Se-Hee Jin, a native of South Korea, has been acclaimed for her artistic brilliance and high musical sensitivity. Dr. Jin has concertized throughout the States, Canada, and Korea, continuing her solo recital project and own performance series on contemporary music.
As a solo pianist, Dr. Jin has been featured in various recitals, including a Guest Artist Recital at the Ann Goodman Recital Hall in the Kaufman Music Center, the Winners' Recital of the American Protégé Competition at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), the Afternoon Concert Series at Bentley Recital Hall (Banff, Canada), the Steinway Series Piano Prelude concert (Lenox, MA), the Recital Series at Washington Square, and St. Andrew's Concert Series (Rochester, NY). She has participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival as a recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship and the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Canada. Dr. Jin also has been featured in master classes with renowned pianists, including Julian Martin, John Perry, Emanuel Ax, and Peter Serkin.
Dr. Jin continued her collaborative performances with distinguished instrumentalists and vocalists in the States and Korea. Her recent collaborative performances include Backstage Pass on WXXI Radio Classical 91.5', the Gateways Music Festival, the Women in Music Festival, and the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition and Winners' Concert (Rochester, NY), the Festival of Contemporary Music, and various series of Chamber Concerts (Lenox, MA). She was also honorably invited and performed in a chamber recital at the Eastman School of Music with Kenneth Grant (Professor of Clarinet, Eastman School of Music) and Mihai Tetel (Professor of Cello, University of Hartford).
Recently, Dr. Jin initiated a new concert series - the American Living Composer Series which focuses on new music for solo performance as well as duo and chamber ensemble. The first recital of the series was devoted to the music of Louis Karchin (New York composer; Professor of Music at New York University) and performed at the Eastman School of Music (March, 2015). The Karchin portrait concert will be presented again at the Spectrum (New York, NY) in October, 2015.
Dr. Jin began piano lessons at the age of four. She graduated from the Ewha Womans University (Seoul, Korea) with a Bachelor of Music degree. Dr. Jin holds her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music under the instruction of Prof. Natalya Antonova. She served as an instructor for the primary and secondary piano lessons in the Eastman School of Music and as an instructor at the Eastman Community Music School. Currently Dr. Jin serves as a Lecturer of Piano at Oklahoma State University.
Thomas has performed, presented master classes, and given lectures on various musical topics as a guest artist throughout the United States, in Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia. For the second consecutive year, Zhe Tang, Chair of the Piano Division at the Shanghai Conservatory, invited Lanners - along with one piano faculty member each from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University and Michigan State University - to participate in a mini-festival in Shanghai for student pianists who wish to study in the United States. During the week-long festival, he presents several master classes for these prospective students, and in 2016 will also judge the final round of the inaugural Shanghai Open Piano Competition. Lanners hosted a Chinese visiting scholar pianist in the 2014-15 academic year, and will likely host others in the future. In 2012, he gave a master class on the NYU Steinhardt School of Music’s Piano Artist Master Class Series and served as a performer, master class clinician and adjudicator at the Lee University International Piano Festival and Competition in Tennessee.
Some of the institutions he has visited as a guest artist include the Eastman School of Music, the Universities of Texas-Austin, Colorado-Boulder, North Texas, Miami (FL), South Carolina, Oklahoma, Western Ontario (Canada), Iowa, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, Central Arkansas, and Missouri-Columbia; Northwestern, Syracuse, Louisiana State, Southern Methodist, Auburn, Wichita State, Kansas State, Iowa State, George Mason and Baylor Universities; the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and the Unidad Académica de Artes de la Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas in Mexico. In addition, Lanners has played solo recitals in Brussels and Gent, Belgium, performed on the Classical Mondays recital series in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, at the OK Mozart International Festival, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, and in Bangkok and Hua-Hin, Thailand.
Lanners’ latest recording, Ned Rorem: Piano Works, Volume 2, was released worldwide by Centaur Records in 2009. The disc has received much critical praise, including the following from respected critic Donald Rosenberg’s review in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “The piano pieces on this fine recording attest to Rorem’s penchant for lyrical and dramatic contrast. … Thomas Lanners brings exceptional detail and urgency to the repertoire, taking as much care with inner voices as he does with arching statements. Grade: A.” Thomas’ previous CD, Ned Rorem: The Three Piano Sonatas, was released by Centaur in 2007.
Mark Lehman, in an American Record Guide review, wrote of the Sonatas disc: “It’s especially pleasing to have all three of Rorem’s sonatas on one disc, superbly played by Thomas Lanners, and in clear, vivid sound. … Anyone who cares about mainstream 20th Century piano music should seek out this superlative recording.” Robert Schulslaper wrote, in a Fanfare magazine review of both Rorem volumes: “Lanners plays [all the virtuoso pieces] to the hilt … and he’s also a sensitive musician who communicates the essence of Rorem’s varied moods. Additionally, his album notes are so ‘spot on’ that I felt obliged to quote him throughout my review. Recommended.” In a review of his 2005 release, Touches of Bernstein: The Complete Published Piano Music of Leonard Bernstein, critic Jed Distler wrote for ClassicsToday.com: "Thomas Lanners totally understands this music, pointing up the jazzy qualities to idiomatic perfection as well as projecting Bernstein’s lyrical generosity without milking it … All told, Lanners' loving mastery easily holds its own in any company. Warmly recommended."
Thomas was awarded a grant in 2010, through the Centaur label, from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording to record works of Pulitzer winner Ross Lee Finney, having also received a Copland grant for his first Rorem CD. His championing of American piano music was the topic of an interview article, titled “Pianist Thomas Lanners: Spreading the Good Word,” in a 2010 issue of Fanfare.
Always in demand as a clinician, he presented sessions at the 2009, 2005, and 2001 Music Teachers National Association conferences; the 2015, 2010, 2008, and 2000 Oklahoma Music Teachers Association conferences; and conferences of the Texas MTA and the College Music Society’s South Central Chapter. Thomas will give a lecture, for the third consecutive year, for the annual MusicEdConnect.com National Conference, a four-day online event that includes sessions from numerous respected piano pedagogues. He gave a lecture as one of three featured guests (Conferencia Magistrals), entitled “Perspectives on Musicians’ Health Issues (Perspectivas en relación a problemas de salud de los músicos),” during the inaugural International Conference on Education, Culture and Arts (Congreso Internacional de Educación, Cultura y Artes) in Zacatecas, Mexico, and presented sessions at Eastman’s Summer Chamber Music Institute.
In the realm of collaborative piano, he has performed with Walfrid Kujala, former Northwestern University professor of flute and Chicago Symphony flutist, Richard MacDowell, professor of clarinet at the University of Texas at Austin, and Nancy Ambrose King, professor of oboe at the University of Michigan. He also collaborated with Leone Buyse, professor of flute at Rice University and former Principal Flutist, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, and with Swedish clarinetist Håkan Rosengren.
He is an active writer on musical topics, with several feature articles having been published in American Music Teacher, MTNA’s refereed journal. His most recent AMT article appeared in 2015, titled “With Our Eyes Closed.” He has also authored articles for Clavier magazine and the piano pedagogy e-newsletter Soundpoint.
Lanners served as one of three jurors for the 5th Mozart International Piano Competition in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2015. Thomas has adjudicated at MTNA’s West Central and South Central Division piano competitions, the Eastman School’s International Piano Competition for High School Students, and at numerous Ohio, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Texas MTA competitions at the state, district and local levels.
One of Dr. Lanners' former OSU students, Chul Hyung (Tony) Cho, was hired as a full-time opera coach at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 2015. Tony previously worked at the Juilliard School as an Associate Opera Coach, then coached operas at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and at Chapman University outside Los Angeles. Former student Christopher Reed recently accepted a position as Vocal/Opera Coach at Colorado State University. Christopher is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the Eastman School, having completed his Master’s degree there as well. Other students have been accepted into graduate piano degree programs at Eastman, the Universities of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Southern California, Kansas, Missouri-Kansas City, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. They have had success in state and regional competitions, winning both Oklahoma MTA competitions (including first place winners in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005, and 2003, and numerous runners-up), MTNA Collegiate Artist honors for the state (including a national finalist in the String Chamber Music category in 2013), and MTNA Senior winners, most recently in 2010 and 2009.
Lanners received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School as a student of Barry Snyder. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude as a student of Leonidas Lipovetsky at Florida State University, where he won the Brautlecht Award as the School’s Outstanding Rising Senior. He also studied under John Perry at the Aspen Music Festival and Jerome Lowenthal at the Music Academy of the West, and has performed in master classes for such renowned artists as Pascal Devoyon, Jeffrey Kahane, Dominique Merlet, Anton Nel, Cécile Ousset, and Nelita True.
Professor Lanners has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe in both solo piano and chamber music. She has performed in public master classes for such artists as Jean Barr, Natalia Antonova, Robert Silverman, Anner Bijlsma, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. She has participated with full scholarship in the Holland Summer Music Sessions, where she performed daily in public master classes and recitals located in and around Amsterdam.
Ms. Lanners is engaged frequently as an adjudicator throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. She has also served as the Chair for the OMTA and MTNA State Piano Competitions (2006-2014). She is active as a guest lecturer, having presented lecture-recitals at the Eastman School of Music Summer Piano Festival and for the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Conference. In its June/July, 2001 issue, American Music Teacherpublished her article, "Welcoming the Collaborative Arts into our Teaching Studios." Ms. Lanners has also served on the faculty of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and as a featured artist at the Amadeus Piano Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She teaches applied piano, piano pedagogy, and class piano at OSU.