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Dr. Ayke Agus, Violin
 
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, Piano
 
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, Piano
 
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.