Accompanists - Keyboard

Dmitri Korneev   Dmitri Korneev
Collaborative Pianist - Coordinator
Main Office: 973-655-7212
korneevd@mail.montclair.edu

In addition to his performances as a collaborative pianist at the Cali School, Dmitri Korneev is actively involved in vocal auditions and regional competitions for singers. He is also Executive Director of the “You Need Music” Educational & Performing Enterprise, which holds an annual regional competition with the winner’s recital in Carnegie Hall. As a solo pianist Dmitri spent several years giving recitals throughout Russia, Greece, Italy and United States. His performances in the States included such prestigious concert halls as Carnegie Hall and United Nations Concert Hall in New York. While living in Texas, Dmitri worked at the University of Texas at San Antonio and served as principal accompanist at the San Antonio Lyric Opera. He is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music (Gnessin) as well as the Central Music School at Moscow State Conservatory. Among Dmitri’s teachers, Prof. Alexandrov and Prof. Slesarev were the most influential.  He has participated in masterclasses held by Claude Frank and Arkady Aronov, and in the La Belle Epoque Festival in New York. In 1998 he became a laureate of the International Piano Competition IBLA Grand Prize in Italy.


Crystl Baltazar   Crystl Baltazar
Adjunct Professor
Theory
Collaborative Pianist
Secondary Piano
Main Office: 973-655-7212
baltazarc@mail.montclair.edu

Pianist Crystl Sonomura Baltazar maintains the roles of both performing artist and educator. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, she is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and the Eastman School of Music. As a collaborative arts specialist, she accompanies and coaches in many of the voice and instrumental studios in the department, as well as performing with faculty in recital. As a soloist, Ms. Baltazar won awards in the Young Keyboard Artist's Association and International Piano Recording Competitions. Also notable are collaborations in recitals with International Horn Competition Winner, Karl Pituch, and masterclass studies with Dalton Baldwin and Malcolm Bilson. She has performed in several concert series, as well as seasons with the Honolulu Symphony and Chamber Music Hawaii. Her teaching credits include Nazareth College and the New Jersey School of Arts. In addition, she freelances for various vocal, choral and chamber venues in the New York metro area. She is currently pursuing her doctorate.


Sarah Brett England
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212


Brian Holman
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212


Soyeon Kim   Soyeon Kim
Adjunct Professor
Piano
Secondary Piano
Collaborative Pianist/Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
kimsoy@mail.montclair.edu

Soyeon Kim has appeared as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Europe and Korea. In 2010, she performed at the Water for Haiti Benefit Concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and has performed in many similar venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Sejong Center and ArKo Arts Theater in Seoul, Korea, the Croatian Music Institution in Zagreb, Croatia, Konzerthaus in Berlin and Gasteig in Munich, Germany. She has also performed in many chamber series including those sponsored by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Saint John Divine, Trinity at One, and Music at Penn Alps. She has won awards in several competitions including First Prize and Best interpretation in the Liszt in William Garrison Piano Competition, Second Prize in the Artur Balsam Competition for Duos, and the New Triad Foundation Fellowship (New York City). She has participated in masterclasses with such artists as Marilyn Horne, Thomas Hampson, Anna Moffo, Dalton Baldwin, Glenn Dicterow and Edgar Meyer. She has received B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance from Seoul National University, and a M.M. degree and D.M.A. degree in accompanying from Manhattan School of Music.


April Kuhr   April Kuhr
Collaborative Pianist
Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
kuhra@mail.montclair.edu

Pianist April Kuhr received undergraduate degrees in piano performance and accompanying from Pacific Lutheran University and a masters degree in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. As a Rotary International "Graduate Fellow", she studied at the Konservatorium der Stadt, Wien in Vienna, Austria. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Kuhr has performed in Austria, Germany and Italy, as well as throughout the US, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with baritone, Duncan Harman. Recent projects include a solo performance at the Chopin 200 Piano Festival in New York City, a solo piano recital for the Mason County Community Concerts Association, violin/piano duo recitals with Michael Gillette, Susan Heerema and Marya Columbia, oboe and piano and organ performances with Robert LeClair and trumpet/organ duo recitals with Dominic Derasse. Ms. Kuhr is Director of Music at Saint Cecilia's Church in Englewood, NJ. She has served as organist and choir master for the Catholic Chapel at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where her duties included training and touring with a choir of West Point Cadets. She has also served on the faculties of Hamilton College, Muskingum College, Stephens College and the State University of New York.


Ron Levy   Ron Levy
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212
levyr@mail.montclair.edu

Ron Levy has been called "first-class" by the New York Times. He regularly appears as soloist and in partnership with many of the world's leading singers and instrumentalists. A graduate of Oberlin, Mr. Levy is a founding member of the Hudson Trio, Kaleidoscope, the New World Trio, the Manchester Chamber Players, the Breuckelen Trio, and the Palisades Virtuosi; he has been pianist and harpsichordist of the Oberlin Orchestra, the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey and North Jersey Philharmonics, the Westchester Symphony, and the Albany Symphony. Presently he is Associate Artist with the All Seasons Chamber Players, and is the pianist of the Orpheus Men's Chorus and Ridgewood Choral. Recordings by Mr. Levy are available on the Albany, Centaur, Eroica, Koch International, MMF and High Point labels. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Levy made his debuts in St. Petersburg, Russia, and at the venerable Stratford Summer Music Festival, CA.


Kyung-Eun Na
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212


Mary Pinto
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Accompanist and vocal coach Mary Pinto has worked with international opera singers and major American opera companies for the past 25 years. She served as a coach for Metropolitan Opera star and International soprano, Deborah Voigt in preparation for the three Brünnhilde's for the Met's 2011-2012 production of the Wagner Ring Cycle. Ms. Pinto appears in the documentary, Wagner's Dream: The Making of the Met's Ring which has been broadcast globally. She also privately coached many singers, including a young Susan Graham. She has been a coach for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, preparing performances ranging from Don Giovanni to Bright Sheng's The Song of Majnun and Bruce Saylor's Orpheus Descending. She worked as a rehearsal pianist and coach at Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, where she prepared singers for Tosca, Otello and André Chénier, and was a staff rehearsal pianist for Dallas Opera, working on Carmen with Denyce Graves. She served as the audition pianist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions in San Antonio and Chicago. In addition to coaching and teaching, she recently served as rehearsal pianist and harpsichordist for New Jersey State Opera's production of Il barbiere di Siviglia.


Steven Ryan   Steven Ryan
Collaborative Pianist
917-414-3025
ryans@mail.montclair.edu
Steven W. Ryan - Website

Steven W. Ryan joined the Cali School faculty in 2006. He has performed as an orchestral keyboardist with most of the major orchestras in New York City, including members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has played celesta with the legendary Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall; piano, harpsichord, and portative organ with the Dessoff Choirs; and synthesizer with the Moody Blues rock band. He has collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Neeme Järvi, Bernhard Haitink, Gerard Schwarz, and Maxim Shostakovich, among others. Mr. Ryan took first place in the 2001 Concours des Grands Amateurs de Piano. At the close of this international competition he was engaged to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor at the Sorbonne in Paris.  In addition to winning the French competition, Steven took second prize in the 2000 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.


Gordon Schermer
Collaborative Pianist 
Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
schermerg@mail.montclair.edu

Gordon Schermer is an extremely versatile musician equally at home in opera, art song, musical theater and chamber music. He is a sought-after collaborator and his performances have taken him across the United States, Canada, Italy, Austria and Israel. Mr. Schermer joined the faculty of the International Vocal Arts Institute in 2012 when The Metropolitan Opera’s Joan Dornemann hired him to recreate an unpublished two-piano transcription of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias originally created by Benjamin Britten. He returned in 2013 to perform Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro as well as a chamber version of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Mr. Schermer is also an avid conductor, most recently conducting Handel’s Messiah with the Academy of Union Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He has worked for the Aspen Music Festival and School  (The Rape of Lucretia and Verdi’s Requiem), Opera New Jersey (Die Zauberflöte, Roméo et Juliette and The Pirates of Penzance) and The University of Illinois (Don Giovanni, L’incoronazione di Poppea and Candide). He was selected as the official accompanist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Central Illinois district in 2006 and 2007. Mr. Schermer has appeared in master classes given by Marilyn Horne, Dawn Upshaw, Sherrill Milnes, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Catherine Malfitano, Nathan Gunn and Lauren Flanigan. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Schermer now resides in Manhattan. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s Degree in Accompanying from Manhattan School of Music. His teachers have included Ian Hobson, Kenneth Merrill and John Wustman.


 Victoria Schwartzman

Victoria Schwartzman
Collaborative Pianist 
Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
schwartzmanv@mail.montclair.edu

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, pianist Victoria Schwartzman has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed at the Music Mountain Festival with members of the St. Petersburg String Quartet, in the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series at Merkin Hall, at Bargemusic, and the Nicolas Roerich Museum concert series in New York City. As a member of the Yanvar Trio, she was a prizewinner in the Val-Tidone Chamber Music Competition and a finalist in the Zinotti International Chamber Music competition, both in Italy. She is a member of the Brahms Piano Quartet. She has performed as soloist with the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra and the Riverside Orchestra. She has participated in the Tel-Hai International Piano Festival in Israel and the Lyrica Chamber Music Festival in New Jersey. She was vocal coach and accompanist at Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Brevard Music Center, and the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival in Graz, Austria. She graduated from Jerusalem Conservatory, and studied at the Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory. She has performed in masterclasses given by Menahem Pressler and Richard Goode, among others. Her principal teachers include Irina Kivaiko, Issak Kossov, Victor Rosenbaum, Sally Pinkas, and Eda Shlyam.


Gloria Shih   Gloria Shih
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212
shihy@mail.montclair.edu

Barry Spatz
Collaborative Pianist - Musical Theatre
Main Office: 973-655-7212


Matthew Stephens
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212


Yan Yu
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212