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 Herald 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。
Ms. Lauren Weaver is a native of Lancaster, Ohio and has received her Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan school of music as a student of David Soyer, and her Master’s at Mannes College of Music with Marcy Rosen. A member of the New York Symphonic Ensemble since 2008, she has been on several concert tours of Japan. Lauren made her solo debut at 17 with the Lancaster Festival orchestra, and has been featured in recital in the Central Ohio Rising Stars series, and the Carnegie Room concerts in Nyack, New York. She has attended Brevard, Musicorda, and Bowdoin summer music festivals, as well as the Moritzburg Festival Academy in Germany. Lauren also records and performs with several singer-songwriters and pop groups, whose work has been heard on NBC, ABC, and MTV among others.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Felicia Feng, a native of Taiwan, graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts and Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Prof. Thomas Linde and Pavlina Dokovska in 2007. She has won numerous competitions and awards, including first place in the 2011 Schubert Club Competition; second prize in the USO concerto competition in 2010; the first prize in the Kuan-Du Arts Festival Competition in 2003 and the second prize in the Taiwan Piano Competition in 2004. As a soloist, Dr. Feng has performed with a number of orchestras in venues such as the “Musikverein” Hall in Vienna and wit the Purely Professional Orchestra in the Taiwan National Music Hall. In 2012, she received the doctoral degree in music and arts from the University of Minnesota, where she also served as a piano faculty in the college division.
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。
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!
Aminda Asher is a professional cellist living and working in New York City. She has appeared in several regionalorchestras regularly in the New York metropolitan area including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Riverside Symphonia, The Chelsea Symphony, and Herald Orchestra, and has also played for several musical theater productions with the Prospect Theater Company and Making Books Sing. An avid chamber musician, Ms.Asher regularly plays with a variety of chamber ensembles including neoLIT; a contemporary music ensemble that is especially dedicated to the performance of works by women composers. Ms.Asher has appeared in concerts at many of New York’s greatest performance venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Bargemusic, and (Le) Poisson Rouge. A dedicated teacher, Ms.Asher is currently on the faculties of Tenafly Music Academy in Tenafly, New Jersey, and the Herald School in Queens, New York. Ms.Asher holds a B.M. in cello performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Sharon Robinson. She received her M.M in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Alan Stepansky.
Violist/violinist Elise Frawley hails from Westchester County, New York. After receiving her performance degree from Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Frawley enjoys an active orchestral and chamber music career. She has concretized in such noted venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, Symphony Space, Le Poisson Rouge, and Merkin Hall. She has also been fortunate enough to work under the batons of such venerated conductors as Kurt Masur, Sidney Harth, George Manahan, and Philipe Entremont. She has participated in master classes with Robert Mann, Michael Tree, Jesse Levine, Jonathan Biss, and the American String Quartet. She is also the Development Operations Manager for the New York Chamber Virtuosi, a young professional orchestra featuring members in a monthly chamber music series. As a teacher, Ms. Frawley believes that development on an instrument is achieved through discipline, critical thinking, and a love for music. She tailors lessons to fit the needs of the students, and shows the students that through hard work, they can reach their fullest potential.
California born violinist, Hannah Chung, began studying the violin at the age of five. At twelve years old, she made her orchestral debut playing Mozart 3rd Violin Concerto at Meany Hall in Seattle, Washington. As both a soloist and an ensemble player, she has performed in the US, Canada, South America, Japan, Italy, France, Korea, Israel, Hungary and most recently, Finland. As an avid chamber musician, she has worked with various ensembles; Penderecki, Takacs, Pacifica, American, Orion and Arianna quartets. She has a BM in violin performance from the University of Southern California under LA Philharmonic concertmaster, Martin Chalifour and her MM and Professional Studies Diploma from the Manhattan School of Music under Lucie Robert.
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.
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.
音乐艺术博士、钢琴家 钢琴家Inesa Sinkevych女士出生于乌克兰，曾在特拉维夫的曼恩音乐厅、伦敦皇家 节日音乐厅珀塞尔室、明尼苏达管弦乐团音乐厅、巴塞罗那加泰罗尼亚音乐厅、香港 大会堂以及里斯本贝连文化中心大会堂表演钢琴独奏、室内乐和管弦乐独奏。评论家们曾赞美她的“琴声极富个性、如歌如诉”（ 西班牙Ritmo杂志），“演奏激昂、技艺精湛、动人心魄”（ 德国General-Anzeiger报）。 Sinkevych女士以独奏身份参与过以色列爱乐乐团、明尼苏达交响乐团、里斯本古 尔班基安乐团、西班牙大卡纳尼亚爱乐乐团、葡萄牙波尔图交响乐团以及加那利群岛 坦纳利佛交响乐团的演出，还在法国、西班牙内陆及加纳利群岛举行的国际夏季音乐 Sinkevych女士在西班牙巴塞罗那玛丽亚·卡纳尔斯（Maria 以及哈恩国际钢琴比赛中摘得冠军，并在多次国际比赛中收获奖项，包括以色列第12届鲁宾斯坦国际钢琴大师比赛、葡萄牙维纳·莫特（Vianna da Motta）和波尔图国际比赛、Cidade del Ferrol国际钢琴比赛、西班牙作曲家大赛、意大利卡萨格兰德国际钢琴比赛，巴拿马国际比赛以及美国明尼苏达E国际钢琴比赛。Sinkevych女士早先在她祖国乌克兰的哈尔科夫国立音乐学院随Victor习钢琴，后来就读于特拉维夫的鲁宾音乐学院，师从Alexander Volkov。在鲁宾音乐学院，她获得美国以色列文化基金会奖学金，后借此赴美芝加哥演艺学院拜师SolomonMikowsky继续深造。得到音乐硕士学位后，她又前往曼哈顿音乐学院继续进修并获得了音乐艺术博士学位。 Sinkevych博士目前是曼哈顿音乐学院Pre-College钢琴系教授。
A native of Taiwan, flutist Dr. Ya-Hsin Angel Hsiao is a First Prize winner of the 2011 Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, and as such debuts in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in October 2011. She was also the Third Prize winner of the 2011 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, the First Prize winner of the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition in 2008, and the winner of the Stony Brook University’s 2008-2009 Concerto Competition. In 2007 she was a finalist at the XII International Flute Competition in Timisoara, Romania, and has also received prizes from Belgium’s Neerpelt Music Festival for Youth and the Jong Tenuto Competition. Ms. Hsiao joined the roster of Astral Artists as a winner of its 2010 National Auditions. She is a graduate of the Conservatoire Royal de Musique of Brussels, Belgium, where she studied with Jean-Michel Tanguy and received a Diplôme Supérieur in 2003 in Flute Performance. At the age of 19, she was admitted to the University of Cincinnati to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Bradley Garner. Ms. Hsiao is the recipient of an Honorary Fellowship from the Belgian-American Educational Foundation (BAEF). She has performed in masterclasses worldwide, with such renowned flutists as Maxence Larrieu, William Bennett, Philippe Bernold, Philippe Pierlot, Goran Marcusson, and Randolph Bowman. She also performed at the 51st Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice, France, as a special artist in the “Philippe Bernold et ses Etudiants” masterclass series. Ms. Hsiao recently appeared on Long Island’s North Shore Pro Musica concert series and debuts on Astral’s concert series in the 2011-2012 season, in its Spiritual Voyages Festival and as concerto soloist with Symphony in C under Rossen Milanov. In May 2011 she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Carol Wincenc.