Meet the Performers

DR. BOUNA KIM

Pianist Bouna Kim began studying the piano at the age of three. She has won numerous national
competitions in her native Korea and the U.S. including Kyunghyang Daily News Co. Music
Competition, Chosun Daily News Co. Music Competition, Korea Times Music Competition,
Monthly Music Magazine Competition, Yookyoung Students Competition, Seoul Youth
Chamber Music Competition, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition and the
University of Michigan Concerto Competition. In 2012 she won the First Prize at the
American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, and
presented the Winners concert successfully at the Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall.
She has performed as a soloist with Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra of Czech Republic,
Wieniawski Poland National Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Chamber
Orchestra, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Chungnam Philharmonic Orchestra, Korea Soloists
Orchestra and Korea Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to her appearance with orchestras, she
also has appeared at numerous concerts as a soloist and a collaborative pianist including venues
in Ostrava (Czech Republic), Lublin (Poland), Seoul (Korea), Kyoto, Osaka (Japan) and
throughout the U.S. She has performed in master classes at several music festivals with
important pianists including Hans Leigrav, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Pavel Gililov and Lev
Naumov. Dr. Kim holds her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Michigan at
Ann Arbor, where she studied with Arthur Greene as a recipient of the Merit Award Scholarship.
She extended her study at the Manhattan School of Music, where she completed her Certificate
of Professional Studies under the tutelage of Phillip Kawin. She holds her Doctor of Musical
Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
where she studied under Ian Hobson. She served as a collaborative pianist at Montclair State
University in NJ, adjunct professor at Seoul Cyber University and visiting professor at Gacheon
University, where she is currently working as an adjunct faculty.

DR. CHIA-YING CHAN & KYU BUTLER, NCTM

Chia-Ying Chan, originally from Taiwan, brings passion, vibrancy, sensitivity and creativity to her interpretations of classical music. She is an active soloist and chamber pianist, who has given performances across Taiwan, America and Europe, including at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Austurias (Spain); the Sala dei Notari (Italy); National Recital Hall (Taiwan); Carnegie Weill Hall (New York), and has been invited to perform at the Wiener Saal Mozarteum (Austria).

Chan has won top prizes in competitions, such as the 2019 21st Century Piano Commission Competition (Winner), the 2018 American Prize (Third Prize), the 2016 International Music Competition Salzburg Grand Prize (Frist Prize), the 2014 West Virginia University Keyboard competition (First Prize), the 2014 American Protégé International Competition (First Place and Best Performance Award). Her accomplishments led her to live broadcast performances at Schubertiade in Chicago in 2017 and 2019, a solo recital at the PianoForte Foundation in Chicago in 2016, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall performances in 2014 and 2015.

Chan’s playing has been featured on radio stations, including The Grand FM 101 (Canada), WILL FM 90.9 (USA), Radio Taiwan International AM 1557 (Taiwan), and the IC Broadcasting Company FM 97.5 (Taiwan). Her recent noticeable appearance with orchestra includes performances with Sinfonia da Camera conducted by Ian Hobson, and with Kostroma Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavel Gershtein in Russia. Her debut solo album on Centaur Record label was recently released, receiving praise from the Classical Music Sentinel: “…. [Chan is] a highly sensitive artist… a musician to watch and follow…..”.

As an active chamber and collaborative pianist, Chan performs nationally and internationally at conferences, festivals and many prestigious venues. Chan is currently a member of Amosa Duo with clarinetist Dr. Gary June. Recent engagements include recitals at various universities within the United States, and prominent venues in Taiwan.

Chan’s teaching appointments include positions at Community Center for the Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and online-conservatory Discover Melody. She also serves as Vice Director for the Chambana Music Competition. She received both Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from UIUC, where she served as the piano teaching assistant. Her principal mentors include Timothy Ehlen, Paul Schenly, Kathryn Brown and Ching-Jen Wu.

www.chiayingchan.com

Kyu Butler, NCTM

A recipient of the Marina Grin and the Classical Music Awards, Kyu Butler is an accomplished pianist and has received awards from many competitions including the Chosun Daily News Co. Music Competition, Korea Times Music Competition, The Korean National Students Competition, Samick Piano Competition, Choonchoo Piano Competition, Monthly Music Magazine Competition, Yookyoung Students Competition, and the University of Illinois Symphony Concerto Competition. Butler has trained with such masters as Leon Fleisher, Aldo Ciccolini, Menahem Pressler, Yefim Bronfman, Vladimir Feltsman, Boris Slutsky, Timothy Ehlen, Daniel Schene and many others in US, Europe, and Asia.  Butler is actively performing at prestigious stages such as Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Seoul Arts Center, and Carnegie Hall. Butler performed as a soloist with the Korea Soloists Orchestra under the baton of her own teacher, Maestro Ian Hobson in 2018. In the 2019 - 2020, she was invited to perform at Blackburn College, St. Louis University, and University of Illinois at Springfield as a guest artist.


Butler received her Bachelor of Music from The Korean National University of Arts’ School of Music. Here she studied with Mr. Choong-Mo Kang, a former faculty member of the Juilliard School in New York City. Butler also received a Master of Music in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Mack McCray. She also received her Professional Studies Diploma in Early Historical Keyboards with emphasis on Fortepiano from the Conservatory.


Currently, Butler is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature and Master of Music in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with full scholarship. Here she studies with the renowned pianist and conductor Dr. Ian Hobson. Butler has completed the Piano Pedagogy Internship with one of the famous Piano Pedagogy scholars, the late Dr. Alexander Reid, and also worked as an opera coach, Teaching Assistant, and studio accompanist at the University of Illinois. Butler recently became a NCTM (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music) in piano and has been certified as an Elementary Specialist by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. 


Butler runs a private studio in Saint Louis, MO. She is also an adjunct faculty at the Community Music School of Webster University. Her students have won local and nation-wide competitions, festivals, exams and auditions. One of her recipient students of the “State Certificate of Excellence” award at Royal Conservatory of Music Piano Exam was selected among 12 states in Midwest to perform at the Chicago Symphony Hall in March 2020. 


Butler’s current research focus on preventing injuries and wellness for pianists is influenced by personal experience. Butler’s work was selected for presentations at the Music Techers National Association’s National Conference in Spokane WA, and at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago IL in 2019. Her superb presentation resulted in an invitation to write a paper for MTNA E-Journal, which will be published in September 2020. As a pedagogue, Butler was invited to conduct masterclasses and a lecture at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand in 2019.


Butler is a Co-Vice President of Missouri MTA, and President of St. Louis Area MTA, as well as Chair of SLAMTA’s Young Artist Competition. She recently inaugurated as President of World Piano Teachers Association USA-Missouri and created 32 Complete Beethoven Sonata Concerts with 18 pianists to celebrate 250th Anniversary of Beethoven's birth in fall 2020. Butler is a member of MTNA, The Federation of Music Clubs, Piano Teachers Round Table in St. Louis, The Korean National Association of Piano Pedagogy, and The Pianissimo - The Musical Arts Association of Korea.

TUGCE TARI-ROTH & BOMIN PARK

Her highly imaginative performing style translates to the stage as distinctly charismatic, vibrant and passionate while her frankness and sincerity creates a deep connection with the audience. World-renowned pianist and composer Fazil Say have stated: “I've been impressed with the facilities her talent has provided her, her dedication, love and aesthetics to her art, her charismatic personality and her beauty of personality”.


Mrs. Tari-Roth has performed in Europe and in the USA in solo and chamber music concerts. Her performances included a solo recital at the 26th Istanbul Music Festival, several command performances at the request of the Turkish Ambassador and his distinguished guests in Washington D.C., a command performance for the Royal Navy and the US Navy at the request of the Queen of England, and an improvisational performance at the Bimhuis Concert Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Mrs. Tari-Roth participated in numerous international music festivals, winning several awards including the 1st prize in the 26th Istanbul Music Festival Competition.

Her live performances and interviews were broadcast multiple times in Cologne, Germany, and on Turkish National Television (TRT). She was featured in Turkish National newsletters and magazines such as Cumhuriyet, Milliyet, Şalom and Adalar as well as regional newspapers in Germany.


Besides her performing career, Tuğçe Tari-Roth is a highly demanded piano teacher. Dr. Carol Prochazka - the former Co-Chair of the Piano and Theory department at the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University - described her teaching style as consistently excellent as well as incredibly dynamic, energetic and creative. She had built her first piano teaching studio at the age of 14, was assigned to teach undergraduate students at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, served as Artist-in-Residence and directed the Jacksonville Steinway Piano Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. Her students have been winners of competitions and scholarship recipients and has been accepted into great universities such as Harvard, Yale, Wesleyen School of Arts, Auburn and Florida State University.


Mrs. Tari-Roth has a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Istanbul University State Conservatory in Istanbul/Turkey, a Master’s of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland/USA. She has continued her studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris/France with Hüseyin Sermet. Her primary teachers were Prof. Dr. Tuvana Alton and Boris Slutsky and has had masterclasses with the world’s foremost pianists such as Leon Fleisher, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Vladimir Feltsman, Alexander Korsantia, Leontina Margulis to name a few.


Mrs. Tari-Roth divides her time between her family, performing and teaching privately as well as via FaceTime. She is a devoted ‘Ambassador of Music’ for amateur music enthusiasts. She is currently working on bringing the highest quality online courses for busy professionals over the age of 40, who always had a passion and desire to learn to play the piano. She lives in Düsseldorf, Germany.


www.tugcetariroth.com

Bomin Park

Bomin Park is a concert pianist, educator, arranger, and music
director. 

He has won prizes in many international and national competitions
including Paderewski International Piano Competition in
Farmington(3rd), American Protégé International Concerto
Competition(1st), MTNA Nevada Competition(1st, twice in a row),
Concerto Competition at University of Nevada, Reno(twice) which
gave him opportunities to perform the Chopin Piano Concerto No.1
in e-minor and Mozart Piano Concerto No.20 in d minor with UNR
Concert Orchestra, Silver State Piano Competition(1st), Music
Education Newspaper Competition(2nd), Haneum National
Competition(2nd-without 1st prize), and Sagye Music
Competition(1st).
 
He has performed in various venues such as Weill Hall in Carnegie
Hall, Music Hall in Cincinnati, Enescu Hall in Romania, Pioneer
Center, Nightingale Hall, Steinway Gallery Hall, Pioneer Center,
Werner Hall and Watson Hall. Also, he was invited to perform at the
Nevada Governor's Mansion on a program that also included
performances by internationally acclaimed pianist and Steinway
artist Daniel Pollock.
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He has released two CD recordings in 2019; Classical Meets
Jazz and Amazing Grace. The Classical Meets Jazz is an
audience-friendly program which has as its purpose to introduce
classical music to new audiences through a series of programs
pairing original compositions with his own side-by-side
arrangements in jazz style. He was invited to perform this concert in
universities such as Virginia Tech, Carson-Newman University,
Lincoln Memorial University, The Wright State University, The
College-Conservatory of Music, and as well as the historic churches
in Cincinnati, Ohio and Kingsport, 

Tennessee. Also, this Classical
Meets Jazz was performed as part of the Pro-Art’s 2019-2020
Concert Series which is the main art association in Southwest
Virginia. Additionally, He is scheduled to perform at Virginia Tech in
January, 2020.

His musical experiences encompass many different genres.
he served in the Korean Navy Band for two years from 2013 to
2015, where he had to play a vast range of musical styles including
jazz, pop, rock, traditional and so on. 
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Park earned his Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from
University of Nevada-Reno, completed his Master's from University
of Cincinnati, and anticipated to finish the Doctoral of Musical Arts
degree on Dec 2020 from University of Cincinnati where he has a
double cognate in both piano pedagogy and chamber music as part
of his degree.
His current position is an Adjunct Instructor of Piano at The
University of Virginia’s College at Wise where he teaches class
piano at all levels, music technology, and private piano lessons.

DR. TATIANA SHUSTOVA, FAITH ZUNIGA, & DR. PEI-I WANG

Dr. Tatiana Shustova

Dr. Tatiana Shustova was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she studied at the Rimsky-
Korsakov Music School and the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory. She also participated in
piano and chamber music master classes at the Music Hochschule in Leipzig, Germany, in
collaboration with New York’s Juilliard School. 
Tatiana completed the Artist’s Certificate Program and a Master’s degree in piano performance
at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She studied with Maxim Mogilevsky and Robert
Satterlee and won first prize in the 40th annual Concerto Competition. 
In 2008, she was awarded a fellowship to enter the doctoral program in piano performance at the
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in
Piano Performance under the direction Dr. Ian Hobson in spring 2013. 
Tatiana has appeared at festivals in the United States such as the Interlochen Summer Arts
Camp, Illinois Summer Youth Music, the Bowling Green Music Institute, and the Toradze Piano
Institute. In Europe: the Ionian Summer Music academy, Corfu, Greece; Les Orres International
summer academy, Embrun, France; Suomussalmi Music Festival, Suomussalmi, Finland; and
Musica Atri, Atri and Scuola Italia, Urbania, Italy. Tatiana has received numerous awards in solo
and chamber music competitions in Italy and Russia and has played many concerts in Europe. At
the competition Musica Atri (2004), she received 1st place along with an invitation to play
concerts and the opportunity to participate in master classes with Eugenie Mogilevsky, professor
at the Brussels Conservatory. 
During the summer of 2010, Tatiana was appointed as a vocal coach at the Scuola Italia program
(Urbania, Italy). During the same year, Tatiana and her husband Aaron Jacobs (violin) received
second prize at the international music competition Premio Alberto Gori. In October 2011,
Tatiana and Aaron where invited to perform works by Liszt in the Liszt-Garrison Festival and
Competition and won an award for their performance of "String Poetic" by Jennifer Higdon.In
November 2012 Tatiana received First Place in the American Protege International Romantic
Music Competition and had her Carnegie Weill Recital Hall Debut. In March 2013 Tatiana had a
solo recital at the Krannert Center for the Arts at Urbana, Illinois for annual 21st century piano
commission award.
Tatiana is currently an adjunct faculty member at Millikin University School of Music, where
she is collaborative pianist and piano class professor, as well as piano, chamber music, theory
and musicianship instructor for the Illinois String Academy and Piano Laboratory Program at
UIUC. Her recent chamber music collaborations includes Illinois Arts Trio performances with
Prof. Amy Catron (cello) and her husband Prof. Aaron Jacobs (violin) and Illinois tour with flute
artist from Finland Sami Junnonen. In addition, she mentors an independent piano studio in
Savoy, Illinois where she resides with her husband and two sons, and is Artistic Director of the
Chambana Music Competition, which recently received Urbana Arts Grant.

Faith Zuniga

Faith Zúñiga performed Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven Concerto No. 5 with the Mason Symphony Orchestra in 2014. She was a 1st Prize winner in the 2014 George Mason University Concerto Competition. She also won 1st Place in the 2013 UIUC Clara Rolland Undergraduate Piano Competition. Additional competition awards include Semifinalist in the Victor Elmaleh Concert Artists Guild Competition and Semifinalist in the Byrd International Piano Competition. Zúñiga took part in the inaugural edition of the Valencia International Piano Academy in Spain, where she studied with teachers from Juilliard, Peabody, and the Madrid Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia. A native of Illinois, Zúñiga has performed in Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, and the United States (including Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall in NYC). Zúñiga is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts student at George Mason University, where she studies with Dr. Anna Balakerskaia. She has studied at the Conservatory of East Central Illinois; the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan; the Instituto Superior de Artes in San Jose, Costa Rica; the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice, Italy; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Indiana University at South Bend. 

Dr. Pei-I Wang

Originally from Taiwan, pianist Pei-I Wang received international recognition as a laureate in the artist
division of the prestigious 2011 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, which was held by the
American Liszt Society in celebrating Franz Liszt’s bicentennial. Wang was the winner of several
competitions, including the UIUC Concerto Competition, the Ninth Annual 21st Century Piano
Commission Competition with composer John Ritz, the Asian Auditions of the International Piano
Competition “Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize”, and the National Music Competition, among others. Her
name appeared in the “Treasury of Young Talented Musicians” program sponsored by the Council for
Cultural Affairs of Taiwan. Wang received her D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Literature and an M.M. in
Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as well as
an M.A. in Piano Performance from the Soochow University in Taiwan. During her studies, Wang was a
recipient of the YAMAHA and KAWAI Outstanding Musicians’ Awards, assistantships at the Soochow
University and UIUC, and the Dissertation Travel Grant at UIUC. Her former piano teachers include Dr.
Ian Hobson, Dr. Rolf-Peter Wille, Dr. Daming Zhu, Ren-Jhen Wang, Chi-Wen Chen, Shi-Kai Lin, and Hui-
Zhu He.
Wang has regularly performed in recitals of piano solo and duo and collaborated with fellow musicians in
a variety of chamber music combinations at many institutions, conventions, festivals, and the public
performing venues. Her orchestra appearances as a piano soloist include her collaborations with the
Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony
Orchestra, Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra (UIUC), and the
University of Illinois Springfield band (UIS).
Wang is passionate about the world of collaborative art and opera. She has worked with Maestro
Eduardo Diazmuñoz, Dr. Ian Greenlaw, Dr. Elizabeth Zobel in the Opera/Musical divisions of UIUC,
Millikin University, and Blackburn College. She has served as a vocal coach, rehearsal pianist,
accompanist, and the orchestral keyboardist at several institutions, orchestras, choruses, and the operatic
and musical productions, such as the Springfield Choral Society, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia
da Camera, Taiwan Philharmonic, Gloriana Chamber Choir, Millikin Opera, Blackburn Voice & Choir,
UIUC Opera, Celebration Company, Illini Women’s Chorus, and the Women’s Chorus of Soochow
University.
Wang is an enthusiastic educator and active member of several professional organizations, such as
MTNA, NFMC, CMS, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the American Liszt Society. She is a Nationally Certified
Teacher of Music (NCTM) in Piano by MTNA and has served as a frequent adjudicator in auditions and
competitions (both state and district competitions). She has taught a wide range of students both in
Taiwan and the US. Her prior college-level teaching experiences in the US include the Lincoln Land
Community College, Blackburn College, and University of Illinois Springfield.


Currently, Dr. Wang is on
the faculty of Millikin University as an Adjunct Professor of Music and serves as the MTNA Junior
Competitions Coordinator at the Illinois State Music Teachers Association and President of the Decatur
Area Music Teachers Association.

DR. IAN GINDES, DR. PETER RYAN, & DR. HYUNKI YOON

Dr. Hyunki Yoon

“Marvelous mood and spirit and model of clarity and good sense” was the description from judges of American Prize Completion in 2014 where pianist Hyunki Yoon was the winner of the solo piano division. He also was a second-place winner in the American Protégé International Competition in 2015, the same year he made is Carnegie Hall debut and received an invitation from the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera to perform at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House. In 2016, he toured Europe, which featured performances at the Korean Kulturhaus Österreich (Korean Culture Center in Vienna), Bezirksmuseum Floridsdorf (Vienna Museum Concert Hall), Saint Michael’s Church in Budapest, Hungary, Kefestast (Catholic Music Festival) in Brno, Czech Republic, and Cultural Centre Kunsthause-Berlin-Marbella in Spain. He has had lecture recitals at Albany State University GA, Southeastern Oklahoma State University OK, Wartburg College IA, and University of Delaware DE in 2018, and has had concerts at Western Illinois University, University of Wisconsin - Stout, University of Missouri - Columbia and Saint Louis University in 2019.

Hyunki Yoon was born in Seoul, South Korea. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance in Seoul. In 2010, he moved to the USA for his master’s degree at the University of Missouri - Columbia where he was a graduate teaching assistant. He was a winner of the MU concerto competition and performed with MU Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011.

Dr. Yoon received a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano Performance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 20018. He is an adjunct professor of piano and liturgical musician at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO. He also is a chair of Collegiate Auditions, Missouri Music Teachers Association.

Dr. Peter Ryan

Peter Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Music at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, where he teaches and coordinates the Piano and Music Theory programs. As a performer, Peter has given concerts in the Czech Republic, Austria, Ecuador, Quebec, and around the United States. His performing and research interests lie in underperformed repertoire and underrepresented composers.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida, and both a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has studied with Jennifer Hayghe, Doris Pridonoff Lehnert, Elizabeth Pridonoff, and Kevin Sharpe, and has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Leon Fleisher and Rebecca Penneys. In addition to his duties at UVA Wise, Peter also enjoys performing with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra as their Principal Pianist.

Prior to earning his degrees, Peter served as an Infantry Mortarman in the United States Marines Corps from 2004-2008. He now lives in Wise, VA with his wife, the UVA Wise Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, Hannah Wunsch Ryan, and son, Ellis.

Dr. Ian Gindes


“I cannot believe how completely [Mr. Gindes] was attuned to the content of the music, the beautiful piano tone, and the absolutely appropriate sentiment of every moment!”
~ New York Concert Review

During his childhood in Southern California, Ian Gindes was first introduced to the world of classical music and the piano by his father, who had studied piano in his youth with Ania Dorfman and Michel Piastro. Ian went on to work with Bonnie Farrer and Errol Haun, both who had studied with the late pedagogue Rosina Lhévinne. Gindes earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in 2011 under the guidance of Ian Hobson at the University of Illinois.

Mr. Gindes has received many awards, including first prize in the 2011 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, an invitation to perform at the Bradshaw and Buono Festival of Music in 2014, and a CD collection in his name donated to the University of Colorado at Boulder library. This collection is one of largest of its kind in the United States. Gindes’ 2016 recording, American Visions, celebrated the American musical tradition from the 20th century to the present. It included works by Copland and Gershwin as well as by contemporary composers. Gindes’ recording was praised by Gramophone magazine for his “keyboard brilliance.” He received acclaim for his recording from The Whole Note magazine, New York Concert Review, and Fanfare and was a featured artist on Chicago’s own classical music station, WFMT.

In the 2018-2019 season, Ian Gindes was the featured soloist with the Belleville Philharmonic and the St. Louis Philharmonic. He also gave solo recitals in the St. Louis area. His current projects include recording the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic and developing a new video series on YouTube.

In addition to his performance career, Mr. Gindes continues to share his passion for music via social media and teaching. He serves as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army National Guard. He and his wife currently reside in Chicago.

DR. AMANDA SETLIK WILSON, DR. HUIYUN LIANG, & KYU BUTLER

Dr. Amanda Setlik Wilson

Dr. Amanda Setlik Wilson specializes in new music and, in particular, the music of Emma Lou Diemer. Diemer wrote a solo piano piece for her in 2012, Toccata for Amanda, which she premiered on her final solo DMA recital in 2014. Amanda commissioned a second piece by Diemer in 2017, titled Variations on “Our Triangle,” to perform with violinist Dr. Mei Mey Segura at the 2017 Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention. She also commissioned a solo piano piece by award-winning composer Anthony R. Green, Fanatic, which she premiered on her final DMA lecture recital. Dr. Setlik Wilson performs regularly throughout the Denver area as a soloist and as part of Peak Duo, her performing group with Dr. Segura. She is a trained Suzuki teacher and has taught privately since age 17. Currently, she teaches a full studio of Suzuki and traditional piano students. She is also the pianist for the choir program at Skyline High School, the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) school for the St. Vrain Valley School District. In addition, she is an instructor at Integral Steps, an organization specializing in education which integrates the mind, body, and emotions through interdisciplinary learning.

Dr. Setlik Wilson has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, such as the Helen Haupt Piano Scholarship and the Summer Scholarship through the International, Professional music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon. She has been a member of Mu Phi Epsilon since 2003, and received the Denver Alumni Scholarship Competition award in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013. She has also presented and performed at National and International conventions including the MTNA Conference (2002, 2019) and the Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention (2017).

A native of Lisle, Illinois, Dr. Setlik Wilson began piano studies at age four at the Wheaton College Community School of the Arts’ Suzuki program with Sarah Williams. At age 15, she began studying with Dr. William Phemister, a professor at Wheaton College. She attended several summer music programs, including the Suzuki Institute at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Interlochen Arts Camp, Indiana University Piano Academy, and the International Institute for Young Musicians (IIYM) in Cincinnati.

Dr. Setlik Wilson studied Piano Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with husband-and-wife team Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff. During her time at CCM, she attended piano master class programs in Belgium and the Czech Republic as well as an opera program in Lucca, Italy. She graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelors degree from CCM and moved to Boulder, Colorado to study at the University of Colorado with Professor Doris Pridonoff Lehnert, earning both her Masters and DMA in Piano Performance. She currently lives in Longmont with her husband, Michael, and her dog, rats, and guinea pigs, teaching Suzuki and traditional piano lessons in her home studio.

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Dr. Huiyun Liang

Huiyun Liang, DMA, NCTM, is an innovative piano pedagogue, pianist, and chamber musician. Formerly involved in the production of several well-known TV programs and concerts in Beijing, China, Huiyun moved to the United States to pursue her dream in classical music. Her unique experience in classical music, television, and technology has shaped who she is today: an avid artist in music and education.

As an active pianist, Liang has given recitals in the U.S., Europe, as well as in her hometown, Wuhan, China. Her notable performances included the 2017 Vianden Festival in Luxembourg, and several concert series in South Carolina, such as Lowman Concert Series and Sundays with Steinway at Rice Music House. She recently performed with musicians from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and participated in the recording project for Dr. Matthew Hoormann’s solo album Somniloquy comprised of modern trombone literature that has not been recorded to date. She has been invited to be the guest artist for the 2020 Piano Power Camp at Webster University, where she will give a solo recital and a master class.

Featured as “Emerging Piano Pedagogue” in 2015 by Hong Kong Commercial Daily, Liang’s teaching focuses on maximizing each student’s potential in music, and she has actively shared her innovative teaching methods nationwide. Her students succeeded in community service projects, music festivals, auditions, and Royal Conservatory Music examinations. Dr. Liang has presented a wide range of pedagogical topics at American national conferences, including Music Teachers National Association National Conference, National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, and Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium. Leveraging the latest technologies proven in sports, she pioneered a research study that incorporated portable video modeling technology into piano teaching, which has received wide acclaim.

Dr. Liang currently serves on the adjunct piano faculty at Lindenwood University, where she teaches applied piano lessons and piano proficiency class and accompanies for the choir and the departmental recitals. She also serves as the chair of Legacy Fund at Saint Louis Music Teachers Association, where she leads a project that has recently received the grant award by the MTNA Foundation. Liang received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina while she was awarded a full graduate assistantship in class piano and accompanying from 2013-2016. She received her master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri. Her principal piano teachers include Dr. Janice Wenger and Dr. Joseph Rackers, with additional opportunities to study piano with Dr. Marina Lomazov and chamber music with Prof. Phillip Bush.

Kyu Butler, NCTM

A recipient of the Marina Grin and the Classical Music Awards, Kyu Butler is an accomplished pianist and has received awards from many competitions including the Chosun Daily News Co. Music Competition, Korea Times Music Competition, The Korean National Students Competition, Samick Piano Competition, Choonchoo Piano Competition, Monthly Music Magazine Competition, Yookyoung Students Competition, and the University of Illinois Symphony Concerto Competition. Butler has trained with such masters as Leon Fleisher, Aldo Ciccolini, Menahem Pressler, Yefim Bronfman, Vladimir Feltsman, Boris Slutsky, Timothy Ehlen, Daniel Schene and many others in US, Europe, and Asia. Butler is actively performing at prestigious stages such as Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Seoul Arts Center, and Carnegie Hall. Butler performed as a soloist with the Korea Soloists Orchestra under the baton of her own teacher, Maestro Ian Hobson in 2018. In the 2019 - 2020, she was invited to perform at Blackburn College, St. Louis University, and University of Illinois at Springfield as a guest artist.

Butler received her Bachelor of Music from The Korean National University of Arts’ School of Music. Here she studied with Mr. Choong-Mo Kang, a former faculty member of the Juilliard School in New York City. Butler also received a Master of Music in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Mack McCray. She also received her Professional Studies Diploma in Early Historical Keyboards with emphasis on Fortepiano from the Conservatory.

Currently, Butler is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature and Master of Music in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with full scholarship. Here she studies with the renowned pianist and conductor Dr. Ian Hobson. Butler has completed the Piano Pedagogy Internship with one of the famous Piano Pedagogy scholars, the late Dr. Alexander Reid, and also worked as an opera coach, Teaching Assistant, and studio accompanist at the University of Illinois. Butler recently became a NCTM (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music) in piano and has been certified as an Elementary Specialist by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. 

Butler runs a private studio in Saint Louis, MO. She is also an adjunct faculty at the Community Music School of Webster University. Her students have won local and nation-wide competitions, festivals, exams and auditions. One of her recipient students of the “State Certificate of Excellence” award at Royal Conservatory of Music Piano Exam was selected among 12 states in Midwest to perform at the Chicago Symphony Hall in March 2020.

Butler’s current research focus on preventing injuries and wellness for pianists is influenced by personal experience. Butler’s work was selected for presentations at the Music Techers National Association’s National Conference in Spokane WA, and at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago IL in 2019. Her superb presentation resulted in an invitation to write a paper for MTNA E-Journal, which will be published in September 2020. As a pedagogue, Butler was invited to conduct masterclasses and a lecture at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand in 2019.

Butler is a Co-Vice President of Missouri MTA, and President of St. Louis Area MTA, as well as Chair of SLAMTA’s Young Artist Competition. She recently inaugurated as President of World Piano Teachers Association USA-Missouri and created 32 Complete Beethoven Sonata Concerts with 18 pianists to celebrate 250th Anniversary of Beethoven's birth in fall 2020. Butler is a member of MTNA, The Federation of Music Clubs, Piano Teachers Round Table in St. Louis, The Korean National Association of Piano Pedagogy, and The Pianissimo - The Musical Arts Association of Korea.

DR. DIEGO CAETANO

Dr. Diego Caetano

Brazil-born Diego Caetano was considered by the Italian newspaper La Stampa "a gifted pianist with a brilliant technique and musicality."Dr. Caetano performs widely as soloist and chamber musician and has appeared throughout the USA, Brazil, Chile, Europe, Asia, and Africa, including performances at New York's Carnegie Hall, Yokohama's Philia Hall, Lisbon's Palacio da Foz, Rio's Sala Cecília Meireles and London's Royal Albert Hall. He has performed Villa- Lobos's Momoprecoce with Orquestra Sinfônica do Conservatório de Tatuí; Chopin's Second Piano Concerto with Orquestra Sinfônica de Goiânia, New York Concerti Sinfonietta; Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto with Boulder Philharmonic; Ronaldo Miranda's Concertino with Orquestra Sinfônica de Barra Mansa; Luigi Nono's Como Una Ola de Fuerza y Luz with Orquestra Filarmônica de Goiás. He has worked with conductors such as Michael Palmer, Paul Hostetter, Neil Thomson, Rodrigo de Carvalho, Guilherme Bernstein, Joaquim Jayme, Daniel Guedes, and others. He has been featured in recitals and concerto appearances at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Belo Horizonte's PianoFest, Durango's Conservatory Music of the Mountains, Bangkok's Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy, and Brasília's International Music Festival. An advocate for contemporary music, he has premiered works by composers Robert Spillman, Anne Guzzo, Marlos Nobre, and Roger Goeb. The current season includes performances in the USA, Spain, UK, China, Taiwan, Romania, Portugal, Serbia, Russia, Brazil, and Switzerland.

Dr. Caetano received the top prizes in more than fifty national and international piano competitions, including Bucharest Romania International Piano Competition (2018), London's Grand Prix Virtuoso (2016), "Shining Stars" International Concerto Competition (2014), Conservatory Music in the Mountains Concerto Competition (2013), Jefferson Symphony International Piano Competition (2013), Snowy Range Piano Competition (2012), MTNA - Steinway & Sons (2011), "Spartacco Rossi" Piano Competition (2010), "Arnaldo Estrella" Piano Competition (2008) and many more. He has also won special awards including Best Interpreter of Brazilian Composers, Best Interpreter of Spanish Composers, and Prix d'Excellence in Performance.

He has frequently served as a masterclass clinician and competition adjudicator in various universities and conservatories around the globe and has presented at various national and international conferences about pedagogical works by Brazilian composers, effective practicing techniques, and performance anxiety. He is a member of Duo Lispector with Russian violinist Evgeny Zvonnikov and a member of Resch-Caetano Duo with German tenor Richard Resch.

Dr. Caetano graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Music degree from the University of Wyoming, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Universidade Federal de Goiás (Brazil). Caetano has studied under the guidance of Dr. David Korevaar, Bob Spillman, Dr. Theresa Bogard, Dr. Maria Helena Jayme, and Lílian Carneiro de Mendonça. Dr. Caetano also studied with Dr. Nadezhda Eysmont at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, in Russia.

Diego Caetano maintains an active schedule as an educator. He was the founder and the Artistic Director of Amarillo College Piano Series from 2016 -2020. He is the co-founder and the Director of Keyboard Studies at Avila International Music Festival in Ávila, Spain, and is the President of the World Piano Teacher's Association - Texas Chapter. He has held faculty positions at Casper College and Amarillo College.

Dr. Caetano was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at Sam Houston State University, starting August 2020. He is a Shigeru Kawai Artist.

DR. JIAFENG YAN

Dr. Jiafeng Yan is active as a solo and collaborative pianist and has performed in piano and chamber music festivals in Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, and major cities in China. He has been the recipient of many performance awards, including the Hebei Youth Piano Competition (1st prize), the Pearl River National Young Pianists Competition (outstanding performer), the First National Duo-Piano Competition (top prizewinner), and winner of the Concerto Competition at the University of Illinois. As a piano soloist, Jiafeng Yan has appeared with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Joliet Symphony Orchestra, and Northern Illinois Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Yan is a faculty member at the University of St. Francis. He also teaches part-time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His students have won numerous competitions at the regional, state, national, and international levels. Active as a competition adjudicator, he served on the jury of the Mid- America Chinese Music Festival, the Chandler Starr Miller Scholarship Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival (Bloomington District), and the Chambana Music Competition. Dr. Yan currently serves as President of Champaign-Urbana Music Teacher Association (CUMTA).
Dr. Yan is a recording artist for the Pacific Media label and his most recently released CD titled Fantasia (2020) includes performances of Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy Op. 15, Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 27, Medtner’s Sonata Reminiscenza, Op. 38 No. 1, and Scriabin’s Étude Op. 2, No. 1. His performance can be heard frequently on WILL (90.9 FM) and WCSF (88.7 FM).
Dr. Yan completed his DMA degree in piano performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and MM and Performer’s Certificate at Northern Illinois University, under the tutelage of Drs. Timothy Ehlen, Christos Tsitsaros, Kenneth Drake, and William Goldenberg. He lives in Champaign, IL with his wife, Jing Hao, and their two boys: Jason and James.

DR. SAMUEL GIGHER

Dr. Samuel Gingher has been the recipient of several piano competition awards, including the Krannert Debut Artist Award, first prize in the Brevard Festival International Solo Piano Competition, the 21st Century Piano Commission Competition at the University of Illinois, concerto competition winner at both UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Young Artist’s competition in Georgia, to name a few. He has performed in piano and chamber music festivals in the US, Austria and Switzerland, and has played in a variety of new music, chamber and jazz groups.
Sam has served on the piano faculty at Millikin University since 2014, where he teaches the class piano curriculum and offers private instruction through the preparatory department in addition to providing ad hoc accompanying duties. His research interests include classical piano improvisation pedagogy (with particular interest in Carl Czerny's contributions to the art of extemporization), and the discovery and performance of rare masterworks. Sam’s recent recording of world-premiere piano trios by Carl Czerny (with Sun-Young Shin and Benjamin Hayek) can be heard on the Naxos label.
Sam has additional experience as an audio engineer, and has produced for albums on the Naxos, Centaur and China Record Corporation labels. Sam holds a DMA in Piano Performance and Literature (2015), MM in Piano Pedagogy (2011) and MM in Piano Performance (2009) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and BM in Piano Performance from UNC-Chapel Hill (2006). His former teachers include Tim Ehlen, Thomas Otten, Edmund Paolantonio and Connie Kotis.

DR, ANNE MARIE KUHNY & DR. FRANK KUHNY

Dr. Anne Marie Kuhny

Dr. Anne Marie Kuhny graduated in May 2018 with her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature. She also completed her Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy in 2015 and her Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature in 2014. She received both her BMUS in Piano Performance and BMUS in Music History in 2012. All of her degrees are from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

During her university piano studies, Anne Marie was a student of Dr. Ian Hobson at University of Illinois. Previously, she has studied with the late Dr. Karen Shaw of Indiana University as well as with the late Mr. John Reglin of Chicago. She started her piano education in the Wheaton Pre-College Program while still three years old.


Outside of school, Anne Marie has had a wide variety of musical experiences. Her love for music festivals has led to her attendance of the University of Illinois Summer Piano Institute, CCM Prague International Piano Masterclasses, Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival and the Indiana University Piano Academy. She has been chosen for multiple master classes both at home and abroad, and has successfully competed across the Midwest.


Anne Marie also enjoys donating her time to work with and help young musicians. She currently serves as a member of the West Suburban Illinois MTNA chapter on the Joint Board as their Workshop Coordinator. Additionally, she has organized student recitals. She previously spent time working with the University of Illinois during her studies. She has held an internship with their Piano Laboratory Program and also volunteered with the University of Illinois chapter of MTNA. She has been their Recital Hall Reservation Coordinator as well as Recital Program Coordinator and just completed her term as their Vice President and Treasurer. In addition, Anne Marie served as the coordinator of the University of Illinois Summer Piano Institute for several years. Outside of music, Anne Marie serves as a member of the Associate Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.

An experienced music educator, Dr. Kuhny currently teaches piano at DuPage Musical Arts Academy in Wheaton, IL. Her students range from beginning to advanced and range in age from 4 to 81! Previously, she taught piano throughout her graduate study at the University of Illinois Piano Laboratory Program. Although Anne Marie enjoys listening to and performing music from all periods, she cites the Romantic and Impressionistic repertoire as her favorite. A true lover of the arts, her favorite activities include concerts at Krannert Center, Orchestra Hall and Ravinia, opera at Lyric, and exhibits at the Art Institute.


Dr. Frank Kuhny

Born in Illinois, Dr. Frank Kuhny is a dedicated pianist, educator, chamber musician, and organist. After completing both Electrical Engineering and Piano Performance degrees at the University of Notre Dame, he made the decision to dedicate his life to music. Being fortunate enough to study with Dr. Ian Hobson, he received his Master of Music at the University of Illinois in Piano Performance and Literature; he also studied organ with Dr. Dana Robinson and was the assistant piano technician for the university.


Matriculating to Florida State University, he received his doctoral degree in May 2020 and is the organist at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Tallahassee. He has received certification to teach all levels of the Suzuki Piano Method and maintains a large studio of private piano students.

Overtly a great believer in the interplay of various fine arts, Dr. Kuhny is passionate about collaboration of all kinds relating to music. He has experience playing with choirs since high school, accompanying musicals and theater productions, and participating in chamber music. He also performed with the Notre Dame Symphony as a soloist during his time in undergrad.

Potent as a musician, Dr. Kuhny enjoys performing the most challenging of works. He finds pieces that are the most mentally demanding also the most satisfying, including the works of twentieth- and twenty-first-century composers such as Stockhausen and Murail. For him, learning how to learn these works reveals truths about how best to approach all works and how he may approach teaching pieces that his students find difficult.

Perpetually interested in learning, Dr. Kuhny enjoys his time away from the piano becoming better at chess and reading. He sees a great connection between music and chess: a lifetime to get better at each but still never perfect either, each a scope under which to connect various aspects of life beyond the simple enjoyment of participating in either.


Yearning to give back, Dr. Kuhny’s life goal is to endow all he meets with the same passion for music that he learned from his teachers throughout the years. He wants music to be an enriching and fulfilling part of everyone’s life.

DR. YOON-WHA ROH

Praised for her “unexpected splendid and subtlety plus beautiful, refined sound & phrase” (Russell Sherman), pianist Yoon-Wha Roh has been appearing as a celebrated soloist with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New Jersey Garden State Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Korean Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Sungnam Philharmonic Orchestra, and New York Classical Symphony Orchestra. She has also been featured in Korean monthly music magazines, <Eumak Journal> and <The Piano>, for her orchestra performances and interviews. She has won awards and special prizes from Manhattan International Music Competition, National Artists Competition, Bradshaw & Buono Competition, Piano Texas Concerto Competition, and Hakata Fukuoka International Piano Competition among others.


Other notable performances have been presented at the Carnegie Weil Recital Hall, Lincoln Center Bruno Walter Auditorium, Seoul Arts Center IBK and Recital Hall, Aspen Harris Concert Hall, New York Steinway Hall, Jordan Hall, and Barnes Hall in Cornell University. She has appeared in major music festivals including Prague Music Performance, Aspen Music Festival, GMMFS, Piano Texas International Academy & Festival, Schlern International Music Festival, Banff Center, New Paltz International Summer Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and International Keyboard Institute & Festival. Her international appearances include performances in Prague, Italy, Spain, Brazil, and South Korea.


Active as a chamber musician, Roh has collaborated as a pianist in several ensembles such as Palouse Trio, Selway Trio, Cipriani Trio, and Baltimore Trio. She is also active as a clinician and competition judge. She has served as a jury for Manhattan International Music Concours, East Coast International Competition, and New York International Music Concours. Roh has received Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition Award, New Jersey Senator Raymond J. Lesniak Award, and Certificate of Achievement from the Mayor of New Jersey, Bergen County.


Roh holds Doctor of Music in Piano Performance and Literature, with minors in theory and art administration from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She recently joined Washington State University as Faculty Artist Teacher of Piano, also serving as the Coordinator of Piano Pedagogy Lab School. Previously, she has taught at the University of Idaho, Towson University, Phillips Academy of Andover, and New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and Continuing Education. She is an active member of College Music Society and Music Teachers National Association.

B.M., Yonsei University; M.M., New England Conservatory; Performance Diploma, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University; D.M., Indiana University.

Principal teachers: Victor Rosenbaum, Alexander Shtarkman, Christopher Harding and Arnaldo Cohen.

 

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