William Grant Naboré was born in Roanoke, Virginia (USA), began his formal piano studies at the age of 8 with Kathleen Kelly Coxe, and two years later was accepted at the exclusive Hollins College as a special student of the noted musicologist Anne McClenney. At 17 he won a scholarship from the Italian government and continued his piano studies with Carlo Zecchi (a pupil of Busoni and Schnabel) at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He also studied with the eminent pianist and pedagogue Renata Borgatti. Later he was coached privately by Rudolf Serkin, George Szell and Alicia de Larrocha. He studied chamber music with Pierre Fournier in Geneva and won the Premier Prix de la Virtuosité and the Prix Paderewski from the Geneva Conservatory.
For more than 20 years, in collaboration with the City of Geneva, he performed the complete chamber works of Brahms, Schumann, Dvorak, Beethoven and Schubert, plus the essential works of the French and Russian repertoire, with ensembles including the Amadeus, the Talich, the Bagrieli, and the Brindisi quartets. He was also active as a member of the Studio de Musique Contemporaine where he performed European premieres of several important American works. In 1988 he founded the Amadeus Festival on the outskirts of Geneva.
Mr. Naboré has received critical recognition on the international concert circuit as Cultural Ambassador for the United States, and has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra Verdi in Milan. His distinguished discography is broad and eclectic.
An outstanding teacher of his instrument, William Grant Naboré has formed some of the finest and most finished artists of the young generation. In 1993 he became founding director of the International Piano Foundation “Theo Lieven” and with Martha Argerich, as Honorary President, he founded the International Piano Academy Lake Como in 2002.
Known for a ravishing technique and his compelling musical conviction, pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch is part of the elite group of Cliburn Gold Medal winners, having taken home the Gold Medal at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In addition to the Cliburn Gold Medal, he was also the recipient of the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music. His profoundly warm and intelligent performances have won him prizes at the Busoni, Kapell, Maria Callas, and New Orleans competitions, among others. Ioudenitch has performed at major international cultural centers including Carnegie Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Gasteig (Munich, Germany), Conservatorio Verdi (Milan, Italy), Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg, Russia), International Performing Arts Center (Moscow, Russia), The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (Moscow, Russia), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing, China), International Piano Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron (France), Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris, France), Bass Hall (Fort Worth, Texas), Jordan Hall (Boston, Massachusetts), Orange County Performing Arts Center (Costa Mesa, California), and the Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, Colorado). “He searched deeply into Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467 (a.k.a. the “Elvira Madigan” concerto), shaping every phrase fluidly and poetically with a light, crisp yet never brittle touch. Nothing was blurred or precious, and his playing, even at its gentlest, had an understated rhythmic spine.” —Los Angeles Times Soon to be released recordings include Stravinsky, Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka, produced by multi-Grammy winning producer Thomas Frost (who notably produced many recordings of Vladimir Horowitz), and trios of Brahms and Mendelssohn with the Park Piano Trio, recorded in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (where Menahem Pressler made many recordings with the Beaux Arts Trio). Also available on Harmonia Mundi is the Stanislav Ioudenitch, Gold Medalist, 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition recording. Stanislav Ioudenitch is also featured in Playing on the Edge, Peter Rosen’s Peabody Award-winning documentary made for PBS about the 2001 Cliburn competition. Ioudenitch has had the privilege to perform with the conductors James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, James DePreist, Günther Herbig, Asher Fisch, Stefan Sanderling, Michael Stern, Carl St. Clair and Justus Franz, and with orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, National Symphony (Washington, D.C.), Rochester Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony and the National Philharmonic of Russia. Chamber music partners have included the Takács, Prazák, Borromeo, and Accorda quartets. Stanislav Ioudenitch is a founding member of the Park Piano Trio, based in Kansas City, Missouri. His teachers have included Natalia Vasinkina, Dmitri Bashkirov, 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 master classes at the Academy. He has led master classes at the Cliburn-TCU Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Stanford University, Cornell University, the National University in Seoul, Miami’s International Institute for Young Musicians, as well as the International Piano Academy at Lake Como. Students include Behzod Abduraimov (London International Piano Competition: First Prize; Lennox Young Artists Competition: First Prize), Kenny Broberg (Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Silver Medal), Andrey Gugnin (Sydney International Piano Competition: First Prize), Yuntian Liu (Queen Elizabeth Competition: Finalist), among others. Stanislav Ioudenitch is the founder of the International Center for Music at Park University (Kansas City) where he is Artistic Director and master teacher of piano. In addition, he is the director of the Young Artists Music Academy (Kansas City) and vice-president of the Piano Academy at Lake Como. Since 2017 he is associate professor of piano at Oberlin Conservatory. Current October 2018
Consistently praised for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty and superb musicianship, Canadian pianist Angela Cheng is one of her country’s national treasures. She has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, St. Louis, Houston, San Diego, Indianapolis, Syracuse, Utah and Colorado. An avid recitalist, Ms. Cheng has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, including New York City, Wigmore Hall in London, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Montreal, Toronto, Taiwan, Italy and Australia. In 2012 she made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony.
In 2009, at the invitation of Pinchas Zukerman, Ms. Cheng toured both Europe and China with the Zukerman ChamberPlayers. Subsequent seasons have seen multiple tours of Europe and South America with the Zukerman Trio, including performances in Paris, London, Prague, Moscow, Warsaw, Budapest, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, at the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and at the Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier and Ravinia festivals.
Her many honors include a Gold Medal at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, the distinction of being the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition, and the Medal of Excellence from the Salzburg Mozarteum for her outstanding interpretations of Mozart. In 2010, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta. Ms. Cheng’s many recordings include the works of Mozart, Chopin, Robert and Clara Schumann and Shostakovich, among others.
Ms. Cheng has studied with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University and Sascha Gorodnitzki at the Juilliard School. She is currently on the artist faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she was honored with the 2011-12 Excellence in Teaching Award.
Alvin Chow has appeared throughout North America and in Asia as orchestral soloist and recitalist. In addition, 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 summa cum laude and Co-Valedictorian (with his brother) at the University of Maryland, where he was a student of Nelita True. Mr. 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.
Mr. Chow has won First Prize in numerous competitions such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Young Soloists Competition, the National Symphony Young Soloists Competition and the Indiana University Concerto Competition, as well as prizes in the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the New York Piano Teachers Congress International Piano Competition, and the MTNA Collegiate Artists Competition.
Mr. Chow has been presented as recitalist in such cities as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Wuhan, Vienna, Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit, Houston and Miami, and has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Pan-Asia Symphony in Hong Kong, Shanghai Philharmonic, and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, among others.
Mr. Chow was the first Fulbright College Visiting Artist in Piano at the University of Arkansas, and later taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 1999, he has been a member of the artist faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. From 2011-14 he was the Ruth Strickland Gardner Professor of Music, and continues as Chair of the Piano Department. Most recently, Mr. Chow was awarded Oberlin’s Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2016-17 academic year.
Past Guest Master Teachers
Dang Thai Son
An outstanding international musician of our time, Vietnamese – Canadian pianist Dang Thai Son was propelled to the forefront of the musical world in October 1980, when he was awarded the First Prize and Gold Medal at the Xth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. It was also the first time that a top international competition was won by an Asian pianist.
He began piano studies with his mother in Hanoi. Discovered by the Russian pianist Isaac Katz, who was on visit in Vietnam in 1974, he pursued his advanced training at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia with Vladimir Natanson and Dmitry Bashkirov.
Since winning the Chopin Competition, his international career has taken him to over forty countries, into such world renowned halls as the Lincoln Center (New York), Barbican Center (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Herculessaal (Munich), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Opera House (Sydney), and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).
He has played with numerous world-class orchestras such as The Philharmonia Orchestra , BBC Philharmonic , City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, St-Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal , Czech Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic Oslo Philharmonic, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, NHK Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Hungarian State Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Russian National Symphony, as well as Virtuosi of Moscow, Sinfonia Varsovia, Vienna Chamber, Zurich Chamber, Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestras, and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Also, he has appeared under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy , Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Pavvo Jarvi, Ivan Fisher, Frans Brï¿½ggen, Vladimir Spivakov, Dimitri Kitaenko, Sakari Oramo and John Nelson among others.
In the field of chamber music, he has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Octet, the Smetana String Quartet, Barry Tuckwell, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Pinchas Zukerman, Boris Belkin, Joseph Suk, Alexander Rudin, and he has played duo-piano with Andrei Gavrilov.
Other career highlights include a New Year’s Day concert (1995) with Yo Yo Ma, Seiji Ozawa, Kathleen Battle, and the late Mstislav Rostropovich, in a major international event produced by the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation NHK; in January 1999, a Gala-concert opening the Chopin year, where he was the only foreign artist invited to appear as soloist with the Warsaw National Opera Theatre Orchestra; concerts in Isaac Stern’s last festival in Miyazaki, Japan in 2001, which included three performances with Pinchas Zukerman; a special performance in 2005 as the only guest artist at the Opening Gala Concert of the XVth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, where he was also a member of the jury; and on Chopin’s 200th Birthday, March 1st, 2010, he played at the Gala Concert the Concerto in f-minor with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under the direction of Frans Brï¿½ggen at the Warsaw National Opera Theatre.
Dang Thai Son is frequently invited to give master classes around the world – such as the special class in Berlin in October, 1999, where he taught alongside Murray Perahia and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Since 2001, he teaches as Guest Professor at the Universite de Montreal (Canada.) He has sat on the juries of prestigious competitions such as the Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition (2005, 2010, 2015), Cleveland (USA), Clara Haskil (Switzerland), Artur Rubinstein (Tel-Aviv), Hamamatsu, Sendai (Japan), Piano Masters of Monte Carlo, Sviatoslav Richter (Moscow), Prague Spring International, Montreal International Piano Competition, among others.
During the 2012-2013 season, Dang Thai Son toured around the world with an ambitious program of all five Beethoven’s piano concertos, the Beethoven Marathon. This colossal project was considered the most significant since his winning at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1980.
Dang Thai Son has recorded for Deutsche Grammophone, Melodya, Polskie Nagrania, CBS Sony, Analekta, Victor JVC, and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.
Mr. Dang’s album “Chopin’s Concertos” on Fryderyk Chopin Institute label was awarded in 2013 a Platinum Disc by the Polish Association of Audio-Video Producers for sales of over 10,000 copies. This disc features recordings of the Chopin Piano Concertos on a 1849 Erard piano and period instruments under the baton of the late Frans Brï¿½ggen and his Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, documenting two memorable events in the festival ï¿½Chopin and his Europeï¿½ in 2005 and 2006.
Two exciting recording projects were released in 2017. The first one is a Schubert recording with Victor Kenwood Japan, a company that Dang Thai Son has worked with since 1995. The second recording devotes to Paderewski’s compositions which includes the Piano Concerto in a minor and a selection of Paderewski’s solo works. The Piano Concerto on this CD was recorded live with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy during the “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw on August 29th, 2015. This recording was selected as “La clef du mois” (Disc of the Month) by ResMusica (Paris, France.)
Dang Thai Son was chosen by Deutsche Grammophone, in partnership with The Frederyk Chopin Institute, to be featured as one of the artists in their recently released 2-volume recording of music of Chopin on period instruments. Album can be ordered here
Dang Thai Son is the featured artist in the television program ï¿½Tomorrowï¿½, produced by NHK (Japan Broadcast Corporation) in which he visited music students that were the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in the Tohoku area in Fukushima (Japan). He shared with them his musical experiences but most importantly he encouraged them to continue their music education, to fight on, and to look forward to the future. The program was broadcast worldwide in February 2013.
Dang Thai Son has received the “Doctor Honoris Causa” from the Music Academy in Bydgoczsz, Poland.
Mr. Dang is the subject of the biography, “A pianist loved by Chopin – The Dang Thai Son Story”, published by Yamaha Music Media Corporation in 2003.
Mr. Dang is the winner of the Prix Opus (equivalent of a Grammy Award in Quebec, Canada) in the 2016 “Concert of the Year” category for his concert presented by the Fondation Arte Musica at the Musee de Beaux Arts’ Bourgie Hall in Montreal, Canada.
Dang Thai Son joined the piano faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in September 2018 and in November 2018, Mr. Dang is named as Specially appointed Professor of Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Chinese National School of Music and China Conservatory of Music.
In September of 2018, Dang Thai Son received the Gold Medal ï¿½Zasluzony Kulturze Gloria Artisï¿½ (Medal for Merit to Culture) from the Ministry of Culture of Poland. This is the highest level of distinction awarded to people for their distinguished contributions to Polish culture and national heritage. What an extraordinary news and humbling honor for DTS whose career has been dedicated to music of Chopin and recently music of Paderewski!
Dmitri Bashkirov’s name has been known to the musical world since 1955 when he received the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long Competition in Paris. He was born in November 1931 in Tiflis, Georgia, and studied there with Anastasia Wirsaladze and in Moscow with the famous Soviet pianist and pedagogue Alexander Goldenweiser, a contemporary of both Rachmaninov and Scriabin and a young friend of Leon Tolstoy. After his Paris success, he established himself as one of the most outstanding Russian pianists, performing in the most important musical centres and at festivals worldwide with leading orchestras under the baton of famous conductors such as Barbirolli, Mazur, Sawallisch, Szell, Markevich, Svetlanov, Mehta, Zecchi and Barenboim.
In 1957 Dimitri Bashkirov began teaching at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and went on to form a trio with the violonist Bezrohdny and the cellist Khomister which between 1965 and 1972 was considered one of the most important chamber ensembles in the former USSR. His successful career was interrupted in 1980 when authorities in the former Soviet Union refused him permission to appear in the West. He was only allowed to leave the country eight years later. Since then, he has given highly successful concerts in Europe and the USA.
In addition to his career as a pianist, Dmitri Bashkirov is a Professor at the Moscow Conservatory, is Titular Professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid and a Professor at the International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy. Among his students are some of the best-known pianists of the younger generation, prize winners at leading international competitions, on the juries of which he has many times served as a member. He also gives masterclasses in Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Helsinki, Athens, the USA and elsewhere. He was named an Honorary People’s Artist of Russia, and won the special Robert Schumann Medal in Zwickau, as well as the Honorary Medal of the Autonomous University in Madrid. He records with Erato, Melodia, EMI, Russian CD, and Harmonia Mundi.
Danwen Wei, a native of the People’s Republic of China, is hailed as one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation. His commanding technique and artistic temperament have resulted in his appearances as soloist with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the New York Chamber Symphony, the Augusta Symphony, symphony of the Americas, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony, the Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra, the National Orchestra of China and the Singapore Symphony among many others. His performance with the New York Philharmonic was broadcast on PBS’ “Live from Lincoln Center” series.
A Steinway Artist, Mr. Wei has performed in cities throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Taipei, and China. Mr. Wei has performed in festivals such 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. His two solo albums were released on 3D Classic label, and a concerto performance was released by China Record Company.
In recent years, Mr. Wei is expanding into the area of conducting as well. He has conducted Soloisti di Perigia, Badapest Youth Symphony, The Oshdot Symphony of Israel, University of Alicante Symphony,and Shenyang Youth Symphony, and the Master’s Chamber Orchestra of Central Conservaory of China among others. He has been a principal conductor of Music Fest Perugia in Italy since 2013.
A graduate of the Juilliard School and one of the last pupils of the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz, Mr. Wei is now a much sought-after teacher in China and a frequent adjudicator in both national and international piano competitions. He has been invited to give lectures and master classes both in China and abroad. Mr. Wei’s students have won top prizes in many competitions, and he is a faculty member of many summer festivals including Musicfest Perugia in Perugia, Italy, and Beijing Music festival and Academy, in addition to his professorship at Shenyang Conservatory of Music. In 2015, Mr. Wei joined the faculty of the Central Conservatory of China in Beijing, and in 2013, was elected vice Chairman of the National Piano Society of China.