Vianden Festival Invited Faculty

 invited faculty for 2018 (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>>

Violin: Yu Jeong Lee

Violinist Yu Jeong Lee has been recognized as both a virtuoso and passionate educator. She has been featured as a soloist in many renown orchestras, including Sejong Soloists, The Juilliard Orchestra, Aspen Young Artists Chamber Orchestra, Corelliard Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Korean Symphony Orchestra. Read more>>

Violin: Chiao-Ling Sun

Ms. Chiao-Ling Sun holds the post of Violin Professor of Music Department at the National Taiwan University of Arts. There, she is presently teaching violin performance, chamber music, and string pedagogy. Read more>>

Cello: Sangkyung Cecilia Lee

Acclaimed Cellist Sangkyung Cecilia Lee has been praised and described as “her virtuosity and command of the cello” (colveyco newsletter), “Impressive playing”(The Strad) “fully committed…will develop impressive solo career”(San Francisco classical voice). “attractive paying…literally entrancing”(The Tuscaloosa News). 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>>


Yoshie Akimoto - photoPiano: Yoshie Akimoto

Pianist Yoshie Akimoto, 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>>

yun-ling-hsu-photoPiano: Yun-Ling Hsu

Yun-Ling Hsu (許韻玲), a native of Taiwan, earned her Doctoral Degree of Music in Piano Performance from The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, she was privileged to have been one of the pupils of the legendary American pianist Earl Wild and the French-Canadian pianist André Laplante (silver medalist of Tchaikovsky Piano Competition).  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>>


 Piano: Boaz Sharon

Boaz Sharon is Professor of Piano at Boston University and Director of the Young Artists Piano Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.  Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Boaz Sharon studied from the age of 13 with Stefan Askenase – famed interpreter of Chopin and Mozart – in Brussels, Belgium. He later pursued his piano studies in the US with Leonard Shure. Read more>>

 Piano: Naoko Takao

A prizewinner of numerous competitions including the gold medal at the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Naoko Takao enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and a researcher. Read more>>

Piano: 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.  Read more>>

Piano: Chi-Chen Wu

Praised by World Journal, Chicago for her “amazing playing”, “symphonic, expansive texture of breathless virtuosity” (Historical Keyboard Society), and her Schumann performance, in which “the music comes to life in a new way” (Early Music America), pianist Chi-Chen Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in the United States, 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>>

shawn-copeland-clarinet-photo-1Clarinet: Shawn L. Copeland

Shawn L. Copeland, D.M.A., combines performance, pedagogy, and entrepreneurship as he navigates today’s dynamic music industry.  He joined the faculty of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho in 2014 as the teacher of Clarinet, Alexander Technique, and Entrepreneurship.  There he performs with the Northwest Wind Quintet and the Hammers & Reeds Trio, both resident LHSOM ensembles. Read more>>

Francine Peteson - photoBassoon: Francine Peterson

She is principal bassoon with Northwest Sinfonietta and 3rd/contrabassoon with the Pacific NW Ballet Orchestra.  She freelances with Seattle symphony, Oregon Symphony, Seattle Opera, Fifth Ave. Theater and various other ensembles.  She has been the bassoon teacher at Marrowstone Music Festival for 25 years.  She is a member of the Camus Wind Quintet, a faculty quintet at Pacific Lutheran University.  An avid music educator, she works for the Seattle Youth Symphony in their Endangered Instrument Program, starting young middle schoolers on the bassoon.  She has a large private studio.

javier-rodriguez-bassoon-photoBassoon: Javier Rodriguez

Dr. Javier Rodriguez is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho where he performs with the Northwest Wind Quintet, Hammers and Reeds Faculty Trio, and teaches studio bassoon and courses in woodwind instrumental techniques, aural skills, and world music. Prior to his position at the U of I, he taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Read more>>

Horn: Zhou Ning

Zhou Ning, currently French Horn Professor of Art Institute of South China University of Technology, started his study  at the Department of Sichuan Conservatory of music China and the Central Conservatory of Music China, completing his Master degree at the Saarbrücken Music academy, Germany. 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 >>



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 >>

Paul KayserOrgan: 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.),  Read more>>

Alice-73Harp: Adi-Alice Petre (guest artist)

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. She continues her study at the Brussels Conservatory with Francette Bartholomée and Annie Lavoisier, receiving her Bachelor degree with distinction in harp and chamber music. Read more>>