Artistic Director, Instrumental Collaborative Piano Festival; Professor of Collaborative Piano, Carnegie Mellon University
Luz Manríquez was born in Santiago de Chile, where she studied with Elena Weiss at the Escuela Moderna de Música. Upon graduation, she continued to advance her studies under Edith Fisher in Switzerland and María Iris Radrigán at the Catholic University in Chile. Following the completion of her Master’s Degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Ms. Manríquez was appointed to the faculty as Artist Lecturer in Piano and Chamber Music in 1992. She was promoted to Associate Teaching Professor in 2004. Since 2012, she has also served as the Co-Director of Collaborative Piano.
Ms. Manríquez has been a regular guest of the Shadyside Concert Series and the Frick Art Museum Series. She has performed with the Nuance Music Ensemble, conducted by former PSO Concert Master, Andrés Cárdenes, as well as with the Chamber Music Project Ensemble at the Andy Warhol Museum. Since its founding in 2004 by cellist Aron Zelkowicz, Ms. Manriquez has been a regular guest with PJMF (Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival). She also appears yearly at the Carnegie Mellon Faculty Chamber Music Series.
Ms. Manríquez was the pianist in It’s Peaceful Here on Arabesque Records and Made in U.S.A. on Ocean Records, featuring violinist Andrés Cárdenes. She has also collaborated in recordings of works by contemporary composers such as Reza Vali, Marilyn Taft Thomas, Efrain Amaya, Nancy Galbraith and David Stock. Ms. Manríquez can be heard in recordings of oboe and piano music with PSO principal oboist Cynthia D’Almeida. She also has performed alongside flutist Alberto Almarza in Atacama (Nancy Galbraith). In 2015 and 2016 recordings with cellist Aaron Zelkowicz were released – Chamber Music of Joachim Stutchewsky and Leo Zeitlin’s Yiddish Songs and Chamber Music and Declamations, both on Toccata Classics.
In October 2002, Ms. Manríquez participated in the George Crumb Festival in Pittsburgh and recorded Music for a Summer Evening for two pianos and percussions conducted by Maestro Juan Pablo Izquierdo. This recording was released in 2006 and was awarded the Diapason d’Or Prize in 2008 in France.
As a pedagogue, Ms. Manríquez teaches at the Carnegie Mellon Preparatory School of Music, where she serves as acting Director of the Piano Division. Her students are prize winners in National and International piano competitions and have been invited to perform at highly-acclaimed venues such as Carnegie Music Hall (New York City) and in the United Nations. In May 2016, Ms. Manríquez was invited to give Master Classes at Yonsei University and Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea. In May 2017, she inaugurated the first CMU Collaborative Piano Festival in Bogotá, Colombia.
One of Chile’s most distinguished musicians, Ms. Manríquez has appeared as soloist, recitalist and in chamber ensembles throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. Her artistry, combined with an innate musical sensitivity to others, has made her a sought after chamber musician and collaborative artist. She has been a featured soloist with Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Renaissance City Winds and performs frequently with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In April 2003, Ms. Manriquez was invited to perform with The Chamber Music Project at the prestigious Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Austria for their Bicentennial anniversary Gala Concert.
Vincent De Vries
Co-Director, Instrumental Collaborative Piano Festival; Professor of Piano and Collaborative Studies at Yonsei University College of Music
Vincent de Vries is an active performer, presenting recitals as a collaborative artist, soloist, duo pianist, and organist. Prior to his appointment at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, he was serving as an Assistant Professor of Piano and Director of Collaborative Piano at Baylor University in Waco, TX. He also served as an Assistant Instructor at The University of Texas at Austin-teaching instrumental accompanying to undergraduate and graduate students.
Dr. de Vries received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Performer’s Diploma from The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands and a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. His principal teachers have included Nancy Garrett, Edward Auer, Jerome Rose, and Theo Bruins. He has performed in the master classes of such pianists as Earl Wild, Vladimir Tropp, Lev Vlasenko, Arnaldo Cohen, Claude Frank, and Jerome Rose. He is the recipient of many scholarships and has won awards in several competitions, among them first prize in the National Young Artist Competition in The Netherlands and first prize in the Sydney Wright Accompanying Competition at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his piano performances, Dr. de Vries is a highly regarded concert organist, with over three hundred solo recitals and eight organ solo CD releases to his credit. In 2003 he received the silver medal from the “Arts, Sciences, et Lettres” in Paris for his contributions to the French organ literature. His recent CD releases include “Into the 21st Century: music for horn and piano” and “In a Lyrical Way” with Jeffrey Powers and a recital featuring the works of Brahms, Poulenc, Rachmaninoff, and Milhaud with duo pianist Dr. Bradley Bolen. All recordings were released on the MSR Classics label.
Associate Professor, Collaborative Piano, School of Music, UNC School of the Arts
Canadian pianist Allison Gagnon directs the Collaborative Piano Program at UNCSA, and appears in recital throughout the US and Canada, and in Europe, with both instrumental and vocal colleagues. At UNCSA, she performs not only with faculty and students, but also with guest artists that have included Frederica von Stade, Jens Lindemann, and the Miró Quartet. Before joining the UNCSA faculty in 1998, Dr. Gagnon taught at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and was staff pianist at McGill University in Montreal. She was a member of the piano staff at the renowned Meadowmount School of Music in New York for almost twenty years.
A dedicated educator, Dr. Gagnon is a recent recipient of the UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award. Graduates of the program she created at UNCSA have won positions in Texas, North Dakota, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, and have become active professionally in the US and abroad. Likewise, her students have gone on to successful participation in graduate programs in Canada, the US and Germany, and to summer festivals at AIMS, Aspen, the Music Academy of the West, the Vancouver International Song Institute, the Brevard Center, and SongFest. Her definitive edition of the piano reduction for Ernest Chausson’s Poème, Op. 25 for Violin and Orchestra has been published (www.encoremupub.com) and new reductions of two of Mozart’s instrumental concertos (K. 219 and K. 313) are in process. The International Trumpet Guild distributed her CD recording with Judith Saxton globally. Current projects include the preparation of teaching materials specific to the pedagogy of collaborative piano, and the exploration of music’s role in the well-being of those with dementia, inspired by her parents’ experiences.
Dr. Gagnon completed her DMA with Anne Epperson at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her earlier teachers were Dale Bartlett (McGill), Michael Krist (Vienna Hochschule für Musik), Pierre Jasmin, and Margaret McLellan (Queen’s) and her mother Marjorie Gagnon. From CIM she holds the Brooks Smith Award of its Collaborative Piano Department. Her creative interests include ceramics and wildlife photography.
Professor of Piano, Chair of Piano Area, Schulich School of Music of McGill University
The legendary pianist and a teacher, Gyögy Sebök described Kyoko Hashimoto “extraordinary musical talent” “one of the finest of her generation”.
Kyoko Hashimoto was born in Tokyo and began to study the piano at the age of three. After graduating from the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Indiana University and the Juilliard School. She received full scholarships from the Menuhin Academy and the Juilliard School. Among her teachers were György Sebök, Menahem Pressler, György Janzer, William Masselos, György Sandor, Felix Galimir, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados.
She has been regularly performing throughout the world, so far in more than 25 countries, including many major cities and halls such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, etc. She has been invited to many important festivals including the Prague Spring Festival, the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival and the Saito Kinen Festival. Besides performing Solo recitals in many countries in Europe, North America and Asia, she has performed Concertos with distinguished orchestras such as the Prague Chamber philharmonic Orchestra and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed over 1000 works from pre-Baroque to pieces written very recently. She has performed on Harpsichord, Fortepiano and other Keyboard instruments in addition to modern piano. She has performed as well many duo recitals with Ruggiero Ricci(Vn), Thomas Zehetmair(Vn) and Antonio Meneses(Vc), and duo and chamber music concerts with artists such as Sandor Vegh(Vn), Mischa Maisky(Vc), Jean-Jacque Kantorow(Vn), Aaron Rosand(Vn), Ralph Kirshbaum(Vc), Steven Isserlis(Vc), András Adorján(Fl), Patrick Gallois(Fl), Maurice Bourgue(Ob), Hansjörg Schellenberger(Ob), Barry Tuckwell(Hr), Atar Arad(Va), Anthony Marwood(Vn), Nobuko Imai(Va) Sergio Azzolini(Fg), Isabelle van Keulen(Vn), Chantal Juillet(Vn), Hermann Baumann(Hr), Regis Pasquier(Vn), Matt Haimovitz(Vc) and Bruno Giuranna(Va).
Ms. Hashimoto was awarded numerous prizes such as the 1st grand prize and the public prize at the Concours International de Musique Française, the top prize at the Concours Musical de France, and the special prizes at the Budapest International Music Competition and at the Spohr International Competition. She has recorded many times for TV and radio all over the world including a series of 20 works by Beethoven for Dutch radio. She has been a frequent performer for CBC (Canada) and BBC (UK) and in 2012, she was chosen as representative performance for the Schubert Impromptus together with Edwin Fischer, William Kapell and Wilhelm Backhaus for BBC “Schubert Marathon”. She has also made more than a dozen CD-recordings, including the early piano pieces (all the Preludes+4 pieces) by Messiaen, 34 piano pieces by Schumann, 24 Preludes by Scriabin combined with 24 Preludes by Shostakovich, 4 Impromptus by Schubert, 12 Preludes Book II by Debussy as well as Partita by Bach, variations by Beethoven, 16 Waltzes by Brahms, Dance Suite by Bartók and Mazurkas by Blumenfeld.
She is Professor of Piano and Chair of Piano Area at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and was on the piano faculty and the chamber music faculty of the Utrecht Conservatory in Holland for 12 years. She has been invited many times as a visiting professor at the European Mozart Academy in Poland and in the Czech Republic and at the International Chamber Music Academy in the Czech Republic, as well as at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Trinity College in London, the U.K.. She served as an International Jury member for many competitions such as the Gina Bachauer International Piano Artists Competition, CMC Stepping Stone Competition, Montreal International Piano Competition and YAMAHA Benelux Competition. She has been the Artistic Director of the International Music Workshop and Festival (IMWF) in the Czech Republic, Germany and in Portugal since 2004. She has also given master classes in France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, the Czech Republic, the U.S.A., the UK, Holland, Germany, Taiwan, Brazil, China and Japan.
Artist Lecturer in Collaborative Piano at Carnegie Mellon University; faculty, Carnegie Mellon University Preparatory School
Sung-Im Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She started playing the piano at the age of seven. Two years later she won first prize in a national competition. By the age of fifteen, she had her debut as a soloist with the Seoul National Philharmonic Orchestra.. She went on to win the Eum Ak Chun Chu and Sung-Im Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She started playing the piano at the age of seven. Two years later she won first prize in a national competition. By the age of fifteen, she had her debut as Jung-Ang competitions, amongst the most prestigious in Korea. She also played many solo and chamber concerts in Seoul, including professional debut recital by Cho-Sun Daily Newspaper.
After obtaining her first degree from Kyung-Won University under Dr.Young-Ho Kim, she continued to study at the Royal Academy of Music under Mr. Frank Wibaut and Mr. Christopher Elton, gaining a Diploma in Advanced Studies and Licentiate Piano Teacher. While in England, she gave solo performances at many venues, including the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Glenilla Arts Foundation, and the Pump Room in Bath. In addition, she won prizes including the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist competition in England, Ibla International Piano competition in Italy, and the Sterndale Bennett Prize at Royal Academy Of Music. After arriving in the United States, Sung-Im studied at Texas Christian University with Mr.Jose Fegali. Here she started to focus on chamber music and collaborative piano and participated in the Mimir Chamber Music Festival.
In 2007 she obtained a Master’s Degree at CMU under Mr. Enrique Graf. She has also studied with Mr.Sergey Schepkin in the Performance Residency program.
Professor of Piano, Corpas University; Director of Inter-Institutional Relations, Bogota, Columbia
Before the age of 18, Pilar Leyva had given over 600 concerts in New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Ecuador, Spain, Uruguay, Prague, Moscow, and nationwide Colombia, and had been guest soloist with several orchestras including the New York Orchestral Society, New York and New Jersey local Orchestras, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá and the National Symphony of Colombia. Her technical and musical maturity was impressive.
Due to the overwhelming accomplishments as a child prodigy, and twelve years of intensive private study with Claudio Arrau (Douglaston, NY) and assistant professor Josefina Megret, (New York, NY) she has developed a fascinating career as a teacher, clinician-lecturer succeeding in different venues while being responsible of an array of recognized national and international prize winning students. Fifty years of piano teaching experience and research with students from beginner to professional levels.
Miss Leyva is a tireless entrepreneur and creator, co-creator, founding member and director of several music non profit organizations that promote and disseminates preparatory music programs for children and youth and two higher education highly recognized undergraduate music performance programs in Colombia. Miss Leyva is also director of an ongoing research project in health related biomechanical issues of pianists and students as of a successful and innovative preventive perspective.
Pilar Leyva is presently the Director of InterInstitutional Relations and teacher at the School of Music – Corpas University, Founder member and Executive Secretary of Unimusica , Board member of Atempo Bogotá International Festival, founder member and active pianist with the Chamber Music Society of Bogotá.
Assistant Teaching Professor of Coaching and Accompanying at Carnegie Mellon University; piano faculty member CMU Music Preparatory School
Venezuelan-born pianist Rodrigo Ojeda discovered his passion for music at the very early age of two when his parents listened to Carl Orff Trionfo di Afrodite and Carmina Burana, but it was not until the age of ten that Mr. Ojeda began to take his first piano lessons. By the age of fifteen, Mr. Ojeda was invited to perform Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto, with the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Orchestra which was broadcast live on radio and television in Caracas, Venezuela.
After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at IUDEM (University of Musical Studies) in 1997 with his mentor, pianist Arnaldo Pizzolante, he moved to the United States where he received a Master’s Degree and an Artist Diploma at Carnegie Mellon University under Mr. Enrique Graf.
Mr. Ojeda has performed on master classes with numerous concert pianists as Kasimierz Giesrod (former rector of the Frederic Chopin Academy in Warsaw), Marek Joblonsky, Georgy Sandor, Marta Gulyas, and Earl Wild. He has performed in every prominent concert hall in his native Venezuela as well as in Ecuador, Spain, USA and Mexico with an expansive repertoire of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Gershwin, Grieg, Schumann, Mozart, Liszt (Totentanz), Cesar Frank, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Saint Saëns and Stravinsky.
A versatile pianist, Mr. Ojeda frequently performing as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. With his intrinsic knowledge of chamber music repertoire, he has collaborated to countless instrumentalists and vocalists worldwide. He has played and recorded several CD’s with various principal members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as former Concertmasters Andrés Cárdenes and Noah Bendix-Balgley. Recently Mr. Ojeda recorded Stravinsky Piano Concerto with Carnegie Mellon’s Wind Ensemble.
Currently Mr. Ojeda is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Coaching and Accompanying at Carnegie Mellon University as well as a piano faculty member in its Music Preparatory School. He has also been playing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since August 2006.
Piano Technician, Owner Pittsburgh Steinway
Piano technician for many of the best performance venues and most devoted music lovers in the Pittsburgh region. Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild, a pianist, composer and piano maintenance instructor.
Authorized Steinway Concert and Artist piano and technical service provider for the Greater Pittsburgh area.