Master Classes

Advanced Piano
Tuesday, March 20
Pavlina Dokovska

A first-prize winner of the Claude Debussy International Competition in France and the International Piano Competition of Senigallia in Italy, Bulgarian pianist Pavlina Dokovska has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. She taught at festivals including Beijing (BIMFA); IKIF in New York; Music Fest Perugia, Italy; PianoSummer in New Paltz, Seoul National University in Korea. Her recordings are released on Koch, Arcadia, RCA, GegaNew, Naxos, Elan and Labor Records. She studied at the National Academy for Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, with Julia and Konstantin Ganev (students of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus), in Paris with Yvonne Lefebure, and received a master’s degree from the Juilliard School as a Fulbright Scholar and a student of Beveridge Webster.

Dokovska joined the faculty of Mannes College of Music in New York in 1995. She has been chair of the Piano Department since 1998, and the artistic director of the Mannes Yearlong Festivals. She is also the artistic director of the Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts.

Intermediate Piano
Sunday, March 18
Fei Xu

Fei Xu is considered one of the country’s leading pedagogues. His students have won top prizes in many national and international piano competitions. He has been named distinguished teacher by the U.S. Department of Education.

Born in Beijing, China, Xu received his music education at the Central Conservatory of Music, where he held BM and MM degrees and served as faculty member. In China, he mainly studied with Zheng Airong, Zhao Pingguo, Pan Yiming and Zhou Quangren. In the United States, Fei has studied piano, harpsichord and organ with George Pappastavrou, John Metz and Robert Clark at Syracuse University and Arizona State University. Xu has given lectures and master classes in China and United States, and has served on the juries of many piano competitions. He has been on the faculty of International Institute for Young Musicians summer camp since 2004.

As an independent teacher, Xu teaches at New Century Conservatory, an award winning piano studio he and his wife Hong Zhu established in Chandler, Arizona.