Anton Nel — Anton Nel is the winner of the 1987 Naumburg and 1986 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competitions, and has frequently appeared with orchestras and as a recitalist since his debut at the age of 12 in Beethoven's First Piano Concerto after only two years of study. Summer festival highlights include Mostly Mozart, Ravinia (with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), San Francisco Symphony at Stern Grove and repeated engagements at the Aspen, Vancouver and Seattle music festivals. He has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including members of the Cleveland Quartet, William Sharp and Zara Nelsova, and released three albums. He has served on the faculties of the Eastman School and the University of Michigan and is now in residence at the University of Texas.


Minoruno Jima, pianoMinoru Nojima — Japan’s leading pianist, Minoru Nojima took the silver medal in the Third Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Mr. Nojima has performed with the Montreal and Dallas symphonies, and given recitals in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles and many others throughout America, Canada and Japan. He has two extremely well-reviewed discs to his credit on Reference Recordings: Minoru Nojima Plays Liszt and Minoru Nojima Plays Ravel.


Vanessa Perez, pianoVanessa Perez — The Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez has performed widely through Europe, North and South America. She has recorded with the Berliner Symphoniker (Mozart, Beethoven) and issues the first of a series of recital CDs for VAI in the Fall of 2005. Her American performances include venues from La Jolla to New York's Weill Hall. After her official debut in Caracas, playing the Grieg Piano Concerto at age 11, she began concertizing widely while continuing studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Italy’s Accademia Pianistica and Yale University. Her varied interest include contemporary classical music as well as improvisational music, the latter featuring an appearance at New York’s famed Blue Note with jazz trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval.


Charles Rosen, pianoCharles Rosen — The breadth of Charles Rosen’s endeavors reflects a remarkable synthesis of performing musician, scholar, writer and lecturer. A widely respected pianist, he brings to bear upon his playing the weight of his fascinating and far-reaching intellect, which has given rise to several books, including Sonata Forms, which was nominated for a Pulitzer; the celebrated The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven; and The Romantic Generation. Mr. Rosen has recorded numerous works, from Bach to Carter, and has released a CD of Beethoven’s Opp. 106 and 110 to accompany The Romantic Generation. Recent seasons included a lecture and performance at Lincoln Center, performances with the Bard Music Festival at Lincoln Center and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and recitals in Philadelphia, Toronto, London, Manchester, Paris, Naples, Florence, Milan, The Hague and Helsinki. After retirement from the University of Chicago, Mr. Rosen has found himself in great demand in Europe, where he spends about a third of the year.


Miceal O’Rourke -  While internationally regarded as the undisputed champion of John Field's music, the Irish pianist Miceal O'Rourke is just as at home with the music of Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Lutoslawski. After graduating from Dublin's University College, he pursued studies in Antwerp and Paris. Chandos has released his recordings of the complete Field nocturnes, sonatas and piano concerti. His televised recordings of Chopin's complete nocturnes has been screened throughout Europe, Australia and on PBS in the United States. Recent tours have taken him to Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as Ireland, France, Turkey and the United States.


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