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.
Pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch has captured the imagination of the music world for his individuality and musical depth, and he has garnered notable successes in music competitions including the Gold Medal in the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001. The Cliburn Competition launched a career that has taken Ioudenitch around the world for appearances with major orchestras in many of the world’s important musical venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Ft. Worth’s Bass Hall, the Gasteig in Munich, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the International House of Music in Moscow, the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai and the “Forbidden City” Concert Hall in Beijing. He has appeared at major festivals including the International Piano Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron in France, the Aspen Music Festival in the United States, the Ruhr Music Festival in Germany, and many others.
Ioudenitch has collaborated with a wide range of international conductors including James Conlon, Mikhail Pletnev, Asher Fisch, Vladimir Spivakov, Günther Herbig, Pavel Kogan, James DePreist, Michael Stern, Stefan Sanderling, Carl St. Clair, and Justus Franz, and with such orchestras as the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the Munich Philhamonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony and numerous others. He has also performed with the Takács, Prazák and Borromeo string quartets and is a founding member of the Park Piano Trio.
Ioudenitch has recorded with the Harmonia Mundi and Academy labels and has collaborated with the imminent producer Thomas Frost on a recording of Stravinsky’s Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka. He also appeared in Playing on the Edge, Peter Rosen’s Peabody Award-winning documentary for PBS about the 2001 Van Cliburn Competition, and in Rosen’s historical documentary The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold. In addition to concertizing, Ioudenitch has held a lifelong passion for teaching. He currently serves as Professor of Piano at Park University and Artistic Director of the International Center for Music. Ioudenitch also serves on the faculty of the International Piano Academy Lake Como, and is continually invited to teach master classes around the world. He is also co-founder of the Ioudenitch Academy of Music and Arts. Among his former and current students and master class participants are winners of major international competitions and artists with major careers, including Behzod Abduraimov, Francois Dumont, Benjamin Moser, Severin von Eckardstein and others. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Ioudenitch studied at the Uspensky School of Music in Tashkent, the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, and the International Piano Academy Lake Como, “The International Piano Foundation ‘Theo Lieven'” in Italy, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the UMKC Conservatory of Music. A former student of Natalia Vasinkina and Dmitri Bashkirov, he also studied with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, William Grant Naboré, Leon Fleisher, Fou Ts’ong, Rosalyn Tureck, and others.
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.