Jerome Rose(Pianist)

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 song cycle
¡°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
of Congress.
Jerome Rose has appeared with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic,
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, Sergiu Comissiona,
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 and classes.
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.


Matti Raekallio(Pianist)

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 set
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 music colleges.
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 player.

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 Piano Festival.

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(Pianist)

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.

She has 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 in Korea.

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 others.

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 artists.

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.

Hee-Sung Joo(Pianist)

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.