CelloArt: Ruslan BiryukovRuslan and cello

Pianist : Mary Au

Pianist MARY AU received critical acclaim from the legendary Brooks Smith and Mme. Rosina Lhevinne for her "clean clear touch, sensitivity and superb artistry".

Mary AuA much sought-after collaborative artist, Mary has concertized on three continents as a keyboard collaborative artist, chamber musician and solo pianist, appearing in recitals, recordings, on television and radio. Her recital work included appearances in the Community Concert Series, sponsored by Columbia Artists Management Inc. Mary has also been collaborative artist at the international Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists, The Quartet Program, The National Cello Institute, the Colburn School of Performing Arts, the University of Southern California, the Ambassador College, and the John F. Kennedy Center/Rockefeller Foundation International Competition for Excellence in the performance of American Music. Live televised appearances include performances on the internationally televised program, the Hour of Power, and the Nanning Music Festival in front of thirty-thousand audiences in China.

Heralded as one of the Outstanding Young Women of America, Mary has performed in the presence of such esteemed artists Boris Pergamenschikow, Janos Starker, Steven Isserlis, Mstislav Rostropovich, Zara Nelsova, Lynn Harrell, Ruggereo Ricci, Myung Whun Chung and Elly Ameling. In addition to being a performing artist, Mary is known for her work as a coach for young artists. She has accompanied them in numerous International, national, statewide and local youth competitions, including auditions for the New York Philharmonic Young Peoplesí Concert and the Los Angeles Philharmonic "Symphonies for Youth" Series. Many of the people she had coached and accompanied are currently working as soloists, orchestral & chamber musician and music teachers. Some of them are recipients of major international competitions and awards. Others are represented by concert management and record companies.

Born in Hong Kong, China, Mary received her formal music education at the Royal Academy of Music with Gordon Green in England, and at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California with Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Daniel Pollack in the United States. She has also worked with Dr. Alan Smith, Kirill Gliadkovsky, Alice Schoenfeld, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Ronald Leonard, Timothy Lindberg and Hans Beer. Her playing has left a lasting impression on many music lovers throughout the world.

For more information on Mary Au, visit her website at www.aumary.com.