Composer Justin Merritt (bn. 1975) was the youngest-ever
winner of the ASCAP Foundation/Rudolph Nissim Award. He is also the winner of a
host of other awards including the 2011-12 McKnight Fellowship, the Copland
Award, the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Prize, and the Polyphonos
Prize. He received his Bachelors from Trinity University and his Masters
and Doctorate from Indiana University. He is currently Associate Professor of
Composition at St. Olaf College. He resides in Northfield, Minnesota with his
wife Faye and their children Cullen Fang Ouxiang and Molly Fang Qinghe.
American pianist Matthew McCright has performed extensively throughout the
United States, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific as piano soloist and chamber
musician. He has thrilled audiences and critics alike with an imaginative
repertoire that spans both the traditional and a wide range of contemporary
works. McCright completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano
Performance from the University of Minnesota, under the tutelage of Lydia Artymiw.
In addition to private study in New York City with Lisa Moore,
he also holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano from the College-Conservatory
of Music at the University of Cincinnati studying with Richard Morris and
earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from
Westminster College with Nancy Zipay DeSalvo.