Michael Tsalka, Artistic Director (Netherlands/Israel)

Pianist and early keyboard performer Michael Tsalka (Netherlands/Israel) has won numerous prizes and awards in Europe, the U.S.A., the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.  A versatile musician, he performs with equal virtuosity a wide span of repertoire from the early Baroque to our days on the harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano, chamber organ and modern piano. Dr. Tsalka was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, he continued his studies in Germany and Italy.  In 2001, he received a Piano Solo Diploma from the Scuola Superiore Internazionale del Trio di Trieste, where he studied with Dario di Rosa. From 2002-2008, he studied at Temple University under the guidance of Joyce Lindorff, Harvey Wedeen, and Lambert Orkis. Tsalka holds three degrees from that institution: a Master’s degree in Chamber Music/Accompanying, a Master’s degree in Harpsichord Performance and a Doctorate in Piano Performance. Other teachers included Sandra Mangsen, Klaus Schilde, Malcolm Bilson, and Charles Rosen.

Dr. Tsalka maintains a busy concert schedule. Recent engagements include performances at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, Bellas Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, St. Denis Festival in Paris, Der Gasteig in Munich, Beethoven House in Bonn, Tokyo’s City Opera, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Volksbuehne Hall in Berlin, the Jerusalem Music Center, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and interviews and live performances for radio stations in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Munich, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Stockholm, Helsinki, Auckland, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, London, and Jerusalem.

He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, among them The Sydney Consort (Australia), the University of Birmingham Chamber Orchestra (U.K.), Temple University Chamber Orchestra (Philadelphia, U.S.A.), Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, Musica Raritana (New Jersey, U.S.A.), Silvestre Revueltas Chamber Orchestra (Guanajuato, Mexico), St. Louis’ City Orchestra (U.S.A.), Hermitage Festival Orchestra (St. Petersburg, Russia), Saarbrucken Symphony Orchestra (Germany), Baroque Camerata (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) and ThoroughBass (Sydney).

Dr. Tsalka has recorded over 18 CDs for labels such as Naxos, Grand Piano, Ljud & Bild (Stockholm), Brilliant Classics (Amsterdam) Paladino (Vienna), and IMI (Israel).  Current and future recording projects include CDs dedicated to keyboard works by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Daniel Gottlob Türk, Johann Baptist Wanhal, Carl Dittersdorf, Ferdinand Ries, Franz Schubert, F. Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, Viktor Ullmann, Leonardo Coral, a CD dedicated to Australian Keyboard Music, and Yehezkel Braun.

Together with Dr. Angelica Minero Escobar, he is preparing a critical edition of Daniel Gottlob Türk’s 30 keyboard sonatas for Artaria Editions in New Zealand (artaria.com).  Sonatas 1–12 were published in 2013. Sonatas 13-24 will be published in 2017:

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Additionally, seven of his scholarly articles have been published by music journals, including De Clavicordio (Italy), Piano Bulletin EPTA (Netherlands), Early Keyboard Journal and Early Music America (U.S.A.). Dr. Tsalka often collaborates with composers: In 2016-2018, he will perform sixteen world premieres dedicated to him by composers of fourteen different nationalities.

He has presented more then hundred master classes and lecture-recitals in academic institutions in all continents. During his doctorate years, he taught at the Esther Boyer College of Music. From 2009-2014, he was a professor of harpsichord and chamber music at the Escuela Superior de Música, National Center for the Arts (Mexico City), and a professor of early keyboards at Lilla Akademien (Stockholm). Currently, he is a visiting professor at Celaya Conservatory in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Dr. Tsalka is on the board of directors of ECMTA (European Chamber Music Teachers Association) and the HKSNA (Historical Keyboard Society of North America). In 2011, he was the artistic director of the Bach Festival, at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Qingdao’s Grand Theatre and Wuhan’s Qintai Concert Hall. From 2012 to 2015, he was the co-artistic director of the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland. In December 2014, he was the artist director of a mini-festival, titled “Fanfares and Ornaments” for the Dutch Embassy in Stockholm. In 2014 he became the artistic director of the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival in the Netherlands (www.geelvinckfestival.nl). Currently he is also the artistic director of the Across Bridges International Piano Summer Academy. For further details, please visit www.michaeltsalka.com

Jennifer Lim-Judd, Piano Instructor (U.S.A./Taiwan)

Dr. Jennifer Lim-Judd holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she studied with Curator/Professor Joanne Baker. She is an accomplished solo recitalist and chamber musician, who has made repeated soloist appearances with the St. Louis Brass Band, the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra, the Clayton Symphony Orchestra, the University City Symphony Orchestra, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Orchestra, and the ECC Wind Ensemble.
In 1997, Dr. Lim-Judd and Annette Burkhart, a faculty member of Washington University, formed a piano duo. Since then, they have performed in various concert series and university campuses throughout the Midwest. In March 2007, Dr. Lim-Judd, Dr. Sarah Edgerton and Dr. Brandon Christensen performed a series of concerts in China, including recitals at Shanghai Normal University and Hunan Normal University.
Dr. Lim-Judd is Associate Professor of Music at East Central College. She also serves as Coordinator of the Music Department. Many of her piano students have won top awards in state and national competitions. She is also in frequent demand across the U.S.A. as a clinician and adjudicator. Recently, Dr. Lim-Judd was awarded the Permanent Professional Certificate by the Music Teachers National Association. In 2012, Dr. Judd received the Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. The following year she received Emerson’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Several of her articles were published in the journal Keyboard Companion.

María Teresa Frenk Mora, Piano Instructor (Mexico)

Mexican pianist María Teresa Frenk Mora has performed in Mexico, the U.S.A., France, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Japan, Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. She began her professional piano studies at the National Conservatory of Mexico. Her teachers included Bertha Castro, Olga Viveros de Durón, Manuel Delaflor, Nadia Stankovitch, and José Ordoñez. Prior to graduating in 1980, she won top honors in three different national piano competitions. Ms. Frenk then continued her studies in Germany. In 1982, she completed her masterʼs degree at Berlin’s High School of the Arts (since renamed University of the Arts), under the guidance of Professor Georg Sava. In addition, she participated in master classes with Jörg Demus, Marcel Heuclin, Guido Agosti, Jorge Bolet, Angélica Morales, Edith Picht-Axenfeld, and Igor Cherniavski. She also received training in chamber music with the Schubert Trio of Vienna, completing their course with highest honors.

In 1994, Ms. Frenk won the position of concert pianist with the Concertistas de Bellas Artes, a dependency of the Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts. In this capacity, she has given many premiere performances of contemporary Mexican compositions and has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals. She has also accompanied singers and has performed as soloist with orchestras.

Ms. Frenk’s discography is quite ample. In 1994 she recorded the complete solo piano works of Mexican composer Tomás León; Between 1997 and 2000, she completed the Antología pianistica: El Siglo XX en México, two CDs of Mexican piano music for Quindecim Recordings. She has also recorded Mexican romantic music for flute and piano with Rafael Urrusti and recorded with cellist Ignacio Mariscal a CD entitled Three Composers, Three Generations with music by Manuel M. Ponce, Federico Ibarra, and Leonardo Coral (2001). With Mr. Mariscal, she has also recorded the complete Beethoven cello and piano sonatas (2002).

She collaborated in the Clema Ponce Special Edition of the works of Manuel M. Ponce, under the auspices of the National University School of Music and supervised by Prof. Paolo Mello. She prepared critical editions of Ponceʼs Chinese Poems for voice and piano and his Sonata for Cello and Piano.

Her many awards include a diploma from the Mexican Music and Theatre Criticsʼ Union for Vol. I of Antología pianistica El Siglo XX en México (1998) and the “Juana Ramírez de Asbaje” award (2003), given to her by Juan Ramón de la Fuente, Chancellor of the National University of México. Currently, Ms. Frenk is professor of piano at the National University of Mexico School of Music, where she teaches piano, chamber music, and accompaniment. In 2006 she was one of the jurors for the “Angélica Morales-Yamaha” National Piano Competition. In 2009, she became National Coordinator of Music for the Institute of Fine Arts (INBA). In September 2016 she was appointed Dean of the Music Faculty at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Lindsey Du, Piano Instructor (China/U.K)

Born in China’s Henan province in 1990, Lindsey Du has had an interesting and diverse upbringing. It was as a young child in Henan province that Lindsey was first introduced to classical music. Her father, a Geologist, was often away on business, and it was whilst spending time at home alone with her mother that Lindsey began to take an interest in her mother’s music collection, mainly comprised of Western classical composers.

When Lindsey was very young her father took up a permanent position in the remote Qinghai Province, and relocated his family to the city of Golmud so that they could live together. At the age of five Lindsey began to express an interest in learning the piano herself, but it was not an easy task as it took almost six months for Lindsey’s mother to track down a piano teacher, the first and only teacher in the city at the time!

At the age of twelve Lindsey’s family was required to relocate yet again, this time to Tibet. Lindsey was forced to leave her friends behind and start afresh in a completely new environment. In the beginning, she found comfort in her piano. It was in her young teenage years that Lindsey’s passion for the piano really became apparent as, every day she lost herself in her playing, hours at a time. Constantly practicing by herself, without the aid of a piano teacher; surrounded by breathtaking scenery and a huge diversity of cultures and influences, Lindsey’s music began to really mature and develop in a more independent and exciting direction.

At fifteen, Lindsey moved away from her family to attend high school in Sichuan province’s capital city: Chengdu. Immediately at ease with the fast-pace, and the buzzing hustle and bustle of one of the largest cities in China; Lindsey began to develop her piano-playing ability and find new influences and styles in the melting pot in which she found herself.

It was whilst studying in Chengdu that she met with Prof. Jing Du of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music who was taken by her original and perceptive style of playing and offered her a scholarship at the conservatory. Through four years of hard study at the Conservatory, Lindsey was really able to organize, develop and expand her style and her music.

After graduation, Lindsey began work as a piano teacher in Shanghai, where she also began writing her own music and performing regularly at small venues around the city. In the last few years, Lindsey competed at the Zhongsin International Music Competition in Singapore, travelled to Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig with a group of students to partake in the LiuShiKun Summer Academy, performed at the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival in Amsterdam, and organized the first Across Bridges Summer Piano Academy in Shanghai. In 2016 Lindsey relocated to London, where she currently lives and works as a composer, performer and teacher.

Angélica Minero Escobar, Performance Practice & Spanish Lecturer (Spain/México)

Spanish/Mexican musicologist and mezzo soprano, Dr. Angélica Minero Escobar, is the winner of the prestigious Louis Auld Award (December 2005), the Milton Sutter Award (May 2003) and the Dr. William A. Singer award (May 2005) for excellence and considerable potential in the field of music history. After studying with Dr. Stephen Willier and Prof. Lorie Gratis, she graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia in May 2005 with Master’s degrees in Music History and Voice Performance. In 2006, she won a full fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. in Musicology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In August 2014, she completed successfully her dissertation on the French songs of Pauline Viardot-Garcia, under the direction of Prof. Rufus Hallmark.

Dr. Minero Escobar has taught courses on music history, Renaissance and Baroque performance practices and chamber music at Temple University (U.S.A.), St. Joseph’s University (U.S.A.), Escuela Superior de Música, National Center of the Arts (México) and Musikskolan Lilla Akademien (Sweden). As a musicologist, her area of scholarly interest centers on French vocal music of the nineteenth century, particularly in the development and maturation of the mélodie as a genre. Her award-winning essay, “Anywhere out of the World”: Escapism in Duparc-Baudelaire’s “L’Invitation au Voyage” was published by the Ars Lyrica Journal in 2008. She is also interested in keyboard music from the Classical and Early Romantic Periods. From 2013 onwards, Artaria Editions has published her critical edition of Daniel Gottlob Türk’s sonatas, a collaborative project with early keyboard performer and pianist Dr. Michael Tsalka. Dr. Minero Escobar has also been a member of the American Musicological Society, the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations and L’Association des amis d’Ivan Tourguéniev, Pauline Viardot, Maria Malibran.

As a singer, Dr. Minero Escobar is a versatile interpreter who has participated not only in operatic productions, but also in choral groups such as the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Choral Society. Her interest in music of the Renaissance and the Baroque Eras has led her to collaborate with groups such as the Penn Madrigal Singers and the Temple Early Music Ensemble. Ms. Minero has also given solo recitals in Mexico City, Sweden, Minnesota and Philadelphia.

Dr. Minero Escobar is proficient in Italian, French, English and Spanish. She also has experience translating German and Swedish texts. Additionally, she holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania (Summa Cum Laude, May 1997) and an undergraduate degree from Temple University in Voice Performance (Summa Cum Laude, May 2002).

Her diverse experience in the fields of music and the arts has allowed her to oversee many cultural initiatives. From 2012-2014, she was the administrative director of the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland. For the past four years, she has also been a close collaborator of the Geelvinck International Fortepiano Festival (Netherlands). From 2011 to 2015, she was director of International Academic Exchanges at Musikskolan Lilla Akademien. In 2012, she organized the logistics for the first American tour of the Swedish National Youth Orchestra (SNUO). That symphonic group made presentations in Chicago Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Strathmore Center in Washington D. C. In 2015, she cofounded the Across Bridges International Summer Piano Academy.