Boston International Piano Competition
Wayman Chin has performed widely throughout the
United States, Asia and the United Kingdom. In the United
States, his concerts include performances at Princeton
University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Jordan Hall in Boston,
and the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Old First Concert
Series in San Francisco. In the Far East, Mr. Chin has
appeared at Tsuen Wan Town Hall in Hong Kong, and in
the Philippines, on the Sala Foundation concert series,
and at the residence of the US Ambassador in Manila.
Wayman Chin’s playing has been described as,
“transcendental, long lines spun like glorious gold thread,”
“ferociously concentrated, intense, focused, and musically
astute” (Boston Herald), “vividly characterized and
atmospheric,” (Stamford Mercury, U.K.) and “sheer magic…
every note is colored.” (the Freeman, Philippines).
Wayman Chin earned a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School and a Master of Music degree from Yale University. He has served on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and on the Music Program Faculty of the Winter Cycle at the Banff Centre. Mr. Chin's recent activities include a recitals at Dickinson College and on the Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, along with master classes in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Mr. Chin is currently the Dean of the Conservatory at the Longy School of Music of Bard College
Ya-Fei Chuang has been acclaimed by critics in the
United States and abroad for performances of stunning
virtuosity, refinement and communicative power,. She has
appeared as soloist at numerous international festivals,
among them the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw with
Christoph Eschenbach, the Taipei International Music
Festival, the European Music Festival (Stuttgart), the
Bach Festival (Leipzig) and those of Schleswig-Holstein,
Ravinia, Gilmore, Tanglewood, and she has performed as
duo partner with Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin, Steven
Isserlis, and James Buswell. The Ruhr Piano Festival
(Germany) has released two CDs of her live performances
there—her May 2007 solo recital, which was also distributed
as a premium by the music magazine ‘Fono
Forum’; and performances of the Mendelssohn G-minor
piano concerto and concerto for two pianos in A-flat. Fanfare
Magazine hailed her “delicacy and fluidity of touch. She seems
ideally suited to Mendelssohn’s demands…this version now sits at the top of the pile of Mendelssohn Firsts, alongside Perahia, Serkin, and John Ogdon.”
Her recent engagements include concerts and recordings in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, performances in England, Germany, Austria, South America and throughout the US. She has recorded for Naxos, Harmonia Mundi, ECM, and New York Philomusica Records. Her recording of Hindemith’s chamber music works with Spectrum Berlin was awarded a special prize by the International Record Review 2009.
Tatyana Dudochkin, Chair, a distinguished pianist
and teacher, is currently on the piano faculty and is former
Chair of the Piano Ensemble Department in the Preparatory
and Continuing Education Division at the New England
Conservatory as well as on the piano faculty of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Puigcerda
Music Festival in Spain. A graduate of the St. Petersburg
and Kiev Conservatories of music, she is the Founder and
has been Artistic Director of the Annual Composer’s
Anniversary Celebrations at New England Conservatory’s
Jordan Hall since 1991. She is President of the Chamber
Music Foundation of New England as well as Founder and
Director of the International Chamber Music Ensembles
Ms. Dudochkin has been described as a "formidable
Russian born pianist.... highly sensitive and passionate playing with colorful tone" and as a "Strong and fiery player!" by the Boston Globe. She won First Prize and Grand Medal at the prestigious International Early Music Festival-Competition in Lithuania, as well as having earned numerous awards including Ukrainian Chamber Music Competition, All-Union Music Competition and others. Critically acclaimed for her performances as a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Dudochkin has performed extensively throughout Canada, Holland, Italy, Japan, the former Soviet Union, Spain and the United States. She has served on the juries of several International Piano Competitions in Mexico, Russia, Spain and United States. She has been Artist in Residence at the Rockport Music Festival, Spring at Prague Festival, Hampton Music Festival and many others.
Ms. Dudochkin has recorded extensively on the Melodia label, performed and recorded at WGBH, WBUR, "Voice of America”, “Morning Pro Musica”, Washington National Public Radio and Continental CableVision's "In Performance.” She has also been featured on many annual "Live from Jordan Hall" recordings over the last 25 years and recently performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Her students have won more than 280 top prizes at International, National and World competitions.
Roberto Poli, a native of Venice, Italy, has appeared as
a soloist, harpsichordist, chamber musician and conductor
around the world in cities such as Boston, Brussels, Calgary,
Dublin, New York, Rome and Seoul. He has studied with
Giorgio Vianello, Phillipe Cassard and Boris Petrushansky.
After moving to the United States in 1998, he received a
Master’s Degree and the prestigious Artist Diploma from
the New England Conservatory of Music under the guidance
of Russell Sherman.
The music of Chopin, which Mr. Poli has studied through
manuscripts and original editions, is the current center of
a project including the recording on video of the composer’s
complete works; the organization of the Chopin Symposia,
featuring illustrious performers, pedagogues and lecturers;
and the publication of his first book, The Secret Life of
Musical Notation: defying interpretive traditions (Amadeus Press, 2009) - a volume on pianistic interpretation which provides a new vision of Chopin's works that is both scholarly and practical. His debut CD, "Shall We Dance...", was released on Americus Records in 2002. An all-Liszt album was recently presented by Onclassical, a European label which will also release his recording of the complete works of Chopin.
After Mr. Poli’s American debut was saluted by the press as “pure magic”, similar assessments have been expressed around the world in cities such as Boston, Brussels, Calgary, Dublin, New York, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Tokyo, Vilnius, Zurich and wherever he travels. Acclaimed as a soloist on both piano and harpsichord, and as a chamber musician and conductor, Roberto Poli has appeared with the Monet Ensemble, the Trio di Venezia, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, soprano Elizabeth Keusch, clarinetist Jonathan Cohler, violinist Markus Placci, and cellists Sarah Carter and Ronald Lowry. In recent years, he has appeared in extensive and critically acclaimed tours of South Korea and the United States with cellist Daniel Lee. In April of 2014, he appeared as a conductor and soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of El Salvador in a program devoted to Mozart and Chopin
Roberto Poli is an enthusiastic sought-after teacher and lecturer. He holds positions at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, Massachusetts, where he is the Artist-in-Residence and Co-chair of the Piano Department; and at the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School. He also enjoys a busy schedule of master classes, and has been a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at institutions such as Cornell University, Dartmouth College, New England Conservatory of Music, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia.
Angel Ramon Rivera hails from the island of Puerto
Rico, where he studied with the legendary pianist Jesus
María Sanroma. He received his bachelor and master's
degrees from the New England Conservatory. Mr. Rivera
has performed at Boston's Jordan Hall and The Gardner
Museum, Castle Hill, the Tanglewood Music Festival and
at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He was the host of a
program promoting the arts in Latin America on National
Mr. Rivera has taught at the Rivers School Conservatory
since 1977. He is Director Emeritus of RSC where he is
currently on the faculty and former Director of New England
Conservatory’s Preparatory School. He has taught pianists
who have won major awards in international piano
Mr. Rivera co-founded the RSC annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young in 1977 which has featured celebrated composers such as Cage, Knussen, Harbison, Maxwell Davies, Lieberman and Bolcom and is the chairman of NEC’s Preparatory Piano Seminars, as well as teaching pedagogy courses at the college level.
Mr. Rivera has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, the World Pedagogy Conferences, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. He is the recipient of the Manuel G.Tavárez Gold Medal, the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts President's Award and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School's Jean Stackhouse Excellence in Teaching Award. His piano studio continues to produce many national and international competition award winners every year.