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Hannah Creviston, Music Play and Music Prep Program Director

Hannah Creviston, Music Play and Music Prep Program Director

Described as “impressive and expressive” (Fanfare Magazine) and “superb...[with] great dexterity, rhythm, and touch” (American Record Guide), Hannah Creviston is Assistant Professor of Practice (Piano Pedagogy), Director of the Music Prep Program and Coordinator of Class Piano at Arizona State University. She received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance and music education with a piano pedagogy concentration from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, studying with Eugenia Tsarov. A researcher and presenter on the effects of music on children with autism, she holds a Master of Music in piano performance and an Master of Music Education in early childhood/elementary music education from the University of South Carolina, where she studied piano with Scott Price. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU in Fall 2012, Creviston was on the faculty at the Crane School of Music.

As a soloist, she won the Crane Annual Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the Arthur Fraser Piano Competition. An avid performer of contemporary music, Creviston has premiered many compositions, including works by Whitney Ashe, Cameron Britt, David Heinick, Katherine Hoover, John Fitz Rogers, Timothy Sullivan, Brian Vlasak and Mark Weiser. Most notably, in 2007, she premiered Stacy Garrop’s Pieces of Sanity at Carnegie Hall with saxophonist Christopher Creviston.

As an accompanist, she has performed in festivals and competitions throughout the United States and abroad, including the World Saxophone Congress, Music Teachers National Association Solo Competition, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial Conferences, NASA Solo Competition, Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, Great Plains Saxophone Workshop, Potsdam Single Reed Summit, Penn State Single Reed Summit, Crane Saxophone Chamber Music Festival, Dutchess County Saxophone Day and the Southeastern Piano Festival. She has collaborated with various artists, including Elizabeth Buck, Christopher Creviston, Geoffrey Diebel, Joe Lulloff, Jeffrey Loeffert, Timothy McAllister, David Pittman-Jennings, David Stambler, Deanna Swoboda, James Umble, Robert Young, and members of the United States Military Bands.

A published author, Ms. Creviston has presented on topics such as “Music Learning Theory”, “Teaching Music to Children with Special Needs”, “How to Teach Proper Practice Techniques” and others. She has presented at conferences such as the World Piano Conference (Novi Sad, Serbia), Music Teachers National Association National Conferences, Texas Music Teachers Association Conference and the Arizona State Music Teachers Association Conferences, to name a few.

She performs regularly in a duo with her husband, Christopher Creviston. Together, they have recorded Snell Sessions and Columbia Sessions, both on the Albany Records label, and Sunday Afternoon and Breaking, available through CD Baby. Their recordings have been described as “engrossing” (Fanfare Magazine), “highly imaginative and expressive” (composer Denis Bédard), “a good blend of the standard and the new” (American Record Guide), and “sensitive, transparent, powerful music making that causes one to hold their breath often” (Donald Sinta).

Natalie Burton, Piano

Natalie Burton, Piano

Natalie Burton

Natalie Burton is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in piano pedagogy and performance at ASU. A long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU)magna cum laude. There she studied with Oksana Ezhokina, Timothy Strong, and Regina Yeh; and was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship, PLU Music Scholarship, and Bertha Gilbertson Endowed Piano Scholarship. Her deep interest in Chinese culture and piano education led to a year of research at Central China Normal University under a Fulbright Research Grant, where she took lessons with Xin Xin. This was followed by a Master’s degree in piano performance at Soochow University School of Music studying with Elise Yun. There she was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship, Yamaha Music Scholarship, andChinese Government Outstanding International Student Scholarship. Natalie has given numerous solo recitals and performances in piano festivals and masterclasses. Notable performances include those for Suzhou Cultural Arts Center, Spokane Public Radio, PLU Board of Regents, and the Washington State Music Teachers’ Association State Conference. With a heart for teaching, Natalie has enjoyed enriching students’ lives with the joy of making music.

Yuerong Gong, Piano

Yuerong Gong, Piano

Yuerong Gong is a doctoral student in piano performance at Arizona State University, studying under Professor Robert Hamilton. She received her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Wuhan Conservatory of Music under Professor Liqing Jiang and pianist Hong Xu, and her master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Professor Yoshikazu Nagai.

Ms. Gong has won multiple prizes and scholarships throughout her study and career in piano performance, including the MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition (Arizona, 2014), First Prize in the Bluthner Irmler Piano Competition (Guangzhou, China, 2011), the Golden Prize of the Changjiang Spring Young Artist Competition (Wuhan, China 2012), First Prize in the Yangtze River Asian Youth Music Competition (Wuhan, China, 2011), National Scholarship for Encouragement (Wuhan, China, 2010), and the Salor Scholarship (San Francisco, CA, 2012).

Ms. Gong has taught piano since her freshman year of undergraduate study and was also a piano instructor at Lycée Français de San Francisco. Her students are from different cultures and age groups. Many of her students have won prizes in piano competitions, including the Hongkong Opening Piano Competition, Macau Piano Competition, and Jinzhong Competition for Younger Kids. Some of her students have also been admitted into prestigious conservatories in the United States.

Kirsten Hutchinson, Voice

Kirsten Hutchinson, Voice

Kirsten Hutchinson

Kirsten Hutchinson is currently engaged in the pursuit of a musical career based out of Fairbanks, Alaska. She enjoys a vibrant musical lifestyle as a soloist, private teacher, classroom instructor, and performer. Kirsten was awarded the honor of being selected by Metropolitan Opera Conductor, Gregory Buchalter, as Opera Fairbanks' first Young Artist Apprentice for the 2010-2012 seasons. Additionally, she has played several principal roles with Opera Fairbanks, Anchorage Opera, University of Alaska Fairbanks's Opera Workshop, and internationally with Théâtre Roger Barat in France and the Lowveld Chamber Music Association in South Africa. Some of these roles include; Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone, Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen, Desdemona/Nanetta in Verdi and the Bard, Roxy LaRue in the World Premiere of The Color of Gold, and Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.

Kirsten has been a featured soloist at the UAF New Music Festival, the Vianden Festival in Luxembourg, with the Northern Lights String Orchestra, and was selected to perform with the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. She has performed the Soprano role in the UAF University Chorus' performance of Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël, covered the Soprano role of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem in public rehearsal with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, and most recently performed the Soprano role in Franz Schubert's Mass in G Major with the Uplands Festival Orchestra in South Africa. She traveled for two consecutive sessions to Zimbabwe as a featured soloist and is an active board member for Music Inspire Africa. She appears frequently in solo recital in Fairbanks, and has also given performances at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music in New York, Loyola University in Louisiana, Athens in Greece, White River and Nelspruit, SA, and in her home state of Maine. Kirsten competes often in regional and state competitions, claiming 1st Place in the 2014 NATS Alaska Advanced Artist Competition.

She completed her Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Alaska Fairbanks under the artistry of Dr. Jaunelle Celaire and joined the University of Alaska faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Voice in 2015. She is currently a DMA student of Dr. Stephanie Weiss (Arizona State University). 

Isidora Jovanovic, Piano

Isidora Jovanovic, Piano

Isidora Jovanovich

Isidora Jovanovic is currently a Faculty Assistant and a Doctoral candidate (ABD) in piano performance in the studio of the distinguished Brazilian pianist and Regent Professor at Arizona State University, Dr. Cao Pagano. Her career as a soloist accelerated after she was awarded with the 2nd Prize at the international piano competition Nikolai Rubinstein in Paris (1997). Soon after Ms. Jovanovic went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Novi Sad, studying with Dr. Dorian Leljak. She earned a Master of Music in piano performance from Northwestern University under Dr. James Giles, and a second graduate degree from Florida Atlantic University under Dr. Edward Turgeon. In 2012, Ms. Jovanovic won the FAU Aria & Concerto Competition and subsequently performed with the FAU Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, she has been awarded with attendance of  a chamber music program in Sion, Switzerland where she performed alongside with the finest musicians of La Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU).  During her academic career at ASU she has performed at Katzin Concert Hall, Scottsdale Center for the Arts but also in Austin, Texas and Boca Raton, Florida.  

Isidora’s teaching career spans over ten years and involves students of all ages and musical affinities. For the past three years she has been a Teaching Assistant for class piano at ASU. In the past five years she has been re invited and re hired as the head piano instructor for TOPS (Teaching Outstanding PerformerS) Piano and Creative Writing Camp at Florida Atlantic University. There she has been involved in teaching group, individual and duet piano lessons to children age five through college age.  Besides piano lessons, her duties at Florida Atlantic University involved music theory and history lectures. Many of her students from her teaching career days in Serbia continued to purse academic careers in music. Isidora strongly believes in musical potential of every student and adjusts to specific needs and learning style of each individual she works with. One of Isidora’s greatest passions is imbedding love for music in all her students and encouraging them to share that love and their talents with others.

Josh Kludy, Piano

Josh Kludy, Piano

Josh Kludy

Josh Kludy (BM in Piano Performance from ASU and Masters Student in Performance Pedagogy), founder of Grand Manner Piano Society LLC, believes in providing students with the highest level of pianism by offering private lessons, collaborative programs, workshops, and performance opportunities. His teaching encompasses the grand manner style of playing, with proper arm weight, singing line, and an emphasis on tonal color. Sight reading, theory, and technique establish the cornerstone of his teaching approach, followed by properly selected repertoire. In addition to classical piano training, improvisation, reading from lead sheets, and contemporary/jazz techniques may be incorporated as well.

Teachers: Ruth Yandell and Robert Hamilton

Kara Lee, Piano

Kara Lee, Piano

Kara Lee

Ever since she began taking piano lessons at six years old, Kara Lee  has grown a passion and love for the instrument. She strives to share this passion and help others discover the power of music. Kara developed a music program at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, giving children of low-income families the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of piano technique and theory. She now gives private piano lessons at East Valley Yamaha Music School. 

Kara earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Education, Educational Studies at Arizona State University. During her time as an undergraduate student, she received the Special Talent Award and the Jean Wong Memorial Award in Music. Throughout her career, she has given many solo recitals and performances. In addition, Kara has collaborated with vocalists and other instrumentalists.

Currently, Kara is pursuing her Master’s degree in Piano Performance Pedagogy at Arizona State University and continues to study with Regents Professor, Dr. Caio Pagano.

Jiaxian Li, Piano

Jiaxian Li, Piano

Jiaxian Li

Jiaxian Li was born on April 22, 1993, Sichuan, China. She has been studying piano since she was 4 years old. She studied with Wei Kang, a piano professor from Xichang University. In 2005, she entered the high school of Sichuan Conservatory of Music and studied with Hanguo Yang, a former head of piano department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music. She won the first prize in “Xichang Piano Competition” in 2002. In the same year, she won the second prize in “Stanley National Piano Competition”. In 2011, she got honorable mention in KAWAI national competition. In 2012, she won the First Prize Winner of The Performance Award of Sichuan Conservatory of Music. In 2016, she won the First Prize Winner of the FSMTA Byrd Memorial Piano Ensemble Competition.

 Besides playing the piano, Jiaxian likes teaching very much. She started to teach since she was 16 years old. Some of her students have passed the Piano Grade Exam and one of her students has awarded the second prize in a piano competition in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sichuan Conservatory of Music in 2015, and the Master’s degree at Lynn University. Currently she is studying piano performance emphasis on piano pedagogy at ASU as a Doctoral student.   

Yi Lu, Piano

Yi Lu, Piano

Yi Lu

Yi Lu is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Arizona State University where she also finished her master degree, majoring in piano performance under Professor Robert Hamilton. Ms. Lu started teaching piano back to her undergraduate years in Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Dalian, China. Her students covered both professional players and amateurs from six to seventy years old. For the past three years Ms. Lu has been a Teaching Assistant for class piano for music major and non-majors.

As an active soloist, Yi Lu She has performed with orchestra at the Perugia International Musicfest in Italy, gives solo performances at the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg and has been heard in recitals and concerts throughout China and Unite States. In addition, she actively participates in many chamber music concerts.

Yuhui Li, Piano

Yuhui Li, Piano

Yuhui Li

Yuhui Li is a doctoral student in piano performance at Arizona State University, studying under Robert Hamilton. She obtained the M.M. degree from San Francisco Consecratory of Music under Professor Yoshikazu Nagai, and she earned the B.A. degree from Renmin University of China with an outstanding graduation award, studied with Fang Zhang, Shigu Zhang, Xing Zhou, Bochao Dong.

Yuhui has performed as soloist and chamber musician in America and China. She has been invited to international music festivals, including Cincinnati International Music Festival and Colorado International Music Festival. Yuhui is also a prizewinner of many piano competitions, including Colorado International piano competition (USA, 2013), Second Prize in in Xi Wang National Piano Competition (Beijing, China, 2013), First Prize in Yangze River National Piano Competition (Beijing, China, 2012).

Yuhui started to teach piano to children since 2011. When she studied in San Francisco, she worked at Music City Academy, Jefferson Elementary School, and John Yehall Chin School as a private piano teacher and music assistant. Her responsibilities include giving piano lessons to children whose ages ranged from 5 to 18 and deliver feedbacks to the parents. Ms. Li has developed a systematic approach to help children stimulate their interests in music. Based on her experience, the children in Music Prep School will have a great memory after taking her lessons.

Pedro Peréz, Guitar

Pedro Peréz, Guitar

Pedro Peréz

Pedro L. Pérez Cáceres was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He began studying the guitar with
Emilio Cruz and later continued with Jacques Landry and Michael Curtis at Interamerican
University in San Germán, Puerto Rico. He obtained his BA in Music from the Conservatory of
Music of Puerto Rico, studying under Luis Enrique Júlia, José Rodriguez Alvira, and Leonardo
Egúrbida. Later he received his Masters Degree in Music from Arizona State University, where
he was a Fulbright scholarship student of Professor Frank Koonce.

In July of 1998, he was awarded the Pro-Arte scholarship from Asociación Pro Orquesta
Sinfónica (APOS), to attend the National Guitar Workshop directed by Nathaniel Gunod, where
he studied with Julian Gray, Michael Cedric Smith, and Richard Provost. He has performed in
master classes of Nicholas Goluses, Juan Mercadal, Leonardo Egúrbida, Eladio Sharon, William
Kanengiser, and Xavier Jara. In 1999, he was invited to perform an opening recital for the
renowned popular music guitarist, José Feliciano, at the Marriott Hotel in El Paso, Texas.

During the school year 2003-2004, he joined the high school music faculty at the Rivera High
School in Brownsville, Texas, where he was in charge of the music elective guitar classes. While
there, he also served at the Estudiantina Director for the Rivera High School in the Brownsville
Independent School District Fine Arts Program. His latest performances include a duo concerts
with the former Phoenix Symphony Principal Flutist Alex Viazovtsev for the Downtown
Chamber Series directed by Mark Dix, a recording session with the flutist Sherry Finzer, 2
concerts with the flutist Monica Anthony for the Mill Ave Chambers Players Concert Series, and
performances as a member of the Glendale Community College- Guitar Orchestra, directed by
Chuck Hulihan. Pedro spends some of his time off practicing the electric guitar, swimming,
dancing salsa, and drinking coffee.

Astrid Morales, Piano

Astrid Morales, Piano

Astrid Morales

Astrid Morales is a 25 years old Mexican pianist currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance at Arizona State University with the recognized teacher Mr. Robert Hamilton. Astrid holds Master’s degrees in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy and Performer’s Diploma in Piano from Southern Methodist University where she studied with Joaquín Achúcarro. In 2012, she graduated from National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, where she studied with Mr. Héctor Rojas.
Winner of the First Prize at the General Concerto Competition – Meadows School of the Arts 2014 in Dallas, TX, she performed with Meadows Symphony Orchestra under conductor Dr. Paul Phillips in Caruth Auditorium.
Astrid made her debut when she was 8 years old at Opus 94.5 Radio Station in Mexico City. When she was 11, she made her debut as soloist with Queretaro Philharmonic conducted by José Guadalupe Flores.

Since 2003, Astrid has an intensive soloist career and has appeared on several occasions with the most important Mexican orchestras and conductors such as: Mexico State Symphony Orchestra (Enrique Bátiz and Virgilio Valle), Mexico City Philarmonic (José Areán), National Polytechnic Institute Symphony Orchestra (Alfredo Ibarra and Gabriela Díaz Alatriste), Aguascalientes Symphony (Stephano Mazzoleni),  among many others.
As recitalist, Astrid has performed in the United States, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Canada. In addition, she has performed in the most important concert halls in Mexico.

Astrid has been awarded several prizes and scholarships including the 2011 Youth Mexican Prize and Grand Prix to Exceptional Talents and Best Interpretation of Mexican Music at the Second National Piano Competition “Petrof – Symphony – Pearl River” in Mexico among others.

Astrid has always been an active and passionate performer of Mexican music. She recorded her first CD “Rimero Musical” with music of the recognized Mexican composer Ladislao Juárez. Furthermore, Morales collaborated in “El Oficio Mío” with music of the Mexican composer Armando Rosas.

As an active chamber musician, Morales has performed in different ensembles including SYZYGY, directed by the acclaimed violinist Matt Albert and has collaborated with the world renowned cellist Andrés Díaz.

Astrid Morales is part of the Teaching Assistants at Arizona State University where she shares her excitement for teaching.  Morales has appeared in several TV shows, newspapers and radio interviews in Mexico, Italy, The Netherlands and United States.

Svetlana Obregon Saenz, Piano

Svetlana Obregon Saenz, Piano

Svetlana Obregon Saenz enjoys a successful career as a pianist, collaborative artist, and educator. A prizewinner of international and regional competitions, she has been heard in recitals and concerts throughout Europe, Russia, and United States. Hailing from Russia, Svetlana graduated with highest honors from Balakirev Music College and Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, having studied with Ellina Vlasova, Galina Blagovidova, and Ekaterina Fleorova. She holds Master of Music Performance degree from Bowling Green State University where she was a student of Dr. Robert Satterlee. In addition to her formal studies, Svetlana has been taking private lessons with Paul Ostrovsky in New York. Currently, she is working towards her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University studying with distinguished professor Robert Hamilton. Passionate about giving her knowledge in music and music education, Svetlana has been teaching for more than 10 years both in Russia and United States, guiding her students to a deep understanding of piano playing. Currently she is a Teaching Assistant at Arizona State University, and in fall 2014 began working in Piano Prep Program at ASU School of Music. In her teaching approach, Svetlana considers the individuality of each student and provides the most complete and diverse education. She believes that technical issues should be solved based on the musical goals and serve for the expression of the musical content.

As a soloist, Svetlana has been recognized on the international level through participating in numerous competitions such as International Music Festival “Musica Classica” in Ruza, Russia and International Piano Solo Competition “Music Without Limits” in Druskininkai, Lithuania. In addition to her solo accomplishments, Svetlana has been active in chamber music, working with many artists on two continents. A recipient of Honorable Award for Excellence in Performance and High Professional Achievements as a collaborative artist and teacher, Svetlana received Best Accompanist Award at the Sixth Open Russian Art Song Competition held in city of Vladimir in Russia in 2010, as well as First Prize at the Seventh Annual Chamber Music Competition held in Bowling Green State University in 2013.

José Salazar, Piano

José Salazar, Piano

Jose Salazar

José Salazar started his musical education in Aguascalientes Mexico at the Center for Musical Studies Manuel M. Ponce. He then continued at Arizona State University studying under Regents Professor Caio Pagano where he received his Bachelors in Piano Performance.  Throughout his Undergraduate and Graduate studies he has performed internationally in the US and Mexico constantly. In his career he has participated in many concerts and festivals, which lead to collaboration and master classes with world-renowned musicians such as Vadym Kholodenko and Leslie Howard. He continues to perform chamber music and as a soloist and is involved with local organizations such as the Phoenix Chamber Music Society.

He is a very active music educator working with several music institutes around the valley. As a member of many local and national associations, Mr. Salazar has been an adjudicator for the Yavapai Symphony Guild and the Arizona Study Program. He is currently finishing his Masters degree in performance at Arizona State University with Steinway Artist Robert Hamilton.

Vitaly Serebriakov, Piano

Vitaly Serebriakov, Piano

Vitaly Serebriakov

Russian pianist Vitaly Serebriakov is a first prize winner in numerous competitions, including The Art of XXI Century International Piano Competition in Athens, Greece, the Russian Open Contest of Pianists in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, “Music Without Limits” International Piano Competition in Druskininkai, Lithuania, and the 2nd International Piano Rachmaninoff Competition in Frankfurt, Germany.

In addition to being an accomplished soloist, Vitaly is also a devoted collaborative artist and a recent prizewinner in the 2012 13th Annual Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song, winning all three of the top prizes with three separate singers for the first time in the history of the competition.

Recent performances include appearances with the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Rachmaninoff Variations on the Theme by Paganini; concerts in Steinway Hall in New York City; Virginia G. Piper Theater in Scottsdale, and Tempe Center for the Arts. He has been on Arizona PBS, WBGU-TV, NNTV “Jazz Night Program,” WGTE “Live from FM 91,” and “Prestige” Radio 102.4 FM of Nizhny Novgorod.

With a deep passion for piano pedagogy, Vitaly has taught privately for ten years, guiding young musicians to understand the technical and musical aspects of playing. For his expertise in

pedagogy, he was awarded a Teaching Assistantship at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and at Arizona State University. Currently he serves as Faculty Associate for the Piano Department at ASU and as piano instructor for the ASU Music Prep Program. He has held similar positions at the Balakirev Music College in Russia, and Nizhny Novgorod Glinka Conservatory.

Vitaly began his musical studies at age eight with Liliya Makarova and later studied with the renowned Natalia Fish at the Balakirev College of Music. A recipient of the Governor’s Award for Talented Youth, Vitaly participated in major concerts and festivals organized by the College of Music and the Nizhny Novgorod Glinka Conservatory.

In 2010, he was awarded a full scholarship to earn his Master’s degree at Bowling Green State University under the guidance of Dr. Robert Satterlee. Currently, he is working towards his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at Arizona State University, studying with Professor Robert Hamilton. He is also pianist in residence at Christ Presbyterian Church in Goodyear, Arizona where he accompanies the choir and plays for the services.

Vitaly attended the Summer International Piano Institute and Festival in New Palz in 2012, studying with internationally acclaimed musicians Alexander Korsantia, Anthony Newman, Robert Hamilton, Philip Kawin, Susan Starr, and Paul Ostrovsky. In addition to his formal studies, Vitaly has studied with renowned pianist and educator Vladimir Feltsman, a proponent of the Russian Piano Tradition—the tradition of Vitaly’s deeply held musical heritage.

Michael Shui, Piano

Michael Shui, Piano

Michael Shui is currently a Doctoral of Musical Arts candidate at Arizona State University where he also finished the Master of Music, majoring in piano performance with Regent Professor Caio Pagano. Michael started playing piano at age 7 in Shanghai and obtained the ATCL Recital Diploma with distinction from Trinity Guildhall of London at the age of 15. He was then admitted to the Music Talent Development Programme at Hong Kong University in 2005 and continued to the Bachelor Degree of Arts (Music) two years later. He gained the LTCL Recital Diploma, also with distinction, and the acclaim “dramatic and arresting playing that conveyed a mature sense of style and an assured technique”. Because of his enthusiasm and devotion to music, Michael took part in the 2009 ASIA International Piano Academy & Festival in Korea and was awarded the Silver Prize. He also attended the Internationale Sommer Klavierakademie and gave a recital in Germany in 2009. In addition, Michael played in various masterclasses held by Menahem Pressler, Tomislav Baynov, John Harding, Colin Stone, Nancy Loo, Mary Wu, and Ichiro Kato.

Kristina Šatuho, Piano

Kristina Šatuho, Piano

Kristina Satuho

Kristina Šatuho (pronounced sha-tu-ho) is a classical pianist from Estonia with a Russian heritage.

Kristina received a great deal of recognition, including invitations to perform in solo concerts in Estonia and Finland. In 2013 she won a concerto competition and was given an opportunity to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 in A-major with Georg Ots Music School Symphony under the baton of Lauri Sirp in Tartu and Tallinn. Additionally, Kristina was a Laureate at the Estonian National Competition of Music Schools in 2014.

Born in a town of 4,000 people, Kristina was drawn to music from a very early age, beginning piano lessons at the age of 5.  At the age 14, she moved to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, to pursue her dreams of becoming a pianist. She graduated with top honors from the Georg Ots Tallinn Music School and was accepted into the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Since 2015 Kristina has been pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance in Arizona State University working with renowned piano professor and Steinway Artist Robert Hamilton where she has been awarded a Special Talent Scholarship as well as Alice and Peter Buseck Scholarship.

She has performed extensively in the Phoenix area for the last two years, in such venues as Scottsdale Center for the Art, Tempe Center for the Art, Gammage, Kerr Cultural Center, Oracle Piano Society, as well as performing in local churches and retirement centers.

Additionally, to her solo career, Kristina has been a frequent collaborator with other musicians, which include recitals with singers and other instrumentalists.

Zachary Wiggins, Jazz Piano

Zachary Wiggins, Jazz Piano

Zachary Wiggins is a jazz pianist living in Mesa, AZ. He graduated from ASU with a master's degree in jazz performance and performs for events and concerts throughout the valley. Teaching students of all ages, he is committed to helping students understand music thoroughly and learn how to be creative with it. He is also currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at ASU, and writes and researches about jazz and the music of New Orleans.