Our Musicians


We work with some seriously great musicians to fill our audio repertoire library.  If you want to practice along with a high-quality recording of beautiful, world-class playing, you're in the right place.

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Hui-Chuan Chen


Pianist Hui-Chuan Chen leads a diverse career as a concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator. She has performed widely throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has appeared in major performance venues, including Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, and The Supreme Court of the United States of America. She has featured at the Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, CO), The National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Barge Music Festival in New York City, The Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, the Walters Arts Museum and An Die Musik in Baltimore, MD, and the Heifetz International Music Festival in Staunton, VA.


Hui-Chuan has collaborated and toured with celebrated soloists, including Amit Peled, Marina Piccinini, Demarre McGill, Chee-Yun Kim, Jennifer Frautschi, and Robert McDuffie.  She returns regularly to The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as a collaborator and is a long-term partner of the Washington International Competition, The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program, and the Arts Club of Washington. She served as music director for The Figaro Project in Baltimore, and First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Towson, MD.


She has earned awards from the Wonderlic Piano Competition in Baltimore, the Music Academy International in Siena, and the Kaohsiung City Competition, National Taiwan Normal University Piano Competition, and Kawai Piano Competition in Taiwan. She has also won awards and held prominent fellowships at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.


Since completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Peabody Institute, Hui-Chuan is devoted to teaching and academia.   She previously served as faculty for the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Washington Conservatory of Music, and the Heifetz International Music Institute. She currently holds faculty and collaborative positions with the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Allison Freeman


A native of North Carolina, pianist Allison Freeman is equally established as a soloist and collaborator. She earned her Master’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University as a student of Boris Slutsky, and completed her undergraduate studies with Alvin Chow at Oberlin Conservatory.

Allison has performed at the Southeastern Piano Festival, Meadowmount School Of Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Banff Centre, and Beijing International Music Festival, and has appeared as soloist with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and the Oberlin Orchestra. While at Oberlin, Allison was a recipient of the Rudolf Serkin Prize, the Faustina Hurlbutt Prize, and the Pi Kappa Lambda Prize. 

Allison has served as a collaborative pianist for the Castleman Quartet Program and the Heifetz International Music Institute, and currently works as a collaborative pianist at the Peabody Conservatory.

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Bethany Pietroniro


Pianist Bethany Pietroniro is a versatile collaborator whose work spans an eclectic range of vocal and instrumental repertoire. She has performed at venues including Alice Tully Hall, the Morgan Library, and the Baltimore War Memorial, and has participated in the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Bach Institute at Emmanuel Music, SongFest, and the Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival.

After completing her Master's degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Bethany was a Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Bethany frequently joins Bard's resident orchestra, The Orchestra Now, as an orchestral keyboardist for numerous concerts during their 2017-2021 seasons, and has been a rehearsal pianist for opera productions at the Bard SummerScape Festival for the past three seasons. 

In addition to her work as a collaborative pianist, Bethany is currently the pianist and organist at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY. She is also a staff member at Art of Problem Solving, an online community devoted to advanced mathematics education and creative, interdisciplinary problem solving.

Celeste Marie Johnson


Pianist Celeste Marie Johnson is deeply inspired by the unique power of words and music functioning in artistic tandem and constantly seeks diverse opportunities as a collaborative performer. She is currently a Resident Artist at Minnesota Opera, where recent projects have included Albert Herring with Dame Jane Glover conducting and orchestral piano for Ópera Afuera, a concert celebration of music of the Spanish speaking world.


In previous seasons, Celeste has performed with SongStudio at Carnegie Hall, Opera Saratoga, Boston University Opera Institute, SongFest, Inland Northwest Opera, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Peabody Opera Institute, and the Occasional Symphony. She was a faculty coach at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 2018 and a staff coach and pianist at Gonzaga and Whitworth universities from 2014-2017. As a choral pianist, she has performed with Coro Allegro in Boston, MA, the Massachusetts All-State Chorus, Gonzaga University choirs, and Baylor University choirs.


Celeste holds a B.M. in piano performance from Baylor University, a M.M. in ensemble arts: vocal accompanying from The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a D.M.A. in collaborative piano from Boston University. When she is not at a piano, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and admiring her cat Pushkin. Celeste recently decided to pursue professional coaching in order to provide additional support to her colleagues in the performing arts, and is on track to be certified as a professional coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) by the end of 2021. 

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