JINGCI LIU, native of Tianjin, China. She is currently pursuing Professional Studies Diploma (PSD) at the Mannes School of Music at The New School under the guidance of Bulgarian-American Pianist Pavlina Dokovska. JingCi is the recipient of President’s Scholarship, Supplemental Scholarship for Graduate Student and Schoenberg Pianist Scholarship.

     Most recently, Ms. Liu won the first prize winner of The 2018 North International Music Competition in Sweden, and Third prize winner of The III Future Star International Piano Competition in New York. 

     In summer 2018, Ms. Liu won the first prize of Young Artist and Senior Piano Duo Divisions of 2018 Golden Classical Music Award Competition. Meanwhile, she has been invited to perform the winner’s recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as her debut on October and November, 2018. Also, on this coming December, Ms. Liu is participating the Closing Ceremony of “2018 Mannes Sounds Festival” as a featured artist at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.
 
     JingCi featured multiple times in Piano Cantabile Concert Series of the Mannes Sounds Festival in New York City, including "Dichterliebe" Concert at the German Consulate General in 2018; the concert of "Variety of Variations" and the "Romantic Virtuosic Etudes" Concert at Steinway Hall in 2017. Also, in 2016, Jingci Liu appeared as a soloist in the "Mirror of Nature" Concert at Ernst C. Stiefel Hall in New York City; the "Memorial Concert" at Bohemian National Hall and the "Chamber Bash" Concert of Mannes School of Music in New York City.
 
     Jingci Liu received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, May of 2016, and graduated with honor Cum Laude. The Capital University awarded JingCi with the Global Ambassador award (Full Scholarships for Undergraduate for 4 years) and outstanding piano major student. During her years in Ohio, Jingci has performed Mozart Piano concerto in D Minor K.466 with Capital University Orchestra under the baton of Grammy Award nominee conductor, William Boggs and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 Op.18 with Barry E. Kopetz. She has been featured multiple times with the Capital Orchestra and Capital Symphonic Band as the winner of Instrument Concerto Competition.
 
     In early 2016, after successful live auditions, Jingci was admitted by five prestigious music schools with high merit-scholarships, including the Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Mannes School of Music of the New School, Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati University and School of Music at Ohio State University.
 
     JingCi is a prize winner of many national and international competitions. She received the First Prize of the Young Artist, Advanced Baroque and Advanced Beethoven Categories in the “23rd American International Music Open Competition” in Oakland, California on February of 2015. Meanwhile, she received the one of seven National Outstanding Artist Awards at the winner's award ceremony. Also, JingCi was awarded Third Prize at the “Women in Music Columbus Music Auditions.” She was being twice nominated as Honorable Mention recipient at the “Music Teacher National Association State Competition” in U.S.A. Other competition awards including First Prize of the “Ohio State Graves Piano-Organ Competition” and finalists of “Oberlin International Piano Competition” in 2008, the First prize at the “Asia Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition.” She achieved great accomplishments as well as the First and Second prize winner in the “Asia/Schumann International Piano Competition,” and Second Prize in the “Hong Kong Piano Open Competition.”
       JingCi was invited to various music festivals, such as the “Miami International Music Festival” in 2018, “Beijing International Music Festival and Academy” in 2017, the “Eastern Music Festival” in 2016, the “Mostly American Music Festival” in Lancaster, Ohio in 2014, performing with All-State Orchestra at the OHIO Columbus Conventional Art Center in 2015 and the “NOW Festival” in 2013. Jingci has been selected to performed in Masterclasses for Nalieta True, Christopher Fischer, Charles Dimaras, Douglas Humphreys, Marc Silverman, Boaz Sharon, Jerome Lowenthal, Danwen Wei, Robert Shanon and etc
    
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     WENTING YU, native of China, is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at the Mannes School of Music as a student of Prof. Pavlina Dokovska. He is a recipient of the President's Scholarship and Mannes Supplemental Award for Graduates.
 
     Wenting Yu has been nominated for the First Prize Winner of 2018 “Golden Classical Music Award International Competition” in New York City, and expecting his upcoming debut at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall on October 31, 2018.


     In summer of 2018, Mr. Yu was accepted by one of the most prestigious classical music festivals in the world----The Ecole s'Art Americaines de Fontainebleau in the Palace of Fontainebleau, France, as one of the eight pianists has been selected from worldwide along with the full-scholarship and full expenses.During his time in the festival, Mr. Yu has been awarded the “Special Prize” of “2018 Le Concours Prix Ravel”(Competition of Maurice Ravel Prize) by Fondation Maurice Ravel in the Palace of Fontainebleau, France. Meanwhile, Mr. Yu was the only recipient of “Casadesus Grant Prize” in 2018 Fontainebleau Festival which offered by Fontainebleau Associations. Also, Mr. Yu will be invited to perform in the Annual Gala of Fontainebleau at River Club, New York City on October 16 th , 2018.

     Besides, Mr. Yu was the Winner of 2018 Mannes School of Music Piano Department Concerto Competition by competing one of Chopin’s most monumental and magnificent works ----- Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor. As a rising pianist of Mannes, Mr. Yu is now taking the big step onto the Carnegie Hall stage as a featuring soloist by the 2018 Closing Gala of Mannes Sounds Festival, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on December 4 th of 2018.

     In the early 2018, Mr. Yu has been invited and represented the Mannes School of Music as the only guest performer to present Chinese traditional piano music at the Columbia University opening ceremony of "CU-Chinese Cultural & Economic Forum” at Columbia Faculty House. In the spring season 2018, Mr. Yu has been featured and appeared as a soloist multiple times in Piano Cantabile Concert Series of the Mannes Sounds Festival in New York City, including “Nature in Sound” at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church; “European Literature Night” at the Bohemian National Hall; “First Fridays Concert” at the Frick Collection Museum;"Dichterliebe" Concert at the German Consulate General in March 2018. Also, in October 2017, Mr. Yu appeared as a soloist in the concerts of "Folk Songs in Nature"; and the “China Gates” at Ernst C. Stiefel Hall in New York City. In late 2017, Mr. Yu has been invited to presenting the Mannes School of Music and successfully performed his solo recital at the American Yacht Club in Westchester ; the concert of "Romantic Virtuosic Etudes" at Steinway & Sons Hall, NYC.

      During his years of Bachelor Degree, he performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with Capital Orchestra, Mozart Concerto K.488 with McConnell Chamber Orchestra as the top prize winner of the 2015 Women in Music Columbus Auditions. The University awarded Wenting Yu with the FosterAward for Outstanding Keyboard Major Student in 2016. His research project “Piano Music in Pictures” has been successfully selected by the university and he presented and performed Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at the 19 th  University Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship.

     In late 2016, Wenting Yu won the Ohio State Competition of the Music Teachers National Association. Subsequently he became the First Place Winner of the East Central Division of the same organization and performed as one of the seven national finalists of the Music Teachers National Association at their National Conference on March 2017 in Baltimore, MD. During the MTNA National Conference, Yu became one of the recipients of MTNA Steinway 2016-2017 Annual Young Artist Award.
 
     Wenting Yu is a prize winner of many international and national competitions.  He received the First Prize of the Young Artist Category and the Best Performance Prize of Commissioned Works in the Fifth China National Piano Competition and Festival for Young Pianists, Xiamen, China, on August of 2010. Also in 2010, he was awarded the Second Prize of the Liszt International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow. In 2005 Wenting attended the London International Piano Festival. 


      Wenting Yu has performed with the China Symphony Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic and the orchestra of Shenyang Conservatory of Music. He has made debuts in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Kaufman Center Hall, the Aspen Festival Hall, and New York’s WQXR radio. Also, he has been featured multiple times on Juilliard “Focus” Festival for Contemporary Music, Lincoln Center. In the
summer of 2013 he received a full scholarship for the Aspen Music Festival. He gave several performances there as a recitalist and in collaboration with the Aspen String Quartet, Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra and outstanding cellist Yo Yo Ma.


     Wenting Yu has studied with Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School and has played in Masterclasses for Robert Levin, Christian Ivaldi, Frederic Aguessy, Ann Schein, Murray Perahia, Leon Fleisher, Vladimir Feltsman, Ari Vardi, Robert McDonald,Solomon Mikowsky, Thomas Schumarcher, Douglas Humphreys, Barry Snyder and Nelita True.

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