Mariya Akhadjanova is currently a fourth-year DMA student at the University of Iowa with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. She is a native of Uzbekistan and started playing piano at age 6. In 2018-2021, Mariya was a piano teaching assistant for individual lessons and group piano, as well as collaborative pianist at the University of Iowa. Mariya performed with National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan and throughout the world as a soloist and a chamber musician. She was a winner of International Piano Competitions in the Central Asia and Russia. In 2020-2021, she participated in different online piano competitions and received First Prize of the 2021 “Golden Classical Music Awards" International Competition, the Charleston International Competition (Baroque and European Music Competition), First Prize of the Swiss International Music Competition and was selected for the Career Project. Also, Mariya is a winner of Concerto Competition at University of Northern Iowa in 2017. She performed Piano Concerto in A minor op. 54 by Schumann with UNI Symphony orchestra in February 2017. Mariya received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Uzbekistan State Conservatory in Tashkent. She earned her second 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. She has performed in master classes for pianists including Alexei Sultanov, Andrew Ponochevny, Lidia Artymiw, and Vera Kameneva.
Madeline Anderson, DMA Program
Pianist Madeline Anderson, born in 1995, is from Monterey, CA. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM ‘17) and Texas State University (MM ‘19). Madeline is currently pursuing a DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa where she studies piano under the tutelage of Dr. Ksenia Nosikova, and piano pedagogy with Dr. Alan Huckleberry. Madeline’s previous piano teachers include Hans Boepple, Dr. Enrico Elisi, Ann Schein, and Dr. Jason Kwak.
Madeline has a passion for performing and has participated in, and won awards in, numerous piano competitions and events. Most recently, Madeline was named a 2020 MTNA Young Artist Competition state winner (Iowa), won the Third Prize at the Second International PianoArt competition, and was a finalist at the 2020 Sound Espressivo competition. In addition to her solo music endeavors, Madeline is a passionate chamber musician and plays in a piano trio with fellow graduate students at the University of Iowa.
Madeline currently holds a teaching assistantship at the University of Iowa where she teaches group piano courses, private piano lessons, and accompanies instrumentalists. She also maintains a private piano studio, and is on faculty for the University of Iowa Community Music Lesson Program. Madeline previously taught at the FunKey Piano Project (San Marcos, Texas) and the Orpheus Academy of Music (Austin, Texas).
Anthony Capparelli, DMA Program
Originally from River Falls, WI, Anthony Capparelli is training repetiteur at the International Opera Academy in Ghent, Belgium. He is a current DMA candidate at the University of Iowa where he earned his Masters of Arts in piano performance, both under the tutelage of Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. He has also studied with Jane Coop and Marc Durand at the Centre d’Arts Orford in Quebec, Canada and with Dr. Catherine Kautsky at Lawrence University where he earned his Bachelors of Music degree in 2014. Anthony has extensive experience as a musician abroad, first in 2013 where he traveled as an organist to Paris, France 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 recitals in six countries, and in concert with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. A regular visitor to Northern Ireland, he performs free summer recitals each year for small communities in County Antrim. He is also an active collaborator and chamber musician. He has had coachings and masterclasses with the Elias String Quartet, Kronos Quartet, the JACK quartet, Orion Weiss, Spektral Quartet, the Brentano String Quartet and in 2018 with Emanuel Ax. Also working frequently with vocalists, following his Watson year he was on staff at Lawrence University as the collaborative pianist for the voice studio of John T. Gates, and, in summer 2021, he was accepted as an apprentice répétiteur for the Berlin Opera Academy summer festival. During the 2020-2021 school year, he held the position of Instructor of Music/Collaborative Pianist at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA.
Paul Casiano, DMA Program
Paul Casiano is originally from the Philippines. He began studying piano lessons at age 10 and throughout these early years of piano instruction, Paul played songs and hymns for the choir and church congregation. He quickly developed a love and passion for music, eventually pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music (piano performance) at the University of the Philippines College of Music. During his undergraduate years, he was awarded the Regalado Jose grant and Friends for Cultural Concerns of the Philippines scholarship, and in 2017 was declared the winner of the Piano Teacher’s Guild of the Philippines and Leonor Kilayko piano competitions. In 2019, he received a graduate assistantship award from Western Illinois University School of Music where he finished his Master’s degree in music for two years. Currently, he is in his first-year of DMA at the University of Iowa where he was awarded a Teaching Assistantship by the University of Iowa School of Music. His duties include teaching group piano for non-majors, teaching individual piano lessons and accompanying students from the School of Music. He is now currently studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova and his past mentors include Professor Richelle Rivera and Dr. Jeffrey Brown.
Alice Chang, DMA Program
Alice (Shu-Min) Chang, from Taiwan, is an active soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician and piano teacher currently based in Iowa City, IA. She is currently working towards her D.M.A. degree under the tutelage of Dr. Ksenia Nosikova.
Alice has attended music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the PianoSummer Festival at New Paltz, NY (2011), the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Maiori, Italy (2012), the Semper International Music Festival in Vols am Schlern, Italy (2016), and the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) in May 2019. She has performed in master classes given by notable artists such as Aldo Ciccolini, Mikhail Voskresensky, Tamas Ungar, Asaf Zohar, Thomas Mastroianni and Paul Barnes. In May 2018, she was selected to play for Paul Lewis at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.
Alice has participated in numerous competitions. Several recent awards she has received include Minnesota Music Teachers Association Artistic Ambassador Competition Winner (2012), winner of the Concordia College Concerto and Aria Competition (2013), winner of the University of Iowa Concerto and Aria Competition (2015), and Honorable Mention in the MTNA Competition, West Central Division (2017).
Besides to piano, Alice played both violin and oboe in orchestra since elementary school. Violin is her Secondary Area for her D.M.A. program.
Ming Hu, DMA Program
Ming Hu, a native of Hunan, China, is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Iowa studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. 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. In Summer 2018, Hu attended the Semper International festival in Italy and the Wiener Musikseminar in Austria. Hu recently released her first CD with singer Xingyu Huo (soprano), Song Cycle – Seasons (Twenty-Four Solar Terms) by Cong Liu. They were the first to debut and record this song cycle.
Yaqi Huang, DMA Program
Yaqi Huang, from Chengdu, China, is currently a D.M.A student at the University of Iowa studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. She received her B.M. degree in Piano Performance at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China, studied with Prof. Tiantian Bao. And she got her Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, under Dr. Inesa Sinkevych’s instruction. Yaqi has took part in various piano competitions, her awards include, winner of Boya Award in China International Piano Art Festival, 2015; first place in the Grazonov International Music Competition, 2016; and Out-standing award in Pearl River Kayserburg National Piano Competition, 2017. Yaqi has given numerous piano performances in US, Russia, China, Singapore and Thailand. Yaqi has been playing the piano for 15 years. During those years she studied under many different teachers from all over the world. Since 2015, She has been a private piano teacher.
Neil Krzeski, DMA Program
Neil Krzeski is a DMA student at the University of Iowa where he studies piano with Ksenia Nosikova. Neil has appeared as a soloist with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra and Concord Chamber Orchestra and has had success in several competitions including first place in the National Federation of Music Clubs Student/Collegiate Biennial Competition, second place and Glenn Gould Memorial Award in the “Bach With a View” International Young Artists Competition, and first place in the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association Badger Collegiate Performance Competition. Neil has played in masterclasses for such pianists as Jeremy Denk, Ursula Oppens, John Perry, Awadagin Pratt, and David Kaplan. Recent festival appearances include the Bowdoin International Music Festival and Gijón International Piano Festival. Neil received his master’s from Northwestern University studying with José Ramón Mendez, and he graduated from Lawrence University magna cum laude under the tutelage of Michael Mizrahi.
Bogyeong Lee, DMA Program
• Bogyeong Lee was born in Incheon, South Korea and started playing piano at the age of five. Her musical talent soon blossomed when she was admitted to the Korean Educational Center for Gifted Children. Later, she pursued studying piano at the Incheon Arts High School and the College of Music of Dankook University, under the tutorage of professor Youngbang Cho. Ms. Lee earned magna cum laude from both institutions, she was as a top fellowship student, a recipient of University Presidential Award and Excellence in Honors Performance Award at Dankook University. She received a Master of Music Degree, studying with Professor Emile Naoumoff, at the Jacobs School of Music at the Indiana University with a Graduate Tuition Award and the Artistic Excellence Fellowship. Currently, she is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts under Dr. Ksenia Nosikova at the University of Iowa School of Music. She held the position of Teaching Assistant of piano department and piano instructor in the Pre-College Piano Conservatory in University of Iowa. Ms. Lee received the first prize from Muse Competition in 2021, a grand prize of International online competition ‘piano art’, the first prize winner of The American Prize in Piano Performance—The Lorin Hollander Award, the First Prize Winner of International Music Competition 'Brussels' Grand Prize Virtuoso, received a Gold Medal and Best contemporary Performance Award at WPTA Singapore International Piano Competition, a first Prize from Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition and a Winner of the American Protege International Music Talent Competition, the second prize in King's Peak International Music Competition in 2020. Bogyeong received the first prize of IMKA Music Competition in 2019 and a winner of the Concerto Aria Competition at the University of Iowa in 2018 and a Special Award winner for the best performance of Contemporary Work from E-Piano Musik Fest in Minnesota in 2017. Her other professional successes in South Korea include the first prize of Carl Czerny National Music Competition in 2010, Korean Herald Music Competition in 2009, the classical music magazine “Edu-classic” Competition in 2008, Grand prize of the Superintendent Youth Music Competition, Seo-got Cultural Festival Competition, and Central Music Daily competition 2006 in Seoul, South Korea. Orchestral engagements include a performance of Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 with a chamber orchestra of U of Iowa in 2019, Mozart Piano Concerto in C Minor, K. 491 with the Indiana University Students’ Orchestra in 2015 and Beethoven Piano Concerto in C minor with the Millennium Symphony in Korea in 2005. Recital performance highlights include solo recital ‘variation series’ in E-won cultural center in Seoul, Korea as a winner of Young Artist competition in 2009.
FeiYang Li, DMA Program
Feiyang Li, from Henan Province, China, is currently a D.M.A student at the University of Iowa studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. Ms. Li received her B.M degree in Piano Performance at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL under Prof. Adam Neiman’s instruction. She was also selected as one of the students as the winner of piano showcase competition held in the Roosevelt University in 2015. She received her M.M in piano performance in 2020 at Indiana University Bloomington (Jacobs School of Music) under Prof. Arnaldo Cohen and worked as a TA in Piano Academy Summer Program in IU Jacobs School of Music in 2019. She participated in many music festivals during her piano study; she joined in several summer music festivals held by ETSU in 2013. She took part in St. Andrews Music Festival in 2016 and won the second prize in the St. Andrews International Concerto Competition in Canada that year. In 2017, she participated in the MMF (Manchester Music Festival) in Vermont. She also joined ACIMA (Ameri-China International Music Association) New York Winter Festival in 2018. During the years of performing piano, she had some chances to have master classes with several famous professors from different Conservatories. For instance, Professor Mengjie Liu from Curtis Institute, Professor Matti Raekallio and Ernest Barretta from Julliard School.
Bowen (Peter) Liu, DMA Program
Pianist, Bowen (Peter) Liu received his M.M. in piano performance at the University of Iowa and received his B.M. in piano performance at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul. Peter is currently completing his D.M.A. in piano performance at the University of Iowa studying under Ksenia Nosikova. He has been serving as a piano T.A. since 2019 teaching group lessons and collaborating with a variety of musicians.
As a classically trained pianist, he has enjoyed success in various piano competitions. His most recent awards include, first place MTNA 2017 State competition; winner of 2018 concerto-aria at University of Northwestern, St. Paul; winner of Concerto-Aria at the University of Iowa 2019; first place MMTA 2019 competition; second place in Schubert Club 2019 competition; and first place Thursday Young Artist 2019 college division.
Trevor Magnus, DMA Program
Trevor Magness is an ABD student finishing his doctorate studies in piano under Dr. Ksenia Nosikova at the University of Iowa. He is completing a recording project on the character piece sets of the contemporary American composer Carter Pann (The Piano’s Twelve Sides and Five Serious Pieces). He has worked as a teaching assistant at Iowa for both the Piano and Music Theory programs. During his MM degree in Piano under Dr. Tamás Ungár at Texas Christian University, he gave two performances from memory of the complete first book of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. He is comfortable in all styles from Baroque to Modern, with a penchant for contrapuntal music and other piano pieces with complex writing. 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 multiple venues in Italy. Trevor has also worked extensively as a collaborative pianist both for vocalists and for all kinds of instrumentalists. Distinctive collaborations include 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 solo piano competitions and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society.
Yi Wang, DMA Program
Yi Wang, from China, is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts degree student at The University of Iowa under Dr. Nosikova, while holding a teaching assistantship. She received her master’s degree and Performance Diploma from Manhattan School of Music, study with Dr. Sinkevych. Yi Wang won the First Prize in 2021 European Music Competition, and Bronze Award in 2021 World Piano Teachers Association of Finland (2-piano with Ming Hu), a winner of Asian Piano Competition (2014). She was a Third Place of Hong Kong International Liszt Piano Competition (2012). Yi has given numerous piano recitals at New York, New Jersey, Roma, Shanghai, Beijing, and Qingdao. Yi has been playing the piano for more than 20 years. During those years she studied under many different teachers from all over the world. Yi is not only interested in classical music, but also contemporary music. She joined a lot of contemporary music ensembles in New York.
Justin Hettledge, MA Program
Justin Hettlage, originally from Karlsruhe, Germany and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa, is a sophomore at the University of Iowa pursuing a degree in piano performance as well as a certificate in creative writing. He began taking piano lessons at the age of six and is currently studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. Before coming to the University of Iowa, Justin participated in numerous musical groups and events, including concert, jazz, and marching bands, pit orchestra, accompaniment, and various local competitions, in which he has won awards for both classical performance and improvisation.
Kendra Hunt, BM Program
Kendra Hunt is a recent graduate of Keokuk High School (KHS). This year, Kendra is a freshman piano performance major at the University of Iowa. She began playing piano at the age of eight. During high school, she received instruction from Western Illinois University’s piano faculty Dr. Jeffrey Brown and Dr. Natalie Landowski. Throughout high school, Kendra was highly involved music activities offered at KHS. These included accompanying KHS’s show choirs, Women’s Ensemble, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, and Concert Band. She was also accepted into the Iowa All-State Band in 2017 and 2018, and the All-State Chorus in 2019. In addition to extracurriculars, Kendra has also been a part of other unique musical opportunities. Since her Junior year of high school, she has worked at First Christian Church as their choir accompanist. For two consecutive summers, she participated in the intensive piano program at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. Last Fall, Kendra had the wonderful opportunity to play in a master class given by University of Costa Rica’s recently retired Katia Guevara Rojas.
Calvin Kotrba, BM Program
Calvin Kotrba, originally from Minnesota, is a junior at the University of Iowa pursuing degrees in piano performance and mathematics. He started Suzuki piano lessons at the age of three with his mother, Sara Kotrba, and began studying with Dr. Paul Wirth at the age of fifteen. In 2019 he joined the studio of Dr. Ksenia Nosikova at the University of Iowa. He competed in multiple Thursday Musical, Schubert Club, and Minnesota Music Educators Association competitions, and was a prize-winner at the Young Artist World Piano Festival 2018 Chopin competition and the 2020 Schubert Club competition. He has performed yearly solo recitals since eighth grade and live-streamed his University of Iowa freshman recital during the pandemic in March 2020. Most recently, his sophomore recital, performed in the Recital Hall of the Voxman Music Building in Iowa City, featured works by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, and Alkan. Since 2020 he has been recognized on the President’s List at the University of Iowa, and in spring of 2021 he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. He is also interested in composition, and has written works for solo piano, percussion ensemble, piano and voice, and piano trio.
Jun Le, BM Program
Duong (Jun) Le, an International student from Vietnam, has spent 9 years at the Vietnam National Academy of Music with Piano major before coming to the University of Iowa and started her freshman year (2020) of college under the tutelage of Dr. Nosikova. She earned a Silver medal in 2018 - Asia International Piano Academy & Festival with Competition in Korea and participated in Chopin International Piano Competition in Thailand 2019.
Ana Yam, BM Program
Dr. Ksenia Nosikova
Dr. Nosikova performing in Maliy Hall of the Moscow Conservatory,