Semifinal and Final Round Jury
Distinguished artist and teacher, John Perry earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Eastman School of Music and was a student of Cecile Genhart. During those summers, he worked with the eminent Frank Mannheimer. Recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, he continued studies in Europe for four years where he worked with Wladyslav Kedra, Polish concert artist and professor at the Akademie für Musik in Vienna, and Carlo Zecchi, renowned conductor, pianist, and head of the piano department at the Santa Cecilia Academy of Music in Rome.
Mr. Perry has won numerous awards including the highest prizes in both the Busoni and Viotti international piano competitions in Italy and special honors at the Marguerite Long International Competition in Paris. Since then he has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America to great critical acclaim. Also a respected chamber musician, Mr. Perry has collaborated with some of the finest instrumentalists in the world.
He also enjoys an international reputation as a teacher, presenting master classes throughout the world. He often is a jury member at some of the most prestigious international piano competitions. His students have been prize winners in most major competitions and include two first prize winners in the Rubinstein, four first prize winners in the Music Teacher’s National Association national competition, and first prize winners in the Naumburg National Chopin competition, the Cleveland Competition, Beethoven Foundation competition, the Federated Music Clubs, and the YKA, AMSC, and YMF competitions, and finalists in the Chopin International in Warsaw, the Van Cliburn, the Queen Elisabeth, Leeds, Dublin, Busoni, Viotti and the Three Rivers competitions.
Mr. Perry is Professor of Music at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, piano faculty at California State University Northridge in Los Angeles, Artistic Director of the Southern California Music Institute, and Professor Emeritus of the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. During the summer he is artist-professor at the Lake Como International Piano Academy, the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, the International Music Festival in Perugia, Italy, the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, the Orford Music Festival in Quebec, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, the Internationaler Klaviersommer Cochem, Germany, the Morning Music Bridge Program in Calgary, Alberta, and the Montecito Festival in Santa Barbara. In January he is main guest artist at the Sydney Piano Festival in Australia.
His recordings are available on the Telefunken, Musical Heritage Society, CBC, ACA and Fox labels.
For more information on Mr. Perry please visit: www.johnperrypiano.com
“Thank heaven for Ann Schein…what a relief it is to hear a pianist who, with no muss or fuss, simply reaches right into the heart of whatever she is playing – and creates music so powerful you cannot tear yourself away”. The Washington Post
From her first recordings with Kapp Records, and her highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital debut as an artist on the Sol Hurok roster, Ann Schein’s amazing career has earned her praise in major American and European cities and in more than fifty countries around the world. Since her debut in Mexico City in 1957, she has performed with conductors including George Szell, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, James dePreist, David Zinman, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, and Sir Colin Davis, and with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Washington National Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 1963 she was invited to perform at the White House during the Kennedy administration. Famed critic, Paul Hume, wrote in the Washington Post, “She drew the loveliest sound from the White House piano I have heard.”
In the 1980-81 season, Ann Schein extended the legacy of her teachers, Mieczyslaw Munz, Arthur Rubinstein, and Dame Myra Hess, performing six concerts of the major Chopin repertoire in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall to outstanding reviews and sold-out houses. She received many distinguished honors for her Chopin recordings during the bicentennial of Chopin’s birth in 2010, “A Century of Romantic Music.” Gregor Benko and Ward Marston wrote in her biography, “Her first recordings, made when she was eighteen and nineteen, established her as one of the premiere Chopin pianists of our time.”
From 1980-2001, she was on the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, and since 1984 she has been an Artist-Faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School. During 2008-09 seasons, she served as a Visiting Faculty member at Indiana University. From 2007-10, she was on the jury of the Irving S. Gilmore Keyboard Festival. In December of 2012, Peabody Conservatory honored her with a Distinguished Alumni Award.
Recent recordings include an album of solo Schumann works on Ivory Classics and an all-Chopin compact disc on MSR Classics of the 24 Preludes, Opus 28, and the Sonata No. 3 in Bb minor, Opus 58. An American album, also for MSR Classics, includes the 1945-46 Elliott Carter Piano Sonata and Piano Variations by Aaron Copland, as well as a work written for her by double bass and guitar artist, Grammy Award winner and jazz great, John Patitucci, entitled “Lakes”.
A book written by author and musicologist Cecelia Hopkins Porter, entitled, “Five Lives in Music: Women Performers, Composers and Impresarios from the Baroque to the Present,” features Ann Schein as the 20th Century artist.
In 2015 she was invited to give a recital during the National MTNA convention in Las Vegas, receiving as well a video presentation of her long and illustrious career hosted by Sally Coveleskie, National Director, Higher Education Sales of the Steinway Company.
In May, 2016, she performed Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the most recent of over 100 performances of this work throughout her career. During the 2016-17 season, she served as Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music and travelled across the United States performing and giving Master Classes.
She and her husband Earl Carlyss, for twenty-one years the 2nd violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, have performed countless chamber music performances as a duo and with many distinguished colleagues.
A Google search on Ann Schein finds more than a million hits. For more information, visit http://annschein.com
Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. As a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Ms. Yang showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians.
Joyce Yang came to international attention when, at age nineteen, she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn Competition. She also took home the Best Performance of Chamber Music and Best Performance of a New Work. In 2010, she received an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Since winning in the Cliburn competition, she has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Sydney, and Toronto symphony orchestras, as well as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the BBC Philharmonic, among many others. Distinguished conductors with whom she has performed include Edo de Waart, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Bramwell Tovey, Peter Oundjian, and Jaap van Zweden.
In recital, Ms. Yang has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Chicago’s Symphony Hall; and Zurich’s Tonhalle.
She kicked off the 2016-17 season with a tour of eight summer festivals before performing a steady stream of debuts, return engagements, and notable chamber music concerts. She reunited with the New York Philharmonic, performing Falla’s “Nights in the Gardens of Spain.” and debuted with the New Jersey Symphony for its finale celebrating Jacques Lacombe’s last concert as Music Director. Other orchestral performances include Colorado Springs, Orlando, and Reading Philharmonics, and the Alabama, Anchorage, Corpus Christi, Greenwich, Milwaukee, Nashville, Pasadena, Princeton, Santa Fe, Utah, Vancouver, and Melbourne symphony orchestras.
A sought-after interpreter of new music, Ms. Yang performed and recorded the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Piano Concerto, commissioned by the Albany Symphony. In 2016, Avie Records will release a recording featuring Ms. Yang and her frequent duo partner, violinist Augustin Hadelich.
Demonstrating her diverse range, Ms. Yang opened the Chamber Music International 30th anniversary season with violinist Sheryl Staples and cellist Carter Brey in Dallas; joined the Alexander String Quartet at San Francisco Performances; appeared with the Modigliani Quartet at the Phoenix Chamber Music Society; and reunited with Hadelich and guitarist Pablo Villegas at the La Jolla Music Society and Philharmonic Society of Orange County for a reprise of the trio’s widely acclaimed “Tango, Song, and Dance.”
In the 2015-16 season, Ms. Yang concluded a five-year Rachmaninoff cycle with Edo de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony, to which she brought “an enormous palette of colors, and tremendous emotional depth” (Milwaukee Sentinel Journal). Other performances joined her with the Takács Quartet in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series and with members of the Emerson String Quartet at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center.
In 2014, Ms. Yang “demonstrated impressive gifts” (New York Times) with a trio of album releases: her second solo disc for Avie Records, “Wild Dreams”, a pairing of the Brahms and Schumann Piano Quintets with the Alexander Quartet, and a recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Denmark’s Odense Symphony Orchestra. Of her 2011 debut album for Avie Records, “Collage,” Gramophone praised her “imaginative programming” and “beautifully atmospheric playing.”
Ms. Yang made her celebrated New York Philharmonic debut with Lorin Maazel at Avery Fisher Hall in November 2006 and performed on the orchestra’s tour of Asia, making a triumphant return to her hometown of Seoul, South Korea. Subsequent appearances with the Philharmonic included the opening night of the Leonard Bernstein Festival in September 2008, at the special request of Maestro Maazel in his final season as music director. The New York Times pronounced her performance in Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety a “knockout.”
Born in 1986 in Seoul, South Korea, Yang received her first piano lesson at the age of four. In 1997, Ms. Yang moved to the United States to begin studies at the pre-college division of The Juilliard School with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. During her first year at Juilliard, Yang won the pre-college division Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Haydn’s Keyboard Concerto in D with the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra. After winning the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield Student Competition, she performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with that orchestra at just twelve years old. She graduated from Juilliard with special honor as the recipient of the school’s 2010 Artur Rubinstein Prize, and in 2011 she won its 30th Annual William A. Petschek Piano Recital Award.
Joyce Yang appears in the film, In the Heart of Music, a documentary about the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In November 2017, Ms. Yang will again return to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform Leonard Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety.
A Steinway artist, she currently lives in New York City.
For more information on Ms. Yang please visit: www.pianistjoyceyang.com