BYRON ADAMS - USA
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Adams was educated at Jacksonville University, the University of Southern California, and Cornell University, where he earned a doctoral degree studying musicology with William Austin and composition with Karel Husa. Adams is a composer of tonal music with a strong stylistic profile who employs individual adaptations of traditional techniques. In 1977, Adams won the Grand Prize of the Delius Festival Composition Competition; in 1984, he was awarded the Raymond Hubbell-ASCAP award for his compositions.
MELODY BOBER - USA
Piano instructor, music teacher, composer, clinician – Melody Bober has been active in music education for over 25 years. As a composer, her goal is to create exciting and challenging pieces that are strong teaching tools to promote a life-long love, understanding, and appreciation for music. Pedagogy, ear training, and musical expression as well as fostering composition skills in her students are fundamentals of Bober’s teaching.
Bober graduated with highest honors from the University of Illinois with a degree in music education, and later received a master's degree in piano performance. She maintains a large private piano studio, performs in numerous regional events, and conducts workshops across the country. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, Jeff.
KEVIN OLSON - USA
Kevin Olson is an active pianist, composer, and member of the piano faculty at Utah State University, where he teaches piano literature, pedagogy, and accompanying courses.
A native of Utah, Kevin began composing at age five. When he was twelve, his composition, An American Trainride, received the Overall First Prize at the 1983 National PTA Convention at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since then he has been a Composer in Residence at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has written music commissioned and performed by groups such as the American Piano Quartet, Chicago a cappella and others.Many of the needs of his own piano students have inspired more than 100 books and solos published by the FJH Music Company, which he joined as a writer in 1994.
OLGA BERKOVICH - USA
Dr. Olga Berkovich is a Russian-American pianist, piano teacher, composer, and musicologist. Dr. Berkovich is a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, holding degrees in piano and composition. She obtained a PhD in pedagogy with her thesis on teaching composition to future music educators.
While still a student, Dr. Berkovich received the Gold medal at the 1996 All-Russian Composer Competition. Her instrumental and vocal compositions have been performed on stages worldwide. She collaborated with the Astra Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Orchestra in South Korea as a composer and arranger. Her Concerto for Piano and Orchestra was performed by the Russian State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Igor Stegman. Dr. Berkovich's achievements granted her membership in the renowned Composers’ Union of Russia.
Her book Methods of Teaching Composition and Improvisation has been published in Russia and Germany and serves as a reputable source for music composition teachers.
Extensive catalogue of compositions in most the genres of instrumental and vocal music.
ALEXANDER PESKANOV - USA
Alexander Peskanov was born in Odessa, Ukraine, where he attended the Stoliarsky School of Music. Peskanov is a composer of numerous works, but has mainly focused on music involving the piano. Peskanov has written 16 piano concertos, including 13 for young pianists of different levels. His Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings was selected for use by the National Federation of Music Clubs between 2004 and 2020 as well as his Spring Concerto for 2016 - 2020. Mr. Peskanov has been awarded 1st Prize at 2017 Fidelio Composer's Competition in Madrid, Spain. Peskanov has recorded for Naxos Record’s American Classics series and Musical Heritage Society. He is the recipient of three special ASCAP awards.
DAVID CHESKY - USA
Three-time Grammy nominee David Chesky has earned great respect for his fresh and unique approach to musical compositions, which span the jazz and classical genres. Captivating audiences around the world, The New York Times raves, “Chesky combines a gritty sophistication with street-level energy and currents of exotic folkishness.” As a composer of orchestral works, operas and ballets, an author of children’s books, a jazz pianist and a world-renowned innovator of audio technologies, Chesky redefines the role of a modern-day renaissance man. Critics describe his music as “highly individualistic,” “memorable,” “dynamic” and “exotic.” David is the founder of the audiophile label Chesky Records. Producing the highest quality of recordings available today, Chesky Records has produced over 500 albums.
ROBERT CUNNINGHAM - USA
Composer-pianist Robert Cunningham studied piano at Duke University and the Juilliard School of Music. While remaining active as a performer, his focus later turned more to composition, where he developed a highly original and personal Romantic style. In addition to four piano sonatas and numerous shorter piano works, he has composed for a variety of chamber ensembles, for voice and chorus, and for piano and orchestra. He obtained a master’s degree in composition from Georgia State University in 1995 and a PhD in music theory from Florida State University in 1999. Now retired and living in Gilbert, Arizona, the composer is engaged in a long-term project to publish high-quality editions of his works, to get as many of them recorded as possible, and generally to communicate them to a wider audience.
DENNIS ALEXANDER - USA
Dennis Alexander began his affiliation with Alfred Music Publishing in 1986. Mr., Alexander’s over 400 publications and recordings created with Alfred have earned him an international reputation as one of the world’s most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music for students at all levels. Professor Alexander retired from his position at the University of Montana in May 1996 where he taught piano pedagogy for 24 years. Upon moving to California, he taught privately in addition to serving on the faculties of Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge. He currently lives in Albuquerque, NM where he maintains an active composing and touring schedule for Alfred Music Publishing.
ALICIA JONAS - USA
A graduate from the Warsaw Conservatory of Music, Alicia Jonas trained at The Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music in New York City. Alicia Jonas has lectured, performed and published internationally. Alicia actively contributes to EPTA Piano Journal and has been recognized for her innovative training method by distinguished musicians from respected institutions. Alicia has been an acting Chairperson for the New York State Music Teachers, Inc for over 8 years; 2 years as Chairperson for Piano Congress, 20th Century and Beyond; 10 years arranging piano music for Warner Brothers; and author of multiple acclaimed musical teaching books.
LISA DONOVAN LUKAS - USA
Lisa Donovan Lukas is a composer, songwriter, pianist/vocalist, and music teacher. She began piano lessons at the age of six, and was composing music by the age of eleven. Lisa received her Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from The University of Southern California where she studied with Morten Lauridsen, James Hopkins, Anthony Vazzana, Robert Linn, and William Kraft. After graduation, Ms. Lukas studied orchestration and composition privately for many years with composer/orchestrator and teacher Albert Harris. She also studied songwriting for musical theatre with Lehman Engel in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and film scoring with David Raksin, and Earle Hagen.
Lisa has worked as a composer, songwriter, performer, orchestrator, film and television music copyist and music teacher. Her compositions and songs have been featured in motion pictures and television shows as well as in live performances, recitals and concerts. In addition to her work in film and television, she has written orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have garnered praise and attention. Lisa very much enjoys teaching piano, songwriting, composition, and theory to her music students at Palisades Music Studio.
NATALIYA MEDVEDOVSKAYA - USA
Russian born NATALIYA is a professional, versatile, award winning concert pianist, composer, arranger, songwriter, poet and lyricist, who creates memorable and unique compositions with a focus on brightness of melody and richness of harmony. Her compositions cross the boundaries between Classical Contemporary and Popular music, embracing a wide range of genres. NATALIYA’s music goes from being dramatic, deep, mature and soulful, to being playful and whimsical/cartoon-like, often dynamic, expressive, refreshing and novel, always filled with imagination.
CATHERINE ROLLIN - USA
Catherine Rollin is a pianist, composer, clinician and teacher of prize-winning students. Her more than 200 published pedagogical compositions are recognized worldwide for their combination of musicality and “teachability.” Rollin received her principle training with Mischa Kottler, a disciple of von Sauer and Cortot. Catherine’s early interest in Baroque performance practice led her to study harpsichord for two summers while still in high school with the world renowned harpsichordist, Dorothy Lane at Northwestern University. Rollin holds the BMA degree with distinction from U. of Michigan and the MM from Oakland U. In 2002, the latter awarded her their Alumni Achievement Award.
QUINN MASON - USA
Quinn Mason is currently a student at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts where he studies composition with Dr. Lane Harder. A multiple prize winner in composition, he has worked one on one with distinguished composers David Maslanka, Libby Larsen and Robert X. Rodriguez and David Dzubay. He has written for groups such as loadbang, Atlantic Brass Quintet, Voces Intimae, the New Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and principal players of the Berlin Philharmonic. He is also the recipient of awards from the American Composers forum, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Voices of Change and Texas A&M.