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Two of the area’s best new pianists are preparing for competitions. We invite you to enjoy their programs before their official competitive performances – Isabel Keleti on March 20 & Teng Fu on March 22 at Schmitt Music Kansas City.
Isabel Keleti: Monday, March 20th at 6:30PM
  • Piano recital in preparation for the 2017 Naftzger Young Artist Auditions.
  • Seating is limited, so please let us know if you plan to attend. Call 913-663-4756 or email us at to RSVP.

Isabel Keleti is a pianist who strives to find meaningful ways to serve others through her love of music. Isabel won first prize in the Kansas State Collegiate Auditions, the Heritage Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and piano division of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra Competition. She has been a finalist in the International Young Artists Piano Competition, the Delta Symphony Orchestra Competition and Fite Family Competition, has performed at international music festivals such as the International Institute for Young Musicians, Brevard and MusicFest Perugia and as a soloist accompanied by orchestras in Italy, Kansas and Missouri. She enjoys collaborating with others in charity concerts to bring awareness to a variety of causes.

Isabel is from Leawood, KS and is pursuing a Bachelors in Piano Performance at the University of Kansas under the direction of Dr. Jack Winerock.

Teng Fu: Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:30PM
  • Piano recital in preparation for the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition.
  • Seating is limited, so please let us know if you plan to attend. Call 913-663-4756 or email us at to RSVP.

An avid solo recitalist and chamber musician, Chinese pianist Teng Fu began his musical journey at the age of six. At the Wuhan Conservatory he had the opportunity to study with the late Lazar Berman and after he auditioned at the Central Conservatory with top honors, Mr. Fu has participated and won many national and international competitions. Some of his early accomplishments including winning the Gold medal at the 2004 Chinese National Voice/Instrumental Competition and being the finalist in the 2005 Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition. Mr. Fu was invited to perform series of recitals at The Beethoven Music Festival in Bonn, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium after winning the China-Germany Young Artist Beethoven Music Competition. In 2006, Mr. Fu decided to broaden his horizons and came to the United States by himself at the age of 16. While studying English at the Monsignor Farrell Catholic School and piano at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College program, he was selected to perform for Pope Benedict XVI when the Holy Father visited New York.

Aside from his performance career, Teng Fu is also invested in passing down his musical knowledge to others. He taught private piano lessons to elite/ high-profile clients in New York City and gave numerous lecture recitals both in and out of the States. He also taught masterclasses to pre-college level students and is presently mentoring piano performance majors at the University of Kansas. Mr. Fu went on to further his own musical studies and received both Bachelors and Masters degree in Piano Performance at the Mannes College the New School for Music. He has also participated in masterclasses with renowned pianists and pedagogues such as Richard Goode, Ann Schein and Ursula Oppens. Mr. Fu is currently completing the Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas under the tutelage of Dr. Scott McBride Smith.

The prestigious Virginia Waring International competition in Palm Desert, California is widely considered to be one the most important piano competition in USA, after Van Cliburn International and Cleveland International. The competition is in three rounds, 45 minutes each, non-repetitive repertoire. Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu was one of the notable winners of Virginia Waring Competition.