Season News and Highlights
Bravos to three studio members receiving their DMAs at Spring 2018 Commencement- Elizabeth Dolter, Natalie landowski, and Wenjuan Peng!
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 will feature a two week performance and teaching tour in Brazil. Venues will include Rio de Janerio, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, and Porte Allegre, Pelotas, and Cabo Frio..
Dr. Nosikova returned to the Semper International Music Festival in Vols am Schlern, Italy this last July and looks forward to next years festival. Studio members who attended were Tony Capparelli, Karen Fox, Nicole Peters, Nicha Pimthong, and Chun-ya Pien. Chun-ya was awarded Honorable Mention at the Semper Festival Competition.
She also was a member of the faculty at the eMusikfest Piano/Chamber Music Camp at the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis in August. UI Studio members Bogyeong Lee and Helen Ninoska Thrall were joined by pre-college studio members Katya Moeller, Miranda Feng, Joseph Wan, Elizabeth Wan attending eMusicfest. They each presented numerous recitals and participated in Masterclasses with such renowned teachers such as Alex Braginski (University of MN), Sontraud Speidel (State Music University of Karlsruhe, Germany), Zhou Ting (Shanghai Conservatory, China), and Sally O'Reilly (University of MN).
Piano Sundays at Old Capitol (Iowa City) continues to be a popular series as it celebrates its 11th season. The 2017-18 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, was awarded her DMA in May and now is 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 is spending this academic year as a piano faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. This appointment follows her year studying at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) as a doctoral fellow funded by American-Scandinavian Foundation.
May graduate, Ryan MacNamara, received his MA. Ryan will now be 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.