Amber Scherer, 21, currently studies piano performance with Alvin Chow at Oberlin Conservatory. This coming fall, Amber will perform Dvorak's Piano Trio, Op. 65, in Oberlin's Honors Series in Oakton, VA. She's excited, as well, to participate in several large ensembles, including Oberlin College Collegium Musicum and Sinfonietta during the 2018-19 season. Amber has soloed with the Oistrach, Harper, and Northeastern Illinois Symphony Orchestras. She is a scholarship recipient of the Chicago Women's League of Musicians and a prize-winner of the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, Music Teachers National Association Competition, and Chopin Foundation Scholarship Competition, among many others. Additionally, Amber is an avid chamber player. Over the past year, she performed duets and sonatas with Oberlin peers in Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio, and Tennessee. Amber frequently performs at senior homes both around her hometown and Oberlin. In high school, she helped organize collaborative music concerts that raised over $25,000 for the Chicago LEARN Charter School Network. Amber's love for community service has extended into her college life, where she will serve in her school's Conservatory Council of Students for the 2018-19 year and teach a Suzuki program at the Oberlin Community Music School.
Nuo (Hesper) Xu is currently pursuing her Master’s in Piano at Manhattan School of Music. She studied Piano Performance at Oberlin Conservatory under Mr. Robert Shannon. She has also attended various summer music festivals and competitions, Macao piano competition, Cooper Piano Festival, Ithaca Music Festival, and Brevard Music Festival where she studied with Michael Chertok who serves as a chair of the keyboard division of University of Cincinnati. As a performer, Hesper has played between many cities in China. Hesper has also played at Florence Congregational Church in Ohio as an organist and pianist.
• BM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 2018
• Attending Manhattan School of Music for a Master’s in Piano Performance
• Masterclasses with James Giles, Michale Chertok
• Winner of Macao Piano Competition 2013
• Organist at Florence Congregational Church in Ohio (2017-2018)