NICK LUBY, CO-DIRECTOR
Nick Luby is an artist committed to presenting vivid, authentic, and relevant performances of the classical canon to a wide audience. He has been the First Prize winner of the Dr. Sharyn Edwards Piano Competition, the Loren Withers Piano Competition, the Old Dominion Classical Competition, and the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano Competition. Mr. Luby's recordings have been broadcast on South Carolina Public Radio, and he was featured as a guest artist at the Exploring Chamber Music Festival at the University of Northern Iowa.
Nick has performed in masterclasses for world renowned artists William Bolcom, Nelita True, Ivan Moravec, Martin Katz, and Lambert Orkis. He has participated in numerous festivals throughout the U.S. and in Italy and the Czech Republic, where he studied with Vladimir Feltsman, Boris Slutsky, Logan Skelton, Alexander Korsantia, and James Giles, among others.
A Chapel Hill native, Nick holds the Graduate Certificate in Performance from the University of South Carolina, an MM in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, and a BA with honors in Music and a double major in Philosophy from Wesleyan University. His primary teachers include Arthur Greene, Marina Lomazov, Francis Whang, and Margaret O'Brien.
SUSAN ZHANG, CO-DIRECTOR
Acclaimed as a pianist with "astounding musical authority" (Columbia Free Times), Susan Zhang made her orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Augusta Symphony. She has since been featured as a soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the University of South Carolina Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has performed in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and Woodruff Arts Center as well as numerous other venues in North America, Europe, and Asia. Her recordings have been featured on SC Public Radio.
Susan was a prizewinner of the Thousand Islands Chopin Competition, the Bauru-Atlanta Competition, the Burgos International Music Festival Competition, the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, South Carolina MTNA Young Artist Competition, and the University of South Carolina Concerto Competition. Her summer festival appearances include Pianofest in the Hamptons, the Banff Piano Master Class, Burgos International Music Festival, the Southeastern Piano Festival, and Brevard Music Center.
Susan is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of South Carolina. Her primary teachers have included Marina Lomazov, Joseph Rackers, and Enrico Elisi. She currently studies at the Peabody Conservatory with Boris Slutsky.
SCOTT BURKHOLDER, BUSINESS STRATEGIST
Scott is founder of SGB Talent Agency, a Baltimore based firm that builds infrastructure for artists to live sustainable, fulfilling lives and audiences to engage in perspective-challenging experiences. He is also the Executive Director of The Baltimore Love Project and has extensive experience coaching and managing artists.
Alex Davis is a composer and recording engineer. He founded Wentworth Studios, a recording business in Greenville, SC, and has produced for artists and organizations such as The Southeastern Piano Festival, The South Carolina Philharmonic, Riot Scene Pictures, The University of South Carolina, Camp Joy SC, Classical American Homes, MennoMedia, Brethren Press, and Leaders’ Imago. Previously he served as A/V Media Specialist at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church.
A prolific composer and singer-songwriter, Alex has scored five short films, written two children's musicals, and composes all original music for his two regularly touring bands, Passing Worth (indie/jazz/soul/pop) and Miles to Go (prog-rock). He also tours often as a solo artist and has released several albums. His compositions have premiered in the United States and Italy.
Alex grew up in a musical household and began writing songs at the piano while in high school. He received a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of South Carolina and was mentored by Jeff Francis in the study of recording engineering.
Robert Woodhurst contributes an overarching design logic, with astute attention to detail, along with a spirited repartee.
Hailing from an architectural family, Robert developed an early understanding of architecture both as art and science in addition to the ways in which thoughtful and inspiring design serve the community. While attending a fine arts magnet high school, Robert studied scenery design and construction, fostering an appreciation for design and the physical process of making, as well as creating environments in which scenes might unfold. Like art installations and architecture, such designs evoke moods and, through production integration, greatly enhance the work or environment as a whole. A recent graduate of Georgia Tech’s mArch program, Robert is interested in Architecture’s role in city-building, specifically urban-infill and adaptive reuse.
Robert has worked backstage for professional opera performances as well as in the capacities of land surveyor, carpenter’s apprentice, life guard, and intern Architect. He has been a part of the design team on higher-ed, K-12, ecclesiastical, judicial, mixed-use, municipal, recreational and urban design projects.