Xavier Aymonod


Xavier Aymonod studied piano at Aix-en-Provence conservatory and obtained unanimously a gold medal. He was laureate of international piano competition for outstanding amateurs in Paris from 1998 to 2000, and won 15th international piano competition for outstanding amateurs of Ecole Polytechnique. He was also semi-finalist of international piano competition for...

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Hyunah Chang


Hyunah Chang was born in Seoul, Korea. She started the violin at 6, and has enjoyed a variety of arts experiences, thanks to her parents' warm support. She studied violin performance at Daejeon Arts High School, receiving a full scholarship for 3 years, due to the grand prize she won...

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Felicia Cheng


Felicia started playing the piano at the age of 5 in Taiwan. Her teachers include Prof. John Vaughan (Taipei), Prof. Mikhail Kazakevich (London), and Prof. Christopher Oakden (Hannover). She was a finalist in the International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs in Paris (2008) and the 2nd prize winner of Claviarium...

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Michael Cheung


Born with a condition on the left hand, Michael was prescribed the piano by a hand surgeon as a physiotherapy starting age 4. He displayed a growing interest in the piano and trained under private tutors and in masterclasses in North America, Europe and Asia. The piano took a hiatus...

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Florian Chevallier


A graduate of the ingenior school Centrale Paris, Florian Chevallier is working in the energy sector as marketing director in ENGIE. As a passionate young musician, Florian Chevallier studied in the Conservatoire national de région in Lyon, where he graduated at the age of 12. In 1998, as a student...

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Henri Delbeau


Dr. Henri Delbeau began his piano studies at 7. He soon after made his orchestral debut with a New York City area orchestra as a soloist, as well as winning several prizes in national and international competitions. Since then, he has had many solo, chamber and orchestral performances, both in...

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Rupert Egerton-Smith


Rupert Egerton-Smith combines his passion for the piano with a business career. He is Head of Strategy for the international law firm Linklaters. He won the first prize and audience award at the 20th International Concours des Grands Amateurs in Paris in 2009. Recital and concerto engagements have included performances...

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Matthias Fischer


Matthias Fischer from Germany got his first piano lessons from his parents. He won prizes at German youth-competitions for piano solo and duo. He studied piano in Munich but switched to medicine after one year (1994). His medical thesis was about localization of a memory in Drosophila flies. Currently he...

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Philip Fowke


".........Claudio Arrau was to have been the soloist in tonight’s Promenade Concert. The virtuosity and acute musicianship of Philip Fowke, who took his place, repaired the omission in no uncertain terms." The DailyTelegraph Philip Fowke, known for his many BBC Promenade Concert appearances, numerous recordings and broad range of repertoire,...

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Amber Glynn


Amber Glynn is not just a business analyst at the Australian Securities Exchange. She was also a finalist in the 2012 Concours International des Grands Amateurs de Piano, playing at the Salle Gaveau in Paris. Upon completing her honours degree in pure mathematics whilst on a student exchange program in...

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Thierry Goldwaser


French pianist Thierry Goldwaser began music studies in Paris at age 10. In 2005, Thierry receives first prize at the International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs in Paris. In 2010 he also gets a special prize at the International Piano Amateur Competition in Berlin. Thierry has made recital appearances in...

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Ruben Greenberg


Ruben Greenberg, a clarinettist, was born in the United States. He studied privately with Jimmy Hamilton of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and played in youth orchestras as well as in jazz and Latin-American music ensembles. He is also a composer and has published in France, the US and England. He...

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Simon Grisdale


Simon Grisdale's introduction to playing music started at age four, with the violin. Piano lessons followed shortly after, at age six. For both primary school and secondary schools he obtained music scholarships and had a deep involvement in many musical activities. For university Simon opted for a different route, majoring...

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Jean-Marc Kerisit


Jean-Marc Kerisit started playing the violin at the age of 6. He studied at the Conservatoire National de Region de Rennes (FR) where he obtained a first prize at the age of 14. Jean-Marc participated in various orchestras, as for instance the Loewenguth Symphonic Orchestra, and created and animated orchestral...

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Julien Kurtz


Julien Kurtz started the piano at 5 and got his initial training from Catherine Silie, a former assistant of French pianist Pierre Sancan. Later on, he studied in the Marseille conservatory, then in the Cachan Music school, where he got his piano degree in 2002. He is currently studying with...

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Loïc Lafontaine


French pianist Loïc Lafontaine grew up in Martinique and later got his musical training in the Bordeaux conservatory, before his admission in the Paris Conservatory. He received many prizes in international competitions, including the Jury, Press and Audience prizes in the Paris international piano competition for outstanding amateurs in 2010,...

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Eun-Suk Lee


Eun-Suk Lee is a Professor of Management at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) Business School. He received a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Business Administration from Seoul National University, and a Ph.D. in Management from MIT. He teaches, researches, and writes about organizational behavior and...

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Grace Lee


Singaporean violinist Grace Lee has won major prizes at music competitions, including 2nd Prize at the David Oistrakh International Violin Competition in 2004 (where she was also awarded a special prize for the best performance of a Prokofiev violin sonata), the Len Lickorish Memorial Prize at the 2007 Royal Over-Seas...

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Wilfried Lingenberg


Wilfried Lingenberg was born in Southwest Germany in 1969 and studied Classics and Mathematics in Bonn (Germany) and Oxford (UK). After several years as a management consultant, he is now teaching Latin, Mathematics, and Greek at a Gymnasium (upper secondary school) in Pirmasens, and Latin Literature at Saarbrücken University. Earlier...

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Jörg Lingenberg


Jörg Lingenberg was born in Berlin (Germany) and received degrees as a flautist from Berlin University of Arts and Geneva Music Conservatory (prix de virtuosit�). After holding positions with Hof Symphonics and Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra (solo flautist), he settled down in Switzerland. Currently he teaches at Cantonal Conservatory in Sion...

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Julien Lombardo


Born in Toulouse in 1980, Julien Lombardo started playing the piano at the age of 6. His meeting with his teacher Jean-Claude Oleon in Bastia revealed soon his passion for classical music and the instrument. Julien then studied at the Conservatory of Marseille in the class of Erik Berchot and...

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Brice Martin


Brice Martin was born in 1981 and began studying piano at the age of five. He gave his first concert at the age of 14 and was simultaneously admitted in the Nîmes Conservatory in the class of Catherine Silie, a former student of Yves Nat and Pierre Sancan. In 1999,...

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Dominic Piers-Smith


Dominic Piers Smith is Principle Aerodynamicist for Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team. His most recent design took Lewis Hamilton to the 2014 world championship and was the most successful car in Formula One history. Dominic studied Aeronautical Engineering, having chosen to keep music as a hobby at age 18....

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Allicent Ratzlaff


Born in Japan in 1975 from French and American parents, Allicent D. Ratzlaff began studying piano at the age of four. At age 9, she started taking lessons from Irina Naumova, Lev Naumov, and Vera Gornostaeva. She was influenced in her musical upbringing by three different countries : Russia, Japan...

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Jean-Pierre Salmona


Jean-Pierre Salmona started studying piano at 6, first with Jeannine Barbulée, then with Charlotte Causeret and Jules Gentil at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. He then began studying medicine, worked for several years in hospitals, before settling as a cardiologist in 1986. At the same time he continued...

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Abel Sanchez-Aguilera


Abel Sánchez-Aguilera was born in Madrid. He studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid under the direction of Fernando Puchol, where he graduated in 1999. Subsequently, he has attended for two years the Piano Interpretation and Performance seminar with Ya-Fei Chuang at the New England Conservatory (Boston,...

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Christopher Shih


Physician and pianist Christopher Shih has been hailed by The New York Times as "an intelligent and thoughtful musician." He has performed in major venues in over a dozen countries around the globe, and has soloed with numerous orchestras, including repeated engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC....

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Robin Stephenson


Robin Stephenson started playing the piano at the age of 7, after one year of violin lessons. It was at the age of 15, after his meeting with french concert pianist Olivier Cazal, that the piano became his main instrument. After taking the baccalauréat in 2005, he started studies in...

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Christophe Strassel


Christophe Strassel was born in Metz (France) in 1971. He started playing the violin at the age of 6 and got a « First Prize » in violin at the Conservatoire national de Région of Metz at the age of 12. He also studied the violin and chamber music at...

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Geoffroy Vauthier


Geoffroy Vauthier was awarded the First prize of the International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs in Paris in 1996 by all three juries (professional pianists, press and public). He took his third cycle diploma in Victoria Melki's class, then went on studying with Denyse Rivière and Jean-Marc Luisada ; he...

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Thomas Yu


Dr. Thomas Yu has redefined what it means to be an amateur pianist, owning a busy periodontal practice while performing with the BBC Orchestra of Wales, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as a guest soloist at Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Munich...

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