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, 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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