Irving Shain Woodwind-Piano Duo Winners’ Recital
A competition and recital sponsored by former UW-Madison Chancellor Irving Shain. All winners receive a cash prize.
Rayna Slavova, piano. Rayna is a second-year doctoral student in collaborative piano at UW-Madison where she studies with Professor Martha Fischer. Rayna is also a music theory teaching assistant with professor Brian Hyer. She holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in vocal accompanying from the Peabody Conservatory. Ms. Slavova has appeared on the stage as a soloist and chamber musician in Colombia, Ecuador and the United States.
Chia-Yu Hsu, bassoon. Taiwanese bassoonist Chia-Yu Hsu completed her master’s degree at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University, studying under Gadi Lederman. During the studies, she was the practicum bassoon member at Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Zubin Mehta and Gustavo Dudamel. She was the principal bassoonist with the Asian Youth Orchestra and the substitute bassoonist with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Since 2016, she has been pursuing her doctoral degree at UW-Madison, where she studies with Professor Marc Vallon. She is a recipient of the Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellowship.
Kangwoo Jin, piano. Kangwoo (MM, Indiana University; BM, Hanyang Univerisity, Korea) is the prize winner in numerous competitions including the Korea-Herald Newspaper competition and the Eumyoun piano competition, and he was invited to give a debut concert sponsored by Chosun Daily Newspaper. He is also the winner of the Beethoven Piano Competition and Concerto Competition at UW-Madison. Kangwoo is a doctoral candidate and Collins Fellow in piano performance and pedagogy under the guidance of Professors Christopher Taylor and Jessica Johnson.
Eleni Katz, bassoon.
Eleni Katz demonstrates her love of performance through the multiple recitals she has presented since beginning her bachelor of music degree with Professor Marc Vallon at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She was inspired to pursue music as her career after studies with Professor Benjamin Coelho during high school and her experiences at the Interlochen Bassoon Institute. Eleni has been a winner of the University of Iowa Double Reed Day Concerto Competition, the Irving Shain Woodwind-Piano Competition, a runner-up in the Marquette Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, and a two- year finalist in the Mead Witter School of Music Concerto Competition. She has participated in the IMANI Winds and Madeline Island Chamber Music Festivals and studied under Professors William Ludwig and Sue Barber at the Brevard Music Center.