Dr. Michael Sheadel
For over 35 years, Dr. Michael Sheadel has maintained a career that combines an active performing life with the highest commitment to teaching. He has taught for the Main Line Conservatory since 2006, and the University of Pennsylvania since 2001. In addition to teaching piano, he has coached chamber music and given numerous Master Classes. His students have been winners in the Crescendo International Competition, National League of Performing Arts Competition, American Fine Arts Festival, the Dr. Kiszely/Carnegie Hall auditioned recital, and the University of Pennsylvania Concerto Competition. His 2019 lecture, “How to Shape Beautifully,” reflects his central goal in teaching: to maximize each student’s expressive potential.
Dr. Sheadel has performed in the United States and Europe as both soloist and collaborative pianist. He performs throughout the Delaware Valley as a chamber musician, having appeared with the Chestnut Brass Company, Hamilton Duo, Philadelphia Virtuosi, Network for New Music, Orchestra 2001, and the Stockton University Chamber Players. He appears on recordings with the Hamilton Duo, violinist Timothy Schwarz, composer Cynthia Folio, and Orchestra 2001. He has participated in the regional and world premieres of numerous works by living composers.
Dr. Sheadel has served for many years on the Executive Board of the Philadelphia Music Teachers Association, and is currently co-chair of the Dr. Andor and Joy Kiszely recital. He earned degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, and Temple University, and was privileged as a student to perform for Master Classes with Leon Fleisher, John Perry, and Russell Sherman. He is a former faculty member of Temple University and the Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival.
Rahel Inniger, pianist, received her “Lehrdiplom” (teaching diploma) in 1979 from the Konservatorium Bern (Switzerland) where she was a student of Rosemarie Stucki. As a recipient of a Kiefer/Hablitzel Stiftung scholarship she was able to come to the United States to continue her education. She majored in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, from which she received a Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature in 1982. Ms. Inniger’s piano teachers at Eastman included Barry Snyder and Barbara Lister-Sink, and chamber music coaches included Abram Loft, Peter Salaff, and Rebecca Penneys. Further studies included vocal accompaniment with Daphne Ibbott in Sussex, England and music pedagogy workshops in Stuttgart and Bad Hersfeld, Germany.
Upon her studies Ms. Inniger accepted a teaching position at the Musikschule Kandertal in Frutigen, Switzerland. She also served as accompanist at the Konservatorium Bern in the master classes of clarinetist Jost Michaels and cellist Siegfried Palm and in the studios of clarinet professor Kurt Weber and violin professor Igor Ozim.
In Philadelphia, Ms. Inniger is on the faculty at Settlement Music School where she teaches both piano and chamber music. She also maintains a private studio at her home in Ardmore PA.
Rahel is a founding member of Elysian Camerata as well as a member of the New Bridge Ensemble in Switzerland.
Ms. Jing Ye graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, came to the United States for further studies in 2005, and earned a master’s degree from Drexel University. She received professional piano training from an early age, having been granted the People Scholarship from the Shanghai Conservatory and the Performance Diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
As a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano from the Music Teachers National Association, a member Judge of the American College of Musicians, and the Chairperson for the Philadelphia Region of the National Piano Guild Auditions, Ms. Ye has a rich experience in playing and teaching the piano. Her students have won numerous awards in the Washington International Piano Competition, New York International Piano Competition, Golden Key International Piano Competition, and other competitions. Her students have been admitted to Conservatories of Music and Ivy League Universities for further study; they have also been invited to perform at such locations as the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Temple University, Manhattan School of Music, Columbia University, and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Dr. Hanchien Lee (By Special Arrangement)
Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a pianist whose playing is “warmly charismatic” and “calm maturity with naturalness” by Seen and heard International, pianist Hanchien Lee is recognized for her eloquent and virtuosic performances as a soloist and chamber musician. Since her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age sixteen, Ms. Lee has performed throughout the US, in Europe and across Asia in such prestigious venues as Steinway Hall in New York, Academy of Music, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Basilica San Pietro in Italy, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. She has also appeared as soloist internationally with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Taiwan National Orchestra, American Elite youth orchestra, Plainfield Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Perugia and Poland’s Capella Cracovienses Chamber Orchestra.
A dedicated and enthusiastic chamber musician, Lee has performed in many highly respected music festivals including Prussia Cove International Music Seminar, Kingston Chamber Music festival, Sarasota, Yellow Barn, Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals, and Music Academy of the West.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Hanchien Lee immigrated to the US at age eleven to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she was under the tutelage of Claude Frank and Eleanor Sokoloff. Following graduation from Curtis, she continued her studies at Yale University with Claude Frank, earning both a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University where she worked with Boris Slutsky. She was part of András Schiff’s class at Prussia Cove International Music Seminar. Her mentors also includes esteemed pianists such as Gary Graffman, Richard Goode, Meng-Chieh Liu and Jerome Lowenthal.
Motivated by the enthusiastic pedagogical activities by her mentors, Dr. Lee always makes time to teach amid her performances; she is frequently invited to give outreach concerts and Masterclasses in the US and abroad. Dr. Lee has served as a piano faculty at Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University and Washington College. Currently, she resides in Philadelphia and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.