Chin-Wen Deng earned a B.A. at Soochow University in Taipei , Taiwan and an M.M. at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University . Ms. Deng’s teaching experience includes a Department Assistantship as a part-time lecturer at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Music Department. Her professional performances include a Masters Degree Recital at Rutgers University and a senior recital at Soochow University in Taiwan . Ms. Deng plays double bass and the Er-Hu (the Chinese violin) in addition to the piano. She has performed at the National Concert Hall in Taipei , Taiwan as well as Singapore and Hong Kong.
Siu Yue Hung
Siu Yue Hung earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, a Master of Music degree in piano pedagogy from Temple University , Philadelphia , PA. She also attended Central Conservatory of Music, Peking , China . Her teaching experience includes St. Margaret’s Girls College in, Hong Kong, Academie St. Cecile – Academy of Music , Windsor, Canada and Conservatory Without Walls, Moorestown , New Jersey. Many of her students have won top honors and scholarships in the Kiwanis Festival and are on the Academy Directrice Honor list. She is a member of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Helen Ryba (Yelena Rybalskaya) started studying music at age of four at Mykola Lysenko Music School in Kiev, Ukraine, and earned a B.A. in music from Glière Music College in Kiev, Ukraine. She then earned a M.M. with high honors from Kiev State Conservatory with four major specializations – classical piano soloist, teacher, accompanist, and chamber orchestra performer.
Ms. Ryba worked as a piano teacher and vocal coach. Among her students are prominent singers and performers. She is also an accomplished piano solo performer herself. The highlights of her career include complete Book I Well Tempered Clavier and Goldberg Variations by J.S.Bach.
Ms. Ryba currently teaches private piano students in New Jersey and New York. Her teaching concept promotes parallel development of ear training, sight reading, and creative and technical piano skills, as well as music history and theory.
Originally from Indonesia and now based in New York City, Francesca Prihasti is an emerging artist on the international jazz scene. She recently graduated from New York University after completing a Masters in Music and recorded her 3rd album featuring Drew Gress, Alan Ferber, Mike Rodriguez and Dave Pietro. Prihasti’s music draws from a wealth of original material in addition to a deep knowledge of the jazz tradition, which she renders with fresh modern interpretations.