Live Round Jury 2015
David Korevaar’s mastery of the piano is joined with a large and varied repertoire, and enhanced by his work with living composers and his own experience writing music. He successfully balances an active performance career as a soloist and chamber musician with teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is the Peter and Helen Weil Professor of Piano.
David Korevaar presented his London debut at Wigmore Hall in 2007, as well as his German recital debut at the Heidelberg Spring Festival. He has been heard at major venues in New York including Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall. He has performed across the United States from Boston, New York, and Washington, DC, to Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas, and San Diego, and he plays frequently in his home state of Colorado with orchestras, in chamber ensembles, and in solo recitals. International performances have included appearances in Australia, Japan, Korea, Abu Dhabi, and Europe. He has performed and taught in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan as a cultural envoy under the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department.
Currently a member of the Boulder Piano Quartet (Boulder Public Library’s ensemble-in-residence), and University of Texas at Dallas’s resident Clavier Trio, Korevaar has performed as guest artist with the Takács, Manhattan, and Colorado Quartets. He was a founding member of the Young Concert Artists award-winning piano and wind ensemble Hexagon, with which he toured for many years.
In addition to his position at the University of Colorado Boulder, Korevaar teaches and performs at the Music in the Mountains summer festival in Durango, CO, and the Music Center Japan.
David Korevaar’s most recent CD is a complete recording of Bach’s Partitas (MSR Classics) released in 2013. Recordings of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Edward Dusinberre (Decca) and chamber music by American composer David Carlson (MSR Classics) were both released in 2010. Other releases include Lowell Liebermann Quintets and Six Songs (Koch), released in 2008, and Bach Goldberg Variations (Ivory) and Ricardo Viñes Collection (Koch), both released in 2007. He has also recorded Beethoven Sonatas No. 28, 16 and 32 (Ivory Classics), Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, Gaspard de la nuit, and Miroirs (MSR Classics) and Brahms Variations for Piano (Ivory Classics). His broad musical interests and extensive repertoire are reflected in CDs ranging from the two books of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (Musicians Showcase) to the piano music of Lowell Liebermann, Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Koch Classics). He has recorded the romantic virtuoso compositions of Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi (Ivory Classics), and transcriptions (his own and Liszt’s) of orchestral music by Franz Liszt, including the rarely heard 2nd Mephisto Waltz (Helicon).
Other releases include a CD by the Prometheus Quartet featuring music by 19th-Century Frenchmen Saint-Saëns and d’Indy (Centaur), an album of Lowell Liebermann’s chamber music with flutist Alexa Still (Koch Classics), the complete sonatas for brass instruments by Paul Hindemith (Kleos), and the Brahms Violin Sonatas with violinist Anastasia Khitruk (Titanic).
David Korevaar’s interest in new music is reflected in his programming. In addition to his continuing association with the music of Lowell Liebermann, Korevaar has performed and recorded music by composers including David Carlson, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, Paul Schoenfield, Mike Barnett, Aaron Jay Kernis, George Rochberg, Aaron Copland, Ned Rorem, Stephen Jaffe, Scott Eyerly and Libby Larson. He gave the New York premiere of three of Harrison Birtwistle’s Harrison’s Clocks as part of the Juilliard School’s Piano Century series in 2000. The Clavier Trio gave the world premiere of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Sor(tri)lege in February 2008 in Dallas, followed by its New York premiere at Weill Hall.
Korevaar is a frequent participant in the University of Colorado’s Pendulum new music series. For an idea of what he looks for in new music, read Korevaar’s essay in the October 2003 New Music Box.
Korevaar was honored along with co-author and webmaster Tim Smith of Northern Arizona University for a web-based exploration of the Fugues of the Well-Tempered Clavier, featuring analytical essays and animations by Professor Smith, performance-related essays by Korevaar, and Korevaar’s performances of the music. The site received top honors both in music and overall, including the Editors’ Choice Award from MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching). He also collaborated with Smith on an exploration of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
In May 2000 he received the Richard French award from the Juilliard School, honoring his doctoral document on Ravel’s Miroirs. Other honors include top prizes from the University of Maryland William Kapell International Piano Competition (1988) and the Peabody-Mason Music Foundation (1985), as well as a special prize for his performance of French music from the Robert Casadesus Competition (1989).
David Korevaar began his piano studies at age six in San Diego with Sherman Storr, and at age 13 he became a student of the great American virtuoso Earl Wild. By age 20 he had earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he continued his studies with Earl Wild and studied composition with David Diamond. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Juilliard School with Abbey Simon. Another important mentor and teacher was the French pianist Paul Doguereau, who had been a student of Egon Petri, and who had studied the music of Fauré and Debussy with Roger-Ducasse (a pupil of Fauré’s), and the music of Ravel with the composer.
Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Colorado in 2000, Korevaar taught for many years at the Westport School of Music in Connecticut, where he was Artist-Teacher. He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, and Dallas, Texas, with his family. He is a Kawai artist.
Praised by critics as “a diva of the piano” (The Salt Lake City Tribune), “a mesmerizing risk-taker” (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland), and “simply spectacular” (Chicago International Music Foundation) Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Lomazov has established herself as one of the most passionate and charismatic performers on the concert scene today. Following prizes in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Ms. Lomazov has given performances throughout North America, South America, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Japan and in nearly all of the fifty states in the U.S.
Marina Lomazov has given major debuts in New York (Weill-Carnegie Hall) Boston (Symphony Hall), Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Concert Series), Los Angeles (Museum of Art), Shanghai (City Theater) and Kiev (Kiev International Music Festival). She has performed as soloist with the Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Eastman Philharmonia, Chernigov Philharmonic (Ukraine), KUG Orchester Graz (Austria), Bollington Festival Orchestra (England), Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra and South Carolina Philharmonic, to name a few. New York Times chief music critic Anthony Tommasini describes a recent New York performance as “dazzling” and Talk Magazine Shanghai describes her performances as “a dramatic blend of boldness and wit”.
In recent seasons, Lomazov has performed extensively in China, including concerts in Shenyang, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Dalian, Guangzhou, Jinan, Nanjing, Qingdao and Yingkou. She is a frequent guest at music festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including Hamamatsu, Chautauqua, Brevard, Eastman, Burgos (Spain), Sulzbach-Rosenberg (Germany) and Varna (Bulgaria), among others. She has recorded for the Albany, Centaur and Innova labels and American Record Guide praised her recent recording of piano works by Rodion Shchedrin for its “breathtaking virtuosity”. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”, the “Bravo” cable channel and WNYC’s “Young Artist Showcase” and her recordings have been broadcast more than 100 times by WNYC and WQXR in New York, WFMT in Chicago and WBGH in Boston.
Before immigrating to the United States in 1990, Marina studied at the Kiev Conservatory where she became the youngest First Prize Winner at the all-Kiev Piano Competition. Ms. Lomazov holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, the latter bestowing upon her the highly coveted Artist’s Certificate – an honor the institution had not given a pianist for nearly two decades. Her principal teachers include Natalya Antonova, Jerome Lowenthal and Barry Snyder. Also active as a chamber musician, Lomazov has performed widely as a member of the Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo. The duo garnered significant attention as Second Prize winners at the Sixth Biennial Ellis Competition for Duo Pianists (2005), the only national duo piano competition in the United States at that time. As advocates of modern repertoire for duo piano, they have given premieres of numerous works across the United States, including several works written specifically for them.
Ms. Lomazov is Ira McKissick Koger Professor of Piano at the University of South Carolina School of Music where she is Founder and Artistic Director of the Southeastern Piano Festival. She has served as jury member for the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Eastman International Piano Competition, Minnesota International Piano e-Competition, National Federation Biennial Young Artist Auditions and is a National Panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, the organization that nominates Presidential Scholars in the arts.
Marina Lomazov is a Steinway Artist.
Pianist Ran Dank deploys his brilliant technique with astonishing energy, intellect and intensity, captivating audiences and critics alike.
In recent seasons, he has performed Beethoven sonatas at Merkin Hall, Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 in his debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, the Grieg Piano Concerto with Daniel Meyer and the Asheville Symphony, and tours with his duo partner and wife, pianist Soyeon Kate Lee. Their performance of the world premiere of Fredric Rzewki’s Four Hands at New York City’s (le) Poisson Rouge “absorbed and exhilarated” (The New York Times).
In the 2014/15 season Dank performs Liszt’s Totentanz and Piano Concerto No. 1 for a return to the Jerusalem Symphony; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; a recital of Boulez, Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt in New York for the People’s Symphony; the season-opening concert of the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston; and joins his wife, the pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, in concerts for their New York-based chamber music series, Music by the Glass, among other dates.
Mr. Dank has appeared as soloist with the Phoenix, Ann Arbor, Hilton Head, and Pensacola symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra as a laureate of the Cleveland International Competition, as well as the Orquesta de Valencia in Spain, among others; he has been presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society’s prestigious Hayes Piano Series at the Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland’s Mänttä Festival where his all-Liszt recital was broadcast on Finnish National Radio; and performed as a chamber musician at YCA’s Tokyo Festival and the Seattle and Montreal chamber music festivals. Recipient of the Sander Buchman Memorial First Prize of the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Dank made his New York debut in the Jerome L. Greene Foundation Concert. At the Auditions, he was also honored with the John Browning Memorial Prize, the Slomovic Orchestra Soloist Prize, the Albany Symphony Prize, the Embassy Series Prize for a concert in Washington DC, and the Saint Vincent College Bronder Prize for Piano.
In his native Israel, Mr. Dank has been invited as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Jerusalem, Rishon Lezion, Haifa and Raanana, as well as the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, and most recently, at the Israel Conservatory of Music in a recital celebrating Debussy’s 150th anniversary.
In addition to First Prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Mr. Dank is a laureate of the Naumburg Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition. Mr. Dank is the recipient of grants from the Arthur Foundation and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Mr. Dank earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, where he studied with Emanuel Krasovsky, and received his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School where he worked with Emanuel Ax and Joseph Kalichstein and Juilliard’s Artist Diploma, under Robert McDonald. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts with Ursula Oppens and Richard Goode at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as a chancellor’s fellow.
Mr. Dank has recently been appointed to the faculty of the University of Charleston. He is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Piano Studies and the Artistic Director of the University of Charleston’s International Piano Series.
Preliminary Audition Jury 2015
Rick Rowley leads a diverse artistic life. He has given concerts with many of the world’s finest instrumentalists and singers and his solo, concerto and collaborative performances have taken him throughout the United States, to Europe and Latin America. He has also taught and performed in the summer festivals for the French-American Vocal Academy in Salzburg and France, as well as numerous festivals in the United States. He has recorded highly praised solo discs of Chopin, Liszt, Mompou, Granados and American composers Richard Cumming, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and David Guion. He has also recorded several discs of chamber music and songs for voice and piano. His recording with flutist, Marianne Gedigian, “Revolution”, was one of the first CD’s on the University of Texas Longhorn Label.
Mr. Rowley has been on the Faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in the Butler School of Music for the past eleven years. In his position he coaches singers, works with collaborative pianists and has taught classes in art song literature, the history of Broadway and acting and singing for the musical theater. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Butler Opera Center Young Artists Program. He has performed with nearly every member of the BSOM faculty and has organized chamber orchestra concerts for performances of Beethoven’s 3rd and 4th piano concerti and piano concerti of Mozart. This past fall he performed Beethoven’s “Choral” Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra with Gerhardt Zimmermann and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, with whom he had previously performed Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety”. His performance of Schumann’s C major Fantasy, Op. 17, not only won the Austin Critics’ Table award for Instrumentalist of the Year, but was also named one of the 10 Best Performances of Music and Dance by the Austin Chronicle.
In addition to a musical career, Mr. Rowley has been involved in over fifty theatrical productions as actor, musical director and director. His last appearance was as Cosme McMoon, pianist to famed “non-soprano” Florence Foster Jenkins, in the play “Souvenir”. He performed speaking roles for two Austin Symphony “Beyond the Score” performances, including Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony and as Stravinsky for the presentation of “The Rite of Spring”. He also performed the solo actor version of Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du soldat” with Dan Welcher and the UT New Music Ensemble. He appeared in the role of Frosch for the Butler Opera Center’s production of “Die Fledermaus” to great acclaim and, along with Dr. Robert Desimone, created Herr Budweiser, a character who sang Gershwin’s “By Strauss” for the gala scene of the opera.
Critics have hailed Michael Schneider as ‘a pianist with exceptional insight’ and a ‘performer with great panache’ at venues across the United States and abroad, including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Library of Congress, and the famed Liszt Museum in Budapest.
Michael began his piano studies at the age of three, and by the age of eleven made his orchestral debut in multiple performances of Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D minor with the San Angelo Symphony. Since then he has performed with dozens of orchestras around the US and won prizes in many multiple national and international competitions including: the International Liszt Competition (Wroclaw, Poland), the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition (New York), the Frinna Awerbach Competition (New York), The Grace Welsh Prize for Piano (Chicago), the International Paderewski Piano Competition (Bydgoszcz, Poland), the San Antonio International Piano Competition, and the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition.
Michael keeps an active performing and teaching career and is also in demand as a master-class teacher, lecturer, and adjudicator. Festivals he has appeared at include the International Chopin Festival at the legendary château of George Sand in France, the Music Festival of the Hamptons, the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles (California), Pianotune in Brussels (Belgium), the American Liszt Society Annual Conference, the Hungarian Festival of Cancun (Mexico), and has been a featured guest artist of both the Texas Music Teachers Association and the California Music Teachers Annual Conventions. Performance lectures given include “The Art of Practicing”, “Gottschalk – Life and Works”, “Classical Music in Cinema”, and “Liszt and the Last Years” – a monodrama which combines an original script based on factual events featuring performances of works.
Michael is currently adjunct professor of piano at both Concordia University – Austin, and the University of Texas Butler School of Music in Austin, Texas. He holds degrees from the University of North Texas, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and received his Doctorate in Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. His greatest influences come from his studies with Pamela Mia Paul, Paul Schenly, Anton Nel, and the late Maria Curcio in London.
Jim Stopher is Music Director of the Joliet (IL) Symphony Orchestra and serves on the piano faculty at the University of St. Francis. As conductor, he is a winner of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition, and was named a finalist for the Conductors Guild’s biennial Thelma E. Robinson award. As pianist, he has made concerto appearances with the Louisville Orchestra and the Arizona Symphony, and has studied with Lee Luvisi, Anton Nel, Patricia Zander, and Tannis Gibson. He holds degrees from Harvard University (BA), the University of Arizona (MM), and the Peabody Conservatory (DMA).