RAMI BAR-NIV - Israel
Rami Bar-Niv is one of Israel's most acclaimed and sought after pianists.
He travels extensively and has become an international citizen, concertizing all over the world. Born in Tel-Aviv, he graduated with honors from the Ron Conservatory and the Rubin Academy of Music. He won the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition and was awarded a scholarship to further his studies in the United States.
He performs regularly in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia,
Australia, New Zealand and of course Israel, where he received the "Best Performer Award" from the Israeli government.
Rami’s recordings for CBS and other labels in Israel and abroad have met with praise and popularity.
HITOMI KANEKO - Japan
Born in Japan in 1965, Ms. Kaneko graduated from the composition class at Toho Gakuen School of Music in 1988, and completed postgraduate studies in 1994. She went to study in France with a French Government scholarship in 1990. She then began to study at the Paris Conservatoire. In September 1997, she went to Paris to study at IRCAM. She is at present a full-time professor of Toho Gakuen School of Music. Ms. Kaneko has been awarded First Prize in the 6th Competition of French-Japanese Contemporary Composition (1988), First Prize for Composition in the 59th Japan Music Competition (1990), E. Nakamichi Prize (1990), Awarded the 9th Muramatsu Prize (January 1997)
CEN SONG LENG - China
Cen Song Leng was born in Wuhan, China in 1966. He graduated from the department of composition at Wuhan Conservatory of Music in 1993, studying with Zhongliang Tong, Zhimin Peng, and Jian Liu. He is now an associate Professor at Wuhan Conservatory of Music.
Professor Leng has won many academic awards, such as the Golden Bell Award, an honor in composition at China.
The music by Professor Leng has been widely performed in China and festivals in Europe and the United States.
TAN DUN - China
Tan Dun’s creations can be unabashedly populist, radically experimental, or—most frequently—both. While his work does not neatly fit within previously-existing categories—perhaps the closest fit is opera in the broadest cultural context, Tan has created several new artistic formats, which—like opera—encompass sound, sight, narrative, and ritual. In addition to his contributions to the repertoire of opera and motion pictures scores, Tan’s new formats include: orchestral theatre, which re-contextualizes the orchestra and the concert-going experience; organic music, which explores new realms of sound through primal elements such as water, paper, and stone; and multimedia extravaganzas, which incorporate a variety of cutting-edge technologies.
HIROMI UEHARA - Japan
Born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan on March 26, 1979, Hiromi’s piano lessons started when she was six. Her first teacher, Noriko Hikida, encouraged her to access both the intuitive and technical aspects of music, introducing the concept of color to her approach to the piano.
Ever since the 2003 release of her debut Telarc CD, Another Mind, Hiromi has electrified audiences and critics east and west, with a creative energy that encompasses and eclipses the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop parameters, taking improvisation and composition to new heights of complexity and sophistication.
FASIL SAY - Turkey
The Turkish pianist, Fazıl Say, studied piano and composition at the Ankara State Conservatory. In 1994 he was the winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, which gave a rapid start to his international career.
Fazıl Say is a regular guest with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France and other leading orchestras across the globe. He has appeared at the Lucerne Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Verbier Festival, the Montpellier Festival, the Beethoven Festival Bonn, and in all the world’s leading concert halls, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Musikverein, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York