Violin 2022: Official Pianists

Scott Cuellar has performed in venues all over the world, from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall to Vienna’s Konzerthaus to the Poly Theatre Chongqing in China.

He has appeared as soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra, and others. As a chamber musician, Cuellar has collaborated with esteemed artists including violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Jennifer Koh, Chee-Yun Kim, and Benjamin Beilman; violist Hsin-Yun Huang; cellists Desmond Hoebig, Anthony Ross, and Beth Rapier; clarinetists Mark Nuccio and Ilya Shterenberg; and bass-baritone Timothy Jones. Additionally, he has been a guest at music festivals including La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and the Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival.

Cuellar won top prizes at the San Antonio, Virginia Waring, and New Orleans international piano competitions.

He earned a DMA at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Jon Kimura Parker; an MM at the Juilliard School under Julian Martin; and a BM at Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Alvin Chow. 

Cuellar is assistant professor of class piano at Oberlin Conservatory.

Pianist HyunSoo Kim has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, China, and South Korea. A sought-after collaborative artist, Kim has performed with eminent artists such as Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Miriam Fried, Dina Kuznetsova, Chantal Mathias, and members of the Cavani, Miami, and Pacifica string quartets; Cleveland Orchestra; Philadelphia Orchestra; Boston Symphony; and others. He is a frequent recital partner of violinist Jinjoo Cho.

Concerts have brought him to such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, New York City’s Merkin Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, Dallas City Performance Hall, Rolston Hall at Banff Centre, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Olin Hall at Bard College, Kumho Arts Hall, and Seoul Arts Center. He has performed in numerous chamber music series including La Jolla Music Society, Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Chamber Music International in Dallas, Hudson Valley Chamber Circle, International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Laureate Series, Linton Chamber Music in Cincinnati, Brattleboro Music Center, and Rockport Music.

Kim has served as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Kent State University. He was a studio pianist for Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program. He currently serves as on the collaborative piano faculty at the Texas Strings Camp and Festival, ENCORE Chamber Music, and he maintains an active performing schedule. 

Kim earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Delaware, where he studied with Christine Delbeau. He went on to study collaborative piano with Anita Pontremoli and received both a master of music and artist diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Tatiana Lokhina, a member of the collaborative piano staff at Oberlin Conservatory, was born into a musical family in Moscow. She began her formal training at age 7 and gave her first solo recital in Moscow four years later. Lokhina is a winner of numerous Russian and international prizes. She has performed at the Moscow State Conservatory, Paul Dukas Conservatory in Paris, and the Musikhochschule Hamburg, and appeared in concerts in Italy, Austria, Germany, and the U.S.

As a solo pianist, Lokhina attended Moscow Ippolitov-Ivanov Music Institute and Musikhochschule Hamburg. She earned a master’s degree in collaborative piano from Lynn University and is pursuing a DM in collaborative piano at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Her principal teachers include Lisa Leonard, Anne Epperson, and Kevin Murphy; she has appeared in master classes with Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, Martin Katz, Elmar Oliveira, Mauricio Fuks, Carol Vaness, and many others.

Lokhina recorded the unpublished works of Beethoven for violin and piano for Naxos, made an album of songs by women composers with soprano Chloe Boelter, and was featured as the harpsichordist in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s DeHaan Virtual Baroque Series. She has appeared at the International Society of Bassists and Summer Opera Tel Aviv, SongFest, and the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, and is involved in an ongoing performance project of the complete violin sonatas of Johannes Brahms with violinist Grigory Kalinovsky.