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Start Monday 9/12


2022 Fall










For his professional debut at the age of 23, James Roos of The Miami Herald wrote of Elier Suárez:  "...What he plays is an invitation to listen...he has a wide sense of style, an ear for music, and a feeling for its poetry, both lyric and dramatic...his performance (Liszt B Minor Sonata) was remarkable for penetration and blazing technique..." 


Mr. Suárez is a prizewinning pianist of the Teachers Congress International in NYC, the Dealy Awards in Dallas, the Teresa Carreño in Caracas, and the Chopin Competition in Miami.  He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami with Ivan Davis, a Master of Music from The Juilliard School with Adele Marcus, and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music with Robert Spillman. 


Having settled in Rochester, NY, he taught at Eastman, and served as President for both the New York State Music Teachers Association and the Rochester Piano Teachers' Guild.  An ambassador as Cultural Specialist for the "Arts America Program", he has performed concertos and recitals throughout the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia.  In addition, Mr. Suárez is a frequent adjudicator, giving master classes as well as lecture-demonstration recitals while maintaining an independent piano studio.  His star pupils have garnered local, state, national and international accolades, including lauded performances with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, as well as being featured in “From the Top” and selected into Lang Lang’s “Young Scholars” program. 


Steven Brown of the Sun-Sentinel wrote of Mr. Suárez:  “…His Rachmaninoff was often downright luxurious. In the more spacious of the six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16...his masterful coloring and caressing of every tune, chord and background swirl made for pianism that was delicious in its expansiveness and poise. His sweeping, fearless playing of the more muscular numbers made an exuberantly virtuosic contrast, yet his unfailing sense of polished contour ensured that nothing deteriorated into a mere keyboard rampage..."  

Julian Chumacero wins the HYSO Concerto Competition. He will be performing the first movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto with the orchestra on Mother's Day 2023.

Hanwen Li 
wins First Prize in the Young Performers Division of the 2022 Vincent Lenti Piano Competition at Eastman. Previous First Prize winners include Amy Feng, Charlotte & Milo Anderson.

Amy Feng performed the first movement of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the RPO as the 2021 Grand Prize Winner of the Young Artist Auditions . Before entering Harvard, she also won the Aldridge-Tinker Scholarship, the Ness Award, numerous piano competitions including:  the NYSMTA Empire State, the Vincent Lenti at Eastman, the Nazareth College Junior Level, the GSO & HYSO Concerto Competitions with the first movement of the Saint-Saëns G Minor and the 2021 David Hochstein Recital Competition.

Maxwell Sun wins the 2022 David Hochstein Recital Competition recently aired via WXXI. Before entering MIT, he won with the Beethoven 3rd the RPYO & HYSO Concerto Competitions, First Prize in both Junior & Senior levels of the Nazareth College Piano Competitions and First Prize in the advanced level of the Junior All-Star Piano Competition.

Tyler Canfield, Amy Feng & Maxwell Sun win the 2022 Howard Hanson Award.



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