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ADAMANT SUMMER PROGRAMS
 

Summer 2024 applications now open!

Masterclasses

Christopher Elton

Emeritus Head of Keyboard, Royal Academy of Music, London

June 17 – 21

Participants arrive June 16, depart June 22

Performers will play twice in these masterclasses

John O’Conor

Chair of Piano Division, Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA

Professor of Piano, Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Canada

Former Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music

June 24 – 28

Participants arrive June 23, depart June 29

Performers will play twice in these masterclasses

Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow

Professors of Piano and Department Chair, Oberlin Conservatory

July 2 – 6

Participants arrive July 1, depart July 7

Performers will play once in these masterclasses

  • All masterclasses begin each day at 1:30 and end at 5:00 PM

  • Performers may choose 2 separate pieces or various movements from a larger work.

  • Performers will play in 1 of the 2 evening concerts

Three-Week Traditional Session

July 14 – August 2

Participants will play in daily classes with assigned faculty. Participants may elect to have private lessons free of charge with any member of the faculty and will have opportunities to play on participant concerts three times per week.

Faculty

Andrew Cooperstock, University of Colorado-Boulder

Elaine Greenfield, Independent Performing Artist and Master Teacher, Burlington, VT

Robert Henry, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA

Deirdre O’Donohue, Manhattan School of Music and New York University

Roberta Rust, Lynn University Conservatory of Music, Boca Raton, FL

 

Artists-in-Residence

HieYon Choi, Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD

Anthony de Mare (specializing in 20th/21st century piano music), 

Manhattan School of Music

2024 APPLICATION information

Application to 2024 Summer Programs: $50

  • Submit online application and fee by April 1. 

  • Submit videos of 2 pieces in contrasting styles at the time the application is submitted. Videos should be emailed to director@adamant.org

  • Applications are required for performers in the masterclasses, masterclass resident auditors, and those applying to the Traditional Session. Performers in previous summer programs are not required to submit audition videos.

 

Acceptance:

  • All participants will be notified of their acceptance by April 15.

  • Non-refundable half-tuition payment for all participants is due by May 1. The remaining balance is due by the time of on-site registration.

Payment:

Application fees and tuition payments are accepted via Zelle, personal check or credit card.

 

Zelle payments should be sent to admin@adamant.org. There is no processing fee for Zelle payments.

 

Personal checks should be sent to

Adamant Music School

P.O. Box 22

Adamant, VT 05640

There is no processing fee for payments by check.

 

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Prices

2024 Prices

All-Inclusive Pricing: For participants and resident auditors, the program covers tuition, dedicated grand piano studio, private room and meals, as well as transportation from the Montpelier train/bus station or the Burlington airport.

Master Class - Student Performer All Inclusive Program: $975

The standard fee is $1,500. The 2024 program fee includes a special $525 

scholarship for all accepted participants.

Master Class - Adult Performer All inclusive Program: $1,275

The standard fee is $1,500. The 2024 program fee includes a special $225 

scholarship for all accepted performers. Apply early before classes fill up. 

Master Class - Auditor All inclusive Program: $950

Traditional Session Three Week All Inclusive Program: $2,900

The standard fee is $3,500. The 2024 program fee includes a special $600

scholarship for all accepted participants. Apply early before classes fill up.

 

Day Auditors (non-resident): $85/day

One meal per day is included.

First-time day auditors may attend one day free of charge.

 

For students and adults enrolled in more than one session, we offer a $100 discount for each additional session.


2024 Faculty
 

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Christopher Elton was born in Edinburgh and received most of his musical education at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he achieved the unusual distinction of gaining the Academy’s highest performing award - the Dip. RAM - on both piano and ‘cello. Christopher Elton’s international recognition has come as a result of the many successes of his students - mostly at the Royal Academy of Music. Many have won international awards, including First Prizes in the Van Cliburn and London “World” International Piano Competitions, the 2009 “Top of The world”, the 2014 Shenzen International Piano Competition and the 2014 Montreal International Piano Competition as well as others such as Jaen, Newport, Dudley and New Orleans. Further recent successes have come with four prizewinners in four concurrent Leeds International Piano Competitions as well as in the Tchaikovsky, Leipzig Bach, Dublin, Shanghai, and Taiwan Competitions and many others. Students have also been successful in the prestigious Young Concert Artists award in New York, as well as in the London Young Concert Artists Trust. Many of his students are now recording artists, including Freddy Kempf, Yevgeny Sudbin, Joanna MacGregor, Inon Barnatan and Benjamin Grosvenor. While his priority has long been to his work at the Royal Academy, London, Christopher Elton has recently accepted an invitation to join the piano faculty at the Yale School of Music as a Visiting Professor for the 2nd semester of 2017/2018. He is also been much in demand overseas both as a teacher and as a jury member for international competitions. Within the last few years he has given masterclasses in the USA, Japan, Israel, Korea, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain, Germany and Ireland and Vietnam, many of them for important conservatories or universities. He has also been invited as a jury member at many important international competitions - The Cliburn, Moscow (Tchaikovsky), Dublin, Leeds, Busoni (Bolzano),Vienna Beethoven, Shenzen and China International to mention only some. He has also given recitals in the UK, USA, Ireland, Spain, Australia and Vietnam. He was a prizewinner in several British and international piano competitions, playing and broadcasting regularly both as a soloist and in chamber music. At the same time he worked as a freelance ‘cellist with the major London orchestras. Christopher Elton was Head of Keyboard at the Royal Academy of Music, London, (where he was elected a Fellow in 1983,) from 1987 to 2011. In 2002 the title of Professor of the University of London was conferred on him. He now also holds the title of Emeritus Head of Piano, and still maintains a large class of students at the Royal Academy of Music.

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"A pianist of unbounding sensitivity" (Gramophone) ; "He represents a vanishing tradition that favors inner expression and atmosphere over showmanship and bravura" (Chicago Tribune) ; "Impeccable technique and musicality … it would be hard to imagine better performances" (Sunday Times – London) ; "This artist has the kind of flawless touch that makes an audience gasp" (Washington Post) ; "Exquisite playing" (New York Times). The Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years. Having studied in his native Dublin and in Vienna with Dieter Weber and been tutored by the legendary Wilhelm Kempff his unanimous 1st Prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 opened the door to a career that has taken him all around the world. He has performed in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand and has appeared with such orchestras as the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, l'Orchestre National de France, the Scottish and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, the Israel Camerata, the NHK, Yomiuri, Kyushu, Kyoto and Sapporo Symphonies in Japan, the KBS Symphony in Korea, the Shanghai Sinfonietta, the Singapore Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony and the orchestras of Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, Tampa and Washington DC in North America. He has given concerts in many of the world's most famous halls including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Dvorak Hall in Prague and the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo. He also enjoys collaborating in Lieder Recitals and performing chamber music with many instrumentalists and ensembles such as the Cleveland, Tokyo, Vanbrugh, Vermeer, Takacs, Vogler, Ying, Audubon and Navarra Quartets. Mr. O'Conor also continues to make significant contributions to the arts in his native country and has championed the works of Ireland's leading 19th century composer, John Field. He became a key figure in the development of young artists through his role as Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and was a co-­‐founder of the Dublin International Piano Competition of which he is Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury. John O'Conor first gained widespread attention in the United States in 1986 with the release of his first volume of Beethoven Sonatas on the Telarc label. He went on to record the complete sonatas and these were issued as a box set in 1994. CD Review described Mr. O'Conor's performances of these sonatas as "recordings of the highest calibre and Beethoven playing at its best" and went on to say "This Beethoven series should become the complete set of choice". Mr. O'Conor has made more than 20 recordings for the Telarc label including the complete Beethoven Bagatelles, cited by the New York Times as the best recording of these works; four volumes of Mozart Piano Concertos with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; numerous works of Schubert including the late A major Sonata, the complete Impromptus and Moments Musicaux, some Waltzes and the Trout Quintet with the Cleveland Quartet; and two volumes of short piano pieces entitled "Piano Classics" and "Autumn Songs". He has recorded most of the major works of John Field including the complete Concertos, Sonatas and Nocturnes. His recording of Field's Nocturnes featured on Billboard's classical charts for many weeks. He has also made a recording of his favourite Irish Airs with the Irish Chamber Orchestra entitled "Irish Classics". In 2007 and 2008 he recorded the complete Piano Concertos of Beethoven with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andreas Delfs and these recordings have been greeted with great acclaim. John O'Conor is deeply committed to the development of young pianists in Ireland and in other countries. He gives masterclasses and lectures in many of the places he performs as well as in many of the major music institutions including the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York, the Peabody Institute, Harvard, Yale, Temple, Rutgers, Indiana, Texas and Seattle Universities and those in Vancouver, Kansas City and Tampa, the Ravinia Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Adamant Music School in Vermont, Piano Texas at TCU, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Hamamatsu Piano Academy in Japan, Seoul National University and the National University of the Arts in Korea, the Australian National Academy and the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia, the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London. He has been invited on the juries of most of the world's most prestigious International Piano Competitions including those in Leeds, Moscow (Tchaikovsky), Vienna (Beethoven), Warsaw (Chopin), Tel Aviv (Rubinstein), Hamamatsu, Beijing, Shanghai, Munich, Bolzano (Busoni), Cologne, Vevay (Clara Haskil), Cleveland, Salt Lake City (Gina Bachauer), Sydney, Pretoria, London, College Park (William Kapell), Valencia (Jose Iturbi), Hilton Head, Bonn (Beethoven), Seoul and Xiamen (China). From 1997 to 2011 he took on the mantle of his revered professor Wilhelm Kempff and gave the annual Beethoven Interpretation Course in Kempff’s own villa in Positano, Italy where Kempff gave the course from 1957. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the course in 2007 a TV documentary was made entitled "Beethoven Bootcamp" which was shown in many countries and is now available on YouTube. Prof. O'Conor now gives this course annually at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Prof. O'Conor is regarded as one of the most important piano teachers in the world today. He is Distinguished Artist in Residence, Professor of Music and Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, a faculty member at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, International Visiting Artist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Visiting Professor at Showa University in Japan. His students have won many international prizes (most recently First Prizes at the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona in 2012 and the Beethoven Competition in Bonn in 2013) and he is in great demand for masterclasses and as a juror at the most prestigious International Piano Competitions worldwide. For his services to music he has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the National University of Ireland, by Trinity College Dublin and by Shenandoah University, Virginia and an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has been decorated with the title "Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Government, has been awarded the "Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst" by the Austrian Government, the "Order of the Rising Sun" by the Japanese Government, and has also been decorated by the Italian and Polish governments. John O’Conor is a Steinway Artist.

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Angela Cheng: Consistently praised for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty and superb musicianship, Canadian pianist Angela Cheng is one of her country’s national treasures. She has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, St. Louis, Houston, San Diego, Indianapolis, Syracuse, Utah and Colorado. An avid recitalist, Ms. Cheng has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, including New York City (Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the 92nd Street Y), Wigmore Hall in London, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg and the Sydney Opera House, as well as in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Montreal, Toronto, Taiwan, Italy and Australia. In 2012 she made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony. Ms. Cheng has collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles including the Takács, Colorado, and Vogler quartets. Festival appearances have included Verbier, Edinburgh, Miyazaki, St. Petersburg/Stars of the White Nights, Enescu/Romania, Banff, Bravo! Vail, Chautauqua, Colorado, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla’s SummerFest, Ravinia, Vancouver, the Festival International de Lanaudière in Quebec, Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Cartegena International Music Festival in Colombia and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany. Ms. Cheng has been invited to give masterclasses throughout North America and in Asia, including the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Taichung University in Taiwan, Indiana University, University of Michigan and the University of Texas. She has also served on the jury of many competitions, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Esther Honens International Piano Competition, Montreal International Piano Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, New Orleans International Piano Competition, and the American Pianists Association Competition. In 2022, she will serve on the Selection Jury of the Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Ms. Cheng’s many honors include a Gold Medal at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, the distinction of being the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition, additional first prizes at the William Kapell International Piano Competition and D’Angelo Young Artist Competition, the Medal of Excellence from the Salzburg Mozarteum for her outstanding interpretations of Mozart, and a Career Development Grant from the Canada Council. In 2010, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and cited for her life as a “concert pianist and ambassador for classical music.” A native of Hong Kong, Ms. Cheng studied extensively with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University and with Sascha Gorodnitzki at the Juilliard School. She is currently on the artist faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she was honored with the 2011-12 Excellence in Teaching Award. Alvin Chow: Alvin Chow has appeared throughout North America and Asia as orchestral soloist and recitalist. In addition, he has performed extensively in duo-piano recitals with his wife, Angela Cheng, and his twin brother, Alan. A native of Miami, Florida, he graduated summa cum laude and Co-Valedictorian (with his brother) at the University of Maryland, where he was a student of Nelita True. Mr. Chow received the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano upon graduation from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sasha Gorodnitzki, and held the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship at Indiana University as a student of Menahem Pressler. Mr. Chow has won top prizes in numerous competitions such as the National Symphony Young Soloists Competition, Civic Orchestra of Chicago Young Soloists Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, and the New York Piano Teachers Congress International Piano Competition. He has been presented as recitalist in such cities as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Vienna, Montreal, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles, and has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Colorado Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Pan-Asia Symphony in Hong Kong, Shanghai Philharmonic, and Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, among others. He has also been Convention Artist for the state MTNA conferences in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee. With Angela Cheng, he performed as Conference Artist for the 2019 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Mr. Chow has presented numerous master classes and lectures at music institutions throughout the United States and abroad, including the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Taichung University in Taiwan, Colburn School in Los Angeles, Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, and Indiana University. He has taught and performed at numerous summer festivals, including the Shanghai Piano Festival, Banff Piano Master Classes, North Coast Piano Festival, Southeastern Piano Festival, New Orleans International Piano Festival, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, Lake Como Summer Piano School in Italy, and the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Mr. Chow has been a member of numerous competition juries, including the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, the Jacksonville International Piano Competition, MTNA Student Competitions (national finals), the International Piano e-Competition (screening), the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and the Cooper International Piano Competition at Oberlin. Mr. Chow was the first Fulbright Visiting Artist in Piano at the University of Arkansas, and also taught at the University of Colorado. Mr. Chow has been a member of the artist faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 1999. He served as Chair of the Piano Department from 2007-19, and Director of the Division of Keyboard Studies from 2019-21. Mr. Chow was named the Ruth Strickland Gardner Professor of Music from 2011-14, and also received Oberlin’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016.

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Pianist Andrew Cooperstock performs widely as soloist and chamber musician and has appeared throughout six continents and in most of the fifty states, including performances at New York's Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the United Nations. He has been featured in recitals and concerto appearances at the Chautauqua, Brevard, and Round Top music festivals, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and Hong Kong’s Hell Hot! New Music Festival, in such international locales as London, Paris, Geneva, Beijing, Seoul, Accra, Kiev, Vladivostok, Canberra, Quito, and Lima, and on National Public Radio, Radio France, and the British Broadcasting Corporation. In 2019-20 he performed and taught in China, Hong Kong, Germany, Czech Republic, New York, Minnesota, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, the Carolinas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Arizona, and he was convention artist for Music Teachers Association of California. Cooperstock’s recent articles have appeared in Piano Magazine and the MTNA e-Journal, and as part of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, he lectured on the composer’s pedagogical legacy at the MTNA national virtual conference. His video on teaching Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op. 2, No. 1, created for the Frances Clark Center’s inaugural series "From the Artist Bench," was released in February. An advocate for American music, Andrew Cooperstock has premiered works by composers Lowell Liebermann, John Fitz Rogers, Rob Paterson, and Aaron Copland and participated in commissioning works by Eric Stern, Robert Starer, Dan Welcher, and Meira Warshauer. With a special interest in piano music of Leonard Bernstein, he made the first recording of Bernstein’s complete piano works, for Bridge Records, a portion of which appears in Deutsche Grammophon’s Bernstein: Complete Works. A sough-after chamber musician, Cooperstock has performed with the Takács Quartet, the Ying Quartet, the Dorian Quintet, violinist James Buswell, violist Roberto Diaz, cellists Andres Diaz and András Fejer, hornist Eli Epstein, and pianist Paul Schoenfield, and he is a member of the Colorado Chamber Players. With violinist William Terwilliger, as Opus Two (www.opustwo.org), Cooperstock has recorded the complete works for piano and violin by Aaron Copland. The award-winning duo has been internationally recognized for its “divine phrases, impelling rhythm, elastic ensemble and stunning sounds,” as well as its commitment to expanding the violin-piano duo repertoire. The duo has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, and Australia, and it made its Asian debut in 2006 with performances across China, Korea, Japan, and the Russian Far East. In 2011 they were in residence with the National Symphony of Ghana, Africa, and at the University of Ghana Legon. Their appearance at Woodstock, New York’s prestigious Maverick Concerts was called “one of the most significant and worthwhile concerts of the 2010 season.” In 2013 Opus Two were guests of the United States Embassy on tour throughout Peru. With cellist Andres Diaz, Opus Two has recorded chamber music by Lowell Liebermann (Albany Records) and Paul Schoenfield (Azica Records). Opus Two’s recording Bernstein: Violin Sonata, Piano Trio, New Transcriptions (Naxos) features new arrangements by legendary Broadway music director Eric Stern and collaborations with Broadway actress-singer Marin Mazzie, and their following CD, a 75th-anniversary tribute to American composer George Gershwin, features a newly commissioned Eric Stern arrangement of beloved songs from Girl Crazy and collaborations with Broadway singer Ashley Brown. Prize-winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Competition, the New Orleans International Piano Competition, and the United States Information Agency’s Artistic Ambassador Auditions, Cooperstock has since served as juror for these competitions, in addition to the Iowa International Piano Competition, the Liszt-Garrison International Competition, China’s Giant Cup Art Talent Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association national competitions, among many others. Dr. Cooperstock holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Cincinnati and Peabody Conservatories, where he studied with Abbey Simon, David Bar-Illan, Walter Hautzig, and Samuel Sanders. A Steinway artist, he is Program Director of the Saarburg (Germany) International Music Festival and School and Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he served as Artistic Director of the University’s Bernstein at 100 celebration. He is President-Elect of Colorado State Music Teachers Association. Dr. Cooperstock’s former students hold positions at important music schools across the U.S. and in Europe and Asia. In 2020 he received the Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence Award in Teaching and Pedagogy.

Elaine Greenfield is a widely acclaimed pianist, recognized internationally for her performances, recordings, and teaching, with a distinguished career as soloist/lecture recitalist, and collaborative artist. Noted nationwide for her sensitive musical imagination, compelling artistry, and effortless technique, Ms. Greenfield has received acclaim for performances at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Washington DC's Phillips Collection, Boston's Gardner Museum, and innumerable concert venues coast to coast. A review in CLAVIER magazine, lauded Ms.Greenfield's CD release, "Debussy Preludes, Bks 1 & 2," Centaur Records, recorded at the Frederick Collection, calling her performances "impeccable"..."how this music was meant to sound". CLASSICS TODAY praised her "sensitivity and control", "alluring pedal effects"...."meeting technical challenges with no effort". Ms. Greenfield has been broadcast over international radio & TV, including the BBC, NPR, VPT, WGBH, WNYC, WAMC & WBAQ. THE NEW YORK TIMES praised her "crystalline clarity, tonal warmth, graceful airiness, and rhythmically strong" playing, with "...a formidable technique...". Additionally, Ms. Greenfield toured for 20 years with Philadelphia flutist, Pamela Guidetti, New York Concert Artists Guild winner and protegé of French master Marcel Moyse. In her region, she has appeared as soloist with I Musici de Montreal, VT Symphony Orchestra, VT Mozart Festival, and the VT Philharmonic; she was a founding performer of the VT Contemporary Music Ensemble and has performed decades of solo and collaborative recitals with various regional and national artists. Elaine invites you to read about her extensive background, activities, credits, & reviews, and to sample her 7album discography on Website www.elainegreenfield.com. Her 20+ year nation-wide collaboration with Arizona pianist Janice Meyer Thompson, as The Transcontinental Piano Duo, has resulted in three CD recordings, including the 2010 release “French Four-Hands and the Elegant Erard,” Centaur Records, recorded at the Frederick Collection, presentations by the Duo at the 2009 World Pedagogy Conference and the 2012 MTNA National Conference; plus, rave reviews for recitals, workshops, and master classes at colleges, universities, state conferences & community series in 17 of the 50 states, with a goal of reaching all 50! For additional Duo information, please visit http://www.TranscontinentalPianoDuo.com. As an educator, Elaine Greenfield is a passionate and dedicated teacher, who maintains an independent studio in South Burlington, VT, and is a member of the artist faculty of the Adamant Music School. She is a Master Teacher in Music Teachers National Association, a resource person for workshops, master classes, and lecture recitals, and an active adjudicator. In her local area Ms. Greenfield is Artistic Director of concert events for St. Paul’s Cathedral Arts and is founder- director of Greenfield Piano Associates: “a not-for profit educational organization, dedicated to the art of piano playing.” During her extensive teaching career Elaine has taught pupils of all ages and levels, with several artist-students from her studio winning contests at state, regional, and national levels. Many have since gone on to musical careers throughout the U.S. Presently, Elaine particularly enjoys working with teachers and mature artist-students. For samples of Elaine Greenfield’s performances, complete educational background, philosophy, and activities, in her own words, please visit http://www.elainegreenfield.com ​

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"Robert Henry's lyricism hits the mark. Cogent shaping, dynamism, and powerful; inner voices decisively sing and project as his Chopin's bass lines reinforce this music's often ignored backbone; rapturous and texturally refined playing; absolutely enchanting." --Gramophone Magazine Hailed as a "consummate artist -- brilliant, formidable, effortless, and the epitome of control and poise," Robert Henry is an internationally distinguished pianist, winning universal acclaim as orchestral soloist, recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. Possessing the rare combination of insight, inspiration, and a dazzling technique, he continues to touch and electrify audiences around the world. Career highlights include 2002 solo debut recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Wigmore Hall, with critics praising his "flawless technique, smooth and limpid phrasing, exciting programming." He performed the opening concert for the 2004 MTNA National Convention, and has presented concerts, masterclasses, and lectures under the auspices of the American Pianists Association, Chopin Foundation of America, National Gallery of Art, Glinka Conservatory, Phillips Collection, University of California-Berkeley, University of Maryland, University of Georgia, University of South Carolina, Arkansas State University, Georgia State University, Strathmore Hall, Kitzingen Piano Festival (Germany), and the Ibla-Ragusa Piano Festival (Italy). He has presented concert tours of the U.S., England, Poland, Czech Republic, Nova Scotia, Russia, Italy, and Canada. A renowned collaborator and chamber musician, he has appeared with such notable conductors as Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, Michael Palmer, Steven Byess, and Stefan Sanderling. Following his recent major orchestral debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Journal Constitution claimed Robert as "an accomplished musician, versatile and elegant...he elevated the concerto to a poignant statement." Dr. Henry has presented recitals with the Pacifica Quartet, cellist Shauna Rolston, soprano Mary Ann Hart, and tenor Sergio Blasquez. He has toured internationally with the Grammy-winning Atlanta Boy Choir, directed by Fletcher Wolfe, and has accompanied the masterclasses of eminent artists Jerry Hadley, Frederica von Stade, and Håkan Hagegård. Together with cellist Charae Krueger, he has presented the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven. He is also a founding member of the Summit Piano Trio, joined by Helen Kim (violin) and Charae Krueger (cello). Critics have praised his ensemble playing, saying, "It was clear from the outset that Robert Henry is a master of the keyboard. He moves easily from being an accompanist, to a soloist, to one member of the dialogue between his instrument and the ensemble. Robert Henry is top notch." Robert Henry has enjoyed phenomenal success in important piano competitions, ultimately winning the Gold Medal in four International Piano Competitions in the 2001­-2002 season alone (New Orleans International Piano Competition, Washington International Piano Competition, Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, Alfredo Barilli International Piano Competition). These prizes stand alongside fourteen additional first place awards received throughout his career, including the Clara Wells National Competition. On three occasions, juries have spontaneously created special prizes to honor his performances, including Best Performance of a 20th-Century Work and Best Performance of a Commissioned Work. He is a laureate of the 2003 Seiler International Piano Competition (Germany). An International Steinway Artist, Dr. Henry has earned a reputation for giving stunning performances of the most demanding repertoire and for presenting overlooked masterpieces to the public, from Bach to Boulanger. One New York critic wrote, "Robert Henry's Chopin-Godowsky Études were beautiful beyond description. His sound brings to mind the great pianists of the past, for whom beauty of tone was integral to the structure of the phrase." In response to Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Henry coordinated and performed in the 2006 "Pianists for New Orleans" tour of the United States, raising over $100,000 for the city. For these efforts, he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. In 2010, Robert Henry released his debut CD, Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz, to rave reviews. Gramophone Magazine declared, "Robert Henry's lyricism hits the mark. Absolutely enchanting." The recording is a collection of some of the world's best-loved melodies, featuring Nocturnes of Chopin, Faur, Grieg, Liszt, and many others, including the world premiere of Alexei Stanchinsky's forgotten Nocturne from 1907. Also featured is Dr. Henry's own published transcription of Waltz for the Lonely, originally by guitarist Chet Atkins. Dr. Henry was also winner of two 2010 Telly Awards for the documentary about his recording experience, The Making of Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz. Dr. Henry was joined by violinist Helen Kim in a world premiere recording of Romance and Dance by Chen Yi for Centaur Records. Also, Mr. Henry arranged and performed Faure’s Pie Jesu for the Atlanta Boy Choir for the film, Captain America 3 (2016). He is regularly heard locally and nationally on NPR's Atlanta Music Scene and Performance Today. In 2016, Dr. Henry released his third critically acclaimed recording, As the Songbird Sings: Music of Schubert and Brahms, which included the world premiere recording of Brahms' recently discovered piece, Albumblatt. Dr. Henry earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, with additional studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Glinka Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was awarded the 2009 KSU Distinguished Alumni Award. He has studied closely with pianists Larissa Dedova, Sergei Dzevanovsky, Anne Koscielny, Raymond Hanson, David Watkins, Joseph Meeks, George Mintz, Sergei Babayan, and André Watts. As an educator and pedagogue, Dr. Robert Henry is an MTNA Nationally Certified educator and has lectured and performed at universities, conservatories, and festivals worldwide. He has served as recitalist, clinician, and juror for state, regional, and national MTNA conventions and competitions, and he has been featured in American Music Teacher, Gramophone, and Clavier. He operates an exclusive private studio in Atlanta, GA. He is Director of the Atlanta Boy Choir, Organist-Choirmaster of the Saint George's Episcopal Church in Griffin, GA, and he proudly serves as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Piano at Kennesaw State University. In 2019, Dr. Henry presented a lecture entitled, "Practicing Like a Pro" at the MTNA National Convention in Spokane Washington. Future projects include a recording of Bach's Complete Two-Part Inventions and Chopin Études, Op. 10. Robert lives in historic Marietta, GA, with his son, Lucas Sebastian Henry. He maintains his web-presence at www.roberthenry.org.

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Deirdre O’Donohue is a member of the piano faculty in the department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University and is also on the college and preparatory faculties of Manhattan School of Music. She has performed solo and chamber recitals in Austria, The Netherlands, Italy, Canada, and the United States. Active as an adjudicator in the United States and Canada, she has also given numerous master classes and lecture/demonstrations at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Poona Music Society in India, the Rotterdam Conservatory, and at various institutions throughout the United States and Canada. In the spring of 1998 and 1999, Dr. O’Donohue was invited by the Gijon Conservatory in Asturias, Spain, to give intensive weeklong courses in piano technique and interpretation. She has received the Sparrendam Medal for performance in The Netherlands, and the Roger Phelps Award from New York University for her dissertation entitled The Concept of Unity and Uniqueness in the Multi-Movement Works of Beethoven. Recent engagements have included master classes at New York University and Queens College, a 1999 presentation at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in St. Louis, the adjudications of the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s weeklong Piano Festival (March 2000) and the National Feis Ceoil (March 2002) in Dublin, a solo recital at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire, performances of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Two Pianos with Rosemary Caviglia, in New York and Vermont, and a lecture/demonstration for the New York Associated Music Teachers’ League.  Deirdre O’Donohue is past president of the New York State Music Teachers’ Association and is the chairperson of the MTNA Eastern Division High School performance competitions. In the summers of 1999 and 2000, Dr. O’ Donohue taught piano and chamber music at Columbia University’s high school chamber music, strings, and piano program. Since the summer of 2001, she has been on the faculty of the Adamant Music School in Vermont. Dr. O’Donohue holds degrees from New York University, the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, and Mount Holyoke College.

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Pianist Roberta Rust has concertized to critical acclaim around the globe, with performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, New York's Merkin Concert Hall, Rio de Janeiro's Sala Cecilia Meireles, Washington's Corcoran Gallery, Havana’s Basilica and Seoul's KNUA Hall. Hailed for her recordings on the Parma (Navona), Centaur and Protone labels, Rust has appeared with the Lark, Ying, Serafin, Amernet and Fine Arts String Quartets and at Miami's Mainly Mozart Festival, the Philippines Opusfest, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Festival Miami, Long Island's Beethoven Festival, and France's La Gesse. Her concerto appearances have included engagements with the Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, Philippine Philharmonic, New Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Frederick Symphony, Lynn Philharmonia, and orchestras in Latin America. She served as Artistic Ambassador for the United States, was awarded a major National Endowment for the Arts grant, and also received recognition and prizes from the Organization of American States, National Society of Arts & Letters, and International Concours de Fortepiano (Paris). Dr. Rust serves as Artist Faculty-Piano/Professor and head of the piano department at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, where she received the "Deanne and Gerald Gitner and Family Excellence in Teaching Award." She has given master classes at Northwestern University, the San Francisco Conservatory, the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, and throughout Asia and the Americas. Rust has been presented in performances and master classes at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, the Manila International Piano Masterclasses Festival, the University of Florida International Piano Festival and the Fondation Bell'Arte International Certificate for Piano Artists program. She has served as a competition adjudicator for the New World Symphony, the Chautauqua and Brevard Festivals, and the Colburn School's Music Academy. Roberta Rust studied at the Peabody Conservatory, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, and earned performer's certificates in piano and German Lieder from the Mozarteum in Salzburg. A student of Ivan Davis, Artur Balsam, John Perry, and Phillip Evans, she received a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate from the University of Miami. Master class studies were with Gary Graffman, Leon Fleisher, Carlo Zecchi, and Erik Werba. For more information please visit www.robertarust.com.

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One of the most sought-after pianists of her generation, South Korean pianist HieYon Choi first appeared on the international piano music scene when she won prizes at high-profile competitions such as Kapell, Epinal, Busoni and Viotti. HieYon Choi has since performed with prestigious orchestras of Europe, US and Korea such as das Rundfunkorchester Berlin, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington DC), the Northern Sinfonia, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Korean Broadcast Symphony Orchestra and appears as a soloist in festivals and concert series. A milestone of HieYon’s performing career was the four-year long cycle of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. For this series she received the Arts Award of the year 2005 by the Korean Arts & Cultural Association. Ten years later she completed another Beethoven cycle with all piano trios, violin sonatas and works for cello and piano. Her second cycle of all Beethoven piano sonatas took place in various venues in Korea, Germany and the US until 2018. HieYon‘s other series of performances include explorations of the music of Brahms and associates and that of French school. She has collaborated with renowned musicians such as Truls Mørk, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Peter Stumph, Mark Kosower, Romain Guyot, Stephan Dohr, Ulf Wallin, Mikyung Lee, and Soovin Kim. HieYon’s first Beethoven album was released in 2018 by Decca Korea and was acclaimed by Piano News, a German magazine. “Choi is more than just at home with the linguistic ductus of this music…She can subtly untangle Beethoven’s linear work, the deliberate confusion in elaboration of theme for the listener, fill them with life, let them become comprehensible” The release of her Debussy Douze Etudes and her second Beethoven album “The Great Sonatas” followed in 2020 and in 2021. Her other recordings include F. Liszt Six Grand Etudes on Paganini, Isang Yun 5 Stücke, Chopin Etudes Op. 10 & Op. 25 and recordings for TV & radio channels in US, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and in Korea. HieYon has been a frequent guest at KBS classic radio especially for series of live lecture concerts. Born in Inchon, South Korea, HieYon gave her debut concert at the age of 6 with the Inchon Philharmonic Orchestra. She won all four most coveted competitions in Korea (Dong-A, Choong-Ang, Korea Times, Ehwa-KyungHyang) under the early tutelage of Prof. Joong-Won Koh and moved to Germany at the age of 18 to study with Prof. Klaus Hellwig. The late Prof. Hans Leygraf at Hochschule der Künste Berlin and the late Prof. György Sebök at Indiana University were further sources of inspiration to her. In the fall of 2023, HieYon joined the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University piano faculty.

Anthony de Mare is one of the world’s foremost champions of contemporary music, known for entrepreneurial performance projects that expand the repertoire and the audience for contemporary music, including the speaking-singing pianist genre that he pioneered over 30 years ago with the premiere of Rzewski’s De Profundis. Praised time and again by The New York Times, his versatility over the past three decades has inspired the creation of over 90 new works by some of today’s most distinguished artists including Steve Reich, Jon Batiste, Christopher Cerrone, Stephen Hough, Meredith Monk, Paola Prestini, Kevin Puts, Mason Bates, Max Richter, Wynton Marsalis, Nico Muhly, Fred Hersch, Ethan Iverson, and Andy Akiho, among many others. His recent monumental concert project, Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano, celebrates the music of Stephen Sondheim through the commissioned re-imaginings of composers from across the musical spectrum. The first 36 pieces in the collection were recorded by de Mare on the New Series label for ECM Records, engineered by Judith Sherman, and was cited on numerous “Best Of” lists. The San Francisco Chronicle declared that “this irresistible new CD set — is a little short of breathtaking … many of the composers give de Mare plenty of opportunities for virtuoso showing off — which he grabs with gusto. The whole undertaking is a triumph.” In 2020, in honor of Sondheim’s 90th birthday, de Mare extended the Project with 14 new commissions bringing the total compendium to 50 new works. The new recording entitled All Things Bright and Beautiful ~ Liaisons II: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano will be released in the early summer of 2024 on Avie Records. The breadth of de Mare’s programming – from traditional classical and jazz venues to theaters, museums, and nontraditional spaces – speaks to his versatility and virtuosity, as do his performances spanning five continents and his discography of over twenty recordings including works by Ives, Cowell, Harrison, Cage, Meredith Monk, Frederic Rzewski, Laurie Anderson, Peter Gena, David Del Tredici, and Astor Piazzolla, among others. Since his debut with Young Concert Artists, his accolades and awards have included First Prize and Audience Prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition (The Netherlands) and The International Contemporary Piano Competition of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France). Recent performances include two concerts premiering the Liaisons2020 works at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall, the 2023 Southeastern Piano Festival, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Ravinia, Green Music Center, Maverick Concerts, Carnegie Hall, Puerto Piano Festival, Oregon Center for the Arts, Mostly Modern Festival, American Pianists Association, Australia (Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney), London Jazz Festival at the Barbican, NPR’s “All Things Considered”, HBO’s “Six by Sondheim”, Bari Piano Festival in Italy, 21C Festival in Toronto, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Cal Performances (Berkeley), Virginia Tech Center for the Arts, SF Jazz, and the Gilmore Keyboard Festival. A European concert tour is planned for 2025 which will include the Porto Pianofest and the Gijon International Piano Festival. A Steinway Artist, he is currently Professor of Piano at Manhattan School of Music. He is a faculty member at the Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY each summer, and is a guest curator for Kaufmann Music Center. He has also served as new music curator for the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in NYC.

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