PIANO / Rose Chen
Rose Chen earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Soo-Chow University in Taipei, Taiwan. Her teacher was Mr. Sung-Jen Hsu. Ms. Chen received both her Master's of Music (2002) and Graduate Performance Diploma (2004) in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Mr. Boris Slutsky. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2004, Ms. Chen’s enthusiasm for performance has led her to appear in numerous solo and chamber recitals; and her passion for piano teaching is deeply appreciated by her students.
PIANO / Ariel Wei
Ariel Wei, a native of Taichung, Taiwan, began studying the piano and zheng at an early age. Ms. Wei has won top music competitions in both instruments and been recognized for her outstanding achievements. Ms. Wei received her B.F.A. from the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei and an M.A. from Eastern Washington University. After moving to the Bay Area in 2006, she continues her passion for music as a private piano teacher and zheng instructor, and as a piano accompanist.
PIANO / Konstantinos Valianatos
Pianist Konstantinos Valianatos has performed extensively in Europe, Asia, and the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. A prize-winner of multiple national and international piano competitions, Mr. Valianatos has recorded with Naxos and LP Classics labels. He has been heard in such prestigious venues as Carnegie’s Zankel hall and Weill hall, White House, Salle Cortot in Paris, Kosciuszko Foundation in NYC, Merkin Hall, Thessaloniki Megaron, and Athens Megaron, and has performed with the Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, “Sinfonietta” Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra. In 2004, Valianatos’ artistic integrity and work ethos were officially acknowledged when the President of the Hellenic Republic, Kostis Stefanopoulos, presented him with the highest accolade from the Athens Academy, the most prestigious academic institution in Greece. Mr. Valianatos has been featured on WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase along with pianist Edward Neeman, performing Grigory Smirnov’s Stained Glasses. A native of Greece, Mr. Valianatos holds degrees from Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Juilliard School and has recently joined the piano faculty at West Virginia University as a Lecturer in the School of Music.