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Jury introduction


Pianist Dr. JAMES LENT is Lecturer and Coordinator of Instrumental Collaborative Piano at UCLA in addition to serving as a coach and accompanist for vocal studies. James completed his DMA at the Yale School of Music under teachers Boris Berman, Claude Frank, and Peter Frankl. He made his Alabama Symphony debut to critical acclaim performing Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2 on 24 hours' notice to replace Andre Watts. He has performed with the Vancouver Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony, among others, and as solo recitalist at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, for the National Chopin Foundation in Miami, at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he premiered a new work written for him by American composer Frederic Rzewski. Mr. Lent has performed with the renowned Paris-based Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, and his performances have been heard on National Public Radio. His numerous awards include prizes in the New York Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the National Chopin Competition, the Washington International Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center, the Olga Koussevitsky Piano Competition in New York, and the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition.He was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. James also teaches at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) as collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and musical director. He has also served on the summer faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival

Sanaz Rezai

Sanaz Rezai was born in Tehran, Iran, and began studying piano in Vienna, Austria, at the age of seven. By the age of ten, she competed at the international level where she was awarded numerous prizes. After immigrating to the United States, Ms. Rezai completed her Bachelor of Science in Piano Performance at California State University, Fullerton, graduating cum laude and with honors. At CSU Fullerton, Ms. Rezai was awarded the undergraduate pianist award, won first place in the Grossmont Community Concert Association Competition, and received the Fenstermaker Scholarship through the Musical Merits Foundation of Greater San Diego. Ms. Rezai went on to complete both her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts at UCLA in piano performance. Her dissertation topic was Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit within the context of Orientalism during Impressionism. While at UCLA, Ms. Rezai taught German language courses for the German department, as well as piano instruction for composition and performance students and music appreciation courses in the Music department. Ms. Rezai has had the privilege to work closely and perform the works of prominent UCLA faculty composers including Mark Carlson and Richard Danielpour. Ms. Rezai has taken part in many music festivals, offered solo recitals, and performed as a soloist with orchestras and wind ensembles. Ms. Rezai currently works at UCLA, teaching group piano courses and performing as a collaborative musician with undergraduate and graduate student musicians. Her areas of interest include piano pedagogy, collaborative piano, and the interdisciplinary studies of art and music history. Ms. Rezai had the privilege to study with Jane Bastien, Gloria Cheng, Eduardo Delgado, George Katz, Vitaly Margulis, Ingrid Pachner, and Walter Ponce. Outside of UCLA, Ms. Rezai teaches privately in Los Angeles, and belongs to the Music Teachers’ Association of California.

Stewart Gordon

Stewart Gordon’s career included posts at the University of Maryland, Music Department Professor and Chair and Queens College (New York) as Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs. He’s toured in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Hawaii, Japan, Taiwan, the Caribbean and Saudi Arabia. He’s also recorded works by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, De Falla, Scriabin, Ellis Kohs, Luis de Frietas-Branco and the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes.He has authored Etudes for Piano Teachers and Mastering the Art of Performance (Oxford) and A History of Keyboard Literature (Schirmer), and was co-author of The Well-Tempered Keyboard Teacher (Schirmer). He’s made CD’s of Memorization in Piano Performance and Performance Practice in Late 20th Century Piano Music (Alfred), in addition to being editor of the 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven (Alfred).As a composer he writes primarily for musical theater and his shows were produced in New York, Washington, Savannah, Hollywood and Hawaii. He created the William Kapell International Piano Competition, directing it for 15 years; also the Savannah Music Festival and its American Traditions Competition, directing it for 14 years. He adjudicated many international piano competitions.Stewart Gordon graduated from the University of Kansas (BM and MM) and The University of Rochester (Eastman School) (DMA), and holds a diploma from the Staatliches Konservatorium des Saarlands. His teachers were Olga Samaroff, Walter Gieseking, Cecile Genhart and Adele Marcus. He has many awards: Ramo Award for service to Music (2001), Maryland State Creative and Performing Arts Award (1982), Maryland State Music Teachers Award for Distinguished Service to Music (1979) and Danforth Teacher Study Grant (1960). He is a Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda (music) and Scabbard and Blade (military). As a young man he served four years as a junior officer in the United States Navy.

Katelyn Newham

Katelyn Newham grew up on the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia, where she studied various styles of dance as well as music, theatre and singing. After receiving a Diploma in Music Theatre, Business Dance and Dance Teaching, she subsequently completed many professional dance performances for companies such as “Norway Cruises” and “Warner Bros.”.

For the past eight years, Katelyn has performed in various parts of the world as a professional dancer and choreographer. He has performed in India, China, the United States, the Bahamas and Australia, and has participated in dance programs “Music Dance” and “ Australian Darren's performance. During the performance and travel, Katelyn discovered his love of dance teaching and won a lot of choreography awards in Australia and the United States. Soon, Katelyn got a lot of opportunities to be a judge, and made professional assessments for local dance competitions and national dance competitions in Australia and the United States.

Katelyn recently moved from Australia to the United States (headquartered in Los Angeles) and continues to chase her dream of professional dance, choreography and dance teaching. At present, Katelyn has performed for many top Los Angeles entertainment companies.