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.