Institute Graduates

Distinguished Institute Alumni

Institute graduates put their new abilities to good use, and the number of competition winners passing through Alan Fraser's hands is steadily increasing.


Luba Podgaskaya first attended the Overveen Institute in 2015. A gifted pianist suffering from injury, in her work with Alan she quickly resolved the tendonitis issue and turned to more pressing matters: the soulful, artful, virtuosic treatment of the great masterworks of the repertoire. Luba soon caught the attention of several Dutch conductors, and in 2017 was invited to play the Rachmaninoff First Concerto and then the Schumann concerto. She is slated to play the Mozart F major concerto with orchestra in October 2017.

Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 1 n F sharp minor, 1st Mvt.


Michael Cheung attended the Paris April 2015 institute. In a remarkably short time he added a dimension of power and emotional subtlety to his playing that allowed h im to do well in three competitions later the same year.

He was the unanimous choice for first prize at the Boston Amateur Piano Competition in June, picked up no fewer than 5 first prizes at the Washington DC Amateur Piano Competion in July, and a second prize in the Chopin Amateur Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland in October.

Here is one of Michael's prize-winning performances in Boston:

Rachmaninoff: Prelude in B flat Major, Op. 23 #2
• Messaien: Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus


South African pianist Jan Hugo has attended several Paris institutes from 2016 onward. This performance from 2013 won him a SAMRO Foundation overseas scholarship. This recording does not do his tone justice - the microphones are stuffed so far inside the piano that the sound is unavoidably tinny. His is better! Jan has passed to the finals of the Liszt Competition in Antwerp, where he will perform in October 2017.

Rachamninoff: Etude Tableau in F sharp minor Op 39 #3


Remon Holsbergen has studied with Alan Fraser since 2015 when he came to the Overveen institute. Here we see him accompanying the fine Dutch cellist Melle de Vries.

Shostakovitch: Cello Sonata - 4th movement


Another Dutch pianist, Rene Maurer has an active teaching and performing career. He has been working with Alan Fraser since 2012 when he attended the first Overveen institute. Here he appears with violinist Samuel Tamarit Otero.

Franck: Violin Sonata
• De Falla: 7 Songs
• Schnittke: Suite in the Old Style

Aurelien Boccard

Aurelien Bocdard hails from Geneva, Switzerland and lives in Kansas where he is completing his doctoral studies. He first attended the Salt Lake City institute in 2013. In that first year he resolved some pain issues; since then the work has focused on developing sonority and expressive depth. Aurelien won a National Collaborative Pianist award in 2015.

Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand


Peter Lehmann is from Concord NH, and now attends the Berkley School of Music in Boston. He has attended several institutes, beginning in 2011. This is from a performance at the Concord Community Music School, 2014:

Chopin: Ballade #4 in F minor, Op. 52


In addition to the many classical pianists Alan Fraser works with, some jazz pianists attend the Institute. We've given them their own special page, Jazz at the Institute.