Meet The Team
Piano - Violin - viola Teacher
Chi Lee has enjoyed performing as an orchestral and chamber musician
throughout the world. Chi holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and a master’s degree from Rice University. Her mentors include members of the Chicago Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, American String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Chi joined the Richmond Symphony Orchestra as associate principal viola in
2018. She has performed in leading concert halls throughout the world such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Musik-und Kongresshalle Lübeck, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Admiralspalast Berlin, and Snapes Proms. Her performances in international festivals include the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Rendsburg, Germany, the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme in Aldeburgh, United Kingdom, Bard Music Festival, and Asian Youth
Orchestra, where she toured to Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, and Shanghai. Chi was a fellow of The Orchestra Now from 2016 to 2018 where she regularly performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. As a chamber musician, Chi is a founding member of the Florestan String Quartet, based in New York. The Florestan String Quartet has toured Taiwan, performing throughout the country in concerts and educational workshops for students. She has been teaching faculty at the Bard College Conservatory Preparatory Division and the Amadeus Music School in New York City. She was awarded the Best Teacher Award from the KRB NY International Competition in
2012 and was winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition in 2013.
Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yi Lin is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Institute under the tutelage of Alexander Shtarkman. He holds Bachelor of Music degree at Soochow University in Taiwan, Master of Music degree at the Peabody Institute as well as the recipient of the Richard Franko Goldman Prize in Performance at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He has been awarded numerous prizes in both regional and international competitions, such as the Young Artist Competition by Philharmonic Society of Arlington, the Marbella International Piano Competition, the New York International Artist Association Piano Competition, Metropolitan International Piano Competition, Taipei Taiwan International Piano Competition, the Asia Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, and Wonderlic Piano Competition in Baltimore. In 2017, he was selected as the winner of the Taiwanese Chapter of the Peabody Institute Alumni Society, performing a recital at National Recital Hall in Taiwan. As an active pianist in Taiwan, Lin has been chosen to receive scholarship from Culture Department and Ministry of Education frequently. Lin has been involved in prestige festivals such as Art of the Piano, Marbella Music Festival, Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Berkshire Music Festival, and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Festival. He has received masterclasses from Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Awadagin Pratt, Boris Berman, Enrico Elisi, Vladimir Feltsman, Leon Fleisher, James Giles, Richard Goode, Paul Lewis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky, Jory Vinikour.
Praised for her "beautiful sense of pacing and refined sonorities" and "profound Chopin recital!", Taiwanese pianist Wanching Liu performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Taiwan. She also participated in many prestigious festivals, such as Bowdoin International Music Festival, International Keyboard Institute & Festival, and Gijón International Piano Festival. In 2014, She became a recipient of the Taiwanese American Charity and Education Scholarship.
Wanching holds her Master's Degree and Graduate Performance Diploma at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor's Degree at National Taiwan Normal University. Her primary teachers include Larissa Dedova, Alexander Shtarkman, and Chang Chen. In addition, she has played in many master classes by world-renowned musicians, such as Martin Canin, Yury Ayrapetyan, Alon Goldstein, and Emerson String Quartet.
Currently, Wanching is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland. Besides her performance career, she has been an engaged piano instructor since 2009.
Pianist Dr. Heqing Huang has appeared in recitals at Florida, California, New York, Iowa, among other states. As a soloist, Dr. Huang has performed with The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Vines, Lynn Phiharmonia and Ars flores symphony orchestra .
Dr. Huang earned his DMA in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa under Dr. Uriel Tsachor and served as teaching assistant to the school of music. He had a studio of 20 students and taught group piano classes for both major/non-major students at the University of Iowa. He also taught at the Pre-College Piano Conservatory at UI.
Mr. Huang’s competition achievements include: First prize in the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota piano competition with Virginia B. Toulmin Award (2014), Ars flores young artist concerto competition(2011), First prize in “HAILUN” National Piano Competition (2007 Sichuan Subdivision), special prize in the 1st National Youth Piano Competition held by the China Culture Ministry (2009), Finalist in the 4th Wiesbaden International Piano Competition in Germany (2009) and Finalist in both Chautauqua International Piano Solo and Concerto Competition, New York (2013/2016).
He had master classes with Leon Fleisher, John Perry and Jon Kimura Parker.
Aleksandra Velgosha was born in Moscow, Russia. She started her music education at the age of 4 by entering the Arts School of Georgi Sviridov in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Aleksandra started participating in chamber music and piano solo competitions at the age of seven. She won second prize at the young artists competition “Sparkles” in 2006. In 2009 she won first and second prizes at the competitions Concertino (Nizhny Novgorod), and Religo (Saint-Petersburg). In 2010, Aleksandra premiered on TV series “What is the truth?” broadcasted on Hope Channel. Aleksandra continued her studies in piano under Professor Sergei Poljakoff, Zaoksky Adventist University. While studying under him, she premiered with Tula Region Orchestra, and won a full scholarship for the music education program at Zaoksky Adventist University. She also won many other international, local, and online competitions, including 2nd prize in Crescendo competition (New York, Carnegie Hall, USA). At the age of 16 Aleksandra was invited to study at Washington Adventist University, MD, where she was offered a full scholarship. There she studied under Dr. Mark Di Pinto and played as a soloist with New England Youth Ensemble. Aleksandra also served as a Columbia Collegiate Choral and Pro Musica accompanist. In 2018 she won first prize at E. R. Davis Piano Competition. In the fall of the same year, Aleksandra started studying under Dr. Larissa Dedova, University of Maryland. In 2019, Aleksandra perused orchestral conducting studies under Prof. Michael Patterson. At Washington Adventist University Aleksandra has received such awards as Neil Tilkins Scholarship, Performer of the Year, and Senior of the Year.
Aleksandra has participated in masterclasses led by Awadagian Pratt, Herbert Blomstedt, Ivan Citera, Xun Pan, and attended Port City Music Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina. Aleksandra is in her second year of her master’s program at the University of Maryland. She currently studies in the studio of Dr. Larissa Dedova. Aleksandra currently teaches at such institutions as the University of Maryland (Class Piano Coordinator), and Richardson School of Music.
Pianist and Conductor Shun Yao has been praised for his "natural affinity with music" and "dedication for his art".
Mr. Yao grew up in the city of New York. He studied piano with Nina Svetlanova at Manhattan School of Music and worked with other prestigious artist such as Nikolai Demidenko, Boris Slutsky, and Jerome Rose. He was often acknowledged for his rich tone and innate sense of timing. Performances took him to various venues around the city. Subsequently, he earned his Master's degree at Rice University in Houston.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Yao has been coached by members of Tokyo Quartet and Medici Quartet, among others. He has also collaborated with singers from Seattle Opera and National Operas, as well as members of Houston Symphony. Taking on the spirit of collaboration and adventure, Mr. Yao has committed himself to orchestral conducting since 2018. His mentors include prominent figures such as Robert Spano of Atlanta Symphony, David Zinman of Zurich Orchestra, and Jorma Panula of Sibelius Academy in Finland. He has worked with ensembles in London, Italy, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, and across the US, and premiered works by Moni Guo and Benjamin Morris. During the coronavirus pandemic, he organized the first virtual orchestra project at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Mr. Yao always finds great joy in teaching. Whether it's one-on-one piano and music theory lessons or working with student orchestras, whether it's guiding children to find the middle C on the keyboard or helping young professionals to prepare for orchestra auditions, he is always driven by the satisfaction of sharing his passion for music.
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Daniel Peterson is a recent doctoral graduate in orchestral conducting at the Catholic University of America, where he studied under the tutelage of Maestro Murry Sidlin. He has completed graduate degrees in conducting at Southern Methodist University and Boston University, as well as a degree in music education and piano at Grove City College. He has also studied abroad at the Bauhaus University in Weimer, Germany. Prior to pursuing graduate study, Mr. Peterson taught music to elementary through high school students in public schools in New Jersey, including piano, general music, chorus, and special education. Additionally, he has conducted performances with collegiate orchestras and choruses as a graduate student. He is inspired by students who love music, and excited to assist them in their artistic development. Mr. Peterson is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda.
Jiashu Song is an educator and classical pianist. As a native of China, Ms. Song is dedicated to providing Mandarin immersion programs for students through music lessons. For 9 years, Ms. Song has taught children ages 3 - 17 both privately and at schools in the D.C. metropolitan area. Ms. Song received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Catholic University of America. As an educator, she hopes to bring joyful and inspiring learning experiences to every student, guiding them through their journey of diverse world music traditions.
Ms. Song has been a student at masterclasses of The Washington International Piano Series, given by well-known pianists Igor Lebedev, Professor Changxin Guan and Professor Murray McClachlan. She performed Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the CUA Symphony Orchestra, and also as a chamber orchestra pianist in an opera world premiere in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Katherine Leon has many years of experience in the entertainment and arts business. Her first approach was behind the scenes. She started working as a junior producer in her native Peru before she graduated with a B.A. in Audiovisual Communications from the Catholic Pontifical University of Peru. She had the opportunity to work with three companies that showed her different aspects of the audiovisual industry: Maia Films (corporate), Terra TV (online channel), and Tondero Producciones (entertainment industry).
Ms. Leon was also part of Emily Mazzotti’s Flamenco Company, and the National Peruvian Choir. Once in the US she started to perform as an opera singer with companies like Opera Camerata of Washington DC, Inseries, Teatro Lirico of DC, Belcantanti and Maryland Lyric Opera in productions like Die Fledermaus, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Snowmaiden, Romeo et Juliette, Carmen and The Medium.
Further, Ms. Leon is passionate about her native language and Peruvian heritage. She ended up obtaining a B.A. in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture from University of Maryland, College Park. Her background in literature and linguistics has made her appreciate the power of communication and its many cultural representations. In an effort to combine her experience and passions, she decided to partner with Jackie Song to create Chanson Music Studios as a place that unites music and language.