Joyce Ng- Piano
Joyce earned her Master Degree in piano performance at Hunter College, the City University of New York. She was a student of Peter Basquin, an American pianist and the winner of Montreal International Competition. As a pianist, Joyce was welly trained in music teaching. She began her teaching career in 2000. During the past twenty years, she has devoted her time to researching piano pedagogy and music education by reading books, articles and attending various workshops. She focuses on keeping her teaching resources updated. She believes that the process of learning is just as important as the outcome –the performance.
Throughout her teaching years, many of her students won 1st Prize and Gold Medal Awards in the piano category such as Crescendo International Competition, American Protégé International Competition, Golden Classical Award Competition, Grand Prize Virtuoso Music Competition, The American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented Music Competition. Her students were also invited to perform at renowned concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Glaserner Saal, Musikverein (Vienna).
She will tailor her teaching method accordingly to the characteristic and personality of the student. She focuses on creativity teaching, especially for young children. She has a unique ability to make the process of becoming a highly disciplined musician both enjoyable and fun.
Ti Chung- Flute
Dr. Ti Chung is a versatile flute performer and educator resides in New York City area. She holds her D.M.A. in the flute performance at Texas Tech University, M.M. Degree from SUNY Purchase College and a B.A. from SUNY Stony Brook University. Dr. Chung is a Suzuki certified teacher on flute and Early Childhood, and currently serves as the faculty member in Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, La Scuola D’Italia, and Joyce Music Center. Dr. Chung also instructs piano and music theory classes.
As a performer, Ti appeared as a soloist to play the Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2 with Queensboro Symphony Orchestra and Liebermann’s flute concerto with Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra as the winner of concerto competition. She regularly performs with Queensboro Symphony Orchestra and Hilltops Music Collectives, and a number of recitals within the past few years in a variety of settings in collaboration with artists from many disciplines, including The Chelsea Symphony, Mise-En Ensemble, New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, Musiktage Festival in Austria, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Education Woodwind Quintet, and the convention of National Flute Association with Texas Tech University Flute Choir. In 2013, Ti Chung coordinated a cultural exchange project with Peking University, China and presented as guest artists with Dr. Lisa Garner Santa.
As an educator, her students include a broad level of students from the beginner to high school intermediates and adults. In 2011-2014, she had been the teaching assistant in the flute studio of Texas Tech University. Dr. Ti Chung’s teachers include Dr. Lisa Garner Santa, Dr. Tara O’Connor, Dr. Conor Nelson, Kaori Fujii, and she performed in the master classes by Tatjana Ruhland, Paula Robinson, Carol Wincenc, Susan Milan, Christina Jennings, Claudio Barile, Pamela Youngblood, Ayako Oshima.
Giorgi Jorjadze- Cello
At age 17, Giorgi became member of the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra under leadership of Liana Isakadze, who is a winner of Jacques Thibaud Competition Grand prix winner.
Giorgi continued his career by accompanying as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra "Concertino Tbilisi". He is also a member of the string quartet "Iberi" in which he took part in International Music Festival in Telavi and in other educational projects organized by the IMF in the following years. Besides being a performer, Giorgi has also act as a cellist in a T.V. show called "Maestro".
Combine with 10 years of cello teaching experience and his Master Degree in Cello Performance, Giorgi is able to customize lessons according to the student’s needs and learning style. He truly believes that it's never too late to start, and anything is possible. “Nothing is more rewarding than seeing people develop a passion for music" says George.
Wei-Chun Chen- Violin/Piano
Wei-Chun Chen, born in Taiwan, began her music study with piano at age 6 and violin at age 14. In 2007,Chen received her Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from Soochow University in Taipei. During her college years, she studied violin with You-Yuan Chen, Katz Lynn and Zong-Cheng Chen, and had been performed in the National Concert Hall and Japan with the Soochow Symphony Orchestra.
In 2008, she moved to New York City, continued her violin studies with Wei Chung Chiang (the concertmaster of Taipei Symphony Orchestra) , Emil Israel Chudnovsky (concert soloist, winner of Paganini violin competition), Daniel Phillips (faculty member of The Juilliard School and the member of Orion String Quartet), Richard Chang (the member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra), Ordin Rathnam, Shu-Ting Yao and Jonathan Carney (the concertmaster of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra).
In 2016, She became the member of the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, as a member of orchestra, performed at Elebash Recital Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Beside performance, Chen also focuses her time in teaching. Through her instruction, many of her students perform successfully in several festival events and auditions, included NYSSMA, ABRSM, Youth Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music precollege...etc.
Steven Shen- Piano
Steven Shen began learning music at the age of 4 with renowned piano teacher Li YiFan. In 2008, Shen came in second place in the Beijing International Open Piano Competition. In 2010, he won the gold medal in the Hong Kong/Asia Open Piano Competition. In 2014, he graduated from the Shanghai Si-Fan University with a BA in Music, concentration in piano performance, educational psychology and music education.
Afterwards, he was accepted into the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music, where he studied piano performance and music education with Dr. Donald Pirone. It was during this time that he was awarded his MA in Music. In recent years, he has gained substantial experience with solo and orchestral performance, playing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and LeFrak Concert Hall.
Aside from his extensive performance experience, Steven Shen has over ten years under his belt teaching music to children and students of varying ages. He has also helped prepare students in the past with on-stage performance and music exams. It is his sincere hope that through his teaching, students can grow to love the piano and refine their playing skills and technique.
Jingxuan Zhang- Piano
Jingxuan Zhang began to play the piano when she was four years old. As a child she was very interested in music. She studied with the famous Chinese Pianist Xuehui Chen and well-known singer Li Tang. Growing up, Jingxuan Zhang participated in many piano competitions such as the International Youth Piano Competition, the Guangzhou Children’s Art Competition and Steinway Junior Piano Competiton. She also used to perform solo performances in the Concert Hall of Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Guangzhou University Concert Hall, Guangzhou Beilei Theater, New York Lefrak Concert Hall and New York Steinway Concert Hall.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she studied with pianist Dr. Donald Pirone.
Jingxuan Zhang has been passionate about teaching since she was eighteen. She has taught piano, choral coaching and music theory. She has extensive music education experience. When teaching the piano, she believes that training a student’s sight singing and dictation plays a key role in enhancing a student's music comprehensive ability.
Emma Wang- Piano
Emma Wang started to study music and piano at the age of seven with Ms. Xiaohong Luo. She was taught by various professional teachers and well- known professors during her high school and college years, including Professor Shijinglin from Qingdao University. She was also a student of Professor Chen Lei, Professor Xie Yuan, Professor Qian Lina and Professor Alexey Sokolov. She received her Bachelor Degree in Music at Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China. In 2017, she further her music studies in the United States with a Master Degree in music education at Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music, where she studied with pianist Dr. Donald Pirone.
Emma is excellent in her piano performance. She won numerous competition including first place in the Fourth Annual Hong Kong International Music Competition and Excellence Award in KAWAI Asian Piano Competition. She also participated in the piano chamber music and successfully held a solo concert at the LeFrak Concert Hall in 2018.
Aside from her piano performance, Emma has over ten years of experience in piano teaching. She has a comprehensive study of music theory and extensive training of music skills. Many of her students received outstanding grades in music theory and piano performance. She believes that for piano teaching, children’s interests and efforts are inseparable. She hopes that students can learn piano skills while falling in love with music and enjoying it very much.
Giovanni Xu- Voice
Chinese American tenor Giovanni Xu is an active performer, educator, and arts administrator in the New York area. In the 2019/20 Season he will perform in Shostakovich’s Moscow Cheryomushki as well as Mercadante’s I due Figaro. Upcoming performances include recitals as part of Warren Jones’ Singers’ and Pianists’ Seminar. Mr. Xu’s previous credits include Le nozze di Figaro (Don Basilio), Die Zauberflöte (First Armored Man), and scenes from Die Vershworenen (Udolin), Naughty Marietta (Captain Dick), L’etoile (Ouf), Cenerentola (Don Ramiro), and Amahl and the Night Visitors (King Kaspar).
In the 2018/19 Season, Mr. Xu made his Carnegie Hall debut as a tenor soloist in Vaughn Williams’s Serenade to Music in MSM’s Centennial Gala Concert under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. He was a also a tenor soloist in Manhattan School of Music’s Grand Reopening of Neidorf Karpati Hall alongside pianist Olga Kern and MSM President, James Gandre.
Mr. Xu has attended L’Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice where he was selected to perform in the culminating concert at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nice. Prior to this, he participated in Classic Lyric Arts: La Lingua Della Lirica, where he performed in concerts throughout Bologna, Italy. He recently attended the Bel Canto Institute as a scholarship recipient where he coached with Jane Klavitter and Steve Crawford of The Metropolitan Opera among others. He has performed in masterclasses with Jane Marsh at The Metropolitan Opera Guild and Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi at CLA. He has also garnered awards from New York Lyric Opera Theatre. An avid chorister, he has worked with such notable conductors as Vladimir Jurowski with the New York Philharmonic, and John Williams with the Boston Pops. Mr. Xu is an alumnus of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Vocal Program.
An in demand voice teacher, Mr. Xu specializes in the training of young and emerging singers. His students have gone on to perform at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, LeFrak Hall and others. They have also been selected participants of the NYSSMA All-County Choruses. Most recently, he has been selected to participate in the New York City-National Association of Teachers of Singing Mentor Teacher Program where he will be mentored by Cynthia Hoffmann and Tony Award Winner Joan Lader. He is an active member of the National Association for Music Education and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).
Mr. Xu has a BM in Voice Performance from Manhattan School of Music. He studies with Cynthia Hoffmann (The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and The Curtis Institute of Music - Adjunct).
Hsuan Lee- Violin/Viola/Piano
Ms. Lee was born in Taiwan. She began her music study with piano at age 4, viola at the age 10. She played violin as secondary major while doing her master’s study. Hsuan is an experienced instructor of violin, viola, piano, and chamber music.
An avid chamber musician, violist Hsuan Lee has toured in the U.S., Czech Republic, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and collaborated with renowned artists such as Andres Cardenas, Bela Horvath, Megumi Kasakawa, Calidore String Quartet, and Argus String Quartet. As a recipient of Earl V. Moore Scholarship, Lloyd H. and Virginia L. Arnold Music Scholarship, and Music Merit Graduate Scholarship, Hsuan holds a post master’s degree from University of Michigan, under the tutelage of Yizhak Schotten., where she is appointed as a teaching assistant.
Hsuan is a member of the Leo String Quartet, which is now studying with the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet. Hsuan has attended Bowdoin International Music Festival and Heifetz International Music Festival with merit-based scholarship in 2018 and 2019. In Heifetz festival, she served as a viola coach for the PEG program. She has also played in masterclasses, such as Renee Skerik (Interlochen Viola Institute), Charlie Pikler (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Rebecca Young (Associate Principal Viola of New York Philharmonic), and Takács String Quartet. In 2018, she performed Telemann “Concerto for two violas” with Baroque Chamber Orchestra in University of Michigan. In 2018, Hsuan formed a duo, which won the first prize in International Golden Classical Music Competition in 2019.
Hsuan is pursuing her doctoral degree at Stony Brook University and served as Stony Brook University undergraduate chamber music coach and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra teaching assistant. She also offers lessons to assist students with orchestra auditions, music festivals, scholarships, and NYSSMA. Her students received full score in NYSSMA and were admitted into orchestra programs and music camps with scholarship, such as Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Violinist Julia Ji has moved audiences in her native South Korea, Canada and the United States with her violin performances. An avid collaborator, Ms. Ji has played with numerous orchestras and chamber groups. She served as the concertmistress at the LIU Post Orchestra. Moreover, she has performed with One World Symphony, which premiered critically-acclaimed Sung-Jin Hong’s Operas to sold-out audiences. As an active concert-violinist, Ms. Ji recently gave recitals in NY and NJ. Her recordings include Nick Chapman’s Symphony No. 1 and Majid Khaliq’s Sound of Flower.
Ms. Ji received both her Bachelor of Music (with Summa Cum Laude) and Masters of Art degrees in violin performance and music history/ literature from LIU Post. She was awarded scholarships from Dong-A University, Tongbaek Rotary Club (Korea) and LIU Post. Ms. Ji has also participated in masterclasses, where notable musicians from the Emerson String Quartet, NY Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra residency taught. She regularly performs with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra and Kammermusik. She currently teaches violin at Waldorf School of Garden City, Love Violin for Children USA, Inc. and serves as a mentor with Kammermusik.
Shuyi Zhang- Cello/Piano
Shuyi Zhang, a cellist from Shenzhen China, began her cello lesson with Artem Konstantinov and Haichang Huang.
She commenced her musical studies at the age of four, having as the primary instrument, the piano. In 1996, she was selected to participate the Hongkong Piano Open Competition and earned the best performance prize.
Later on she studied under Weiping Chen and Chienan Chen in Shanghai Conservatory of Music. During this time, she got the third prize of chamber music(Linhua) competition in Shanghai, and played the cello solo in Yi Xu's media composition, The Goddess, world premiere.
After graduating with a Bachelor's degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she joined the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra where she was a member from 2010 to 2015. In the fall of 2015, she received the Artist Certificate Program scholarship at Azusa Pacific University to study cello performance under Dr. Marek Szpakiewicz. In 2018, she recieved the scholarship for Master Degree from Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens College under Professor Marcy Rosen.
She played Bach Cello Suites No. 3 and No.1 in the Bach Collaboration Recital organized by Professor Midori Goto at the Bob Cole Conservatory, California State University in Long Beach on February 27th, 2016 and at the United University Church, USC on February 16th, 2017.
During the summer of 2016, she participated in the Montecito Music festival with scholarship, and she had the opportunity to have masterclass with Professor Ko Iwasaki.
In the Fall of 2016, she decided to complement her musical studies by taking conducting lessons, and to the present she is taking them under the tutelage of the Professor Christopher Russell.
Ted Chao - Flute/Piano
New generation composer/ flutist/ pianist, Ted Chao is an academic-trained musician, artist and educator. He holds his D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree in music composition and theory at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His academic background includes concentration in music composition, flute performance, aural skill and piano.
Dr. Chao held several positions while pursuing his doctoral degree. He received full scholarship and teaching assistantship for instructing music theory and aural skill, serving as keyboard monitor of curriculum, coordinator of tutoring center and theory/composition instructor of College-Preparatory Program on School of Music at UIUC.
Dr. Chao is experienced in teaching students from diverse background. He not only provides individual instructions for all ages but also runs group courses such as flute ensemble, music theory and aural skill in all levels. Dr. Chao practices his own teaching philosophy that he wishes for his students to be able to find their personal interpretation and passion of music.
Dr. Chao tries to build up student’s creativity and capacity of independent thinking through learning and practicing music. By offering suitable practice methods individually, he wished each student can enjoy performing in his/her unique music manners.
Yuki Watanabe- Clarinet/Piano
Yuki Watanabe is a New York City based musician, teaching artist of piano and clarinet. In recent seasons, she has appeared as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician at Lincoln Center, Columbia University, Queens College/Aaron Copland School of Music at City University of New York, Suntory Hall and Kioi Hall in Tokyo. Her festival appearances include Columbia Festival of Winds, Japan Clarinet Association, Le Follee Journee in Tokyo, Kitakaurizawa Summer Music Festival in Japan.
In 2017, Ms. Watanabe performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto as soloist with the Queens College Chamber Orchestra conducted by Charles Neidich at LeFrak Concert Hall in New York City. She has been a guest member of The New York Wind Orchestra, The Hudson Chorale Orchestra in New York, Queens College Symphony Orchestra, the SHOBI Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan.
Born in Japan, Yuki Watanabe started to play the piano at the age of four and began playing the clarinet at the age of twelve. She graduated from the SHOBI College of Music in Tokyo, Japan, and then, received a Master’s Degree from the Queens College/Aaron Copland School of Music at City University of New York as a student of Charles Neidich, where she received the Ronald Roseman Award.