Concert No. 2 – Breaking Barriers promotes professional pianists in Cincinnati. They are active performers regionally and nationally. These pianists advocate new music and have premiered works by composers of our time.
Praised for her “exquisite playing” by CUNY’s The Brook Center, award-winning pianist Ariadne Antipa has performed around the world as a recitalist, collaborator, and concerto soloist. Passionate about performing new works alongside standard repertoire, Ariadne frequently records and premieres music by living composers. Dedicated to teaching, Ariadne also maintains a private studio in Cincinnati and teaches at Wilmington College. www.youtube.com/c/AriadneAntipa
Giuliano Graniti is an Italian pianist and teacher, currently Visiting Professor of Piano at Mercer University in Macon, GA. He has performed in Europe, Asia, and US. His latest recording features John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music with Fabio Menchetti, Kevin Holzman, and the CCM Wind Symphony. He researches pedagogical and literature topics with focuses on diversity and inclusion. www.giulianograniti.com
Yaoyue Huang is a pianist whose initiative celebrates new music and lesser performed modern works. She is a co-artistic director of “Music X Habitat X Art”— an experimental art and performance group based in Guangzhou and the United States. She was also the co-artistic director of the 2019 Clara Schumann Project in Shenzhen.
Helena Hyesoo Kim is a Korean-Canadian Pianist who loves to connect with communities through music. She has appeared in various venues worldwide. Currently, she is serving as the Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at the University of Akron and finishing her doctoral degree at CCM where her research has focused on Soviet female composers. www.helenahyesookimpiano.com
Pianist Hyeongkeon Kim, a native of Mokpo, South Korea, has performed in Europe and South Korea both as a soloist and a collaborative artist. He won many prizes at a number of competitions including Honam Art Competition and King’s Peak International Music Competition, among many. As an early graduate with honors, Kim received his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Chonnam National University and his master’s at UC CCM, where he is finishing his doctorate.
Residing in Cincinnati, pianist Eunhwa Lee indulges her musical wanderlust with an itinerary that is constantly challenging and fresh. She has been a top prizewinner of numerous competitions and appeared at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Chicago Symphony Hall. She collaborates with various artists and her drive to support composers has led Lee to give frequent premieres of new works.
Curtis Pavey is a pianist, harpsichordist, and educator who recently completed doctoral studies at CCM under Professor Emeritus James Tocco. Curtis is passionate about introducing audiences to a range of styles, composers, and to performance practice. Additionally, Curtis maintains a large private studio, teaching over thirty children and adult learners. www.curtispavey.com
Lywon Yeo is a pianist and instructor. She received degrees from Yonsei University in Seoul Korea, Universität der Künste in Berlin Germany, Mozarteum Universität in Salzburg Austria, and at CCM. She won the first prize at the Propiano International competition, Clavarte Swiss International Scholarship Competition, second prize at the Mozarteum Concerto Competition in Austria, and CCM Concerto Competition. She has performed in France, Swiss, Korea, Germany, and throughout the U.S.
Pianist Dr. Wenxing Zeng received her formal education from CCM, Indiana University and Central Conservatory of Music, China. The Grammy award composer John Corigliano commented after hearing her performance of the Etude Fantasy: “Wenxing performance is wonderful! She puts it over with complete conviction.”
Moreover, she has been actively engaged as a chamber musician, orchestra pianist, harpsichordist, and piano pedagogue. https://tinyurl.com/mv3fsvcv