2020 Artists-Boston

Our Artists in Residence collaborate with festival participants in guided chamber music and duo rehearsalsperform in public concerts together, and help to lead masterclasses. Learn more about our Artist in Residence Program here. 

Gioia Gedicks, violin

Gioia Gedicks, 20, began her studies as a Suzuki student at the Hartt Community Division (HCD), studying with Cynthia Knotts and Teri Einfeldt, and is currently pursuing a degree in violin performance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee studying with Katie Lansdale. Gioia has won the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Concerto Competition (Boston Conservatory Orchestra, Boston, MA), the Lee Strebel Memorial Competition (Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca, NY), the Rhodes Competition (Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield, MA) and was named alternate to the national Finals of the Music Teachers National Association Competition (MTNA). She has performed as a soloist with Boston Conservatory’s Hemenway Strings and Conductor’s Orchestra, as well as serving as concertmistress with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra and the Berklee Performance Orchestra. Gioia has performed as an Emerging Artist with the chamber festival Music from Salem directed by Lila Brown. She is recipient of the John Jorgensen Memorial Award, the Hartt Community Division Director’s Award, and the Abraham M. Huang Memorial Senior Award. Gioia has performed across the United States and throughout the world, including Germany, Spain, and Canada. Additionally, she is a featured soloist on a Cannes International Film Festival Official Selection, as well as featured on several albums released by singer/songwriter Charles Paul. Gioia plays a J.B. Vuillaume violin from 1867, on loan from the estate of Wanda N. Rider.

Xinshu Huang, piano

Xinshu Huang is a passionate young virtuoso pianist who has already performed with great success on three continents. A native of China, she performed widely as a teenager and won numerous competitions in her home country, including the Shenyang Conservatory Cup Solo Piano Competition and the Yamaha China Piano Competition. She began her piano studies at the age of five and studied for six years with Professor Danwen Wei. She came to Boston five years ago at the age of 17 to study at Boston Conservatory at Berklee with Professor Michael Lewin. She received her B.M. in Piano Performance last May and is now a first year Master’s Degree student.

In 2014, Xinshu attended the Music Fest Perugia in Italy, where she performed the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Rossini Festival Orchestra under Uri Segal, as well as solo recitals in Italy. In 2019 she was selected to participate in the Ian Hobson Piano Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she performed in recital. While at Boston Conservatory, she has performed five solo recital programs and is a very active chamber music player. She has won both the Piano Honors Competition and the Chamber Music Honors Competition. She is interested in a wide variety of repertoire, including contemporary music of the 21st century. In addition to her performing activities, Xinshu is devoted to teaching and has maintained a private studio of students, sharing her love for music.


Frederic Renaud, cello

20-year old cellist Frederic Renaud began his studies at the age of twelve and has studied in programs such as Juilliard MAP and Mannes Prep. He has performed and premiered works in major halls in New York, Germany, & Scotland (Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, DiMenna Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, & Aberdeen Music Hall in Scotland) as a member of ensembles including Face The Music, ISO Symphony Orchestra, Holland’s Amersfoort Youth Orchestra in Scotland, and in collaboration with /instruction from the Kronos Quartet through the Face The Music program. Frederic has also made appearances on multiple televised programs including Mass Appeal on WWLP featuring solo Bach. He was a finalist in the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra Competition in 2017 and a prize winner of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA Competition) in 2018. Frederic is one of the first recipients of the Presidential Scholarships at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and is currently an undergraduate student under the tutelage of Rhonda Rider. His passion is chamber music.

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