Edward Auer Summer Piano Workshop

2016 Faculty

Director and Coordinator

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Edward Auer, Director
Jacobs School of Music
Jungwha Moon Auer
Coordinator and Faculty

Special Guests

Arthur Fagen
Guest Conductor
Jerome Lowenthal
Guest Artist

Workshop Professors

Peter Bithell
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Su Bin 
 Edward Francis
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Minjung Lee
jeong-won wuh
Jung-Won Suh

Visiting Artists: Piano

Winston Choi
dong min lim
Dong-Min Lim

Visiting Artists: Strings

Marcus Thompson
Philip Levy
Grigory Kalinovsky

Visiting String Quartet

Zora String Quartet

Workshop Assistant

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Joy Xu

A native of Korea, Junghwa Moon Auer began her piano study at the age of six. She attended the prestigious Yewon Middle School and Seoul Music and Art High School where she was recognized as one of their most gifted students. She studied with Hyung Bae Kim and Min Suk Kim, then went on to do her undergraduate work at Yeonsei University with Kyung Sook Lee.

Ms. Moon came to the United States in 1993 to study under Gabriel Chodos at the New England Conservatory, where she obtained her MM degree. She attended the Aspen Music Festival four years, as well as summer programs in Chautauqua, Luzern, and Prague, where she performed and received several prizes in the festival competitions. At the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati she pursued her DMA with Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff, and won CCM’s concerto competition, performing the Schumann Concerto with the CCM Philharmonia under Mark Gibson. While there she won the WGUC Radio audition, which led to a live radio broadcast, and was a prizewinner in the Ibla International Competition in Italy. During this time she was also invited back to Korea to play in the Kumho Recital Series.

In 2001 Ms. Moon returned home, where she performed frequently in Seoul, Busan and Gwangju and taught in several universities, including Seoul National. During this time she performed Beethoven’s Emperor concerto with the Janácek Orchestra in the Czech Republic, Chopin E minor with the Zilina Orchestra in Slovakia and Mozart K. 467 with the Cairo Symphony, the first Korean pianist ever to play in Egypt.

Last year she played the Mozart double concerto with her husband, Edward Auer, in Busan and Hong Kong as well as at Indiana University.

Junghwa Moon has been living in Bloomington, Indiana since 2006, where she and her husband host a house concert series, “Music in the Woods,” in their home.
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Jerome Lowenthal, born in 1932, continues to fascinate audiences, who find in his playing a youthful intensity and an eloquence born of life-experience. He is a virtuoso of the fingers and the emotions.

Mr. Lowenthal studied in his native Philadelphia with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski, in New York with William Kapell and Edward Steuermann, and in Paris with Alfred Cortot, while traveling annually to Los Angeles for coachings with Artur Rubinstein. After winning prizes in three international competitions (Bolzano, Darmstadt, and Brussels), he moved to Jerusalem where he played, taught and lectured for three years.

Returning to America, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic playing Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1963.  Since then, he has performed everywhere, from the Aleutians to Zagreb. Conductors with whom he has appeared as soloist include Barenboim, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas, Temirkanov, and Slatkin, as well as giants of the past such as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux and Leopold Stokowski. He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir (his late wife), Carmel Lowenthal (his daughter), and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets with the Lark, Avalon and Shanghai Quartets.  He has recently recorded the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with cadenzas by eleven different composers.  His other recordings include concerti by Tchaikovsky and Liszt, solo works by Sinding and Bartók, and chamber music by Arensky and Taneyev.

Teaching is also an important part of Mr. Lowenthal's musical life. For twenty years at the Juilliard School and for forty-one summers at the Music Academy of the West, he has worked with an extraordinary number of gifted pianists, whom he encourages to understand the music they play in a wide aesthetic and cultural perspective and to project it with the freedom which that perspective allows.
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Peter Bithell studied with Gordon Green at the Royal Academy of Music and subsequently with Guido Agosti in Italy and with Maria Curcio in London.

He won many prizes and awards at International Piano Competitions, notably Busoni (Bolzano), Reina Sofia (Madrid), Paloma O’Shea (Santander), Dudley, Marguerite Long (Paris) and the Rachmaninoff Prize in Italy.

Bithell has played extensively in Europe and South America. He gives regular master classes, notably in Spain, and has served on the juries of several International Piano Competitions. He has been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 1987.

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Winston Choi, pianist

Winner of the 2002 Orléans Concours International and Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition, Canadian pianist Winston Choi is an inquisitive performer whose fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists.

Choi maintains an active international performing schedule. In demand as a concerto soloist, orchestras he has appeared with include the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, l’Orchestre Symphony d’Orléans, l'Orchestre National de Lille, l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. 

Known for his colorful approach to programming and insightful commentary from the stage, Choi has recently appeared in recital at the National Arts Centre of Canada, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, New York’s Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Kravis Center in Florida, and the “Cicle Grans Solistes” in Spain. Choi performs extensively in France, having played venues such as the Salle Cortot, Lille’s Festival Rencontre Robert Casadesus, the Messiaen Festival, and the Strasbourg Festival.

Frequently in demand throughout his native Canada, he has been awarded numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. His numerous  performances can often be heard on CBC radio broadcasts. Recently, he toured Eastern Ontario and Quebec under the auspices of Jeunesses Musicales and embarked on a 10-city Prairie Debut tour of the Canadian Prairie provinces. Choi is currently touring with Bach's epic Art of Fugue. An accomplished chamber musician, he tours regularly with his wife, MingHuan Xu as Duo Diorama, as well as with the ensemble Pivot Chamber Soloists and the Civitas Ensemble. 

As a dedicated champion of contemporary music, Choi has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by young composers as well as established masters. A composer himself, being involved with the creative process is an integral part of his artistry. He was the first pianist to perform Pierre Boulez’s last version of Incises in North America and made the South American premiere of Luciano Berio‘s Sonata for pianoforte solo. He also regularly appears in concert at IRCAM, the world’s most renowned institution for contemporary music. Composers he has collaborated with include William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, Brian Ferneyhough, Bright Sheng, Christian Wolff, Chen Yi and John Zorn. He is also a core member of the new music ensemble Brave New Works and the Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente. His upcoming performances include piano concerti by Jeffrey Mumford, John Melby and Jacques Lenot.

Already a prolific recording artist, Choi’s debut CD, the complete piano works of Elliott Carter  (l’Empreinte Digitale in France) was given 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine. He has also recorded 2 CDs of the piano music of Jacques Lenot for the Intrada label, having won the Grand Prix du Disque from l’Académie Charles Cros for Volume I. Other labels he can be heard on include Albany, Arktos, Crystal Records, Naxos and QuadroFrame. 

Choi began his studies in Toronto with James Tweedie and Vivienne Bailey. He obtained both his Bachelor and Master Degrees at Indiana University, receiving the Performer’s Certificate studying with Menahem Pressler. Further studies were with Ursula Oppens at Northwestern University, where he completed his Doctorate of Music. An accomplished teacher, he is also in demand as a master class clinician. Previously on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and the Oberlin Conservatory, he is Associate Professor and Head of Piano at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

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Su Bin, born in Shanghai in 1963. He received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Hanxin He, Luxi Tan, and Mingqiang Li.

He started his teaching position at Shanghai Conservatory right after his graduation in 1988.Meanwhile, he studied piano with Shuxing Zheng and conducting with Xiaotong Huang. He has cooperated with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Beijing Symphony Orchestra, etc.

From 1993, with France national scholarship, Su furthered his study in piano pedagogy at Conservatoire de Paris and piano performance at L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with André Gorog Paris. During this period, he held solo recitals in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. He taught at Marly-le-Roi Conservatory from 1996 to 1998.

Su joined the faculty of Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1998. He also travels to teach and perform in many cities in China, as well as in France and U.S. His students has won numerous national and international awards.

Phillip Levy

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as the top classical performer of 1995, Phillip Levy has received worldwide critical acclaim at festivals that include Spoleto, Bayreuth, Edinburgh, Israel, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Ojai, Seattle and Aspen.

"Powerful playing, the warmth of his sound and consistently clear interpretive ideas..Clear articulation, appealing tasteful and confident sense of style, taking no aspect of music at face value" (London Telegraph, Wigmore Hall Debut Recital)

Mr.Levy is the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes including the International Chamber Music Competition, Florence, Italy; The Royal Overseas League, England, The Myra Hess Trust, Welsh Arts Council, American Israel Cultural Foundation and Rubin Academy Violin Competition, Israel.

His collaborations have included Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Iona Brown, Sir Neville Marriner, Dawn Upshaw, John O'Connor , Ralf Gothoni and Lynn Harrell. He has also premiered and recorded new works by composers William Bolcom, Henri Lazarof, Donald Crockett and John Harbison.

Born In Cardiff, Wales, he received his musical training in Israel and Europe. Upon returning to England he joined the English Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, with whom he also appeared as soloist. He led the London based Locrian and Amphion String Quartets and was subsequently invited to give a performance of Bartok's Violin Duos on a BBC television broadcast with Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

For eight years he held a Senior Lectureship in violin and chamber music at Stanford University and was first violinist of the Stanford String Quartet with whom he performed and recorded extensively. Concertmaster of The Monterey Symphony Orchestra for six seasons he frequently appeared with them as soloist and conductor. He has also been the principal violinist of the Apple Hill Chamber Players and currently leads the Capitol Ensemble, Artists in residence for the Los Angeles County Museum for the “Sunday's Live” radio broadcasts on KMZT. His numerous solo performances have been broadcast on Israel Television and Radio, National Public Radio and the BBC.

As a dedicated teacher, Mr. Levy is in demand at festivals and workshops worldwide.

Marcus Thompson, violist, has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and in chamber music series throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Far East. He has been a soloist with the orchestras of Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Saint Louis; The National Symphony, the Boston Pops and the Czech National Symphony in Prague. He performed the West Coast Premiere of the Harbison Viola Concerto with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; the Chicago Premiere with the Chicago Sinfonietta, and recently gave the Boston Premiere with the New England Conservatory Honors Orchestra. In recent seasons he has received critical acclaim for performances of the Penderecki Viola Concerto with the MIT Symphony Orchestra in Boston, and London, U.K. He has been a guest of the Audubon, Borromeo, Cleveland, Emerson, Orion, Shanghai, and Vermeer String Quartets; and a frequent participant at chamber music festivals in Anchorage, Seattle, Sitka, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Dubrovnik and Okinawa.

Born and raised in The Bronx, NYC, Mr. Thompson earned the doctorate degree at The Juilliard School. He currently lives in Boston where he is a member of the viola faculty at New England Conservatory of Music and violist and Artistic Director of the Boston Chamber Music Society.

Dong-Min Lim

Born in Seoul in 1980, Dong-Min Lim started playing the piano at the age of nine, which is relatively late compared to other piano prodigies. He surprised people by winning in numerous prominent competitions in the county and abroad including Samick-Seiler Piano Concours 2 years after he began studying the piano with outstanding talent and passion for the piano.

Dong-Min Lim got accepted into Sunhwa Arts School, for which he received a full scholarship, and then moved to Russia in 1994 while attending at the Preparatory school of Korean National University of Arts. He studied with the renowned professor, Lev Naumov, who fostered Gavrilov and Bunin at the world’s most prestigious music school, the Mosow Conservatory (so-called the Tchaikovsky Conservatory). In 1996, Dong-Min Lim who made his debut on the international stage only at the age of sixteen won the first prize in the second International Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists, in 1998, he made it into the final round of the eleventh the International chaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Dong-Min Lim received the third prize in the Viotti International Music Competition Italy in 2000 and the third prize in the International Piano Competition Ferrucio Busoni Italy in 2001. He achieved fame as the third winner among Korean pianists following Myung-Whun Chung and Hae-Sun Baik when he was placed as the fifth in the twelfth International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2002. Moreover, he attracted attention of the music world internationally with the second prize in the fifty-sixth Prague Spring International Piano Competition in 2004 and has established his fame as an international musician by taking the third position in International Chopin Piano Competition Poland in 2005.

Edward Francis

Edward Francis leads a versatile career in music as a pianist, educator, administrator, and arts advocate.  He holds degrees in piano performance from California State University, Northridge, and also attended the Aspen Music School & Festival.   His major teachers were Peter Yazbeck, Francoise Regnat, Jakob Gimpel and Edward Auer.  He has performed solo recitals and has been a featured guest artist with many symphony orchestras.  In addition to his solo work he has performed extensively with two established chamber groups: the Westlake Chamber Ensemble, and the DeCesare/Francis Piano Duo.  Performances of both groups have been broadcast on radio and television.  A live duo concert has been released on CD.    He currently holds faculty positions at CSUN, where he teaches piano performance and is the coordinator of Piano Pedagogy.  He also serves on the performance faculty at Pepperdine University, and Moorpark College, where he is Artist-in-Residence.  He is also a faculty member of the John Perry Summer Piano Academy. 

He is the current President of the Music Teachers’ Assn. of California-Conejo Valley Branch, and has served multiple terms in this capacity.  He was the state vice president of the California Assn. of Professional Music Teachers, (CAPMT) the state affiliate to the Music Teachers National Assn.   He served on the Education Committee for the regional New West Symphony and was recognized as one of the 20 most influential people in the 20 year history of that organization.  Currently, he serves on the Artistic Committee for the Ventura Music Festival.  

A busy clinician and master class teacher, he frequently lectures on a variety of pedagogical subjects, has written and presented several monographs at various state conferences, and has had articles published in the professional journal, “The California Music Teacher.”  Master classes and lectures in Pasadena, Atlanta, Chicago, Fort Worth and various colleges around the Southland were part of his schedule this past season.  In 2015 he was recognized by CAPMT and given its Lifetime Achievement Award.  He was a guest lecturer at the MTNA Conference in 2014 and was invited to present again in 2016 in San Antonio.  Shortly thereafter he will be a guest at the MTAC State Conference in Los Angeles.  He was the 2015 featured clinician for the Oklahoma Music Teachers Assn. conference and his student and Cliburn medalist Sean Chen was the guest artist.        

He has developed and maintains an award-winning private piano studio in Thousand Oaks.  His students have performed and won honors in many local, state, national and international competitions, including the Cliburn and the International Liszt in Holland.  They have earned under-graduate and graduate degrees from the most prestigious music schools throughout the world, and now many former students are music professors at various universities around the country.

The Thousand Oaks Arts Commission presented him with its “Encore Award for Excellence in the Arts,” given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the cultural community of the city.  He was presented the 2006 Presidential Scholar in the Arts Teacher Recognition Award by then Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington DC.  He founded and remains chairman of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, a non-profit educational organization, which produces concerts featuring the professional orchestra with exceptional young artists as soloists.   Under the auspices of the TO Phil, he started HAMMERED! The High School Honors Piano Performance Seminar, a monthly series of lectures and master classes.

Jung-Won Suh

“True pianism; her inner emotional world totally involved in the performance”

"Pianist Jung-Won Suh, with her endless passion as a performer, is being recognized more and more by critics for her musical and emotional sensitivity, wealth of tone colors and charisma." 

Jung-Won Suh did her Masters and Performer Diploma at NEC, and Artist Diploma at IU. Her extensive performing career has included performances as soloist with KBS and the orchestras of Taegu, Taejeon, Busan, Suwon, and the Korean Symphony. She has also performed with Romania's George Enescu Philharmonic, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Prague Symphony and Budapest Symphony, and made concerto recordings with the Prague Radio Symphony, Slovakian Symphony and St. Petersburg Orchestra. As an active and successful chamber musician, Ms. Suh has performed at the Busan Chamber Music Festival and the Euro Festival.

Jung-Won Suh is an instructor at Seoul National University as well as the Seoul Music and Art High School and Middle School.

Jing “Joy” Xu graduated from Indiana University with Dual Masters in Arts Administration and Public Administration in December 2013. Her professional inspiration is to foster multicultural appreciation by organizing arts events, promoting culture exchange, and education. She has passionately worked with Edward Auer Piano Workshop as an assistant since Summer 2014. She is always ready to assist with anyone in English, Chinese, or Japanese.

The Zorá String Quartet (violinists Dechopol Kowintaweewat and Seula Lee, violist Pablo Muñoz Salido, and cellist Zizai Ning) won First Prize in the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. They also won the Sander Buchman Award, which sponsors their New York debut, and four concert prizes: the Friends of Music Concerts Prize (Connecticut), the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize (AZ), the Paramount Theatre Prize (VT), and the Vancouver Recital Society Prize. The Quartet won the Grand Prize and Gold Medal of the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and won the 2015 Coleman National Chamber Music Competition. As a result of winning the Fischoff Competition, they toured the Midwest and will appear at the 2016 Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. The Zorá Quartet has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, at venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Duke’s Hall at Royal Academy of Music in England. In the summer of 2015, the Zorá Quartet participated in Chamber Music Residencies at the Banff Centre in Canada and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut. The Zorá Quartet also participated at the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies of the Aspen Music Festival in 2014, working intensively with Earl Carlyss, the Takács Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, and the American String Quartet. The ensemble collaborated with Pulitzer-Prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw and the NOTUS Contemporary Ensemble in Fall 2013. In Spring 2014, the Zorá Quartet was selected as Quartet-in-residence to perform and study manuscripts at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. The Quartet’s members are currently in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University’s prestigious Chamber Music Diploma program, where the Quartet is also the Graduate Quartet-in- Residence working with the Pacifica Quartet and Atar Arad. The name “Zorá” was chosen by Bulgarian professor Kevork Mardirossian; it means “sunrise” in Bulgarian.