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The mission of the Namei International Music Festival is to create an environment where passionate musicians from around the world are able to come together, share and exchange ideas, and build relationships in order to develop a global music community. With support of the Musicians Club of New York, the Manhattan Symphonie, and the Union National Culture and Sports Foundation, as well as the cooperation of New England Conservatory, the 2015 Namei International Music Festival is able to create opportunities for participants to join and perform in world famous performing venues, such as Lincoln Center. Through the programs of the Namei International Music Festival, participants will experience the culture of different cities, the musical environment of different conservatories, and have the opportunity to play for many world-renowned musicians and distinguished faculty. For the first time this year, the program will include a visit to Boston, where participants will have the opportunity for a short residency at New England Conservatory, during which they will have the opportunity to work with NEC faculty in masterclasses and have seminars about education in the United States.Thank you for your interest. We look forward to meeting you and helping cultivate and share your gifts.

Programs include:
Namei International Music Festival schedule (Design for musicians of all ages)
Music Summer Camp schedule(Design for all people who interested in music)

Namei International Music Competition will have the qualifying stage in China, America and Europe. For those who qualified to the final stage of the competition will be invited to Boston, where the competition will be held at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Regarding to the details please see the pages of Schedules of Namei International Music Competition.

Laura Alley

Laura Alley enjoys a distinguished career in opera direction. She has a vast repertoire of operas, which she has directed throughout the United States and abroad. Highlights include the European premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles with Jerome Sirlin in Hannover, Germany, and the American premieres of Kinkakuji and The Dreyfus Affair for the New York City Opera. Among the opera companies for which she has directed much of the standard repertoire are New York City Opera (La Boheme, Rondine), Syracuse (Don Giovanni, Otello), Kansas City (Carmen, Merry Wives of Windsor, Tosca), San Francisco (Attila), Austin (The Magic Flute), Cleveland (Madame Butterfly), Chautauqua (Faust, Rigoletto), Connecticut, New Orleans (Le Nozze di Figaro) El Paso (Aida, Cosi fan tutte, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Samson and Delilah), Dayton Opera (Romeo and Juliet), and Tri-Cities Opera (La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Torvatore, and nest season’s Don Giovanni). Miss Alley has taught and directed opera workshop productions at Indiana University, Louisiana State University, the Kansas City Conservatory, Temple University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Converse College, Rutgers University, New York University and the University of Georgia.  She is currently on the opera faculty of the Mannes College of Music where she teaches Acting for Singers and directed the critically acclaimed Magic Flute, Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi, The Marriage of Figaro, Dialogues of the Carmelites, La Traviata, Cosi fan tutte, Falstaff , Don Giovanni, and the Rape of Lucretia in May. She has also been on the faculty for Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program, where she has directed Don Giovanni, Tales of Hoffmann, Un Ballo in Maschera, and Die Zauberflöte.

Wha-Kyung Byun

Wha Kyung Byun was born and educated in Korea, where she won several major competitions and was chosen as one of the most talented young artists in the country. After she made her debut recital at the age of 15, she appeared as soloist with major orchestras and performed throughout her homeland. She graduated from Seoul National University and was awarded the Presidential Gold Medal. Since coming to the United States, Byun studied piano at New England Conservatory with Russell Sherman and chamber music with Rudolf Kolisch. Her playing has been described by Richard Dyer as "rapturous" and "poetic."Since 1979 she has taught at New England Conservatory and dedicated herself to helping numerous students in their development as both musicians and human beings. She is the first recipient from the piano faculty to have received the prestigious Lesser Award, which is given to the most distinguished faculty at NEC. Also, she was the first recipientof the Distinguished Educator Award from the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts. In 2013 she received the NEC Preparatory School's Jean Stackhouse Award for excellence in teaching.She is widely renowned as one of the most successful teachers in America. Over the years, her students have been prizewinners in major national and international competitions.

Wei-Yi Yang

Pianist Wei-Yi Yang has performed worldwide as soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician to critical acclaim.  Winner of the gold medal in San Antonio International Piano Competition, he has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and major venues across America, Asia, Europe and Australia. Most recently, he was praised by the New York Times in a “sensational” performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall. Wei-Yi Yang’s performances have been featured on NPR, PBS, ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne), and ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company), and on recordings by Ovation, Albany Records, Renegade Classics, and the Holland-America Music Society. Yang is a frequent guest artist at the festivals of Novi Sad, Serbia; Monterrey, Mexico; Konstanz, Germany; Kotor, Montenegro; La Jolla and Napa, California; and Norfolk, Connecticut.A dedicated chamber musician, Wei-Yi Yang has collaborated with many distinguished musicians, including the Alexander, Cassatt, Pacifica, and Tokyo String Quartets; mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade; soprano Dawn Upshaw; clarinetists Richard Stoltzman and David Shifrin; violists Roger Tapping, Ara Gregorian, and Ettore Causa; and violinist Axel Strauss, among many others. With cellist Clive Greensmith, he recently performed Mendelssohn’s complete duos for cello and piano on the 1884 Erard Grand piano at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.His interest in interdisciplinary projects has led to a collaboration with English actress Miriam Margolyes as part of the “Dickens’ Women” world tour; lecture/recitals on the confluence of music and literature in Czech culture as seen through works by Janácek and Kundera; and multimedia performances of Granados’ monumental Goyescas with projections of Goya’s etchings from Caprichos supplied by the Yale Art Gallery. Yang has collaborated with several composers to premiere their works, including Jonathan Cole’s Piano Trio Sandlining, Ezra Laderman’s Jersey Rain (a song cycle with texts by poet laureate Robert Pinsky), Howard Boatwright’s Piano Sonata, and Daniel Godfrey’s Concerto for piano and winds. Born in Taiwan of Chinese and Japanese heritage, Mr. Yang studied first in the United Kingdom, and then in America with renowned Russian pianists, Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music and Boris Berman at Yale. Mr. Yang has also worked with eminent pianists Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Vera Gornostaeva, Hans Graf, Byron Janis, and Murray Perahia. He is a founding member of the Soyulla Ensemble, who received the prestigious McKnight Fellowship, and recently made its debut at Alice Tully Hall.In demand as a committed teacher, Wei-Yi Yang has presented master classes and performances in Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Korea, Serbia, and Montenegro. He has adjudicated at the Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition, the San Antonio International Piano Competition, and the Concert Artists Guild auditions. In 2004, he received his doctorate from Yale, where he joined the faculty in 2005, and serves as Associate Professor of Piano, Chair of DMA committee, and a Jonathan Edwards Fellow.

Chengzong Yin

Pianist Yin Chengzong is widely recognized as one of the most renowned Chinese pianists in the world. Having concertized in all five continents, Yin has been hailed by the New York Times for showing “... a superior command not only of his instrument but of his musical materials...” A top prizewinner of the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition five decades ago, Yin Chengzong is still actively performing around the globe today.Since his debut in 1983, Yin Chengzong has appeared seven times, performing solo recitals and concerto concerts, at Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium. Frequently performing in Russia, he played in St. Petersburg's Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall, New York's Lincoln Center and Vienna's Golden Hall. Highlights of Yin's resent engagements are including Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, as well as solo recitals in Toronto, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.Born in Gulangyu, China, Yin Chengzong made his debut solo appearance when he was nine years old. He was accepted by Shanghai Conservatory of Music at twelve, and later was trained at Central Conservatory of music in Beijing. At 17, Yin won first prize at the International Vienna Youth Piano Competition in Austria. He was the 2ndprize winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition when he was 20 years old. Studying at the Leningrad Conservatory, Yin worked with Tatyana Kravchenko during the 1960s. After returning from Russia, he served as the principal soloist with the Central Philharmonic in Beijing for 18 years. During the Cultural Revolution, piano and Western classical music were forbidden. Yin Chengzong's musical life, like many other Chinese artists, was deeply challenged. Asking the question, “Do people need piano?”  Yin with friends, carried a piano by hand, out to the middle of Tiananmen Square in 1967. For three days, he played revolutionary songs, Chinese music and Peking opera. Thousands of people cheered his performances. "He played a heroic role in helping to save the piano from destruction," said Richard Kraus, a political scientist at the University of Oregon and the author of "Pianos and Politics in China," published in 1989. Inspired by the people, Yin Chengzong studied and researched Chinese traditional opera and ancient music. He created a piano accompaniment for The Legend of the Red Lantern, a modern Peking opera.  In 1969, Yin became a household name in China by composing, with collaborators, the Yellow River Piano Concerto, adapted from the Cantata by Xian Xinghai. Yin's recording of the concerto received a platinum award. According to ASCAP, The Yellow River Piano Concerto is broadcast and performed in more than 50 countries every year. Yin has played the concerto more than one thousand performances, including during the Chinese national holidays and Chinese New Year's TV broadcast programs The Yellow River Piano Concerto remains as one of the most popular Chinese piano compositions in China and around the world. Yin's edition of ancient Chinese music, which includes “Ambush on All Sides” and “Moonlight Over Spring River” was a great contribution to Chinese piano music literature. In 1980, Yin Chengzong was listed in the New Grove Dictionary as one of  the four most important Chinese artists, along with Nie Er, Xian Xihai and Ma Sicong. Internationally, through the years, Yin has performed under the baton of Eugene Ormandy with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Claudio Abbado with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sir Malcolm Sargent with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since 1990s, Yin has played hundreds of concerts, solo or with major orchestras, all over China, even transporting his Steinway piano whenever he performed. Presenting standard classical piano works, Yin not only concertizes in China, but has also appeared in Australia, Canada, Germany, Finland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, among others. Being praised as “a poetic philosophical artist...”, Yin has been featured on CCTV, CBS Sunday Morning and PhoenixTV.Having released more than 30 albums, Yin Chengzong can be heard on DR Classics, ABC, Marco Polo, China Records and Moscow labels. His recent recordings are The Yellow River Piano Concerto, The Legend of the Red Lantern, Chinese Ancient Music Album, and Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, as well as piano solo works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Debussy. Playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No.2 and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1, Yin has appeared in several documentary films, including “Blooming of Hundred Flowers”, “Piano Accompaniment for the Legend of the Red Lantern”, “March! Red China”  and “Spring of Music”, produced in China, Russia and the United Kingdom. Since moving to the United States in 1983, a professor and an artist-in-residence, Yin Chengzong has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music. From his studios in New York and China, Yin's students included Lang Lang, Ilya Itin and Edith Chen. Yin is a Steinway Artist. A celebration event for Yin Chengzong's “30th Anniversary Debut at Carnegie Hall” was held on November 23, 2013. 

Yue Chu

Began studying piano at an early age in Beijing, China, Yue Chu won his first performance competition at age eight, and at the age of ten was among the youngest conductors chosen to lead the youth orchestra and choir in his hometown of Tianjin. His previous teachers include Yun-Xian Chen, Jin Zhang, and Yuan Wu in China, and Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone in Canada. He Received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory, where he was not only one of the full scholarship students, but also the first undergraduate student to receive the Presidential Scholarship in two consecutive school years and later to become the first recipient of the Burnes Family Award. Mr. Chu has performed as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, and Curtis Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in many competitions and music festivals, including the Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Honens International Piano Competition, the Heida Hermans Piano Competition, Kiwanis Music Festival, Morningside Music Bridge, Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts’ Music Festival at Walnut Hill, Perlman Music Program, and Ravinia Festival. Chu is the Music Director of Namei International Music Festival, and currently continues exploring his pursuit in the Artists Diploma program under the guidance of Peter Frankl at the Yale University School of Music, where he receives full scholarship by the support of the Henry & Lucy Moses Scholarship and Fellowship. Previous to Yale, Chu received a performing diploma at Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with renowned pianists Jonathan Biss, Seymour Lipkin, and Meng-Chieh Liu. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. Chu is the Martin and Sarah Taylor Fellow. Additional coaching has been with Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Gary Graffman, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, Robert McDonald, Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, and Don Weilerstein. Winning First Prize in both the 2011 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition and the 2012 Wideman International Piano Competition, Mr. Chu has performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. His appearing in concerts also included Washington D.C. at the Philips Collection and in Chicago with the Dame Myra Hess series as well as piano quintets recital with the West Edge String Quartet in Shreveport When not at the keyboard, Mr. Chu reads all types of books, plays all kinds of sports, and likes to whip up delicious meals for his friends!

Dongling Gao-Roche

A native of Shandong, China, Ms. Dongling Gao obtained her bachelor of music degree in Vocal Performance with magna cum laude honors from Renmin University in Beijing, China.  She received her master of music degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Music, and professional artist diploma from Mannes the New School of Music. This past August, Miss Gao made her debut at Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center with the ICN international music festival.  This coming March, Ms. Gao will be performing at Merkin Hall as a guest solo artist and sharing the stage with Soprano Ying Huang.  In May of 2013, she played Suzuki from Madame Butterfly with Amore Opera in New York and this coming April she will be singing the role of Polinesso from "Ariodante" by Handel with the NYC Opera Forum. As an artist of La lingua della lirica in 2013, Ms. Gao performed with the Novafeltria music festival and toured various cities throughout Italy studying with many Italian master teachers.  In April of 2013, she performed a recital at The National Opera Center in New York City.  She played the role of Bianca in Britten's Rape of Lucretia in May of 2013, which received praises from the Opera News and New York Times. Her other recent opera roles include Cherubino in Mozart's La nozze di Figaro, Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto and Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen. Formerly singing as a soprano, Ms. Gao's opera roles included Susanna in Mozart's La Nozze di Figaro, and the title role in Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka.  She has performed at the prestigious Zhongshan Concert Hall in Beijjng, the People’s Hall of China, on China Central TV Channel as well as various venues in Oklahoma, Denver, Houston, and Taiwan. She was awarded Weithenhoffer Opera fellowship, Lewis Salter vocal rewards, and the Gail Boyd de Stwolinski award.Ms. Gao has studied with the world renowned Marilyn Horne, 20th Century Lyric of Canada and the London Royal College of Music through their vaious master classes.  She currently makes her home in Manhattan where she also teaches voice to private students and through group workshops. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, USA.

Quan Ge

Violinist Quan Ge was born in An Hui, China, and later studied violin at the Shanghai Conservatory’s Music Middle School with Professor Lei Fang. In 2002, she traveled to America to study at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. While in Philadelphia, Quan was a regular substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra and played under conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman and Michael Tilson-Thomas. She has won numerous competitions, including second prize in the National Violin Competition (China), Best Performer in the Shanghai Spring Festival, as well as second in the International Music Competition (Romania). A regular at summer festivals, Quan has attended Morningside Music Bridge, Meadowmount, Kneisel Hall (Maine), and the ENCORE School for Strings. In May 2007, she completed her Bachelors Degree in Music at Curtis, having studied with Ida Kavafian, Yumi Scott, and Jaime Laredo. Over the last several years, she has participated in master classes given by artists including Eduard Grach, Salvatore Accardo, Pinchas Zukerman and Gil Shaham. Quan began graduate studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of MET Orchestra concertmaster David Chan in September 2007. Since 2009, Quan has been working in the New York Philharmonic violin section, besides busy work, Quan regularly play chamber music at Merkin Hall, Sub Culture and Metropolitan Museum.

Yelena Kurtina

Extraordinary pianist, recitalist, coach, prompter and assistant conductor, Yelena Kurdina is among the most sought after collaborators in the opera world today.A specialist in Russian repertoire at The Metropolitan Opera for over 20 years, Ms. Kurdina became Placido Domingo's private coach for his preparation of "one of the most important roles of his career," Ghermann in Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades". Ms. Kurdina joined Mr. Domingo for the productions in New York, Los Angeles, Washington and the Vienna Staatsoper, and also accompanied him in concert on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in a program of Spanish music. Indeed, Ms. Kurdina has partnered with many of the most outstanding singers of our time. Yelena was the coach and consultant for Renee Fleming's recordings of "Night Songs" and "Homage: The Age of the Diva", as well as her televised appearance as Tatiana in "Eugene Onegin" with the New York Philharmonic on PBS' Great Performances and later on the Met HD telecast. Ms. Kurdina's recitals with the remarkable Dmitri Hvorostovsky, have been called "rich and haunting collaborations, beautifully judged and impeccably ardent".No stranger to the leading international opera houses, Ms. Kurdina has brought her distinguished musicianship to such renowned festivals and opera houses as the Opera National de Paris, Houston Grand Opera, Saito Kinen Festival in Japan, Summerscape in the new Frank Gehry theater at Bard College, Cincinnati May Festival, Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla, Spain and the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera in Washington, DC.  Ms. Kurdina has been the assistant to a host of extraordinary conductors - Seiji Ozawa, Vladimir Jurowski, Antonio Pappano, James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, Jiří Bělohlávek, Fabio Luisi among others - with whom she has worked not only on Russian operas, but also on many Italian operas, as well. Among the highlights of her operatic career are Verdi's "Otello" and "Don Carlo", Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades", Shostakovich's "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" and Prokofiev's "Gambler" and "War and Peace".Hailing originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Ms. Kurdina is a protégé of John Wustman - the "Dean of American accompanists" - with whom she studied at the University of Illinois. Like her illustrious mentor, an important part of Ms. Kurdina's career has centered on working with young artists. Ms. Kurdina has been on the faculty of the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv for many years, she is a regular guest of the Domingo - Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington Opera and Domingo - Thornton Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera, SIVAM in Mexico City, and maintains a vibrant private studio in New York City, where she has coached innumerable singers who have gone on to major operatic careers.Ms. Kurdina has also developed an outstanding system of transliteration for Russian opera that has been lauded by houses across the country. Ms. Kurdina's transliterations of such scores as "Eugene Onegin", "The Queen of Spades", "Khovanshina", "Boris Godunov", "The Gambler", "Mazepa", "The Nose" and "The Maid of Orleans", as well as many others, are currently in use by such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Seymour Lipkin

A student of Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski at the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Lipkin won the prestigious Rachmaninoff Competition at age 19. He went on to appear with all of America"s "top five" orchestras: The New York Philharmonic (several times), the Boston Symphony (repeatedly), the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Chicago, as well as many other major American ensembles. Conductors with whom he has collaborated include Serge Koussevitzky, Fritz Reiner, Charles Munch, Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Willian Steinberg, George Szell, and Christopher von Dohnanyi, and more recently with Kenneth Schermerhorn, Gerard Schwarz and George Cleve.Extremely active in chamber music, Mr. Lipkin has performed at the Marlboro festival, the Spoleto festivals (both in Italy and the US) and the Norfolk Festival. He has performed with Jascha Heifetz (60 concert tour), Oscar Shumsky, Uto Ughi, Arnold Steinhardt, William Primrose, David Soyer and Lawrence Lesser, and toured the U.S., Europe and South America with the Guarneri Quartet. He performed a ten-city European tour with the Juilliard String Quarter in 1999 and appeared again with them at the Library of Congress in 2001.For many years, Mr. Lipkin concentrated on conducting (he studied with Serge Kouseevitzky and George Szell). After serving as New York Philharmonic"s assistant conductor, he was Music Director of both the Long Island Symphony and the Joffrey Ballet. Returning to extensive concertizing as a pianist, he has earned particular acclaim for his Beethoven cycles, which have encompassed not only the five concertos and the thirty-two piano sonatas, but the ten violin sonatas and the five cello sonatas as well. Recently he has performed a cycle of the complete piano sonatas of Schubert.Mr. Lipkin is currently the Artistic Director of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and is on the faculties of both the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. He was formerly director of the University of Maryland"s International Piano Festival and William Kapell Piano Competition.Lipkin's recording of the Stravinsky Piano Concerto with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic may be heard on the Sony label. In that orchestra's recent Special Editions, he appears twice,once as soloist and once as conductor.His recordings of the complete 32 sonatas of Beethoven have been released on Newport Classic; all 32 sonatas may also be heard on a single MP3 disc, the first time this has been accomplished. This set has been chosen as one of the ten best of 2004 by the Boston Globe. Recordings of the complete Schubert sonatas and other major works have just been released.

Meng-Chieh Liu

A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Meng-Chieh Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a 21-year-old student at The Curtis Institute of Music when he substituted at last minute's notice for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. The concert earned high acclaim from critics and audience alike, and was followed by a number of widely praised performances, including a recital at the Kennedy Center and a concert on the Philadelphia All-Star Series. Already an accomplished artist at the time, Mr. Liu had made his New York orchestral debut two years earlier.Following Mr. Liu's triumph in Philadelphia, an appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra was immediately scheduled, but it was not to be. The stellar beginning of his career was abruptly halted by a rare and debilitating illness that affected his connective tissues. Hospitalized and almost immobile for a year, doctors believed his chances for survival were slim and, should he survive, playing the piano would be "absolutely impossible." With arduous determination and relentless physical therapy, Mr. Liu has been restored to full health and is now once again performing on the concert stage. Since then, he has performed throughout the world as a soloist in recitals and with orchestras under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel and Alan Gilbert. In 2002, Liu received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award. A sought-after musician and strong advocate of chamber music, Liu performs in music festivals across the globe and has worked with international musicians Shmuel Ashkenasi, David Soyer, Bernard Greenhouse, James Buswell, Wendy Warner as well as the Borromeo and St. Lawrence Quartets. Liu also collaborates with artists in varied disciplines, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project, among other dance companies. His concerts have been heard over the airwaves around the world, and a biography on his life was broadcast on Taiwanese National Television.During the 2013-14 season, Meng-Chieh Liu will tour with the Kaoshiung City Symphony Orchestra. He also will appear with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra and the China National Symphony Orchestra. This season he also starts a three-year project to perform the entire solo piano works by Johannes Brahms. In January a recording of Beethoven Concertos No. 4 and 5 with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra is released in Taiwan.Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Meng-Chieh Liu began his piano studies early, and at age thirteen was accepted by The Curtis Institute of Music to study with Jorge Bolet, Claude Frank, and Eleanor Sokoloff, and received first prizes in the Stravinsky, Asia Pacific and Mieczyslaw Munz piano competitions. Since 1993, Liu served on the piano and chamber music faculties at The Curtis Institute of Music where he coordinated the piano chamber music program from 1999-2009, and in 2006, he was invited to teach at Roosevelt University. Starting in the Fall of 2014, Liu will also join the faculty at the New England Conservatory. Liu also joined Chicago Chamber Musicians in the fall of 2009, and now serves as Artistic Director of the ensemble, where performances have already been acclaimed for his "faultless, discreetly balanced pianism" (Chicago Classical Review).

Gregory Singer

Gregory Singer is a uniquely gifted musician who combines distinguished artistry with a deep commitment to working for a better world. Starting in childhood, he was trained as a concert violinist, and following studies at Indiana University, Meadowmount, and the Juilliard School, he went on to develop a successful performing career. As he gained recognition, he began to receive frequent engagements as a conductor, naturally following in the footsteps of his father, the renowned conductor Jacques Singer. Stirred by his passion for great music, expressed as a way to soothe critical problems facing the world community, Gregory envisioned an orchestra that would perform primarily for special occasions, to support humanitarian causes, and to celebrate major achievements for the benefit of society. He was able to make this dream a reality in 2005, when he founded his own orchestra, the Manhattan Symphonie, which he has lead internationally to critical acclaim. Its membership draws from the finest professional musicians in New York City, and is based on a loyal group of like-minded artists who share the same ideals. Since its debut concert at Carnegie Hall, the Manhattan Symphonie has played in a wide variety of settings, and has earned a dynamic reputation for innovative programming and the ability to galvanize audiences with its musical vitality and exciting interpretations. In 2009 the orchestra gave its first tour of China, performing a series of sold-out concerts to commemorate the 30th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations with the United States. Following that break-through achievement, the ensemble was invited back for another spectacular tour the following season. At home, whether inaugurating a magnificent new Steinway at Lehman College with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, performing an all-Mendelssohn program to mark the composer’s bicentennial, or in a concert to support the development of a New York community center, the orchestra constantly finds ways for music to draw attention to important accomplishments and aspirations. In a memorial tribute to the victims of the September 11 tragedy in 2010, the Manhattan Symphonie gave a benefit performance of Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” as a symbolic feature of the Third Annual Circle Wind Memorial Concert. The highly enthusiastic response led to a return engagement for this commemoration in the following years, events in which both the September 11 victims, and the victims of the devastating Japanese earthquake of 2011, were honored. The Manhattan Symphonie has been regularly invited to perform at the Barge Music Series, and has been featured in a series of concerts and special events at The Players Club in Gramercy Park. The orchestra returned to Carnegie Hall in January 2012 and 2013 to glowing reviews. Maestro Singer has been acclaimed as a composer of various musical styles, including Classical, Jazz, and Popular music. 2014 marks the year of his acclaimed European conducting debuts in Italy and Russia, and The Manhattan Symphonie’s fourth acclaimed tour of China.Maestro Singer is a tireless educator, producer, and executive board member of various eminent arts organizations. Through these manifold activities, he has become a significant cultural ambassador, bringing people together with his gift for music and the arts. Mr. Singer is also the owner of Gregory Singer Fine Violins, a foremost string instrument sales atelier in New York, and a founder of The Stradivarius Circle, a private association facilitating the patronage of instruments of Antonio Stradivari and other great craftsmen for the use in concert by exceptional musicians.

Russell Sherman

An eloquent communicator both on and off the concert stage, legendary pianist Russell Sherman continues to garner accolades from critics and audiences alike for his grace, imagination and poetry. The New York Times calls him “one of the best pianists in this or any other country.” As the author of a highly acclaimed book Piano Pieces (a rhapsodic compilation of vignettes and personal anecdotes from Mr. Sherman’s life experiences as a pianist and teacher), Russell Sherman has been praised not only as an ingenious virtuoso but also as an insightful master.Mr. Sherman has performed with such major orchestras as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s (with whom he performed the five Beethoven concertos), Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. Abroad, Mr. Sherman has played in the major cities of Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Korea, China, Russia and South America.In recital, Russell Sherman has appeared on Carnegie Hall’s Keyboard Virtuoso Series, California’s Ambassador Foundation Series, the Distinguished Artists Series at New York’s Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y, and the Bank of Boston Celebrity Series. He has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Jordan Hall, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. Additionally, he has appeared at the Ravinia Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Wolf Trap Festival, as well as recitals at Spain’s Santander Festival and Germany’s Ruhr Triennale Festival. In January 2010, he collaborated with Mark Morris Dance Group alongside Minsoo Sohn and the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music in the Boston premiere of Mozart Dances presented by Celebrity Series of Boston.Mr. Sherman is a prolific recording artist. He has recorded the five Beethoven concertos with the Czech Philharmonic and the Monadnock Festival Orchestra, and the complete Beethoven sonatas, recorded as five dual-CD sets (each having been released individually and as a complete set). The entire Beethoven sonatas project has been called “a set for the ages” by Bernard Jacobson in Fanfare. This makes Mr. Sherman the first American pianist to have recorded all of the sonatas and concertos of Beethoven. His earlier recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Études was critically acclaimed: Anthony Tommasini in a 1999 New York Times piece said, “Several impressive recordings of Liszt’s ‘Transcendental Études’ prove that these audaciously difficult works are actually playable and triumphantly pianistic. But none make Liszt’s visionary understanding of what the piano could do more palpable and exciting than Russell Sherman’s extraordinary 1990 recording.” Mr. Sherman has also recorded Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35 and Fantasies, Op. 116, Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 28, Schubert’s Sonata in D major, D. 850 and Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960, both Grieg and Schumann concertos and works by Liszt, including the B minor Sonata, Don Juan Fantasy, and transcriptions. He has also recorded Mozart’s two concertos in minor keys plus solo fantasies with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music under Craig Smith. Additional recordings include a GM Recording CD, “Premieres & Commissions,” in which he performs contemporary repertoire by Schoenberg, Schuller, Helps, Perle and Shapey. Except for Schoenberg’s Six Piano Pieces, he has personally premiered and commissioned all of these works. Mr. Sherman’s releases on Avie Records include a CD of Debussy’s Estampes, /Public/en/images Book II and Préludes Book II, a DVD of his live performance of the Liszt Études d’exécution transcendante, and most recently, the complete Chopin Mazurkas. Mr. Sherman has also performed and recorded the complete sonatas of Mozart, the Bach English Suites and the complete piano works of Schoenberg. Russell Sherman was born and educated in New York, beginning piano studies at age six. By age eleven, Mr. Sherman was studying with Eduard Steuermann, a pupil and friend of Ferruccio Busoni and Arnold Schoenberg. Sherman graduated from Columbia University at age nineteen with a degree in the humanities. He was Visiting Professor at Harvard University and is currently a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory. At age 84,Sherman continues to explore, and to merit the title “a thinking man’s virtuoso.”

Miao Hou

Hailed by New York Times as “…Hou is a magical pianist who plays with impressive clarity and character…a commanding, imaginative and impish performance…” pianist Miao Hou captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity.After winning the Gold Medal of both Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and Rolf and Brigitte Gardey International Piano Competition, Miss Hou is fast establishing a rising reputation for her fresh and versatile artistry as a soloist and chamber musician. Hou showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians.Born into a musical family, Miss Hou began her piano studies in her native China at the age of four and was awarded a full scholarship to the Shenyang Music Conservatory at age of twelve. In the same year, she won the first prize of Xing Hai Chinese Prodigy Piano Competition. In 1997, Miss Hou received the grand prize at the Pearl River Young Artist Piano Competition and Hong Kong International Piano Solo Competition and by the age of fifteen, she had concertized throughout China. At sixteen, Miao Hou was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music where she was a pupil of Seymour Lipkin and was awarded the Festorazzi Prize as the “Best Pianist of the Year.” She completed her Master degree at Juilliard School where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal and obtained Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.After moving to the United States in 2000, Miss Hou won numerous prestigious prizes including the Gold Medal at the Rolf and Brigitte Gardey International piano competition in Florida, the Iowa International and Thousand Island International piano competition, 1st Shen Zhen International piano concerto competition and web hall competition, Kingsville International Young Artist Competition, Isabel Scionti Piano Competition and the Wideman Piano Competition, the “Best Performance of French Music” in the International Russian Music Competition and the Grand prize in Midland National Young Artist Competition. As the Gold Medalist of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, she was invited to give a concert tour in Europe.Miss Hou’s solo appearances in US include recitals in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Rochester, Maine, Florida, Ottawa and Philadelphia. She has appeared as soloist with the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Shenyang Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Symphony Orchestra and Shen Zhen Symphony Orchestra. Last February, she performed for Steinway’s 150th celebration at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.Miss Hou made her Carnegie debut under the baton of the acclaimed pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher playing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 19 with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Zankel Hall. Since her spectacular debut, Hou has blossomed into an astonishing artist and she continues to appear with orchestras around the world. Ms. Hou has participated in many music festivals including the Music Academy of the West, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival as well as the Sarasota Music Festival, Piano Fest in Hampton and The Cliburn Piano Institute. She has collaborated with many artists such as Jaime Laredo, David Soyer, Michael Tree, Mitsuko Uchida, Marilyn Horne, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Juilliard String Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, Ying String Quartet, Shanghai String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet. Miss Hou has worked with some of the most internationally renowned artists including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Arie Vardi, Richard Goode, Gary Graffman, Claude Frank, Norma Fisher, Jose Faghali and Yoheved Kaplinsky. She also has been featured as a guest with several radio broadcasts. As an active chamber musician, her Piano Trio was recently invited to participate in the Claude and Pamela Frank Professional Training Workshop at Carnegie Hall. Miss Hou has been appointed as the teaching assistant at The Juilliard School and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Miss Hou also serves as the faculty member at the CME (The Center of Musical Excellence) and The Long Island Music Conservatory since 2003.

Alla Milchtein

Born in Russia, but growing up in Mexico Alla Milchtein discovered her love for the collaborative arts at an early age. Since then, Ms. Milchtein has enjoyed an international career as a collaborative pianist to emerging stars in the music world and maintains an active performing career with vocal and instrumental partners, as well as chamber ensembles. At present, Alla Milchtein is a staff pianist at the Mannes College The New School for Music, one of the country’s preeminent classical conservatories, where she works for the College and Prep divisions. Past positions include being a part of the accompanying staff at the Rotterdam Conservatory (The Netherlands), the Rudolf Steiner College (The Netherlands), Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy), and the Jalisco State Choir (Mexico).Ms. Milchtein has performed at festivals throughout Europe, Mexico and the United States, including The Cervantino International Music Festival in Guanajuato (Mexico), Festival de Mazatlán (Mexico), "Kamermuziek Festival tussen Maas & Waal" (The Netherlands), "Het Rusische Muziek" (The Netherlands), Beverly Hills Chamber Music Festival (United States), Lucca Music Festival 2008 (Italy), Aspen Music Festival (United States), and the Glimmerglass Festival (United States).Alla Milchtein served as a staff pianist at numerous competitions, including Mannes Concerto Competition (New York, USA), International Voice Competition (Sinaloa, Mexico), Postacchini International Violin Competition (Fermo, Italy), Vriendenkrans Concours of Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), and others.As a coach, Ms. Milchtein has previously worked for the Glimmerglass Opera (Cooperstown, USA): Lost in the Stars, Aida; Mannes Opera (New York, USA): Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor; Aspen Opera (Aspen, USA): A Midsummer Night’s Dream; New Opera NYC ( New York, USA): Iolanta; Jalisco State Opera (Guadalajara, Mexico): Lex Contes D'Hoffman, Carmen, Hamlet, Armida; Rotterdamse Opera Productions (Rotterdam, The Netherlands): Oberto, Aroldo; “Blue Bottle”Opera Company (Amsterdam, The Netherlands): Don Giovanni; Vocedidone Opera Studio (The Hague, The Netherlands): Le Nozze di Figaro, Hansel and Gretel; and the “Pepita Embil”Zarzuela Company (Guadalajara, Jalisco): Los Gavilanes, Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente, El Niño Judio, Luisa Fernanda, El Barbero de Lavapies. Alla Milchtein received both the Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Chamber Music from the Rotterdam Conservatory (The Netherlands), where she studied with Mila Baslawskaja. Ms. Milchtein also pursued her Professional Studies in Collaborative Piano at the Mannes College The New School for Music (New York, USA), where she studied with Cristina Stanescu. During her studies she was awarded a scholarship and was also a recipient of the prestigious “Excellence in Accompanying” Award.Recently, Ms. Milchtein was awarded a fellowship from the highly selective COJECO BluePrint program to record a CD of solo piano music of Jewish composers from around the world. It is expected to be released in 2015.

"Music is a language of the soul, and it is my hope that the Namei International Music Festival will be an international platform for music lovers to learn and to communicate with each other, and that it can provide a superior stage for musically talented friends to share their art. We cordially welcome these music lovers from all over the world to the Namei International Music Festival, and let us enjoy the touching moments that music can bring us!"

——Ms. Jessica Chao
the CEO of Namei Group Inc. and the Producer of Namei International Music Festival


"For over a century, the Musicians Club of New York has been dedicated to helping young musicians along the path to extraordinary virtuosity and artistry. Our young artist competitions for piano, strings, winds/brass and voice, as well our winners concert series, give budding artists public opportunities early in their careers to meet a friendly appreciative audience. However, nurturing is required well before these artists can possibly reach our stages – the Musicians Club is always looking to support efforts at this early stage. We have identified the Namei International Music Festival as one such support to young artists at this stage, especially to students living far from the institutions that they dream of some day calling their own. So many of the world’s great music conservatories are on the east coast of the United States – Juilliard, Curtis, New England, Yale – all of them producing scores of elite musicians with major international careers. For Chinese students, the choices are half way around the world: how do you decide who will help you flourish into the artist you know you can be? The Namei International Music Festival addresses that question in the context of a great musical learning experience. In addition to master classes and performances by some of the renowned faculty of these institutions, students and their parents get to experience the cities that could be home for many years, the campus facilities where hour upon hour will be spent, both in solitude and in harmony with a uniquely spirited student body. Setting your sights on one specific institution is a great advantage – getting to experience many of them before choosing is wise."

——Mr. Brian Hunter
the president of Musicians Club of New York


"It is my great honor and pleasure to participate in the prestigious 2015 Namei International Music Festival. The Manhattan Symphonie and I are thrilled to join this historical endeavor merging traditional Chinese music with the western music to bring you the most wonderful concert experience. We know the program will be very exciting and full of the most inspired performers brought together for this unique international music festival. We understand the importance of this festival and how music has a rare power to bring people together, overcoming barriers of nationality, language and distance. We have much more in common to share and enjoy together.  The members of the Manhattan Symphonie are excited to share the stage with exceptionally talented musicians that are ready to offer their accomplishments by displaying their excellence. The Namei International Music Festival will discover the next superstars of the future. We are searching for and encouraging performers born for the stage! We will discover a composer that will touch the hearts of entire audiences around the world. I give you my warmest personal greetings to the fine people presenting the Namei International Music Festival."

——Mr. Gregory Singer
the Founding Music Director & Conductor of Manhattan Symphonie

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