Ishay was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1983 and began piano studies at the age of 6. A year later he started studying in Givatayim City Conservatory with Mrs. Hanna Barsilai and in 1998 he moved to Dr. Asaf Zohar's class.
Between 1999-2002 Ishay participated in a number of festivals, including the Upper Galilee Music Festival and the Idyllwild Music Festival in California, USA.
Since 2004 Ishay has been studying with Prof. Tomer Lev at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, part of Tel-Aviv University, in cooperation with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Miao, then 19, was born in Wuhan (China) and took her first piano lessons at the age of 4. She had taken piano lessons from many different teachers, including Professor Kristin Merscher, until she became a student of the pianist Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy in 1999. She also participated in master-classes by Professor Peter Feuchtwanger and Michael Ponti.
Alexandre, a student of the St Petersburg State Conservatoire (Russia) was 20 when he won what was the millenium competition. He studied under Professor Marine Wolf, Alexander Sandler and attended many masterclasses in Germany and Russia.
Alexandre has given many recitals in Russia, Slovenia, Yugoslavia and Germany and concerto performance in Germany, Russia and France with the St Petersburg Kapella Symphony Orchestra, Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie (Germany) and Contemporaneous Ensemble (France).
Boris Giltburg, then aged
13, began his piano studies at the age of five with his mother, and
he gave his debut concert the age of 7. Boris won prizes at International
Competitions in Senigallia, Italy (1993), Marsalla, Italy (1994) and
Ettligen, Germany (1996). He won the Israeli Festival for Children and
Youths From The Former Soviet Union in 1995 and in 1997.
He participated in concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a Youth Concert. Since 1992 he has been a recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships. He also participated in a master-class by Professor Jerome Lowenthal (USA) at the Jerusalem Music Centre and has performed on radio and television programmes.
Colleen Ka-Ling Lee
Colleen was born in October 1980 and began her piano studies with John Chan at the age of four. In 1987, she was admitted as a junior music student at the Hong Kong academy for Performing Arts and furthered her piano studies with Eleonor Womg. During the years of her studies, she won more than twenty first prizes in various competitions in Hong Kong. She has been awarded the Shell Prizes, the Shell Scholarship, the Young Musician Platform Scholarship, and the Hausamann Scholarship.
Anya was born in Moscow in 1972, into a family of musicians. She began playing the piano at the age of 5, and in 1978, started to attend the Gnessin Music School, studying with E Efrussi. In 1989 she entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, where she studied with Professor D Bashkirov. Anya also studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where she won the Shimmin Prize.
Mark, then ages 24, was born in the San Francisco Bay area of the USA. After studying with Aiko Onishi he received his Batchelor of Music from San Jose State University. He studies with Ryszard Bakst at the Northern College of Music. In 1984 he won first prize in the Young Keyboard Artist International Piano Competition and the Clara Wells National Scholarship Competition. He also took prizes at the 1986 International Piano Recording Competition and the 1986 and 1987 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, as well as the inaugural 1988 GPA Dublin International Piano Competition.
Haesung, then aged 23, was born in South Korea, graduating from the Seoul High School of Music and Art in 1981. She studied with Maria Curcio in London from 1979, attended the Purcell School until 1982 and won an Associated Board Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she gained the Professional Certificate. She was a semi-finalist in the 1981 Viotti International Competition and runner-up in the 1985 Royal Tunbridge Wells International Young Artists Competition.
Born in 1962, Jack Gibbons studied for five years at the Guildhall School of Music. In 1980, he was presented with the school's most valuable award for postgraduate study, and a British petroleum Scholarship. He won various from the school, including the Premier Prix the Concert Recital Diploma for Advanced Performers. His first public engagement was at the age of ten.
Nicholas won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in 1972, where he studied under Gordon Green. There he won many prizes for piano and composition and was awarded scholarships by the Leverhulme and the Countess of Munster Trusts. In 1978 he was awarded the MacFarren Prize. Nicholas studied also at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow.