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Ching-Yun Hu

Artistic Director, Concert Pianist, Faculty at Temple University

Declared a first-class talentand praised for her poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing(The Philadelphia Inquirer), the distinguished Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu is recognized and acclaimed world-wide for her dazzling technique, deeply probing musicality, and directly communicative performance style.

 

Apart from her nomination to the 5th International German Piano Award (2015), Ching-Yun Hu was also named a winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. In 2008, she captured the top prize and the Audience Favorite Prize at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, resulting in a seven-city tour across Israel and a special invitation from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Beethovens Piano Concerto No. 1 on only a weeks notice. Subsequently, her career has flourished with engagements on five continents.

 

Highlights of Ching-Yun Hus season included debuts with the Bozeman, Wyoming and Topeka Symphony Orchestras (Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1, Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2), South Korea’s Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (Prokofiev Concerto No. 3) and Brazils Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica in Rio De Janeiro (Chopin Concerto No. 1). Scheduled return performances include the Taipei Chinese Orchestra (Fazil Says Piano Concerto No. 3,  Silence of Anatolia) at the Macau International Music Festival, New Yorks Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra (Grieg Piano Concerto), and Brazils Orquestra Filarmônica do Espírito Santo (Beethoven Concerto No. 5). She has had many solo recitals and chamber music collaborations throughout the world including recital tours in the U.S., Taiwan, and China, a return recital to Budapest, and a gala concert with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Jeffrey Kahane.  

 

Ching-Yun Hu made her debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. She has also been the guest soloist with the Aspen Concert Orchestra, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, and Philadelphias Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, as well as the symphony orchestras of Delaware, DuPage, Illinois, Midland, Michigan, Mississippi, Northwest Arkansas, and Wyoming.  Abroad, she has appeared with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Englands Maidstone Symphony Orchestra, Portugals Orquestra do Algarve, Brazils Orquestra Filarmônica do Espírito Santo, Orquestra do Curitiba, Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica and Orquestra Experimental de Repertorio, South Africas Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Chinas Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, and Taiwans Taipei Chinese Orchestra and Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Hu has also toured with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.

 

Recent recitals have included programs at New York Citys Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Aspen Music Festival, Londons Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, ParisSalle Cortot, Amsterdams Concertgebouw, Munichs Herkulesaal, Budapests Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Polands Chopin International Festival and Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall (Lodz), Tel Avivs Opera House, Taipeis National Concert Hall, and Japans Osaka Hall. Ms. Hu is also a frequent guest artist at distinguished music festivals throughout the world.

 

Ching-Yun Hus debut recording, an all-Chopin CD released in 2011 on the Taiwanese label ArchiMusic, won Taiwans 2012 Golden Melody Award for Best Classical Album of the Year. The fall of 2013 saw the release of her second CD – music of Granados, Mozart and Ravel – on the CAG Records and Sony Music Taiwan labels.

 

A native of Taipei, Ching-Yun Hu made her concerto debut at the age of 13 with the Poland Capella Cracoriensis Chamber Orchestra on tour in Asia. One year later, she moved to the United States to continue her musical studies at The Juilliard School in New York City, working principally with Sergei Babayan and Karl-Heinz Kammerling. She also studied chamber music with Joseph Kalichstein and Seymour Lipkin, and received additional guidance from Richard Goode and Murray Perahia.

 

In 2008, Ching-Yun Hu was awarded an honorary prize from Taiwans Ministry of Culture, recognizing her artistic achievements. In addition to performing, Ms. Hu is a keen advocate for the promotion of classical music. She founded the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival and the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy at the Curtis Institute of Music, which invites some of the most sought-after artists from around the globe to perform at prestigious concert halls in Taipei and Philadelphia and work with aspiring young musicians.

 

Ching-Yun Hu serves on the piano faculty of the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Philadelphias Temple University.

www.chingyunhu.com

 

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Gary Graffman

Concert Pianist, Piano Faculty and Former President of Curtis Institute of Music.

Gary Graffman has been a major figure in the music world since his debut with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of eighteen. For the next three decades he toured almost continuously, playing the most demanding works in the piano literature.

 

His numerous recordings with the orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, and Chicago under such conductors as Bernstein, Ormandy, Szell, and Mehta include concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Brahms, Chopin, and Beethoven; they are still regarded as touchstones. In 1979, however, an injury to his right hand limited Mr. Graffman’s concertizing to the small body of repertoire for left hand alone. Since then seven new works have been commissioned for him, and he continues to have an active performing career.

 

Mr. Graffman’s association with the Curtis Institute of Music began in 1936, when he was accepted, at the age of seven, to study with Isabelle Vengerova. He graduated in 1946. In 1980, following his performance-reducing injury, he joined the Curtis piano faculty.

 

From 1986 through May 2006, he served as director of Curtis, as well as president from 1995 to 2006.

 

*PYPA retains the right to replace a faculty who is unable to attend due to illness or unforeseen force of nature.  In the event a faculty is unable to attend due to illness or unforeseen force of nature, PYPA will not refund tuition to any participant that wishes to withdraw.

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Ursula Oppens

Concert Pianist, Distinguished Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center

Ursula Oppens is equally committed to programming traditional, and contemporary repertoire. She has performed with many of the world’s major orchestras, including the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra and the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland and San Francisco. Abroad, she has appeared with such ensembles as the Berlin Symphony, Orchetra de la Suisse Romande, the Deutsche Symphonie and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Oppens is an avid chamber musician and has performed with the Arditti, Juilliard and Pacifica quartets, among others. A four-time Grammy nominee, Oppens has over the years premiered works by such leading composers as Luciano Berio, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, Anthony Davis, John Harbison, Julius Hemphill, Tania Leon, Gyorgy Ligeti, Witold Lutoslawski, Conlon Nancarro, Tobias Picker, Frederic Rzewski, Joan Tower, Amy Williams, Christian Wolff and Charles Wuorinen.

 

*PYPA retains the right to replace a faculty who is unable to attend due to illness or unforeseen force of nature.  In the event a faculty is unable to attend due to illness or unforeseen force of nature, PYPA will not refund tuition to any participant that wishes to withdraw.

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Idith Zvi

Artistic Director, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, Israel

Ms. Zvi is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and Mannes College, NY. As a pianist, she gave recitals and played with orchestras, in Israel, Europe and the USA; recorded for radio stations in Israel, Saarbrücken, Berlin, Stuttgart and the BBC London and has toured Canada, Alaska, Europe, and the USA.

 

Idith’s “off-stage” career commenced as a Music Producer at the National Classical Radio Station of Israel, where she served for over 35 years. Her love of music and her desire to spread this passion led Idith to pursue executive positions. Concurrently to her work at the radio, in 1985, Ms. Zvi originated a 14-day festival in the north of Israel: “Upper Galilee Chamber Music Days” in Kibbutz Kfar Blum, where she presided as Artistic Director and Producer for 10 consecutive years.

 

The success of this festival, earned Idith with the “Special Distinction Prize” by the America-Israel Culture Foundation, an honor she repeated when receiving a special prize for the broadcasts of the Arthur Rubinstein Competition.

In 1991 – 1992, as Musical Advisor of the Israel Festival, Idith organized and directed the “Mozart Picnic”, commemorating Mozart’s 200th.

 

In 1995, Idith proceeded to take the role of General Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, a position she held until 2000.

 

Today, apart from her position as the Director of the Rubinstein Competition, Ms. Zvi is a faculty member of the Buchman-Mehta Music School at the Tel Aviv University.

 

She teaches Chamber Music and Piano Performance Class – tutoring young pianists on the art of performance, by receiving constructive criticism and analyzing their performances.

 

Idit Zvi is frequently invited to judge at international piano competitions as well as to teach master classes, worldwide.

 

*PYPA retains the right to replace a faculty who is unable to attend due to illness or unforeseen force of nature.  In the event a faculty is unable to attend due to illness or unforeseen force of nature, PYPA will not refund tuition to any participant that wishes to withdraw.

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