Nathan Cicero is a multi-faceted musician whose interests range from solo piano, chamber music, song repertoire and vocal coaching to choral and orchestral conducting. Nathan was awarded full tuition as an apprentice Coach/Accompanist with Miami Music Festival Apprentice Program. He played continuo for Peabody Opera Theatre’s performances of Le Nozze di Figaro and L’Elisir d’amore, and coached several scenes for Peabody’s American Opera Scenes program. Nathan was selected, with fellow Peabody student Elizabeth Sarian, for UMBC’s Interplay project, which pairs Peabody graduate students with UMBC music major undergraduates. The project also involves masterclasses, chamber music coaching, audition preparation seminars and mock audition panels in addition to the interactive recitals. Nathan was the pianist for Baltimore Concert Opera’s coach-accompanist-conductor Rachelle Jonck, who gave a master class for advanced Prep singers on November 11th, and also the pianist for Lesley Stifelman’s Musical Theatre Master Class in October. He has played Master Classes for Frederica von Stade, Eric Owens, and Denyce Graves, recitals for Chris Edwards and Rob McGinness, and was rehearsal pianist and performance pianist for Spring Awakening at Loyola University. He holds a graduate assistantship in Opera Accompanying, and accompanies regularly in the vocal studios of Denyce Graves, William Sharp, and Stanley Cornett. Outside of Peabody, he serves as music intern at Baltimore’s Cathedral of Mary our Queen, with responsibilities as pianist, associate organist, and assistant conductor of the Cathedral Choir. A native of Wisconsin, Cicero was inspired to pursue music by his high school music teachers, and earned a BM in Piano-Collaborative Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2016. While at UW-Eau Claire, he was also heavily involved in the voice and choral division, serving as a chorus master and rehearsal accompanist for Le Nozze di Figaro, pianist and conductor for Cabaret, and director and orchestrator for a student-run variety show, Cabaret Productions, among other leadership roles. In addition, he won the UW-Eau Claire orchestral conducting competition in 2016, and was the recipient of the Ada Bors Music Service Award for outstanding service to the Music and Theatre Arts Department.
Pei-Hsuan Lin was born in Taiwan. She started her art career when she was three-years-old immersing herself in music and ballet. Between 12 to 18 years old, she was also accepted with excellent remarks into the Music Talented Program. As the first chair of cello, she attended national music competitions every year on behalf of her school, and won the first prizes in piano, cello, and the piano trio. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree in National Taiwan Normal University.Pei-Hsuan has participated in the Gijón International Piano Festival, Domaine Forget music festival, Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy, and Kirishima Music Festival. She committed to creating many events which combine different areas of arts. The reason for her determination to this path is because she believes there has a strong connection between different art forms, and she loves the way she performed music with many new ideas. She had some experiences of working with the professional street dancers on her graduation recital, and it created an immense response in her country. The experiences really set her mind to devote herself to the music and create the events that combine different areas of art. She believes that holding these kinds of events and being a collaborate pianist as a career will be the best way to share the beautiful music with others. She is currently a first-year master student at Johns Hopkins University of Peabody conservatory, double majoring in Piano Performance and Vocal accompanying and study with Alexander Shtarkman and Eileen Cornett. At Peabody, Pei-Hsuan was a pianist for the Mark Markham Masterclass and the Peabody Opera Workshop’s American Opera Scenes program, as well as the Spirits of Mount Vernon Christmas Concert.
Mireu Seo was born in Seoul, South Korea and began studying piano at age 8. She graduated from Sunhwa ArtsHigh School and earned a Bachelor degree in Music and Music Education from Konkuk University. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied with Jaemi Kim and played for many voice lessons, recitals, chamber groups, university choir, children’s choir, Korean art song competition and preparatory school. Mireu was employed as a pianist for the Russian Yakutsk Whitenight International Music Festival, and the 1st Selmer Saxophone Symposium in Seoul, Korea. At Peabody, she played for seven voice recitals in addition to her own collaborative recital in April of 2017. She participated as a pianist for Master Classes with Denyce Graves, Frederica von Stade, and Mark Markham. She accompanied the KGSA Spring Concert, the Singing in Russian recital, the Peabody Korea-Taiwan Alumni Recital, a Brightwood Retirement Community Concert, the American Scenes Program with Peabody Opera, the Peabody Vocal Chamber Music Concert, and the Peabody Chamber Concert. Mireu works as a pianist for the Peabody Community Chorus and the Peabody Preparatory, and was assistant coach and performance pianist for Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain. Mireu holds the Vocal Accompanying Graduate Assistantship and plays for voice students in the studios of Stanley Cornett, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Denyce Graves.
South Korea-born pianist Hanna Shin has been actively performing as a soloist as well as a collaborative artist throughout the United States and South Korea. As a soloist, Shin has won in numerous competitions including the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra Competition and University of Seoul Piano Competition. Expanding her recognition, Shin has played as an invited pianist for world-renowned orchestras including Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeonju Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Chamber Ensemble Orchestra, and Paris Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she has been selected by well-reputed Korean musical institutions, including Eumak Journal, Sori Arts Center, and Hanyang University, and performed honorable recitals as part of their Rising Artists Recital Series. As a collaborative artist, Shin has been serving as an accompanist for the Peabody Opera Theatre productions since 2014. Shin’s excellence in the collaborative works has been shared through a media in 2015 when she played for U.S. premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park. The fine arts critic Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun reported that “Shin and Kvam make the most of the assignment, becoming major stars of the production”. Shin received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance at Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, where she studied with Eunsoo Son. Shin continued her academic career at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in 2013. She has received Master’s degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Alexander Shtarkman, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Vocal Accompanying under the supervision of Eileen Cornett. Shin recently won third prize and an Outstanding Performance award at the 2017 Concert Artists International Virtuoso Competition. She was selected to play for the Leadership recognition luncheon with Rob McGinness, performed in a Queen of Hearts concert with Noelle McMurtry, and accompanied Friday Noon recitals with Jason Berger and Symone Harcum, as well as the Frederica von Stade Master Class. She played continuo for L’Elisir d’amore and Le Nozze di Figaro, and was assistant coach and performance pianist for Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain. Hanna collaborated with countertenor Min Sang Kim’s DMA recitals. Hanna plays for Ah Hong and Denyce Grave’s studio classes. Hanna is employed as organist and pianist at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Chapel and works as a pianist at Diaspora Mission Church of Washington, D.C.
Natasha Talukdar is a collaborative pianist originally from Manila, Philippines. Before coming to Peabody, Natasha made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Fine Arts Young Artists Competition. She was also named a winner of the World Journal Young Musicians Competition, and a finalist of the New York International Music Competition. She received her Bachelor’s of Music degree in piano performance and a BA in English literature from Binghamton University, where she studied with Dr. Joel Harder, Michael Salmirs, and Diane Richardson. During her time at BU, Natasha was active as an accompanist and chamber musician and received the Emily and Orville Nielson MD Scholarship for three consecutive years as well as being on the Undergraduate Music Advisory Committee. This past summer, Natasha was one of the pianist interns/coach at the CoOPERAtive Program in Princeton, New Jersey, where she was awarded full scholarship in the Operatic Coaching program, and played master classes for Joan Dornemann and Susan Ashbaker. In the summer of 2016, Natasha received a grant as one of twenty students to take part in the Summer Scholars and Artists program, where she undertook an apprenticeship in collaborative piano with Dr. Harder. Her project researched and focused on Schumann’s Dichterliebe, which she performed in October 2016. Talukdar is currently in her first year of her Masters in Vocal Accompanying at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. Talukdar holds an Opera Accompanying assistantship and has been the rehearsal pianist in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and is currently the rehearsal pianist for Massanet’s Chérubin. Talukdar’s upcoming projects include her first collaborative recital at Peabody, where she will be performing Vaughan William’s Songs of Travel, Debussy’s Ariettes Oublieés, and Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op 39.
Yin Zhu, from Tianjin, China is currently a Master of Music candidate in Vocal Accompanying. Yin Zhu pursued her Bachelor of Music degree in China, majoring in vocal performance. In China, she played extensively for her teachers and fellow students, and developed a strong passion for accompanying singers. Prior to attending Peabody, she was a dedicated educator and an active performer in China. As a college teacher, she has given lectures, lessons, and coached several community and school choir groups. As a pianist, she has collaborated in recitals, master classes and choir performances. Yin Zhu has been active with Peabody’s Opera Department, coaching and accompanying Opera Outreach performances of Papageno!, Anon, and serving as pianist for Peabody Opera Workshop’s American Opera Scenes and Peabody Opera Theatre’s production of Chérubin. Yin played for Mark Markham’s master class, and class recitals for Singing in Italian and Vocal Literature. She is the recipient of the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Accompanying. Yin Zhu plays in the studios of William Sharp, William Burden, Elizabeth Futral, Stanley Cornett, and Steven Rainbolt. She looks forward to the pursuit of a higher level of excellence at Peabody and cherishes the process of becoming a collaborative artist.
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