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: Hyunjee Chung

Excelling as a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and educator, Hyunjee Chung is sought-after for her compelling and intelligent interpretations of diverse repertoire from the classical to contemporary. Chung made her solo debut with the Seoul National Symphony in 2010 performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Read more>>

Violin: Orin Laursen

Described as possessing “dazzling virtuosity” (Toronto Concert Reviews) and “deep understanding and artistry” (CVNC) violinist Orin Laursen is an active soloist and chamber musician. He has collaborated with artists including Trevor Pinnock, Robert McDonald, Paula Robison, Richard Lester, Misha Amory, Steven Dann, Hsin-Yun Huang, the Borromeo String Quartet, and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy. 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>>

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>>

Cello: Robert Jesselson

Robert Jesselson is Emeritus Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina, where he taught cello and played in the American Arts Trio and the Jesselson/Fugo Duo. In 2013 he was named as the Governor’s Professor of the Year by the Governor and the SC Commission on Higher Education. 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. 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>>

 

 

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>>

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>>

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>>

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: 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 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>>

 

Guest Harp: Adi Alice Petre

Born in 1982 in Romania, Adi-Alice Petre began studying the harp at the age of 8 at the G.Enesco High school G. Enesco in Bucharest in the class of Ion-Ivan Roncea. Read more>>