College of Visual and Performing Arts

2015 IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition Final Round Judges

Leon HarsheninLeon Harshenin

Leon Harshenin, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, is currently serving at Taylor University in his 17th year as professor of piano and coordinator of piano studies. He received his bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance in 1984 and 1985 respectively from the Juilliard School in New York, studying with Beveridge Webster, and his doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy in 1998 from the University of Michigan, where he studied under Louis Nagel.

From 1989 to 1994 Dr. Harshenin taught piano and music theory in Ontario, Canada, independently and at Redeemer College. He also has  been an instructor at the Interlochen All-State Piano Program in Michigan and a guest lecturer in piano at Wheaton College. While a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan, he received the Joanne A. Smith Pedagogy Award for outstanding teaching.

Since arriving in Indiana, Dr. Harshenin has been much in demand as a piano competition adjudicator, and is currently state coordinator of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior High Performance Competition. He has served as president of the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) board of directors, and with the MPO has performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the Midwest, California, New York, western Canada, Ontario, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Ecuador. Between 2007 and 2010 Dr. Harshenin toured Indiana with a lecture-recital called "The Artful Genius of Chopin," which he presented at the Indiana, Michigan, and California Music Teachers Association state conferences, as well as the MTNA national conference in Atlanta.

Giuseppe LupisGiuseppe Lupis

With more than 20 years of experience in the musical field, pianist and composer Giuseppe Lupis frequently appears in the United States, South America, and Europe.

As a composer, Lupis aims at restoring the prominence piano enjoyed in the 19th century by featuring the peculiar characteristics of the instrument. In crafting his works, Lupis gives great consideration to the performer, the audience, and the musical language.

Giuseppe Lupis' piano works have been broadcast by Sky Classica TV, TV2000, Rai3 Lazio, BBC, Danish Radio, ORF Austria, Bavarian Radio, Vatican Radio, RSI Svizzera Italiana, Channel 4 Finland, Kol Ha-musica Israel, ABC Classics FM Australia, and performed at the Berlin Philharmonic, Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, Opera House in Copenhagen, Martha Argerich Presents Project in Buenos Aires, Harvard University in Cambridge; in Rome, London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Seoul, and across the United States, Canada, Italy, Poland, Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.

His pedal piano arrangement of Gounod Marche funebre d'une marionette recently was released by pianist Roberto Prosseda on Continuo Records label.

Lupis is active as an event organizer. His Grumo Festival & Opera Tour brings together international faculty and students for a series of concerts across Italy each year. A former pupil of Aldo Ciccolini, Giuseppe Lupis holds a doctorate from the University of Georgia and serves on the piano faculty at Grand Valley State University.

Masson RobertsonMasson Robertson

Pianist Masson Robertson has appeared as soloist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Fort Wayne Summer Symphony, the Marion Philharmonic, the Indiana Chamber Orchestra, and other ensembles. He has performed recitals and chamber music programs in Vienna, Austria; Chicago; New York; and throughout the midwest. During the summer of 1989, he was featured soloist in the Fort Wayne Civic Theater production of Dancin' Gershwin. Since 1980 many of his recitals have been broadcast on Indiana and Ohio public television and radio stations.

Robertson retired in 2007 as associate professor emeritus of music at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. He is a founding member of the Indiana - Purdue Piano Trio. During a sabbatical leave in 1984, he performed for Ivan Moravec at a masterclass in Columbus, Ohio, and coached with Sylvia Zaremba, head of the keyboard section at the Ohio State University. In 1979 he was awarded an IPFW research grant to study Liszt's Paganini études. He is a nationally certified member of the Music Teachers National Association and a multiple Paul Harris fellow in Rotary International.

Robertson received the doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1974. He studied piano with Olga Conus, composition with Scott Huston and Jenö Takács, and chamber music with the LaSalle String Quartet.