TONG WANG

Tong Wang currently serves as a piano lecturer in Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and Master’s degree from The Juilliard School. She is the prize winner of numerous international piano competitions, including the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Helen Cohn award for outstanding chamber musician, and the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. She is also a full scholarship and grant recipient at Fontainebleau Music Festival and International Keyboard festival. Ms. Wang made her orchestral debut with Sussex Concert Orchestra in 2010. She has played recitals in the USA, UK, Spain, France and major cities in China. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and Master’s degree from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Solomon Mikowsky, Gordon Fergus-Thompson,  Matti Raekallio and James Giles. 

MARGARITA ROVENSKAYA

Pianist and avid chamber musician Margarita Rovenskaya has performed extensively in the US and abroad, with solo and chamber recitals in venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall. Winner of the Mary Smart International Concerto Competition, Westminster Piano Concerto Competition, Connecticut Young Artist Competition, and American Fine Arts Festival, Ms. Rovenskaya is based in New York City. She is Co-Adjunct faculty at Rutgers University, served as Adjunct Piano Instructor at New York University, and is currently piano faculty at several studios and schools in NYC. 

 

Born in Ukraine, Margarita Rovenskaya began studying the piano at the age of six in Chicago. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Oberlin Conservatory in May 2012, her Masters in Piano Studies at New York University in May 2014, and is currently earning her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Rutgers University. Her teachers include Efrem Briskin, Peter Takacs, Eteri Andjaparidze, and Vladimir Valjarevic.


Ms. Rovenskaya especially enjoys chamber music, and has collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists, including recitals with concertmaster of Russian orchestra Moscow Virtuosi, Alexey Lundin. In summer of 2013, she also performed in Vermont as part of the six-week Manchester Music Festival chamber series. In the summer of 2015, Margarita was Visiting Artist and Piano Fellow at the Heifetz Institute, where she coached and performed the chamber music of quintets and trios, as well as with her duo partner, cellist Kevin Mills. Ms. Rovenskaya has performed several trios in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie hall as a winner of the Chamber Music Prize at the American Festival of Fine Arts. Her performances also include premieres of new music, such as the US premier of Frank Ticheli’s Clarinet Concerto, where she was the orchestral pianist, and Christopher Dietz’s premiere of Sonoromoro for chamber orchestra, piano and percussion. Ms. Rovenskaya's piano quartet, Desdemona Quartet, is currently collaborating with composers Peter Kramer, Cassandra Venaglia, and Kat Vokes for commissioned piano quartets. 

 

Ms. Rovenskaya's solo performances include international venues at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany, the International Academy of Music at Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in Italy, as well as festivals such as the Summit Music Festival, PianoSummer at New Paltz, Beethoven Institute at Mannes, and Round Top Festival Institute. In the summer of 2014, she ran the international Summit Music Festival as General Manager, where she also performed both solo and chamber music.

MARKO STUPAREVIC

Pianist Dr. Marko Stuparevic has appeared in over 500 concerts and festivals over the USA, Israel, France, Serbia, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Slovakia as a solo performer and chamber musician.

Winning prizes in Dimitar Nenov, Petar Konjovic, American Protege, Nikolai Rubinstein and other international piano competitions resulted in many notable solo recitals in the USA and Europe, including Carnegie Weill Hall and many other important venues.

Dr. Stuparevic has performed as soloist with Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra, Razgrad Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of the Army House of Serbia, National Symphony of Bulgaria and Foot in the Door Ensemble.

As a member of Prometheus Duo with saxophonist Joseph Abad, Dr. Stuparevic performed more than 50 concerts since its founding in 2016, performing in the USA, Iceland and Serbia, premiering new music and traditional chamber repertoire. The Duo was granted artist-in residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in 2016 and 2017, and was featured on the Parma Records CD “Spectra Vol.2” and NPR station.

Vast chamber music and collaborative experience includes performances as a part of 20/20 Honors Chamber Music Program, Vagus Trio, 016 ensemble, Elements Ensemble, and collaborations with the world renewed musicians such as double-bassist Robert Black (Bang on the Can All-Stars), soprano Maureen O’Flynn (Metropolitan Opera primadona), Martha Graham principal dancer Miki Orihara, and many other established artists.

Dr. Stuparevic is Head of the Piano Department at Silver Music in New York City, piano faculty at JCC Thurnauer School of Music, piano and chamber music faculty at Luzerne Music Center and Art Ahimsa Music Festival.

Dr. Stuparevic earned his doctoral degree (DMA) at the Hartt School of Music studying with the celebrated american pianist Dr Paul Rutman. Former principal teachers include Anne Koscielny, Phillip Kawin and Jokut Mihailovic. Over the years, in the masterclasses Dr. Stuparevic has worked with such renowned pianists as Garrick Ohlsson, Roswitha Gediga, Arbo Valdma, Viktor Derevianko, Tijana Humo Rajevac, Lions Gate Trio, Patrick Zygmanowski,

Matei Varga, Aleksandar Sandorov and many others.

KEVIN GAN

Chinese Canadian pianist Kevin Nan Gan is active as a solo pianist, teacher, and music scholar. He received his master degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied under the tutelage of Julian Martin. He taught at music department at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies for three years. He is currently enrolled in the DMA program at Arizona State University, where he is also working as a teaching assistant. He received many prizes in competitions, including Kiwanis Piano Competition, the Ontario Music Festival Piano Competition, Knigge Competition and McGill University Concerto Competition. He was invited to perform in orchestral, solo and chamber concerts in Canada, The United States, France, Spain, Austria and China. As a scholarship recipient, he attended numerous music festivals including Centre d’Arts Orford , Mozarteum Summer Music Academy, International Gijon Piano Festival, Music Alp and Valencia International Festival. His solo album Loeschorn’s Etudes Op.67 is just released in 2018.

Kevin has great interest in period keyboard instrument. Since 2010, he took fortepiano lessons and from renowned fortepianist Tom Beghin and Audrey Axinn. Since 2017, he has been studying harpsichord with Kimberly Marshall.

He is also active as a music scholar. He has been invited to give lectures across China. His essay on Chinese instrument will be published in the journal Chinese Literature and Culture. In addition, he has signed the contract to translate A Handbook to Chopin’s Works by George Jonson from English to Chinese.

He served as jury member in the 2015 Hong Kong International Piano Invitation Competition.

XIAO CHEN (Founder and Artistic Director)

Chinese-born pianist Xiao Chen is actively engaged as both soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., China, and Europe, having performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Fischer Center for Performing Arts, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Her performances have been well received by many; Peninsula Reviews praised her playing as a “knock-out performance, and one we would love to hear again”, while Shanghai Youth Daily said “her energetic and breathtaking performance impressed the audience”. 

Ms. Chen is currently on faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s University, having served as Lecturer in Piano Performance at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) in 2019. Her position as pedagogue saw her founding and directing the Los Angeles Young Virtuoso International Music Festival in 2018 which took place at Azusa Pacific University. She created the festival with the objective of providing performance and educative opportunities for students from all over the world.

 

She is the prize winner of many competitions including The American Prize, Frances Walton Competition, Carmel Music Society Piano Competition, American Protege International Competition, The Muse International Competition, ‘London’ Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, and Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition China Regional Competition. As a winner of Frances Walton Competition, she played a concert tour in Washington State and performed a solo piano program on radio live broadcast concert at Classical KING FM 98.1. She also serves as jury in many music and piano competitions, including New West Symphony Piano Competition in Los Angeles, "Pearl River Keyserburg" International Youth Piano Competition, and Hainan Airline Piano Competition.

 

Ms. Chen founded and directed the Los Angeles Young Virtuoso International Music Festival in 2018 in Azusa Pacific University. She created the festival to provide performing and learning opportunities to students from all over the world.  She has recorded for Yamaha's Disklavier Educational Network and Scott Joplin Piano Works Archive. She has been invited to perform in numerous music festivals including The Morningside Bridge Summer Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Pianofest Summer Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, and Italy Perugia Music Fest. Over the years, she has worked with such renowned pianists as Gary Graffman, Seymour Lipkin, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Richard Goode, Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, Wu Han, Gloria Cheng, Ann Schein, Paul Schenly, Joseph Lin, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, and Shanghai Quartet.

 

Additionally, Ms. Chen has appeared in outreach tours. In 2017, she went to 20 schools in Washington States and performed for more than 2000 students. She also often collaborated with Education Through Music – Los Angeles and taught in different schools. In addition, as part of UCLA Gluck Ensemble, she has performed in numerous schools and senior centers in Los Angeles.

 

Ms. Chen is also an experienced teacher. She often teaches among universities in Los Angeles. She has taught piano major students at UCLA, and coached music major students in Mount Saint Mary’s University. She was invited to present a two-hour lecture on “Art of listening” in Schoenberg Hall at UCLA. In addition, she often gave talks and performances in Santa Monica Emeritus College.

Ms. Chen received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Inna Faliks from University of California, Los Angeles. She obtained her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal. She attended Bard College with a double major – Receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance under Melvin Chen from Bard College Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language and Literature from Bard College.

 

In 2020, Ms. Chen released her new solo piano album with SHEVA Collection.

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