Alvin Chow is Oberlin Conservatory’s Ruth Strickland Gardner Associate Professor of Piano and chair of the piano department. He has performed 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 twin brother Alan.
Chow received the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano upon graduation from the Juilliard School. He has received top prizes in the University of Maryland International Piano Competition and the New York Piano Teachers Congress International Piano Competition. Performance venues include 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 master classes and lectures throughout the United States and abroad.
Robert Shannon, professor of piano and director of keyboard studies, has presented solo recitals, ensemble concerts, and master classes 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 recorded the sonatas by Charles Ives on Bridge Records, as well as Ives’ complete works for violin and piano, and works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb.
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. In addition to teaching, performing, and recording, Shannon is director and founder of the Oberlin International Piano Festival and Competition.
Haewon Song is a member of the acclaimed Oberlin Trio along with Oberlin faculty David Bowlin, violin, and Amir Eldan, cello. The conservatory professor of piano is an internationally recognized artist and pedagogue, who 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.
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.
Ethan Dong came to America with legendary conductor Herbert Zipper in 1989 after winning first place in the professional category at the Pearl River National Piano Competition while attending the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He has collaborated with members of the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has soloed with the Pacific Symphony, Beijing Philharmonic, Pacific Palisades Symphony, and Brentwood Symphony orchestras. He gave his debut solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall after winning first prize at the Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition.
Dong started his teaching career while attending Yale University. His past students include top prize winners of the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition, Bosendorfer & Schimmel International Piano Competition, Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition, and YoungArts.
Dong is the founder of Opus119 School of Music, Opus119 College Conservatory of Music and Opus119 Middle & High School in Orange County, California. He served as the director of the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute in Los Angeles and is on the board of advisors for the Lake Como International Piano Academy in Italy. He received his music education from his mother, Li Fei-Lan, as well as Ying Shi-Zhen and professors at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He studied in America with Mary Ann Cummins, Russell Sherman, and Claude Frank. His mentors include Professor Pan Yi-Ming, Zhou Guangren, André Watts, and William Grant Naboré.
Chinese-Canadian pianist Vivian Li serves as associate professor of piano at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China. She began her studies at age 4 under the tutelage of her father, renowned Chinese pianist Qi Li, and the supervision of her mother, classical ballerina Xianping Su. After a period of study at Xinghai Conservatory’s Affiliated Middle School, Li immigrated to Toronto, Canada, where she completed high school and earned an artist diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She then entered Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with the esteemed French pianist Monique Duphil. Upon graduating in 1999, she was awarded Oberlin’s William R. Abate Award, given to the finest pianist of each graduating class. Li went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Houston under the guidance of Horacio Gutierrez and Nancy Weems. She received considerable additional guidance in master-class settings from Dmitri Bashkirov, Anton Kuerti, Abbey Simon, Christopher Elton, and Stanislav Ioudenitch.
Li won prizes in Canada’s International Stepping Stone Competition, the Grace Welsh International Piano Competition, and the San Antonio International Competition. She maintains an active concert schedule of solo, chamber music, and concerto performances in China and abroad. She regularly serves as guest faculty at Italy’s Maccagno Piano Days Festival and the Beijing Central Conservatory International Chamber Music Festival.
In 2005, Li returned to her childhood home of Guangzhou to join the piano faculty of Xinghai Conservatory. Her students routinely go on to study in major conservatories around the world and earn prizes in important competitions across China and abroad. She is also highly sought after as an adjudicator in major Chinese piano competitions and is a regular contributor to China’s premier piano magazine, Piano Artistry.