Meet the Faculty

THOMAS KREUZBERGER (University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria)

  • Professor of Piano and Dean of the Department for Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria
  • Professor of Piano Performance at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna
  • Pupil of Hans Petermandl and Frieda Valenzi in Vienna
  • Masterclasses in Japan, China, USA. Member of juries at international competitions
  • CD recordings with works by Liszt, Schumann, Brahms and Eröd

KRASSIMIRA JORDAN (Baylor University, USA)

  • Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Piano at Baylor University, Texas
  • Pupil of Emil Gilels and Stanislav Neuhaus
  • Gold Medal Winner of the Rio de Janiero International Piano Competition
  • Prize winner at the “Alfredo Casella” and “Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competitions; Mozart Prize “Clara Haskil”

WOLFGANG WATZINGER (University of Music and Performance Arts, Vienna, Austria)

  • Professor of Piano Performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna
  • Studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Rudolf Serkin and Miecyslaw Horszowski
  • Extensive performances and masterclasses in major European cities, in the USA and Asia
  • Critically acclaimed CD-recordings of Brahms Paganini Variations and the monumental Bach Variations by Max Reger
  • Jury member of many international piano competitions including the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna

PAUL BARNES  (University of Nebraska, USA)

  • Pupil of Menahem Pressler at Indiana University
  • Featured six times on American Public Media’s Performance Today
  • Recent world-premiere of Philip Glass’s Piano Quintet “Annunciation”
  • CD Recordings of Liszt, Barber, Tower, Gershwin, Glass
  • Masterclasses in China, Taiwan, Korea, Italy, Austria, US

ALFREDO OVAllES (Vienna, Austria)

  • Bösendorfer Artist
  • “Juan José Landaeta” Conservatory of Music and in the Mozarteum School of Music in Caracas studying with Professor Carlos Urbaneja
  • Performings  with  the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra in Gdańsk, the Orchestra of the Academic and Musical Theater of Minsk, Belarus, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, Germany,  Romania, Spain,   Berliner Philharmonie, the Wiener Konzerthaus, and King’s Place in London.
  • Studied with Krassimira Jordan in the Baylor University School of Music, later  postgraduate studies with Thomas Kreuzberger at the University of Music and Performing Arts












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