Advisory Committee Members
Dr. Joe Chapman
Dr. Joe Chapman is an active concert pianist who has performed hundreds of solo recitals for arts associations, colleges, schools, and churches throughout the state of Georgia. Recently, he has presented an eight-concert tour entitled An Evening with Gershwin, performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the North Georgia Symphony, and played a solo recital of the music of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Chapman is the interim department head and senior music faculty member at the University of North Georgia, having joined the faculty in 1983. He is the founder and director of the university’s ever-popular All American Piano Celebration, which is now in its thirtieth year. Dr. Chapman serves as director of the Dawson Community Chorale, where he has conducted performances of numerous major works, including Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Schubert Mass in G Major in collaboration with the University of North Georgia Orchestra. In addition to his responsibilities at UNG, he has served the music profession in a number of capacities, including a term as president of the Georgia Music Teachers Association.
Dr. Rachel Chung
Born in South Korea, Hyunjung Rachel Chung has concertized in North America, Europe, and Asia. She has distinguished herself in several competitions including the 27th Artist International New York Debut Audition, Milosz Magin International Piano Competition, and International Web Concert Hall Competition. After presenting her New York recital debut at the Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in 1996, Chung has appeared in various concert venues, and accepted invitations to perform and present lectures and masterclasses in the South Carolina Chamber Music
Festival, Grumo Festival in Italy, Forty Fingers International Piano Festival in Rome, Arioso Musica Domani International Composition Prize, Piano at Peabody Workshop, Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival, Hawaii International Conference for the Arts and Humanities, College Music Society International Conference, and Van Cliburn Piano Institute to name a few.
Rachel has been following her passion for music of our time as well as unsung and forgotten music of the past. Most recent programs include compositions by Giuseppe Lupis, Augusta Read Thomas, Kye Ryung Park, Jennifer Higdon, Paolo Longo, Özkan Manav and Tania León, and two of the premiere performances were broadcast in Italy. In November 2017, she released her first CD My Cherished Garden: Piano Works by American Women Composers on the Studio Jeeb label. As an acclaimed collaborative pianist, she enjoys a collaboration with renowned instrumentalists and singers. With the violinist Qiao Chen Solomon, she inaugurated the Eureka Duo in 2014 and performs regularly in various concert halls and music festivals.
She is an Associate Professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Chung received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Seoul National University, a Master of Music degree and a Professional Study Diploma from the Mannes College of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her teachers include Kwi Hyun Kim, Arkady Aronov, Boris Slutsky, Theodore Lettvin, and Susan Starr.
Mr. George Mann
George Mann received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati where his principal teacher was the late Herbert L. Newman. In 1971 Mann joined the faculty of Kansas State College of Pittsburg and in 1974 he came to the University of West Georgia in Carrollton where he was Professor of Music until retirement in spring, 2003. He currently teaches at LaGrange College as well as in his home studio in Lithia Springs.
Mann was selected as the 2007 Georgia Music Teacher Association Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by GMTA in recognition of lifetime achievement as a music teacher. A recipient of the Master Teacher Certificate from Music Teachers National Association, Mann has had several students receive recognition in various piano events. He has presented many piano workshops and master classes and is frequently asked to judge competitions throughout the South.
Mann has performed widely as solo recitalist, accompanist, and chamber music participant. He has been soloist with orchestras in Ohio, Kansas, and Georgia. His recitals have frequently been broadcast over WABE Atlanta Public Radio. In 1997, Mann was commissioned by Intersound Recordings to record a four CD set of classical piano music entitled “Sensual Classics” which was distributed nationally and internationally.
In the fall of 2007, Mann won the composition contest sponsored by the Episcopal Church Diocese of Atlanta for his congregational mass celebrating the centennial of the diocese. His mass was sung at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, at the closing ceremony of the centennial year in November, 2007. Mann is Director of Music at St. Julian’s Episcopal Church in Douglasville.
Dr. Alexander Wasserman
Dr. Alexander Wasserman maintains an active concert schedule, with recent recital performances in the cities of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, La Jolla, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Portland, Santa Barbara, and Washington, D.C., and others. His performances are frequently broadcast on television and classical radio stations throughout the country.
As a concerto soloist, Dr. Wasserman has appeared with the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Thousand Oaks Philharmonic (CA), the New Valley Symphony (CA), the Suburban Symphony (OH), The Santa Barbara Choral Society and Orchestra (CA), The DeKalb Symphony (GA), The Rome Symphony (GA), The Reinhardt Symphony (GA), The Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, and the Parma Symphony (OH) in concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky.
As a chamber musician, he frequently collaborates with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as guest pianist with the Riverside Chamber Players, and the Atlanta Chamber Players. Recent chamber music highlights include performances on the Atlanta Symphony “Pre-Concert Chamber Music Series” at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Equally dedicated to the education of emerging talent, Dr. Wasserman is Assistant Professor of Piano at Reinhardt University (GA). He also served as Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University (OH) shortly before moving to Atlanta. In addition, he serves as Founder and Artistic Director of the Reinhardt Piano Festival and Academy – an intensive one-week summer piano festival held at Reinhardt University. Dr. Wasserman also maintains a private piano studio; his students have been prize winners in the GMEA All-State Competition, GMTA Romantic and Impressionistic Competition, GMTA Piano Competition, MTNA Competition, Nashville International Piano Competition, Rising Stars Competition, Osaka International Competition, Emory Young Artists Competition, Kennesaw State University Young Artists Competition, Rome Symphony Concerto Competition, Atlanta Community Symphony Concerto Competition, and more.
Alexander Wasserman, a native of Los Angeles, began formal piano studies with Suzanne Julian. He went on to receive degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music (BM), the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM), and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (GPD). Most recently, he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts program in Piano Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary teachers include Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Yong-Hi Moon, Daniel Shapiro, and Antoinette Perry. Additional study with Paul Schenly and Sergei Babayan has also been of primary influence.
Dr. Wasserman currently resides in Marietta, GA with his wife, Jessica Oudin, a member of the Atlanta Symphony viola section, and their son, Bradley.
Alexander Wasserman is an official Shigeru Kawai Artist.
Dr. David Watkins
Pianist Dr. David Watkins is an international Steinway Artist. He is Professor Emeritus of Piano and former coordinator of keyboard studies at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Watkins has released three commercial recordings on the ACA Digital label. Dr. Watkins made his solo recital debut in New York at Carnegie Recital Hall in May 1986. His students have received recognition on state, national and international levels. He also served on the summer artist faculty of the Eastern Music Festival.
Dr. Watkins holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He has studied and coached with many renowned artists. Dr. Watkins is certified as a master teacher by the Music Teachers National Association. He was President of the American Matthay Association 1994-1998, and was president of Georgia Music Teachers Association from 1994-1996. Dr. Watkins continues to perform, teach, adjudicate and serve as clinician nationally.
Dr. Watkins is active as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and collaborative performer with an unusually varied repertoire at his command. He has performed on the national convention programs of the Music Teachers National Association (Little Rock, Nashville, Salt Lake City), the American Matthay Association (Dayton Art Institute, San Jose State University, Penn State University, Union University, Western Carolina University), and the College Music Society (St. Louis, Toronto). In January 2005, he appeared with violinist Dr. Edward Eanes in a lecture-recital on “Mozart’s Year in Paris” at the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities in Honolulu. He performed with the Atlanta Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble in and around his home base of Atlanta and has made appearances with them in such prestigious places as the University of Mexico and the North American Cultural Institute in Mexico City. He has appeared as concerto soloist with many regional orchestras, including the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Wind Symphony, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra. He has performed solo recitals throughout the United States, from California to Massachusetts, under the auspices of many colleges, universities and community concert series. He also performed regularly with cellist Roger Drinkall under the auspices of Allied Concert Services in Minneapolis, and has accompanied Metropolitan Opera sopranos Irene Jordan, Linda Zoghby and Patricia Craig in recital.
Dr. Igor Resnianski
Dr. Igor Resnianski received his formal music degrees in Russia graduating with distinctions from Novosibirsk Music College under Professor Elena Storojuk, and Novosibirsk State Conservatorium under Professor Mary Lebenzon. He continued his studies in the United States completing the Artist Diploma program under Dr. Tamás Ungár at Texas Christian University. In addition, he studied as a full scholarship student at the TCU/Cliburn International Summer Piano Institute, where he was under the tutelage of distinguished musicians Paul Badura-Skoda, John Lill, Fanny Waterman, and György Sebök.Mr. Resnianski holds a Doctoral degree from Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied with Professor Harvey Wedeen.
His Monograph advisor was Dr. Alexander Brinkman.
A Steinway artist, Dr. Resnianski is a prizewinner of many piano competitions including the First Prize of the New Orleans International Piano Competition, 1996, the Bronze Medal of the International World Piano Competition, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1996, the Bronze Medal of the Nena Wideman International Piano Competition, Shreveport, Louisiana in 1995, the Fifth prize of the First China International Piano Competition, 1994 in Beijing, and the Second Prize of the All Russian Piano Competition Sodrujestvo in 1991.
Prior to moving to the United States in 1995, he was full time Professor at the Novosibirsk Music College as well as an Assistant Professor at the Novosibirsk Music Conservatory. His performance career during that time took him around the country. Dr. Resnianski performed in numerous philharmonic halls as a solo artist, soloist with orchestras, and a chamber musician. He appeared in the famed halls of Moscow and St. Petersburg including the historic Glinka Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg. For many years he performed with violinist Ilya Konovalov, who is now a concertmaster of Israel Philharmonic, and recorded two CDs with him that were released by the St. Petersburg Recording Company and Sony Entertainmant.
In June 1996, Dr. Resnianski made his concerto debut in America performing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson and in South America performing a solo recital at the Medellin International Festival, Colombia. Since then he performed with New Orleans and Acadiana Symphony Orchestras, LA; gave solo recitals in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX; New Orleans and Lafayette, LA; Cincinnati, OH and Palm Beach, FL; Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ; Santa Clara, CA and Houston, TX; etc. His performances were televised and broadcasted in Novosibirsk, Russia; New Orleans, LA; Palm Beach, FL; Cincinnati, OH; etc. He has been featured on the PBS/WHYY Y-Arts television channel performing several sonatas by Scarlatti.
Dr. Resnianski was presented in Master Classes in Philadelphia, PA; Houston, TX; New Orleans, LA; Lafayette, LA; Santa Clara, CA; Camden, NJ; West Chester, PA; Medellin Colombia, etc. For many years, he served as a faculty and guest artist at the TCU/ Cliburn Piano Institute Fort Worth, Texas. Since 2006 he is on the faculty of Piano Texas International Academy and Festival in Fort Worth. In January 2007 Dr. Resnianski taught Master-Classes at the Samuel Barber International Festival at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. For several years he gave lectures at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ during the Mozart summer course. He was appointed as an Artist Associate of the Music Department at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey in the fall of 2001.
In Philadelphia Dr. Resnianski teaches at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in West Chester and the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford. His students were featured in various television and radio programs including "From the Top" and are winners of numerous local, national, and international piano competitions. Among them are the Annual Piano Competition at West Chester University, World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Tricounty Competition, TCU-Cliburn Piano Institute Concerto Competition, Ambler Symphony Orchestra Competition, Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Competition, Old York Road Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, International Festival for Gifted Young Virtuosos sponsored by the Russian-American Music Association, Golden Key Music Festival, Alberti International Piano Competition, Young Classical Music Idol, Ithaca University Piano Competition, etc.
They performed in various performance venues in the United States and abroad including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall at Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center in New York, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Ed Landreth Hall at TCU in Fort Worth, Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall Philips Memorial Building at West Chester University, etc. Also, they appeared with Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, Kennet Square Symphony, Lansdowne Symphony, Ambler, and York Symphony Orchestras. His students were admitted to piano performance programs to many universities including Northwestern University, Tulane University, and Temple University.
Member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Dr. Resnianski serves as a jury member in many local, state, and international piano competitions and festivals. Among them are: New Orleans International Piano Competition and New Orleans International Piano Competition for Young Artists, Texas Music Teachers Association annual piano competition, Annual Piano Competition at West Chester University, Golden Key Music Festival, Texas Music Teachers Association and New Jersey Music Teachers Association piano competitions, Young Classical Music Idol, etc.
Dr. Evgeny Rivkin
Evgeny Rivkin was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, receiving his early training and Bachelor of Music from the Nizhny Novgorod College of Music. He earned his Master of Music from the Moscow Conservatory and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Moscow Conservatory.
Dr. Rivkin has won several awards for his playing, including top prizes in the Bavarian Radio Musik Competition in Munich, the International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow, the USSR National Piano Competition of St. Petersburg, and the Russian National Piano Competition held in Moscow. In 1998 he won the First prize in the 1998 International McMahon Piano Competition held in Oklahoma.
Evgeny Rivkin came to the University of Georgia in 1995 as a professor at the School of Music. Before coming to UGA, Rivkin was a professor of piano at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia. In addition to presenting master classes worldwide, Rivkin continues to perform as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Russia, Canada, Brazil and Europe to high acclaim, appearing as a soloist and with symphony and chamber orchestras in such venues as Weill Carnegie Hall in New York, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Great Hall of F. Liszt Hungarian Academy of Music and others. Music of Latvia reviewed Rivkin's style as "distinguished by its elegance, nobility, and high culture."
Rivkin has released ten compact discs, including one featuring some of his favorite solo piano music by Tchaikovsky, as well as a number of chamber music CD's in collaboration with violinist Levon Ambartsumian, featuring masterpieces of Brahms, Bartok, Schubert, Chausson and Mendelssohn.
Dr. Tamas Ungar
Pianist TAMÁS UNGÁR has earned worldwide acclaim for his powerful performances and innovative programming. A regular guest artist at numerous music centers in the United States, he also performs and teaches frequently all over the globe. During the past seasons, he performed in America, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Romania, England, Taiwan, Hong Kong, The People's Republic of China, Korea and Japan. Some of the highlights of these include performances with the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, performing as soloist/conductor of Mozart Piano Concertos at the University of Leeds, England as Artist-in-Residence and solo recital and master class series at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
During 2008-09 he participated in the Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland and gave a series of master classes in Hannover, Berlin and Dresden, Germany. In 2010 he toured Finland, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden giving master classes and private lessons. The same year, Dr. Ungár was the recipient of the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award.
In addition to his performing commitments, Tamás Ungár has become one of United States' best-known and most respected teachers of the piano. As Founder - Executive Director of PianoTexas International Academy & Festival and member of the TCU Piano Faculty, he attracts students from across America and as far afield as Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, England, Estonia, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Korea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Malaya, Mexico, Poland, Republic of Georgia, Singapore, Russia and Taiwan. His students have received prizes in national and international competitions, have performed in prestigious music centers including Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City and have made numerous recordings. For the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, three of his students were invited to participate, an achievement reserved for very few teachers.
Since 1989 Tamás Ungár has been a regular guest teacher at the most important music centers in China. In 2006 he was appointed as Artistic Director of the Beijing International Piano Festival and Artistic Advisor for the Zhou Guangren Summer Piano Institute.
Dr. Ungár's most influential teachers included Alexander Sverjensky at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Lajos Hernádi at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and György Sebök at Indiana University, where he was awarded the Doctorate in Music. Prior to his present position he taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Purcell School, England and at the University of California at San Diego.
Tamás Ungár records exclusively for CALA Records.
Dr. You Ju Lee
Pianist You Ju Lee is an accomplished pianist who has won numerous awards and performed recitals in Europe, Asia and the United States. Press reviews of her recent concerts stated, “Pianist You Ju Lee is a remarkable soloist and she brought clear, defined sonorous contour to Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.449” and “Lee’s playing reflects a beautiful sense of style, great accuracy and fine feeling for music” from her Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall, New York.
“You Ju Lee’s CD, entitled Chopin: Selected Piano Works is a wonderfully expressive recording, superb interpretation and flawless technique are captivating. Her playing is exceptionally strong, forthright, and tonally beautiful, with elegant and poetic phrasing throughout.”
Dr. Lee’s recent professional highlights include solo and duo piano recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; Spivey Hall; Mu Phi International Convention in Rochester, New York; Winners Gala Concert for the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music and New York Debut Recital in the Artists International Special Presentation Winners’ Series at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Her performances have explored solo, chamber, and orchestral music from baroque to contemporary, collaborating with twentieth and twenty-first century award winning composers including Jean Michel Damase, Sofia Gubaidulia, Marga Richter, and Joan Tower.
In the Fall of 2016, Dr. Lee was awarded the ACME (Artists, Composers, Musicologists & Educators) Mu Phi Epsilon International Award, honoring a distinguished national or international musical career as an artist, composer, musicologist, or educator. In 2015, Dr. Lee’s Piano Trio Concert was broadcast on WRAF radio in (90.9 FM/88.5 FM), and she was interviewed by Newton TV, in Newton, MA. In 2014, she was featured as the cover story in The Music: “You Ju Lee at Toccoa Falls College.” She recently released a CD entitled Chopin: Selected Piano Works, which is currently available on the Apple iTunes store and Amazon.com. She was an invited guest pianist at the Bella Musica Concert at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, and her performance was included in the CD release commemorating that event. Dr. Lee’s article on the Piano Works of Marga Richter was published in Clavier Companion magazine.
You Ju Lee received her D.M.A. degree from the University of Georgia under Dr. Richard Zimdars. She studied under Ruth McDonald at Georgia State University and continued her graduate program at City University London under Carola Grindea and in New York at the Eastman School of Music under Barry Snyder, and the Manhattan School of Music under Dr. Marc Silverman.
Dr. Lee is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, currently serves as an Associate Professor of Piano at Toccoa Falls College, in Toccoa, Georgia. She has served as an adjudicator for various competitions in Seoul, Korea, Artists International in New York City, the biennial Young Artists Piano Showcase in New York City, MTNA Young Artists Competition, in New York and South Carolina, National Federation of Music Clubs and GMTA auditions for Fulton, Cobb, and DeKalb counties in Georgia.