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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.