Welcome to

10th Steinway/Avanti Future Stars

Piano Competition 2021

MEET THE JURY MEMBERS
Hannah Creviston

Described as “impressive and expressive” (Fanfare Magazine) and “superb...[with] great dexterity, rhythm, and touch” (American Record Guide), Hannah Creviston is Clinical Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy, Director of the Music Prep Program, Keyboard Area Coordinator and Coordinator of Class Piano at Arizona State University. She received her B.Mus. in Piano Performance and Music Education with a Piano Pedagogy concentration from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, studying with Eugenia Tsarov. A researcher and presenter on the effects of music on children with autism, she holds an M.M. in Piano Performance and an M.MuED in Early Childhood/Elementary Music Education from the University of South Carolina where she studied piano with Dr. Scott Price and music education with Dr. Wendy Valerio. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU in Fall 2012, Creviston was on the faculty at the Crane School of Music.

 

An avid performer of contemporary music, Creviston has premiered numerous compositions, including works by Whitney Ashe, Cameron Britt, David Heinick, Katherine Hoover, Carter Pann, John Fitz Rogers, Timothy Sullivan, Brian Vlasak, Gregory Wanamaker and Mark Lanz Weiser. Most notably, in 2007, she premiered Stacy Garrop’s Pieces of Sanity at Carnegie Hall with saxophonist Christopher Creviston.

 

As an accompanist, she has performed in festivals and competitions throughout the United States and abroad, including the World Saxophone Congress, International Viola Congress, Music Teachers National Association Solo Competition, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial Conferences, NASA Solo Competition, Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, Great Plains Saxophone Workshop, Potsdam Single Reed Summit, Penn State Single Reed Summit, Crane Saxophone Chamber Music Festival, Cortona Saxophone Sessions and the Southeastern Piano Festival. She has collaborated with various artists, including Elizabeth Buck, Joe Burgstaller, Christopher Creviston, Geoffrey Deibel, Anthony Kniffen, Joe Lulloff, Jeffrey Loeffert, Timothy McAllister, Jonathan Nichol, Stephen Page, David Pittman-Jennings, David Stambler, Peter Steiner, Deanna Swoboda, James Umble, Robert Young and members of the United States Military Bands.

 

Frequent workshop topics include Music Learning Theory, teaching music to children with special needs, the importance of movement in teaching rhythm and piano music by composers killed in the Holocaust. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the World Piano Conference, Music Teachers National Association Conferences, Texas Music Teachers Association Conference and the Arizona State Music Teachers Association Conferences, to name a few. Her articles and compositions appear in Piano Pedagogy Forum, Clavier Companion, Music Play II, ECMMA’s Perspectives and others.

 

She performs regularly in a duo with her husband, saxophonist Christopher Creviston. Together, they have recorded Phoenix Rising on the Blue Griffin label, Snell Sessions and Columbia Sessions, both on the Albany Records label, and Sunday Afternoon and Breaking, available through CD Baby. Their recordings have been described as “engrossing” (Fanfare Magazine), “highly imaginative and expressive” (composer Denis Bédard), “a good blend of the standard and the new” (American Record Guide), and “sensitive, transparent, powerful music making that causes one to hold their breath often” (Donald Sinta).

Gilda Oswaldo Cruz

Gilda Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian pianist, was born in Rio de Janeiro, where she began her musical studies at 9 years old. She graduated at the Superior Music School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with the highest grades.   After finishing the virtuosity course at the Musik Hochschule in Vienna, Austria, she obtained the first prize at the Elena Rombro-Stepanow International Competition, in that city. After further studies in Barcelona, she continued her concert career in Europe and South America.

 

She lives presently in Lisbon, Portugal, and specializes in making Brazilian music known abroad. Her CD dedicated to piano works by Claudio Santoro (1919-1989), the most important Brazilian composer of his generation, was issued in Rio de Janeiro by Biscoitofino in 2001, getting excellent reviews. Music critic Dante Pignatari wrote about it in Bravo!, a São Paulo-based magazine dedicated to the arts: "The pianist does not take liberties with the score, showing a mature and penetrating understanding of the works. Her performance allies faithfulness with great expressivity, phrases being articulated by ample gestures and impulsionated by precisely drawn durations and rhythms The structures are shown with clarity and technical ease. With this pianist, Santoro's work finds an interpreter of his same «obstinacy»."

Her second CD, dedicated to the same composer, offers the first performance of unpublished masterworks by Amazon-born Santoro. 

Gilda Oswaldo Cruz has played chamber music and solo recitals in Spain, Brazil, France, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Italy and other countries. 

Recently she has dedicated solo recitals to the composers of the Second School of Vienna, in Paris and Rio de Janeiro, including in her programs music written by Catalan composer Benet Casablancas, also a schoenberguian. Her repertoire includes works by Villa-Lobos, the romantic masters and contemporary composers. Recently she premiered in Portugal two works by the French composer Renaud Gagneux based on Japanese hai-ku. 

She has also produced series of programs for the Portuguese State Radio Sender about the works of Arnold Schoenberg and Heitor Villa-Lobos. 

Alexandre Dossin

Considered by Martha Argerich an “extraordinary musician” and by the international critics a “phenomenon” and “a master of contrasts,” Steinway Artist Alexandre Dossin keeps an active performing, recording and teaching careers. 

 

Alexandre Dossin is Professor of Piano and Chair of Piano at the University of Oregon School of Music, and is also on the faculty at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in Australia. Originally from Brazil, Alexandre Dossin is a graduate from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Russia) and holds a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (USA). He was assistant of Sergei Dorensky at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Willliam Race and Gregory Allen at UT-Austin.

 

A prizewinner in several international piano competitions, Dossin received the First Prize and the Special Prize at the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other international awards include the Silver Medal and second Honorable Mention in the Maria Callas Grand Prix, and Third Prize and Special Prize in the Mozart International Piano Competition, in addition to several prizes in Brazil.

 

An active recording artist, he has 15 CDs released with several labels, including 7 CDs with Naxos and 6 editions/recordings for Schirmer. His work was praised in reviews by Diapason, The Financial Times, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Clavier and other international publications.

 

Dossin is the Vice President of the American Liszt Society, the President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Liszt Society and is one of the recipients of the prestigious Faculty Fund for Excellence at the University of Oregon. www.dossin.net

David Northington

At his debut recital, the New York Times called David Northington “an immensely gifted musician…who combines the technical mastery of a virtuoso with the musical sensitivity of a poet.” Such critical accolades have followed Northington throughout the world in concerts and concerto engagements. His tours have included the United States, eastern and western Europe, Canada, China, and Russia. David Northington’s masterful pianism has won him first prizes in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the East/West Artists Competition, the American Music Scholarship Association’s International Competition, the unanimous Judges Prize at the Fourth Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and selection to the Artistic Ambassador Program sponsored by the United States Information Agency.

 

As an Artistic Ambassador for the United States, Northington has toured extensively in France, Spain and Portugal. In addition to broadcasts throughout Europe on the Voice of America, he has filmed recitals for telecast on French National Television. The national honor society Phi Kappa Phi selected Northington for its 2010 triennial National Artist Award in recognition of his professional artistic accomplishments. Since receiving degrees at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music, David Northington has taught on the faculties of several universities. Amongst his teachers are the legendary Byron Janis, Richard Goode, Claude Frank, Raymond Dudley, and John Bigg. Presently he is the Powell Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Piano at the University of Tennessee School of Music, and has been on the artist faculty of the Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany and Italy in the summers.

In the summer of 2016 Northington founded the East/West International Piano Festival (www.ewpianofest.com), which was held at Shandong University in Weihai, China in July. In the summer of 2017 the Festival was held in Hangzhou, China at the Liangzhu International Arts Academy. The 2018 Festival was held in China’s ‘Piano City’, Shenzhen. In 2019 the East/West International Piano Festival was held in Seoul, South Korea on the campus of Myongji University, where it will be held in 2020. As Founder/Artistic Director of the Festival, Northington selects a maximum of forty outstanding young pianists to attend the Festival annually. He has given master classes and lectures as well in the major music conservatories and universities in over ten countries worldwide.

 

Dr. Northington has also been the featured guest artist at several state Music Teachers National Association conventions, most recently in Georgia and North Carolina. During the past few years, he has performed two-week residencies, recitals and master classes at Shandong University in Weihai, China, the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China, Shenyang Conservatory in Shenyang, China, and the Central Conservatory Middle School in Beijing, China. Dr. Northington has also been given the Artist of the Year Award by the Tennessee Arts Commission, as well as numerous Outstanding Teacher Awards from the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, where he joins the faculty for one week each year.

 

Mr. Northington has compact disc recordings on the Centaur label of the Chopin Waltzes (CRC2791) and the complete piano works of Aaron Copland (CRC3090, CRC3240).