UMD PIANO FACULTY
Larissa Dedova, piano
For over 30 years Larissa Dedova has appeared in solo and chamber recitals in concert halls throughout the world at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, St. Petersburg, Sumida Triphony Hall (Tokyo), Teatro Ghione (Rome), the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), the Neue Gewandhaus, (Leipzig), the Schauspielhaus (Berlin), Salle de Tanneurs (Tours), and Bulgaria Hall ( Sofia). As a soloist, she has played with famous orchestras, including the St.Petersburg Philharmonic, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Kiev Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Chambre de Budapest, the Moscow Philharmonic and Estonian State Symphony Orchestra. In a long and illustrious career, Larissa Dedova has performed or collaborated with luminaries such as Dmitry Kabalevsky, Mariss Jansons, Vladimir Spivakov, and the Guarneri Quartet. She has appeared as a festival artist for numerous music festivals such as the William Kapell International Piano Festival at Maryland, the Semaines Musicales de Tours in France, the Russian Stars in South Korea, the Borken Festival in Germany, the Schlern International Music Festival, the Cividale del Friuli Festival in Italy. Her chamber music activities include performances with the Left Bank Quartet, flutist Raimond Guiot, cellist Menahem Meir, and pianist Mikhail Volchok.
Bradford P. Gowen, piano
Bradford P. Gowen has received national attention since winning first prize in the 1978 Kennedy Center/Rockefeller Foundation International Competition for Excellence in the Performance of American Music. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music where he studied piano with Cecile Genhart and composition with Samuel Adler. He later studied piano with Leon Fleisher and with Dorothy Taubman. After winning the American music prize, Mr. Gowen made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall and recorded an album of American music for New World Records. In spring 1998 this recording, Exultation, was re-released as a CD with additional, newly-recorded pieces. On Memorial Day 1980, he performed Aaron Copland’s Piano Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer; the next year he performed several more times with that orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich and Maxim Shostakovich. In January 1985 he performed the world premiere of Samuel Adler’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. In 1998 he played at the MTNA national convention, and he performed and gave a masterclass in the 70th birthday celebration for Leon Fleisher at the University of Kansas. In 2000, he gave the world premiere of the Piano Sonata of Judith Lang Zaimont.
Rita Sloan. piano
Rita Sloan is acknowledged internationally as a leading teacher of piano, collaborative piano and chamber music. In 1999, she was appointed a piano faculty member and director of the collaborative piano program at the University of Maryland. As an Artist Faculty Member at the Aspen Music Festival, Ms. Sloan founded their Collaborative Piano Program. She has performed as soloist with both the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony as well as in chamber music with many of Aspen’s distinguished guest artists including pianists Wu Han and Orli Shaham, violinists Sarah Chang and Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, cellist Gary Hoffman, bassist Edgar Meyer and flutist Emmanuel Pahud. Teaching residencies and master class presentations have included Tainan National University of the Arts and National Normal University in Taiwan, China Conservatory in Beijing, China, leading universities in Seoul, Korea, London’s Royal College of Music, American universities and conservatories including numerous visits to the Juilliard School in New York. Ms. Sloan has performed with orchestra, in recital, and in chamber music throughout the U.S., Europe, South America and Japan. She has been a guest in many chamber music venues and has performed with members of the Emerson and Guarneri String Quartets. Born in Russia to Polish parents, Ms. Sloan graduated from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Martin Canin and Rosina Lhévinne. Further studies were with Leon Fleisher, Aube Tzerko, Herbert Stessin and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Mayron Tsong, piano
Steinway Artist, Mayron Tsong, has been taken by her performances around the globe to almost every state in the continental United States, as well as Canada, Russia, Sweden, Italy, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. After her solo recital Debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Harris Goldsmith of The New York Concert Review praised it as "an enlivening, truly outstanding recital.” Fanfare Magazine called her “a genius, pure and simple… perhaps, a wizard.” Her first CD of Romantic Russian Piano Music released by Centaur Records in 2008 won a Global Music Award and rave reviews in American Record Guide and Fanfare Magazine who compared her playing to Horowitz, Pollini, Andsnes and Laredo, saying “her technique is dazzling, yet subjugated to a controlling intellect and deeply felt sensitivity that removes her from the category `virtuoso' by nature of her long-range artistic vision.” She is currently engaged in her next recording project of Haydn Piano Sonatas.
Mikhail Volchok, piano
An internationally renowned professor of piano studies across Russia, South Korea, Italy and the United States, Mikhail Volchok studied with many of the most renowned teachers in Russia's best schools. Dr. Volchok studied with Yakov Zak at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and with Pavel Serebrjakov at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, and at the age of twenty-five went on to win the Bach International Competition, as well as the competitions of the Pan Soviet and the Russian Contest. A soloist member of the Moscow Philharmonic Society since 1979, Dr. Volchok has toured throughout the world. His wide-ranging repertoire includes works of Bach, Haydn, Mussorgsky, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Kabalevsky, Schedrin and Tsitovich. He has taught at the Leningrad State Conservatory, the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, and the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory, as well as Italy's Cividale del Friuli, and South Korea's Taegu. He has served as a visiting professor at the Music Academy "Ino Mirkovich" in Croatia. His well-documented career includes a wealth of recordings on the Russian label Melodiya.
ARTIST PIANO FACULTY
Hailing from Guatemala, Alfonso Hernandez is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland where he studies with Larissa Dedova. He started studying piano with his father at the age of four. Alfonso enrolled at the National Conservatory of Guatemala where he graduated with honors. As a student in the Conservatory, Alfonso had his first debut as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Guatemala at the age of seven. With the help of the Hirsch Undergraduate Scholarship, Alfonso moved to United States in 2009 to pursue a Bachelor in Music Performance at the University of Houston. In 2013, he graduated cum laude and represented the piano department in the commencement ceremony. Subsequently, Alfonso obtained a Master in Music in Performance at the Eastman School of Music, and a Professional Performance Certificate at Lynn University. His main teachers were Nancy Weems, Slava Gabrielov, Rebecca Penneys and Roberta Rust. Alfonso has won awards from the Moores School of Music Concerto Competition; Texas Music Teachers Association Young Artist Piano Competition; Music Teachers National Association (Texas Division) Young Artist Competition; the Petroff Piano Competition (including P. Petroff’s dedication for the commissioned work during the competition); the Chautauqua International Piano Competition; the Maria Clara Cullell International Piano Competition; and several others. He has been invited to several renowned music festivals including the Chautauqua Music Festival; Aspen Music Festival under Yoheved Kaplinsky studio; Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival; International Piano Festival at the University of Houston; Art of the Piano in Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; the Texas State International Piano Festival; Pianofest in the Hamptons. As a chamber musician, Alfonso performed at the Zeister Muziekdagen Kamermuziekfestival en Masterclasse in Netherland having master classes with members of the Vienna Brahms Trio, Emerson Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet. Alfonso also performs with The Core Ensemble: a chamber theatre company that celebrates diversity through music. Nowadays, Alfonso performs frequently as a soloist with the National Symphony of Guatemala; he has been featured artist in the National Symphony’s Chamber Music Season, and has directed music workshops for students at the National Conservatory and the Escuela Superior de Arte. In 2015 Alfonso served as visiting piano faculty at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala.
Szu-Yi Li, piano
Born in Taiwan, Szu-Yi Li completed her Bachelor’s degree at National Taiwan Normal University, where she performed in numerous recitals and was awarded the annual “Scholarship for Excellence” every semester she was enrolled. Szu-Yi completed her Master’s degrees, one in Piano Performance, the other in Piano Pedagogy, at Temple University in Philadelphia, in 2015. She was awarded a Graduate Assistantship as the opera studio accompanist, and performed in master classes for Daniel Epstein, Solomon Mikowsky, and Daniel del Pino. She was teaching assistant at the piano lab at Temple University in 2013; she was also piano teacher at The Music Workshop at Berwyn, Pennsylvania and Lumberton School of Music at New Jersey in 2015. Currently, Szu-Yi is a doctoral student and graduate assistant at the University of Maryland; her assignments include accompaniment for opera scene study, symphony orchestra, choir, chamber music, and individual singers and instrumentalists. She recently finished her solo recital on October 2, 2017 at Gildenhorn Recital Hall, along with multiple performances in solo or chamber recitals. She was guest artist for concert series in New Jersey with the East End Saxophone Quartet in February 2018. She is now the pianist of Kolov haLev Jewish choir at D.C. and accompanist for the choir of Taiwanese Presbyterian Church of Washington D.C. She was invited as guest artist for Oberlin Acoustic Workshop by the Violin Society of America in June 2018. Szu-Yi is the music collector, program organizer, and pianist for Dr. Chen Wen-Chen memorial concert for Taiwanese American Association in 2018.
Nadezdha Mijatovic-Sekicki, piano
Nadja has joined the Morgan State University faculty as a Vocal Coach for the Voice Department and Instructor for the Opera Workshop. Currently, she lives and works in the Washington metropolitan area. In 2013, she was selected to compete in the International Song Competition “Das Lied” in Berlin, Germany. Nadja has also been engaged as pianist for productions of The Magic Flute and Oberon with The In Series: Opera and More, Washington DC’s home for innovative Pocket Opera, Cabaret, and Latino programming. She was music director for D.C. Public Opera’s staged production of Schubert’s Goethe-Lieder, hosted by the Austrian Cultural Forum at the Embassy of Austria, with stage director Jennifer Williams. While studying at Peabody Conservatory, she was music director for the Peabody Opera Outreach production of Ariel’s Tempest and language coach for the Peabody Chamber Opera production of the Serbian opera Svadba. In 2012, she was faculty/coach at Young Artists of America’s Summer Institute in Sandy Spring, Maryland. Before coming to the United States, she worked as a coach/accompanist at the voice department of the university in Serbia. She holds BM and MM degrees in piano performance from the University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), a Concert Diploma in piano performance from Conservatoire de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland) and a Graduate Performance Diploma in vocal accompanying from Peabody Conservatory. She is a doctoral candidate in collaborative piano at the University of Maryland, College Park. Mijatovic-Sekicki and her husband are proud parents of two wonderful children.
Lina Yao Lin, piano
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