Heinz Hall Garden

Find us at Heinz Hall Garden for a day full of classical performances! 

 

David Ban

David Ban,17, is a rising senior at North Allegheny Senior High School and is a student of Professor David Allen Wehr of Duquesne University. Before David and his family moved from Utah to Pittsburgh in August 2017, he studied piano with Professor Gary Amano at Utah State University for eight years. Recently, he won second place in Steinway Junior Competition, first place in the senior division at Pittsburgh International Piano Competition, first place at Pittsburgh Piano Teacher Association Scholarship Competition and was a finalist at Duquesne Young Artist National Concerto Competition. In 2017, David won Utah Symphony Salute to Youth competition and was selected to perform Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasy with Utah Symphony as a featured piano soloist. In addition, he was a winner of multiple concerto competitions and performed four times with local orchestras since he was 12. His other awards include second place at Utah Music Teacher Association (UMTA) Concerto Competition, Utah Symphony Youth Guild Recital audition winner, and top prize winner at Utah State University Piano Festival for nine consecutive years. David loves to share music with others and has played in many community concerts and volunteered in hospitals and assisted living homes. David also loves science, enjoys reading, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.

Kiki Barley

Sonya Campbell

Chase Everett

Chase Everett is 15 years old. He will be entering the 11th 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.

Anthony Felice

Tony, engineer by day, holds a strong passion for piano performance and composition. Since age 10, he has been enthralled by ragtime and romantic-era music with a strong focus on these genres in his current repertoire.  Tony holds a minor in piano performance from Carnegie Mellon University and has been a participant at various open-piano events in the Pittsburgh area for the past 9 years.

Arkadiy Garber

Arkadiy Garber is a classical pianist that focuses on the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, particularly the 32 piano sonatas that span Beethoven’s entire musical career. In addition to this, Garber’s repertoire includes music from the baroque era (e.g. Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti), as well as the romantic piano works of Frédéric Chopin and Charles- Valentin Alkan. Garber, who is now 28 years old, taught himself to play piano at the age of 16, and has been playing ever since. Garber has performed dozens of solo piano recitals in different venues, including colleges, churches, and weddings. Garber also worked as a beginning piano teacher and tutor at the Los Angeles Pierce Community College. Garber attended the University of Southern California, where he studied musical composition and neuroscience, routinely performing in recitals that featured his own musical compositions, as well as works of Beethoven, Schubert, and Mozart. Garber’s original works include various short piano pieces and songs, as well as a piano quartet. After USC, Garber went on to graduate school at the University of Delaware to pursue his scientific interests, which include neuroscience, microbiology, and genomics. Garber currently works as a computational biologist at the University of Montana. He maintains an active involvement in music, composing new music, performing in recitals, and teaching piano.

Michael Hammer

Michael Hammer received his Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where his teachers included Robert MacDonald, Marian Hahn and Leon Fleischer. He has been in recital from New York's Carnegie Hall to the National Recital Hall in Taipei. His diverse activities include accompanying soloists and choirs as well as appearing as recitalist and soloist with orchestras. His appearance with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony in 2012 was not as a pianist but as an actor, playing the role of Antonin Dvorak for a children’s educational concert!  Here in Pittsburgh he is organist at Third Presbyterian Church. He also teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Pittsburgh: classes have included the history and demonstration of the organ, the movie "Amadeus," and "Beethoven: The Revolutionary."  Recent appearances around town as organist have included Heinz Chapel, Westminster Presbyterian Church and St. Paul Cathedral.

James Iman

Pianist James W. Iman has distinguished himself as a specialist in music of the 20th and 21st centuries and frequently performs music of the Second Viennese, Darmstadt, and New York Schools. Audiences have called his playing “direct,” “thoughtful,” and “compelling.” His appearances on WQED-FM and with Tuesday Musical Club have made him a fixture of Pittsburgh’s classical music scene, and he is highly regarded for his intelligent and innovative programming.

                    

In 2015 he joined the artist roster of ZeD Classics and 2017 saw the release of his debut album, to favorable reviews, which includes the World Premiere Recording of Gilbert Amy’s labyrinthine Sonate pour Piano alongside Pierre Boulez’s Troisième Sonate, Arnold Schoenberg’s Drei Klavierstücke op.11, and Anton Webern’s Variationen für Klavier op.27.

                    

Renowned Boulez scholar Peter O’Hagan has said of the album that “[the] performances are characterized throughout by a passionate sense of commitment to each of the works on the CD” and Andrea Bedetti of MusicVoice.com has said James’ recording of the Boulez sonata is among the “reference versions.”

 

Read more about James here

Joseph Kamm

Joseph Kamm studied piano with Charles Lococo and Ralph Zitterbart. Harry Franklin mentored him through his piano major at Carnegie Mellon University. An accident only three weeks after graduation caused irreperable muscle and nerve damage to the fourth and fifth fingers of his left hand. His ardor for playing demanded a recalibration of technique which, in turn, added fervor and insight to his method of teaching piano.

Kamm was awarded a fellowship to the American Center for Electronic Music in Santa Fe, NM where he composed music for piano and synthesiser ensemble. Along with composers Christopher Berg and Bill Martin, Kamm’s music was performed at the Museum of Modern Art in Santa Fe and Keller Hall in Albuquerque, broadcast live over NPR.

He has performed and recorded with a variety of ensembles over the years ranging in style from cabaret to avante garde and was a staff pianist for The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School and Company.

Today, Mr. Kamm is a teacher, composer, and writer in his home city of Pittsburgh, PA.

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.

Hudson Miller

Hudson Miller, 16, is a concert pianist of eight years from Sewickley. He has studied under multiple stellar teachers including Amy Simpson, Ralph Zitterbart, and Donna Amato. Besides regular recitals, Hudson has performed before the Music Plus Concerts Series at St. James Church. This is his first year participating in the Piano Days events. Hudson is a rising junior at Quaker Valley High School with a love for academics. He has been a long-time member of Quaker Valley's concert band, playing both oboe and bassoon. Hudson's interests also include traveling, exploring, and meeting new people. He just returned from trips to China and Central Africa. Hudson is beyond excited to play at Piano Days this year. 

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 a 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.

Ziqian Peng

Ziqian (Aaron) Peng, 13 years old, learned piano for five years, won the second-place award for the Pittsburgh International Piano Competition 2018 and 2019, and became a Steinway young artist since 2018.  

J. Paul Pepper

J. Paul Pepper has played and performed piano for thirty-five years. He has taught pi- ano for more than twenty. He also has more than twenty years of experience as a vocal and musical theater performer. He has taught piano privately since 1998 and voice pri- vately since 2007. He studied piano with renowned teachers Natalie Phillips and George Rau, and has worked extensively with other notable performers and instructors such as Brady Millican, Phyllis East, Susan Woodard, Charles Seifert, and Ralph Zitter- bart. He received his vocal training from Shirley Sutton, Jerry K. Shannon, David Pfautz, and Tarella Mimidis, whose respective areas of expertise cover a wide genre and style spectrum, from classical to gospel to pop, from solo to choral to chamber technique.

 

J. Paul also studied the trumpet privately for several years and performed with concert, jazz, and marching bands throughout high school and college. He is a 2001 honors graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, where he minored in music. Over the years he has played and sung with various rock and pop groups, including the Kansas City-based alternative band, Land of the Living. Other instruments he has studied in- clude guitar, drums, and bagpipes.

 

Read more about J. Paul Pepper here

Maja Petrovic

Maja Petrović was born in Serbia, where she finished primary and secondary music school. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Music Academy in Eastern Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She went to earn her Master’s degree at the Faculty of Music in Skopje, Macedonia. Maja is a Duquesne University Artist Diploma recipient in piano performance, where she studied with David Allen Wehr. During her studies she won over 30 awards, both as a soloist and as a member of a chamber music ensembles. Maja’s solo career has brought her to perform in Serbia, around Europe, and the United States. Maja has collaborated with orchestras and opera companies around the Pittsburgh area and has several years of experience collaborating with both singers and instrumentalists.

Jeannine Zhou

Jeannine started her first piano lesson with Dr. Marina Lupinacci shortly before she turned five and has since enjoyed playing piano. She won the first prize of Best Schumann Performance and Best 19th Century of Great Composer Competition. She also won the first prize of Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition and performed at the Winners’ Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

 

Besides being a pianist, she will enter 4th grade at Hosack Elementary School and likes all kinds of extracurricular activities. Her regular activities include North Allegheny Soccer Club practice and game, and a figure skating lesson weekly. She also studies violin and hopes to join the school orchestra in the fall. She follows Mr. Seneca, the gym teacher, rigorously by scooting, biking and tagging an hour a day.

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