Marta Edler, piano soloist
Marta Edler is an accomplished pianist and passionate teacher. She received her training from Alla Voskoboynikova at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and from Dr. Ivo Kaltchev at the Catholic University of America and actively participates in solo performances and collaborative events. She has received awards for her piano performances and musicianship, including first place in the University of Missouri-St. Louis Concerto Competition, first place in the Missouri Music Teachers Association Collegiate Competition, and she is the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship and Award, the Blanche M. Touhill Award for Music Excellence, the Presser Award, the Hilda E. Stroh Scholarship, the Beatrice K. Liu Memorial Piano Award, and other awards for academic excellence. At a sold-out performance in the District of Columbia, the Washington Post praised Marta’s ability to “create delightful caricatures with bright rhythms, deliberate octaves, and gentle lines.” Marta has also had the honor of performing in masterclasses with Natalya Antonova from Eastman School of Music and internationally acclaimed pianist Lilya Zilberstein. In addition to solo performances, Marta frequently collaborates with individual vocalists, instrumentalists, orchestras, chamber groups, choirs, and opera productions. She has completed Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Music Theory and is currently finishing her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Catholic University of America. Marta is also a cancer survivor and battled Leukemia in her childhood years. She learned determination and perseverance at a young age and has used these qualities to pursue a high standard in piano performance and teaching.
Come hear Ms. Edler perform Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals.
Rachel Morgan, piano soloist
Rachel Antoinette Morgan has been playing the piano since age five and performing since age nine. She studied with many great St. Louis piano instructors such as Mark Sarich, Vera Parkin, Daniel Schene and most recently, Alla Voskoboynikova. She was a 2015 Fox Teen Talent Competition Finalist, receiving the honor of performing on the Fabulous Fox Theatre stage, where she won the Terry Lynford Classical Music Scholarship, and a recording scholarship with the Nelly E. I. Institute, where she recorded a CD produced by Carl Nappa.
Rachel graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with Elective Studies in Business, along with two minors in Business Administration and Media Studies, and certifications from the Pierre Laclede Honors College and the Advertising Department. Rachel received several awards throughout her undergraduate career, including the Honors Jury Designation (2016 and 2019), the UMSL Music Department Award for Outstanding Musician – Piano (2018), and an Honorable Mention at MNTA Piano Competition – Junior Division (2016).
Rachel maintains an active piano studio, teaching privately and at Music & Arts in Bridgeton. Rachel currently works at Open Studio (an online jazz lessons platform) as the Operations Coordinator, overseeing the management of processes, projects, social media strategy, community outreach, and artist engagement. She also works as the executive assistant to soul artist, Brian Owens. Rachel is striving to one day move to Nashville or New York and become a celebrity assistant/manager.
Come hear Ms. Morgan perform Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals.
Cindy Yan, piano soloist
Cindy Yan is 12 years old and in the 7th grade of Ladue Middle School in Saint Louis, MO. She has studied piano with Mrs. Laura Schindler since 2013.
Cindy was the 1st Place Trophy Winner for Solo Piano in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 4th Grade, and 7th Grade in the Missouri Music Teachers’ Association (MMTA) State Honors Piano Competition. In April 2015, Cindy won the 1st Prize in Division I of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Young Pianist Competition, and in April 2016, she was the 2nd Prize Winner. Cindy has also been the 3rd Place Winner in Division A of the Carmel Debut International Piano Competition held in Carmel, Indiana.
On July 31, 2016, Cindy performed music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Cuellar, and Debussy in her Debut Solo Recital at Steinway Piano Gallery.
On February 19 2017, Cindy won the annual William Schatzkamer Young Artist Competition held by University City Symphony Orchestra in Saint Louis. On April 30, 2017, Cindy performed Haydn Concerto in D Major 1st movement with University City Symphony Orchestra at All Saints Church. In April 2017, Cindy became one of the youngest winners of the Belleville Philharmonic “Stars of Tomorrow Concerto Competition” and performed with that orchestra on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Belleville, Illinois and on Sunday, October 22, 2017 in Arnold, Missouri. On August 22, 2017, Cindy won the first prize of the online Best Debussy Performance held by the Great Composers Competition.
On June 23rd, 2018, Cindy was the 1st Prize Winner of the 2nd Division (Age 10-13) in the 2018 Steinway & Son Piano Competition with $700 cash reward. On July 21st, 2018, she played at the Winner Recital at Steinway & Sons Piano Gallery.
Most recently, on October 21st, 2018, Cindy was selected to perform on the 1st Annual Solo Concert at St. Charles Community College, which was held February 8, 2019.
In addition to piano, she plays violin and enjoys tennis, swimming, math, and reading.
Come hear Ms. Yan perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor.