Jury Members

Daniel Epstein  . piano competition jury

Pianist Daniel Epstein made his orchestral debut with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1973. A graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Adele Marcus, he was presented in his Carnegie Hall debut recital by the Concert Artists Guild. Winner of many awards and prizes including the Kosciusczko Chopin Award, the National Arts Club Prize, the Prix Alex de Vries in Paris, Epstein has appeared as guest soloist with major symphony orchestras including those of Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, and Rochester.

He has given recitals at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the 92nd Street Y as well as in major cities throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, complemented by master classes and intensive seminars for pianists. Recent performances include two tours to China for recitals and master classes; performances and teaching at Intituto Musicale Vaccaj in Tolentino, Italy; solo and duo concerts at the Festival of the Canary Islands; and performances of both Brahms piano concerti in New York.

As the pianist and founding member of the famed Raphael Trio since 1975, Daniel Epstein has performed virtually the entire piano trio repertoire. He has collaborated with renowned string quartets, including the Ying, American, Chiara, New Zealand, and Talich as well as with the members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, and many other distinguished chamber musicians and soloists.
Daniel Epstein is a member of the piano faculties of Manhattan School of Music as well as the Precollege Division and Rutgers University.

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Donn-Alexandre Feder   . piano competition jury (2017)

Donn-Alexandre Feder has performed throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. He made his New York Town Hall debut as the recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller Award and earned Kosciuszko Foundation awards for his acclaimed Chopin-Szymanowski recital at Alice Tully Hall and his pioneer recording Szymanowski Piano Music for Protone Records. Dr. Feder has also recorded for the BBC, Poland's Radio Polska, and with the Netherlands Philharmonic under Franz Allers and Willem van Otterloo.

During a two-year residency in Warsaw through a U.S.-Polish Government grant, Dr. Feder was the first American pianist to perform in the house of Chopin's birth at Zelazowa-Wola and was a finalist in the Seventh Chopin International Competition. He served for many years thereafter as an adjudicator for the Kosciuszko Foundation's Chopin Scholarship Competition in New York.

A member of the Manhattan School of Music piano faculty since 1969, Dr. Feder has presented master classes in Korea, Japan, and the Republic of China.

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Jungeun Kim   . piano competition jury (2017)

A native of Seoul, Korea, pianist Jung Eun Kim has garnered acclaim from international audiences and critics alike for her outstanding performances, earning praised for her impressive combination of virtuoso technique and colorful musicality. As a winner of the Artists International Special Presentation Award, she made her New York recital debut in September 2001 at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall receiving highest acclaim.

She has participated in the international festivals including the Mozarteum Music Festival in Salzburg, The Juilliard Festival in New York, and has performed at the Austrian Young Artists Concert in Austria. Her solo and chamber music engagements have included performances at prestigious venues as Carnegies Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, as well as concert venues in Europe and in Korea. She appeared as a one of the soloist as an exclusive concert series with Manhattan Chamber Orchestra with Maestro David Gilbert sponsored by Yamaha Piano Inc. in November 2007-2008 season in New York and Livingston Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Istvan Jaray in May 2008 in New Jersey. She also was invited as a soloist at the Palau Musica Catalana in Barcelona in Spain sponsored by New York Concert Artists & Associates in 2009, Upcoming engagements include at the New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra in New York among others.

The recipient of various awards and prizes, She has been a top prize winner in the World Symphony Orchestra Competition, The Samik Piano Competition, and Hankook Il Bo Annual Piano Competition. After receiving her Bachelors degree from Dankook University in Seoul, She pursued graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music where she received her Master of Music and Professional studies as a student of Marc Silverman. Jung Eun Kim currently serves on the piano faculty of the Amati Conservatory and Tenafly Arts. And she is working as an assistant director for Musical Into the woods, Mikado in 2007-2008 season in New Jersey.

She is member of the National Piano Foundation. In addition, She is a collaborative pianist for the Holy Apostles Community Chorus, the NYU Tisch School for the Arts, Museovich Productions, and the Boys choir of Harlem. She is the co-founder President of the New York International Artists Association.

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Ming-Shi Du   . violin competition jury

Ming-Shi Du, violin associate professor at the Tunghai University in Taiwan, was one of the last pupils of the legendary violinist Joseph Fuchs.

Mr. Du began violin studies at age eight and two years later won the first prize in the youth division of the Taiwan National Violin Competition. During this time, he was invited to play in the Master Classes held by Isaac Stern and Berl Senofsky.

At thirteen, Mr. Du traveled to the United States to study at the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Institute of Music on an Evergreen Foundation Scholarship. His teachers there included Berl Senofsky, Earl Carlyss and Rebecca Henry.

Mr. Du then arrived in New York to study under Joseph Fuchs at the Juilliard School, where he received Bachelors, Masters Degrees and the Samuel Gardner Award. Mr. Du furthered studies at the City University of New York where he studied with Daniel Phillips and received a Doctoral Degree in Musical Arts.

Since then Mr. Du has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. After a recital at The Weill Recital Hall, concert music critic Suzanne Bilyeu wrote, "Du has a gracious stage presence and an excellent technique. His fleet fingers and supple bow arm would allow him to negotiate with relative ease just about anything the violin repertoire has to offer. ....Du showed himself capable of truly soulful playing."

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Weigang Li   . violin competition jury (2017)

Born into a family of well-known musicians in Shanghai, Weigang Li began studying the violin with his parents at the age of five and attended the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at age fourteen. Three years later, in 1981, he was selected to go to study for one year at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music through the first cultural exchange program between the sister cities of Shanghai and San Francisco. In 1985, upon graduating from the Shanghai Conservatory, Weigang Li left China again to continue his studies at Northern Illinois University and later studied and taught at the Juilliard School as teaching assistant to the Juilliard Quartet.

Besides his parents, Mr. Li's teachers have included Shmuel Ashkenasi, Tan Shu-Chen and Isadore Tinkleman. Mr. Li was featured in the 1980 Oscar-winning documentary film, From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. He made his orchestral debut at seventeen with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Asian Youth Orchestra, Seoul Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Weigang Li is the first violinist of the Shanghai Quartet since its founding in 1983. Currently in its 30th season, the Shanghai Quartet has performed over 2000 concerts; recorded 30 CD albums, including a newly released 7-discs cycle of complete Beethoven string quartets on Camerata label; earned the reputation as one of the world's most outstanding string quartets. Weigang Li plays over 100 concerts annually with the Shanghai Quartet, touring major music centers of Europe and North America. He has performed in Amsterdam, Budapest, Hamburg, London, Milan, Montpellier, Moscow, Munich, Prague, Rome, Vienna and Warsaw, as well as every major city in the US. In Asia, he is also actively concertizing and giving master-classes in China, Japan, Korea and Singapore.

Mr. Li is a professor of violin at Montclair State University in New Jersey and Bard Conservatory in New York. He also holds the title of Guest Concertmaster of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Guest Professor of Chamber Music at both the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in Beijing.

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Daniel Phillips   . violin competition jury

Violinist Daniel Phillips enjoys a versatile career as a veteran chamber musician, solo artist and teacher. He began violin studies at age four with his father Eugene Phillips, a composer and former violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He graduated Juilliard. His major teachers are Ivan Galamian, Sally Thomas, Sandor Vegh and George Neikrug. He won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1976. In 1985, he toured and recorded in a string quartet with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Daniel Phillips is a founding member of the 28 year old Orion String Quartet, which has residencies at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and at Mannes. Available on CD are the complete quartets of Beethoven and Leon Kirchner, and works written for them by Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, John Harbison, and Marc Neikrug. They did the Beethoven cycle in London to inaugurate the new Kings Place Concert Hall, and returned for a week long Brahms project. This season they continue their touring projects with pianist Peter Serkin.

Check out www.orionquartet.com for more. He is professor of violin at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY and serves on the faculties of Juilliard, Mannes College of Music, and Bard College Conservatory. Danny lives with his wife, flutist Tara O'Connor, on Manhattan's upper west side.

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Chris Finckel   . Cello competition jury (2017)

Born into a family of cellists, Chris Finckel began his studies with his father George Finckel and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Mischa Schneider and Orlando Cole.

Currently, Mr. Finckel is the cellist of the Manhattan String Quartet with whom he performs on major Chamber Music series throughout the United States and Europe. A frequent guest artist with such renowned ensembles as the Tokyo String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Mr. Finckel has appeared at the Casals, Santa Fe, Ravinia, Saratoga, Norfolk, and Rockport Chamber Music festivals, and he has recorded for the Nonesuch, New World, CRI, Bridge, and Vanguard record labels. A dedicated performer of 20th century music, Chris Finckel has been involved in New York City's contemporary music scene for over 20 years. Through his affiliations with such organizations as the New York New Music Ensemble, Parnassus, The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and Speculum Musicae, he has participated in the premieres of the works of over 100 composers including pieces by Milton Babbitt, Jacob Druckman, Elliot Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Donald Martino, Steve Reich, and Charles Wuorinen.

Mr. Finckel is the co-founder and artistic director of the Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival.

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Katie Schlaikjer   . cello competition jury

Cellist Katie Schlaikjer is an accomplished chamber musician, having performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia and Israel. A former member of the Colorado String Quartet (2009-2013), Katie joined the Penderecki String Quartet and the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013. Her tenure with the Colorado Quartet included performances at Symphony Space and The Kennedy Center and cycles of the complete Beethoven and Bartok Quartets. Her recent solo engagements include a premiere of J Mark Scearce’s cello concerto "Aracana" and Haydn's D major cello concerto with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in China.

Katie has taught cello at the University of Connecticut (2010-2013), the Hartt Music School, Bard Conservatory's Preparatory music program and coached chamber music at New England Conservatory's Extension Division, Stony Brook University's pre-college program, and at the Colorado Quartet's intensive summer quartet institute, Soundfest. Ms Schlaikjer received her Doctoral and Master's degrees from Stony Brook University and her Bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory where her teachers included Timothy Eddy and Laurence Lesser.

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Joo-Young Jung   . voice competition jury

A native of Seoul, Korea, soprano Joo-Young Jung A native of Seoul, Korea, soprano Joo-Young Jung made her singing debut at the Art Center Opera House in Seoul as Musetta in Puccini's La Boheme. She has sung leading roles on opera stages throughout North America and Korea. Her roles have included Violetta in La Traviata, Gilda in Rigoletto, the title role in Soeur Angelica, Suzel in L'Amico Fritz, and Sophie in Werther.

She has sung in concerts with orchestras under the batons of Maestro Peter Eros, Roberto Giarola, Ji Hwan Kim, and Ro-Sang Kum. She also performed numerous times in Japan. There she toured with such famous K-Pop Stars as Rain, Jin-Young Park, Ji-Won Eun, and JK Kim Dong Wook in concerts which were also broadcast via NHK television in Japan in 2003 - 2004. In recital she gave international performances under Ario Japan Sozo International and was guest soloist at St. Mark's Cathedral Compline broadcast live on King FM Seattle, WA.

Ms. Jung has received several prestigious awards including third prize in the Marcella Sembrich Vocal Competition and finalist in the Julliard Opera Center Audition.

Her education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Voice from Chug-An University in 1997. She studied under Cynthia Hoffmann at the Manhattan School of Music where she received the Master of Music in 2000 and Professional Studies Certificate in 2002. In 2010 she was awarded the DMA from the School of Music at University of Washington where she studied with opera stars Vinson Cole and Jane Eaglen. Her dissertation focused on the challenge of providing the proper repertoire choices for the voice of the young singer.

Ms. Jung has a passion for teaching and maintains a private, bilingual voice studio (English/Korean) teaching students of different ages and ethnicities. She is currently on the staff of the voice faculty at Chung-An University Seoul, Korea and a member of the Korean Opera Theater.

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