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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12pm EST–Michael Sheppard, piano
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12pm EST–Derek Zhi Guang Chiu, piano
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12pm EST –Anna Ouspenskaya, piano

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Fall 2020 Virtual Concert Series -- Piano Journey


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About the Artists:

Michael Sheppard, piano

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12pm EST

Known as “a virtuosic soloist possessed of power, sensitivity, earthiness, and humor” (Whitney Smith, Indianapolis Star) with the “power to make an audience sit up and pay attention…thought-provoking for performers and listeners alike” (James Manheim, All Music Guide ), Michael Sheppard trained with the legendary Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. He was selected by the American Pianists Association as a Classical Fellow, which designation led to the recording of his Harmonia Mundi CD of 2007. In 2015, another recording will be released by Azica, a Cleveland-based label distributed worldwide by Naxos Records.

He has performed solo recitals and concertos around the world, as well as across the USA, including several solo Weill (Carnegie) Hall recitals and a solo Kennedy Center debut. He gives master classes, teaches regularly and plays with some of the top singers and instrumentalists around; he also coaches singers, instrumentalists, and conductors.

Michael Sheppard today stands at a crossroads, spending large amounts of time writing as well as performing and teaching. He has worked closely with fellow composers John Corigliano, Christopher Theofanidis, Michael Hersch, Robert Sirota and with the late Nicholas Maw, demonstrating a deep love of new music; his eclectic tastes also led him recently to musical-direct performances of Jason Robert Brown’s Broadway show “The Last Five Years”.

Michael Sheppard is a native of Philadelphia and resides in Baltimore, where he works at both the Peabody Conservatory and the Baltimore School for the Arts, sharing his love and understanding of music and the artistic process with future generations.

Listen to Michael’s recording on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube using the links below.

music.apple.com/us/album/brahms-for-cello-and-piano/1514560717

open.spotify.com/artist/1Qwlp6Qu3Myfh5rAI6yGmE

youtube.com/watch?v=R8RJRkpx11o&t=51s

Derek Zhi Guang Chiu, piano

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12pm EST

“…adept at playing many different types of piano literature, having particular affinity for the music of the Classical period, especially that of Mozart, a composer in which he truly understood. Also, his technical mastery of the keyboard allowed him to easily perform the more difficult works of Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninoff.” – Steinway Artist Joel Hastings

“The graduate of the Manhattan School of Music captivated the intimate crowd.” – Medicine Hat News

Canadian pianist and piano pedagogue Derek Zhi Guang Chiu enjoys an active professional career. In 2016 and 2018 he was named by Steinway & Sons as one of the Top Teachers in Calgary, Alberta. He has a growing reputation as a performer, music educator, clinician and music consultant.

As a performer, Chiu has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Most recently he has performed at Biola University, California State University – Northridge, Showcase Pianos in Vancouver, Bishop’s University, University of Lethbridge and the University of Regina. His orchestral engagements have included performances with the Windsor Community Orchestra, Briercrest College Orchestra, Rockland Symphony Orchestras and The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with artists Roberto Cani (concert master of the LA Opera), David Lakirovich (assistant concert master of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), Meghan Jacoby (principal flute Chamber Orchestra Symphony by the Seas) and David Mitchell (clarinetist from the US ARMY Band).

Chiu is a leader in online music education. Chiu presented online professional development workshops on remote music lessons to help music teachers make the transition from in person to online teaching at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. His workshops were attended by over 2000 music teachers in Canada and the United States. Chiu also worked one on one with teachers to demonstrate online programs, resources and apps along with showcasing audio/visual hardware to enhance e-learning.

Chiu is a dedicated piano pedagogue who has presented pedagogical workshops on the utilization of technology in the teaching studio, cognitive practice, aural skills development, sight reading, Baroque performance practice, memorization of music. His academic lectures have explored the music of Bach, Chopin, Liszt, and Mozart. Chiu has presented at the Colorado State Music Teachers’ Conference, The Colburn School, the University of Windsor, Lakehead University and Providence College to name a few. Chiu is also a clinician for the Royal Conservatory having presented workshops in Canada and The United States.

Chiu is a member of the online teaching team at Virtuosity.Online. The mission of Virtuosity.Online is cultivating curiosity, inspiring personal exploration for musician’s practice, shared and online! He has led lectures on piano technique, motivating teenagers and a four-part series on teaching, studying and performing the keyboard works of Mozart for the new online music education platform.

Chiu maintains a private studio in Calgary where his piano students have earned scholarships to attend undergraduate and graduate music schools; have received gold medals from the Royal Conservatory;

and are prize winners at local, national and international piano competitions. He has been teaching online since 2015 and provides consultation to teachers who are interested in establishing a virtual teaching presence. He is on the Faculty of the Cremona International Music Academy (Italy) and JVL Summer School for Performing Arts (Canada) and the Toronto Music Alliance. Chiu is a sought after master class clinician, ensemble coach and guest teacher.

In November 2013, he was awarded The Odyssey Award by the University of Windsor Alumni Association. The award recognizes alumni who are in the early years of their career path, having distinguished themselves through successes in career endeavors, notable achievements in their local community, or through a significant or innovative achievement in their professional or personal life. Chiu’s performance that evening was hailed as the “highlight” of the Alumni Association’s annual awards night.

His extensive training includes mentorship with notable Canadian teachers Dr. E. Gregory Butler and Joel Hastings at The University of Windsor. While in Windsor, Chiu had additional studies in piano pedagogy with Dr. Thomas Green, Chief Examiner of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Under the guidance of Solomon Mikowsky (featured in Benjamin Saver’s book The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA) and Donn-Alexandre Feder at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, Chiu graduated with a Master of Music degree in 2003. During his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, Chiu was mentored in chamber music by pianist Daniel Epstein of the Raphael Trio and engaged in rigorous studies in Baroque and Classical performance practices with Kenneth Cooper, one of the world’s foremost music specialists in the music from those eras. Chiu has performed in master classes in Canada, Europe and the United States for Janina Fialkowska, Robin Harrison, James Howsmon, Lorrin Hollander, Ramzi Yassa, Cecilio Tieles, and Jesus Angel Rodriquez.

He is the Alberta Regional Representative for the Royal Conservatory and a member of their College of Examiners. Chiu was featured on CBC Music’s website on the topic of teens and piano lessons in November 2017.

To connect with Derek Chiu, please visit derekchiumusicstudio.ca and Instagram: @derekchiupiano.

Anna Ouspenskaya, piano

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12pm EST

Anna Ouspenskaya is one of the most recognized performing artists of the Washington, D.C. area. In 1991 she made her first trip to the United States, winning Second Prize in the Bach International Piano Competition in Washington, DC. Since that year Anna was coming to US every year to perform and give master classes which took her to 18 states. In 1993 Ms. Ouspenskaya became a finalist at the Bach International Piano Competition in Germany. She has released albums under Altarus and Ramsey records. Both CDs represent Russian music: the 1st of Rodion Shchedrin and the 2nd of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.

An established chamber musician, Ms. Ouspenskaya has performed with principal members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

Native of Yaroslavl, Russia, Anna was born to a family of professional musicians.  At the age of seven she made her debut with the Yaroslavl Philharmonic playing Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major. She graduated from the Moscow Central Music School and earned her master’s degree from St. Petersburg Conservatory.  Before moving to United States Ms. Ouspenskaya worked at Dudelange Conservatory in Luxembourg, also giving performances in France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Scotland.

Ms. Ouspenskaya made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1999 and Kennedy Center debut in 2002; she performed Saint-Saens Fourth Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto in New York City and Washington, DC.   She often plays in a duo with her husband, cellist Igor Zubkovsky.

Anna Ouspenskaya is a founding member of Capital Piano Trio which performs all around the area.  The most recent CD of the group presents piano trios of Mendelssohn and Babajanian.

A committed teacher, Anna holds a private studio in her home, and she is on the piano faculty of Levine School of Music in Washington, DC.  Her students won numerous awards in local and state piano competitions.  In 2014 Anna and her Music Studio were featured in TV show “Rock Your Block”. Most recently, Anna co-founded the Sound Espressivo Global Competition, an online live real-time music competition. Visit soundespressivocompetition.com for more information about this competition. To learn more about Anna’s activities and to get in touch, please visit musicstudiohuntermill.com.

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