Vianden Festival Invited Faculty

 invited faculty for 2015 (subject to change)

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Anait Arutunian photoViolin: Anait Arutunian

Russian-born violinist Anait Arutunian has established herself as both a dedicated teacher and active performer. Winner of 2000 Artists International Auditions in New York, Arutunian performed solo and chamber music concerts at such venues as Moscow Conservatory Recital Hall, Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall among others. Read more>>

Hal Grossman photoViolin: Hal Grossman

Violinist Hal Grossman has been enthusiastically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for his “vibrant tone” and “superb technique”. Grand Award Winner of the Lima Young Artist Competition and Silver Medalist of the International Stulberg String Competition, Mr. Grossman also received First Prize Awards at the prestigious International Cleveland Quartet Competition and the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Read more>>

william terwilliger photoViolin: William Terwilliger

Violinist William Terwilliger has enjoyed an exceptionally active and diverse career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. Read more>>

Susan Lamb Cook photoCello: Susan Lamb Cook

Susan Lamb Cook is an active performer and educator both nationally and internationally.  She is sought after as soloist and chamber musician, and her performances have thrilled audiences throughout Europe, the Far East, and the United States. Read more>>

Wai Cheng, Vivien, piano, photo 3 Piano: Wai Cheng

In recognition of her outstanding achievements in music and in the promotion of Art and Culture, Cheng Wai has been awarded Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2009. Read more>>

Andrew Cooperstock photoPiano: Andrew Cooperstock

Heralded as a “technically impeccable and musically profound” pianist, Andrew Cooperstock performs widely as soloist and chamber musician and has appeared throughout six continents and in most of the fifty states. Read more>>

Elena_Rossman_photoPiano: Elena Rossman

Elena Rossman is a well known and widely respected classical music piano teacher and supporter of extraordinarily gifted classical musicians from around the world. Mrs. Rossman studied piano in the former Soviet Union under the leadership of Viktor Afanasiev- a pupil of Professor Heinrich Neuhaus  of the Moscow Conservatory. Read more>>

Sylvia Wang photoPiano: Sylvia Wang

Sylvia Wang has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist across the U.S., Europe, Asia, Central America, Australia and Argentina. She has also recorded for the Newport Classic, CRI, Boston Records and Northeastern labels and been a winner and finalist for numerous awards and competitions. These include the Royal Overseas Music Festival in London, the AVANTI award leading to a debut in London’s Purcell Room, Chamber Music Yellow Springs in Ohio and the J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Washington, D.C.. Read more>>

Jaunelle Celaire photoVoice: Jaunelle Celaire

Lyric-soprano, Jaunelle Roberta Celaire enjoys a musical career as a teacher, soloist, conductor and performer. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Celaire is internationally known; performing music that ranges from cabaret to music theatre to solo recitals to opera. She has made solo appearances with the Maumee Symphony Orchestra and the Lima Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. Read more>>

Rebecca Grimes photoVoice: Rebecca Grimes

Rebecca Renfro Grimes possesses a versatile artistry that spans from teaching to directing to performing. Her directing credits include productions with Greater Worcester Opera, Opera del West,  Read more>>

Kathryn Hartgrove photoVoice: Kathryn Hartgrove

Kathryn Hartgrove has been described as a mezzo-soprano of precision, range and sheer splendor and has been heard throughout the United States, South America and Europe. Her many roles have included Judith in Bluebeard s Castle, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Thisbe in La Cenerentola, Siebel in Faust, Emilia in Otello and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with such companies as Lyric Opera of Kansas City, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera’s National Tour, Chicago Opera Theater, Lodz National Opera of Poland, Chamber Opera of Chicago, Piedmont Opera Theater and Opera Maine. Read more>>

inhye kim photoVoice: Inhye Kim

In Hye Kim, soprano, is renowned as one of the best singers in Korea. Her career is in full bloom. She studied under Prof. Daniel Ferro at Juilliard in New York, earning her masters and doctorate degrees. While still studying for her doctorate she won prizes in the Lucrezia Bori Award Competition, the Chile International Competition, the Brazil Rio De Janeiro Contest, and the Lincoln Center Commemoration Award Competition. Read more>>

jean macphail photoVoice: Jean MacPhail

Born and trained in Canada, Jean MacPhail has also performed and studied abroad in the United States, England and Italy. Her Professors were Robert Weede, Vera Rosza, Luigi Ricci, Daniel Ferro and Irene Jessner. She has performed for the BBC, the CBC, the English National Opera, the Canadian Opera Company as well as the TSO, the NAC and the Calgary Philharmonic. Read more>>>


Carlos Montané made his professional debut in 1961 at age 23, singing the role of the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with the Cuban National Opera. In 1963, Montané won the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions in Boston and went to the finals at the Metropolitan Opera House. Read more>>

Christopher ChaffeeFlute: Christopher Chaffee

Christopher Chaffee is Associate Professor of Flute and Director of Graduate Studies in Music at Wright State University. His playing as been hailed as “Truly exceptional,” (Don Vroon, Editor, American Record Guide) “Brilliant,” (Middletown Journal) and “Sparkling.” (Richmond Palladium-Item). Read more>

Brent Hages - oboe, photoOboe: Brent Hages

Washington state native Brent Hages received his formal training at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Temple University, studying with James B. Caldwell, Alfred Genovese, and Louis Rosenblatt. Read more>>

Lauren_JacobsonClarinet: Lauren Jacobson

Clarinetist Lauren Jacobson enjoys a dynamic career as a performer and pedagogue.  In addition to appearances in the US and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, and guest teacher, she was a member of The President’s Own Marine Band in Washington, D.C and performs regularly with orchestras around the nation.  Ms. Jacobson holds a Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers include Jon Manasse and Bil Jackson.

Francine Peteson - photoBassoon: Francine Peterson

Francine Peterson, bassoonist, is an active free lancer and teacher in the Pacific Northwest.  She teaches at Pacific Lutheran University, Western Washington University, Seattle University and starting fall of 2014 at University of Puget Sound. Read more>>>

Christin Schillinger photoBassoon: Christin Schillinger

Christin Schillinger is Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Miami University, Ohio. As a performer, Schillinger specializes in the accessibility  of the avant-garde. Often pairing the neo-romantic with the post-tonal multi-phonic, she teaches from the concert stage and aims to broaden the  audience for both new music and bassoon. Read more>>

Thomas_Bacon_photoHorn: Thomas Bacon

Thomas Bacon’s work in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia has placed him in the highest echelon of brass players worldwide today. He has held principal horn positions with the Syracuse Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed in guest principal positions with the Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago Symphony,  Read more>>

Timothy Cheek photoVocal Coach: Timothy Cheek

Vocal coach and pianist Timothy Cheek is associate professor of performing arts/vocal arts. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 1994, and serves as music director of Opera Workshop, instructor of lyric diction classes, and as coach for opera productions. Read more>>


Nigel Foster photoVocal Coach: Nigel Foster

Nigel Foster was born in London and studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His teachers were Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside. At both the Academy and the Guildhall he won every prize and award available for piano accompaniment, and has since been appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Read more>>

Vocal Coach – Suzanne Reeber

Suzanne Reeber (Azar) was born in Canada,  where she studied French Litterature and Piano (with Jean-Paul Sévilla) at the University of Ottawa. She pursued her piano studies in France and Austria. In Frankfurt am Main,  where she has been working as a vocal coach since 1984, she specialized in Song accompaniment under the guidance of Hartmut Höll and Charles Spencer. Read more >>>

Vocal Coach: Semyon Rozin

Semyon Rozin´s international conducting engagements have included appearances with Rheinisches Kammerorchester, West Germany Radio Orchestra and Chorus of Cologne, the Dutch Radio Chorus (Hilversum), the Israeli Chamber Choir, Flamish Radio Chorus, Belgian Radio Chorus (BRTN).

In the United States he conducted the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and the St.Paul Civic Orchestra. He also directed the Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Chorus of Minsk (Belorussia). Read more >>

Chamber Music: Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell has established himself as one of the most versatile collaborative pianists in the United States with a performing career that has taken him to four continents. He has performed in duo recitals with such artists as violinist Chee-Yun, flutist Thomas Robertello, composer Bright Sheng, and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, with whom he has also collaborated on several operatic productions. He has served as opera rehearsal pianist for such distinguished conductors as André Previn and Plácido Domingo, and has worked closely with the composer Carlisle Floyd on several productions of his operas. Read more >>

Susanne Knapp photoStage director: Susanne Knapp

Born in Bergen/ Rügen, Germany, Susanne Knapp’s background is deeply rooted in music – she majored in viola at the Musikhochschule in Dresden and has an extensive experience in chamber music and orchestra work. After her music graduation, she mastered a professional actor training at the „Theaterlabor Berlin“. Read more>>

Paul Kayser photoOrgan: Paul Kayser (guest artist)

Born in Luxembourg in 1979, Paul Kayser began studying violon and solfège in 1986 and organ in 1989 (class of Pierre Nimax jr.) at the National Conservatory of Music at Luxembourg-City. He later added piano (P. Alzin), organ improvisation (A. Wirth), gregorian chant (P. Nimax jr.), choir master (P. Cao & P. Nimax jr.), fugue and composition (A. Mullenbach), obtaining here 4 First Prizes (solfège, improvisation, organ-building, composition) and 3 Superior Prizes (organ, harmony, counterpoint). Read more>>>

Timothy Cheek photoDiction (Italian/French): Timothy Cheek

Vocal coach and pianist Timothy Cheek is associate professor of performing arts/vocal arts. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 1994, and serves as music director of Opera Workshop, instructor of lyric diction classes, and as coach for opera productions. Read more>>


Diction (German): Monica Sproß

Monica Sproß is a certified educator for singing and  breathing techniques. She studied at the University of Music at Saarbrücken with Prof. Herbert Schachtschneider and completed with a diploma. Thereafter she studied opera at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with KS Wilma Lipp and completed  Masterclass of Prof. Read more >>