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>>

ting-shen-violin-photoViolin: 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: Betul Soykan

Dr. Betul Soykan joined the faculty of Wichita State University in the fall of 2016 as tenure-track Professor of Violin, having previously taught at the University of Texas-RGV in Brownsville. Her recent performances included recitals in Texas, California, Kansas and in Greece where she was invited to give violin master classes of a string week to many talented violinist coming from all over Europe. 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>>


108[1]Flute: Jennifer Parker-Harley

Praised by the Columbus Dispatch for her “beautiful sound”, flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley enjoys a versatile career as a teacher and performer. Having joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 2008, Jennifer is committed to training a new generation of performers, educators and advocates for the arts. 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>>

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: 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>>


Du Huang - photoPiano: Du Huang

Pianist Du Huang has presented solo performances at the Brahms-Saal of the Musikverein and the Grosser Saal of the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Shanghai Music Hall and Beijing Music Hall in China, and numerous concert venues in Germany and Czech Republic. 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: 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>>

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: Dorothea Schönberger

Dorothea Schönberger is a teacher of German and Music. She studied at the university of Landau and continued attending seminars in German language education. Since 1999 she has been working as a teacher.

Furthermore, she continued her vocal training with such reknowed master-teachers as Brigitte Seidler-Winkler from Mannheim and Uwe Götz of Saarbrücken. Read more>>