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July 29-August 7, 2018  
Arcata, Calif. USA


Alvin Chow

Alvin Chow

Alvin Chow has appeared throughout North America and in Asia as an 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 at the University of Maryland, where he was a student of Nelita True. Chow received the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano upon graduation from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and held the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship at Indiana University as a student of Menahem Pressler.

Chow was the first Fulbright College Visiting Artist in Piano at the University of Arkansas during 1987-88. He later taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 1999, he has been a member of the artist faculty at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he is currently chair of the Piano Department and the Ruth Strickland Gardner Professor of Music.

Chow has performed in major concert halls including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Orchestra Hall in Chicago; Weill and Steinway Halls in New York City; and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

He has presented as recitalist in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Detroit, and Miami, and has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Pan-Asia Symphony in Hong Kong, and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, among others.

Chow has won first prize in competitions such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Young Soloists Competition, the National Symphony Young Soloists Competition, and the Indiana University Concerto Competition, as well as prizes in the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the New York Piano Teachers Congress International Piano Competition, and the MTNA Collegiate Artists Competition.

He has been heard on National Public Radio's Performance Today and on CBC Radio in Canada. He has also been invited to be the convention artist for the state MTNA conferences in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, and Ohio. In 2011, a CD of music for four and six hands, recorded with Angela Cheng and Alan Chow, was released by Arioso Classics. It features music by Brahms, Dvorák, Ravel, Milhaud, Corigliano, and Copland.

Chow has presented numerous master classes and lectures 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, Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of Texas, and Northwestern University, among others.

He 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 Sorantin Young Artist Competition, the International Piano e-Competition (screening), the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (screening), and the Cooper International Piano Competition at Oberlin.

Dahao Guo

Dahao Guo

Dahao Guo's career as a performer began at a very early age, making his orchestral concerto debut in China at just 14 years old with Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto.  Mr. Guo graduated from Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in piano performance and literature, under distinguished professor Mr. Thomas Schumacher and Van Cliburn winner Prof. Barry Snyder. Mr. Guo has appeared as orchestral soloist and solo artist in some of the most prestigious venues in China, North America and Europe. Mr. Guo also has a Master of Science Degree in Business Management from Nazareth College.

Since 2010, Mr. Guo has served as founder and director for Perfect Pitch Global Arts (PPGA), he is also as Co-director of North Coast Piano Competition & Festival in California. He has served on the jury of National Association of Music Teachers (MTNA) International Piano Competition, New York Empire State Piano Competition, National Federation Piano Competition, Dalian International Piano Competition and Nordiska International Piano Competition.

"…an insightful musician that fully demonstrates all the talent that all the modern pianists should have, with his superb technique skills and unparalleled sound control "     [The Rochester Times]

Douglas Humpherys

Douglas Humpherys

Since winning the gold medal at the first Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Douglas Humpherys' concert career has spanned four decades across four continents. During recent years, he has concertized in many of the major cities of Asia. A frequent guest artist in Beijing, he has performed at the National Center for the Performing Arts, the Beijing Concert Hall, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall. He has presented concerts and lecture-recitals throughout the Chinese conservatory and university system, including the Central, Shanghai, China, Wuhan, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Cheng-Du, Xian, Dalian, and Xiamen Conservatories, as well as Beijing, Qinghua, Renmin Universities, and the Shenzhen School of the Arts. In 2002 he made his Korean debut in Seoul at the Kumho Art Hall, and during a 2007 tour of Taiwan, he performed in the cities of Taipei, Tainan, and Kaohsiung.

Currently listed on the Artists roster of Steinway and Sons, Mr. Humpherys often performs in Europe, with solo concerts in Moscow, Novgorod, Berlin, Hamburg, Prague, Venice, and Dublin, and additional engagements in Germany, the Czech Republic, Montenegro, and Serbia. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada at numerous universities and festivals, and is frequently a guest artist at conferences of the Music Teachers National Association. He has recorded for the Gina Bachauer Piano Foundation, American Public Radio, and has been featured in live performances on affiliates of NPR and PBS. Most recently, he was a guest artist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and performed on the DiMenna Center Piano Series in New York City. He concertizes in Argentina with Teachers del Norte-Pianists del Sur, a project sponsored in part by the United States Embassy in Buenos Aires.

Dr. Humpherys completed graduate degrees at the Juilliard School (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (DMA), where he is currently Professor and Chair of the Piano Department. During his student days he studied with Nelita True, Martin Canin, and Robert Smith. In high demand as a teacher, he has been appointed to visiting residencies or professorships at the Middle School of the Central Conservatory in Beijing, Yonsei University in Seoul, and the University of Michigan. His students have won numerous honors in competitions, including prizes at the Honens, Cleveland, Hilton Head, and Poulenc International Piano Competitions, the Osaka, Pacific, Seattle, San Jose, and Wideman Competitions, as well as three national first-prize winners of MTNA Competitions.  

He has taught hundreds of master classes at universities and conservatories including the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, most of the major conservatories in China, the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, the Korean National University of the Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Spanning the last three summers, he has been a faculty member at Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Beijing International Piano Festival, the Shanghai International Piano Festival and Institute, the Gijon Festival in Spain, the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy at Curtis, the Washington DC International Piano Festival, the Interlochen Piano Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Northern Lights Music Festival, and the Dakota Sky Piano Festival.

Before his recent appointment as Artistic Director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Mr. Humpherys served on the jury of the Bachauer Competition numerous times, and has also adjudicated the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Rachmaninoff International Young Artists' Piano Competition in Novgorod, Russia, the Ricardo Viñes International Piano Competition in Spain, the 1st Korea International Competition for Young Artists, the PTNA National Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

Jerome Lowenthal

Jerome Lowenthal

The American pianist Jerome Lowenthal studied with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski in his native Philadelphia; William Kapell and Eduard Steuermann at the Juilliard School in New York; and Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique de Paris in Paris, France. Meanwhile he travelled annually to Los Angeles for coachings with Artur Rubinstein. After winning prizes in three international competitions (Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy in 1957; Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels in 1960; and Darmstadt International Chopin Piano Competition), he moved to Jerusalem where he played, taught and lectured for three years.

Jerome Lowenthal made his debut at age 13 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Returning to the USA from Jerusalem in 1963, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Béla Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2. Since then, he has performed more or less everywhere, from the Aleutians to Zagreb. Conductors with whom he has appeared as soloist include Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yuri Temirkanov, and Leonard Slatkin, as well as such giants of the past as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux and Leopold Stokowski. He has performed in a large number of chamber music festivals and collaborated in concerts with violinist Itzhak Perlman (playing sonatas), cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and pianists Ronit Amir (his late wife), Ursula Oppens, and Carmel Lowenthal (his daughter), as well as quintets with the Lark Quartet, Avalon Quartet, and Shanghai Quartet.

Jerome Lowenthal is recognized as a specialist of Franz Liszt, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók, and more generally of virtuoso and late romantic music. His recordings include piano concertos by F. Liszt with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the complete Tchaikovsky concerto cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra. He has an extensive repertoire, including 63 performed piano concerti, and is the dedicatee of many new works and has unearthed some rare romantic piano works, such as the F. Liszt's Third Piano Concerto edited by his former student Jay Rosenblatt. He continues to fascinate audiences, who find in his playing a youthful intensity and an eloquence born of life experience. He is a virtuoso of the fingers and the emotions.

Jerome Lowenthal has recorded for numerous record labels, including RCA, Columbia, and Arabesque, and is in the process of recording the complete Années de Pèlerinage of F. Liszt for Bridge Records. He has recently recorded the L.v. Beethoven's Fourth Concerto with cadenzas by eleven different composers. His other recordings include concerti by Tschaikovsky and F. Liszt, solo works by Sinding and B. Bartók, and chamber-music by Arensky and Taneyev.

Jerome Lowenthal has been a professor of piano at the Juilliard School in New York since 1991, where he was also chair of the piano department. Additionally, Lowenthal is on the faculty at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California since 1970. He has worked with an extraordinary number of gifted pianists, whom he encourages to understand the music they play in a wide aesthetic and cultural perspective and to project it with the freedom which that perspective allows. Besides giving master-classes in North America, Europe, and Asia, he is a frequent judge in international piano competitions, such as the Cliburn, Tschaikowsky, Rubinstein, Horowitz, and Bachauer piano competitions, to name a few. Lowenthal recently received an honorary doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Daniela Mineva

Daniela Mineva

Hailed by critics as a “vibrant and expressive performer who could steal the show in every concert” (New York Times) and “energetic and lively pianist who displaces power and delicacy in nuanced sensitivity along with virtuoso technique” ( The Baltimore Sun), Daneila Mineva’s unique approach to standard repertory, combined with the performance and dedication of works by living composers, make her in demand as one of the most promising young concert artists.
Ms. Mineva has won prizes from numerous international and national competitions including the 2007 Jean Francaix piano competition in Paris, France, the 1998 Steinway International Piano Competition, the International Competition "Music and the Earth" in Sofia, Bulgaria, among many others. During the Piano Meeting Festival 2007 in San Danielle, Italy, she was awarded with the prize “Highest artistic level of performance” for her solo recital at the festival. In collaboration with the composer Vera Ivanova, the 8th International Completion for new music, Orléans, France awarded them with the “Prix André Chevillion - Yvonne Bonnaud sous l’égide de la Foundation de France” for the solo piano piece “Aftertouch,” written for Daniela Mineva.

As a devoted teacher and educator, Dr. Mineva has taught at Eastman School of Music, Concordia University - Chicago, University of North Texas, Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop, Hochstein School of Music - Rochester, NY, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp - Michigan. In a result of her teaching accomplishments, in 2007, she was awarded with the prize “TA Excellence of Teaching” by the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Mineva has presented master classes and workshops throughout the U.S, Europe and Asia. Currently, she is Assistant Piano Professor and Director of Keyboard Studies at Humboldt State University, California.

Born in Bulgaria, she began piano lessons at the age of five with her mother as her first teacher. Daniela graduated from Sofia Music Academy with the Bachelor of Music degree and the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Choral Conducting. She also holds the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and the Outstanding Graduate Diploma from the University of North Texas. Her impressive list of honors includes also Artist Certificate from Northwestern University and the Doctor of Music Arts degree and the Performance Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers include Natalya Antonova, Ursula Oppens, Pamela Mia Paul, Geni Zacharieva and Julia Girginova. She has also worked closely with Emmanuel Ax, Frederic Rzewski, Bright Sheng, Pamela Frank, Paul Bodura-Scoda, Joseph Kalichstein, and Sherril Milnes.

Thomas Schumacher

Thomas SchumacherProfessor of Piano at Eastman from 1995 to 2008, Thomas Schumacher studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, winning the highest honors at both schools. His teachers include Fisher Thompson, Robert Goldsand, Beveridge Webster, Adele Marcus, Bernard Greenhouse, Rachmael Weinstock, Raphael Hillyer, Raphael Bronstein, and Hans Letz.

Thomas Schumacher was a prizewinner in the Busoni International Piano Competition (1962), and in the JUGG Award Competition (1963), leading to his New York Town Hall debut recital. A soloist with major orchestras including the Toronto Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and National Symphony, Schumacher performed the world premiere of David Diamond's Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic in 1967. He is active as recitalist, adjudicator, lecturer, and in master classes throughout United States, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, China, Taiwan, and Japan. He has written study guides for the piano music of Brahms, Albéniz, and Rachmaninoff, and edited a critical edition of Albéniz's Ibéria.

Before coming to Eastman, Thomas Schumacher was on the faculty of the University of Maryland (1969-95; chair of piano, 1993-95), during that time winning the Maryland Creative and Performing Arts Award (1984) and the University's Distinguished Faculty Award (1991). He has also been an associate artist faculty of the Levine School of Music, Washington, D.C. (1987-95), and a visiting professor at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music (2002-present).

Zhe Tang

Zhe Tang

Born in China, Zhe Tang entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of 12. Following graduation, he continued his studies in the United States and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he served as teaching assistant to Professor Barry Snyder. In 2003, Zhe Tang became one of the youngest piano professors in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In addition to his teaching tenure, he was appointed Vice Dean of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Director of Teaching and Research of the Piano Department, Chair of the Piano Department for the Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Chair of The Shanghai Professional Pianists Society, Artistic Director of the Shanghai International Piano Festival & Institute, and Artistic Director of the Shanghai Spring International Piano E-Competition.

Tang has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, among them the silver medal in the Edvard Grieg International Piano Competition in Norway and first prize in the Kosciuszko Chopin Piano Competition. He was chosen as the winner of the Adele Marcus Foundation Grant, which enabled him to perform extensively in the United States. At the Eastman School of Music, he was awarded a grant from the Liberace Foundation and the coveted Performer's Certificate.

He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras and has collaborated with conductors Jahja Ling, Mitchell Arnold, and Fusao Kajima, among others. Mr. Tang's performances with the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony were broadcast by the Chinese National Television and Radio, reaching approximately 900 million people.

He also gave the American premiere performance of the Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Viola by Alexander Tchaikowsky. He has presented many solo recitals in the United States, Europe and the Far East. His performances have been heard on radio and television including BBC, NBC, Chinese National TV and Radio, Polish National Television, Oriental TV, WQXR of New York, and WFMT of Chicago, among others.

As one of the leading pedagogues in China, Zhe Tang has taught masterclasses and presented lectures at many universities, conservatories, music schools and festivals throughout China, Europe and the United States, including Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, Northwestern University, Peabody Conservatory of Music and Sibelius Academy of Music. Many of his students have won top prizes at national and international competitions. He is a frequent adjudicator of piano competitions, and has served on the jury of Gina Bachauer, Bösendorfer USasu, Cleveland, Hilton Head, Mozart International Competitions and all the major Chinese national competitions. He has also organized and directed competitions and festivals, and has contributed as an advisor for over thirty universities and musical organizations in China. Recently, he was given numerous awards including "Grand Award for Excellence in Teaching" by the Chinese government and was featured on the cover of Piano Artistry, the most important piano magazine in China.

Hong Xu

Hong Xu

Hailed by the New York Times as "technically brilliant, insightful musician and seemingly limitless potential," Hong Xu is one of China's most accomplished pianists of his generation.

He has performed with world-renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenzy, Mikhail Pletnev, Yannick Nezét- Seguin, Yan Pascal Totelier, Hans Graf, Markus Stenz and Robert Spano. Recent Concerto appearances with London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Nacional de Portuguesa, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing's NCPA Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.

Mr. Xu has appeared in many important recital series and venues, including Wigmore hall, Royal Festival Hall, Weill Recital hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, Beijing's NCPA, Taipei's National Concert Hall and Seoul Arts Center. BBC Magazine and International Piano Quarterly have named him as one of the most promising rising stars.

A devotee of new music, Hong Xu has premiered works by Frederic Rzewski who wrote "Rubinstein in Berlin" for him in 2008. Since then, he has premiered many works by American composers both in China and abroad, including those by Bolcom, Corigliano and Rochberg.

He received his early training at the Wuhan Conservatory of music with Liping Jiang and subsequently went to the United States studying with Douglas Humpherys at the Eastman School of Music, and with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School. During his studies in the USA, he won prizes at the Bachauer, Hilton Head and Honens International Piano Competitions.

In 2010, he accepted a teaching position at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music where he is currently the chair of the piano department. His students have won many prizes and awards both nationally and internationally. Recently Mr. Xu was invited to give masterclasses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College, New York University, Boston University, London's Trinity School of Music, Taiwan's National University of Arts, Beijing International Music Festival & Academy and the Amalfi Coast and Perugia Music Festivals in Italy.

Upcoming projects include tour with the Halle orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, and recording of the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas and Debussy Preludes for the Wiener Urtext Edition in China.