Saarburg Festival Invited Faculty

Invited Faculty for 2019 (subject to change)
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Violin: Yu Jeong Lee

Violinist Yu Jeong Lee has been recognized as both a virtuoso and passionate educator. She has been featured as a soloist in many renown orchestras, including Sejong Soloists, The Juilliard Orchestra, Aspen Young Artists Chamber Orchestra, Corelliard Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Korean Symphony Orchestra. She has also had the honor of being the principal violinist of the Buchon Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the concertmaster of the New York Sinfonietta and University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Read more>>

Violin: Ting Shen

Violinist Ting SHEN   completed her post-graduate  study at the Hamburg Music academy (Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater) with Professor Christoph Schickedanz.  Also obtained her Master degree  from Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of renowned Chinese violinist Prof. Lina Yu. Read more>>

Violin: Chiao-Ling Sun

Ms. Chiao-Ling Sun holds the post of Violin Professor of Music Department at the National Taiwan University of Arts. There, she is presently teaching violin performance, chamber music, and string pedagogy. Read more >>

william terwilliger photoViolin: William Terwilliger

Violinist William Terwilliger has enjoyed an exceptionally active and diverse career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher on six continents. Read more>>

Violin/Viola: Amadi Azikiwe

Amadi Azikiwe, violist, violinist and conductor, has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, such as New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Azikiwe has also been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Alice Tully Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Read more>>

Violin/Viola: Ian Jessee

Ian Jessee, Artist-in Residence for String Education at the West Virginia Symphony, is an active chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher throughout the United States and Europe. As an educator and pedagogue, his programs have consistently received superior ratings and highest honors in regional and state competitions, including a first-place prize at the National Orchestra Festival (2011) at the American String Teachers Association National Conference.  Read more>>

Cello: Michelle Kesler

Dr. Michelle Kesler is Assistant Professor of Cello at Brigham Young University. She has distinguished herself as a chamber musician and soloist in a wide number of performances in Europe, the US, and New Zealand. She has performed with the Beethoven festival in Park City, and has worked with quartets such as the Orion, New Zealand String Quartet, St. Lawrence, Takacs, Tokyo, and Brentano String Quartets. Read more>>

Susan Lamb Cook photoCello: Susan Lamb Cook

Susan Lamb Cook is an active performer and educator both nationally and internationally, and is sought after as soloist and chamber musician with performances throughout Europe, the Far East, and the United States. Read more>>

Cello: Yi-Pei Lee

Dr. Yi-Pei Lee is an active soloist, chamber musician, and music educator. She is well-versed in a wide range of styles from Baroque to contemporary music and enjoys performing pieces that are not often played, including Eugene d’Albert’s cello concerto and Bernhard Heiden’s cello works. Read more>>

Flute: Carmen Lemoine

Dr. Lemoine has dedicated herself to mastering the art of the flute. She is Assistant Professor of Flute at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. She holds positions with the Santa Rosa, Marin and Santa Cruz symphonies in California, performs frequently with the Louisville Orchestra, and recently appeared as guest principal flute with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand. Read more>>

Flute: Min Park

Hailed by the British Guardian for her “sublime tone and technique,” flutist Min Park was a recipient of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust of UK in 2000-2003 and has won other prestigious awards including first prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Competition, Yamaha Wind and Brass Scholarships in London, Eve Kisch Flute Prize at the Royal College of Music as well as receiving scholarships from the Hattori Music Foundation, Wall Trust and the Britten-Pears Foundation in the UK. Read more>>

Flute: Nancy Stagnitta

Powell Artist Nancy Stagnitta is a leading crossover artist as both classical flutist and jazz artist.  Praised for her “brilliance and beauty of tone” by the Baltimore Sun, her passion, versatility, and artistry have led to concert engagements in Europe, Asia, Africa, and across the U.S.  In 2018, she appeared as concerto soloist with the China National Symphony in Beijing, presenting the Asian premiere of David Amram’s “Giants of the Night.” Read more >>


Oboe: Lillian Copeland

A sought-after chamber and orchestral musician, oboist Lillian Copeland has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, among others. She is currently Principal Oboe of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, a member of the contemporary flute and oboe duo, FloBot, and maintains a private teaching studio in NYC. Read more>>

Oboe: Kristin Leitterman

Dr. Kristin Leitterman defies modern convention as a solo artist of oboe and voice, bringing exciting and unusual programs to audiences. She makes it her responsibility to commission works for oboe/voice, with works by Michael-Thomas Foumai, Whitney George, and Lyle Davidson. She has participated in numerous summer festivals and competitions including Bowdoin International Music Festival, New Music on the Point, Eastern Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Banff Center for the Arts. Read more>>

Clarinet: Julia Heinen

As an artist for the Buffet and D’Addario Corporations, Ms. Heinen does frequent clinics and masterclasses in many universities throughout the United States. She is the founder of California Clarinet Clinic, a summer program that brings teachers and students from around the world to Los Angeles for applied study, masterclasses and clinics emphasizing optimum performance through mind and body conditioning. Read more>>

Bassoon: Amy Pollard

Amy Pollard is the Associate Professor of Bassoon and Performance Coordinator at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. She formerly served as Lecturer of Bassoon at Baylor University and has also been on faculty at the University of Dayton and the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts. During the summer she has been on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Center Advanced Bassoon Institute. Read more>>

Bassoon: Eduardo Sirtori

Originally from Santa Fé, Argentina, Eduardo first began playing bassoon with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Niños in his home province between 1986 and 1990. In 1991, at age 16, he went on to study in Buenos Aires with various prestigious professors and was a member of several youth orchestras there. Read more>>

Horn: Juli Buxbaum

Juli Buxbaum is the Instructor of Horn at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas where she works with applied horn students, conducts horn ensembles, and performs as a member of the Arkansas State Faculty Brass and Woodwind Quintets. Read more>>

Horn: Scott Smith

C. Scott Smith joined the School of Music, Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 1992 where his is Associate Professor of Horn and Theory and founding member of two faculty quintets: OhioBrass and OhioWinds.  Prior to his tenure at O. U., Mr. Smith was Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Horn at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Read more>>

Piano: Yoshie Akimoto

Pianist Yoshie Akimoto, legendary pedagogue who also continues to produce internationally known prodigies, began her career in her native Japan at age 10 when she won the All-Japan NHK Student Competition.   Read more>>

Piano: Susan Chan

The New York Concert Review described Susan Chan as “a thoughtful musician and a sensitive player,” and The New Yorker called her “an energetic advocate for contemporary music.” The Fanfare magazine and BBC Music Magazine praised her “great technical finesse” and “conspicuous refinement” in her recordings.  Read more>>

Andrew Cooperstock photoPiano/Chamber music: Andrew Cooperstock

Pianist Andrew Cooperstock performs widely as soloist and chamber musician and has appeared throughout six continents and in most of the fifty states, including performances at New York’s Alice Tully, Merkin, and Carnegie halls, Broadway’s 54 Below, Greenwich Village’s (le) Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn’s BargeMusic, and at the United Nations. Read more>>



Piano: Catherine C. Kautsky

Catherine Kautsky, Chair of Keyboard at Lawrence University, has been lauded by the New York Times as “a pianist who can play Mozart and Schubert as though their sentiments and habits of speech coincided exactly with hers … The music spoke directly to the listener, with neither obfuscation nor pretense.” Read more>>

 Piano: Anthony Padilla

Anthony Padilla is a professor of piano and chamber music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.  An American pianist of Filipino-Chinese ancestry, Padilla receives public and critical acclaim for performances of “enormous freshness, vitality, and poetry” (Chicago Tribune). Read more>>

Piano: Clara Shin

Born in Montreal and raised in Seoul, Clara Shin owes greatly to her teachers, starting with Young-Mee Yun during her studies at Yewon School through Seoul Arts High School. When Korea National University of Arts was founded in 1993, she was accepted to study under Kyung-Sook Lee, Jong-Pil Lim, Daejin Kim, and Choongmo Kang. Read more>>

Piano: Paulo Steinberg

Paulo Steinberg has performed as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist across the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe, including venues such as the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo in Brazil, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Recent engagements include performances at the International Festival “Experiencing Villa-Lobos” and the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival “The Rhythms and Colors of South America”. Read more>>

Piano: Chi-Chen Wu

Praised by World Journal, Chicago for her “amazing playing”, “symphonic, expansive texture of breathless virtuosity” (Historical Keyboard Society), and her Schumann performance, in which “the music comes to life in a new way” (Early Music America), pianist Chi-Chen Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist in the United States,   Read more>>

Voice: Stephanie Bogle

Stephanie Bogle is one of Canada’s foremost sopranos. She has performed to widespread acclaim on opera stages throughout the world, including those of Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Her oratorio and concert work are equally distinguished. Read more>>

Voice: Jean MacPhail:

A distinguished artist and educator, mezzo-soprano Jean MacPhail has nurtured the talents of young singers for more than 35 years. Ms. MacPhail is responsible for the of the voice program of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School:  Read more>>

Vocal coach: Kenneth Duryea

Kenneth Duryea was born in 1957 in New Jersey. At first he received piano lessons at the age of six, and later also violin and tuba lessons.
Already in high school, he led orchestral performances of traditional American musicals with great commitment and gave piano recitals. In 1975, he continued his education at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, graduating in 1981 with the Master of Music. Read more>>

semyon_rozin_photoVocal Coach: Semyon Rozin

Semyon Rozin´s international conducting engagements have included appearances with Minsk Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Chorus of Minsk State Conservatory (Belorussia), the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and St. Paul Civic Orchestra (Minnesota), Rheinisches Kammerorchester, West Germany Radio Orchestra and Chorus of Cologne, the Dutch Radio Chorus (Hilversum), the Israeli Chamber Choir, Flamish Radio Chorus, Belgian Radio Chorus (BRTN) among the others. Read more>>


campbell_and__photoChamber Music: Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell has established himself as one of the most versatile collaborative pianists in the United States with a performing career that has taken him to four continents. He has performed in duo recitals with such artists as violinist Chee-Yun, flutist Thomas Robertello, composer Bright Sheng, and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, with whom he has also collaborated on several operatic productions.  Read more >>


Guest Harp: Genevieve Conter

Geneviève Conter started her musical studies at the  Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg in the piano class of  François Rukavina. At the age of 13, she entered the harp class of  Charlotte Boulet – Fourot  where she obtained a 1st  Prize with distinction in 1992 and a 1st Prize with distinction in Chamber Music Prix in 1994. Read more>>

Guest Organ: Paul Kayser

Born in Luxembourg in 1979, Paul Kayser began studying violon and solfège in 1986 and organ in 1989 (class of Pierre Nimax jr.) at the National Conservatory of Music at Luxembourg-City. Read more>>

French/Italian diction: Luisa Mauro Partridge

In Milan, Luisa Mauro Partridge obtained her diploma in lyrical singing and the specialisation in Mélodie and Lied. In Paris, she perfectioned her technique with Mireille Alcantara and the Baroque Repertoire with Gloria Banditelli and René Clemencic. Helmut Deutsch and Christa Ludwig instructed her in the German Lied repertoire and Michel Sénéchal in the French repertoire. Read more>>

German diction: Monica Sproß

Monica Sproß is a certified educator for singing and breathing techniques. She studied at the University of Music at Saarbrücken with Prof. Herbert Schachtschneider and completed with a diploma.  Read more>>

German diction: Thomas Hölzl

Thomas Hölzl is an actor, director and language coach / speech trainer.

After completing his education at the renowned “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, he was a member of numerous repertory theaters throughout the German-speaking world. His career includes leading roles in plays by Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Brecht, Shakespeare and Molière as well as contemporary drama. Read more>>