JEROME ROSE, hailed as ¡°the Last Romantic of our own age¡± and
one of America¡¯s most distinguished pianists, has been heard
in major concert halls across five continents.
A Gold Medalist from the International Busoni Competition, Mr.
Rose began his international
career while still in his early twenties. His catalogue of critically
acclaimed recordings on
Monarch Classics includes the Liszt Concerti with the Budapest
Philharmonic, Liszt¡¯s Transcendental Etudes, the Complete Schumann
Sonatas, ¡°Davidsbundlertanze¡±, and
¡°Kreisleriana¡±, the Last Three Beethoven Sonatas, and the Complete
Ballades & Fantasy of
Chopin. The complete Chopin Sonatas are released on Sony. In
addition, on Medici Classics
are the Schubert Posthumous Sonatas and Wanderer Fantasie; Schubert¡¯s
¡°Die Winterreise¡± recorded with tenor Jon Fredric West; and
a Liszt album featuring
the B minor Sonata, Don Juan Fantasy and Mephisto Waltz. Newly
released on Medici is
a Brahms recording of Sonata No. 3, and the Variations and Fugue
on a Theme by Handel.
In addition, this fall Medici has issued the re-release of Mr.
Rose¡¯s Prix du Disque recording of Liszt¡¯s ¡°Years of Pilgrimmage¡±.
Mr. Rose¡¯s recordings of Franz Liszt for Vox were awarded the
Grand Prix du Disque
from the Liszt Society of Budapest, and the Ministry of Culture
of Hungary conferred on him
the Franz Liszt Medal for organizing the comprehensive Liszt
Centennial Celebration in
Washington D.C. in 1986. Previously, he served as the Artistic
Director of the International
Festival of the Romantics in London, and the Schubert and Brahms
Festival at the Library
Jerome Rose has appeared with such orchestras as the Berlin
Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, and Santa Cecilia, Rome.
A frequent visitor to London,
he has appeared with the London Philharmonic, London Symphony,
and the Royal Philharmonic.
In addition he has been soloist with most major U. S. orchestras
such as the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Houston,
Baltimore & Atlanta. Conductors include Sir Georg Solti,
Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Charles Mackerras, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,
David Zinman, Hans Vonk, Robert Spano, and Christian Thielemann.
He was a pupil of Adolph Baller when, at the age of 15, he debuted
with the San Francisco Symphony. A graduate of the Mannes College
and the Juilliard School of Music, Jerome Rose studied with
Leonard Shure and Rudolf Serkin at Marlboro. In 1961 he was
a winner of
the Concert Artists Guild award and was also a Fulbright Scholar
in Vienna. Mr. Rose has
given masterclasses at the Moscow Conservatory, the Chopin Academy
in Warsaw, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Munich Hochschule,
and is a frequent guest at the Toho
Conservatory of Music in Tokyo, Japan. He is on the Faculty
of the Mannes College of Music
and is Founder/Director of the International Keyboard Institute
& Festival held every summer in
New York City. Mr. Rose¡¯s performances at the Festival have
been recorded by WFMT Chicago
and NPR for worldwide radio broadcast.
Mr. Rose appeared last year in recital in France, Italy, Germany,
Austria, Spain, Croatia and
Korea and served on the Faculties at the Ecole Normale de Musique
in Paris and the
Salzburg Mozarteum, where he will return next summer for recitals
This fall he toured major cities in China (Shanghai, Hong Kong,
Guangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing), giving recitals and masterclasses,
and promoting his 4 volume book ¡°Becoming a Virtuoso¡±.
He continues this season with masterclass and recital appearances
in the US and Europe.
Mr. Rose was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the
State University of New York
for his lifetime achievement in music.
Pianist Matti Raekallio, born 1954 in Helsinki, Finland, has
established himself as a prominent concert pianist with a huge
repertoire. His concerts and recordings, notably the three-CD
of the complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas for the ¡°Ondine¡± label,
have been widely praised.
He is also a very active teacher on the faculty of three prestigious
In September 2007 Prof. Raekallio joined the faculty of the
Juilliard School in New York,
after having been appointed in 2005 full professor at the faculty
of the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hannover in Hanover,
Germany. Since 1978, he has been working at the Sibelius Academy
in Helsinki, Finland, where he is currently a tenured full professor.
Mr. Raekallio¡¯s students in the three schools include several
top prize winners, among them the First Prize laureates in Leeds,
AXA Dublin, London, Vienna (Beethoven), New York (Artists International),
and Budapest (Liszt-Bartok). He has also had shorter appointments
as professor at the Swedish Royal College of Music (Kungliga
Musikhogskolan) in Stockholm and at the Western Michigan University,
USA. Mr. Raekallio has been a juror in several international
competitions, including Tel Aviv (Rubinstein), Shanghai, Vienna
(Beethoven), Tokyo (PTNA), and many others. In the U.S.A., he
has served, among others, in the Selection Committee of the
¡°Gilmore Artist¡± as well as in the jury of the American Pianists¡¯
Association Awards. He gives regular master classes in the US
as well as in Germany, Austria, Israel, and the Nordic countries.
After studies in Finland, in England with Maria Diamond Curcio,
in Austria at the Vienna Academy of Music with Dieter Weber
and in Russia at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg)
Conservatory, Mr. Raekallio made his American
debut in 1981 at the Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall. 1983 saw
him back in the United States on tour as soloist with the
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, he has made regular
tours of the U.S.A., including solo recitals and performances
with several American orchestras.
In his recitals he often concentrates on monographic programs
with works of a single composer. He has performed, for example,
the complete Transcendental, Paganini and Concert Etudes by
Liszt in a two-recital set. A central part of Mr. Raekallio¡¯s
solo repertoire is the cycle of the complete 32 Beethoven
Sonatas. He has performed the complete set eight times altogether,
including a U.S. performance at the first Irving S. Gilmore
International Keyboard Festival in 1991, where he performed
the cycle in a sold-out, eight-concerts-in-eight-days marathon,
broadcast live in the U.S. by National Public Radio. His Tokyo
debut in 1999 consisted of all 10 Scriabin Sonatas in one
double-length concert, a feat Mr. Raekallio repeated later
that year in Berlin. In addition to his extensive solo repertoire,
Raekallio has given performances of 62 piano concertos. These
include the complete concerti of Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff
and Prokofiev, less often played works like the concertos
by Busoni, Szymanowski and Lutoslawski, and very many Finnish
concertos. He has recorded several of these works.
Mr. Raekallio¡¯s Doctoral Examination at the Sibelius Academy
included the publication of a 300-page treatise on fingering
strategies of 19th and 20th century pianists. He has done
further research on that subject together with three British
professors of cognitive psychology. The team¡¯s articles on
piano fingering have been published in several peer-review
scientific journals. Mr. Raekallio also writes articles for
Finnish music magazines and makes programs for the Finnish
National Public Radio, YLE 1.
In 1994, Mr. Raekallio became the first musician to have received
three times the Five-Year Artist Grant of the Finnish state.
In 1998?2000 he was a Member of the Research Committee on
Culture and Society of the Finnish Academy of Sciences.
Claudio Martinez Mehner(Pianist)
Born in Germany in 1970, Claudio Martinez-Mehner began his music
studies at an early age at the ¡°Real Conservatorio Superior
de Madrid¡± with Amparo Fuster, Pedro Lerma and Joaquin Soriano.
In addition to his piano studies, he participated in the Spanish
National Youth Orchestra as a violist and in the Chamber Orchestra
of the German School as a violinist, violist and harpsichord
Claudio Martinez-Mehner continued his studies at the ¡°Tchaikovsky-Conservatory¡±
in Moscow, the ¡°Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia¡± in Madrid,
the ¡°Hochschule fur Musik¡± in Freiburg, the ¡°Fondazione per
il Pianoforte¡± in Como, Italy; and the ¡°Peabody Conservatory¡±
in Baltimore, US. His main professors were Dmitri Bashkirov,
Vitalij Margulis and Leon Fleisher. He participated in masterclasses
given by Murray Perahia, Fou Ts¡¯ong, Alexis Weissenberg, Karl-Ulrich
Schnabel, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Mstislav Rostropovich,
among many others.
At the ages of 13 and 15 Claudio Martinez-Mehner won first prizes
with special mention in the German competition ¡°Bundeswettbewerb
Jugend musiziert¡±. He was a finalist in the International Piano
Competition ¡°Paloma O¡¯Shea¡± in Santander (1990), Spain, and
won first prizes in the international competitions ¡°Pilar Bayona¡±
in Zaragoza, Spain (1992), ¡°Fondation Chimay¡± in Belgium (1993),
and ¡°Dino Ciani¡± in Milano, Italy (1993).
As a soloist he performed in all the major cities in Europe,
United States, Russia, Central America and Japan, with orchestras
such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, Filarmonica
of the Teatro Alla Scala, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the
Prague Philharmonic, Italian Swiss Radio Orchestra, Norddeutsche
Rundfunk, Filarmonia Hungarica and most of the major Spanish
orchestras. Claudio Martinez-Mehner is an avid chamber music
player and has performed with many ensembles in Europe, the
U.S.A and Japan.
During a seven-year long rest due to an injury, he became interested
in conducting, attending masterclasses with Robert Spano, Seiji
Ozawa and Bernard Haitink. He has been invited as a conductor
with the ¡°Orquesta Filarmonica de Santo Domingo¡± and has lead
several ensembles of contemporary music. In 1998 he was Associate
Music Coordinator and Assistant Conductor of the Spoleto Festival
in Italy. During this time he also collaborated with the Brooklyn
Philharmonic Orchestra on various projects. From 1999 ? 2003
he was Artistic Director of the Lucena Summer School and International
Currently he is assistant piano teacher to Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov
at the ¡°Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia¡±. In addition,
he holds a piano teaching position at the ¡°Conservatorio Superior
de Musica¡± in Salamanca, Spain. He teaches masterclasses throughout
Spain and since 2002 has been performing as a soloist and chamber
music player again.
SOO-JUNG SHIN received her musical training at
the Seoul National University, the Vienna Academy of Music
and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include
Chung Jin-Woo, Josef Dichler, Leon Fleisher, Wilhelm Kempff
and Maria Curzio Diamond. She won many prizes in music competitions
including the Dong-A National Competition in Korea, the Elena
Rombro Stepanow Competition in Vienna, etc. She was also awarded
the Korean Academy of Arts Award and honored with the Order
of Ok-Kwan Culture Medal.
performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic,
Tokyo Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, KBS and NHK Symphony
under the batons of Lim Won-Shik, Leon Fleisher, Wolfgang
Sawallisch, Yuzo Toyama, Sir John Pritchard, Asahina Takashi,
Iwaki Hiroyuki and others. She appeared with the world famous
performers such as Ruggiero Ricci, Nicolai Gedda, Janos Starker,
Chung Kyung Wha and others.
She has served on the juries of many prestigious competitions
including the ARD, Dong-A, Tokyo, Koln, UNISA, Dublin, Hamamatsu,
Sendai and other international music competitions.
SHIN has taught at the Seoul National University, the Seoul
School of Arts, and the Kyung Won University. She served as
Dean of the School of Music for 8 years at Kyung Won University.
In 2000 she returned to the Seoul National University where
she started her teaching career in 1969 as the youngest faculty
member at its College of Music. She became the first woman
dean of the College in 2005 until her retirement in 2007.
After her retirement, she is busy with chamber music, master
classes and other musical activities. She is Director of Mozart
Concert Hall and Chairperson of the GMMFS(Great Mountain Music
Festival & School ) Committee.
HaeSun Paik (Pianist)
HaeSun Paik has performed throughout the world following her
triumphs at major international piano competitions including
a gold medal in the 1989 William Kapell International Competition,
a silver medal in the 1991 Queen Elisabeth International piano
Competition and bronze medal in the 1994 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
as well as a prize in the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition.
Ms. Paik has received critical acclaim for her "sublime
musicianship" and "stunning virtuosity." Following
her sold out New York recital debut, The New York Times stated:
"in programming as well as performance, one could hardly
have asked more from a debut recital. Ms. Paik seemed every
bit the major talent her advanced billing suggested." Following
her Los Angeles debut in the Wilshire Ebell Theater critics
noted that "she was a sensitive and thinking musician first
and an awesome technician second."
Ms. Paik has appeared with leading orchestras including the
Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, London
Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Radio France philharmonic
Orchestra ,Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra
, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, National
Symphony Orchestra of Belgium, the City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.
,Russian National Orchestra,etc.,
In addition to concerto performances, she has appeared frequently
in recitals including New York's Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln
Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.,
Bank of Boston Celebrity Series at Jordan Hall, Boston and also
in concert halls around the world in major cities of Europe,
North America , South America and Asia.
She has continued to appear in music festivals throughout the
United States and abroad including Monadnock Music Festival
in New Hampshire, Beethoven Festival in Munich (Germany), Radio
France Festival in Montpellier (France), Courchevel Music Festival
(France), Bejing International Music Festival & Academy
(China), Agassiz Music Festival (Canada) and Busan Music Festival
Her recent concert engagements include solo appearances with
Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra and Kyushu Symphony Orchestra,
Asian Star Gala concert tour in Japan, Russian National Orchestra
tour in Korea with Mikhail Pletnev, duo concert tour with cellist
Mischa Maisky, recitals at 100 International Pianist Series
in Japan and also in France, South America, China, Korea, among
Ms. Paik exclusively records for EMI Korea since1997 and her
first recording, which has been released internationally by
EMI Debut Series received critical acclaim. Her third recording
of all Liszt program was released recently.
As a child, HaeSun Paik demonstrated unmistakable musical talent
and began piano lessons in her native Korea at the age of 4.
She is a graduate of New England Conservatory where she was
a student of Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun. She was also
invited by the prestigious International Piano Foundation in
Lake Como (Italy), to work with many distinguished international
Ms. Paik was the youngest pianist to be appointed as a music
professor at Seoul National University in Korea(1994). After
teaching at the university for 10 years, she decided to give
up her professorship in order to broaden her musical experiences
and views in life.
Currently Ms. Paik divides her time between U. S. and Korea
where she is the artistic director of Busan Music Festival.
The Korean pianist, Hee Sung Joo, first came to international
attention of the winning the first prize in the prestigious
Dudley International Piano Competition in England in 1995. Chosen
from among more than 60 pianists representing 22 countries,
Ms. Joo subsequently gave her London debut in 1996 in the Royal
Festival Hall. After the recital, critic Geoffrey Crankshaw
wrote in the British Quarterly, Musical Opinion :
¡° A fresh talent of high promise came into view at The Purcell
Room when Hee Sung Joo, the winner of the 1995 Dudley International
Piano Competition, gave her Prize Winner¡¯s recital. From the
first bars of Bach, one recognized an artist of genuine stature,
someone with something to say, and the ability to say it! A
sure sense of style, backed with a truly formidable technique
enabled this young artist to take us to the heart of each composer.
This was no routine obeisance, but rather a sense of affirmations.
I eagerly look forward to hearing this vital talent again.¡±
Following her success in England where she concertized extensively,
Ms Joo went on to become a prizewinner in the U.S. at the Wideman
Piano Competition, as well as earning distinctions in both the
Cleveland International Piano Competition and the William Kapell
International Competition in Baltimore where she won Nancy W.
Miller Memorial prize.
After Ms. Joo took first place in the 2002 New Orleans International
Piano Competition, she made several appearances in the New Orleans
area including a performance with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Other U.S. appearances have included recitals in Jordan Hall(Boston),
the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum, French Library, Wesleyan
College Crowell Concert Hall, and Loyola University. She also
had two feature recitals as the first prize winner of Simone
Belsky Music Award Competition.
A nature of Seoul, Hee Sung Joo, began piano studies at age
of 5. Winner of first prizes in the two major piano competitions
in Korea, the Hankuk Journals and the Dong-A Music Competition,
Ms Joo made her debut in Seoul in 1990. She graduated from the
New England Conservatory of Music receiving a Masters Degree
and Artist Diploma, working with Ms. Wha Kyung Byun, and also
studied at the Hartt School of Music, working with Paul Rutman.
She had taught in Walnut Hill Music School and New England Conservatory
Preparatory School in Boston, and present, she is working as
an assistant professor at Seoul National University in Korea.