Lecture recital with Stephanie and Edward Neeman
Friday 19 May 2017
Recital Hall East
Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The Duet and the Dance: American Piano Duet Repertoire
Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers you the opportunity to attend a lecture-recital with acclaimed pianists Stephanie and Edward Neeman.
Louis Gottschalk: Ojos criollos, Op. 37
Samuel Barber: “Waltz,” “Pas de deux,” “Hesitation Tango” from Souvenirs Op. 26
John Corigliano: “Overture” from Gazebo Dances
David Lang: before gravity
William Bolcom: Serpent’s Kiss
Dr. Stephanie Neeman is an active international performer and educator. She has taught masterclasses and performed in various venues throughout the world. Dr. Neeman has appeared as a soloist with the Jakarta Chamber Orchestra, Canberra Youth Orchestra, National Capital Orchestra (AUS) and has performed to critical acclaim across the United States, Asia, and Australia. Recent and upcoming appearances include performing Poulenc and Mendelssohn double piano concerto with the National Capital Orchestra and Canberra Youth Orchestra in Australia, a collaboration with the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music Ballet performing Stravinsky’s “Les Noces,” and performing in the NOVA chamber series with the members of Utah Symphony in the United States.
Dr. Neeman has won virtually all major piano competitions in Indonesia, including the first prize in the prestigious Yamaha National Piano Competition when she was only six the youngest winner ever). She won first prizes in the Empire State International Piano Competition and the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. She was also a top prizewinner and won the prize for the best interpretation of Franz Liszt at the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition in the United States.
Dr. Neeman received her Bachelor and Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from CCM at University of Cincinnati as a full scholarship student of James Tocco and has performed in masterclasses of Arie Vardi, Gary Graffman, Oxana Yablonskaya, Russell Sherman, Alexander Kobrin, Leslie Howard, among others. Dr. Neeman’s passion and dedication in teaching has brought tremendous positive impact and accomplishment to her students. Her students have been accepted to prestigious programs at the Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, and Royal College of Music in London. Dr. Neeman’s students have won prizes at the Southeast Asia International Chopin Piano Competition, the ASEAN International Concerto Competition, the Alberti International Piano Competition, and Hong Kong International Music Festival, among others.
Dr. Neeman is the head of piano department at ELMS Conservatory of Music in Jakarta. She is in demand as an adjudicator, judging the Mozart International Piano Competition in Thailand, the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, West Australian Pianists Competition and numerous competitions and festivals in the United States. She is the author of an advice column for STACCATO, a monthly music education magazine in Indonesia. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at Valdosta State University, Georgia and has previously taught at University of Utah and University of Cincinnati. www.stephaniepianist.com
The Australian-American pianist Edward Neeman has performed across five continents. Critics have lauded him as a “true artist” with “an excellent technique” who “isn’t afraid to put a distinctive stamp on whatever he touches, without resorting to mannerism.” A top prizewinner of numerous international piano competitions, including first prize in the Joaquín Rodrigo Competition in Madrid, second prize in the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition, and third prize in the World International Piano Competition, Dr. Neeman has performed with orchestras such as the Prague Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and the American West Symphony with conductors including Andrey Boreyko, Alan Buribayev, Chen Lin, Ruben Gimeno, Enrique Perez Mesa, Nicholas Milton, Pascual Osa, and Vladimir Verbitsky.
Dr. Neeman’s versatility as a performer, teacher, and academic has resulted in a wide-ranging and multifaceted musical career. In the 2015-16 season, he will perform as a soloist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Cuba, the National Capital Orchestra of Australia, and the Canberra Youth Orchestra. An enthusiastic collaborative artist, he has performed with musicians including Itamar Zorman, Abigail Fischer, Ben Capps, and members of the JACK quartet. He maintains an active piano duo with his wife, the Indonesian pianist Stephanie Neeman, and writes piano duet arrangements of popular melodies for the duo. He performed with the American Ballet Theater in their 2014 tour of Japan.
A composer himself, Dr. Neeman is a passionate advocate for the music of our time and has premiered works by composers such as Paul Chihara, Larry Sitsky, Alistair Noble, and Reinaldo Moya. He has performed regularly with new music groups, including AXIOM and the Metropolis Ensemble.
Dr. Neeman holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Australian National University, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School. His teachers have included James Tocco, Jerome Lowenthal, Solomon Mikowsky, Santiago Rodriguez, Larry Sitsky, and Irena Orlov. As an extension of his doctoral research into free improvisation and performing graphic scores, he founded an improvisation group, the AIR Improvisers, and he has included free improvisation in several of his recitals, often in conjunction with electronic instruments and sampled sounds. His current research includes an innovation in the mechanism of the piano’s sostenuto pedal, and its potential ramifications for pedaling technique.
Dr. Neeman regularly gives masterclasses around the world. He has been a jury member for the Mozart International Piano Competition in Thailand, the Hong Kong Schools Festival, and several festivals and competitions in the United States. He has taught at Utah Valley University and currently teaches at South Georgia State College. He also holds the position of Artist Faculty at the ELMS Conservatory in Jakarta, Indonesia.
- Free, bookings not required.