IU Studio Bios - Fall 2012
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During his music career, he has won numerous prizes in Taiwan, including 1st prize of the National Taiwan Music Competition (1999,2001,2003), 1 prize of the Hsing-Tien-Kong Music Competition (2003, 2005), Winner of the Concerto Competition of TNUA (2006), 1 prize of ATS’09 solo competition (2009). He was chosen as the member of the Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra (1999), Asian Youth Orchestra (2001), and Pacific Music Festival (2011). He won the third prize of 6th Jeju International Brass Competition (2010) with DASH Brass Quintet. Chao-Chun is chosen as a member of National Repertory Orchestra (2012).
Chao-Chun has performed with many groups, which include Guest Member of National Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra and Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. Principal Trombonist of Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Philharmonia Moment Musical and CYC Band.
Ryan Diefenderfer is also pursuing studies in musical composition at Indiana University, in which he has studied with Professors Claude Baker and Aaron Travers. Ryan has received numerous honors in this field. In 2012, Ryan won the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Composition Competition, was awarded Honorable Mention for the NAfME 2012 Student Composition Competition, and was a finalist for an orchestral commission for the Tyler Youth Symphony Orchestra. Most notably, Ryan’s composition, Stephansdom, which was premiered last spring by Carl Lenthe and the IU Trombone Choir, will be available later this fall through music publisher Cherry Classics. Outside of his musical endeavors, Ryan thoroughly enjoys basketball, movies, and traveling.
In the fall of 2007, Mr. Nash began his Bachelor’s of Music Degree at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). For three years, he studied with James Miller, Associate Principal Trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and one year with John Ilika, Principal Trombonist with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. During his time at UNCSA, he has performed as Co-Principal in many ensembles such as the Opera Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and in chamber music groups such as Trombone Quartets, Brass Quintets, and Brass Sextets. During his summers, he also was Trombone/Brass Instructor at Churchland High School. In Winston-Salem, North Carolina he worked as private trombone instructor.
Ronald’s passion for music branched from playing Gospel Music in many churches in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. He recounts first hearing music in church as a young child and has had a strong interest ever since.
I love music, sports, family and friends etc.
I played basketball, soccer, football and track in high school.
I love to be physically fit and love to work out in the gym.
I have played trombone for the last 10 years.
I was a finalist in the ITA (International trombone association). I traveled to France this last summer and competed as one of the finalists.
I have been featured as a soloist in many concerts, mostly in the Portland Oregon area accompanied by a full symphony.
I have played duets in concerts with my brother Bryce who plays trumpet and is currently a student at the University of Mich.
I have been in many solo competitions playing the trombone
I have studied with well-known professionals
My favorite piece to play is Deux Danses by Defaye
I love social activities and it is a great honor to be in the IU Trombone Studio where I hope to make a lot of friends and work especially hard to become a great trombonist.