Seven award-winning student pianists from Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University will open CCPA’s weeklong PianoFest celebration with solo performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in Roosevelt University’s seventh-floor Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Selected as soloists earlier this month during a CCPA piano showcase competition, the winning students will lead off Roosevelt’s Oct. 28-Nov. 2 Pianofest celebration. It will feature solo performances by internationally known pianists including: Roosevelt’s own Winston Choi, a piano professor and director of the Piano Program at CCPA; legendary classical pianist Ursula Oppens; and Jerome Lowenthal, a concert pianist and professor at the Juilliard School in New York.
This year’s winning PianoFest student soloists
Sandor Feher of Aurora, Ill.
A recent graduate of CCPA’s Master’s in Piano Performance program, Feher is currently pursuing a post-graduate performance diploma with CCPA artist faculty member Ludmila Lazar. He began his musical training in Aurora, and has won several prizes in the Swedish Days music festival held annually in Geneva, Ill. Also the winner of the West Suburban Scholarship contest, Feher has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist in venues across the U.S. and Europe. He will be performing Franz Liszt’s Sposalizio, from Années de pèlerinage, Deuxième année: Italie, S. 161 and Béla Bartók’s (1881-1945) Minor Seconds, Major Sevenths, from Mikrokosmos, Vol. VI.
Seungjin Han of South Korea.
He is an undergraduate in Piano Performance at CCPA where he studies with artist faculty members Edward Auer and Junghwa Moon Auer. Han has won competitions in Korea, Indiana, Vietnam and New York. He also was a student soloist at CCPA’s PianoFest in 2017. He will perform a piece by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849); Etude Op. 25, No. 10, Etude Op. 25, No. 11, and Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1.
Tiffany Leard of Las Vegas.
She is a sophomore piano major at Roosevelt, where she studies with assistant professor of piano Adam Neiman. Leard is the winner of several Music Teachers National Association solo competitions. She also holds a National Piano Tournament Paderewski Gold Medal. She will be performing Liszt’s Transcendental Etude No. 8 “Wilde jagd”.
Héctor Melicoff Rosso of Monterrey, México.
A Master’s in Piano Performance student, Rosso recently graduated cum laude from Rice University. He currently studies under the tutelage of CCPA artist faculty member Jorge Federico Osorio. Rosso began studying piano with his mother, who is a concert pianist, and has won several prizes from his home country. He will be performing Claude Debussy’s (1862-1918), Reflets dans l’eau from Images Book I (L110), Johannes Brahms’s 4 Klavierstücke, Op. 119 Intermezzo No. 1 in B minor (1833-1897), and Nikolai Kapustin’s Sonata-Fantasy, Op. 39 I. Vivace b. 1937.
Sohee Shin of Korea.
A collaborative piano assistant for CCPA, she studies with CCPA artist faculty members Edward Auer and Junghwa Moon Auer. Shin began her piano studies at age 6 and has won numerous prizes. Shin will be gracing PianoFest’s opening night with the piece by Nikolai Kapustin, Variations, Op. 41 (1984).
Kyungmin Yang of Korea.
A piano performance student at CCPA, he has received numerous awards for his performances including the Edward Auer Summer Workshop, the Kurume J.S. Bach International Music Competition, the Korea Young Artist Piano Competition and Korea International Music Competition. Yang began to play the piano at age nine. He will be performing Karol Szymanowski’s Variations, Op. 3 (1882-1937).
Yifeng Zhang of China.
He received a Master’s in Piano Performance from Roosevelt and is currently a Performance Diploma student who studies with CCPA’s Professor of Piano Winston Choi and artist faculty member Jorge Federico Osorio. Zhang has been playing piano since five years of age. He performed at CCPA's PianoFest in 2017 and was a finalist in the college’s concerto competition that same year. He will be performing Franz Liszt’s (1811-1886) Vallée d’Obermann from Années de pèlerinage, Premiere année: Suisse, S. 160.