Instrumental and Vocal Masterclass
Friday, March 20, 2020
Hatch Recital Hall
In a life devoted to music, words, performance, composition, and education, pianist-composer-poet Alan Louis Smith creates, fosters, and celebrates connections via those pathways. Among his many professional activities, he is the Chair of Keyboard Studies and Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the Thornton School of Music at USC where he has served for thirty years, the Coordinator of the Combined Piano Programs at the Tanglewood Music Center where he also has served for thirty years, and the Music Director of the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar where he mentors alongside his colleague, friend, and muse, Stephanie Blythe. As a pianist he enjoys performances with world-renowned musical artists in some of the world’s great musical venues and his compositions are performed worldwide. His current and former students populate important posts around the globe as educators, performers, and inspirers of future generations of impactful and vital communicative artists.
Dr. Smith will be participating in a short residency at Eastman, from March 18 – 20. This is a joint project, sponsored by the Accompanying and Voice/Opera/Vocal Coaching departments. During this time, Dr. Smith will be adjudicating the Kneisel Competition, teaching several master classes and providing private lessons to students.
September 22, 2017
Hatch Recital Hall
Recital with Anthony Griffey, Voice
September 24, 2017
Hatch Recital Hall
May 12, 2017 and March 20-22, 2014
Johnson is recognized as one of the world’s leading vocal accompanists. In 1972 he was the official pianist at Peter Pears’ first master classes at The Maltings, Snape which brought him into contact with Benjamin Britten. In 1976 he formed the Songmakers’ Almanac to explore neglected areas of piano-accompanied vocal music. He has accompanied such distinguished singers as Sir Thomas Allen, Victoria de los Angeles, Elly Ameling, Arleen Auger, and many others. He devised and accompanied concerts for Wigmore Hall’s re-opening series in 1992 and its centenary celebrations in 2001 and has chaired the jury for the Wigmore Hall Song Competition since its inception. He has won three Gramaphone Awards and was The Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 1998. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, a Knight in France’s Ordre des Arts et Lettres, an honorary member of the Royal Philharmonic Society, and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
April 13, 2017
Lydia Brown has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the world. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she currently serves as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera.
Brown won the Second Prize of the 1996 New Orleans International Piano Competition and was honored as an NFAA Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Her recital appearances include notable venues such as the Salle Cortot, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, the Dusseldorf InselFestival, Alice Tully Hall, 92nd St. Y, Caramoor, the Goethe Institute of New York, the Phillips Gallery and Steinway Hall among others.
Brown holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano from the Juilliard School as well as degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Yale University. She studied art song with Elly Ameling and pianist Rudolf Jansen and has served on the musical coaching staffs of the Spoleto Festival USA, Opera Cleveland, Chautauqua Institute Voice Program, the Marlboro Music Festival and the Ravinia Steans Institute.
September 3, 2014
Born in Chicago, Phillip Moll has lived in Berlin since 1970. After receiving degrees in English from Harvard University and in music from the University of Texas, and following a year at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich on a DAAD grant, he was employed as a repetiteur by the German Opera in Berlin until 1978. Since then he has been active as an accompanist and ensemble pianist, collaborating with such diverse artists as Kathleen Battle, Håkan Hågegard, Jessye Norman, Kurt Moll, James Galway, Kyung Wha Chung, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Akiko Suwanai, and Kolya Blacher. He has performed and recorded with numerous Berlin ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra, the RIAS Chamber Choir and the Berlin Radio Choir. For many years he has performed throughout Europe, North America and the Far East, and has appeared as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Saint John’s Smith Square and the Philharmonic Kammermusik Kollegium. In Australia, he has been soloist with the symphony orchestras of Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmania.
From 2004 until 2013, Moll held a professorship for song interpretation at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig. He has given master classes in many countries, including Belgium, Israel, Italy, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Japan, Taiwan and the US.
Among the more recent of the many recordings in which he has taken part are Piano Trios of Dvořák and Suk with the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Trio, Duets for two baritones, with the brothers Paul-Armin and Peter Edelmann, Gypsy Songs with Mezzo-Soprano Renée Morloc, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the RIAS Chamber Choir, the Requiem of Brahms, in the version with piano four-hands, with the Berlin Radio Chorus, Opera Fantasies with wind soloists of La Scala, Schubert sonatas with violinist Andrea Duka Löwenstein, Bartok compositions for violin and piano with Ms. Duka Löwenstein and a program of shorter pieces for young people with flutist Sir James Galway, with whom he has performed for nearly forty years.
February 6, 2014
Roger Vignoles is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished piano accompanists and musicians of today. He regularly partners the finest singers in major venues around the world and is regarded as a leading authority on the song repertoire. Originally inspired to pursue a career as a piano accompanist by the playing of Gerald Moore, he read Music at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and later joined the Royal Opera House as a repetiteur. He then completed his training with the renowned Viennese-born teacher Paul Hamburger.
In the course of his distinguished career he has collaborated with such leading singers as Elisabeth Söderström, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Barbara Bonney, Kathleen Battle, Christine Brewer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Bernarda Fink, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Dame Felicity Lott, Mark Padmore, John Mark Ainsley, Roderick Williams, Joan Rodgers, Sarah Walker, Measha Brueggergosman and Kate Royal. He performs extensively at major venues across the world such as the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Cologne, Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, the Royal Concertgebouw, Musee d’Orsay, Carnegie Hall, the Frick Collection in New York, La Scala, Oper Frankfurt, Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Bonn Beethovenfest, Baden-Baden Festival and Teatro del Zarzuela in Madrid.
Roger Vignoles is frequently invited to devise and direct programmes and festivals of song. He has created several series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, including “Young Brahms”, “Landscape into Song” (a celebration of Schubert) and “Scenes from Schumann”. He presents the annual Ciclo de Lied Galega in Santiago de Compostela. In the 2009/10 season he presented a Strauss song series at the Wigmore Hall.
Roger Vignoles is also an outstanding teacher and has given masterclasses in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Valencia, Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York, Boston, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto. He is a regular visitor to the University of Indiana, Bloomington, the Britten-Pears Young Artists’ Programme at Snape and the Stimmen Festival Freistadt in Upper Austria. Roger is Prince Consort Professor of Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music in London, Vice President of the Jackdaws Music Education Trust, and has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Magdalene College, Cambridge honoris causa.
His extensive discography ranges from German Lieder and French Melodies to Spanish Canciones and Cabaret Songs. Recent recordings include Schumann and Brahms with Bernarda Fink; and Britten Before Life and After with Mark Padmore on Harmonia Mundi (the latter received the prestigious Diapason d’Or and Prix Caecilia awards in 2009). For Hyperion, Vignoles has recorded the highly acclaimed Strauss The Complete Songs volumes with Christine Brewer, Anne Schwanewilms, Andrew Kennedy, Christopher Maltman, Alastair Miles, Kiera Duffy and Elizabeth Watts; Schubert Schwanengesang with Robert Holl, and Carl Loewe Songs & Ballads with Florian Boesch. He has also recorded Strauss and Wolf with Angelika Kirchschlager on Wigmore Hall Live.
Highlights in 2012/13 include a European tour with John Mark Ainsley, recitals with Christine Brewer, Poulenc Les Mamelles de Tiresias in Aldeburgh and Aix-en-Provence, and various masterclasses both in the UK and abroad. In 2013 he will lead Britten’s Church Parables for Mahogany Opera, in a production by Frederick Wake-Walker, with performances in St Ekaterina’s Church in St Petersburg, Orford Church in Suffolk and Southwark Cathedral in London.
November 15- 17, December 6-8, 2013 and March 15 – April 19, 2014
A native of Montréal, Alexandra Nguyen maintains a diverse career as a collaborative pianist, teacher, and arts administrator. She is an accomplished pianist who has appeared throughout the United States and Canada, including performances at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), BargeMusic (Brooklyn, NY), the Strings Music Festival (Steamboat Springs, CO), and the Societe Pro Musica Chamber Music Series (Montréal, Canada); recent performances include concerts with members of the Takács Quartet, baritone Patrick Mason as well as bassoonist Peter Kolkay, a long-standing collaboration. She has been an invited speaker at the National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting, the College Music Society Annual Conference, the Music Teachers National Association National Convention, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.
As Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dr. Nguyen co-directs the graduate programs in collaborative piano and coordinates accompanying services at the College of Music. She was formerly the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at the Eastman School of Music, where she also held part-time faculty appointments in the piano and chamber music departments. Other prior appointments include Administrative Director of the Montréal Chamber Music Festival, Director of Career Services at the Eastman School, and piano faculty at the David Hochstein Memorial School for Music and Dance.
Dr. Nguyen is a member of the Collaborative Committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and served on the steering committee for the Music Teachers National Association’s Year of Collaborative Music. She was the founder and director of the summer institute, Plays Well With Others, at the Eastman School of Music, where she has been affiliated with the Eastman International Young Artists Piano Competition for over a decade. She is on the faculty of The Quartet Program West, and served as répétiteur for the 2012 Opera Orvieto program in Orvieto, Italy.
Alexandra Nguyen completed her graduate degrees in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music under the guidance of Jean Barr at the Eastman School of Music where she was awarded the first Performer’s Certificate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music. She has studied with pedagogues such as Douglas Humpherys, Anne Epperson, Madeleine Bélanger and Suzanne Goyette, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University and a Premier Prix from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec a Montréal.
October 21-25, November18-22, 2013 and December 9-13, 2014
Oct. 29 – 31 and Nov. 5-7, 2013
Pianist Paula Fan has performed as soloist and chamber musician on five continents. She has recorded twenty albums and has broadcast for the BBC, NPR, Radio-Television China and other international stations from Bosnia to Australia. As the first accompanist-coach to teach in China after the Cultural Revolution, she staged the first Liederabend to be heard there in decades. A Regents’ Professor of Music at the University of Arizona, where she has been on the faculty since 1976, she is a passionate advocate for interdisciplinary outreach. Her solar powered piano trio sponsored by the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy performed on the National Mall in 2009, and has been invited to appear at the 2013 Aspen Science Festival. Her series of Time Traveler’s Concerts have presented performers as actors as well as musicians. Dr. Fan has coordinated musical events at Biosphere 2 and as a founding member of the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, she has presented events in partnership with departments ranging from Neuroscience to Anthropology. When not teaching, performing chamber music or occupying her chair at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra where she is Principal Keyboardist, she can be found tracking animals for the Earthwatch Institute.
January 27, 2011
The Armenian pianist Tatevik Mokatsian is internationally renowned as a soloist, chamber music partner and university lecturer. Since 2001, she has been Professor of Piano Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik Saar (University of Music) in Germany.