Vianden Festival Invited Faculty

 invited faculty for 2015 (subject to change)

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Eric Koontz (violin) - photoViolin/Viola: Eric Koontz

Eric Koontz has led the viola sections of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya) and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra before returning to the United States to pursue studies towards the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 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>>

Bo Li - photo 1Viola: Li Bo

Li Bo, a Chinese violist began studying music at the age of five (courtesy of his parents, who are true music lovers). He gave his first appearance on a local TV show at the age of seven, for which he was given great acclaim in his hometown. Mr. Li received his Bachelor’s degree from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and master’s degree from Yale University, School of Music. Read more >>

 Ms. Ling Jiang (viola) - photoViola: Ling Jiang

Ling Jiang, a Chinese violist has established herself as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher throughout China. She began to play violin under the courtesy of her father, who is also an outstanding violin player. She has studied with renowned musicians such as Li Muzhen, Yang Bingsun and Wang Jiayang. 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: Cheng Wai

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>> 

Ling Zhao (piano) - photoPiano: Zhao Ling

Born in a pianist family, Zhao Ling was greatly influenced by her parents – Ling Yuan and Zhao Pingguo who are both renowned pianists. She spent her formative years following China’s eminent musicians Guo Zhihong and Zhou Guangren. 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>>

GetAttachment[1]Voice: Sharon Daniels

Sharon Daniels is Associate Professor of Music, Voice and Performance Techniques at Boston University. She enjoyed a 25-year singing career with debut at San Francisco Opera, and many seasons as principal soprano at New York City Opera and other American companies, including Houston Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Dallas Opera, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, to name a few. 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>>

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>>

Leo Halsdorf (horn)-photoHorn: Leo Halsdorf

Leo Halsdorf was born in 1979 in Luxembourg, where he started to play the horn aged ten in the class of Marc Bouchard at the Conservatory of Luxembourg-City. In 2001 he gave up his maths studies to focus on his passion, music. 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>>


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>>>

Alice-73Guest Harp: Adi-Alice Petre

Born in 1982, Adi-Alice Petre began study of the harp at the age of 8 at the High school G. Enesco of Bucharest in the class of Ion-Ivan Roncea. In 2001 she wins the first prize of the Luxembourg Conservatory. 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 >>