NELITA TRUE (LEAVE OF ABSENCE, SUMMER 2015)
Eastman School of Music
Since Nelita True made her debut at age seventeen with the Chicago Symphony in Orchestra Hall and her New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, her career has taken her to the major cities of Western and Eastern Europe, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Iceland, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Canada, India, and to Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as to all fifty states in America. She was a visiting professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, performing and conducting master classes and has been in the People's Republic of China more than 20 times for recitals and master classes.
Ms. True has been described in Clavier Companion as “One of the world’s most sought-after and beloved pianist-teachers.” Her students have won top prizes in national and international competitions, and many of her former students now serve on the faculties of major schools around the country. Formerly Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, Ms. True is currently Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music. She was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching at Eastman, the 2002 Achievement Award from the Music Teachers’ National Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education from the University of Rochester, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference (USA).
Ms. True has been a jury member for the China International Piano Competition (Beijing), the Queen Sonja International Piano Competition (Oslo), the National Piano Competition in Brazil, the Horowitz Competition (Kiev), the Concours de Musique in Canada, the PTNA (Tokyo), the Lev Vlassenko Competition in Australia, and the Gina Bachauer, New Orleans, Hilton Head, and William Kapell International Piano Competitions in the U.S.A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan as a student of Helen Titus, Ms. True went on to Juilliard to study with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and then earned the DMA with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. In Paris, she studied with Nadia Boulanger on a Fulbright grant.
Jonathan Bass has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Boston Esplanade Pops at Symphony Hall on three occasions, and the North Carolina Symphony at the Appalachian Summer Music Festival. Mr. Bass gave his New York debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall as first-prize winner of the 1993 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition. Recitals in other major cities include Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Miami, San Jose, Tulsa, and Washington, D.C. He has been featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today", the McGraw-Hill Artists Showcase on WQXR in New York, and WGBH in Boston. Internationally, he has performed in Canada, Israel, Japan, Poland, and Russia. Of his first piano CD, Gramophone Magazine wrote: "Superbly played Bach and Chopin with haunting music by Pinkham."
Collaborative highlights include guest appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood and at Jordan Hall in Boston, recitals with violinist Joseph Silverstein, and recitals with many past and present members of the Boston Symphony. As the pianist and a founding member of the of the Walden Chamber Players, he has performed extensively in residencies and concert series throughout the country, and has recorded compact discs of the music of Augusta Read Thomas and Gerhard Schedl. Mr. Bass’ other awards include first prize in the 1989 American Pianists Association Beethoven Fellowship Competition and first prize in the 1984 American National Chopin Competition. He was also awarded the Bronze Medal and the Mozart Prize at the 1987 Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition.
Mr. Bass holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, and a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with, and was teaching assistant to, the distinguished pianist Menahem Pressler. Since 2008 he has been the Chair of the Piano Department at the Boston Conservatory, where he has been on the piano faculty since 1993. In addition, he serves on the faculty at the New England Preparatory Division and the Walnut Hill School. He also gives frequent master classes throughout the country.
CHING-YUEH (ANDREW) CHEN, Collaborative Pianist
A native of Taiwan, at the age of 17 Andrew performed in The Metropolitan Hall in Taipei as a winner of the city’s public high school concerto competition. In 2009 Andrew won first prize in the chamber competition from Duxbury Music Festival, MA. In 2013, Andrew made his solo debut in the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan and performed with the UW symphony in Meany Hall as winner of the concerto competition. Recently, Andrew was invited to perform on Classical King FM 98.1’s NW Focus Live broadcast.
Andrew earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with French pianist Monique Duphil, and his Master of Music degree from Moores School of Music at University of Houston under the tutelage of renowned pedagogue Nancy Weems. He also holds a summer diploma from the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France. Andrew has performed in master classes for distinguished artist such as Jon Kimura Parker, John Perry, Philip Biaconi, Philippe Entremont, Jean-Philipper Collard, and Christopher O’Riley. Currently, Andrew is a DMA student of Craig Sheppard at the University of Washington, where he serves as Teaching Associate for the secondary piano program in the School of Music.
Manhattan School of Music
American pianist Jeffrey Cohen continues to draw international attention for the brilliance and artistry of his interpretations. Mr. Cohen has been praised by The New York Times for the “lucidity and poetry” of his playing.
Both as soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Cohen’s performances have taken him to three different continents. Recitals include appearances for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, Mostly Music Series of Chicago, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and the National Arts Center of Ottawa. In the summers, Mr. Cohen has been a faculty member or guest artist at major music festivals including Bowdoin, Waterloo, Musicorda, Orford, Summit, Texas Music Festival and the Seoul Summer Music Camp. He currently serves on the summer faculty of the MusicAlp International Academy of Music in Courchevel, France. Mr. Cohen’s debut compact disc, a collection of French chamber music, received critical acclaim in Fanfare magazine. He has performed for broadcasts on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” the CBC Radio Network, Radio Canada, Radio France and WQXR.
In addition to his concert activities, Mr. Cohen’s teaching gifts have established him as a leading piano pedagogue of his generation. His students have won prizes in major competitions and enjoy successful careers as teacher/performers. For the past twenty years, Mr. Cohen has been a piano professor and member of the artist faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he currently serves as Coordinator of Piano Master Classes. He has given master classes at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, Barnard College, Wilfrid Laurier University and throughout Korea and Taiwan.A native of Tucson, Mr. Cohen studied at Indiana University where he worked with noted pianist Menahem Pressler and received the coveted Battista Memorial Award. He is a past Laureate of the Beethoven Foundation and a prizewinner of the Sherman-Clay Steinway Piano Competition. He resides in Manhattan with his wife, violinist Lucie Robert, and their son, Jeremy.
South Shore Conservatory
Stephen Deitz began his piano studies at the age of six, studying with Levin Houston and Evelyn Swarthout Hayes of Washington, D.C. He studied with Adele Marcus and Oxana Yablonskaya, both of the Juilliard School, and completed his M.M. at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, as a student of John Perry. Although beginning his doctoral studies with Nelita True at the University of Maryland, College Park, he interrupted them after being named Artist-in-Residence at the Dunbarton School of Music in Bermuda. He subsequently resumed doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Solomon Mikowski, Constance Keene, and Jeffrey Cohen.
REGINA YUNG, Collaborative Pianist
South Shore Conservatory
A native of Hong Kong, Regina Yung has performed as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician in numerous venues throughout Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television on RTHK in Hong Kong, GLR Classical Radio in London, WQXR Radio and WNBC television in New York. She was also interviewed and reviewed by a number of major publications, including The South China Morning Post of Hong Kong, The Times and The Evening Standard of London, and the String Magazine in the United States.
As a teacher, Ms. Yung has taught at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Oberlin College Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music and its Summer Music Camp. She was also on the piano faculty of the Amadeus and Concordia Conservatories and an adjunct faculty member at the Concordia College in Bronxville, New York.
Regina Yung graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and received a Performance Certificate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory, and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Manhattan School of Music.
Ms. Yung is a member of the Piano Faculty of South Shore Conservatory.