About the Judges:
Dr. Deirdre O’Donohue is a member of the artist piano and chamber music faculty and also the college and precollege faculties of Manhattan School of Music. She has performed solo and chamber recitals in Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada, and the United States. She has also given masterclasses and lecture/demonstrations at the Uniwersytet Muzyczny Fryderka Chopina in Warsaw, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Poona Music Society in India, the Rotterdam Conservatory, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and at numerous music institutions throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. O’Donohue received the Sparrendam Medal for performance in the Netherlands, and the Roger Phelps Award from NYU for her dissertation entitled “The Concept of Unity and Uniqueness in the Multi-Movement Works of Beethoven.”
Recent engagements: Curso de Piano at the Conservatorio superior de musica de Castilla y Leon in Salamanca, Spain (3/2016); summer faculty: Barcelona Piano Academy (7/2016); faculty, coach, and performer: Interharmony International Music Festival (Germany); Adamant Music School in Vermont; Summer Trios (Pennsylvania); Lectures/ demonstrations: the Uniwersytet Muzyczny Fryderyka Chopina (Warsaw, Poland); the Piano Teachers’ Congress (Steinway Hall); the National Feis Ceoil Competition (Dublin); adjudicator: Young Artists Festival in Seattle; the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s Piano Festival; the MTNA National Conference; Ithaca College of Music; Leschetizsky Association, NYSMTA, NJMTA, NHMTA, and external examiner for the Royal Irish Academy; masterclasses at Interharmony International Music Festival (Germany); Yahama (NY); NYU, Queens College, New Hampshire, South Carolina; intensive week-long courses in piano technique and interpretation at the Gijon Conservatory in Spain; solo recitals in Weill Recital Hall, and at NYU; convention clinician for the South Carolina MTA.
She has co-edited (with Prof. Henk Hillenaar) the book, Schubert and Friendship by Michael Davidson, which was published by the London publisher Kahn & Averill in the Fall of 2012.
Dr. O’Donohue is past president of the NY State Music Teachers’ Association, former chairperson of the MTNA’s Eastern Division High School Competition, and former chairperson and founder of the NYSTMA Empire State Performance Competition. Since the summer of 2001, she has been on the faculty of the Adamant Music School in Adamant, Vermont, where she is also the coordinator for week-long piano masterclasses of Menahem Pressler, John O’Conor, and Andre Laplante. She is also on the piano faculty of the Interharmony International Music Festival and coaches chamber music at Summertrios.
Dr. O’Donohue holds degrees from NYU, the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, and Mount Holyoke College.
New York based pianist-composer Hayk Arsenyan, a native of Armenia, has appeared in numerous recitals in USA, Canada, Armenia, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Canary Islands, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Syria, and Lebanon. His performance venues have included Carnegie Hall (New York), Palais d’UNESCO and Salle Cortot (Paris), Tchaikovsky Hall and the Kremlin (Moscow), “Petranka” House-Museum of Mozart (Prague), Auditorio de Miguel Delibes (Valladolid), Dar-Al-Assad Opera House (Damascus), Salla Cervantes (Havana), and appearances at the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago and the Phillips Collection Concert Series in Washington DC. At the age of 11 Mr. Arsenyan made his orchestral debut with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra performing his own Requiem for the piano and orchestra, and at the age of 17, he made his European orchestral debut as a soloist with the Radio France National Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was awarded a platinum medal by the City of Paris.
Mr. Arsenyan’s concert repertoire is diverse and encompasses works from early Baroque to New Music. An avid chamber musician and collaborator outside of the classical music stage, he continually strives to explore various experimental projects with Dance, Drama and Visual Arts, such as his “Visual Landscapes” multi-media project of all Alan Hovhaness piano solo works, which was The New York Times’ and Boston Phoenix’s pick of the week in May 2011.
Currently, Mr. Arsenyan teaches at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree from the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow. In 2007 he was awarded the full-tuition Yevgeny Kissin Award for the Professional-Studies performance program at Manhattan School of Music in New York. Mr. Arsenyan also studied the piano in Paris at École Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot and the Conservatoire National de Region D’Aubervillier La-Courneuve. He is a scholar of Iberian Early Music and has compiled a Performance Guide to Sonatas of Antonio Soler as a part of his Doctoral Dissertation, published by the University of Iowa Press.
In 1993, Mr. Arsenyan became a lifetime member of the French Society of Authors and Composers (SACEM) and two collections of his original works were published in Paris. In 2015, he also became a member of the Composers Union of Armenia. In 2016, he signed an exclusive international publishing contract with the Zimmermann Publications for his work “Stratum” for double bass and piano, which premiered at the Nixon Presidential Museum in Los Angeles. Several of his compositions have been choreographed by the dance departments of the University of Iowa and New York University, as well as the Iowa Youth Ballet and the Duarte Dance Works in Brazil. Mr. Arsenyan is also a member of the Ararat International Academy of Sciences in Paris, serving as the Academy’s chairman in New York. Since 2012, he has directed the Performing Arts Department at the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).
José Menor is an artist who defies labels. Recognized as “the great ambassador of Spanish music” (Melómano Magazine) and as a “revolutionary of his instrument” (Hèctor Parra), he is both an acclaimed interpreter of core piano repertoire, and a sought-after performer of new music. His solo recital at Carnegie Hall in March 2016 received a standing ovation and was declared “impassioned and eloquent” by New York Classical Review, and his recording of the complete solo piano works of Joan Guinjoan was awarded four stars by Fono Forum Magazine.
2016 han seen him on a worldwide tour to commemorate Granados’ 100th anniversary, as the Resident Pianist in Granados’ birthplace (Lleida). There he opened the celebrations with a televised performance of Granados’ complete ‘Goyescas’. The tour continued to Carnegie Hall, the ‘Meet in Beijing’ Arts Festival in China, the ‘Progetto Martha Argerich’ in Switzerland, St John’s Smith Square in London, and other venues in Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Italy.
José is established as a prime interpreter of contemporary piano. He has premiered works by major composers including Hèctor Parra, Joan Guinjoan and Benet Casablancas. Recently he performed Parra’s complete solo piano works at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele in Germany and Barcelona’s Palau de la Música. As a composer himself, he has premiered works for piano and electronics in collaboration with video artist Francesc Martí (RMSOnce). Forthcoming engagements in different countries include new works by José, and the London-based composer Sam Hayden. Among those, Jose will be performing at the Lille Orchestra season in France in 2018, and will premiere Parra’s piano concert with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) in 2019.
José’s performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) of Albéniz’s ‘Concierto Fantástico’ was highly acclaimed by the international press, and launched premieres across the world. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with orchestras including the Wuhan Philharmonic (China); Montevideo Philharmonic (Uruguay); Redlands Symphony (USA); Wroclaw and Bydgoszcz Philharmonics (Poland); Sinfónica de Xalapa (México), amongst others; and major Spanish orchestras including RTVE in Madrid; OBC in Barcelona; and Simfònica del Vallès. As a recitalist, he has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall (London), the Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), and Carnegie Hall (New York). José is also an avid chamber musician. He has collaborated with artists including Philip Setzer (Emerson Quartet), Ransom Wilson, Dai Miyata, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Francisco Fullana. His performances have been broadcast in America (CNN, WXEL, WWFM) London (BBC Radio 3), Germany (SWR2), Spain (TVE, RNE, Catalunya Música) and across Europe, as well as in Canada, Australia, Israel and Japan.
In 2017, José’s CD featuring Goyescas will be released under the IBS Classical label. José will also be recording the complete works by Parra early this year, among other recording projects.