Pianist and internationally acclaimed piano educator ADAM WIBROWSKI studied with professors Halina Czerny-Stefanska and her husband Ludwik Stefanski at Cracow Academy of Music
where he received his Masters Degree in piano performance. Later, Dr. Wibrowski followed his studies at Doctorate 3 Cycle at Sorbonne, Paris. His piano awards include: 1st Prize at the National Chopin Competition in Poland, Diploma de Honor at
Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain, and the First Prize at the Union Francaise des Artistes Musiciens, France. Mr. Wibrowski received also the MTNA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and Music Studies (USA).
He has taught successively at Grenoble Conservatory, France, University of Southern California, USA, European Virtuosity Class, Netherlands, Katowice Superior Academy of Music, Poland, and Paris Conservatory, France, the latter continuously since 2000.
Mr. Wibrowski has taught master classes at major Universities and Conservatories in the USA (UCLA, Yale, Rice), Canada (McGill, U.B.C., Concordia), Australia, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, and China. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of Chopin Festival at Nohant, France; European Music Sessions, Netherlands; Liszt Piano Festival, Hungary and Austria Piano Summer, Vienna-Wiener Neustadt, and recently of Polish Music Piano Competition in Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Wibrowski is the President of Chopin Association in Nohant, France; Member of the Paderewski Association, Switzerland; Member of the Board of Directors of the Paderewski Music Society in Los Angeles; and the Director of the Program of the European Union Culture Commission: "Piano-European Cultures"
Master of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston American pianist. Emerging Artists grantee City of Raleigh, 1992, United Arts, 1995, State Arts Council grantee, since 1995, regional artists grantee, 1999-2001, NCMTA grantee. Member National Music Teachers Association, National Guild of Piano, Raleigh Piano Teachers Association (vice president), Cary-Apex Piano Teachers Association (president); Pi Kappa Lampda. Classically trained Brenda Bruce will offer classes on improvising on familiar melodies from Broadway and Jazz Standards of the Big Band Era. Simultaneous with her classical training--Master of Music in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory-- she privately developed her skills in popular music which afforded her many career opportunities. She has used her skills for the pleasure of the public in many hotels, clubs, private parties, and an unusual 12-year gig playing during lunch hours at SAS Institute, a private software development company.
William Wellborn enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer, and has performed and lectured
widely on three continents. He received a MM (New England Conservatory) and DMA (University of Texas) in Performance, and a BM in Piano
Pedagogy (University of Texas), where his teachers included Gregory Allen, Patricia Zander, and Nancy Garrett, and two leaders in the field
of piano pedagogy- Amanda Vick Lethco and Martha Hilley. He has also received coaching from John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Karl-Heinz Kammerling,
Adam Wibrowski, Andrzej Jasinski, and Jerome Lowenthal. Guest artist appearances include the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts,
the Paderewski Festival, the American Liszt Society, the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Canada, the Chopin chez George Sand festival de piano in Nohant, France, and the Tres Seculos de Piano series
in Rio de Janeiro. In 2004 he had the honor of presenting an all-Liszt program on Liszt's piano at Hofgartnerei Museum in Weimar, and in 2009 he presented a Haydn program at the composer's birthplace in Rohrau, Austria.
Orchestral appearances include the Austin Symphony, the Laredo Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, the Redwoods Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, and the Sudeten Philharmonie in Walbrzych, Poland.
A scholar of historic musicians, from 1995-97 Wellborn hosted the KDFC radio program "Piano Legacy." A frequent adjudicator, he has served on the juries of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the San Jose International Piano Competition, and the California Music Teachers' Association. Since 1999 he has directed European musical tours exploring the lives and music of great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Granados, Mendelssohn, and Ravel. Wellborn has served as an artist-teacher for the Masterclasses of Saint Malo (1998-2003), the Franz Liszt Summer Piano Academy in Sopron (2004-2007), and the Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival (2008-2013) summer programs.
Wellborn is faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1989, His students frequently win top prizes in numerous state, national, and international piano competitions. Wellborn records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels, and for more information on Mr. Wellborn's upcoming activities please visit his website at www.williamwellborn.com
Artem Yasynskyy was born in 1988 in Donetsk, Ukraine into a family of classical musicians. At the age of seven he became a pupil at the Special School for Gifted Children run by the Prokofiev Academy in Donetsk and gave his first concert when he was eight years old. A scholarship granted by the Ukrainian Government from 2006 to 2010 enabled him to study at the Prokofiev State Academy of Music with Albina Oryshchuk graduating in 2010 with Honours. Artem Yasynskyy moved to Germany in 2010 in order to continue postgraduate piano studies at the University of the Arts in Bremen with Professor Patrick O’Byrne. In 2018 he completed the degree of Konzertexamen (highest academic grade in music) with Honours and joined the Piano Faculty, where he is currently a Principal subject Piano Teacher. In 2021 he won a position of substitute professorship of piano at the University of Arts Bremen. During his studies in Bremen Artem Yasynskyy received many scholarships by important foundations such as the London Keyboard Charitable Trust (England), the Clavarte Foundation (Switzerland), the Steinway Award in Hamburg and the Hans and Stefan Bernbeck Foundation, the „Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben“, (Germany), Vere Music Fund (Ukraine). In 2021 he won the second prize and 5 other additional prizes by the Sydney International Piano Competition. He performed at numerous festivals such as the "Gina Bachauer Piano Artist Concert Series ", the Honens Festival in Calgary, Canada, the Paderewski Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina (USA), the “Bremer Musikfest”, the “Raritäten der Klaviermusik” in Husum, Germany, the “Kiev Musical Summer Evenings Festival” and many others. Artem Yasynskyy has participated with great success in numerous international competitions and music festivals. In 2015 he was gold medallist at the Cincinnati Piano Competition and prizewinner at the Honens Piano Competition in Calgary, Canada. He won prizes at the Gian Battista Viotti Competition in Vercelli, the Sendai International Music Competition and the Gina Bachauer Competition in Salt Lake City, the Top of The World Competition in Tromsø, Norway, the Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, the Manhattan Music Competition and the First German Competition of Polish Music (Leschetizky Competition). Numerous concert appearances have taken him on tour to Canada, USA, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Spain, Greece, Norway, Poland, Russia and throughout Germany. He performed in prestigious venues such as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (December 2016), the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Jack Singer Hall in Calgary, Kyiv Philharmonie, the Sendesaal Bremen, the Bremer "Glocke". His first CD was released by the Naxos Grand Piano label in 2015 and features works by Józef Hofmann. His second CD of Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti was released by the Naxos Label in January 2018. In Autumn 2021 he plans to record the CD with pieces of Gabriel und Sergei Prokofiev.