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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.

Ching-Yun Hu

Artistic Director
Concert Pianist, Artist in Residence and Faculty at Temple University

Declared a “first-class talent” and praised for her “poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), the distinguished Taiwanese-American pianist CHING-YUN HU is recognized and acclaimed worldwide for her dazzling technique, deeply probing musicality, and directly communicative performance style.

Ching-Yun Hu’s concert career has flourished with a host of engagements on five continents after winning the top prize at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she was also awarded the Audience Favorite Prize. Immediately after, she was engaged for a seven-city tour across Israel and a special invitation from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on only a week’s notice. A year later, she won the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City.

Ching-Yun Hu’s 2018–2019 season highlights include performances in Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Beijing and Bogotá. She gives the Asia premiere of Red Cliff, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Yiu-kwong Chung and the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, following the concerto’s world premiere with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Dirk Brosse. She is heard in return engagements with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor. She returns to Colombia for a residence at the Festival Internacional de Piano en Ibaque, as well as an eight-city tour of China – “Ching-Yun Hu’s Silk Road Project”.

During 2017–2018 season, Ching-Yun Hu performed Rachmaninoff across the world, accompanied by the new release of her all-Rachmaninoff album. Recitals took her to Steinway Hall in NY, Miami Music Festival, Distinguished Artists in Santa Cruz, Taipei National Concert Hall, National University of Bogotá, and Altmark Festspiele in Germany. She performed Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and Xieman Philharmonic Orchestra. Her performances were broadcasted by NBC News, CINE-TV, WRTI Radio, and news media in Taiwan and China.

Ching-Yun Hu made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. She has appeared at prestigious concert halls across the globe, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Aspen Music Festival, Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, Salle Cortot, Concertgebouw, Herkulesaal Munich, Klavier-Ruhr Festival, Oper Frankfurt, Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival and Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall (Poland), Tel Aviv Opera House, Taipei National Concert Hall, and Japan’s Osaka Hall. Ms. Hu is also a frequent guest artist at distinguished music festivals throughout the world.

Ching-Yun Hu released her latest solo album, “Ching-Yun Hu: Rachmaninoff”, in Spring of 2018. A collaboration with Philadelphia’s WRTI radio, her album received critical acclaims. The Pianist Magazine gave it 5 stars and proclaimed it “essential listening for Rachmaninoff admirers.” An avid Chopin interpreter, her debut recording, an all-Chopin CD released in 2011 on the Taiwanese label ArchiMusic, won Taiwan’s 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 CAG Records. She recorded for the BMop Sound with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project for Jeremy Gill’s work, released in the fall of 2017.

A native of Taipei, Ms. Hu made her concerto debut at the age of 13 on a tour in Japan and Taiwan. One year later, she moved to the United States to continue her musical studies at The Juilliard School, working with Herbert Stessin. She worked with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and received additional guidance from Karl-Heinz Kammerling in Germany.

In addition to performing, Ms. Hu is a keen advocate for the promotion of classical music. She founded the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival in Taipei in 2012, and the Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA) in 2013. Now onto it’s 7th year, PYPA has blossomed into one of the most highly-anticipated summer piano festivals on the East Coast encompassing intensive master classes and public concerts featuring internationally celebrated pianists. The accompanying guest lecture series led by music industry executives offers insight to students and the local community.

Ching-Yun Hu serves on the piano faculty of the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Philadelphia’s Temple University. She is a visiting professor at the Shenzhen Arts School and an honorary artist of the Henan Cultural Center in China. Ching-Yun Hu is a Steinway Artist.

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.

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.

Alexandre Moutouzkine

Professor at Manhattan School of Music

On the occasion of his early participation in the Van Cliburn International Competition, were he won the Special Award for Artistic Potential at age 19, the music critic of The Dallas Morning News stated that Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine “played Brahms’ Op. 117 Intermezzi more beautifully, more movingly, than I’ve ever heard them. At once sad, tender and noble, this was playing of heart-stopping intimacy and elegance.” Since then he went on to win top prizes in more than 20 international competitions, including the Naumburg, Cleveland, Montreal, New Orleans, Iturbi in Valencia, Maria Canals in Barcelona and Arthur Rubinstein in Tel-Aviv. He also won the Astral Artists’ 2009 National Auditions. Alex has performed as soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Radiotelevision Orchestra of Spain, among many other orchestras around the world. Highlights of the upcoming season include Mr. Moutouzkine’s performances and master classes at 8th Beijing International Piano Festival, Forum Musicae in Madrid, Euro Music Festival and Academy in Halle (Germany), International Piano Festival in Havana, Piano Festival in Tel Aviv, and performance of complete solo piano works of Sergei Rachmaninoff at the Carnegie Room series in NY. Alexandre Moutouzkine holds a Master’s degree and post-graduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky. He holds undergraduate degrees from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover and Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Music Academy. Most recently Alexandre received a “Distinguished Alamni Award” from Manhattan School of Music and was appointed its faculty member in September 2013.

Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden

Emeritus professor, Royal Brussels Conservatory

Jury, Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition

Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden was only sixteen when he became a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1964. That highly valued honour marked the launch of a brilliant career that has taken him to the world’s finest concert halls and the most celebrated festivals, including the festivals of Korsholm (Finland), Umea (Sweden), Prades and La Chaise-Dieu (France), Delft (The Netherlands), Seoul (Korea), and Stavelot and Seneffe (Belgium).

He has been invited to play with a great many symphony and chamber orchestras, including the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London), the Residentie Orkest of The Hague, and the National Orchestra of Belgium. He has worked with eminent conductors such as Paul Kletzky, Rudolf Barshai, and Yuri Temirkanov.

As a chamber musician he has played with a number of outstanding Belgian and international partners, including Véronique Bogaerts, Marie Hallynck, Augustin Dumay, Silvia Marcovici, Mihaela Martin, Miriam Fried, Gérard Caussé, Frans Helmerson, José Van Dam, Walter Boeykens, the Enesco Quartet, the Melos Quartett, the Quatuor Ysaÿe, and the Ensemble César Franck.

His vast and impressive repertoire includes the complete works for solo piano of Maurice Ravel. He is currently an emeritus professor at the Royal Brussels Conservatory and teaches at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. In 2004 he reorganised the school founded in 1977 by his own teacher as the Eduardo del Pueyo Musical Centre and became its artistic director and he is the honorary president of the Chopin Foundation.

Pierre van der Westhuizen

Executive Director, Gilmore Keyboard Festival

Idith Zvi

Pianist, Emeritus Artistic Director, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Israel

Kathryn Brown

Jury for 2020 Philadelphia International Piano Competition 

Chair of Piano Department, Cleveland Institute of Music 

Concert Pianist

Kathryn Brown has performed around the globe as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She is widely hailed for her interpretations from Mozart to Gershwin, as well as her premieres of the new music of today. She gave her New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and has also appeared in concert at New York’s 92nd Street Y. She has been featured on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, and at Severance Hall, German Embassy in Cleveland, Philips Collection and Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Brown is an enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians and presents master classes, lectures and is a frequent juror of competitions nationally and internationally.

William Carr

Chair of piano department, immaculata university

concert pianist

Gila Goldstein

director, Boston University Tanglewood Institute young artist piano program

piano professor, boston university

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