Heinz Hall

Kiki Barley

Becky Billock


Hailed as a "persuasive and capable" musician (BBC Music Magazine) and an "unforgettable listening experience" (The Whole Note), recording artist and recitalist Becky Billock has found her niche promoting the works of contemporary women.  Ms. Billock enjoys an active performance schedule including international tours, commissions, and world premieres. She has appeared as soloist with regional orchestras in the US, Mexico, and South Africa. In addition to solo and chamber recitals throughout the U.S., she has had appearances on the Seattle radio station Classical KING FM 98.1, the Pittsburgh radio station WQED 98.3FM, and American Public Media’s Performance Today.  Ms. Billock concertizes, lectures and adjudicates frequently in western Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband Jonathan Aldrich and her two young daughters. She holds degrees from Walla Walla College (BA), University of Redlands (MA), and University of Washington (DMA), where she studied respectively with Leonard Richter, Louanne Long, and Craig Sheppard.


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Jack Christ


Michael Durka

Chase Everett

Chase Everett is 14 years old. He will be entering the 10th grade at Shady Side Academy Senior School in the fall. Chase has studied piano at Carnegie Mellon University College Prep since the age of 4. Chase won first place, in his age group, in the Pittsburgh International Piano Competition and is the recipient of a Young Artist Programs award. Chase has performed at Carnegie Hall, in New York City and the Grand Lobby of Heinz Hall, in Pittsburgh, PA.


Chase maintains a full schedule playing drums, revamping old tunes and working on physics experiments in his free time.

Tina Faigen

Tina Faigen, concert pianist, recording artist, teacher and published music-writer, holds a BM from Oberlin College, and MM and DMA degrees from University of Miami where she studied with renowned pianist Ivan Davis. A recipient of many prizes and awards, Faigen is the 1989 Passamaneck Winner of the Pittsburgh “Y” Recital Series, has appeared in over 30 performances of the Tchaikovsky 3rdPiano Concerto with Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, and has appeared as guest soloist with a multitude of orchestras. She performed Haydn D Major Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony at age 13, was awarded a debut tour of Italy with Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzeze, performing Beethoven C Major Concerto, and recently appeared as guest soloist for the Brahms D Minor with DeKalb Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta as well as with Edgewood Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall in celebration of their 30thAnniversary Gala Concert.


This season Faigen collaborated with violinist Catherine Cho (The Juilliard School) helping to establish the Pittsburgh chapter of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger. Locally, Faigen has performed for the Steinway Recital Series, Johnstown Music Series, Chatham Guest Artist Series and Chamber Music Series, Pittsburgh Concert Society, Tuesday Musical Club, West Liberty University, and Wayne State University. She was featured artist for the Carnegie Mellon University special event concert, “Schultz, Faigen & Friends,” and has performed live on WQED-FM. An active chamber musician, Faigen is a founding member of Zaffiro Trio which performs regularly in concert and for out-reach programs to benefit the community. Most recently Faigen collaborated with internationally-known violinists Daniel & Todd Phillips (Orion String Quartet) at Carnegie Mellon’s Kresge Recital Hall for Pittsburgh Concert Society.



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Ihab Hassan

Ihab Hassan started playing the piano at the age of 8. While he developed to become a physician by profession he kept a strong affection to music and piano playing. He studied the piano in Beirut Lebanon under Zvart Sarkissian, the last pupil of Marguerite Long and teacher of world-renowned pianist Abdel Rahman El Bacha. Throughout his medical school education and professional career, Ihab volunteered his talent on a regular basis to many fundraising and benefit musical concerts. The following are some of his benefit solo piano recitals:  

·  December 2004, Assembly Hall, Beirut. Benefited AIDS patients in need.

·  October 2006, Harper Hall, Iowa City. Benefited the UNICEF children's fund.

·  May 2008, Harper Hall, Iowa City, Benefited the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital

·  May 2012, Coralville Performing Arts Center, Iowa, Benefited the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital

·  Participated in the “Doctors in Concert” annual event in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Coralville Performing Arts Center, Iowa. Benefited the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

Ihab Hassan graduated from the American University of Beirut School of Medicine in 2004. He then moved to Iowa City, IA where he completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Iowa. In 2011 he joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Iowa. In 2016 he moved with his wife Colleen to the Pittsburgh area and joined the Pulmonary and Critical Care department at the Washington Health System.

Jackson Hunt

Jackson Hunt, 14, is in 8th Grade at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. He studies piano with Yeeha Chiu and composition with Robert Schultz. Jackson has received many awards for both, including being a Steinway Society of Western PA Young Artist, Pittsburgh International Piano Competition Second Prize winner, Streator-Smith Competition Second Prize Winner, Geneva College International Competition First Prize Winner, Duquesne Young Artist Competition Second Prize Winner, PMTA Piano Competition Honorable Mention Winner, Keystone Composition Competition First Prize Winner, and MTNA Composition Competition State Level First Prize Winner.

He has performed in the lobby of Heinz Hall, and on the stage at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York. Jackson would like to continue to further his studies in both piano and composition, and hopes to someday become a professional at both.


(credit: Pittsburgh Concert Society)

James Iman

Young Kim

Noted for her convincing and passionate interpretation, Rochelle Klein is a pianist, a singer, a certified music educator and an arts administrator. She has garnered rich experience in performance, higher education, nonprofit arts and public education.

Klein's performances and programs have been reviewed in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among others. Her program development and implementation have won grant support from national and state agencies, corporations and foundations.

Klein is an associate professor in the musical theatre program at Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts, where she teaches private and group piano, theory and sightsinging. For 20 years, she served as coordinator of both the music and core arts areas, creating eight courses, spearheading community engagement partnerships, mentoring faculty, and developing/administering sequences in music and in arts. Serving on strategic planning and curriculum alignment teams, she has aided Point Park’s transition from a college to a university with an increasingly selective Conservatory.

Funded projects she has secured or facilitated for Point Park include master classes by composers Marvin Hamlisch, Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Gwon, and lecture-demo performances by artists from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cello Fury and Umoja Dance Company, among many. Previous posts include full-time Conservatory teaching artist and adjunct Education faculty.

Jack Kurutz

Jack Kurutz is an avid recitalist and chamber musician and advocate of contemporary music. During his studies at New England Conservatory of Music, Kurutz was the pianist for ensembles including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Harvard Group for New Music, the Callithumpian Consort, Enchanted Circle, the Honors Wind Quintet, the Honors Brass Quintet, and a piano trio coached by Stephen Drury. With these groups he performed compositions of Conlon Nancarrow, John Adams, Charles Ives, and Lee Hyla. In Pittsburgh, he has appeared frequently with the Contemporary Music Ensemble of Carnegie Mellon University, where he presented Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion as well as the Pittsburgh premieres of John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction and Grand Pianola Music for two pianos.  Kurutz appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto in May of 2011. He is also a founding member of the Living Room Chamber Music Project, and is the newest member of the University of Pittsburgh’s ensemble-in-residence, IonSound Project.

    Kurutz has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician in the cities of Salzburg (Austria), New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, and Charleston (South Carolina). Kurutz has performed in master classes of Earl Wild, Ilana Vered, Sergey Schepkin, Alexander Korsantia, and Randall Hodgkinson. He has also performed at the Music Festival of Monte Castello di Vibio (2006), Piccolo Spoleto (2004), Aspen Music Festival (2002), and the University of Miami’s Piano/Opera Accompanying Program in Salzburg (1997).  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, studying with Ivan Davis, and earned his Master of Music from New England Conservatory in Gabriel Chodos’ studio. In 2005, Kurutz completed an Artist Diploma from Carnegie Mellon University.
    In September 2007, Kurutz won First Prize, Artist Division, in the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the American Liszt Society.  Additionally, he was awarded a prize for the best interpretation of a Franz Liszt composition. He was a finalist in the 2009 Simone Belsky Competition and the 2010 Steinway Society of Massachusetts Competition.

Mark LeVeque

Mark LeVeque began his piano studies at the age of seven in Los Angeles, CA, and continued his piano studies through his high school years.   As a high school student, he was active as an accompanist for the school choir and musicals.

He was accepted as a scholarship student at the University of Southern California School of Music, where he studied under Daniel Pollack and Adrian Ruiz.  While at USC, he shifted career tracks outside of music but has maintained music as his primary avocation. He has been active his entire adult life in performing with amateur musical groups at private homes.

Prior to relocating to Pittsburgh in 2017, Mark lived in Atlanta, Georgia where he studied with Francisco Silva and became active in chamber music groups, performing with the Dolce Chamber Group in Atlanta.    His performances included the Schubert Trout Quintet and the Lyapunov Sextet. In Pittsburgh he is an active member of the Tuesday Musical Group and has performed at their Piano Division Meetings.

Jimmy Liu Piano Studio

Junyi (Jimmy) Liu is a classical pianist residing in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA.  He has been playing piano since age 6, when he moved to Pittsburgh from Chang Chun, China. Jimmy found much success in piano competitions while growing up, winning the Duquesne Young Artists, PPTA, MTNA PA State, Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, and many others.  After high school Jimmy attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance, as well as certificates in piano tuning and piano pedagogy. He maintains a piano studio of over 40 students, ages 5-75, and does piano tuning for Carnegie Mellon as well as over 150 private clients.  His students have won competitions, performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC, Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, and played with orchestras. In addition to teaching at his home, Jimmy also teaches for Carnegie Mellon University, the Ellis School, and is the pianist for Epworth United Methodist Church.


Students performing on the 26th - 

Katie Ding

Ben Du

Alex Du

Tessa Gumberg 

Stanley Gumberg

 Nana Koll

Luka Koll

Josie Nesbit

Camilla Musahl

Sophia Musahl

Nikki Rajasekra

Sally Riordin

MaryLee Stenson

Derya Tonguz

Deniz Tonguz


Amaury Morales


Regarded as “an authority in the classical music world (Ciudad Corazón)” and “a vigorous, energetic performer (Toplicke Vesti)” pianist Amaury Morales has performed widely in major venues of Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia; Amaury has been praised as “a mixture of maturity and youth that reveals an underlying serenity (La Información).” For his methodical choice of repertoire, his performances of Latin-American music have earned him a reputation of an advocate of the region’s classical music: “It was really refreshing to hear a completely different, unconventional Latin rhythm performed by the pianist from this territory who has been awarded many times (Toplicke Vesti, Serbia).” The recipient of several awards, Amaury was awarded for three consecutive years with the Dr. Mark H Cooley scholarship award for outstanding achievement, and has received recognition in competitions such as 3rd place in the Latin American piano festival (2001), 2nd Place in the Manuel Rueda piano competition (2003), 2nd place in the American Protegé (2011) international competition and 1st place in the Silverman chamber music competition (2009). His orchestra appearances include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon University baroque ensemble, and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Amaury started his piano studies at the Institute of Culture and Arts in the city of Santiago. He studied piano with Dr. Hilda Melis, and music theory with Mercedes Machín. He received Bachelor’s degree at the Boston Conservatory as a student of Max Levinson, and earned his Master’s Degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he studied with Dr. Sergey Schepkin. Amaury furthered his artistic education with legendary German pianist Klaus Schilde as an active participant of pianosummer-Vranje festival in Serbia. A devoted educator, Amaury has given masterclasses in Latin America, Istanbul, Serbia, Singapore, and the United States. Amaury is the Chair of the Piano Department at the Pittsburgh Music Academy, and belongs to the piano faculty of Carnegie Mellon University’s preparatory division.

Davis Morgenstern

A student at Community Day School, 13 year old Davis S. Morgenstern has been interested in the piano since the age of 2 when he would watch and listen for hours as his grandmother played in her living room.  Davis began playing piano by teaching himself to replicate short children's songs. At 5, and before learning to read music, he performed in entirety "Fur Elise" by Beethoven. Currently, he studies piano with Yeeha Chiu, a Steinway Artist.  Davis began his membership in the Steinway Society Young Artists Program in 2013. He won best performance of a Liszt piece in the 2018 Pittsburgh International Piano Competition (PIPC) when he performed Liszt’s Widmung. He will perform Widmung at Carnegie Hall on July 28, 2018 at the Winners’ Concert. Emanuel Ax’s  encore performance of Liszt’s Widmung with tenor Paul Appleby singing the original lyrical version by Schumann came to fruition when Davis and they discussed his performance of Widmung the previous evening over dinner. His previous engagements include a private party at the William Penn Hotel, Music at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and a charity event at the Ronald McDonald Children's House. He currently is attending his fifth consecutive summer in the Advanced Piano Program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.  For the past seven seasons, Davis has been a regular attendee of the Grand Classics Series of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall and the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Outside of music, Davis is an expert skier who enjoys the backcountry of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He has passions for mathematics and science. Since the age of 4, Davis has been studying Chinese and Hebrew. When he is not playing the piano, he can frequently be found solving logic puzzles or playing catch or basketball with his father, mother and two sisters in their backyard in Squirrel Hill.


Rodrigo Ojeda

Venezuelan born pianist Rodrigo Ojeda began his piano studies at the age of ten.  He completed his Bachelor's Degree in piano performance at the IUDEM (Institute of Musical Studies) in 1997 under Arnaldo Pizzolante.  In 1999 he went on to complete his graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University with Enrique Graf where he also remained to complete his Artist Diploma certificate.

Mr. Ojeda has performed on master classes with such notable pianists as Kasimierz Giesrod ( former rector of the Frederic Chopin Academy in Warsaw ), Marek Joblonsky, Georgy Sandor, Marta Gulyas, and Earl Wild.  His solo recitals include performances throughout Venezuela, Ecuador and most recently in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He has performed concerti from an expansive repertoire of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Gershwin, Grieg, Schumann, Mozart, Lizt (Totentanz), Cesar Frank and Prokofiev.


Currently, Mr. Ojeda is an Artist Lecturer in Piano in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University as well as a piano faculty member in its Music Preparatory School. He has also been playing with the Pittsburgh Symphony since October 2006. His wife, Giuseppina, and son, Sebastian, reside with him in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Nanette Kaplan Solomon


Nanette Kaplan Solomon, pianist and Professor Emerita of Music at Slippery Rock University, performs frequently as soloist and chamber musician. She was on the faculty of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania from 1977-2014, where she coordinated the piano program, and taught music history, form and analysis, music skills, and women and music classes. She has presented lecture-recitals at the College Music Society national meetings in San Diego, Savannah, Cleveland, San Juan, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Quebec City, San Antonio, Atlanta, Portland (OR), and Richmond (VA), and has performed at the international conferences in Berlin, Vienna, Kyoto, Limerick, Costa Rica, Madrid, Bangkok, Zagreb, Croatia, Seoul, Korea, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland.  Dr. Solomon’s involvement with the works of women composers has led to invitations to perform at several Feminist Theory and Music conferences, the American Music/American Women symposium in Boulder, Colorado, the Athena Festival in Murray, Kentucky, as well as at nine of the International Festivals of Women Composers held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She presented a lecture-recital of works by contemporary women at the MTNA national conference in Minneapolis in 2000.   She has been a soloist with orchestras in Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, as well as a featured artist with the Butler (PA), Youngstown and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras.  Dr. Solomon has also performed at the Phillips Collection, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., Wigmore Hall in London, the Lincoln Center Library in New York City, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.  She has been a guest artist at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, California, New York, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Minnesota, and Maine.


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Jacob Ujhazy

16-year-old Jacob Ujhazy is thrilled to be back for his second Pittsburgh Piano Day.

He was honored to play in the opening ceremony at last year’s inaugural event. Jacob will be a senior at Hopewell Senior High School in the fall. He is a student of Donna Amato and has been playing piano since he was four years old.  Jacob is a 2018 Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Winner, 2017 NAfME All-National Pianist, and 2017 PMEA All-State Pianist. Jacob is a pianist in his school concert and has been a member of his school jazz bands and lead snare drum in the marching band. He also plays accompaniment for the high school chorus. Jacob is a pianist for the Henry Mancini Youth Jazz Fusion Ensemble at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center. The past two summers Jacob has attended Pre-College Music at Carnegie-Mellon University.

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