Vianden Festival Invited Faculty

 invited faculty for 2016 (subject to change)

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James Buswell - photoViolin: James Buswell

Violinist James Buswell taught at New England Conservatory from 1987 through 2014.

Buswell has performed as a solo violinist with virtually all of the major orchestras in North America, and throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia as well. In this capacity, he has appeared in over one hundred solo works for violin and orchestra. Read more>>

Yu Jeong Lee - photoViolin: Yu Jeong Lee

Violinist Yu Jeong Lee studied at the Seoul National University in Korea and completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in violin studies at The Juilliard School, and received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from University of Maryland. Read more>>


Claudine Bigelow (viola) - photoViola: Claudine Bigelow

Dr. Claudine Bigelow is Professor of Viola at the Brigham Young University School of Music in the United States. She has performed in Europe, the US and New Zealand, and continues to be an active recitalist. As a soloist and chamber musician she can be heard on the Tantara label. She has been privileged to collaborate with Menahem Pressler, Orli Shaham, Ralph Matson, Paul Katz, Brant Bayless, the Fry Street and Avalon String Quartets. She currently performs with the Deseret String Quartet. Read more>>

Cello: Michelle Kesler

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Michelle Kesler is currently serving as Professor of Cello at Brigham Young University. Ms. Kesler has distinquished herself as a chamber musician, soloist in a wide number of performances including faculty solo and chamber concerts at Brigham Young University and with the Beethoven Festival in Park City. Read more>>

Jennifer Lee (cello) - photoCello: Jennifer Lee

Cellist Jennifer Lee, a native of South Korea, had her undergraduate and graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music in NY. She studied with Marion Feldman and she also played under the coaches such as Arnold Steinhardt, Nathaniel Rosen, Peter Winograd and Karen Ritscher. Read more>>

Sam Ou - photoCello: Sam Ou

Cellist Sam Ou came to the United States from Taiwan at age 4, and began his cello studies at age 9.  He has been a pupil of several renowned cello teachers, including Gretchen Geber, Eleanore Schoenfeld, and Aldo Parisot.  Read more>>

Yoshie Akimoto - photoPiano: Yoshie Akimoto

Pianist Yoshie Akimoto, Steinway artist and a legendary pedagogue who also continues to produce internationally known prodigies, began her career in her native Japan at age 10 when she won the All-Japan NHK Student Competition.  At 13, with but three weeks notice to substitute for a major artist,  she made her debut with the Osaka Philharmonic giving the Japan Premier of Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 415. Read more>>

Anthony Padilla - photoPiano: Anthony Padilla

Anthony Padilla is a professor of piano and chamber music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. An American pianist of Filipino-Chinese ancestry, Padilla receives public and critical acclaim for performances of “enormous freshness, vitality, and poetry” (Chicago Tribune). Read more>>


Mykola-Suk - photoPiano: Mykola Suk

“An astonishing blend of muscular power, poetry and utter control he will prove to be one of the more formidable talents to have appeared in this country in years”(American Record Guide). 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>>


Laurie Lashbrook (voice) - photoVoice: Laurie Lashbrook

Dr. Laurie Lashbrook is Assistant Professor of Music and Chair of the Voice Area at the University of Akron’s School of Music in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. In addition to Applied Voice, she also teaches Song Literature, Advanced Song Literature, and Diction for Singers I and II. Read more>>

GetAttachmentVoice: Mira Yang

Dr. Mira Yang is a soprano with a wide-range and a great deal of flexibility. She appeared with the Altenburg Opera Orchestra in Altenburg, Germany; the Korean Symphony Orchestra at the Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, San Francisco Concerti Orchestra. Read more>>

Min Park - photoFlute: Min Park

Hailed by the British Guardian for her “sublime tone and technique,” flutist Min Park was a recipient of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust of UK in 2000-2003 and has won other prestigious awards including first prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Competition, Yamaha Wind and Brass Scholarships in London, Eve Kisch Flute Prize at the Royal College of Music as well as receiving scholarships from the Hattori Music Foundation, Wall Trust and the Britten-Pears Foundation in the UK. Read more>>

Jennifer Parker-HarleyFlute: Jennifer Parker-Harley

Flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley enjoys a versatile career as a teacher and performer. Having joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 2008, Parker-Harley is committed to training a new generation of performers, educators and advocates for the arts. An experienced orchestral flutist, she was a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio for eight years before moving to South Carolina. Read more>>

Eric Ohlsson - photoOboe: Eric Ohlsson

Eric Ohlsson enjoys a significant musical career that is varied and far reaching in its scope. He is dedicated to both performing and teaching on a national and international scale. He joins the Vianden Festival for the first time this summer. Read more>>

Jana Marinova - PhotoVocal Coach: Jana Marinova

Jana Marinova was born in Burgas, Bulgaria into an artist family. She began having piano lessons at the age of 4. She studied at a music school and a German high school in her hometown. She won in her early age several prizes of piano competitions in Italy and Bulgaria. 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 Minsk Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Chorus of Minsk State Conservatory (Belorussia), the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and St. Paul Civic Orchestra (Minnesota), 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), among the others. 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>>>

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 >>

Ruxandra Barac - photoDiction (Italian/French): Ruxandra Barac

Ruxandra Barac studied classical singing at the Bucharest Academy of Music and then at the Luxembourg Music Conservatoire with Ionel Pantea. She has participated in master classes in Hungary, Denmark, Luxembourg and Norway. Read more>>