Already acclaimed for her prodigious talent in her native Georgia in the Caucasus in her youth, Tamara Poddubnaya received her Doctorate in Piano Performance with Distinction in 1976. Her principal teachers were Irina Kugucheva and Boris Lysenko. She soon established herself as one of the most popular and charismatic keyboard artists and piano teachers. Renowned for her masterful command of a vast repertoire, she has performed to great acclaim in Europe, South Korea and the United States. In 2005 the Bulgarian Minister of Culture presented her The Golden Muse Award and the Saint Sofia Award for extraordinary achievements in arts and culture. In 2008, she received the coveted accolade, “Honored Artist”, awarded by the All-Russia Music Society, founded by legendary pianist Anton Rubinstein in 1859.
The “Lioness in the velvet gloves” and an “Artist with uncommon poetic talent” were the epithets used to describe Tamara Poddubnaya at one of her first performances in Italy. Her concerts continued to be frequented with standing ovations and multiple encores ever since. In one of the recent reviews of her concerts, Portland Press Herald critic wrote: “…I haven’t heard the Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue (..) played that way since Rubinstein”.
Much sought after as a teacher, she frequently serves on juries at a number of international piano festivals and competitions in Russia, Netherlands, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Germany, Turkey, Israel, South Korea and the United States, where she brings her confidence, authority and vitality to her public recitals and master classes. She is currently employed as a Professor and Head of Piano Department at Long Island Conservatory of Music, NY.
In 1997 she set up Peter the Great Festival in Groningen together with Dr. Rineke Smilde. In 2004 Professor Poddubnaya co-founded the Portland Conservatory’s International Piano Festival and LISMA Foundation International Competition in New York, where she still serves as a chairperson of the competition. In 2007 she established the Music without Borders International Piano Festival at Gould Academy in Bethel, ME, a three-week festival to begin its 7th season in July 2014.
Pianist Eun-Young Joo graduated with distinctions from the Vienna State Conservatory in 2000 under the guidance of Professor Leonid Brumberg who was an assistant of the great Russian pedagogue HeinlichNeuhaus, Professor Roland Batik, and Professor Paul Gulda, son of Friedrich Gulda who was a fine representative of the Viennese musical tradition. In 2007 she earned her doctoral degree with highest marks from the Moscow Gnessin Academy under Professor Sergei Cenkov. Her doctoral thesis entitled “The Practical Analysis of Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata No. 1”.
Eun-Young Joo was a prize-winner at the Erika Chary Foerder Competition in Vienna in 2000, the International Music Festival Competition “Allegro Vivo” in Vienna in 2001, and the Korean Piano Society Competition in 2002. She has appeared as soloist with diverse repertoires like Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Saen Saint, Tchaikowsky, Gerschwin, Schostakovic, Connesson etc. with Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra(Moscow), Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Moscow), Wien Academy Chamber Orchestra (Vienna), Janacek Chamber Orchestra (Czech), Korean Symphony Orchestra(Seoul), KBS Philharmonic Orchestra(Seoul), and Seoul Sinfonietta(Seoul) and HBSO(Hochiminh City Ballet Symphony Opera) in Vietnam. She has given many solo recitals in Seoul, Europe, USA, and Vietnam. Every year, she participated in the KFE charity concert with the Vietnam Red Cross to benefit disabled people from the Viet Nam war. As a chamber music artist, she has collaborated with the New Paris Wind Quintet, professors of CNSM de Paris, and Michel Morages(Flute) and Patrick Messina(Clarinette) in trio concerts in Seoul, Vietnam, concerts with UNT faculties in Vietnam in 2014, Lecture, Concert in UNT, TX,USA in 2015.
Her debut CD album, recorded in Studio 1 Abbey Road London, was released in September, 2008. She has made many recordings for HTV, VTC10, Tuoi Tre TV (TV documentary “Joo Eun Young” in Vietnam)
At present, she is a professor of post-graduate courses at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music since 2008.
Pianist Olga Roumchevitch was born in St. Petersburg into the family of famed conductor, Dimitry Roumchevitch, director of Mikhailovsky Opera House. Her mother, her first piano teacher, was herself a respected pianist, who studied under the famous Felix Blumenfeld, teacher of Vladimir Horowitz. In 1969 under the tutelage of professor Nadezhda Golubovskaya she obtained her masters Diploma from the St Petersburg Conservatory.
During her study years she performed as a soloist with the prestigious St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, playing the concertos of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Saint Saens, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
Upon competition of her studies, Ms Roumchevitch taught at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow as Professor and Concert Maestro for 23 years. During this time she also continued performing as both, a soloist as well as in chamber ensemble.
Olga is a winner of several international competitions. Chamber music has played a special role in Olga’s performance career. She has participated in several International chamber music festivals in the United Kingdom, France, Czechoslovakia, St Petersburg, Moscow, Austria, Lithuania and Brussels.
Olga has performed extensively as accompanist and chamber music player to the celebrated violinist Gidon Kremer. On many international tours. She also appeared on numerous occasions on his festival in Lockenhaus, Austria. She as well recorded with the BBC Singers a Brahms program in London that came out on BBC Label. She also performed under maestro Valery Gergiev at the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg, London, Brescia and Bergamo, Moscow and Paris.
In 1997 she was a pianist for the Maestro Yehudi Menuhin at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Olga Roumchevich regularly accompanies her husband the renowned pianist Yevgeny Mogilevsky and 2 sons, Maxim and Alexander, both celebrated pianists, for 4-hand and duo piano music performances around the world.
Ms Roumchevitch is regularly invited as a jury member on the panel of several International Competitions.
Since 1992, she is a faculty member at Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. Her unique teaching style, drawn from her Conductor father and celebrated piano teachers, is sought after by many young pianists at her seminars.
Olga is a faculty member at the festivals and summer academies in Southern France (Les Orres), Italy (Atri), Belgium (Floreffe) and others. Olga is Artistic Director of Bahrain Conservatory of Music in Manama, Bahrain.
Her students are prizewinners of many international Piano Competitions, such as Queen Elisabeth Competition, Munich ARD Competition, and Liszt Competition in Holland and Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow.
Phillip Kawin has received critical acclaim for his performances in venues throughout the world—from Sydney’s Angel Place Recital Hall to Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall—which have received critical acclaim: “… Kawin came out to play Prokofiev Sonata No. 7 in B-flat, probably like no pianist, let alone the composer himself, has played it. A mesmerizing power, devoid of percussiveness and angularity associated with Prokofiev’s piano scores, emanates from Kawin’s moulding touch that evolves to diabolic mysterium.” (New Paltz, New York) As recitalist and soloist with orchestra, he has performed throughout Australia, China, Korea, Italy, Russia, Spain and the U.S. Phillip Kawin has an exclusive recording contract with the Master Performers Record Label. His debut album featuring works of Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt and Prokofiev was launched at Steinway Hall in New York in 2008, and received with critical acclaim. His all-Schubert CD recorded in June 2014, under the direction of renowned producer Steven Epstein, was released to critical acclaim in 2015: “Perhaps among recording artists today Maurizio Pollini (Deutsche Grammophon) or Mitsuko Uchida (Philips) can, and certainly in the recent past Paul Badura-Skoda and Clara Haskil could, but now there is a new recording to put alongside these venerable artists. Phillip Kawin gives us all the necessary elements that make the diminutive composer with a gigantic soul come to life.” (Fanfare Magazine)
Mr. Kawin has given master classes at the Moscow Conservatory, Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Seoul National University, Van Cliburn Piano Institute, among many others. Recently, his master classes have taken him to the Busan International and the DMZ festivals in South Korea; the Harvard Club in New York (the first class at that historic venue); Arizona State University; New England Piano Teachers Association; Summit Music Festival; and twice for the Sibelius Academy in Finland, through the Distance Learning at Manhattan School of Music Global Conservatory Videoconference Master Class Series.
Phillip Kawin has developed a highly individual pedagogical approach that has established him as a much sought after artist-teacher. His concepts evolved through an eclectic background of training that combines a variety of artistic and esthetic influences. He has created a teaching methodology that presents the principles of technique and musicianship in a detailed analytical approach—an approach that does not ignore the intuitive aspect of music-making. Mr. Kawin studied with Alfred Cortot‘s long-time associate Jules Gentil at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, in New York City with Howard Aibel (assistant to Rosina Lhevinne), with John Perry, and with Dora Zaslavsky (who had studied with Wilhelm Backhaus and Harold Bauer) at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1989, Mr. Kawin was appointed to the college faculty of Manhattan School of Music, where he currently works with a select studio of advanced and highly gifted pupils from diverse corners of the globe.
Mr. Kawin’s students have won top honors in the Young Concert Artists Auditions, as well as in the Martha Argerich International, Jacob Flier International, World Piano, Kosciuszko, Thelonious Monk International (jazz piano), Melilla in Spain, Heida Hermanns, Soulima Stravinsky International, Josef Hofmann, Mieczyslaw Munz, Leschetizky, and the Long–Thibaud Crespin (France) International competitions. He is in constant demand at premier international conferences and festivals, having given his renowned lectures and insightful master classes in Russia, Hong Kong, Israel, China, Korea, Taiwan, the U.S., and throughout Australia. To quote from a review of one of his masterclasses: “During these moments, the highest art of piano playing came into view. An image of great pianism not as a demonstration of velocity, or accuracy, but great pianism as absolute control of sound. Phillip Kawin leads his students to reach for that sound, a sound that borders on the architectural and the orchestral. Once heard, that sound stays in the ear—hauntingly. When the master class was over, we were fatigued physically, but mentally stimulated. The sound, and those ideas would remain, they are all too rare. ” (Atlanta Music Teachers Association master class) For the past two decades, he has been in residence at the PianoSummer at SUNY New Paltz (New York), an International Institute/Festival, as well as appearing regularly at the Summit Music Festival (New York), the International Academy of Music in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (Italy), and the Beijing International Music Festival & Academy (China). Phillip Kawin has been a guest adjudicator for such competitions as the Beethoven International Piano Competition Vienna, Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition (four times), Sydney International, and the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (Suwon, Korea). He is featured on five DVDs (master classes and lectures) for Excellence in Music, Inc. These were recorded live at the annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference(s).
Phillip Kawin is a Steinway Artist.
Chinese Pianist Jia Shi is acknowledged as one of today’s evocative young artists in the Unites States as well as in China. Ms. Shi is raised in a musical family in Guangzhou, China, was strongly influenced by her grandfather,
Mingxin Shi, a renowned conductor. Ms. Shi was a winner of many competitions including the Sendai Piano Competition in Japan, the Kaiserburg Competition in China, the Horowitz Piano competition in Kiev, Ukraine, and the National Haiziman Piano Competition in China in 2005, where she won First Prize and an award for Best Performance. Ms.Shi was awarded several Scholarships for both her undergraduate and graduate studies.
Her well-rounded performing arts backgrounds includes six years of piano study under world renowned professor Zhihong Guo for her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In addition, Ms. Shi furthered her studies with World Pianist Alexander Korsantia, earned her second Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at New England Conservatory.
For the past over ten years, Ms. Shi has worked as a freelance piano coach for numerous musical establishments. Alongside other projects, Ms. Shi continues to coach students of all and stages to develop their confidence and
artistry. Many of her students go on to study at the major music conservatories and pursue their musical goals. Ms. Shi teaches at several Boston schools and at the New England Conservatory as well, as teaching assistant to Mr. Korsantia, her students are undergraduates and non-piano majors. She recently performed publicly with him at one of a concert series on Cape Cod featuring New England Conservatory performers. Ms. Shi is involved with aspects of concert production with the Boston Modern Orchestra. Ms. Shi is the Director of Global Outstanding Artists Association.
As the youngest judge, she participates in various competitions in China. Most recently she joins the faculty of the Concord Conservatory of Music, Summit festival in New York and the Board of the New England Piano Teacher’s Association, the Chair of Hamlet Davidson piano competition.
Adam Kent has performed in recital,as soloist with orchestra, and in chamber music throughout the United States, Spain, Switzerland, and South America. A winner of the American Pianists Association Fellowship and Simone Belsky Music Awards, Mr.Kent also received top prizes in the Thomas Richner, the Julliard Concerto, and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competitions and is a recipient of the Arthur Rubenstein Prize and the Harold Bauer Award. Mr. Kent made his New York recital debut at Weill Hall in 1989 and has been featured on radio stations WQXR, WNYC, and WFUV.Chamber music has been an important part of Mr.Kent ’s concert life, most recently with the Damocles Trio which he co-founded in 1996 with violinist Airi Yoshioka and cellist Sibylle Johner.
Pei Sun is an Associate Professor of China Conservatory, Beijing. He started his piano education at age six. At the age of twelve, He was admitted to the Middle School Attached to the Central Conservatory in Beijing where he studied with Jianqin Fan and Yiming Pan. After he moved to New York, Mr. Sun received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Queen’s College, CUNY under the tutelage of Morey Ritt and Master of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Constance Keene and Solomon Mikowsky. He also studied with other eminent artists such as Arkady Aronov, Lydia Bugosluvsky and George Pappastavorro. Winner of numerous awards at competitions held in China and U.S, he has appeared in many concerts as a soloist and chamber musician both in the U.S. and China concert halls including Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, Guangzhou People’s Theater and Shandong Theater. Mr. Sun holds many master classes in Shandong, Guangdong and Zhejiang in China, and his students win top honors at many national and international competitions. Besides teaching at China Conservatory, Mr. Sun also served as a frequent adjudicator in international competitions such as “The First Asia-Pacific International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition” in Korea, “The Fourth Steinway National Youth Piano Competition” in China and “The Third Goodway International Youth Piano Competition” in China. Since 2008, Mr. Sun has been faculty of Summit Music Festival, New York where he teaches both piano and chamber music. Mr. Sun is also a cofounder and Chief Inspector of Goodway National Piano Competition in Hangzhou, China.
Albert Lotto, cited by music critic Robert Sherman as “one of our best pianists,” is active internationally as a solo concert performer, orchestral soloist, and ensemble musician. Since winning First Prize in the Montreal International Piano Competition, and the Gold Medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition, he has toured frequently and extensively on four continents. Albert Lotto was chosen by the Juilliard School to represent the United States Department of State as a cultural ambassador to Japan, Taiwan, the Republic of China, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador and Peru. He simultaneously worked with the Peace Corps as a representative artist and teacher in Honduras.
Mr. Lotto is a frequent performer in Japan. In addition to solo recitals throughout the country, he records for the National Broadcasting Corporation of Japan (NHK), Columbia Records of Japan, and he has performed with Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropolitan Orchestra of Tokyo and virtually every major orchestra in Japan. This last summer, Mr. Lotto appeared together with two of Japan’s foremost composers, Yoshinao Nakada and Teizo Matsumura in performances of their major works for solo piano and chamber music ensembles.
Based in New York, he frequently appears in major halls in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Montreal. He is artistic director for a concert series presented at the Tenri Cultural Institute which is located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York. This series promotes the careers of young artists from Asia as well as those from all other countries. Educated at the Juilliard School of Music, he received his doctorate while a student of Sascha Gorodnitzki.
An outstanding interpreter of J.S. Bach and contemporary composers, pianist Peter Vinograde regularly tours the U.S., Canada, and Asia. This past season featured the world premiere in New York City of Michael Matthews’ De Reflejo a Fulgar for piano and digital sound (2007-14), and Peter Mennin’s rarely performed, powerful Piano Sonata (1963). Other engagements included Santa Fe, San Francisco, Singapore, Xiamen, and all-Bach recital at ;Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery featuring English Suites 4-6.
Recent concerto performances include the Mozart K. 271 in Winnipeg, Beethoven #2 in Santa Fe, and Utah composer Hal Campbell’s Piano Concerto with the BYU Orchestra, a work dedicated to Dr. Vinograde. The 2011-2012 season included his solo recital debut in Beijing.
As a chamber musician, Peter Vinograde has appeared at the Bard, Bargemusic, Caramoor, and Wolftrap Festivals. As a collaborative artist, he toured throughout Asia with violinist Midori, including her Singapore debut, also performing with her at the Cape Cod and Mostly Mozart Festivals.
Other recent highlights include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at an outdoor concert in Zion National Park, and Mark Zuckerman’s On the Edges at Symphony Space, part of the ACA festival.
In conjunction with his Bach for Pianists class at the Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Vinograde presents the Goldberg Variations, English Suites, and Partitas in lecture/recital form at conservatories and universities, including Juilliard, Oberlin, and the Mannes International Keyboard Festival.
World premiere performances have included Nicolas Flagello’s Concerto #3 (1962) with Nicholas Palmer and the Owensboro (KY) Symphony. Dr. Vinograde’s numerous distinctions began with first prize in the 1971 J.S. Bach International Competition, followed by his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall and an N.E.A.-sponsored Lincoln Center recital at Alice Tully Hall. He has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and CBC-TV’s the Journal. CDs include releases on Albany, CBC, Linfair (Decca) and Phoenix.
Peter Vinograde teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a student of Zenon Fishbein, and at Lehman College (CUNY).