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.
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 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).
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.
Violist, Violinist Lucy Huang is an active performer, teacher, and concert violinist in the New York. Born in Shenyang, China, Ms. Huang began studying the violin at the age of five. She received her primary training from the prestigious Shenyang Conservatory in China where she received many awards, including the Grand prize for the school’s chamber competition. Since 2000, Ms. Huang has been a scholarship student of Michael Tree and Karen Dreyfus at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree. She is also a pupil of the renowned violinist/violist/educator, Masao Kawasaki. As an active orchestral performer, Ms. Huang has played under the batons of Kurt Masur, Gorge Manahan, Kenneth Kiesler, and Joanne Falletta. She served as principal violist of MSM Symphony, Philharmonia, and Chamber Sinfonia. Ms. Huang has also participated in numerous summer festivals including the Taos School of Music and Bowdoin international music festival. There she worked with many prestigious string quartets including Borromeo String Quartet, Bretano String Quartet, Miami String Quartet, and Tokyo String Quartet. She has also been selected to perform in the master classes for Sylvia Rosenberg, Lawrence Dutton, Robert McDonald, Robert Mann, David Geber, and American String Quartet. Being an educator, Ms. Huang always inspires her students to develop their creative ideas, confidence, and independence through music. She believes that flexible teaching approach is very important since every student is unique and has a different learning style. She also believes that “Having Fun through Music” is the most important way to learn music!
Born in Spain, pianist and music educator Erica Murase is highly praised for her sensitivity and musical interpretations with performances delighting audiences all over the Spain, mainland Europe and the Far East. She has recently made her US solo debut at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall. Originally a student of piano major at theBasque Music School, Spain, Erica later moved to the US and was offered a place to study piano and later received her Masters degree at Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of renowned pianist Solomon Mikowsky. Teaching has always been Erica’s passion. An extremely enthusiastic and patient teacher, Erica has worked with students of all ability and standards. Her lessons emphasize on musicality and aim to inspire students and learn to express their inner voice through music. Ms. Erica is a member of Piano Maters.
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.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Taipei National University of the Arts, Dr. Monica
Lee 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。
Ms. Amy Park Violinst, Music Educator Korean violinist Amy Park continued the tradition of brilliant performers such as Sarah Chung and Chung Kyung Wha. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory (BM) and Manhattan School of Music (M.M), Ms. Park has concertized as a soloist and in a variety of chamber ensembles. She has performed as a soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea and St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia. She recently has a concert with the Seoul Philharmonic at the Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall in 2013. Ms. Amy also has been selected to play in the master classes with legendary violinists Joseph Silverstein and Yehonatan Berick. Under the direction of Irina Muresanu and Lucie Robert, Ms. Park was a prize winner of Chamber Music Competition in Boston. In 2012, she was also awarded the President’s Award at the Manhattan School of Music. It is a honor only given to the most accomplished musicians in school’s history. As a teacher, Ms. Park believes that all children were born with certain music gift. It is up to the teacher to discover them and to nurture them. In most cases, professional performers do not have the patience to teach students from the beginning level. In a way, they fail to build a bound with their students from a young age. Ms. Park teaches with a creative method that is suitable for students of all ages. Keeping building a student’s foundation while inspiring them to have more interest in music.
Matthew Kolodzieski is a performer and teacher currently based in New York City. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree and Master of Music Degree from Mannes School of Music. He performs regularly in New York with the Mannes Orchestra under the direction of maestro David Hayes at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. Matthew has performed with the Bergen Symphony, Manhattan Symphonie, and Esopus Chamber Orchestra. He has mentored with the Sussex County Youth Orchestra on tours to China, Austria, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Matthew’s teachers include Barbara Stein-Mallow, Paul Tobias, and James Kreger.
Ms. Aileen Li is native of New York. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege and the Steinhardt School of New York University majoring piano performance. She has won awards in competitions such as the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music, the Russian Music of 20th – 21st Centuries Award from the American Protégé Russian Music Festival, the Bradshaw & Buono International Young Artist Competition, and the World Piano Competition. As a soloist, she has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Blackbox Theater at New York University, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center and Cami Hall.
Pianist, Flutist Dr. Tina Yu was educated in the National Kousiung University of Taiwan and the New England Conservatory in the United States under the tutelage of Fenwick Smith. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University where she studies with the legendary Carol Wincenc. She appears regularly with the Asian American Orchestra which is based in New York City. She has performed in the United Nations, Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. Ms. Yu has also been invited to perform in music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Festival, Lake Placid Music Institute, Sion Music Festival in Swizerland, and Domain Forget Festival in Canada. In addition, she has also appeared in master classes with Emmanuel Pahud, Jeanne Baxtresser, Trevor Wye, and Paula Robinson. Dr. Yu devotes much of her time teaching and mentoring young musicians in piano and in flute. Dr. Yu is a member of the Piano Masters.
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. Inesa Sinkevych
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.
Ms. Chiunghua Tsai Violinist / Music Educator A native of Taiwan, violinist Chiunghua Tsai was regarded as one of the best music prodigy in the country. After winning the first prize in Taiwan’s National Music Competition in 1997, Ms. Tsai came to the US to enroll in the Juilliard School to further her studies. Under the direction of legendary violinist Dorothy Delay and Ann Setzer, Ms. Tsai continued to display extraordinary achievement in her technique and her music understanding. Upon graduating from Juilliard, Ms. Tsai concertized extensively with Hartford Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In 2013, Ms. Tsai received her master degree in violin performance from Mannes College of Music where she received honor for her distinguished music career. Ms. Tsai now serves as faculty member in Herald Music School and Piano Masters of New York.
Pianist/Composer Jenny Jinwei Sun holds a Master degree of music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a bachelor degree of music from the Central Conservatory of Music in China. In 2012, Ms. Sun was awarded the “President Scholarship” from San Francisco Conservatory for her accomplishment in music and arts. She has also been a prize winner in competitions such as the Bei-Yuan Cup (2002); Hong Kong International Piano Competition (2003) and Beijing International Composition Competition (2008). In 2011, Ms. Sun was featured in CCTV as one of the successful musicians from China. Currently, Ms. Sun resides in New York city. She serves as a faculty member in the Herald Music School and Joyous Music School.
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).
Pianist/Flutist Dr. Anne Hsiao, a native of Taiwan, is active as both soloist and collaborative artist. She received her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Dr. Hsiao has performed in solo recitals and orchestral concerts throughout Japan, Korea, Canada, England and the United States, as well as in her native country. In 2005, she was presented by Artists International as the recipient of a Special Presentation Award in her New York Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall. Dr. Hsiao is now serving as principal flute of New York International Symphony Orchestra.
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.
Canadian born, Ms. Elizabeth MacCorquodale is currently a doctoral candidate in Music and Arts. She received her Masters Degree in violin performance from Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz (Austria).
As a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral member, Elizabeth has performed all over Europe, Asia, and the Americas, winning prizes in Canada, United States, and Austria such as the the Concurso International Violin Competition; International Chamber Competition in Graz; BC Arts Council Competition; Columbus State University Concerto Competition; LaGrange Young Artist’s Competition; Atlanta Community Concerto Competition; Canadian National Chamber Competition and Canadian National Music Festival Violin Competition.
A dedicated teacher as well as performer, Elizabeth has been actively involved in the training of young violinists in NY and abroad, serving on the faculty of the Pre-College division of Stony Brook University as well as Joyous Music Schools in Long Island . Elizabeth’s students have won awards and scored top grades in the New York State NYSMA exams.
Ms. Elizabeth’ Teaching Philosophy:
The potential of every child is unlimited. I am committed to work with students of all ages to build a love of music, good work habits and outstanding achievement in every student beyond their expectations.
Ms. Carina Hui is a native of Taiwan. She holds a Master Degree and the Professional Studies Certificate in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music, where she trained under the guidance of Nina Svetlanova.
Ms. Carina has performed recitals and concerts internationally. Each summer, she is invited to perform as a soloist in prestigious music festivals such as the Siena Music Festival in Italy and Suolahti’s International Music Festival in New Zealand. Ms. Carina specializes in piano technique, piano performance and chamber music. Her performance of Bach and her knowledge of the Baroque repertoire have earned her many praises from music critics. She has become a regular faculty member in Herald Music School from January of 2015.
Ms. Hui’s Teaching Philosophy:
It is very important to establish students’ fondness in music at a early age while focusing on the training of the technique. Every student’s success is based on the balance of these two elements.
Ms. Nina Chou is a performer and teacher currently based in New York City. Of Japanese and Taiwanese ancestry, she was born and raised in Taiwan. Under the influence of her mother, who is a professional pianist, Ms. Nina started learning the piano at the age of four and soon displayed special talents in music. After moving to Canada at age 14, Nina had passed all of the RCM theory/history exams, grade 10 cello, and ARCT piano- performance level, all with First Class Honors. Additionally, she took part in many music festivals, including Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto, Clef Society Music Festival in Vancouver, and Bowdoin International Music Festival, where she enjoyed being introduced to diversity of opinions and methods of playing/teaching the piano. After living in Vancouver for five years, Nina was admitted to University of Toronto, where she received a full scholarship.
As a performer, Nina has given recitals in Taiwan, Vancouver, Toronto, and New York. During her studies in Canada, she participated in many music competitions and was twice selected as a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition. In addition, she had the privilege to work with artists such as Marietta Orlov, James Parker, Robert McDonald, Vladimir Feltsman, Alexander Korsantia,Yong Hi Moon and David Dubal, amongst others. She received her master’s degree in 2014 from the Manhattan School of Music under Mr. Phillip Kawin.
Cellist Dr. Paloma Ferrante completed her formal studies under the tutelage of Suren Bagratuni at Michigan State University where she earned her D.M.A. in Cello Performance in 2010. Previously she studied at the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Leonid Gorokhov. There she completed both Bachelors and Masters degrees. She has also benefited from the guidance of many others, performing in masterclasses with Gary Hoffman, Natalie Clein, Steven Isserlis, Phillipe Müller and Jérôme Pernoo. In 2007, she was also a selected participant of the prestigious Piatigorsky Seminar held at USC, and performed in masterclasses with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, Natalia Gutman, and Nathaniel Rosen. As a solo and chamber recitalist, she frequently performs in the New York Area. Past performances have included Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio, the Ukranian Institute, WMP Concert Hall among others. Her earlier studies were at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College division where she studied with Ardyth Alton.