Faculty: Piano

PIANO | Strings & Others

Piano Faculty Members
Julian Yu

Julian Yu Director, Pianist/composer

Pianist/composer Julian Yu was born in Shanghai, China and started to study the piano at an early age and soon displayed special talents for music. His remarkable piano performance earned him a place in China’s prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Da-Chun Yu. He was the first prize winner of Shanghai Competition for Young Pianists, a contest that drew first-class young contestants from the city and other parts of the country. He was also a prize winner in the Hong-Kong International Competition. At the age of 15, he performed the Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. For his distinguished achievements and records, the Ministry of Culture of China awarded him the Bao-Gang Prize, an honor that only goes to a select few. In 1994, Julian’s burgeoning talents caught the eye of the Manhattan School of Music, who offered him a full scholarship. Embarking upon a new pursuit of his music profession, Ziliang came to New York and joined the Manhattan School of Music, where he trained under Solomon Mikowsky and Donn-Alexandre Feder . In 1999, he received his Bachelor’s Degree of Music, and two years later, in 2001, he received his Master’s Degree of Music from the same school. Julian was a recipient of the Elva Van Gelder Memorial Award and Levy Blanche Award. He was the 1st prize winner of MTL Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, and at Dora Zaslavsky Koch Competition. He was also a prize winner in the Berkley Piano Competition. A soloist, Julian has performed with numerous world class symphony orchestras in Spain, United States, Korea, and China under ranking conductors Zdenek Macal, Lawrence Smith, Noorman Widjaja, Kim Nan Se, Park Jung-Oh and Guo-Yong Zhang. Julian is also a composer of the cross-over genre. His music is filled with warmth and sentimentalism. There is intensity beneath tranquility; there are vivid images portrayed by his captivating melody; there is depth and sophistication mingled with elegance and simplicity. He has recorded and published seven CDs. Among them, “Winter Sonata”, Silky Sky, Reverie had been released by YBM, SONY-BMG and AMC. All his inspirations and ideas spring from his true love for life and for God, rendering his music more genuine and heartfelt. His strong background as a classical pianist allows him to play any music with great sensitivity and nuance, delivering a profound musical and emotional appeal to the audience. He is, in CODA Magazine’s words, “redefining Contemporary music with passion and love.” Mr. Yu currently serves as the director and the chairperson of the Joyous Music School and Piano Masters of New York.

Julia Rho

Julia Rho Piano

Manhattan School of Music; Peabody Conservatory (John Hopkins) Studies with Sara Buechner, Joel Wizansky; Ms. Rho was recognized as a prodigy at an early age and was subsequently trained at the Yaeji Music School. This led to her winning the Korean National Youth Competition in 1984. Her appearances in Korea have led to several awards and prizes including the M.D State talent Competition. She later studied as a full scholarship student in Peabody (A.T.Y Program). Ms. Rho has performed in Baltimore, Seoul, China , New York, Washington D.C. With Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Agape Symphony, Peabody Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Julia is a member of the Piano Masters. 钢琴演奏家, 教育家鲁爱罗 MS. Julia Rho, 出生于音乐世家。在12岁时,她以优秀的钢琴演奏技巧获得麻省颁发的“优秀亲年音乐家奖”并在同年获得全额奖学金进入John Hopkins University-Peabody Music Conservatory学习。师从美国音乐宗师Leon Fletcher的第一代传人Joel Whizinsky. 1996年 鲁爱罗受邀进入纽约曼哈顿音乐学院深造师从Sara Davis Buckner. 取得优异的成绩。 近年来,鲁爱罗活跃在国际的音乐舞台上。她曾在肯尼迪中心,卡内基音乐厅,林肯中心和上海音乐厅里多次举办个人音乐会。并且经常和上海交响乐团,圣.巴斯 蒂恩交响乐团,AMC交响乐团等世界级的乐团合作。受到多国观众的喜爱。自2004年起,鲁爱罗作为韩国音乐杂志“Family Touching”音乐评论,撰写了一系列关于钢琴音乐教育的文章。帮助了很多老师的教学和琴童的学习。鲁老师认为,家长们普遍认为钢琴学生初级的学习并 不重要,可以和没有什么经验的老师学习。事实恰恰相反,教授钢琴初级课程的老师必须有非常好的心理素质,专业的教学经验,并且熟悉儿童的心理学。如果不对 学生加以正确的引导会导致学生中途的放弃和对音乐无兴趣。

Josefina Urraca

Josefina Urraca Piano

Josefina Urraca was born in a musical environment in Palencia (Spain) in 1986. In 2012, she won the prestigious award from “Caja Madrid Foundation” honored by His Royal Highness the Prince of Spain. In the same year, Ms. Josefina was invited by Manhattan School of Music to continue developing her music career in the US where she later received her Master Degree in Piano Performance from the same school. Ms. Josefina was the winner of the “Luis Galvé Foundation” and “Albéniz Foundation” awards. She is also the prize winner in the “National Competition Rotary club” (Spain), “International Competition of piano Ciudad de Carlet” (Spain), “National Competition Veguellina de Órbigo” (Spain) and “National Competition Ciudad de Linares: Marisa Montiel” (Spain). She has performed in several concert tours in the U.S, Italy, Austria, France, England, Germany and Spain. Ms. Josefina now serves as the faculty member in Joyous Music School (Long Island) and Herald Music School (Flushing).

Andrea Christie

Andrea Christie Piano

Canadian pianist Andrea Christie [D.M.A. Candidate, M.M., B.Mus] is an active soloist, chamber musician and teacher with a passion for new music. She has been a member of various NYC-based contemporary ensembles and has performed on new music concerts by Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Mimesis Ensemble, Opus Nine Ensemble, and the International Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes. As a recipient of numerous scholarships and fellowships, Ms. Christie has participated in residencies and summer festivals across North America and Europe including Tanglewood, the Mozarteum, Academy Prag-Wien-Budapest, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, Vancouver International Song Institute, Orford Academy, and Morningside Music Bridge. A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Ms. Christie has been playing piano since the age of four. Her formal training began at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she made her solo orchestral debut at age 14 at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall, performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. Ms. Christie holds degrees from SUNY Stony Brook and the University of British Columbia. Her principle teachers include Jane Coop and Christina Dahl. Ms. Christie is a doctoral candidate in piano performance at SUNY Stony Brook and is on the piano faculty at Stony Brook University’s Pre-College Division.

Ms. Kelly Lau

Ms. Kelly Lau Piano

Ms. Kelly Lau—Piano, B.M., Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Ms. Lau was trained at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music starting in a special program for gifted pre-college students. Her appearances in China have led to several awards and prizes including the Shanghai Piano Competition. In addition to enjoying a successful performance career, Ms. Lau was a member of the piano faculty in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Music School. Ms. Lau is also deeply involved in chamber music. She is a member of the Shanghai Trio, which has received favorable reviews.

Dr. Monica Lee Piano

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Taipei National University of the Arts, Dr. Monica
earned M.M. and D.M.A.( Doctor of Musical Arts) from Michigan State University. Ms. Lee has over 20 years of teaching and performing experience. Prior to moving to New York, she was a faculty member of Albion College , MI, as well as Marshall Music School in MI. She served as Performing Artist of Wharton Center Partner at Wharton Center of Performing Arts. She is also currently serving as a church pianist at the Grace Christian Church in Flushing. 自臺灣國立台北藝術大學(前國立藝術學院)音樂系畢業, 並於密西根州立大學先後 取得音樂碩士(M.M)與音樂演奏博士(D.M.A.)學位; 教學及演奏經驗豐富, 曾任教 於密西根Albion College等大學音樂系及音樂學校,並指導學生參加各式獨奏及室 內樂比賽、成績優異。目前於法拉盛恩光教會擔任司琴服事並執教於音樂中心。

Aileen Li

Aileen Li Piano

Aileen Li was born and raised in New York, where she began learning piano at the age of four and a half. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, and received her Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. She has won awards in various competitions, including the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition and the American Protégé Young Artists Competition, and has also performed solo and ensemble concerts in venues throughout New York City, such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, CAMI Hall, Merkin Hall, and Sun-Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, China. Aileen has been teaching for many years and is experienced in teaching a wide range of age groups with varying levels of proficiency and diverse musical backgrounds. Her ultimate goal has always been to inspire each of her students to love and embrace music, and she strongly believes in providing a safe learning environment that fosters mutual respect, trust and understanding, because only then can true learning take place.


Dr. Inesa Sinkevych

Dr. Inesa Sinkevych Piano

Critics have praised Ukrainian-born pianist Dr. Inesa Sinkevych for her “very personal sound and rich cantabile” (Ritmo, Spain) and her “intense, structurally sophisticated and thrilling playing” (General-Anzeiger, Germany). She has performed as recitalist, chamber player and orchestral soloist at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, the Purcell Room at the London’s Royal Festival Hall, Minnesota’s Orchestra Hall, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Hong Kong City Hall and the Great Hall of the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon. She has appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, the Minnesota Symphony, the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic of Spain, the Porto Symphony of Portugal and the Tenerife Symphony of the Canary Islands, and at international summer festivals in France, mainland Spain and the Canary Islands. Inesa Sinkevych earned First Prize at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and at the Concurso Internacional de Piano Premio “Jaén” in Spain. She won awards at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel, the Vianna da Motta and the Porto international competitions in Portugal, the Cidade del Ferrol, Spanish Composers Competition, the Casagrande International Competition in Italy, the Panama International Competition and the Minnesota International Yamaha Piano- e-Competition. Ms. Sinkevych began her piano studies at the Kharkov Conservatory in her native Ukraine with Victor Makarov, later studying with Alexander Volkov at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. There she was awarded a scholarship by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, enabling her to further her studies with Solomon Mikowsky in the United States, beginning at the Chicago College of Performing Arts (MM degree), and continuing at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Ms. Sinkevych is currently a piano faculty member in the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College division. Dr. Inesa is a member of the Piano Masters.

Anna Keiserman Piano

Anna Keiserman, M.M Pianist Ms. Anna is a native of Russia. She holds master degree in piano performance from Minnesota University and New York University. She has been a prize winner in numerous competitions such as the 1999 Saratov International Piano Competition; 2001 International Music Competition in Volgograd and San Jose International Russian Music Competition in 2010.

Jeanie Lee

Jeanie Lee Piano

Pianist Jeanie Lee is a native of Seoul, Korea. She started to play the piano at age 4 and soon displayed special talent for the instrument. At age 7, she was accepted into the Songpa Music School for young and gifted musician under the training of professor Kyung Sook Shin. Few year later, after winning the 1st place in the Seoul Youth Piano Competition and Dong-Ah Piano Competition, Ms. Jeanie was invited to come to the united states to continue her music study. She was a prize winner of the International Youth Music Competition and received her bachelor degree in piano performance and master degree in music education from Hunter College. Since 2012, Ms. Jeanie Lee has been a member of the New York International Music Society. She has helped to prepare students to win the New York International Music Competition and performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Citi Field in 2013. Ms. Lee currently serves as a faculty member in Herald Music School (Flushing) and Joyous Music School (Long Island).

Tamara Kim

Tamara Kim Piano

Tamara Kim was born and raised in Queens New York, now 23 she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Art and Performing Arts as a piano and violin double major. Tamara was a winner of the LaGuardia Concerto Competition, having played the Mozart Triple Piano Concerto. She received The ASCAP Foundation Ira Gershwin Scholarship in 2007. In the following year her trio was one of the winners for The Chamber Society of Lincoln Center High School Competition. She also received the Music Chairman’s Association Certificate of Merit and the Principal’s Award for Contribution to the School. She was accepted to be a Hadar Scholar from the Richard & Mica Hadar Foundation in 2008. Tamara joined the New York Symphony and participated in their Chamber Music Program; her trio played at Weill Recital Hall as one of the winners in the competition. She was also a finalist in the 2010 New York International Piano Competition. She received her BM and MM from the Manhattan School of Music under Dr. Marc Silverman.

Yao Huang

Yao Huang Piano

A native Chinese, Miss Yao Huang began studying piano since the age of 4 in China. She holds a Bachelor degree at Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China and a Master degree at San Francisco Conservatory of Music in The US, both in piano performance major. After having been studied under so many outstanding teachers such as Mr. Zhihong Guo, Mrs. Shigu Zhang, Mrs Sharon Mann etc, she believes a professional teacher plays a very important role in every student’s studying, especially for those beginners. As a teacher, she has a strong sense of responsibility and patience. She devotes herself to making students involve themselves in music from their hearts.

Jingchen Sun

Jingchen Sun Piano / Percussion

Jingchen Sun holds a master degree in music from John Hopkins University and a bachelor degree from the Juilliard School.

Ms. Sun is originally from China. She began playing piano when she was six years old. She attended Xing Hai Music School for middle school until she was accepted by the Julliard Pre-College program in New York with a full scholarship in 2005. She studied with Mr. Jonathan Haas, Mr. Simon Boyar; and with Mr. Giannascoli. She won the Julliard Pre-college Open Concerto Competition in May, 2006 when she performed the Concerto by Eric Ewazen with the Pre-College Symphony in the Julliard Theater.

In 2007 Jingchen performed on the NPR radio program from winning their $10,000 scholarship, the Jack-Cooke Young Artists Award. She played solo in the Ravinia Music Festival with From the Top, and also performed on From the Top’s television broadcast recorded live at Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Sun received the second prize for Williams Chorale Bracardi Fallon Performing Arts Scholarship Competition in 2008. She then was accepted to The Juilliard School as an undergraduate, and was awarded with full scholarship. She studied with Greg Zuber, principal percussionist at The Metropolitan Opera and Markus Rhoten, principal timpanist at the New York Philharmonic. Jingchen played as a member of Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, which is directed by Daniel Druckman, assistant principal percussionist at the New York Philharmonic, and performed was a member of the both the New Juilliard Ensemble and Axiom Ensemble.

As an undergraduate, Ms. Sun performed many concerts and also in many concerts with the Juilliard Orchestra and was honored to have the opportunity to work with many great conductors, including Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Conlon, Yanick Nezet- Seguin, Xian Zhang, and James DePreist. In 2010, she was filmed in the documentary film made for Elliott Carter’s 100th Anniversary.

Kei Mori

Kei Mori Piano

Japanese classical pianist Ms. Kei Mori is a prizewinner of multiple competitions including the Tureck International Bach Competition, National Young Artists Chamber Music Competition, Sound Symphony Concerto Competition, Yonkers Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and the AMTL Scholarship Awards Competition.

Most recently, she received honorable mention at the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition. She has performed as soloist with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sound of Symphony Orchestra. Keika has performed in masterclasses with well renowned pianists including Alessio Bax and Jose Ramon Mendez. She has participated in the International Academy of Music in Italy and the Stony Brook International Piano Festival in New York. Ms. Mori’s formal music education includes Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Phillip Kawin.

Wenwen Liu

Wenwen Liu Piano

Born in China, pianist Wenwen Liu began music by studying the violin at age 4. Two years later, she began studying piano in Beijing and became one of the top seven students accepted by the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music. As a scholarship student, Wenwen was awarded the Piano Performance Excellence Award every year. After graduation, she traveled to the United States to pursue undergraduate study as a full-scholarship student of Solomon Mikowsky at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She completed her bachelor degree with Ruth Rendleman at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in 2013, and Master degree with André-Michel Schub at Manhattan School of Music in 2015. During undergraduate study, she performed with the Shanghai String Quartet and participated in masterclasses with Walter Hautzig , Peter Serkin, and Vadim Monastirsky. In 2011, Wenwen won 1st prize in the school’s concerto competition and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with orchestra at the Alexander Kasser Theater. She also won the MSU College of the Arts John J. Cali School of Music Outstanding Undergraduate Performance Award in both 2012 and 2013 and the Thomas J. Randazzo Award. Wenwen has performed in such halls as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall,Steinway Hall in New York City and the Beijing Concert Hall.Wenwen is currently pursuing her doctorate degree at Stony Brook University.

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