Join us as Pianist Nick Busheff gives a preview of his upcoming performances in Germany – Sunday, July 12th at 4:00PM at Schmitt Music Denver – FREE CONCERT!
The program includes original pieces, jazz standards, sacred and classical favorites. Nick will also perform his new composition “Grimm’s Fairy Tales for Piano,” and a tribute to Van Cliburn. Special guests; vocalist Nancy Stohlman and organist Barbara Dawson.
Pianist Nick Busheff is known as a diverse composer, director and dynamic performer of the concert stage. After years of classical training, degrees and awards from leading conservatories, he ventured into popular music. Nick has written and recorded solo piano albums, ensemble projects and music for theater and film. Busheff has shared the stage with several Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winning artists and performed for celebrities and political dignitaries. His music was featured in the independent film Angel on Fire and the multi award-winning feature film The One Who Loves You where he made a cameo appearance.
Frequent collaborations include co-writing and producing music videos with lounge band Kinky Mink vocalist Nancy Stohlman. Busheff’s music directing credits include Brecht on Brecht, The Wilderness Ensemble, Wink! Songs with the Flirt Built In, Love Potion #9, From Bach to Billy Joel and many others. In 2013 Nick co-produced, performed and composed music for Nancy Stohlman’s The Monster Opera which will return to the stage in 2015. Nick Busheff is an annual guest artist at the United States International Duo Piano Competition and has been featured on both KUVO (jazz) and KVOD (classical) radio stations. Learn more about Nick at nickbusheff.wordpress.com.
Schmitt Music presents a free Piano Master Class conducted by Justin Krawitz, UNC Music Faculty, at Schmitt Music Denver on Tuesday, May 5 at 4:30 p.m.
Justin Krawitz – Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Music – will listen to the performances of three local piano students and offer constructive comments to improve their performance. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen to this fascinating process!
Please note: Due to illness, Justin Krawitz is filling in for Steinway Artist Lara Downes. We hope to reschedule an event with Lara in the fall. Stay tuned!
South African pianist Justin Krawitz joins the University of Northern Colorado in the Fall of 2014 as Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy.
Previously, Dr. Krawitz has served on the faculties of the University of Cape Town, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Luther College (Iowa), and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Michigan).
Following his performance of Karel Husa’s First Piano Sonata, the Pulitzer prize-winning composer wrote, “the level of his artistry and commitment is extraordinary.” Krawitz has performed with orchestras in his native South Africa and in the US, and has recorded for Czech Radio.
Dr. Krawitz is an active clinician, with regular invitations to give masterclasses at music schools from North Carolina to Serbia. He has presented lectures and workshops in the US and abroad, such as at the 32nd International EPTA Conference (Ljubljana), the 2010 ISMTA Conference (DeKalb, IL) and the 2nd World Piano Conference (Novi Sad). His research interests include finger substitution on the piano and Czech piano music of the 20th century. He has been published in the EPTA Piano Journal and the ISSTIP Journal Tension in Performance, and he is an editor of the periodical Martinů Revue. Krawitz is an external collaborator of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute in Prague and a board member of the International Martinů Circle.
Dr. Krawitz was a Paul Collins Fellow at UW-Madison from 2006-2009, a Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow at the University of Cape Town in 2011, and a URC Postdoctoral Fellow at UCT’s South African College of Music from 2012-2014
Join us at Schmitt Music Denver for “An Evening with the Artists” featuring the visual art work and cabaret musical stylings of Patricia Baxter Wright & Adriana Teodoro-Dier on Thursday, February 5th at 7:00 PM – FREE!
This exciting event features two talented ladies – Adriana Teodoro-Dier (pianist, educator and visual artist) and Dr. Patricia Baxter Wright (vocalist, educator and visual artist) – both will be showing their art work, and will perform as a duo in their cabaret act, Cabaret Sauvignon. Visit their website to learn more: www.cabaretsauvignon.com.
Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot!
Patricia Baxter Wright (Doctorate, Musical Arts, University of Colorado – Boulder) has performed cabaret, musicals, jazz, spirituals and classical music to wide acclaim in France, Germany and major US cities. She has studied with Martin Rich of the New York Metropolitan Opera and with Erika Seeger-Mueller of the Berlin and Mannheim Opera Houses. She has performed with greats such as pianist Lambert Orkis, jazz saxophonist Keith Oxman and the cabaret duo William Bolcom and Joan Morris. She has appeared as Luisa in Fantasticks at the Schnawwl Theatre in Mannheim, Germany, and at Denver’s Germinal Stage in Ogden Nash’s musical revue Progress May Have Been All Right Once But It Went On Too Long. Ms. Wright has performed cabaret at Dazzle Jazz and the Mercury Cafe and for many benefits. She can be heard on her CD “Cabaret Sauvignon.”
Adriana Teodoro-Dier has performed in piano solo and collaborative recitals across the United States and Canada. Adriana completed a Doctorate in Collaborative Piano from the University of Miami, and holds additional degrees in Piano Performance from Cincinnati College-Conservatory and Lawrence University. A multi-faceted individual, she also completed a degree in Physics and is a visual artist with a penchant for producing bold, nature-inspired abstract pieces. A recent transplant to the Denver area, Adriana has enjoyed performing in non-traditional venues, working as a Staff Accompanist at Metro State for vocalists and instrumentalists, and maintaining a private teaching studio.
View Adriana’s artwork and learn more on her website: adrianatd.com.
Schmitt Music presents a free Piano Master Class conducted by Steinway Artist Stephanie Cheng at Schmitt Music Denver on Wednesday, December 10 at 10:30 AM.
Steinway Artist Stephanie Cheng, in the Denver area for three performances, will listen to three piano students, and offer instructive comments to improve their performance. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen to this fascinating process!
Taiwanese-American pianist Stephanie Shih-yu Cheng has performed extensively in the U.S., France, Italy, Japan, and Taiwan to great critical acclaim. Her solo and collaborative engagements have brought her to many of the world’s major music centers, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Opera City Hall of Tokyo, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Kravis Center in Florida, and National Concert Hall of Taipei. She has distinguished herself in several international competitions, including first prizes in the IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Italy, Kingsville International Competition, and Association of Pianists and Piano Teachers of America International Piano Competition. She was the recipient of Prix-Ville de Fontainebleau in France, which was personally presented to her by Philippe Entremont.
Recent appearances include recitals at the New York University, University of Illinois, Coastal Carolina University, Humboldt State University, University of Arkansas, SUNY Potsdam, and Youngstown State University, as well as solo engagements with the SUNY Stony Brook Symphony under Leon Fleisher, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, and Brampton Symphony Orchestra in Toronto. Stephanie frequently appears in recitals with pianist Sara Davis Buechner, including a recent collaboration at Bargemusic in New York, and is a frequent guest artist on Aperio. She has been featured on National Public Radio, WFMT in Chicago, Chicago Loop Cable Channel 25, KUHF in Houston, Radio Video Mediterraneo in Italy, Living & Travel Section of msnbc.com, and Nippon Television in Japan. Her latest collaborative CD, titled License to Thrill, was released on the Summit label in March 2013.
Stephanie Cheng’s principal teachers have been Ann Schein and Gilbert Kalish. She was a teaching assistant for Earl Carlyss at the Peabody Conservatory, where she received the coveted Rose Marie Milholland Award in Piano. Stephanie received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Much sought-after for master classes and as an adjudicator, she has produced many award-winning students in numerous competitions, such as the Young Artists Piano Showcase, American Fine Arts Festival, and Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition; those students were consequently featured in the winner’s concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Stephanie Cheng was on the faculties of City University of New York and Manhattan School of Music Precollege, and joined the faculty of American University of Kuwait as an Assistant Professor of Music in the fall of 2012. In her spare time she enjoys recreational tennis and is an avid scuba diver.
Schmitt Music presents an evening of music featuring Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu and special guest Larry Graham! Join us at Schmitt Music Denver on Thursday, November 13 at 7:00PM.
At this free event, you’ll enjoy piano solos by Bach (Prelude and Fugue), Brahms (Op. 10 Ballades), and Rachmaninoff (short works), followed by Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K.448. Winners of numerous international and national prizes and honors including the Queen Elizabeth and the William Kapell, Larry and Hsing-ay were brought together by their affiliations as faculty at CU-Boulder. This is their second joint appearance at Schmitt Music.
Watch Hsu and Graham perform “Shubert Fantasie & Allegro, Grusin Hall, CU-Boulder, 2013:
Since her stage debut at age 4, Chinese pianist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has been performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and internationally in Asia and Europe. Her thoughtful and passionate interpretations have won her international recognition, including the Juilliard William Petschek Debut Award, William Kapell International Piano Competition, Ima Hogg National Competition first-prize, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award from President Clinton, among others. She has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, NPR’s Performance Today, Chinese National Television, and Danish Public Radio. Concerto highlights include the Baltimore, China National, Colorado, Houston, New Jersey, Pacific, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras. Solo recordings on Pacific Records and Albany Records have won critical acclaim. A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Hsu recently co-founded a trio with CSO principals Yumi Hwang-Williams and Silver Ainomae.
Always interested in innovative programming, she has produced multi-venue projects focused on a specific composer or theme. Upcoming themes include a program of Chinese Piano Music for the Denver Art Museum, and The Russian Soul at CU-Boulder. Born in Beijing, Hsu studied piano with her parents and uncle Fei-Ping Hsu, Herbert Stessin at Juilliard, and Claude Frank at Yale. She is the Artistic Director for Pendulum New Music at CU-Boulder, piano faculty at Metro State College of Denver, artist teacher for DU Enrichment, and creator/teacher of Conscious Listening™ music seminars. Ms. Hsu is a Steinway Artist and resides in Colorado with her husband, composer Daniel Kellogg, and one daughter. Concert/seminar info and media can be found at hsingayhsu.com.
Larry Graham (Piano, M.M., B.M., Juilliard) launched his career with numerous successes in piano competitions such as the Kosciusko, and Concert Artists Guild auditions. He was winner of the coveted “Prize of the Public” by overwhelming vote at the Queen Elizabeth Concours in Brussels. Graham has performed over 35 different concerti with orchestras, and numerous solo engagements. Graham has also performed extensively with chamber music ensembles, including the highly acclaimed Pablo Casals Trio. For 25 years he was Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado. He is devoted to teaching and continues working with gifted pre-college students. His students have won important prizes locally, nationally, and internationally.
Join us for Nick Busheff’s 1st Annual “Halloween Bash” on Saturday, November 1 at 7PM at Schmitt Music Denver – FREE!
Nick and his lounge band Kinky Mink will be performing haunting classics, featuring an “appearance” from very special guest (224 year-old) Ludwig van Beethoven, performing his “new piano concerto” and more surprises!
Nick Busheff is a prolific performer, composer and director. After years of classical training, degrees from leading conservatories, and numerous awards as a concert pianist, he ventured into popular music. His original creations and collaborations have brought him to hundreds of venues from coast to coast.
His music has been featured in the film Angel on Fire, which won the York Entertainment Award at the Moondance Film Festival, and The One Who Loves You (premiering at the 2013 Denver Film Festival). His first official music video, The Party’s Over, co-created and shot on location with jazz vocalist Nancy Stohlman, was released this spring.
Musical directing and performing credits include Brecht on Brecht (Kurt Weill), An Event You Can’t Refuse (Italian opera and Sinatra) and Stohlman’s The Monster Opera. His current concert creations include Legends of the Piano (from Bach to Billy Joel) and Dueling Pianos (A Steinway sponsored event). Learn more about Nick at nickbusheff.wordpress.com.
Please join us for “An Evening with Kara Huber” at Schmitt Music Denver on Wednesday, September 24 at 7PM – FREE!
American pianist Kara Huber has been acclaimed for her “mature vision” by the Washington Post. The Classical Voice of North Carolina wrote that she plays “technically difficult solo passages with uncanny accuracy.”
Ms. Huber’s program will include: Beethoven’s Sonata in E Major, Op. 109, Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52, Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 52 and more! Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot.
Watch Kara perform Sonetto 104 del Petrarca by Liszt:
Kara Huber has made numerous solo appearances at the Kennedy Center, in the Eastern Illinois University Guest Artist Series and the Rising Stars Piano Series in Southampton, NY. Ms. Huber has received numerous prizes and awards for her performances, including the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, The Stetcher and Horowitz Foundation’s New York Piano Competition, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Kara has attended summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, and Pianofest in the Hamptons. She recently finished a creative music residency at the Banff Centre in Canada.
First picking up melodies by ear at an early age, Ms. Huber began private lessons at the age of five. At sixteen, she was admitted to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she also made her orchestral debut with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. Teachers include John Perry, Awadagin Pratt, Frank Weintstock, Michael Coonrod, Yoshi Nagai, Paul Schenly, and Jerome Lowenthal. Ms. Huber has received degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently earning an Artist Diploma degree at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Join us for a “Classical Improvisation” Workshop with Brian Chung at Schmitt Music Denver – Thursday, July 17 at 10:30AM.
Classical pianists wanting to explore improvisation are usually advised to study jazz. But couldn’t they learn in the classical style? This session will offer a fun and systematic approach to improvisation for the classical pianist. Please join us for this FREE WORKSHOP!
Brian Chung is Senior Vice President of Kawai America Corporation. With a diverse career that includes experience as a performer, arranger, teacher, author, conference speaker and music industry executive, he is devoted to the cause of advancing music participation across America.
Seating is limited, so please let us know you’re coming! Call 303-777-1900 or CLICK HERE to RSVP online.
The process of learning to talk is very similar to that of learning to improvise. In both disciplines, the learning process begins with the desire to say something personal and meaningful. This is the heart of improvisation. Learning to improvise is not just the acquisition of formulas that help a player add more notes to a melody or add a flourish here and there. While it will allow the player to do these things, it is really much deeper. Learning to improvise is the process of acquiring tools that will allow the player say something musically in one’s own words.
Everyone improvises to some degree. Whistling a new melody while doing a chore or humming a slightly different rendition of a familiar tune are examples of improvisation. But the concept is still quite “foreign” to many players, even to expert musicians. It is often frustrating for some to be so highly skilled as interpreters of classical music, but so limited as improvisers. Why is it so difficult? It is because classical musicians have exercised a particular set of mental “muscles” in the traditional school. Improvising requires the development of different mental muscles. Once these new muscles are sufficiently exercised, new abilities appear that will dovetail with one’s existing skills.
Brian Chung Biography:
Brian Chung is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Kawai America Corporation. He is a two-term president of the Piano Manufacturers Association Interna-tional, a former Chair of the Board of Trustees for MTNA Foundation, a 2004 MTNA Foundation Fellow, a past member of the Board of Directors for NAMM (the International Music Products Association), co-author of Improvisation at the Piano: A Systematic Approach for the Classically Trained Pianist (Alfred Publishing 2007) and author of Expressions of Faith: Eight Inventive Explorations of Classic Hymns for Solo Piano (Alfred Publishing 2008).
Mr. Chung has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, where he combined his musical and business interests. In addition to performing in the top jazz band at Michigan, he spent summers as a pianist and musical director at Walt Disney World. After college, he traveled to London, England to study piano and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Upon his return to the States, he was privileged to pursue jazz studies as the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.
After several years as a professional musician and independent piano teacher, he continued his business education by completing a Master of Management Degree at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. His business pursuits eventually led him to Kawai America Corporation, where he has spent the past twenty years.
With a diverse career that includes experience as a performer, teacher, arranger, author, conference speaker and music industry executive, Mr. Chung is devoted to the cause of advancing music participation across America.
Join us for “An Evening with Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng” at Schmitt Music Denver – Saturday, April 5 at 6PM.
Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng was hailed as “the exceptionally brilliant Chinese pianist” in his Seattle debut performing Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto with the Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra. New York Concert Review acclaimed Lei Weng at his Carnegie Hall sold-out debut as “a colorist of exemplary control.”
A dedicated educator, Dr. Weng is an Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado, where he teaches talented students from around the world. Dr. Weng is the Founder and Director of the Colorado International Piano Academy and Competition, the Founder and Director (2008-2011) of the Colorado Piano Festival, and is a featured artist of the Arts Global Foundation.
Seating is limited, so please let us know you’re coming! Call 303-777-1900 or CLICK HERE to RSVP online.
Dr. Weng’s program will include: Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 109, Patricio De Silva’s Three Movements for Solo Piano, all three movements of Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, and Chopin’s Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22.
Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng was hailed as “the exceptionally brilliant Chinese pianist” in his Seattle debut with the Northwest Mahler Festival Symphony. The New York Concert Review acclaimed Lei Weng for his Carnegie Hall sold-out debut as “a colorist of exemplary control”. Followed by an immediate re-invitation, Lei Weng returned to Carnegie Hall two months later, when the New York Concert Review wrote: “Weng displayed a powerhouse technique and provided good contrast with delicate moments.”
Lei Weng is the laureate of many national and international competitions, including the top prizes in the Isabel Scionti International Piano Competition and the Camerata Piano Competition, Silver Medal in the Wideman International Piano Competition and 3rd prize at the Kingsville International Competition. He was also a prizewinner in the China National Piano Competition and the TCU/Cliburn Piano Competition.
Lei Weng has given recitals at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Steinway Hall in New York, the Phillips Collections in Washington D.C., Beijing Music Hall, Banff Center in Canada, Campana Theater in Italy, and the Tanglewood and Messiaen Festivals.
As a frequent orchestral soloist, Lei Weng has appeared with orchestras from Cincinnati, Seattle, Indiana, Louisiana, Fort Worth, Fort Collins, Greeley, Paducah, Beijing, Tianjin, as well as the China National Symphony and Chorus, and the UNC Symphony and Wind Ensemble. He will perform in the 2012-13 season with symphony orchestras of Longmont, Garland, Irving, Arlington, Tianjin (China) and Gimhae (Korea).
A dedicated educator, Lei Weng is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado. He is frequently invited as a guest professor by prestigious conservatories in China, Taiwan, and Korea. His students have been accepted by the Juilliard School, Eastman School, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Cleveland Institute, and the Manhattan School of Music.
Lei Weng received his M.M and D.M.A degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His primary teachers include Frank Weinstock, William Black, Claude Frank, Xie Yuan, Guo Zhihong, and Zhou Guangren. He is a featured artist of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation, and co-founder of the Colorado Piano Festival at the University of Northern Colorado, and the Founder and Director of the Colorado International Piano Academy.
Dr. Weng became a “Steinway Artist” in 2012.
Hear audio samples (including Scarbo, from Gaspard de la Nuit) and more on the University of Northern Colorado website – CLICK HERE!
To RSVP or for more information, please call 303-777-1900 or CLICK HERE.
Biography: Sean O’Shea is an Inspirational speaker, singer and songwriter and is an endorsing artist and clinician for Kawai America Corporation.
Sean has appeared live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer and has twice been the opening performer with author and television personality Dr. Wayne Dyer. Sean’s music has been heard in national industrial and educational video productions including a ½ hour program for Bush Gardens, VA and he has performed several times at the famed Bluebird Café and other Nashville “songwriter round” venues.
Sean lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Laurie, also a singer-songwriter. Learn more on Sean’s website: www.singspirit.net.