Director and Coordinator
Edward Auer, Director
Jacobs School of Music
Junghwa Moon Auer
Coordinator and Faculty
Visiting Artists: Piano
Visiting Artists: Strings
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.
After graduating from Yeonsei University in Korea, Ms. Moon came to the United States in 1993 to study at the New England Conservatory, where she obtained her MM degree. She attended the Aspen Music Festival four summers, as well as summer programs in Chautauqua, Luzern, and Prague. At the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati she pursued her DMA, meanwhile winning CCM’s concerto competition, a live radio broadcast on WGUC in Cincinnati, and in Italy won a prize in the Ibla International Competition. 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 institutions, including Seoul National University. During this time she performed Beethoven’s Emperor concerto with the Janácek Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the 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.
Having attended the Prague Keyboard Institute as a student a few years before, she returned there in 2011 & 2012 as a faculty member. A couple of years later she helped New York’s Young Concert Artists to hold regional Asian auditions in Seoul, and served on their preliminary Jury.
When Ms. Moon came to live in Bloomington in 2006, the Edward Auer Chopin Class had existed for some time as a small annual event. She saw its potential, and, as Coordinator, built it year by year, step by step, into what we have today. Her first innovation was expanding the Workshop’s purview from Chopin to all repertoire. Vigorous recruitment soon brought more and more students from other countries. Outreach concerts as nearby as Meadowood and as far as New York City’s Steinway Hall successfully raised the profile of the Workshop. A solo competition was introduced, with great success. In 2014 the workshop took a gamble on one of Junghwa’s dreams for the Workshop: a concerto competition, with chances for two participants to play a whole concerto with orchestra. In 2015 for the first time at JSoM the entire Workshop streamed and saved in archives, enabling remote participation and incrementally increasing the Workshop’s geographical reach.
Junghwa Moon and her husband Edward Auer have been performing as a duo for the last eight years in many cities in the US, Canada, Hong Kong and Korea.
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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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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.
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.
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.
In 2002, she began her superior studies under Professor Stephen Picard at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule fuer Musik in Berlin, Germany for two years. She later finished her undergraduate studies and earned a diploma and Konzert-Examen in solo performance with Professor Ida Bieler at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Duesseldorf. In Germany, Huh began her European career and was the winner of many prizes both as a soloist and as a part of a chamber music group. She debuted with the Bochum symphony orchestra and later gave more concerts with several German orchestras. She was also featured as a chamber musician in a performance with the Heine string quartet in Ochsenhausen in Germany.
In 2009, Huh was awarded the prestigious "Barbara and Jacobs" scholarship to pursue her Performer Diploma at Indiana University Jacobs School of music under the tutelage of the Queen Elizabeth competition gold medalist, professor Ik-Hwan Bae. After finishing her Performer Diploma, Huh continued her studies at the Jacobs School of Music and obtained a Masters of Music degree under internationally renowned violinist and pedagogue professor Mark Kaplan. Huh is in her 2nd year of DM with professor Mark Kaplan at IU. She held a concertmaster position during her MM degree and she is actively performing as a chamber musician as well as a soloist during her studies at IU.
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.
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 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.
Pianist Jung-Won Suh was born in South Korea in 1971. She is in the limelight both at home and abroad for her warm emotion, delicate musical sense, elaborate and colorful tones and clear organization. She is one of the renowned Korean pianists whose performance has reputation of being a “genuine pianism that completely reflects her inner-self.”
At her early age, she won many prizes at Smik Piano Competition, Joongang Music Concorus, KBS New Artist Music Competition. Music Association of Korean Competition. Yewon School Chamber Music Concours, Ewha Women’s University Concerto Audition and nation’s renowned concours. Her excellent ability was recognized by being invited to perform by Korea, China, Japan Young Musician festivals, Josun Daily’s News Art Concert, Seoul Arts Center in many occasions.
She also gained public favor by performing her unique passion and rich emotion in many performances with both domestic and foreign orchestras while attending university in Korea. She has performed with Moscow Chamber Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Korea Symphony Orchestra, and various city Philharmonic Orchestras in Korea.
She attended Yewon Music School and Seoul Art High School, and Graduated from Ewha Women’s University in Korea as a top student of the Department of music performance. She continued her study at the New England Conservatory in U.S.A., received her Master’s Degree, and graduated diploma as the Best Performing Artist in the School. Then, she attended Indiana University and received the Artist Diploma.
She won many competitions such as the Honors Competition at NEC and I.U Concerto Competition. She also actively performed in various stages such as invited recital at Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum Concert Series, N.E.C. Brahms & Schubert Festival, Schubert, Schenberg & Schubert Festival, Indiana University Chopin Festival, and Indiana Chamber Cooperative Performances (with orchestras, Camber Concert). She expanded her stage to Europe and received enthusiastic praise from media and audience and the opportunity of various occasions to perform with Prague Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta, North Philharmonic Orchestra, and Hradec Kralove Philharmonics in Europe.
After she returned home in 2001, she resumed her career in Korea by receiving the most prestigious prize for new musician by Music Journal as the most promising next-generation pianist. She has introduced unique mature musical world through establishing Academia I Filarmonici di Verona, Hoam Arhall cooperative performances with Krakow Philharmonic in Korea and Japan, and Euroasian Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has recently commenced recording several albums introducing Mozart piano concerto (No.9 & No.20), the 100th anniversary album of Griegs's death, Grieg Piano Concerto with Slovak Sinfonietta, and Tchaikovsky piano concerto No.1 with Prague Radio Broadcasting Orchestra. She performed Prokofiev piano concerto with Spain Cordoba Symphony Orchestra in the Europe Tour concert in Spain, Czech and Austria including a cooperative performance at Musikverein Golden Hall of Vienna in November 2008.
She enhanced her international status as an educator as well as a jury for the 7th International Piano Competition in Madrid in 2006 and for S.Scriabin International Piano Competition held in Grosseto, Italy in 2007.
She is currently working for Euro music festival in Leipzig, Head Professor of Pusan Music Festival Academy of Music and Lecturer of Korean National University of Arts, and Art Academy at Seoul Arts Center, Korea.
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 1981 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. Ms. Kapustin has received prizes and honors in numerous competitions, including 1st prize of the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen, resulting in a radio broadcast and solo appearances throughout Germany. She has appeared in such prestigious concert venues as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie 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, Ms. Kapustin 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. Ms. Kapustin 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 (distributed by Et'cetera/Codaex) received international acclaim. Ms. Kapustin was the 1st violinist of the renowned Rubens Quartet from 2008 until the group's final season in 2016.
Ms. Kapustin 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 William Preucil. After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship, Ms. Kapustin 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 Ms. Kapustin resides in The Hague, the Netherlands, where she is active as a chamber musician and soloist, and as concertmaster of Sinfonia Rotterdam. 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, and joined the chamber music faculty at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in 2014. She has given masterclasses in the US, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Brazil, Columbia and Hong Kong.
Ms. Kapustin plays on the ”Nico Richter and Hetta Rester” G.B. Rogeri, Brescia, ca. 1690, on loan to her from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumentenfonds in Amsterdam.
Dutch cellist Godfried Hoogeveen, Principal Cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (1990-2011) graduated Cum Laude in Amsterdam with Tibor de Machula. He continued his studies with the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky at U.S.C. in Los Angeles. During his four years study in Los Angeles he was teaching at U.C.L.A. and played chamber music with his teacher and Jascha Heifetz. With a repertoire of over 40 cello concertos Hoogeveen’s solo career has taken him all over Europe, Asia and the America’s. He has featured as a soloist with Wolfgang Sawallisch, Ferdinand Leitner, Riccardo Chailly, Hans Vonk, Edo de Waart, Jaap Van Zweden and Stanislaw Skrowaczevski. As an avid chamber musician he has been a permanent guest at the festivals of Seattle, Sitka, Hawaii, Colorado, New York and Saas Fee and performed amongst others with Mstislav Rostropovich and Emanuel Ax. Hoogeveen played the first Dutch performances of concertos by Friedrich Gulda and Henri Dutilleux and various composers have dedicated compositions to him. Recordings of him are available on CBS, Ottava and Globe. Hoogeveen and conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier appear on a live performance of Dutilleux’s “Tout un monde lointain” with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on the recently released Anthology of the RCO 2000-2010.
Pianist Min Jung Lee graduated from Seoul National University, did her Masters at Indiana University, and was awarded a Doctorate by Yale University. She gave her debut recital after winning 1st prize in the ChunChoo National Piano Competition.
During her years in the United States she won Second prize at the Young Artists Competition sponsored by POC, the Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize and the Charles S. Miller Prize. She performed frequently across the country: in Connecticut, New York, Chicago, Indiana, Virginia, and San Francisco.
After returning to Korea she continued her appearances as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous concert halls, and performances were broadcast live on KBS-FM. Lee maintains an active international performing career in her native Korea as well as China, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and Poland. She has recorded for “Korean Musicians in the 21st Century” CD series by KBS, and performed with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Symphony, Korean Symphony, Yale Symphony, and the Madri Chamber Orchestra in Seoul.
Currently she is a member of the Soma Trio formed with fellow Yale alumni in Korea. Her Trio has won national acclaim and was awarded the “YeEum” Prize and released a recording by Sony/BMG titled “Reminiscence.”
Since 2004, she has been a professor at Konkuk University and a member of the Korea Festival Ensemble.
Composer and pianist Jonathan Howard Katz is gaining increasing recognition for the unique immediacy and expressive depth of his music, which speaks to audiences and performers alike. Harnessing this intuitive grasp of communication, combined with a rigorous technical command, he is building a diverse, yet highly individual, body of work that continues to grow.
The 2015-2016 season will see the premiere performances of Europa, a solo piano work commissioned by Winston Choi with a grant from New Music USA, in Chicago, New York, Orléans (France), and Tallahassee, plus several new works with Periapsis Music and Dance. Other commissions have come from the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, Concert Artists Guild (for Daria Rabotkina), Yoo and Dancers, and violinist Elissa Cassini. His music has been performed by the Da Capo Chamber Players, Cygnus Ensemble, Ensemble Pi, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, pianist Daria Rabotkina, violinists Ari Streisfeld and Caroline Chin, flutist Linda Wetherill, tenors Chris Lysack and Nils Neubert, soprano Mary Mackenzie, and others. In February 2014, Dr. Katz conducted the premiere of his chamber ballet Laid upon the children on the Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space, and in January 2015 he presented his work Trace at the Festival of New Music at Florida State University.
One of Dr. Katz’s major artistic interests has been developing collaborations with choreographers and dancers in which the music is equal to the movement in importance and intricacy, and to date he has composed eleven works for dance in collaboration with eight choreographers. Current projects include works with choreographers Seán Curran, Manuel Vignoulle, and Katarzyna Skarpetowska, plus an evening-length work to be created jointly with Erin Dillon and Hannah Weber. He is the artistic director and co-founder of Periapsis Music and Dance, curates the Periapsis Open Series in New York City, and has taught music workshops for dancers and choreographers at the Peridance Capezio Center and a master class for dancers at NYU.
Dr. Katz holds degrees in piano performance from Indiana University, New England Conservatory, and Northwestern University. It was during his time in the Doctor of Music program at Northwestern that he began to compose seriously for the first time since his teenage years, and recognition came almost immediately. He advanced in multiple international competitions, winning the Robert Helps Prize in 2010 for his song cycle Talking of Michelangelo. In 2011, he became one of the last people to receive the coveted Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, which funded his composition studies in New York for four years and was worth over $150,000.
As a pianist, Dr. Katz was presented by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in their “Evenings with Schoenberg” series in 2006 and gave the Bloomington (IN) premiere of the original version of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in 2001. Winner of the 2007 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions and semifinalist in the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, he has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, in Boston’s Jordan Hall, at PianoForte Chicago, on the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania series, and on the Music at St. Luke’s series in East Hampton.
As a scholar, Dr. Katz’s work with new piano music promises to be a major contribution to contemporary research. His doctoral dissertation, The Piano Repertoire Project: An Annotated Reference to Solo Piano Music by Composers Born since 1970, documents 314 works by 172 composers and sheds scholarly light on an important and rapidly evolving body of work.
Dr. Katz studied composition primarily with Jason Eckardt and Tania León at the CUNY Graduate Center. His principal piano teachers were Ursula Oppens, Gabriel Chodos, and Edward Auer. For more information, please visit www.jonathanhowardkatz.com or periapsismusicanddance.org.
CJ has been named the first place winner of the 2010 and 2012 North Carolina MTNA Young Artists Competition as well as the 2013 winner of the East Carolina University concerto competition.
Mr. Collins currently serves as principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra at Indiana University. He has also played in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and been the principal cellist of the University Orchestra at Indiana University as well as the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra.
CJ has attended the Beethoven Institute at Mannes College in New York City, Burgos Chamber Music Festival in Spain, Summit Music Festival, Madeline Island Music Camp, Eastern Music Festival, and Holterfest in Italy. As an avid chamber musician, CJ has performed several times as a student with Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival’s Next Generation concert series. This past February he was invited back to perform with the festival as an Alumni Artist. He has performed in many masterclasses including; Zuill Bailey, Colin Carr, Timothy Eddy, Amit Peled, and Zvi Plesser.
Cameron received both his Bachelors of Music and Certificate of Advanced Performance Studies from East Carolina University under the tutelage of Emanuel Gruber. This past May, he completed his Master’s degree in music performance at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University studying with Eric Kim.
CJ plays on a German cello graciously loaned to him by the Virtu Foundation.
Born in China, Xiyi Wang received her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Finance at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). She was Director of BFSU's Classical Music Society, and participated actively in arts education by organizing lectures and student concerts on campus. After graduation, she decided to pursue an Arts Administration degree in the US to fulfill her dream and passion in working as an arts manager. She is currently a second year MA in Arts Administration student in IU, and is graduating in this May. After moving to Bloomington, Indiana, she worked with many local arts organizations, including Stages Bloomington, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington, and Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. She joined Edward Auer Piano Workshop in April, and is so pleased to work in this wonderful team.
Dr. Nohee Kwak is currently an adjunct professor of piano at School of Music, Konkuk University Seoul Korea. She has been invited to teach students in many of the prestigious music institutions such as Seoul National University, Ehwa Womens University, Sunwha Art Middle and High Schools, Seoul Music and Art High School, and Kyunghee University in South Korea. She also has been a festival scholar at major music institutions in South Korea and other countries.
She obtained bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University and finished her master studies in piano performance under James Tocco at Indiana University, Bloomington. While in Doctorate program in piano performance at Wisconsin University School of Music, she won Beethoven competition and Dorothy Anderson International Competition.
As a nationally and internationally recognized pianist, she performed in numerous concert halls in Korea, including Sejong Art Center, Gumho Art Hall, Seoul Art Center, Buam Art hall, Kwangju Art Center, Iwon Culture Center, and Chopin Hall. Dr. Kwak has had numerous recitals in various countries including Czech Republic, Hungary, and USA. As a soloist pianist with orchestra, she performed with University of Wisconsin Orchestra, Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Janacek Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, and Seoul Chamber Orchestra, among others. As a member of Buam Piano Society, she had been invited to perform in concerts in Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, and Rumania.
She actively performs as a member of Piano & Us Ensemble. She is also proud of herself being an inspiring teacher for her young pianists.