EKS Music School
Quincy . MA ● 1.617.770.7677
Xuan He, Faculty (Piano)
A prize winner at many international piano competitions, Dr. Xuan He has performed in venues across four continents. An avid collaborative keyboardist, he has appeared with choirs, orchestras, and chamber ensembles in the U.S., Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and collaborated with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Essen Philharmonic. As an organist, he has worked at Arlington Street Church in Boston, Sint-Johannes Geboortekerk in Amsterdam, and Northwestern University Lutheran Campus Ministry. He has been heard in radio broadcasts on WFMT Chicago and Radio New Zealand. A dedicated teacher, he has taught private and group piano lessons at Baker Demonstration School and Northwestern University in Illinois. At My Piano Study Inc. Music School in Evanston, Illinois, he taught music history class, tutored aural skills, and taught private piano lessons.
He has participated and performed in Aspen Music Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival, as well as in international music festivals in Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain, where he performed both as soloist and with chamber ensemble and orchestra. He has worked with renowned musicians such as Klaus Hellwig, Robert Levin, Menahem Pressler, Murray Perahia, among others.
He holds D.M.A and M.M. degrees from Northwestern University and B.M from Bowling Green State University. A student of Menno van Delft and Richard Egarr, he spent a year studying fortepiano and harpsichord in Amsterdam.
Ellyses Kuan, Music Director, Lead Faculty (Piano, Theory, Musicianship, Chamber Music)
A native Hong Kong pianist who started taking piano lessons at the age of three, Ellyses received a full scholarship for her Master Degree, studying Piano Performance with Barry Snyder at the Eastman School of Music. She was selected to represent Hong Kong and attended the International Kirishima Music Festival in Japan. Among her other major teachers and mentors are Dr. Siu-Wan Chair Fang and Paul Odette. She also performed in masterclasses by John Perry, Dang Thai Son and Malcolm Bilson. Ellyses is enthusiastic about chamber music and collaborates with artists from all over the world. She also performs as a soloist often. She is passionate about Baroque and Classical Performance Practices and she strives to bring authentic music interpretation to her audiences. She also performed at the prestigious EperialHal at the Schloss Esterhazy in Austria.
Aside from being an active performer, Ellyses is currently the music director of EKS Music School and fonder of the Duo Amie, a cello and piano duo in Greater Boston area. She also organizes and host house concert at the Alida House Concert Series in the South Shore area. Her goal is to build a community, promote performing arts awareness, and support local young musicians through advocacy, inspiration and performances. She has recently set up a music scholarship fund at her school to support quality music programs in the area. In 2014, Ellyses was invited by the Boston GuitarFest Roundtable Panel to speak about Entrepreneurship and Making a Career in Music Work. Her music school was also featured in the Boston Globe the same year. Ellyses also holds an Information and Library Science degree and practiced as Collection Development and Technical Services librarian for over 10 years before she full-time pursuing her musician dream.