Piano

Anne Breeden

Collaborative Piano Guest Artist

Anne Breeden, a native San Franciscan, has performed across the United States and internationally in many productions and performances. After graduating from Eastman School of Music with a Master’s degree in Chamber Music and Accompanying, she founded and ran a non-profit music organization serving the underserved in Chicago, while also on part-time faculty at DePaul University.

Now in Denver, she has served on both Metro State University and Colorado State University faculties, and performs throughout the front range while teaching a large private piano studio.

She has performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Colorado Symphony.

A specialist in organizing home concert series, Anne has created many intimate evenings for music lovers of every kind for over 25 years.

She lives in Littleton, CO with her husband, daughter, cat and four chickens.

 

 

 

 

Riccardo Cambi

Collaborative Piano Guest Artist

Celebrated pianist Riccardo Cambri has won numerous national and international competitions, paving the way for an illustrious career as a soloist. He has captivated audiences globally in cities such as Rome, Milan, Buenos Aires, London, Vienna, and many more. In addition to his solo performances, Cambri has collaborated with orchestras like the Symphony Orchestra of Moscow and explored chamber music and musical theater alongside esteemed musicians, opera singers, and actors. His prowess as a pianist accompanist is also highly regarded, with partnerships in prestigious Opera Singers Laboratories, Instrumental and Master Classes, and associations with universities worldwide.

Since 2001, Cambri has shared his expertise by teaching piano at the Scuola Comunale di Musica “Adriano Casasole” in Orvieto and conducting music appreciation courses in various educational institutions. In 2014, he became the President of UNITRE – Università delle Tre Età di Orvieto, a significant social-cultural organization known for its high-quality educational programs and profound impact on the city life in Orvieto. Under his leadership at UNITRE, Cambri created two triennial projects consisting of 30 conferences each—one focused on Beethoven’s symphonic works and another titled “The Fascination of Chopin,” which received patronage from the Polish Embassy in Italy. Furthermore, his artistic-culture program on Dostoevsky-Tchaikovsky-Rachmaninov garnered support from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in France.

In recognition of his incredible achievements and dedication to culture and education, Cambri was awarded a Public Distinction of Merit by Università Popolare della Tuscia in 2017. On December 27th, 2020, Italian President Sergio Mattarella honored Cambri with the Knights of the Order “Merit of the Italian Republic.” In 2021, the Orvieto City Hall appointed him as the Artistic Coordinator for the Centennial celebration of composer and conductor Luigi Mancinelli’s death.

Natalie Renee Sherer

Collaborative Piano Guest Artist

Dynamic pianist Natalie Renee Sherer thrives in collaboration with singers and instrumentalists alike. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in January as a performing artist in SongStudio, led by acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming. A frequent recitalist, Sherer premiered “Sorrow & Ecstasy: The Complete Songs of Henri Duparc,” a semi-staged musical narrative following four characters’ journeys, and she hosts the CollabPiano Podcast, celebrating musical collaboration through art song.

Sherer recently performed with Ryan Speedo Green at Florida State University where she is Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching. Recent engagements include performances at NATS National Conference and Intern Program, SongFest, Sparks & Wiry Cries’ NYC SongSLAM Festival, and Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago’s Vocal Chamber Music Fellowship program.

Following BM and MM degrees in Piano Performance through studies at Manhattan School of Music, Wheaton College, and Roosevelt University, Sherer earned a DMA in Collaborative Piano, studying with renowned pianist Martin Katz, from University of Michigan.

Learn more about her on her website: collabpianist.com

 

Joe Walsh

Collaborative Piano Guest Artist

Maestro Joe Walsh has three decades of experience in preparing, presenting, and conducting opera and musical theater across the U.S. and internationally.  He is a conductor admired for his ability to combine dramatic flair and theatrical excitement with sensitivity, detail and a keen sense of dramatic pacing.  Mr. Walsh is an active recitalist, accompanying both classical voice recitals and Broadway cabarets.

Maestro Walsh is a faculty member at George Mason University’s Sid and Riva Dewberry School of Music and the School of Theater, where he serves as conductor, music director, coach, and pianist.

Mr. Walsh was involved in the musical preparation of more than 65 productions at Virginia Opera, where he served for 17 years, most recently as associate artistic director and associate conductor. There, Mr. Walsh conducted productions of Susannah, Madame Butterfly, Don Giovanni, The Daughter of the Regiment, Così fan tutte, and The Pirates of Penzance, among others.

He has conducted many orchestras in performances including the Collegium Philarmonicum of Naples, Italy, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony and the Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania.

Mr. Walsh was resident conductor at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy for five summers, where he led productions of The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and Gianni Schicchi.  He studied advanced Italian at Siena’s L’università per Stranieri.   

For many years, Mr. Walsh served as artistic advisor for the classical voice programs offered by the Washington D.C. chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. He has taught voice master classes and judged many vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions (Middle Atlantic District), The National Society of Arts and Letters’ DC Chapter and the National Dorothy Lincoln Smith Voice Competition, Partners for the Arts Vocal Competition, and the Charles Williams Voice Competition at Levine Music, where he also serves on the faculty.

Mr. Walsh has served on the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Panel, as well as on the coaching faculties of the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

He currently serves as President of Orvieto Musica’s Board of Directors and maintains a private coaching studio at his home in Ashburn, Virginia.  For further information, visit www.joseph-walsh.com.