Mireia Frutos Fernández
Born in Madrid, Spain, Mireia Frutos Fernández earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and a Bachelor of Music Degree at the Superior Conservatory of Aragón, Spain.
She has performed in Australia, Malaysia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Hungary, Israel, and the United States, both as a solo pianist and collaborating with a wide variety of music ensembles, as well as a soloist with orchestra. Dedicated to contemporary music, she has worked with many composers and premiered works both for piano solo and ensemble. Since 2014, she has worked as chamber music coach for Musique et Montagne in France with cellist and collaborator Morgane de Lafforest.
Mireia has been awarded first prize in several competitions, such as the Musical Youth of Spain Competition, Marisa Montiel piano competition, and the Hazen Competition. Her performance with orchestra of Mendelssohn’s Second Piano Concerto for the Award Ceremony of the “Acordes Caja Madrid” Competition was broadcast on the Spanish National Television.
Mireia is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Collaborative Piano and is an Associate Instructor in the Chamber and Collaborative Music Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is studying with professors Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy.
Julian Garvue is a collaborative pianist from Seattle, WA. He has performed and recorded in genres ranging from classical to pop, and has performed at jazz clubs on both coasts of the US.
After graduating from the Eastman School of Music with a Double Bachelor's degree in Jazz Piano and Music Theory, Julian had a diverse freelancing career in Brooklyn, NY where he worked in such capacities as an accompanist for Columbia University's Musical Theatre program, choral pianist for Highbridge Voices in the Bronx, choir teacher for the Harmony Program in the Bronx, and ballet pianist for Alden Moves Dance Studio. From 2017 to 2018, he worked as an ArtistYear Americorps Fellow at PS 143Q in Corona, Queens, NY, where he taught music to over 500 elementary school students. Julian is also an accomplished composer.
He is entering his 3rd year at IU in the Performer Diploma program following the acquisition of his Master of Music in Collaborative Piano in the Spring of 2022. He will continue his studies with Professors Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy.
Matthew Gemmill enjoys a varied career as a pianist, accompanist, vocal coach, and educator. He is currently completing a Doctorate in Collaborative Piano at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he is an Associate Instructor. Before coming to Indiana, he studied in London, England at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he earned an Artist Diploma in Piano Accompaniment with distinction. He earned his Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Michigan.
Matthew taught accompanying, vocal coaching, and opera at Wheaton College and the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He served as faculty at the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago and spent five summers teaching at the Up North Vocal Institute in Boyne City, Michigan. For Lyric Opera of Chicago, he supervised music for the premiere of Gregory Spears’ Jason and the Argonauts, a new opera for children commissioned by Lyric, and assisted in productions of Fellow Travelers and The Scorpion’s Sting. In 2018 he was an apprentice artist at San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Center.
In addition to performances with a number of well known singers, he has accompanied recitals at the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he was twice a piano fellow, and the Chicago Cultural Center. In 2020, his performances of songs and chamber music by Detlev Glanert at the Barbican Centre in London were broadcast on the BBC.
Mr. Gemmill’s mentors and teachers include Eugene Asti, Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, Martin Katz, Anne Epperson, Kevin Murphy, and Chih-Yi Chen. He has participated in masterclasses with Elly Ameling, Stephanie Blythe, Jane Eaglen, Håkan Hagegård, Warren Jones, Ann Murray, Dawn Upshaw, and Edith Wiens.
Graduating from Seoul National University with a Bachelor of Music degree, Inkyo Hong began her musical career as an orchestral conductor. She served as a head conductor of the Seoul National University Philharmonic Orchestra, performing various symphonic repertoire. Particularly interested in opera, she participated in numerous productions, such as La Traviata, Rigoletto, and die Zauberflöte, as an assistant conductor and also rehearsal pianist.
In South Korea, Inkyo actively worked as a pianist and musical coach in a number of vocal studios. In Fall 2021, she was admitted to the Master of Music in Collaborative Piano degree program at Indiana University. She is studying with Charles Prestinari and Futaba Niekawa, and has also worked with Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy. In Spring 2022, she was part of the musical coaching staff of the Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore.
Watcharit (Jean) Kerdchuen
Versatile collaborative pianist Watcharit Kerdchuen, originally from Thailand, is currently pursuing a Performer Diploma in Collaborative Piano studying with Anne Epperson, Aram Arakelyan and Kevin Murphy at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In Thailand and the United States, Watcharit has worked with many instrumentalists and hundreds of singers from young students to professional artists. He has participated in many opera and musical theatre productions such as The Magic Flute, Too Many Sopranos, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, and Fame the Musical. He was a music director, pianist and arranger for The Workshop Musical in Bangkok in 2019.
As a soloist, Watcharit won the first prize in Thailand Steinway & Sons Piano Competition 2016 and was invited to perform Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with Bangkok Charity Orchestra in 2017. In addition, he likes to organize and perform charity concerts in Thailand. In 2015 and 2022, he successfully raised funds of more than $5000 in total to help students with intellectual disabilities. Watcharit earned his Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of Southern Mississippi and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand. His former teachers include Dr. Michael Bunchman, Dr. Eri Nakagawa, Dr. Nopanand Chanorathaikul.
Pianist Seonghyun Lee received his undergraduate degree with honors at Chung-Ang University in South Korea. He then obtained a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano at Kookmin University.
As a soloist, he won top prizes in the Music Education News Competition and Music Journal Competition during his undergraduate years. While in graduate school, he won first place in the New Artist Debut Concert Audition of Korea Collaborative Pianists Association (K.C.P.A.).
Lee also performed with Festivity, a student performance organization planning outreach performances for schools in the area. He performed with renowned Korean soloists at Seoul Art Center and at the New Artist Debut Concert of the Korea Collaborative Pianists Association and Brahms Chamber Music Night. He was also invited to perform at Buam Art Hall, Catholic St. Francis Monastery, Tool Music Entertainment, and Mozart Opera Festival hosted by the Buon-Amichi Opera Society.
Seonghyun Lee studied with Jieun Han, Young-jin Kim, Hwi-am Park, and Eun-hee Kim, and also participated in Ralph Gothoni's master class. In Fall 2022, he will start the Performer Diploma Collaborative Piano (P.D.C.P.) at the University of Indiana Jacobs School of Music as a Graduate Assistant under the guidance of Professor Anne Epperson.
Itsuki Nagamine is an active performer as a solo pianist and collaborator. Her performances have received critical acclaim throughout the United States and Asia. Born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in Beijing, China, Itsuki has been playing piano since the age of five. She has performed in prestigious festivals, such as the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Florida, Montecito International Music Festival in California, and Musicfest Perugia in Italy.
In the summer of 2022, Itsuki participated in duo526 Sonata Seminar @IU with pianist Futaba Niekawa and violinist Kerry DuWors. She also was one of four piano interns at the Castleman Quartet Program in Fredonia, New York.
Itsuki received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio and her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Performer Diploma in Collaborative Piano from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
She enters the Doctor of Music in Collaborative Piano program in Fall 2023 at IU and is an Associate Instructor in the Chamber and Collaborative Music Department. Her teachers and mentors include Daniel Shapiro, Peter Takács, Sandra Shapiro, Karen Shaw, Norman Krieger, Sharon Robinson, Futaba Niekawa and Charles Prestinari.
Claudia Santana Nunez
Claudia Santana Nunez, originally from Cuba, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance and Music Theory from the University of Arts of Cuba. She was always involved in the world of collaborative piano and she worked as Staff Pianist from 2014 to 2017 for the Department of Voice of the University of Arts of Cuba.
Since 2017, she has been a graduate student in Collaborative Piano at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, where she received a Performer Diploma (2018) and a Master of Music Degree (2020). She has worked for IU in the summer programs of College Audition Preparation and the Jacobs Summer String Academy. Having held graduate assistantships during her studies at IU, she is currently an Associate Instructor while she pursues her Doctor of Music degree.
Louisa Peng, originally from Taipei, Taiwan, earned a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano (summa cum laude) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette studying with Dr. Yuling Huang-Davie, and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Illinois State University studying with Dr. Geoffrey Duce. Her Bachelor in Music in Piano Performance is from the University of Taipei with Dr. Eric Chen.
Louisa was the winner of the Concerto Competition and Hanley Piano Competitions at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2021 and 2022. In addition, she served as a representative for the Graduate Student Organization.
Having appeared in recitals and concerts as a soloist and a collaborative pianist, she remains an active performer. In recent years, as a pianist and coach, she has performed the operas La bohème and Die Fledermaus with the Midwest Institute of Opera (MIO), and musical theatre productions including The Light in the Piazza, Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia!, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, and A Masked Ball for numerous organizations including schools and community theaters companies.
Louisa Peng is starting her Performer Diploma in Collaborative Piano (P.D.C.P.) at the Jacobs School of Music as a student of Dr. Chih-Yi Chen and Dr. Charles Prestinari in Fall 2022. She was awarded a full Graduate Assistantship in the Chamber and Collaborative Music Department.
Iranian pianist Soroush Sadeghi is pursuing a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano degree at the Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music. He is a Graduate Assistant in the Chamber and Collaborative Music Department. His primary instructors include Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy.
Prior to moving to Indiana, Mr. Sadeghi was an active collaborative pianist at different universities, music schools, and music festivals in Iran. His collaborations with the Tehran Opera Ensemble included such projects as Hansel and Gretel, Les Miserables, and The Sound of Music. Additionally, Mr. Sadeghi performed during this time with various large ensembles and orchestras, including the Tehran Symphonic Orchestra with conductors Alexander Rahbari and Loris Haykasi Tjeknavorian.
Mr. Sadeghi’s album releases include “From Italy to Persia” with oboist Aryan Gheitasi, recorded in 2022 by ARS Produktion and marketed in Europe, Japan, and the United States, and “Oblivion” with the Tehran Quintet, recorded in 2019 by Raha Music Production in Iran. As part of the Tehran Quintet, Mr. Sadeghi won the Silver Medal in the 2020 Global Music Awards for “Best Album” and “Best Ensemble.” He has also won 1st Prize at the 2018 Tehran Chamber MusicCompetition, and 1st Prize at the 2017 Saba Chamber Music Festival in 2017. In Summer of 2022, he was a collaborative piano apprentice at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland.
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Deven Shah is an accomplished performer in both collaborative and solo piano. He has performed in New York, Pittsburgh, and Erie, in venues such as Steinway Hall, Heinz Hall, the Warner Theatre, Hirt Auditorium, and Walker Recital Hall at Mercyhurst University.
As a collaborative pianist, Deven has performed with members of the Erie Philharmonic, the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. He has experience as a vocal coach including a 2018 production of Rigoletto with the D’Angelo Opera Theater and a 2020 production of Die Zauberflöte with the Bloomington Chamber Orchestra. He will also be involved in Indiana University Opera Theater’s world premiere of Anne Frank in Spring 2023.
In the summer, he is on the faculty at the Csehy Summer School of Music in Pennsylvania. He has also been a staff accompanist at Mercyhurst University, and is organist at Bradley United Methodist Church in Greenfield, IN.
Deven holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Piano Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is starting a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano in Fall 2022 and has been awarded a Graduate Assistantship. His primary teachers include Emile Naoumoff, Charles Prestinari, and Aram Arakelyan, as well as organ studies with Vincent Carr and Janette Fishell.
Yoshino Toi is an active performer, collaborator, and educator. Yoshino has received top awards in multiple competitions, including the Brevard Music Center Piano Competition, the Paranov Concerto Competition at The Hartt School, the Musical Club of Hartford’s Scholarship Competition, the Audrey Thayer Competition, and the Renee B. Fisher Piano Competition, where she also earned the honor of Best Performance of the Commissioned Work. Additionally, she was recently featured on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase performing Albert Ginastera's Suite de Danzas Criollas. In the Summer of 2022, Yoshino was invited as a piano fellow to the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont.
Yoshino holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music, where she was a student of Professor Norman Krieger and served as an Associate Instructor for the Secondary Piano Program. Before her graduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from The Hartt School while attending there on a full scholarship. While at Hartt, she studied with Dr. David Westfall and was a member of Performance 20/20, the school's renowned chamber music ensemble. Following her degree, she served as a collaborative pianist at The Hartt School. Yoshino will start her Performer Diploma in Collaborative Piano (P.D.C.P.) in Fall 2022 and was awarded a Graduate Assistantship.
Andrew Voelker is currently in the Doctor of Music Collaborative Piano program, studying with Kevin Murphy and Anne Epperson. They hold Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Voice from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Their teachers have included Anita Pontremoli, Linda Jones, William Koehler, and Dana Brown. Prior to their studies at IU, Andrew was an Adjunct Lecturer of Accompanying and Opera Coach at Illinois Wesleyan University. There they were the music director for opera productions, and also performed with students and faculty in recitals and New Music forums.
In the summer of 2019, Andrew was a Coach/Accompanist at Opera in the Ozarks where they prepared La bohème and was the touring music director for the company’s education tour. They were a 2018 Opera Coaching Fellow at the Aspen Opera Center, and have been a music director for productions with Great Lakes Light Opera, Chicago Summer Opera, and Prairie Fire Theatre. From 2014 to 2017, Andrew was a member of the collaborative piano staff at the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Currently, Andrew is researching innovation in programming of art song literature for their dissertation.
Michele Wong is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano as a student of Anne Epperson, Kevin Murphy and Aram Arakelyan. She earned her Bachelor of Music in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Douglas Humpherys. Passionate about chamber and collaborative work from a young age, Michele was the first ever Next Generation Artist featured by the Omega Ensemble, where she performed with artists such as members of the Escher string quartet, and she has also been a featured performer in the Howland Chamber Music Circle series as well as the Empire Film and Media Ensemble.
Michele has coached or performed in master classes with artists such as Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Kathleen Kelly, Craig Rutenberg, Paul Groves, Frederica von Stade, Lydia Brown, and members of the Ying, Jupiter and Juilliard string quartets. An avid performer of new music, she has also coached with composers such as Ben Moore, Jake Heggie, and John Harbison on performances of their works. In the summer of 2021, she participated in the Collaborative Piano Institute at Louisiana State University. Michele attended Songfest in 2022 at the San Francisco Conservatory as one of their Stern Fellows.
Timothy recently earned his Master of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music studying with Futaba Niekawa, Kevin Murphy, and Anne Epperson. In the Fall of 2022, he will start his Performer Diploma Collaborative Piano (P.D.C.P.) and will continue serving as a Graduate Assistant in the Chamber and Collaborative Music department.
Timothy received First Place in both the 2018 Osaka International Music Competition (Four Hands Division) and 2017 Hong Kong Youth Music Open Competition (Solo Piano Division). Performances include a Piano Four-Hands Concert, as invited by the Development & Alumni Affairs Office at University of Hong Kong, in 2020, and a Solo Recital at Loughborough Emmanuel Church (U.K.) in 2019. He was a Collaborative Piano fellow at the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, in the summer of 2022.
Ting-Ting Yang is a collaborative pianist and multi-genre composer whose musical journey began at a young age in Taiwan. Her recent collaborative performances include participation in Musiqa’s (contemporary music ensemble) 20th anniversary concert (2022) as a collaborative pianist; participation in a commercial recording of chamber opera, Kassandra, by Anthony Brandt (2021) as pianist; participation in an online collaboration during the pandemic with Jon Dante as both music arranger and pianist (2021). She was appointed staff accompanist for the Preparatory Program at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University (2021-2022) and was a Teaching Assistant in the collaborative piano program at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina (2022).
As a composer, Ting-Ting's recent commissioned pieces include Approaching for Chamber Ensemble (2022) and Stand at the Corner for Orchestra (2021), and followed up premieres at Singapore by Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra. During her undergraduate years, her orchestral piece, Portal (2019), won the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative (USA). In 2021, she co-founded H-Tone Electroacoustic Ensemble at Rice University.
Ting-Ting holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and a Master of Music degree in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is currently an Associate Instructor at the Jacobs School of Music and pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in Collaborative Piano studying with Anne Epperson.
As a pianist growing up in New Zealand, Lucy was a featured artist in NZ Music Month 2020. Her national competition successes included 2nd prize at the NZ Mazda Foundation Young Performer of The Year, the Lewis Eady Charitable trust's National Award Emerging Artists series, and the SOUNZ prize at the New Zealand Wallace National Piano Competition. Her international successes included 3rd prize and Sonata prize, as well as people's choice award at the 2010 and 2014 Kerikeri International Piano Competitions, Semi-finalist and encouragement award winner at the 1st Australian International Chopin Competition and participation in the prestigious Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan.
In Summer 2019, Lucy worked at the Interlochen Arts Camp as a collaborative pianist, collaborating with students in numerous performances and master classes with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2021, she was a fellowship student at Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine.
Lucy is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in Collaborative Piano and has studied with Anne Epperson, Kevin Murphy, Charles Prestinari and Aram Arakelyan. She has been an Associate Instructor at the Jacobs School of Music since 2017. She performed with IU Ballet in Fall 2021, playing Philip Glass’s Four Movements for Two Pianos and Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina. Before pursuing her DM, Lucy earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Jacobs School of Music in 2018, studying with Edward Auer.