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Polish violinist Andrzej Grabiec, prizewinner at the Fifth International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poland (1967) and the International Jacques Thibaud Violin Competition in Paris, France (1969), has performed as a soloist in symphonic concerts and recitals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Denmark, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, former Soviet Union, and Poland. Mr. Grabiec has performed under conductors Pierre Boulez, Erich Leinsdorf, Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Lutoslawski, Jerzy Semkow, Kazimierz Kord, Mark Elder, and Erich Bergel.
An honored graduate and later professor of the Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland in 1972, Mr. Grabiec immediately became Soloist and Concertmaster of the Polish National Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and leader of Capella per Musica da Camera, where he released recordings of solo and chamber music. As the founding member of the Polish Radio Piano Trio, he captured first prize at the Tenth International Competition for Chamber Music Ensembles in Colmar, France.
Lorraine DiSimone, associate professor of voice, has performed extensively in concert as well as on the opera stage. Ms. DiSimone has sung with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Eduardo Mata, with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra under Keith Lockhart and a concert performance of Wagner's Die Walküre with the Prague State Opera under Hans Wallat. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as Fenena in Verdi's Nabucco with the New York Grand Opera and since that time has been a soloist in Carnegie Hall in performances of Handel's Messiah, Mozart's C Minor Mass and Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C, and Mascagni's Silvano. Her European debut was made in concert at La Fenice in Venice, singing a set of Virgil Thompson songs and Socrate by Satie.
Dr. Igor Lipinski made his orchestral debut performing Paderewski Piano Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of JoAnn Falletta and featured on NPR’s Performance Today. As a soloist, Dr. Lipinski made appearances with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Butler County Symphony Orchestra, Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, and Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra. He recently made his debut at Chicago’s Symphony Center with the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra and gave a live broadcast recital at the Chicago’s premiere classical music station 98.7 WFMT. He maintains an active concert career in the U.S. including recitals in California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, and Florida.
Paula Bujes and Pedro Huff have been performing together as a violin and cello duo since 2005. The duo has participated in music festivals, performed recitals, and taught master classes in Brazil, Panama, and the U.S. Both musicians are from Brazil, and had their Masters’ and DMA degrees fully funded by the University of Tennessee and the Louisiana State University. Paula and Pedro currently teach at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil, where they perform regularly while also pursuing their research interests. Paula researches the pedagogy of Bulgarian Trendafil Milanov and its applications in the Brazilian context, while Pedro is experimenting with building students’ cello technique and musicianship through developing their aural skills utilizing popular culture. He presented his research at the last IASPM Conference in Havana (Cuba), and both of them recently presented spoken papers at the 32nd ISME World Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. The duo’s current repertoire includes a few pieces of their own while exploring new works for violin and cello featuring a wide variety of Brazilian rhythmic genres, especially music from the Northeastern and Southern Brazil.
Guangyu Xie was born into a musical family. He began to play the cello when he was 6 years old. At age 12, he won the third place of the First National Cello Competition in China. In 1994, he entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and studied with Prof. Lin Yingrong. In 1995, he led the QinYun String Quartet of Shanghai Conservatory to win third place in the First National Quartet Competition. In 1996, he won 3rd prize in Prokofiev International Cello Competition in Moscow. In 1999, he furthered his study at Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria. In 2004, Guangyu Xie was sponsored by the Chinese government to study at Gnesin Conservatory of Music in Russia, under the instruction of Prof. Tohxa and Prof. Shahavskaya. In 2006, he received a graduate degree in cello performance in Russia.
Guangyu Xie has been invited to perform in Germany, Italy, Austria, Finland, France, Russia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and many other countries. In 2003, his recording of “Festal Tian Shan--- The Collection of Chinese Cello Favoutites” was issued by the Shanghai Musical Press. He is a founding member of “Shanghai Cello 4,” as well as conductor and artistic director of Yi Lin Chamber Orchestra since 2007. Guangyu Xie is currently on the faculty of Shanghai Conservatory in Shanghai, China.
A native of Taiwan, Sharon Cheng made her U.S. professional debut with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in 2009. Praised for her "comic talent and dazzling high notes," she has successfully portrayed a wide variety of operatic roles, including La Musica, Proserpina (L’Orfeo), Atalanta (Serse), Alcina, Konstanze, Barbarina, Madame Goldentrill, Miss Silverpeal, Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, Servilia, Königin der Nacht, Rosina, Adina, Lucia, Gilda, Waldvogel, Olympia, Juliette, Lakmé, La Fée, Gretel, Sandman, Dew Fairy, Monica (The Medium), and Lucy (The Telephone). She was awarded first prizes at the Liszt International Competition, NTD International Vocal Competition, and Civic Morning Musicals Vocal Competition, among others.