FACULTY & ARTISTS

Charles Abramovic

Chair, Keyboard Studies, Temple University

Charles Abramovic has won critical acclaim for his international performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborator with leading instrumentalists and singers. He has performed a vast repertoire not only on the piano, but also the harpsichord and fortepiano. Abramovic made his solo orchestral debut at the age of fourteen with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Since then he has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony, the Colorado Philharmonic, the Florida Philharmonic, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. He has given solo recitals throughout the United States, France and Yugoslavia. He has also appeared at major international festivals in Berlin, Salzburg, Bermuda, Dubrovnik, Aspen and Vancouver. Abramovic has performed often with such stellar artists as Midori, Sarah Chang, Robert McDuffie, Viktoria Mullova, Kim Kashkashian, Mimi Stillman and Jeffrey Khaner. His recording of the solo piano works of Delius for DTR recordings has been widely praised. He has recorded for EMI Classics with violinist Sarah Chang, and Avie Recordings with Philadelphia Orchestra principal flutist Jeffrey Khaner. Actively involved with contemporary music, he has also recorded works of Milton Babbitt, Joseph Schwantner, Gunther Schuller and others for Albany Records, CRI, Bridge, and Naxos. Abramovic has taught at Temple since 1988. He is an active part of the musical life of Philadelphia, performing with numerous organizations in the city. He is a core member of the Dolce Suono Ensemble, and performs often with Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001. In 1997 he received the Career Development Grant from the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, and in 2003 received the Creative Achievement Award from Temple University. His teachers have included Natalie Phillips, Eleanor Sokoloff, Leon Fleisher, and Harvey Wedeen.

 

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Simone Dinnerstein

Faculty, Mannes School of Music, The New School

 

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The New York-based pianist gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she independently raised the funds  to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many “Best of 2007” lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.

 

Dinnerstein’s performance schedule has taken her around the world since her acclaimed New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2005, to venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Sydney Opera House, Seoul Arts Center, and London’s Wigmore Hall; festivals that include the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals; and performances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra a Sinfonica Brasileira, and the Tokyo Symphony.

 

Dinnerstein has played concerts throughout the U.S. for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. She gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system at the Avoyelles Correctional Center, and performed at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in a concert organized by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Dedicated to her community, in 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series open to the public hosted by New York public schools which raises funds for their music education programs.

Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio.  She is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music and is a Sony Classical artist. She is managed by Andrea Troolin at Ekonomisk Mgmt with booking representation through Helen Henson at Blu Ocean Arts.

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.

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 AVA, 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

 

*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.

Jerome Lowenthal

Piano Faculty, Juilliard

Jerome Lowenthal, born in 1932, 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. Mr. Lowenthal studied in his native Philadelphia with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski, in New York with William Kapell and Edward Steuermann, and in Paris with Alfred Cortot, meanwhile traveling annually to Los Angeles for coachings with Artur Rubinstein. After winning prizes in three international competitions (Bolzano, Darmstadt, and Brussels), he moved to Jerusalem where, for three years, he played, taught and lectured.

 

Returning to America, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic playing Bartok’s Concerto no. 2 in 1963. Since then, he has performed more-or-less everywhere, from the Aleutians to Zagreb. Conductors with whom he has appeared as soloist include Barenboim, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas, Temirkanov, and Slatkin, as well as such giants of the past as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux and Leopold Stokowski. He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir (his late wife), Carmel Lowenthal (his daughter), and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets with the Lark, Avalon and Shanghai Quartets.

 

He has recently recorded the complete Annees de Pelerinage of Liszt. His other recordings include concerti by Tschaikovsky and Liszt, solo works by Sinding and Bartok, opera paraphrases by Liszt and Busoni, and chamber-music by Arensky and Taneyev. Teaching, too, is an important part of Mr. Lowenthal’s musical life. For twenty-three years at the Juilliard School and for forty-five summers at the Music Academy of the West, 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.

 

*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.

Jonathan Eifert

Founder, Jonathan Eifert Public Relations

Mac McClure

Concert Pianist
Director, Keyboard Studies, National University of Bogota, Colombia

Matthew Oberstein

Vice-President, Opus 3 Artists Management

Pierre van der Westhuizen

Executive Director, Gilmore Keyboard Festival
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