Distinguished Guests
     
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Dr. Ayke Agus
   
Concert pianist and violinist, is and will be known as the last accompanist for the world renowned Russian violinist Jascha Heifetz, during the last seventeen years of his life. A native of Indonesia, of Chinese, Dutch and Javanese ancestry, Ms. Agus was acclaimed as a child prodigy, who began her concert career at the age of 7 on both violin and piano. She came to the United States on scholarship to study violin and piano in Buffalo, New York. She was a first prize winner at many competitions and concurrently became the youngest member of the Buffalo Philharmonic. She was recommended for a full scholarship in the graduate program at the Juilliard School of Music. Instead, she auditioned for the Jascha Heifetz Masterclass at USC in Los Angeles and was accepted as a violin student with a full scholarship. Simultaneously, she was asked to be on the piano faculty at USC, a position she kept for 10 years. Upon the departure of the masterclass pianist, Mr. Heifetz had asked Ms. Agus to accept the position as the pianist of his Masterclass.
Together with the great Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, and Jascha Heifetz, Ms. Agus performed as pianist in numerous chamber music concerts. Ms. Agus collaborated with Heifetz daily, and helped the Master complete many transcriptions for violin and piano which are now published. Following the Master’s sketches and instructions, Ms. Agus had posthumously completed his transcription of Gershwin’s An American In Paris, now published by Carl Fischer. Regularly, all year around, she is a participant in chamber music festivals as violinist or pianist; performs with internationally noted groups such as the Ysaye String Quartet from Paris or the Jacques Thibaud Trio as guest pianist; her annual tours in Europe and Asia as recitalist bring highly praised reviews. Her most recent recordings for Protone Records include a piano solo disk called “Musical Mementos of Jascha Heifetz”, “Ayke Agus Doubles” where she plays both piano and violin parts of many Heifetz transcriptions and an exclusive Schubert disk of Impromptus and the Fantasia for 4 hands, in which she plays both parts.
Ms. Agus is a member of the Pasadena Symphony and the California Philharmonic Orchestras and she holds masterclasses in the “Art of Collaboration” (what to expect from your accompanist). Her memoirs entitled “Heifetz, As I Knew Him”, published by Amadeus Press, is now in its 4th printing. Ms. Agus travels by invitation all over the USA and abroad and gives masterclasses and presentations about the book, “Heifetz, the Man and the Legend” and “Heifetz, the Artist and the Legacy”. Her London Royal Academy of Music presentation on Heifetz was over-subscribed and received rave reviews. The Iowa City General Hospital has sponsored her to give a music workshop at the University of Iowa City, and a presentation at the Hospital for the Old Aging Study Program in “The Art of Care Giving”. Ms. Agus is presently teaches strings and piano both privately and in the Public Schools in Pasadena; gives workshops throughout the city of LA. She performs in recitals as violinist and as pianist as well as soloist with orchestras and in her spare time she does volunteer work in the various hospitals as a Music for Healing Volunteer, playing for patients in their wards and rooms.
Ms. Agus holds a Doctorate Degree from the University of Buffalo, New York.

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Dr. Chi-Kit Lam
 
Dr. Chi-Kit Lam is a versatile concert pianist, has taught at the Oklahoma Panhandle State University and University of Kansas, and is actively performing in many places. He was invited to perform in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State (Washington, D.C.), Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Kansas City, MO), Hong Kong Culture Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, etc. Dr. Lam was awarded the second prize at the International Young Artist Piano Competition, Washington, D.C. in 2014, and second prize in the Eighth Annual Hays Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, where he made his orchestra debut playing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under the baton of conductor Benjamin Cline. Dr. Lam was one of the finalists of the Lennox Young Artist Competition 2013, the first prize winner of Naftzger Young Artist Competition 2012, and received third prize at the Fourth Asian Youth Music Competition (Hong Kong). He was twice the scholarship recipient from the Kansas City Musical Club, was awarded Gladys Casford Memorial Scholarship, Great Eagle Scholarship, Grantham Scholarship, Yamaha Scholarship, and more. Dr. Lam is also an active music educator and performer of chamber music.
Dr. Chi-Kit Lam is a Hong Kong pianist, received his Doctor in Musical Arts at the University of Kansas, studied piano with Dr. Jack Winerock. He received his early musical training from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, under the tutelage of pianist Ling Hui. Dr. Lam has played in numerous masterclasses, conducted by Jerome Rose, Joyce Yang, Jon Kimora Parker, Stephen Savage, Nina Tichman, Magdalena Baczewska, Steven Mayer, Michael Oelbaum, Matei Varga, and Eduard Zilberkant.
Dr. Chi-Kat Lam is alo a prize-winning and creative photographer. His photos have been featured on the Boise City News, in the Watson’s Library Gallery of University of Kanansas and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

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Dr. Albert Tiu
 
Born in Cebu, Philippines, Albert Tiu has been called “an artist of uncommon abilities” by American Record Guide. His 2010 Centaur recording, “Nocturnal Fantasies”, featuring Chopin and Skryabin, was dubbed “one of the all-time great piano recordings” by Fanfare. “One of the most inventive recital programs ever seen or heard” (ARG), this “compelling and poetically imaginative recording” (Claview Companion) was also hailed for “performances where heart and mind unite in a deeply affecting union” (Gramaphone).
Currently Associate Professor of Piano at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, he studied with Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School, with Michael Lewin at Boston Conservatory, and with Nita Abrogar-Quinto and Nelly Castro in the Philippines. A rcipient of Juilliard’s William Petschek Award and a prizewinner of competitions in Calgary (Honens), Helsinki (Maj Lind) and Santander (Paloma O’Shea), he won the First Prize and two concerto prizes in the 1996 UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa.
Known for his passion for innovative programming, he has presented recitals with themes like “The Classical Elements” (Earth, Air, Water and Fire), “Chopin without Chopin” (music by Godowsky, Busoni and Rachmaninov influenced by Chopin), and “Bee Flat” (the two sonatas in B-flat by Beethoven). He has performed with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, and Philippine Philharmonic. In 2005, he gave the Singapore premiere of Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto with the Singapore Symphony under Tang Muhai.
Recent recording projects include “The Classical Elements” on Centaur; Schubert’s “Winterreise” with tenor Alan Bennett; collaborations with violinist Kam Ning in “Road Movies”, a Meridian disc featuring American composers; and with cellist Qin Li-Wei, in two discs on Decca of Beethoven and Rachmaninov.
He is absolutely addicted to Angry Birds, and in his spare time manages to practice some piano. This is a constant source of both humour and chagrin in the family. When it is in season, his addiction spreads to ice hockey, in which he supports the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 
Bob Stoel
 

Bob Stoel was born in 1951 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. His musical journey began in 1970, when he studied French Horn at the Rotterdams Conservatory. Upon graduation, he was honored Prix d’ Excellence which made him able to pursue further study at Berlin, Germany. Two years later he graduated from Berlin and started his professional carreer back in his home country, where he became a second and fourth Horn player with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1980 he started teaching as professor at the Conservatory of Utrecht and at the same time became the first Horn player (principal) with Utrecht Symphony Orchestra. In 1982 Bob joined the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra in Germany. After nine years, he moved back to the Netherlands where he became principal Horn with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He made Rotterdam as his home base, with becoming a professor at the Rotterdams Conservatory.
Other than performing with orchestra, Bob Stoel also actively performed as soloist with both Rotterdam Philharmonic and Hamburg Philharmonic, as well as in chamber music with fellow musicians.
In July 2017 he was on tour with Rotterdam Philharmonic and performed in Teater Besar Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, as their last concert. This also marked his last journey with the beloved orchestra, as he went to retirement afterwards. He is now a guest artist of the Bandung Philharmonic Orchestra and regularly gives masterclasses/workshop for Horn students in Indonesia.


 
Prof. Nigel Clayton
 

Professional Experience:
- Professor on the keyboard faculty at the Royal College of Music, London.
- Principal teacher of piano at the North East of Scotland Music School, Aberdeen.

Award:
- Fellowship of the Royal College of Music (FRCM) presented by HRH Prince of Wales. (2017)

Chamber Performance Experience:
- Four major tours of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with Indian cellist Anup Kumar Biswas.
- Tours of the Middle East and America with Wissam Boustany.
- Tours of Scandinavia with Gerard LeFeuvre.
- Founder members of the Kingfisher Ensemble.
- Founder member of the Edington Ensemble.
- Official Accompanist for the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland.

Nigel Clayton studied with Stephen Savage and Angus Morrison at the Royal College of Music London, where he won prizes in every category of piano performance and was awarded the College’s yearly prize for his Bachelor of Music Degree. Whilst there, a particular interest in chamber music and accompanying developed and was further encouraged by international prizes from competitions in London, New York (Concert Artist Guild) and from the English Speaking Union. Since then his worldwide travel has included four major tours of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with Indian cellist Anup Kumar Biswas, tours of the Middle East and America with Wissam Boustany, tours of Scandinavia with Gerard LeFeuvre and several throughout Europe; he has also appeared at most of the music clubs and festivals in Great Britain, appearing regularly on the BBC’s radio network, at the Wigmore hall, and at the South Bank Centre, where he has given more than fifty recitals.
Nigel continues to perform as a soloist and has played over one hundred solo recitals on board British luxury cruise liners SS Canberra, Oriana, Victoria and Arcadia; he has performed concertos by Beethoven, Grieg, Schumann, Shostakovich, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Mozart (directed from the keyboard), and was a soloist in Poulenc’s two piano concerto in the Royal Albert Hall whilst a junior student at the Royal College of Music. He has performed many times in Japan including two concerto performances in Tokyo and a solo recital tour and since 2013 has made regular recital and lecture tour of Indonesia.
Apart from longstanding partnerships with Gina McCormack, Lionel Handy, Elizabeth Anderson, Michael Cox, Lorraine McAslan and Joan Enric Lluna, Nigel has appeared with Madeleine Mitchell, Michael Collins, Sylvia Marcovici, Ofra Harnoy, Tasmin Little and Bryan Rayner Cook, the Chilingirian, Sorrel, Bridge, Maggini and Bingham Quartets and with instrumentalists from Japan, Korea, Canada, Spain, America, Poland and Iceland. His twenty year partnership with violinist Beth Spendlove has resulted in more than one hundred recitals particularly in Essex and Suffolk where they also frequently perform as founder members of the Kingfisher Ensemble. He is also a founder member of the Edington Ensemble, a Wiltshire based group, specialising in the piano quartet repertoire.
He was engaged for twenty one years as Official Accompanist for the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland and more recently several summer schools there, and has recorded many compact discs. He is principal teacher of piano at the North East of Scotland Music School, Aberdeen, and is a professor on the keyboard faculty at the Royal College of Music, London.
For his services in the musical world Nigel was this year awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music (FRCM) presented by HRH Prince of Wales.


 
Imma Setiadi
 

Education:
- BM in Piano Performance, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore.
- MM in Piano Performance, Royal College of Music in London, UK.
- DMA in Piano Performance, Royal College of Music in London, UK.

Award:
- Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Concerto Competition
- Second prize at the National Piano and Violin Competition in Singapore
- RCM Beethoven Kendall Taylor Prize
- Third prize at the RCM Piano Chamber Music Competition
- Runner up in Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition.

Imma Setiadi was born in Surabaya, Indonesia. A fascination for the piano at her home led to lessons with local teachers who suggested a more serious training. This resulted in national prizes from the age of nine and at the age of fifteen, she was invited to perform one of her own compositions in UNICEF-YAMAHA Junior Original Concert in Hong Kong. She then continued her studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore where she studied with Albert Tiu and gained her Bachelor of Music degree with first class honours.

Since her coming to the UK where she is now based, she has performed in many prestigious venues in the country. As a soloist she has appeared at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Purcell Room at Southbank Centre, Cheltenham Town Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, Pallant House Gallery Piano Proms, Chichester Cathedral, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and at St. John’s Smith Square, London. As a chamber musician she has performed at the Royal Academy of Arts, Cheltenham Town Hall, Holywell Music Room (Oxford), the National Gallery, RCM Britten Theatre, Blackheath Halls, and Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2013 with her Pacific Trio (violin, clarinet, and piano), she commissioned and premiered the London Tales project, a collection of nine new works by young composers working and living in London, inspired by the different scenes of the City – this was most enthusiastically received at St. Martin-in-the-fields. She made her concerto debut in 2014 performing Shostakovich Piano Concerto 1 at the University Hall, Cambridge with Steve Bingham and the Ad Hoc Sinfonia. Following its success, her concerto engagements have included Schumann Piano Concerto with the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, and the rarely performed Poulenc Aubade and Finzi Eclogue with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, St. Albans. Her recent performance with Rusne Mikiskaite (saxophone) at the Sugrizimai Festival in Vilnius was broadcasted by the Lithuanian National Radio.

She achieved a Distinction in her Master of Music degree under Nigel Clayton. She recently completed her doctoral studies at the RCM with Nigel Clayton and Amanda Glauert where she explores her interest in creating new concert experiences through performing solo piano repertoire simultaneously alongside other art forms such as painting, dance, and sculpture. This cross-arts collaboration project has been featured at the RCM Great Exhibitionist Series, Trinity Laban Music and Arts Festival and at the Deal Festival.

Recently she won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Concerto Competition and in previous years she has also received second prize at the National Piano and Violin Competition in Singapore, the RCM Beethoven Kendall Taylor Prize, third prize at the RCM Piano Chamber Music Competition, and runner up in Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition. In masterclasses, she has worked with Michel Beroff, Angela Hewitt, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Ulrich Koella, Pascal Roge and Malcolm Martineau. She has also been engaged as piano accompanist for masterclasses by world renown instrumentalists such as Pinchas Zukerman (violin), James Galway (flute), Melanie Henry (saxophone), and Jacques Tys (oboe).
She has been selected as one of young artists for the Park Lane Group (2014/2015 and 2015/2016) and for the Manchester Mid-Day Concerts Society (2015/2016). She was also RCM Gilbert and Eileen Edgar Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment for 2015/2016 and is currently a junior fellow in piano accompaniment at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Her future engagement will include concerto performance of Beethoven Emperor for Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Summer Festival, John Carmichael Concerto for piano duet and a return visit to the Bridgewater Hall.


 
Prof. Manfred Aust
 

Manfred Aust was appointed Professor of Piano at University of Music Lübeck in 2004, at the age of just 28, then being the youngest professor at a German State Music University. During his studies with professors Josef Anton Scherrer (Cologne), Christopher Elton (London), Annerose Schmidt (Berlin) and Gilead Mishory (Freiburg), he was selected for a scholarship by the renowned German National Scholarship Foundation. He received further artistic inspiration from Detlef Kraus, Helena Sá e Costa, Rudolf Kehrer and Jacques Rouvier.
As a prizewinner of several national and international competitions, Manfred Aust soon embarked on an abundant performing career that has led him as far as Tokyo. He is performing as a soloist with renowned conductors and orchestras and has appeared at festivals such as the Rheingau Musik Festival. Several German broadcasting stations have produced recordings of his playing.
After studies in the field of Historic Keyboard Instruments with Prof. Dr. Robert Hill in Freiburg, Manfred Aust has appeared as a harpsichordist with the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach.
The graduates of his piano class at University of Music Lübeck are prizewinners of many national and international competitions and have obtained scholarships from several important foundations. They perform as internationally successful artists and enjoy teaching careers with young pupils as well as in the field of university education.
Manfred Aust also devotes himself to the education of highly talented young pianists, including special masterclasses. His pupils have won many prizes of national and international contests such as the Hamburg Steinway competition, International Youth Piano Competition Essen, and the important German competition “Jugend musiziert”.
As a pedagogue in international demand, Manfred Aust gives masterclasses in Germany and abroad, e.g. in Poland, Japan, China and Indonesia. He is regularly invited as judge to various competitions.


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Robert Feller
 

Degrees
- M.M., Performance and Literature in Trumpet, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music. Graduate Assistant.
- B.M., Trumpet Performance, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Awards
- Performer's Certificate for Outstanding Performance while studying at the University of Rochester

Robert G. Feller has performed with the California Philharmonic, California Wind Orchestra, the Long Beach Municipal Band, the Rochester Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, the Ontario Brass, the Nazareth Brass Quintet and played lead trumpet in dozens of Civic Light Opera productions. Since 1972 he has been a trumpet performer in many of Disneyland’s atmosphere groups, including playing lead trumpet for the nationally acclaimed Symphonic Fantasy Tour. In the course of 10 years, he traveled extensively with the Continental Brass and Singers, conducting and playing trumpet in more than 2000 concerts in over 29 countries Worldwide. Feller was a founding member of Gabriel Brass, a trumpet trio with a four-piece rhythm section, whose crowning achievement was to represent the United States in North and South Korea as well as China.
While serving as a graduate assistant at the Eastman School of Music, Robert G. Feller graduated in 1986 with a master’s degree in Performance and Literature in Trumpet, and was awarded the coveted Performer’s Certificate for outstanding performance. His trumpet teachers have included Barbara Butler (Chicago), Boyde Hood (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Anthony Plog (International Recitalist/ Freiburg School in Germany), John Clyman (Los Angeles), Joan La Rue (Long Beach) and Gary Wiedeman (Huntington Beach).
Feller studied conducting with David Effron (Orchestral, Eastman School of Music), Hans Beer (Orchestral, USC), David Wilson (Choral, USC) and Larry Curtis (Instrumental, CSULB). He was the founder and director of the Professional Christian Wind Ensemble conducting numerous concerts in Southern California and served as the executive producer for Rejouissance, the ensemble’s first CD. For two years he also served as the conductor of the Pacific Brass Ensemble, Southern California’s premier Brass Ensemble.
Currently Feller is the Area Coordinator of Winds and Percussion at the Biola University Conservatory of Music. He also conducts the Symphonic Winds, directs the Brass Ensemble and coaches the Honors Brass Quintet. In addition to teaching Basic and Advanced Instrumental Conducting, Brass Methods, Instrumental Literature for Schools, Guided Research for Instrumental Literature and Pedagogy, he also teaches private trumpet lessons and coordinates other activities related to instrumental music. For 28 years Mr. Feller was the Head Clinician for Disneyland’s Performing Arts Excellence in Entertainment Workshops where he led approximately 4000 film scoring session workshops. He is also a freelance musician and recitalist performing numerous concerts throughout Southern California and overseas each year. He has been a guest soloist for orchestral solo and recital tours to China, Japan and Indonesia with George Boespflug, Marlin Owen and Manami Kawamura as Quartet Biola, and they have a standing invitation to return every year.
Feller is a member of the Musicians Union Local 7, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), College Band Directors National Conference (CBDNA), California Band Directors Association (CBDA) and a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG). He is a much sought after honor band conductor, guest clinician, guest adjudicator and seminar speaker.


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Manami Kawamura
 

Degrees
- M.M., Piano Performance, Indiana University
- B.M., Piano Performance, Ueno Gakuen University

Professor Kawamura's students have gone on to win the following competitions:
- 1st Place, Lost Angeles International Liszt Competition Division V, Ages 21-25
- 1st Place, American Fine Arts Festival 2018 Concerto Competition College
- 2nd Place, CAPMT State Competition Modern Music Collegiate Category
- 2nd Place, CAPMT Concerto Competition Collegiate

"As a teacher and as a mentor, Professor Kawamura has been to me an exemplary model of dedication, selflessness, and wisdom. I have grown spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and musically under her guidance, and I cannot begin to thank her enough for everything that she has done for me, to challenge and inspire me as a musician and as a Christian." (Briana Ung, alumna 2014)

Manami Kawamura has taught Keyboard Sight-Reading, Collaborative Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Applied Piano Lessons at Biola's Conservatory of Music since 1990. Professor Kawamura studied in a specialized music institute in Japan which offered junior high, high school, and Bachelor of Music programs. Following her time in Japan she went to Biola for two years of post-baccalaureate studies and then on to Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music for her Master of Music in Piano Performance. While at Indiana she studied under Menahem Pressler, the pianist of the famed Beaux Arts Trio, distinguished professor at IU, and currently Biola's Artist-in-Residence. She says, "The first time I heard him in a recital with the Beaux Arts Trio, I immediately knew that he was the pianist that I was looking for and I had to study with him. By God’s grace, the opportunity was given to me at IU." Her other teachers include Jennie Wong and Hisako Mizuno.

After finishing her Bachelor of Music degree, she performed in the 52nd New Professionals Concert which features Japan's top graduating music students. In the United States, she has given solo recitals, concerti with the Biola Symphony Orchestra, piano duos and duets with Menahem Pressler and numerous collaborative performances. She has gone on several tours of Japan and Indonesia both by herself and with other Conservatory faculty members.
Her teaching career in the United States started at IU where she received an assistant instructorship with a tuition waiver and taught private lessons and class piano. At Biola, students have flourished under her teaching. In addition to winning numerous awards and competitions, some of them have continued on to higher education at institutions such as: Indiana University (studying with Menahem Pressler and Edward Auer), Eastman School of Music (studying with Nelita True), University of Southern California (studying with Antoinette Perry and Steward Gordon), Northwestern University, New York University (studying with Jose Mendez) and San Francisco Conservatory (studying with Timothy Bach).
She has given masterclasses at various MTAC branches, Opus 119, Yamaha Music School, Tokyo Christian University, Christian Academy in Japan, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Sekolah Pelita Harapan, adjudicated competitions for MTAC and CAPMT and is an Adjunct Professor at Pasadena City College.


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Marlin Owen
 

Degrees
- M.A. University of California, San Diego
- B.S. Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mr. Owen is currently Area Coordinator of the Strings Department and is the private instructor for applied cello lessons. He is also the conductor of the Biola Symphony Orchestra, and he teaches the Music History and Music Culture courses. His dynamic teaching style and eclectic musical career contribute to his students' rich learning experience in class, at lesson, and under his baton. Alumna Hannah McGarvey ('13) says, "Mr. Owen is one of the most creative and unique professors I have ever had. His joy for life and learning is contagious. His passion for learning new things is a rare quality not found in many people. Through his teaching, mentorship, and guidance, I was able to grow exponentially as a musician and as a person. I am not only a better musician, but a person who is learning to embrace the excitement of life and the passion of learning."

Education & Influences
As a child, he studied the trumpet and the piano before beginning to learn the cello. His parents worked hard to provide a home environment that fostered his musical growth. His father was the chair of the music department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Mr. Owen originally enrolled in Minnesota State to study medicine in the hopes of becoming a medical missionary. After taking some musical classes in addition to his major, he became so enamored with music that he began pursuing his degree in music and graduated with two majors.
Teachers include János Starker, Rafael Druian, Robert Jamieson, and Peter Farrell for cello; Edward Epple for piano; and Manuel Lopez Ramos for guitar

Musical Career
The vast array of musical experiences Mr. Owen has had throughout his life contributes to the colorful style of teaching that he employs. One of these eclectic experiences is playing trumpet in the Army Band when he was drafted after receiving his Bachelor's Degree. Mr. Owen began conducting at UCSD as a graduate student, and soon became the conductor of the orchestra at Mesa College, where he also taught music appreciation. In addition, he became the conductor of the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestras. He continues to be active as a solo cellist, chamber musician, guest conductor, and chamber music clinician, with performances that take him throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He is also an avid traveler, taking musical excursions to New Zealand, Eastern Europe, Myanmar, France, Thailand, the Middle East, Kenya, Norway, Wales, and Turkey. He is passionate about world music, and seeks to make his students aware of the cultural influences of the music that they perform. For the past several years, Mr. Owen, along with Dr. Boepsflug and Mr. Feller, have traveled to China in the fall to work with a university in Beijing. He also regularly performs with and conducts for the internationally famed pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler, Biola University's Distinguished Artist-in-Residence. He is active in his community as an adjudicator for major music competitions throughout Southern California.


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Iswargia R. Sudarno
  Iswargia R. Sudarno was born and raised in Bandung, Indonesia, where he started his piano lesson at the age of eleven. After gaining a bachelor degree in architecture, from Bandung Institute of Technology, he decided to continue his musical education at the Manhattan School of Music in New York (USA), and completed his study with a Master of Music degree, under the guidance of the legendary pianist and pedagogue Karl Ulrich Schnabel. During summers he also works extensively with Bela Siki, Rita Sloan, Gabriel Chodos, and Robert Levin consecutively at the Johannesen School of the Arts (Canada), Aspen Music School (USA) and International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria). Mr. Sudarno also received a full scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Services to study as an exchange student at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany, under the guidance of Hansjörg Koch. Other awards received include the Aspen Music School Scholarship and Stanley Norman Smith Award from the Manhattan School of Music (for the best achievement in piano pedagogy learning). Mr. Sudarno has appeared as a soloist with leading Indonesia’s orchestras, and has performed in many countries in Asia, America, Europe and Africa. Aside his performing activity, Mr. Sudarno is also a passionate pedagogue. Beside appointed as the director of Jakarta Conservatory of Music, he is also on the faculty of the Jakarta Conservatory of Music, Indonesian University of Pedagogy and Education Music Department. He is continuously in frequent demand of giving master-classes in Indonesia’s major cities. His students have won many national and international piano competitions.

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Federico Dalprà
 

Born in 1991 in Seriate, Italy, Federico made his first step in music at the age of five.
With flute as his chosen instrument, he graduated at the Gaetano Donizetti Institute of Music of Bergamo at the age of 19 and the following year he was admitted to study at Codarts, Conservatory of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. His main teacher was the French flutist and main principal of Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Juliette Hurel. Alongside he also receive lessons from Herman van Kogelenberg, Julie Moulin and piccolo player Wim Steinmann.
In 2013 Federico won the audition to become academist for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and since then he regularly performs with them as 1st flute, 2nd flute, and piccolo player. In 2015 he won the audition to become member of NJO (National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands) and from 2016 he has become the principal flute player of the orchestra.
He graduated as Bachelor of Music at Codarts in August 2016 and in 2017 he was admitted to study at the prestigious Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he attends the Master program in the class of professor Benoit Fromanger.
Federico is a very enthusiastic chamber music player and he performs regularly with the Rotterdam Chamber Music Society as flute and piccolo player, the Duo Fauré with pianist Amelia Santoso, the chamber orchestra Camerata Rotterdam and the Italian woodwind quintet “Indaco”.
He strongly encourages the classical contemporary music, therefore he became one of founders of AKOM Ensemble, Rotterdam’s first new music ensemble in 2012, and since then he has been performing for AKOM as principal flute and piccolo player.


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Gia Jashvili
 

Gia Jashvili was born into a dynasty of violinists. Luarsab Jashvili, Gia ́s grandfather and the founder of the major violin school in Georgia and his mother Professor Nana Jashvili with her two sisters, all are soloists, professors at major music Universities in Europe.

Gia began his studies with his Nana Jashvili, student of the legendary violinists Leonid Kogan and David Oistrakh, who is a well known violin virtuoso and professor at the «Folkwang Music University» in Essen, Germany.

With the invitation and support of Maestro Claudio Abbado Gia was moved to Vienna (Austria) as a child and in order for him to pursue his musical development in West Europe. Gia finished his studies in Germany with the famous violin professor Zakhar Bron, in the same violin studio with Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin and David Garett. Later he returned to Vienna to continue studies of the classical repertoire with professor Gerhard Schulz from the Alban Berg Quartet.

Hence he represents the two major violin traditions -the Russian and the Viennese. His talent was recognized early on by great musicians such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich who had close relations to the Jashvili family and who he regularly had the chance to work with during his development as a musician. Until today he regularly works with the great violin virtuoso Ivry Gitlis in Paris and gets major musical influence.

In 25 years on stage Gia Jashvili has performed as a soloist and chamber musician and concertmaster in major concert halls such as the Sydney Opera House, the Berlin Philharmonic hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam,Tokyo Suntory Hall and Vienna «Musikverein».

Besides from numerous concerts in Europe, he also toured America, Australia and Asia and has performed in festivals such as the Schleswig Holstein Festival, Festival di Roma, Santander Festival in Spain. He collaborated with artists such as Placido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel and he furthermore played concerts for Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Bill Clinton and Pope John Paul II. From 2005 -2010 Gia Jashvili was invited by Maestro Lorin Maazel as concertmaster of the orchestra of the Opera house of Valencia (Spain) «Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia» with principal guest conductor Zubin Mehta.

His profound affinity to opera music led him to taking the opportunity and studying the genre further from inside the orchestra. In 2016 Gia Jashvili came for the first time to China and has lived in Beijing for 6 month. He has performed as soloist and has accepted the invitation to be the guest concertmaster in Beijing. He has led the Beijing Symphony orchestra on tour to USA and Canada with Maestro Tang Muhai. Gia Jashvili is based in Munich (Germany) where he works on new projects and gives violin masterclasses.


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Hee-Young Lim
 

Praised by the Washington Post as “a deeply gifted musician, with a full, singing tone, near- flawless technique and a natural lyricism that infused nearly every note she played,” cellist Hee- Young Lim has quickly established herself as one of the most charismatic and fast-rising cellists of her generation.

Born in Seoul, she was accepted to the Pre-College division of Korean National University of Arts and Yewon Arts School, winning prizes for Excellence in Music and the Most Distinguished Alumni Award. She entered the Korean National University at age 15, as the youngest student ever to be accepted. She moved to the United States to further her education at the New England Conservatory. Upon graduation at NEC, she went on to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, studying with Philippe Muller, where she graduated with ‘Highest Distinction’ (‘mention très bien à l’unanimité’). She is also a graduate of Hochschule für Musik 'Franz Liszt' Weimar, where she earned her Konzertexamen degree “mit auszeichnung” (summa cum laude).

Hee-Young was appointed as the Principal Solo Cellist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, after an extended (four-year) search to fill this position. She was one of the first female Asian cellists ever lead a section in a major European orchestra. In 2018, she was invited to join the teaching faculty of the Beijing Central Conservatory, the first Korean professor ever appointed to this prestigious conservatory.

In-demand as a soloist, she has in recent years performed with distinguished ensembles including the Deutsche Berlin Chamber Orchestra, the Budapest Radio Philharmonic, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the KBS Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Bandung Philharmonic, the Korean Chamber Orchestra, the Incheon Symphony Orchestra, the Ningbo Symphony, Zagreb Soloists and many others.

Hee-Young has been a featured guest artist on the Korean Radio Broadcasting station, WETA, WFMT, KUHF, RTKK, and Polski radio. As an enthusiast advocate of contemporary music, Hee-Young is privileged to champion the work of today's composers. Most recently, Columbia University in New York commissioned her to give the European premiere of Peter Susser’s Cello Suite in Paris - and in 2019 she will give the Asia premiere of Jakub Jankowski’s Aspects of Return at the Tong Yeong International Music Festival.

Teaching has been a very significant aspect of Hee-Young’s career. She has hold master classes at Seoul's Ewha University, Rotterdam Conservatory, Paris Reuil-Malmaison Conservatoire, and Jakarta University, among others. She plays on a 1714 Joseph Filius Andrea Guarneri Cello graciously given by a private donor and a Dominique Peccatte bow.


 prof gevorg sargsyan
Prof. Gevorg Sargsyan
 

Hailed as "...one of the most inspiring artists of his generation..." Gevorg Sargsyan is a conductor and music director from Armenia. Recipient of Sir Georg Solti Award he has been guest-conducting in various venues around the world with different orchestras including Orquesta de Valencia, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Armenian National Opera and Ballet productions, Jayakarta Symphonic Orchestra, Pescara Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra among others.

Gevorg studied in his native Armenia at the Yerevan State Conservatory and later continued in Vienna Conservatory and Goldsmiths College of Music, London (UK). After moving to Asia, he is combining his career between conducting and running masterclasses and lectures. He is a visiting professor of the University of Philippines College of Music, and guest lecturing in various educational establishments across South East Asia. He is also a member of adjudication panels of various festivals and music competitions in Asia.

Gevorg has been recently appointed a music director of Madison Academy of Music Singapore. His upcoming engagements include concerts in Indonesia, Germany, Taiwan, and Italy followed by a South East Asian tour.

In Indonesia, Gevorg has been actively involved with International Orchestra and Ensemble Festival (IOEF) 2017 where he was running a conducting masterclass, workshops and guest conducted student’s orchestra. In 2018, Gevorg returned to Indonesia to conduct newly formed Jayakarta Symphonic Orchestra’s inaugural concert.


 
Monique van Bruggen-Rufi
 
Monique van Bruggen-Rufi, Ph.D. is a manager and teaching staff of S1 and S2 from the Music Therapy Program, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Netherlands. He obtained a doctorate from the Department of Neurology at Leiden University Medical Center. He is a Neurological Music Therapist Fellow from Colorado State University and a music therapy researcher. Huntingdon's Disease. His clinical music skills are in the fields of neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntingdon's, Parkinson's, and Dementia.