Sofya Gulyak

In September 2009 Sofya Gulyak was awarded the 1st prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition – the first woman in the history of the competition to achieve this distinction. Since then she has appeared all over the world to great acclaim. Her recital programmes are frequently reviewed …

Dr. Nicholas Susi

Described in The WholeNote as “an innovative musician and aggressive thinker with a gift for keyboard brilliance,” Dr. Nicholas Susi enjoys a multifaceted career living out his deep love of music. He recognizes that Classical music has been a transformative force in his life, and seeks to share its power with others through his teaching …

Dr. Scott McBride Smith

Scott McBride Smith is a recognized leader in worldwide music education. As the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Kansas since 2010, he focuses on national issues of teacher training and piano pedagogy. As President and CEO of the International Institute for Young Musicians, he leads a summer program offering …

Dr. Michael Esch

Michael Esch holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Rice University where his teachers included Robert Roux and Jon Kimura Parker. His other major influences include his first teachers Rosemary Collins and Dorothy Morton, and extensive coachings with Rebecca Penneys, Lazar Berman and Anton Kuerti. Dr. Esch has been featured in …

Ivy Lu Wang

Ivy Lu Wang is a versatile pianist and educator, specializing in healthy piano performance techniques. In collaboration with Chinese medical students, she created a grant-funded program named “How Pianists Coexist with Tenosynovitis” recognized as an honored program at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. She was invited to write a front-page article in “Music Weekly” one …