Irina Kaplan has served for over 20 years on the piano faculty at the Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory Division, and trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. She currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Candlelight Concert Series in Columbia, Maryland. Kaplan has conducted masterclasses and workshops around the world. Her students have achieved successful placements at prestigious music schools across the country. Kaplan has performed at the White Nights Festival in Russia, the Ravello, Amalfi Coast and Alba festivals in Italy, and the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico.
Bryan Young was the winner and finalist in competitions including the Gillet International Bassoon Competition and the ARD International Competition in Munich. The Washington Post writes that his playing “dances with a lightness and grace uncommon for his instrument”. Young serves as the principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and is a former member of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis. Bryan studied at the Peabody Conservatory and Yale. He gives masterclasses and workshops at NYU, Princeton, Tulane, Loyola University, Ohio State University, Rutgers, Brigham Young University, University of Texas, University of Arizona, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, San Francisco State University, Regents University, MD Institute College of Art (MICA), and Towson University. He is a recipient of the Yale Alumni Ventures Award.
Liang Wang joined the New York Philharmonic in 2006 as Principal Oboe, The Alice Tully Chair. Before that, he was principal oboe of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; associate principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony; and guest principal oboe of the Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. He is recipient of the 2014 Beijing International Music Festival Artist of the Year award. Wang gives master classes at the Cincinnati Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The Curtis Institute of Music, Seoul University, New York University, and the Beijing, Shanghai, Hanoi, and Singapore conservatories. He is currently on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and New York University, and is an honorary professor at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
David Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator, and is one of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award's inception in 1974. He joined the faculty at the Yale School of Music in 1987, has served on the faculties of The Juilliard School and many other institutions. He played with the Detroit, Seattle, Milwaukee, Houston, and Denver Symphonies, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, and internationally with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Shifrin is the beneficiary of one Solo Recitalists' Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Music Academy of the West. Early in his career, he won the top prize at both the Munich and the Geneva International Competitions.