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Marian Garcia International Piano Competition: 2017 Judges

In addition to Alan Chow (collegiate only), the competition judges are as follows.

Qing Jiang

Praised by the New York Times as a “fiery musician” whose playing is “vigorous and passionate,” pianist Qing Jiang enjoys a diverse career in solo, chamber, and contemporary music.  She has appeared in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Steinway Hall, and the Isabella Gardner Museum, as well as in the UK's Snape Maltings Hall, and China's Central Conservatory in Beijing.  In 2015-16, Ms. Jiang received glowing reviews for her concerto performance with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Adrian Symphony, and the Britten-Pears Orchestra in England under Maestro Oliver Knudsen. Upcoming engagements include a six-city concert tour in China with Laurie Smukler, Roger Tapping, and Natasha Brofsky, concerto performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Bucknell University Orchestra, and solo recital at the LACMA "Sundays Live" series in Los Angeles.

A dynamic chamber musician, Jiang has collaborated with many leading artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Anthony Marwood, Gil Kalish, Natasha Brofsky, and Susan Narucki, as well as members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Shanghai, Kronos, Parker, and Piatti string quartets. Festival appearances include Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Kneisel Hall, Britten-Pears, MasterWorks, and the Perlman Music Program.  She also performed with her duo partner, violinist Ying Xue, in Christian Tetzlaff’s Carnegie Hall workshop, and spent four summers at the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a winner of the concerto competition.

Equally experienced with contemporary music, Jiang has worked directly with composers Brett Dean, Jennifer Higdon, Jörg Widmann, Colin Matthews, Stephen Coxe, and Daniel Temkin. Portions of her doctoral thesis, exploring Debussy's influence on modern piano repertoire, have been published in China's leading journal Piano Artistry. Committed to educating the next generation, she is an assistant professor of piano at Bucknell University. She previously taught in the Yellow Barn's young artist program, and led masterclasses and coachings for students at Michigan State University, Lee University, and Nanjing Normal University.  She has also served on the piano and chamber music faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and the musical studies faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music. 

Jiang was born in Zhenjiang, China, began studying piano at age three with her mother, and later with Shuxing Zhen.  After winning several competitions in her native country, she gave her American debut at age 17 as a Chinese delegate of the Tempe Sister-Cities Program. Backstage after her recital, she was offered a full scholarship to study at Arizona State University with Caio Pagano, where she eventually graduated summa cum laude.  She subsequently completed her master's degree at the Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, and her doctorate at New England Conservatory with the late Patricia Zander and Wha-kyung Byun. 

Spencer MyerLauded for "superb playing" and "poised, alert musicianship" by the Boston Globe, and labeled "definitely a man to watch" by London's The Independent, American pianist Spencer Myer is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today's concert stage.

Spencer Myer includes in his 2016-17 season debuts with the Evansville Philharmonic, Macon Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and Symphony of the Redwoods, as well as return engagements with the Traverse, Springfield (MA and OH), Bozeman and Wyoming symphonies and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, in addition to recital appearances in Connecticut, Houston, Washington and Idaho.

His orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boise, Dayton, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Louisiana philharmonic orchestras, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, Knoxville, New Haven, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Springfield and Tucson symphony orchestras, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Mexico's Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco and Beijing's China National Symphony Orchestra, His initial recital/orchestral tour of South Africa in 2005 included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by return orchestra and recital tours in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015.

Spencer Myer's recital appearances have been presented in New York City's Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y, and Steinway Hall, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, and London’s Wigmore Hall. An in-demand chamber musician, he has appeared the past four summers at the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival in Dallas with cellists Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Amit Peled and Brian Thornton, and has enjoyed a recurring partnership with the Miami String Quartet at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Other artistic partners include clarinetist David Shifrin, sopranos Nicole Cabell, Martha Guth and Erin Wall, the Jupiter and Pacifica string quartets, and the Dorian Wind Quintet.

An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Spencer Myer has served as a guest faculty at the Oberlin and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatories of Music, and in the fall of 2015, he was appointed aratist-teacher of piano and collaborative piano at Boston's Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Spencer Myer's debut CD for harmonia mundi usa - solo music of Busoni, Copland, Debussy and Kohs - was released in the fall of 2007 to critical acclaim by Fanfare and Gramophone magazines. He can also be heard on a composer-conducted Naxos CD in performances of three concerti from Huang Ruo's chamber concerto cycle, and in a performance of Ravel's “Chansons madecasses,” included on Intimate Masterpieces, a 2013 CD featuring faculty and alumni of the Oberlin Conservatory and issued by Oberlin Music. Myer's most recent recording, "Bolcom: Selected Rags," was releases in spring 2017 on the Steinway & Sons label.

Spencer Myer is a Steinway Artist.

Kristin Stephenson has won numerous awards, including first prize in the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. She recently completed her D.M.A. in piano performance at Penn State, where she studied with Christopher Guzman and was a recipient of a University Graduate Fellowship. Kristin Stephenson

Ms. Stephenson earned her undergraduate degree at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert McDonald and Yoheved Kaplinsky. Upon graduating, she resumed studies in performance and pedagogy with her lifetime instructor and mentor, Julia Bernstein. She studies the Taubman approach with Robert Durso of the Golandsky Institute.

A native of Concord, New Hampshire, Ms. Stephenson performs recitals regularly in the Northeast. She has served as a frequent adjudicator and performed in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and in Spain and Germany. She enjoys presenting on performance-related topics, including J.S. Bach’s Little Preludes, Stravinsky’s Petrushka, and Turina’s Five Gypsy Dances, Op. 55, among others. An avid church pianist, she hones her skills in accompanying and improvising on traditional church hymns.

Ms. Stephenson maintains a private teaching studio in State College and serves on the adjunct faculty at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. Her students have won prizes at the Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition, Connecticut International Young Artist Competition, Granite State Auditions, Duquesne Young Artist National Competition, and Music Teachers National Association State Competitions.