Jue He, a native of Shanghai, China, has been acclaimed for her combination of vigorous and eloquent performances. The Denver Post praised Ms. He for her “first-rate performance” in collaborating with the Aspen Festival Orchestra. She has performed and given lecture recitals both as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. She is currently on the faculty at Benedictine University.
Together with cellist Alisa Horn, she released the Rachmaninoff and Miaskovsky Sonatas for Cello and Piano; and the duo’s performance was broadcast on WQXR-FM in New York City. In addition to playing with Ms. Horn, Dr. He regularly collaborates with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and her performances are frequently broadcast on WFMT in Chicago. Her most recent collaboration was with IMG artist Nina Kotova, touring six cities in China.
Dr. He started her studies at the High School attached to Shanghai Conservatory. She graduated from University of Denver, receiving her Bachelor's degree as a full scholarship recipient. Later on, Dr. He received both her Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Piano Performance and Collaborative Arts from Northwestern University, graduating with top honors. Her teachers include Dr. Sylvia Wang and Dr. Elizabeth Buccheri. She has participated in master classes with Richard Goode, Sergei Babayan, Kevin Keener, Rita Sloan, Angela Chang and Tiro Fontenay.
Born in Beijing, China, award-winning pianist Xiao-min Liang is known for her outstanding musicianship, extraordinary sensitivity and virtuosity. Praised by the New York Times for her vivid and exhilarating playing, Ms. Liang has performed in major concert venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Chicago Symphony Center, the Grand National Theater and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has appeared in music festivals including the Beijing International music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Pianofest and the Gilmore Festival. Ms. Liang received top prizes at the China National Piano Competition for three consecutive years, the Five Town Piano Competition in New York, the Douglaston Young Artist Competition in Long Island, and the Thaviu/Isaak Scholarship Competition and Concerto Competition at Northwestern University. As a winner of the Artist International Competition, Miss Liang made her debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie in 2000.
Ms. Liang began her studies at the Central Conservatory in Beijing where she was a pupil of Hui-su Chen. Since moving to the US, she has studied with Victoria Mushkatkol at Interlochen Arts Academy. She graduated from the Julliard School, receiving both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees where she was a full scholarship student studying with Jerome Lowenthal. She has also received coachings from Jacob Lateiner, Seymour Lipkin, and Felix Galimir at Juilliard and participated in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Ari Vardi, Piotr Anderszewski, Richard Goode and Yefim Bronfman. Ms. Liang received her doctoral degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University, where her teachers included Ursula Oppens and Sylvia Wang. Miss Liang has served on the piano faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago since 2006.