Pianist Dr. Kim Bo-Kyung, born in South Korea, received her Doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, she obtained a Master's degree in piano pedagogy and piano performance from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she worked as a Teaching Assistant and was chosen as a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society), and a Bachelor's degree in piano performance from Eastern Michigan University. She is a recipient of the Dean’s honour and numerous scholarships such as the Jacobson’s scholarship and Music Awards.
Dr. Kim has given many solo, duo, and chamber recitals in the US, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Europe and Singapore as well as soloist with numerous orchestras. She has taught piano pedagogy at several universities in South Korea, and frequently appears her presentation at conferences and music journals/magazines. She has been invited as a piano faculty member at 2013 Euro Art Music Festival in Germany, Asia International Piano Academy Festival 2011 and 2012, and Kuala Lumpur International Music Masterclass and Festival 2011, and as an adjudicator at 4th Singapore Performers’ Festival 2012 and 1st Singapore Steinway Youth Piano Competition 2012. She currently is a full time faculty member at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur where she previously served as Head of the Music Department.
Singaporean Chee-Hung Toh studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she won many prizes, including the top piano prize for performance.
Chee-Hung has performed in London and many parts of Britain, the U.S.A. (where her debut received high acclaim from the New York Times), Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and the Far East. She has recorded for radio and television in many countries, including B.B.C. Radio 3 and the World Service.
Chee-Hung is also in constant demand as a lecturer. She has been invited to the Piano Pedagogy Course for the European Piano Teachers Association, the Cambridge Piano Weekend, HSBC Piano Festival in Kuala Lumpur, to give masterclasses at Hong Kong University, the YST Conservatory and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, to adjudicate in Britain and abroad (including the Canadian Music Competitions and the Music Teachers Association of California).
Future engagements include recitals in the USA, Canada, Britain and Thailand.
Described as “possesses the utmost in technique, mature musicianship, and intellect” by the New York Concert Review and “simply incredible” by Corpus Christi’s Caller-Times, pianist David Sutanto gained his international recognition when he won the 1997 Artists International Audition in New York, which resulted in his critically acclaimed New York recital debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1998. Other awards include winner of the 1996 Chopin Foundation Piano Competition in NY, recipient of the Arthur B. Whitney Award in Boston, and top prize winner of the National Yamaha Piano Competition in Indonesia, among others.
Dr. Sutanto is an active performer as piano soloist and chamber musician including performing a duo-piano with his wife, Dr. Shao-Shan Chen. He has performed throughout the United States and Asia. His performance was also broadcast at WAIF-FM in Cincinnati (Asian American Hour), KEDT-FM and KIII-TV stations in Corpus Christi.
As piano collaborator, he worked with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Julius Baker, Anthony Gigliotti, and Erick Friedman. In addition to performing and teaching, he has frequently served as an adjudicator for music festivals and competitions. David received his education from The Boston Conservatory (BM), Manhattan School of Music (MM), and University of Cincinnati (DMA). Dr. Sutanto is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Dennis Lee was born in Malaysia. On an Associated Board scholarship he studied piano (with Angus Morrison) and violin at the Royal College of Music in London. There he gained Honours diplomas in both instruments, the Tagore Gold Medal for the most outstanding student of the year, the BMus degree with First Class Honours from London University, and the MMusRCM. An Austrian Government scholarship took him to the Akademie in Vienna where, under Josef Dichler, he won the Stepanow Prize. Subequently he studied in Milan, Italy, with Ilonka Deckers-Kuszler.
Dennis Lee has won many competition prizes, e.g. Busoni, Casagrande and Sydney. He has performed with most of the BBC orchestras, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Halle, etc. and appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican etc. and in festivals like Brighton, Cheltenham, Montreux, Adelaide etc... Overseas concerts have included recitals at the Kennedy Center (Washington DC) and Merkin Hall (New York).
He has judged in many parts of the world, e.g. the Canadian Music Competition, and appeared at the Music Teachers Association of California as Artist in Residence.
Dennis Lee is a Steinway artist.
Eri Nakagawa, a native of Osaka, Japan, has been on the piano faculty of College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand since 1995. Previously to her appointment at Mahidol, she was Assistant Professor of Music Performance at Ball State University, Indiana, USA. She has been invited as a guest pianist and professor at the University of Northern Colorado in USA, Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Bösendorfer Saal in Vienna, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, Corfu Festival in Greece, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Moulin d’Andé International Masterclasses in Normandy, France, Piano Plus Festival in Corfu, Greece, etc.
Many of her students have received scholarships in prestigious schools and won top prizes in national and international competition including First Prize in the 3rd ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition, Special Prize in the 3rd International Franz Liszt Young Piano Competition in Weimar, Germany, First Prize in the Thailand Steinway Youth Piano Competition (2012), First Prize in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (2012) and First Prize in the 14th Osaka International Music Competition. She received the Trinity Guildhall Award for Excellence in Music Teaching in 2010 and the Teaching Award in the 13th Chopin International Piano Competition in ASIA in 2013.
Thai pianist Jamorn Supapol received his Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music, New York, and a Master’s Degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Maryland , U.S.A. His piano teachers include Suda Banomyong, Dusdi Banomyong-Buntasnakul, Piyabhand Snitwongse, Ann Schein and Nina Svetlanova.
In 1987 he won the First Prize at the First Bangkok Chopin Piano Competition. As part of his prize, he was in Warsaw to study with Barbara Hesse-Bukowska, a famous Chopin interpreter. Jamorn also received partial scholarship from the Fund for Classical Music Promotion under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana to attend masterclasses given by Jean-Francois Antonioli in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2004 and 2005.
Jamorn Supapol has appeared as a soloist with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Siam Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He enjoys giving solo recitals and playing in chamber and vocal concerts. On the recording label Songsmith, he has a number of CD releases, performing a variety of repertoire. Currently, Jamorn teaches piano performance at Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University.
Dr. Nicholas Ong won first prize at the Yvonne Lefébure International Piano Competition in France and was a finalist at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland. He was praised in the New York Times for his “firm rubber-ball touch and bounce” and in the Figaro for his “astonishing virtuosity.” He began piano lessons in Malaysia, and was awarded a French Government Scholarship to study at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where he graduated with the highest distinction. He later obtained a Master of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory-Johns Hopkins University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the Juilliard School in New York.
Dr. Ong has performed in numerous concerts in the United States, Europe and Asia – Alice Tully Hall, Miller Theatre in New York, Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot in Paris, Seoul Arts Center, the Lee Foundation Theatre in Singapore, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, UM Experimental Theatre, and in Festivals – Castleton Festival, Focus! Festival, Chopin Festival in Paris, Festival de l’Orangerie, the Villa Medicis Festival in Rome, and the SMCC SoundBridge Contemporary Music Festival.
He is currently a faculty member at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Frequently invited for jury, Dr. Ong was a jury member at the ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur and the ASA-BIMA International Piano Competition in Bandung, Indonesia.
Taiwanese-born pianist Shao-Shan Chen began piano lessons at the age of five. She earned a Diploma degree in piano performance from the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; a Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory, and a Doctorate from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. While in the Dominican Republic, Dr. Chen won numerous first prizes in national piano competition. At the age of eighteen, she made her debut as piano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Santo Domingo performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 466. She has performed as piano soloist and chamber musician at the Carnegie Recital Hall and the Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI) Hall in New York, as well as in Boston, Cincinnati, the Aspen Music Festival, New Orleans, Wisconsin, and Corpus Christi. She has also performed in Taiwan, Indonesia, Spain, Venezuela, and Australia. An avid chamber player, Shao-Shan is the founding member of the CPT Trio, consisting of piano, trumpet, and cello. Dr. Chen has been invited to judge music festivals sponsored by the Corpus Christi Music Teachers Association. She also served as a Screening Committee member for the Corpus Christi International Competition. Dr. Chen currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Goetz Richter’s diverse career encompasses concerto, recital, chamber music and orchestral performance, including collaborations with some of the world’s most notable and distinguished musicians. Appointed as concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra at the age of 22, Goetz has held principal and leadership positions in Australian orchestras for two decades (including principal violin of the Melbourne Symphony and associate concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony from 1987- 2002).
He performs as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout Australia with his long-time partner, pianist Jeanell Carrigan, including recitals for the ABC and Musica Viva and in ensembles such as the Novalis Ensemble and the Sydney Schubert Ensemble. Goetz is also the founding artistic director of the Kendall National Violin Competition and president of the Sydney Schubert Society. Chamber music collaborations have included performances with leading Australian and international artists such as David Pereira, Roger Benedict, Hermann Baumann, Gerhard Fauth and Bernhard Greenhouse.
At the Sydney Conservatorium, he supervises postgraduate doctoral and master’s students, and he teaches a large class of tertiary and pre-tertiary performance students. His students include prizewinners at national and international competitions, and many graduates from his class hold positions in leading international orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies, Macau Symphony and others. Goetz was a leader in the reinvention of working conditions for orchestral musicians in Australia in the 1990s, following the Australian Government’s ‘Creative Nation’ initiative and the subsequent divestment of orchestras from the ABC. He continues to serve orchestras in a number of capacities, including as a member of the board of directors of the Sydney Symphony.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Goetz studied violin performance in Germany and Switzerland with Helmut Heller (Hamburg), Gerhart Hetzel (Vienna/Munich), Max Rostal (Berne) and advanced solo performance with Artur Grummiaux and Riccardo Odnopossoff. From 1990 onwards, he undertook extensive studies in philosophy and psychology at Sydney University, completing a PhD in Philosophy and the Philosophy of Music in 2007. His publications engage with topics in philosophy, the philosophy of music as well as violin performance and pedagogy.
His teaching method is based on the view that artistic violin performance depends on unified, temporal ideas, which are actively, comprehensively and consistently conceived by the creative imagination. In preparing musicians for a sustainable career, Richter argues that rigorous performance demands must be integrated with a capacity for purposeful thinking. Such thinking extends to the musical, expressive, kinaesthetic and rhythmic imagination and sensory perception. It is developed through a largely Socratic approach and is in particular indebted to the 20th century pedagogue Demetrious Dounis and the philosophical thoughts of Plato, Hanslick and Richard Shusterman.
2nd Prize winner of the 2008 Dimitri Mitropoulos International Competition, Singaporean conductor Joshua Kangming Tan’s rise to prominence on the international scene has been marked by recent successful debuts in Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Mariinsky Hall, Bunkamura, Shanghai, Beijing and Taiwan. Joshua was featured as the top Singaporean musical talent to watch for in 2009 by the Singapore newspaper, Lianhe ZaoBao. He has won numerous awards and scholarships, including the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award, NAC-Shell Scholarship, SSO/MOE Scholarship and is the first ever recipient of the Charles Schiff Conducting Prize from the Juilliard School for outstanding achievement. In 2011, he received the Young Artist Award of Singapore.
Joshua has come to the attention of the leading conductors of today and has studied with James DePreist, Charles Dutoit, David Zinman and Kurt Masur. Other conductors he has worked with include Michael Tilson Thomas, Ingo Metzmacher and George Manahan.
Orchestras he has conducted include the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Beethoven Bonn Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, National Center for Performing Arts Orchestra, Urals Philharmonic Orchestra, Okayama Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Russiche Kammerphilharmonie, Macau Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Toho Orchestra, AACA Orchestra, Kaoshiung City Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg State Symphony amongst others. Equally at home with both symphonic and operatic repertoire, he has conducted and served as cover conductor for Carmen, La traviata, L’elisir d’amore, Tosca, Rigoletto, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, in 2012 Der Fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Un Ballo in Maschera, Aida amongst others. He was also cover conductor for Christoph Eschenbach and Lorin Maazel.
Highlights for the 2012 season include debuts and return engagements with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Don Giovanni and Manon Lescaut with Singapore Lyric Opera, The Chinese Orphan and a newly commissioned opera at the National Center of Performing Arts, seven televised concerts with the NCPA Orchestra amongst others. Joshua is presently Resident Conductor of the National Center of Performing Arts Orchestra. Joshua is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music (High Distinction).
Leslie Tan, cellist of the internationally-renowned T'ang Quartet has performed, both as soloist and chamber musician, to critical acclaim in major venues and festivals worldwide.
These include the Tanglewood and Aspen Festivals in the USA; the Melbourne and Port Fairy Festivals in Australia; the New Zealand Festival; the Hong Kong Arts Festival; and the Prague-Vienna-Budapest Sommerakademie and Aarhuus Festivals in Europe. He has also been broadcasted by the BBC in London.
In 1980, after only 4 years of cello studies, Leslie Tan was awarded a scholarship to further his studies in London. A graduate of the Trinity College of Music and the Royal College of Music, London, Leslie Tan went on to the Tchaikovsky-Moscow State Conservatory as a graduate-assistant of Natalia Shahkovskaya. In the USA, he was a pupil of Paul Katz and Norman Fischer.
In a career that has spanned almost 20 years, from orchestral to chamber and solo performances, he is very much sought after as a pedagogue as well as a performer.
Leslie Tan was on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute from 2000 - 2004; and in 2003, was appointed to the faculty of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.