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, and many other cities in the world. He “…excites his audience with extraordinary power and masterful technique.” (Intelligencer Journal)
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 a Fulbright Grant managed by US Embassy in Beijing in 2014, and they got the Fulbright Grant again this year to tour in China in 2016. Mr. Pan has been served as a judge in many competitions include "Frinna Awerbuch" International Piano Competition in New York, Florida International Piano Competition in Orlando, Florida, United States Music Open Competition in Oakland, CA, and Maria Clara Cullell International Piano Competition in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Dr. Pan teaches piano and is the Director of Pre College Music Division Program at Millersville University of Pennsylvania; and a visiting professor at many universities and conservatories in China, includes China Conservatory of Music, China Northwest University for Nationalities, Fuzhou University, Yantai University, Shandong University, Qinghai Normal University, and Wenzhou University. He served as the Chairman of the Piano Department at former Pennsylvania Academy of Music between 1996 and 2009.
Pianist, Kendra Bigley, is a versatile collaborative artist and respected pedagogue. A native of Eugene, Oregon, she began studying piano at age 6 and received numerous state and regional awards throughout her formative years. She earned the Bachelor of Music (cum laude) in applied piano from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Barry Snyder, Fernando Laires, and Dr. Jean Barr. Ms. Bigley has built a career as a chamber musician, teacher, music director, vocal coach, and accompanist at institutions such as the Trust Performing Arts Center, Fulton Theatre, Servant Stage Company, Prima Theatre, Florida International University, Ransom Everglades School, and Lancaster Bible College, where she is currently the director of piano studies.
Randolph Fromme has performed with his wife, pianist Shu Li, throughout the California, the Midwest and in China. As a chamber musician, his collaborations have included performances with renowned artists such as Frederica von Stade, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, Joel Krosnick and guitarist Paul Galbraith. As a student and cellist of the Oberon String Quartet, he was invited to the summer program at Round Top, Texas, where the Oberon studied with members of the Cavani Quartet and Martin Lovett, of the Amadeus Quartet. Oberon members were also invited to participate in the intensive Schweitzer Music Festival in Sandpoint, Idaho, led by the prolific composer, Gunther Schuller. Within the span of three weeks, he learned and performed 10 complete chamber works, including Shostakovich's Piano Quintet, Brahms' Clarinet Trio and Ives' Piano Trio. The Oberon Quartet took up a one year residency in Idaho before continuing their studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. There they studied under the wing of Naumburg Award-winning violinist, Mark Sokol. Among their highlights was performing with Frederica von Stade in Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall and coachings with Robert Mann, legendary first violinist and founder of the Juilliard Quartet. Fromme was also cellist of the Del Sol String Quartet, which champions working with living composers, commissioning new compositions and performing educational outreach in the schools.
He has explored other musical worlds with wonderful musicians including jazz pedagogue David Baker, world-class pianist Kenny Werner, trumpeter Dmitri Matheny, drummer Jeff Marrs and alternative rock bands such as Overseas. After a decade of committing himself to pursuing chamber music in both piano trios and string quartets, he has turned his attention to solo projects. Upcoming recitals will include Bach’s Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites and Excursions in Contemporary Solo Cello Repertoire to be performed at the San Francisco Conservatory. Recent recording projects include Bach Chorales for four cellos, his arrangements of traditional Christmas songs, and original songs based on photographs - a series he envisions as, “a picture is worth a few words and many notes.” He currently releases singles and albums under the Distrokid label.
Mr. Fromme is also a prominent chamber music coach and cello instructor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College and San Domenico School of Marin. He has taught cello at UC Santa Cruz and given master classes in Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota, and in China. In addition to teaching the artistry of making music, he is dedicated to the pursuit and instruction of the art of practicing. His YouTube Channel includes instructional videos, distributed audio recordings, and explorations of solo cello repertoire.
Fromme started college with a mathematics degree in mind, but in his second year he realized that music beckoned to him even more strongly. After completing undergraduate studies at UW-Eau Claire, Fromme pursued further instruction at UM-Minneapolis and the San Francisco Conservatory, with respective cellists Paul Kosower, Tanya Remenikova, Clive Greensmith and Jean Michel Fonteneau. He has also studied with Martin Lovett, Janos Starker, Joel Krosnick, Gunther Schuller, Mark Sokol and Bonnie Hampton among others.
DR. ERIC FUNG
Dr. Eric Fung, second-prize winner ex aequo at the Thirteenth International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany, is an active solo and chamber performer. He has appeared at international festivals and collaborated with orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Asia. As an educator, he has been invited to conduct master classes by East Tennessee State University, Hope College (Michigan), University of Illinois at Carbondale, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He has also been invited by the Greater Princeton (NJ) Steinway Society, the New Jersey Music Teachers Association, Westminster Choir College, and the Music Teachers National Association to adjudicate competitions.
The New York Times praised his pianism for being “mature, refined, and elegant.” He was also described by the New York Concert Review as a pianist with a musical persona akin to Rudolph Serkin. The Hong Kong Economic Review called him “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, graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM, MM, MA) and the Juilliard School (DMA), is an Associate Professor of Piano at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, USA. He is a Steinway Artist.
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.
A native of Guiyang, China, Shu Li began her musical studies at age six. Only two years later, she was giving solo and piano duo concerts with her brother throughout the area. At the age of nine, she was a winner ofthe Young National Music Competition and her concerts could be heard on radio broadcasts in Guizhou. Ms. Lipursued her middle and high school studies at the Shanghai Conservatory. Her college degree was earned at the Central Conservatory in Beijing under the guidance of Lin Yuan and Guangren Zhou.
Among the honors she received in Beijing were those of being a finalist in the first National Piano Competition of China and as an accompanist in national cello and vocal competitions. While in Beijing, her performances were broadcast by Beijing’s Central National station. Shortly aftergraduating from the conservatory , she was invited for over a period of two weeks to perform nightly on a train which traverses the Silk Road.
In 1993, she received a full scholarship to continue her studies at Syracuse University with Steven Heyman. Upon graduating with a master's degree, she received further practical training at Eastman and was a participant at the Kent Blossom Festival, where she worked with members of the Miami String Quartet and Cleveland Orchestra. Li then moved on to a second master’s degree in accompaniment at the San Francisco Conservatory under Tim Bach. While there, she concentrated in string accompaniment and chamber music. In chamber works, she was coached by Mark Sokol, Ian Swenson, Bonnie Hampton and Nathan Schwartz. She performed concerts with cellists Clive Greensmith and Randolph Fromme, and performed in master classes coached by Donald and Vivian Weilerstein and Robert Mann. Shu Li is currently an accompanist at the San Francisco Conservatory and throughout the Bay Area.
In addition to being an accomplished pianist, she also maintains a teaching studio in the Bay Area. Her students have won prizes in local U.S. Open Competitions, Berkeley's (CA) Junior Bach Festival, and first prize in the Chinese Young Artists’ Competition held in Hunan, China. The Chinese competitionalso gave her an additionalaward for Excellence in Teaching.
Chinese pianist Chongxiao Liu is a full-time piano professor at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, China. He graduated with highest honors from China Conservatory of Music in Beijing receiving BM and MM degrees in Piano Performance. In 2012, he studied in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Prof. Pavel Nersessian.
He is enjoying a busy performing career as a solo pianist, chamber musician and recording artist. He has performed in the United States, Russia, Germany, France, Bulgaria and many cities in China. He has recorded for Hong Kong Radio 4, and has been a concerto soloist with China Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Beijing Film Orchestra.
Mr. Liu has performed and taught at Washington International Piano Festival in 2012 and 2016. Many students of his are prizewinners of numerous competitions in China.
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.
For more information: Trioclavino.com
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.
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.
Dr. ChangGang 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.
“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.
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.