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Teacher, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
For several decades Andrew Willis has explored the historical development of keyboard instruments and their performance practice while maintaining a commitment to the study, performance, and teaching of the widest possible range of repertoire. Keenly interested in the history of the piano, he participates frequently in conferences, festivals, and concert series and teaches instruments ranging from harpsichord to modern piano at the UNCG School of Music.
Willis holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music, Temple University, and Cornell University, where his mentors included Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Lambert Orkis, and Malcolm Bilson.
Melodia 1 (Jeunesse)
Melodia 3 (Para el Abanico de Lola González)
Melodia 4 (Para el Abanico de Laura González)
Dolora (in A minor)
Canto del Pescador
Stephen Saviola began his piano study at the age of five, in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. In 2013 he received the Bachelor of Music in performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He went on to complete a Masters of Music at The Boston Conservatory in 2016. Stephen is currently pursuing his DMA from UNCG, where he was recently a winner of the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate auditions biennial awards. In addition to his love of music, Stephen enjoys running, biking, hiking, and just about any other physical activities.
Student: DMA, University of North Carolina.
Robin Morace studies both modern piano and historical keyboard instruments with Dr. Andrew Willis at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Recent activities include working with André Laplante and Jean Saulnier at the Académie Orford (Québec, Canada), studying the interpretation of Chopin’s music on historical instruments with Alexei Lubimov and Tobias Koch in Radziejowice, Poland (through a course given by the Chopin Institute), and a recital of music performed by Chopin during his 1848 tour of the United Kingdom on an 1845 Broadwood piano which Chopin played in a London concert.
Mazurka alla polacca
Mazurka (in A minor)
Student: Modern Piano & Historical Keyboard, University of North Carolina
Natalie Khatibzadeh is currently pursuing a doctorate in performance at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studies modern piano and harpsichord with Dr. Andrew Willis. Ms. Khatibzadeh is a graduate teaching assistant at UNCG, teaching Class Piano and Fundamentals of Music (an online, beginner music theory course). She served as a piano teacher at The International School of Music (Bethesda, MD) and a piano teacher and counselor at UNCG Summer Music Camp in 2016 and 2017.
Impromptu 2 de la Codorniz
Student: Doctorate in performance,
University of North Carolina.
Pianist Kyoo Hye Lim is an avid performer of solo and collaborative piano works, and embraces a wide range of repertoire and styles from Baroque to the most contemporary twenty-first century works. She has concertized internationally in France, Italy, Spain, Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, USA, and Canada. A native of Korea, Lim holds her degrees from the National University of Singapore (B.M), the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (M.M), and University of Michigan (D.M.A). In fall of 2016, she joined the piano faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she teaches piano and piano pedagogy.
Dans les Bois
Exquise...! (Vals tzigane)
Kyoo Hye Lim
Teacher: Piano faculty, University of North Carolina.
Ekin Üstünel started her piano education in Turkey, where she studied under Perim Hamidoglu at Mimar Sinan State Conservatory. Ekin had a chance to study with many pianists, including Milena Mollova, Emre Elivar, Misha Dacic, Paolo Gualdi, Huseyin Sermet, Laurent Cabasso and Ann Schein. A performer of numerous solo and chamber music concerts, she received the Mansion Reward for Piano Duo in the Edirne Mimar Sinan Rotary Club Competition and has won the Mimar Sinan FAU Concerto Competition, the Dr. Sharyn Edwards Piano Competition and the UNCG Student Artist Competition. Ekin continues her education at UNCG under Dr. Andrew Willis.
La Sirena (Vals mignonne)
University of North Carolina.
Stephanie Schmidt studies piano and early keyboard instruments at UNCG, where she is mentored by John Salmon and Andrew Willis. In addition to her doctoral work, she maintains a full teaching studio based in Cary, NC. Recent activities include a presentation at the Historical Keyboard Society of North America's annual conference, highlighting the repertoire of women in the antebellum American South and featuring an 1834 Nunns and Clark unichord square piano.
Student: Piano & Early Keyboard, University of North Carolina.
Pianist John Salmon (johnsalmon.com) has distinguished himself on four continents, as both a classical and jazz artist.
He has recorded four compact discs of Dave Brubeck’s classical piano music, on the Phoenix, Naxos, and Albany labels. Brubeck dedicated two compositions to Salmon—“The Salmon Strikes” and “Bach Again.” Salmon’s CD of piano pieces by Nikolai Kapustin is also on the Naxos label, and his CD of his own jazz compositions, Salmon Is A Jumpin’, was released by Albany Records in November 2010.
His latest publication is Jazz Up the Sinfonias (jazzupthesinfonias.com).
Paisaje Anja Arko
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Teacher: Piano, University of North Carolina
Joseph Di Piazza, Professor of Piano at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has performed as recitalist, chamber player, and soloist with symphony orchestras in Canada, China, Czech Republic, Europe, and the United States. Concert venues include: Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and the Chicago Art Institute, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for the Performing and Cultural Arts, and Concert Series of numerous Art Museums, Universities, and Arts organizations. Di Piazza has participated as a performer, clinician and adjudicator in festivals at Interlochen, Eastern Music Festival, Chicago Spring Arts Festival, and the annual Beethoven Festival on Long Island, NYC. Concerto performances include the canon of Russian Romantic Concertos: including the Tchaikovsky 1st and Rachmaninoff 2nd and 3rd concertos with numerous Symphonies. Reviews of his playing include: “…his performances have strength and intensity which evoke a genuine storm of emotion, intelligence, and sensitivity…his approach is unfailingly musical…his tone rounded and lyrical.”
James Douglass received his first degrees in piano performance from the University of Alabama and subsequently earned a DMA in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California. Dr. Douglass has served on the faculties of several colleges and universities and regularly teaches at AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria. On the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2005, he is Associate Professor of collaborative piano and director of the collaborative piano program. As a collaborative pianist he has performed across the United States, China, and Europe in genres as diverse as opera, choral arts, vocal arts, chamber music, jazz, musical theater, and cabaret.
Allegretto James Douglass
Allegro appassionato James Douglass
Epilogo James Douglass
Teacher: Associate Professor of collaborative Piano
University of North Carolina.
Anja Arko is a Slovenian-born pianist. After earning her BMA in Piano Performance and Music Education at the University of Ljubljana, and participating in a one-year student exchange program in Poland, she earned her MM at the University of Florida. Awarded a teaching assistantship at UNCG, she is pursuing doctoral studies with Dr. Joseph DiPiazza. She has also studied with Natalia Antonova, Alexander Kobrin, Ann Schein, Yong Hi Moon, and Robert Roux. A dedicated piano teacher, Anja recently gave a presentation at the North Carolina Music Teachers Association Conference.
Student: University of North Carolina