Dr. Jane Magrath is internationally known as an author, clinician, and pianist. Her book The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature has become a classic reference work for pianists throughout the US and abroad. She also is known for her more than forty piano literature editions through Alfred Publishing Co. that are used widely in the U.S. and abroad. Respected nationally and internationally, she has presented over three hundred workshops and master classes throughout the US and on four continents. Currently, Magrath is Regents’ Professor and holds the Grant Endowed Chair in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma, where she was named Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts and serves as Director of Piano Pedagogy. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2016. Students and former students have been placed in university and college teaching positions throughout the US and many have won numerous prizes and competitions. Magrath will present a master class, several lecture/workshop sessions, and teach private lessons during the 2018 CMF Piano Seminar. She is Director of the CMF Piano Seminar. MORE…
Acclaimed for his “elegant poetry and virtuosic fire," Chow has won first prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the UCLA International Piano Competition, and the Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition. Winner of the Silver Medal and Audience Favorite Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, he was also a prize winner in the William Kapell International Piano Competition.
A Steinway artist, Chow has performed in recital and in concert with orchestras from coast to coast in 45 states. His recitals have brought him to the major music centers including New York (Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall), Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago (Symphony Center and Ravinia), Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Seattle, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Miami. Concerto performances include appearances with the National Symphony, Utah Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, and Omaha Symphony. Chow regularly tours Asia with performances in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore, including performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Pan-Asia Symphony. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with the American, Pacifica and Miami String Quartets and has been guest artist at the Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, Juneau Jazz and Classics, San Juan Islands Chamber Music Festival, Kent Blossom Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Music Festival of Arkansas and Music Mountain. In addition, he appears in joint recital engagements in the Cheng-Chow Trio with pianists Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow.
Also in demand for his teaching, Chow has given master classes throughout North America and Asia at conservatories, universities and summer festivals including Indiana University, New Orleans International Piano Festival, Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, Las Vegas Piano Festival, Tunghai International Piano Festival (Taiwan), and in Singapore. Appointed guest professor at the Central Conservatory in Beijing and honored visiting professor at the Shenyang Conservatory, he has also presented recitals, master classes, and lectures in China at the conservatories in Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian and Wuhan.
Chow studied with Nelita True at the University of Maryland where he graduated co-valedictorian with his twin brother Alvin, and received the Charles Manning Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts given to the outstanding graduate; with Sascha Gorodnitzki at The Juilliard School where he was awarded the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano; and with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University where he was the recipient of the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship. He also studied at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie with Carlo Zecchi. He is on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music, having taught for 13 years prior at Northwestern Univeristy.
Ralf Heiber was born in Berlin but grew up in Toronto, Caracas, Brasilia and Barcelona, since his father was in the diplomatic service. He began studying the piano at the age of eight under the French pianist Monique Duphil and later studied with Maria Carbonel de Massiá while living in Barcelona. In 1983 he began his professional training with Roland Keller, first at the Academy of Music in Lübeck, and then at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, where he graduated with honors.
His contact with different languages and cultures forms the basis of his interest in art song. Erik Werba and Roman Ortner were his initial mentors, concluding with Norman Shetler, with whom he also frequently performed. Additionaly he assisted in the classes of Walter Berry, Edith Mathis and Leopold Spitzer and participated in masterclasses with artists such as Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Claude Helffer, Ludwig Hoffmann, Dalton Baldwin.
A recipient of numerous prizes in solo piano, he was also awarded the accompanying prize at the International Brahms Competition in Hamburg and first prize at the International Schubert Competition in Vienna. He regularly appears as a soloist and is frequently sought after as an accompanist for renowned singers. His recordings have been highly acclaimed by both the public and press. Additionally, he is In demand as an adjudicator for international competitions and regularly conducts masterclasses worldwide (Austria, Italy, France, Spain, China, Japan and Korea).
Besides concertizing, he heads the piano department at the Haydn Conservatory in Austria. Many of his students have competed internationally and been awarded prizes for competitions in Hong Kong, Rome, Jaén, Concours international de piano Orléans, and first prize/Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris at the Olivier Messiaen Competition in Paris 2007 a.o.
Pianist and musicologist, Stanislaw Tichonow, currently serves as professor on the piano faculty of the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt, Austria. His students have won more than 50 prizes at international competitions in Italy, France, Finland, Portugal, the U.S., Iran, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia and Austria. An active performer for both piano solo recitals and chamber music, he is also the founder of his own Leschetizky Trio of Vienna. He is a frequent guest lecturer and gives master classes throughout Europe, the U.S. (Yale Summer School of Music) and in the Far East. S. Tichonow is representative of Theodor Leschetizky’s tradition. Among his scientific works are more than 35 professional articles in Russian, American, Israeli and Austrian publications and the book “Leschetizky und sein Wiener Kreis” (Vienna, 2001). He received his professional training at the Novosibirsk State M.I.Glinka Conservatory in Russia (M.A. in Piano Performance with I. Slonim) and at the Moscow State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory (D.M.A. in Piano Performance with R. Kehrer and Ph.D. in Musicology with M. Smirnov).
Organist David Heller has risen to prominence as an outstanding performer and pedagogue in the United States. The American Organist has described him as “an eloquent performer,” and his playing as “an excellent demonstration of outstanding music making.” A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Heller holds degrees from Lawrence University and the Eastman School of Music, which awarded him the prestigious Performer’s Certificate in Organ. His teachers have included Miriam Clapp Duncan and Russell Saunders in organ, and Colin Tilney and Lisa Goode Crawford in harpsichord. His post-doctoral organ study was with David Craighead, and improvisation with Gerre Hancock. Dr. Heller joined the faculty of Trinity University in 1986 where he currently serves as Professor of Music and University Organist. In 2012, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Music. MORE…
Judy Stafslien, is a Coach/Accompanist at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where she received her degrees in piano performance and music education. Well known as a collaborative artist in the upper Midwest she has accompanied soloists and choral groups throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Stafslien has served as a professional accompanist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing , the Metropolitan Opera District and Regional Audtions, and the Schubert Club Auditions. She has accompanied solo, choral, and chamber works for the Classical Music Festival since 1987.