NICK LUBY, CO-DIRECTOR
Concert pianist Nick Luby is an artist committed to presenting classical music to a wide audience. He is a laureate of the 2019 Prix Ravel and First Prize winner of the Dr. Sharyn Edwards, Loren Withers, Old Dominion, and Elizabeth Verveer Tishler competitions. He has concertized in France, Italy, Czechia, and throughout the United States.
Nick has performed in masterclasses for world renowned artists William Bolcom, Nelita True, Robert Levin, Ivan Moravec, Martin Katz, Philippe Bianconi, and Lambert Orkis. He has participated in numerous festivals, receiving additional tutelage from Vladimir Feltsman, Boris Slutsky, Logan Skelton, Alexander Korsantia, and James Giles, among others.
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 Marina Lomazov, Arthur Greene, 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.