Kathryn Ananda-Owens, winner of first prize in the Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition, is also a laureate of the American Pianists Association Biennial Fellowship Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, appeared at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and toured internationally as a piano soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra.
Christopher Atzinger is a medalist of the New Orleans, San Antonio, and the World Piano Competitions. Concert appearances include Carnegie Hall, the Phillips Collection, the American Academy in Rome and the Brevard, Banff, and Chautauqua Music Festivals. Orchestra engagements include appearances with Louisiana and Shreveport Symphonies. He has recorded for Naxos, Centaur, and MSR Classics.
Kent McWilliams studied in Poland with Andrzej Jasinski, in Germany with Oleg Maisenberg, and in Canada with Marc Durand andBoris Lysenko. His solo, concerto, and chamber performances have been braodcast live on the CBS in Canada and the ABC in Australia. He has performed in more than a dozen contries and recently released a CD on the label of Albany Records.
Nancy Paddleford is a chamber and solo recitalist, as well as an adjudicator at piano competitions in the United States and Central America. In addition to performing in the U.S. and Europe, she has served as Artist in Residence at the University of Costa Rica and performed at the International Festival of Music in Costa Rica and the Monteverde Music Festival. Her teachers include Gyorgy Sebok and Janos Starker.