Nancy Chamberlain, Accompanist
Nancy Chamberlain is a pianist and vocal coach in the musical theater and opera departments of the Precollege Division at Manhattan School of Music. She also works as piano accompanist at Camp MSM.

Nancy won the Premier Prix in Piano and Chamber Music from the Conservatoire National in Nice, France, where she studied as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. While in Europe, Nancy performed with the Aspremont Quartet, winning First Prize in the National Chamber Music Competition in Tradate, Italy.

Nancy has taught K-12 vocal/choral/theatrical music in New York City and New Jersey as well as conducted extensive classical and theater repertoire. She has directed such Broadway Junior productions as Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, Once Upon A Mattress and Guys and Dolls. She has more than two decades of experience as a professional choral accompanist, church pianist, and organist in the tri-state metropolitan area. Nancy holds an M.M. in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music.


Amir Khosrowpour, Piano
Described by the Los Angeles Times as having “irresistible verve, unpretentious directness, and fingers of steel,” pianist and composer Amir Khosrowpour “seeks out what is new and vital and delivers it with passion” (NY Concert Review). He recently toured Bulgaria, performing his original score to a puppet theater piece, as well as solo improvisational concerts. His keyboard duo, Corky Has a Band, released their second album, featuring prepared piano and electronics last year, and he is working on a solo album of improvisation to be released in early 2017. He works in the music department at The Horace Mann School and teaches at Camp MSM in the summer. Amir received his Bachelor's of Music at University of Kansas, and Master's and Doctorate degrees at Manhattan School of Music. He has been living and working as a professional musician in NYC for ten years.



Mina Kusumoto, Accompanist
Mina Kusumoto is acclaimed as a solo and collaborative pianist. She has given concerts each season in many world-renowned venues, such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, Steinway Hall, DiMenna Center, Yamaha Salon in NY, Tokyo Metropolitan Arts Hall, Minatomirai Hall in Japan, Oxford Town Hall, and Jacqueline De Prez Memorial Hall in the United Kingdom. In 2007, Mina gave a NY debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the Artist International Competition. She was also a prize winner in the International Arts Federation Competition and the All Japan Soloists Competition. In 2010-2011, she organized and performed in a recital series at the Queens Library.

Mina has been invited to various music festivals, including the International Summer School in Tokyo and the Oxford Piano Festival in the U.K.. She has also performed as an active collaborative pianist in numerous concert tours with singers, instrumentalists, and dancers in Japan, Taiwan, China, and the U.S. Those recorded performances were sold on CD with a recommendation from the Ministry of Education of Japan. Mina has performed as a member of the Koshka Piano Duo with Laurie Merchant since 2007.

As a dedicated piano teacher, she teaches privately and has given masterclasses in Japan and the U.S. Her students have received prizes in national and international competitions and have been accepted to prestigious pre-colleges such as Special Music School, Manhattan School of Music, and The Julliard School. She is a founder and director of New York Masterclass and Concerts, which gives opportunities to young musicians to learn music from legendary pedagogues and world-class pianists.

She has worked as a staff pianist of the Precollege division at Manhattan School of Music, Camp MSM, and the evening division at The Juilliard School.

A native of Japan, Mina earned her Bachelor of Music Degree at Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, studying with Yuriko Moriyama and Konstantin Ganev, pupil of legendary piano teacher Heinrich Neuhaus at the Moscow Conservatoire. She was awarded the highest distinction in her class.

Mina has been residing in New York City since 2003. She received her Master of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music as a student of Marc Silverman. Her other teachers include Alan Kay, Masako Matsunaga, Etsuko Takeuchi, and Martin Canin. Other major influences in her artistic and pianistic development are Nina Lelchuk and Wonmi Kim. She has also participated in master classes given by Victor Merzhanov


YinJia Lin-DeMercurio, Piano and Accompanist
Chinese pianist YinJia Lin has drawn international attention since her concerto debut at the age of 15 with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, conducted by Wing-Sie Yip. Recognized by critics, colleagues and the public as a pianist with the highest sensitivity, imagination and precision, combining brilliant musicality with great passion, Ms. Lin has performed solo recitals, concertos and chamber music concerts in New York City venues such as the Alice Tully Hall, WMP Concert Hall, Ana Tzarev Gallery, and the Frederick Loewe Theater at New York University, as well as performing at international venues including the Hong Kong City Hall and the Golden Horse Concert Hall in Canton, China. Ms. Lin has been awarded many scholarships, awards and prizes in both China and the U.S., including the Second Prize of the Buono & Bradshaw International Piano Competition in 2008, the First Prize of the New York University Piano Concerto Competition in 2005 and the First Prize of the Mozart International Piano/Violin Concerto Competition in Hong Kong in 1998. As an Adjunct Artist for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Lin performed numerous solo recitals in New Jersey for the 2008-2009 subscription season, captivating and delighting her audiences.

Born in Canton, China, YinJia Lin began playing the piano at the age of six. In 2000, she came to the United States to study with Martin Canin at the Juilliard Pre-College division in New York City. The following year, Ms. Lin was accepted as a full-scholarship student by the Juilliard School’s college division. Ms. Lin has participated in many music festivals, including the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival from 2000 to 2003 and the Nice Academy in France in 2006. She has also participated in Master Classes given by Pierre Laurent Aimard, Lazar Berman, Olivier Gardon, Shi-Kun Liu, Ming-Qiang Li, and Arie Vardi.

In addition to performing, Ms. Lin has a passion for teaching. She was appointed Adjunct Faculty at New York University from 2005-2007, teaching music courses to undergraduate students while pursuing her Master of Arts at NYU’s Steinhardt School. Ms. Lin worked professionally as a Music Consultant for the Ana Tzarev Gallery in New York City, as well as Concert Hall Manager at the WMP Concert Hall, where she organized many concerts, including the popular “Strad for Lunch” series.

Ms. Lin completed her Doctoral study at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, under the tutelage of Santiago Rodriguez. As a full-scholarship student and Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dr. Paul Posnak, Ms. Lin taught undergraduate keyboard skills and accompanying classes as well as coaching chamber music ensembles. An experienced and versatile keyboardist, Ms. Lin studied the harpsichord with musicologist Dr. Frank Cooper and the organ with Dr. Robert Remek. She recently made an appearance in the Frost School of Music’s “Festival Miami” as harpsichordist with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. She also made appearances in the Miami Civic Music Association’s concert series and soloed with the Coral Gables Opera at its “American Ideal Concert,” performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, which was broadcast on PBS channel thirteen. Ms. Lin’s doctoral dissertation, Alberto Ginastera’s Piano Sonatas: A performance Guide, is published by Scholars’ Press, one of the leading academic publishing houses in Germany. Ms. Lin is currently on faculty at the Avenue School, NYC and at Camp MSM of Manhattan School of Music.


Zheng Ma, Accompanist
Zheng Ma was born in China and began piano lessons at the age of four. He studied at the Central Conservatory of Music Middle School in Beijing. He continued his studies at Manhattan School of Music in 2007 as a full-scholarship student of Solomon Mikowsky. Zheng has won first prizes at the Northeastern China Piano Competition and the Schubert Club Competition in the United States, as well as the Koch Concerto Competition at Manhattan School of Music. An avid chamber music performer, Zheng has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and coached with Daniel Avshalomov of the American String Quartet. As a collaborative pianist, he has also performed numerous times at St. Mark’s Church, Florence Gould Hall in NYC, New York Live Arts Performance Center, and the 92nd Street Y, with repertoire spanning from George Bizet to Henry Cowell.

Zheng recently graduated from the Professional Studies program at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Phillip Kawin. His main musical influences are Chopin, Beethoven, Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, and John Cage.


Karim Merchant, Jazz Piano
Karim was born in 1977 in London, England. He was already studying classical piano and violin when, at 16, he became attracted to jazz. As a teenager, he won several competitions, including the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz and Perrier Young Jazz Competitions.

From 1996 until 2000 he studied both jazz and classical piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Degree in jazz. While there, he participated in numerous workshops and lessons, including some given by artists such as Dave Liebman, John Patitucci, John Taylor, James Williams, and Randy Brecker. Ex-Dexter Gordon pianist Kirk Lightsey and ex-Jazz Messengers pianist Donald Brown are also among his former teachers.

From July 2000 until August 2004 he maintained a professional career as one of London’s most in-demand jazz musicians. During this time he played at many of London's top jazz establishments. He has also played at many other venues elsewhere in the UK and Europe, and jazz festivals such as Brecon (Wales), Manchester and Bratislava.

As a Masters degree student at Manhattan School of Music from 2004 until 2006, he studied under Kenny Barron. Since graduating, he has played at many venues, including some of New York’s staple jazz clubs like the Jazz Gallery, the 55 Bar and Fat Cat. He also plays regularly at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.

A sought-after teacher, he maintains a private studio, as well as being a teaching artist for the New York-based charity Midori & Friends. His other musical interests include contemporary gospel music, R'n'B and hip-hop, but he is always keen to discover new sounds and musical styles.

Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2007.   


Alice Tsui, Piano
Alice Tsui started playing piano when she was four years old. She gave her first performance when she was seven years old and was awarded the Gold Medal of Excellence in the Brooklyn Technical High School Orchestra. At Manhattan School of Music where Alice studied piano, she was awarded the Eva Van Gelder Piano Scholarship; at NYU, Alice was awarded the Steinhardt Education Scholarship and the Eileen E. Zaglin Scholarship for Showing Exceptional Creativity and Promise in the Arts.

Alice has performed in the Interstudio Showcase in the Frederick Loewe Theatre, the Chopin Bicentennial Celebration in the Blackbox Theatre, the World Financial Center’s Chopin 200 Celebration, the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park for Sing for Hope, NYU's Tutte Le Corde: Music after 1940, and in chamber ensemble recitals at Tenri Cultural Institute. Alice has played in the Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival as well as the International Keyboard Institute & Festival. In May 2012, Alice won the American Music Teachers League Competition and performed in Carnegie Hall as part of the Young Musicians Concert.

Alice has studied with Mabel Tao, Maxim Anikushin, Maria Asteriadou, Miyoko Lotto, and Jose Ramon Mendez. Alice graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Arts in Music Education. Alice is the founding music teacher at P.S. 532 New Bridges Elementary, a new arts-integrated elementary school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where she established a general, vocal and instrumental music program. Alice is on piano faculty at Manhattan School of Music’s summer camp (Camp MSM). Alice also currently teaches private piano lessons to students of all ages and levels throughout the city. Alice is currently pursuing her doctorate in Music Education through Boston University.