Thomas Landschoot joined the music faculty of Arizona State University in 2001 after having taught at the University of Michigan.
Born in Belgium, Landschoot began studying the cello at the age of six with his father, leading to a successful career as soloist and teacher. He performs virtually the entire standard and contemporary repertoires of the cello, and several composers have dedicated new works to him.
Mr. Landschoot regularly performs as soloist and in recital in concert halls across Europe, the United States and Japan. His recordings range from a disc of chamber music by James DeMars with pianist Caio Pagano to solo concerti with the National Orchestra of Belgium.
Mr. Landschoot holds a Master of Music degree from the Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, an Artist Diploma from Indiana University and an Artist Diploma (cum laude) from the Conservatory of Maastricht, Netherlands. His major teachers include Erling Blondal Bengtsson, Antonio Meneses and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, for whom he served as a teaching assistant. He also enjoys a close relationship with Bernard Greenhouse, the distinguished former cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio. He joined the journalist and photographer Christopher Lambert in a concert that raised $350,000 to assist in building a hospital in Tamil Nadu, South India.
In the summer of 2004, he and clarinetist Eddy Vanoosthuizen gave the world premiere performance of a double concert for clarinet and cello by Dirk Brosse and the European orchestra 'Prima La Musica'. One month later, they gave the American premiere with the Orchestra of the White House in Washington, D.C. He has performed for Belgium's Queen Fabiola and has been invited to perform at the Belgian Embassy in India when Prince Filip and Princess Mathilde are visiting. Recipient of the 2005 ‘Distinguished Teaching Award”, he has given master classes at conservatories and universities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. During the summers he has been on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Texas Music Festival in Houston, the Meadowmount School of Music in New York and many others. Mr. Landschoot plays a cello made in Turin by J.F. Pressenda.
Violinist Carmit Zori came to the United States from her native Israel at the age of fifteen to study with Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo and Arnold Steinhardt at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Ms. Zori is the recipient of a Levintritt Foundation Award, a Pro Musicis International Award, and the top prize in the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. Carmit Zori has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others, and has given solo recitals at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Tel Aviv Museum and the Jerusalem Center for the Performing Arts. She has performed throughout Latin America and Europe, as well as in Israel, Japan, Taiwan and Australia, where she premiered the Violin Concerto by Marc Neikrug.
In addition to her appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ms. Zori has been a guest at chamber music festivals and concert series around the world, including the Chamber Music at the “Y” series in New York City, Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music festival, the Bard Music festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Bach Dancing and Dynamite chamber music festival in Madison, Wisconsin, Peasmarsh music festival in the UK, Orcas island chamber music festival.
Carmit Zori is a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Ms. Zori, who for ten years was an artistic director at Bargemusic, founded the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society in 2002. She is a member artist of The Israeli Chamber Project. Ms. Zori recorded on the Arabesque, Koch International, and Elektra-Nonesuch labels. She is a professor of violin at Rutgers University and at SUNY Purchase, where she also serves on the chamber music faculty.
Miryo Park, one of the foremost Korean-born pianists, has been in the headlines since her emergence as a musical prodigy when at the age of fourteen, Park first appeared at a New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert conducted by Michael Tilson-Thomas. Since that time she has played world wide in a vast concerto repertoire, with such eminent conductors as Sergiu Comissiona, Myung-Whun Chung, Sixten Ehrling, Christian Badea, Lothar Zagrosek and James Conlon. Daniel Barenboim calls her “a pianist of great musicality, temperament, and technique.” Zubin Mehta spoke of “her amazing command of the instrument and very definite interpretive qualities” and Mstislav Rostropovich wrote of “her beautiful and rich sound and perfect understanding of musical form.”
Miryo Park, a graduate of The Juilliard School, studied with renowned teachers Sascha Gorodnitzki, Herbert Stessin, and Felix Galimir. At Juilliard, Ms. Park won every important scholarship and competition including, twice the William Petchek Memorial scholarship and the first award of the Richard Levien Memorial scholarship, the highest honor in piano. A winner of the celebrated Naumburg Competition, she has since appeared in dozens of major global recital series in cities such as Boston, Paris, New York, Chicago, Seoul, Nice, and Aldeburgh as well as a prestigious concert at Chateau de Versailles
Miryo Park has been featured on several television documentaries including CBS Prime Time and an article in People Magazine.
“A sensitive, passionate and noble Muse…Compelling…Brilliant…Liquid sound and colors..Great artistry…”, are descriptions that have been attributed to pianist, Sandra Shapiro.
Ms. Shapiro enjoys an active career as performer, teacher, adjudicator and recording artist throughout the United States and Europe. Known as a versatile performer, she appears as soloist both in recitals and with orchestras, and as a highly sought-after chamber musician in the United States and Europe. She has received national and international awards along with glowing reviews and recognition in each of these areas.
The 2017 season marked the debut of Ms. Shapiro’s four-part project entitled: “Musical Roots- An Exploration of Cultural Heritage and Musical Influences”. As the daughter and sister of Russian-Israeli immigrants, Ms. Shapiro has devoted Parts I and II of the project to examine the role each of these cultures has had in shaping her musical orientation and has chosen musical works to reflect her family’s journey and rich heritage.
Ms. Shapiro began her studies at the age of three and a half, and by age 11 was performing recitals and as a soloist with orchestras. Because of her prodigious talent, Ms. Shapiro left home at age 15 to study at the Juilliard School upon the recommendation of her mentor, Gina Bachauer. Her teacher's and greatest musical influences include Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Nadia Reisenberg, Pierre Sancan and Guido Agosti.
Ms. Shapiro's performances have taken her throughout most major cities in the United States and Europe. She has been featured in radio and television productions for RIAS Berlin; Sudwestfunk Radio Production, PBS; WQXR, NPR McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase, Australian Broadcasting Commission and NPR.
As a soloist, orchestral appearances include the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Stuttgart Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Belgrade String Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra, Florida Symphony, San Angelo Sympho- ny, Phoenix Symphony, Everett Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, as well as Cleveland Or- chestra appearances at both Severance Hall and the Blossom Music Festival.
The laureate of many National and International Competitions, awards and prizes include First Prizes in the Young Musician's Foundation National Debut Competition, and The World Piano Competition, as well as a laureate in the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. Other recognitions include the “Outstanding Chamber Musician Award” from the University of South- ern California, and the “Young Maestro Award” from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
As a member of the renowned duo-piano team of Hecht & Shapiro, other laureates include winning the Munich International Duo Piano Competition and Ellis National Duo Piano Competition, and top prizes in the Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition, and the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition.
Her great love for chamber music has led to collaborations with Truls Mork, Stanley Drucker, Franklin Cohen, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson and members of the New York Philharmonic on the New York Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Series.
Ms. Shapiro has performed extensively as a duo with Czech violinist, Ivan Zenaty. Their partnership has taken them throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. Highlights include recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Prague Spring Festival, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Series in the famed Rudolfinum, and the Palau de la Música de Valencia.
The Zenaty-Shapiro Duo’s first joint recording consisting of the Strauss Sonata and Martinu Sonata H.303. received a rave review from Gramophone Magazine's feature of highlights in September, citing "they breathe as one, shaping phrases with utmost unanimity of purpose and flexibility..whets the appetite for more of their distinctive artistry".
Additional recordings include "Sentimiento" on the Azica label as well as a collaboration with the principal wind players of the New York Philharmonic in an album entitled "The Complete Music of Robert Schumann for Winds and Piano”.
An experienced and recognized teacher, Ms. Shapiro teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is highly sought-after for master classes, symposiums, faculty and student evaluations, and adjudication both nationally and internationally. Her students have garnered awards and top prizes in numerous competitions, as well as securing positions in highly-regarded schools and universities.
A member of the illustrious faculty of the Talent Music Master Festival in Brescia, Italy, Ms. Shapiro’s summer residencies have included the Montecito International Music Festival, MusicFest Perugia and the Cleveland institute of Music’s Summer Sonata program.
In 2019, Ms. Shapiro had the honor of serving Sabbatical replacement visiting faculty member at the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Ms. Shapiro is a Steinway Artist.