Meet My Students
Alice Chang, DMA Program
- Shu-Min (Alice) Chang, from Taiwan, earned her Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University in Iowa in May 2015 and is currently a third-year Doctor of Musical Arts student. She was a teaching assistant from 2013 to 2017. Ms. Chang received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN under Dr. Jay Hershberger's instruction. She began taking piano lessons at the age of four, and, in the years since, has been the recipient of numerous awards in Taiwan as well as in the U.S. While studying in Minnesota, she met Dr. Nosikova and had a lesson with her. Later in summer of 2012, at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival, she met with Dr. Nosikova again, had a masterclass with her as well as lessons/masterclasses with other faculty members including Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Cleveland Institute of Music), Enrico Elisi (Eastman School of Music), and guest pianist Aldo Ciccolini. Ms. Chang was selected as one of the performers of the Young Artists Concert Series at the festival. Other festivals Alice has participated include PianoSummer at New Paltz in 2011, where she performed at Steinway Hall in New York City, and Semper International Music Festival in 2016, in Völs am Schlern, Italy. As the winner of the University of Iowa Concerto and Aria Competition, she performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the University Chamber Orchestra in April, 2016.
In addition to piano, Alice played both violin and oboe in the school orchestra when she was in elementary school, junior high school, and also at Concordia College. Violin is her Secondary Area for her D.M.A. program.
Gustavo do Carmo, DMA Program
- Gustavo do Carmo is a very active soloist, jazz and collaborative pianist, collaborating with choirs, orchestras, singers, instrumentalists, and dancers in Brazil and in the United States. Mr. do Carmo has played and recorded a variety of musical styles; from video-game music to Tango. In 2015 Gustavo do Carmo and the clarinetist clarinetist Thiago Ancelmo formed the Duo Andurá which has been praised for its musicality and versatility. Mr. do Carmo has also worked very actively as piano teacher and rehearsal pianist.
Mr. do Carmo was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and his Lato Sensu graduate degree in performance of Brazilian music at the State University of Minas Gerais, where he studied with professor Oscar Tibúrcio. Mr. do Carmo holds a Master`s degree in piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa where, besides serving as studio accompanist for Professor Stephen Swanson, Mr. do Carmo has a piano teaching assistant appointment as accompanist for choral activities, supervised by Dr. Timothy Stalter. Currently, Mr. do Carmo is a Doctor of Musical Arts student in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova.
Elizabeth Dolter, DMA Program (ABD)
- Elizabeth Dolter began her piano career at the age of 4. Her love of music was cultivated by her mother and first teacher, Patty Leier. Elizabeth’s early career was marked by participation in numerous competitions. She received 1st Prize in competitions such as: State IMTA, Pella Rolscreen, NAMTA, UNI Piano Festival, and Beethoven Club. She has had the honor of performing in masterclasses with Chiu-ling Lin, Ralph Votapek, Daniel Rieppel, and Assaff Weismann, and Chang-xin Guan. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Wartburg College where she studied with Suzanne Torkelson and Ted Reuter. In 2010, Elizabeth received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Iowa. A seasoned pedagogue, Elizabeth serves as a Lecturer in Music at Wartburg College. She maintains a private studio in Cedar Rapids and served for several years as the associate director and teacher for the University's Pre-College Piano Conservatory. Elizabeth is a member of several national organizations and is the Secretary of the Iowa Chapter of the American Liszt Society. Since beginning her musical degrees, Elizabeth has been active as a studio and choral accompanist, collaborating with choirs and soloists throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa. In addition to performing as a guest artist for the North Dakota Music Teachers Association in 2010, she has participated in several festivals and concerts, including the 2011 Iowa Liszt Festival and the Old Capitol’s Piano Sundays series. Elizabeth is currently working toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa and studies under the guidance of Ksenia Nosikova.
Nate Filippelli, DMA Program (ABD)
- Mr. Nathanael Filippelli is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, with a minor in music theory pedagogy and a secondary area of choral conducting. He is a student of concert pianist Ksenia Nosikova, and holds a choral accompanist teaching assistantship at the School of Music. He earned an undergraduate degree in piano performance from Evangel University where he was awarded the Outstanding Senior Musician award and the Academic Achievement in Music Performance award at graduation. Mr. Filippelli earned a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Missouri State University where he studied with Dr. Peter Collins.
- He has Performed in master classes with Yuri Rozum, Vakhtang Kodanashvili, Enrico Elisi, Logan Skelton, and Gleb Ivanov. Mr. Filippelli was a featured soloist in the Young Artist Concert Series at the 2012 Amalfi Music Festival in Maiori, Italy. An avid performer, collaborator, and teacher, Nathanael accompanies both vocalists and instrumentalists and has extensive teaching experience. Mr. Filippelli has played under the direction of conductor Stephen Byess of the Detroit Symphony and Piotr Sułkowski of the Krakow Opera. As a member of the Ozarka Piano Trio with cellist steuart Pincombe and violinist Jody Killingsworth, he has performed chamber music recitals in Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas City, Tulsa, and other cities. His teachers have included David Fairbanks, Maurita Murnaghan, John Ravert, Janet Radmore, Linda Ligate, Gregory Morris, and Edmund Battersby. He currently resides in Williamsburg, IA with his wife, Ashley.
Asami Hagiwara, DMA Program (ABD)
- Asami Hagiwara, a Japanese-born pianist raised in the United States, has been praised for her “tone-color palette of great warmth and nuanced richness (Fuldaer Zeitung).” She completed her studies at Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) as a research fellow funded by the American-Scandinavian Foundation last year and currently serves as a piano faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the University of Dubuque.
- She has performed internationally in countries including Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Finland, and the U.S.A. In addition to her passion for standard repertoire, she specializes in works of Nordic composers, especially of Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation: Complete Annotated Bibliography of the Published Solo Piano Music of Jean Sibelius.
- Prior to moving to Helsinki, Ms. Hagiwara was the coordinator of the University of Iowa’s Pre-College Piano Conservatory (PCPC) and held several teaching positions at the collegiate level including lecturer positions at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) and Wartburg College (Waverly, IA). She has also served on the piano faculty at summer programs such as the University of Iowa’s Youth Summer Camp and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake, Michigan).
- Ms. Hagiwara has participated in music festivals including PIANALE International Academy, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. At these festivals, she studied with pianists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Akiko Ebi, Rebecca Penneys, John Perry, and Antonio Pompa-Baldi.
- Her former piano teachers include Erik T. Tawaststjerna at Sibelius Academy, Ksenia Nosikova at the University of Iowa, William Heiles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Marialena Fernandes at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago.
ShinHyung Kim, DMA Program
- ShinHyung Kim is currently studying in the Doctor of Musical Arts program in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Iowa with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. She is a current teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. She was born in South Korea and graduated from Chung-Ang University in 2011. In 2007, she performed in the concert for excellent freshmen students. In 2009, she won the Second Prize of Haneum Piano Duo Competition. Ms. Kim performed Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in Eb Major with National Symphony Orchestra in 2003. During her undergraduate years, she earned Honor Scholarships which were only given to three outstanding students. After earning her B.M. degree in piano performance from Chung-Ang University, she came to the United States. Ms. Kim earned her Master's degree in Piano Performance at Michigan State University, studying with Professor Deborah Moriarty. During her graduate study, she got music scholarship and fellowship from Michigan State University. Also, she had several solo recitals including Greater Lansing Community Concert Series and worked as accompanist for youth choir at Community Music School in East Lansing. In 2014, she participated in master classes at Centro Studi Carlo Della Giocoma in Todi, Italy. She had a master class with professor Blanca Uribe, and attended a music festival, Musikfest (Faribault, Minnesota) in 2016.
Natalie Landowski, DMA Program (ABD)
- Originally from southern California, Natalie Landowski received her B.M. in Piano Performance (with minors in General Education and Art History) from the University of California, Irvine, studying under the tutelage of Dr. Lorna Griffitt. She obtained her M.M. in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she studied piano pedagogy with Dr. Reid Alexander, and piano with Dr. William Heiles. At Illinois, Natalie was awarded the Graduate Teaching Certificate from the UIUC Center of Teaching Excellence, and was cited on the institution’s list of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (2011-12). She was an instructor for the UIUC Piano Laboratory program, and President of the MTNA Collegiate Student Chapter. Since 2011, Natalie has served on the piano faculty and staff of the Illinois Summer Youth Music Festival, and this past summer, also taught at the University of Iowa's Piano Youth Camp. In 2013, she joined the full-time piano faculty of West Music (Coralville, IA) in the Nancy Cree Keyboard Program, where she taught and maintained a full studio for four years. Her students have competed, placed and won at the IMTA district and state auditions.
Natalie has performed in master classes by notable artists such as Gary Graffman, Menahem Pressler, and Kenneth Drake, and presented both chamber and solo performances for the University of Iowa's Piano Sundays series at the Old Capitol Museum, the Upper Bay Philharmonic Society (CA), and Irvine City Hall (CA), as well as other venues. She has attended music festivals in Europe and the U.S., and placed as a finalist in the Schlern Piano Competition (Vols am Schlern, summer 2008 and 2015). Last Fall, Natalie 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.
Natalie is currently pursuing the D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, where she studies piano with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova and piano pedagogy with Dr. Alan Huckleberry.
Bogyeong Lee, DMA Program
- Bogyeong Lee was born in, Incheon, South Korea. Starting playing piano at the age of six, she received professional piano lessons at the age of fourteen. Her musical talent soon blossomed when she was admitted to the Incheon Korean Educational Center for Gifted Children. Later on, she pursued studying piano at the Incheon Arts High School and the College of Music of Dankook University, where she studied with professor Youngbang Cho. Miss Lee was proud to be admitted, and graduate, as a top fellowship student - receiving magna cum laude from both institutions. She also earned Master of Music Degree, studying with professor Emile Naoumoff, at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University with Graduate Tuition Award and Artistic Excellence Fellowship. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree under Dr. Nosikova Ksenia at the University of Iowa School of Music, while holding the position of Teaching Assistant of piano as well.
Miss Lee achieved several success in Korea including the 1st prize of Carl Czerny National Music Competition (2010), Korean Herald Music Competition (2009), The classic music magazine “Edu-classic” Competition (2008), The Superintendent Youth Music Competition (2006), Seo-got Cultural Festival Competition (2006), Central Music Daily competition (2006). Orchestral engagements include performance Mozart piano concerto in C Minor, K. 491 with Indiana University students’ orchestra (2015), Beethoven piano concerto in C minor with the Millennium Symphony in Korea (2005). Recital performance highlights include solo recital ‘variation series’ in E-won cultural center in Seoul, Korea by chosen as Young Artist (2009).
Trevor Magnus, DMA Program
Trevor Magness recently completed an MM degree in Piano Performance under Dr. Tamás Ungár at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. During graduate school his studies in counterpoint and in music memory culminated in two performances of the complete first book of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier – first for a TCU graduate recital and then for the 2017 Peoria Bach Festival. In addition to performances of Bach's WTC, Trevor has given many solo piano performances in various locations, including Tulsa, Lincoln, St. Louis, Chicago, and Italy. During his undergraduate years he also gave multiple chamber music performances with the Capri Trio. Prior to his MM degree Trevor earned his BM in Piano Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, studying with Dr. Paul Barnes. He was the recipient of the 2014 Glenn Korff Distinguished Undergraduate Artist/Scholar Award at UNL, has won a number of concerto and piano competitions, and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. He is currently pursuing a DMA degree in piano under Dr. Ksenia Nosikova at the University of Iowa, where he works as a Teaching Assistant for the music program.
Wenjuan Peng, DMA Program
- Wenjuan Peng, a third-year D.M.A, is a student in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, studying with Dr. Nosikova. From the beginning of her studies, Wenjuan was one of the most active students and graduated with the highest accolade in Tianjin Conservatory of Music. She has given performances as a soloist and chamber musician throughout China, in such venues as Tianjin Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, Guangzhou Country Club and Zhuzhou Music Hall. In June, 2010, Wenjuan was certified as a high school teacher in Tianjin, China.
- She studied with Dr. Joanne Polk and got her Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in 2013. During that time, Wenjuan got many opportunities to perform in master classes, including Juilliard Professor Choong Mo Kang. She cooperated with students from other countries and learned a great deal from professional musicians. In April, 2011, Yin and Wenjuan performed as duo piano in Greenfield Hall, New York. In March of 2013, Wenjuan gave recital in Greenfield Hall, New York City. She was not just enthusiastic toward performing piano repertoire; she also worked as a teacher in the Art Plaza Studio in Brooklyn, New York City. In the summer of 2013, she attended the International Keyboard Institute & Festival at Mannes Institute and in 2014 was a finalist in Schlern (Italy) International Music Festival Competition.
Nicha Pimthong, DMA Program
- Graduated with First Class Honour from College of Music, Mahidol University with Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance in July 2014, and a recent graduate with Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University, Ohio in May 2016, a native of Thailand, Nicha Pimthong was born in 1992 and started taking piano lessons at the age of 6. She studied with Ajarn Asayuch Chamroon in 2001, later became a student of Dr. Nopanand Chanorathaikul in 2003 and Dr. Eri Nakagawa in 2009. An active pianist since a young age, Nicha has received numerous prizes from national and international piano competitions including First Prize winner as well as the Best Compulsory Piece Prize in the Trinity Guildhall National Youth Piano Competition (2007), Third Prize winner in the 7th Bangkok Chopin Piano Competition (2005), Third Prize winner in the Thailand 1st Mozart International Piano Competition (2011), the highest prize in the Kawai Piano Competition (2007), receiving the Royal Trophy from Princess Petcharat Ratchasuda of Thailand, and Special Prizes in the 6th Bangkok Chopin Piano Competition and the AMA Studio Piano Competition (2002). Nicha received First Concert Certificate in Solo Piano (FC) with 2nd highest marks in Thailand in 2004 and Licentiate diploma, LTCL recital in piano performance with the highest score in Thailand from the Trinity Guildhall College of Music, London in 2010. Among her musical activities, Nicha participated in an International Summer Music Academy in Moulin d’Ande, France in 2009 taking master classes by Prof. Dina Yoffe, Prof. Robert Palmer and Prof. Daniel Vaiman and was chosen to perform at the final concert of the festival and the 15th Semper Music International Festival in July 2017 in South Tyrol, Italy. She was the finalist of the 10th Osaka International Music Competition (2009) and the 11th International Chopin Piano Competition in ASIA (2010). In 2012, Nicha was invited as a guest pianist to perform in Trinity Award Thailand 2011, and was also invited by UCSI University School of Music to give a debut joint piano recital at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as well as a winner piano recital in Bangkok, Thailand. Nicha has performed in numerous concerts, masterclasses, and festivals in both solo and chamber music.
In May 2016, Nicha received her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, the United States, receiving an assistantship and full scholarship. She was under the tutelage of Dr. Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu and enjoyed performing her solo repertoire as well as working as a collaborative pianist as part of her assistantship. Nicha was selected to perform in various concerts, competitions, and masterclasses by Vadym Kholodenko, Winner of the coveted gold medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; Prof. Paul Schenly, the Artistic director of Cleveland International Piano Competition; Prof. Lori Sims; and Jiayan Sun, Third prize winner of 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition, etc. Currently, Nicha is in her second year of Doctor of Musical Arts program in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova where she also holds Iowa Performance Assistantship, working and performing with the Center for New Music.
Helen Ninoska Thrall, DMA Program
- Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Helen Ninoska started her musical studies at the age of 5 with her father, Ismael Mendez, who is also a pianist and composer. At the age of seven, she enrolled in the Elementary School of Music “Elila Mena” and later studied at the National Conservatory of Music under Esther Betancourt, Ivan Dominguez, Maria Blanco and Ramon Diaz. In 2009 she moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Antonio Pompa-Baldi. In the Dominican Republic, Ms. Mendez participated in various festivals and national competitions, earning different awards, including 1st place in the VIII Latin American Music Festival (2005), 1st place in the IV Contest of Musical Interpretation (2005) and 1st place in the III National Piano Competition "Manuel Rueda" (2008). She has also received different awards and fellowships including the Dominican Education Fellowship (2009 and 2013), the CIM Hardship Grant (2013) and the Iowa Performance Fellowship (2014). She has also given numerous recitals at several venues in the Dominican Republic and the United States. With the “Juan Pablo Duarte” Orchestra she performed W.A. Mozart piano concerto in F Major, K. 459, Mendelssohn piano concerto no. 2 in D minor, Op. 40, and R. Schumann piano concerto in A minor op. 54, by R. Schumann. Another one of her passions is teaching music and for many years she has been teaching in the Dominican Republic and the United States. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Ksenia Nosikova.
Peng Zhang, DMA Program
Peng Zhang, a native of China, is currently a second year DMA student with a fellowship offer studying with Dr. Nosikova at the University of Iowa. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Shenyang Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Jiatianze Liu and also a Master’s Degree and Certificate in Performance from Bowling Green State University, under Dr. Laura Melton. Zhang has participated in many competitions such as the 4th “Saint-Petersburg Reflected in world’s Musical Culture” held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia (Second Prize), the 3rd “US Beacon International Piano Competition” (First Prize), and “Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition” (First Prize in Graduate Division, Second Prize in Undergraduate Division) held at Bowling Green State University. During his graduate study, he performed in several master classes with teachers such as Anderson and Roe, Alexander Ghindin, Lori Sims and Jiayan Sun. Zhang performed his recitals both in China and America, including solo and chamber recitals. In 2014, he joined the Touelles Opera Company for Hump Day Recitals.
Anthony Capparelli, MA Program
Originally from the small town of River Falls, Wisconsin, Anthony Capparelli is a current Teaching Assistant pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. Some of Anthony’s previous teachers include Lillian Tan, Paul Wirth, Jane Coop, Marc Durand, Luba Poliak, and most recently, Catherine Kautsky at Lawrence University where he received his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance. His second instrument in his undergrad- organ- sent him to Paris, France in 2013 with his teacher Kathrine Handford, where he worked in masterclass with master organists such as Jean-Baptiste Robin and Christophe Mantoux on period instruments in the cathedrals of Paris, Versailles, and Rouen.
In 2014, he was named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. The Watson Fellowship is a national competitive scholarship given to forty-some college graduates from selected liberal arts institutions around the United States each year. His Watson sent him abroad for a year to Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland to pursue ethnographic research into Celtic and Scandinavian music and storytelling traditions in hopes of witnessing the positive effect these traditions have on small communities in the harsh climates of Northern Europe.
An avid performer, Anthony enjoys programming thoughtful recitals that engage the audience. He has performed in concert with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. In April of 2016, he was selected to perform for pianist Yefim Bronfman in masterclass at the 2016 Gilmore Festival. He is also an active collaborator, working frequently with vocalists, and following his Watson year, he was on staff at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music as the collaborative pianist for the voice studio of John T. Gates.
Ming Hu, MA Program
Ming Hu, a native of Hunan, China, is pursuing a Masters degree in Piano Performance at the University of Iowa studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. She currently holds a teaching assistantship for group piano and private lessons at the University. Hu started playing piano at the age of four. She decided to start her professional musical studies in the fourth grade, entering the Elementary School of Music affiliated to Wuhan Conservatory, and finishing her middle school and high school studies in the Middle School of Music affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory, studying with Keng Zhou. Hu has studied with Carmen Wilhite, Luba Poliak, and earned her Bachelor’s degree of Music in Piano Performance with an Accompanying Fellowship at Lawrence University under the guidance of Catherine Kautsky. Throughout her musical career in the United States, Hu has won a number of prizes. During the Wisconsin State MTNA Competition of 2015-16, she was named as Alternate in the Young Artist Division. She was one of the finalists in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition in 2015-16, and received an Honorable Mention in 2017. In 2016, she was the recipient of The Margaret Gary Daniels Keyboard Performance Award at Lawrence University. Hu has performed in master classes with pianists such as Nelita True, Julian Martin and Michael Coonrod.
Nicole Peter, MA Program
An Iowa native, Nicole Peter is currently pursuing her Master of Arts degree at the University of Iowa, where she studies piano with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova and piano pedagogy with Dr. Alan Huckleberry. Nicole received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Western Illinois University in 2010, where she studied with Dr. Chung-Ha Kim and Dr. Tammie Walker. As a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa, her duties include teaching group piano classes, individual piano lessons, and accompanying. In addition, Nicole serves as coordinator of the University’s Pre-College Piano Conservatory, where she teaches a studio of talented young students. Before beginning her studies this fall, she gained extensive teaching experience through her work with the Nancy Cree Keyboard Learning Centers in Coralville, IA, where she taught for four years. During her undergraduate study, she was one of the founding teachers of the WIU Community Music School, which has since grown to offer a wide variety of lessons and classes to both children and adults in the Macomb community. Nicole is interested in the music of female composers, and enjoys performing and promoting their works. In 2010, she gave a lecture-recital at the Illinois State MTNA conference on Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s Das Jahr; in 2012, she presented a lecture-recital on the harpsichord suites of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre for the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society.
Alex Cooper, BM Program
Alex is currently a senior undergraduate majoring in Piano with a minor in informatics at the University of Iowa, under the pedagogy of Dr. Nosikova. He is currently working on pieces by Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel, and Mozart. He enjoys practicing, golfing, and spending time in coffee shops among other things. In the near future he hopes to graduate and teach introductory piano or get a job as a web designer.
Karen Fox, BM Program
Karen Fox is a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying piano performance and pre-medicine. She currently studies piano with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. In July 2017, Karen attended and performed in the Semper Music International Festival in Vols am Schlern, Italy. Karen participated in Iowa Music Teacher Association state auditions from 2014-2016 and received an honorable mention in the Genevieve Truran piano competition in 2014. She graduated from Dakota Valley high school in South Dakota in May 2016. Throughout high school, she accompanied the choir and was involved in South Dakota Senior Honor Choir and South Dakota All-State Choir. Before coming to the University of Iowa, Karen studied piano with Michele Grossman and organ with Jane Sibley in Sioux City, Iowa.
Chun-Ya Pien, BM Program
- Chun-Ya Pien, originally from Taiwan, is a junior in piano performance at The University of Iowa studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. She started taking piano lessons at the age of five. Since then, she has participated in several competitions and given performances in different cities in Taiwan. In 2014, she attended the Atlantic Music Festival where she had masterclasses with pianists Bruce Brubaker, Natalya Antonova, Sean Duggan, Gabrieli Chodos, and was the finalist in the AMF Piano Concerto Competition. In 2017, she attended the Semper Music International Festival in Vols am Schlern, Italy, and performed in the Competition Winners Concert in Prösels Castle. She has received the Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship (2017-2018) and was awarded the Honorable Mention in the 15th Semper Music International Competition. Besides piano, Chun-Ya began taking flute lessons when she was eight. Currently, she is a flute player in the University of Iowa Symphony Band.
Wenbing Yang, BM Program
Wenbing Yang is from Beijing, China. Wenbing started playing piano at 5 years old. She is in her third year of piano performance major at the University of Iowa. Before she came to United States, she was studied in the Middle School Attached to China Conservatory. Wenbing has performed concerts in many cities in China: Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Beijing, and Yunnan. Ms. Yang has been named to the list"Future Star"-- China's Outstanding Talented Students. Wenbing has been to numerous music festivals in China and New York. She earned honorable mention in the 2015 Fort Dodge Area Symphony Young Artists Competition. Wenbing began studying with Dr. Nosikova in 2013.
Dr. Ksenia Nosikova
- Dr. Nosikova performing in Maliy Hall of the Moscow Conservatory,