Bat-Erdene Batbileg '23
Bat-Erdene Batbileg, from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, began piano studies at the Mongolian State Conservatory; then studied in Italy at the United World College College of the Adriatic in Duino, and completed a BM at G. Tartini Conservatory of Music in Trieste and a MM at the J. Tomadini Conservatory in Udine. He later taught at the Mongolian State Conservatory and took part in international competitions, winning first prize at the 2011 Milosz Magin International Competition in Paris and the 2013 Villa de Madrid Competition in Spain, and 4th place in the Concorso Pianistico di Premio Venezia. He took part in the 2015 Frydryk Chopin competition in Warsaw, the 2017 Japan Piano Open and the 2018 Malta International Competition. In addition to solo performances, he has appeared with the Mongolian State Philharmonic and at festivals in Beijing. He is an active collaborative pianist, appearing with singers in competitions and at special events including President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Mongolia in 2019. After completing the Collaborative Piano Fellowship program in 2023, he is now continuing his studies in collaborative piano through the Advanced Performance Studies Program.
Viktoria Sarkadi '24
As a chamber musician, Viktoria has had the opportunity to learn from internationally recognized artists such as Kim Kashkashian and Ferenc Rados, and has performed in venues across Europe and the United Kingdom, like Casa da Musica in Porto, the Palace of Arts in Budapest, or the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. She is an active performer appearing in competitions alongside singers and string players, as well as in special events. Such events have included a celebratory concert for Classic FM’s 25th anniversary in the presence of HRH Prince Charles, and Members of the Parliament's visit to The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
As part of a cello - piano duo, she has worked with Live Music Now, a charity organization aiming to bring live music to unusual venues, to people of vulnerable groups, including people in hospitals, hospices, care homes. Making classical music accessible and available in non-traditional settings has become an important aspect of her career.
Passionate about collaborative music making, she is co-artistic director and regular chamber music coach of the Allegro Summer School in Hungary, an annual short course aiming to introduce the early experiences of chamber music to children aged 9-18 through string - piano duos and larger ensembles. Viktoria is currently in her first year as Collaborative Piano Fellow at Bard Conservatory.
Nomin Samdan '24
In 2008, Ms. Samdan has entered the Boston Conservatory under the guidance of world renowned pianist and pedagogue YaFei Chuang and has received her Bachelor’s Degree (summa cum laude) in 2012 and in 2014 she has completed her Graduate Performance Diploma studies. And in 2017, Nomin received her Master’s Degree in Collaborative piano from Boston University.
In 2013, Ms. Samdan was invited to “Vivace Vilnius International Music Festival” in Lithuania to perform with faculty and students and in 2014 she was a guest artist in Leon Chamber Music Festival in Mexico. Nomin now works at Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet as a pianist, and is a faculty member of the piano and chamber music departments of Mongolian State Conservatory.
Ahra Oh '25
Dr. Oh has also received awards from numerous piano competitions, including East Coast International Music Competition, The Golden Key International Piano Competition, AFAF (American Fine Arts Festival) International Piano Competition, American Protege International Competition, and The Junior Korea Times Music Competition.
Dr. Oh received a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Sookmyung Women’s University where she studied with pianist Jung Ae Sohn. She then moved to the United States of America to pursue her master’s degree and performance diploma at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where she was honored with a scholarship while studying under a guidance of Alexander Shtarkman. She moved to Boston and received a doctorate degree from Boston University under the tutelage of Gila Goldstein. With a broad passion for a collaboration, She earned another Master’s degree of a collaborative piano with a graduate fellowship in Longy School of Music of Bard College where she received a scholarship and received instruction under Eri Nakamura.
Gabriele Zemaityte '25
Pei-Hsuan Shen '25
Pei-Hsuan expressed her strong enthusiasm for working with instrumentalists and attended Music Academy of the West in 2019 and 2022 as a collaborative piano fellow. As a solo pianist, she also participated in the 23rd Annual Music Festival at Walnut Hill in 2014.
Pei-Hsuan demonstrates her diversity as a collaborative pianist through her performances in duo works, chamber music, contemporary music, orchestra, her roles in opera rehearsal pianist and rehearsal pianist. She was a rehearsal pianist in the conducting studios of Professor Apo Hsu and Professor Chia-Hong Liao at National Taiwan Normal University, as well as the studios of Professor Harold Farberman and Professor James Bagwell at Bard College.