Rie Tanaka

October 19th, 2016
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Rie Tanaka

Rie Tanaka

Education: BM, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point; MM, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, DMA in progress at the U of MN

Japanese pianist Rie Tanaka started playing piano at the age three.  By the age of ten, she had won the first place at the Muse Daito Piano Festival in Osaka and has been active in the competition scene ever since.

In Japan, Tanaka was a prize winner of the 8th Rosenstock International Piano Competition, Kyoto Piano Competition, and Osaka College of Music Competition.  Tanaka moved to the US in 2008 and has since been named the winner of numerous competitions.  She came in first for the West Central MTNA Young Artist Competition 2016, Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition 2015, the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition 2014, Mechelke Piano Award 2014, the 17th Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition at the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra 2014, and the Wisconsin State MTNA Young Artist Competition 2011.

As an active soloist and a collaborative pianist, Tanaka frequently performs in the Twin Cities and Central Wisconsin.  She has appeared in venues such as NHK Osaka hall, Phoenix hall in Osaka, Japan, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra center.  Tanaka also serves as a pianist of the South Beach Chamber Ensemble in their annual Wisconsin concert series.

Tanaka has experience in teaching piano to all ages and levels for over eight years.  She currently teaches group piano classes and individual lessons for music majors and non-majors at the University of Minnesota through her position as Teaching Assistant.

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Sandy Waterman

June 17th, 2014
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Sandy Waterman

Sandy Waterman

Education: BS Music Education University of Minnesota

SANDY WATERMAN is a music educator of children, teens, and adults, teaching Early Childhood Music classes, general music classes in schools, private (traditional and Suzuki) and group piano lessons, and creating original children’s musicals. She also serves as co-director of music for Living Spirit UMC in Minneapolis, directing an adult vocal ensemble and a world drumming ensemble as well as accompanying all solo musicians there. Trained as a classical pianist, she embraces all genres of music, including jazz, New Age, folk, blues, rock, and more. Sandy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and earned teaching certification for K-12 general music in Minnesota. Using improvisation as a springboard for her teaching, she also calls on those gifts in an all-female jazz trio, ELBOW ROOM, and a classic rock cover band, ONE IN A ROW, as a keyboardist. Recent guitar and folk harp study have her excited about the never-ending possibilities in music! She has worked for the Saint Paul Conservatory since about 2009.

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Elena Piastro

June 17th, 2014
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Elena Piastro

Elena Piastro

Education: Diploma, Belorussian State Conservatoire, Russia

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Elena studied at the Music Conservatory of Minsk, Russia, and taught at the Okhtinski Center for Arts in St. Petersburg. A devoted follower of the old Russian classical piano teaching tradition, many of her Russian and American students have won local and international competitions, and have performed professionally around the world. Elena teaches at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, and maintains an extensive piano studio at home. An avid educator, Elena has organized many cultural exchange programs, creative events, and is Director of the popular SPCM All Around the Piano Festival.
Website: www.elenapiastro.com Email: elena@elenapiastro.com

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Kari Peterson

June 17th, 2014
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Kari Peterson

Kari Peterson

Education: BS (education), Concordia College; MM (education), University of Michigan

Pianist Kari Peterson received her Bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, and her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied music education, piano performance, and piano pedagogy. She has received fellowships from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Minnesota Humanities Commission to study the arts in education. Her students are active in piano and composition competitions in the Twin Cities. Kari also teaches music at Somerset Elementary School in Saint Paul, MN.

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Patricia McPherson

June 17th, 2014
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Patricia McPherson

Patricia McPherson

Education: BM, Boston University; MM, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Patricia McPherson is an active soloist and chamber musician in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Her solo performances have included appearances with the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Music Festival Young Artist Orchestras, the Raleigh Symphony, and the University of North Carolina Symphony.Ms. McPherson has appeared at the Oregon Piano Festival and was a regional winner and national finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Competition. McPherson holds a M.M. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.M. from Boston University where she was a student of Bela Nagy. She also was a faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she supervised the festival’s accompanying program. Currently on the faculty of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, as well as maintaining a private studio at home, Ms. McPherson collaborates with several Twin Cities choirs, including the Minnetonka Chamber Choir and Symphony Chorus, the Apollo Male Chorus and Partners in Praise Girls Choir.

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Oleg Levin

June 17th, 2014
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Oleg Levin

Oleg Levin

Education: Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, University of Minnesota, School of Music, Minneapolis, MN, 2005 Bachelor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance University of Minnesota, School of Music, Minneapolis, MN, 1997 Diploma with honors in Piano Performance, Accompanying and Piano Pedagogy College of Music, Mogilev, Belorussia, 1991

Oleg Levin was born and received his early music education in Belorussia where he graduated with Diploma with Honors in Piano Performance, Accompanying and Piano Pedagogy from the College of Music, Mogilev, Belorussia. Upon coming to the United States he went on to earn his Bachelor and Doctorate degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with esteemed professor Alexander Braginsky. Dr. Levin maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist and chamber musician in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. As a pianist, Dr. Levin has won prizes in a number of local piano competitions, including Schubert Club Competition, Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Competition and Hutchinson Music Scholarship.
As a performing artist, Dr. Levin enjoys giving recitals in various venues around town, as well as collaborating with his colleagues. Individuality and creativity have marked the overall pursuit of his musical career. The basis lies in the creative challenge and spiritual search inherent in music-making.

 
“Music has undoubtedly been the most rewarding experience of my education and my life. My teachers have been a constant inspiration over the years and I look forward to the opportunity of extending my knowledge and experience in my music career. As a performer, I am trying to serve composers by allowing their music to speak through my personal voice. As a human being, I am trying to live up to the meaning of their great works.”
Dr. Levin is an Adjunct Professor of Piano at the Concordia University, St. Paul Music Department since 2011.

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Ivan Konev

June 17th, 2014
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Ivan Konev

Ivan Konev

Education: Ivan Konev graduated from the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia.

Ivan Konev was born in Ukraine and educated in Moscow where he completed his Bachelor degree in Piano performance from the Music College affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory and Master degree in Piano performance from Gnessin’s Music Academy. Upon his graduation he came to study piano and Liberal Arts at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2010 Ivan finished his Doctoral degree in Piano performance from the University of Minnesota.

As a soloist, Mr. Konev has won prizes in a number of international and local piano competitions, including the Andorra International Piano Competition, Corpus Christi International Piano Competition, Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, University of Minnesota School of Music Concerto Competition, and the Bell Scholarship Competition.

 An active performer in the United States and abroad, Ivan has appeared numerous times in solo and chamber music concerts in such venues as Embassy of the United States in Moscow, Great, Small and Rachmaninoff Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, Sundin Music Hall, Ordway and Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis among others. As a chamber music collaborator, Dr. Konev performs regularly with faculty members of University of Minnesota School of Music and members of the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

 Dr. Konev is a Founder and Artistic Director of the UWRF Piano Fest and UWRF Piano&Strings summer camp in River Falls, WI where he is a member of the UWRF piano faculty.

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Asako Hirabayashi

June 17th, 2014
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Asako Hirabayashi

Asako Hirabayashi

Education: She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in composition from the Aichi Art University in Japan and Doctoral degree in harpsichord performance from the Juilliard School.

A harpsichordist and composer, Asako Hirabayashi's first recording on Albany Label, whose program is entirely composed and played by herself, was selected as one of the 5 best classical CDs of the year 2010 by Minneapolis Star Tribune and received 7 favorable reviews internationally. She won numerous grants and awards including the 2009-2010 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and 2 Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative grants as a soloist. As a composer, she has won 2016 McKnight Fellowship for Composers, several first prizes in competitions such as Alienor International Harpsichord Composition Competition (won the 6th, 7th and 8th consecutively) and NHK International Song Writing Competition in Japan and was awarded the 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music by American Composers Forum to write an opera. She has appeared as a featured guest soloist in international festivals and concert series worldwide since her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall. She holds a Doctoral degree from the Juilliard School. 

“A superb player, is also a gifted creator of music” (The Diapason, 2010),

“A strong case for her instrument's third-millennium credentials…the best harpsichordist. A delight!”(Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2010)

“Her contemporary harpsichord music is ingenious, fanciful, diverse and unpretentious… I admit I’ve never been a fan of the harpsichord, she has changed all that for me and awakened me to the idea that a composer can reinvent an instrument…” (Fanfare, 2010)“ 

“…Asako Hirabayashi brings us enticing music and outstanding performances on this impressive recording. (International Alliance for Women in Music, 2011)  

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Kim Craig (on sabbatical)

June 17th, 2014
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Kim Craig (on sabbatical)

Kim Craig (on sabbatical)

Education: BA cum laude, San Jose State Universtiy, MA (music), University of Minnesota; Doctoral Studies in piano, University of Minnesota

Kim Craig received a B.A. degree with honors from San Jose State University, where she studied with Aiko Onishi. She studied with Alexander Braginsky at the University of Minnesota, where she received an M.M. degree, and has done doctoral work at the University with Lydia Artymix. Craig, first place winner of the Northern California Piano Competition, has performed numerous solo recitals, including her own stage production of Babar the Elephant with MPR’s Eric Friesen and participated in the Schubert Club Metro Artists Series at Landmark Center. She has adjudicated for numerous organizations and her students have been prize winners in competitions sponsored by the Chopin Society, Schubert Club, Minnesota Music Teachers Association, Thursday Musical and the Music Teachers National Association

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Peter Arnstein

June 16th, 2014
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Peter Arnstein

Peter Arnstein

Education: BM, Manhattan School of Music; MM, University of Illinois; DMA University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Arnstein is well known in the Twin Cities area as a pianist and composer. He has often served as pianist and harpsichordist with the Minnesota Orchestra, and has accompanied many members of the Twin Cities’ two main orchestras and college music faculties. A winner of international competitions in both composition and piano, he has toured the Midwest as pianist and composer-in-residence for the Sylmar Chamber Ensemble, was a frequent pianist with the Macalester Trio.Dr. Arnstein’s compositions include more than a hundred chamber music works, hundreds of piano solos and duets, and music for orchestra and chorus. His music has been published in both the United States and Europe.

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