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Kirill GliadkovskyETSU Music Department Presents:

Kirill GliadkovskyKirill Gliadkovsky was born in Moscow and has studied music since the age of 5. He attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow - the most prestigious music institution in Russia - where his teachers included renowned musicians Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniev (piano) and Leonid Royzman (organ).

Mr. Gliadkovsky earned both his Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Southern California with Professors Daniel Pollack (piano), Cherry Rhodes (organ), and William Schaefer (conducting). Mr. Gliadkovsky is an orchestra and choral conductor, as well. He composes for piano and organ and has premiered his works in Russia and in the USA. He also performs in a duo piano team with his wife Anna Gliadkovskaya and his sister, Ekaterina.

Currently, Mr. Gliadkovsky combines his busy concert schedule with teaching at the University of Southern California and Santa Monica College, where he is on the piano faculty. In addition, he is the music director and organist at Westwood Hills Christian Church in Westwood, California.

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ETSU Piano Faculty

ETSU facultyChih-Long Hu 

A native a Taiwan, Chih-Long Hu's performance career began to take off after receiving honors including the Taipei National Concert Hall Arising Star, the Chi-Mei Artist Award, and prizes from the Mauro Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, Concurs Internacional De Piano D'Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra, Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, and the Russian Music International Piano Competition in San Jose, California.

An active pianist, Hu has performed extensively in Asia, Europe and throughout North America, appearing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has collaborated with conductors including Ann Krinitsky, Shunsaku Tsutsumi, Nicoletta Conti, Kenneth Kiesler, Nuvi Mehta, Cornelia Kodkani-Laemmli, Cheng-Hsiung Chen, and Li-Ping Cheng.

Hu's performances have been broadcast in "Performance Today" through NPR stations across the country, and televised in Taiwan, China and Japan. His recent CD album "Formosa Caprices" has received critical acclaims and was nominated as "Best Crossover Album" and Hu as "Best Performer" for the 2009 Golden Melody Award. Another CD of complete Etudes-tableaux by Rachmaninoff has been released in 2010.

Hu's teachers include Arthur Greene, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Tai-Cheng Chen. Hu received Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan, Master's degree from the Taipei National University of the Arts, and Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University. Hu is currently on the faculty of East Tennessee State University.

Esther Park

Pianist Esther Park has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States as well as Asia and major European cities. Ms. Park has appeared as soloist with many orchestras such as Houston Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, Corpus Christi Symphony, Filharmonia Pomorska, Poland, Orchestra Filarmonica, Romania, Shanghai Philharmonic, China, Shreveport Symphony, the Juilliard Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony.

Ms. Park gave a five-city recital tour in Korea, and has performed at the Juilliard Theater in NYC, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Halls' Weill Recital Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Palau de la Musica, Valencia, Spain and on the Kum-Ho Music society's Prodigy Series. She has appeared at the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara), the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine, the Tel-Hai International Music Festival in Israel, and the Van Cliburn-TCU Institute in Texas. Ms. Park has been heard in New York on WQXR Radio station as the winner of the 52nd Kosciusko International Competition and the Gina Bachauer Competition.

Ms. Park is the winner of the 2013 Jose Roca International Piano Competition and 2013 Russian International Music Competition. She is the winner of 2009 "Prix Amadeo" and the 2009 Chopin Gesellschaft Klavierwettbewerb. Ms. Park also received top prizes at the 3rd San Marino International Piano Competition, the 3rd China Shanghai International Piano Competition, the 6th Paderewski International Piano Competition, the National Chopin Competition (USA), Hilton Head International Competition, the 14th New Orleans International Piano Competition and is the recipient of the President Clinton's Prodigy Award.

Born in Pusan, Korea in 1984, Ms. Park began to play in public soon after her first piano lessons at the age of four. Ms. Park moved to the United States in 1995, after being accepted to the Juilliard School's Pre-College division. Ms. Park has completed the undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School, studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Ms Park has also studied at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Hannover, under the tutelage of Mr. Bernd Goetzke. Ms Park has since received the Artist Diploma and Master of Musical Arts degrees at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Mr. Boris Berman.

Benjamin Caton

The 2013 Recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award in Service, Benjamin D. Caton is currently the Immediate Past President of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Caton's time on the MTNA Board spans 10 years during which time he has served as MTNA Southern Division President, MTNA Secretary/Treasurer, MTNA President-elect, and MTNA President.

An avid football fan, Dr. Caton is a strong supporter of the Buckeyes of the Ohio State University where he earned his MA (1972) and PhD (1982). Caton holds a Pedagogy/Musicianship Certificate from the Kodaly Musical Training Institute.

In 2004, Caton was named the first recipient of the Distinguished Service Award given by Tennessee Music Teachers Association. Other honors include the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Foundation for the Advancement of Music Award for Excellence, the John Phillip Sousa Award (while playing trombone in high school band), and being named an MTNA Foundation Fellow. He served two terms as member of the Music Advisory Panel for the Tennessee Arts Commission.

His articles have appeared in Clavier, Music Educators Journal, American Music Teacher, and The Tennessee Musician. He has presented numerous sessions at local and state associations.

At ETSU Professor Caton teaches Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and Aural Skills. He chairs the piano division of the department.

Jerilyn Paolini

Jerilyn Paolini has been a member of ETSU's piano faculty since 2001. She teaches applied and class piano, and she directs the ETSU Summer Piano Camp. She regularly collaborates with fellow faculty members, visiting guest artists, and music majors. Paolini also holds the position of staff pianist at Jonesborough Presbyterian Church in Jonesborough, TN. She served two bienniums as president of the Appalachian Music Teachers Association and was awarded AMTA's Teacher of the Year in 2001. Paolini taught Suzuki piano at Suzuki Talent Education of Appalachia in Kingsport, TN from 2001-2013, and she held the position of principal keyboard player in the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra from 1995-2005.

Prior to coming to Johnson City, Paolini was a staff accompanist at The Juilliard School from 1980-1995, while also teaching at New York area music schools. The New York Times reviewed her performance at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall as "a splendid pianist, capable of creating an indelible mood with just a couple of chords." Paolini holds undergraduate and graduate performance degrees from Southern Illinois University and the University of Texas. Her teachers have included Ruth Slenczynska, Danielle Martin, David Garvey (collaborative piano), and Sheila Keats (Suzuki pedagogy)

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