Taiwanese-born pianist Yi-Ju Lai has performed to critical acclaim internationally through live performances and radio broadcasts. Winner of several international competitions, Ms. Lai’s career highlights include solo and concerto appearances across the United States, Europe, and Asia, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and the National Chiang KaiShek Cultural Center in Taiwan, home of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan.
Ms. Lai has performed in master classes forMenahem Pressler, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Byron Janis, Christoph Eschenbach, Andre Watts, SergeiDorensky, Angela Cheng, and Marc Durand. Also an active chamber musician, Ms. Lai has collaborated with several notable artists, including Ronald Leonard, PaulColetti, Daniel Hope, Ko Iwasaki, and Anne Akiko-Meyers.
Since 2011, she has been on the faculty of Center Stage Strings in Three Rivers, CA and has also appeared regularly as a guest artist at the Beethoven Festival in Santa Barbara. Ms. Lai was awarded a fellowship at the Montecito Summer Music Festival in the summer of 2011 and 2012, during which she coached chamber music and performed several concerts with the stellar faculty. Her teaching experience also extended to The Colburn School's Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where she was appointed as a Teaching Fellow.
Ms. Lai’s professional training includes her former studies with Yoshikazu Nagai and Scott McBride Smith, after which she received both a bachelor’s degree and an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School’s Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of John Perry. Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree on a scholarship at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where she continues to study with Mr. Perry.
Described as “stylish and articulate” in the New York Times and praised as having “undoubted talent” by the Los Angeles Times,
Australian pianist David Fung has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Canberra Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, the Israel Camerata, the Los Angeles Chamber, the Melbourne Symphony,
the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa of Japan, the Queensland, the San Diego Symphony, the Sydney Symphony and the Xiamen Philharmonic among numerous others. Festival highlights include recital
invitations at the Aspen Music Festival (Colorado), Atlantic Music Festival (Maine), Goslar Festival (Germany), Der Internationaler Klaviersommer (Germany), Music at Menlo (California), Sarasota
Festival (Florida) and the Edinburgh International Festival Queen’s Hall Series, where Fung was acclaimed as being “prodigiously talented... probably [doing] ten more impossible things daily
before breakfast,” by Jonas Green in the Edinburgh Guide.
Mr. Fung was a top prizewinner at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv, where he was also distinguished by prizes for Best Classical Concerto and Best Performance of Chamber Music. In addition, he won the Grand Prize at the 2002 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award, Second Prize and the Audience Prize at the 3rd Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, the J. Wight Henderson Prize at the 2004 Scottish International Piano Competition and the Victor and Sono Elmaleh Prize for the best pianist at the 2011 Concert Artists Guild International Music Competition. Mr. Fung has recorded albums for NAXOS, Yarlung Records, Linn Records and ABC Classics/Symphony Australia. He is the artistic director of the Bari International Music Festival (Italy) and is an official Steinway Artist.
Born and raised in New Jersey, pianist Pauline Yang made both her Philadelphia Orchestra debut as well as her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of eleven and enrolled at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division later that year. Other solo, concerto, and chamber music appearances have taken her throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Recent highlights include performances at the Casals Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands as well as performances in New York as part of the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Program where she and her trio were selected to perform in a series of masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Pamela Frank, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Pauline is an Ambassador of Music for ‘Music in ME,’ a Netherlands-based non-profit organization affiliated with the U.N. that brings music to children in the Middle East. She is also on the faculty of Itzhak Perlman’s Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island (NY) where she works with talented young musicians in the summer.
Pauline graduated from USC in 2010 with a double-major in piano performance and political science and is currently pursuing a masters in piano performance on a full scholarship at USC with John Perry.
She was one of Glamour Magazine’s 2008 Top Ten College Women of the Year.
A rising concert pianist and chamber musician, Rudin Lengo has been heard in recitals and competitions in Canada and the United States. Winner of the 2012 Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition and the Knigge Music Competition, he has won top prizes in several competitions including 2nd Prize at the 40th William C. Byrd International Piano Competition, Mary Winston Smail Memorial Award for Best Pianist at the 2011 WAMSO Minnesota Competition, and 1st Prizes at the 2010 TD Elora Competition, the London Kiwanis Festival’s Rose Bowl, UWO London Music Scholarship Foundation, as well as the Grand Prize at the Rotary Music Festival in Burlington. Mr. Lengo has participated in summer programs and festivals at the Centre d’Arts Orford, the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, where he has performed for world-renowned pianists such as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Monique Duphil, Anton Kuerti, Jacques Rouvier and John O’Conor.
In 2008, Mr. Lengo completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at Western University on full scholarship, studying with James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton. He received his Master’s Degree in 2010 from the Manhattan School of Music on a President’s Award studying with the esteemed pianist and pedagogue, Daniel Epstein. Now a student of John Perry and David Louie, he is completing an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School on a scholarship sponsored by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.
In the upcoming season, 2012-2013, Mr. Lengo will be performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 in Koerner Hall with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra under the direction of Tito Muñoz, the Music Director of Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy and Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. Other engagements include a recital with Albanian violinist Jani Papadhimitri, a solo recital at the UBC Wednesday Noon Hour Series in Vancouver, and solo performances at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Victoria College and Mazzoleni Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
This past year Mr. Lengo appeared in recitals and competitions in New York’s Steinway Hall, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, MacArthur Hall in Flint, Michigan, Roy Barnett Recital Hall in Vancouver, Gateway Theatre in Richmond, and the Elora and Chautaqua Music Festivals. In October, he performed Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with Orchestra London under the direction of Daniel Warren. While completing his Master’s degree in New York, he collaborated with violinist Mialtin Zhezha, student of Pinchas Zukerman. They were coached by Patinka Kopec and Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson String Quartet, and were finalists in the 2010 Artur Balsam Duo Competition. Other collaborations included a two piano ensemble with Ukrainian-born pianist Illya Filshtinskiy, student of Arkady Aronov. Coached by Marc Silverman and Jon Klibonoff, they performed in recital at Greenfield Hall during the MSM Winter Chamber Festival.
Rudin Lengo began his piano studies at the age of seven at “Servete Maçi” School of Music in Tiranë, Albania, with Nedi Peku as his principal teacher. During his years in Albania, he performed in several competitions, being awarded the Honorary Prize at the EPTA Bach National Festival and 2nd Prize at the Albanian National Competition (Intermediate Division). Graduating at the top of his class, Mr. Lengo showed great promise in his musical talent as well as his academic development.
After immigrating to Canada, he continued his studies under the guidance of James Anagnoson. Alongside the courses at the Royal Conservatory of Music that led him to an ARCT Performer’s Diploma, Mr. Lengo earned a graduating average of 99% at George Harvey Collegiate Institute, the 2nd highest in the Greater Toronto Area, and was awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medal and the University of Toronto National Book Award for his academic achievements.
Mr. Lengo has been the recipient of over 50 awards and scholarships for his musical and academic accomplishments, including the F. K. Ashbaugh President’s Entrance Scholarship (Univeristy of Western Ontario), 2004 Miller Thomson National Scholarship, Queen Elizabeth II Aiming for the Top Scholarship, Silver Jubilee Award of Excellence and the Chawkers Foundation Scholarship.
Australian pianist Samuel Dharma is the winner of numerous piano prizes, including first prize in the 2009 Rex Hobcroft Piano Competition and the "Publikumspreis" at the 18.International Klaviersommer 2010 in Bad Bertrich, Germany. Finalist in the 2011 Knigge Music Competition in Vancouver, Canada and semi-finalist in the 2011 ASEAN International Concerto Competition in Jakarta, Indonesia, he also garnered 2nd prize in the 2011 Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition with the Muhlowsky Trio.
Aside from competitions, Samuel has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician to audiences in Australia, Europe, and North America. He has performed with the UNSW Orchestra on numerous occasions, working with conductors Steven Hillinger and Colin Piper. His performances have been broadcasted by 2MBS FM.
As beneficiary of generous scholarships, Samuel earned his Bachelor degrees from the University of New South Wales where he worked with Margaret Hair, and recently received his Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada in the studio of David Louie and John Perry. In August 2012 he will pursue his Masters’ degree at Rice University under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Roux. He has also worked with such artist-teachers as Marc Durand, Leon Fleisher, John O’Conor, and Jacques Rouvier.
Min-Hee Koo was born in 1986, South Korea and began her piano at age five. Since making her debut with the Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of ten, Ms. Koo has performed as a recitalist, a soloist, and a chamber musician in the United States, Germany, France, Italy and South Korea. She received her musical training at the Seoul Arts High School and the Seoul National University. Her teachers have included Hae-jeon Lee, Hie-Yeon Choi and Ick-Choo Moon.
As a soloist, she has won many prizes in music competitions such as the Samick Piano Competition, Segye Times Competition, Daegu Broadcasting Corporation Competition, Korean Chamber Orchestra Competition and the International Piano Competitionin Korea. She has been featured in the Buam Art Hall Rising Star Concert Series, the Young Artist Debut Concert Series at Kumho Art Hall in Seoul and the Youngsan Art Hall Rising Stars Recital Series. In July of 2011, Ms. Koo has performed with Korea W Philharmonic Orchestra, which was broadcasted live on classic music channel Arte TV in Korea.
As an avid chamber musician, Ms. Koo has performed in venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie, Hoam Art Hall in Seoul and Concert Hall at Seoul National University. She has worked with musicians including Paul Coletti, Arnold Steinhardt and Emerson String Quartet. She has participated in Leon Fleisher “Brahms Piano Chamber Music” Workshop at Carnegie Hall with Yo-Yo Ma and Pamela Frank in 2010.
Ms. Koo has participated in several international music festivals including Summer Music West, Euro Music Festival Leipzig, Courchevel Music Alp Camp in France, and Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy. She has played in master classes for Klaus Hellwig, Piotr Paleczny, Russel Shermann, Byron Janis and many others. In May of 2012, Ms. Koo graduated with an Artist Diploma under the supervision of John Perry from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Boston University and studies with Professor Boaz Sharon.
Ilia Ulianitsky was born in Russia in 1989 and immigrated with his family to Israel in 1993. Ilia is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano performance at The Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California under John Perry. Ilia has received many prizes and awards in various competitions, including the Pnina Zalzsman, the "Golden Chanukia," and the Chopin competitions in Israel. He was awarded 1st prize at the 2008 Schimmel USASU International Competition, 1st prize at the World Pianovision Most Wanted Competition, the Gold Medal at the Tucson Symphony Young Artist competition and the ASU Concert of Soloists competition, among others. Among the halls that Ilia had played in are the Jerusalem Theater - Henery Krown Hall, the Beer-sheva Conservatory Hall, the Haifa University, the Jerusalem Music Center, and the Shimmel Hall in Braunsweig Germany, as part of the Braunschweig Classix Festival. Ilia has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Israel Symphonieta, the Beer-sheva Mandolin Orchestra, with whom he toured Serbia and Bulgaria, the Symphony of the Southwest, the West Valley Symphony, the MusicaNova Baroque Ensemble, the ASU Symphony, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Ilia's teachers have included John Perry, Faina Eizenberg, Dr. Asaf Zohar, and Dr. Baruch Meir. He has participated in masterclasses with world renowned artists such as Nikolai Petrov, Alexandre Mnodaynts, Emanuel Krasovsky, John O'connor, and Menahem Pressler. Ilia was the recipient of numerous Merit Scholarships for his outstanding musicianship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Born in Southern China, Twenty-year-old Sijing is under the tutelage of Mr. John Perry at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Winner of multiple awards, including, First place at Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition, Salt Lake City, U.S.A.; First place, and the youngest winner in history at Academic Piano Concerto Competition at the Aspen International Music Festival; First place at the 69th Steinway and Sons International Children and Youth Piano Competition – the Sections China Regional Competition; First place at the Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest; First place at the Second Asian Youth Music Competition Pianoforte Section in Hong Kong; Second place at the Canadian Chopin Competition.
Sijing has given recitals in major cities throughout China and abroad including Atheneum Roman Music Hall in Bucharest, Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, Lincoln Theatre in Miami Beach, Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Peter Jay Sharp and Paul Recital Hall of Lincoln Center in New York, Beijing Music Hall, Zhong-Shan Music Hall in Beijing, and Hong Kong City Concert Hall. She has worked with esteemed conductors including Miguel Harth-Bedoya, John Giordano, William Noll and Shi-jun Wang.
Sijing finished Juilliard Pre-College Program under Ms. Yoheved Kaplinsky. Her teachers also included world famous pianists Hui-Qiao Bao, Hung-Kuan Chen and Dang Thai Son.
Anton Smirnov was born in 1984 in Novosibirsk, Russia. He began his piano studies at age of seven. Since then, Anton has made more than 250 public performances
worldwide. In 1997, he was accepted to the Special School for Gifted Children in Novosibirsk studying with Dina Shevchuk. He later entered Novosibirsk Music Conservatory, where he received his
Bachelor Degree in music.
Anton is a prizewinner of many international piano competitions such as Moscow International Competition for Young Musicians (2001), Krasnoyarsk International Piano Competition (2001), Tomsk International Contemporary Music Piano Competition (2004), Russian Music Competition (2007), Oberlin Concerto Competition (2008), Corpus Christi International concerto competition (2009) and the special prize in Louisiana International Piano Competition (2007). He has also won seven National Piano Competitions in Russia and honored by the Russian Government with several special talent scholarships. He took part in the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition in Brussels, Belgium in 2010 and will participate in the prestigious 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition and the 2012 Leeds International Competition during the summer of 2012.
Anton has performed with various orchestras as a soloist including the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Tomsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony San Jose and the Oberlin Orchestra. In October, 2011 Anton performed Martinu’s “La Revue de Quisine” with members of the world-renowned Ebene Quartet in Zipper Hall at The Colburn School of Music.
Anton has participated in many international music festivals including “International Program New Names” in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Vladimir Spivakov Festival, Irkurtsk International Festival and most recently, Cassalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy. He has also performed in the master classes of John Perry, Arie Vardi, Robert Levin, T. Yamasaki, R. Meister, S. Dorensky, N.Boguslavsky, M. Delli Ponti, Baruch Meir and many others.
Currently, Anton is pursuing his Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles studying with Professor John Perry.
Pianist Leanna Lam, 22, is a native of Sydney, Australia where she began her piano studies at age six and violin studies at age eight. At age 11, Ms. Lam performed the Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 26 (“Coronation”) with the East West Symphony in Sydney, under the baton of Henryk Pisarek. Ms. Lam has also soloed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and was invited to play at the City of Sydney Cultural Council Outstanding Performer’s Concert in April 2008. She has placed in several Australian competitions and is a two-time winner of Sydney’s “Theme and Variations” Outstanding Pianist Award and a three-time finalist for the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Award. In 2006, Ms. Lam was one of three students honored by the Cultural Council at the Sydney McDonalds Arts Challenge. She made an appearance at the Sydney Opera House as a result of being awarded third place in the 2007 national Australian Higher School Certificate Music Extension course. In 2008 Ms. Lam won the Werner Baer Memorial Award and the audience prize in the Cochem International Piano Summer Festival in Germany.
Ms. Lam studied with Margaret Hair in Australia and has performed in master classes in Australia, Canada and the United States for Marc Durand, Gary Graffman, Jacques Rouvier, Richard Raymond and Sarkis Baltaian. She is currently a Bachelor of Music candidate at The Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where she studies with John Perry. At The Colburn School she was selected to be a Teaching Fellow through which she has several young private students.
Winner of the CCC Piano Concerto Competition (2012) and runner-up of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition (2011), a Canadian pianist Hyoseon Sunny Kim is currently enrolled in the second year studies of the Artist Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School under the instruction of John Perry and David Louie.
Sunny had the privilege to study with some of the world’s most prominent artists including Leon Fleisher, Emanuel Ax, James Anagnoson, Leslie Kinton, Marc
Durand, Andre Laplante and Anton Kuerti among many others.
Hyoseon Sunny Kim, a native of Daejeon, Korea began studying piano at the age of five and immediately showed her talent, winning top prizes at local competitions. In year 2000, her family immigrated to Toronto, Canada. Here, Ms Kim’s special love and passion for piano significantly grew since enrolling in the Young Artists’ Performance Academy program at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Upon graduating from YAPA program, Hyoseon has completed two years of undergraduate studies in music performance at University of Western Ontario as a scholarship student. In year 2008, Sunny transferred her studies to the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, where she recently graduated from its Performance Diploma Program.
An active soloist, chamber musician (founding member of the Toronto Hwa-Eum Ensemble) and an instructor, Sunny is currently based in Toronto, Canada.