Meet My Students
Mariya Akhadjanova, DMA Program
- Mariya Akhadjanova is a native of Uzbekistan and started playing piano at age 6. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Uzbekistan State Conservatory in Tashkent. Mariya performed with National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan and throughout the world as a soloist and a chamber musician. Mariya was a winner of International Piano Competitions in the Central Asia and Russia. Also, she is a winner of Concerto Competition at UNI in 2017. She performed Piano Concerto in A minor op. 54 by Schumann with UNI Symphony orchestra in February 2017. Mariya Akhadjanova earned her Master at Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Northern Iowa in May 2018. She studied with Dr. Dmitri Vorobiev and Dr. Vakhtang Kodanashvili. During her study, she performed in master classes for pianists including Alexei Sultanov, Andrew Ponochevny, and Lidia Artymiw. Now she is a first-year DMA student from the University of Iowa studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova.
Anthony Capparelli, DMA Program
- Originally from the small town of River Falls, Wisconsin, Anthony Capparelli is a current Teaching Assistant pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts 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.
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 has performed in recital in six countries. 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.
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 research 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.
Nate Filippelli, DMA Program (ABD)
- Mr. Nathanael Filippelli is currently a candidate for the D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy (ABD) at the University of Iowa, with a minor in music theory pedagogy and a secondary area of choral conducting. Having studied with concert pianist Ksenia Nosikova, he held a piano Teaching Assistantship and a choral accompanist Teaching Assistantship at the School of Music. He is presently an instructor at Orchestra Iowa School and Marion Music Academy. 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 in Springfield, MO where he studied with Dr. Peter Collins. He has performed in master classes with Anatoly Zatin, Georgy Saradjian, Nicholas Phillips, Yuri Rozum, Vakhtang Kodanashvili, Enrico Elisi, Logan Skelton, and Gleb Ivanov. A finalist in the 2016 Semper International Music Competition, 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. His presentations have included “The Road to Vienna: How to Introduce the Pre-College Student to Serialism,” “Ildebrando Pizzetti: Masterworks from a Neglected Composer,” and “How to Notate Rhythm in the Middle Ages: Notation Before and After Franco of Cologne.” 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 Edmund Battersby, Linda Ligate, Gregory Morris, Myrtle Hart, David Fairbanks, Maurita Murnaghan, John Ravert, and Janet Radmore. He currently resides in Williamsburg, IA with his wife, Ashley.
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.
Bogyeong Lee, DMA Program
- Bogyeong Lee was born in, Incheon, South Korea. Starting playing piano at the age of five. 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 department and Pre-College Piano Conservatory as well. Miss Lee achieved several success 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) in Seoul, South Korea. Special Award for the best performance of Contemporary Work from E-Piano Musik Fest in Minnesota (2017). 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 as a winner from Young Artist competition (2009).
Trevor Magnus, DMA Program
Trevor Magness is currently pursuing a DMA degree in piano under Dr. Ksenia Nosikova at the University of Iowa, where he works as a Teaching Assistant and Accompanist for the music program. During his MM degree in Piano under Dr. Tamás Ungár at Texas Christian University, he conducted special studies in counterpoint and in music memory. These culminated in two performances from memory of the complete first book of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. In addition to performances of Bach's WTC, Trevor has given many solo piano performances in various locations, including Vienna, Fort Worth, Iowa City , Tulsa, Lincoln, St. Louis, Chicago, and Italy. Trevor has also worked extensively as a collaborative pianist both for vocalists and for all kinds of instrumentalists. During his undergraduate years he gave multiple chamber music performances with the Capri Trio: more recent collaborations include a concert with the bassoonist Eric Stomberg; the national premiere of György Kurtág's Ruckblick for trumpet, double bass, and two pianos; and a performance with the Iowa Percussion Ensemble of George Antheil's Ballet Mécanique. As an undergraduate student of Dr. Paul Barnes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Trevor was the recipient of the 2014 Glenn Korff Distinguished Undergraduate Artist/Scholar Award. He has won a number of concerto and piano competitions and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society.
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 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 Dina Yoffe, Robert Palmer and 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, 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; Paul Schenly, the Artistic director of Cleveland International Piano Competition; Lori Sims; and Jiayan Sun, Third prize winner of 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition, etc.
Currently, Nicha is in her third 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. Nicha gave numerous premieres at the University of Iowa School of Music, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, as well as the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She was also selected to perform in masterclasses with notable musicians including Emanuel Ax, Kronos Quartet, Cecilia Quartet, and Elias Quartet as part of the Chamber Music Residency Program.
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 a fourth-year DMA student from The University of Iowa studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Shenyang Conservatory of Music, China where he studied with Jiatianze Liu and a Master’s Degree and Certificate in Performance from Bowling Green State University under Dr. Laura Melton. Zhang has participated in many competitions including the 4th “Saint-Petersburg Reflected in World’s Musical Culture,” Russia (Second Prize), the 3rd “U.S. Beacon International Piano Competition” (First Prize), and “Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition” at Bowling Green State University (First Prize in Graduate Division, Second Prize in Undergraduate Division). As the winner of the University of Iowa Concerto and Aria Competition, Zhang performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 with the University Chamber Orchestra in April 2018. During his graduate study, he performed in master classes for pianists including Anderson and Roe Piano Duo, Alexander Ghindin, Mikhail Voskresensky, Asaf Zohar, Blanca Uribe and Leon Fleisher.
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. During her performance career, Hu has made successful apperances in concerts across Europe, North America, and Asia. Hu has performed in master classes with pianists such as Nelita True, Julian Martin, Tamás Ungár, and Eduardo Delgado. During the past summer, Hu attended the Semper International festival in Italy and the Wiener Musikseminar in Austria.
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.
Karen Fox, BM Program
Karen Fox is a junior at the University of Iowa studying piano performance and pre-medicine. She currently studies piano with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. Karen attended and performed in the Semper Music International Festival in Vols am Schlern, Italy, in 2017 and 2018. In August 2018, she also attended the Wiener MusikSeminar in Vienna, Austria. Karen received superior ratings in the Iowa Music Teacher Association (IMTA) state auditions in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and qualified for the IMTA theory honor roll in 2014 and 2015. She also received an honorable mention in the Genevieve Truran piano competition in 2014.
Karen graduated as a valedictorian from Dakota Valley high school in South Dakota in May 2016. Throughout high school, she accompanied the school choir and was a member of the South Dakota Senior Honor Choir and the South Dakota All-State Choir. In addition to piano, Karen began studying organ in 2009. From 2009 to 2016, Karen attended and performed in eight Pipe Organ Encounter events in various locations including Colorado, Missouri, Indiana, and Stanford University in California. She received a scholarship from the South Dakota American Guild of Organists (AGO) academy in 2013 and has served as a church pianist and organist since 2012.
Chun-Ya Pien, BM Program
Chun-Ya Pien, originally from Taiwan, is a senior 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 performed in Taiwan, the U.S, and Europe. She has twice received the Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship (2017-2018, 2018-2019) and Ogilvie Stark Scholarship at Iowa. In 2014, she attended the Atlantic Music Festival where she had masterclasses with pianists Bruce Brubaker, Natalya Antonova, Sean Duggan, Gabrieli Chodos, and was one of the finalist in the AMF Piano Concerto Competition. In 2017, she participated in the Semper Music International Festival in Völs am Schlern, Italy, and was awarded Honorable Mention of the 15th Semper Music International Competition. In 2018, she returned to the Semper Music International Festival and also attended MusikSeminar in Vienna. She received an Honorable Mention at the 2017 MTNA Iowa Young Artist Competition. She is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society.
Dr. Ksenia Nosikova
- Dr. Nosikova performing in Maliy Hall of the Moscow Conservatory,