Ted Case

Jazz piano
Ted Case graduated in May 2014 from the Thornton School of Music at USC. Ted moved from his birthplace in North Carolina to Portland, Oregon, when he was six years old. He started playing classical piano in second grade and gravitated to jazz in high school when he fell in love with the recordings of Oscar Peterson, Vince Guaraldi and Hank Jones. In 2010 he earned the piano chair in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, a national honor band. In 2012 he won the Wildflower Solo Piano competition in the collegiate jazz category. At USC, Ted has had the honor to study under Vince Mendoza, Russell Ferrante, and Alan Pasqua. He performs frequently in the Los Angeles area with his own trio and as a sideman. He also leads Purple Crayon, a ten-piece neosoul band with strings, rhythm section, and singer. 

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Ted is now offering private and group instruction in jazz performance and theory at Hyperium Conservatory. Students of all ages and levels can learn the elements of jazz in a rigorous but supportive environment. Ted focuses on teaching students to learn independently through listening, transcription and the development of aural skills. Classical musicians who have an interest in jazz, along with beginning instrumentalists, can learn to read chord charts, improvise solos, and play with a rhythm section. Any musician can learn the joy of creative improvisation through this great American art form.

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Rose Chen DMA

Piano
Pianist Rose Chen came to the United States in 1997 after winning numerous solo piano awards as a teenager and making her solo debut at the National Concert Hall in her native Taiwan. Rose earned a Bachelor's Degree at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and Masters Degree at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In November, 2009 Rose successfully completed her Doctorate in Musical Arts with full-scholarship at the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music. She was awarded as the outstanding graduate in the USC doctoral program. 

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In the past six years, Rose has devoted herself to chamber music and is enjoying a chamber music career with much success. Her highly accomplished piano trio, the Blue Rose Trio had captured top prizes in the Coleman, MTNA, and Peninsula chamber music competitions. Rose has concertized in Canada, Austria, Brazil, France, Israel, Hong Kong, and China. Within the United States Rose also maintains a steadfast performing and teaching career in Alaska, Texas, and throughout California. Rose also had appeared in master classes with Goto Midori, Thomas Allen, Lowell Liebermann, Gilbert Kalish, Eroica Trio, Takacs Quartet, and Julliard Quartet.
In addition to her lifelong interest in Western classical music, Rose's eclectic taste in music encompasses a variety of styles and genres, including Jazz, folk, and the music of the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. The venues in which she has performed are comparably varied: concert halls, churches, schools, hospitals, and restaurants. Whatever the style or setting, it is playing in an ensemble, with the excitement of interacting among other musicians, often spontaneously, that she finds most rewarding. This fervor carries across to others, she feels, making it an ideal medium for musical communication with an audience.
Rose's recent projects include playing the piano in a Tango band called Haberdashery Ensemble, and recording an all Villa-Lobos album with cellist, Dr. Lars Hoefs. Rose is currently the Artist-in-Residence of the Los Angles Musical Salon Concert Series where she collaborates with numerous guest performers. She is also the staff accompanist/vocal coach at Biola University in California.

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Izumi Kashiwagi Erskine DMA

Piano, Music Theory
Izumi started playing the piano at the age of five. She attended California State University of Long Beach where she obtained a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance in 2005. Izumi has studied with Edith Hirshtal, Junko Garret, Craig Richey at CSULB and Joseph Kalichstein and Rita Sloan at the Aspen Music School and Festival in 2003 and 2004. The recipient of many scholarships and awards, she won the 2003-2004 concerto competition at CSULB by performing the third piano concerto by Prokofiev.  

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In 2006 Izumi performed in the Geijutsu Theare Large Hall in Tokyo with her sister. She is also an experienced chamber musician and has performed with Peter Stumpf, the former principal cellist of Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has attended The Quartet Program in Boulder, Colorado in summer 2009, where she performed with Charles Castleman, the chair of the string department at The Eastman School of Music. She has recently been acknowledged as Liszt scholar/Piano artist from Liszt international competition.

Izumi has earned a masters degree in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California where she is currently working on a doctoral degree in the same field under the instruction of Kevin Fitz-Gerald receiving a full-scholarship, Koldofsky fellowship and teaching assistantship.

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Herbert Waltl President and Artistic Director

Piano
HERBERT WALTL began his musical education at the age of five and subsequently studied with the renowned pianist and composer Franz Hummel. Parallel to his intensive training with Mr. Hummel, he attended the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, Germany. Initially specializing in Beethoven, he made numerous concerts, as well as recordings and radio and television broadcasts in Europe and the US. Equally interested in composing, he was offered the position of ComposeHerbert Waltl began his musical education at the age of five, but abandoned a promising career as pianist and composer in favor of producing. He has over 35 years of experience in the recording and entertainment industry.

Exploring cutting-edge technology and new pro-AV production methods, Mr. Waltl has been recognized by world leading technology companies as a visionary, creative source and authority in the media industry. He was the first DVD video producer in history (working on projects for Philips Research Laboratories long before it was a recognized format or even had a name, producing both: video and audio) and has been hailed as the "guru" of surround audio productions.r-in-Residence at the San Francisco State University. 

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Herbert Waltl has also been recognized as producer with numerous awards and nominations including two Grammy awards, TEC Award for "Outstanding Creative Achievement", DVD Entertainment Award for "Best Music DVD", Surround Sound Music Award, DVD Audio Excellence Award and Finalist of the Billboard DEMX Awards for "Music DVD of the Year 2005".

Early artistic background
Herbert Waltl attended the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, Germany. Discovered and trained by renowned German pianist/composer Franz Hummel, he embarked on a performance career, initially recording the Beethoven "Diabelli Variations" and giving recitals in Europe and the U.S. Despite his early success as a performer, Mr. Waltl's interest in composition increased, especially in the area of electronic instrumentation. He became proficient in, and an early proponent of, computer-aided composition. His interest and expertise has grown with subsequent technological advances and he has been able to pursue and combine his passions for artistic expression and cutting technologies.

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