Faculty

Niall Bakkestad-Legare

An up-and-coming young Canadian saxophonist, Niall Bakkestad-Legare has performed at New York’s elite jazz clubs, including Smalls, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 55 Bar and The Shapeshifter Lounge, and with artists such as the Jimmy Greene Big Band, the Seth Weaver Big Band, the Niko Seibold Big Band, Vinyl Live, the Curtis Nowosad trio, and the multi-Grammy nominated [...]

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Tracy Chang

Taiwanese soprano Hsin- Mei Tracy Chang had won many competitions in Taiwan before she came to the States in 2011; among those are National Taiwan Culture Cup Competition, New Art Musician Competition, Ty-Zan Hsiao Art Song Competition, and National Taiwan Normal University Concerto Competition. She is also the scholarship recipient of the Rotary Club of Taipei, [...]

By | July 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Yu-Wen Chiu

Taiwanese Pianist Yu-Wen Chiu started playing piano when she was six years old. Since then, she has had the opportunity to learn from many great pianists throughout the world and has been praised for her poetic, sophisticated playing. Ms. Chiu received her Master of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music in New York City where [...]

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Sung-Soo Cho

Pianist Sung-Soo Cho continues to captivate audiences with profound interpretations of musical depth. Praised for his technique and command at the piano, his wide musical perception has drawn critical acclaim. Awarded “Best American Contemporary Performance” at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition and “Best Performance of the Commissioned Work” at the Texas State International Piano Competition, he [...]

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Shinok Chung

Seoul native Shinok Chung is a jazz singer, pianist, and composer. She specializes in many genres of music, from Korean traditional folk music, to classical, to jazz. In her original compositions, she draws on Korean sensibilities, melding the beauty of the Korean language with jazz harmonics, rhythm, and phrasing. In 2010 she released her debut album, Ocean Lullaby, on the Japanese label Shinseido/Omagatoki, which praised Ms. [...]

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Lavene Davis

Lavene Davis began his music studies at the Lucy Moses Special Music School from elementary through middle school. His primary focus was piano and music theory. Mr. Davis then attended LaGuardia High School where he also studied classical vocal performance and musical theater. During his time at Hunter College, he began giving private lessons to both [...]

By | September 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Lavene Davis

Jakob Dreyer

German born Jakob Dreyer started playing piano when he was 4 years old. He received classical training as a piano player until he switched to bass at age 13. Among his teachers were John Patitucci, Mike Richmond and Anders Jormin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Music an Drama Hamburg [...]

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Sebastian Forster

Born in Buenos Aires in 1975, Sebastián Forster made his international debut with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra on April 28, 1997, at the Concertgebouw's main hall, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto #23 and conducted by Jaap Van Zweden (currently principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic). This concert invitation was recorded live on BMG’s prestige Victor Red Seal label and launched [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Mirta Gomez

Mirta Gomez received her early piano training from her mother in her native Cuba.She continued her musical education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School in New York City. Ms. Gomez's recent performances include recitals at the Leo S. Bing Auditorium at the Los Angeles County Museum in Los Angeles,CA, and the [...]

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Gandhi Gonzalez

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on March 6 of 1984. Influenced by his father and family into the world of music, at a young age Gandhi started taking piano and music theory lessons in the prestigious Dina Music Education School (1990‐1994). Later on, he decided to study Drums in addition to Piano and joined in [...]

By | August 7th, 2016|0 Comments