ISABELLA LI

Founder

Masterclass/Workshop Teacher

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As our Founder, Isabella Li has devoted her time during the Covid-19 pandemic to reflect on her passion to create an educational music performing community for young musicians and educators everywhere. She hopes Musicale will cultivate connection and growth among students and teachers.

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VICTOR ROSENBAUM

Masterclass Teacher

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“The appeal of Rosenbaum’s playing is in his musical temperament, in which fervor and gentleness are happily combined and in the velvet of his tone.....he makes up for all the drudgery the habitual concert-goer has to endure in the hope of finding the real, right thing”. That’s how the Boston Globe described American pianist Victor Rosenbaum, an artist whose playing has been called “magisterial” with a “piano touch [that] encompasses bravura, delicacy, and many variations between”. 

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INNA FALIKS

Masterclass Teacher

Ukrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation.  Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances of standard piano repertoire,  as well genre-bending interdisciplinary projects, and inquisitive work with contemporary composers.

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DMITRY RACHMANOV

Masterclass Teacher

Pianist Dmitry Rachmanov has garnered much acclaim for his passionate performances, refined musicianship and brilliant pianism. Hailed as an "indisputable musician" by the Brussels' Le Soir and "suave and gifted pianist' by the New York Times, Rachmanov has been heard at venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Washington DC's Kennedy Center, London's Barbican and South Bank Centres, and Beijing Concert Hall, and his tours brought him to Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia, Turkey and the Far East.

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PETER TAKÁCS

Masterclass Teacher

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Hailed by the New York Times as “a marvelous pianist,” Peter Takács has performed widely, receiving critical and audience acclaim for his penetrating and communicative musical interpretations.

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ROBERTO POLI

Masterclass Teacher

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Born in Venice, Italy, Roberto Poli is an eloquent communicator and a rising exponent of the music of Fryderyk Chopin, which he has comprehensively studied through manuscripts and original editions and widely performed throughout the world.

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PAVLINA DOKOVSKA

Masterclass Teacher

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Ms. Dokovska is the Chair of the Piano Department at Mannes School of Music in New York City and the Founder and Artistic Director of Mannes Sounds Festival and Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts.

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INGRID CLARFIELD

Masterclass Teacher

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Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, Professor and Head of the Piano Division at Westminster Choir College is a nationally recognized performer, clinician and author. She has presented workshops, lecture-recitals and master classes in over 150 cities in 40 states across North America, including State and National MTNA Conferences, National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, and other prestigious conferences and festivals.

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BIANCA OGLICE

Masterclass/Workshop Teacher

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Bianca Oglice holds a Doctorate degree in Piano Performance from Boston University and a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory. Among numerous achievements, she received First Place in the Mid-West Chopin Competition in 1998 and 1999, and won the Honors Piano Competition at Boston University in 2007.

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ANDREW FOCKS

Masterclass/Workshop Teacher

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An award-winning pianist, Andrew Focks has performed as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in venues throughout the United States, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Germany, England, and China. 

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LILIT KARAPETIAN-SHOUGARIAN

Masterclass/Workshop Teacher

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Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian has performed extensively in her native Armenia and the former Soviet Union, as well as internationally. Her solo appearances and frequent contributions to a number of ensembles have won acclaim from the renowned authorities in the musical world, including praise from Paul Badura Skoda, Mikhail Pletnev and Daniel Pollock.

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MARTIN LABAZEVITCH

Masterclass/Workshop Teacher

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Praised by critics in Europe and the United States for his lyricism, virtuosity and an intensity of performance, pianist Martin Labazevitch appeared in many concert halls and festivals in Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Israel, Japan, South Korea and the United States.

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MANA TOKUNO

Masterclass/Workshop Teacher

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Pianist Mana Tokuno has received wide-spread acclaim for her sensitive and insightful interpretations and her brilliant virtuosity. 

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SVETLANA SMOLINA

Masterclass/Workshop Teacher

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Svetlana Smolina performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Notable appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher, St.Petersburg, Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Florida Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, New York Chamber.

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JOSE RAMOS SANTANA

Masterclass Teacher

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Jose Ramos Santana is one of the most acclaimed pianist of his generation and an acknowledged master of Spanish Piano Music.

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MICHAEL LEWIN

Masterclass Teacher

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Michael Lewin is internationally applauded as one of America’s most gifted concert pianists, performing to acclaim in over 30 countries. 

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YUAN SHENG

Masterclass Teacher

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Yuan Sheng has gained international recognition through his extensive performances in more than twenty countries.

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JONATHAN BASS

Masterclass Teacher

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American pianist Jonathan Bass appears frequently throughout the United States and
around the world as soloist and chamber musician. Of his 1994 Weill Hall at Carnegie
Hall debut, New York Concert Review wrote, “A technical presence to be reckoned
with…soaring with a feeling of lyrical discovery.”

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YA-FEI CHUANG

Masterclass Teacher

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Acclaimed by critics in the United States and abroad for performances of stunning virtuosity, refinement and communicative power, Ya-Fei Chuang’s playing has been named the equal of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Garrick Ohlsson, and Idil Biret (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), and Alfred Brendel has praised her as “a pianist of extraordinary ability, intelligence, sensitivity and command . . . approaching the height of her powers.” 

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ROBERT LEVIN

Masterclass Teacher

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Pianist and conductor Robert Levin has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia, appearing with the orchestras of Atlanta, Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, Philadelphia, Toronto, Utah and Vienna on the Steinway and with the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Baroque Soloists, the Handel & Haydn Society, the London Classical Players, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique on period pianos.

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BORIS BERMAN

Masterclass Teacher

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The artistry of Boris Berman is well known to the audiences of more than fifty countries on six continents. His highly acclaimed performances have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, The Philharmonia (London), the Toronto Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish Orchestra.

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ALEXANDER KOBRIN

Masterclass Teacher

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Called the “Van Cliburn of today” by the BBC, pianist Alexander Kobrin has placed himself at the forefront of today's performing musicians. His prize winning performances have been praised for their brilliant technique, musicality, and emotional engagement with the audience.

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SIMONE DINNERSTEIN

Masterclass Teacher

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Simone Dinnerstein is an American pianist. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, son and dog, less than a mile from the hospital in which she was born. 

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HAESUN PAIK

Masterclass Teacher

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Pianist HaeSun Paik has been hailed as a “sensitive and thinking musician with stunning  virtuosity” (Los Angeles Times), and a “big and individual personality” (New York Times),  whose performances are “a rare example of technique actually serving both idea and feeling,  head and heart” (Musical America).

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SCOTT SMITH

Masterclass Teacher

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Scott McBride Smith is a recognized leader in worldwide music education. As the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Kansas and as Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Piano Department at China Conservatory in Beijing, he focuses on international issues of piano teaching, teacher training and piano pedagogy.

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CATHERINE ROLLIN

Masterclass Teacher

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Catherine Rollin is an active pianist, composer, author and teacher of prize winning students.  

As a composer, Catherine has over 400 pieces published with Alfred Publishing Co.. Her music  has been lauded for its lyric melodies and “teachability.” She has received numerous  prestigious commissions including a trio for piano, flute and alto saxophone commissioned by  the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and premiered in 2018 at the MTNA  Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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JEFFREY SWANN

Masterclass Teacher

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JEFFREY SWANN enjoys an international performing career which has taken him  throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He won first prize in the  Dino Ciani Competition sponsored by La Scala in Milan, a gold medal at the Queen  Elisabeth Competition, a bronze medal at the Van Cliburn Competition, and top honors  at the Warsaw Chopin, Vianna da Motta and Montreal Competitions, as well as the  Young Concert Artists auditions in New York City. His large and varied repertoire  includes more than 60 concertos as well as solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez.

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