Prof. Tomislav Nedelkovic-Baynov (Bulgaria-Germany)
Prof. Tomislav Nedelkovic-Baynov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria into a family of musicians. His first performance on stage was at the age of five. A year later he won the first prize at the National Piano Competition “S.Obretenov” in Provadia/Bulgaria. A great influence on the further development of his musical approach were the numerous artistic contacts he established with renowned Bulgarian Pianists and Composers such as P.Wladigeroff, L.Pipkpov, as well as V.Savova (who studied with L.Kreutzer and Gottfried Galston, a student of Busoni) with her unforgettable piano lessons. He continued his studies at the Academy of Music in Sofia under Prof. K.Ganev and J.Ganeva, pupils of H. Neuhaus, who have contributed to his success and awards. After his trip to Vienna and Paris in 1981, Prof. Baynov started performing in concerts in Western Europe. End of 1981 he settled down in Germany and graduated in 1990 with highest honours under the expert tutorage of Prof. Johan van Beek at the State Academy of Music in Trossingen. Further studies followed with K.H.Kaemmerling and V.Merzhanov. He won prizes and awards in many important international competitions in Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Germany and Bulgaria. Since 1982 he was teacher in a number of music institutions in Germany and in 1999 was appointed Professor at the National Music Academy in Trossingen, Germany. His pupils have been awarded many winner prizes in major international piano competitions and he has been a jury member of many international competitions in Italy, Canada, Germany, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, USA, etc. In 2002 the University Quing Dao, China awarded him the title of Honorary Professor. Prof. Baynov is the founder and the head of the unique Baynov-Piano-Ensemble, which is performing a wide repertoire of piano ensemble music throughout the world. His successful concert activity (with a repertoire of more than 40 piano concertos) includes performances in many countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia and Africa, as well as 20 CD recordings.
Keiko Alexander (Japan)
Keiko Alexander is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York where she studied piano with Sascha Gorodnitzki and Janina Fialkowska, and has also studied privately with Bela Siki in Cincinnati and Vlado Perlemuter in Paris. While in Cincinnati she formed the Alexis Piano Trio with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, which performed throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee. In addition, Keiko taught in the Piano Preparatory Department of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and served as Chair of the Piano Department from 1996 to 2000. In 2000, she was invited to perform for Hillary Clinton at a Campaign Event in Cincinnati.
Since moving to Vancouver , Keiko has been a very active teacher, has held master classes at the BC Conservatory of Music, and performed as a soloist and chamber musician on numerous occasions in Canada, the United States, and Japan. She has served as an adjudicator for the UBC Concerto Competitions, Burnaby Clef Club, BCRMTA Student Performers Guild Festival, National Music Teachers Association, BC Conservatory of Music Festival in BC, the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, MTNA (University of Kentucky in Louisville, Kentucky) and the American College of Musicians Piano Guild. Keiko has also adjudicated in Germany for the International Piano Competition for 6 Hands and 8 Hands in Marktoberdorf, and in Tokyo for Japan’s Piano Teachers’ National Association (PTNA).
Dr. Wei-Chen Bruce Lin (US-Canada)
Dr. Wei Chen (Bruce) Lin, holds degrees from University of British Columbia, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and West Virginia University.
Dr. Lin has performed throughout Canada, China, Mexico, Taiwan, and the USA. He made his first orchestral appearance with the West Coast Symphony in 2002. In addition to his career as a soloist, he is an active chamber musician. He has been featured in music festivals including the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chamber Music Unbound, Las Vegas Music Festival, Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music, Scotia Music Festival, and Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival. His performances have been heard on U92 West Virginia Radio Station and Mexico City Cultural Channel. In 2008-09, he completed two artist residencies at The Banff Centre where he collaborated with musicians from around the world.
With his passion for teaching, Dr. Lin is Assistant Professor of Piano at Texas Lutheran University and on the keyboard faculty at the University of the Incarnate Word. Prior to this, he was at West Virginia University where he taught applied piano, class piano, and supervised the piano proficiency requirement. He has maintained a private teaching studio for pre-collegiate and adult students since 2000. Other previous positions include Camp Encore/Coda, Chamber Music Unbound, Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music, Tom Lee Music Academy, and Westminster Conservatory. His students have achieved high marks in the Music Development Program, won several prizes in musical competitions, and many were accepted into collegiate music programs.
Dr. Lin is an active member of MTNA. He presents workshops and adjudicates competitions regularly.
Elizabeth & Marcel Bergmann
Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann have been performing together as a duo since 1989. They studied with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Hannover and with Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt at the Universite de Montreal. The duo received first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy, and were laureates of the 4th Murray Dranoff International Two PIano Competition. In 1993 they became members of the young artists’ roster of Yehudi Menuhin-Live Music Now. Their recitals and concerts with orchestra have taken them to many parts of the world, including the United States, Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece and Canada. The duo has appeared at the celebrated Gilmore International Keyboard Fstival, the Banff Arts Festival, the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition, the International Two Piano Symposium and Schubertiade, Miami, the Tage fur neue Musik, Darmstadt, the Braunschweiger Kammermusik Podium and at the EXPO 2000, Hannover. The duo has appeared with several North American orchestras such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the New World Symphony and the Canticum Novum of Santa Fe. They have made recordings for the CBC, for several stations of the ARD in Germany and for National Public Radio in the USA. The duo has made several CDs, which appear on the CordAria and Arktos labels and has recorded William Bolcom’s complete works for two pianos for Naxos. As founding members of the International Piano Quartet they had the opportunity to record Stravinsky’s Les Noces under the direction of Robert Craft at the Abbey Road Studios in London. The CD first appeared on Koch International Classics and has been re-released on Naxos.
Jeroen Van Veen
Jeroen Van Veen started the study of piano at age 7. He joined the Utrechts Conservatorium (HKU) with teahcers Alwin Bar and Hakon Austbo. Since 1988, he has played concerts and recitals throughout Europe and North America and has recorded over 50 CDs for Mirasound, Koch, Naxos, Brilliant Classics and his own label, PIANO. Van Veen’s compositions are mostly solo piano works and could be described as mostly minimal music. His latest recordings has also focused on minimal music, including a 9 CD Minimal Piano Collection box set, somewhat dominated by the music of Philip Glass, the complete piano music of George Crumb and a collaboration on recording all Steve Reich’s Chamber Music. Among other functions, Van Veen is the director of Van Veen Productions, Piano Mania, and the Simeon ten Holt Foundation. He is also artistic director of Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition, where he and his brother, Maarten an Veen, were prize winners in 1995.