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 first-year Doctor of Musical Arts student. As a teaching assistant at the University, she accompanies and teaches individual lessons and group piano classes for music major and non-music major students. Besides TA duties, Ms. Chang assisted in several Center for New Music concerts in spring 2015. 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 had the great fortune of meeting Dr. Nosikova and having 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. She also attended PianoSummer at New Paltz in 2011 and performed at Steinway Hall in New York City.
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 and accompanist, 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 (Pier Solar and the Great Architects: The Definitive Original Soundtrack/ 2012) passing through Tango (Rufo Herrera and the Ouro Preto Orchestra at Instrumental SESC Brazil/ 2010) and Blues (Escaliblues/ 2008). Mr. do Carmo has also worked very actively as piano teacher and rehearsal pianist. Among the productions to which Mr. do Carmo served as rehearsal pianist are included the operas Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Rita, presented at Palácio das Artes, in Belo Horizonte. 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 prof. 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 D.M.A. student in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova.
Elizabeth Dolter, DMA Program
- 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
- 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 currently studies at Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) as a doctoral fellow funded by American-Scandinavian Foundation. She has performed internationally in countries including Austria, Canada, 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 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, Ms. Hagiwara studied with pianists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Akiko Ebi, Rebecca Penneys, John Perry, and Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Ms. Hagiwara currently studies with Erik T. Tawaststjerna at Sibelius Academy. Former piano teachers include 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 at the University of Iowa with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. She was born in South Korea and graduated from Chung-Ang University in 2011. In 2007, she performanced 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 2014, she participated in master classes at Centro Studi Carlo Della Giocoma in Todi, Italy.
Natalie Landowski, DMA Program
- 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. There she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Lorna Griffitt, graduated with honors and was a recipient of the Marjorie Rawlins and Medici Circle scholarships. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), with her M.M. in Piano Pedagogy, where she studied piano pedagogy with Dr. Reid Alexander, and piano with Dr. William Heiles. At Illinois, she had the privilege of being a graduate teaching assistant, teaching group and private piano. She 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, for both fall and spring semesters, academic year 2011-12. During her time at Illinois, Natalie was an active private teacher as well. She served as an instructor for the UIUC Piano Laboratory program, and was President of the MTNA Collegiate Student Chapter for the 2011-2012 year. Since 2011, Natalie has served on the piano faculty and staff of the Illinois Summer Youth Music Festival. In 2013, she joined the full-time piano faculty of West Music (Coralville, IA) in the Nancy Cree Keyboard Program, where she presently teaches. Natalie's 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 Upper Bay Philharmonic Society, Irvine City Hall (CA) as well as other venues. She has attended several music festivals in Europe and the U.S., and placed as a finalist in the Schlern Piano Competition (Vols am Schlern, summer 2008). 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).
Korak Lertpibulchai, DMA Program
- Korak Lertpibulchai, originally from Thailand, graduated from Mahidol University (B.M, 2012) and Illinois State University (M.M, 2013). She is currently a Doctoral candidate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. Her primary teachers have included Dr. Eri Nakagawa, Dr. Joshua Russell, Dr. Mina Ivanova, Dr. Ramasoon Sitalayan, and Supaphon Vibulpanuvej. Active as a performer, she has performed with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova at Mahidol University, College of Music in the Spring of 2016. She has also performed as a solo performer at the Guest Artist Recital series (Illinois State University), the American Liszt Society Iowa Chapter, the Old Capitol’s Piano Sundays series (University of Iowa). Korak is also an active chamber musician, this past summer, Korak has performed with the VOCE Quartet in the chamber concert tour as part of the University of Iowa String Quartet residency program in as the Winterset stage, The Wilson Performing Arts Center, etc. From 2014 to 2016, Korak served as the Performance Assistant at the University of Iowa which allowed her to perform as the pianist for the Center for New Music. During her tenure at the Center for New music, she has given world premieres at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Indiana University, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Iowa. Korak has won prizes in competitions internationally and in Thailand such as the 2014 Schlern International Competition (Italy), the 11th Thailand Youth Music Competition etc. She is also a recipient of numerous scholarships for her music study from the University of Iowa, the Schubert Club, the Illinois State University, the Mahidol University, the Bangkok Chopin Society and the Siam Nakarin Music School. Since 2016, Korak has assumed the position of collaborative faculty at the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy, where she coaches students and perform with faculty from around the world. She will also be performing at the Northwest University for Nationalities and the Xi'an Conservatory of Music in the Fall of 2016 as part of a duo with Singaporean saxophonist, Leslie Wong. Korak is currently preparing for a compact disc recording as a part of a pilot project by the University of Iowa which allows her to explore the sound palette and aesthetic of Thai contemporary music for the solo piano for her DMA dissertation.
Wenjing Liu, DMA Program (ABD)
- Wenjing Liu, a solo performer and chamber musician, has performed throughout the United States, China, and Italy. A recipient of many accolades and awards, Ms. Liu received the first-prize at the American Protégé International Competition in New York City, Asia Teenager Piano Competition in China, second-prize in the 17th American Piano Competition of Yantai China, and was also a finalist in the Schlern International Piano Competition in Italy and The Kankakee Piano Concerto Competition in the United States.
- Ms. Liu’s success has seen her perform all over the world in recital and festival performances in Italy, China, and the United States. Besides her Carnegie Hall debut in 2015, other notable appearances include performances in the China Embassy in Washington D.C, and Steinway Hall in New York City. She has also performed at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), Schlern Music Festival (Italy), PianoSummer in New Paltz (New York), and Rebecca Pennys Piano Festival (Florida). In addition, Ms. Liu is often invited by universities as a guest artist to give solo recitals, such as University of Tennessee, Illinois State University and Iowa Wesleyan University. Ms. Liu has given solo master classes performances for numerous renowned pianists such as John Perry, Aldo Ciccolini, Vladimir Feltsman, Paul Badura-Scoda, and Susan Starr.
- Ms. Liu is currently finishing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Dr. Ksenia Nosikova, where she has finished all of her coursework and is currently working on her dissertation. In the past three years, Ms. Liu held the Piano Teaching Assistant position at the University of Iowa. Besides performance engagements at school, Ms. Liu also voluntarily performed for local communities such as the University of Iowa Hospital Center and Old Capital Piano Sundays Music Series in Iowa City. She was also a staff accompanist in Preucil School of Music in Iowa City.
- At the University, her primary instructor is Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. Beginning her piano studies at the early age of 6, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Shandong University and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano from Illinois State University.
Helen Ninoska Mendez Matos, 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.
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 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. 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. In August 2016, Nicha is grateful and excited to continue her graduate studies at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Dr. Ksenia Nosikova, in Doctor of Musical Arts program in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, receiving Performance Assistantship, working and performing with the Center for New Music.
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.
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.
Ryan McNamara, MA Program
Ryan McNamara has performed in concerts across the Midwest and in Italy. He has appeared as a soloist with the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and Mississippi Valley Orchestra. In the 2013-2014 MTNA Competition, he received first prize in the Iowa State competition, and alternate in the division competition. At the 2011 Liszt Garrison International Piano Competition, he received second prize as well as “Best Performance of an American Composition” for his interpretation of the Barber Sonata. He has received first prize in the Schubert Club Competition, Thursday Musical Competition, the Rising Stars Concerto Competition, and others. Ryan has performed in masterclasses with such artists as Christopher O’Riley, Nancy Weems, Michael Gurt, Lydia Artymew and Ilya Itin. In addition to being a soloist, Ryan is also an active chamber musician and accompanist. Ryan is a Masters student at the University of Iowa and currently studies with Ksenia Nosikova.
Max Tsai, MA Program
Max Tsai is currently in the second year of his Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Iowa. He has participated and performed in the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival as well as the Amalfi Coast Festival and the Schlern International Music Festival. Max has also had the chance to work with a number of respected artists including John Perry and the American String Quartet. At the University of Iowa, Max has presented at the yearly conference for both the Music Teacher National Association, Iowa Music Teacher Association, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. He was a finalist in the Terrace Hill Music Competition and the Schlern International Music Festival Competition
Alex Cooper, BM Program
- Alex began taking piano lessons at age five. At ten years old he started lessons with Horacio Nuguid in Rochester, Minnesota. He continued his studies through high school, then took two years off in search of a career, which resulted in the decision to once again study piano. He has participated and placed in several regional competitions in Minnesota, as well as performing in recitals at various music festivals including the Young Artist Word Piano Festival, Dorian Music Festival, and the Schlern International Music Festival. He currently studies piano performance with Dr Ksenia Nosikova at the University of Iowa, where he plans on graduating with a bachelor of music degree and eventually continue his studies at the graduate level.
Karen Fox, BM Program
Karen Fox is a freshman at the University of Iowa studying piano performance and pre-medicine. She currently studies piano with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. 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. Karen 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.
Chung-Ya Pien, BM Program
- Chun-Ya Pien, originally from Taiwan, is a sophomore 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. She was awarded the County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts from the high school graduation. In 2014, she attended the Atlantic Music Festival where she had lessons with pianists Bruce Brubaker, Natalya Antonova, Sang Woo Kang, Sean Duggan, Gabrieli Chodos, and Daniela Mineva. Chun-Ya also participated in the AMF Piano Concerto 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,