2018 Faculty Artists

James Giles

James Giles regularly performs in important musical centers in America, Europe, and Asia. Recent tours have taken him to the Nancy Music Festival in France, the Accademia Cristofori in Florence, the Gijon Piano Festival in Spain, and the Beijing International Music...

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Olga Kern

Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists. She jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more...

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Sergei Babayan

"Technical brilliance and imaginative delight..." London TimesOnLine Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to a stylistically diverse repertoire, which includes a...

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Simone Dinnerstein

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The New York-based pianist gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of...

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Leon Fleisher

“You can’t see music as it passes through the air.  You can’t grasp it and hold on to it.  You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it.  But it has a most powerful effect on most people.  And that is a wondrous thing to contemplate.” As a recipient of the Kennedy Center...

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William Grant Naboré

A native of Roanoke, Virginia, William Grant Naboré began his formal piano studies at age 8 with Kathleen Kelly Coxe. Two years later, he was accepted at Hollins College as a special student of the noted musicologist Anne McClenny. At 17 he won a scholarship from the...

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Alexander Korsantia

Pianist Alexander Korsantia has won great critical acclaim for his versatility, power and the unique sincerity of his playing. He can be heard performing in many of the world’s foremost concert halls collaborating with renowned artists such as Valery Gergiev,...

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Maria Murawska

Maria Murawska finished with distinction at the State Secondary Music School in Bydgoszcz, where she was a student in Lidia Starniewska’s piano class. She then studied piano at the State Higher School of Music in Poznań, in Olga Ilwicka’s class, and later at the...

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Yong Hi Moon

Accomplished pianist and teacher Yong Hi Moon made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 10 as winner of the National Korean Broadcasting Competition. Ms. Moon has won top prizes in the Elena-Rombro Stepanow Competition in Vienna, the Viotti International...

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Boris Slutsky

Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize—along with every major prize, including the Audience Prize and Wilhelm Backhaus Award—at the 1981 William...

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Yoshikazu Nagai

Called “Pianistic fire” by the Charleston Post, Japanese pianist Yoshikazu Nagai has impressed audiences and critics alike with his fresh interpretations and dramatic presentation style across North America and abroad. Equally at home as both soloist and chamber...

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Makia Matsumura

Composer Makia Matsumura’s music has been heard on national TV and in movies, as well as at the symphony halls, theatres, museums, and clubs. An avid pianist since an early age with performance credits ranging from the world’s most renowned concert halls to downtown...

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