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Known for her “lovely playing” and “expansive lyricism” (New York Times), violinist Nanae Iwata has quickly established herself in versatile roles as a soloist, period performer, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. As a winner of the Artist International Competition in 2008 she was awarded a debut recital at Carnegie Hall which was praised by critic Anthony Aibel as “riveting” and “exquisitely done” (New York Concert Review). She performs regularly in the United States, Europe, and Asia and is a member of the Saito Kinen Orchestra, The Knights, New York Baroque Incorporated, and the Concert Royal. As an educator, Ms. Iwata is the President and Artistic Director of the New Amsterdam Conservatory which opens in December 2013. She has previously held positions at the Sherwood Conservatory (Chicago), Lucy Moses School (NYC), and the Mozart Music Academy (Nagoya, Japan). She earned her Bachelor of Music and two Masters degrees from The Juilliard School where she was a full-scholarship student. She studied under Masao Kawasaki, Ronald Copes, Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. For more information please visit: www.nanaeiwata.com.
Program Coordinator, Piano
Hitomi Koyama has won prizes in consecutive years at Dichler Competition held in Vienna, Austria and also has received Leni Fe Bland Music Awards. As a recitalist and a chamber musician, she has performed in the U. S., Austria, Czech Republic, and Japan. Along with her passion for performance, she is an active teacher at both collegiate and preparatory institutions. She served as Adjunct Professor of Piano at College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati (CCM), Wittenberg University and piano faculty at CCM Preparatory Department. Her students have won scholarships, competitions around the country and have been pursuing further performance studies at major conservatories and universities. Koyama has earned degree from the Juilliard School, Mannes College, and University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree at College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati. Her signify mentors include Martin Canin, Victor Rosenbaum, Peter Efler, and Eugene Pridonoff.
Adriana Socoski is a devoted musician and educator based in New York City. Ms. Socoski has performed as a featured soloist throughout North America, China, and Tibet. She has appeared with the Lancaster and Hershey Symphony Orchestras, and the Festival Orchestra of the Americas under the baton of renowned conductor Luis Biava. In China and Tibet, Ms. Socoski performed a series of solo and chamber music recitals in the role of invited Peace Ambassador between the U.S. and Chinese nations. Upon graduation from the Juilliard School, Ms. Socoski became the Assistant Teacher to the private studio of Prof. Naoko Tanaka, and is a faculty member of the Harmony Program. Ms. Socoski was awarded the M. & E. Cohen Scholarship, and the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship for study at the Juilliard School, and has won numerous prizes in competitions spanning North America.
Patrick Jee joined the New York Philharmonic in 2013 after previously serving as the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Principal Cello of the Grant Park Orchestra. He was on faculty at Roosevelt University/Chicago College of Performing Arts and is an editor for International Music Company. Mr. Jee has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Wigmore Hall as well as special performances at the United Nations and on CNN, American Morning. He holds a B.M. from the Juilliard School and a M.M. from Yale University where he studied with Aldo Parisot. For further information please visit:
CHISA KODAKA, 20, born in Tokyo and raised in Los Angeles, California, is currently a third year undergraduate student at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Lewis Kaplan. Previously, Ms. Kodaka studied with Aaron Rosand. She was a finalist of the Spotlight Awards, and performed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Sundays Live series, broadcast live on KUSC. Ms. Kodaka has worked with both the Bellflower Symphony and San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestras. Additionally, she was a fellow at Music Academy of the West in the summer of 2017, and attended the Aaron Rosand Intensive at Summit Music Festival in 2015 and 2016. This is her second year as an assistant teacher under Nanae Iwata at the New Amsterdam Conservatory.
Erin Dupree began her musical training at age six as a Suzuki violin student. At age fourteen, she discovered the magic of orchestral playing, and has been hooked ever since! She won an Honorable Mention award in the Toledo Symphony Young Artist’s competition at age sixteen. In the same year, she performed in Avery Fisher Hall with the New Conservatory of Dallas and her teacher at the time, Arkady Fomin. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of Iowa studying with Dr. Scott Conklin, Erin was invited teach as the youngest faculty member to join the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music; she maintained a private violin studio, taught music theory, music history, and coached chamber music for five years in Milwaukee, WI. While in the midwest, she played in the first violin sections of the Festival City Symphony, and Kenosha Symphony, and was a member of the faculty quartet at WCM. Summer festivals include National Orchestral Institute and Brevard Music Festival, among others. Erin earned her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin with David Perry and Gene Purdue, and now studies with Burton Kaplan. She is on the violin faculty at Lucy Moses School, plays with the Chelsea Symphony, New York Camerata, and various other ensembles in the greater New York City area. As a violinist, Erin is passionate about the incorporation of excellent technique with highly-developed musical phrasing and expression.