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2017 Conference Guest Artists

Charles Abramovic, Featured Guest Artist and Advanced Master Class Coach

Marvin Blickenstaff, Intermediate Master Class Coach

The Lyra Ensemble, Flute Day Guest Artists/Coaches

Anne Ku, Rachel Ku and Glenn Fischbach, Chamber Trio and Coaches

Jonathan Chapman Cook, Commissioned Composer

Charles Abramovic has won critical acclaim for his international performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborator with leading instrumentalists and singers. He has performed a vast repertoire not only on the piano, but also the harpsichord and fortepiano. Mr. Abramovic made his solo orchestral debut at the age of fourteen with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Since then he has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony, the Colorado Philharmonic, the Florida Philharmonic, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. He has given solo recitals throughout the United States, France and Yugoslavia. He has also appeared at major international festivals in Berlin, Salzburg, Bermuda, Dubrovnik, Aspen and Vancouver.

Mr. Abramovic has performed often with such stellar artists as Midori, Sarah Chang, Robert McDuffie, Viktoria Mullova, Kim Kashkashian, Mimi Stillman and Jeffrey Khaner. His recording of the solo piano works of Delius for DTR recordings has been widely praised. He has recorded for EMI Classics with violinist Sarah Chang, and Avie Recordings with Philadelphia Orchestra principal flutist Jeffrey Khaner. Actively involved with contemporary music, he has also recorded works of Milton Babbitt, Joseph Schwantner, Gunther Schuller and others for Albany Records, CRI, Bridge, and Naxos. Mr. Abramovic is a Professor of Keyboard Studies at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia where he has taught since 1988. He is an active part of the musical life of Philadelphia, performing with numerous organizations in the city. He is a core member of the Dolce Suono Ensemble, and performs often with Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001. In 1997 he received the Career Development Grant from the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, and in 2003 received the Creative Achievement Award from Temple University. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, and received his doctorate from Temple University. His teachers have included Natalie Phillips, Eleanor Sokoloff, Leon Fleisher, and Harvey Wedeen.

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Lecture/Recital Presentation for the conference. 


Chamber Trio

Anne Ku, Violin, Rachel Ku, Viola,

Glenn Fischbach, Cello

A native of Taiwan, violinist Anne Ku is an orchestral and chamber musician, as well as an established teacher in the Princeton area. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she currently serves on the faculty at Cairn University.


An avid chamber musician, Ms. Ku collaborated with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra in performances last season. She is also currently the concertmaster of Sinfonietta Nova and has played with the New World Symphony, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, and the Princeton Symphony. Ms. Ku has received numerous prizes and honors, including First Prize in the South Orange Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Temple University Preparatory Concerto Competition, and the American Fine Arts Festival Bach Concerto Competition. She has also soloed with many orchestras, including the National Repertory Orchestra under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and the South Orange Symphony.


Ms. Ku holds both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Catherine Cho and Robert Mann.


Violist Rachel Ku joined the viola section of the Philadelphia Orchestra as the youngest member of the Orchestra in September, 2004 at the age of 19. In January, 2005 she performed Hindemith’s “Der Schwanendreher” as soloist with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra as part of the orchestra’s subscription concert series. She has collaborated as chamber musician with such artists as Kim Kashkashian, Steven Isserlis, Julian Rachlin, Chantal Juillet, David Kim, Arnold Steinhardt, and Marcy Rosen. Ms. Ku graduated with a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory studying with Kim Kashkashian and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Joseph dePasquale. In addition to teaching private lessons, she is also an adjunct faculty member at Cairn University and Temple University.


Glenn Fischbach is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Orlando Cole and William Stokking. Following his graduation, Mr. Fischbach spent six seasons as principal cellist of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he is the acting principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and performs regularly as a substitute musician with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Additionally, Mr. Fischbach is a member of the Belmonte Piano Trio with his wife, violinist Jennifer K. Lee, and pianist Robert Durso and is on the faculty of Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division. 

Mr. Fischbach comes from a musical family. His father Gerald is a retired member of the violin faculty at The University of Maryland, College Park and is the co-author of the well known “Viva Vibrato!” method books. His brother Garrett is a violist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and his sister Erica is the academy principal of the Colorado Ballet and a former dancer with the American Ballet Theatre in New York. 

Marvin Blickenstaff  is known among piano teachers throughout the country for his teaching, lecturing, performing, and publishing.  For sixteen summers he was on the faculty of the International Workshops where he  performed and lectured in Canada, Austria, Scotland, Norway, France, and Switzerland. In 1995 and again in 2004, The Registered Piano Teachers of New Zealand sponsored him in concert and workshop tours of that country.  The “Marvin Blickenstaff Endowment Fund” was established in his honor by the Music Teachers National Association Foundation, and he was named “Teacher of the Year” by the Indiana MTA.  In 2007 the on-line journal Piano Pedagogy Forum published tributes to Blickenstaff honoring his contribution to piano teaching in America. Also in 2007 he was named Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.   He was honored in 2009 with MTNA’s highest honor, the MTNA Achievement Award and was selected in 2013 by the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy for its Lifetime Achievement Award.  Formerly head of the piano departments at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill and Goshen College (IN), he has taught on the faculties of the Westminster Choir College and The College of New Jersey.  Currently he maintains a private studio in the Philadelphia area and teaches at The New School for Music Study in Princeton.  Blickenstaff is former Board President of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy and is on the Executive Planning Committee of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

The Lyra Ensemble, now in its third season, is dedicated to performing newly composed virtuoso works, while interpreting standard repertoire with new vigor. The group, comprised of flutists Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, Ellen Fisher Deerberg, Anna Meyer, and Elivi Varga, make educational outreach as important as their dynamic performances. During the 2016-2017 season, the ensemble performed concerts and masterclasses throughout the East Coast, including at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, New York Flute Fair, Frostburg University, and the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Flute Fair. For more information, please visit

Jonathan Chapman Cook is a composer, pianist, organist, and teacher based in Lexington, Virginia.

Jonathan received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Composition from Western Michigan University in 2009, where he studied with C. Curtis-Smith and Richard Adams. He received his Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan in 2011. In addition to maintaining a rigorous composing and performance schedule, Jonathan teaches a studio of 30 piano students, and serves as the organist and music director of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hot Springs, Virginia.

"Meet the Composer" session will be on Sat, Nov 18 at 2:30pm.

Click here for information on the Commissioned Composer Competition


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