Saarburg Festival Invited Faculty

 Invited Faculty for 2022 (subject to change)

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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 Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the United Nations. Read more>>

Violin: Thomas Christian (Open lectures)

Thomas Christian was born in Linz. He currently lives in Vienna. He received his first violin lessons from Franz Toifl (a student of Jan Mařáks), at the age of seven. At the age of eleven he was the winner of an Austrian violin contest in Vienna. Read more>>

Violin: Hasse Borup

Hasse Borup is Associate Professor of violin and Head of String and Chamber Music Studies the University of Utah School of Music. He has earned degrees in violin performance from the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, the Hartt School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Maryland. Read more >>

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: Shumin Lin

Dr. Shumin Lin earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, where she studied with Dr.Katherine McLin. She enjoys a prolific performing career, performing all around the world, as a soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestra musician. Read more>>

Violin: Kasia Sokol-Borup

Dr. Borup has been a professor of violin and viola at Fort Lewis College, and while living in Durango she also directed Durango Youth Symphony and was a concertmaster of San Juan Symphony. Her passion for teaching young musicians has been realized in her building the pre-college string program at the University of Utah two years ago (UofU Preparatory Division). In addition to directing the UofUPD, Dr. Borup is an adjunct faculty at the University of Utah. 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>>

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>>

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>>

Viola: Joel Pagán

Hailed by The Monitor as an “impassioned performer,” Puerto Rican violist Joel Pagán enjoys a multi-faceted career as a concert artist and educator. An active chamber and solo recitalist, Pagán has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Canada, Bolivia, Italy, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Brazil in addition to being featured in the Primrose International Viola Competition and Festival in 2014, 2018 and 2021. Read more >>

Viola: Conrad Sclar

Dr. Conrad Sclar is proud to be joining this season as the principal violist for the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale, and the Permian Basin String Quartet. Conrad has performed chamber and orchestral music throughout the United States from the Front Range of Colorado to the East Coast. Recent international performances include Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany and Siena International Music Program in Italy. Read more>>

Viola: Alicia Valoti

Alicia Marie Valoti has held an internationally fruitful music career as a young violist. Beginning as a pianist at Indiana University Bloomington, she eventually came to study the viola and later completed a performance degree at McGill University in Montréal. Following her time in Canada, Dr. Valoti continued her studies of viola and chamber music in Italy at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the Scuola APM di Saluzzo and the Conservatory of Florence “Luigi Cherubini”, where she received a Master’s degree in viola performance with the highest honors as well as a Performance Diploma in Viola and Chamber Music. Read more>>

Cello: Susan Lamb Cook

Susan Lamb Cook is Lecturer in cello and chamber music at the University of California, Davis, a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera and the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and director of the VITA Academy’s Great Composers Chamber Music Series at the Harris Center in Folsom. Reed more>>

Cello: Ka-Wai Yu

Dr. Ka-Wai Yu is Assistant Professor of Music at Dixie State University, where he teaches cello and string chamber music.  He previously taught at Eastern Illinois University and Indiana Wesleyan University.  In great demand as a clinician, Dr. Yu has given master classes in numerous universities and institutions in North America and Asia. Read more>>

Flute: Erin K. Murphy

Erin K. Murphy frequently performs with orchestras, in chamber music collaborations, and as a soloist throughout the U.S. and abroad. She holds flute performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan. In addition, she earned a performance certificate while studying in England at Trevor Wye’s international flute studio. Read more>>

Flute: Cobus du Toit

South African native Dr. Cobus du Toit is praised for “technical facility that makes everything look easy” (Opus Colorado) and “rich tone that is especially impressive” (Herald Tribune). Pretoria News declared: “du Toit makes you believe the impossible. With du Toit in flight, one is never aware of technique alone. He is driven by purely musical inspiration.” Read more>>

Flute: Colleen White

Flutist Colleen White ( has been praised for her soaring, effortless tone and virtuosic musical interpretations. She is Assistant Professor of Flute at Kansas State University. Before her appointment at K-State, she held faculty positions in flute, chamber music, and entrepreneurship at Colorado State University, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Boulder. Read more>>

Oboe: Pamela Ajango

Professor Pamela Ajango is the Instructor of Oboe at Butler University, joining the faculty in 2013. She teaches oboe, chamber music, and instrumental techniques, and has served as interim area coordinator for Woodwinds. Professor Ajango has been a full-time freelance oboist for over 20 years. Read more>>

Oboe: Dione Chandler

In 2014 Dr. Dione Chandler joined the faculty at Stetson University as Adjunct Professor of Oboe and Director of the annual Double Reed Workshop, an intensive week-long summer camp for middle and high school students. She has served on the faculties of Texas Tech University, and Florida International University. Read more >>

Clarinet: Carol Jessup

Carol Jessup is a member of the performance faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington where she teaches applied clarinet and coaches chamber music. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music performance from The University of Michigan where she studied with professors John Mohler and David Shifrin. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University and Michigan State University, and a student of Keith McCarty and Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr. Read more>>

Clarinet: Guy Yehuda

Israeli-American clarinetist Guy Yehuda is recognized as one of the most outstanding and unique talents on the international concert stage today. Hailed by composer John Corigliano as “One of the most awe-inspiring clarinetists today”, Mr. Yehuda was the top prizewinner of several international competitions such as the 2003 Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition, and the 2004 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (Gold Medalist as a member of Trio di Colore.) Read more>>

Bassoon: Dale Clark

Dr. Dale Clark is retired Instructor of Bassoon at Arkansas State University, having served from 2004-2021. He is also Artist Faculty at the Saarburg, Germany International Chamber Music Festival and School where his student bassoon quartet has served as the “Festival Bassoons” for three summers. Read more >>

Horn: Nicholas A. Kenney

Dr. Nicholas A. Kenney earned the Bachelor of Music from Western Carolina University and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nebraska. He has performed in venues around the globe, including the Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia, the historic Waterford Opera House in Waterford, Ireland and New York’s famed Carnegie Hall (twice). Read more>>


Saxophone: Heidi Radtke

Dr. Heidi Radtke maintains an active career as a saxophonist and pedagogue. She is the Instructor of Saxophone at Butler University and is a sought-after private teacher in the Indianapolis area. Read more>>

Piano: Du Huang

Dr. Du Huang currently serves as Professor of Piano at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he has been on the faculty since 2001. Huang has presented solo performances at the Grosser Saal of the Konzerthaus and the Brahms-Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna, Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Shanghai Music Hall, Beijing Music Hall, and numerous concert venues in Czech Republic. Huang also performs actively as a member of Unison Piano Duo with pianist Xiao Hu. 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: Eneida Larti

Known for her colorful and imaginative sound, Dr. Eneida Larti enjoys an exciting career as a performer, educator, and chamber musician. Currently an assistant professor at the University of Idaho, Dr. Larti leads the areas of collaborative piano and piano pedagogy. She has held positions at the University of Colorado Boulder and Ouachita Baptist University. Read more>>

Piano: Réne Lecuona

Réne Lecuona earned undergraduate and master’s degrees at Indiana University, and was awarded a Performer’s Certificate and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers have included Rebecca Penneys, Menahem Pressler, Edward Auer, Shigeo Neriki, Laurie Conrad, and György Sebök. 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: Chi-Chen Wu

Praised by Fanfare Magazine for her “astonishing” and “poetic piano playing” and “symphonic, expansive texture of breathless virtuosity” (Historical Keyboard Society), pianist Chi-Chen Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, the Aspen Music Festival,  Read more>>

semyon_rozin_photoVocal Coach/Conductor: 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>>

Guest Harp: Geneviève 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>>