James Anagnoson (Canada)
Alexander Korsantia (Canada)
Kum Sing Lee (Canada)
Robert McDonald (USA)
Anton Nel (South Africa)
Cédric Pescia (France/Switzerland)
Diane Walsh (USA)

James Anagnoson

AnagnosonJames Anagnoson, Dean of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, is one of Canada's best-known pianists and pedagogues. He has been on the piano faculty of The GGS since its formation in 1987, and has also taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario.

Mr. Anagnoson’s students have won prizes in International Competitions such as the Maria Canals, the International Franz Liszt, the Gina Bachauer, and the Dublin International competitions, and repeatedly are prizewinners in Canada’s National Competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition and the Toronto Symphony Competition. He has given master classes in various parts of Europe, North America, and Asia, and he has been a juror for competitions such as the Dublin International Piano Competition, the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the Canadian Chopin Competition, the Prix d'Europe, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra National Competition.

In 1976, James Anagnoson began performing with Canadian pianist Leslie Kinton, and since that time the duo Anagnoson & Kinton have gone on to give "outstanding concerts...with formidable precision and panache" - to quote the New York Times - across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia, receiving unanimous acclaim from both audiences and critics.

Anagnoson & Kinton's nine recordings are heard regularly on America's National Public Radio and various European Radio networks, and continue to be a mainstay of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's arts programming. Reviews of their recordings include “…this is a singular performance of great lucidity and power, flawlessly integrated” from Fanfare Magazine and “…performances by both soloists and orchestra are virtuoso and exciting…” from the American Record Review.

In addition to their more than 1000 concert appearances around the world, which have included concerto appearances with Canada's leading orchestras, the duo has performed for the BBC, Czech National Radio, Hong Kong Radio, Hilversum Radio in Holland, and Radio Suisse Romande. Recent concert highlights include two concerts in Glazunov Hall in St Petersburg, Russia, a performance in Prague at Martinu Hall as part of a festival celebrating the music of Martinu, a recital at the Shanghai International Festival as part of a two week concert tour of China, and a collaboration with Maestro Mario Bernardi in Mozart’s Two Piano Concerto.

Anagnoson and Kinton have commissioned, premiered and recorded many original works for two pianos, piano four hands, and two pianos and orchestra. Most recently they commissioned and gave the Canadian Premiere of Ray Luedeke’s Into the Labyrinth, a work for two pianos and narrator, in collaboration with the internationally renowned actor Colin Fox. Their interest in the works of Stravinsky led to their performing the North American premiere of Stravinsky’s two piano version of his Dumbarton Oaks Concerto, a work they later recorded on a CD that includes their performances of the Francis Poulenc and Roger Matton two piano concertos. They have also performed Stravinsky’s four hand version of Petrouchka and The Rite of Spring numerous times, both in concert and onstage in collaboration with innovative choreographers of dance companies such as Ballet BC. James Anagnoson has been heard nationally on the CBC radio as a guest host on The Arts Tonight, and as a piano commentator for both the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the CBC Young Performer's Competition.

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Alexander Korsantia

korsantiaPianist Alexander Korsantia has won great critical acclaim for his versatility, power and the unique sincerity of his playing. He can be heard performing in many of the world's foremost concert halls collaborating with renowned artists such as Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Jarvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Yuri Bashmet, Yuri Temirkanov, Vadim Repin, the Jerusalem Quartet and Sakari Oramo, among others.

Korsantia has performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Recent engagements have included a televised performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg; performances at the Stresa Festival in Italy under the baton of Yuri Bashmet; in the Newport, Tanglewood, Vancouver, Gilmore festivals; with the symphony orchestras of Louisville, Brazil, Bogota, Jerusalem and the City of Birmingham, the Georgian State Orchestra, the Kirov Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and others. He has also participated in a United States recital tour with renowned violinist Vadim Repin.

Recent performance highlights include Prokofiev's Third Concerto and Mozart's B-Flat Major Concertowith Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and with Boston Pro Arte Orchestra, Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto with RAI Orchestra, Turin, Dvorak's Concerto with Jerusalem Symphony and Oslo Philharmonic and Stravinsky Concerto with UK Youth Orchestra, as well as Israel Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Pacific Symphony Orchestra in LA, Elgin Symphony in Chicago, and Louisville Symphony Orchestras, giving performances in such a concert halls as Verdi Auditorium in Milan, and Santa Cecilia Auditorium in Rome.

As a very important part of his schedule, Korsantia appears frequently in his homeland of Georgia in concerts, on television and radio. In 2003, Georgian National TV released a full-length documentary about him, and in 2004, he performed at the inauguration of President Saakashvili. This season, Korsantia returns to Israel for the concerts with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Rafael de Burgos to perform Brahms's Second Concerto and Beethoven's "Emperor", and with Israel Chamber Orchestra for Beethoven's Fourth Concerto and E-flat Major Concerto, which Beethoven wrote when he was 14 years old. He is also appearing in concerts with Quebec City Symphony Orchestra, Georgian State Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Temirkanov, Kirov Orchestra with Noseda, recitals and chamber music concerts at the Barge Festival, New York, Boston, Tel-Aviv, Glasgow, Calgary, Toulouse and Noeburg and Nice among others.

An award-winning pianist, Alexander Korsantia received first prize and the gold medal of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition, and first prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition. In 1999, to show appreciation for his efforts and contributions to the arts in Georgia, Korsantia was awarded with one of the most prestigious national award, The Medal of Honor, bestowed on him by then-Georgian President, Eduard Shevardnadze.

Tbilisi Special School of Music. Performance Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, Georgian State Conservatory. M.M., Indiana University/South Bend. Studies with Svetlana Korsantia, Tengiz Amiredjibi, and Alexander Toradze. Former faculty of Indiana University/South Bend and University of British Columbia.

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Kum Sing Lee

LeeFor over three decades, Professor Kum-Sing Lee has earned a reputation as a pianist from audiences and critics in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia — as a soloist as well as in duos and in chamber music. Amongst his critically acclaimed reviews, he has been credited for bringing back the "Grand Manner" of the piano art, praised as a "keyboard poet", and interpreting Bartok with "truly Hungarian diction and temperament."

Kum-Sing Lee studied with Gerhard Puchelt in Berlin and with Julius Katchen and Magda Tagliaferro in Paris. He debuted in New York's Carnegie Hall in 1963 and in London's Wigmore Hall in 1969. He has collaborated in concerts with leading artists such as Cho-Liang Lin, Alfredo Campoli, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Rivka Golani and Kim Borg and has been featured with BBC, Australian and Canadian Broadcasting Corporations, and on numerous Asian and European radio and television recordings.

Professor Kum-Sing Lee is currently Head of the Piano Department at the Vancouver Academy of Music and also Professor of Piano at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Since 1985, he also has been Visiting Professor to the Beijing Conservatory of Music. Many of his students are now actively concertizing and recording and have been frequent prize winners in numerous major national and international competitions.

Well sought after internationally as a teacher, Kum-Sing Lee has been conducting master classes and has been on faculty at international summer schools and festivals in Holland, Poland, France, Belgium, Italy, Japan, China, the USA and Canada. He has been a jury member of many international competitions, and he continues to serve as a jury member in international piano competitions, including the prestigious International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition in Brussels.

Kum-Sing Lee is a visiting artist for Mount Royal College Conservatory's Academy of Music program and a founding faculty member of the Morningside Music Bridge program.

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Robert McDonald

O'ConorPianist Robert McDonald has played extensively as a solosist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. He has appeared with major orchestras in the United States and Latin America, and was the recital partner for many years to Isaac Stern, as well as other celebrated instrumentalists. Mr. McDonald has also performed with the Takács, Vermeer, Juliad, Brentano, Borromeo, American, and Shanghai string quartets, and in tours with Music from Marlboro.

His discography includes recordings for Sony Classical, Bridge, Vox, Musical Heritage Society, ASV, and CRI, and Mr. McDonald’s prizes include the Gold Medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition, the William Kapell International Competition, and the Deutsche Schallplatten Critics Award. He has studied with Theodore Rehl, Seymour Lipkin, Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Beveridge Webster, and Gary Graffman, and holds degrees from Lawrence University, The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music.

A member of the piano faculty at the Juilliard School since 1999, Mr. McDonald joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2007. In addition to coaching piano at Taos School of Music, he is also the school’s artistic director. This will be his thirty-sixth summer in Taos. Anton

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Anton Nel

cedricpesciaWinner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Anton Nel continues to tour internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Highlights in the U.S. include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies to name a few, as well as coast to coast recitals in major venues. Overseas he has appeared, among many others, at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and undertakes regular tours to South Africa. Much sought after as a chamber musician he regularly appears with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists and singers at festivals on four continents. He holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Austin where he heads the Division of Keyboard Studies; he is currently also a Visiting Professor at the Manhattan School of Music and for the past three years has given masterclasses at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. During the summers he is on the artist-faculties at the Aspen Music Festival and School and at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Mr. Nel also frequently performs as harpsichordist and fortepianist. His recordings include four solo CDs, several chamber music recordings (including the complete Beethoven Piano and Cello Sonatas and Variations, and the Brahms Sonatas with Bion Tsang) , and works for piano and orchestra by Franck, Faure, Saint-Saens and Edward Burlingame Hill. The Johannesburg-born Mr. Nel is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied with Adolph Hallis, and the University of Cincinnati where he worked with Bela Siki and Frank Weinstock. His website is antonnel.com.

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Cédric Pescia

cedricpesciaCédric Pescia was the brilliant First Prize Winner (Gold Medalist) at the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (USA).Concert tours have taken him throughout Europe, China, South America, North Africa and in the USA. He has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Hamburg Laieszhalle, the Mozarteum Salzburg, Carnegie Hall New York, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Wigmore Hall London, Tonhalle Zürich, Vienna Konzerthaus.In 2005 and 2007 he served as a jury member in the Clara Haskil Competition. In 2012 he was appointed professor for piano at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.For Claves Records, AEON, La Dolce Volta, BIS, Genuin, he has recorded works by J. S. Bach, F. Couperin, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Busoni, Enescu, Messiaen, Cage, Suslin, Gubaidulina. These CDs have been acclaimed by the press.

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Diane Walsh

O'ConorSince making her New York recital debut on the Young Concert Artists Series, the American pianist Diane Walsh has toured the globe, with performances in forty-six of the fifty states and in twenty-one other countries. Highlights include recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufmann Auditorium and Miller Theatre in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Great Hall in St. Petersburg, and the Rudolfinum Dvorák Hall in Prague. Recent reviews have praised her "soulful outpouring," "intelligent virtuosity" and "exquisite care and loving touch."

Diane Walsh has been awarded many honors including the top prizes at the Munich ARD International Piano Competition, Salzburg International Mozart Competition, Concert Artists Guild International Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She was also a prizewinner at the Ferruccio Busoni, Van Cliburn and William Kapell competitions.

Ms. Walsh has released eighteen recordings of diverse repertoire on the Bridge, Newport, Sony, Nonesuch, Koch, Stereophile, CRI, Jonathan Digital and Naxos labels. Her latest recording, Bach Suites, includes a French Suite, English Suite and Partita by J. S. Bach. She was an associate professor at Mannes College of Music in New York for 32 years, and in 2015 she was a visiting artist at Colby College. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband, the writer Richard Pollak.

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