ROBERT SHANNON - Director
Robert Shannon has presented solo recitals, ensemble concerts, and masterclasses 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 commissioned and premiered works by John Harbison, Charles Wuorinen, Carla Bley, and Steven Dembski, among others. His recent recordings of sonatas by Charles Ives on Bridge Records have received rave reviews worldwide. His recordings of Ives' complete works for violin and piano, and works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb, are also available on Bridge Records.
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.
He is professor of piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, director of the Division of Keyboard Studies, and director and founder of the Oberlin International Piano Festival and Competition. He joined the Oberlin faculty in 1976.
Canadian pianist Angela Cheng is one of her country's national treasures. In addition to regular guest appearances with most every orchestra in Canada, she has performed with the orchestras of Buffalo, Colorado, Houston, Indianapolis, Saint Louis, San Diego, Utah, and others. Cheng has worked extensively with the great musician-pedagogue Menahem Pressler.
At the invitation of Pinchas Zukerman, in 2009, Cheng toured China with the Zukerman ChamberPlayers and subsequent seasons have included tours in the United States, Europe, and South America. Cheng's debut recording of two Mozart concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra received glowing reviews. Other CDs include Clara Schumann's Concerto with JoAnn Falletta and the Women's Philharmonic for Koch International; for CBC Records, Spanish concerti with Hans Graf and the Calgary Philharmonic, Shostakovich concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Radio Orchestra. Cheng has recorded a solo disc of works by Clara and Robert Schumann, and an all-Chopin CD released by Universal Music Canada.
Cheng was a gold medalist of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, and the first Canadian to win the Montreal International Piano Competition.
Prior to her appointment to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1999, she was on faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Alvin Chow has appeared 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 his twin brother, Alan.
A native of Miami, Florida, he graduated as co-valedictorian at the University of Maryland, where he was a student of Nelita True. 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.
Chow received top prizes in the University of Maryland International Piano Competition and the New York Piano Teachers Congress International Piano Competition. He has performed in the 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 masterclasses and lectures throughout the United States and abroad. He chairs the piano department at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
An Oberlin professor since 1992, Monique Duphil made her Paris debut with orchestra at age 15 with the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. She received her education at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris as a student of Jean Doyen, Marquerite Long, and Joseph Calvet. Duphil was then launched on the world’s stages after prizes in four international competitions, including the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She has since performed in more than 50 countries throughout five continents.
Over the course of her career, Duphil has been the featured soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, among them The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Warsaw, Bern, Münchner Symphoniker, Paris Orchestre Lamoureux, Caracas, Mexico City, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Tokyo Metropolitan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Brisbane Symphony Orchestra. A distinguished chamber musician, Duphil has partnered with renowned artists including Pierre Fournier, Cho-Liang Lin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Ruggiero Ricci, and Henryk Szerying, as well as the Musikverein Quartet, the Salzburg Mozarteum Trio, and the Vienna, St. Petersburg, Haydn, Chester, and American string quartets.
Finnish pianist Matti Raekallio has established himself as a prominent concert artist with a vast repertoire. He an active teacher, with positions in two of the most prestigious institutions of music education: the Juilliard School in New York, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, his most recent appointment.
After studies in Finland, in England with Maria Diamond Curcio, in Austria at the Vienna Academy of Music with Dieter Weber and in Russia at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory, Raekallio made his American debut in 1981 at the Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall. Since then, he has made regular tours of the United States, including solo recitals and performances with several American symphony orchestras.
He has performed complete cycles of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas, the 10 Scriabin Sonatas, and the nine Prokofieff Sonatas, as well as altogether 62 piano concertos. These include all of Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, as well as rarities like the concerti by Busoni, Szymanowski and Lutoslawski. He has made about 20 CDs for Ondine, including an acclaimed set of the complete Prokofieff Sonatas, as well as various piano concertos.
Raekallio joined the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York in 2007, after becoming full professor in 2005 at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany. Before that, in 1998, he had got a professor’s position at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where his teaching work had started in 1978. In addition, he has held professorships at the Swedish Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Raekallio’s students include several top prize-winners in international piano competitions, among them the First Prize laureates in Leeds, AXA Dublin, London, Vienna (Beethoven), New York (Artists International), and Budapest (Liszt-Bartók). He has been a juror in several international competitions including Tel Aviv (Artur Rubinstein), Shanghai, Vienna (Beethoven), American Pianists’ Association, the Gilmore Prize, Tokyo (PTNA) and many others. He gives regular master classes in his home country and in the United States, Israel, China, Japan, Germany, Holland, Austria, Sweden, and Denmark.
Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97
Hailed by the New York Times as “a marvelous pianist,” Peter Takács has received critical and audience acclaim for his penetrating and communicative musical interpretations. A native of Romania whose early studies were conducted in secrecy from the communist government, Takács eventually immigrated with his parents to Paris and was admitted to the Conservatoire de Paris. Upon his arrival in the United States, he continued his studies at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, and the Peabody Conservatory, where he completed his training with Leon Fleisher.
Takács has performed as a guest soloist with major orchestras around the world. He has earned numerous honors for his performances, including first prize in the William Kapell International Competition and the C.D. Jackson Award for Excellence in Chamber Music at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Takács’ success as a professor at Oberlin Conservatory is attested by the accomplishments of his students, who have won top prizes in competitions in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South Africa. Takács played three acclaimed recitals of Beethoven sonatas as the inaugural performer for the Key Pianists series at Carnegie Hall from October 2015 through January 2016.
Dag Achatz entered the Geneva Conservatory at age 8 and received his diploma with great distinction 10 years later. He won first prize in the Maria Canals competition in Barcelona and was a prizewinner in the Bavarian Radio Competition in Munich and the Viotti Competition in Vercelli. He has played in over 20 countries and in important musical centers such as London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Moscow, Vienna and Tokyo.
He has been soloist with the radio orchestras of Stockholm, Munich, Paris, Stuttgart, Torino, Milano and with l'Orchestre Pasdeloup of Paris, l'Orchestre de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Gewandhaus of Leipzig, Staatskapelle of Dresden as well as the philharmonic orchestras of Stockholm, Oslo, Barcelona and Lisbon.
Recently, he had been invited to key festivals such as Montreux, Munich, Aix-en-Provence and Savonlina in Finland. Achatz has been a jury member of the Bavarian Radio Competition (Munich), Clara Haskil Competition (Vevey) and in Paris, Oporto, Jaen, and Valencia.
Achatz made and recorded piano transcription of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the Firebird Suite and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances of West Side Story. He has made over 20 recordings for BIS, CBS, EMI and Melodiya. He lives in Switzerland and gives master classes, and teaches piano and chamber music.
Stanislav Ioudenitch has garnered notable successes in music competitions including the Gold Medal at the XI Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001. The Van 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, Fort Worth’s Bass Hall, the Gasteig in Munich, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Mariinsky Concert Hall, the Great Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, the 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, and the Ruhr Music Festival in Germany.
Ioudenitch has collaborated with such international conductors as James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Asher Fisch, Vladimir Spivakov, Günther Herbig, Pavel Kogan, James DePreist, Michael Stern, Stefan Sanderling, Carl St. Clair and Justus Franz, He has performed with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the Munich Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Kansas City Symphony. He also has 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 Pétrouchka. 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 concert performances, Ioudenitch has held a lifelong passion for teaching. He currently serves as professor of piano and artistic director of the International Center for Music at Park University. He is on the faculty of the International Piano Academy Lake Como and is director of the Lake Como Summer Piano School.
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Ioudenitch studied at the Uspensky School of Music in Tashkent, Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, International Piano Academy Lake Como, International Piano Foundation Theo Lieven in Italy, Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Missouri Kansas City 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, and Rosalyn Tureck.
Lisa Nakamichi is the founding artistic director of the Aloha International Piano Festival held annually in June at the Hawaii Convention Center. Focusing on the highest level of piano education by world acclaimed pianists, the festival hosts local students and students from the mainland U.S. and Asia.
A prizewinner of many national and international competitions, Nakamichi was awarded first prize in the Young Keyboard Artists’ Association in Michigan, the Japanese American Society Music Competition in New York, and the ABC Music Awards in Osaka, among many others.
Nakamichi’s successful Tokyo solo debut recital sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Culture launched her career in Japan, and led to a series of solo recitals and concerto performances throughout Japan and Europe, and in major cities in the United States and Canada. Noted for her performances of Mozart works, she is often invited to perform before dignitaries, ambassadors, and diplomats in Washington, D.C., and in Vienna.
Since 2000, Nakamichi has been on the artists’ roster of the Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities (JAFRA). She has visited over 10 prefectures throughout Japan in the foundation’s outreach program holding workshops, master classes, and performances to promote the regional development in arts and culture.
Wu Ying was born in Shanghai to a musical family. His father is a composer and a musicologist, and his mother, a pianist, began teaching him how to play the piano at age 5. Wu earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Central Conservatory of Music in China. He later went to Vienna and studied with Paul Badura-Skoda. A 1984 graduate of Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellande Kunst in Vienna, Wu became a faculty member in Central Conservatory of Music the same year.
In 1991, the Chinese State Council and the State Education Commission granted him a Special Contribution Award. He went to the piano department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1994, and became the department head until 2004, when he accepted the position of professor and department head at the Central Conservatory of Music China.
Wu has performed in China and in the Czech Republic, Romania, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, France, and Greece. He performed a series of live concerts for the BBC in UK. He has appeared in recitals in the Enescu Music Festival in Bucharest, Romania and the Chopin Music Festival in Poland. He has collaborated with many orchestras in China; and has made solo, chamber music, and concerto CD recordings of those performances.
He has served as a judge for many international piano competitions, including Concours de Geneve, F. Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano; International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar; and China International Piano Competition in Xiamen, among others.