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Cristina Warner

Cristina Warner began studying piano at age four, but it was at Bennington College in Vermont where Cristina immersed herself in music study, completing a second Bachelor’s degree in music, focusing on piano and composition. Cristina taught music in New England for several years before moving to New York. In New York City, Cristina studied […]

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Lu Ye

Born in Wenzhou, China, Lu Ye beginning her piano studies at age 6, winning Beethoven‘s National Piano competition at age 13, and extensively performing as a soloist/accompanist in choir competition. Lu then studied at Xinghai Conservatory of Music and appeared in the performance with Langlang(a celebrated classical pianist who performed at the opening ceremony in […]

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Pierre Derycz

Pierre Derycz is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with bachelor’s degrees in cello performance under Richard Aaron, and composition under Bright Sheng, Paul Schoenfield, and Kristin Kuster. A native of Los Angeles, he started his musical studies at the age of four and continued them at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. In […]

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Lauren Congelli

Lauren Congelli holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Western Washington University. A soprano, she sang in the highly select Concert Choir, the Western Voices Chamber Ensemble, and the Advanced Women’s Chorale. Additionally, Lauren served as soprano section leader of the Concert Choir, organizing and leading rehearsals among her peers. She has sung […]

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Andrew Banks, D.M.A.

Andrew Banks studied piano with Keith Swallow at Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds (BA Hons), with Geoffrey Buckley at the Welsh College of Music and Drama (ACWCMD), and with Martin Jones at Cardiff University (MA Performance Studies). After moving to the United States in the 1990s, he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) […]

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Molly Gebrian

Molly Gebrian has distinguished herself as an outstanding performer, teacher, and scholar throughout the US and Europe. Her love of contemporary music has led her to collaborate with many composers, often in premiers of works written for her, and she has worked closely with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Boulez for performances at the Lucerne […]

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Karen Benjamin

Karen Benjamin has over twenty years of performing experience in musical theatre, opera, and cabaret. In the last few years she has focused on producing and performing vocal recitals specializing in art song. She is currently presenting Music of the People: Songs of 19th Century America and Chick Songs: Art Songs by Women Composers around […]

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Kelsey Smith

Kelsey Smith, a Los Angeles native, is a Soprano vocalist and music educator, who began her collegiate career at Berklee College of Music as a Vocal Jazz Performance major before returning to California to pursue her interests in the fields of music education and psychology. She is a graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in […]

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Leila Nassar-Fredell

Leila Nassar-Fredell

Leila Nassar-Fredell, violin, received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, in June 2013. Leila is a member of the Royce String Quartet, which won the 2013 San Diego MTAC Chamber Competition and the 2013 Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (founded 1891) Small Ensemble Competition. As winners of […]

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Daniel Marschak

Daniel Francis Marschak (b. 1986) is a Los Angeles-based composer, jazz pianist, and educator. His written music reflects his love of both improvised music and contemporary classical music, with extended harmonies and an improvisatory approach. He has written works for a variety of ensembles and instrumentations, from solo percussionist to full orchestra. In 2012, Marschak earned […]

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