Sarah Kapustin’s musical activities have taken her across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia in performances as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Born in Milwaukee, WI, she has performed with such orchestras as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Vogtland Philharmonie and the Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong. Sarah has received prizes and honors in numerous competitions, including 1st prize of the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen, resulting in solo appearances throughout Germany. She has appeared in such prestigious concert venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Mexico City’s Sala Nezahualcoyotl, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and Capella State Hall in St.Petersburg.
A devoted and passionate chamber musician, Sarah has appeared at various international festivals, most notably the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), Sitka Summer Music Festival (AK), El Paso ProMusica (TX), Peter de Grote Festival (Netherlands) and the Marlboro Music Festival (VT) where she has performed with such distinguished artists as Claude Frank, Joseph Silverstein, David Soyer, and Kim Kashkashian. She shows great interest in contemporary music, and has had the honor to work with several composers on their own compositions, including Henri Dutilleux, Kryzstof Penderecki, Jörg Widmann, Ned Rorem and Joey Roukens. For over a decade she has performed duo recitals with pianist Jeannette Koekkoek. In addition to covering a wide range of the violin/piano repertoire, they have performed all ten Beethoven sonatas in Italy and at Indiana University, and their 2010 recording of the complete cycle for the Olive Music label received international acclaim. Sarah was the 1st violinist of the renowned Rubens Quartet from 2008 until the group's final season in 2016.
Sarah received a Masters degree in violin performance at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann in 2005. She previously received a Bachelor of Music and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University as a pupil of Mauricio Fuks, and formerly studied with Mimi Zweig and James Przygocki at the String Academy of Wisconsin. She has participated in masterclasses with Joshua Bell, Midori, Leonidas Kavakos, Mihaela Martin and Ruggiero Ricci, among others. After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship, Sarah spent 2006 to 2008 in Paris as a student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, studying chamber music with Michel Strauss and Vladimir Mendelssohn as member of the Trio Archiduc. She also served as concertmaster of the Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire during the 2007-08 season.
Currently Sarah resides in Zwolle, the Netherlands, where she is active as a chamber musician and soloist, and in 2017 she joined the Noord Nederlands Orkest (Groningen) as first concertmaster. She also performs and tours regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Increasingly sought after as a teacher, she has been professor of violin and chamber music at the ArtEZ Conservatorium in Zwolle since 2011, a member of the chamber music faculty at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen since 2014, and in 2017 she joined the faculty of the Sweelinck Academie (preparatory department of the Amsterdam Conservatory). She has given masterclasses in the US, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Brazil, Columbia and Hong Kong.
Sarah plays on the ”Nico Richter and Hetta Rester” G.B. Rogeri, Brescia, ca. 1690, on loan to her from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds in Amsterdam.
An outstanding violinist with virtuosic brilliance, Gregory Lee is currently Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Oklahoma and Concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Dr. Lee holds a Degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with the renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. Later, he studied with Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan, where he received his Doctorate.
The Sydney-born violinist started his music study at Queensland Conservatorium of Music at age of 11, where he studied with Kerry Smith and later with Carmel Kaine, who was a Galamian-taught pedagogue.
During his time in Los Angeles, he was a regular member of the Pacific Symphony and Long Beach Symphony Orchestras. In addition, he also worked with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, California Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has also recorded for many Hollywood motion pictures scores at 20th Century Fox, Sony/MGM, Warner Bros, Paramount and Capital Records.
Lee's concerto performances include the Bach “Double” Violin Concerto with violinist Cho-Liang Lin, Concertos by Dvorak, Paganini, Wieniawski, Beethoven Triple, Tchaikovsky and Bruch with various orchestras. He has also appeared on ABC’s “Sunday Live" live radio broadcast in Brisbane Australia. His success in competitions include the Special Jury Commendation Award of Michael Hill International Violin Competition and winner of the Geelong Advertiser Instrumental competition.
Lee’s pedagogical influence comes from a combination of Dorothy Delay and Ivan Galamian. He spent three years teaching at Tunghai University before coming to Oklahoma. Students of Dr. Lee have been accepted to prestigious schools such as The Curtis Institute of Music, University of Michigan, Rice University and Boston University. Lee summer activities include teaching at the Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.
Dr. Lee regularly performs with the Oklahoma Chamber Players, Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble, the Holmberg String Quartet, and he has been featured as a soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
He has given recitals/masterclasses at the University of Iowa, University of North Texas, Arizona State University, University of Kansas, Wichita State University, University of Texas in Arlington, Renmin University in Beijing, Shanghai Conservatory and many campuses/concert halls around Taiwan.
Sarah Plum began her performing career by winning the first prize at the International Stulberg Competition in 1983. Since then she has carved out a distinctive role as a serious interpreter of a large range of music – commissioning many new works as well as crafting fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire. Plum performs across North America and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician with performances at venues and festivals such as The Luzern Festival, Alice Tully Hall, Ars Musica Brussels, Cite de Musique (Paris), and the Barbican. Her performances have been praised as “consistently stunning with works that demanded conventional virtuosity but also great skill in unconventional techniques” (third coast journal) and “extraordinary, meaningful and magnificent music” (Berlin Tageszeitung)
Soon after receiving her DMA, Plum moved to Germany where she had the good fortune to take part in historic performances and premieres with noted composers and ensembles. Since then, Plum has tirelessly championed new music - commissioning, premiering and discovering new works while also bringing them to the attention of a larger public. Recent seasons have seen Plum performing programs of new music, much of it written for her, to acclaim at noted festivals and venues such as the Ankunft: Neue Musik Festival at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof, New York City Electoacoustic Music Festival, 3rd Practice Festival, the Cube at the Institute for Creativity and Technology at Virginia Tech, Kappelltheater, Berlin, Quiet Cue (a venue of the echtzeit musik collective in Berlin), Elias- Kuppel Saal (Berlin), the Firehouse Space (Brooklyn), Spectrum (New York),Sonic Landscapes at California State University Fullerton and Unruly Music at the Marcus Center (Milwaukee) and the Center for New Music (San Francisco). In the past 6 years alone she has commissioned pieces from Sidney Corbett, Christopher Adler, Charles Nichols, Eric Lyon, Laurie Schwartz, Mari Kimura, Sidney Boquiren, Mari Takano and Jeff Herriot, Kiki Keren Huss, Joo Won Park, Ben Broening and Elizabeth Hoffman, thus adding 18 new works to the repertoire for violin.
Recent releases include two new CDs on the Bluegriffin Label that highlight the depth and breadth of Plum’s work: Music for a New Century (BGR 371) features world premiere recordings of concerti by Sidney Corbett and Christopher Adler, with conductors Nicholas Deyoe and Akira Mori. Whole Note Magazine praised the CD, saying “I can’t think of a better flag bearer than Sarah Plum who is quite brilliant here or better performances or interpretations. This is an important addition to the contemporary violin concerto discography”
Béla Bartók: Works for Violin and Piano, Volume 1 (BGR 373) is the first of a two volume set of Bartok’s works for violin and piano with her longtime duo partner, the pianist Timothy Lovelace. Currently they are recording the second volume of this two CD set at the Bluegriffin Ballroom in Lansing, Michigan with acclaimed sound engineer Sergei Kvitko. Additional recording projects in production include a CD of music written for Plum and the complete Faure Sonatas for violin and piano with pianist Francine Kay.
Plum is a noted pedagogue and has recently given master classes at James Madison University, Shattuck St. Mary’s Pre-Conservatory Program, Butler University, University of North Texas, University of California Davis, California State University Fullerton, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Interlochen Academy, and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario among others.
Plum spends her summers in the south of France where she teaches and performs at the Zodiac Festival and Academy in the mountains above Nice.
Katrin Stamatis maintains an active career as a performer and educator. A native of New York City, she is currently principal second violinist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and a core member of the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble. She has held previous positions with the Albany Symphony and Vermont Symphony, and has served on the faculties of Drake University, the University of Oklahoma, the Calhoun School and the Larchmont Academy of Music.
Katrin attended Barnard College, where she was enrolled in the joint program with Manhattan School of Music. As an undergraduate she was a founding member and President of the Bach Society of Columbia University. She received her Master’s Degree from Mannes College of Music. Her primary teachers include Peggy Klinger, Ik-Hwan Bae, and Nina Beilina.
Before moving to Oklahoma, Katrin led a successful freelance career in New York City that included concerts with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, a performance of the Brahms Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra with the Chelsea Symphony, and numerous engagements in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Miller Theater, the Guggenheim Museum and the Tenri Cultural Institute. In 2004, She was selected to perform under the baton of Charles Hazlewood in his award-winning production of U-Carmen at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Recent collaborations have included an appearance with new music specialist and cellist Madeleine Shapiro, as well as with clarinetist David Shifrin in the world premiere of Quasi Una Fantasia by Christopher Theofanidis. In 2016, she toured with the International Orchestra of Puerto Rico.
Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang is a violinist, conductor, and music historian. His repertoire ranges from Baroque music (on period instruments) to contemporary compositions. American Record Guide has called him “a brilliant violinist” whose “quality [of] playing is exceedingly high.” Having performed extensively in North America, East Asia, and Europe, including performances at Carnegie Hall and a private concert for Vatican officials during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Mexico, he currently teaches at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA, where he is Music Director of the Longy Conservatory Orchestra, Chair of the Strings Department, and a member of the violin faculty. He has worked as Violinist-in-Residence with the Guild of Composers in New York City, concertmaster with Grammy-nominated early music group Ars Lyrica Houston, Interim Director of Bach Society Houston, and Founder/Director of New York Intercultural Music Society, which performs and commissions music with Western and non-Western elements. On the podium, he has led orchestras of the Juilliard School, Longy School, and Stanford University in performances of standard symphonic works as well as full-length operas such as Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and others. As a musicologist, he has published book reviews, presented papers at international conferences, and served as a music critic. His recent recordings include a 4-disc, first complete set of Johann Jakob Walther’s monumental Hortulus Chelicus (1688) on Baroque violin, an album of music for violin, clarinet, and piano with Trio Solari (Centaur Records), and the first complete recording of Alessandro Marcello’s 12 Violin Sonatas (forthcoming). His principal teachers have included Rafael Druian (violin), Otto-Werner Mueller (conducting), and Jacques-Louis Monod (theory). He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music (BM, violin), Juilliard School (MM, orchestral conducting, as a Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship recipient), and Stanford University (Joint PhD, musicology and humanities).
Violist Roeland Jagers is a passionate chamber musician and was a founding member of the Rubens Quartet, laureate of several international competitions, including in Eindhoven (Tromp 2004), Prague (Spring Competition 2005) and Graz (Schubert Competition 2006). After completing its studies in Amsterdam and Berlin, the quartet enjoyed an active international career for 16 seasons in Europe, the United States and Israel. Currently Roeland is active as a member of the Rubens Consort, a flexible chamber music ensemble which has come into existence as a follow-up to the quartet.
Roeland performs regularly in concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Philharmonie in Berlin. He also appears as a guest in international festivals such as Mecklenburg Vorpommern and Schleswig Holstein (Germany), Larzac (France), Kuhmo (Finland), El Paso Pro Musica, Sitka Music Festival and Indiana University Festival of the Arts (US).
Roeland studied viola with Gisella Bergman and Ferdinand Erblich. In 2001 he received his Bachelor of Music diploma with honors, and continued on to receive a Master of Music in 2004 with Vladimir Mendelssohn, also with honors, at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
As a soloist Roeland has appeared with several Dutch ensembles. In past seasons he performed the Solo Sonata by György Ligeti throughout Europe and the US with great success; this sonata is one of the highlights of the viola repertoire, and yet is considered by many to be unplayable. In addition to the Rubens Consort, he is a member of Metamorphoses, a new trio made up of international chamber musicians (clarinetist Jean Johnson and pianist Ilona Timchenko) and the Dutch Harp Trio, with flutist Felicia van den End and harpist Gwyneth Wentink. Roeland is also principal violist of the chamber orchestra Sinfonia Rotterdam, and interim assistant principal violist of Amsterdam Sinfonietta. He also performs as guest principal of The Hague Philharmonic, and guest violist of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
Roeland is actively associated with the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, US) as a regular chamber music coach of the Summer String Academy. He has extensive teaching experience, working regularly with all levels from amateurs and students to aspiring professionals. In 2014 he wrote a chamber music method specifically meant for amateur musicians, in which subjects such as score study, leadership and rehearsal techniques are addressed.
In addition to his activities as a violist, Roeland also studied piano at the Brabant Conservatory, where he received his Bachelor of Music diploma in 2003.
Roeland plays a Giovanni Pistucci viola, on loan to him from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds in Amsterdam, and a bow made by Joseph Henry (1865).
A native of Canada, Mark Neumann pursued his musical studies at the University of Victoria, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and The Juilliard School in New York, from which he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1995. Among his principal teachers were the eminent violists Karen Tuttle, Robert Vernon and Jaroslav Karlovsky.
Dr. Neumann joined the music faculty at the University of Oklahoma as Associate Professor of Viola in 2009. Previously he held positions as viola professor at Texas Tech University and at the University of Georgia. He has presented numerous guest artist recitals and masterclasses in Taiwan, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, and across the USA, and has been a frequent faculty member at music festivals internationally, including the Vale Veneto Winter Festival and the Santa Catarina Strings Workshop in Brazil and the Cusco Music Festival in Peru. In Oklahoma, in addition to his teaching activities at OU he has given frequent guest clinics at schools across the state, and has served as a sectional coach for the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra and the Oklahoma OMEA All-State Orchestra.
Dr. Neumann has pursued a versatile performing career encompassing all genres of solo, chamber and orchestral music. He has appeared as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic, Victoria Symphony, and Thunder Bay Symphony orchestras in Canada, the Big Spring Symphony in Texas, and the Cusco Symphony Orchestra in Peru, and was also an invited solo performer at the International Viola Congresses in Adelaide, Australia (2007) and Rochester, NY (2012) as well as at the 2016 American Viola Society Festival in Ohio. His solo CD album, entitled “Romantic Showpieces for Viola”, was released by the ACA Digital label in 2009. As a chamber musician he has performed in numerous concert series and music festivals including the International Performance Symposium in Goiania, Brazil; the “Conciertos del Este” in Punta del Este, Uruguay; the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria; the Victoria International Festival, the Banff Festival of the Arts, and the Pacific Rim Summer Festival in Canada; and the “Academy of Music” at Ramapo College in New Jersey. Additionally, he has recorded chamber music for broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Deutschland-Funk (Germany). As an orchestral musician, he has performed extensively with many professional ensembles including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (as Assistant Principal Viola), the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (as Principal Viola), the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Canada.
Besides his OU activities, Dr. Neumann currently performs regularly as a member of the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. He resides in Norman, OK with his wife, the pianist En-Chi Anna Ho, and maintains a widely active schedule as a performer, teacher and clinician.
Cellist Carl Donakowski pursues a international career in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Early in his career he was a finalist in the Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin. Since then, his recital performances have been enjoyed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Merkin Hall in New York City; and aired on WQRS Detroit, WQXR New York, and Südwestfunk Baden- Baden. He has performed at the Manitou, Fontana, Staunton, Tanglewood, Blue Lake, and Beethoven music festivals. Mr. Donakowski has performed on four continents, most recently (2017) in Guangzhou, China. As a member of the Arcos Trio, he was awarded an Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to perform and record piano trios by Latin American composers on the Centaur label. Of his performances at the Fontana Festival a reviewer wrote “Cellist Carl Donakowski is ideally suited to perform these romantic works. His tone is rich in resonance and passionate in approach, displaying the big sound that could sustain a charming longing.”
Donakowski is Professor of Music (Cello and Chamber music) at the James Madison University School of Music in Harrisonburg, VA where he received the distinguished teaching award. For over a decade he was Artist-in-Residence at the Bay View Music Festival. He has served on the faculties of Central Michigan University School of Music and Alma College. He is a frequent presenter at the American String Teachers Association national conference and a contributor to American String Teacher. He served as president of the Michiana Cello Society and currently edits the Cello Forum for the Virginia String Teachers Association. Donakowski was a student of Janos Starker at Indiana University. He also studied with Timothy Eddy Gary Hoffman and William Pleeth.
American cellist Jonathan Ruck enjoys an extensive and balanced career, performing as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Born in Wisconsin to a musical family, he has been heard in venues throughout North America, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. Festival appearances include recent engagements at the Oregon Bach Festival, Sanibel Island Festival, OK Mozart, Unruly Music, and as principal cellist of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico. Jonathan currently serves as the principal cellist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
An avid chamber musician, Jonathan Ruck is a core member of Brightmusic, Oklahoma City’s resident chamber music ensemble. In addition to offering a regular season of chamber music performances, Brightmusic presents a yearly summer festival, the first and only multi-concert classical music festival in Oklahoma City. Jonathan Ruck has performed as a guest cellist with the American Chamber Players and the Penderecki String Quartet, and alongside prominent artists such as David Shifrin, Rostislav and Luba Dubinsky, James Campbell and Daniel Blumenthal. He has given world-premiere performances of chamber works by Christopher Theofanidis and Sydney Corbett. As a founding member of the Dubinsky String Quartet, Jonathan was a prizewinner in the Fischoff and Coleman national chamber music competitions.
Jonathan Ruck earned three academic degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where his primary teachers were Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. He had the privilege to serve as the teaching assistant to both cellists between 2002-2005. Jonathan was a winner of the Indiana University cello concerto competition, and was twice awarded the school’s coveted Kuttner String Quartet Fellowship.
Jonathan Ruck joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma School of Music in 2006. He previously held academic appointments at Depauw University and Hampden-Sydney College, and has served as a guest faculty member at Indiana University, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois. He has served on the faculties of the Fresno Summer Orchestra and Opera Academy (FOOSA), the Zodiac Festival in Southern France and the Indiana University Summer String Academy.
Jonathan Ruck performs on a cello built by Thomas Kennedy in London in 1820. He currently lives in Norman, Oklahoma with his wife, violinist Katrin Statmatis, and their two daughters, Arianna and Galia.
Born in Taiwan, pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng has appeared on concert stage in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada, France and Israel. She has been described by the New York Concert Review as a pianist whose “control of the keyboard is complete, technique easy and relaxed, with a wide range of touch.” Late pianist Claude Frank describes her as “a brilliant, sensitive, imaginative and most beguiling pianist.” Amy’s live performances have been heard on WGBH, KCSC, WHYY, La Radio Suisse Romande-Espace 2, and NPR. Amy has presented recitals at venues such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and National Concert Hall in Taipei, as well as on concert series across the United States. Amy made her Boston concerto debut at the age of 17 at Jordan Hall under the direction of Benjamin Zhander. Since then, she has appeared as a concerto soloist with the 'Musica Viva' Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Taichung Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Pines in Texas, University Symphony Orchestra (University of Michigan) and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, among others. During 2015-2016 season, she gave the North American premiere of the Kapralova Piano Concerto at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor as part of the week long Kapralova Festival, hosted by the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She also gave the US premiere of Improvisation on Misirlou, a single movement piano concerto by Daniel Rein, with the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra during the 2017 Sewanee Summer Music Festival.
A dedicated chamber musician, Amy enjoys collaborating with others since a very young age. Currently, Amy is the co-Artistic Director of the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, a non-profit organization presenting chamber music concerts since 2003. In addition to regular season concerts, Brightmusic launched its first Annual Spring Chamber Music Festival in 2012. Formed in 1999, Duo Clarion (with clarinetist Chad Burrow) has performed in venues such as Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall and National Concerto Hall in Taipei, as well as venues across the US and Asia. Duo Clarion has released recording through CDBaby, Albany and WeiStudio. Duo Clarion’s most recent release of music by Brahms and Schumann received outstanding review in the ICA publication. Violinist Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang joined the duo to form Trio Solari in 2006. Trio Solari released its debut CD through Centaur Record in 2016. Trio Solari has commissioned and performed two trios by Edward Knight and Joseph Tyldesley, respectively. Amy has performed as a guest pianist with the American Chamber Players and America’s Dream Chamber Artists, and performs frequently on the Detroit Chamber Wind and Strings concert series and Michigan Chamber Players Series at the University of Michigan. Amy has been part of many commissioning initiatives and has recorded chamber music works by composers such as Edward Knight, Laura Schwendinger, Stephen Rush and Adolphus Hailstork on Centaur, Albany and the Block M Record.
A highly soughtafter collaborator, Amy has performed with artists such as Wenzel Fuchs, Sophie Shao, David Buck, David Halen, Yoonshin Song, David Shifrin, and Misha Quint, and has been Pianist in Residence for International Double Reed Society Convention in 2010 and 2011, as well as International Woodwind Festival in 2012, 2001, and 2002. Other festival chamber music appearances include the Maui Classical Music Festival, Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Brightmusic Spring Chamber Music Festival, Quartz Mountain Music Festival, Taos School of Music, LaJolla SummerFest, OKMozart International Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounter.
Amy has enjoyed a career of teaching and has frequently been invited to adjudicate for piano solo and chamber music competitions, and has given piano and chamber music masterclasses across the USA, in Asia and Germany. Committed to piano education of the younger generation, Amy devotes her time to instructing young pianists. She has worked with young pianists and young chamber music groups in summer festivals, at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts Massachusetts, and at the Community Music School of Ann Arbor. In addition, she maintains a studio of private students in Ann Arbor, ages 4-16.
A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music (BM), Yale University School of Music (MM and Artist Diploma), and the New England Conservatory (DMA), Amy holds degrees in Piano Performance. Her principal teachers were Claude Frank, Wha-Kyung Byun, Rolf-Peter Wille and Yi-Hsien Chang. She studied chamber music with Robert McDonald (Taos), Peter Frankl, Michael Friedmann and Boris Berman. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Amy was the Head of the Piano Area at Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School (06-09), and the Assistant Professor of Piano at the Oklahoma State University (02-06). After serving as a collaborative pianist for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan briefly, Amy joined the Piano Department faculty in 2012 as a Lecturer in Piano where she teaches studio piano and coaches chamber music. In addition, she is the Coordinator of the Piano Chamber Music, and Director of the U of M Piano Chamber Music series at the Bloomfield Public Library in Bloomfield and Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Abor, MI. In the summer, Amy teaches at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Amy lives in Ann Arbor with husband Chad Burrow, two children and two family dogs.
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Earning musical recognition of a unique artist with great sensitivity and a profound ability to reach any audience with an enriching message, pianist Hyejin Cho is a highly active performer who has performed across the U.S.A., Germany, Italy, Austria, England, Japan and Korea.
An active soloist, Cho has been featured as soloist with orchestras, including the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, playing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in Hill Auditorium, and the Northern Illinois Chamber Orchestra, playing the Mozart concerti K. 453 and 488 in four different cities. Cho also has given many solo recitals, the most recent being a concert for the Freeport Community Concert Association in the historical, 1200-seat Masonic Temple. In addition, she is developing a concert series of piano works by Robert Schumann. Cho was frequently featured to represent the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan, including a guest artist recital at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a workshop and performance in the 2017 Michigan Seminars in Florida.
Recently Cho was chosen as a recipient of the prestigious Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, which enables her to do two different recording projects in 2018-19: the Schumann solo piano project and the piano trio recording project of music by University of Michigan Faculty composers.
A passionate chamber musician, Cho is a founding member of the award winning Koinonia Trio, a very actively performing and teaching ensemble since 2015. Koinonia has performed in New York, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Alaska and 5 cities in Europe as a part of a tour in Austria, Germany and Italy. As a vibrant and service-minded ensemble, the trio has established several performance residencies and given outreach concerts and workshops. The trio received many grants such as the Binkow grant of $10,000 for European tour and recording projects among others. In addition, she has collaborated with internationally renowned artists, including Gilles Apap, Danielle Belen, Aaron Berofsky, David Halen, Chee-Yun Kim, and Matthew Lipman among others. Cho also has had many collaborative projects including duo projects with violinist Rita Wang, with whom she performed in Italy, Austria and the Midwest.
In addition to performing, Cho is an enthusiastic teacher, serving as an Instructor of Piano at the University of Michigan and also serving on the piano faculty of the Center Stage Strings and the Anchorage Chamber Music Festivals, the Innsbrook Institute, and the String Preparatory Academy at the University of Michigan.
Originally from Seoul, Korea, Cho graduated from Ewha Women's University as a Valedictorian. After graduation, she came to the United States, studying with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University and earning a Master of Music degree. In 2018, she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan under Christopher Harding with a concurrent Master’s degree in Chamber Music under Matt Albert and Amy I-Lin Cheng. Currently, she is completing an Artist Diploma degree under Manahem Pressler at Indiana University.
A native of Taichung, Taiwan, Anna En-Chi Ho has performed extensively in her home country and in many parts of the United States. Her piano studies began at the age of five as a private student of her uncle, Rev. Ching-Dao Ho, and continued with various private teachers in Taichung until 1991. After a year of academic studies at National Chung-Hsin University, Dr. Ho entered the Piano Performance program at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa in 1992 as a student of Dr. James March, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1995. Her musical studies continued with Dr. Todd Welbourne in the Master of Music program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she majored in Piano Performance and was extremely active as an accompanist in many instrumental studios of the School of Music.
Dr. Ho graduated with her master’s degree in Madison in December 1997, and returned to Taiwan in 1998 to take a position as orchestral pianist for the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in Wu-Feng and to concertize as a member of the Formosa Chamber Music Ensemble. In 1999, she returned to the United States to pursue studies in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where she majored in Collaborative Piano Performance as a student of Dr. William Westney. She received her DMA degree in December 2003.
Dr. Ho has collaborated in performance with many accomplished musicians from Canada, Taiwan, Korea, China, Venezuela, Brazil, Italy, Poland and the USA, and has performed in the master classes of such distinguished musicians as Charles Castleman, Paul Kantor, Emmanuel Pahud, Eugene Rousseau, Frank Morelli, Steven Isserlis, Philippe Quint and Gary Shocker. Dr. Ho now resides in Norman, OK, where she collaborates frequently as an accompanist with guest artists, and both students and faculty members of the University of Oklahoma School of Music.
John Price has worked as a staff accompanist at the Heifetz International Music Institute and been an Artist-In-Residence at the Baltimore Piano Festival. He has received awards from the Utah State Fair Competition, the Utah State University Piano Festival and was recently a prize winner at the Donna Turner Smith Competition. John is a two-time winner of the Utah State University Concerto Competition and as a result performed concerti of Liszt and Tchaikovsky with the USU Symphony Orchestra. During his studies, he has had the opportunity to play in masterclasses for Stephen Hough, Robert McDonald (faculty member of both the Juilliard and Curtis schools of music), Jerome Lowenthal (Juilliard school), and Norman Krieger (Indiana University). Upon completion of his master’s degree he was hired at Utah State University as an adjunct faculty member where his duties included teaching and accompanying music majors. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Oklahoma where he works as an opera rehearsal pianist and studies with Igor Lipinski.