2016 Artists

The 2016 Season will showcase the following featured performers. Additional performer and repertoire information coming soon.

Tony Caramia
Salon Recital
Jeffrey LaDeur
Albert Kim
Tony Caramia
Salon Chamber Music Recital
Jeffrey LaDeur
Albert Kim

Tony Caramia

Tony Caramia
Tony Caramia Website

Tony Caramia is Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, where he is Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies and Coordinator of the Class Piano Program. In May 2003, he was a guest on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR. He has served as a judge for the American Jazz Piano Competition, sponsored by the American Pianists Association, the Crescendo Music Awards, and the Young Texas Artists Competition. In September of 2007, he was privileged to participate in the dedication concert on the new “Sorel” Steinway at SUNY Fredonia, in honor of his former teacher, Miss Claudette Sorel. He received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from SUNY Fredonia.

He received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from SUNY Fredonia.

Mr. Caramia is featured in the Yamaha Clavinova on Campus series. He is a Contributing Editor for Clavier Companion Magazine and on the Editorial Committee of American Music Teacher. Recent solo piano publications include American Treasures, as part of the Jazz Performers Series (Alfred Music Publishing); Suite Dreams and Jazz Moods (Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation), as well as contributions to the 9th edition of Keyboard Musicianship, Books 1 and 2.

He has conducted numerous workshops in jazz piano for teachers at MTNA National and State Conventions; the International Association for Jazz Educators (IAJE) Teacher Training Institutes; the National Piano Teachers Institute, and the International Workshops. He has lectured and performed at the European Piano Teachers Association International Conference in London, the Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Adelaide, and the Institute of Registered Music Teachers National Conference in New Zealand. In July, 2013, he was a guest artist and teacher at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival. In November, 2014, he was invited to perform and lecture at the Meetings on Piano Pedagogy, at the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil.

He was a featured performer at the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival, the 2007, 2009, and 2011 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the 50th Anniversary of the New School for Music Study, in Princeton, NJ. A strong advocate of theme recitals—he spoke at the CFMTA-MTNA Collaborative Conference in Toronto, Canada on the topic: The Art of Modern Recital Programming–he has presented multi-media tributes to composers George Gershwin, Billy Mayerl, Harold Arlen, and Richard Rodgers; and Dana Suesse—The Girl Gershwin. In 2015 he was thrilled and honored to celebrate the Centennial year of the extraordinary pianist, Cy Walter.

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Salon Chamber Music Recital

Salon Recital

Join us for an exciting evening of Chamber Music with the audience sitting on-stage surrounding the musicians. The performance will feature Jeffrey LaDeur performing Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58” with string quintet.

Bassist Andrew Reinartz, soprano Kayleen Sanchez, and pianists Albert Kim, Tony Caramia, and Paul Sanchez will also be performing.

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Jeffrey LaDeur

Jeffrey LaDeur
Jeffrey LaDeur Website

Jeffrey LaDeur enjoys a busy career as soloist, chamber musician and educator. Praised for his “articulate, expressive work at the keyboard” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “…dazzling pianism…” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) Jeffrey has concertized around the world including performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Eastman Theater, Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, and Banff Centre for the Arts. His performances have been broadcast over WFMT Chicago, South Dakota Public Radio and America’s Music Festivals hosted by Marin Alsop. At the invitation of the Naumburg Foundation, Jeffrey made his Carnegie debut in Weill Recital Hall in March 2015.

As soloist with orchestra, Jeffrey made an auspicious debut with the Eastman Philharmonia performing César Franck’s Variations Symphoniques during his first semester of study at the Eastman School of Music. Recent orchestral engagements include concertos with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra, and Denver Philharmarnic, collaborating with esteemed conductors such as George Cleve, Lawrence Golan, Michael Morgan, and Neil Varon. Jeffrey began the 2015-2016 season with a performance of Mozart’s Concerto in d minor K.466 with the Merced Symphony and music director, Ming Luke.

LaDeur has performed in recital throughout the United States including appearances at the Kennedy Center, Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, and PianoForte Studios, Chicago. Jeffrey draws on his love of and experience with French music to offer Reflections in the Water, the complete solo piano music of Claude Debussy in the context of his inspirations and influences.

A passionate chamber musician, LaDeur is a founding member of the acclaimed Delphi Trio. The Trio maintains an international concert schedule and has performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, WFMT Chicago, the Banff Centre, and many presitigous series throughout California. Prize winners of the 2015 Orlando Competition in Kerkrade, the Delphi Trio concertized throughout the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium including a broadcast for Dutch Radio 4. In addition to his activities with the Trio, Jeffrey has collaborated with artists such as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Geoff Nuttall, Ian Swensen, Axel Strauss, the Telegraph Quartet, and the Afiara Quartet.

Education through music is central to LaDeur’s mission as a performer. Jeffrey is a faculty member of the Crowden Music Center and serves as piano faculty for the school’s after school chamber music program and summer chamber music workshop. LaDeur is also on faculty of Young Chamber Musicians, an intensive chamber music program in partnership with Kohl Mansion in Burlingame. With his colleagues Liana Berube and Michelle Kwon of the Delphi Trio, he has developed a program for emerging artists which guides serious young ensembles through their first professional concert experience.

Jeffrey completed his undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Douglas Humpherys and earned a Masters Degree in chamber music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Yoshikazu Nagai. LaDeur completed additional studies with Robert McDonald through the Taos School of Music and has worked with members of the Saint Lawrence, Brentano, and Borromeo Quartets. Jeffrey received his formative musical training from Mark Edwards and Annie Sherter, a student of Vlado Perlemuter and Alfred Cortot.

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Albert Kim

Albert Kim

American pianist Albert Kim made his professional debut at the age of ten, when he substituted on a day’s notice for an ailing Vladimir Horowitz to give the inaugural performance on the 500,000th Steinway piano at Carnegie Hall. He has performed to critical acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician in venues throughout the United States and Europe, including Weill Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Wien, the Köln Philharmonie, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ravinia, Caramoor and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. He has appeared as soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, Greater Boston Youth Symphony and the Hartford Symphony, and recorded the music of Hilary Tann, Robert J. Bradshaw and Angelique Poteat. An active transcriber, he completed a new solo piano transcription of Ravel’s La Valse in 2013 and an arrangement of Richard Strauss’s Salome for seven-piece chamber ensemble in 2015. He is the pianist of The Tabletop Opera, a multimedia performance collective based in Rochester, New York.

Kim earned his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied piano with Natalya Antonova and completed an assistantship in music theory with Matthew Brown. He maintains an active performing and teaching schedule, having served on the music faculty of Linfield College since 2013 and teaching masterclasses and lessons in China in 2014 and 2015. He was an adjudicator for the 2015 MTNA Oregon State Competition and Oregon Music Teachers Association’s Classical and Romantic Festivals, and will serve on the faculty of the 2016 Castleman String Quartet Program in its first year of residence at Linfield College.

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