Russian pianist Tatiana Lokhina is a winner of numerous Russian and international prizes and has performed at Moscow State Conservatory, Paul Dukas Conservatory, Musikhochschule Hamburg and appeared in concerts in Russia, Italy, Austria, Germany, France and the USA. Last summer, Tatiana was a staff pianist for the International Society of Bassists and for Summer Opera Tel Aviv. In 2018 Tatiana recorded unpublished works by Beethoven for violin and piano on the Naxos label. Passionate for opera and art-song, Tatiana regularly performs with singers. She is an alumni of SongFest and Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. In 2019 she performed as rehearsal pianist and continuo in JSOM’s production of Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare.
As a soloist, Tatiana attended the Ippolitov-Ivanov Music Institute and Musikhochschule Hamburg. She received her Masters degree in collaborative piano at Lynn University with Lisa Leonard and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music in collaborative piano at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy. Tatiana has appeared in master classes with many renowned artists, such as Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, Martin Katz, Elmar Oliveira, Mauricio Fuks, Carol Vaness and many others.
Lauded by the German newspaper Rhein-Zeitung as “ having much warmth, heart, and sensitivity,” pianist Sichen Ma’s performance has been heard at venues across the world, including the Beethoven Saal in Bonn, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, and Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Spain. Highlights from his concerts include performances of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony, and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major with the Colburn Orchestra at the Pasadena Auditorium under the baton of conductor Bramwell Tovey. He is the winner of top prizes in numerous competitions such as Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, China Steinway Cup International Piano competition, and Torrance Young Artists International Piano Competition.
Having studied with some renowned pedagogues of solo piano, among whom were Klaus Hellwig, John Perry, and Lee Kum-Sing, Mr. Ma was invited to the collaborative piano fellowship at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival and the Encounter of Music and Academia in Santander, Spain as a collaborative pianist. He has since continued pursuing his passion in the Doctor of Music degree in collaborative piano at the Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Futaba Niekawa and Anne Epperson.
Andrew Voelker is a Doctor of Music student, studying collaborative piano in the Jacobs School of Music under the guidance of Kevin Murphy and Anne Epperson. Prior to his studies at IU, Andrew was an Adjunct Lecturer of Accompanying and Opera Coach at Illinois Wesleyan University. There he was the music director for opera productions, and also performed with students and faculty in recitals and New Music forums. He holds Bachelor degrees in piano and voice from Northern Illinois University and a Masters degree in collaborative piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His teachers have included Anita Pontremoli, Linda Jones, William Koehler, and Dana Brown.
In the summer of 2019, Andrew was a Coach/Accompanist at Opera in the Ozarks where he prepared La bohème and was the touring music director for the company’s education tour. He was a 2018 Opera Coaching Fellow at the Aspen Opera Center, and has been a music director for productions with Great Lakes Light Opera, Chicago Summer Opera, and Prairie Fire Theatre. From 2014 to 2017, Andrew was a member of the collaborative piano staff at the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp. He has collaborated with students at Illinois State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Ursuline College.
Pianist Marika Yasuda is currently a Doctor of Music student at the Jacobs School of Music’s collaborative piano program under the mentorship of Kevin Murphy and Anne Epperson. As a soloist, she has received top prizes at competitions including the Hellam Young Artists’ Competition, Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Julia Crane International Piano Competition, and was named a winner of the 2015 Oberlin Conservatory Concerto Competition. Ms. Yasuda maintains an active schedule collaborating with vocalists and instrumentalists during the year. Recent engagements include recitals and orchestral concerts at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Bennett Gordon Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall with ensembles such as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Oberlin Orchestra, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, and eighth blackbird .
Last summer, Ms. Yasuda worked as an apprentice pianist for the vocal program at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. She has previously held fellowships at Tanglewood Music Center, SongFest, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Gijon International Piano Festival. 2018/2019 has brought diverse performance and coaching experiences such as Music Director/Vocal Coach at Finger Lakes Opera, the world premier of Michael Gandolfi’s In America (2018) with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, a coproduction of Mason Bates’ opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at the Indiana University Opera Theater with Santa Fe, Seattle, and San Francisco Operas, and concerts at the Boulanger Initiative’s Woco Launch Fest in Washington D.C. The 2019/2020 season includes performing at Middleburg Song Fest and serving as coach accompanist for Indiana University Opera Theater’s upcoming production of Gianni Schicchi. Ms. Yasuda holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Vocal Accompaniment from Oberlin Conservatory (2015), and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music (2017).
Lucy Zeng is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in collaborative piano with Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy. Last summer, she worked at the Interlochen Arts Camp as a collaborative pianist playing with students in numerous recitals and masterclasses with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Lucy completed her Master of Music degree with first class honors in piano performance at the University of Auckland School of Music studying under Rae de Lisle, and studied piano performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under Edward Auer.
Her New Zealand competition successes include 2nd prize at the NZ Mazda Foundation Young Performer of the Year, and National Award at the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Emerging Artists Series. Her international successes included 3rd prize, Sonata prize, and People's Choice Award at the 2010 and 2014 Kerikeri International Piano Competitions, Semi-finalist and Encouragement Award winner at the 1st Australian International Chopin Competition and participation in the prestigious Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan. In 2015 she was awarded SOUNZ prize at the New Zealand Wallace National Piano Competition. She has participated in numerous masterclasses with pianists such as Christopher Elton, Joan Havill, Michael Houstoun, Tamas Vesmas, David Lively, Craig Sheppard and Pei-Shan Lee. Lucy's concerto appearances include performing a number of Mozart concertos with the Aotea Youth Symphony and Waitakere City Orchestra, and the Grieg concerto with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
Tristan Leung is currently a Master of Music student in Collaborative Piano with an instrumental emphasis. He is from the great city of Wilmington, Delaware, recently graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware. While at UD, Tristan was an active departmental accompanist, playing for the studios of instrumental faculty including Sheila Browne, Xiang Gao, Christopher Nichols, and John David Smith. As an avid lover of chamber music, he has performed in masterclasses for the Blair, Calidore, Serafin, and Shanghai String Quartets. In addition, Tristan has been a member of the UD Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and most recently the UD Symphony Orchestra in 2018, where they travelled to China for an eleven-day tour with violin-erhu duo, 6-wire, and percussionist Chen Zimbalista.
Collaborative pianist Yu-Jhen Liu is an Artistic Excellence Award student at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She studies under the tutelage of Kevin Murphy. Ms. Liu earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees with emphasis in piano performance from the University of Taipei (UT) in Taiwan, where she frequently collaborated with vocalists. Ms. Liu served as staff pianist for the UT Opera Workshop and toured with the group throughout Taiwan. After moving to Bloomington, she continues to work regularly with several IU opera singers. She was a coach accompanist for the IU production of Jake Haggie’s It's a Wonderful Life, Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Leonard Bernstein’s MASS. Ms. Liu attended the 2018 Steans Music Institute at Ravinia as an apprentice pianist, and was a recipient of the 2018 Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at SongFest in Los Angeles. Liu attended the 2019 Music Academy of the West at Santa Barbara as a vocal piano fellow.
From São Paulo, Brazil, pianist Lucas Nogara graduated in solo piano from the State University of São Paulo Unesp, where he began to work collaboratively with singers. After college he joined the São Pedro Theatre Opera Studio, where he had the opportunity to work under conductors André dos Santos, and Luiz Fernando Malheiro in important opera productions. Most recent productions in which he was involved include Faust (Gounod), Florencia en el Amazonas (Catán), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten), Romeo et Juliette (Gounod) and The Makropulos Affair (Janáček). Last summer he was invited to play Don Giovanni (Mozart) for the Tel Aviv Summer Opera Festival. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under the supervision of Kevin Murphy and Anne Epperson.
Hyebin Oh is currently attending Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music as a Master of Music student, studying with Anne Epperson. Hyebin received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of North Texas, where she was a finalist in the university’s concerto competition and received the Award for Excellence in the university’s chamber music competition. Last summer, she was a collaborative piano fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
Sohyun Park is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music studying under Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy. In her home country of Korea, she worked for the Seoul National University double bass studio as the collaborative pianist from 2012 to 2014. During that time, she also served for three years as an accompanist for the Seoul Baroque Chamber Orchestra Summer Festival. In 2019, Ms. Park was an intern for the Castleman Quartet Program at SUNY Fredonia where she had the honor of collaborating with Charles Castleman. Ms. Park has had the privilege of performing new works by the Russian composer Sophia Gubaidulina at the Seoul International Music Festival, as well as Eric Ewazen and Ellen Taaffe Zwillich at the new music festival at Lynn University. Ms. Park won 2nd Prize at the Piano Duo Association of Korea competition, resulting in a performance with the Herald Symphony Orchestra as a guest pianist. Most recently, she performed two concerts in Cambodia with the Presbyterian Theological Institute in Phnom Penh, and a concert at the Ewha Srang School in Kampong Speu.
Ms. Park started her piano studies at the age of seven, attended the Anyang Arts High School in Korea, and continued her studies at the Dongduk Women's University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. Ms. Park studied collaborative piano at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida with Lisa Leonard. She has participated in master classes with Jeff Bradetich, Nancy Weems, Rita Sloan, Elmar Oliveira, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
From Havana, Cuba, Claudia Santana Nunez graduated from the University of Arts of Havana with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. Following graduation she worked three years as a staff pianist for the Department of Voice at the University of Arts. In 2017, she came to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music to pursue a Performer Diploma in Collaborative Piano, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano studying with Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy. Claudia served as coach accompanist in the IU Opera Theatre productions of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and L’elisir d’amore. Last summer she worked for the IU Summer String Academy as staff accompanist, and for the past two summers has served as staff accompanist for the College Audition Preparation program at Indiana University.
Giyong Ahn is currently pursuing a Performance Diploma at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music studying under Anne Epperson. Mr. Ahn was awarded first prize in the Chamber Music Division of the Korean Music Association Competition. He has performed a wide variety of concerts including recitals at the American Single Reed Summit, WFHB Radio Conference and Society of Composers Conference. Mr. Ahn was a staff pianist for the ISB Double Bass Competition and UT New Music Ensemble. He has attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Mireia Frutos Fernández earned a Master of Music from the Liszt Academy in Budapest in piano and chamber music, and a Bachelor of Music at the Superior Conservatory of Aragón. She has performed in Australia, Malaysia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Hungary, Israel, and the United States, both as a solo pianist with orchestra, and collaboratively with a wide variety of ensembles. Dedicated to contemporary music, she has worked with composers and premiered works by Paul Elwood, Abraham Tena Manrique, Tazul Tajuddin, Óscar Piniella, David Pellejer and Philippe Lamouris, among others.
Ms. Frutos has been awarded first prize in several competitions including the Musical Youth of Spain Competition, Marisa Montiel Piano Competition, and Hazen Competition. Her performance with orchestra of Mendelssohn’s Second Piano Concerto for the Award Ceremony of the “Acordes Caja Madrid” Competition was broadcasted on Spanish National Television. She has also been awarded the “Mutua Madrileña Foundation” scholarship, the “Musical Youth of Madrid” scholarship and the “Rotary Club” grant for the continuation of studies after her bachelor degree.
She has worked for years as a freelance piano teacher in Madrid, Zaragoza and Kuala Lumpur, working with students from diverse ages and backgrounds. Since 2014, she has worked as chamber music teacher for Musique et Montagnein France with cellist and collaborator Morgane de Lafforest. Ms. Frutos is currently pursuing a Performance Diploma in Collaborative Piano at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where she studies with Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy.
A native of Taiwan, Chen-Fang Hsu began piano studies at the age of seven. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Application of Music from the University of Taipei, Taiwan. Subsequently, Ms. Hsu began her studies with Mr. Edward Auer at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music earning a Master of Music in Piano Performance. Ms. Hsu maintains a diverse career as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She is a prize winner at prestigious competitions, winning top prizes at Tainan International Music competition, Excellent Music Open Competition of Taiwan, Taiwan-Asia International Piano Competition, Wei Wu Ying National Competition, and Japan Classical Music Competition. As winner of the Amadeus Music Competition, she represented Taiwan to attend the Asia Music Competition. During her studies at the University of Taipei, she was chosen to receive The Taipei Juridical KHS Musical Center Scholarship.
As collaborative pianist, she most recently held the position of teaching assistant at Brevard Music Summer Institute & Festival. Ms. Hsu is currently pursuing a Performance Diploma in Collaborative Piano at Indiana University with renowned pedagogues Anne Epperson, Chih-Yi Chen and Charles Prestinari.
Hyunkyung Kang is a pianist born and raised in South Korea. She began playing piano at age six and has studied with JaeEun Kim, JungEun Kim and Jean-Louis Haguenauer. She graduated from Ewha Womans University with a Bachelor of Music degree and from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with a Master of Music degree. She is currently pursuing a Performer Diploma in Collaborative Piano studying with Anne Epperson. Ms. Kang won Gold Prize in the Asia International Piano Competition in 2016 and 4th Prize in the Piano Society of Korea Concours in 2016. In 2010, she was chosen to play in the Keyboard Instrument Concert Series at Ewha Womans University and performed in the Eum-Ahc Chun-chu Best Newcomer Debut Recital in 2014.
Born in Kunshan City, Suzhou, China, Yichen Liang holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and is currently pursuing a Performer Diploma in Collaborative Piano at the Jacobs School of Music. He studied piano performance with Edward Auer throughout his master’s degree, and received duo coachings from Anne Epperson and Futaba Niekawa. As a collaborative pianist, last summer he participated in the duo526 Summer Sonata Seminar, and had masterclasses with pianist Futaba Niekawa and violinist Kerry Duwors. Mr. Liang graduated from Shanghai Normal University with his Music Education degree. During his undergraduate years, he studied piano with the jazz pianist and composer Qiaoyun Yang and Bin Su from Shanghai Conservatory - at the same time, influenced by pianist Pinshu Yu. As an active and versatile performer, he has played, conducted, and sung in performances of solo, duo, band, and choral repertoire in the United States, Canada and China.
Born in Taoyuan, Taiwan, Ya-Ping Lo began her musical studies at the age of five. She received her Master of Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the Taiwan National University of Education, under the guidance of Yeni-Lee. From 2016 to 2018, she attended the Advanced Performance Studies Program at Bard College Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Frank Corliss, while also taking the classes of Kayo Iwama and Dawn Upshaw. An avid chamber musician and collaborator, Ms. Lo has performed with numerous renowned artists around the world. She appeared as a collaborative pianist in the masterclasses of distinguished artists Jinjoo Cho, Kathleen Winkler, Glenn Dicterow, Richie Hawley, Cynthia Phelps, and Richard O’Neill.
In 2016, Ms. Lo participated in the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, where she studied with Jonathan Feldman. In 2017 she was a vocal collaborative pianist at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary. In 2019, she was a collaborative piano fellow at the Bowdoin Music Festival, under guidance of Pei-Shan Lee. Ms. Lo currently studies with Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music pursuing a Performer Diploma. She is also a composer, composing in a variety of musical settings, including both Western and Chinese style. Her piece The Fantasy of Liuqin, written for an ensemble of traditional Chinese instruments, had its premiere at the Taiwan National Concert Hall in 2011.
Taiwanese pianist Ya-Ting Yang has collaborated with many instrumentalists and vocalists throughout Taiwan and has won several prizes as soloist and collaborative pianist during her time in Taiwan. Ms. Yang received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the National Taiwan Normal University, and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Norman Krieger. She is currently pursuing a Performer Diploma in Collaborative Piano at Indiana University, studying with Anne Epperson, Futaba Niekawa and Charles Prestinari and has attended the Walnut Hill Music Festival.