DR. PAMELA MIA PAUL (Chair)
Pamela Mia Paul is both a brilliant performer and a deeply dedicated teacher. On stage, she has performed with the world’s great orchestras. She has given concerts throughout the United States, and in Europe, the People’s Republic of China, South Korea and Turkey both as soloist and as chamber musician. In the studio, or in the setting of a masterclass, she is an internationally sought-after pedagogue whose students hold teaching positions throughout the United States and Asia, and who have participated in and won competitions including the Nina Widemann Competition and the Naumburg International Piano Competition.
Ms. Paul has commissioned and premiered works for the piano; Robert Beaser’s Piano Concerto, which was written for her, had its world premiere in the United States with the St. Louis Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin, and in Europe with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic under the baton of American conductor Richard Dufallo. The Beaser Concerto had its New York premiere in 1992 at Carnegie Hall, with Dennis Russell Davies conducting the American Composers Orchestra.
In 2012 Ms. Paul commissioned a concerto for piano and symphonic winds from Steven Bryant. The concerto was premiered with the UNT Wind Symphony conducted by Eugene Corporon and recorded for release on the Klavier label in December 2012.Miss Paul has received critical acclaim for her appearances with orchestras in the United States and Europe, where her interpretations of both standard repertoire and twentieth-century piano concertos have garnered consistent critical praise.
Miss Paul’s European orchestral appearances include the Vienna ORF Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Berlin Stadskapelle, and the Dutch Radio Symphony; her U.S. orchestral appearances include those with the New York Philharmonic, symphonies of Detroit, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Houston, American Composers Orchestra, Boston Pops, New York Pops, the Minnesota Orchestra, and Caramoor Festival Orchestra.In both orchestral performances and recitals, Ms. Paul has appeared in the world’s major concert halls including Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam.
As a chamber musician, she has been an invited guest artist at the Salzburg and Bregenz festivals in Austria, Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and at Music Mountain in Connecticut. Quartets with which she has performed include Cassatt, Penderecki, Borromeo, Chester, Orlando, Leontovich, Miro, DaPonte and St. Petersburg.
Summer programs at which Ms. Paul has taught include the Prague International Master Classes, The Institute for Strings, and the Vienna International Piano Academy. She has presented masterclasses in Europe, the People’s Republic of China, Turkey, South Korea, and throughout the United States. Pamela Mia Paul received the doctor of musical arts, master of music, and bachelor of music degrees from the Juilliard School. She is currently Regents Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas and is a Steinway artist.
Andrey Ponochevny, Bronze Medal Winner of the 2002 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, was honored as the featured pianist at the General Assembly of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) in Washington,D.C.
In addition to his success in Moscow, Mr. Ponochevny has won many top prizes, including First Prize at the “Tomassoni International Piano Competition in Cologne”, Germany (1996) and the First Prize at the “William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland”, USA (1998). His other competition accolades include top prizes in Prague, Warsaw (Chopin), Dublin (AXA), Moscow, Hong Kong, Riga (Latvia), Alexandria and New Orleans (Louisiana).
Since then, he has toured extensively in the United States (in 24 states). He has performed solo recitals at major venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City; Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago and Cleveland Institute of Music.
Mr. Ponochevny has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony and the Illinois Symphony, Nashua Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Irving Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Plano Symphony, Tianjin Symphony, Xinjiang Philharmonic, Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and Belarusian State Symphony among others.
His concerts have been broadcast on WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, WDR Cologne and SWR Stuttgart (Germany), Kultura Minsk (Belarus), SIRTVS Ljubljana (Slovenia), ROROR Bucharest (Romania), AUABC Adelaide (Australia), DKDR Copenhagen (Denmark).
In recent seasons, Mr. Ponochevny has been featured in Europe at major venues including the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany, Salle Alfred Cortot in Paris and the Forum and Ordensaal in Ludwigsburg, at the Palacio de Festivales in Santander, Spain, City Hal in Hong Kong, National Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw and Stadtkasino, Basel.
Andrey Ponochevny performed at several prestigious festivals such as Ruhr Klavier Festival and the Bonner Herbst, International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKIF) in New York city, International Ludwigsburg Festival and the Chopin Festival, Hannover; Serie de los Nuevos Virtuosos in Puerto Rico, Bravissimo Festival in Guatemala city and Changchun International Festival, China.
He also holds several prestigious awards from China such as Outstanding Artist in China 2009 and 2011, Honorable Professor of Jilin College of Arts and visiting Professor at the Beihua University.
In his hometown Minsk (Belarus) he was awarded the title “Minskovite of the year 2002”.
Mr.Ponochevny graduated from Belarussian Academy of Music where he received his Bachelor and Master degrees. He also holds his Artist Diploma from TCU, Fort Worth, where he studied with Dr. Tamas Ungar. He continued to refine his skills in the Artist Certificate Program at SMU in Dallas with renowned pianist Joaquin Achucarro.
In addition to his concert schedule, he also teaches piano at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.
Young-Hyun Cho currently serves as Assistant Professor of Piano on the faculty at The University of Texas at Arlington. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, Master of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory, and Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University. Her major teachers include Nelita True, Boris Slutsky, and Mi-Kyung Kim.
As an international performer, Dr. Cho has performed with the Seoul National Symphony, Korean Broadcasting System Symphony, Korean Symphony, Daejeon Philharmonic, International Chamber Ensemble of Rome, Eurasian Philharmonic, Holland Symphony, Eastman Symphony, and The University of Texas at Arlington Orchestra. Her accolades on the national and international piano competition circuit from numerous competing in Louisiana International Piano Competition, Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, the Harrison Winter Competition, Eastman Concerto Competition, Korea Music Association Competition, Seoul Arts Center’s Orchestral Festival Soloist Music Competition, KBS Music Competition, and the JoongAng Times Music Competition.
Over the past several years, Dr. Cho has been invited to present recitals and master classes across North America, Asia, and Europe. She has appeared at California State University, Levine School of Music, Louisiana State University, University of Central Oklahoma, Bowling Green State University, Auburn University, South Carolina State University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Oakland University, McNeese State University, Henderson State University, Texas State University, West Texas A&M University, Midwestern State University, Morningside College, Briar Cliff University, Northwestern College, Texas Music Teachers Association, German Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, AUA Auditorium in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the University-College Sedaya International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the World Piano Conference in Serbia, Regensburg University in Germany, Yonsei University, the German Embassy in Seoul, Korea.
In 2013, Dr. Cho’s performance schedule includes recitals, lectures, and master classes throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.