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.
Pianist Kurt Eric Galván is active as a performer in his New York and his native New England, where he has premiered many new chamber works. He attended the University of Connecticut, where he earned his MM in Piano. He earned his MM in Piano Accompaniment at the Eastman School of Music, where he is currently pursuing his DMA under the direction of Dr. Jean Barr.
German 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 T's of pianism" and "A pianist who makes silences sound like music”. His 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. He 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, and Mexico City. Andreas Klein tours extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico.
Highlights from recent seasons include collaborations with the Minguet and Minetti String Quartets, a South American concert tour with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists performing Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Peru, and recitals and master classes throughout the US and Canada. More details on: www.AndreasKlein.com
In addition to his concertizing, Andreas Klein is audio producer and recording engineer: he has produced numerous concert recordings for NPR affiliate radio stations at music festivals and currently produces a Centennial Anniversary CD for the Lake Placid Sinfonietta in NY. More details on: www.UltimoProductions.com
Lucy Mauro’s recent recordings for Delos have been hailed in Gramophone, awarded a Recording of the Year 2011 by MusicWeb International, calling it “the revelation of the year”, and featured on iTunes in their New and Noteworthy among other recognitions. The Journal of Singing calls Ms. Mauro “a perfect partner, whether called upon for thundering power or the tenderest whisper” and MusicWeb International said her “delicate touch and flawless technique give us a luminous sound of great beauty”.
Her first solo piano CD, From the Unforgetting Skies: The Piano Music of Margaret Ruthven Lang (Delos, 2013) has received acclaim in American Record Guide” (“Mauro is a polished advocate, with delightful interpretations communicating the richness and variety of her piano works” and describing “Mauro’s excellent balance, sensitivity, and taste”), MusicWeb International (“A new and magnificently played entry in Delos’ rediscovery of this important American composer”) and selected for the December 2013 NAXOS Critics’ Choice List.
Lucy Mauro made her concerto debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14. She is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University from which she received Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees and where she studied with Ann Schein and Julio Esteban. She has performed and taught for festivals and schools in Germany, Italy, Spain, China and throughout the US. Recent performances include the 2013 Esterházy Festival in Austria, and she can be heard on Thomas Hampson’s national radio program Song of America.
Her publications include Essential Two-Piano Repertoire, Essential Keyboard Trios and Essential Piano Duets from Alfred Publishing and Master Singers: Advice from the Stage (2015) from Oxford University Press, which includes interviews with many of today’s top opera singers. She is an Associate Professor of Piano at West Virginia University and member of The Recording Academy as a voting member for the Grammys.
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.
Zhongbei (Daisy) Wu is an award-winning Guzheng (or Chinese Zither, a traditional Chinese instrument) artist. She is now the Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at Alfred University, a Visiting Associate Professor of Music in the Performing Arts Center of Alfred University, and the Founder and Artistic Director of Alfred University Guzheng Ensemble. Daisy is guest soloist for the “A Musical Feast” Concert Series, and guest soloist for MostArts Festival. She is also the Judge of New York International Chinese Instruments Competition.
Daisy started playing Guzheng at age of 9. She received her B.A. in Music Education from Hunan Normal University, and her Master’s degrees in ethnomusicology from the Musical Research Institute of the Chinese Arts Academy in Beijing, considered internationally the most prestigious institute for Chinese music studies. She is the member of Chinese Musicians Association, the Judge of National Guzheng Performance Level Examination of China, and the deputy director of Tianhan traditional Chinese Orchestra of Hunan province, China. She was previously an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Traditional Chinese Orchestra in Hunan University of Commerce. She received two ‘National Awards of Excellence in Teaching’ in China in 2004 and 2005 for her teaching achievements.
Daisy is a pioneer who teaches Chinese instrument Guzheng as the credits courses in the University of America. She moved to the US as a Visiting Associate Professor of Music in 2010 and began teaching Guzheng courses “Guzheng: Music of China” and “Guzheng Ensemble” in the Performing Arts Center of Alfred University. Under her instruction, the Alfred University Guzheng Ensemble won Gold Medal in New York International Chinese Instruments Competition in 2016.
Daisy is a master of Chinese traditional music and her music deeply rooted in Chinese culture. She continues to do lectures and concerts of Chinese traditional music in numerous universities, libraries, music institutes, and public schools throughout the US and Canada. Her recent performances include solo concerts are in Chinese Consulate General in New York, in Schwartz Theater in New York, Gallery of TK Asian in New York City, in Alfred University, Binghamton University, Stony Brook University, University at Buffalo, St. Bonaventure University, Alfred State College, Niagara University, Idaho University (ID), Auburn University (AL), University of South Carolina (SC), Southern Utah University(UT)，Pausa Art House in Buffalo, Wellsville Public Library, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and Toronto in Canada.
Daisy is also a master of contemporary music. She has been exploring new directions for Guzheng and combinations with other instruments in a contemporary experimental way. From play jazz to concerto with symphony orchestra; from concretive improvisation to electronic music; she is a dynamic performer and innovator. She played her original composition music in the Music Festival of the International Society for Improvised Music in Canada, in the Art Center of Buffalo, in Burchfield Penny Arts museum in Buffalo.
Her work and achievements have received a lot of attention from media both in China and the US, such as the China Daily, World Journal, Buffalo News, Finger Lakes Times. In February 2015, she accepted the exclusive interview from Sinovision’s “New York Lounge”, the largest U.S. based Chinese language television network.
Alice Zhang, fifteen, is a sophomore at Vernon Hills High School. Born in Vernon Hills, Alice started studying piano at age four with Brenda Huang. She also takes additional lessons with Professor Eduardus Halim and Dr. Matthew Hagle. Her piano performances have been broadcasted many times in 98.7 WFMT’s Introductions radio program, including solo recital, chamber music, piano duet, and piano concerto performances. This year, she placed third in the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) national piano duet competition in Baltimore, MD. In 2014, she won second prize in the Junior Division of the Emilio del Rosario (EDR) General Piano Concerto Competition, and was named as the Overall Winner of the MYA Junior Division of the National Walgreens Concerto Competition held at Ravinia. The following year, Alice was the youngest of seven finalists in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions and performed at the Chicago Symphony's Orchestra Hall.
An accomplished chamber musician, Alice's group, the Odysseus Trio, advanced to the semifinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In the local community, she is an active performer in many senior facilities and community clubs in the greater Chicago area. She is also a violinist and participates in the Symphony Orchestra of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory.