Saarburg Festival Invited Faculty

Invited Faculty for 2020 (subject to change)

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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: 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>>

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: 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>>

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: 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>>

Cello: Jennifer Lee

Cellist Jennifer Lee, a native of South Korea, had her undergraduate and graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music in NY. She studied with Marion Feldman and she also played under the coaches such as Arnold Steinhardt, Nathaniel Rosen, Peter Winograd and Karen Ritscher. After she finished her studies in the US, she was invited as the principal cellist of Cheong-Ju City Philharmonic Orchestra. She also taught at the Cheong-Ju National Teachers College, and Korea Christian Music Conservatory as a faculty. Read more >>

Flute: Paula Gudmundson

Flutist, Paula Gudmundson, is Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She has performed at numerous music festivals and events, including regional and national conferences of the College Music Society, National Flute Association conventions, Minnesota Public Radio’s Class Notes Artist, International Flute Festival of Costa Rica and La Côte Flûte Festival. Read more>>

Flute: Elizabeth Janzen

A native of Newfoundland, Canada, Elizabeth Janzen currently serves as Associate Professor of Flute at Texas A&M University – Kingsville and as Second Flute in the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.  Her playing has been hailed in the New York Times as “…athletic, graceful…” and she has established herself as a prominent musician, teacher and clinician across Canada, the United States and Mexico.   Read more>>

Flute: Mihoko Watanabe

Flutist Mihoko Watanabe, a native of Japan, is Professor of Flute and the chair of Entrepreneurial Music Certificate program at Ball State University (BSU). Prior to joining the School of Music, Dr. Watanabe taught at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Windsor, Canada. Read more>>

Oboe: Mary Lindsey Bailey

Dr. Mary Lindsey Bailey is the Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Alabama and holds the position of Principal Oboe of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. She held the position of Principal Oboe of the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in Shenzhen, China, served as Principal Oboe of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, and is an active performer with many orchestras throughout the United States. 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, Florida International University, Daytona State College, and Southeastern University. Read more>>

Oboe: Amy Collins

Amy Collins, Oboist, was this past year’s International Double Reed Society Conference Host at the University of South Florida.  Presently she is a member of the artistic faculty at The University of South Florida, Principal Oboist with The Venice Symphony as well as Opera Tampa. Read more>>





Oboe: Joseph Wenda

Joseph Wenda is an active performer, avid educator, and adventurous arranger. He strives for individuality in style and programming. His recitals often include works by living composers, original performing editions of older works, and original chamber transcriptions. His dissertation, “Two Chamber Transcriptions Featuring the Oboe from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59,” takes two of the most well-known scenes from the work out of the opera house and onto the small stage. Read more>>

Clarinet/Bass clarinet: Calvin Falwell

Praised for his “great skill and captivating sound” by Clariperu, American clarinetist Calvin Falwell is quickly becoming a sought after soloist and chamber music collaborator. His performances have garnered praise from critics and audiences around the world. A true champion of new music, Calvin has had the privilege of premiering numerous works for both clarinet and bass clarinet including works by Todd Goodman, David Thomas, Max Lifchitz, Suzanne Polak, Bradford Blackburn, Paul Reller, David Stock and Joseph Hallman. Read more>>

Clarinet: Andy Hudson

Performances by Andy Hudson have been hailed as “a treat for the listener,” and have been praised for “an uncommon singularity of purpose, technical virtuosity, youthful vigor and a mature sensitivity.”

Currently on faculty at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, he has performed widely across the United States and Europe, including recent engagements at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the International Clarinet Association ‘ClarinetFest’ in Belgium, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on their MusicNOW series… 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: Mingzhe Wang

A prizewinner in the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition (1999), the Orchestral Instrument Competition (2001), and a recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship award, Mr. Wang is committed to promoting both the music of our time and the classics. He performed the Chinese premiere of Elliott Carter’s Hiyoku and has worked closely with composers such as Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, Krzystof Penderecki, Aaron Jay Kernis, Lee Hoiby, Paul Schoenfield, and Chen Yi. Read more>>

Bassoon: Carlos Felipe Vina

Carlos Felipe Vina is a bassoonist based in Hollywood, Florida. As an educator, Dr. Vina serves as Adjunct Bassoon Professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton as well as Florida International University, New World School of the Arts and Miami Dade College Kendall Campus in Miami. Read more>>

Trumpet: John T. Cord

John T. Cord, DMA Dr. John T. Cord holds performance degrees from the University of Iowa, the Yale University School of Music and the University of North Texas. Cord is currently the Associate Professor of Trumpet at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. From 2009 to 2013 he served as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Read more>>


Saxophone: Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

Classical saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen maintains a multi-faceted career as a soloist and chamber musician. Debuted as soloist with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony in 2011, he since has performed concerti with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra (MI) and Sequoia Symphony Orchestra (CA). 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 Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the United Nations. 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 and Beijing Music Hall, and numerous concert venues in 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: Réne Lecuola

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: Jackson Leung

Dr. Jackson Leung, Professor of Music, is Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Director of the Chamber Orchestra at Wright State University. He is the recipient of the 2010 Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching Award at WSU and the 2011 Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to attaining the L.R.S.M. performance diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Dr. Leung received his degrees in piano performance from Hong Kong Baptist University, Temple University, and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. 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: Qian Shen

Prof. Qian Shen  is a piano educator and vice president of Wuhan Conservatory of Music in the music and education department; she is also  a member of the Academic Committee of the Chinese Society of Education Piano, member of Chinese Musicians Association and a director of Hubei Province Piano Society. 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: Jian Wang

Prof. Jian Wang is a piano educator and secretary of Wuhan Conservatory of Music’s piano department. He also a member of Hubei Music Association, president of the Piano Institute of Hubei Province, a member of Chinese Musicians Association and director of the Chinese Piano Society.  Read more>>

Piano: Chi Wu

Chi Wu is one of the most talented pianists in  today´s China. Currently he is the Professor  and Vice Chairman at the piano department of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. He is a 2d prizewinner of Ettlingen  International piano competition in Germany and  3d prizewinner of Franz Liszt International piano competition in Utrecht, Holland. 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: Olja Kaiser

Olja began to study the harp at the age of 5. She completed her studies atthe Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she graduated with distinction.
Olja furthered her professional abilities participating in master classes given by Isabelle Perrin, David Watkins, Susanna Mildonian, Chantal Mathieu and Isabelle Moretti.  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>>