Aleksandar Madzar was born in Belgrade in 1968.
He started playing the piano under the guidance of Gordana
Malinovic and later studied with
Arbo Valdma, Elisso Virsaladze and Daniel Blumenthal in Novi
Belgrade, Moscow and Brussels.
He won prizes in Geneva, Leeds, the 'Busoni' and 'Umberto
Micheli' competitions and gave his
debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Ivan Fischer
He has since then been performing regularly all over Europe,
enjoying a rich and varied
career in recital, concertos and chamber music, occasionally
also touring North and South
America, South Africa and the Far East.
Aleksandar Madzar teaches at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire
Born in St.Louis, Missouri, Phillip Kawin began his piano studies
at the age of seven.
He moved to Paris to study at the Ecole Normale de Musique,
graduating at the age of eighteen.
Mr.Kawin continued his education in New York City, where he
received both his Bachelor and
Master of Music degrees at the Manhattan School of Music as
a protege of Dora Zaslavsky-Koch,
herself a pupil of Harold Bauer and Wilhelm Backhaus.
In 1989, Phillip Kawin joined the college faculty at Manhattan
School of Music , where he currently
serves as a member of the Piano Faculty, and is President of
the school's Faculty Council.
He has given masterclasses at such institutions as the Moscow
(St.Petersburg) Conservatory, Van Cliburn Piano Insitute, Beijing
Central and Shanghai
Conservatories, Seoul National University, Hong Kong Academy
of Performing Arts and others
Phillip Kawin has performed at numerous festivals/venues throughout
These performances include a solo recital at the City Recital
Hall/Angel Place in Sydney,
Australia. In New York, he has performed on David Dubal's "Remembering
program at the Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Leschetizky
Association's 60th anniversary
Mr.Kawin performed the opening concert of the St.Louis Philharmonic
Orchestra season with
the Beethoven C minor piano concerto, which he also performed
with the Korean Symphony
A regular guest of the International Academy of Music, he has
performed six consecutive years
in Italy, opened the first International Academy of Music in
Burgos, Spain, and has appeared
six times in St.Petersburg, Russia.
For the past decade, Phillip Kawin has been at the PianoSummer
in SUNY/New Paltz, New York, where he joins such colleagues
as Vladmir Feltsman.
His DVDs for Excellence in Music, are available on pianovision.com
and he is an active presenter at the annual World Piano Pedagogy
Phillip Kawin has been the subject of numerous publications
as a world- renowned performer/teacher. He is a Steinway Artist.
Pianist HaeSun Paik has been hailed as a "sensitive and
thinking musician first and
an awesome technician second" (Los Angeles Times), with
a "big and individual personality"
(New York Times), whose performances are "a wonder - elastic,
charged with meaning, surprising" (Boston Globe). Having
won top prizes at international
piano competitions including the Queen Elisabeth, Leeds, William
Kapell, and the Tchaikovsky,
Ms. Paik has performed concerts around the world in solo recitals,
concerti with orchestra,
and as a chamber musician.
HaeSun Paik has appeared as a soloist under the baton of Mikhail
Pletnev, Sir Simon Rattle,
Vassily Sinaisky, Dmitri Kitaenko, Stanislav Skrovaczewski,
and Myung Whun Chung.
She has performed with the Boston Symphony, National Symphony,
Munich Philharmonic, Radio France Philharmonic, KBS Symphony,
Tokyo Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony,
Belgium National Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic,
and the Russian
National Orchestra, among many others.
Ms. Paik has appeared frequently in recital at prestigious venues
throughout the U.S. including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center,
The Kennedy Center and Jordan Hall in Boston.
Her international tours have brought her to major concert halls
around the globe.
She has appeared at numerous international music festivals including
the Beethoven Festival in Munich, Radio France Festival in Montpellier,
Courchevel Music Festival in France, Beijing International Music
Festival and Academy, Orford Music Festival in Canada, International
Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York, PianoSummer at
New Paltz (New York), and the Busan Music Festival in Korea.
A superb collaborative artist, Ms. Paik has performed with many
distinguished artists including cellists Anner Bylsma and Mischa
Maisky, violist Nobuko Imai, and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.
Her recent recording with cellist Laurence Lesser of the complete
works by Beethoven for cello and piano has been released by
Bridge Records. Her debut and subsequent solo recordings can
be heard on the EMI label.
One of the most sought after pedagogical influences in Korea,
Ms. Paikwas the youngest pianist of her generation to be appointed
as a music professor at Seoul National University, where she
taught for ten years.. She gives master classes at institutions
and festivals worldwide and has served as a juror in many international
competitions including the Bosendorfer, the Cleveland and the
Honens international piano competitions
HaeSun Paik's artistic development has been influenced by her
studies with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun, and through
her studies at the International Piano Foundation in Lake Como
(Italy) where she worked with international artists including
Alicia de Larrocha, Karl Urlich Schnabel, Rosalyn Tureck, and
She is currently the professor of the Cleveland Institute of
Music and also she is Artist-in-Residence at Catholic University
of Daegu and serves as the Artistic Director of the Busan Music
Festival in Korea
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.
Lee Kyung-Sook studied at the Curtis
Institute of music in Philadelphia under Mieozyslaw Horoszowski
and Rudolf Serkin. In 1967 after having completed her studies
at the Curtis Institute, she went on to win a prize at the
Philadelphia Orchestra concerto auditions and performed with
the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1968, which was broadcasted
nationwide in the United States.
Subsequently, she was involved in a period of great activity
with performances with such distinguished artists such as
Christian Ferras, Pierre Fournier, Eudice Shapiro, Aaron Rosand,
Julius Baker, Dmitri Yablonsky, Paul Tortolie and also with
world renowned orchestra including L'orchestra de la Suisse
Romande, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic,
The Prague Symphony, The Moscow Philharmonic, and The Tokyo
She has performed all of Beethoven piano concertos in 1987,
Beethoven sonatas in 1988, Mozart piano sonatas in 1989, Prokofiev
9 piano sonatas in 1991, and in 1993, she played Tchaichovsky's
3 piano concertos in one concert.
In 1985 she won the first "Musician of the year"
prize awarded by the magazine "Music Dong-A." In
1985 and 1988 she was named the "Artist of the year,"
in 1987 she was awarded "The Nanpa Music Awards,"
in 1988 "The Korean Critics Association Awards"
and the "Kim Soo-Goon Performing Arts Awards," and
in 1994 she won "The Korean Artist Prize," and has
held a chair as a judge on the judging committee in the Munich
and Japanese Sonoda International piano competitions.
Currentely she is the honorary professor of Yonsei University,
the member of the National Academy of Arts, the republic of
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.