LIPF 2017 FACULTY

Dr. Xun Pan, Artistic Director

Chinese-American pianist Xun Pan received his early musical training from his grandmother and pianists-parents, Pan Yiming and Ying Shizhen. He continued his studies at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Syracuse University in New York, and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Mr. Pan has won many international piano competitions and awards, beginning with first prize in the 1986 China National Piano Competition in Beijing, and the "Dr. Luis Sigall" International Piano Competition in Chile in 1987, the International Festival Piano Competition in Korea in 1990, the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York in 1992, and the Artists International Competition in New York in 1993. A student of Theodore Lettvin, Mr. Pan has performed solo recitals worldwide from Carnegie Weill Hall to the Beijing National Center for Performing Arts. He has performed in Moscow, Santiago, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, London, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Taipei, Budapest, Salzburg, Sicily, New York, Seoul, Pyongyang, Biel, Bern, Brussels, Vina Del Mar, Washington DC, Lisbon, Toronto, Boston, San Jose, San Francisco, and many other cities in the world. He “…excites his audience with extraordinary power and masterful technique.” (The Star-Ledger)

A noted chamber musician, Mr. Pan is the pianist of the Newstead Trio and Trio Clavino. Their work has been broadcast live on radio and television, and they have released several highly acclaimed recordings. Trio Clavino toured seven cities in China with Fulbright Grants managed by US Embassy in Beijing in 2014, and again in 2016. Mr. Pan has been served as a judge in many competitions include "Frinna Awerbuch" International Piano Competition in New York, United States Music Open Competition in Oakland, CA, United States International Music competition in Stanford, CA, and Maria Clara Cullell International Piano Competition in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Dr. Pan is the Director of Keyboard Studies of The Tell School of Music at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and is a visiting professor at many universities and conservatories in China, includes Central Conservatory of Music, China Conservatory of Music, Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China Northwest University for Nationalities, Fuzhou University, Yantai University, Shandong University, Qinghai Normal University, and Wenzhou University. He taught and served as the Chairman of the Piano Department at Pennsylvania Academy of Music between 1996 and 2009.

Dr. Pan is one of the founding members and the Artistic Director of the Lancaster International Piano Festival in Pennsylvania, USA.  

His next project is going to perform the entire 32 piano sonatas, 10 piano/violin sonatas, and 8 piano/cello works of Beethoven to celebrate his 250th anniversary of birth from fall of 2018.


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RHIANNON BANERDT

Violinist Rhiannon Banerdt made her solo debut at age 14 with the New England Symphonic Ensemble in Johannesburg, South Africa.  She has since given solo and chamber music performances at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, New York's Weill Hall at Carnegie, and Boston's Jordan Hall, among others.  An avid chamber musician, Ms. Banerdt performs regularly throughout New England with a variety of ensembles and is a founding member of the Ulysses String Quartet, winners of the First Prize at the 2018 Schoenfeld International Chamber Music Competition, Grand Prize at the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the 2017 American Prize Chamber Ensemble, and Silver Medal at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.

A recipient of the 2012 Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, Ms. Banerdt was invited to perform with the quartet in Jordan Hall.  Other collaborations have included performances with the Chiara Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Biss, and Frans Helmerson. Ms. Banerdt has participated in numerous eminent chamber music festivals including La Jolla Summerfest, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music, and the Castleman Quartet Program.  

Ms. Banerdt holds the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Cape Symphony and has served as Principal Second Violin Boston’s Discovery Ensemble. She was one of two Violin Fellowships for the 2013-2015 seasons with the flagship music education organization Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI, where she taught individual lessons and group classes for disadvantaged youth and performed regularly with the Fellowship Quartet and Community MusicWorks Players. Ms. Banerdt is currently a member of the violin faculty at the Bloomingdale School of Music on New York City’s Upper West Side and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at CUNY's Brooklyn College.

A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Banerdt attended the New England Conservatory, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Lucy Chapman and Paul Biss, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the CUNY Graduate Center studying with Mark Steinberg. She plays on a Guarneri model violin made by Marco Coppiardi in 2012.

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DR. ERIC FUNG

Dr. Eric Fung was the second-prize ex aequo winner at the Thirteenth International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. He was also awarded first prize at the Corpus Christi Young Artists International Competition (1996), second prize at St. Louis Symphony Concerto Competition (1997), and first prize at the Juilliard School Concerto Competition (2000). 

As a performer, Dr. Fung has collaborated with the Juilliard Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Middle Germany Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Hershey Symphony Orchestra, Lebanon Valley College Orchestra, the Central Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Orchestra. He has appeared in international music festivals, such as the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, European Piano Forum in Berlin (Germany), the Puigcerda Music Festival (Spain), the Philadelphia Bach Festival, the Kamerman Piano Series in Pensacola (Florida), the Lancaster International Piano Festival, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. His orchestra debut at Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Otto Werner Miller and his Carnegie Hall solo debut won rave reviews from the New York Times and New York Concert Review, respectively. Anthony Tommasini praised his pianism for being “mature, refined, and elegant.” Harris Goldsmith described him as “a pianist with a musical persona akin to Rudolph Serkin” and praised his performance for having “vibrant vitality… unflappable logic, flexibilities in nuances and requisite lyricism.” The Hong Kong Economic Review commended him for being “unique among the contemporary Chinese pianists, for the aesthetic of his music can be traced back to the study and passion for Bach’s works.”

Dr. Fung was awarded Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in London at age 15. He later received scholarships to continue his study at the Eastman School of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance, and also a Master of Arts in Music Theory Pedagogy. In 2005, he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano from the Juilliard School where he was a full-scholarship recipient.  

His major piano teachers include Eva Lue, Natalya Antonova, Martin Canin, and Oxana Yablonskaya. He was coached by such prominent piano pedagogues as Boris Berman, Christopher Elton, Claude Frank, and Peter Frankl, and Barbara Nissman in master classes and international music festivals.  He also studied analysis with Matthew Brown, Steven Laitz, and Carl Schachter.

Dr. Fung is currently a tenured associate professor of piano at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. As an educator, he has conducted masterclasses at higher education institutions and professional organizations, including Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel, Sichuan Conservatory of Music (Chengdu, China), Xinghai Conservatory of Music (Guangzhou, China), National Tainan University (Taiwan), National Chaio Tung University (Taiwan), Soochow University (Taiwan), East Tennessee State University, Hope College (Michigan), University of Illinois at Carbondale, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the Tom Lee Music Foundation.  He is also active as an adjudicator in competitions, such as the Lancaster Symphony (PA) Concerto Competition, the Greater Princeton (NJ) Steinway Society Scholarship Competition, the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Piano Competition, and MTNA Competition.

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MATTHEW GRAYBIL

Praised by The New Yorker as an “exceptional young artist” and by The Southampton Press as “hypnotic and compelling,” American pianist Matthew Graybil has performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico. He made his orchestral debut at age 14 with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and has subsequently performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and the National Chamber Players among many others.

Highlights of Graybil’s solo career include recitals in many of the world’s music capitals, including New York, Paris, Chicago, Baltimore, Mexico City, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington DC in venues such as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Subculture, Le Poisson Rouge, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center and Lincoln Center. In addition, Graybil is an avid chamber musician, with over 200 performances to his credit. As an exponent of music from the 20th and 21st century, he recently gave the New York premier of Walter Piston’s Concerto for Two Pianos Soli, along with Igor Lovchinsky. He has appeared on radio and television, including Vermont Public Radio, Connecticut Public Radio, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase, WWFM’s The Piano Matters hosted by David Dubal, CBS Chicago and PBS, where he was featured in the documentary Beyond the Practice Room.

He has been a prize­winner in national and international competitions including the New York Piano Competition, the MTNA/Yamaha National Piano Competition, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts competition, the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Competition, the Nina Wideman International Piano Competition and the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition. Mr. Graybil has been invited to festivals including the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, the Ravinia Steans Institute, the Perlman Music Program, the Sarasota Music Festival and the American Academy in Fontainebleau, France.

Graybil began his piano studies at age 6 and presented his first recital the following year. He was a pupil of Harvey Wedeen for six years and in 2009, received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. In 2011, he completed the Masters program at Juilliard where he continued to work with Mr. Lowenthal as well as Matti Raekallio.

Matthew’s debut album was released in 2012 as part of the Victor Elmaleh Collection. In a review of the album, Fanfare Magazine wrote that “he becomes so at one with the [music] that the line between composer and performer vanishes. Matthew Graybil’s playing marks him … as one of the most sensitive, poetic young pianists to debut on record in recent memory.” A record of Chopin’s Etudes, Op. 10 was released by the Chopin Project in 2016 and his recording, with Larry Weng, of Walter Piston’s Concerto for two pianos soli was released in February 2018 for Steinway & Sons records. He returned to Steinway’s recording studio in August, 2018 to record selections from his Debussy centennial celebration program entitled “Debussy: His friends and his enemies” which was released on Steinway Spirio.

Born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Matthew Graybil resides in New York City.

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AI-lin Hsieh

Dr. Ai-lin Hsieh received her early musical training in both piano and cello. She holds a BM in Cello Performance from Soochow University, Taiwan, a MM from the Eastman School of Music, and a DMA from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her teachers include Steven Doane, Evelyn Elsing, and Kenneth Slowik. She also received coaching from members of the Guarneri Quartet and the Ying Quartet. 

Performance highlights include a collaborative performance with legendary cellist Mistislav Rostropovitch in Taipei and a concerto performance with the University of Maryland Philharmonia Ensemble that won critical acclaim from the Washington Post. She was a member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Hsieh is currently Assistant Principal Cellist of the York Symphony, and is on the music faculty of Messiah College teaching cello performance.

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DR. IVO KALTCHEV

Prizewinner of international piano competitions and a Bösendorfer Concert Artist, pianist Ivo Kaltchev has enjoyed a successful performing career as recitalist, soloist with orchestras, chamber musician and recording artist.  “Formidable technique” (Piano Journal, England), “possesses the genius of rubato” (Diapason, France), “distinctive and original” (Soviet Culture, Russia),  "impressive" (Frankfurter Neue Presse, Germany), "most beautifully and idiomatically played" (International Record Review, England), “glittering,” “ big technique" (The Washington Post, USA), “a master of the whole range of pianistic attacks and coloristic effects” (The Star Ledger, USA) - these are some of the words which music critics have used to describe Mr. Kaltchev’s artistry. 

Mr. Kaltchev has performed in musical centers throughout the world, including Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Malii and Rachmaninov Halls, St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, Salle Moliere (Lyon, France), Tel Aviv Museum Recanati Auditorium, Mendelssohn Hochschule für Musik Hall (Leipzig, Germany), Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium,  and the Bulgaria Great Hall. He has been a guest artist at music festivals in Austria, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, Finland, Ukraine, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S. Some of the highlights of recent seasons include both a solo recital and a concerto performance with the EOS Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, a concert tour in Asia as well as performances of the complete solo piano works of Claude Debussy. A respected chamber musician, Mr. Kaltchev has collaborated with members of the New York Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as Essex Quartet, pianists Ilana Vered and Milena Mollova, and French actress Marie Christine Barrault.

Mr. Kaltchev's critically acclaimed commercial recordings for the Bulgarian "Gega New" label include an all-Charles Griffes CD (hailed by the French magazine Diapason as "the most accomplished interpretation known until now"), a CD with the world premieres of solo piano works by the French composer Florent Schmitt as well as a recently released CD with works of Debussy.

Dr. Kaltchev holds degrees and diplomas from Yale and Rutgers Universities, Sofia Academy of Music and the Liszt Hochschule für Musik (Weimar). He is recipient of piano pedagogy awards for teaching excellence and has presented lectures, workshops and master classes in Europe, China, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the Virgin Islands and the US. Dr. Kaltchev’s students are prizewinners of more than 20 piano competitions and have performed with numerous orchestras including I Solisti di Perugia (Italy).  Dr. Kaltchev is an active adjudicator and has judged international piano competitions in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the U.S.  

Currently, Dr. Kaltchev is Associate Professor of Piano and Head of the Piano Division at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He is co-Director and co-Founder of the Washington International Piano Festival (www.washingtonpianofest.com) as well as Artistic Director of the Bulgarian Music Society Concert Series at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington DC.  He has taught as a Visiting Piano Professor at the Beijing China Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music.

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Songwen Li

Dr. Li, Songwen is among the most recognized pianists and pedagogues in the piano community in China. Currently he is serving as a professor and the chairman at the Department of Piano, Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory, also the Dean of Music Department at the Southern College of Sun Yat-Sen University, and the Vice Chairman of the China National Piano Society.

As both a performer and educator, Dr. Li is frequent engaged in concerts and academic activities both in- and outside of China, including performing solo recitals in Guangzhou, Beijing , Shenzhen , Hong Kong , Zhongshan, Shunde, Tianjin, Vienna and Eisenstadt of Austria, and Manchester of England. As one of the most sought-after teachers of his generation in the country, Li’s pupils have won top awards in numerous high level professional competitions. As an active member on the musical scene in China and abroad, he has organized, taught or coordinated in numerous high profile academic activities and master classes in important musical centers such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Vienna, Manchester, working together with world-renowned musicians such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berman, Peter Donohoe, Leslie Howard, etc...

Mr. Li, Songwen entered the pre-college division of the world-renowned Beijing Central Conservatory of Music at the age of 12, and 6 years later was accepted by the college division of the conservatory with a top ranking. His teacher was Li, Qi-Fang, one of the most sought after teachers in China. Being awarded a full scholarship, Mr. Li continued his studies in the United States, where he was enrolled in the master’s degree program at the Louisiana State University under the direction of Dr. Jack Guerry and in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of North Texas under world-renowned concert pianist and pedagogue Joseph Banowetz. Besides winning a number of prizes in high level competitions as part of his professional achievements in this period, Li Songwen became an all around musician with extensive experience in a wide range of musical fields such as symphony, opera, chamber music and both orchestral and choral conducting.

Li, Songwen is actively engaged in academic explorations. He has published articles in professional publications such as the Journal of Music in China (based in Los Angeles, U.S.) , The Xinghai Music Quarterly, and Piano Artistry magazine. His book , “East Meets West, the Nationalistic Elements in Chen Yi’s Music,” was published in 2006.

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CHONGXIAO LIU

Chinese pianist Chongxiao Liu is director of the Middle School Piano Division at Wuhan Conservatory of Music, China. He is enjoying a busy performing career as a solo pianist and chamber musician. He often performs in China and foreign venues. Such as Washington D.C, Lancaster,Pennsylvania(USA),Frankfurt am Main, Wehr(Germany), Shumen,(Bulgaria),Embassy of China in Seoul,(South of Korea), Rachmaninoff hall in Moscow Tchaiovsky Conservatory(Russia),Conservatory of Music and Drama Performance of Cannes(France), and Beijing, Wuhan, Qingdao in China. He has recorded Schubert “Wanderer Fantasy in C Major” D.760 for Hong Kong Radio 4 and has been a concerto soloist with China Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Beijing Film Orchestra. Mr.Liu has been a guest artist and faculty member at Piano Festivals, in Washington D.C, Lancaster(USA), Dreieich, Frankfurt, Wehr (Germany) and China.

He also has been invited to serve on many piano competiton juries, including Catholic University of American International piano competition, Lancaster International piano competition(USA), Korea-China Youth International piano competition(Seoul,South of Korea) and many domestic piano competitions in China.

He graduated with honours from China Conservatory of Music in Beijing receiving BM and MM degrees in Piano Performance, studied in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Prof. Pavel Nersessian as visiting scholar.

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SImon Maurer

Simon Maurer grew up in Switzerland in a family of six children, all of whom became professional musicians.  He studied violin at the Conservatory in Biel, and continued his studies in the U.S. with Geoffrey Michaels, Joyce Robbins and Claire Hodkins.

Mr. Maurer is an accomplished musician performing chamber music and solo repertoire throughout the eastern United States, Western Europe and China. Solo performances in the US include Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra, Bloomsburg Chamber Orchestra, Louden Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia and Valley Vivaldi. In May 2013 he was the featured soloist with the Shenyang Symphony Orchestra in China. In March 2015 he performed Mozart’s Concertante in Hobbs New Mexico.

He is the founder and artistic director of Sunday Sinfonia, a String Orchestra of enthusiastic amateur string players based in Lancaster, Pa. (sundaysinfonia.org)

Mr. Maurer is the artistic director of the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble, (www.gabrielensemble.org). Committed to performance and education, the group takes pride in bringing classical music to underserved areas. In 2010 the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble took over the leadership of the Schuyllkill Youth Orchestra, newly renamed Gabriel Youth Orchestra.

He is also a member of ‘Trio Clavino’. Simon Maurer plays Violin andViola with Dr. Xun Pan, piano and Doris Hall Gulati, clarinet. The Trio has had numerous tours to Europe and China. 

Mr. Maurer also ventures in the practice of jazz and free style improvisation.  He has been a featured soloist in Philadelphia area jazz clubs, has performed at “Jazzfest” in Schuylkill County and Reading Pa.  He has recorded numerous projects with folk singers and rock groups: Maggie Pierce and EJ; Zen fro Primates, and others.

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Francesco Mirabella

Francesco undertook the piano study with M ° Giuseppe Cultrera and subsequently graduated with praise from the Music Institute "V. Bellini "in Catania in the class of M ° Giovanni Cultrera. He then obtained his diploma at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome in the class of M ° Sergio Perticaroli.

His training featured masterclasses held by notable professors such as A. Delle Vigne, S. Perticaroli, M. Marvulli, S. Fiuzzi, B. Ringeissen, Z. Fishbein and others. It has been perfected with the Epifanio Comis M °.

He has several awards in national and European competitions and has hundreds of concerts both in solo and various chamber music formations.

He is constantly invited to perform at major music associations in Italy (Auditorium Parco della Musica and Teatro Marcello in Rome, Lyceum Club and Diocesan Museum Catania, Teatro Garibaldi Modica, San Giacomo Festival - Oratorio S. Cecilia, Bologna, Teatro Naselli Comiso ; Catanese Friends of Music; AGIMUS; etc) and abroad (China, Paraguay, Argentina, USA, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Germany, Switzerland, Russia).

The Arhkangelskoe Palace and the Central House of Arts in Moscow are among the foreign rooms; the Ulyanovsk Large Hall of the Lenin Memorial ; the Alte Oper and the Bechstein Piano Center in Frankfurt am Main; the China Conservatory in Beijing, the Wuhan Conservatory and Sichuan China, the Pushkin Theater and the Lugansk Culture Palace ; the New York Institute of Culture of New York, the Swope Hall and the Phillips Autograph Library in West Chester; the Lancaster Ware Center ; the Dnepropetrovsk Philharmonic Auditorium ; the Sergei Lunchevici Theater in Chisinau; the SS Prokof'ev Theater in Donetsk; the Theater Tom Jobim of Asùncion; the Oleg Danovski Theater in Constance.

He has performed in several concerts for the Pf. And Orchestra with the West Chester University Orchestra, the State Philharmonic of Lugansk, the State Philharmonic of Dnepropetrovsk, the State Philharmonic Sergei Lunchevici , the Philharmonic SS Prokof'ev of Donetsk, Youth Symphony of the Lugansk Conservatory, the Ukrainian Symphony, the Oleg Danovski Theater Orchestra in Constanta and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Volga Federal District of Tolyatti.

Particularly appreciated is the interpretation of Sergei Prokof'ev's Piano and Orchestra Concerto No. 3 under the leadership of Mif Epic Comi at the Pushkin Theater in Lugansk, broadcast live on television by national broadcasters who received unanimous consensus.

He has held Masterclass in China at the conservatories of Beijing, Wuhan, Chengdu and Paraguay in the city of Asuncion.

For several years he has been invited to hold masterclasses for the Lancaster International Piano Festival in Pennsylvania, promoted by Millersville University , and the Washington International Piano Festival , promoted by Catholic University of Washington with students from all over the world.

He was awarded the Diploma of Honor by the prestigious Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation in Moscow.

He is constantly invited as a commissioner in various national and international piano competitions, such as the US Open Music Competition in San Francisco and the LIPF Romantic Piano Competition in Lancaster-Pennsylvania.

Already artistic director of a season A.Gi.Mus, he is also artistic director of the Friends of Music "Peppino Cultrera" - Scicli .

He is a principal piano teacher at the conservatory "L. Canepa "by Sassari.

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Kyu Jhung Rhee

Kyu Jung Rhee, a native of South Korea, received BM (cum laude), MM, and DMA degrees in piano performance from Rutgers University.  Her teachers, mentors and master class teachers include Theodore Lettvin,  Samuel Dilworth-Leslie, Herbert Stessin, Jeannette Haine, Russell Sherman, Richard Goode,  Nelita True, Harvey Shapiro, Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, David Soyer, and Donald & Vivian Weilerstein.  She is a winner of Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the Corsi Internazionali Etruria (sponsored by the Associazione Culturale F. Chopin) in Italy and a recipient of numerous scholarship awards including the Eubie Blake Scholarship, Aspen Music Scholarship, Dr. D. Morrow Scholarship, and the Nicholas Scholarship from Rutgers University.  

As a solo and chamber music recitalist, Dr. Rhee has performed in the United States, South Kores, Italy, and Uganda.  An avid chamber musician, she is a founding member of I Medici Trio, has performed with the Essex String Quartet, and currently performs with various groups in the Princeton, NJarea.

Dr. Rhee previously taught piano and related music courses at the Kon Kuk University, Yewon School of the Arts, Hanyang Women’s College in Seoul and Rutgers community Music School.  She was invited to teach and give master classes at the African Institute of Music in Kampala, Uganda.. Dr. Rhee was a vocal accompanist and coach at The College of New Jersey.  Interested in early piano training, she has edited the Korean version of all levels of Succeeding at the Piano, method books written by Dr. Helen Malais (FJH Music Company Inc.).  In addition to teaching piano at Millersville University, Dr. Rhee teaches piano and coaches chamber music at Westminster Conservatory of Rider University in Princeton, NJ and holds a private studio.  Her students have won numerous competitions and auditions and have performed in venues such as the Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall,  Steinway Hall (NYC), and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.  A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music designated by Music Teachers National Association, Dr. Rhee has served on the Board of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association for numerous years.  

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KATE ZINK-SALADIK

Kate Zink-Saladik retired from teaching after 35 years. She continues to work with elementary students as a substitute teacher. She also helps to teach English to adults from around the world in a weekly literacy class at the Lancaster Library. She is a member of Governor Wolf's State Advisory Board for Education and Industry. She enjoys traveling and meeting people from different cultures. She and her husband live in Lancaster City and have 3 grown children. Over the years, they have hosted numerous foreign exchange students from Japan, Germany, England and Spain. She enjoys the diversity of cultures and languages and believes that our lives are enriched when we share and learn from each other. Professor Zink-Saladik will lead the cultural seminars in LIPF.

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DR. HEDI SALANKI

Pianist and harpsichordist, Hedi Salanki, is a Distinguished Professor of Music and Director of Piano Program and Chamber Music in University of West Florida.

 “A true artist – a consummate musician…” “She plumbed the expressive depths with a force that was almost shocking…” “Salanki’s playing was distinguished by naturalness, grace, and a feeling of flow…”  These are only a few of the accolades that Hedi Salanki has garnered in the course of becoming one of today’s foremost performers of a wide repertoire of solo and chamber music for the piano and harpsichord.  Recent engagementsinclude teaching and performing atthe Prestissimo International MusicFestival in Pennsylvania,  judging and lecturing at the Maria Clara Cullell International Piano Competition in Costa Rica, judging a Piano Competition in KunmingChina,  performing at the San Jose International Baroque Festival in Costa Rica,  and judging at the Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia

Dr. Salanki is a DistinguishedProfessor of Music at the University of West Florida, where she is the director of the piano program and chamber music.  She teaches piano performance, harpsichord performance, keyboard interpretation, ear training (Kodaly-method solfege), musical structure and style, and chamber music.  She is also active as a guest instructor and clinician.

A native of Hungary, Ms. Salanki has appeared with the New Jersey Symphony, the New York Chamber Orchestra, I Solisti New York, the Syracuse Symphony, the Pensacola Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony and numerous chamber ensembles. She has performed solo, duo and lecture recitals in Europe, the United States, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand, Serbia and Costa Rica.  Among her recordings on the Pantheon, Priceless, Laserlight, and Prince Productions labels are many significant works of Bach, including the Goldberg Variations (nominated for Ovation Magazine’s Debut Artist of the Year Award), the Concerti, and the complete English Suites.  She has also recorded Scarlatti Sonatas, Telemann Overtures, and a French Baroque program.

Ms. Salanki earned a Doctorate in Harpsichord Performance from the Juilliard School, as well as degrees and diplomas in piano performance from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and the Bartok Conservatory in Budapest, and Rutgers University.  From 1994 to 1998 Ms. Salanki served as founding Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Baroque Ensemble, garnering critical acclaim for artistic excellence and innovative programming.

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Kristin Sims

Kristin Sims has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States.  Ms. Sims received her B.M. and M.M. in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Ms. Sims has sung leading operatic roles with Opera Lancaster, the Harrisburg Symphony, Bel Canto Lyric Opera and Trinity Opera Theatre.  Ms. Sims appeared with Allegro Chamber Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, along with the Lancaster Symphony Chorus in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart Requiem, and the premiere of John Carbon’s Soldiers of Remembrance.  Kristin appeared as Mimi in Opera Lancaster’s performance of La Bohème and Nedda in Pagliacci, Rosina in The Barber of Seville in Philadelphia and as Sister Constance in The Dialogues of the Carmelites in Cincinnati. Ms. Sims is a member of the Naked Eye Ensemble, where she performed the world premiere of Rusty Banks’ song cycle Candy Jones. Kristin made her European debut in the world premiere of Three Thoughts, for soprano, clarinet and piano. Recently, Kristin was the soprano soloist in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Allegro Chamber Orchestra, as well as a soloist in Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion under conductor, Kevin Estes. Kristin is a professor of vocal studies at Millersville University, where she teaches voice and directs opera and musical theatre productions.

Chenggang Yang

Dr. ChengGang Yang is an associate professor and vice-chair of piano department at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China. He began studying piano with his father, Yang HanGuo. He Later studied with Professor YangJun at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. In 1986, he was awarded the third prize in the annual Piano Competition of Central Conservatory. Dr. Yang also studied in the U.S from 1990-2001., earning BM from the University of Texas,MM and DMA degrees from the University of Missouri. He won the first prize of 1995 Concerto Competition in University of Missouri, second prize of MMTA Piano Competition of graduate division in Missouri State. His teachers include William Race, Joanne Baker, Raymond Herbert and Robert Weirich.  Many of his students have won prizes in domestic and international piano competitions, including the Ettlingen International Piano Competition, Asian Chopin International Piano Competition, IIYM International Piano Competition, Steinway & Sons Chinese National Piano Competition, Pearl River & Kayserburg National Piano Competition, Etc. Dr. Yang is an active clinician and adjudicator, including master classes at China, Hong Kong, Germany, United States, etc. He was awarded the prestigious YAMAHA Teaching Award in 2013, Excellent Teacher Award of Kayserburg National Piano Competition in 2013, and Sichuan Conservatory Excellent Teacher from 2012-2014.

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YANG YANG

Ms. Yang Yang is from Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China. She started her piano lesson when she was four, and continued her music education at Yunnan Arts University. Ms. Yang participated in the Russian Arts Program funded by China Scholarship Council and went to study with Evgeny Brakhman at the Nizhny Novgorod State Glinka Conservatory in Russia in 2011, and earned her master degree there in two years.\

Ms. Yang won many national and international piano competitions include First Prize at the International Competition for Young Pianists (Yunnan), First Prize at the 2nd “KAWAI” Piano Competition (Yunnan), First Prize at the 3rd Shanghai International Piano Competition (Yunnan), First Prize at the 19th United States Open Music Competition (Yunnan), First Prize at the C5 Finals in China, and the Third Prize at the 14th International "Music Classica" Festival in Moscow (Russia).

Ms. Yang went to the Washington International Piano Festival in 2016 and won the Third Prize in the 3rd Catholic University of America International Piano Competition. She also performed several great concerts in the famous Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Ward Recital Hall at the Catholic University of America.  

Ms. Yang Yang has been actively perform solo, chamber music, and accompanying choir concerts in many cities both in Russia and China. Currently, she is on the faculty at Yunnan Arts University and Wenhua College in Kunming, China.

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Xiaofeng Zhang

“Xiaofeng Zhang’s performance level is just as good as any of the young pianists in the world today.” taken from “Exotic Pearl in the Ocean of Music” from the Piano Art magazine in 2005.

Chinese pianist Xiaofeng Zhang, born in 1979 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, stepped on the road of music at the age of 3. Showing his outstanding musical talent at a very young age, he won the first prize in Hangzhou children's piano competition only after six months’ training. When studying in the Middle School Attached to Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, he was mentored by professor ZHANG Jin, who was very strict with him and created a perfect art atmosphere for him. Mr. Zhang was admitted by Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music and the Michigan Conservatory at the same period of time when he was in eleventh grade, meanwhile, he also won the first scholarship in Solomon Education Foundation. Solomon Mikowsky, professor at Manhattan School, says that Xiaofeng Zhang is a wonderful talent. Considering keeping the continuity of art, Zhang chose Central Conservatory of Music to study for his Bachelor’s degree, under professor Jun Yang. As for his Master’s degree, Mr. Zhang was admitted to Hochschule fuer Musik "HannsEisler" in Berlin, Germany, mentored by professor Kupfernagel who headed the piano department, and graduated with straight A’s.

During his study period, Xiaofeng won prizes in a number of competitions, among them the “Leschetizky” International Piano Competitionin Taiwan; the “Freedom and Art” International Piano Competition in Brazil; Curtain-Piano Competition in Poland; “Zhu Jiang Cup” Piano Competition in China and others. He was the first and only student who won the “Yamaha Asian Scholarship” for music students. Besides, he won scholarships in every school year.

In 2002, Xiaofeng Zhang recorded the DVD of Carl Czerny’s The Art of Finger Dexterity, Op. 740. In the same year, he recorded the demonstrative performance for the piano grading test material published by Central Conservatory of Music.

Xiaofeng Zhang, as a young piano virtuoso, is active both in China and abroad. His performance in the United States, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, France, Austria, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other countries and regions; as well as the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Beijing Concert Hall, the National Center for Performing Arts, China Central Television, the New Year's Concert, also in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, and other cities in China, have won him great acclaim.

Mr. Zhang started to teach in China Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2002. Since then his students have won prizes in “Oberlin” International Piano Competition in the US, “New Stars” International Piano Competition in Russia, “Steinway” International Youth Piano Competition, International Chopin Piano Competition for Youth in Asia, “TOYAMA” Asian Piano Competition, and “KAWAI” Piano Competition in China.

Xiaofeng Zhang won the “Excellent Teacher Award” issued by the International Piano Competition Committee. In 2006 and 2015, he was titled the Excellent Teacher by China Conservatory of Music.

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