ROBERT SHANNON - Director
Robert Shannon has presented solo recitals, ensemble concerts, and masterclasses throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. His repertoire ranges from Bach to Adams, and he has been especially noted for his penetrating interpretations of recent American music. He has commissioned and premiered works by John Harbison, Charles Wuorinen, Carla Bley, and Steven Dembski, among others. His recent recordings of sonatas by Charles Ives on Bridge Records have received rave reviews worldwide. His recordings of Ives' complete works for violin and piano, and works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb, are also available on Bridge Records.
Shannon has performed regularly at the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Festival Tibor Varga in Switzerland, the Sacramento Festival of American Music, and as guest artist with the Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players. In recent seasons, he has appeared in London, Paris, Glasgow, Rome, Stuttgart, New York, San Francisco, Columbia (South America), and Taiwan.
He is professor of piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, director of the Division of Keyboard Studies, and director and founder of the Oberlin International Piano Festival and Competition. He joined the Oberlin faculty in 1976.
Canadian pianist Angela Cheng is one of her country's national treasures. In addition to regular guest appearances with most every orchestra in Canada, she has performed with the orchestras of Buffalo, Colorado, Houston, Indianapolis, Saint Louis, San Diego, Utah, and others. Cheng has worked extensively with the great musician-pedagogue Menahem Pressler.
At the invitation of Pinchas Zukerman, in 2009, Cheng toured China with the Zukerman ChamberPlayers and subsequent seasons have included tours in the United States, Europe, and South America. Cheng's debut recording of two Mozart concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra received glowing reviews. Other CDs include Clara Schumann's Concerto with JoAnn Falletta and the Women's Philharmonic for Koch International; for CBC Records, Spanish concerti with Hans Graf and the Calgary Philharmonic, Shostakovich concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Radio Orchestra. Cheng has recorded a solo disc of works by Clara and Robert Schumann, and an all-Chopin CD released by Universal Music Canada.
Cheng was a gold medalist of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, and the first Canadian to win the Montreal International Piano Competition.
Prior to her appointment to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1999, she was on faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
SEUNG HAE CHOI
As a performer and educator, Seung Hae Choi has traveled across the world, from the bustling streets of Seoul, South Korea, to the American arts-Mecca of New York City where she relocated as a teenager to attend the Julliard School's Pre-College program. She went on at Juilliard to earn bachelor's and master's degrees, and undertook professional studies at Mannes College the New School for Music. She has won Julliard's Beethoven Competition, as well as the Hankook, Young Artists International Chamber Music, and Ewha Kyunghyang competitions. She has performed in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and with the Julliard Orchestra and the Korean National Symphony Orchestra.
Choi has recorded for the Korean Broadcasting System's Honorable Artists' series and has accompanied several world-renowned performers. She currently holds professorships at Kyungwon University in Seoul, South Korea, and serves as an instructor at the Yewon, Seoul, and Sunhwa arts schools.
Her students have won and placed well in such competitions as the Yewon Arts School Concerto Competition, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music International Piano Competition, the South Korean Education Minister's Student Music Competition, and the Ye-Eum Festival Concerto Competition.
Alvin Chow has appeared throughout North America and in Asia as orchestral soloist and recitalist. He has performed extensively in duo-piano recitals with his wife, Angela Cheng, and his twin brother, Alan.
A native of Miami, Florida, he graduated as co-valedictorian at the University of Maryland, where he was a student of Nelita True. Chow received the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano upon graduation from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and held the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship at Indiana University as a student of Menahem Pressler.
Chow received top prizes in the University of Maryland International Piano Competition and the New York Piano Teachers Congress International Piano Competition. He has performed in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Weill Recital Hall in New York City, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
He has presented masterclasses and lectures throughout the United States and abroad. He chairs the piano department at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
An active soloist and chamber musician, pianist Jeremy Denk's repertoire ranges from the standard works of the 18th and 19th centuries to 20th-century masters such as Ives, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, and Messiaen. He also delves into new works by leading composers of today.
After graduating from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music with a double degree in piano and chemistry, Denk earned a master's degree in music at Indiana University as a pupil of György Sebök, and a doctorate in piano performance at the Juilliard School, where he worked with Herbert Stessin.
He has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Indiana Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and many others. In March 2011, Denk made his long-awaited Los Angeles Philharmonic debut with conductor Gustavo Dudamel. In the same month, Denk replaced Maurizio Pollini in recital. The performance marked his Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Denk has premiered works by Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Kevin Putz, and Ned Rorem, and, as an avid chamber musician, he has performed at Marlboro Music, toured with Musicians from Marlboro, and played at the Santa Fe, Seattle, Verbier, and Spoleto festivals. For his 2008 recital in Zankel Hall, Denk paired two of the repertoire's most daunting masterworks - Ives's "Concord Sonata" and Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" - a highlight of the concert season. He played a sold-out recital in Zankel Hall in February 2011, performing Ligeti's Études, Books 1 and 2 and Bach's Goldberg Variations.
Denk released his first solo recording, Jeremy Denk Plays Ives, which includes Charles Ives's Piano Sonatas 1 & 2, on his Think Denk Media label. He lives in New York City.
Pianist and cellist Christopher Elton has received highest honors in his studies of both instruments at London's Royal Academy of Music. He was a prizewinner in several British and international piano competitions and continued his studies with Maria Curcio-Diamand, playing and broadcasting regularly both as a soloist and in chamber music.
Elton has gained widespread recognition for the successes of his students. Many have won international awards, including first prizes in the Van Cliburn and London World International Piano competitions, as well as in Jaen, Newport, Dudley, and New Orleans. One of his students has been a prizewinner in each of three recent concurrent Leeds International Piano competitions.
Elton has served on juries for competitions in his native United Kingdom, and in Russia (Tchaikovsky), China, Ireland, Italy (Busoni), Austria, Germany, Japan, Romania, Taiwan, and the United States. He is currently head of keyboard at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he was elected a fellow in 1983. In 2012 he will also serve on the Dublin, Ettlingen, and Leeds International Competition juries.
Monique Duphil made her debut at 15, performing Mendelssohn's G minor Piano Concerto with Orchestre de la Société des Concerts (now Orchestre de París), and soon earned prizes in four international competitions, including the Chopin Competition in Warsaw.
She has performed in more than 2,000 recitals, chamber music, and concerts with orchestras worldwide. The duo she formed in 1976 with her husband, Jay Humeston, formerly the Hong Kong Philharmonic's principal cellist, was highly successful in America, Europe, and throughout Asia.
Duphil has partnered with many renowned artists: Henryk Szeryng, Ruggiero Ricci, Karl Leister, Pierre Fournier, Regis Pasquier, Gerard Poulet, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Hermann Baumann, Cho-Liang Lin, Michel Debost, and Alex Klein. She has played with the Chester, Portland, St. Petersburg, Haydn, Vienna Philharmonic, Musikverein and the American String Quartets, as well as the Salzburg Mozarteum Trío. In recognition of her spectacular debut in the United States with the Philadelphia Orchestra, substituting on a few hour's notice for cellist M. Rostropovich, Duphil was reengaged by Eugene Ormandy to appear with him four more times.
Duphil was on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, and senior lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist College before being appointed a professor of pianoforte at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 1994. She has given masterclasses in many countries, particularly in Asia, where she is regularly invited to hold piano seminars, and is invited to serve on the juries of international piano competitions.
Duphil has recorded for the Polydor, Avila, Telefunken, Marco Polo and Naxos labels.
Performer and teacher Rachel Goodwin is the artistic director, founder, and core member pianist of Ashmont Hill Chamber Music in Boston, an affiliation she’s had since 1985. As artistic director, she has designed, implemented, and performed in a residency and concert program titled Music, Poetry and American Identity in two Boston-area high schools. The project received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and featured the music of Ruth Crawford Seeger and the poetry by Carl Sandburg.
The Ashmont Hill resident is committed to the community’s cultural growth. The Boston Cultural Council recognized this dedication and her creative work and, in 2002, named her the city’s Artist/Humanist fellow.
Goodwin has appeared in solo recitals and as a chamber musician with the New England Conservatory, Mannes College of Music, Harvard University, Longy School of Music, University of California at Santa Cruz and Riverside, and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and Weston Public Library, in addition to being heard on radio stations WGBH, WCRB, and WUMB, and in the First Night Boston art festival. As a chamber musician, Goodwin performs regularly with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and faculty from Boston University and New England Conservatory. She has participated in summer music festivals at Ernen Musikdorf (Switzerland), Aspen, the Banff Centre, and New College.
She has served as a chamber music coach for the New England Conservatory’s schools of Preparatory Education and Continuing Education. She has presented lecture-recitals on works of Bartók and Ravel for the Longy School of Music’s graduate seminar in analysis and performance, a masterclass for the Longy’s Preparatory Division Performance Hour, and lectures for Longy’s College Division piano pedagogy classes. She has performed extensively in masterclasses for Karl Ulrich Schnabel and György Sebök.
Goodwin holds a Master of Music degree with honors from the New England Conservatory and a Diploma in piano performance from the Mannes College of Music in New York. Her piano teachers include Edith Oppens, Barbara Shearer, Vally Gara and Alexander Lieberman. Her chamber music coaches have included Eugene Lehner, Luis Battle, John Graham and Lorand Fenyves. Goodwin recently joined the piano faculty at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.
Pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch is widely regarded for his strong individuality and musical conviction. His artistry won him the Gold Medal at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where he also took home the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music.
Born in 1971 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Ioudenitch has netted prizes at the Busoni, Kapell, Maria Callas, and New Orleans competitions, among others. A former student of Dmitri Bashkirov, he also studied with Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, William Grant Naboré, and Rosalyn Tureck at the International Piano Foundation in Como, Italy, the current International Piano Academy Lake Como. He subsequently became the youngest teacher ever invited to give masterclasses at the academy.
Ioudenitch has collaborated with James Conlon, James DePreist, Günther Herbig, Asher Fisch, Stefan Sanderling, Michael Stern, Carl St. Clair and Justus Franz, and with such orchestras as the Munich Philharmonic, the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the Rochester Philharmonic, the Honolulu Symphony and the National Philharmonic of Russia. He has also performed with the Takács, Prazák, Borromeo, and Accorda quartets and is a founding member of the Park Piano Trio.
He has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center, the Gasteig in Munich, the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, the International Performing Arts Center in Moscow, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, the Orange County Performing Arts Center in California, and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.
Ioudenitch's recordings include Stanislav Ioudenitch, Gold Medalist, 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Harmonia Mundi and Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka produced by Thomas Frost. He also appeared in Playing on the Edge, Peter Rosen's Peabody Award-winning documentary for PBS about the 2001 Van Cliburn competition and in the PBS Concerto series. In addition to Lake Como, he has led masterclasses at the Cliburn-TCU Piano Institute in Fort Worth, at Stanford University, Cornell University, the National University in Seoul, and Miami's International Institute for Young Musicians.
Sanford Margolis, professor of piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 1972, has concertized throughout the United States, Spain, and Israel. He has performed as concerto soloist with such conductors as Anton Dorati, Stanislas Skrowaczewski, Arthur Fiedler, David Zinman, and Robert Spano.
Margolis has judged the Oberlin International Piano Competition since its inception, as well as the Minnesota Orchestral Artist Competition, the Indiana University Concerto Competition, and others.
One of China's most intriguing pianistic voices, Cheung-yu Mo received early musical training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as a pupil of Danish pianist John Winther. He furthered his studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Robert Shannon, graduating in 1995, and with Yoheved Kaplinsky of the Juilliard School from which he graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts.
A pianist noted for the poetry, passion, and panache of his art, Mo made his Severance Hall debut with the Oberlin Orchestra under Peter Jaffe while a student at Oberlin. Since then, he has given highly acclaimed performances across North America, in Japan, mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, in recitals, chamber music concerts, concerto engagements, as well as the Gambit and Focus contemporary music festivals. Mo's rendition of works by Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, various Spanish composers, and the contemporary Chinese composer Cui Shi-guang can be heard on the Poly Culture label.
Haewon Song is a member of the acclaimed Oberlin Trio along with Oberlin faculty David Bowlin, violin, and Amir Eldan, cello. An internationally recognized artist and pedagogue, Song has performed and taught at top venues throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Her frequent appearances include concerto performances with the KBS Orchestra in Seoul, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and such Oberlin conservatory ensembles as the Chamber Orchestra, College Community Strings, and Wind Ensemble. She often performs in duo piano recitals with her husband and fellow Oberlin faculty member Robert Shannon.
Song has appeared in Mexico's Cervantino Festival, the All-American Music Festival in Stuttgart, Grand Teton Music Festival, Aria Festival, Canada's Institute of Musical Arts, Festival de Nice in France, the Oberlin Summer Piano Festival, and the Tonghai Music Festival in Taiwan.
A native of South Korea, Song attended the Toho School in Tokyo, the Peabody Preparatory School, and the Juilliard School, where her major teachers were Julian Martin, Martin Canin and Shuku Iwasaki. She has taught at Tunghai University in Taiwan, Kyung Won University in Seoul, and has been a member of the Oberlin piano department since 1991.
Many of her students have won major prizes in national and international competitions including MTNA Nationals, Wideman, Kingsville, Oberlin International Piano, Walgreen, World, and Corpus Christie, and regularly appear with significant orchestras in the United States and Asia.
Frances Walker-Slocum of Washington, D.C., joined the faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1976. In 1979, she became the first African American woman at Oberlin College to receive tenure. She retired from the college in 1991.
Performing to critical acclaim in countries around the world including England, Germany, Amsterdam, and the Philippines, she has appeared in top venues throughout the United States. She made her New York Carnegie Hall debut in 1959 and has performed at the Kennedy Center, Corcoran Art Gallery, National Gallery of Art, Alice Tully Hall, and in numerous recitals at Weill Hall, most notably the 1975 Concert of Black American Composers.
Walker-Slocum began her musical training at age 4 and later received additional instruction in the junior division of the Howard University Department of Music. A 1945 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, with further studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and Columbia University Teacher's College, her distinguished teaching career began in 1947 at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina. Since then, she has been a member of the faculties of Tougaloo College in Mississippi, Third Street Settlement School in New York, and Rutgers University. She served as pianist in residence at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
Her students have received significant recognition in both national and international competitions, and they have appeared as orchestral soloists and in recitals worldwide. Praised for her strength, intelligence, and love of music, as well as her emphasis on music by black composers, Walker-Slocum was twice honored for her contribution to music by the National Association of Negro Musicians. In 2004 she received the Alumni Medal from Oberlin College. She lives in Oberlin.
DAN WEN WEI
Dan-Wen Wei, a native of the People's Republic of China, is considered one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation. A soloist with numerous orchestras in the United States and China, he has collaborated with conductors such as Gerard Schwarz, Raymond Leppard, Olaf Koch, Catherine Comet, Yong-Yan Hu, Lan Shui, and Marion Alsop.
Wei made his critically acclaimed New York debut in 1991, performing with the New York Philharmonic for the Mozart Bicentennial at Lincoln Center. As a recitalist, Wei has performed in cities throughout the United States and Europe, and has performed in such festivals as the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Mostly Mozart festival in New York, the Beijing Music Festival, and the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy.
Wei released a debut solo recording on the 3D Classics label that includes work by Liszt, Chopin, and Schubert. His world premiere recording of a concerto by Chinese composer Zhang Zhao was released by China Recording Corp. in 2000. His second solo album Love's Memory, which consists of short pieces by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Liszt, was released in 2005 in China.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Wei was among the last pupils of the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz. Wei has won prizes as numerous piano competitions including the Montreal International Piano Competition, the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition, and the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition.
A much sought-after teacher and a frequent adjudicator in China, Wei collaborated with Shenyang Conservatory of Music to create the International Music Education Center.
Wei is the founder and artistic director of International Concert Alliance, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making classical music reach more people by presenting a quality concert series as well as an annual Young People's Piano Competition in the New York area.