LINA BAHN – violin
Lina Bahn is a violinist who has a keen interest in collaborative and innovative repertoire, and has been called “brilliant” and “lyrical” by the Washington Post. Her most recent publication of Mean Fiddle Summer on the Naxos Label was hailed by the ClevelandClassical.com: “From start to finish, the violinist demonstrates her adroit technical facility, kaleidoscope of colors, and consummate musical taste.” Intrigued by the relationship between art and social context, Bahn is one of four founding members of MoVE (Modern Violin Ensemble). MoVE is an innovative quartet of four violinists, committed to commissioning music and starting a canon of repertoire for this relatively unknown instrumentation. Along with MoVE, she has collaborated with cellist Matt Haimovitz to produce a program dedicated to ocean/water awareness: Voices of the Ocean, which premiered at the National Gallery of Art in 2017.
She was a member of the award-winning Corigliano Quartet, with performances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, Ravinia, and which earned the ASCAP/CMA Award for Adventurous Programming. In 2007, their Naxos Records recording of quartets by John Corigliano and Jefferson Friedman was selected by The New Yorker magazine as one of the year’s “Best 10 Recordings.” They have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, All Things Considered, and Backstage Pass, Chicago’s WFMT’s Live From Studio One, and can be heard on the Albany, CRI, Naxos and Bayer Labels.
As a guest with the Takacs String Quartet, she performed at the Concertgebouw, Strathmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Queen Elizabeth Hall, among others. Lina is a dedicated educator, who has taught master classes throughout the world. From 2008-2014, she served on faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and she is currently an Associate Professor at the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles.
LORENZ GAMMA – violin (artistic co-director)
Lorenz Gamma is professor of violin at California State University Northridge and has previously taught at University of California Los Angeles [UCLA], Indiana University in Bloomington and California Institute of the Arts. He is internationally active as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher, and gives frequent master classes in the United States, Europe and Asia. His private and professional violin students have won top prizes at numerous solo and chamber music competitions and regularly go on to continue their studies at such institutions as the Juilliard School, Indiana University, the Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California and the Colburn School. Having performed internationally a string quartet repertoire of over sixty composers, as well as a large part of the standard chamber music repertoire of over eighty composers, Mr. Gamma also dedicates himself enthusiastically to coaching chamber music.
As former co-leader of the Amar Quartet in Switzerland, Mr. Gamma performed a full-time concert schedule touring through many of Europe’s most important chamber music venues, including the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Residence in Munich, the Cologne Philharmonic, as well as venues in many other cities such as London, Paris, New York etc. For ten years, Lorenz Gamma served as first violinist of the Los Angeles based group Southwest Chamber Music. The ensemble’s recordings of the complete chamber music works of Carlos Chávez have been nominated for six Grammy Awards, winning two in 2004 and 2005.
Mr. Gamma has also served as concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle, and later as Principal of the Zurich Opera Orchestra.
As a soloist Lorenz Gamma has performed over twenty different concertos by Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Bruch, Gubaidulina, Lutoslawski, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla, Rubinstein, Schnittke, Schumann, Spohr, Tartini, Vivaldi, and Wieniawski. He also holds an extensive record of appearances on radio, both in Europe and in the United States. His radio broadcasts and CD recordings include Schubert’s String Quintet and Piano Trio in E-flat, the “Quartet for the End of Time” by Messiæn, the complete String Quartets as well as works for violin and piano and the Piano Sextet by Carlos Chávez, the Dvorák Piano Quintet, Mozart Clarinet Quintet, sonatas and partitas by Bach, Kodály, Lazarof, Mozart and Ravel, as well as string quartets by Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Haydn, Hindemith, Ives, Janácek, Mozart, Ortiz, Ravel, Shostakovich, Ullmann, Verdi and Wadada Leo Smith. Chamber musicians he has collaborated with include Heinz Holliger, Paul Katz, Ronald Leonard, Donald McInnes, Joseph Silverstein, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and many others. Composers that Mr. Gamma has been in collaboration with include Miguel del Aguila, Adrienne Albert, John Adams, Mark Applebaum, Alexandra du Bois, Thüring Bräm, Elliot Carter, Nancy Bloomer Deussen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Yalil Guerra, Heinz Holliger, Andrei Kasparov, Rudolf Kelterborn, Peter Knell, Panayiotis Kokoras, Ian Krouse, Christian Lauba, Henri Lazarof, Tomás Marco, Margaret Meier, Mark Menzies, Thea Musgrave, Maria Newman, Gabriela Ortiz, Robert Paterson, Deon Nielsen Price, Kurt Rhode, Thomas Daniel Schlee, Patricio da Silva, Wadada Leo Smith, Chrysanthe Tan, Vu Nhat Tan, Pham Minh Tang, Ton That Tiet, Stephen Westerhout and Gernot Wolfgang.
Lorenz Gamma was born in Switzerland, where he received his initial training as a violinist at the conservatory in Lucerne. His further studies took place in the United States, with Franco Gulli, Steven Staryk and Mark Kaplan.
JOAN KWUON – violin
American violinist Joan Kwuon is widely recognized for her commanding interpretations, graceful flair and deeply communicative voice. Her artistry is committed to a diversity of musical periods and styles ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Stravinsky and Takemitsu.
Joan Kwuon, whom the New York Times describes as “fiery, intensely musical and impassioned,” made her Tanglewood Music Festival concerto debut at the invitation of Sir André Previn in 2000 and her recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall the following season. She has since appeared with leading orchestras of North America, Europe and Asia and in recital and chamber music internationally.
Celebrating Mozart’s 250th birthday, Ms. Kwuon toured the United States performing Mozart Violin Concerti with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit and Matthias Bamert. She performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and André Previn in Cardiff, Wales and with Maestro Previn and the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall performing Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3. She also appeared with the BBC Nation al Orchestra of Wales, NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, Seattle Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Bulgarian National Academic Orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia of Finland, Moscow State Radio Symphony, Orchestra Europa, Busan Philharmonic, State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Louisiana Philharmonic, Amarillo Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and International Sejong Soloists.
Joan Kwuon made her Metropolitan Museum recital debut in 2006 and in 2008 returned to the Metropolitan Museum with pianist, André Previn in Sonata Recital. She also has enjoyed collaborations with Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, the Juilliard String Quartet, Bright Sheng, Heidi Grant Murphy, Cecile Licad, Vladimir Feltsman and Tony Bennett with whom Ms. Kwuon has performed in duet at Jazz Lincoln Center, Tanglewood and most recently at the MusiCares Grammy Awards Gala.
Born in Los Angeles, Joan Kwuon began her musical studies at the piano at age five and violin at age six. She attended Crossroads School and studied at Indiana University with Miriam Fried, The Juilliard School with Joel Smirnoff and CIM with Donald Weilerstein. She has taught at The Juilliard School and has been guest artist/faculty at numerous music festivals including Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea, La Jolla’s Summerfest, Bowdoin International Music Festival and this summer at the Heifetz International Music Institute. In 2009, Ms Kwuon was appointed to the violin faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She recently signed a multi-album contract with Azica Records.
JUAN-MIGUEL HERNANDEZ – viola
An artist defined by the critics as “…tender, lyrical, loaded with personality” (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pierre Ruhe), violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez is also recognized for drawing “…the sweetest, most sonorous tone…” (Washington Post, Charles T. Downey). In September 2009, Juan-Miguel won the first Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition, for which he is delighted to join as a juror for the 2017 edition, in Austria, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition in 2006, presented by J.P. Morgan Chase. As a featured guest soloist, Juan-Miguel has appeared with the Atlanta, Seattle, Colorado Symphonies, as well as the Rochester Philharmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Performances in recent seasons have brought Juan-Miguel on tour throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, South America, Canada and the United States. In 2010, he was honored with the medal of the National Assembly of Quebec.
Juan-Miguel has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Kim Kashkashian, Gérard Caussé, Nicolas Dautricourt, Misha Dichter, the Weilerstein trio as well as Jazz living legends Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Stanley Clark and Paquito D’Rivera. Recent festival and program appearances as guest artist and teacher include the Festival Pablo Casal (Prades, France), the Festival Des Arcs (France), the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), Orford Academy (Canada), Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (South Africa), the Salzburg Festival, the Brevard Summer Institute, the Mozaic Festival, Festicamara (Colombia), Montreal Jazz & Panama Jazz Festivals and Musica Mundi International Festival (Belgium).
A dedicated chamber musician, Juan-Miguel is the newest member of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet and a founding member of the Harlem Quartet with whom he performed from 2006 to 2012. Juan-Miguel is also a founder and member of the “Trio Virado” (Flute, Viola, Guitar) as well as the “Boreal Trio” (Clarinet, Viola, Piano), both specializing in the creation of new repertoire. From 2005 to 2010, he was also an active member of the I Palpiti orchestra, a cast of international laureates forming a world class string orchestra based in Los Angeles. The 2017 summer season saw his return with the I Palpiti orchestra, this time as soloist, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in Disney Hall (Los Angeles), and the Mozarteum’s Solitaire Hall (Salzburg).
His strong commitment to educate and engage new audiences all around the globe have brought him to reach young musicians and various communities through art convoys in South Africa and Venezuela, various music festivals in South America and outreach projects in Europe and North America. In the Fall of 2016 Juan-Miguel was appointed to the faculty of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music (London) as Professor of Viola.
Juan-Miguel Hernandez was born in Montreal, Canada in 1985 and began studying the violin at age seven, then switched to viola at age twelve under the tutelage of Jean McRae. He received his Bachelor degree from the Colburn Conservatory in 2010 studying with Paul Coletti and Graduate Diploma in the Professional String Quartet program in 2012 with Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory, working privately with Kim Kashkashian and Dimitri Murrath. He also worked with Pinchas Zukerman, Roberto Diaz, Paul Neubauer, Karen Tuttle, Steven Dann, James Dunham, Barbara Westphal and Robert Vernon. Juan-Miguel plays a beautiful 2008 Miralles viola from Altadena CA.
ANDREW COOK – cello
Andrew Cook, cellist, has excited audiences both as a soloist and ensemble artist with his “strong soloistic style and rich immediate sound” throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Cook received his bachelors degree from the Peabody Conservatory under Stephen Kates and in 1987 went on to study with Lynn Harrell as a scholarship student at the University of Southern California. Concert appearances have taken Mr. Cook throughout the United States, Mexico, France, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Central Asia and Egypt. As a member of the Peabody Honor String Quartet, Mr. Cook performed live broadcasts for National Public Radio and Radio France, a command performance for Princess Grace of Monaco, and a performance at the Palace of Versailles. In 1988, he joined the Valcoeur String Quartet who were artists-in-residence at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
In 1990, Mr. Cook represented the U.S. at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow. He has been a guest artist with the Ensemble of Santa Fe and the Lark String Quartet and has also been a guest at the Cerventino International Festival, Musica Da Camerata Festival, Grand Teton Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and San Miguel de Allende and Vashon Island cello festival.
Mr. Cook is very active in the Los Angeles music scene and has been a regular guest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, joining them on two recent European tours. He has also worked with the Pasadena Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Cook was a founding member of the Vista Trio which has performed worldwide and has released two recordings on the Vision Records label. He has released his own solo compact disc of beautiful short concert pieces for cello and piano entitled “After a Dream”.
He has served on the faculties of Goucher College, Pepperdine University, and California State University Northridge and Pasadena Conservatory of music. He is the co-founder and director of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival and he has been a faculty member of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. He is currently professor of cello at Pepperdine University and Artist-teacher at Pasadena Conservatory and. Mr. Cook is also active in the recording, television and motion picture studios working on music scores for John Williams, Randy Newman, James Horner, Marvin Hamlisch, Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, and others. He is in great demand not only as a performer but also as a teacher, lecturer and educator.
“…. a serious musician with ample technique and an engaging musical personality ….” (Ronald Leonard, former Principal Cellist, Los Angeles Philharmonic).
JOHANNES KREBS – cello
Born in Goslar, Germany in 1974, Krebs is today one of the most interesting and multifaceted musicians of his generation. During his studies in Hanover, Madrid, Basilea and Cologne he won numerous prices and awards at competitions in Germany, Austria, England and the USA. Over the last decade, Krebs has developed an extensive career as a soloist, chamber musician and much sought after teacher. As soloist with orchestras he has performed under the baton of conductors like Ingo Metzmacher, Markus Poschner, Marko Letonja, Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas Milton and Wolfgang Schmidt and as a member of the STREICHTRIO LIRICO he has been appearing in concerts and recitals all over Europe and South America. In 1999 Krebs made the world premiere recording of the piece TROVA for cello and orchestra by the Spanish composer Enrique Granados for SONY. Furthermore, he recorded string trios by Beethoven and Schubert, as well as piano trios by Dvorák, Brahms and Shostakovitch, piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms, and the Janácek string quartets. Since 2016, the Streichtrio Lirico has been recording for the audite label. He was also invited for radio and tv productions in Germany (NDR) and Spain (Tele5, Radio nacional, Canal+, Radio Clásica). Krebs is a frequent guest at important music festivals such as the Casals Festival in Prades, the festivals in Santander and Albal, the Schleswig Holstein Festival and the Braunschweiger Kammermusikpodium. Additionally, Krebs has been fulfilling his duties as Principal Cellist of the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006. He greatly enjoys teaching his cello class at the University of Arts in Bremen, offers masterclasses in Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain and coaches regularly the cello sections of various German youth orchestras. In the academic year of 2015/16, he taught as guest at the Music Academy in Krakow, Poland. Recently, he has played cello concertos of the standard repertoire by Haydn, Tschaikowsky´s Rokoko Variations, the Brahms Double, Bruch´s Kol Nidrei, Saint-Saëns, Schumann and Dvorák, as well as such extraordinary concertos like Martinu, Tüür, Sallinen’s “Nocturnal Dances of Donjuanquixote” and the Gulda cello concerto.
In 2015 Krebs served as judge in the Tonali Cello Competition in Hamburg and was appointed Artistic Director of the Musikfest Goslar. Krebs plays a marvellous cello by Carlo Antonio Testore, Milano 1746.
SUNG-WON YANG – cello
“It takes a player of Sung-Won Yang’s Technical Brilliance and expressive boldness to make one feel The Kodaly’s Solo Sonata’s full grandeur.” – Gramophone –
Cellist Sung-Won Yang has performed throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. He has given solo and chamber music concerts in prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, the Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Opera City Hall in Tokyo, Symphony Hall in Osaka and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. His recitals have also brought him to other leading cities, such as London, Rome, Frankfurt, Madrid, Prague, Helsinki, Boston, Seattle, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Sydney and many others.
While an exclusive artist for EMI-Korea, his first album entirely devoted to Kodály was the “Editor’s Choice of the Month” of Gramophone Magazine (February 2003) and the “Critic’s Choice of the Year” of Gramophone Magazine in the UK (December 2003). He was also nominated for Best Solo Album of the Edison Awards in the Netherlands (2003). His other recordings for EMI include works by Rachmaninoff and Chopin with pianist Ick Choo Moon (2002), the complete J.S. Bach suites for cello solo (2005), and the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for piano and cello with pianist Pascal Devoyon (2007). These recordings have all been received with great acclaim from music lovers and critics alike. His Schubert album with violinist Olivier Charlier and pianist Emmanuel Strosser appeared under the Decca label in 2009; his recent recordings are the Dvorák Cello Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (cond. Znedek Macal) and Dumky Trio (2010); an album combining Jazz, Latin music and la variété française with the ensemble Les Bons Becs ‘Musical Get Away’ (2011); Beethoven’s ‘Archduke’ trio and op. 70 no. 2 with Trio Owon (2013); and the complete works by Brahms and Schumann for cello and piano with Enrico Pace (2014); two records for Decca / Universal by Trio Owon: the complete recordings of Beethoven trios (2015), and Olivier Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps (2016). Most recently, Sung-Won Yang released a second recording of J.S. Bach’s 6 suites for solo cello on Universal Music/Decca.
Sung-Won Yang has collaborated with such great musicians as Christoph Eschenbach, Myung Whun Chung, Peter Eötvös, Johannes Kalitzke, Laurent Petitgirard, Dong Suk Kang, and Pascal Devoyon. His interpretations of the Cello Concerto by Saint-Saëns, the Brahms Double Concerto, and Variations on a Rococo Theme by Tchaikovsky with the Orchestre Symphonique Français were broadcast by French TV in France and throughout Europe on Eurovision and are available on DVD (Goldline Classics). In addition, France Music, NHK (Japan), and KBS (Korea), among other radios, have broadcast many of his live concerts.
A regular performer of contemporary music, Sung-Won Yang premiered Peter Eötvös’ Concerto Grosso with the Seoul Philharmonic with the composer conducting, and in Austria with the RFO, Austrian Radio Symphoniker. He also regularly commissions new works from talented young composers, including piano trios by composers Min Jae Jeon (2014 and 2016) and Pierre Charvet (2006), and a work with Odaegum (traditional Korean wooden flute) by Jee Young Kim (2006).
Born in Korea, Sung-Won Yang graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and was assistant to Janos Starker at Indiana University in the United States. He served on the juror of the International Competition of Chamber Music in Banff, Canada, the International Cello Competition André Navarra in France, the International Cello Competition Cassado in Japan, and the Tongyeong International Competition in Korea. A recipient of numerous awards, he is currently a professor of cello at the School of Music Yonsei University in Seoul, visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and Artistic Director of the Festival Owon at Chateau de Chaumont sur Loire in France.
ENRICO ELISI – piano
Enrico Elisi has established himself as one of the most passionate Italian pianists on the concert scene today and has been hailed for his mastery of elegance, refinement, and fantasy (La Nueva España). He regularly performs to acclaim throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia and his interpretations reveal “remarkable sensitivity, imagination, and polish,” (Baltimore Sun). He has appeared in historical settings such as La Fenice Theatre, Venice; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; Bibiena Theatre, Mantua; and Pavarotti Opera House, Modena. Recent engagements include the Banff Centre for the Arts, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York Public Library, New York’s Morgan Library, Washington’s National Gallery of Art and the Italian Embassy, as well as the Centro Cultural de España in Lima, Peru. He performed with several orchestras in the US, Italy, Portugal, and as a chamber musician, at the Taos and Ravinia Festivals. Elisi’s recitals have been broadcast on radio and TV programs in the US and Europe. Among his awards are top prizes in the Premio Venezia (Italy) and the Oporto International Competition (Portugal). A champion of new music, Elisi has commissioned works from many composers and premiered Paul Chihara’s Two Images, at Weill Hall (subsequently recorded for Albany Records). He recently released an album of Mozart Sonatas and shorter compositions. A new recording of Bach’s selected Partitas and Preludes is forthcoming. Elisi is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and was on the faculty of the Eastman School among other institutions. He conducted a myriad of master classes around the world and is sought-after at many music festivals and as an adjudicator. The rich tradition of his musical roots can be traced to the Conservatories of Bologna and Florence, the renown Imola International Academy, in Italy, and the Peabody Institute, in the US. His teachers included mentors such as Leon Fleisher, Lazar Berman, Alexander Lonquich, Boris Petrushansky, Franco Scala, and Giuseppe Fricelli. Enrico Elisi is a Steinway Artist.
JEAN-LOUIS HAGUENAUER – piano
Jean-Louis Haguenauer has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He has appeared as a soloist on virtually every important concert series in France and has performed often on Radio France and French national television. Haguenauer has also participated in numerous summer festivals in Europe and the U.S., including La Roque d’Anthéron, Radio-France Montpellier, Jacobins de Toulouse, Orangerie de Sceaux, les Arcs, Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival, and Kreeger Museum June Chamber Festival.
As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Fine Arts Quartet, Quatuor Ébène, Arriaga Quartet, the Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Accoche-Notes; violinists Alexis Galpérine, Patrice Fontanarosa, Régis Pasquier and Joanna Maurer, violists Pierre-Henri Xuereb, Tasso Adamopoulos, Miles Hofmann and Arnaud Thorette; cellists Cecilia Tsan, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Alberto Parrini and Xavier Gagnepain; flutists Patrick Gallois, Andras Adorjan, Sara Stern and Michel Moraguès; clarinetists Loren Kitt, Michel Arrignon, Philippe Cuper, Armand Angster and Michel Lethiec; bassoonist Pascal Gallois; and horn player Gail Williams, among many others. He is a founding member of the Galpérine-Tsan-Haguenauer Piano Trio, launched in Paris in 1988. From 1991 to 1997, he was a member of the Florence Gould Hall Chamber Players, and from 2003 to 2007, he was the pianist of the American Chamber Players. He has been concertizing with Tenor Gilles Ragon for 20 years, successfully exploring both French and German repertoire.
Haguenauer graduated from the École Normale de Musique in Paris and the Geneva Conservatory, with Germaine Mounier, Louis Hiltbrand, and Jean Fassina as his principal mentors. In addition to his piano studies, he pursued composition and musical analysis with such luminaries as Nadia Boulanger and Henri Dutilleux. He is a Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Prize winner.
Renowned as an interpreter of the French repertoire, Haguenauer’s recordings of the complete piano music of Debussy are in progress. He has also recorded solo repertoire by Liszt (transcriptions of the first two Beethoven symphonies) and chamber repertoire by Weber, Bloch, Ropartz, Stravinsky, and many others. A Beethoven and Schumann CD (An die ferne Geliebte, Dichterliebe, Fantasy Op.17), with the French tenor Gilles Ragon, was released in 2010 (Saphir). The first complete recording of Debussy’s melodies, the four-CD Claude Debussy: Melodies Integrale (Complete Songs), with some of the best French singers of our time, was released in 2014. The project was supported in part by a New Frontiers in Arts and Humanities grant.
Haguenauer was the subject of the feature film La Spirale du Pianiste, which continues to be shown in theaters throughout France. Haguenauer has been a member of the piano faculty at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, Bloomington (USA) since 1998 and previously was professor of piano at the Strasbourg Conservatory.
MING TSU – piano (artistic co-director)
Pianist Ming Tsu is acclaimed for her imaginative and refined performances of both standard and contemporary repertoire. She has appeared on concert stages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and her CD recordings and live performances have been broadcast on over fifty radio stations across the United States and in Europe. An avid performer of contemporary music, Ms. Tsu regularly premieres new works and has collaborated with a diverse range of composers including György Kurtág, Elliot Carter, Roger Reynolds, Chinary Ung, Morton Subotnick, Toshio Hosokawa, Wadada Leo Smith, Lei Liang, Miguel del Águila, Gabriela Ortiz, Javier Álvarez, Henri Lazarof, Maria Newman, Pham Minh Tang, Alexandra du Bois, Robert Paterson, Kurt Rhode, Karen Tanaka and Juhi Bansal. Ms. Tsu has recorded chamber music works by composers Miguel del Águila, Rebecca Clarke, William Kraft, Henri Lazarof, Maria Newman, Gabriela Ortiz and Chinary Ung, as well as the complete chamber music for piano and strings by Mexican composer Carlos Chávez with Grammy Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music.
Fervently dedicated to education, Ms. Tsu enjoys a stellar reputation as a teacher of both piano and chamber music. With her musical insight and analytical approach to piano technique, she has worked with countless students and helped them attain greater freedom on their instrument and achieve a deeper artistic sense. In addition to her role as Artistic Co-Director of the Borromeo Music Festival, Ms. Tsu is a regular guest artist at numerous other music festivals, such as the Interharmony and Montecito International Music Festivals, Unbound Chamber Music Festival, CSU Summer Arts and others. Ms. Tsu is on the piano faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, California State University Northridge and Pomona College.
Ming Tsu has received her degrees in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music (BM), Indiana University (MM) and University of Washington, (DMA).