozart and Beethoven concerti. The Tagesspiegel in Berlin raved about his Mozart Piano Concerto KV 459 with the legendary Berlin Philharmonic: "humorous flamboyancy and impeccable technique, grace, melodious sound and plenty of brilliance." Andreas Klein was invited to perform with other important orchestras in Germany including the Berlin Symphony and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony.
Andreas Klein has enjoyed collaborations with some of today's finest ensembles. During the Mozart Anniversary year, he performed Mozart's Concerto KV 415 with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists throughout the USA. They also opened the Mozart Festival in Mexico City and performed at the Sala Nezahuolkoyot. Highlights of the 20 city tour included appearances at Stanford University, Tuckerman Hall near Boston, Newman Center in Denver, Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, and the Museum of Four Arts in Palm Beach. The Washington Post wrote "intelligent soloist Andreas Klein's articulate and flowing pianism nicely matched the orchestra's sound in this crystalline work" in response to his performance at the Kennedy Center with the Swiss Lucerne Festival Strings.
Most recently, Andreas Klein joined Cuarteto Casals performing Schumann's Piano Quintet in major US cities as well as at the Casals Festival in Costa Rica. At Mexico's International Piano Festival and at the Festival Paiz in Guatemala, his recitals received high acclaim. At the Ravinia Festival, he received two standing ovations.
His CD releases have received praise by critics, conductors, and presenters alike. Of his Beethoven and Berg album, The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Klein is an excellent pianist. In Berg's Sonata the voluptuous haze was blown away: one followed the progress of every theme and motive as they steadily transformed themselves into a single architectural design."
Andreas Klein is a graduate of the Juilliard School and complemented his studies with the legendary Claudio Arrau and Nikita Magaloff.
Vladislav Kovalsky, Pianist, and Executive and Artistic Director of the Monmouth Conservatory of Music in Red Bank, NJ, was born in Khabarovsk in the Far East of Russia. He graduated the famed Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad State Conservatory of Music, and studied under Nathan Perelman, one of the legendary Russian pianists and pedagogues revered for his musicianship and refined pianism. Kovalsky, a pianist of prodigious musicianship, superb technique, impeccable training and an ideal of music that is both high and profound, is a first-place winner of many international awards.
As a pianist Vladislav Kovalsky is the highest representative currently active in the West of the famed St. Petersburg School of pianism. As a virtuoso capable of mere speed, Kovalsky is second to none. With no visible effort, and with never a harsh sound, Mr. Kovalsky draws from the piano a prodigious wealth of tone and a stunningly varied palette of shadings. His repertoire is wide: from Schubert to Rachmaninoff, from Bach to the moderns. His performance experience as a concert pianist and collaborative artist includes tours of Russia, the United States, Canada, Korea, Japan and all of the European countries.
His collaboration with Russian violinist Mark Lubotsky at Carnegie Hall and an American violinist Christopher Collins Lee brought standing ovations at all performances. In addition to his active performance schedule, Mr. Kovalsky has been honored by Steinway for his professional achievements, including publications and lectures, his service as Executive and Artistic Director of the Monmouth Conservatory, teaching at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ and his role as a distinguished member of the International Keyboard Festival and Competition Faculty at Mannes College of Music in New York. Mr. Kovalsky is a Steinway Artist.
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.