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。
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.
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!
Vicky Lee, M.M Violinist Ms. Vicky Lee is a native of South Korea. She holds a master degree and a bachelor degree from New England Conservatory of Music in violin performance. She has been a prize winner in competitions such as the Osaka International Competition in 2006; Guri Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2003; Seattle Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2002 and Joongang Violin Concerto Competition in 2000. Ms. Lee is currently a Doctoral candidate in Music and Arts in Stony Brook University.
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。
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.
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.
Elliot Mallard, B.M, cellist Mr. Elliot Mallard is a native of Maryland. He started to play the cello at a young age and soon displayed special gift in the instrument. After entering the John Hopkins University Peabody Music School (Maryland), Mr. Mallard started pursuing a career in cello performance. In 2007, Mr. Mallard was invited by the Juilliard School (New York) to further his studies. He graduated from Juilliard with distiction in 2010. Upon graduation, Mr. Mallard continues to stay very active both as a teacher and as a performer. Sinhwa Lee, M.M Cellist Ms. Sinhwa Lee is a native of South Korea. She holds a master degree from Manhattan School of Music in cello performance and a bachelor degree from the Ulsan University. She has been a prize winner in competitions such as the Ulsan Competition in 1992; Hanse University Competition in 1997 and Segye Ilbo Competition in 2001.
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 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。
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.
Violinist Ms. Adriana Socoski is a teacher who is passionate about children’s music education. After receiving her bachelor degree from the Juilliard School, she took on the directing role in New York City’s Teacher at Harmony program. Her contribution has made an enormous change in the cultural and artistic life to the children of NYC. Ms. Adriana joins Herald Music School and Joyous Music School in 2013. She is also an associate professor in the Juilliard School pre-college division. Her past awards include the Bach Atonement First Prize (2003), Lancaster Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition First Prize (2004) and National Teacher’s Association Competition First Prize (2006).
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.