Festival Distinguished Guest Artist: July 30, 2019

Caio Pagano

Pagano has performed throughout four continents in more than 900 public performances as recital soloist, chamber musician and as soloist with orchestras. He has premiered 36 works in concert halls worldwide, 25 of these were works written and dedicated to him by the composers, including several concertos piano and orchestra...

Our Faculty


At his debut recital, the New York Times called David Northington “an immensely gifted musician…who combines the technical mastery of a virtuoso with the musical sensitivity of a poet.” Such critical accolades have followed Northington throughout the world in concerts and concerto engagements.

Jerome A. Reed

Jerome A. Reed is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Piano at Lipscomb University. He has performed extensively in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America, appearing in such venues as the Mendelssohnhaus in Leipzig, Germany; the Musikhochschule in Graz, Austria; and the Conservatoire Royale in Brussels, Belgium.

Ruixi Niu

Ruixi Niu is the Admisitrative Director at East/West International Piano Festival, she is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at West Virginia University with full assistantship.

Chia-Wei Chung

Chia-Wei Chung is a renowned pianist and one of the most sought-after piano pedagogues in Taiwan. She earned both Master and Doctoral degrees in piano performance from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she studied with the legendary pianist Michel Block, who was granted the Rubinstein Prize in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1970.

Timothy Kwok

Timothy Kwok earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Since graduation, Kwok joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong as a piano and harpsichord faculty member.

Cahill Smith

Born and raised in rural Alabama, pianist Cahill Smith has performed in major venues in the United States and abroad, including four performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the PolyTheater in Chongqing, China, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall in Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art...

Yu Jung Park

Pianist Yu Jung Park has performed as a soloist and a recitalist in the United States, Europe, and South Korea. As a concert pianist, she has garnered numerous awards throughout her career, including the Rising Artist Evening of Piano Concerti V series from the New York Concert Artists & Associates and American Protégé Concerto Competition.

Roberta Rust

Dr. Rust has concertized to critical acclaim around the globe, with performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, New York's Merkin Concert Hall, Rio de Janeiro's Sala Cecilia Meireles, Washington's Corcoran Gallery, Havana’s Basilica and Seoul's KNUA Hall.

Yingnan Liu

Yingnan Liu joined the piano faculty at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in 2012, immediately after earning his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He studied for his Bachelor of Music degree at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, U.S.A. Prof.

Lora Gubanov

A native of Bulgaria, Lora Gubanov has given many successful performances in the United States and Europe. Ms. Gubanov received the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Memphis in 2016, with a full teaching assistantship.

Henry Chow

Henry Chow received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the College-Conservatory of Music, and his Master and Bachelor degrees from the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music in London. He has performed extensively in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, and is currently a faculty member of the University of West London Hong Kong Centre.

Leonard Lindweld

Leonard Linweld is a faculty member at the Vanke Meisha Arts Academy in Shenzhen, China. He graduated with a Master’s degree from the Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway, and received a Bachelor’s degree from the Park University’s International Center for Music.

Hea Jung Cho

Pianist Hea Jung Cho has gained attention through numerous competitions and performances throughout South Korea, USA and Europe. Since her orchestra debut at age 9 with the Seoul Pops orchestra, Ms.Cho has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in the various concerts.

Olivia Ellis

Olivia Ellis is Associate Professor of Music at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee where she teaches piano, piano pedagogy and literature, music theory, and piano ensemble. She earned the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma. Olivia enjoys performing as both a soloist and collaborator and is part of the Chiara Piano Duo.

Mark Tollefsen

Since debuting with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at the age of fifteen, pianist Mark Tollefsen has fashioned an international career as both a soloist and chamber musician, performing in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, and Spain and as well as across the United States and East Asia.

Jae Won Kim

Since graduating from the Korean National University of Arts and earning masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Jae Won Kim has rapidly created a niche as a soloist and chamber musician.