Emile Naoumoff is associate professor of music in piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he has been on faculty since 1998. He has been likened to both Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein as a pianist, displaying -- as one critic remarked -- the fire of the former and the poetry of the latter. He was also signed as a composer at age 18 -- the youngest on their roster -- with the music publisher Schott, Mainz. Emile revealed himself as a musical prodigy at age five, taking up the piano and adding composition to his studies a year later. At the age of seven, after a fateful meeting in Paris, he became the last disciple of Nadia Boulanger, who referred to him as "The gift of my old age."
Naoumoff studied with her until her death in late 1979. During this auspicious apprenticeship, Mlle. Boulanger gave him the opportunity to work with Clifford Curzon, Igor Markevitch, Robert and Gaby Casadesus, Nikita Magaloff, Jean Francaix, Leonard Bernstein, Soulima Stravinsky, Aram Khachaturian and Yehudi Menhuin. Lord Menhuin conducted the premiere of Emile's first piano concerto, with the composer as a soloist when he was ten years old. At the same time, he pursued studies at the Paris Conservatory with Lelia Gousseau, Pierre Sancan, Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux, as well as at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Pierre Dervaux (conducting).
Upon the death of Mlle. Boulanger, Naoumoff took over her classes at the summer sessions of the Conservatoire d'Art Americain in Fontainebleau. He was later appointed at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris.
Naoumoff is regularly invited by the world's premier orchestras: the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony in Washington, Moscow Symphony, NHK Symphony, the Residentie Orkest of the Hague, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Camerata Bern, and has worked closely with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Igor Markevitch, Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich and Eliahu Inbal. He has also collaborated with musicians including Jean-Pierre Rampal, Gerard Souzay, Yo-Yo Ma, Gary Hoffman, Olivier Charlier, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier, Philippe Graffin, Philippe Bernold, Gerard Caussé, Jean Ferrandis, Dominique de Williencourt and the Fine Arts Quartet.
Some highlights of his performing career include a performance of the Grieg Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and his own piano concerto version of Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich. In recent years Emile has been invited to numerous music festivals such as San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music's Menuhin Seminars, Santander Summer Masterclasses, Verbier Academy Festival, the Banff Center, and residencies at Conservatory of Barcelona (ESMUC). In 1996, he opened his own summer academy at the Château de Rangiport in Gargenville, France, in the spirit of Nadia Boulanger.
He is an avid composer of French mélodies, and is known for his mastery in transcribing music for the piano. He maintains a video journal of daily improvisations on his YouTube channel.
Jennifer Hayghe has performed in solo recitals and made orchestral appearances throughout the world, including the United States, Europe and Asia. Hayghe received her bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was the last student of the legendary artist-teacher Adele Marcus. Hayghe won every award possible for a Juilliard pianist to receive, including the William Petschek Debut Award, resulting in her New York City recital debut at Alice Tully Hall. Hayghe has performed and taught as a soloist and chamber musician at universities and colleges throughout the country as well as appearing as a concerto soloist with various orchestras throughout the United States. She has performed in major chamber music series, including Bargemusic in New York and the Garth Newel Center for Music series in Virginia, and has taught chamber music throughout the United States and Central America.
Hayghe is currently an Associate Professor in the Roser Keyboard and Piano Area at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Formerly an Associate Professor of Piano at Ithaca College and the Barineau Endowed Professor of Piano at Louisiana State University, she has given masterclasses at universities and colleges throughout the country as well as at the Manhattan School of Music, the New York University Piano Master Class Series and Mannes College Of Music pre-college. Hayghe has been a presenter and panelist at the College Music Society and Music Teachers National Association national conferences and she has served as a featured artist at music teachers’ conventions in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Virginia. She is currently on the faculty of the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy
Hayghe lives with her husband, Robert McGaha, and son William in Erie, CO.
Born in Mendoza, Argentine pianist Elena Dabul is a performer, professor and researcher. She obtained a Masters degree in 20th Century Latin American Music Performance at Facultad de Artes y Diseño (College of Arts and Design) of Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNCuyo). Her thesis paper "Roberto García Morillo's piano works" received the highest grade and was recommended as a research model. In the postgraduate courses her professors were Luiz De Moura Castro, Dora De Marinis, Manuel Massone and Alejandro Cremaschi in Piano, Mariano Etkin, Javier Giménez Noble and Jorge Fontenla in Chamber Music and Francisco Kröpfl, Guillermo Pozzati, Susana Antón and Adina Izarra in Musical Analysis. She also has a degree in Piano from the College of Arts of UNCuyo, as a disciple of Dora De Marinis’s.
She has attended training courses taught by Claude Frank, Elena Weiss, Arminda Canteros, Gerhard Oppitz, Mario Videla, Silvia Dabul, Mariano Krawczyck, Guillermo Opitz, Alcides Lanza, Nancy Roldán, Ljerko Spiller, Andrés Spiller, Mónica Cosachov, Carlo Bruno, Guillermo Graetzer, María del Carmen Aguilar, Fanny Solter, Chistine Daxelhofer, Elizabeth Gutiérrez, Luca Chiantore and Alberto Portugheis.
She has performed extensively in Argentina (Colon Theatre, Centro Cultural Kirchner, among others), Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Germany, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Italy, and United States. She has received awards and distinctions on several occasions and has been praised by the press for the quality of her performances and the beauty of her sound.
She has been a soloist with the UNCuyo Symphony Orchestra, the Mar del Plata Symphony Orchestra, the Mendoza Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Juan Symphony Orchestra, the Buenos Aires National Symphony Orchestra, the Peru National Symphony Orchestra, the Rio de Janeiro National Symphony Orchestra, the Juan de Dios Filiberto National Orchestra and the UNCuyo Youth Orchestra, directed by Humberto Carfi, Washington Castro, Guillermo Scarabino, Carlos Calleja, Miguel Angel Scebba, Ligia Amadio, Armando Sánchez Málaga, Pablo Herrero Pondal, Jorge Gabriel Fontenla, Miguel Bellusci and César Lara.
She has performed premieres of works by Argentine composers, including Jorge Fontenla (Divertimento Op. 50 for piano and orchestra and others), Leopoldo Martí, Carlos Washington Barraquero, Susana Antón and Adriana Figueroa Mañas (“Los Colores del Alma” for piano and orchestra, and others).
She is a full professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the UNCuyo and offers graduate courses for the Masters program in Latin American Music. Her activities include the training of human resources through the direction of researchers, postgraduate and graduate thesis students and students and graduates assistants. She is part of the Academic Advisory Committee and the teaching staff of the Masters Degree in 20th Century Latin American Music Performance at the same institution.
She has dedicated the last 25 years to research and dissemination of Latin American and Argentine music in particular. She is co-author of the book -with two CD- Music and musicians in Mendoza's modernity. Carlos Barraquero, Susana Antón and Jorge Fontenla (EDIUNC, 2012). She wrote articles and gave lectures and seminars in Argentina, Ecuador, Italia and Unite States. She actively participated in the organization of various international Latin American Music Performance congresses.
She is the author in collaboration with research projects on piano interpretation. She has recorded more than 10 CDs with works for solo and chamber piano by Argentine composers participating in the "Integral Work for Piano by Juan José Castro" (Irco, 1995, edition that was nominated for the Classical Music Award of the Argentine Association of Journalists); “Senderos” by Susana Antón (Irco, 1997); “Integral Work for Piano by Carlos Guastavino” (Irco, 1997); “Carlos Guastavino: songs and duets for piano” (Ostinato, 2001); “Luis Gianneo: piano works” (Marco Polo, 2002); “Footprints - The sounds of research” (College of Arts and Design, UNCuyo, 2002); “First International Conference on Research in Latin American Academic Music” (College of Arts and Design, UNCuyo, 2009), “Adriana Isabel Figueroa Mañas. Composiciones sinfónicas y música de cámara” (Fondo Provincial de la Cultura, 2014), “Latin American Creation for Violin” (EDIUNC, 2015) and “Irma Urteaga. Chamber works” (Constanza Sánchez, 2017). She recorded the only record available in the world of the Concert for Piano and Orchestra by Juan José Castro, with the UNCuyo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ligia Amadio (UNCuyo, 2005).
As a pedagogue, she trains a large group of young pianists and chamber music musicians who frequently perform in national and international competitions and festivals. She has directed her students in the complete public performance of The Well Tempered Clavier (first book) by Johann S. Bach and in concerts dedicated to Domenico Scarlatti, Felix Mendelssohn, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Carlos Guastavino, Claude Debussy, Luis Jorge González Fernández, Susana Antón, Mirtha Poblet and Adriana Figueroa.
Hailed by Gramophone for her ‘characterful sparkle’, Jasmin Arakawa has performed widely in North America, Central and South America, Europe, China and Japan. A prizewinner of the Jean Françaix International Music Competition, she has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau in Paris and Victoria Hall in Geneva, as well as in broadcasts of the BBC and Radio France. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Philips Symfonie Orkest in Amsterdam, Orquestra Sinfonica de Piracicaba in Brazil, and several orchestras in her native Japan.
Other performance highlights include guest artist appearances at the Toronto Summer Festival, Ribadeo International Music Festival in Spain, Bicentenaire de Chopin in Switzerland, Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico, Festival de Música de Cámarain Peru, Festival Internacional de Música Erudita de Piracicaba in Brazil, Fazioli Piano Pure Series in Chicago and Distinguished Concerts International New York. Arakawa released her debut solo album Klavierabendon MSR Classics to critical acclaim, praised by American Record Guide for her ‘rich lyricism’ and ‘supreme clarity’.
She has a special interest in Spanish repertoire, which grew out of a series of lessons with Alicia de Larrocha. As a prizewinner of the Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America and under the sponsorship of the Spanish Embassy, she subsequently recorded solo and chamber pieces by Spanish and Latin American composers.
Arakawa has collaborated with notable artists including cellists Colin Carr and Gary Hoffman, flutists Jean Ferrandis and Marina Piccinini, clarinetist James Campbell, and the Penderecki String Quartet. In addition, she has served as Collaborative Pianist in Residence at the Banff Centre in Canada for three seasons. An advocate of new music, Arakawa has premiered and performed numerous contemporary works. Recently she released the complete works of Witold Lutosławski for violin and piano on PARMA Recordings with Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu.
Jasmin Arakawa is a graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts. She holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Emile Naoumoff. A recipient of the 2016 Steinway Top Teacher Award, she has given master classes at China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Peru, Instituto Baccarelli in Brazil, and numerous universities in the United States and Canada. Having previously served at Western Illinois University and the University of South Alabama, Arakawa is Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Area Coordinator at the University of Florida, as well as Director of the Florida International Piano Festival.
Concert pianist Kevin Robert Orr pursues a dynamic agenda as performer, professor, masterclass clinician, lecturer and adjudicator that has taken him to major music institutions and festivals across North America, Europe, China, South Korea and Australia.
Orr’s critically acclaimed solo recordings include the complete sonatas and ballades of Johannes Brahms, and the piano concerto and sonata of Samuel Barber. Gramophone (UK) wrote "Within four bars, I recognise that a formidable, seasoned artist is at work...two minutes into the sonata's first movement and I'm hooked by Kevin Robert Orr's huge sound, pliable command of Brahms's thick writing, bracing sense of rhythm, and generous phrasing."
Similarly, American Record Guide (USA) remarked, "This is first-rate playing, expressive and assured," and Piano News (Germany) noted: “The dramatis personae of the Allegro maestoso, portrayed through the right and left hands, are firmly and effectively directed in Orr’s intensively expressive interpretation."
A strong advocate of the music of living composers, Orr has premiered and recorded solo and ensemble works by composers Jennifer Margaret Barker, Paul Basler, Houston Dunleavy, Paul Richards, Robert Rollin, and John Weinsweig, The 2005 release of Barker’s CD “Geenyoch” features Orr on the composer’s 2001 solo piano work, Geenyoch Ballant, a performance about which critic Jon Conrad wrote Orr performed "brilliantly."
Collaborations have paired Orr with such internationally acclaimed artists as Karl Leister (clarinet, Berlin Philharmonic), James Thompson (trumpet, Montreal Symphony) and the Jupiter Quartet. Orr’s performances of both new and standard classical repertoire have been heard on Public Radio throughout the United States.
A Steinway Artist, Dr. Orr is Professor of Piano and Director of the School of Music at the University of Florida.
Kevin Sharpe is regarded as one of the country’s most accomplished concert pianists. After a “Triumphant” performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and a successful debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, he has been praised by critics and has enchanted audiences with his “precise touch” and “strong individual voice.” In September 2005, Raoul Abdul of the New York Amsterdam News proclaimed his performance at Merkin Recital hall to be “Magnificent”.
In May of 2006, Sharpe was awarded the distinction of a Fulbright Scholarship Grant to travel to Dublin Ireland where he is currently teaching and performing at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Sharpe was educated at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied with pianist and teacher, Frances Walker. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin, Sharpe went on to study at Indiana University where he received his Masters Degree and Doctorate of Music with Menahem Pressler, distinguished pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio.
Sharpe has received many awards: The most recent, becoming a 2006 Fulbright Scholar, he has been chosen by the State of Florida to receive a State Touring Grant, and in 1991, he was the top prize - winner in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Piano Competition in Washington, D.C.
Sharpe maintains a busy performing schedule throughout the country. His performances of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” won him acceptance from New York’s critical elite when Bernard Holland of the New York Times declared, “Mr. Sharp’s rock-steady progress through this complex music reflected both understanding and command.” In his performance at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, Sharpe was described as “a thoughtful performer with an attractive ear for nuance and detail.” His performance of the great Bach work at Washington’s Organization of American States was broadcast live throughout the Latin Americas. Joanne Sheehy Hoover of the Albuquerque Journal describes Sharpe’s playing: “Just a few measures into the music and one heard an extra little push on a small downward leap in the bass. It was the slightest of gestures, a delicious surprise, that would be followed by a multitude of such delicacies over the hour\\\\'s program.” International appearances have included concerts in Mexico, Iceland, Finland Argentina, Hong Kong, Ireland Warsaw and the Czech Republic, where he was a representative for the American Liszt Society
Sharpe is a member of the “Ritz Chamber Players” which is the premiere chamber ensemble showcasing Afro-American musicians from all over the world. Recently Sharpe joined the group for their New York Debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in performances of Prokofiev, Brahms and a World premiere by Composer Alvin Singleton.
Currently, Dr. Sharpe holds the position of Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber music at the University of Florida where he is active as a soloist and chamber musician. He was the recipient of the College of Fine Arts “Teacher of the Year Award 2000.”
Dr. Leslie Odom is Associate Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at the University of Florida. Her teachers include Richard Killmer (Eastman School of Music), James Lakin (University of Iowa), Malcolm Smith, (Butler University), and Marion Gibson (Principal Oboe, Louisville Symphony Orchestra). Dr. Odom received her Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana; her Master of Music in Music Theory and her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She also received the coveted Performer’s Certificate during her doctoral work. Dr. Odom was Principal Oboe on the CBS Masterworks recording (1988) with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
She was awarded first runner-up in the Graduate Performance Competition during the Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention held at Tucson, Arizona in 1988. Prior to moving to Gainesville, Dr. Odom performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, as Principal Oboe with the Indianapolis Opera Company, the Quad Cities Symphony (Davenport, Iowa) and as Principal Oboe with the Cedar Rapids, IA, Symphony. Since moving to Gainesville in 1989, Dr. Odom has performed with the Jacksonville, FL, Symphony, as Principal Oboe with the Flagler (Florida) Symphony, and is currently Principal Oboe of the Gainesville Orchestra. Dr. Odom is an active performer in Europe, South America, and Canada. She attended both the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals, was a Guest Artist in Residence at the Banff, Canada, Centre for the Arts, and worked as a faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. A member of the International Double Reed Society, Dr. Odom regularly performs at the Society’s Annual Conferences. Along with performing, Dr. Odom writes reviews of music and compact disks for the Society’s Journal. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, currently serving her second term as National President.
Dr. Dallman (Laura Dallman Rorick) is a musicologist with a focus on orchestral music and performance in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her dissertation, “The Significance of Accessibility in American Orchestral Music,” addresses accessibility in regards to the symphony and symphonic works by Aaron Copland, Michael Daugherty, and Jennifer Higdon.
Dr. Dallman received a Bachelor of Music in piano from Ball State University (2007) and both a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in musicology from Indiana University (2009, 2017). She has presented her research at conferences in the United States, Ireland, England, and Wales. In her spare time, Dr. Dallman enjoys running, gardening, traveling, and reading a good book.