News and Highlights
A performance of Rachmaninoff's 1st Piano Concerto with Orchestra Iowa was presented in the beautiful Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, November 17. This performance was preceeded by a performance at the Coralville Center for Performing Arts, on the Friday evening before.
On Tuesday, March 26, Dr. Nosikova will again perform the Rachmaninoff's 1st Piano Concerto,this time with the University of Iowa Symphony in Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City). The following evening the performance will featured at Chicago's Symphony Center Orchestra Hall.
Bravos to Helen Ninoska Thrall and Nate Filippelli, studio members receiving their DMAs at the Winter 2018 Commencement! Nate and Ninoska join Elizabeth Dolter, Natalie Landowski, and Wenjuan Peng who received their DMA's at last Spring's Commencement.
Congratulations to Peng Zhang, winner of the University of Iowa SOM Concerto Competition with his performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, C major. Peng joins other recent winners from the studio: Alice Chang, Korak Lertpibulchai, Caroline Krause, and Ryan McNamara!
And, congratulations also to Joseph Wan and Rui Jin, Winner and Alternate Winner, respectively, at the recent Iowa MTNA Auditions held at Wartburg College.
On February 28, Professor Nosikova performed Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra with the University of Iowa Symphony in Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City. This concerto was also performed with the Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra in May.
April featured a two week performance and teaching tour in Brazil. The tour feeatured performances at venues in Rio de Janerio, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, and Porte Allegre, Pelotas, and Cabo Frio. Plans are being made for a return visit in September, 2019!
Dr. Nosikova returned to the Semper International Music Festival in Vols am Schlern, Italy this last July. Studio members who attended were Tony Capparelli, Karen Fox, Ming Hu, and Chun-ya Pien.
August featured a two week residency at the Wiener MusicSeminar in Vienna. This pestigious festival, in its 48th year, was attended by studio members Tony Capparelli, Alex Cooper, Karen Fox, Ming Hu, Bogyeong Lee, Trevor Magness, Chun-Ya Pien, and Peng Zhang. The group had a great time performing, attending festival performances, and finding time to see the sights of Vienna and even taking day trips to Prague, Budapest, and Bratislova!
Piano Sundays at Old Capitol (Iowa City) continues to be a popular series as it celebrates its 12th season. The 2018-19 Season schedule can be found on the Piano Sundays link above.
Last Fall, Natalie Landowski, presented her piano pedagogy workshop: Shining Light on Neglected Keyboard Masters François Couperin and Johann Nepomuk Hummel, in Illinois at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and in California at the University of California, Irvine, San Diego State University, and Saddleback College. Most recently, Natalie has been collaborating with University of Iowa professor, musicologist, and author of, The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2017), Dr. Marian Wilson Kimber, reviving the lost art form of elocution. In June, they were invited by the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) to perform at their 120th anniversary event in Washington, DC.
Alice Chang, was the Iowa winner and received Honorable Mention at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) auditions.
Korak Lertpibulchai, DMA is now on the faculty at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Wenjing Liu, also was awarded her DMA and has opened her own private studio in California.
Asami Hagiwara was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. This appointment follows her year studying at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) as a doctoral fellow funded by American-Scandinavian Foundation.
After graduating last May with an MA, Ryan MacNamara. Ryan is now studying and teaching at the University of Indiana (Bloomington, IN).
Former studio member, Chelsea Wang, has graduated from Curtis Institute and has begun her graduate studies with Leon Fleisher at Peabody Conservatory.