Class Piano Teaching Assistants for 2018-2019
Alexander Lo, 23, is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he also completed his undergraduate studies with high distinction.
From Washington Township, New Jersey, Alex owes much of his musical development to his two wonderful teachers, Professor Natalya Antonova, with whom he currently studies, and Professor Veda Zuponcic of Rowan University, his mentor throughout high school. Most recently, he was awarded 2nd Place at the 2016 Thousand Islands International Piano Competition and was a finalist in the 17th Osaka International Music Competition in Japan.
In addition to his studies, Alex has dedicated himself to enhancing the community within the Eastman Student Living Center as a Resident Advisor since 2015 and served as the Assistant Head Resident during his senior year.
A curious and passionate learner, he earned the honor of salutatorian at his high school and was inducted into Eastman’s chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda in 2017. Alex has spent much of his time as a student pursuing a wide range of interests outside of his major by exploring a variety of classes offered at both Eastman and the University of Rochester River Campus. Such classes include courses in music composition, jazz piano, acting, theatre directing, web development, film scoring, breakdancing, classical guitar, recording, and jazz drum set.
In the future, Alex aspires to combine his background in music with his enthusiasm for digital multimedia to develop an influence as a pedagogue in music education.
Cameron Fuhrman is a pianist, teacher, and musical academic. Born in rural Central Oregon, she began taking piano lessons at age five and teaching them at age eleven. She is currently pursuing a DMA in Piano Performance and Literature under the tutelage of Natalya Antonova at the Eastman School of Music and serves as Professor Antonova’s teaching assistant.
As a solo pianist, Cameron performs across the country in a variety of venues, ranging from traditional concert halls to museums to school assemblies. Recently, she was a Fellow at Pianofest in the Hamptons, a featured artist at the Yellow Springs International Piano Festival, and an artist-in-residence at Hillsdale College during a tour of the midwestern states. Her live recordings have been featured on Classic FM radio.
Active as a pedagogue, Cameron maintains a private piano studio and also teaches elementary- through graduate-level theory, aural skills, and music history, as well as tutoring for Eastman’s doctoral comprehensive exams. She accepted a position as Visiting Professor of Music Theory at Hillsdale College for the summer of 2013, after serving as a classroom teacher of undergraduate theory and aural skills at Eastman.
Cameron’s scholarly research centers on the relationship between performance and music theory and history. She has written and presented numerous papers exploring the use of analysis as an aid to performance – a means of both refining and intensifying what musicians’ musical instincts naturally suggest, as well as of creating fresh, artistically-driven interpretations. Most recently, she presented a lecture recital on the piano music of Lera Auerbach at the 2018 Music by Women Conference.
Cameron earned a BA in Music from Hillsdale College in 2009, graduating Summa Cum Laude, with honors, and as a National Merit Scholar. In 2011 and 2014, she received an MA in Music Theory Pedagogy and an MM in Piano Performance and Literature, respectively, from the Eastman School of Music. She was inducted into Eastman’s chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda in 2013.
Born in Chengdu, China to a music family, pianist Chen Liang started his piano study at age of five with Cai Ying, professor at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. At a very young age, he won many prizes in several municipal and provincial competitions. At the age of twelve, he began to study with Professor Zheng Daxin. In 2007, when he was 16, Chen won the first prize of his group in the 3rd Lira International Piano competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since then Chen has performed all over the world. In 2008, impressed by his performance for the Japanese and German friendship delegators, Chen was selected by the Chinese government to visit Japan following the Chinese president Hu Jintao’s state visit to Tokyo. In 2010, after giving up the opportunities to go to Peking and Tsing Hua University, the top universities in China, Chen decided to go to Sichuan Conservatory of Music, and to study piano professionally with Professor Zeng ’Ai. In 2011, Chen was chosen to go to the “Prestissimo” International Chamber Music Festival in Pennsylvania and in 2012 he won the 3rd prize in the “Imola” International Piano Competition in China. Chen has been to a lot of music festivals such as “Imola” International Piano Festival in Italy (2012), Piano Texas in USA (2013, 2017), Summer Academy of Mozarteum in Austria (2014) and Chautauqua Music Festival piano program (2015, 2017, 2018). Chen is the winner of the Big Arts Classical Music Scholarship Competition in 2015 and Lynn Concerto Competition in 2014, he also won the 5th prize of the Piano Texas Concerto Competition in 2017 and the honorable mention of Florida state MTNA young artist competition in 2015. Besides playing the piano, Chen is also interested in composition and teaching. His works have been played around the world and he is now a recipient of the Advanced Certificate for Community Teaching by Eastman School of Music.
After Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China, Chen continued his undergraduate study at Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, with Dr. Roberta Rust for piano performance and with Dr. Thomas L. McKinley for elective composition. He earned his Master’s degree from Eastman School of Music with Professor Natalya Antonova and is now continuing studying with her for his DMA.
Daniel Minnick began piano studies at the age of 7 in Australia, his homeland. He completed both a BMus and a MMus degree in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University (Greenville, SC) in 2013 and 2016, respectively. In 2013, Daniel participated in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition and was the recipient of an encouragement award and a cash prize. In 2015, he won the BJU Concerto and Aria Competition and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in E-flat Major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”) with the BJU Symphony Orchestra. Daniel is currently pursuing a MM degree in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, studying organ in the studio of Professor Nathan Laube. In addition to his piano and organ studies, Daniel also enjoys the study of composition and working as piano technician. In 2016, he completed the required examinations of the Piano Technician’s Guild to attain the status of Registered Piano Technician (RPT) within the PTG.
Fang-Wei Hsu, born in Taipei, Taiwan, began her piano studies at the age of six. Following years of study, she entered into the Interlochen Arts Academy for her high school education and continued her piano studies with Yoshikazu Nagai and Michael Coonrod. Ms. Hsu was a recipient of various awards at the Interlochen Arts Academy, including the Senior Honor Award, Fine Arts Award for piano, and Dean’s Honors List with Distinction. Ms. Hsu won first prize at the 2008 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano and performed on the winner’s recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Following year, she was awarded with the Honorable Mention Award at the youngARTS program by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Fang-Wei was also featured on the National Public Radio show From the Top, which showcases young musicians from across the country.
As a frequent performer and recitalist, She made her concerto debut at the age of fifteen with the Eastern Symphony Orchestra conducted by world renowned conductor, maestro Gerard Schwarz. In addition,Ms. Hsu has made her appearances at the Weill and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center, Kyoto Arts Center in Japan. In 2009, Ms. Hsu performed Liszt’s Totentanz with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, and was critically acclaimed. She received a review from the Classical Voice North Carolina and it raved that Ms. Hsu’s playing “tossed the fiendish passages … like water off a duck’s back”, and that “she finessed her way through the piece with strong stamina …her energy never wavered through the course of the 15- minute workout”.
Ms. Hsu has participated in many music festivals including Eastern Music Festival, Piano Texas, and Chautauqua Music Festival. She has performed in masterclasses for Yoheved Kapinsky, Ann Schein, Tamás Ungár, José Feghali, Cecile Licad, among others. Fang-Wei received her Bachelor of Music with high distinction from the Eastman School of music, where she is currently pursuing degree in Master of Music under the tutelage of Natalya Antonova.
Ke’er (Coco) Wang was born in Mianyang, China. She began her musical study at the age of 5. In 2005, Ke’er entered Affiliated High School of Sichuan Conservatory and had various teachers on her path of piano study including Dr. Chenggang Yang and Dr. Jingyuan Zhang from Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Prof. Jun Yang from Central Conservatory of Music. Ke’er studied with Dr. Washington Garcia at Texas State University when she first came to U.S and received her bachelor degree under Dr. Joseph Rackers at University of South Carolina. She is now pursuing her Master degree in Piano Performance and Literature under Dr. Marina Lomazov at the Eastman School of Music.
Ke’er had her public debut at age16 years old at Concert Hall of Sichuan Chengdu, China. Since then, she earned various prizes at different competitions throughout the world, such as the first prize of National Dance, Vocal, and Instrumental Competition in Beijing; first prize in the 4th ZhongXin International Piano Competition in Singapore, second prize in the 2014 Rose Petroff Competition in the U.S and first prize in the 2016 Concerto & Aria Competition at USC.
Besides being awarded in competitions frequently, Ke’er was also invited by the governor of Xishuangbanna to take part in one of the largest music festival in South China, for New Year 1376 in Dai Calendar. During this event, a joint recital at the main college in Xishuangbanna was performed by Ke’er and Dr. Washington Garcia as guest artist of the festival. She was also selected as soloist to perform with University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra and Williamsburg Symphonic Orchestra.
While pursuing her piano study in the U.S, Ke’er received multiple scholarships both from universities and individuals. Ke’er was given annual scholarship by the Rose Petroff Foundation, Adele H. & Theodore D. Woolsey Endowment music scholarship. Ke’er has achieved high academic achievement as well as she was honored the 2015 Presser Scholar and grant recipient by the Presser Music Foundation.
In the summer of 2016, Ke’er and Zehao Bai together created the Miaomiao Piano Festival in Wuhai, China to be the best piano festival for pre-college young pianists of the area.
Ling-Yu Lee is a pianist striving to make classical music fun to the young generation. As a Taiwanese native, she hopes to share her Taiwanese culture with the world by fusing it with other cultural influences in her music. She aspires to become an entrepreneur and leader in the music field.
Ling received a B.M. in Piano Performance and a minor in Accounting from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. She is currently pursuing a M.M. degree in Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, under the instruction of Dr. Douglas Humpherys. Additionally, she is a candidate of the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program from the Eastman School of Music.
Ling is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including first prize in the Music Teacher National Association Steinway Young Artist State and Division competitions, 2nd place in the ensemble prize of the 7th New York International Piano Competition and finalist in the PianoArts North American Competition in Wisconsin and San Jose International Piano Music Competition. She was also a winner in the Sid & Mary Foulger Music Festival Concerto Competition and had the opportunity to perform with Utah Symphony Orchestra.
Ling began to play the piano at age six. She also studied clarinet and music composition. She enjoys collaborating with other musicians. In her undergraduate studies, she had the opportunity to perform in a five-piano arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in 2012. In 2013, she participated with ten WSU piano majors in a presentation on Bach’s French Suite in G Major, at a national conference held at Disneyland. She also enjoys teaching. In her undergraduate studies, she taught the college group piano classes and was one of the private instructors of the WSU piano preparatory program.
Her future goal is to bring joy to the people who listen to her piano playing, and to inspire them to love classical music even more through live performances. She believes that music can be very powerful and comforting, and she hopes to have a connection with her audience through her music.
Born in Shanghai, China, Ruxin (Michelle) Zhao started her piano study at the age of six as an amateur. At the age of seventeen, Ms. Zhao moved to the United States to attend Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, where she studied piano under Ms. Margarita Nuller. In 2010, Ms. Zhao entered University of Rochester as a neuroscience major, while simultaneously started studying piano under Professor Vincent Lenti at the Eastman School of Music.
Ms. Zhao was the winner of the University of Rochester Concerto Competition in 2010 and performed with the University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra in the following spring.
In May, 2014, Ms. Zhao earned her B.A. in Music at University of Rochester, and she is currently pursing Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Literature under Dr. Douglas Humpherys.
Born in into a music-lover family in Henan, China, Yiou Li began her musical journey at the age of five. At the age of twelve, she was admitted to The Affiliated Middle School of Wuhan Conservatory, where she studied with Ms. Liping Jiang and Mr. Hong Xu.
She made her concerto debut playing Rachmaninoff’s No.2 Piano Concerto under the baton of maestro Zhang Yi with the Hang Zhou Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011, and her performance was broadcast on the Music Channel (CCTV-15) of China Central Television. She was the prizewinner of 2013 Hilton Head International Young Artist Piano Competition, and the National Winner of the 2014 MTNA Senior Competition. In 2017, Miss Li received the first prize in the concerto competition at PianoTexas Academy & Festival as a young artist participant. This had also won her an opportunity to play for Maestro Leonard Slatkin.
She has studied with Robert McDonald and Nelita True at 2015 Banff Center; with Anton Nel and Fabio Bidini at 2018 Aspen Music School and Festival. Other festival appearances including 2014 Shanghai International Piano Festival, 2016 Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, 2016 Gijon International Piano Festival and 2017 PianoTexas Academy & Festival – Young Artist Program. She has benefited from the advice of many renowned pedagogues, such as Yong Hi Moon, Logan Skelton, John O’Conor, Vadym Kholodenko, Zhe Tang, Alan Chow and James Giles.
As an avid chamber musician, she had performed in chamber master classes taught by the Brentano Quartet, the Ying Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Maestro Peter Oundjian.
Miss Li is currently pursuing her master degree under the tutelage of Mr. Douglas Humpherys at Eastman, where she received her Bachelor of Music in 2017.
Born in Xinjiang, China, Yuechen Xiao started his piano education at the age of six. He received many prizes include award of excellence in“Xinhai” Piano Competition and First prize winner in the National Finals of the China Youth Art Selection of Excellence competition. In 2006, he moved to Beijing and started his professional musical training in Central Conservatory of Music Affiliated High School, Beijing, China. And studied with Professor. Yafen Zhu as private student. In 2012 he was admitted in Eastman School of music under Dr. Douglas Humpherys and he received the bachelor degree of music in piano performance and literature. Now he is beginning his master of music in piano performance and literature under Dr. Douglas Humpherys.
Zehao Bai was born into a family full of musicians and music lovers, Zehao Bai began his journey with piano as early as three and half years old. After years of study, Zehao made his debut concert at the age of 14 at the City Hall of Wuhai, China. At the year of 2012, Zehao came to United States of America as a junior in high school and continued his piano study with Dr. Washington Garcia at Texas State University. After graduating from high school, Zehao continued to study with Dr. Garcia for one and half years before transferring to University of South Carolina where he received his Bachelor of Music degree under the instruction of Dr. Marina Lomazov.
During his time at Texas State University, Zehao won the Concerto & Aria Competition as a freshman and continued to perform with multiple symphonic orchestras as soloist. During summers, Zehao had performed for world-renowned piano pedagogues and pianists such as Julian Martin, Boris Slutsky, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, and many more in piano festivals across Europe, China, and United States of America.
As an active soloist, Zehao was invited to play at various cities in China and won multiple prizes including first prize in Golden Age Artist Piano Competition, Columbia Music Club Scholarship Competition; Silver Medal in Haiman Young Artist Piano Competition and many more. In the summer of 2016, Zehao and Ke’er Wang together created the Miaomiao Piano Festival in Wuhai, China to be the best piano festival for pre-college young pianists of the area.