Doctor Martin Söderberg - USA
Born in Sweden and raised in Spain, Martin Söderberg migrated to the United States of America in 1979 and studied at the Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelors, Master and Doctorate Degrees.
He is the winner of several competitions, including First Prize Winner of the "Pilar Bayona" International Piano Competition in Zaragoza, Spain, in 1985. He also won the Artists International Auditions in New York City in 1988 and made a successful New York Recital Debut at Weill Concert Hall. The New York Times praised his performance with rave reviews. Mr. Söderberg has performed extensively in Latin America, Europe and in the USA with orchestras and in recital. In 1999 he was invited by the Government of The Dominican Republic to serve as President of the Jury at the Fifth International Festival for Young Latinamerican Pianists, held in Santo Domingo. He also taught Master Classes and performed a recital at the National Theatre. Martin Söderberg is also founder and president of MMML (Music, Musicians, Music Lovers) a worldwide association of musicians that provides new performance opportunities to its members and support for projects.
Martin Söderberg is currently Director of the Classical Music Program at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New York City, where he teaches piano, and piano related courses like a workshop on piano technique, lectures on "how to practice successfully" and others.
Doctor Andrew Parr - USA
Andrew Parr, a native of Northeast Ohio, began piano study at the age of five. He furthered his education at Kent State University, at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria (as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship), and at Yale University, where he earned the Master and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees. Among his teachers have been Claude Frank, Tung Kwong-Kwong, Noel Flores, Dieter Weber, Marcel Ciampi (in Paris, France) and Ward Davenny. Composer Aaron Copland said of Parr’s performance of his Piano Variations, “...He performed the work as though he had written it himself.”.
Since moving to Texas in 1983 to join the faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Parr has performed extensively in solo, chamber and concerto settings. Some highlights have been a performance of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto with the Ft. Worth Chamber Orchestra under John Giordano, a performance of the Aaron Copland Piano Concerto with the Belgrade Philharmonic in the former Yugoslavia, and a performance of Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in F Minor on tour with the San Antonio Symphony. With the Longview Symphony he has been soloist in the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Op. 56 as part of the Sylvan Chamber Ensemble. He has also been featured soloist with the Orchestra of the Pines in Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 80, Finzi’s Ecologue, and the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto.
In 1991 Parr was invited to judge piano examinations in several cities throughout Taiwan and to teach in Seoul, Korea. For over ten years he was a member of the Sylvan Chamber Ensemble, and he also performs in a duo-piano team with his wife, Linda Parr. At Stephen F. Austin State University, Parr was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Fine Arts in 1994.
In recent years Parr has presented guest recitals at many universities in Texas and neighboring states, as well as in Chicago, Illinois. In May 2009, Dr. Parr presented the lecture “The Eastern European Frederic Chopin; Rhythmic Aspects of Chopin’s Mazurkas” at the European Piano Teachers Association Conference, held in Novi Sad, Serbia. In June, 2013 he was invited to be on the faculty of the Vienna Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria.
Professor Kyra González - Dominican Republic
Dominican pianist graduated from the National Conservatory of Music with the title of Professor of Piano and Advanced Courses of Music, under the direction of pianist Aida Bonnelly Diaz and Bachelor of Music, Magna cum Laude, from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD).
She completed advanced studies on violin, harp and ballet, international course of conducting, pianistic technique workshops on choral singing, piano performance, music therapy, and pianistic technique.
In 1973, she attended the University of Birmingham, where she studied chamber music under the direction of maestro Harry Jones and further studies with the soloist Frank Wibaut, Professor graduate of Birmingham School of Music in England.
She has been soloist in several concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestros Manuel Simó and Carlos Piantini. She has also presented on several occasions with the Symphonic Orchestra Juan Pablo Duarte of the National Conservatory of Music directed by maestro Dante Cucurullo and has given numerous recitals both at Dominican Republic and other countries.
She was accompanist National Classic Ballet and the National Conservatory of Music, where she has taught piano for several decades, teaching at different levels including the top piano cycle.
She was part of Mozart Group and recorded with her brother Rafael González Saiz, violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the CD "Music Forever" in 2005.
She received diplomas in recognition of her teaching work from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture. She has also been awarded by the President of the Republic with the "Medal of Merit of the Public Servant" and in 1997 received diploma and bronze plaque with her name designating a classroom of the National Conservatory of Music. In 2000, the Executive granted diploma and silver medal.
She has been jury of the most important contests and music festivals in the Dominican Republic.