Alice Zhang, 16, is a junior at Vernon Hills High School in Illinois. Born in Vernon Hills, IL, Alice started taking piano lessons at age four with Brenda Huang, a faculty member at the Music Institute of Chicago. She also takes lessons with Professor Eduardus Halim, the Sascha Gorodnitzki Chair of Piano Study at New York University, and with Dr. Matthew Hagle, also faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago. Since the age of 9, Alice has performed throughout the Chicago area, including the Chicago Symphony Center, Ravinia Park’s Gordon Bennett Hall, the Chicago Fine Art Building, the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University, and the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in the Chicago Public Library. In 2011, she was the first prize winner in elementary division in Emilio Del Rosario (EDR) Piano Concerto Competition. She went on to win second prize in the junior division of EDR in 2014 and was also named the Overall Winner in Junior division of the National Walgreens Concerto Competition the same year. In 2015, Alice was the youngest of seven finalists in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions and performed at Chicago’s Symphony Center. She was also awarded second prize in the Young Artists Category at the Second Gershwin International Music Competition in NYC. She was invited to perform a solo recital in the Chicago PianoForte Music Salon series in 2016. As a music scholarship recipient from the Highland Park Music Foundation, she performed in the Odysseus Trio in the Highland Park Rising Star concert. In 2017, she was named the Grand Prize of the Young Pianist Competition at the MostArt Festival held at the Alfred University, NY and received the honor to perform the Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with the MostArts Festival Orchestra in July of 2018.
In the past years, her piano performances have been featured several times on the Chicago WFMT 98.7 Fine Arts Radio Station’s Introductions program, including her concerto performance accompanied by Midwest Young Artist Conservatory orchestra in 2014, her solo recital featuring the music from Mozart, Brahms, Ravel and Liszt in 2015, piano duet in 2016, and piano trios in 2016 and 2017.
Alice is also an accomplished chamber musician. Her newly established Jayus Trio recently received Honorable Mention in the 2018 National Discover Chamber Music Competition. In 2017, she was the pianist of the Odysseus Trio, which advanced to the semifinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at the University of Notre Dame. In 2015 & 2016, her other piano trio groups have also advanced into the Fischoff National Chamber Competitions. Her clarinet-piano trio was chosen as a semi-finalist at the M-Prize Chamber Music Competition at the University of Michigan in 2016. In 2017, her duet group won third place at the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) competition in Baltimore, MD.
To support the local communities, she has been an active performer in senior/retirement facilities, community clubs, and schools in the Chicago area. Besides piano, she also plays violin and is a member in her high school orchestra. Alice has a wide interest in academics. She loves math and science. She is a member in her school’s math team and WYSE team, both of which successful in the regional and state competitions.
Violinist Blanca Cecilia González began conservatory training at age 4 and grew up performing Latin American folk as well as traditional classical music in her native country Colombia. Moving to New York at age 11, she was exposed to many styles and genres of music. She is an active collaborator and diversified player, with projects from traditional classical, to jazz, contemporary, rock and folk. Blanca holds a BM from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and a MM degree from the Juilliard School. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Bargemusic and the Blue Note as well as in stages across the Unites States, Europe and South America.
“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.”
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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 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.
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 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.
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.