Pianist Sheng-Yuan Kuan has performed at the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, Taiwan National Concert Hall, and Musikverein in Vienna. She has been a featured artist at the Heifetz International Music Institute, KUAF/Fulbright Summer Chamber Music Festival, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Chamber Music by Candlelight series, Artscape Baltimore, the Sylvia Adalman Chamber Concert Series at Peabody Conservatory, Broward100, and various south Florida public library concert series.
Ms. Kuan has collaborated with famed musicians such as Nobuko Imai, Stefan Jackiw, Stephen Taylor, Espen Lilleslatten, Richard Stolzman, Keng-Yuen Tseng, Chad Hoopes, Sir Angel Romero, Time for Three, and members of the Borromeo,
Parker Quartets and Apollo Trio. She also made appearances at music festivals such as Bowdoin, Aria, Sarasota, Yellow Barn, Gijon Piano Festival and Norfolk Summer Music Festival. Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun praised Ms. Kuan as "(having) admirable technical finesse and expressive flair at the piano."
Ms. Kuan has obtained awards at competitions worldwide, including the 13th Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna (Best Female Pianist Award, 2009), the 12th Taipei Chopin International Piano Competition (3rd Prize, 2008), Corpus Christi International Competition in Texas (2nd Prize, 2008), New York Kosciuszko Chopin Piano Competition (3rd Prize, 2003), and BYU-Hawaii Concerto Competition (Winner, 2000). She was also the recipient of Honolulu Morning Music Club Scholarship, Peabody Institute of Music's Career Development Grant, Chamber Music Award and Accompanying Assistantship.
Currently serving as staff collaborative pianist and affiliated faculty at Lynn University, Ms. Kuan is also a member of South Florida Chamber Ensemble, Scherzo Trio, and Femina Camera Trio. She holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. She is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Professor Boris Slutsky. Her teachers have included Peter Frankl, Scott McCarrey and Constance Keene.
Dan Sato has been lauded for his “exuberant spontaneity, deep conviction, and serious compositional understanding.” Driven by an one-track mind for pianistic growth, he continually enjoys his many blessings as a recitalist, collaborator, scholar, and teacher. Dan's most recent endeavors have included performances of virtuoso piano transcriptions by Franz Liszt and Leopold Godowsky, major works of the chamber music repertoire (as a resident Young Artist of the 2015 Manchester Music Festival), and the Florida premiere of György Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with soprano, Dr. Jennifer Voigt. In the fall, he will give the world premiere performance of Vincenzo Maltempo's solo piano transcription of Ravel's Second Suite from Daphnis et Chloé. As a passionate collaborator, Dan has been the pianist of the Fishy Five
Quintet and the Trio Comique, and played with guest artists and students at the 2016 Castleman Quartet Program and Southeast Asia Music Festival.
Among his many influences, Dan’s primary teachers and mentors have been Peter Coraggio, Frank Heneghan, André Watts, Judith Burganger, and Kevin Kenner. He recently completed his doctoral thesis titled, “An Introduction to Akira Yuyama and his Confections with a Discussion of its Pedagogical Effectiveness” and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami. At home, he is happiest when he is cooking, reading, or jumping rope.
Pianist Jun Cho has appeared as both solo and chamber musician at major New York venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Mr. Cho has also performed as concerto soloist with the orchestras of Rice University, The Juilliard School and The Mannes School. Prior to living in New York, Jun Cho received numerous awards in his native Korea, including first prize at the Korea Times and Samick competitions. In addition, he has appeared as a competitor in several international competitions including the Honens, Leeds, and Iowa competitions.
An avid collaborator, Mr. Cho has performed with renowned musicians including
Kathleen Winkler, Toby Appel, and Yutta Puchhammer. He has given extensive collaborative performances at the Aspen Music Festival and the Sejong Music Festival, and was recently appointed to the Collaborative Piano Faculty of the Heifetz Institute.
Jun Cho received his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees at The Juilliard School as a student of Julian Martin and Choong-Mo Kang. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in the studio of Professor Jon Kimura Parker.
Pianist Robert Koenig has established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician. He performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Concertgebuow in Amsterdam, The Louvre Museum in Paris, and Royal Festival Hall in London. He has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Pamela Frank, Augustin Hadelich, Zuill Bailey, Sara Sant'Ambrogio, Roberto Diaz, Elmar Oliveira, Aaron Rosand, The Miro String Quartet, and The St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Mr. Koenig has appeared at many festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, Banff, Saratoga, Caramoor, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the El Paso Pro Musica, Chamber Music Northwest, West Branch International Festival and Academy, the Campos do Jordao Festival in Brazil, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. He is frequently heard on radio and television including ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CBS “This Morning”. Mr. Koenig was staff pianist at both The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music, and from 2000-2007 he served as Professor of Piano and Piano Chamber Music at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. With the assistance of the University of Kansas Center for Research, Mr. Koenig commissioned renowned American Composer Lowell Liebermann to write a new trio for flute, cello and piano. In the fall of 2007, he assumed the position as Professor and Head of The Collaborative Piano Program at The University of California Santa Barbara. Mr. Koenig has recorded for Artek, Ambassador, Biddulph, Cedille, CRI, Decca, Eroica, and Naxos. His CD of transcriptions for viola and piano by William Primrose on Naxos with violist Roberto Diaz was nominated for “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.
Born in Saskatchewan, Robert Koenig began his formal training at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Lee KumSing and Gwen Thompson and later studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Academie Musicale di Chigiana in Siena, Italy. During this time he received several awards from the Canadian Government including a Canada Council Project Grant. He completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accompanying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Dr. Vladimir Sokoloff and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Karen Tuttle.
Laura Garritson Parker
Laura Garritson Parker is Assistant Professor of Music at Principia College in Illinois where she teaches music classes, piano and violin lessons, coaches chamber music, and accompanies. As well as teaching, Mrs. Parker has made solo and concerto appearances in over ten countries. In the United States, she has performed in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York and The Sheldon in St. Louis, and abroad, she has been a featured soloist in the Liszt Festival in Brazil and the International Arts Festival in Venezuela. She has performed with orchestras in Poland and Bulgaria and with several in the States, including The Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to performing, Laura has been a prizewinner in many competitions including the Emerson String Quartet Competition at The Hartt School and the Artist Presentation Society Competition in St. Louis. She has also appeared on the jury for several competitions such as the Marie Stillwell Young Artist Competition in Illinois, as well as the Sigma Alpha Iota Young Artist Competition.
In 2005, Laura and fellow Yale musicians completed a recording project at Yale University consisting of the complete songs by Charles Ives which has been released on the Naxos label. Other recordings include compositions by Steven Gryc, released on the Centaur label, as well as “Our Favorite Chopin,” a collection of works by Chopin performed by members of her family.
Laura holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Hartt School and an Artist Diploma from Yale University. Her piano teachers include Luiz de Moura Castro, Boris Berman, Jane Allen, and Laura Schindler.