Transylvanian born pianist, Dr. ILonka Rus-Edery distinguishes herself as an artist of unusual versatility. She began her piano studies with her mother at the age of five, in Romania. By the age of ten she gave her first public performance and won her first prize at the International Piano Competition Citta di Marsala, in Italy.
After studies at the Music Academy in Bucharest Romania, the Texas Christian University and Oberlin Conservatory Dr. Rus-Edery entered graduate school at the University of Houston where she was awarded a fullbright scholarship and received her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance with a minor in Organ.
In the summer of 2008, Dr. Rus-Edery along with Rodica Oancea Gonzalez and Mihaela Oancea Frusina, both violonists and members of the Houston Symphony gave her Carnegie Hall recital debut in New York. In the fall of 2011, she recorded Colombian Piano Solo and Chamber Music by Juan Domingo Cordoba in Medellin, Colombia. The following year, Dr. Rus-Edery recorded Music of 20th and 21st Century music duos and trios.
She appeared as a recitalist and concert artist with numerous orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout Romania, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, Mexico, Colombia and the United States.
As a teacher and clinician Dr. Rus-Edery continues to teach piano solo and chamber music master classes in Romania, Mexico, Colombia and United States. Dr. Rus-Edery has presented, and adjudicated at numerous conferences such as Texas Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. In 2014 Dr. Rus-Edery, was a finalist for Excellence in Service Award at Sam Houston State University.
In the Fall of 2016, she received the Bellas Artes Fundacion Excellence in Service and Teaching Award, at the XI Encuentro International de Musica Bellas Artes Festival (International Festival of the Bellas Artes University, eleventh edition), Medellin, Colombia.
In 2017 she presented at TMEA Convention in San Antonio, TX. Internationally she taught Piano Solo, Chamber Music Master Classes and gave recitals in Romania and Colombia. She is constantly recruiting students globally for the undergraduate and graduate programs offered at SHSU.
Dr. Rus-Edery views teaching as a moral and essential responsibility musicians should experience and enjoy. The fun derived from making music and imparting the product is the very thing which fuels her drive to increase dimensions and achieve higher planes. It is her desire to be able to meet the needs, the talents and interest of every student. Patience and flexibility, still to be more fully defined in her thinking reflect characteristics of musicians who enjoy and appreciate the totality of music and its ministry.
Dr. Rus-Edery is presently Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.