Our Faculty


David Northington is a world-renowned concert pianist and teacher/educator. 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.”

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.

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, the Royal Dublin Society’s Concert Hall, the Aspen Music Festival’s Harris Hall, Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall, Buffalo’s Kleinhan’s Music Hall, and Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Center.

Chia-Wei Chung

Chia-Wei Chung is a renowned pianist and one of the most sought-after piano pedagogues in Taiwan.

Michelle Huang

A native of Taiwan, pianist Michelle Huang has performed and taught extensively throughout the U.S. as well as abroad in the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

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. He is currently a full-time lecturer of the Bachelor of Music Programme at the Macao Polytechnic Institute.

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.

Yu Jung Park

Yu Jung holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from Temple University. Currently, she is affiliated as an adjunct faculty at Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea.

Peng Cao

Pianist Peng Cao is a rising star in Chinese piano region. His performance is full of passion and romantic sense. "His playing is endowed with magic!" said by famous conductor and pianist Eschenbach after listening to Peng Cao’s performance.

Shijun Wang

Shijun Wang is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Weber State University. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Eastman School of Music.

Yingnan Liu

Yingnan Liu is a faculty member at Shenyang Conservatory of Music. He earned his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Manhattan School of Music.

Lei Cai

Having received the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory Scholarship Award for five consecutive years, he came to the United States in 1992.