2019 USOMC Accompanists
Anny Cheng is an active pianist and she has collaborated concerts with singers and instrumentalists in the United States, Ireland and Taiwan. She was invited as a guest artist with Arizona MusicFest and joined the faculty of the Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artist as a principal Vocal Coach and Musical Director. She also joined the staff pianist at Viola Workout in Crested Butte, Co.. Anny served as a coach and staff pianist at Cy-Fair College in Houston. She completed her DMA in Collaborative Piano at Arizona State University, GPD at Longy School of Music and MM at Westminster Choir College.
Jonathan Chesson has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in various parts of the world. Jonathan started playing piano at the age of 4 and has competed in various competitions around the world in the years following, including the Isabel Scionti Competition and the Vladmir Horowitz Competition for Young Pianists. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Hillsdale College in 2009, and his Master’s in Piano Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2012. In the year following graduation, Jonathan was hired as an adjunct professor of piano and staff accompanist at Hillsdale College, where he worked until August 2016. He has also served as jury member in various competitions, as well as faculty accompanist to the Edward Auer Summer Piano Workshop for multiple years. Jonathan continues his teaching and musical performance in Virginia Beach, where he currently resides.
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Nathan Cheung is known for his versatility as a soloist, collaborator, composer, and improviser. He received his Masters of Music degrees at the Eastman School of Music in both the Piano Performance and Accompanying and Chamber Music programs. His primary instructors during his graduate studies were Drs. Jean Barr and Nelita True. Nathan is also an alumnus of Stanford University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music with honors and studied with pianist Thomas Schultz and composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski. Nathan has won the Aspen Concerto Competition, the American Prize concerto division, the Music Teacher’s Association of California Solo Competition, and the Stanford Concerto Competition. Currently, Nathan is actively performing throughout the country while pursuing his doctorate degree at the Eastman School of Music under celebrated pianist and supportive mentor, Natalya Antonova.
Christopher Salocks received his Masters and Doctoral degrees from Stanford University, where he studied with Adolph Baller.
He participated in master classes of pianists Adele Marcus and Ivan Moravec, and has taught at Skyline College, Foothill College, De Anza College, and Stanford University.
For a number of years, he served as an official piano accompanist in the Music Teachers National Association state, regional, and national auditions, and he has performed at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
For over twenty-five years, he accompanied Van Cliburn Competition winner Jon Nakamatsu, and has appeared with Nakamatsu in two-piano concerts.
Chen Woo is one of the most highly sought-after collaborative pianists in the Bay Area.
She frequently collaborates with internationally-renowned musicians, including Lan Rao, Edna Garabedian, Richard Lin, Bin Huang and Haik Kazazyan.
A protégé of the late Maestro William Yannuzzi, music director of the Baltimore Opera Company, Woo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Soochow University in Taiwan and her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
As a former English major, Yi-Fang Wu decided to pursue her love of music after graduating from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan and came to Cleveland Institute of Music to study with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro for Master of Piano Performance. After obtaining the first master degree, Yi-Fang proceeded to join the Collaborative Piano program with Anita Pontremoli at CIM. Since then, she has collaborated with many wonderful chamber musicians while also maintaining for position as a staff pianist at SFCM Pre-College division. Yi-Fang has performed at the Eastern Music Festival, The Quartet Program, Miami Music Festival and International Music Festival and Workshop in Germany.