Guest Artists

Mikhail_Voskresensky Mikhail Voskresensky, piano

“His playing fascinates audiences with its artistry, cordiality and ingeniousness” Lev Oborin “Voskresensky is not only an outstanding virtuoso; he lives in music and plunges into its depths” Semaines Musicales, Tours “Voskresensky is an extraordinary and unique musician: when hearing his playing one can feel his sincere and subtle soul  a rare thing indeed, in our rational times” Mikhail Voskresensky is a distinguished professor, chair of the piano faculty at the Moscow Conservatory, Artist-in-Residence at The Juilliard...

Sergey Khachatryan Sergey Khachatryan, violin

SERGEY KHACHATRYAN was born in 1985 in Yerevan, Armenia. In December 2000 he won First Prize in the VIII International Jean Sibelius competition in Helsinki, becoming the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. In 2005 he claimed the First Prize at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels. Sergey has performed with all the major UK orchestras, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra. In July 2005 Sergey made his debut at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic...

Alexander_Rudin_photo Alexander Rudin, cello

The Russian conductor and cellist, Alexander Rudin, graduated from the Gnesin GMPI (now: the Russian Gnesin Academy of Musi)c in 1983 (his professors in cello and piano were Lev Evgrafov and Yury Ponizovkin respectively). He was a prize-winner and laureate of prestigious cello competitions including the “Concertino Prague” Competition (1972); the Bach Competition in Leipzig (Cello 1st Prize, 1976), Gaspar Cassado Competition in Florence (1979), and the 6th and 7th Tchaikovsky competitions in Moscow (1st Prize in 1978 and 2nd Prize in 1982). In 1989 he graduated from...

Piano

Juan_Pablo_Andrade_150x150 Juan Pablo Andrade (USA)

Costa Rican pianist Juan Pablo Andrade is the recipient of numerous awards, among them are the First Prize at the Artlivre International Piano Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil; First Prize in the National Piano Competition in CR; First Prize in the Concert of Soloists Competition at Arizona State University; First Prize at the UNCG Concerto Competition and Second Prize in the University of Costa Rica Concerto Competition. He has performed as soloist with the South Bend Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony, the UNCG Symphony, the ASU Symphony, the Central American Symphony,...

RossitzaBanova_photo_selection Rossitza Banova (Bulgaria/USA)

Bulgarian/American pianist Rossitza Banova has won First Prize in the UFAM International Piano Competition in Paris, France, Second Prize in the International Competition “Music and the Earth” in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Fourth Prize at the Usti Nad Labem Piano Competition in the Czech Republic. As an international solo recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Banova has performed in Austria, Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Poland, Russia, Spain, Thailand, and the United States, including the Bay Area, Bloomington, Boston, Las Vegas,...

vivian_cheng Vivian Cheng Wai (Hong Kong)

Vivian Cheng was awarded ten Outstanding Young Persons awards in 2009 in recognition of her outstanding achievements in music and in the promotion of art and culture. Steinway artist Cheng Wai is admired for her exquisite musicianship and consummate technical ability. She has performed in the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center in USA, National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, etc. As one of Hong Kong most versatile and renowned pianists, she is active both as a soloist and chamber musician. She...

Larissa Dedova Larissa Dedova (Russia/USA)

For over 30 years LARISSA DEDOVA has performed extensively in concert halls throughout the world. She has performed with numerous orchestras, including St.Petersburg Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Orchestre de Chambre de Budapest, Moscow Philharmonic and Estonian State Symphony Orchestra, among many others.  As a recitalist, Ms. Dedova appears frequently in major venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.She has appeared as festival artist for numerous music festivals such as the William Kapell International Piano Festival at Maryland, Semaines...

Eduardo Delgado Eduardo Delgado (Argentina)

International audiences and critics have consistently recognized the fiery intensity, brilliance and contagious sensitivity in the pianism of Eduardo Delgado. His appearances have taken him to the major music capitals of four continents—Europe, South America, Asia and North America.  Through the wide span of Delgado’s repertoire from Bach to modern composers, audiences immediately feel and hear that music affects him very deeply and that he shares these profound and personal emotions freely with every listener. Some international plaudits include: “Virtuosity,...

maria_demina Maria Demina (Russia/ USA)

Maria Demina was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and has been a professional pianist for over twenty years.  She began her piano studies at the age of six, with renowned pedagogue Vera Solovieva, and gave her first public recital in the Small Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic when she was eight.  A natural performer with maturity well beyond her years, she was invited to play the premiere of Vladimir Ryvikin’s Piano Concerto at the tender age of ten.  She continued her musical studies with Professor Vladimir Shakin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and graduated...

Karen_Follingstad_150x150 Karen Follingstad (USA)

KAREN FOLLINGSTAD has been Professor of Piano at San Diego State University since 1984. She has also taught at Indiana University, the University of Texas at Austin, Kent State University, the University of Akron, and was artist faculty at the Kent-Blossom Music Festival from 1992-94, where she coached chamber music and performed with principal members of the Cleveland Orchestra. As a solo recitalist, Dr. Follingstad has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America and has recorded for the Hessische Rundfunk and the Norwegian Radio. She has appeared as soloist...

Grace_Fong_150x150 Grace Fong, (USA)

Praised as “positively magical,” an artist of “rare eloquence and grace,” American pianist GRACE FONG enjoys a career as an international concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. She has gained critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, making appearances at major venues around the world, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, Phillips Collection, Disney Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Great Hall in Leeds, UK, the Liszt Academy in Budapest,...

Mark_Fouxman150x150 Mark Fouxman (Russia/USA)

MARK FOUXMAN, a man of many talents—concert pianist, charismatic and inspiring piano teacher, inventor, audio and electronics engineer, microphone designer, and owner/chief designer of a successful microphone production company—has performed as a soloist, with orchestra, and in chamber music recitals in some of the greatest halls in Russia, Israel, and Holland, including the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Tel Aviv Museum of Arts, Jerusalem Music Center, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He started piano lessons with his father, Vladimir Fouxman...

Tatiana_Gerasimova_concert-foto1 Tatiana Gerasimova (Russia/USA)

Concert pianist Tatiana Gerasimova won audience recognition as a soloist and chamber musician whose, bright and energetic personality; individual sound palette and strong stage presence make her performance unique and easily recognized. Gerasimova’s intensive concert schedule includes concert venues all over Europe, Russia and the USA. In addition to her solo recitals, she has performed with internationally renowned musicians such as  Sergey Khachatryan, Dora Schwarzberg, Alexander Rudin, Vladimir Chernov, Vagram Saradjian, Zakhar Bron, Nana Jashvili, Marina...

Boris_Konovalov_photo Boris Konovalov (Russia/Canada)

One of the most prominent pianists of his generation, Dr. Boris Konovalov received his education from the Novosibirsk Glinka Conservatory (under Prof. S. Gindis) and then the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (under Prof. Vera Gornostaeva, who in turn was a student of the legendary H. Neuhaus – the teacher of Gilels and Richter among others). At the age of 11, Boris was awarded first prize at the All-Siberia Piano Competition. At the age 21, he won first prize at the 1977 Russian National Piano Competition in Kazan. Since then, Dr. Konovalov had numerous tours in many...

franklevy_web Frank Lévy (Switzerland/USA)

Pianist Frank Lévy has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as an artist of rare poetic insight and communicative powers. A semi-finalist in the Leeds and Clara Haskil international piano competitions, Frank Lévy has an international career as a recitalist performing on many of the world’s great stages, including the Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Gusman Hall in Miami, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, The Gardner Hall in Salt Lake City, Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile and the Stadthaussaal in Winterthur. He...

Baruch_Meir_web Baruch Meir (Israel/USA)

“Baruch Meir is an exceptional artist. He did a beautiful performance of my piano work entitled ‘A Little Suite for Christmas,’ which was distinguished by deep musical insights and consummate technical skill. It was certainly one of the very finest performances this work of mine has ever received.” – George Crumb, composer; 1968 Pulitzer Prize in Music; 2001 Grammy award; 2004 Musical America Composer of the Year. Pianist Baruch Meir has performed extensively in Austria, China, England, France, Israel, Portugal, Serbia and throughout the United States....

Alexander_Mogilevsky Alexander Mogilevsky (Russia/Belgium)

Born in Odessa in 1977 into a family of musicians, Alexander Mogilevsky grew up in Moscow where he attended the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. His international career was launched in 1992 when he won the first Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Pianists. As a recitalist, Mr. Mogilevsky performs on some of the worlds most prestigious stages, including the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Londons Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall, the Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Salle Gaveau and Thibtre du Chbtelet in Paris. Among the...

Maxim_Mogilevsky Maxim Mogilevsky (USA)

Maxim Mogilevsky is often called one of the brightest pianists of his generation. Coming from a rich heritage of musicians (his father Yevgeny Mogilevsky, was the 1964 Brussels Queen Elisabeth Gold Medalist in Piano, his great grand-uncle Alexander Mogilevsky, violinist, was a close friend of Scriabin and world premiered Rachmaninoff Trio op 9 with the author, David Mogilevsky, Cello, founded Glazunov String Quartet and performed with Shostakovich, and great grandfather Leonid Mogilevsky, conductor, was the founder of Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra that just celebrated its...

vadim_monastryski Vadim Monastyrski (Israel)

Vadim Monastyrski received his musical education from the Moscow Gnesin Institute under the guidance of Theodor Gutman (pupil of the legendary Henrich Neihaus). He is a Bronze medallist of Liszt – Bartok International Piano Competition in Budapest, Hungary in 1976, and a winner of a Gold medal at the Haendel International Festival in Halle, Germany in 1979. “His performance of the Sonata in B – Minor by Liszt left us astounded. We were as though hypnotized. This masterpiece is the top of Liszt’s creative work. The canvas of music woven by the pianist seemed to...

Ksenia_Nosikova_150x150 Ksenia Nosikova (Russia/ USA)

KSENIA NOSIKOVA, praised for“impressive musicianship, musically very poetic, full of light, warmth, and joy” and “brilliant, full of grace and the most astonishing precision, refined sensibility and exquisite pianism” by theBoston Globe, New York Concert Reviews,and other press, has performed extensively in Europe, Asia, Russia, USA, and South America.The scope of herconcert engagements expands from prestigious professional concert venues, such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, City Hall Theatre in Hong Kong, Chetham’s...

Dmitry_Rachmanov Dmitry Rachmanov (USA)

Pianist Dmitry Rachmanov has garnered much acclaim for his passionate performances, refined musicianship and brilliant pianism. Hailed as an “indisputable musician” by the Brussels’ Le Soir and “suave and gifted pianist’ by the New York Times, Rachmanov has been heard at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican and South Bank Centres, Moscow’s International House of Music, Beijing Concert Hall, and his tours brought him to Mexico, Europe, Russia, Turkey and the Far East. He...

Kei_Saotome Kei Saotomé (Japan/France)

Kei Saotomé was born into a family of artists in Tokyo. At the age of 8, she was introduced to Olivier Messiaen and his wife Yvonne Loriod, and moved to Paris on their recommendation. While under the tutelage of the French pianist, she began performing in public and participated in several television programs in France and Japan. At the age of 18, as a student of Michel Béroff, she received First Prize in piano and chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and went on to study in Germany, Russia and Switzerland. Her professors included...

Eugene_Skovorodnikov_photo_web Eugene Skovorodnikov (Russia/Canada)

“ Extraordinary performance… represented all the impressive characteristics of the Grand School… incomparable elegance and enchanting power…” “ Il Ponte”, Italy “…His performance of the “Wanderer” Fantasia by Schubert hypnotized us… Mr. Skovorodnikov’s powerful inspiration and sovereign technique allowed him to create perfection and beauty of the real sound image” – Musica e Scuola, Italy “… Eugene captured attention of the audience with his perfect mastery and polished sense of style, full of life and romanticism… he...

AlexeySokolov Alexey Sokolov (Russia/China)

Alexey Sokolov is the First Prize and Grand Prize winner of the Yamaha Grand Prize International Piano Competition in Italy, Honorary Professor of the Tianjin Conservatory, bearer of a special diploma and the UNICEF Prize as the best teacher of the UNICEF International Piano Competition, as well as winner of the Friendship Tianjin City Award (established by the city of Tianjin for a major contribution to cultural development). Professor Alexey Sokolov graduated from Russia’s oldest music school, the St. Petersburg Conservatory. From 1997 to 1999, he taught piano at the...

Tamas Ungar Tamas Ungar (Hungary/ USA)

Pianist Tamás Ungár has earned worldwide acclaim for his powerful performances and innovative programming. A regular guest artist at numerous music centers in the United States, he also performs and teaches frequently all over the globe. During the past seasons, he performed in America, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Romania, England, Taiwan, Hong Kong, The People’s Republic of China, Korea and Japan. Some of the highlights of these include performances with the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, performing as soloist/conductor of Mozart Piano Concertos at the...

Mikhail Volchok Mikhail Volchok (Russia/USA)

The  key  to  his  success  lies  in  this  classical  formula: talent  plus  work”.  This  is  what  the  famous  Russian  pianist  and  teacher, Professor  Pavel  Serebriakov, said  about  his  pupil. Mikhail  Volchok  was  lucky  enough  to  study  in  the  best  schools  of  Russia: with  Professor  Yakov  Zak  at  the  Tchaikovsky  Conservatory  in  Moscow (1968 – 1972) and  with  Professor  Pavel  Serebriakov  at  the  Rimsky-Korsakov  Conservatory  in  St. Petersburg  for  his  BM and DMA...

Vlada Vassilieva featured Vlada Vassilieva (Mexico)

Mexican pianist of Russian descent, Vlada Vassilieva has performed at the principal concert venues in Mexico, United States of America, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, France, The Netherlands, China and Canada. Winner of the Nadia Reisenberg Piano Award in New York (2010); top-prize winner at the “Claudio Herrera” National Piano Competition in Mexico (2006), Russian Music International Competition in United States (2004), Angelica Morales – Yamaha National Piano Competition in Mexico (2003), International Competition for Young Pianists in Ukraine...

Youlia_Zaichkina Youlia Zaichkina (Russia/Belgium)

Born in Nizhni Novgorod in 1982, Youlia Zaichkina studied at the Musical College of Nizhni Novgorod and made her debut at the age of seven. In the age of nine she made a concert tour in Germany playing six recitals in the most important cities. Among several Prizes includes: First Prize and the title of “The Best Pianist Of The Year” at the National Competition “Vocation” (1997), International Yamaha Award (2002), International Piano Competition of the City of Huesca in Spain (2003). In September 2002 she performed at the Opening Concert of Valery...

Anatoly Zatin Anatoly Zatin (Russia/Mexico)

Winner of international music festivals in Russia, Korea, Italy and Hungary, Anatoly Zatin has been awarded with the UNICEF Medal of Honour for his activities as pianist and conductor. He has toured Sweden, Norway, Deutschland, Finland, England, France, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Japan, China, Korea, United States of America and Mexico in numerous occasions, performing at many of the world”s most important concert venues. He has recorded for companies such as “Melodia” in Russia, “Azzura Music” in Italy, and “Aurora Records” in...

Jin_Zhang_Photo_cut Jin Zhang (China)

Jin Zhang, praised for his impressive contribution to China’s piano pedagogy, is a professor of piano at the Central Conservatory of Music. He has been on the jury panel for numerous competitions and has given masterclasses at various music festivals. Jin Zhang’s students have won awards at the International Competition for Young Pianists, “A Step Towards Mastery”   (St. Petersburg, Russia), the International Vladimir Krainev Young Pianists Competition, the Villa-Lobos International Piano Competition, the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, the...

Yin_Zheng_150x150 Yin Zheng (USA)

Pianist YIN ZHENG enjoys a vibrant career of performing and teaching across Europe, US, and Asia. A Ukrainian Newspaper has described her playing as “an astonishing torrent of images, passages, and themes,  amazing the audience with an unbelievable technical precision that was balanced by delicate melodic and dynamic nuances.” She has been featured on leading music stages such as Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in New York City and, in worldwide reputable music festivals in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, China and Canada. She has...

Violin

Regina_Brandstaetter_photo_web Regina Brandstätter (Austria)

Austrian violinist  Regina Brandstätter runs a very successful violin studio at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, where she has been teaching since 1996 and was appointed professor in 2012. Regina Brandstätter has performed as a chamber musician in the USA, Canada, China, and Europe. Her chamber music partners include Austrian pianist Barbara Moser; principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Peter Somodari, principal cellist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wenig Sin Yang, principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Götz Teutsch;...

Alexandre_Brussilovsky_150x150 Alexandre Brussilovsky (France)

Born in the Ukraine, ALEXANDRE BRUSSILOVSKY completed his musical education at the Moscow Conservatoire under Yuri Yankelevitch, Maya Glezarova, Felix Andrievsky and Leonid Kogan. He won top prizes at several international competitions, including the Grand Prix at the International Prague Competition in 1969, and the Grand Prix and Albert Roussel Special Prize at the Jacques Thibaud Competition in 1975. In 1985, after having been prohibited from performing abroad for eight years, Brussilovsky was able to leave the USSR and establish his residency in France. He rebuilt his...

Simon_Fischer_photo Simon Fischer (UK)

“Only the most ambitious violinist could attempt all three of Brahms’s Sonatas in the one recital, and only an unusually gifted one could play them as well as did Simon Fischer” – The Times Simon Fischer is recognised as one of the pre-eminent musicians of our time, enjoying a distinguished and wide-ranging career as a performer, educator and recording artist. As a recitalist he has performed in the UK, the USA, Europe and Australia, at venues including the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. Alongside standard repertoire he delights audiences by...

Rossitza_Gosa_150x150 Rossitza Goza (Bulgaria/ USA)

Praised for the elegance of her playing, violinist ROSSITZA JEKOVA-GOZA received rigorous musical training both in her native Bulgaria and in the United States. She holds a doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music and credits violinists Kevork Mardirossian and David and Linda Cerone as her most influential mentors. She has served on the faculties of the University of Arkansas, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of North Texas. For six years she taught at the prestigious program Encore School for Strings. Dr. Goza has presented masterclasses at...

BinHuang_photo Bin Huang (China)

Bin Huang, one of the most outstanding violinists from China, endeared herself to the musical world when at age fourteen she won the Junior Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Lublin, Poland, sharing First Prize with Maxim Vengerov. She has maintained international prominence, winning both the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy, and the Munich (ARD) International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. Ms. Huang has been universally lauded for her interpretive and technical skills, hailed as “a winner in what matters the most” (The...

Vladimir Landsman Vladimir Landsman, (Russia/Canada)

At the age of 12, on the recommendation of David Oistrakh, Vladimir Landsman left the Ukraine for Moscow to continue his studies at the Central Music School and at the Conservatory with his mentor Yuri Yankilevich. In 1963, he won the Third Prize at the Long Thibaud International Competition in Paris, and in 1966, the Grand Prize at the Montreal International Competition. In 1969, he became a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Society and took part in numerous tours of the Soviet Union, playing with major orchestras under such conductors as Kabalevsky,...

Chiao_Ling_Sun Chiao-Ling Sun (Taiwan)

Ms. Chiao-Ling Sun holds the post of Violin Professor of Music Department at the National Taiwan University of Arts. There, she is presently teaching violin performance, chamber music, and string pedagogy. Graduated from National Taiwan University of Arts in 1981 with a diploma in music, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Music Degree and Master of Music Degree from Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1986. In 1988, Ms. Sun was sent back to USA by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education on a full scholarship from University of California at Santa Barbara, where she completed her...

Guillaume_Tardif_150x150 Guillaume Tardif (Canada)

Canadian violinist GUILLAUME TARDIF pursues an active career as a performer and pedagogue. He regularly travels on recital tours and appears as soloist with orchestras in Asia, Europe, South and North America – most recently at Carnegie-Weill Hall in Paganini’s 24 Caprices. He often performs repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary works and introduces many lesser-known works and original compositions, cadenzas, and arrangements. He is often heard on radio and TV networks, and his recordings have been issued on the Dell’Arco label. He has been a guest...

Cello

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Chien-an Chen (Taiwan)

A native of Taiwan, Chien-an Chen began cello lessons at the age of seven. His talent soon became apparent, and he was invited to give a performance for the country’s former president, Chiang Kai-shek. At the age of 12, Mr. Chen moved to Japan to study with Hideo Saito and Juro Aoki at the Toho School of Music. He continued his studies at the Peabody Conservatory with Stephen Kates, the Shepherd School of Music with Shirley Trepel, and the University of Southern California with Gabor Rejto. Mr. Chen also studied wih Mstislav Rostropovich, Janos Starker, Lynn Harrell,...

Emanuel_Gruber Emanuel Gruber (USA)

Emanuel Gruber is celebrated as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher. He has brought his “authority, sensitivity to musical values, wide dynamic range, and great mastery of his instrument” (Music Journal, New York) to collaborations with artists such as Neville Marriner, Rudolf Barshai, Shelomo Mintz, Pinkas Zukerman, Miriam Fried, Philippe Entremont, Jean Bernard Pommier, Tamas Vasary, and Janos Starker. “One of our great artists” the Jerusalem Post wrote, citing “his extraordinary capacity for projecting the deepest meaning of the music”....

bongshin_ko Bongshin Ko (Korea/USA)

Hailed by critics for her “most perfect playing” (Internet Cello Society) with “great warmth and beauty” (The STRAD), cellist Bongshin Ko has appeared worldwide as a soloist with such groups as Munich Chamber Players, Television and Radio Symphony of Moscow, the KBS Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic, and Central Broadcasting Symphony of China. In 1992 Ms. Ko was honored to be the first Korean artist to be invited to perform in China after the historic resumption of diplomatic relations between Korea and China, and has since been invited back...

Vagram Saradjian Vagram Saradjian, (Russia/USA)

VAGRAM SARADJIAN gave his first public recital at age 9 and won his first prize at the Russian National Competition at age 18, which put him in the country’s national spotlight. International recognition of his prodigious talent came when he won several major contests, including the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1970 and the Geneva International Cello Competition in 1975. By the time he was twenty, Mr. Saradjian was being compared with such masters as Mstislav Rostropovich, who was his teacher at the Moscow Conservatory for eight years. As a ...

Viola

Lauren_Burns_Hodges_150x150 Lauren Burns Hodges (USA)

LAUREN BURNS HODGES currently serves as Lecturer in Viola at Valdosta State University, Principal Viola of the Valdosta Symphony, violist of the Azalea String Quartet, and Director of the South Georgia String Project, winner of the 2011 NSPC String Project of the Year.  During the summers, she is a faculty artist at the Premier Orchestral Institute in Jackson, MS and the Schlern International Music Festival in South Tyrol, Italy.  Recent orchestral, chamber and solo performances have taken her to Périgueux (France), Graz and Bad Leonfelden (Austria), Havana (Cuba), and...

michael_kugel Michael Kugel (Russia/ Belgium)

Michael Kugel was born in 1946 in the Soviet Union.  He studied the violin at the Beethoven School of Music and at the Kharkov Music College before entering the Leningrad Conservatory, where he studied the viola (with Juri Kramerov), composition and conducting.  In 1975 he won First Prize at the International Viola Competition in Budapest (when Yuri Bashmet and Thomas Riebl were also finalists). In the USSR he was viola soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Organisation  “Mosconcert”, violist of the Beethoven Quartet (in succession to Fyodor Drushinin) and...

long_min Min Long (China)

Min Long, born in 1976 in Sichuan, is currently an associate viola professor at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music and the Principal Violist of the Oriental Symphony Orchestra. He started playing music at age 6 and later studied at the middle school/high school division of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from the Central Conservatory in Beijing in 2000.  In the same year, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend Rice University in the United States and later earned his Masters degree there. In 2002, he...

AliciaValoti_150x150 Alicia Valoti (USA)

ALICIA MARIE VALOTI has held an internationally fruitful music career as a young violist. Beginning as a pianist at Indiana University Bloomington, she eventually came to study the viola and later completed a performance degree at McGill University in Montreal. Following her time in Canada, Mrs. Valoti continued her studies of viola and chamber music in Italy at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale di Saluzzo and the Conservatory of Florence, where she received a Master’s degree in viola performance with the highest honors. Her...

Voice

maksim_ivanov Maksim Ivanov (Russia/ USA)

Russian-born baritone Maksim Ivanov received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Master of Music degrees from both the Yale University and the Manhattan School of Music and the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. On the lyric stage he has appeared with the New York City Opera Festival at Glimmerglass, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Mississippi Opera, Opera Providence, Opera of New Jersey, Yale Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Salt Marsh Opera of Rhode Island, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Ash-Lawn...

Jurate_Svedaite_Waller_150x150 Jurate Švedaite (Lithuania/ USA)

Possesssing a vocal artistry and stage presence capable of “transfixing audiences with moments of opera magic,” Lithuanian soprano, Jurate Švedaite, has performed throughout Europe and the United States with the Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, the European Baroque Festival Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Kaunas Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Ensemble “Lietuva,” and Mystic River Chorale, among others, in venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, the Lithuanian Philharmonic, and Foxwood’s Resort and...

Clarinet

Charles_West_web Charles West (USA)

Charles West is an orchestral, chamber and solo clarinetist and a conductor, performing throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. His recorded repertoire ranges from standard sonatas to avant-garde, on labels which include Klaver, Wilson Audiophile, Centaur, CRI, Crystal and he is heard on a Grammy Award-winning 1993 Telarc CD. West holds the Doctorate and three other university degrees, has been a Fulbright Scholar, and he has been President of the International Clarinet Association. His career has included nearly thirty years as Principal...

Flute

Aleksandr_Haskin_web Aleksandr Haskin (Belarus/Qatar)

Hailed by the Washington Post as “A Musician of exceptional power and dramatic skill, completely in charge of his instrument”, Aleksandr Haskin is the top prize winner of numerous international competitions including the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition in New York, Penderecki International Flute Competition in Krakow, Poland, and so on. Most notably, Mr. Haskin won the prestigious Young Concert Artist International Audition in New York in 2009 as one of the ten flutists in the world who won the honor in over 50 years. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Mr....

Collaborative Piano

Polina Tonchuk

Polina was born in 1986 into a family of musicians in Irkutsk, Russia. She began her music career early on, winning her first piano competition (first prize) at the age of six and making her orchestral debut at the age of 11. Polina graduated from the Novosibirsk State Conservatory (class of Professor L. Smeshko) where she also completed her postgraduate studies. Since 2010, she is teaching piano performance, history of piano performance, and methodology of teaching piano at the Novosibirsk Specialized Music School. Polina has performed in masterclasses for N. Lugansky,...