Bryan Cheng – Cello

May 2019

Top prize laureate of the VI International Paulo Cello Competition, 21-year-old Canadian Bryan Cheng is acclaimed internationally for his “absolutely astonishing” (La Presse) command of the cello, “dreamy beauty” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), and his “abundant facility, innate musicality, and sense of joy” (New York Concert Review). He made his solo debut at age 10 with the Orchestre de chambre I Top prize laureate of the VI International Paulo Cello Competition, 21-year-old Canadian Bryan Cheng is acclaimed internationally for his “absolutely astonishing” (La Presse) command of the cello, “dreamy beauty” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), and his “abundant facility, innate musicality, and sense of joy” (New York Concert Review). He made his solo debut at age 10 with the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal, his Carnegie Hall recital debut at 14, and most recently, his Elbphilharmonie solo debut with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and conductor Joshua Weilerstein in 2018.
Solo highlights of recent and upcoming seasons include appearances with Finland’s Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, and Tapiola Sinfonietta (conducting from the cello); Germany’s Schleswig-Holsteinisches Sinfonieorchester and Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim; New Jersye’s Adelphi Orchestra; Missouri’s Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Niagara and Okanagan Symphony Orchestras, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Esprit Orchestra, collaborating with such esteemed conductors as Susanna Mälkki, Peter Oundjian, David Geringas, Alexander Prior, Eva Ollikainen, and Alain Trudel. In 2017, after being awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize, Bryan embarked on a 12-city coast-to-coast tour as soloist with Canada’s National Youth Orchestra and conductor Jonathan Darlington. 2018-19 distinctions include First Prize at the Hellam
International Young Artists’ Competition, Second Prize and two special prizes at the TONALi Grand Prix in Hamburg, Grand Prize at Adelphi Orchestra International Competition in NYC, and a Sylva Gelber Music
Foundation Award.
Bryan has released a trilogy of critically-acclaimed albums on German classical label audite: Russian Legends (2019), Violonchelo del fuego (2018), and Violoncelle français (2016), which was selected as one of
WCRB Classical Radio Boston’s top 8 CDs of 2017. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at the Universität der Künste Berlin in the studio of Jens Peter Maintz, and plays on the ca.1696 Bonjour Stradivarius
cello and ca. 1830 Shaw Adam bow, generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank as First Laureate of their 2018 Competition.

Terry Eder (Piano)

May 2019

American pianist Terry Eder gave her New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2004 to critical acclaim. Critic Harris Goldsmith described her performance as “excellent,” “perceptive,” “sensitive, idiomatic,”  “convincing and vigorous,” and “reminiscent of Annie Fischer’s way.” A Lincoln Center recital at Alice Tully Hall followed, reviewed as a “fascinating performance full of life and risk” in which “those lucky souls [present] were rewarded with an exceptional recital from an artist who transmits the music she plays with an entirely natural authority.” Ms. Eder was further described as “a big pianist with big ideas and a warmly engaging rapport.”

Terry Eder has a particular affinity for music by Hungarian composers. She received a full grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board in partnership with the Hungarian National Cultural Institute, to study and perform Hungarian twentieth century piano music, working under the tutelage of Zoltán Kocsis in Budapest. She also learned to speak Hungarian. Living in the 1980s behind the Iron Curtain was an affecting experience for her, one reflected in her performances of Eastern European music, which she feels especially close to. Today she is recognized as an exceptional advocate of the music of Béla Bartók, having won Bartók honors in the IBLA Grand Prize competition and in the International Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev competition. Her Bartók performances at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in 2008 were described as “mesmerizing, wonderful, inspired and inspiring.” The reviews for her Bartók CD, released in 2015 on MSR Classics, have been stellar:  “American pianist Terry Eder dispatches this difficult repertoire with great rhythmic vitality and expressive exuberance, and her performances are consistently lucid and commanding.” (Gerald Fenech, Music and Vision) “Eder limns the richness with a blend of exuberance and attention to detail that lifts the music from the page, as if she were telling a series of fascinating short stories.” (Daniel Rosenberg, Gramophone). She was interviewed about her Dohnányi CD for Classics Radio, and the CD has been broadcast on radio stations including WQXR in New York City, and classical stations in Switzerland, among other places.  Her Dohnányi and Bartók recordings have also been featured on David Dubal’s national radio program “Piano Matters.”

Ms. Eder was born in Detroit and began studying the piano at the age of 4. She completed her undergraduate education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and earned an advanced degree with distinction from the School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington, in addition to her specialized study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Her teachers in addition to Zoltán Kocsis have included Peter Takács and Bálint Vázsonyi. Other influences have come from Leon Fleisher, David Burge, and James Dick. She is herself a seasoned teacher, having taught private piano students of ages 4-75. Ms. Eder was previously Associate Instructor at Indiana University’s School of Music, where she taught undergraduate music students privately and in group classes. She was also the first pianist to be hired as teacher and performer at the Colly Soleri Music Center at Arcosanti, Arizona. As a lecturer, she has presented seminars and lecture/recitals at venues such as the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore and the Music Educators Association of New Jersey.  Ms. Eder has performed in France, Italy, Germany, Canada, the U.S., China and Singapore. She has three recordings to her credit: Bartók Piano Music on MSR Classics, Dohnányi: Piano Music, on the Hungaroton label, and her self-released (CD Baby) debut CD recital entitled “Portrait.”

Adding to her musical education, Terry Eder earned a Juris Doctorate from Fordham Law School in 1999. As an attorney, she helped to research a book on refugee protection by Arthur C. Helton entitled The Price of Indifference. She practiced law for 12 years, simultaneously with her music career. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the Leschetizky Association and served for several years as a member of the President’s Advisory Council of Oberlin College and Conservatory. In 2015 she founded KEY PIANISTS, a new recital series at Weill Recital Hall, with a mission to present to New York audiences  seasoned artists who might not otherwise perform in New York City. To date, Peter Takács, Ann Schein, Sara Davis Buechner, Cecile Licad, Misha and Cipa Dichter and Ms. Eder herself have been featured artists. In addition, Ms. Eder was curator of musical events at the art gallery North Of History during the 2018 calendar year. See her website for press, photos, CD samples and reviews, and more information:

Randall Goosby – Violin

October 2018

American violinist Randall Goosby first performed as soloist with orchestra at the age of nine, with the Jacksonville Symphony. When he performed with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert at Avery Fisher Hall at the age of thirteen, The New York Times raved that he “exerted a masterly level of control and lavished an exquisite tone…his performance won him a deserved standing ovation for its sheer virtuosity.”  Upcoming appearances include the Bach Double Concerto with Itzhak Perlman and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, and he has previously performed as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Buffalo, Rochester and Orlando Philharmonics, and the symphonies of Nashville, Memphis, Grand Rapids, Albany (GA), Adelphi (NJ), Arkansas, Modesto, South Bend and New World.

In addition to formal concerts, Mr. Goosby shares his love of music in outreach programs for public schools, children’s hospitals and music programs across the country. He is currently on faculty at Opportunity Music Project, a nonprofit organization which provides free lessons, instruments and mentoring for children from low-income families in New York City, and gives performances through Concerts in Motion, another NYC-based nonprofit which provides private house concerts for elderly and otherwise homebound patrons.

Mr. Goosby won First Prize in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions as well as the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Prize, Harriman-Jewell Series Prize, Vancouver Society Prize, The LP Classics, Inc. Debut Recording Prize and the Sander Buchman Prize, which provides major support for his New York debut.

At thirteen, Mr. Goosby was the youngest recipient ever to win the Sphinx Concerto Competition, which led to an invitation by Tony-nominated actor Delroy Lindo to perform at the 18th MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala in Beverly Hills. He also received Sphinx’s Isaac Stern Award and made two appearances at Carnegie Hall as part of the organization’s Young Artist Development Program. He has participated in The Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop, been featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” and been honored as Rising Star of the Stradivari Society.

Randall Goosby began violin studies at the age of seven. He received a full scholarship to The Juilliard School’s Pre-College program, continued at Juilliard as an undergraduate student of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree there on a Kovner Fellowship there under the tutelage of two YCA alumni, Donald Weilerstein and Laurie Smukler. Mr. Goosby plays a Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu of 1735, on generous loan by the Stradivari Society.

Keila Wakao –  Violin

Keila Wakao

 Keila Wakao was born in 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. She began studying the violin at the age of three and developed rapidly, catching the eye and the ear of the late Mr. Joseph Silverstein who accepted Keila as a student at the age of six. She currently studies with Donald Weilerstein, Soovin Kim, Anait Arutunian, Bela Horvath and Keisuke Wakao.

Despite her young age, Keila has proven herself as a serious and competitive violinist. At the age of seven, she won the Forte International Music Competition in New York, followed by a 1st place win at the 8th Yokohama International Music Competition in Japan. Other recent accolades include winner of Waltham Symphony Orchestra Young Artist String Competition, winner of the New England Conservatory Prep Concerto Competition and winner of the New England Philharmonic Young Artist Competition.

Keila has appeared as a soloist with the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, the Waltham Symphony Orchestra, the Ogaki Chamber Orchestra in Japan, the New England Philharmonic and the NEC Junior Repertoire Orchestra in Boston’s Jordan Hall. Keila was also selected to participate in Julia Fischer‘s violin master class and played at the final concert in Tutzing, Germany. 

She was invited to perform and to speak at TEDx BeaconStreet which was held in November, 2017.Keila will be one of the youngest participants in the Perlman Music Program for the summer of 2018.In her spare time, Keila enjoys swimming, reading, drawing, fashion design, and studying the Japanese language.

Drew Petersen –  Piano

March 2019

Pianist Drew Petersen is the winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association and has been named Artist-in-Residence for two years by the University of Indianapolis. In March of 2018, he was honored as a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

This is the latest accolade in a decorated young career that includes prizes from the Leeds International Piano Competition, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition and the New York Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.

His summer concert activities included chamber concerts within Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, orchestral performances with the Indianapolis Symphony and a recital at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. It also marked the release of his first solo recording of American music on the Steinway label for which BBC Music Magazine acknowledged his presence as a rising star.

Petersen was presented at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall at age five and by age ten he was presented in a solo recital at Steinway Hall in Manhattan for the company’s 150th Anniversary. The New York Times has written about the early performances of the gifted, “freckle-faced 10-year-old who still impresses adults with his intelligence, maturity and depth” and New York Magazine prominently featured Petersen in an article about child prodigies. Petersen’s extraordinary gifts were also chronicled in the documentary Just Normal produced by Kim A. Snyder, and in Andrew Solomon’s book, Far From the Tree, which featured case studies of exceptional children.

An avid traveler, Petersen’s emerging career frequently takes him abroad, where he sets out to discover new foods and meet locals as eagerly as he performs for new audiences. Overseas engagements have included recitals at the Musica e Arte Festival in Tolentino, Italy; Verbier Festival in Verbier, Switzerland; Euro Arts Music Festival in Leipzig, Germany; and American Spring Festival of the Czech Republic.

Petersen graduated cum laude from Harvard at age 19 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Social Science and did his undergraduate and graduate music studies at the Juilliard School, the former as a recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. He has recently been accepted into the Artist Diploma program at the Juilliard School.