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Scarlatti Marathon Performers Sept. 18, 2016

Artistic Director Joyce Lindorff with Team Scarlatti: L to R, Sohyun Moon, Qiao Chu, 

Benjamin Katz, Hanbyeol Lee, Silvanio Reis, and Anna Kislitsyna

Chinese pianist Qiao Chu began her studies with her grandmother, Ge Deyue, and continued her studies with Sun Hong, Li Wenzhen, Bian Meng, Ke Gang and Frank Reich. In 2014 she graduated from the Minzu University of China in Beijing, under Zhang Chen. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree with a double major in piano and harpsichord performance at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, where her major teacher is Dr. Joyce Lindorff. She performs frequently on modern and historical keyboards at Temple, where she was a prizewinner in the 2015 Pi Kappa Lambda competition. Recent performances include a solo piano recital in Temple; the historical instrument collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Museums; the Society of Composers Regional conference at Marshall University, West Virginia; a recital at the China Conservatory in Beijing, and masterclasses of Sonia Lee (Philadelphia, PA) and Thomas Marshall (Williamsburg, VA).

Benjamin Katz has performed as a harpsichordist since 2001, playing early and contemporary music. He studied harpsichord with Arthur Haas in NYC, with Lisa Crawford and Webb Wiggins at Oberlin Conservatory, and with Peter Sykes at Longy School of Music of Bard College. He has performed with A Far Cry chamber orchestra, Musical Offering baroque ensemble, and the Harvard Baroque Orchestra. He has commissioned new works for harpsichord from composer Steven Long, with pieces premiered at ISSUE Project Room (NYC) in 2005 and 2009. Katz was a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund award in 2013-14. He spent the year in London as an Early Career Research Associate at the Institute of Musical Research, University of London, studying partimento manuscripts in the British Library. Recent projects have included a solo harpsichord recital at Fenton House (London, UK) and a French baroque concert at the Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop (NYC) in collaboration with soprano Julianne Baird, violinists Dongmyung Ahn and Kaitlyn Goddard, lutenist Deborah Fox, harpist Christa Patton, viola da gambist Lisa Terry, and commedia dell’arte practitioner Antonio Fava. The performance in Queens included a improvised music/comedy duo with Antonio Fava. He has been based in Philadelphia since 2015. 

Hanbyeol Lee graduated from Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea with a bachelor’s degree. She is currently a master's degree candidate at Temple University, double majoring in piano and harpsichord performance in the studio of Joyce Lindorff.

Sohyun Moon is a pianist from South Korea, enjoying numerous concerts as both a soloist and collaborator. She has played the piano since she was 3 years of age and has won multiple awards from international competitions since the age of 4. She has great interests in all periods of keyboard music and in dealing with various keyboards from Harpsichord to modern piano.

 A native of Brazil, Silvanio Reis holds an Artist Diploma Certificate from  Temple University, masters degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Temple University and bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Instituto de Musica e Artes de Penápolis, Brazil. In addition to modern piano,  he studies early music repertoire under Dr. Joyce Lindorff on harpsichord, fortepiano and chamber organ. Mr. Reis is currently pursuing his doctorate in piano performance at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music under Dr. Charles Abramovic

Anna Kislitsyna hails from a long and noble tradition of music making in Russia. Both of her parents are highly trained established artists. Anna completed her bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in piano performance from Novosibirsk Conservatory. Since immigrating to the U.S., Anna completed her second master’s degree in piano performance at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and is completing a second doctorate at Temple University.  Prior to moving to the U.S., Anna was a professor of piano at the Novosibirsk Conservatory (2009-2012) as well as Novosibirsk Special Music College for talented students (2006-2012). 

As a concert pianist, Anna made her debut with the Omsk Philharmonic at age 11, and has since gone on to concertize throughout Russia and Europe giving solo recitals, performing with symphony orchestras, and chamber ensembles. She appeared in such halls as Carnegie Hall, Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Alfred Cortot Hall of Paris Conservatory, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Hall, and numerous concert stages in Russia, Finland, Italy, France, Ukraine, USA, etc.  Her large repertoire includes major works from solo and chamber literature.

Anna has appeared with orchestras that include the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Omsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Omsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, YaroslavlAcademic SymphonyOrchestra, and Temple University Symphony Orchestra. From 2001 to 2012 Anna was a concert artist at the Omsk Philharmonic, where she performed numerous solo recitals and concerts with orchestra. 

As an active chamber musician, Anna has performed as a member of Trio Casals which regularly performs in the United States and abroad. In 2015 Trio Casals recorded a CD of modern chamber music and presented it at Carnegie Hall.  

Ms. Kislitsyna is also the prize winner of many competitions including the Chopin International Piano Competition, Hartford, CT; Liszt International Competition, Los Angeles, CA; Lautard-Chevtchenko International Piano Competition in France; International Chamber Ensembles Competition in Finland; and various International Piano Competitions in Russia and Europe. In 2014 Anna received an award from The Jacobs Music Steinway Company for outstanding pianistic achievements. In 2011 Anna Kislitsyna was a recipient of the prestigious grant of the President of the Russian Federation. 

Anna’s students have won prizes and performed as soloists with many major symphony orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Kiev Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra, and others. Her students are winners of numerous international piano competitions in Italy, Austria, China, Korea, Poland, Ukraine, USA, and Russia.  She is frequently invited to judge in competitions.

Currently Anna is working on her second doctoral program at Temple University on a full fellowship, where she studies piano with Dr. Charles Abramovic, chamber music with Lambert Orkis, and harpsichord with Dr. Lindorff.  Her current research is focused on the music of Alfred Schnittke. Her research in Russia on the music of Messiaen has been published in scholarly journals and presented at many international conferences.