Rattanai Bampenyuo, a native of Thailand, completed both his Masters and Doctoral Degrees at the Frost School of Music at University of Miami. He is currently on faculty at the College of Music, Mahidol University, in Thailand.
Federico Bonacossa holds degrees from the Conservatorio Statale Pierluigi da Palestrina in Cagliari, Italy, the Peabody Conservatory and recently earned his D.M.A. in Guitar Performance at the Frost School of Music where he also studied composition. He is an active composer and arranger and a member of the Miami Guitar Trio.
Huifang Chen, M.M. ’05, violin, enjoys a dual career as a performer and educator. After receiving her B.M. from Curtis Institute and her M.M. degree from the Frost School of Music, she was named Director of Orchestra at Florida International University. She is currently serving on the violin faculty of the new World School of the Arts and, conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony which performed in Carnegie Hall under her baton. She is also Concertmaster of the Ars Flores Symphony and a member of the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra.
After receiving his D.M.A. degree from the Frost School of Music, Tomas Cotik, violin, became involved in six commercial CD recording projects. His latest Schubert duo album with pianist Tao Lin was nominated as "Recording of the Year 2013" by MusicWeb International's Albert Lam, and newest recording Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo, was released internationally in November by Naxos to excellent reviews.
Lora is a member of the Brasil Guitar Duo, a 2006 winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for their "maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity." The duo’s innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, resulting in a full global touring schedule and a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings.
Before enrolling at the Frost School, Mei Mei Luo, M.M. ’07, held positions in the Philadelphia Concerto soloists and the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ricardo Muti. She served as assistant concertmaster and concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic. After receiving her M.M. degree from Frost, she won positions with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, the concertmaster post of the Miami Chamber Symphony, and has performed as associate concertmaster of the Florida Grand Opera. She is currently first violinist of the Delray String Quartet.
Alan Nguyen attended the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami where he completed his Masters in guitar performance. Alan was the first prize recipient of the 2007 FCCAA Student Artist Competition at Stetson University, and 2007 SCF Concerto Competition. He has been featured as a solo artist for the Sarasota Guitar Society’s Mini Recital Series and the Miami International Guitar Festival Showcase Concert Series.
Ryoji Yamaguchi is a versatile performer, arranger, and composer in various styles of music. Ryoji holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Miami Frost School of Music studying Classical Guitar performance, and won second prize at the Miami International Guitar Competition in 2004.