Anh Nguyen

Piano Performance Doctoral Candidate, George Mason University
Graduate Lecturer, George Mason University
Founder at Neo Academy

Anh Nguyen is pursuing DMA studies in Piano Performance at George Mason University under the tutelage of Dr. Linda Monson, with the Graduate Lecturer position. At George Mason University, she teaches Keyboard Skills courses, Musics of the World, and Fundamentals of Music. Since she started studying the piano at age five, Anh Nguyen has continuously achieved academic success with scholarships, assistantships, and teaching position awards throughout her study path. Her piano teachers, Dr. Eun Young Joo, Dr. Sylvia Kahan, and Dr. Linda Monson, are descendants of Friedrich Gulda and Heinrich Neuhaus's performance and pedagogic lines, and other musical traditions from Vienna, Russia, and America. Besides being a pianist, Anh Nguyen is a music research scholar and a thermal engineer.

Anh Nguyen has presented several piano recitals and performances in Vietnam and the United States and offered several research papers at international conferences. Her research projects have been presented at international conferences, such as the 17th Asia Pacific Society of Ethnomusicology (APSE) in Thailand and the Global Art Festival at Ohio University. Anh Nguyen's performances have been broadcast on Ho Chi Minh City Television, Vietnam. 

Most recently, Anh Nguyen performed as a solo pianist in the GMU Grand Piano Celebration 2021, 2022, and 2023, and is one of the finalists of the GMU Concerto Competition 2021. Her recent projects include talks, concerts, and research introducing the music of Grammy-winning American composer Michael Patterson, and Vietnamese composer Hoang Cuong. Anh was invited to be a juror for the 6th Annual Concerto Competition of the Accord Symphony Orchestra in DC and was the Assistant Manager of the Summit Music Festival in New York in 2023. Anh has been appointed to be the Director of Music at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Maryland since September 2023. 

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Michael Patterson

Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Composer

Michael Patterson is a Grammy (2010) and Emmy Award-winning composer. He has been living in Manhattan since 2002. Michael’s creative output is vast, including commissions and concert work for the London Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Trombone Choir, Ernest Bloch Chamber Ensemble, NYRO (New York Repertory Orchestra), and the Debussy Trio, notable are the String Quartet No.1 recently premiered by the New Hollywood String Quartet in April 2015, “Three Pieces for Solo Violin” for Judy Kang, “Parallel Forms” for the award-winning trombone quartet Novus and “Psalm” for String Orchestra and Saxophone, premiered by Eddie Daniels and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, his Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, composed for artist Rick VanMatre, received several American performances in 2010/11 and was premiered in China in June 2012. Mike’s arrangements and original compositions have been performed by jazz legends Hank Jones, Woody Shaw, Bob Shepherd, Roland Hanna, Eddie Daniels, Marc Copland, and Phil Woods. His characteristically luscious film and television scores have been heard on The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, over fifty episodes of J.A.G. (CBS-TV), Tiny Toon Adventures with Steven Spielberg, and the Lucas films’ feature, Radioland Murders. His association with and mentorship by Leonard Rosenman can be heard in his remarkable orchestration of the feature film Jurij. His Grammy Award works include Moody 4A and Moody 4B (Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album) and Heart of Brazil (Grammy in Best Latin Jazz Instrumental Album)Michael also has several recent works with IPO record label, jazz legend Gene Bertoncini, Marc Copland Trio, Sara Caswell, Judy Kang, New Third Stream Quartet, New Hollywood String Quartet, Miranda Cuckson, Seunghee “Sunny” Lee, Gabor Varga, and Eddie Daniels.

He currently teaches composition/film scoring at UCLA and NYU and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Michael is a resident artist, film scoring, and composition faculty at NYU and has been a guest artist for the past 17 years at the annual ASCAP/NYU Film Scoring Seminar. He received an MM from the Eastman School of Music (’80) and a BM from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His composition/piano teachers have included Felix Labunski, Paul Cooper, Manny Albam, Rayburn Wright, Bill Dobbins, Antoinette Perry, and Leonard Rosenman.

Julian Milkis

“…simply the best clarinetist in the world!”
- Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Moscow, Russia

A true “cross-over artist” and Benny Goodman’s only student, Julian Milkis is an internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and jazz clarinetist. The Hamburg Abendblatt praised his “Beautiful sustaining sound and great virtuosity”; the Edmond Journal called his performance of the Nielson Clarinet Concerto a “triumph,” while Moscow’s Nezavisimaya Gazyeta wrote, “simply the best clarinetist in the world!”

Mr. Milkis has appeared on major world stages throughout the Far East, Europe, and the Americas: New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; the Salles Pleyel and Gaveau, Paris; the Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall and Weston Recital Hall; and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, among others.

He has been soloist with the Toronto Symphony, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra, Hamburg Mozarteum, Edmonton Symphony, L'Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, L'Orchestre Symphonique Française, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Divertissement Chamber Orchestra, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra, and Musica Viva.

Mr. Milkis has performed chamber music with Valery Afanasiev, Yuri Bashmet, Gérard Causse, Alexander Kniazev, Misha Maisky, Alexander Rudin, the Borodin String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and the St. Peter's Trio. A participant in prominent music festivals in France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Turkey, New York, and Canada, Mr. Milkis has performed for radio and television broadcasts throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Since 1991, he has performed regularly by invitation at Sviatoslav's Richter's December Evenings chamber music festival in Moscow.

A proponent of the jazz clarinet, Mr. Milkis is dedicated to promoting today's music and expanding the clarinet repertoire. Works written for him include concertos by Moravetz, Petrova, Tishenko, Weinberg, and others. He has worked closely with Giya Kancheli and Olivier Messiaen.

Mr. Milkis has recorded for Warner Classics' Lontano, the French Suoni e Colori, Sony's Russian division CEAUX, Melodiya, and Russian Season.

As a full scholarship student at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, Julian Milkis studied with Leon Russianoff. A Canadian citizen, he won the Canada Council and Floyd Chalmers awards for four consecutive years.

Mr. Milkis holds a Master's Degree in Russian Literature from Norwich University, Vermont, and is keenly interested in all aspects of the fine arts.

Gabriel Prynn

Doctor of Music
Founder/Director, Trio Fibonacci

Born and raised in the UK, cellist Gabriel Prynn is a founding member of the Trio Fibonacci, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019. His most influential teachers were Clive Greensmith and David Finckel.

During his career as a soloist, as a member of the Trio Fibonacci, and as a guest artist with diverse ensembles, notably the Ensemble Alternance in Paris, Gabriel has both resurrected forgotten masterpieces and premiered over seventy new works. Gabriel has performed at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre, Merkin Hall in New York, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in association with IRCAM and Radio-France, at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), and at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. He has been both a resident artist and Chamber Music Coordinator at the Atlantic Music Festival (Maine, USA) since 2016.

He is passionate about teaching, and in addition to his position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at Ohio University, USA, from 2016-2019, he has given masterclasses, coached chamber music, and led workshops at such prestigious institutions as the École Normale de Musique (Paris), University of South Africa, University of Curitiba (Brazil), Royal Academy of Music (UK), Conservatory of Belgrade (Serbia), Conservatory of Nagoya (Japan), Hochschule Hanns Eisler (Berlin, Germany) and at the University of Oxford (UK).

Gabriel has collaborated with some of the most respected composers of our time, notably Mauricio Kagel, Pascal Dusapin, Jonathan Harvey, Georges Aperghis, Hannah Lash, George Tsontakis, Pierre Jalbert, and Henri Pousseur. Gabriel’s doctoral research at the University of Montreal led to his book Taming the Cello: a handbook of contemporary cello for performers, teachers, and composers. Excerpts were published in the December 2018 edition of The Strad.