Alvin Zhu has performed Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff concertos with orchestras around the world, appearing at Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall, Sydney Opera House, Beijing Concert Hall, Palais du Congress, Fletcher Hall and the Amphitheater in Chautauqua, Sprague Hall at Yale University, and Joan and Irving Harris Hall at Aspen. He has recorded for NPR’s “From the Top” as a featured Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, Pittsburgh’s WQED radio, and Steinway’s Spirio player-piano catalog. He holds several prizes in international and national competitions. As juror, he was on the panel of the 2018 Franz Liszt International Youth Piano Competition (China Division) held in Changsha.
He is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and has researched the musical contributions of his paternal grandfather Gong-Yi Zhu, a master piano pedagogue whose influence in China is still widely felt today. He has been a guest lecturer at the United States Embassy in Beijing, The Juilliard School, and Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
In the Fall of 2019, he will join the inaugural faculty roster at the Tianjin Juilliard School, Juilliard’s first branch campus.
Acht Klavierstucke Op. 76
I. Capriccio in F sharp minor
II. Capriccio in B minor
III. Intermezzo in A flat Major
IV. Intermezzo in B flat Major
V. Capriccio in C sharp minor
VI. Intermezzo in A Major
VII. Intermezzo in A minor
VIII. Intermezzo in C Major
Fantasy in B Major Op. 28
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Yi Chen Feng began piano studies at age 7 in Taiwan. He is currently a senior student at the Peabody Conservatory where he studies with Boris Slutsky. In 2014, Feng won first place in Taiwan Steinway Youth Piano Competition and represented Taiwan to the finals held in Singapore. He also cooperated with Kaohsiung Youth Orchestra to perform Liszt’s Piano Concertos No. 1 at Kaohsiung Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center.
In 2015, Feng won first prize and the John Payless Performance prize at the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. In 2016 he won the honorable mention at the San Jose International Piano competition in the advanced category as the youngest contestant. In 2018, Feng won the second prize in the Harrison Winter Piano Competition as well as the second prize in the Chautauqua Solo Piano Competition.
In 2019, Feng is continuing his studies with Mr. Slutsky at Yale School of Music, where he will be pursing a master’s degree.
Alessandro Mazzamuto is “one of the most inspiring, extraordinary pianists that I have had the joy to hear”-writes Martha Argerich-and when she was recently asked by the French newspaper L’Expresso to name her ten favorite young pianist of our time she included Alessandro in the company of artists such as Danil Trifonov and Yuja Wang.
Winner of ICMA’ 2013 Young Instrumental Artist of the Year, the 31-year-old Sicilian pianist has won more than 60 national and international competitions.
Mazzamuto has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as Milan-SO, Tokyo-NCO,Berlin Rias Philarmonic, Ukrainian-SO, George Enescu Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Kiev and has performed in numerous Asian, European, North American, and South American venues such as Carnegie Hall in NYC, Metropolitan in Tokyo, Salle Cortot of Paris, Centro Culturale Kirchner of Buenos Aires, and in cities like Venice, Moscow, Milan, Dallas, Rome, Bucarest, Madrid, etc.
Alessandro was a PD and AD student of Dr.Carol Leone at Southern Methodist University and recently become Artist in Residence at “ColloraPiano” in Dallas.
He and his brother, violinist Lorenzo Mazzamuto, perform often as a celebrated duo.