Mariya Akhadjanova is currently a third-year DMA student at the University of Iowa with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. Mariya holds a teaching assistantship for individual lessons and group piano, as well as accompaniment. She 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 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. During her study, she performed in master classes for pianists including Alexei Sultanov, Andrew Ponochevny, and Lidia Artymiw.
Madeline Anderson, DMA Program
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 at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Dr. Nosikova. Madeline has a passion for performing and has participated in and won awards in numerous piano competitions and events including the Paderewski Youth Competition in Paso Robles, CA, the Ghiglieri Competition, the Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition. In 2011, Madeline was selected to participate in a cultural exchange program run by the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, and she traveled to Poland to perform and participate in master classes for an intensive twelve days. She was one of six finalists for Young Pianists Beethoven Competition in April, 2013. In addition to solo music, Madeline is an avid chamber musician. From 2013-2015, Madeline participated in California Summer Music, a 3-week intensive summer chamber and solo festival.
In addition to music, Madeline is a visual artist and plans to incorporate animations in one of her graduate recitals. During her master’s degree, Madeline researched audience engagement and how visual elements in piano recitals altered perceptions of music.
Anthony Capparelli, DMA Program
Originally from River Falls, WI, Anthony Capparelli is the collaborative pianist and Instructor of Music at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA. 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.
Alice Chang, DMA Program
Shu-Min (Alice) Chang, from Taiwan, is an active soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician and piano teacher currently based in Iowa City, IA. She was a piano teaching assistant of the University of Iowa in 2013-2017 and 2018-2019. Ms. Chang holds a B.M. degree in Piano Performance from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. After completing her M.M. degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, she is currently working towards her D.M.A. under the tutelage of Dr. Ksenia Nosikova.
Ms. Chang has attended music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, such as the PianoSummer Festival at New Paltz, NY (2011), the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Maiori, Italy (2012), and the Semper International Music Festival in Vols am Schlern, Italy (2016). 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.
Besides festivals, Ms. Chang participated in numerous competitions. Some of the awards she received include First Prize of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Young Artists Solo Competition (2009), First Prize of the Greater Grand Forks Concerto Competition (2010), 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).
In addition to her accomplishments as a solo and collaborative pianist, she has recently been venturing into a different way of creating music, including live improvisation. She presented a performance at the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) in May 2019. In addition to piano, Alice played both violin and oboe in orchestra since elementary school. Violin is her Secondary Area for her D.M.A. program.
Gustavo do Carmo, DMA Program
Gustavo do Carmo is a very active soloist, teacher, jazz and collaborative pianist, collaborating with choirs, orchestras, singers, instrumentalists, and dancers in Brazil and in the United States. Currently, he holds the adjunct music professor and staff accompanist positions at Kansas Wesleyan University, where he has formed a faculty piano trio with the violinist Leonardo Rosario and the Cellist Dena Berquist. In 2019, Gustavo do Carmo was featured as the soloist in a performance of Beethoven’s Emperor at the University of Iowa and worked at The Aruba Symphony Festival and Academy as the pianist for the ensemble that performed for the celebrated conductor Benjamin Zander. Mr. do Carmo was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the State University of Minas Gerais and has a Master`s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, where he is currently working on his final thesis requirement for the title of Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance and pedagogy under Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. https://www.gustavodocarmo.com/
ShinHyung Kim, DMA Program
ShinHyung Kim, originally from South Korea, is an active soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. Recently, she received the first prize at the Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso competition 2020. She also won the first place at the American Protégé International Piano and String Competition 2019 and performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall. She also received the first prize at Golden Classical Music Award International Competition in 2019 and the Second Prize at the IMKA music competition in 2019. As an established duo pianist, she received the Bronze Prize at the WPTA Finland International Piano Competition and received the Honorable Mention at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in 2020. In 2018, she won the second prize in the United States International Piano Duo Competition. In addition, she was a finalist in the MTNA–Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition. From 2015 to 2018, she served as a piano teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. She also had a master class with professor Blanca Uribe, and attended a music festival, Musikfest (Faribault, Minnesota) in 2016. She has given numerous solo and chamber recitals, and a lecture recital at several venues including Carnegie hall, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Oaknoll Retirement Community, Mercy Hospital, Melrose Meadows Retirement Community, the United Methodist Church (Washington, IA), and the Maquoketa Art Experience (Maquoketa, IA).
She earned her Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from the Chung-Ang University in 2011. During her undergraduate years, she studied piano with Prof. Chiho Cho and earned the Honor Scholarships which were only given to three outstanding students. In 2007, she performed in the concert for excellent freshmen students. In 2009, she won the Second Prize of Haneum Piano Duo Competition. She performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271, “Jeunehomme” with the National Symphony Orchestra in South Korea. ShinHyung Kim moved to the United States in 2013. She earned her Master's degree in Piano Performance at Michigan State University, studying with Professor Deborah Moriarty, earning several music scholarships and a summer fellowship. While studying at Michigan State University, she performed several solo recitals including Greater Lansing Community Concert Series and worked as accompanist for a youth choir at the Community Music School in East Lansing. In 2014, she participated in the master classes at Centro Studi Carlo Della Giocoma in Todi, Italy.
She is currently a DMA candidate (ABD) in piano performance and piano pedagogy at The University of Iowa under the tutelage of Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. She is also an accompanist for the University of Iowa Youth Ballet at the University of Iowa, and a piano instructor at the Willowwind School.
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 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, 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 Master of Music Degree, studying with professor Emile Naoumoff, at the Jacobs School of Music at the Indiana University with Graduate Tuition Award and Artistic Excellence Fellowship. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree under Dr. Ksenia Nosikova 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.
Ms. Lee was a winner of The American Prize in Piano Performance—The Lorin Hollander Award, First Prize Winner of International Music Competition 'Brussels' Grand Prize Virtuoso, received Gold Medal and Best contemporary Performance Award at WPTA Singapore International Piano Competition, First Prize from Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition and Winner of the American Protege International Music Talent Competition in 2020. Bogyeong received the 1st 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 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.
Fei Yang Li, DMA Program
Fei Yang 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
Bowen (Peter) Liu is a current graduate student studying at University of Iowa with Dr.Ksenia Nosikova. He is from Beijing, China and has been studying in the U.S since third years of high school. Peter has been playing piano for 15 years, and throughout those years has studied under many different teachers who have helped him grow in his piano career. In his piano career, he has gotten to perform in various venues and settings. Peter has participated in various piano competitions. His most recent awards include, first place, MTNA State competition, 2017; winner of concerto and aria in University of Northwestern, St. Paul. First place, MMTA competition, 2019; Second place in Schubert Club competition, 2019; and first place in Thursday young artist college division, 2019. Recently, Peter had won the concerto and aria competition in University of Iowa.
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, where he works as a Teaching Assistant for the music theory program following three years of the standard piano TA as an accompanist and piano instructor. He is preparing a recording project on the two sets of character pieces by the living composer Carter Pann (The Piano’s Twelve Sides and Five Serious Pieces). 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 multiple locations in Italy. He is comfortable in all styles from Baroque to Modern; in the latter he has performed not only standards of the era but also lesser known works and even completely fresh pieces such as those from Carter Pann’s recent 12-piece suite. 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 performances of the Franck Violin Sonata and Berwald Duo in D; 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.
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 the position of Performance Assistant of Center of New Music.She received her Master’s degree and Performance Diploma from Manhattan School of Music, study with Dr. Sinkevych. Yi Wang was a winner of Asian Piano Competition. She was a Third Place of Hong Kong International Piano Competition. 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.
Ming Hu, MA 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. 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.
Chun-Ya Pien, MA 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.
Karen Fox, BM Program
Karen Fox is in her final year at the University of Iowa studying piano performance and pre-medicine. She currently studies piano with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. Karen attended 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 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 All-State Choir. In addition to piano, Karen began studying organ in 2009 and has served as a church pianist and organist since 2012
Justin Hettlage, BM Program
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 rising sophomore at the University of Iowa pursuing degrees in piano performance and mathematics. He started his Suzuki piano lessons at the age of three with his mother, Sara Kotrba. At the age of fifteen he began studying with Dr. Paul Wirth. 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 debut UI freshman recital during the pandemic in March 2020. Throughout high school, he was also active as a percussionist, composing for percussion ensemble and performing with the jazz ensemble, pit orchestra, wind symphony, marching band, and percussion ensemble. In 2019 he joined the studio of Dr. Ksenia Nosikova, and in spring 2020 he was named to the President’s List at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Ksenia Nosikova
Dr. Nosikova performing in Maliy Hall of the Moscow Conservatory,