Romanian pianist Silvan Negruţiu has given solo and chamber music performances across Europe, in the United States of America, Hong Kong, and Japan, and has given concerto performances with orchestra in Romania, Ireland, Spain, and the USA. He is a laureate of numerous international competitions, including the “Roma 2000” and Salerno “Beethoven e i classici” in Italy; the “Seiler” in Sofia, Bulgaria; the “Feis Ceoil” in Dublin, Ireland; and the “Konzerteum” in Pireas, Greece. He performed as soloist with prestigious orchestras such as Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Alicante Philharmonic Orchestra, Romanian National George Enescu Philharmonic, and Dublin Symphony Orchestra. Some of his concerts have included live television and radio broadcasts.
Mr. Negruţiu obtained his Master Degree Diploma with First Class Honours at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Dublin City University in Ireland and the graduate diploma at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania. In Dublin he studied with pianists John O’Conor and Réamonn Keary, and held the position of piano instructor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music for three years. His principal teachers in Romania were Emilia Baziotis, Magda Stănescu, and Viniciu Moroianu; he has also advanced his studies with Lory Wallfisch, Fabio Bidini, Richard Goode, Klaus Hellwig, and Peter Frankl.
Silvan Negruţiu has been a frequent attendee and performer at international music festivals such as the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Mannes College of Music in New York, the International Holland Music Sessions in Bergen NH, Holland, and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, USA. In September 2008 Silvan was one of the seven international pianists invited to the prestigious Beethoven Course in Positano, Italy, organized by the “Wilhelm Kempff” Cultural Foundation. He is the recipient of the 2009 Gaiety Bursary in Dublin, the Romanian Government Bursary in 2007, the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research Award of Excellence in 2002, and the 2001 Eugen Barbu Award for excellence in performing activity. He is also an active member of the Performing Creation Union of the Romanian Musicians; College Music Society; Music Teachers National Association; and currently serves as Vice President of the Decatur Area Music Teachers Association.
Mr. Negruţiu has completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, under the guidance of internationally acclaimed pianist and pedagogue John O'Conor. At Shenandoah he was a piano instructor between 2010-13. He currently resides in Decatur, Illinois, where he holds the position of Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Millikin University School of Music.
Recently, Silvan Negruţiu performed recitals at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC; the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; Katzin Concert Hall–Arizona State University (Phoenix, Arizona); the University of Music and Theatre (Tallinn, Estonia); George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia); Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago; Benedict Music Tent and Harris Hall (Aspen, Colorado); the Anderson House in Washington, DC; the Tîrgu-Mureş Philharmonic (Romania), as part of The Musical Days Festival; had his solo debut with Dublin Symphony Orchestra in Ireland, performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto; and performed the world première of American composer Zack Stanton’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble, with the Shenandoah Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Virginia.
Dr. Chung-Ha Kim
Dr. Chung-Ha Kim teaches Applied Piano, Preparatory Piano, Class Piano, and Piano Pedagogyat Millikin University. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from theManhattan School of Music in New York, her Master of Music and her Doctor of Musical Artsfrom the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. She remains active as a soloas well as collaborative pianist: recent recitals were at Steinway Piano Gallery (Springfield,Illinois), Harper College, University of Chicago, Millikin University, Western IllinoisUniversity, Radford University in Virginia, Mount Union College in Ohio, and IndianaUniversity of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kim has published articles in Clavier and Piano PedagogyForum. An active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), she currentlyserves as president of the Decatur Area Music Teachers Association (DAMTA). Dr. Kim hasreleased two CDs: “Maurice Ravel: Miroirs” (2013) and “A Palace of Strangers is No City”(2013) are available on iTunes and Amazon.