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Keyboard Accompanists

Dmitri Korneev
Dmitri Korneev
Collaborative Pianist – Coordinator
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144
korneevd@montclair.edu

In addition to his performances as a collaborative pianist at the Cali School and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Dmitri Korneev is an active educator and a composer. His most recent chamber work won a First Prize in IX International Competition of Performers and Composers “Romanticism: its Origins and Beyond” in memory of Elena Gnessina in Moscow, Russia. “…Combining gentle humor, expansive beauty, fire, flare and virtuosity, music remained true to the transcendentally tragic Russian romantic roots of the composer.” (from McDowell Concert Series). As a solo pianist Dmitri spent several years giving recitals throughout Russia, Greece, Italy and the United States. His performances in the States included such prestigious concert halls as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and United Nations Concert Hall in New York. Dmitri has worked at the University of Texas at San Antonio as a staff accompanist, at the San Antonio Lyric Opera as a rehearsal pianist and served as an Executive Director of the “You Need Music” Educational & Performing Enterprise, which holds an annual regional competition with the winner’s recital in Carnegie Hall. Dmitri holds his master’s degree from the Gnessins Russian Academy of Music and Mannes College of Music and studied at 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.


Michael S. Caldwell
Michael S. Caldwell
Collaborative Pianist
Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144
caldwellm@montclair.edu

Michael S. Caldwell has degrees in Piano and Vocal Performance from Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) and Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT), where he performed in leading roles in The Rape of LucretiaLa Traviata, Cosí fan tutte, and The Rake’s Progress. He appeared with Central City Opera as Angelotti (Tosca), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), and Tom/John (Face on the Barroom Floor). At Virginia Opera, he performed as Antonio (Le Nozze di Figaro), Mr. Gobineau (The Medium), and Michael in the world premiere of Michael Ching’s opera Cue 67. A featured baritone at the Steans Institute at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Michael also has extensive background in art song and lieder, both as pianist and singer. As a pianist, he enjoyed collaborating with the artists at the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. Michael has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera extra chorus in FidelioDie Meistersinger, Moses und Aron, Lohengrin, Orfeo, and Samson et Dalila.


Hsuan-Wen Chen
Hsuan-Wen Chen
Adjunct Professor
Harpsichord
Collegium Musicum, Director
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144
chenhs@montclair.edu

Hsuan-Wen Chen, pianist and harpsichordist, is a native of Taiwan. She received her Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree in Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harpsichord performance from Stony Brook University where she studied with Arthur Haas. Ms. Chen has been Assistant Director for the International Baroque Institute at Longy, Baroque Academy at Amherst Early Music Festival, and Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College. She is the artistic director of The Soul’s Delight, a period instrument chamber ensemble that seeks to explore the broad spectrum of music of the 17th and 18th century. As an active soloist and chamber music player, Ms. Chen has performed in the United States, Canada and Taiwan.


Sarah Brett England
Sarah Brett England
Collaborative Pianist
Musical Theatre
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144
englands@montclair.edu
Sarah Brett England – Website

Sarah has music directed/accompanied over one hundred shows throughout the country with credits at Pan Asian Rep, Barrington Stage Company, Creede Repertory Theatre, Surflight Theatre, Half Moon Theatre, River Valley Rep, Texas Family Musicals, New Harmony Theatre, Ocean City Theatre Company, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, Allenberry Playhouse, Dancebreak 2010, and on board P&O Australia’s Pacific Dawn cruise ship. She has music directed multiple productions at Montclair State University, including Hair, Sing For Your Supper, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, in addition to music directing and accompanying the annual BFA Musical Theatre Senior Showcase. She has written arrangements for multiple musicals, including Halloween Hullabaloo. Sarah received her BA in Conducting and Music Theory from the College of William & Mary.


Diana Hughes
Diana Hughes
Adjunct Professor
Piano for Non-Majors
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144
hughesy@montclair.edu

YiKyung Diana Hughes holds a doctorate in piano performance from Rutgers University.  She received both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in piano from the Mannes School of Music in New York City.  As a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral pianist Diana has performed in South Korea, Spain, the United States and Canada. Currently she is on the faculty at the Bergen Community College and Montclair State University. Diana freelances as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in the greater New York area.


Soyeon Kim
Soyeon Kim
Adjunct Professor
Piano
Keyboard Musicianship
Collaborative Pianist/Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144
kimsoy@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 BM and MM degrees in piano performance from Seoul National University, and an MM degree and DMA degree in accompanying from Manhattan School of Music.


Ron Levy
Ron Levy
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144
levyr@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.


Mary Pinto
Mary Pinto
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144
krugelm@montclair.edu

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 ToscaOtello 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.


Beth Robin
Beth Robin
Collaborative Pianist
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144
robinb@montclair.edu

Beth Robin received her undergraduate training at Oberlin Conservatory and graduate degree from the Indiana University School of Music. While at Oberlin, she accompanied in the vocal studios of Helen Hodam and Richard Miller. At Indiana University she worked with violinist Josef Gingold. She has collaborated with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. As a choral accompanist, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) and Alice Tully Hall. She toured Germany with the Strelow Piano Trio, performed violin/piano recitals in New Delhi, India and for many years was the founding member of the Hudson piano trio, performing concerts in the New York/New Jersey area. She was also the pianist for Tryptich, a flute, cello and piano trio. Her professional recordings include several premieres of Israeli choral music with the Zamir Chorale of New York, an album of 21st century saxophone/piano works, and an album of Puerto Rican Danzas. She sings in the professional Chorus of the Riverside Church in New York City.


Steven Ryan
Steven Ryan
Collaborative Pianist
917-414-3025
Chapin 144
ryans@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.


Barry Spatz
Collaborative Pianist – Musical Theatre
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144
spatzb@montclair.edu