Hailed as a charismatic rising star with “an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post), 27-year-old American pianist Sean Chen is the 2013 DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association. He also earned third prize in the 2013 Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then, he has continued to earn accolades for “alluring, colorfully shaded renditions “(New York Times), and was recently named a 2015 fellow by the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing Arts.
In the current season, Mr. Chen makes return appearances with the San Diego Symphony, Carmel Symphony, and Sunriver Festival Orchestras, as well as perform with the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, North Carolina, Hudson Valley, Pasadena, Bakersfield, Knoxville, Fairfax, and San Angelo Symphony Orchestras.
He has previously worked with many prominent orchestras, including the Fort Worth, Hartford, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Diego, Santa Fe, Tucson, and New West Symphonies, as well as the Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and South Bay Chamber Orchestras, collaborating with such esteemed conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwarz, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Marcelo Lehninger, Nir Kabaretti, James Judd, George Hanson, and Boris Brott.
When not at the piano, Mr. Chen enjoys experimenting with computers.
About Ann Schein, The Washington Post has written, “Thank heaven for Ann Schein…what a relief it is to hear a pianist who, with no muss or fuss, simply reaches right into the heart of whatever she is playing – and creates music so powerful you cannot tear yourself away”. From her first recordings with Kapp Records, and her highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital debut as an artist on the Sol Hurok roster, Ann Schein’s amazing career has earned her praise in major American and European cities and in more than 50 countries around the world. Since her debut in Mexico City in 1957 when she performed both the Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto and the Tchaikovsky B-flat Concerto, she has performed thousands of concerts on every continent.
She has performed with conductors including George Szell, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, James dePreist, David Zinman, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, and Sir Colin Davis, and with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Washington National Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Over her many years performing in London she appeared repeatedly in the Promenade Concerts in Albert Hall, including several Last Nights, when favorite soloists are invited to perform. In 1963 she was invited to perform at the White House during the Kennedy administration. Famed critic, Paul Hume, wrote in the Washington Post, “She drew the loveliest sound from the White House piano I have heard.”
In the 1980-81 season, Ann Schein extended the legacy of her teachers, Mieczyslaw Munz, Arthur Rubinstein, and Dame Myra Hess performing 6 concerts of the major Chopin repertoire in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall throughout an entire season to outstanding reviews and sold-out houses, the first Chopin cycle presented in New York in 35 years.
From 1980-2001 she was on the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, and since 1984 she has been an Artist-Faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School. During 2008-09 seasons she served as a Visiting Faculty member at Indiana University. From 2007-10 she was on the jury of the Irving S. Gilmore Keyboard Festival, culminating in the prize going to Kirill Gerstein as the winner of the 2010 Gilmore artist award. She continues to judge competitions as well as giving countless celebrated master classes across the U.S. and abroad.
In December of 2012 Peabody honored her with a Distinguished Alumni Award.
In 2013 she performed the 3rd Rachmaninoff Concerto in Brazil and in May, 2016 in Harrisburg, PA, reaching over 100 performances of this work in more than 40 countries.
Ann Schein has received many distinguished honors for her Chopin performances, beginning with her first recordings in 1958 for Kapp Records. In a special survey of outstanding Chopin recorded performances during the bicentennial of Chopin’s birth in 2010, entitled “A Century of Romantic Music”, Gregor Benko and Ward Marston cited her performances of Chopin stating in her biography, “Ann Schein was trained in her native United States, where she studied with both Mieczyslaw Munz and Arthur Rubinstein. Her first recordings, made when she was 18 and 19, established her as one of the premiere Chopin pianists of our time.”
Recent recordings include an album of all-Schumann for Ivory Classics and an all-Chopin recording of the Opus 28 Preludes and the b minor Sonata, Opus 58 for MSR Classics. An American album, also for MSR Classics, includes the 1945-46 Elliott Carter Piano Sonata and the Piano Variations of Aaron Copland, as well as a work written for her by doublebass and guitar artist, Grammy Award winner and jazz great, John Patitucci, entitled “Lakes”. His nephew J.P. Redmond, a rising composer, has written a piano sonata dedicated to her named “Northeastern Sonata”.
A book written by the music critic for the Washington Post, author and musicologist, Cecelia Hopkins Porter, entitled, “Five Lives in Music: Women Performers, Composers and Impresarios from the Baroque to the Present” features Ann Schein as the 20th Century artist. She gave a recital in May of 2014 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the fifth in a series of five concerts and lectures by Cecelia Porter in honor of her book. Also in May 2014, together with her husband, violinist Earl Carlyss and cellist Darrett Adkins they performed an evening of Ravel and Debussy at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.
In 2015 she was invited to give a recital during the National MTNA convention in Las Vegas, receiving as well a video presentation of her long and illustrious career hosted by Sally Covelskie of the Steinway Company. She was presented with a Tiffany gold clock and honored for her more than 50 years as a Steinway artist.
She and her husband, for 21 years 2nd violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, have performed countless chamber music performances both as a duo and other works with many distinguished colleagues. They are parents of two daughters, Linnea and Pauline, and two granddaughters, Olivia and Maggie, whom they consider their proudest achievements.
She gives thanks to God, her parents, and her teachers, most of all to her greatest mentor, Mieczyslaw Munz, who trained her, and predicted for her, “a long life in music”.
Nancy Bachus is an internationally known teacher and music historian who taught both applied and academic subjects at the college and university levels for more than 25 years. Certified as a Master Teacher by MTNA, she was the OhioMTA Foundation Fellow for 2011 for her contributions to the music profession. As an author and clinician for Alfred Music Publishing, she has been featured at numerous piano teachers’ organizations throughout the United States, at three European Piano Teachers Association Conferences, and in Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.
She has authored the highly acclaimed “Spirit” anthologies: Baroque Spirit, Classical Spirit, Romantic Spirit, and Beyond the Romantic Spirit; the Exploring Piano Classics graded repertoire and technique series; and co-authored Great Music and Musicians, an overview of music history, for Alfred Music Publishing.
She served on the Board of Directors of the American Liszt Society and is currently the Associate Editor for Repertoire and Performance for Clavier Companion magazine. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and student of pianist Eugene List and the accompanist Brooks Smith, Nancy has coached in recent years with Fernando Laires. She has performed solo recitals in many states, Italy and Canada, and was in the original “Monster Concerts” at Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the White House; and on two “Monster Concert” recordings. She is on the piano faculty at Cleveland State University, and also maintains an independent piano studio in Hudson, Ohio.
Introduced to the piano by his concert pianist mother, Moscow-born Alexander Braginsky began studying the piano at the age of four. His first teacher, Alexander Goldenweiser, a classmate of Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, introduced Braginsky to the 19th century Romantic tradition. Braginsky also studied with Theodore Gutman, another illustrious representative of the Golden Age of Russian piano school.
Offering his audiences a repertoire that extends from Baroque to avant-garde, Braginsky has performed more than 20 world premieres, most of which were commissioned and written for him. Braginsky has performed extensively in the USSR, Israel, England, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, People’s Republic of China, Spain, France, Cuba and United States.He also appeared on stage in collaboration with a variety of renowned artists, includingYefim Bronfman and Oleg Kagan. He and his wife, cellist Tanya Remenikova, were the first artists-in-residence appointed by Churchill College, Cambridge in 1981.
Braginsky has given numerous master classes around the world. While teaching in Vienna, Austria, he was awarded the Josef Dichler Gold Medal for outstanding achievement in 2003. Today, Braginsky teaches at the University Of Minnesota School Of Music and is the co-Founder, President and the Artistic Director of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition. He also teaches a select group of international piano students at Hamline University. Braginsky has been heard on most of the world's leading classical music stations and has recorded for DFF, Sound StarTone and d’Note labels.