GRAMMY NOMINATED PIANIST DAVID LANZ is a contemporary instrumental legend whose deeply-felt compositions helped forge the New Age music movement over 20 years ago. Since then, countless fans around the world have embraced his music. His unique impressionistic style is emulated by countless pianists, and his compositions and arrangements performed and studied around the world.
Lanz, who was nominated for a Grammy in 2000, reached worldwide prominence with his million selling number one hit, Cristofori’s Dream.
The music of Internationally award winning vocalist and composer, Kristin Amarie, is a reflection of her travels as she has spent her life living and performing music in such divergent locales as Norway—where she was born—New Delhi and the United States. She has also spent time in London, Bangkok, Malta, France and now lives in Cyprus with husband, David Lanz.
Together this musical couple has collaborated and produced half a dozen solo and duet recordings since they met four years ago.
David Nevue is a self-taught pianist who resides in Eugene, Oregon. In 1992, David released his first album of piano works called The Tower, composed as a soundtrack for one of his short stories. In the years since, he has released over a dozen more albums including Overcome, named "Best Instrumental Piano Album" at the prestigious Lifestyle Music Awards.
Today, David promotes his music almost exclusively via the Internet. He is the founder and program director for Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio, an extremely popular Internet radio broadcast that features solo piano music exclusively. David’s music can be heard on hundreds of radio and satellite programs world-wide, including Pandora Radio, Music Choice and SiriusXM.
Emilee Hartley began studying piano at the age of four. Her first teacher, Cathy Cox, helped her establish a love for music at a very young age. At eleven, Emilee continued her studies under Sara McDaniel and studied with her all the way through college. Emilee won first place at the State Competition four different times, for her outstanding piano performance. Composing her first piece at seven years old, the Colorado native won Best Piano Piece by a Female Composer, at the Creative Piano Festival at Mesa State University, with her piece Journey.
Since then, Emilee has devoted herself to composition, writing dozens more piano pieces. Her first CD, featuring her own works, is scheduled to release at the end of 2017. Emilee works closely with the CCC Music Company, working with many talented composers from around the world.
Born in Sibiu, Romania, Ioana received her first piano lessons from Elena Drughe. At the age of four. Four years later, at the age of eight, she won her first piano competition. In 2002, she studied under Prof. Enikö Orth. Ioana soon became recognized as a winner of national and international competitions. Winning the Constantin Silvestri Scholarship Competition in 2005, earned her the opportunity to spend a year in England, where she worked with Moira Gray at the Pocklington College York. Ioana has performed in Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Holland, Spain, England, Switzerland, the United States, and Japan.
Ioana is a world class concert pianist, chamber music accompanist, improviser, composer and arranger. Ioana Ilie successfully completed both her Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Diploma at the Music Academy Basel, Switzerland in the class of Prof. Adrian Oetiker. Ioana gives credit to Stephen Kovacevich (USA), Piotr Anderszewski (Poland), Jan Schultsz (Holland) and Fabio Bidini (Italy), for their valuable guidance through the years.
She taught improvisation at the Music Academy Trossingen, Germany from 2011 until 2015, and gives courses on classical improvisation. In 2015, Ioana was appointed piano teacher at the Basel Music Academy campus, and is often invited to teach lectures on chamber music and improvisation. Ioana Ilie was awarded a three-year scholarship from Notenstein’s Young Musicians Programme in spring 2014. Her first official album, including many of her own works, has been scheduled for release at the end of 2017.
Jackson Berkey’s published catalog offers over 400 titles encompassing choral, solo vocal and instrumental, chamber ensemble, band and orchestral works, as well as concerti and works for chorus and orchestra. Premières of commissions have taken place in America and abroad on university campuses and concert stages and by professional musicians, as well as massed children’s choirs. Awards and honors include the Nebraska Individual Artist Fellowship for Performing Arts Distinguished Achievement in Composition Award, First Prize in the New Music for Young Ensembles Composition Contest in New York City, First Prize at the Alienor Harpsichord Competition in Hilton Head (NC), annual ASCAP Awards, and award-winning video scores.
Best-known nationally as a pianist and recording artist, Jackson celebrates 38 years as featured keyboardist with Mannheim Steamroller. In the classical world, his recordings for American Gramaphone and SDG Records continue to elicit rave reviews. From his M.S. at the Juilliard School of Music, the studio of Josef Raieff, sessions with Vincent Persichetti and William Schuman, to his 1969 Town Hall debut and touring with Norman Luboff; Jackson Berkey also has a long association with the New York City classical scene. In 2009 Mr. Berkey was named to the International Roster of Steinway Artists.
Jackson has been writing major choral/orchestral works for New York City performances every two years. In these premières, Almeda Berkey conducts massed choirs and orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Performances have included Come, Follow Me!, Crucifixus, Cantate 2000, South Dakota Shadows, American Journey, In Memoriam: Kassarjian, and Thoughts and Remembrances. Recent premières include his Genius of the Wood, Nr. 1 Noel, Firelight, A Minor Incident, Soft Voices, Sweet Violets and Rose Leaves, Midnight Berceuse, Aeolian Ballade & Scherzo, Certain Am I, Led By Christ, and Deck the Hall.
In another grand endeavor, Jackson is composed 24 Nocturnes, one in each key. His work shows great respect for and connections to Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Barber, and Copland. As a "21st Century Romantic" Jackson has developed his own writing style with beautiful and soaring melodies, exciting and driving rhythms, and lush vertical sonorities. Berkey’s newest piano solos reveal his deep maturity as pianist and consummate composer.
Kevin Olson is an active pianist, composer, and member of the piano faculty at Utah State University, where he teaches piano literature, pedagogy, and accompanying courses. In addition to his collegiate teaching responsibilities, Kevin directs the Utah State University Youth Conservatory, which provides weekly group and private piano instruction to more than 200 pre-college community students. The National Association of Schools of Music has recently recognized the Conservatory as a model for pre-college piano instruction programs. Before teaching at Utah state, he was on the faculty at Elmhurst College near Chicago and Humboldt State University in northern California.
A native of Utah, Kevin began composing at age five. When he was twelve, his composition An American Trainride received the Overall First Prize at the 1983 National PTA Convention at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since then he has been a Composer in Residence at the national Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has written music commissioned and performed by groups such as the American Piano Quartet, Chicago a cappella, the Rich Matteson Jazz Festival, Music Teachers National Association, and several piano teacher associations around the country.
Kevin maintains a large piano studio, teaching students of a variety of ages and abilities. Many of the needs of his own piano students have inspired more than 100 books and solos published by the FJH Music Company, which he joined as a writer in 1994.
At the age of five, Kristen Personius discovered a passion for composing. At the age of eight, she enrolled at the International Music Syndicate and graduated ten years later as an honor graduate. She excelled in the study of piano performance with a strong focus on composition, arranging and orchestration. At the age of 12 several of her compositions were selected to be published by the Contemporary Composers Circle (CCC) Music Company, and at the age of 14, she was approached by The FJH Music Company to begin composing and arranging pieces to be published.
She has performed at events featuring Jackson Berkey (pianist/co-founder of Mannheim Steamroller), Nadejda Vlaeva (concert pianist), Debbie Turner (Marta/The Sound of Music), Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu/It's a Wonderful Life), David Lanz, David Nevue, and Phillip Keveren. She also performed an original composition at Ariana Richards' (Lex/Jurassic Park and featured artist for the CCC) wedding event.
Kristen continues to compose for the Contemporary Composer’s Circle Music Company and The FJH Music Company. She has received numerous commissions from other organizations worldwide. In addition to piano composition, Kristen continues to compose orchestral pieces for various forms of visual and digital media such as commercial work, videos, church music, website music, and orchestrations for video games, documentaries, and films.
A multi-talented keyboard artist and composer, Phillip Keveren displays a tremendous versatility in both his original works and concert performances. He composes in a variety of genres, and is widely acclaimed for his piano publications.
Mr. Keveren is a prolific arranger, orchestrator and producer. His work is featured in numerous instrumental recordings, church choral, educational piano and Christian artist releases (Travis Cottrell, Larnelle Harris, Sandi Patty, Mandisa, Jeremy Camp, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir). Phillip is co-author, major composer and orchestrator of the internationally acclaimed Hal Leonard Student Piano Library, a complete method of study for young students. His unique piano arrangements are also featured in The Phillip Keveren Series (Hal Leonard Publishing).
Mr. Keveren holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from California State University, Northridge, and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Southern California. He and his wife Lisa live in Franklin, Tennessee and are parents of two grown children, Lindsay and Sean.
Wynn-Anne Rossi is a nationally acclaimed composer and dynamic educator whose works have reached audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Iceland and Australia. Commissions include works sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Wynn-Anne has over 100 piano publications, with original repertoire ranging from vocal works to full orchestra.
Rossi specializes in composition residencies in schools and conservatories across the country. Sponsors have included the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and other professional arts organizations. Her commissions include orchestral and band works inspired by student musical ideas. Her passion for promoting creativity in young musicians is reflected in her choice of publications with Alfred Music, including the series called Creative Composition Toolbox. Rossi has lectured throughout the United States and beyond its borders on a variety of subjects.