July 31-August 8, 2017
Arcata, Calif. USA
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]
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.
Called the "Van Cliburn of today" by the BBC, pianist Alexander Kobrin has placed himself at the forefront of today's performing musicians. His prize winning performances have been praised for their brilliant technique, musicality, and emotional engagement with the audience. The New York Times has written that Mr. Kobrin was a "fastidious guide" to Schumann's "otherworldly visions, pointing out hunters, flowers, haunted corners and friendly bowers, all captured in richly characterized vignettes." "This was a performance that will be revered and remembered as a landmark of the regeneration of exceptional classical music in Central New York."-critic wrote after Mr. Kobrin's performance of Second Piano Concerto by Johannes Brahms with Syracuse Symphony in Syracuse,NY.
In 2005, Mr. Kobrin was awarded the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, TX. His numerous successes in competitions also include top prizes at the Busoni International Piano Competition (First Prize), Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Top Prize), Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow (First Prize)
Mr. Kobrin has performed with many of the world's great orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Berliner Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Swedish Radio Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with such conductors as Mikhail Pletnev, Mikhail Jurovsky, Mark Elder, Vassiliy Sinaisky, James Conlon, Claus Peter Flor, Alexander Lazarev, Vassiliy Petrenko and Yuri Bashmet.
He has appeared in recital at major halls worldwide, including the Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Kennedy Centre in Washington, Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Louvre Auditorium,Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Munich Herkulesaal and Berliner Filarmonia Hall in Germany, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, Sheung Wan Civic Centre in Hong Kong, as well as Sala Verdi in Milan and many others. Other past performances have included recitals at Bass Hall for the Cliburn Series, the Washington Performing Arts Society, La Roque d'Antheron, the Ravinia Festival, the Beethoven Easter Festival, Busoni Festival , the renowned Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the Festival Musique dans le Grésivaudan ,the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, annual concert tours in Japan, China and Taiwan.
Though widely acclaimed as a performer, Mr. Kobrin's teaching has been an inspiration to many students through his passion for music. From 2003 to 2010 he served on the faculty of the Russian State Gnessin's Academy of Music. In 2010 Alexander Kobrin was named the L. Rexford Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, and since 2013 concurrently has been a member of the celebrated Artist Faculty of New York University's Steinhardt School. In July 2017, Mr.Kobrin will join the faculty of the renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochster,NY. Mr. Kobrin has also given masterclasses in Europe and Asia, the International Piano Series and at the Conservatories of Japan and China.
Mr. Kobrin has been a jury member for many international piano competitions, including the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano,"Prix Animato" in Paris, the Blüthner International Piano Competition in Vienna, E-Competition in Fairbanks, AK and the Neuhaus International Piano Festival in Moscow.
Mr. Kobrin has released recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Quartz, and Centaur labels, covering a wide swath of the piano literature. His Schumann album,released on Centaur Records has been included into top-5 albums of the year in 2015 by Fanfare Magazine. Gramophone Magazine raved about his Cliburn Competition release on Harmonia Mundi, writing that "in [Rachmaninoff's] Second Sonata (played in the 1931 revision), despite fire-storms of virtuosity, there is always room for everything to tell and Kobrin achieves a hypnotic sense of the music's dark necromancy."
Mr. Kobrin was born in 1980 in Moscow. At the age of five, he was enrolled in the world-famous Gnessin Special School of Music after which he attended the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. His teachers have included renowned professors Tatiana Zelikman and Lev Naumov.
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 " 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.
Ory Shihor, dean of the Colburn Music Academy in Los Angeles, is an award-winning pianist, educator and arts administrator. He was a major force in creating the Music Academy, recognizing the need to support highly talented, pre-college-age students who seek to continue their music studies at a conservatory level. Mr. Shihor produces the annual Colburn Piano Festival, which attracts applicants from around the world to its two-week summer immersion program, and also serves on the piano faculty of the Colburn Conservatory.
Mr. Shihor is a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, a prizewinner of the Ninth Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, and the first prizewinner of the Washington International Piano Competition.
Mr. Shihor's performances include recitals at the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., as well as at the 92nd Street Y and the Frick Collection in New York City. His other appearances have included the Ravinia Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival and the Chautauqua Music Festival in addition to recitals across North America. In eight critically acclaimed concerts in Los Angeles, Mr. Shihor performed Beethoven's entire 32-sonata cycle.
Among his extended engagements with orchestras, Mr. Shihor appeared as the featured guest soloist with the Liège Royal Philharmonic of Belgium on its 15-concert North American tour, under music director Pierre Bartholomée. His international concerts have included appearances in Germany, Korea, Spain, Israel and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
His students have won prizes in numerous international competitions such as Hilton Head (US), Piano Campus (France), James Mottram (UK), Paloma O'Shea Santander (Spain), Böesendorfer and Yamaha USASU (US), Virginia Waring (US) and Long Thibaud Crespin (France). Students of Mr. Shihor are also regularly featured on prominent radio programs such as From the Top (National Public Radio) and Performance Today (Minnesota Public Radio).
Mr. Shihor has conducted master classes in many leading music conservatories and universities including Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Lynn University, Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Shanghai Conservatory (China), Beijing Central Conservatory (China) and Seoul National University (Korea). Mr. Shihor served on the juries of the 2012 James Mottram International Piano Competition (UK), the 2016 Arthur Rubinstein Junior Piano Competition (China) and the 2017 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Mr. Shihor was a recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships from the age of 12. At 15, he came to the United States to study with Jorge Bolet at the Curtis Institute of Music and later graduated from the Juilliard School in New York, where he received the prestigious Gina Bachauer Prize. He earned his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. His other teachers have included Emanuel Krasovsky and Russell Sherman.
Logan Skelton is a much sought-after pianist, teacher, and composer whose work has received international critical acclaim. As a performer, Skelton has concertized widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia and has been featured on many public radio and television stations including NPR's Audiophile Audition, Performance Today, All Things Considered, and Morning Edition, as well as on radio in China and national television in Romania. He has recorded numerous discs for Centaur, Albany, Crystal, Blue Griffin, and Naxos Records, the latter on which he performed on two pianos with fellow composer-pianist William Bolcom.
A frequent guest at music festivals, Skelton regularly appears in such settings as Gina Bachauer; Amalfi Coast; Gijón; Eastman; Tunghai; Chautauqua Institution; American Romanian; Eastern; New Orleans; Poland International; Indiana University; Hilton Head Island; and the Prague International Piano Masterclasses. He is a popular presenter at music teacher organizations including numerous appearances at MTNA national conventions and EPTA World Piano Conferences, as well as serving as convention artist for state conventions in New York, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, North Carolina, Wyoming, and Iowa.
Moreover, he has given countless performances and masterclasses at colleges, conservatories, and conferences throughout the U.S., South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Poland, and Czech Republic. He is a frequent juror for international piano competitions.
His Centaur Records compact disc, of all 20th century American solo piano music, is titled American Grab Bag: Piano Music of Our Time. American Record Guide described this as a "fascinating recording," commenting on Skelton's "superb, wonderfully subtle and elegant playing ... Bravo!"
Mr. Logan is currently professor of Piano and director of Doctoral Studies in Piano Performance at U-M.