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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Denise Peykanu

piano,organ
Denise Peykanu is a professional pianist, organist and music educator with over 25 years' experience in these disciplines. She holds a Bachelors's Degree in Applied Piano Performance (Pan American University, currently, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) and an All-Level Music Education credential from the University of Texas, Austin, TX. Advanced studies in Organ Performance, choral conducting, vocal and accompanying from UCLA and Orff Certifications, Level 1 and 2 from Cal State Los Angeles compliment her piano teaching techniques. She incorporates ideas from her fine education and classroom experiences in her lessons: movement and singing, theory, ear training and sight reading and sight singing. As a member of the Music Teacher's Association of California (), her students are invited to participate in the special programs sponsored by MTAC. She serves the local South Bay Branch as CM Theory Chair and Southern California Junior Bach Festival Chair. She was honored by her fellow MTAC teachers with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her service to the branch. Denise also holds membership in the National Guild of Piano Teachers () which sponsors the Guild Auditions annually.  

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Denise was past principal organist/pianist at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Newhall, CA, St. Lawrence Martyr in Redondo Beach, American Martyrs in Manhattan Beach and Holy Trinity in San Pedro, CA. She has taught General Music K-5 in Round Rock, Texas, Newhall, CA, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes ISD and P.S Arts. She conducted/accompanied Childrens' Choirs at all teaching positions. Retiring in 2017 from full-time music ministry, Denise currently works as a free lance musician at several South Bay Churches, most notably, St. John Fisher in Rolling Hills Estates. She shares her talent with the community as a volunteer with the Torrance Memorial Hospital volunteer piano program bringing healing music to patients and their families.

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Herbert Waltl President and Artistic Director

Piano, Music Theory
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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Micah Wright DMA

clarinet, saxophone, piano, flute
Micah Wright received his degrees in clarinet performance from USC (D.M.A.), Rice University (M.M.), and Drake University (B.M.). Micah is an active musician in the Los Angeles area, performing in solo, chamber, studio, and orchestral settings. He maintains a private studio, teaches clinics and masterclasses throughout the Southwest, and is a D'Addario Woodwinds performing artist. Micah has received many national and international musical honors throughout his career, most recently winning the 2018 Beverly Hills National Auditions, 2nd Prize at the 2017 Backun International Clarinet Competition, Honorable Mention at the 2017 William C. Byrd International Young Artists Competition, winning the 2016 Frances Walton Competition, and winning the 2016 MTNA California Young Artist Woodwind Competition. Micah has performed as a concerto soloist with several ensembles including Rice University's Shepherd School Symphony, Drake University's Symphony Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the Meyer Chamber Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Concert Band, and the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra.  

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Micah has performed throughout the United States and can be heard on Seattle's KING FM 98.1 and Sarasota's WUSF 89.7. He performs regularly with several chamber groups in Southern California. A versatile musician, Micah is known for his innovative programming. He frequently performs his own arrangements of solo and chamber works, explores non-classical genres, and performs programs where he is featured as both a collaborative pianist and clarinetist. Micah's main clarinet teachers during his collegiate study were Michele Zukovsky (USC), Yehuda Gilad (USC), Richie Hawley (Rice University), Dr. Michael Webster (Rice University), Clarence Padilla (Drake University), and Joyce Wheeler (Drake University). Micah Also studied piano with Bernadene Blaha (USC), Dr. Chiu-Li

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