Drs. Jennifer Judd and Dr. Michael Tsalka


Drs. Jennifer Judd and Dr. Michael Tsalka

Schubert’s Four Hand Repertoire – A Window into the Romantic Imagination.


Dr. Jennifer Judd - Bio:

Dr. Jennifer Judd, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Curators Professor Joanne Baker. Dr. Judd is an accomplished solo recitalist and chamber musician. She is also in frequent demand as a clinician and adjudicator across the country. She has appeared as soloist with St Louis Wind Symphony, St. Louis Brass Band, Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra, Southeast Symphony Orchestra, Clayton Symphony Orchestra, University City Missouri Symphony Orchestra, University of Missouri-Kansas City Orchestra, and ECC Wind Ensemble. In 1997, Dr. Judd and Annette Burkhart, a piano faculty member from Washington University, formed a piano duo team and have performed in various concert series and university campuses throughout the Midwest. For nearly a decade, Dr. Judd has been regularly featured in the Christ Church Cathedral Concert Series in St. Louis, MO and the “Sunday At Three” Chamber Music Concert Series in Southeast Missouri State University.  Dr. Judd has performed concerts in Spain, Italy, China, Taiwan, China, Philippines and Sweden. Dr. Judd was awarded the Permanent Professional Certificate by the Music Teachers National Association. Many of her piano students have won top awards in state and national competitions. Several of her articles were published in the Keyboard Companion. Dr. Judd is a Professor of Music at East Central College.  In 2012, Dr. Judd received the Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2013, Dr. Judd received the Emerson’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Michael Tsalka - Bio:

Concert pianist and early keyboard performer and Michael Tsalka has won numerous prizes and awards in Europe, the U.S.A., the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.  A versatile musician, he performs with equal virtuosity a wide span of repertoire from the early Baroque to our days on the harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano, chamber organ and modern piano. Dr. Tsalka was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Dr. Tsalka maintains a busy concert schedule. Recent engagements include performances at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, Bellas Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, St. Denis Festival in Paris, Der Gasteig in Munich, Beethoven House in Bonn, Tokyo’s City Opera, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Volksbuehne Hall in Berlin, the Jerusalem Music Center, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori in Florence, and interviews and live performances for radio stations in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Munich, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Stockholm, Helsinki, Auckland, St. Louis, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, London, and Jerusalem.

Dr. Tsalka has recorded 20 CDs for labels such as Naxos, Grand Piano, Ljud & Bild (Stockholm), Brilliant Classics (Amsterdam) Paladino (Vienna), the Israeli Music Institute (Israel), and Wirripang (Australia). 

He has presented more then hundred master classes and lecture-recitals in academic institutions in all continents.

In 2011, he was the artistic director of the Bach Festival, at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Qingdao’s Grand Theatre and Wuhan’s Qintai Concert Hall. From 2012 to 2015, he was the co-artistic director of the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland. In December 2014, he was the artist director of a mini-festival, titled “Fanfares and Ornaments” for the Dutch Embassy in Stockholm. In 2014 he became the artistic director of the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival in the Netherlands (www.geelvinckfestival.nl). Currently, he is also the artistic director of the Across Bridges International Piano Summer Academy, 2016 and 2017 (Shanghai and Valencia). For further details, please visit www.michaeltsalka.com