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Our String Teachers

Jiahui (Janice) Zhang
Cello Adjunt professor of Collin College
Miss Zhang was born from a musical family in Harbin, China. She received her bachelor degree from Central Conservatory of Music as well as Master degree from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with Dean Scholarship. When she was pursuing her master degree, she studied with professor Yehuda Hanani who is the most famous international Cellist in his generation. Miss. Zhang has given recitals across the United States. She also won numerous competitions and rewards. Miss. Zhang moved to Plano since 2014, and after that, she became a certified cello teacher at Allen High school, Plano ISD, and Denton ISD. Miss Zhang has numerous students who won completions and all regions. Several of her students received 1st chair in all regions.
Chengyin (Steven) Lu
Cello and Double Bass adjunt professor of Collin College
Mr. Lu was born into a family of Musician in China. He has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Mr. Lu received his bachelor of music Degree from Central Conservatory of Music, master of music Degree from New England Conservatory and Graduate Artist Certificate from the University of North Texas where he studies with Jeff Bradetich, Don Palma, Grammy winner and Professor from both Yale University and NEC. Mr. Lu has won numerous competitions and rewards which including 1st prize and special recognition of National American String Teacher Association held in Kansas City in 2011. 1st prize of International Double Bass competition held in Beijing China in 2009. 1st prize of UNT concerto competition in 2014. Also received Dean Scholarship from NEC and UNT. He recently performed with the University of North Texas Symphony after winning the concerto competition.
Daseul Kim
Violin Teacher
Daseul Kim grew up in South Korea and currently studying in University of North Texas (UNT). She is a senior violin performance major with over 10 years of performing experience. As a violin soloist, she started playing violin at age 8 and has awarded from Chuncheon city solo concerto competition runner-up (2008, 2009, 2010), Gangwon-do province solo concerto competition 3rd prize and also in Gangneoug Wonju University concerto competition 2nd prize. She performed cultural exchange concert in Philippines as a section violinist in Chuncheon Youth Symphony Orchestra when she was 16. Moreover, she has awarded scholarships from University of New Mexico summer Music Institute (2018), UNT Winspear Music Scholarship from 2016 to present and her chamber group won the competition in UNT (2018). She has been playing in UNT Symphony Orchestra from 2017 and performed at Meyerson, San Antonio for Texas Music Educators Association, Dallas City Performance Hall and also in Opera and Gala concert in first violin section. She has been teaching students for over 3 years with various age and seeking to share her skills with students. Her main teaching instruments are violin, piano and also viola. Her teaching goal is to bring out students’ potential and she would love to share her passion with more students based on her own experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestra player.
Niki Fukada
Violin Teacher
Born and raised in the East Bay, California, Niki Fukada began playing the violin at the age of seven. She received her first musical education from Miriam Kammen. At age ten, she was enrolled into the prestigious musical school, The Crowden Music School in Berkeley, CA studying under the tutelage of Heghine Boloyan for six years. After graduating from Crowden, she continued her musical career at the San Domenico High School in San Anselmo, CA with the award winning Orchestra da Camera studying under Wei He from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Eugene Chukhlov. She decided to pursue a double major in college at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA in Film and Violin Performance. At Pepperdine, she studied under Alexander Treger, former concertmaster of the LA Philharmonic, and became a part of the student orchestra under the LA Philharmonic, the American Youth Symphony. She decided to transfer out of Pepperdine to Southern Methodist University her Sophomore year to study under renown soloist, Chee-Yun Kim. She graduated from SMU with a Bachelors in Music in 2017. She just received her Masters Degree in Violin Studies this Spring 2019 and continues her violin studies under Dallas Symphony Orchestra First Violin Principal, Diane Kitzman. Niki is currently auditioning in hopes of joining a symphony soon!
Xueyan Wu
Violin Teacher
Xueyan Wu started to play violin and piano since 5 years old. She had earned a lot of first prize in International competitions. Since high school, she started to learn music with Professor Ti Zhang, a master violinist at Central Conservatory of Music. In 2012, she was offered to study in the school of Music in Renmin University and started to learn with Associate Professor Xiaowei Chen. During her college years, she was invited to play concerts and played as a concert master in several different orchestras. She participated in lots of public concerts as well. In 2015, she was invited by Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra to visit and play in Taiwan. Since 2016,she is studying violin performance in Dr. Felix Olschofka’ s studio and piano pedagogy in University of North Texas. From 2015 she had been taught in College of Continuing Education of Central Conservatory of Music. From 2016, a lot of her students play in all-region 24 and 25.

Our Piano Teachers

Lizhen Wu
Piano Teaching Followship at University of North Texas
As a Pianist, Wu has been invited to perform at several prestigious events and competitions: including an on-air performance on Dallas classical radio program 101.1 FM, a second prize finish at the 2013 Dallas Chamber International Piano Competition, a silver prize and audience favorite performer at 2017 Texas Young Artist International Piano Competition, a 3rd prize winner at 2018 Lewisville International Piano Competition as well recitals all across Texas and China. To further his music education and professional aspirations, Wu has had lessons and/or master class lessons under the following instructors: Professor Douglas Humphreys, Seymour Lipkin, Dr. Nelita True, Mr. Harold Martina, Dr. Tamas Ungar, Pi-Hsien Chen, Hung-Kuan Chen, Meng-Chieh Liu, and Alexander Korsantia. As a teacher, Wu establish his music studio, Rick Wu Music Studio since 2010. In the past 7 years, he had numerous students winning piano competitions in DFW area, including the silver price of Dallas Solo Competition and Plano Trophy Competition.
Davide Cava
Piano Teacher
Born in Italy, Davide Cava started music study at the age of 4. He has actively particpated in national and international competitions and received numerous prizes and awards, including the honorable mention at the NTD Internationbal Competition in New York and the Second Prize at the Panama City International Piano Competition. Davide has also performed as a soloist with numbers of orchestras, including Turin Conservatory Orchestra, Asti Symphonic Orchestra and Mihail Jora Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Ovidiu Balan. He has been a recipient of prestigious CRT Foundation Scholarship from 2014 to 2017. His principal teachers include Luigi Dominici, Marina Scalafiotti and Pietro De Maria. Davide has performed in several masterclasses and academies led by renowned pianists, including Lang Lang, Michel Beroff, Maria Joao Pires, Pavel Gililov, Fabio Bidini, Benedetto Lupo, Roberto Plano, Giovanni Bellucci, Andrea Lucchesini, Aleksandr Madzar, Dominique Merlet, Nelson Delle Vigne-Fabbri, Philippe Entremont, Vladimir Feltsman, Stanislav Ioudenitch. After studying for 12 years and completing a Diploma and Soloist Master Degree with highest honors at Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Turin, Italy, Davide is continuing his studies with Maestro Joaquin Achucarro at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He graduated completing the Performer’s Diploma and attained the Paul Vellucci Piano Award by the SMU Piano Faculty as outstanding student and he is currently pursuing the Master in Piano Performance.
Pasquale Evangelista
Piano Teacher
Born in 1994 in Italy, Pasquale Evangelista attended the “Lorenzo Perosi” State Conservatory of Music in Campobasso, Molise, and the “Alfredo Casella” State Conservatory of Music in L'Aquila, Abruzzo. He achieved the Diploma in Piano Performance with Honors and Special Mention in 2015, and the Master of Arts in Piano Performance with Honors and Special Mention in 2018. The Italian pianist Orazio Ma-ione was his mentor. Besides, Pasquale was the last student of Anna Maria Pennella, a legendary pedagogue from Naples, pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Marguerite Long. He also attended courses with distinguished professors: Benedetto Lupo, Roberto Plano, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Natalia Troull, Boris Petrushansky, Costantino Mastroprimiano, Roberto Corlianò, Grigory Gruzman. Prize-winner in several national and international piano competitions, he was recently awarded 2nd prize at the prestigious XIII “Sergio Cafaro” International Piano Competition in Rome. His last performances include recitals at important venues in Italy and Europe. Furthermore, he played piano concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Rachmaninoff. His recording of Casella's Scarlattiana with the National Orchestra of Italian Conservatories was broadcasted on RAI Radio3 and critically acclaimed. As a teacher, from 2016 to 2019 he served as Piano Instructor for the Preparatory Department at the “Alfredo Casella” State Conservatory of Music in L’Aquila. Pasquale is currently pursuing the Master of Music in Piano Performance under the guidance of Dr. Carol Leone at SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas.
Ruusamari Teppo
Piano Teacher
Pianist Ruusamari Teppo started piano in her native country, Finland, at the age of five. After graduating from the Sibelius High School in Helsinki, she studied for three years in Paris with the distinguished professor and pianist of the Tchaikovsky Trio, Konstantin Bogino. She has artist’s certificates for the Prague Conservatory and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. The Finnish government gave Ms. Teppo scholarships to study at both places. Since 2001 she has been studying at the University of North Texas with Van Cliburn winner, Vladimir Viardo. Ruusamari has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the USA, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Estonia, and South Africa. In March, 2008 she won the second prize at the Petroff Piano competition in San Antonio, Texas. She has been an artist in several festivals (Inkoo Meri ja Musiikki, Stellenbosh International Chamber Music Festival) and performed for radio and television in Finland and the United States. Being a direct descendant of Jean Sibelius, Ruusamari performs many of his works including a project for the unpublished, early chamber works. Ms. Teppo was also a coordinator for the 4th International Jean Sibelius Conference held in Denton, TX, USA. Ruusamari has participated in several master classes given by Yefim Bronfman, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Matti Raekellio. The Finnish Cultural Foundation, the University of North Texas, the Oskar Oflund Foundation, and the Cimo Foundation have awarded her scholarships. Ms. Teppo is currently the pianist for the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra and the Rich-ardson Symphony. Ruusamari’s near future engagements include performing in the Inkoo Music Festival in Finland, playing seven concerts with a chamber group from the University of North Texas. Ms. Teppo has also been accepted to the Ibla Foundation competition in Sicily, Italy.
Han Zhao
Piano Teacher
Han Zhao auditioned for the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music (China), and was accepted as a freshman performance major in the fall of 2011; she studied there with Dr. Zhe Li. In 2014, she was the prize winner of the 16th Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open competition. In 2015, Han Zhao was accepted as a graduate student at Temple University on full scholarship studying with Dr. Clipper Erickson. Han Zhao participated a Benefit Concert of Lulu Shrine Center in Philadelphia in 2015. She won the First Prize in the Pi Kappa Lambda competition in Philadelphia and was invited to perform at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 2016. In University of North Texas––where she studied with Prof. Adam Wodnicki and received the “Music College Scholarship” award for three years.

Our Other Teachers

Chao Wang
The Second Flutist of Amarillo Symphony Orchestra
He earned his bachelor of music in flute performance from Central conservatory of music in Beijing, Master of Music from the University of North Texas College of music, and Performer’s Diploma at Southern Methodist University. Also he is the winner of National flute Association masterclass performers competition, National flute Association Orchestra excerpts competition, San Diego Guild Artist Gold competition and Oklahoma Collegiate Competition.
Bowen Feng
Adjunct Professor at Mountain View College
Teaching Fellow at University of North Texas
Wenbo Feng was born in Changsha, Hunan province and moved to Zhuhai, Guangdong province when he was 4 years old. In 2002, Wenbo performed at 12th Conference of the Asia and Pacific Band Directors Association, and was awarded outstanding performance. In 2005, Wenbo participated in the concert band for celebrating the 60th anniversary of the victory over the anti-Fascist war, and was awarded outstanding performance. In 2006, Wenbo attended China’s first non-professional wind band solo competition and won the first price. Wenbo Feng was admitted by Xinghai Conservatory of Music with excellent grades in 2007. During his four years’ study in Xinghai conservatory of Music, Wenbo obtained “Outstanding Student” and “First Prize for Scholarship” every semester. Also in 2011, Wenbo was admitted by Graduate College of Music, University of North Texas with merit-based scholarship. In 2014, Bowen went to Nor th American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in University of Illinoi at Urbana-Champagne, and gave two performances at the conference, one of them is his own compose—Windtalker. Later in June, Bowen was invited by Weilong Xi, Dean of Orchestra Instrument Department in Xinghai Conservatory of Music, to be a guest performer for The First FeiFan Cup International Band competition in Shenzhen, Guangdong. In July 2014, Bowen had a recital in Altira Macau, sponsored by Altira Macau Hotle. In January 2015, Bowen went to US Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and gave two performances, which are all his own composition. In 2016-2017, Wenbo premiered a lot of works by Nobuya Sugawa, Shohei Amimori, Daisuke Ehara, Atsushi Yamanaka etc in the United State. He also started his Doctor degree in Fall 2016 as Teaching Fellow in University of North Texas. In 2018, Wenbo was invited by Saxophone Professor Don Gelok to present a solo recital that feature all Asian composers work in University of Houston. He is currently as an Adjunct Professor in Dallas county community college district.