Considered one of the finest collaborative pianists in the country, Max Levinson is currently the Chair of the Piano Department at the Boston Conservatory and Artistic Director of the San Juan Music Festival. Winner of the 1997 Dublin International Piano Competition, Levinson joins with 2018 winner Sae Yoon Chon for a 4-hand piano performance of Schubert’s Fantasie, and then joins with cellist Andrés Diaz and violinist Barry Shiffman for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio, Op. 50.
MAX LEVINSON, piano
Chair of the Piano Department at the Boston Conservatory, faculty member at the New England Conservatory, former Co-Artistic Director of the Janus 21 Concert Series in Cambridge, MA, and Artistic Director of the San Juan Music Festival, pianist Max Levinson is known as an intelligent and sensitive artist with a fearless technique. He has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Pops and others, has appeared at numerous festivals such as Tanglewood, Marboro, La Jolla, Mostly Mozart, and performed recitals at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall as the Guardian Competition winner. He has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and has collaborated with such renowned artists as the Tokyo Quartet, Vermeer Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, Richard Stoltzman, Pinchas Zukerman, and David Finckel. His recordings have earned wide acclaim, including his most recent recording with violinist Stefan Jackiw of the Brahms’s Three Sonatas (Sony).
His international career was launched when he won first prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition (1997), becoming the first American to achieve this distinction. Levinson is a graduate of Harvard and New England Conservatory, where he received the Artist Diploma and the Gunther Schuller Medal.
“[Levinson’s] quietly eloquent conceptions, formidable technique and lovely touch left little else to be desired.” The New York Times
SAE YOON CHON, piano
First prize winner at the 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition, Sae-Yoon Chon has won numerous awards including 1st Prize at the Jeonbuk International Music Festival (2010), the Suri competition (2010), the Segyetimes competition (2010), and the Concours of the Piano Society of Korea (2010). He began studying at the Yewon School in Korea when he was ten years old. His current teacher is Hyoung-Joon Chang. In the five years since he began lessons at this school, Sae-Yoon has enjoyed performing many recitals and won several awards. In February 2011, Sae-Yoon played a solo recital resulting from his win at the prodigy audition of the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation. Sae-Yoon loves sports and spends free time swimming, playing soccer, hiking, and short-track skating.
ANDRÉS DÍAZ, cello
Since winning First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition, Andrés Díaz has exhilarated both critics and audiences with his intense and charismatic performances. He was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was nominated for a 2009 Latin Grammy. He regularly performs with orchestras throughout North America and performs at major festivals like Banff Center, La Jolla, Ravinia, Marlboro, and Tanglewood. He is a member of the Díaz String Trio with violinist Andrés Cárdenes and violist Roberto Díaz.
Born in Chile, Mr. Díaz graduated from the New England Conservatory, where he worked with Laurence Lesser and Colin Carr. He is a professor at Southern Methodist University and holds the Koerner Chair in Cello at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He plays a 1698 Matteo Goffriller cello and a bow made by his father, Manuel Díaz.
BARRY SHIFFMAN, violin
Artistic director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and classical music at Rockport Music, internationally acclaimed violinist and violist Barry Shiffman is well-respected as a musician, educator and administrator. He was co-founder of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and currently serves as both the Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music at the Glenn Gould School and Dean of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. While in SLSQ, Shiffman served as artist-in-residence at Stanford University from 1998 to 2006 and as visiting artist at the University of Toronto from 1995 to 2006.
He has also served in numerous roles at the Banff Centre, and is currently Executive Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Recipient of the Longy School’s Nadia Boulanger Prize for Excellence in the Art of Teaching, he received his formal studies at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, University of Toronto, Utrecht Conservatory, Hartt School of Music, Juilliard School and Yale University.