Keyboard Artist Series - Biographies

Se-Hee Jin              Daria Rabotkina            Chi-Long Hu            Arunesh Nadgir


 

Se-Hee JinSe-Hee Jin has been acclaimed for her keen musical intelligence and exquisite sensitivity. Dr. Jin currently serves as Teaching Assistant Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University and has concertized and taught throughout the United States, China, Italy, Canada and Korea, continuing her solo recital projects and contemporary music concert series.

As a solo pianist, Dr. Jin has been featured in various recitals including concerts at the Weill-Carnegie Hall, Kaufman Music Center, Bentley Recital Hall, and Seiji Ozawa Hall. She participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival as a recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship and the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Canada. She has performed a broad range of repertoire from Baroque to the music of our times, continuing her solo projects on Art of Fugue by J. S. Bach and Russian Romanticism. Dr. Jin has also continued her collaborative performances with distinguished musicians in the States and abroad. She has appeared in Backstage Pass on WXXI-FM Classical 91.5, Women in Music Festival, Festival of Contemporary Music and various series of chamber music concerts.

Dr. Jin is the Founder and Music Director of the American Living Composer Series. The new music concert series has been presenting composer portrait recitals comprised of works in a variety of settings from solo to chamber ensemble. Collaborating with John Harbison (Pulitzer Prize winner 1987; Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Charles Wuorinen (Pulitzer Prize winner, 1970) and Louis Karchin (New York Composer; Professor of Music, New York University), she presented the concert series in several venues in New York and Oklahoma areas. The most recent concert with the faculty members of Oklahoma State University presented compositions by John Harbison at the Gilcrease Museum of American History and Art and Oklahoma State University. As a part of her new music concert series, she will present her solo recital at the ppIANISSIMO International Festival of Contemporary Piano Music in Bulgaria in March 2020. The American Living Composer Series is supported by universities and regional art council.

Dr. Jin teaches at Semper Music International Festival in Italy as a faculty member from summer 2018. She has presented solo recitals and master classes in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, Idaho, Oklahoma in the US, China, Italy and Korea. Dr. Jin holds her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance and Literature (Minor in Music Theory) from the Eastman School of Music under Prof. Natalya Antonova. She graduated from Ewha Womans University (Seoul, Korea) with a Bachelor of Music degree.


 

RabptlomaBorn in Kazan, Russia, into a family of musicians, Daria Rabotkina gave her first solo recital at the age of ten. Her education started at the Specialized Music School under the guidance of her parents, and Nora Kazatchkova. Later, it continued in Kazan State Conservatory and Mannes College of Music in New York City under the tutelage of Vladimir Feltsman. In addition, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Natalya Antonova.

Concerto highlights include San Francisco and New World symphonies, Kirov (Mariinsky) Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Hudson Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Concepción and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Rabotkina has collaborated with Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Feltsman, Julian Kuerti, JoAnn Falletta, Benjamin Shwartz, and Giancarlo Guerrero. As a soloist, she has given recitals at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Kennedy Center,  Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, Ravinia’s Rising Stars, and Dame Myra Hess in Chicago. Her appearances abroad include Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, France, Mexico and Japan.

Winner of the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Rabotkina received top prizes at several international competitions and participated in Russia’s White Nights, Finland’s Kuhmo, and Copenhagen’s Summer festivals. In the United States, Rabotkina has appeared at the Rockport Chamber Music, International Keyboard Institute,  PianoSummer at New Paltz, and San Francisco International Piano festivals.

Rabotkina has released CD’s every three years. Her first three recordings were done with CAG Records as part of the Victor Elmaleh Collection. The debut recording features the Tchaikovsky Grand Sonata and Prokofiev’s Ten Pieces from “Romeo and Juliet”. Her second CD contains Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Schubert’s Moments Musicaux. Rabotkina’s third project involved live recording of three concerti. The latest CD (MSR Classics) with humoresques by Dvořák, Reger, Rachmaninov and Schumann was released to critical acclaim in 2018.

Rabotkina joined the music faculty at Texas State University as Assistant Professor of Piano in the fall of 2016. Prior to that, she has taught at Eastman School of Music while working on the doctorate degree. Additionally, she presented masterclasses, private lessons and lectures at the Kazan State Conservatory. Also passionate about early piano education, Rabotkina has founded the FunKey Piano Project at Texas State in 2018.

As a full-time working parent, she finds her biggest joy in spending time with her family in New Braunfels, TX. Besides that, Rabotkina enjoys drawing, collecting misspellings of her name, and devouring English murder mysteries.


Chih-Long HuA native of Taiwan, pianist Chih-Long Hu‘s performance career was launched after receiving honors including the Taipei National Concert Hall Arising Star, the Chi-Mei Artist Award, and prizes from the Mauro Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, the Concurs International De Piano D'Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra, the Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, and San Jose International Piano Competition in California.

An active performer, Hu performs extensively in Asia, Europe, and America appearing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. His recent performance highlights include concerto performances of Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody, Mozart Concerto No.9, Schumann’s Concerto in A, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, solo and chamber recitals in China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, and throughout the U.S. Hu’s performances have been broadcast in "Performance Today" through NPR stations across the country as well as in Taiwan, China and Japan. His CD albums "Formosa Caprices", “Complete Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux”, and “Trifecta Trio” have received critical acclaim. His latest album of Bach Goldberg Variations has been released under Blue Griffin Recording.

Named “Teacher of the Year” by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, Dr. Hu is frequently invited to give lectures and master classes, as well as to judge international and national competitions. Hu has served as the Artistic Director of St. Andrews Piano Academy and Festival International in New Brunswick, Canada

Hu holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan, a Master's degree from Taipei National University of the Arts, and a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University. His piano teachers include Arthur Greene, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Tai-Cheng Chen. Dr. Hu is Sandra G. Powell Endowed Professor of Piano at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville.


Arunesh NadgirPraised for his passionate, sensitive, and thoughtful musical style, pianist Arunesh Nadgir has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed in venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre, and Jordan Hall, and has participated in several international music festivals including the Millennium International Piano Festival, The Moulin d'Ande Festival, and the Kneisel Hall Summer Music Festival. He has been heard on Nashville's WPLN as well as on WNYC in live radio broadcasts. Highlights from this past season included a performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, solo recitals in Tennessee and Michigan, and a performance with the Grammy-nominated ALIAS chamber ensemble in the world premiere of John Marvin's Sonata for Oboe and Piano. An accomplished teacher, Nadgir is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Middle Tennessee State University. He also maintains a private piano studio and is the President of the Middle Tennessee Music Teachers Association. He has previously held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music where he was an Instructor of Primary and Secondary Piano and the Teaching Assistant to Professor Natalya Antonova, New England Conservatory's Preparatory and Continuing Education Departments, Point CounterPoint, The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Palisades School of Music. His students have won prizes at pre-college and college level music competitions including the Wagner College Young Musicians Competition, the University of Rochester Concerto Competition, and the Beethoven Club of Memphis Young Artists Competition. Nadgir began taking piano lessons at the age of seven with Michael Thomopoulos and later studied under Wha Kyung Byun, Robert McDonald, and Natalya Antonova. He has performed in master classes conducted by many world-renowned musicians including Julian Martin, Joseph Kalichstein, Roger Tapping, Pamela Frank, and Daniel Pollack. Nadgir holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music. 

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