B.M., Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico; M.A., CUNY/Hunter College
Luis studied under renowned Cuban-American pedagogue Germán Diez, a disciple and assistant to the late Chilean master Claudio Arrau. Arrau himself was a disciple of Martin Krause who studied with Franz Liszt, making Luis one of the few contemporary pianists with a direct lineage to Liszt and Beethoven. He has played in Master Classes for Frederick Marvin, Ena Bronstein Barton, Constance Keene and Ruth Laredo among others. Luis is former faculty member at Turtle Bay Music School and served as Music director at Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Newark, N.J. from 2004-2011.
Alongside with his musical career, Luis is also a professional visual artist. His exquisite figurative paintings and portraits can be found in some of the finest collections and museums such as the National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C; The European Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain; Steinway Hall, New York, N.Y. and The Federal Reserve, Washington D.C.
In 2018 The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution acquired his portrait of iconic American composer Philip Glass for their permanent collection. Luis has also painted the portraits of former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, MacArthur Fellow and founder of New Community Corporation Monsignor William Linder, Senior Judge William F. Morgan from Warren, P.A., Jazz legend Cándido Camero and Galician-American composer Octavio Vázquez Rodríguez.
As a winner at the prestigious 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, his work will be included in The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery from October 26, 2019 through August 30, 2020. It will then travel to four museums across the country from October 2020 through February 2022 (venues TBD). He has also been awarded from the 14thInternational Art Renewal Center Salon Competition, the 21stPortrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, Figurativas 2015 and the 2012 Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists.
Artist website: www.alvarezroure.com
Edmund Arkus has performed for many years in the United States, Japan and England to high critical acclaim. He has been presented in solo recitals, as soloist with orchestras and he has collaborated in many chamber music concerts and sonata recitals. Edmund has also performed on radio in New York on WNYC, WFUV, WQXR, as well as live performances broadcast over National Public Radio from Washington DC, WGBH Boston, BBC radio in England, and NHK-TV in Japan.
Over the last fifteen years he has collaborated regularly with Keisuke Wakao, Assistant Principal Oboist of the Boston Symphony. Among the numerous concerts they have presented, Edmund and Mr. Wakao have performed together at Jordan Hall in Boston, at Opera City Recital Hall and Hillside Terrace Plaza Hall in Tokyo. For the last ten years Edmund has performed chamber concerts with Mr. Wakao and members of the Boston Symphony, NHK Orchestra (Tokyo), Berlin Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris in Tokyo, Hakodate, Osaka and Ogaki, Japan and South Korea ,as well as in Cleveland, Ohio, the Berkshires and Boston, Massachusetts.
First studying the piano with his mother, Helena Arkus, Edmund later worked with pianist, Leopold Mittman. Later, he entered The Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with the distinguished teacher Rosina Lhévinne, and received both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Music. He completed his piano studies with Wolfgang Rosé nephew of the composer, Gustav Mahler. In addition, he studied chamber music with Louis Persinger, teacher of Yehudi Menuhin, and with William Kroll, the first violinist of the Kroll Quartet, and further polished his contemporary music skills with the composer, Stefan Wolpe.
Edmund thoroughly enjoys sharing his knowledge through his private students and teaching at the Third Street Music School Settlement in Manhattan, New York. He has served on the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College and presented numerous master classes in New York, and in Ogaki, Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan.
French-American pianist Julia Den Boer is a strong advocate of contemporary music. Based in New York city, she performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician and has commissioned and premiered numerous works. She is committed to exploring and pushing her instrument’s boundaries through close collaboration with composers and has had the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent composers of our time such as Heinz Holliger, Philippe Leroux, Martin Matalon and Kaija Saariaho. Julia is a recipient of the Solti Foundation award, was awarded the Prix Mention Speciale Maurice Ohana at the 2012 International Orleans Competition, and won the ninth annual Mikhashoff Trust Fund for New Music Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project with composer Zosha Di Castri. She is part of Kylwyria, a New-York based horn, violin and piano trio dedicated to commissioning new repertoire for their unique instrumentation.
Recent and upcoming performances include solo and ensemble performances at the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, the Tectonics Festival in Glasgow, the CMC in Toronto, the Banff Center, Miller Theater (NYC), the North Carolina New Music Initiative, the SWR in Freiburg, New Music Concerts in Toronto, the MATA Festival, the International Computer Music Conference, the Klangspuren Festival in Austria, and Manifeste at IRCAM.
Her performances have been broadcasted on Q2, CBC Radio 2, the SWR and France Musique. In addition to her performing activities Julia is a dedicated educator. She is on faculty at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY and the Third Street Music Settlement, she also maintains an extensive private studio in NYC. Julia is a native of Lyon, France. She holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University where she studied with Sara Laimon and holds a Master and Doctorate of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook University where she studied under the mentorship of Gilbert Kalish.
Katy Felt is a graduate of Rice University (B.M.) and The Juilliard School (MM). She has collaborated with The Juilliard Orchestra, The New World Symphony, and The Orpheus Choir of Toronto. She was a staff pianist at The Juilliard School, and is a doctoral student at Rutgers University.
b. Beijing, China. B.M., University of Kansas, M.M., Rice University. Additional studies at the Manhattan School of Music and Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Teachers include A. Slobodyanik, John Perry, Claude Frank and Jack Winerock. Performs throughout China and the U.S., including performances at Weill Recital Hall, Caramoor, Steinway Hall, Aspen Music Festival and the Great Hall of People in Beijing. Faculty, Music Conservatory of Westchester.
Joan Forsyth, pianist, is an eclectic artist whose performing career has taken her all over the world. Teaching has always been an important part of her musical life, and she maintains a vibrant piano studio in Mount Vernon, New York. Dr. Forsyth holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. She has over thirty years of teaching experience, having taught both privately and for such institutions as New York University, Concordia College and Sarah Lawrence College. She also has Suzuki piano training, assisted Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Mme. H. Katoka at Suzuki Institute West in San Francisco and takes a special interest in early childhood education. Joan Forsyth is the Chairman and founder of the Bronxville center of the National Guild of Piano teachers and a past Chairman of the Westchester-Rockland –Putnam Music Teachers Association. Currently she is the Chairperson of the Piano Department at Third Street Music School in New York City.
An active performer, Dr. Forsyth is both a sympathetic chamber musician and commanding soloist. She has made appearances at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall, Zankel and Weil Recital Halls, as well as tours of Europe, Russia, Japan and South America. Her playing has been broadcast on WNYC, WFAS, RAI(Italy), Vermont Public Radio, and New York Public Radio. She has appeared as soloist with the Westchester Chamber Orchestra and the Westchester Philharmonic. Joan Forsyth has recorded for CRI, Albany, Bridge, Soundspells and Furious Artisans.
Bachelor Music Master Music, Doctor of Musical Arts
University of British Columbia, Juilliard School, Rutgers University
Robert Silverman, Beveridge Webster Susan Star, Andre LaPlante, Myoko Lotto, Jeaneanne Dowis, Alexander Eydelman
Solo, chamber music performances throughout North America, South America, Europe, Russia, Japan, Africa Recordings for CRI, Albany Records, Furious Artisans. Broadcasts for NPR, RAI(Italy) Polish National Radio, Danish National Radio, CBC (Canada) Soloist Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra Westchester Chamber Orchestra.
COMPETITIONS / SCHOLARSHIPS / AWARDS
Winner La Gesse Piano Competition
Grantee Canada Council for the Arts
Westchester Arts Council
Koenig Foundation Scholarship
Aspen, Banff, Warebrook, Shawnegan Lake
Biking, swimming and gardening
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mira Armij Gill is of East-Indian descent. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she had the privilege of completing her Bachelor’s degree as one of three students of the late John Browning, and received her Master’s degree with Yoheved Kaplinsky. While at Juilliard, Ms. Gill won the Artist’s International Young Artist Piano Award which resulted in her New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.She has also won top prizes in the Utah Symphony Guild Competition, the Midland-Odessa National Concerto Competition, the Kawai America National Competition and she won Second Place in the Joanna Hodges International Brahms Competition. She was presented in recital as Mu Phi Epsilon's Distinguished Artist of 2011 in New York at Tenri Cultural Institute.
She has won numerous prizes, including First Place in the Jefferson Symphony Concerto Auditions in Golden, Colorado, and First Place in the Utah Symphony Guild Competition held in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the youngest of three Grand Prize Winners in the Midland-Odessa National Concerto Auditions in Odessa, Texas.
Ms. Gill was a featured soloist with the Utah Symphony under the baton of Maestro Joseph Silverstein. Her playing of Liszt’s First Piano Concerto in E Flat Major was reviewed by the Salt Lake Tribune and described as "a bravura performance with confidence and flair". She has also soloed with other orchestras throughout the United States including performances with the Midland Odessa Symphony, the Jefferson Symphony, Murray Symphony, the Brigham Young University Chamber Orchestra, Oberlin Conservatory Chamber Orchestra,the Fort Collins Symphony and the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony. Some of her performances have been broadcast live over KSL Radio, as well as KBYU Radio, and she was featured on KSL Television.
She has performed in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in its "Wednesdays at One" series for piano music, the Weiner Saal Concert Hall in Salzburg, Austria, as well as the Mozarteum’s concert series in Radstadt, Austria. She annually gave concerts in the Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Utah; and Steinway Hall in New York City. Ms. Gill has attended the Gnessin Institute’s Summer Festival in Moscow, Russia; the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria; and Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Ms. Katja Rausch of Le Jeudi, a newspaper from the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg wrote: "Her playing is spectacular, poetic and so inspiring", following her debut CD launch concert at Steinway Hall in New York. Soon after, her CD was reviewed by famed pianist, Cyprien Katsaris: "She has a remarkable technique and, more important, a genuine musical feeling".
Consul General of India, Hon. Pramathesh Rath invited Ms. Gill gave the first piano recital ever presented at the Consulate General of India in New York. Ms. Gill received media attention from local newspaper Desi Talk and was a featured cover story in the national magazine The Urban Indian.
As a former student of the late pianist John Browning, Ms. Gill contributed to the making of a documentary entitled "Memories of John Browning, the Lhevinne Legacy Continues", produced by Arkatov Productions. During her interview and special feature in the film, Ms. Gill discusses the Browning/Lhevinne approach to Russian technique. Excerpts from her CD serve to demonstrate his tremendous influence on her paying and teaching. Other contributors to the documentary included Leonard Slatkin and John Williams.
Events for 2012-2013 events included the filming and release of a short documentary about Ms. Gill highlighting her life as a pianist and a teacher produced by Agricola Media. She also gave benefit concert for SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action), the only non-sectarian comprehensive youth organization, dedicated to create social change and opportunities for low-income South Asian youth, to be held at WMP Concert Hall, New York; and a private concert for the Bi-annual Gala organized by the Luxembourg-American Chamber of Commerce in New York in the presence of H.R.H. Crown Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg held at the University Club in New York.
Ms. Gill resides in New York. After twelve years on the Piano Faculty of Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan, she established a Piano Program at SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action) based in Elmhurst, New York, where she serves as Resident Teaching Artist. For more info visit miragill.com.
Pianist Paul Kim has led a career dedicated to performance, musicology, and education. He has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras, conductors, and chamber musicians. Critics have hailed his "brightest flashes of virtuosity and clear transparent quality" (The New York Times) and "his musical honesty and integrity…his very recognisable strength of character and personality" (Gramophone). He has been featured in interviews, articles, and television and film documentaries in Newsweek, PBS, NPR, CNN, BBC and other media outlets.
An authority on Olivier Messiaen, Paul Kim is recognized for his performances, scholarship, and recordings of Messiaen's complete piano works (on 7 CDs) which were selected as "Best of 2005" by All Music Guide. His current project is the recording and publication of the complete Beethoven symphonies in new piano transcriptions. Critics have noted the textual fidelity and clarity, adding that "Kim's solid work should easily attract transcription enthusiasts to this release" (ClassicsToday).
Paul Kim has performed with his wife, soprano Judith Jeon, as well as with their pianist sons Matthew and James. With Matthew Dr. Kim has recorded Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for two pianos. His journey in music and faith is featured in the book Creative Spirituality: The Way of the Artist, written by Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University.
Paul Kim has studied at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music (B.M. and M.M.), and New York University (Ph.D.). Today he maintains an active schedule of concerts, master classes and guest lecture appearances around the world. Dr. Kim is a professor of piano and music history at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.
Neal Kirkwood, pianist and composer, lives and works in New York City. He has composed for jazz and contemporary music chamber ensembles, solo voice, chorus and orchestra and has written over 200 works for various ensembles, for which he has received notable commissions.
As a jazz pianist, Neal Kirkwood has performed, toured and recorded with many artists including Pony Poindexter, Bobby McFerrin, Mike Clark, Chris Connor, and Abby Lincoln. Most recently, Kirkwood performed with graphic novel artist Art Spiegelman, in a musical adventure, touring Brazil, London and Paris, and the USA.
As bandleader, Neal Kirkwood's recordings include The Neal Kirkwood Octet, The Chromatic Persuaders and Extrospection, on Timescraper, and a solo piano CD, Time’s Circle, produced by Present Eye Music. A new trio recording, featuring all original Kirkwood compositions, is currently being prepared for release in 2018. He currently leads a 17-piece jazz band, called The Neal Kirkwood Big Band, featuring the stupendous talents of NYC’s most stellar jazz musicians.
Mr. Kirkwood has composed music for, and performed with, many of New York City’s creative and experimental theatre ensembles, including puppet/maskmaker Ralph Lee’s touring company, playwright Jim Neu, directors Anne Bogart and Joseph Chaiken.
Premiered in 2016, Kirkwood’s song cycle “Mexico City Blues” including the suite “The Art of Kindness,” was based on poetry by American poet Jack Kerouac, and composed for 16-voice chorus with jazz orchestra.
Mr. Kirkwood has a MA in composition from Mannes College of Music in New York City, where he studied primarily with composer Charles Jones. He is currently on the faculties of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and Third Street Music School in New York City.
Agnes Kubeczko is a Polish-born pianist and teacher. She is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Kraków. In recognition of her outstanding skill and piano performance, Agnes was awarded scholarships to study in Vienna and Zurich under Alexander Jenner and Rudolf Buchbinder.
Agnes has been fascinated with the logic of Bach and painterly expressions of such great impressionist composers as Debussy or Szymanowski. When she came to New York City 15 years ago, she discovered jazz, which was like the New World’s version of the Old World’s modernist music she studied in Europe. Jazz quickly became a passion, which Agnes still pursues today through her study of piano standards and singing.
Agnes is a dedicated piano teacher certified in children’s music education and the Carl Orff approach. She is a member of the piano faculty here at the Third Street Music School Settlement.
Nathaniel LaNasa brings his “stormy lyricism” (New York Times) to music from the Renaissance to the present day, playing piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, and electronic media. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, MoMA, and (le) Poisson Rouge. His festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival and School, Resonant Bodies, and the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance. LaNasa’s “poise and elegance” and “deft sense of precision” (Feast of Music) have been heard in solo appearances with a variety of ensembles, including the New Juilliard Ensemble, TACTUS, New York Repertory Chamber Players, Bravura Philharmonic, and Manhattan School of Music’s Composers Orchestra.
A curious and passionate performer of contemporary music, he has premiered dozens of works, including music by Shawn Jaeger, Frederic Rzewski, and Scott Wollschleger. As a founding member of the Tobias Picker Ensemble, he made premiere recordings of Picker’s “Invisible Lilacs” and “Nova” for the Tzadik label; he also performed Picker’s “Composer Portrait” at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre. His recording of Dmitri Tymoczko’s “Candybox” for quarter-tone pianos (with Yegor Shevstov) is scheduled to be released by Bridge Records this fall. LaNasa has worked with many other living composers, including George Crumb, John Harbison, and John Musto. He recently performed in the American premiere of a concert version of William Antoniou’s opera, “Anathema” at National Sawdust with the Anonymous Ensemble.
An avid chamber musician, LaNasa has collaborated with the Skyros Quartet, and with members of the Daedelus, Dover, MIVOS, Formosa, and Cassatt quartets. He frequently performs with genre-defying vocalist Lucy Dhegrae, most recently at Roulette Intermedium. This fall also brings performances with violinist Hahnsol Kim in historic venues in Austria and Italy, and as one of the newest additions to the roster of the Brooklyn Art Song Society.
LaNasa is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. He has held fellowships at Tanglewood Music Center and Music Academy of the West. His teachers include Robert Durso, Margo Garret, Julian Martin, André-Michel Schub, and Brian Zeger. This year marks his tenth anniversary on faculty at Third Street Music School Settlement.
Having made her Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium) debut in June 2014, Vanessa May-lok Lee has performed throughout Canada, the USA, England, Wales and Mexico. Much sought after as a collaborative pianist, Ms. Lee released her debut CD Bleu et Or in August 2012 with internationally acclaimed flautist Miguel Ángel Villanueva (Mexico) and violist Elodie Guillot (France). Recorded on the Quindecim label, this CD features the works of Mexican, French and Canadian composers including the commissioned piece Prism by Canadian composer Erik Ross. Her latest CD Reflections with Gordon Wolfe, principal trombone of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will be released in February 2015.
Ms. Lee graduated with a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto where she studied with Marietta Orlov, and a Master’s in Music from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England with Michael Young. In May 2014, Ms. Lee completed pre-doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music with John Forconi through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Upcoming highlights include her Kennedy Center debut in Washington, DC in February 2015.
Ms. Lee currently resides in NYC where she serves as a staff pianist at the Manhattan School of Music and is on the piano faculty at Third Street Music School.
b. Mobile, AL. B.A., California State University, Fresno; State teaching credentials in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Studies with Philip Lorenz and German Diez; Suzuki training with Victoria von Arx and Linda Jackson; Orff training with Carol Erion.
María Manzano is a Spanish pianist whose restless and dynamic temperament has brought her to many of the world’s most important music schools in cities such as Granada, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and New York. Having learnt from world-class musicians, like her main piano professor and mentor Albert Attenelle, and also Christopher Elton, Pascal Rogé, Antonio Sánchez Lucena, Ramzi Yassa, Deirdre O’Donohue and Horacio Gutierrez, among others, her keen ear for poetry in musical performance has made her a sensitive and committed pianist. Her performances of Romantic and Spanish Music have been praised by the critics “for their style and technical accuracy” and for “the intense expression she infuses into her communicative playing”.
She has given concerts in many major European concert halls, such as Salle Cortot in Paris, Collège d’Espagne at La Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre of Belgium and Luxembourg, Liceu Auditorium and Gaudí’s La Pedrera Concert Hall in Barcelona, The National Concert Hall in Madrid, Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, and others. She has appeared in Classical Music programs on TV and has played before such personalities as Her Majesty the Queen Sofia of Spain. María has also given recitals at important American venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Provincetown Playhouse, Blackbox Theater, Saklad Auditorium, and at the Seattle International Piano Festival.
In her extensive academic career she has studied at some worldwide renowned music schools such as: Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, L’Êcole Normale Supérieure de Musique “Alfred Cortot” in Paris, New York University and Manhattan School of Music, where she graduated from Professional Studies with the highest honors (Dean’s List), after studying with the legendary pianist Horacio Gutierrez.
For more information: www.mariamanzanopianist.com
b. Nagano, Japan. B.M., Toho Gakuen School of Music; M.M., Manhattan School of Music; Professional Studies Diploma, Mannes College of Music. Soloist with Filarmonica de Jalisco, Sinfonica de Coyoacan and UNAM Chamber Orchestra in Mexico City. Chamber and recitals in Helsinki, Tokyo, San Jose, Barcelona, Bellagio. Studies with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, German Diez, Hugo Goldenzweig, Yoriko Takahashi and Jerome Rose.
Known for bringing exquisite tone color and expressivity to an unusual breadth of repertoire, Nnenna Ogwo has performed in Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States. Her artistic acumen and acute scholarship result in a profound technical command of her instrument and a thoroughly engaging stage presence. She has performed at Steinway Hall and the Tenri Cultural Institute in Manhattan as well as in a series of pop-up concerts at various Sing for Hope pianos located around New York City in the summer. Her most current project involve the expansion of her annual Juneteenth celebration of black music and composition at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre in downtown Manhattan as well as an upcoming recording of the music of composers of the African diaspora.
An American pianist of Caribbean and African descent, Ms. Ogwo began playing the piano at age six, studying at the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory and graduating with honors in piano and composition. She received her Bachelor of Music at Oberlin Conservatory, studying piano with Lidia Frumkin, and under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship attended the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary where she studied with Ferenc Rados and received a Graduate Certificate. Ms. Ogwo completed her Master of Music and Doctor of the Musical Arts degrees with Gilbert Kalish at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her former coaches and teachers include the late Gyorgy Sebok and Julius Levine, Leon Fleisher, Robert McDonald, Edna Goulandsky, Zelma Bodzin and Edmund Arkus. Other academic honors include the Stern Scholarship and the Turner Fellowship.
Ms. Ogwo currently serves on the piano faculty at Third Street Music School in Manhattan and maintains a private studio in New York City and has successfully prepared students for admission to conservatory. She is the founder of Working Projects, a works-in-progress venue for artists and musicians. She is a co-curator at The Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and a member of the board of the Leschetizky Association on New York City.
Ms. Ogwo’s recording of solo piano music by Bach-Siloti, Beethoven, Debussy, Scriabin and Piazzolla entitled Issue One is available digitally on her website at www.nnenna.net and in physical form at www.cdbaby.com.
"His performances are as musicianly and assured as they are clear-sighted...impeccable." — Gramophone
"An accomplished and sensitive artist." — Classics Today
Roger Peltzman is a pianist and teacher in New York City. Amongst his many public performances, Roger has given six solo concerts at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, has performed in Europe, and has played to a sold out audience at New York's cutting edge venue—Le Poisson Rouge.
Roger has also played chamber music and solo repertoire at The Third Street Music School where he is a member of the faculty. Music has always played a large part in Roger's life. His first memory is of the Beatles playing on The Ed Sullivan show in 1964. It is written that when a childhood friend's mother bragged that "Johnny" was reading the newspaper and then asked Roger if HE could read yet. Roger said, "No, but does Johnny know who Tchaikovsky was?" Roger attended SUNY Binghamton where he graduated with honors in both Music and Cinema. It was there that he studied with Seymour Fink.
While at Binghamton he received the music faculty award and participated in several master- classes, including one taught by Vladimir Feltsman. Roger Peltzman received his Masters in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he was a student of Zenon Fishbein. After graduating from school he worked as a musician, recording engineer and record producer. His production work garnered praise from many publications including The Atlantic Monthly and the Chicago Tribune. Currently, Roger is being coached by pianist Edmund Arkus.
In 2014 Roger released a CD, Dedication: Roger Peltzman Plays Chopin (Astre Records), which was recorded at the famed Brussels Conservatory of Music and hailed by Gramophone Magazine. This is the same venue where his Uncle Norbert Stern performed and won several piano competitions while he was a student at the school. Tragically, Norbert died at age 21 in Auschwitz. The recording is not just a document of Roger’s interpretations of works by Chopin but also an act of remembrance for his Uncle. The CD has gotten much airplay on WQXR - FM, WFUV - FM, Radio France, and has received praise from publications in both the U.S and Europe.
Further reading on Roger's family can be found in this New York Times article.
MM in Piano Performance, BA in Music, Cinema
Manhattan School of Music, Binghamton University
Seymour Fink, Zenon Fishbein, Edmund Arkus
Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall
COMPETITIONS / SCHOLARSHIPS / AWARDS
Binghamton Music Faculty Award
Dana Pielet studied at The Juilliard School, from which she holds both a Bachelor and Masters Degree. She received her Suzuki certification from the School for Strings in New York and also studied at the Talent Education Institute in Japan with Shinichi Suzuki. She has had extensive training in the Alexander Technique and Dalcroze solfege, improvisation and eurhythmics.
An active performer and chamber musician, Ms. Pielet has appeared before audiences in Sydney, Australia, Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Jose, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. She has been a frequent artist at the American Landmark Festivals and has recorded and broadcast for classical radio in Chicago, Los Angeles and Sydney.
Ms. Pielet was the first pianist to receive the Rudolph Ganz Memorial Award for two consecutive years. Other recognitions include the Chatauqua Institution Scholarship Award and a Fellowship at Juilliard. She studied with Beveridge Webster, Menahem Pressler, Lilian Kallir, Saul Dorfman, Miyoko Lotto, Linda Babits and German Diez.
Dana Pielet has taught on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Hoff-Barthelson Music School, Hollis Woods Music School and the Great Neck Music Center. She is currently on the faculty of the Third Street Music School Settlement and maintains a private teaching studio in Manhattan where she teaches both traditional and Suzuki students.
Marc Ponthus pioneered the monographic solo piano recital of leading avant-garde composers from the second half of the 20th century, devoting entire programs to composers including Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis. He has recorded for Neuma Records, Lorelt Records and Bridge Records. His recording of the complete piano music of Boulez was released in 2016 and was chosen by Gramophone magazine as Editor’s choice. Ponthus has conducted the LowerEastsideEnsemble, the IFCP Ensemble and the Project Webern Orchestra.
Ponthus edited and prefaced a book of essays on the music of Elliott Carter (Pendragon Press). He did a video with Pierre Boulez at the Deutsche Staat Opera, “Pierre Boulez in conversation with Marc Ponthus”. He also composes under the “nom de plume” Oữτις . He has combined video collage in live performances. Ponthus was the executive and artistic Director of the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance in New York. Ponthus has written and directed short films. His recent experimental films were chosen as “the Official selection” at a number of International Film Festivals. He is a recipient of the Tanne Foundation's Award for achievement in the arts.
Hugh Sam was born in British Guiana, South America and emigrated to London in 1967, where he studied at the Guildhall School of Music. In 1968, he left for New York and studied at the Manhattan School of Music from where he received his degree in composition. His teachers included Howard Rovics and Nicolas Flagello. His post-graduate study was with American composer, Robert Starer, at Brooklyn College. He has always been interested in American popular music and jazz since his teens. He wrote two musicals while in Guyana and also arranged for steel orchestra. He was also the pianist on a jazz album featuring saxophonist Harry Whittaker, drummer Art Broomes and bassist Maurice Watson. His other interest has been in utilizing Guyanese and Caribbean folksongs in the same manner that composers like Chopin, Brahms, and even Gershwin have done for the folk music of their countries. He has arranged the folksongs of Guyana and some Caribbean countries for piano and piano duet.
He arranged Christmas songs for the New York Housing Symphony Orchestra in 2002. His orchestral composition, “A Tale of Two Rivers” was performed in Russia in 2005 and was given a brief mention in the Russian newspaper “Pravda.” In 2004, his “Trinidadian Rhapsody for Piano and Steel Orchestra” was performed in Trinidad by the University of the West Indies Steel Ensemble and Guyanese pianist Ray Luck. In 2007, he was given a Caribbean Sunshine Award for his contribution to the culture of the Caribbean. His arrangement of some Gershwin songs was performed in Kazan, Russia in 2012. These were commissioned by the Afro-American composer Marlon Daniel, who had taught at Third Street Music School.
Mr. Sam has written for several occasions at Third Street Music School, including retirements, new appointments and births. These have included two-piano compositions featuring two performers at each piano. He has used his compositional ability to combine classical compositions that he has known and played with those American popular songs that he admires. He has done this in several of his recitals. These recitals have also included performances of his work by other members of the faculty featuring their own specialties, including strings, flute and voice.
Dr. Jiayin Shen has toured extensively in Germany, Switzerland, England, Canada, the United States, and throughout her native China. She has performed on major concert stages such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing Concert Hall, and Yantai Grand Theater. During her time in Baltimore, she was a member of the piano faculty at the Preparatory Division at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She is currently on the piano faculty at Third Street Music School Settlement in New York, and a visiting professor at Qingdao University, China.
Jiayin made her American debut in 2002 with the University of Michigan Philharmonic at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was the winner of the 2008 Baltimore Music Club Piano Competition, top prizewinner of the Xin Hai National Piano Competition in Beijing, University of Michigan Concerto Competition, and a recipient of Outstanding Artist Award from the Rislov Foundation.
Jiayin has appeared at renowned international festivals including the Internationale Konzertarbeitswochen in Goslar, Germany; Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine; Banff and Toronto Festivals in Canada; and Pianofest in East Hampton, New York. She has performed in master-classes and worked with world-class pianists such as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Arie Vardi, Marc Durand, Anton Kuerti, André Laplante, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Yong Hi Moon, and Paul Schenly.
Jiayin began her professional music studies at age four, and made her public debut at age six. Her talent caught the attention of Professor Guangren Zhou, Chairman of the piano department at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and in 1986, seven-year-old Jiayin made history as the youngest student ever admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music.
In 1997, Jiayin came to the United States to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. The following year, she was admitted to the Cleveland Institute of Music, under Professor Paul Schenly. She now holds Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Michigan, where she completed her studies in the studio of Professor Arthur Greene. In May 2011, Jiayin completed her Doctoral Degree in Musical Arts at the Peabody Conservatory in the studio of Yong Hi Moon.
MS. B.S. in Music Education from University of Arkansas. Studies with Mr. Robinson and Mr. Gene Miller. Taught music at the Community Museum of Brooklyn and piano at Education Unlimited. Maintains private studio as instructor of piano, theory and vocal coach. Founding Director of the New York Jazz Philharmonic. Piano instructor at Harlem School of Arts (2005-present). Active as a teacher, composer, arranger, recording artist and performer.
Adam Tendler has been called "an exuberantly expressive pianist" who "vividly displayed his enthusiasm for every phrase" by The Los Angeles Times, a “maverick pianist” by The New Yorker, a "modern-music evangelist" by Time Out New York, and an artist who "has managed to get behind and underneath the notes, living inside the music and making poetic sense of it all," by The Baltimore Sun, who continued, "if they gave medals for musical bravery, dexterity and perseverance, Adam Tendler would earn them all."
Tendler first made national headlines with America 88x50, the fifty-state recital tour he organized from the front seat of his Hyundai and the subject of his new book, 88x50, a 2013 Lambda Literary Award Nominee and 2014 Kirkus Indie Book of the Month. Nominated for the 2012 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award and a finalist for the 2013 American Prize, Tendler has performed in some of the country’s most distinguished halls, universities, and concert series, directing modern music initiatives across the country and serving as an announcer and new music liaison for NPR and Pacifica stations nationwide. His memorized performances of John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes have included a sold-out solo appearance at The Rubin Museum in New York City and a featured solo recital in the "Cage100" festival at Symphony Space, listed by New York Magazine as one of the Top 10 Classical Music Events of 2012.
Tendler has spoken and performed at NYU, Bard College, Kenyon College, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Portland State University, University of Nebraska, University of Alaska and Rice University, among others. An outspoken GLBTQ advocate, he was an election-season keynote speaker for the Human Rights Campaign in Boston, and has regularly performed for clients at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center in New York City.
Recognized as an authority in modern American music, Tendler is developing an album of music by Robert Palmer for Albany records, and just recorded the premiere release of Edward T. Cone’s 21 Little Preludes on the Ebb & Flow Arts label.
Eli Wallace is a pianist, improviser, composer, and curator who resides in Brooklyn, NY. Since moving from Oakland, CA in 2015 he has established himself in the New York improvised and creative music scene, constantly seeking out improvisers with a similar predilection such as Daniel Carter, Billy Mintz, Ches Smith, Trevor Dunn, Chris Pitsiokos, Andrew Smiley, Sandy Ewen, Carlo Costa, Sean Ali, Angela Morris, Brandon Lopez, Erika Dicker, and many others. He recently released his first solo album, Barriers that Daev Tremblay (Can this even be called Music?) says “...is a fascinating and upsettingly great album!" His project Slideshow Junky utilizes numerous one-page pieces as a tool for improvisation and collaboration. He is also a member of the collective trio Cataclysmic Commentary, whose debut album Audience Participation was included in multiple “Best Albums of 2018” lists. And, he is one half of Rob Pumpelly’s duo Dialectical Imagination, whose third album was released by Leo Records. His work as a pianist displays his vast milieu of experiences from classical, jazz, and free improvisation studies, while incorporating contemporary piano performance practice to create a sound that is uniquely his own. As a composer, he’s written pieces for solo piano, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, vocal jazz ensembles, jazz big band, chamber orchestra, full studio orchestra, and received commissions from Contra Costa College JazzaNova, Lawrence University, and dancer Randee Paufve. His musical education was granted by Lawrence University, Appleton WI, and New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, where he completed a Bachelor’s of Music, and a Master’s of Music, respectively.
A laureate of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition, Larry Weng has been described in The New York Times as playing with “steely power and incisive rhythm.” Of his 2014 New York debut at Weill Hall, the New York Concert Review described him as “an extremely sensitive musician and mature interpreter,” and “mature beyond his years.” Of his Alborado del Gracioso, Harry Rolnick of ConcertoNet exclaimed, “Radiant and transparent, picturesque and picaresque, wild but with the artistic perfection of wildness.” Mr. Weng is also a laureate of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for Young Musicians, The New York International Piano Competition, the Kosciuzsko Foundation Chopin Competition, and the Wideman International Piano Competition.
For more information about the artist and his programs please visit: www.larrywengpiano.com
Alexander A. Wu joined the elite roster of Yamaha Performing Artists in 2010. Recently praised by the Washington Post, “Wu is uncommonly attractive and entertaining,” Alexander is an active soloist and collaborative chamber player by also engaging audiences with his inspired ‘concert with commentary’ programs. He performs on the international stages that include appearances at the Kennedy Center, Museums at the Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 92Y, Merkin Hall, Wave Hill, Bargemusic, Bard College, Mannes College, City University of New York, The New School, Hofstra University and Trinity Church Wall Street.
His discography, available on Amazon, Cdbaby and iTunes, include two solos, Bach to the Future: Classical & Jazz Piano and Rhythm Road across the Americas, a piano four-hand - Four Hand Band, a crossover band - ZigZag Quartet and, the much anticipated George Gershwin piano solo cd to be released in spring 2019.
He is the artistic director and co-founder of the Millennium Chamber Symphony in New York City.
For more information about the artist and his programs please visit www.chamber-music.org/member/alexanderawu
Natasha Zaitseff graduated from The Moscow Conservatory with a master’s degree in music performance and pedagogy, with a concentration in piano. While at the Conservatory, she was awarded a Diploma of Excellence, placed first in the Scriabin Competition, and won first prize for the interpretation of Bartok’s music. Ms. Zaitseff has appeared in recitals, chamber music programs, and festivals throughout the former Soviet Union as well as internationally, including at the Quebec International Festival. Before coming to Third Street music School Ms. Zaitseff was Dwight School Head of Music and Music Director also teaching International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Ms. Zaitseff was a member of the piano faculty of the School for Strings, and Thurnauer School of Music. She continues to teach piano at Lycee Francais de New York and Lucy Moses School of Music.