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. Lee has performed with the Oklahoma Chamber Players, Holmberg String Quartet and is a regular member of the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble in Oklahoma City.
Before coming to Oklahoma, Lee taught at Tunghai University and National Taiwan Normal University. He has given numerous recitals around Taiwan and was frequently invited as a competition adjudicator.
The Australian-born violinist holds a degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka. Later, he received his master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Michigan studying with Paul Kantor. 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 has worked in Los Angeles where he played in several orchestras including Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Los Angeles Opera and has recorded for many Hollywood motion pictures scores at 20th Century Fox, Sony/MGM, Warner Bros, Paramount and Capital Records. He has given recitals and masterclasses at institutions including the University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin, University of North Texas, Arizona State University, University of Kansas, Wichita State University and the University of Texas in Arlington. In Asia, he has performed, and guest taught at Renmin University in Beijing, Shanghai Conservatory and the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia. He has appeared on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Sunday Live” radio show.
Many of Lee’s former students have not only been accepted to major conservatories around the US but also been successful musicians, including Richard Lin, 2018 winner of the Indianapolis International Violin Competition.
During his summers, he has taught and performed at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, OU Summer Music Academy, Vietnam Connection Music Festival and Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute.
- DMA (Violin) - University of Michigan
- MM (Violin) - University of Michigan
- BM (Violin) - The Juilliard School
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.
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).
Professor of Music (Viola)
Dr. Mark Neumann joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma School of Music as viola professor in 2009. A native of Edmonton, Canada, his musical studies took place 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. His principal teachers have included such eminent violists as Karen Tuttle (Professor, The Juilliard School), Robert Vernon (Principal Viola, The Cleveland Orchestra), and Jaroslav Karlovsky (Prague String Quartet, Czechoslovakia). Other renowned violists with whom he has worked in festival and masterclass settings include Kim Kashkashian, Barbara Westphal, Heidi Castleman, Donald McInnes, Gerald Stanick and Eric Shumsky.
Dr. Neumann’s versatile performing career has included appearances as soloist with the Victoria Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic and Thunder Bay Symphony orchestras in Canada, the symphony orchestras of Big Spring (Texas) and Rome (Georgia) in the USA, the Cusco Symphony Orchestra in Peru, and the Collegium Musicum of Straubing, Germany. As a chamber musician he has performed at the International Performance Symposium in Goiania, Brazil; 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 at the Sarasota Music Festival and the “Academy of Music” at Ramapo College (New Jersey) in the USA. Among the artists with whom he has collaborated in chamber music are Robert Chen, Daniel Heifetz, Peter Winograd and Jose Maria Blumenschein (violin); Edgar Meyer and Milton Masciadri (double bass); Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, David Geber and Joshua Roman (cello); and David Shifrin (clarinet). Additionally, he has participated in broadcast recordings of chamber music for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and for Deutschland-Funk (Munich, Germany).
As an orchestral musician, Dr. Neumann 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. During the course of these orchestral activities he has participated in concert tours to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and 8 European countries, and has performed under such internationally-renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwartz, David Zinman, Eduardo Mata, Sir Roger Norrington, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Stanislaw Skrowaszewski, Mario Bernardi, Franz-Paul Decker, Trevor Pinnock, Hans Graf, and Krzysztof Penderecki.
Dr. Neumann held previous faculty positions as viola professor at Texas Tech University and at the University of Georgia, and has presented numerous recitals and masterclasses in Taiwan, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, and across the USA. He has been a frequent faculty artist at music festivals in South America, including the Vale Veneto Winter Festival and the Santa Catarina Strings Academy in Brazil as well as the Cusco Music Festival in Peru, and was also an invited solo performer at the International Viola Congresses in Adelaide, Australia (2007) and Rochester, New York (2012). Additionally, he was presented as a solo performer at the American Viola Society Festivals in Oberlin, Ohio (2016) and Los Angeles (2018). His first solo CD album, entitled “Romantic Showpieces for Viola”, was released by the ACA Digital label in 2009. Currently, Dr. Neumann performs regularly with the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, and maintains an active schedule as a performer, teacher and clinician in Oklahoma as well as nationally and internationally.
- DMA - The Juilliard School (1995)
- Advanced Certificate - The Juilliard School (1989)
- MM (Performance) - University of Victoria (1987)
- BM (Performance) - University of Victoria (1983)
Professor of Music (Cello)
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.
Praised for her exquisite tone and musical phrasing, cellist Úna O’Riordan enjoys a versatile career as an orchestral and chamber musician, new music advocate, teacher and clinician. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She was appointed to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2007, and her previous posts include the Oregon Symphony, Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and Assistant Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra. An advocate for contemporary classical music, Úna is a member of the New Music Detroit (NMD) ensemble, with whom she released their 2018 debut recording “Smoke: The Music of Marc Mellits” on the Innova label. In recent years, she has performed in recital with such diverse artists as legendary pianist Menahem Pressler, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, singer-songwriter Shara Nova, composer/percussionist Andy Akiho, Fifth House Ensemble and the Zodiac Trio.
As an educator, Úna teaches at the Oakland University School of Music Theatre and Dance and Wayne State University, and has taught and performed at the Zodiac Festival & Academy in Valdeblore, France, and the Fresh Inc Festival for contemporary music performance and composition in Racine, Wisconsin. From 2013-2016 she performed and taught at the American Institute for Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, where she led audition-training workshops and served as principal cellist of the festival orchestra.
Úna is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music with Distinction and was named an Arts Leadership Scholar. She received her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. Her principal teachers include Hans Jorgen Jensen, Alan Harris, and Pamela Frame. During her training she participated in masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker and Paul Katz. She was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen and Meadowmount Schools of Music, and participated in the Verbier Festival and New York String Seminar at Carnegie Hall.
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.
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.
Cellist Rob Bradshaw has performed throughout the United States and across Europe as chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician in venues ranging from New York’s Lincoln Center to the Church of St. Nicholas in Leipzig. Dr. Bradshaw has collaborated with artists Greg Sauer, George Crumb, the Grammy-winning Pacifica String Quartet, Laura Bossert, and Wayman Chin. He has premiered new works by Robert Baksa, Anne-Vale Brittan, Rob Deemer, and Marvin Lamb, and performed the premiere of Brian John’s duo, A Glimpse of the Philippines at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
Dr. Bradshaw is principal cellist of the Fort Smith Symphony and is a member of the cello section of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He has also performed with Opera Fayetteville, the Newton Philharmonic, the New Philharmonia Orchestra (MA), the Norman Philharmonic, the Lawton Philharmonic, and the rock group, Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
In addition to performing, Dr. Bradshaw is the orchestra director at Longfellow Middle School in Norman, and artistic director of Scissortail Productions, Inc., a chamber music series featuring young, energetic professional musicians from around Oklahoma. As a teacher, his groups have earned superior ratings at OSSAA orchestra competitions as well as solo and ensemble contests, including earning the 2020 “Outstanding Achievement Award.” Dr. Bradshaw is the 2021-2022 Longfellow Teacher of the Year. He also is the coordinator for Society of Strings with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, where he teaches beginning strings to adult amateur musicians and manages the other teachers in the organization.
Dr. Bradshaw holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree with distinction from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from the University of Oklahoma. His principal teachers include Jonathan Ruck, Greg Sauer, Terry King, Wayman Chin, and Roger Tapping.
Shara Sun is a pianist and teacher who began taking piano lessons at the age of 4 in China, her birth country. She then immigrated to Canada when she was six and continued her studies with local teacher and cherished friend, Ken Marple. She has performed in venues such as the Soraya, Cypress Hall, Glenn Gould Studio, Walter Hall, Macmillan Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, and Toronto Centre for the Arts. Developing a special affinity for collaboration, Shara has enjoyed playing with many ensembles such as the Toronto Youth Symphony Orchestra and the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as numerous bands, choirs, small ensembles, and soloists. In addition, she has a passion for contemporary Canadian music, and has been invited to perform at the final concert of the Contemporary Showcase twice. Shara has attended numerous summer programs including Orford Music Academy, Master Players Festival (First prize solo piano winner), AmiCa Fest, VIPA festival, and International Musicians Academy (soloist with orchestra). She has performed for renowned pianists such as John Perry, Oxana Yablonskaya, Meng Chieh Lu, Peter Takacs, and Pavel Nersessian. She obtained her undergraduate degree with full scholarship at the University of Toronto under Lydia Wong and Enrico Elisi. She then received a Master’s degree in piano performance at CSUN under Dmitry Rachmanov. Currently, she is attending the University of Oklahoma for a DMA in piano performance and pedagogy under Jeongwon Ham, with full tuition and stipend.
Tatiana Stratenco, a student of Dr. Igor Lipinski, is a junior double-majoring in Music and Marketing at the University of Oklahoma School of Music. Tatiana was born and raised in the Republic of Moldova. She graduated from the Republican Lyceum of Music "C. Porumbescu" in Moldova, and completed further studies at the United World College Changshu, China.
Tatiana Stracenco has received accolades in severao piano and music history competitions in Moldova, Romania, Hungary, and the United States, including winning the Oklahoma MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition 2020 and 2021. In China, Tatiana studied in the International Baccalaureate program and performed multiple concerts throughout the country.
Tatiana has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Alexander Paley, Michael Thomopoulos, Ioana Stanescu, Serghei Covalenco, Alan Chow, Alexander Kobrin, Sun Min Kim, and Jennifer Hayghe. Her former teachers include Gaiana Teseoglu, Felix Biriucov, Cornelia Herrmann, and Christoph Genz.