Spanning Nations

2022 FESTIVAL SOLOISTS

Steven Vanhauwaert - Piano

BELGIUM

A native of Belgium, Steven Vanhauwaert was hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique.”  Since then, Mr. Vanhauwaert has appeared in solo recitals at the world’s leading venues, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, the Concertgebouw, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, among others. He has appeared with orchestras such as the Pacific Symphony, Flemish Symphony, Lviv Philharmonic, USC Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Kyiv Kamerata, and Peninsula Symphony.

He is the recipient of the Maurice Lefranc award, the Galiot Prize, and the Grand Prize at the 2004 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.

Bo Collins & Rene Carson Fellow

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Corey Cerovsek - Violin

CANADA

This Canadian violin virtuoso has performed with orchestras the world over, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Toronto; Israel and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. A Grammy nominated artist, he has performed recitals at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln, Wigmore Hall and the Salle Gaveau.

Rovira Biscuit Corp. Concertmaster Chair

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Mark Nuccio - Clarinet

USA

Critics have praised clarinetist Mark Nuccio as “the evening’s highlight,” full of “mystery and insight” and “shaping his phrases beautifully with a rich, expressive tone.” – The New York Times. Mr. Nuccio began his position as Principal Clarinet with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in the 2016-17 season after seventeen years with the New York Philharmonic. He also serves as faculty at the University of Houston’s Moore School of Music. He has held positions with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Denver, Savannah, and Florida. Mr. Nuccio has toured extensively with the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra recorded with both orchestras, and performs regularly with the Philharmonic on the, Live from Lincoln Center broadcast on PBS.