AMAA Advisory Board
The AMAA Advisory Board is made up of professional, established musicians who act as mentors to AMAA students. Their wealth of experience and knowledge is an enormous asset to the AMA Academy and students.
Professor Gehard Schulz
Born into a musical family, Gerhard Schulz studied violin with Franz Samohyl, Sándor Végh and Shmuel Ashkenasi. During his career he has founded several chamber music groups, including the Salzburg String Trio, the Düsseldorf String Quartet and the Waldstein Ensemble. He has been a member of the world famous Alban Berg Quartet since 1978 and is currently a professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and a professor of chamber music in Stuttgart.
Professor Lilia Schulz-Bayrova
Lilia Schulz-Bayrova was born in Bulgaria where she studied violoncello with her father Jontscho Bayrov. She studied at the Conservatory of Vienna and went on to study under Boris Pergamenschikow, Heinrich Schiff, and Valentin Erben. She has played in leading orchestras and participated in chamber projects with Gerhard Schulz and the Alban Berg Quartet. She is currently a professor of cello at the The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna.
Mr. Aleksey Igudesman
Aleksey Igudesman is best known as a violinist, but he has also established himself as a composer, conductor, actor, producer, entrepreneur and filmmaker. At age 12 he was accepted at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England and went on to study violin with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory. He makes up one half of the music and comedy duo Igudesman & Joo. Among his many other accomplishments, Igudesman is also Founder and CEO of Music Traveler, an app which helps musicians find and book practice spaces from private hosts.
Mr. Hyung-ki Joo
Hyung-ki Joo was born in England to South Korean parents. His formal training as a musician began at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Peter Norris and Seta Tany. Later he studied at the Manhattan School of Music where he earned a Bachelor Degree and Masters Degree of Music. He has studied with Nina Svetlanova, Richard Goode and Oleg Maisenberg.
Billy Joel chose Joo to arrange and record his classical piano pieces for his album Fantasies & Delusions which was recorded at the Mozart-Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, and reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts. Joo makes up one half of the comedic duo Igudesman & Joo.
Professor Li-wei Qin
Li-wei Qin began his musical career at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester studying with Ralph Kirshbaum. He later studied with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He has won several awards and collaborated with many of the world’s great orchestras. He is the Silver Prize Medal winner at the 11th Tchaikovsky Competition.
Li-wei is currently teaching at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, an autonomous school of the National University of Singapore which is also the first conservatory in Singapore that offers full-time major studies. He plays a 1780 Joseph Guadagnini cello, generously loaned by Dr. and Mrs. Wilson Goh.