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Internationally-renowned artists Hsien-yung Pai and James Giles have joined the cause of Music Heritage Global to sit on the artistic board. Music Heritage Global is honored and excited about the support and their endorsement of the mission.

Prof. Hsien-yung Pai is a world renowned writer, playwright as well as a celebrated producer of Kunqu. His many highly acclaimed novels were translated into different languages and adapted for film, television and the stage. Prof. Pai is currently Wei Lun Professor of Humanities at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prof Pai was conferred the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, by the University in recognition of his exceptional achievements in the world literary.

James Giles is the coordinator, piano program of the music school of the Northwestern University. He is also its Director of Music Performance Graduate Studies. James Giles regularly performs in important musical centers in America, Europe, and Asia. Recent tours have taken him to the Nancy Music Festival in France, the Accademia Cristofori in Florence, and the Beijing International Music Festival. He taught master classes at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, the Royal College of Music in London, and was on the faculty at the Colburn Academy Piano Festival in Los Angeles, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain. He regularly serves on competition jury panels and has been conference artist for several state music teachers associations.

Dr. Giles studied with Byron Janis at the Manhattan School of Music, Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School, Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music, and Robert Shannon at Oberlin College. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Italy with the legendary pianist Lazar Berman. He won first prizes at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Competition. He has been a guest professor at the Sibelius Academy, the Shanghai Conservatory, and at Indiana University.

(Los Angeles) Three Internationally-renowned artists have joined the cause of Music Heritage Global as its directors on the artistic board.

Music Heritage Global is excited about the support of the renowned artistic director/pianist Graham Scott, 4 Emmy Award winner designer Jeremy Railton and international jazz guitarist Jeff Massanari endorsement of the mission of the MHG.

Graham Scott has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s leading pianists. Hailed by the Gramophone magazine as ‘an exceptional talent’ he has performed extensively throughout the world most notably in New York (92nd St. Y), Washington DC (Kennedy Center), Los Angeles (Ambassador Auditorium), Tokyo (Suntory Hall), Beijing (Beijing Concert Hall), Paris (Bagatelle) as well as all the major London venues.

Graham Scott's extensive concerto repertoire has led to many engagements with leading orchestras, notably the London Philharmonic, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinlandpfalz (standing in for Martha Argerich).

Graham successfully combines a career as performer, teacher and artistic director. Since 2007 he has held the position of Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Artistic Director of the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition. He has previously been a member of the jury of the Horowitz Competition in Ukraine, Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain and the Young Concert Artists Trust auditions to name a few.

Jeff Massanari is one of the most in-demand jazz guitarists. Jeff has performed at Yoshi’s international Jazz House, Pearl’s, Davies Symphony Hall, national festivals including, San Jose Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, North Beach Jazz Festival, The Sausalito Arts Festival. Internationally Jeff has performed in China, Japan, Sweden, Finland, Guam, and Italy at the Umbria Jazz Festival.

Jeff’s first four CD’s received excellent reviews in Guitar Player Magazine, Cadence, and kudo's from such respected players as Mike Stern and Eric Johnson. He has just finished recording his fifth CD ”Groovework” an all original Jazz-Funk project.

Jeff Massanari has taught at U.C. Berkeley, The Jazz School, Jazz Camp West, Bruce Forman’s Jazzmaster series, and Blue Bear Music School.

As a legendary designer, Jeremy Railton with four Emmy Awards, four TEA Awards (Themed Entertainment Assoc.) and numerous other industry accolades, undoubtedly has the most diverse resume in the entertainment design business.

His career spans legitimate theater, dance, film, TV award shows, live concerts, spectacles of Olympian proportions, themed attractions, and unforgettable retail entertainment and architectural projects. Railton began his career in British film production while still a student and was quickly “discovered” and brought to Los Angeles for a production at the prestigious Mark Taper Forum. Railton made history with this production, creating the first giant screen projection backdrop ever seen on the stage.

For the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Railton created the first-ever staged performances and received an Emmy and the Art Director’s Guild Award.

(Los Angeles) Internationally-renowned pianist, conductor, educator and arts director Awadagin Pratt (see photo) has joined the cause of Music Heritage Global as its director on the artistic board.

Music Heritage Global is excited about the support of Awadagin Pratt, and appreciated his endorsement of the mission statement of the MHG (see photo). Acclaimed for his musical insight, Mr. Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition in 1992 and was awarded in 1994 an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, he has performed with nearly every major orchestra in the United States, at the Clinton and the Obama White House, and on Sesame Street. Mr. Pratt has given recitals throughout the US, and has toured Japan four times, as well as performed in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Israel, Columbia and South Africa.

A great favorite on college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of music education, Awadagin Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears; these activities may include mater classes, children’s recitals, play/talk demonstrations and question/answer sessions for students of all ages.

Mr. Pratt is currently an Associate Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He is also the artistic director of the Cincinnati World Piano Competition.

(Los Angeles) Internationally-renowned pianist Yuja Wang (see photo above) has agreed to join the cause of Music Heritage Global. Music Heritage Global is excited about the support of Yuja Wang, and appreciated her endorsement of the mission statement of the MHG (see image above).

Yuja Wang is an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophone. She is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. As commented by San Francisco Chronicle, "She is, quite simply, the most dazzling, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today."

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