Dr. Jeff Lankov

Competition Director

Jeff Lankov 2.2 colorPianist Jeff Lankov has been hailed for his “alternately ferocious and sensitive” (New York Times), “muscular and moving” (Dallas Morning News) “performances of brilliance and dedication…there seems to be nothing that eludes his grasp.” (New York Concert Review).

A specialist in the works of living composers and the American minimalist movement, Lankov has recorded compositions of Gershwin, Messiaen, Finnissy, Piazzolla, and Rodríguez. His repertoire includes works by composers as diverse as John Adams, Blind Tom, George Crumb, Morton Feldman, Frederic Rzewski, and Jacob TV, along with music for toy piano and prepared piano, and Lankov’s own solo-piano transcriptions of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and The Firebird.

As a solo recitalist, collaborative pianist, and musical director, Lankov has performed in the nation’s major concert venues, as well as in popular venues including Broadway theatres and Radio City Music Hall, and was recently named pianist of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. His multimedia performance pieces combine music with theatrical elements, visual art and computer-generated sounds and images, often in unusual juxtapositions that explore the synthesis of popular and classical forms.

Dr. Lankov holds a Ph.D. in Piano Performance from New York University.

 


Dr. Annie Lin

Staff Accompanist

Annie head shotDr. Annie Lin maintains an active performing career as a soloist, chamber musician, duo pianist and collaborative pianist whose performances span North America, Asia, and Europe.  She premiered the recording of Michael Garson’s compositions for Capital Records, and her solo piano album was BPC Recording’s premier compact disc release.  She has also dedicated herself to collaborative work and has recorded more than one hundred compact discs and DVDs with young artists on the BPC Recording label.

The former head of the piano division at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, Dr. Lin has been an Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University, Scripps College in Claremont, California, and a Lecturer at the University of Southern California.  She received her Bachelor degree in piano performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music studying with James Bonn, and subsequently received her Master and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance studying with John Perry.

Currently, Dr. Lin serves on the faculty of the Brandeis Piano Conservatory in Richardson, TX, where she maintains a private teaching studio.  She is also the rehearsal pianist for violinist Emanuel Borok and his studio at Southern Methodist University.  Dr. Lin has been invited to present sessions at the prestigious National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and National Music Teachers Association.  In addition to her busy performing and teaching career, Dr. Lin is in strong demand as an adjudicator and clinician.

 


 

Elena Zyl

Staff Accompanist

Elena Zyl Headshot 2017Elena Zyl, known for her versatility, imagination, and sensitive musicality, is a passionate and devoted advocate of collaborative piano and chamber music, and a piano teacher.  She has given recitals with instrumentalists throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Germany, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Belarus.

Born in Minsk, Belarus, Elena made her recital debut at the age of ten. She graduated from the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Minsk and the Belarusian Academy of Music with a Master of Music in Piano Performance.

Her duets with string players, woodwind, vocalists and other instrumentalists gave her a reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and a collaborative artist. In addition, she received multiple awards as the best accompanist in several competitions for young talented artists including Tchaikovsky International competition.

Elena Zyl has served as an official stuff collaborative pianist for many prestigious festivals and competitions such as The Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, LA (since 2007), Lev Aronson Legacy Festival, Dallas, TX ( since 2013 ), The Cooper International Competition, Oberiln, OH , UNT Flute festival, Denton TX and many more.

Elena regularly performs in a piano duo with her husband, Andrey Ponochevny, internationally acclaimed pianist. She has appeared at the Dallas Museum of Art, Osaka Castle Hall in Japan, Robert-Schumann-Saal in Germany, Hybernia Theatre in Prague and many others.

Prior to settling in the Dallas area, Elena was a piano faculty member at the Belarusian Academy of Music.