Yan Da | digital media
President/Director @ NovaTrio

MFA Digital+Media, Rhode Island School of Design, USA
MA Architecture, Tongji University, China
BA Visual Communication, Tongji University, China

达彦 | 数字媒体设计


Cross Media designer. His practice includes new media design, motion graphic, graphic design, sound and architectural photography. Yan is the founder of Dada Hypermedia Lab and New York based Novatrio New Media Ensemble, which specializes in cross media deign solutions and performance for classical/contemporary music. He is guest professor at College of Design and Innovation Tongji University. He is also former creative director in Crystal CG, working on commercial new media solutions.
Yan hold an MFA(+Honors) in Digital + Media at Rhode Island School of Design and studied in Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments program at Brown University. Yan got (MA) architecture and (BA) visual communication at Tongji University (China). Yan was also a full time lecturer in Digital Media division at Tongji University. Meanwhile, he was a freelance designer for Shanghai Media Group, British Council China and Motion Magic Studio.

Yan was self-taught in musicology and piano. Later, inspired by Herbert von Karajan's visual virtuosity in conducting music, he developed a gestural methodology that he termed as "post-conducting" in many of his works, which appear as an intricate "map" of human gestures and music. He frequently projects these works into the context of nature, urban space and network. His MFA thesis on gestural visual music was published by VDM and available globally on Amazon. His art works have been exhibited internationally at Shanghai Biennial Academic (China), Shanghai EXPO 2010 UN Pavilion, Gasteig Cultural Center (Germany) and RISD Museum (USA). His photography are published in printed and online media globally, including AIA (The American Institute of Architects), Boston Magazine, Modern Design Magazine(Spain) and Shanghai Translation Publishing House. Besides, Yan also compose experimental music diligently and co-host one of the largest Chinese contemporary music forum.

Bing Shen | piano
Vice President/Director @ NovaTrio

DMA (candidate), Boston University, USA
Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music, USA
Artist Diploma, Vancouver Academy of Music, Canada
BM, Central Conservatory of Music, China

沈冰 | 钢琴
青年钢琴家,曼哈顿音乐学院硕士,师从教授Jeffrey Cohen, Solomon Mikowsky, 李金星, 杜太航等。

As a performance artist, Bing Shen is enthusiastic in searching for new ways to push the so called "classical music" into a broader field, where all art forms get inspired from each other and create new sparkles and spirits by themselves. Bing has a deep knowledge in contemporary musicology, which led her to combine a wide range of piano repertoire with other practices including composing, photography, writing and painting. Bing is among the first to have classical music recital with integrated reactive media in China.

Bing is a 2011 fellow of Sarasota Music Festival and has performed in concert halls and festivals globally including China, Japan, Germany, France, Canada and USA. Her performance has been featured in many major Chinese news media and broadcasted by the prestige French art channel -"Arte". She also gave the Chinese premiere for French composer Jean Francaix's Fantasy for Piano and Cello in Beijing. Bing has won numerous competitions including 32nd Annual Kay Meek Scholarship Competition in Canada 2008; 1st Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing) piano competition, 2002; and China-France "Mido" piano Competition, 1999.

Bing is a DMA candidate at Boston Univesrity. She holds MM (Master of Music) at Manhattan School of Music. She also earned Artist Diploma at Vancouver Academy of Music and BM at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She has studied and participated master classes with many prestige teachers and mentors including Jeffrey Cohen, Solomon Mikowsky, Lee Kum-sing, Taihang Du, Robert Levin, David Dubal, Claude Franck , Paul Badura-Skoda and Boris Berman. 

Sichen Ma | piano
Bachelor of Piano, The Colburn School, USA

马思晨 | 钢琴
青年钢琴家,落山矶Colburn音乐学院学士, 师从教授 John Perry, 钟慧,杨峻等。

Born in Zhengzhou, China, Sichen started his piano lesson at the age of five. He entered the Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing to begin his professional piano performance training at the age of twelve. During his six-year study with Prof. Yang Jun and Zhong Hui in Beijing, Sichen had performed throughout China as well as on stages of the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, and Germany. He is a prizewinner of numerous competitions including the first prize of the 2002 China Steinway piano competition, Hong Kong Asian Youth International Competition, third prize of the 10th Missouri Southern International Competition and the top prize of Torrance Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition. Sichen recently has performed the Brahms Piano Concerto in B-flat with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra, and also made his Walt Disney Hall debut performing the Beethoven Piano Concerto in G with Los Angeles Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Sichen is also among the first to have classical music recital with integrated reactive media in China. Sichen is currently a student under the tutelage of Prof. John Perry at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
Eneko Vadillo | composer
Fulbright Fellowshi, Manhattan School of Music

Eneko Vadillo is a Spanish composer born in Malaga in 1975. Mr. Vadillo studied Chemistry and composition and electronic music in Madrid, London (Royal College of Music), Berlin (Der Kunst), Paris (IRCAM Cursus 1) and, in New York City (Manhattan School of Music, Professional Studies) as the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Other artistic residencies include Acanthes (2005, 2007, 2010), Royamount Voix Nouvelles, Nouvel Ensemble Modern Forum (2002) and Ensemble Aleph Forum (2000). Awards and prizes include: Third Prize at International Composition Contest, BBVA Foundation (2010), Isang Yun International Composition Competition (2007), Rome Prize (2006), Montreal Symphony Orchestra Olivier Messiaen International Composition Competition (2006), and International Queen Sofia Composition Award (2005).
Compositionally, Mr. Vadillo is highly influenced by contemporary culture, specifically in terms of technology and communication. Deeply rooted in traditional music history, Mr. Vadillo's main target is to forge bridges between cutting-edge technology and fresh audiences to reflect the new cultural environment that surrounds us. Recent multimedia collaborations include the video art-ballet “Lysergic Worlds” (with choreographer Chevi Muraday and artist Mit Borrastapies), “The City of Signs” (a documentary film on Rossellini's filmmaking), and the final project for the 2008-2009 IRCAM course, a video installation entitled “Racines.”

Anne Goldberg | composer, choreographer
Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music, USA
Phi Beta Kappa, Wellesley College and MIT

Anne Goldberg is the founder and artistic director of the Synthesis Aesthetics Project, a collaborative between musicians, dancers, multimedia and spoken word artists.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a M.M. of Classical Composition at Manhattan School of Music in Marjorie Merryman’s studio.  In April 2010, Anne presented her undergraduate thesis, composing a contemporary ballet in four movements using acoustic spatialization in combination with visual choreography.  She has since been a guest choreographer at the Boston Center for the Arts and for Modern Discomfort, a modern company based in Boston.  In 2008, she spent the fall of her junior year abroad to study music at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, Italy, studying under Roberto Andreoni.  In Boston and New York, Anne is a freelance oboe-English horn player, and played regularly for the New England Philharmonic and Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra.  Anne’s music has been premiered in Boston and New York by ensembles such as the Boston New Music Institute, the Firebird Ensemble, and at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory.  While in Boston, she studied under Peter Child, Randall Hodgkinson, and Barbara Lafitte in composition, oboe, and piano, respectively. 

In addition to her musical and choreographic pursuits, Anne is a professional figure skater, holding gold freestyle, artistry and ice dancing titles in the United States and Canada as well as International ice dancing titles.  As a member of the Ice Theater of New York and a freelance coach, she teaches ballet and modern dance for figure skaters, as well as general conditioning and Pilates classes.  In addition to teaching, Anne was a featured dancer in Boston based dance companies Modern Discomfort, Unyted Stylz Crew, and LBArts Collective.

Anne believes there is an integral connection amongst all art forms, and she strives to explore her inner creativity in any direction or idiom in which it follows.  In some Eastern cultures, dance and music are expressed by the same word because they are treated as actions done together.  In her work, Anne hopes to bring this concept to the consciousness of her audience by integrating performance and creativity in a complimentary, innovative, manner.

Juan Calderon | composer
Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music, USA

New York city based composer and guitarist Juan Calderon (b. 1979) is a native of Ecuador and was raised in Colombia since he was five.  He immigrated to Miami, Florida at age 21 for political reasons.  

The work of Juan Calderon speaks a unique language that blends elements from his early musical experiences in Colombia, as a member of various folk, rock (metal ) ensembles, and his interest in East Asian music fuelled by travels and interaction with musicians and artists in China and Japan.

Calderon’s music has been performed throughout South America, the United States and Asia.   Although Juan cannot return to his native Colombia, his string duet, “Famous Librarians” (commissioned by Olivia de Prato and Victor Lowrie, was premiered at the Medellín Conservatory of Music in June 2009.)   His piece for electric bass and keyboard, “Glue Pain Ghost,” a collaboration with video artist, Jane Hsu, was invited to a world premiere at the GEISAI Art festival in Tokyo, and the Art Basel festival in Miami. 

Juan Calderon holds a Master’s of music from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Susan Botti in composition and electronic music with Joel Chadabe.  He also holds a Bachelor’s of Music degrees from Miami Dade College, where he studied jazz guitar with Tom Lippincott, and the New World School of the Arts, where he studied composition with Susan Epstein.

Yana Sakellion | designer
MFA Digital+Media, Rhode Island School of Design, USA

As a designer and an artist Yana works across mediums including graphic design, interactive media, and video. Her practice emphasizes interdisciplinary approach to a conceptual inquiry, with special interest in Physical Interface design and Interactive Storytelling. Yana was born to a mixed Russian-Greek family and grew up in Uzbekistan, Former Soviet Union. She often takes inspiration in the memories of her upbringing and migratory experiences. She also traveled excessively between the Former Soviet Republics, Europe and the US, and is fluent in Russian.

Yana earned your honorary MFA degree from the Department of Digital + Media at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her work has been exhibited and published nationally and abroad, most recently at the Video and Contemporary Art Festival Waterpieces, Riga, Latvia and Oslo Screen Festival, Oslo, Norway.  She is currently holding a position of tenure-track faculty in the Graphic Design Department at the American University, Washington, DC.