Performers

John Urban

PIANO

John is beginning his Doctorate at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music this August. An aspiring performer as well as teacher, he enjoys being an Associate Instructor of piano there. In addition to studying and playing the classical piano repertoire, John also plays with the eclectic music-healing ensemble Whole Notes. His other interests include Walt Whitman, being a global flaneur and esoteric traditions.

Winston Choi

Piano

Canadian pianist Winston Choi is the Head of the Piano Program at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. His professional career was launched when he was named Laureate of the 2003 Honens Piano Competition and winner of France’s Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans in 2002. An inquisitive performer, his fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists.

Choi obtained his Bachelor and Master of Music from Indiana University, and his DM from Northwestern University. His studies were with Vivienne Bailey, James Tweedie, Menahem Pressler and Ursula Oppens. An accomplished teacher, he is also in demand as a master class clinician and lecturer on a variety of pedagogical topics. Prior to his position at Roosevelt University, he was on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and the Oberlin Conservatory.

Andreas Ioannides

Piano

Cypriot pianist Andreas Ioannides is currently a Fellowship recipient at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Music degree under Menahem Pressler. Ioannides has performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America. His playing has been heard in such diverse venues as the Grosser Saal of the Hamburg Konzerthaus, the Culture and Congress Center of Lucerne, the Temppeliaukio Kirkko in Helsinki, Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Ioannides has made orchestral appearances under maestros Neil Varon, David Effron, Paul Nadler and Roberto Tibiriçá, and has also collaborated on chamber music projects with such artists as Joseph Swensen, Atar Arad and Peter Stumpf. In the summer of 2016 he served as piano Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and in December was awarded the third prize at the prestigious BNDES international piano competition in Rio, Brazil.

Marta Menezes

Piano

A regular soloist in Europe and in the United States, Marta Menezes is recognized as a skilled pianist with a broad range of interests and styles. In 2013, she received 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition Nice - Côte D'Azur ``Simone Delbert-Février`` and won the Beethoven Competition at the Royal College of Music in London. Marta has received several additional awards in international competitions in Portugal, Spain and France.
She has presented recitals as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, in the United States and in Cape Vert. Highlights of recent seasons include her performances at the Chopin Society of Connecticut (USA), at the Centro Cultural de Belém (Portugal), at the Antena 2 Radio (Portugal) and at the opening concert of the international festival ``Lisbon Music Fest``. Upcoming projects include a concert tour in China.

Ariana Cappon

Violin

Since picking up the violin 20 years ago, Ariana Cappon has been humbled time and again by the emotion of the music she seeks to transmit. A native of New York, Cappon began her musical studies at age 3 at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege with Dorothy Roffman, and later with Grigory Kalinovsky. She is honored to have studied with Mauricio Fuks and Mark Kaplan the Jacobs school of Music at Indiana University, where she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree, and where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance and Mathematics last year.

She has received lessons and chamber music coachings from Menahem Pressler, Norman Krieger, Kevork Mardirossian, Emile Naoumoff, Stanley Ritchie, and the Pacifica Quartet. Outside of Indiana, she has received instruction from Alexis Galperine, Gérard Poulet, Patinka Kopec, and James Buzzwell. As a teacher at the Stafford Music Academy, she tries to convey all that she has learned from her wonderful instructors.

Her performances include solo and chamber music recitals at Manhattan School of Music and the Indiana University, and a concert as a soloist with the Bergen County Philharmonic under David Gilbert. She has played in concerts and masterclasses with Paul Coletti, Philippe Quint, and Philippe Graffin. As an ensemble player, she has performed with Indiana University’s orchestras and Latin American Ensemble, and was concertmaster with the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed at festivals, such as the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, the Heifetz International Music Institute, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Conservatory Music in the Mountains at Durango, Colorado. She is excited to attend Orford Musique in Quebec with her trio this summer.

Guilherme Monegatto

Cello

A native of São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, Guilherme started playing the cello at the age of five. At the age of sixteen, he gave his solo debut with the Orquestra Sinfônica da Unicamp, playing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. A year later, he was awarded major scholarships that supported his undergraduate studies at Indiana University under the tutelage of Peter Stumpf. Awarded third prize in the distinguished 19th Annual Sphinx Competition, Guilherme is now a graduate student at The Juilliard School, with Timothy Eddy as his mentor. Guilherme is also a chamber music and Baroque cello enthusiast.

Edward Cho

Cello

Edward Cho, a cellist from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, recently received his Masters of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2016, and his Bachelors of Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) in 2014. He is currently enrolled in a solo performance diploma in Indiana, studying with Peter Stumpf, and will graduate this summer. Cho was awarded many prizes during his undergraduate studies. Few highlights were being one of the principal cellists in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, a Waterloo Arts Awards Leading Edge recipient, the winner of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, and the winner of the Ken Murray Concerto Competition (with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony).