Faculty

Pianist Dr. Cong Ji is passionate about engaging her audiences with innovative programming and performances as a recital soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She performs regularly in major cities of Asia and the United States. Venues include Weill Hall at Carnegie, New York Steinway Hall, Elebash Recital Hall, Taipei National Recital Hall, and Music Halls of Universities and Conservatories…

Chloe Zhang

Piano Faculty

Chloe Zhang maintains an active performance and recording career. As a featured soloist, she played Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, as well as piano concertos with the Chautauqua Student Symphony Orchestra and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. Her debut solo album was released by Orpheus Classic this winter, featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff. She is…

Dr. Nina Vieru Zubaidi

Violin Faculty

Violinist Nina Vieru has performed on many of the most prominent stages in Romania, Moldova, Serbia, Mexico and the United States including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Verizon Hall and Perelman Hall. She was a guest soloist with the Galati Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra, and has twice appeared in concert at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest. Ms.…

Dr. Jean-François Proulx

Keyboard Facutly

Originally from Ottawa-Gatineau in Canada, Dr, Jean-François (John) Proulx is active in the Greater Philadelphia Area as a pianist, teacher and collaborator. Dr. Proulx completed a 2nd cycle of musical studies at the Quebec Music Conservatory; a Bachelor’s degree and Artist Diploma at University of Montreal; two Master degrees (Keyboard Performance; Chamber Music & Accompaniment) and a D.M.A. at Temple…

Alejandro Espinosa

Trombone Faculty

Alejandro Espinosa, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been playing tenor and bass trombone for over 15 years. When he was nine, his family immigrated to New York City. Nourished by the city’s rich and diverse musical culture, Alejandro gained substantial performance experience in all types of music. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music from the…

Sandra VandeGeijn

Violin Faculty

Violist and violinist Sandra VandeGeijn is a viola graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music  and Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and Roberto Diaz,  respectively. She recently moved to Philadelphia from Baltimore, Maryland, where she  freelanced throughout the Baltimore, Wilmington, DE, and Washington, DC region and also  maintained a private teaching studio. She is a regular member…

Alexander Bedenko

Clarinet Faculty

The multi-award-winning clarinetist Alexander Bedenko is one of the most prolific artists of his generation and has performed with major conductors of leading orchestras, ensembles and festivals in the United States, Europe and Asia. Born in Ukraine into a family of musicians, Alexander Bedenko graduated from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied clarinet with Donald…

Jacques-Pierre Malan

Cello Faculty

South African cellist, Jacques-Pierre Malan is taking the classical music world by storm with his unparalleled performances, innovative projects, and uncompromising dedication to energizing and uplifting both audiences and musicians alike. His initiatives have landed him on stages across the world from Africa to Europe to the USA. He is currently based in Baltimore Maryland, allowing him access to America’s…

Sir Julian Milkis

Special Arrangement Clarinet Faculty

Sir Julian Milkis’  impressive sound, a virtuostic technical ease and a musical imagination has captivated critics and audiences alike around the world, He carries the rare honor of being the only student of the clarinet legend Benny Goodman. Mr. Milkis’ unique interpretations and artistry have earned him an international stature of a dazzling soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and jazz clarinetist,…

Ilya Ovrutsky - flute

Ilya Ovrutsky

Flute Faculty

Ilya Ovrutsky, Bachelor’s degree : Kiev R. Gliere music college (Ukraine), 1965. Master’s degree: Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow in flute/piccolo performance, 1971. Mr. Ovrutsky has performed extensively around the world as a member of Symphony Orchestra of The Moscow Bolshoy Theater, and of the former USSR State Symphony Orchestra under direction of E. Svetlanov. He has performed in the major…