琴弦之音音乐夏令营 - 美唐盛樂
About Us
        Supported by the Chinese government policy “One Belt and One Road (silk road)”, the music festival is organized by joining hands with the famous performing artist from the United States, Europe and China, taking the culture of the countries along the Silk Road as the theme, so as to enhance the musicianship of music talents and strengthen people’s music perception. Meanwhile, it helps to learn about the artistic atmosphere among European, American and Chinese music performance and music instruments learning methods, and how to learn music in Europ, america and China. With the instrumental performances and beautiful melodies, Xi’an this summer will be full of creativity and skills. Learning from the famous world musicians will help you to have a new thought and horizon on the way to become a great master. We expect to spend this wonderful summer time to enjoy the charm of the music all together in 2017. Welcome to join our fantastic interntional music festival from the world wide.
  
Faculty & Musician
        Akemi Takayama is a world-renowned musician, known for the extensive range and versatility of her repertoire. She has performed throughout Japan, France, England, Turkey, Israel, and the U.S. Currently the concertmaster of both the Roanoke Symphony and the Williamsburg Symphonia, Ms. Takayama is also an Associate Professor of Violin in the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University, where she works with her private students and chamber groups.

       A native of Japan, Akemi Takayama showed promise as a violinist from an early age, beginning her performance career at age 15. In Japan, she studied with Toshiya Eto and Ryosaku Kubota at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance. She later traveled to America and earned her Professional Studies degree with Brian Hanly at the University of Wyoming. During her graduate studies, Ms. Takayama was a teaching assistant to famed violinist and pedagogue Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned both the Artist Diploma and a Master of Music degree.

        Praised by Isaac Stern as a “true musician,” Akemi Takayama was invited to participate in the Marlboro Music Festival in 1997. Recent solo performances with orchestras include Daugherty’s Fire and Blood and Ladder to the Moon, Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos, Pärt’s Fratres, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Triple Concerto, Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, Mozart’s Violin Concerto #5, Roskott’s Violin Concerto, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. In addition to concert seasons with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the Williamsburg Symphonia, recent collaborations include the Opera Roanoke, Shenandoah Performs, the Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia, and the New Orchestra of Washington. Ms. Takayama was a member of the internationally celebrated Audubon Quartet for fourteen years, during which time the group toured regionally and nationally and made a number of CD recordings on the Centaur and Composers labels.

       Ms. Takayama is active as an educator and arts advocate throughout Virginia and has been serving as a chair for College Advisory Committee for Virginia String Teachers Association. She has served on the faculties of the Chautauqua Institute in New York, the Idyllwild School for the Arts in California, the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Shenandoah Performs in Virginia, and Virginia Tech. In addition to teaching on the faculty at Shenandoah University (since 2007), she was invited to teach at the Oberlin Conservatory in the fall semester of 2012.

       Ms. Takayama has taught countless violinists who now have successful careers performing chamber music and playing in orchestras. Many of her students have been accepted to continue their Master of Music or Doctor of Musical Arts degree studies at schools such as Indiana University, Boston Conservatory, Oberlin, Florida State University, Case Western Reserve University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, East Carolina University, and The Catholic University of America. Some have gone into music education, teaching at institutions such as the Princeton Shenzhen International Children’s Learning Center Education in Shenzhen, China; the Community School of The Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina; and the International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland.

        Akemi Takayama has recorded many solo performances on CD with Blackwater Recording. Her ongoing projects include recording the Roskott Violin Concerto on Centaur Records and her performances of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin and Sonata Duo, both with renowned pianist John O’Conor.
  

Akemi Takayama

​       Internationally acclaimed pianist Silvan Negruţiu has performed concerts around the world, from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to Ireland's National Concert Hall, the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He appeared as soloist with prestigious orchestras including the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Alicante Philharmonic, George Enescu Philharmonic and Dublin Symphony Orchestra. Some of his concerts have included live television and radio broadcasts. He is a laureate of numerous international competitions, including the “Roma 2000” and Salerno “Beethoven e i classici” in Italy; the “Seiler” in Sofia, Bulgaria; the “Feis Ceoil” in Dublin, Ireland; and the “Konzerteum” in Pireas, Greece. 
         
        Mr. Negruţiu obtained his Master Degree Diploma with First Class Honours at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Dublin City University in Ireland and the graduate diploma at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania. In Dublin he studied with pianists John O’Conor and Réamonn Keary, and held the position of piano instructor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music for three years. His principal teachers in Romania were Emilia Baziotis, Magda Stănescu, and Viniciu Moroianu; he has also advanced his studies with Lory Wallfisch, Richard Goode, Klaus Hellwig, and Peter Frankl. 

        In high demand as a performer, masterclass clinician, adjudicator, and speaker, Silvan Negruţiu has been a frequent attendee and performer at international music festivals such as the International Keyboard Institute Festival, Mannes College of Music in New York, the International Holland Music Sessions in Bergen NH, Holland, the InterHarmony International Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, USA. 
 In September 2008 Silvan Negruţiu was one of the seven international pianists invited to the prestigious Beethoven Course in Positano, Italy, organized by the “Wilhelm Kempff” Cultural Foundation. He is the recipient of the 2009 Gaiety Bursary in Dublin, the Romanian Government Bursary in 2007, the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research Award of Excellence in 2002, and the 2001 Eugen Barbu Award for excellence in performing activity. He is also an active member of the Performing Creation Union of the Romanian Musicians; College Music Society; Music Teachers National Association; and currently serves as Vice President of the Decatur Area Music Teachers Association and East District Chair of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association.

        Mr. Negruţiu has completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree at Shenandoah University in Virginia, under the guidance of internationally acclaimed pianist and pedagogue John O'Conor. At Shenandoah he was a piano instructor between 2010-13. He currently resides in Decatur, Illinois, where he holds the position of Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Millikin University School of Music. 

Silvan Negruţiu

       A native Californian, soprano Karen Vuong joined the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt in 2013/14. During the 2015/16 season roles include the Countess in Die Hochzeit des Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro, Agata in Fioravanti's La cantatrici villane, Nella / Suor Genovieffa in Gianni Schicchi, Imelda in concert performances of Oberto, Gerhilde in Die Walküre and Micaëla in a new production of Carmen.  During the 2016/17 season she sings in a new production of Mozart's Betulia liberata, 1st Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Micaëla in Carmen, the young girl in Eötvös' Der Goldene Drache/The Golden Dragon and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni.
 
        The American soprano's other roles for the company were Mimì (La Bohème), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Mrs. Julian (Owen Wingrave), a Flower Maiden (Parsifal), Donna Elvira (role debut) in Don Giovanni and she enjoyed great success with the title role in Dvořáks Rusalka. 
Other past engagements include: Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) at Santa Barbara Opera, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Zhou (Kommilitonen!), and Fox Goldenstripe (The Cunning Little Vixen) at the Juilliard School of Music, Trang / Nurse, in the world premiere of Daron Hagen's Amelia, at Seattle Opera and Sophie (Massenet's Werther) at Kentucky Opera.
 
        She has appeared on the concert stage with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 , Hong Kong's Learners Chorus in Mahler 8, the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Frasquita in Carmen, the Cayman Arts Festival and the UCLA Symphony Orchestra in Mozart's Requiem and Mass in C minor, La Sierra University Orchestra in Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore in Messiah. 
 
        Ms. Vuong was an inaugural member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera, where she has appeared in several productions including Mimì in La Bohème under the direction of Placido Domingo, Yvette (La Rondine), and the Shepherd Boy (Tannhäuser and Tosca).
 
        She earned her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at the Juilliard School of Music.  She has enjoyed great success at competitions including winning the "Eastern Regional Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions", the Culturarte Award in "Operalia", and grand prize in "The Marilyn Horne Song Competition"。

Karen Vuong

        Described as "brilliant" by the San Francisco Classical Voice, pianist Allegra Chapman is dedicated to engaging with new audiences as performer and presenter. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at Alice Tully Hall, in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, and at festivals including New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival and Bard Music Festival. Her performances have been featured on WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, and KALW San Francisco.  Allegra performs regularly with local San Francisco ensembles and has collaborated with musicians Blair McMillan, Ian Swensen, and members of International Contemporary Ensemble and the Orion String Quartet. In addition to her performing career, Allegra enjoys a thriving teaching studio and has coached chamber music ensembles at many insitutions, including San Francisco State University and the Bryanston School in England. She is also founder and Artistic Director of Bard Music Festival West, an innovative new branch of Bard Music Festival that will explore the life and influences of a single 20th-century or contemporary composer each year. BMF West will open in San Francisco in 2017.
 
        Passionate about performing and promoting the music of today, Allegra has worked with composers Joan Tower and Charles Wuorinen and premiered the works of many young composers, including Dylan Mattingly, Benjamin Pesetsky, and Shen Yiwen.  Highlights have included soloing with the New Juilliard Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall, performing in a groundbreaking collaboration between Yamaha RemoteLive Technology and the Juilliard Technology Center, and performing new and 20th-century works alongside San Francisco Conservatory of Music faculty members at the 2013 San Francisco-Shanghai International Chamber Music Festival. From 2013 to 2014, Allegra co-founded and played with Phonochrome chamber music ensemble. After their commissioning project at the San Francisco Center for New Music, San Francisco Classical Voice’s Jeff Dunn wrote, “…new-music lovers crammed into the concert space. Almost everyone…was apparently under 30. I can now die in peace knowing art music will continue to prosper.”
 
        Allegra earned both a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts in the inaugural class at the Bard Conservatory of Music. She studied subsequently at The Juilliard School, where she received her Master of Music as a scholarship student, and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she earned a Performance Studies Diploma. 
 
        Her teachers have included Jeremy Denk, Seymour Lipkin, Julian Martin, Sharon Mann, John McCarthy, Robert McDonald and Peter Serkin. Allegra has studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Orion String Quartets, and performed in master classes with Richard Goode, Claude Frank, and Leon Fleisher. 

Allegra Chapman

       Internationally active as performer, recording artist, pedagogue, and artistic director, American pianist Dmitry Samogray is rapidly establishing himself as an important figure amongst the new generation of classical music artists.  Samogray is the founder and co-director of Audeamus International Music Festival in Zagreb, Croatia, as well as a founding member of Ensemble Accendo and the Racz-Samogray Duo.
As performer, Samogray concertizes regularly throughout Europe, as well as North and South America, to critical and public acclaim.  In 2016, along with cellist Dorotea Racz, Samogray completed a tour of Peru, Chile, and Argentina, with concerts in Lima, Santiago, and Buenos Aires, amongst others, and master-classes at the Universidad Nacional de las Artes (Argentina) and Universidad de Antofagasta (Chile).  Festival appearances include L’Infinito Festival (Italy), Festival Rovinj (Croatia), PagArt Festival (Croatia), KD Festival (Croatia), International Festival "Umbria Classica" (Italy), and Leonardo De Lorenzo Festival (Italy), and European Month of Culture (USA). 
 
        As recording artist, Samogray is currently working on an album of chamber music by the American composer, Robert Muczynski, due to be released worldwide by the Dutch label, Brilliant Classics, in Spring 2017.  Future recording projects include an album of music by Pulitzer-prize winning composer, Ned Rorem, with works spanning five decades of creative life.
 
        As co-director of Audeamus, Samogray aims to produce a concert festival centered on non-standard chamber ensembles and rarely performed works from the 19th and 20th centuries.  Launched in 2015, Audeamus has been received with enthusiasm by the public and press, the latter calling it a “distinctive musical adventure” (Klasika.hr).  In addition to the annual festival in Zagreb, Samogray has directed auxiliary concerts under the auspices of Audeamus in the United States, including “100 Years of Croatian Classical Music” at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Croatia.
 
        Born in Tashkent, Samogray studied at the Uspensky School of Music with Tatyana Sotnikova, before moving to the United States.  As a teenager, Dmitry performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall under the auspices of the American Fine Arts Festival for three consecutive seasons.  Samogray received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, studying with Alexander Shtarkman, and a Master of Music degree in piano, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland, studying with Larissa Dedova.  Samogray is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Music at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Dmitry Samogray

       Croatian cellist, Dorotea Rácz, has collected over thirty international prizes, including the Grand Prize at International Competition “Casarza Ligure” (Italy), 1st prizes at International Competition “Antionio Janigro” for young cellists (Croatia), International Competition “Valsesia Musica” (Italy), International Competition Alpe-Adria "Alfredo e Vanda Marcosig" (Italy), as well as the 2nd prize at the AFAF International Concerto Competition (USA), to mention a few. 
        Dorotea has performed in Croatia, Slovenia, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Italy, Malta and the United States, in prestigious venues such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Konzerthaus Klagenfurt, Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center, Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Festival appearances include the PagArt Festival (Croatia), American Fine Arts Festival (USA), International Festival "Umbria Classica" (Italy), and Leonardo De Lorenzo Festival (Italy).  

        An ardent chamber music performer, Dorotea is a founding member of the Rácz-Samogray Duo and Trio Accendo. Her solo and chamber music performances have been broadcasted on HRT Radio (Zagreb), where she was also a featured guest on the show "Od portreta do portreta," hosted by Branko Magdić.

        At the age of sixteen, Dorotea was awarded a full merit scholarship to study with Amit Peled at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She has participated in master classes with Bernard Greenhouse, Ralph Kirshbaum, Anner Bylsma, Phillipe Muller, Karine Georgian, Silvia Sondeckiene, Valter Despalj, Reinhard Latzko, Steven Doane, Lluís Claret, and Vladimir Perlin. In the spring of 2015, Dorotea completed Doctorate in Music at the Catholic University of America, with a full scholarship and graduate assistantship in chamber music, in the studio of Michael Mermagen.  
  

  Dorotea Rácz
  

        Praised by the Italian press as being “one of the most interesting talents of her generation”, and described as having “a beautiful phrasing, brilliant virtuosity and a legato worthy of a great singer” by The Flutist Quarterly, Ginevra Petrucci has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls throughout Europe (Sala Accademica di Santa Cecilia and Villa Medici, Rome; Teatro La Fenice, Venice; Sala Maffeiana, Verona; Villa Pignatelli, Naples; Salle Cortot, Paris; Liszt Academy, Budapest; Chopin Academy, Warsaw), America (Carnegie Hall, New York; Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.), Japan (Ohji Hall, Tokyo), South America and Middle East.

        She performs regularly with artists such as Bruno Canino, Rocco Filippini, Paolo Carlini, Luca Vignali, Boris Berman, David Radzynski, Emmanuel Ceysson, Jory Vinikour and with the ensembles I Virtuosi Italiani, I Pomeriggi Musicali, I Musici di Roma, and the Kodály Quartet. Her recordings include Giulio Briccialdi’s four flute Concerti with I Virtuosi Italiani, Friedrich Kuhlau’s quintets with the Kodály Quartet, Haydn's flute Duets, the recital CD "The World of Yesterday" with Bruno Canino, Dupuy and Büchner’s Concerti with I Pomeriggi Musicali, the first CD entirely dedicated to the flauto d’amore and an all-Muczynski album with Ensemble Accendo.

        She is visiting professor at international institutions such as the Royal Academy in Dublin, the Paderewski Academy in Poznan, the Conservatorio Superior in Vigo and La Coruña, the European Culture and Performing Arts Association in Tokyo etc. She has worked with composers Kaija Saariaho, Steve Reich, George Crumb, Betsy Jolas and Jean-Michel Damase and she collaborates with Nuova Consonanza Contemporary Music Festival and La Biennale di Venezia.

        Born in Rome in 1989, she studied at Conservatorio ‘Santa Cecilia’ of Rome with her father, to continue her education at Ecole Normale ‘Alfred Cortot’ (Paris) with Pierre-Yves Artaud and at the Yale University (USA) with Ransom Wilson. She is the President of the Leonardo De Lorenzo Association.

Ginevra Petrucci

        Dan Zhang was graduated from Central Conservatory of Music, taught by the viola professor Wang Changhai. In 2007, in the first National Viola Competition, she won the best performance prize with superb skills and unique music performance charm. In 2009, Dan Zhang was awarded with full-scholarship and went to the United States to receive further education. She was taught by the famous US viola educator Doris Lederer, and obtained the diploma of violist. During the school time, she had won the first prize in the concerto competition held by the school, and performed the viola concerto of Bartok with the orchestra. In 2011, Dan Zhang was admitted by Yale University with full scholarship, majored in viola performance and awarded with full scholarship, and was taught by the famous Italian violist Ettore Causa living in the United States. Now, she receives further education at Benjamin T. Roman School of Music in Washington, for Doctoral Degree.
 
        She has been admitted by several orchestras in the United States, including Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, and New Haven Symphony Orchestra; and has given performance for many times at Washington’s Kennedy Center as the chief violist leading the Orchestra of Benjamin T. Roman School of Music. In 2015, she has won the first prize in the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, and was invited to hold a solo concert at the famous U.S. Carnegie hall. As a chamber music lover, she has attended Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine, Japanese MMCJ Music Festival, Germany Weimarer Bachkantaten-Akademie Music Festival  and other renowned international music festivals for several times. In addition, she has cooperated with several world-renowned ensembles, including Julliard Quartet, Tokyo Quartet and Audubon Quartet, and her performance has covered the United States and China. 
 
        She has founded a music studio at Virginia, and has engaged in music education for several years. Besides, several of her students have been admitted by the U.S. state orchestra, made outstanding achievements in competitions, and served as the chief position of the school orchestra.

Dan Zhang

        Dr. Zhao Xiaoyang, a lyric baritone singer, graduated from Northeast Normal University College of Music in 2001 and later learnt vocal music from professor Nan Christie, soprano singer of Royal Opera House at University of London. In 2003, he taught lessons at Art College of Xiamen University after getting his Master’s drgree from the University of London. He learnt vocal music at Music College of San Diego State University with full scholarship from professor Mary Mackenzie, a world-renowned vocal music educationist, vice president of the American Association of Vocal Music Teachers, and also an alto singer at Metropolitan Opera in 2005 and acquired his Artist Diploma in Opera Performance in 2007. In 2008 he was admitted to Shenandoah College of Music, one of the earliest music institutes in America to study under PH.D. program of vocal music performance and meanwhile he taught the undergraduates vocal music. In this period, he learnt from professor Michael Forest, tenor at the United States Metropolitan, also a PH.D. advisor. He got the Doctor’s degree in vocal music performance at Shenandoah College of Music in 2012.

        Dr. Zhao Xiaoyang won prizes at many prestigious international vocal competitions including the Shanghai Asian Music Festival, Singing Contest of British Winchester International Festival, San Diego National Young Singers Competition and Hong Kong International Singing Contest, etc. He won great success with his solo concerts held in many cities across China, Britain and America. Besides, he was invited by the Opera House in San Diego and The Lyric Opera of Santiago to join in operas of Tannhauser, Aida, La Rondine, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Barber Of Seville, Hamlet, etc.

        Dr. Zhao Xiaoyang has been teaching major courses including Singing, Singing Correcting, Western Opera Appreciation and Classical Music Appreciation,etc. at School of Arts and Communications of Beijing Normal University(Zhuhai branch) since 2013. He has published academic papers on professional periodicals like the Art Education, Art Exploration, Journal of Zhejiang Academy of Art Specialty and International Journal of Music and Performing Arts. Many Students under his directions have won prizes in national and international singing contests.

Xiaoyang Zhao

        Xi Lu is an associate professor at Xing Hai Conservatory of Music, violin doctor at Russia jose sol, the National College of Music, executive member of the Violin Institute in Guangdong Province.

       Her footprints went throughout Europe and Asia. She has been invited to attend the Cremona International Violin Music Festival in Italy and often holds personal solo concerts at home and abroad. She was the solo in the performance for the reception of Jiang Zemin in 2007. She acted as judges at various competitions like the Hong Kong Youth Music Performance, the Finland International Musical Instruments Competition and the Hong Kong International String Music Competition, etc. and her students have won awards at such competitions. Graduates under her direction have been recommended to study abroad or played key roles in symphony orchestras.

       Lu Xi studied abroad in Russia at 14 years old and had her solo violin concert coheld by the Musician Association in Jilin Province and Northeast Asia Station as well as the Song and Dance Theatre in Jilin Province at 16 years old which was highly praised by the music society.
In 2000 she learnt from professor Vladimer Reva at Yekaterinburg Ural National College of Music. She often held solo concerts when studied in Russia and attended various solo, ensemble and symphony concerts. She acted as the chief violinist at school symphony orchestra and performed with Ural National Philharmonic Orchestra. In the period of studying in Russia she got direct guidance from violin masters including Graci and Yuri Bashmet and attended international violin competitions in Russia, Italy and Ukraine and won the grand prize in International Youth Violin Competition held in Kiev.

        During 2006 to 2008 she was invited twice by the Russian Urals National Symphony Orchestra to give douring performance of violin solo in over 10 cities like Yekaterinburg, Tyumen, Ohm,etc. after which she was interviewed by Novosibirsk Chinese TV column and many other media and was highly praised by China Pictorial(Russian).

        She is occupied with concerts when returning back to China. Solo violin concets and teachers and students concerts have been held at Xing Hai Conservatory of Music, solo concerts at Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Zhongshan Concert Hall, National Grand Theatre, Guangzhou Opera House, etc. Cooperations with Symphony Orchestra of Shanghai Opera House, Zhu Yin Orchestra, Symphony of Xing Hai Conservatory of Music, Xinjiang Philharmonic Orchestra, etc. have won great success. 

Xi Lu

        Prize winner of international piano competitions and a Bösendorfer Concert Artist, pianist Ivo Kaltchev has enjoyed a successful performing career as recitalist, soloist with orchestras, chamber musician, and recording artist. “Formidable technique” (Piano Journal, England), “possesses the genius of rubato” (Diapason, France), “distinctive and original” (Soviet Culture, Russia), “impressive” (Frankfurter Neue Presse, Germany), “most beautifully and idiomatically played” (International Record Review, England), “glittering,” “big technique” (WashingtonPost, U.S.), “a master of the whole range of pianistic attacks and coloristic effects” (The Star Ledger, U.S.)—these are some of the words that music critics have used to describe Dr. Kaltchev’s artistry.
 
        Dr. Kaltchev has performed in musical centers throughout the world, including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory’s Malii and Rachmaninov Halls, St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, Salle Moliere (Lyon, France), Tel Aviv Museum Recanati Auditorium, Mendelssohn Hochschule für Musik Hall (Leipzig, Germany), Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium, and the Bulgaria Great Hall. He has been a guest artist at music festivals in Austria, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, Finland, Ukraine, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand, and the U.S. Some of the highlights of recent seasons include a solo recital and a concerto performance with the EOS Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, a concert tour in Asia, as well as performances of the complete solo piano works of Claude Debussy. A respected chamber musician, Dr. Kaltchev has collaborated with members of the New York Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as Essex Quartet, pianists Ilana Vered and Milena Mollova, and French actress Marie Christine Barrault. 
       
        Dr. Kaltchev’s critically acclaimed commercial recordings for the Bulgarian “Gega New” label include an all-Charles Griffes CD (hailed by the French magazineDiapason as “the most accomplished interpretation known until now”), a CD with the world premieres of solo piano works by the French composer Florent Schmitt, as well as a recently released CD with works of Debussy. 
       
       Dr. Kaltchev holds degrees and diplomas from Yale University and Rutgers University, Sofia Academy of Music, and the Liszt Hochschule für Musik (Weimar). He is recipient of piano pedagogy awards for teaching excellence and has presented lectures, workshops, and master classes in Europe, China, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Dr. Kaltchev’s students are prize winners of more than thirty piano competitions and have performed with numerous orchestras including I Solisti di Perugia (Italy) and Orquestra De Camara De Cascais E Oeiras (Portugal). Dr. Kaltchev is an active adjudicator and has judged international piano competitions in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the U.S.  
       
      Currently, Dr. Kaltchev is Professor of Piano and Head of the Piano Division at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is co-director and co-founder of the Washington International Piano Festival, as well as the Artistic Director of the Bulgarian Music Society Concert Series at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, DC (www.bulgarianmusicsociety.org). He has taught as a Visiting Piano Professor at the Beijing China Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music.    

Ivo Kaltchev

        As a member of the Audubon Quartet since 1976, Doris Lederer has performed extensively throughout the world and given master classes at Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Shanghai and Beijing Conservatories, Yale School of Music, The Chautauqua Institute, as well as the Audubon Quartet’s annual String Quartet Seminar.
 
        Lederer has been a jury member of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and represented the United States as a jury member at the Eighth Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2004. In addition to her position at Shenandoah, she also teaches at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in Idyllwild, California, and the Chautuauqua Insititution in New York. She has also served on the faculties of The International Festival at Round Top, Texas and The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire.
       
       Lederer’s 4 solo CD albums on the Centaur Label of 20th century English Viola Music have received international critical acclaim. As the violist of the Audubon Quartet she can also be heard on the RCA, Telarc, Centaur, Orion and Opus One record labels.
       
       Lederer has performed with the Marlboro Music Festival and toured with Music From Marlboro. She has appeared as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Albuquerque Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Born in Istanbul to European parents, Lederer grew up in Seattle, Washington, where she began her study of the viola at age nine with Vilem Sokol. She studied with Georges Janzer at Indiana University and subsequently attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Michael Tree, Karen Tuttle, Felix Galamir and Mischa Schneider.
       
      In 1981, Doris Lederer visited Mainland China in a ground-breaking tour as a member of the Audubon Quartet, the first American string quartet to be so honored. Performing and giving masterclasses in Beijing and Shanghai, Ms. Lederer helped open the door wider to other Western musicians worldwide. Since her first visit as an artist, teacher and cultural ambassador, Ms. Lederer has returned to China on subsequent visits, not only as an artist-teacher, but as a distinquished representative of Shenandoah University Conservatory.

Doris Lederer

        During the last three decades, he has made approximately 2000 appearances worldwide as the cellist of the Audubon Quartet and has recorded for the RCA, Telarc, Centaur, CRI and Opus One recording companies. His appearances include featured performances on CBS Sunday Morning, Recitals at Alice Tully, Avery Fischer, Carnegie and Town Halls in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Curtis Hall in Philadelphia, Symphony Hall in Chicago, Wilshire Ebel Theater in Los Angeles, Wigmore Hall in London, Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Red Tower Theater in Beijing, Bavarian Radio in Munich, Swiss TV in Geneva, Tel Aviv Museum in Israel, several tours abroad for the United States Department of State, and performance at the White House.
 
        Clyde Thomas Shaw was a founding member of the Audubon String Quartet and has served as its cellist since 1974.

Thomas Shaw

         Sharon Christman has soloed and debuted in almost every Lincoln Center venue.  She made her Alice Tully Hall debut singing Pergolesi’s Orpheus Cantata with the New York Chamber Orchestra.  Immediately following she was engaged with New York City Opera and Opera Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall with Maestra Eve Queler.  Ms. Christman continued her collaboration with Ms. Queler including a farewell concert with Carlo Bergonzi.  For her Metropolitan Opera debut Ms. Christman performed the role of the” Queen of the Night” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote – a role she has performed with more than twenty opera companies and symphonies across the United Stated, Canada and South America.  She may be seen on video with Canadian Broadcasting Company’s production with L’Opera de Montreal, a Maurice Sendak production.
 
       Peter Davis of New York Magazine has called Ms. Christman’s singing “dazzling.”  Daniel Webster of The Philadelphia Enquirer called her “a polished stylist with a gleaming voice.”  Martin Mayer of Opera Magazine referred to Ms. Christman as, “the mistress of a fioratura the others did not attempt.”  Ms. Christman is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Liederkranz Vocal Competition, which sponsored her in a performance in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the New York Oratorio Competition, second place, the New Jersey State Opera competition, the coveted Puccini Foundation Award, and the Baltimore Opera Competition.  She also received a Sullivan Grant for Study.
 
       Ms. Christman has sung leading roles too numerous to mention with opera companies including, Dallas Opera, Michigan Opera, Dayton Opera, Teatro Municipal (Santiago Chile) New Jersey State Opera, New York City Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theater, Mississippi Opera, Opera Camerata of Washington, Toledo Opera, Opera Pacific, Pittsburgh Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Connecticut Opera, L’Opera de Montreal, The summer Opera Theater and Florentine Opera.  She has soloed with major symphony orchestras including, the National Symphony Orchestra, Utah symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Duluth-Superior Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Opera Orchestra of New York, Miami Symphony, Erie Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Washington Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Buffalo Symphony, Alexandria Symphony and Arlington Symphony.  She has soloed under the baton of such conductors as Julius Rudel, Eduardo Muller, Alfredo Silipigni, Wolfgang Rennert, Hans Allers, Steven Larsen, Richard Lert, Yakov Kreizburg, Gustave Meier, Murry Sidlin and Simeone Tartaglione.
Ms. Christman has been a guest soloist at The White House and recitalist in numerous Artist Series including, the National Gallery of Art.  She was privileged to present the Washington premiere of John Corigliano’s song cycle, The Tambourine Man first with National Musical Arts and then with the Alexandria Symphony under the direction of Maestro Kim Allen Kluge by special commission of the orchestra. Ms. Christman performed as soprano soloist in Murry Sidlin’s Defiant Requiem.  She has performed the role numerous times including Prague Spring Festival, with the Berkshire Choral Society, the Buffalo Symphony and finally on PBS.  She may be heard in the recording – a Partisan Pictures Production.  Of her Verdi Requiem Mark J. Estren of The Washington Post wrote, “…her lovely voice penetrated her massed forces, providing ethereal beauty …and emotional intensity…”

        Of the Buffalo Philharmonic Performance of Defiant Requiem the reviewer wrote, “Miss Christman’s high notes seemed to fall from the heavens, they were that pure and glistening…”  Ms. Christman also has recorded with Irish tenor, Mark Forrest for Karian Records.
Ms. Christman has taught and aided in the development of the careers of a number of emerging talents who perform with the Metropolitan Opera, regional opera and on Broadway, including Patrick Carfizzi, Fabiana Bravo, Maureen Francis, Brian Cali, Disella Laurus, Charlie Hagerty and Linda Ronstadt.  Ms. Christman has been an invited presenter for the Voice Foundation’s National Voice Symposium in Philadelphia for the maximum two consecutive years.  She is a highly sought after teacher for master classes and adjudicator for a number of prestigious competitions, including the National Society of Arts and Letters Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera Young Artists Competition.
 
        Ms. Christman has served as chair of the vocal division of Music Fest Perugia and performed as part of the Spoleto Festival.  With the Cascades Music Festival she performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Ms. Christman received the “Overall Excellence in Teaching” award in 2009 for all of The Catholic University of America.  She has been a member of “Who’s Who in America” since 2011.

        Recent engagements include a fifth performance in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall- this time  performing the soprano solos in Carmina Burana as part of the fifty year gala anniversary celebration of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.  Ms. Christman is the Head of the Vocal Division and Opera at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America.

Sharon Christman

        Min Long, born in 1976 in Sichuan, is currently an associate viola professor at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music and the Principal Violist of the Oriental Symphony Orchestra. He started playing music at age 6 and later studied at the middle school/high school division of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from the Central Conservatory in Beijing in 2000.  In the same year, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend Rice University in the United States and later earned his Masters degree there. In 2002, he received a full scholarship from Southern Methodist University where he subsequently garnered an Artist Certificate. His teachers include professor Hu Weimin, Wang Changhai, Karen Ritscher and Barbara Hutis. While he was in the US, he studied orchestra excerpts with Houston Symphony violists Wei Jiang and Wayne Brooks. He has also received instruction from world-renowned artists Gerard Causse, professor at Paris Conservatory, Wolfram Christ, principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Maestro Kurt Masur.
 
        Mr. Long enjoys performing throughout the world as an orchestral player and leader, a chamber musician, and a soloist.  In 1996, as a member of the China Youth Symphony, he toured all around the country including Taiwan.  He has shared the stage with the Vienna Philharmonic and the London Royal Conservatory Orchestra, and worked with Seiji Ozawa and Zubin Mehta. While he was in the US, he was invited by the world famous Tanglewood Music Festival and performed a series of chamber music concerts there.  While studying at Rice University, he was invited to join the Houston Symphony viola section in concert performances.  As the principal violist of the Oriental Symphony Orchestra, he has traveled around the world and all over China, performing concerts to large audiences. He was also involved in the Hubei College Classical Music Appreciation Concert Series. In 2006, he was invited by the Canton International Music Festival as principal viola to perform with Charles Dutoit and Marta Argerich in Hong Kong. Since 2007, Mr. Long has given many solo recitals and chamber music concerts, collaborating with visiting artists from all around the world.
 
        Mr. Long is also a dedicated and successful teacher. Many of his students have been selected to study abroad in acclaimed music conservatories and some of them have received full scholarships. His students are also frequently selected by some of the biggest music festivals around the world.  Mr. Long himself is also a recipient of many awards, including the Best Teacher Award of the Wuhan Conservatory Viola Competition, the 2006 Outstanding New Art Educator Award, and the 2007 China National Viola Congress/Competition Outstanding Instructor Award. He created and organized the first Wuhan Conservatory Viola Mock Audition and the first Viola Orchestra Repertoire Concert.  He has also gained recognition for his achievements in theoretical research projects.  His completed research projects include “Violin Viola Duets by Mozart,” “Techniques and Styles of  Viola Orchestral Excerpts,” and “Studies of Classical String Quartet Repertoire.” Several of his research papers  have been published by important regional and national magazines .  Mr. Long is currently leading the research on  string chamber music for the Wuhan Conservatory Experimental Performing and Teaching Demonstration Center.

Ming Long

        A native of the Czech Republic, violinist Barbora Kolářová is a recent laureate of the New York International Artist Association Competition and the Vadim Repin Master class Scholarship Competition in New York City. Winner of numerous international competitions such as the Remember Enescu and Telemann, she is also a two time winner of the Prague Junior Note and the Grand prize winner of the Michigan ASTA Solo Competition. She appeared numerous times as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra all over Europe and USA and has also performed solo concertos with the Czech Radio Symphony, the Czech National Theatre Orchestra, the West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, and the Limoges Orchestra. She was invited to perform at the Haydn Music Festival and the Young Prague and gave a presentation on “Czech Music of the 60’s” in the National Arts Gallery in Washington DC as part of the 2012 Miloš Forman Festival. As an active soloist, chamber musician, and member of numerous prestigious orchestras she has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Cultural Centre in Hong Kong, and recently made her solo debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
 
        She has collaborated with such notable concert artists as Ruggiero Ricci, Pamela Frank, Claude Frank, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Jaime Laredo, Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Toby Appel, Daniel Phillips, Jennifer Higdon, George Crumb, Leon Fleisher, Peter Serkin, Seymour Lipkin, Roberto Díaz, Peter Wiley, Albrecht Breuninger, Robert Levin, Michael Frischenschlager, the Ying Quartet and the Johannes Quartet. As an orchestra member, Miss Kolářová has performed under the direction of many eminent conductors including Otto-Werner Müeller, Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Marin Alsop, Nicholas McGegan, André Previn, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alan Gilbert, Corrado Rovaris, Robert Spano, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Joel Smirnoff, Michael Stern, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Jiří Belohlávek and James Judd.
 
        Miss Kolářová holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. Her major teachers include Pavel Prantl, Charles Avsharian, Ida Kavafian, Arnold Steinhardt and Ani Kavafian. Barbora is a visiting performing artist of the Czech Philharmonic and a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She is a co-founder, artistic director and general manager of the Lake George Music Festival.
  

 Barbora Kolářová

        Liang Yu, who owns the doctoral degree, graduated from Xi’An Conservatory of music with the bachelor degree in 2002.
 
        In 2003, Yu Liang left for Germany for further study with an offer from Rostock Musikhochschule, following famous violin professor Petru Munteanu and assistant professor Robert Hille to learn violin. Later, he was working in German Shi Williamham music school as a violin teacher. Meanwhile, he was employed as the violin principal in The United World Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
 
        In August 2007, Mr. Yu Liang returned China to be a violin professor of Shaanxi Normal University.
  

Liang Yu

Russian born pianist Anna Nizhegorodtseva holds her BM from Nizhny Novgorod College of Music and MM from Nizhniy Novgorod Glinka State Conservatory. Some of the awards in piano and chamber music competitions include the 1st Prize in the International Piano Competition of Kiev, Ukraine (2005), 2nd prize in Moscow Chamber Music Competition (2009),   1st place in MTAC, Los Angeles (2010). She has been finalist in the International piano contest in Malaga, Spain (2008) and in the First American Paderewski Piano Competition in Los Angeles, California (2010).  In 2010 Anna obtained 2nd place in the Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition.  She was a winner of Beverly Hills Auditions in Los Angeles and took part in the Beverly Hills concert series (2012).   Anna attended master-classes with well-known pianists such as Dina Yoffe, Natalia Trull, Leonel Morales, and Edward Volanin.  In 2012 she obtained the Artist Certificate at Azusa Pacific University (Los Angeles, CA) under the direction of the professor Roza Yoder. . In October 2013 Anna performed both as a soloist and collaborative pianist in a Weill (Carnegie) Recital Hall as a part of La Gesse Foundation. In  March 2014 she was awarded 1st price for the Louisville Lake Symphony International Piano Competition in Texas and performed with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra in  September 2014. Anna also became a winner of International Euterpe music competition in Corato, Italy in May 2015.   Currently Anna is a Doctoral in Musical Arts candidate at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC under the direction of Dr. Nikita Fitenko. Anna frequently performs as a soloist and collaborative pianist in United States, Europe and Latin America.
  

Anna Nizhegorodtseva