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Praised by The Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Here was a lark that ascended with utmost grace and sang in the loveliest of voices”, Lee-Chin has performed to critical acclaim in over 20 countries on five continents, from Carnegie Hall to Japan’s Osaka Symphony Hall.
Gold medal winner of the 1994 Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition and the Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition for Strings, Lee-Chin was recently honored with the 2012 Fellowship in Music Performance by the South Carolina Arts Commission, supported by the National Endowment of the Arts. She has enjoyed collaborations with renowned orchestras and conductors including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Daniele Gatti, Houston Symphony and Andreas Delfs, Dallas Symphony and the late Eduardo Mata, Singapore Symphony and Lan Shui. Active in charitable work, Lee-Chin has also appeared as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Lee-Chin’s CD Songs My Father Taught Me has been acclaimed in the American Record Guide and was chosen for Fanfare Magazine's Want List. Highlights of her solo appearances at international music festivals include the Banff Music Festival, Lucerne International Music Festival, Ludwigsburger International Music Festival (Germany), Music Fest Perugia (Italy), Cervantino Festival (Mexico), International Contemporary Music Festival “Contrasts” (Ukraine), VIRTUOSI Festival, Recife (Brazil), and the Singapore Arts Festival. Her live performances have been broadcast on CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio, Voice of America, Singapore’s MediaCorp TV and China Central TV.
Passionate and committed to teaching, Lee-Chin has served as visiting professor at the Oberlin Conservatory, given masterclasses and outreach programs all over the world, including the Chicago Institute of Music, Ohio University, National University of Singapore, Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, Lisbon Academy of Music, University of Chile, as well as the Kiev and Lviv State Music Academies in the Ukraine. Lee-Chin is currently Director of Strings and Professor of Violin at the College of Charleston, and co-founder and co-director of the Charleston Music Fest.
Lee-Chin began her violin studies under her father, Siow Hee-Shun. An alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Mannes College of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, her teachers included Roland and Almita Vamos, Felix Galimir, Jascha Brodsky and Aaron Rosand. Visit www.leechin.com
Since winning the All-Ukrainian competition in 1981, cellist Natalia Khoma has won top prizes at the Budapest Pablo Casals Competition (1985), Marneukirchen (Germany, 1987) and the Tchaikovsky (Moscow, 1990) International Competitions, as well as First prize at the 1990 Belgrade International Cello Competition.
A native of Lviv, Ukraine, Ms. Khoma studied at the Lviv Central Music School and the Lviv Conservatory and from 1982 until 1990 at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya. In the United States, Ms. Khoma was awarded the Artist Diploma of the Boston University under the direction of Professor, Leslie Parnas.
The first and only Ukrainian cellist to have won at the Tchaikovsky Competition, she has since distinguished herself as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras thorough the former USSR, as well as USA, Canada, South America, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Eastern Europe and the Middle and Far East.
Natalia Khoma has performed as a soloist with such leading ensembles as the Berlin Radio Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble of New York City Symphony Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and has had solo recitals and performed in Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall (New York), Jordan Hall and Tsai Performance Center (Boston), Krannert Center (Illinois),Wharton Center ( Michigan), Schauspielhaus (Berlin), Palais des Beux Arts (Brussels), Grand Halls of the Franz Liszt Music Academy (Hungary) and Oslo Music Academy (Norway) among many others.
Recital and chamber music appearances have included guest invitations in the International Festivals in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil, Ukraine, USA and Canada, her annual appearance as the Artist-in-Residence in the ‘Music at the Institute’ Series in New York.
With performances which have been hailed around the world as “technically dazzling”, “intense, brilliant, and with perfect structure”, “full warm cello tone….and, what a drive!” and, “the precision of her executions, Slavic Zen”, Natalia Khoma made her first public appearance on TV at age ten and performed her first concerto with the orchestra at age thirteen. Ms. Khoma was a Professor at the Lviv Conservatory (Ukraine), Roosevelt University College of Music in Chicago, Michigan State University and was a visiting Professor of University of Connecticut School of Music.
In November 1992; she was invited to be head of the Jury at the First International Lysenko Competition in Ukraine.
Ms. Khoma has recorded for NHK-TV (Japan) and made CD recordings for Cambria, Blue Griffin, IMP, Naxos and Ongaku labels, as well as for Ukrainian, Russian German, Spanish, Yugoslavian, Israeli, and Hungarian Radio and Television, WNYC-FM in New York and WGBH-FM in Boston.
In addition to her performing activities, Natalia Khoma is a Professor of cello at College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. She serves as organizer of the Children and Music Foundation, which provides music training, instruments and financial aid to young, gifted Ukrainian music students in need. Click here to return to top of page.
Toby Appel has appeared in recital and concerto performances throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. He has been a member of such renowned ensembles as TASHI, and the Lenox and Audubon Quartets. Mr. Appel has been a guest artist with the Vermeer, Alexander, Manhattan and Composers Quartets as well as a frequent guest with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and jazz artists Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Festival performances include those with Mostly Mozart (NY), Santa Fe (NM), Seattle (WA), Bravo! Vail Valley (CO), Chamber Music Northwest (OR), DaCamera of Houston (TX), and Marlboro (VT), as well as festivals in England, France, Germany, Korea, Italy, Finland, and Greece. In 1975, Mr. Appel was featured in a CBS television special performing works commissioned by him for three violas, all played by Toby Appel. In 1980, Mr. Appel wasthe winner of the Young Concert Artists International.
A most versatile artist, Mr. Appel has narrated performances including: A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, by Benjamin Britten, Ferdinand, by Alan Ridout and Munro Leaf, Ode to Napoleon, by Arnold Schoenberg, Histoire du Soldat, by Igor Stravinsky, Masque of the Red Death, by Andre Caplet and Edgar Allan Poe, and Facade, by William Walton and Edith Sitwell. Mr. Appel is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio's Performance Today.
Toby Appel entered the Curtis Institute at age 13 under the guidance of Max Aronoff. Mr. Appel is currently teaching on the viola and chamber music faculties of the Juilliard School in New York City, is Artist Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and is a visiting professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has also held professorships at the State University of New York, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the University of New Mexico. He has toured for the United States State Department and performed at the United Nations and at the White House. His chamber music and recital recordings can be heard on the Columbia, Delos, Desto, Koch International, Opus 1 and Musical Heritage Society labels.
Toby Appel lives in New York City with his wife, Carolyn and their 13 year old son, Jordan. Click here to return to top of page.
A laureate of the Margueritte Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris (1983) pianist Volodymyr Vynnitsky has performed with the leading orchestras of Ukraine, as well as with the Poznan Symphony Orchestra (Poland), the Paris Radio and Television Orchestra, the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra, the Livonia Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), and many others.
He has appeared in many prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, the Phillips Gallery in Washington D.C., the Great (Bolshoi) Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the Theatre Champs d'Elysees, and St. John's Smith Square in London.
Volodymyr Vynnytsky has also earned the reputation of a brilliant chamber music performer, appearing with such noted ensembles as the Kyiv Chamber Orchestra "Perpetuum Mobile", the Leontovych String Quartet, the St. Petersburg String Quartet, and Zapolsky String Quartet from Denmark. He has also performed at numerous music festivals, including Connecticut's Music Mountain, the Mohonk Festival of the Arts, the Windham Chamber Music Festival, Lake San Marcos Chamber Music Society in California, and the Music and Art Center of Greene County, where he has served as artistic advisor and resident pianist since 1996. He performed at the Shostakovich Festival at the Moores Opera House in Houston, Texas in 2000, and was invited to be a special host in the Rachmaninoff International Festival Concert held at Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles 2002. He has also been featured on WQXR-FM in New York and NPR.
Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Volodymyr Vynnytsky studied at the Lviv Music School for Gifted Children and later at the Moscow Conservatory. After earning his doctorate in 1983 from the Moscow Conservatory, he taught at the Kyiv Conservatory and concertized extensively throughout Ukraine, the other republics of the former Soviet Union, and Europe. Mr. Vynnytsky was a visiting member of the piano faculty in SUNY at Purchase, N.Y. and at the University of Connecticut. In 2003 he was appointed Music Director of the Music and Art Center of Greene County, New York. Click here to return to top of page.
Jill Muti holds degrees from Interlochen Arts Academy, Depauw University and Duke University. She has performed at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy and with numerous organizations both regionally and abroad in recital and chamber music concerts. She is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in North Carolina. Click here to return to top of page.
Enrique Graf was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1953. He started studying piano at the age of four with his mother and later at the Falleri-Balzo Conservatory. After winning all of the national competitions there, he came to the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University to study with Leon Fleisher on a full scholarship from the Organization of American States and the Peabody.
In 1977 he and Katherine Jacobson won First Prize in the National Ensemble Two Piano Competition, the following year Mr. Graf was the First Prize winner in the William Kapell International Piano Competition and in 1981 he won the East and West International Competition in New York City.
Graf has given recitals all over the world and has been featured as soloist with such orchestras as the Baltimore, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Richmond, Florida, West Virginia, Charleston, New York City and Jupiter Symphonies; the Moscow Philharmonic, the Janacek Philharmonic, the National Chamber Orchestra, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, the American Chamber Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Symphony, and the National Orchestras of Chile, Uruguay, Panama and Colombia. He has appeared at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Krannert Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, the Cultural Center of Manila, Teatro Opera in Buenos Aires, the Chautauqua Festival, Young Keyboard Artists International Festival in Ann Arbor and the University of Maryland International Piano Festival.
As a chamber musician he has performed with Cuarteto Latinoamericano, The Baltimore Wind Ensemble, the American Chamber Players, the Prague Wind Quintet, the Apollo String Quartet, and the Ives String Quartet.
His latest recording, an all Poulenc CD was a pick of the month by the Sunday London Times and was awarded five stars in Classic CD.His debut recording Enrique Graf plays Bach was called "An end to the discussion of whether of not Bach should be played on the piano" by Paul Hume of the Washington Post. Other recordings of the Liszt Sonata, the Grieg and two Beethoven Concertos have received such praise as "ideal performances" (Fanfare).
After fourteen years of teaching at the Peabody Preparatory, where he became chairman of the piano department, he received the Directors' Recognition Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1989. He is Artist in Residence at the College of Charleston, and in 1996 the College awarded him the Distinguished Research Award. While continuing to build an outstanding piano program in Charleston, he is also on the graduate faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. His students have won many national and international competitions. Mr. Graf has been on the juries of international competitions in the United States and Europe and has given master-classes on four continents.
Graf is founder and Artistic Director of the International Piano Series in Charleston and the Young Artist Series in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He was awarded a Fellowship from the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, the Music Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission, Career Grants from the Charles Del Mar and Astral Foundations and the Immigrant Achievement Award from the American Immigration Law Foundation.
The New York Times described one of his appearances as "a triumph, in all respects" and The Washington Post has called him on different occasions "memorable, elegant, masterful, refined". Click here to return to top of page.
Almita Vamos a grisaduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Mischa Mischakoff and Louis Persinger. She was a member of the Lydian Trio and the Antioch Quartet, and has recorded under Coronet and Rizzoli labels. She has concertized throughout the United States, Taiwan, Korea, Greece, Australia, and Iceland. She won the Concert Artist Guild award and many other prizes. She continues to perform as soloist and chamber musician in this country and abroad.
Mrs. Vamos's students have won top prizes in many national and international competitions including Gold Prizes in the Tchaikowsky Youth Competition, Carl Flesch, Menuhin, Bach (Leipzig), and Silver Prizes in Tchaikowsky, Szigeti, Kreisler, Neilsen, and Bronze Prizes in Paganini and Montreal Competitions. This past year her students have won Grand Prizes in WAMSO, Blount, and First and Second Prizes in the Fischoff Competition and three of her former students have attained positions in the New York Philharmonic. Her students are members of the Boston, St. Louis, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Minnesota, Chautauqua, Hong Kong, Oslo Philharmonic, and many other symphony orchestras around the world.
Almita Vamos has won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching five times, the ASTA Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award and has been featured on "Sunday Morning" CBS.
Mrs. Vamos has taught at many summer festivals including Meadowmount, Bowdoin, Chautauqua, Schlern International Music Festival, Niagara International Music Festival, Amati Festival, and is co-founder of the Weathersfield Music Festival. She was professor at Western Illinois University, University of Minnesota, Oberlin Conservatory, and is presently a distinguished professor at Northwestern University. Click here to return to top of page.
Originally from Madison , Wisconsin , violist Kathryn Dey has a diverse background in performing and teaching. Active as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, she has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe . Festival appearances include Sarasota Music Festival, the Festival at Sandpoint , Idaho and the Schloss Festspiel in Heidelberg , Germany . Ms. Dey is currently principal viola of the Greenville (SC) Symphony Orchestra and violist of the GSO string quartet. Recent concerts include an appearance as soloist with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, a concert as guest artist with the Magellan String Quartet and a performance on the 2006 Summermusic Series of Gilbertsville, NY. In May of 2006 Ms. Dey was awarded a grant from the Surdna Foundation to study and perform works for unaccompanied viola by american composer Lillian Fuchs.
Ms. Dey is on the string faculty of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, a residential arts high school located in Greenville , South Carolina . She is the viola instructor and chamber music coach at the Governor's School and created Concertato String Orchestra, a conductorless chamber orchestra that received top prize at the 2006 ASTA High School Orchestra Competition in Kansas City . Students from her private viola studio are consistently accepted into top conservatories and music schools such as The Juilliard School, The Colburn School, and the Eastman School of Music and have been award winners in numerous state and national competitions. Ms. Dey is also on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music Viola Workshop.
Ms. Dey earned degrees in viola performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Eastman School of Music, where she served as teaching assistant to John Graham. Ms. Dey performs on a modern viola made by Tetsuo Matsuda of Chicago. Click here to return to top of page.
Katharine Gowers studied with David Takeno at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Guildhall School of Music, where she won the Gold Medal prize, with Roland and Almita Vamos at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, and with Joey Corpus in New York. In 1997 she was the winner of the international Parkhouse Award in partnership with the pianist Charles Owen.
Katharine’s concerto appearances have included performances with the Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, and with the BBC Big Band and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. She has also toured with Nigel Kennedy and the English Chamber Orchestra playing Bach's Double Violin Concerto.
Katharine has performed extensively throughout Britain and abroad in recital and as a chamber musician, collaborating with such artists as Alfred Brendel, with whom she played in a piano quartet on a worldwide chamber music tour, Imogen Cooper, Steven Kovacevich, Steven Isserlis, Paul Lewis and Adrian Brendel. Katharine has appeared at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Aldeburgh Proms, and at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Salzburg, Bath, Lucerne, Delft, Vancouver, City of London, Spoleto and Oxford festivals, and in 2003 and 2005 was a featured artist at the Presteigne Festival. She regularly attends the Open Chamber Music seminar at IMS Prussia Cove.
Katharine has frequently been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and across many other European networks, and has recorded for EMI Classics and Somm. Her recent CD with Charles Owen of short pieces for violin and piano (Somm) was chosen as the recital selection of the month in the June 2007 issue of the Strad magazine.
A keen interest in the similarities between music and drama has led Katharine to participate in workshops run by the theatre company Complicite, working with Pascal Lecoq and Krikor Belekian of LEM (le Laboratoire d’Etude du Mouvement), and with one of Europe's foremost theatre teachers, Monika Pagneux. Katharine is currently involved in an experimental opera project, sponsored by the Royal Opera House’s OperaGenesis, combining onstage soprano, aerialist and violinist, directed by Roswitha Gerlitz and with music by Harvey Brough. Click here to return to top of page.
Leonardo Altino, a native of Brazil, began his cello studies at the age of six and gave his first performance at age eight. By age fifteen, he had appeared as a soloist with every major orchestra in Brazil and worked with renowned conductors such as Eleazar de Carvalho and Isaac Karabitchevsky. Praised by the Strad Magazine for his “exceptional musical intelligence and an exceptionally cultivated sound,” Mr. Altino was the First Prize winner at the International Cello Competition in Vińa Del Mar, Chile, and he has since appeared as soloist and in solo recitals in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Korea, Taiwan, and the US. He has performed with many orchestras in the U.S. and abroad such as the Boston Symphony, Concord Symphony, Hudson Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Montgomery Symphony, Sinfonica de Bogota, Sinfonica de Santiago, and Sinfonica de Săo Paulo, among many others. Mr. Altino was awarded the first prize at the Jovens Concertistas Brasileiros, a prestigious competition in Brazil, and he received the Harvard University Music Award. In addition to his activities as soloist, Mr. Altino frequently performs in chamber music recitals, collaborating with artists such as Roger Chase, Stephen Mackey, Antonio Meneses and the Miró String Quartet. He is a member of the Ceruti String Quartet, the faculty resident ensemble at the University of Memphis.
Mr. Altino holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his principal teachers include Aldo Parisot, Laurence Lesser, and Suren Bagratuni. He also studied in Germany with Marcio Carneiro at the Detmold Musikhöchschulle and received the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Fellowship to serve as artist-in-residence for two years.
As a dedicated teacher, Mr. Altino has taught in several festivals such as the Festival de Inverno Campos do Jordăo in Brazil, the International Music Festival in Bogota, Colombia, and at the Masterworks Festival in Indiana where he and his wife, violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino, serve as directors for the String Intensive Study Program. He has also taught at the Preparatory Division of the New England Conservatory of Music and has given master classes in many universities and music festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Altino presently teaches at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis.
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Winner of the Silver Medal at the 1986 International Tchaikovsky Competition while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory, Suren Bagratuni has gone to a distinguished international career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. In addition to performing throughout the former Soviet Union, he has toured world wide earning enthusiastic praise in both traditional and contemporary repertoire.
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Mr. Bagratuni began his musical education there at the age of seven. After winning several national and international competitions he continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory and later in the United States, at the New England Conservatory of Music.
His teachers include such legendary names as Daniel Shafran, Natalia Shakhovskaya and Laurence Lesser.
Suren Bagratuni began performing at age ten, and by age fourteen appeared as a concerto soloist. He has performed with all the major orchestras in the former Soviet Union, including the Moscow Philharmonic (under the direction of Valery Gergiev), and has also appeared with the Boston Pops, L’Orchestre Jeune Philharmonie in Paris, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Rostok, Erfurt and Halle, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Symphony Orchestras of Chile, Guatemala, Dominican Republic to name a few.
His solo appearances have included recitals in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Paris, Geneva, Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin, Munchen, Seoul, Taipei, Cairo, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Carnegie Hall’s Weill recital hall, Worcester’s Mechanics Hall, Jordan hall in Boston. A performance there of the Shostakovich d minor Sonata prompted the Boston Globe to call it “one of the best performances of the year”. At Weill recital Hall in New York, he performed a suite for cello and piano by Ned Rorem (with the composer as pianist).
Chamber music appearances have included guest invitations with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Newport Music Festival, the “Russian Winter” festival in Moscow, the El Paso Pro Musica International festival, Bargemusic, international festivals in Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Taiwan.
Suren Bagratuni won critical acclaim for his CD releases on the Ongaku label, featuring works for solo cello and Sonatas by Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
Mr. Bagratuni also appears on Marco Polo, Russian Disc, BGR, Cambria and CMH labels. He has recorded for “Melodiya”, and has been featured on CBC Radio Canada, WNYC in New York, NPR, and NHK TV Japan.
In addition to his solo activities, Mr. Bagratuni is a member of the Nobilis; Artistic director of the Cello Plus Chamber Music series; Professor of cello at the Michigan State University and conducts master classes Worldwide. Click here to return to top of page.
Mr. Takács was born in Bucuresti, Romania and started his musical studies before his fourth birthday. After his debut recital at age seven, he was a frequent recitalist in his native city until his parents' request for emigration to the West, at which point all his studies and performances were banned. He continued studying clandestinely with his piano teacher until his family was finally allowed to emigrate to France, where, at age fourteen, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National de Paris.
Upon his arrival in the United States, his outstanding musical talents continued to be recognized with full scholarships to Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, and a three-year fellowship for doctoral studies at the Peabody Conservatory, where he completed his artistic training with renowned pianist Leon Fleisher.
Mr. Takács has received numerous prizes and awards for his performances, including First Prize in the William Kapell International Competition, the C.D. Jackson Award for Excellence in Chamber Music at the Tanglewood Music Center, and a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His performances have been hailed by audiences and the press for their penetrating intellectual insight as well as for emotional urgency and communicativeness.
Mr. Takács has performed as guest soloist with major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, as well as at important summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Music Mountain, Chautauqua Institution, ARIA International, Schlern Music Festival in the Italian Alps, and Tel Hai International Master Classes in Israel. He has performed and recorded the cycle of thirty-two Beethoven Piano Sonatas, which are due for release on the CAMBRIA label in 2007.
Mr. Takács’ success as a teacher is attested to by his students’ accomplishments, who have won top prizes in competitions in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South Africa. They have been accepted at major graduate schools such as the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, and Peabody Conservatory, among many others. Mr. Takács has given master classes in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and has been a jury member at prestigious national and international competitions such as San Antonio International Keyboard Competition (twice), Canadian National Competition (three times), Cleveland International Piano Competition, and Hilton Head International Piano Competition (2008). Mr. Takács is Professor of Piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he has been teaching since 1976. Click here to return to top of page.
At the age of ten, Monique Duphil was admitted at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris and graduated 6 years later, winning a First Prize in piano. She also studied chamber music intensively. Her teachers were Marguerite Long, Jean Doyen, Pierre Pasquier and Joseph Calvet. Later studies were with Harriet Serr and Vladimir Horbowski. A Paris debut with orchestra at 15, followed by prizes in four international competitions, launched Monique Duphil on a worlwide career.
In recognition to her spectacular debut in the United States with the Philadelphia orchestra, substituting on a few hours notice for cellist M.Rostropovich, Ms Duphil was reengaged by Eugene Ormandy to appear with him four times, performing two concertos on each occasion. She premiered in Switzerland the Ginastera concerto No.1 with Charles Dutoit, and Yoel Levi chose her to premiere Roger Sessions Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra.
While based in Hong Kong, she performed many concerts in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, but also in Western and Eastern Europe, as well as several tours of the former Soviet Union. She was praised by Hong Kong press as "possibly Asia's finest pianist".
The numerous orchestras Ms Duphil has performed with include the Philadelphia and Cleveland, Quebec, Warsaw, Bern, Munich, Paris, Caracas, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Seoul, Tokyo, Sapporo, Kanazawa, Taipei, Hong Kong, and all the New Zealand as well as all ABC (Australia) orchestras. Some of the conductors were E.Ormandy, I.Markevich, L.Fremaux, J.de Preist, M.Shostakovich, V.Smetacek, Wislocki, Akiyama, Sir A.Gibson, G.Hurst, P.Maag, Erwin Hoffman, V.Verbitsky, C.Dutoit, G.Schwarz, Yoel Levi, Ed.Mata, and T.Sanderling.
As a distinguished chamber musician, Monique Duphil has partnered many renowed artists like Henryk Szeryng, Ruggiero Ricci, Cho-Liang Lin, Pierre Fournier, JP Rampal, Michel Debost, Robert Aitken, Karl Leister, the Salzburg Mozarteum trio, and the Vienna, St Petersburg, Haydn, Chester and American string quartets.
Monique Duphil was on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts before her appointment at the renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the USA in 1992.
Monique Duphil has recorded for Polydor, Telefunken (Japan), Marco Polo, Naxos and Eclectra (Canada) labels. Click here to return to top of page.
Rudolf Haken has been on the music faculty of the University of Illinois since 1996, having previously served as viola professor at West Virginia University. Professor Haken enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest and most versatile violists and composers of his generation, as well as a leading teacher and mentor for young musicians. Haken is particularly noted for his advocacy of the five-string viola, both acoustic and electric.
American Record Guide listed a CD of Rudolf Haken's concertos as "Critics' Choice 2007" (Jan/Feb 2008 issue, page 49). The CD (Centaur 2826) features oboist Nancy Ambrose King, clarinetist Bill King, conductor Julien Benichou, as well as Professor Haken playing a five-string "Pellegrina" viola pomposa built by David Rivinus. According to The Clarinet (official journal of the International Clarinet Society, Sept. 2007, page 13-14): "This disc is highly recommended not only for the clarinet work, but also for Haken's exuberant Americana fiddling style of the viola work and the beautiful and engaging Oboe Concerto.........a joy to experience. This is a winner - guaranteed to bring a smile to your face." American Record Guide(Nov./Dec. 2007, page 116) states: "Ordinary boundaries do not fence Rudolf Haken in.....He flaunts his fiddling capabilities in a Concerto for Five-String Viola - four wacky but well-crafted movements..?"
Numerous videos of Haken's compositions and performances can be seen on YouTube. Among these is a video produced by WTTW-Chicago featuring Rudolf Haken performing his transcriptions of Van Halen and Metallica on a Jensen five-string electric viola. This video can also be seen in passenger areas at O'Hare and Midway airports. Professor Haken has performed his Concerto for Five-String Viola with several orchestras in North America, South America, and Europe. Haken has toured Europe to critical acclaim. The Badische Zeitung praised him for his "absolutely infallible intonation, intense concentration, and endless variety of interpretation," while the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung lauded him for his "extroverted, resonant tone" and the "delicate, yet strong intensity" of his playing.
Haken studied composition and piano privately for ten years with Hubert Kessler. His principal viola teacher was Guillermo Perich. Having conducted his first orchestral works at the age of ten, Haken is active in the new music scene both as performer and composer. A recent Capstone Records release features Haken performing viola works of Matthew Davidson. Haken has been a featured performer at conventions of the Society of Composers, Inc. and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States. In 1996, Professor Haken was commissioned by the Radiological Consultants Association to compose a trumpet concerto, which was premiered by Paul Merkelo, principal trumpet of the Montreal Symphony.
Professor Haken has served on the faculty of the Schlern International Chamber Music Festival (Italian Alps), Michigan City Chamber Music Festival (Indiana), Musikalischer Sommer in Ostfriesland (Germany), Hot Springs Music Festival (Arkansas), Interlochen Music Camp (Michigan All-State), Zomeravond Concerten (Netherlands), Mammoth Lakes Festival (California), and Quartz Mountain Festival (Oklahoma). He has given master classes internationally, with venues including the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, the University of York (England), the Welsh National Academy of Music and Drama, and the Universidade de Caxias do Sul in Brazil. In 1993-1994 Haken served as guest violist for the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera, performing under such renowned conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Neville Marriner. As principal violist of the Sinfonia da Camera Mr. Haken has toured in London, Beijing, and Shanghai. In November 2008 Haken will tour South Korea with the World Symphony Orchestra. Haken has acted as adjudicator for the Houston Symphony Young Artists, Midwest Young Artists, Missouri ASTA, and Chicago Viola Society competitions. Rudolf Haken's compositions, recordings and teaching materials can be found on his website, www.rudolfhaken.com. Click here to return to top of page.
Brazilian countertenor José Lemos is noted worldwide for his unique artistry in opera and concert. Of a performance as Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque, the Boston Globe said, "...Lemos sang with a big, colorful, sexy tone and almost recklessly brilliant coloratura." Of a concert performance of Stefano Landi's Il Sant'Alessio at the Barbican Hall in London with the renowned Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie, The London Times says, "José Lemos, as Alessio's father's page, chewed up the stage with 17th-century 'Comedy'." As well, the Seattle Times exclaimed, "José Lemos is stellar as the idealistic Ottone", noting his performance with the Seattle Early Music Guild's production of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea conducted by Stephen Stubbs.
Mr. Lemos made his U.S. opera debut at The Tanglewood Music Festival in Robert Zuidam's Rage D'Amours, and returned for their 2004 production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream as Oberon. He made his European debut at the Zürich Opernhaus in 2005 as Nireno in Giulio Cesare under the batton of Marc Minkowski. That was followed by a performance at the prestigious Aldeburgh Festival in a production of Purcell's Faery Queen under the batton of Harry Bicket, receiving raving reviews by the London Times. Mr. Lemos is the First Prize winner and the Audience Prize winner of the 2003 International Baroque Singing Competition of Chimay, Belgium. This coming season features José Lemos debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the role of Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare. Performances with Magnificat Baroque and Brandywine Baroque, both performing rare Alessandro Stradella operas. Concert tours with the Baltimore Consort and Quartetto Brio throughout the U.S. And his return to the Zürich Opernhaus singing the role of Narciso in Handel's Agrippina conducted by Marc Minkowski. This production will also be performed at the prestigious London Royal Festival Hall in May 2009.
Some highlights of previous seasons include his debut as Ottone in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with the Seattle Early Music Guild directed by Stephen Stubbs, the role of Tolomeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare conducted by Nicholas McGegan at the Göttingen Handel Festival in Germany, Silčne in the latest production of Lully's Psyche with the Boston Early Music Festival conducted by Stephen Stubbs and Paul O'Dette, just released on the German label CPO. He also performed the role of Martio in Stefano Landi's Il Sant'Alessio with William Christie's Les Arts Florissants in places such as the Barbican Hall in London, Rose Theater - Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, Opera National de Lorraine, Theatre de Caen, Grand Theatre de la Ville de Luxembourg and Theatre des Champs-Elysee in Paris, France. Il Sant'Alessio has just been released on DVD by EMI/Virgin Classics, and is scheduled to reprise its acclaimed performances during the 2010/11 season at the Grand Theatre de Geneve in Switzerland.
Mr. Lemos is the main guest artist with the renowned Baltimore Consort, with whom he tours the United States in concert and educational outreach. A versatile performer, he charms audiences in recitals with his exuberant renditions of native Brazilian songs, and delves deeply into the medieval and renaissance repertory in his performances with Quartetto Brio. Both the Baltimore Consort and Quartetto Brio have recorded on the Dorian Label, Brio has released "Romance", featuring the exotic music of the Sephardic Jews. And in early 2009 the Baltimore Consort will be releasing "Cancionero", featuring the beautiful music of Spain's Age of Discovery. ?José Lemos holds a Masters Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and a Bachelors Degree from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
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Richard Aaron has traveled extensively, giving master classes in Madrid, Spain, Manheim, Germany, Seoul, Korea, Matsumoto, Japan, and Paris, France. He has presented master classes in the U.S. at many leading schools, including Rice, Eastman, Michigan and Oberlin. During summers, he has taught at the Aspen Music Festival, Indiana University String Academy, Calgary Music Bridge, Aria, Innsbruck, the Chautauqua Festival and Idyllwild. Mr. Aaron's students have won numerous national and international competitions and have performed as soloists with prestigious orchestras, including the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Seattle Symphonies. Award-winning quartets, including the Biava, Fry Street and American, include his students. He is a member of the Elysian Trio, in residence at Baldwin-Wallace College. Mr. Aaron served on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and ENCORE School for Strings faculties for fourteen years prior to his appointment at the University of Michigan. Click here to return to top of page.
The artistry of Eugene Fodor has captivated audiences for more that 3 decades. At a recent concert in Washington, DC, the Washington Post said, "He has the looks, poise and the presence of the Romantic Violin Virtuoso, all of which he uses to great effect. Fodor couples these natural attributes with drive, imagination and verve - the inborn skills of a great artist." The New York Times declared "he played spectacularly well." The Los Angles Times wrote, "Fodor revived the familiar violin concerto with poignancy, an effortless brilliance and myriad details of articulation and suave tone."
Mr. Fodor's distinguished career as violin soloist with great orchestras and in recital has taken him to fifty states of the USA, every province in Canada and nearly every country of Europe, Asia, Central and South American and the Mediterranean; South Africa, New Zealand and Mexico. Recital venues have included Carnegie Hall's Violin Virtuoso Series, Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London and Chicago Auditorium Theatre. Major summer festivals include Blossom, Saratoga, Naples, Prague and L'ete musical in France. His Master Classes are lauded for inspiration, articulate demonstration and compassionate encouragement.
He was awarded full scholarships at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, Indiana University and the University of Southern California, where he studied with Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold and Jascha Heifetz, respectively. His first ten years of study were with Harold Wippler. At the age of ten,he made his solo debut with the Denver Symphony, playing the Bruch Concerto. Touring began at the age of twelve after winning first prize in a national competition. At fifteen, he performed with the Detroit Symphony. Before the age of seventeen, he won numerous national contests including First Prize in both the Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, DC and the Young Musicians Foundation Competition in Los Angeles. In 1972, he won First Prize in the International Paganini Competition in Italy, and in 1974 won the highest prize awarded that year in the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. In January 1999, he was notified he had won the European Soloist award "Prix European du Soliste" which was presented to him in Paris in November 1999, the same evening of his concert at the Theatre des Champs-Ellysees.
He has played for two Presidents at the White House and a nationally televised Presidential performance at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. He performed for all leaders of industrialized nations at a Presidential Summit Conference in Virginia and one in the former Soviet Union.
His discography includes six albums for RCA Red Seal; other labels hold the Complete Brahms Sonatas; contemporary sonatas; several recital albums; Bach Violin Concertos; the Nielsen Violin Concerto, and a world premiere with the London Philharmonic.
His many television appearances include sixteen guest spots on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, CBS 20/20, a CBS Sunday Morning feature in March 1996, The Today Show, Good Morning America, the RAI of Italy; English, European, Japanese, Korean television and others. He has also appeared in a Cannes Film Festival prize-winning feature movie playing the music of Bach, Brahms and Wieniawski.
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Steve Rosenberg has toured five continents as a recorder soloist and member of the French ensemble, Les Menestriers, as well as playing for the Comedie Francaise. He is Professor and Chair of the Music Department of the College of Charleston and directs the Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series.Currently performing in the US and abroad in recital, he is a frequent guest artist with the Baltimore Consort. His numerous publications of recorder music and his legendary school concerts in which he has performed with a plethora of early wind instruments and guitars have made him the "Pied Piper of the recorder world". He is director of the Charleston Pro Musica, based at the College of Charleston, whose fifth tour of France was featured in the PBS/SCETV documentrary entitled "A Musical Renaissance". Steve Rosenberg founded Brio in 2002,an ensemble devoted to the performance of medieval, Renaissance and Sephardic music, as an outgrowth of his work with the Charleston Pro Musica. Their second CD for Dorian Recordings will be released next year. Click here to return to top of page.
Hailed for her “…maximum insight and fiery brilliance in her keyboard approach” by the Post and Courier of Charleston, SC, and her “inspired mastery, emotive range and profound lyricism characteristic of the virtuoso” by La Nacion of Costa Rica, Beatrice Long has emerged as one of the most sought after pianists in her generation. Very much at home on the concert stage, Ms. Long has performed as a soloist with Baltimore Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonia Estato de Mexico, National Symphony of Taiwan, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Taipei, Jura Symphony Orchestra of France, New Amsterdam Symphony, Festival Orchestra of Santa Barbara, Laredo Philharmonic among others. A top prize winner in several international competitions including Cleveland International Competition, World Piano competitions of Cincinnati and the Taipei International Piano Competitions, Long’s rare combination of dramatic virtuosity and eloquent musicianship has captivated audiences throughout United States, China, Southeast Asia, Belgium, Switzerland, France and in Central America.
As a recitalist and a duo pianist in the Long Duo with her sister Christina Long, Beatrice performed in prestigious venues such as Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Taiwan National Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Festivals of Champagne and Fontainebleau in France, Kunsthalle in Appenzelle Switzerland, Grand Theatre in Hangzhou, Xinghai Theatre in Guangzhou, Dallas Museum of Arts, Phillips Gallery of Washington DC, International Piano Series and Spoletto Festival in Charleston, SC among others. Ms Long was invited to perform Beethoven Fourth Concerto for the President of Taiwan in the Presidential Palace. As a versatile musician, Ms. Long has collaborated with many well-known musicians as Ruggiero Ricci and Berl Senofsky. As a recording artist, Beatrice’s album Scarlatti Sonatas (Naxos) received Four Stars from the BBC Magazine and the American Record Guide describes her recording of Scriabin Mazurkas (Naxos) as ‘impressive on many levels’. Her live and recorded playing has been broadcast by National Public Radio, CBC Canada, Radio France, TV NY 1 among others.
Born into a musical family in Taiwan, Ms. Long started piano with her mother Lillian Long. After winning the Taiwan National Competitions several times, she received full scholarships to study at the Curtis Institute and Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Seymour Lipkin, Leon Fleisher and Enrique Graf. After graduating with honors, she worked closely with Gaby Casadesus in Paris and Fou Ts’ong in London. Currently she resides in New Jersey where she serves as the Artistic Director and a co-founder of the National League of Performing Arts. Click here to return to top of page.
Jan-Marie Christy Joyce is in her tenth season as Principal Violist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, where she has appeared frequently as soloist, most recently in Berlioz’ “Harold in Italy”. After earning a master's degree from Louisiana State University, she completed a professional studies certificate from the Cleveland Institute of Music under Stanley Konopka (Assistant Principal Violist of The Cleveland Orchestra). Jan-Marie is former Principal Violist of the Canton (OH) Symphony and currently spends her summers as a member of the Breckenridge (CO) Music Festival Orchestra. In the summer of 2005, she was invited to perform in Seattle Opera's production of Wagner's "Ring des Nibelungen". She is an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston, where she teaches viola and coaches chamber music. Ms. Joyce's first CD of chamber music (works for oboe and strings with members of her family) was released in 2004. Jan-Marie also holds a bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance. Click here to return to top of page.
Julia Harlow is currently Director of Music and organist at Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston and teaches harpsichord and organ at the College of Charleston. She earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Oregon, the Master of Music in Early Keyboard Performance at the University of Oregon, and the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Iowa. She has extensive performance experience of early music, as well as European, Balkan and Middle Eastern folk music. She has often performed as harpsichordist or organist in Piccolo Spoleto, on the Early Music, Choral Artists/Festival of Churches, and L'Organo series.
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 recitalist, Mr. Saradjian has performed around the world in such concert halls as the Barbican Centre in London, Gaveau in Paris, La Scala in Milan, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Musikverein in Vienna, Tonhalle in Zurich, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and the Leningrad Philharmonic Hall.
His orchestral debut coincided with the conducting debut of his mentor, Mstislav Rostropovich, when in 1969, under the Maestro's baton, young Saradjian triumphantly performed Dvorak's Cello Concerto with the Kiev Philharmonic. He has since toured internationally with leading orchestras and played with distinguished conductors, including Gergiev, Khachaturian, Kondrashin, Svetlanov, Rostropovich, Shostakovich, and Temirkanov. As chamber musician he has performed with, among others, Viktor Tretyakov, Evgeny Kissin, and Volodymyr Vynnytsky.
Contemporary music has for many years been an important part of Mr. Saradjian's repertoire. In recent seasons, he has premiered major works by internationally acclaimed composers, such as Alexander Tchaikovsky, Gia Kancheli, Karen Khachaturian, Arno Babadjanian, and Myroslav Skoryk. The highlights of the past seasons included Mr. Saradjian's appearances at Valery Gergiev's Stars of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg (Russia), the Shostakovich Festival in Houston, TX, extensive tour of Europe, where in addition to his solo performances Mr. Saradjian appeared in highly acclaimed new trio programs with violinist Maxim Vengerov and pianist Vag Papian. Mr. Saradjian's schedule for the coming season includes performances in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, as well as tours in Russia, Poland, and Germany, which will include a diverse series of concerts, consisting of an unaccompanied cello program, chamber music programs and varied orchestral programs. Mr. Saradjian's extensive discography may be found on Melodya and Art & Electronics labels and includes Schumann and Honegger Cello Concertos with the Moscow Philharmonic (Valery Gergiev, Conductor), Saint-Saens Cello Concerto no. 1 and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the Moscow RTV Orchestra (Vladimir Fedoseev, Conductor), Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Moscow Philharmonic (Fuat Mansurov, Conductor). Among his recent releases is the world premiere recording of Ilya Zelenka Cello Concerto with the Moscow Philharmonic (Yuri Bashmet, Conductor).
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Vagram Saradjian began his cello studies with Alexander Chaushian at age 7 in the Special School for Gifted Children at the Yerevan Conservatory. Later, he was invited by Mstislav Rostropovich to study in his class at the Moscow Conservatory, where he earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees. In the United States Mr. Saradjian had taught at Oberlin Conservatory, Connecticut College, Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY, NY), Purchase Conservatory (SUNY), and numerous festivals and master classes. Currently he is Professor of Violoncello at the University of Houston. Mr. Saradjian currently plays a Montegazza cello from Milano made in 1791.
Tomas Jakubek started his violin studies at the age of seven in his native country of Slovakia. He studied violin at the Conservatory in Zilina, then at the Janacek Academy of Music in Brno (Czech Republic) where he received his Masters Degree in violin performance. He also studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music in Vilnius under Jurgis Dvarionas, who was a student of David Oistrach.
Mr. Jakubek participated in the two year Artist Certificate Program at the College of Charleston, studying under Lee-Chin Siow from the Fall of 2007 to the Spring of 2009. During this time he served as concertmaster for the College of Charleston Orchestra under the direction of Lorenzo Muti.
Mr. Jakubek often performs with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with Charleston Music Fest previously and has also played during Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has played in various concerts on four continents with the following European orchestras: Junge Philharminie Wien, Europa Philharmonie Magdeburg, Czech Chamber Orchestra Prague, Czech Philharmony of Brno.
It is rare to find an artist who has achieved the impeccable credentials and uncompromising artistry of Dmitri Berlinsky. As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Berlinsky's intention is to bring music's spirit to his audience, reaching levels above mere entertainment.
Mr. Berlinsky arrived on the International scene as the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. This victory led to his performance on Nicolo Paganini's own Guarneri del Gesú instrument, a privilege shared by only a handful of artists in history. Subsequent triumphs at the Montreal International Violin Competition (Grand Prize), the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, led to appearances with major orchestras in Europe, Russia, the Far East, North and South America.
Mr. Berlinsky has performed in such major venues as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Munich Herkulessaal, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Bonn Beethoven Hall, Le Place des Arts in Montreal, and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires among others.
Since coming to the United States in 1990 as the winner of the renowned Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Berlinsky has performed hundreds of concerts and given recitals in more than forty states throughout the USA. He has also performed in Australia, Canada, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Uruguay, Colombia and Peru.
His extensive performance schedule has taken him to the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival, the Settimane Musicale in Stresa, Italy, Bratislava Festival, as well as appearances at the Ambassador Foundation in Pasadena, the Fiddle Fest at Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y.
This season he performs with Russian National Orchestra at the Arts Square Festival in St.Petersburg, Prague Radio Symphony at the Budapest Spring Festival, Orchestra de Chambre Français in New York, Russian Chamber Philharmonic on European Tour, Directs and performs with "International Chambers Soloists" at the Fontana Arts Festival and San Francisco Conservatory. He gives recital in US, Korea, Italy, Mexico, and Russia.
Recent highlights include performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Sinfonia Toronto, Montreal Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Quebec, Utah, Virginia, Kalamazoo, Miami, San Antonio, and West Virginia Symphonies, Seoul Philharmonic, New Jersey Philharmonic, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Weimar Staatskapelle, Berlin Staatskapelle, Gent Opera Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonia Siciliana, UNAM Symphony in Mexico City, I Musici de Montreal in Canada and the United States, South American tour with the Prague Chamber Orchestra,as well as appearances at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and festivals in Italy, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Costa Rica.
Born in Petersburg into a family of musicians, Mr. Berlinsky began studying the violin with his father. At a very early age he appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony and the Moscow Philharmonic. His most important teacher in Russia was Mikhail Bezverkhny. He studied at the Music School for Gifted Children with Lev Ivaschenko, Boris Sergeev and Boris Gutnikov. Later he attended the Moscow Conservatory where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees studying under Victor Tretiakov, Evgeniya Chugaeva and Naum Latinsky. After graduation he was invited to work with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School.
Mr. Berlinsky's Pavane CD recital "Live at Waterloo" recorded in Belgium and his latest recording "Souvenir D'un Lieu Cher" on Helicon Records have won critical acclaim. His playing was featured in Emmy-Award documentary "Life on Jupiter" and "New York Canvas".
Dmitri has been Artist Teacher and Professor at the College of Music at the Michigan State University. His students have won important international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky, Menuhin, Tibor Varga, William Byrd and have assumed positions in orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In high demand as a teacher Mr.Berlinsky has taught and given Master Classes in Europe, Asia, Canada and in US at the Chautaqua Festival, Summit Music Festival in New York, International Academy of Music in Italy, Music in the Mountains Colorado, Schlern Festival, Instrumenta Verano in Mexico, University of South California in Los Angeles, Temple University in Philadelphia, Roosevelt University in Chicago, Western Michigan University, Weber University in Utah.
Mr.Berlinsky is the founder of the chamber orchestra "International Chamber Soloists". They perform regularly and recently performed in Mexico,and also participated in the Costa Rica International Festival with the opening concert at the National Theatre in San Jose.
Mr.Berlinsky has been recipient of many awards including SONY, Juilliard, YCA and Bagby Fondation. For several years he played on famous "Yusupov" Stradivarious-same instrument David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan played.
Throughout his career Mr.Berlinsky was fortunate to play exceptional violins by Stradivarius, Guarnery del Gesu, J.B. Guadagnini from Moscow Conservatory , Herbert Axelrod and Colburn Collections.
He is thankful to Rene Morel and Adam Crane for taking amazing care of his instruments. Presently he owns 1759 Carlos Ferdinand Landolfi violin with the generous help from Helene and Jerome Dreskin Fondation.
Finnish pianist Matti Raekallio, born 1954 in Helsinki, has established himself as a prominent concert artist with a huge repertoire. A member of the piano faculty at Juilliard School, he is also an extremely active teacher. Prior to Juilliard, he had professor’s positions in many of the most prestigious institutions of music education, including, the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover, Germany, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.
After studies in Finland, in England with Maria Diamond Curcio, in Austria at the Vienna Academy of Music with Dieter Weber and in Russia at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory, Mr. Raekallio made his American debut in 1981 at the Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall. Since then, he has made regular tours of the U.S.A., including solo recitals and performances with several American symphony orchestras.
He has performed complete cycles of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas, the 10 Scriabin Sonatas, and the nine Prokofieff Sonatas. He has also given performances of altogether 62 piano concertos. These include all of Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, as well as rarities like the concerti by Busoni, Szymanowski and Lutoslawski. He has made about 20 CDs, mostly for Ondine, of varied solo repertoire including an acclaimed set of the complete Prokofieff Sonatas and of several piano concertos..
The long list of Mr. Raekallio’s students includes several top prizewinners in international piano competitions, among them the First Prize laureates in Leeds, AXA Dublin, London, Vienna (Beethoven), New York (Artists International), and Budapest (Liszt-Bartók). He has been a juror in several international competitions, including Tel Aviv (Artur Rubinstein), Geneva, Shanghai, Vienna (Beethoven), American Pianists’ Association, The Gilmore Prize, Tokyo (PTNA) and many others. He gives regular master classes in his home country as well as in the USA, Israel, China, Japan, Germany, Austria, Sweden, and Denmark.
Mr. Raekallio’s Doctorate (Dr.Mus) at the Sibelius Academy focused of the history of piano fingerings. Subsequently, Prof. Raekallio was a member of an international research team of cognitive psychology, investigating pianists' choice of fingering as a psychological process. Mr. Raekallio received the Leonie Sonning Foundation Grant (Denmark) in1980, and was three times altogether a recipient of the 5-year Artist Grant of the state of Finland. He served as member of the Finnish Academy’s Research Council for Culture and Society 1998-2000, and was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of the Estonian Music Academy in 2009.
After having performed together with great success for several years and in various chamber music configurations, David Gross, Deirdre Hutton, and Christopher Hutton founded the Poinsett Piano Trio in 2008. The trio embarked on their first International tour in May of 2010, and and has been lauded in The Christchurch Press as “a champion team, blending seamlessly together with no-one overshadowing the rest.” All three members live in Greenville, South Carolina and teach at Furman University, a liberal arts college with a strongly performance-oriented music program. The ensemble is named in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett, a statesman, physician, and botanist from South Carolina. Like the members of the trio he had an international life: living in England as a child, training in medical school in Scotland, traveling extensively in Europe and South America, and was later elected as a member of Congress before serving as Minister (ambassador) to Mexico. Poinsett is most remembered today as the discoverer of the Mexican Poinsettia plant, whose bright red flowers are popularly included in festive Christmas decorations throughout the world.
Violinist Anna Rabinova performs nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and recording artist. She joined the New York Philharmonic in 1994, two years after arriving in the United States from her native Russia; in the 2008–09 season she was a soloist with the Orchestra in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, led by Lorin Maazel.
As a recitalist, Ms. Rabinova has appeared in numerous halls, including the Shauspielhaus in Berlin, Tchaikovsky Philharmonie Hall in Moscow, and Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, as well as in venues in Rome, Leipzig, and Belgrade. In the U.S. she has performed at the Phillips Gallery (Washington, D.C.), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Bargemusic, and on the Rockefeller University concert series.
Ms. Rabinova’s recordings include works by Schuman (for Germany’s Auris-Subtilis) and David Winkler’s Violin Concerto (Naxos); in 1998 she recorded sonatas by Brahms and Schubert for an NHK-TV (Japan) chamber series. She has been interviewed and has performed on WLIW-TV in New York, as well as on German and Russian radio.
Anna Rabinova was born in Moscow and performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s Violin Concerto, and Paganini’s Violin Concerto with the Moscow State Symphony at the age of 13, later studying at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Leonid Kogan and Igor Bezrodnyi. She was a first-prize winner at the 16th International Violin Competition in Belgrade, in addition to winning the Bach International Competition in Leipzig, Germany, and the 1993 Concerto Competition at The Juilliard School. She has taught at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, and is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, in addition to giving master classes in the U.S. and abroad.
Violinist Nazar Pylatyuk is a Gold medal winner of the Academy of the Arts of Ukraine, Laureate of International Competitions, including the Karl Flesh International Competition, Lysenko International Competition and First Prize winner at Yankelevych International Competition in Russia. Nazar has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician throughout USA, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic and Ukraine.
As a soloist, Nazar has had the pleasure of working with such eminent conductors as Vladimir Spivakov, Saulus Sondetskis, Bohuslav Davidoff, Cheslav Grabovsky, Zigmund Richerd, V. Sirenko, S. Burko, V. Kozhuchar, I. Yuzyuk,V. Suvochip. He often performs with Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra, Kiev Soloists, Lviv Virtuosi, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Academia Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with such noted musicians as Myroslav Skoryk, Shlomo Mintz, Alexander Brussilovsky, Volodymyr Vynnytsky, Natalia Khoma, and Robert Kanetti. "His talent – boundless, his playing astounds” describes Nazar’s performance by Swedish newspaper Eskelstuna Kompiun.
Born in 1987 in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, Mr. Pylatyuk began violin studies with his father Ihor Pylatiuk before going on to receive his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctorate degrees from the Lviv State Academy of Music. The hero of Ukraine, composer Myroslav Skoryk dedicated to Nazar his Concerto No.7 for violin and orchestra. From 2008-2011 Mr. Pylatyuk was a Concertmaster of Poland’s Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. He was the youngest concertmaster in the history of this orchestra. Nazar Pylatyuk is a founding member of Kiev Trio, with cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky.
Peter Stumpf is professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to his appointment, he was the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 9 years following a 12 year tenure as Associate Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At the age of 16, he began his professional career, winning a position in the cello section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an artist’s diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music.
A dedicated chamber music musician, he is a member of the Johannes String Quartet and has performed with the chamber music societies of Boston, Philadelphia and the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, and is a participant at the Marlboro and Santa Fe chamber music festivals. The Johannes Quartet has collaborated with the Guarneri Quartet on tour including commissions from composers William Bolcom and Esa Pekka Salonen.
Concerto appearances have included the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, at the Aspen Festival and most recently at the opening concert of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles. Solo recitals have been at Jordan Hall in Boston, on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series, on the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series in Los Angeles and at the Philips and Corcoran Galleries in Washington D.C. His awards include first prize in the Washington International Competition.
He has served on the cello faculties at the New England Conservatory and the University of Southern California.