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Arthur Greene Piano Masterclass

Guest Artist Recital September 19th @ 8:00pm in the Daniel Recital Hall Tickets $10/7

Masterclass September 20th @ 3:00pm Daniel Recital Hall FREE & open to the public

About Arthur Greene

Arthur Greene was born in New York. He went to Yale University, and then Juilliard where he studied with Martin Canin. He now teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and in the summer lives in L’viv, Ukraine. These are some of the press accolades he has received: "A profound musician"—The Washington Post; "A masterful pianist"—The New York Times; "Intoxicating appeal"—Mainichi Daily News, Japan; "A romantic splendor of sound-colors"—Ruhr Nachrichten; "Stellar Scriabinist"—American Record Guide.

Arthur Greene.
Arthur Greene.

Arthur Greene won first prizes in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, and was a top laureate at the Busoni International Competition. He performed the complete solo piano works of Johannes Brahms in a series of six programs in Boston, and recorded the Complete Etudes of Alexander Scriabin for Supraphon. He has performed the 10 Sonata Cycle of Alexander Scriabin in many important international venues, including multi-media presentations with Symbolist artworks. He has performed mazurkas with the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania, a Polish folk ensemble.

Greene has made many recordings together with his wife, the violinist Solomia Soroka, for Naxos and Toccata Classics, including the Violin-Piano Sonatas of William Bolcom. His recording of piano works of the Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko has recently been released on Amazon.

Greene has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Utah, and National Symphonies, the Czech National Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, and many others. He has played recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Moscow Rachmaninov Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Lisbon Sao Paulo Opera House, Hong Kong City Hall and concert houses in Shanghai and Beijing. He toured Japan and Korea many times. He was an Artistic Ambassador to Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia for the United States Information Agency.

At the University of Michigan Mr. Greene has won the Harold Haugh Award for Excellence in Studio Teaching, and he and his students presented a recital series of the complete solo works of Chopin in nine concerts. He is a frequent judge of piano competitions, most recently the Isangyun Competition in Korea and the Teresa Carreño International Competition in Miami. His current and former students include prizewinners in international competitions, and his former students hold important teaching posts throughout the United States.

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Hyunsoon Whang Piano Masterclass

Masterclass October 18th @ 3:00pm in the Daniel Recital Hall FREE and open to the public

Guest Artist Recital October 19th @ 8:00pm in the Daniel Recital Hall Tickets $10/7

About Hyunsoon Whang

Born in Seoul, Korea, Hyunsoon Whang began her piano studies at the age of four and started playing public concerts at age twelve. Since then she has delighted audiences in hundreds of concerts across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Critics have praised her as "the kind of player who appears to immerse her entire being in the music," and as one who has "always delivered with grace and beauty."

Hyunsoon Whang.
Hyunsoon Whang.

As a recitalist and a collaborator, she has performed at Se-Jong Cultural Center in Seoul, Suntory Recital Hall in Tokyo and Paul Hall in Lincoln Center. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival Master Classes, Canada’s Victoria Music Festival and the Taos School of Music. She has appeared as a soloist with Leonard Slatkin, Joel Revzen, Miriam Burns and Nicholas Harsanyi. She was personally invited by Alexis Weissenberg to perform and record his surrealistic musical Nostalgie which was met with critical acclaim in Germany and France.

Her recent engagements have included solo recitals, appearances with orchestra, chamber music concerts and master classes in California, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah and Reykjavik, Iceland. Her live videos from Drury University have been airing on PBS television stations throughout the Midwest. Whang serves on the Touring Artists Roster of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Artist Roster. In 2010 Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry presented her with the Governor’s Arts in Education Award.

As an educator, she has nurtured and inspired generations of students of all ages. Her piano students have garnered top prizes at regional and national competitions and received scholarships and fellowships from prestigious institutions. She presents interactive recitals for public school children each year where she relates classical music to other subjects such as history, literature, science and environment. She has served as the faculty advisor for Cameron University’s Asian Club and the President of Cameron University’s Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Chapter. She has been inducted into the Faculty Hall of Fame by the Cameron University Alumni Association.

Whang studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, St. Louis Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and earned a doctorate from Indiana University. She studied piano with Gyorgy Sebok, Michele Block, Joseph Kalichstein, Clifton Matthews, Jung-joo Oh and Soo-jung Shin, and she has studied the harpsichord with Maryse Carlin and chamber music with Michael Tree and Felix Galimir. She has been on the faculty at Cameron University since 1993 and was named the McMahon Endowed Chair in Music in 2006.

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