About the Artists 2013-2014

LYDIA ARTYMIW The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Philadelphia-born Lydia Artymiw has emerged as one of the most compelling talents among pianists of her generation. She has performed with over one hundred orchestras worldwide, with many of the leading conductors of our time. American orchestral appearances include the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the National Symphony. Solo recital tours have taken her to all major American cities, and she has also performed in Ireland, England, France, Scotland, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, Switzerland, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Manila, Philippines and Shanghai and Beijing, China. Critics have acclaimed her seven solo recordings for the Chandos label, and she has also recorded for Centaur, Pantheon, and Bridge. Festival appearances include Aspen, Bravo! Vail, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, Chautauqua, Hollywood Bowl, Montreal, and Mostly Mozart. Along with Arnold Steinhardt (first violinist of the Guarneri Quartet) and Jules Eskin (principal cellist of the Boston Symphony), she is a member of the Steinhardt-Artymiw-Eskin Trio. A recipient of top prizes in the 1976 Leventritt and the 1978 Leeds International Competitions, she graduated from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and studied with Gary Graffman. Artymiw is the Distinguished McKnight Professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota where she has taught since 1989.


AMADI AZIKIWE, conductor, violist, and violinist, has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court; as a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center; touring with Music from Marlboro, and with the New York Philharmonic. He has performed throughout Canada, South America, Central America, India, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, and the Caribbean, and his festival appearances have included Aspen, Maui, El Paso Chamber Music Festival, and Bravo! Vail. Currently on the faculty of James Madison University, his prizes and awards include Concert Artists Guild, the North Carolina Symphony, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Epstein Young Artists Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, with whom he still maintains a strong artistic and mentoring association. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Azikiwe has performed under the baton of conductors Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Seiji Ozawa, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, and Leonard Bernstein. A native of New York City, he began his formal training at the North Carolina School of the Arts, continuing at the New England Conservatory where he received his Bachelor’s degree.
YEHONATAN BERICK In high demand internationally since becoming a prizewinner at the 1993 Naumburg Violin Competition, Yehonatan Berick enjoys a busy concert schedule as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and pedagogue, throughout North America, Europe and Israel. Berick has performed, among others, with the Quebec, Winnipeg, Windsor, Ann Arbor, Jerusalem and Haifa Symphonies; the Israel, Cincinnati, Montreal and Manitoba Chamber Orchestras. He has collaborated with many world renowned artists, including pianists Menahem Pressler, James Tocco, and Gilbert Kalish; violists Michael Tree and Paul Neubauer; cellists David Soyer, Stephen Isserlis, and Yehuda Hanani; clarinetists Wolfgang Meyer and James Campbell, and flutist Julius Baker. Berick’s festival and chamber series credits include Marlboro, Ravinia, Seattle, Vancouver, Ottawa, Jerusalem, El Paso, Maui, Great Lakes, Close Encounters With Music, Giverny (France), Leicester (U.K.), Lapland (Sweden), Strings in the Mountains (Colorado), Kfar Blum (Israel), Killington (Vermont), and Music@Menlo (California). Touring with Musicians from Marlboro, the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, and other chamber ensembles, he has been featured in the world’s most important music centers: in Europe (London’s Wigmore Hall, Paris’s Musée du Louvre, Milan’s Sala Verdi), the U.S. (New York’s Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Museum, Washington’s Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection) and Canada (Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio and St. Lawrence Centre, Quebec City’s Grand Theatre and Palais Montcalm). Prior to his current appointment as Professor of Violin at the University of Ottawa, he served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, McGill University, University of Toronto and the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Berick completed his studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He currently plays on a violin by Honoré Derazey Père from 1852.
PAUL BISS studied at Indiana University and at The Juilliard School of Music with Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian. His chamber music teachers included Walter Trampler, Claus Adam, Janos Starker and William Primrose. He was professor of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington from 1979 until 2008, teaching violin, chamber music, and conducting all the school orchestras in more than 125 performances of symphonic music. He also conducted 13 operas with the Indiana University Opera Theater. He has conducted in Mexico, Finland, Brazil, and Israel. This past season he led the Bahian Symphony in a series of concerts in Brazil and the Seoul Classical Players in an all-Beethoven concert in Korea. Since 1994, he has been a faculty member at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival, and in 2006 he joined the faculty at New England Conservatory. Chamber music plays an important part in his professional life. He spent six summers at the Marlboro Festival where he played both violin and viola and was a member of the Berkshire String Quartet for four years. He has collaborated with the Mendelssohn Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet, and Alexander Quartet and has appeared in concert with Christoph Eschenbach, Menahem Pressler, Gidon Kremer, Pinchas Zukerman, Miriam Fried, Michael Tree, and Janos Starker, among other eminent performers. Biss grew up in a musical environment as the son of famed cellist Raya Garbusova, who gave the premieres of several landmark contemporary works, including the Samuel Barber Cello Concerto.
Baritone MISCHA BOUVIER, winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Competition, has performed with the BSO, and in Kurt Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Tanglewood, under the direction of James Levine. Called a “delight to encounter for the first time” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and noted by the New York Times for his “rich timbre” and “fine sense of line,” he recently made a debut with The Knights, singing a newly commissioned orchestral piece, and gave his NYC recital debut at Carnegie Hall (under the auspices of Concert Artists Guild) and has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and the Long Island Philharmonic. In 2012-13, he joins the Colorado Symphony as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah and sings Handel’s Apollo and Dafne in a return engagement with the American Bach Soloists, performs Bach’s St. John Passion (bass soloist and Pilate) at New York’s St. Thomas Church; collaborates with Catacoustic Consort and the Wildcat Viols at the San Francisco Early Music Festival; and appears with Bach Collegium San Diego (Mozart Requiem and St. John Passion). A singer of tremendous versatility, Mr. Bouvier made his professional musical theater debut under the baton of Keith Lockhart in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel with the Boston Pops. On stage, he has performed leading roles in Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande, Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe and in Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher. He received his B.M. from Boston University and his M.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
CHARLES CAINE, costume designer, started his illustrious career at the Metropolitan Opera, as resident costume designer for 16 seasons. Since then, he has designed for many other opera companies, including Canadian Opera, Montreal Opera, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Chicago Lyric, Washington Opera, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and New York City Opera. His designs have appeared in the acclaimed PBS-TV production of Luisa Miller starring Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes and Renata Scotto. Aside from design projects, he now adds lectures to his schedule, recalling the glories from the Golden Days backstage at the Met.


ALEXANDER FITERSTEIN Considered one of today’s most exceptional clarinet players, Alexander Fiterstein has performed in recital and with orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world. Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant Award, he has been praised by The New York Times for possessing a “beautiful liquid clarity.” As a soloist, Mr. Fiterstein has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. He has performed in recital at the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center, the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Louvre in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Tel Aviv Museum. Among the colleagues he has performed with are Daniel Barenboim, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Pinchas Zukerman, Steven Isserlis and Elena Bashkirova; and the American, Borromeo, Daedalus, Fine Arts, Mendelssohn, Muir and Vogler string quartets. Mr. Fiterstein has worked with composers John Corigliano and Osvaldo Golijov and has had pieces written for him by Samuel Adler and Mason Bates, among others. He performed the U.S. premieres of Henrik Strindberg’s Clarinet Concerto Minne, Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows and Paul Schoenfield’s clarinet trio Refractions, commissioned by Close Encounters With Music. A recording of Schoenfield’s trio, performed by Mr. Fiterstein with James Tocco and Yehuda Hanani, was released in May 2010 on the Naxos label. Mr. Fiterstein was a member of the prestigious Chamber Music Society II of Lincoln Center and continues to perform with the CMS each season. He is founder of The Zimro Project, an ensemble inspired by the Zimro Ensemble, a group that nurtured Jewish composers and culture nearly a century ago in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Klezmer-performing Alexander Fiterstein Trio was also formed in 2008 with cimbalom player Walter Zev Feldman and accordionist Christina Crowder. Mr. Fiterstein was born in Belarus and immigrated with his family to Israel where he later studied at the Israel Arts and Science Academy. He graduated from the Juilliard School and he is the first prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition, and the recipient of numerous awards from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award (Tokyo). He is clarinet professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


MIRIAM FRIED has been recognized for many years as one of the world’s preeminent violinists. A consummate musician—equally accomplished as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician—she has been heralded for her “fiery intensity and emotional depth” (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery. Miriam Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe and has been a frequent guest with the principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony. Recital tours have taken her to all of the major music centers in North America and to Brussels, London, Milan, Munich, Rome, Paris, Salzburg, Stockholm and Zurich. In recent seasons, her schedule has included orchestral engagements with such ensembles as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Milwaukee Symphony, Chautauqua Institution, the Louisville Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the BBC Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Mexico, the Japan Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Since 1993 she has been Artistic Director of the Ravinia Institute, one of the country’s leading summer programs for young musicians. Chamber music plays an important role in Ms. Fried’s musical life. She was until recently the first violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and collaborates regularly with her son, pianist Jonathan Biss. Ms. Fried plays a particularly noteworthy violin, a 1718 Stradivarius that is said to have been the favorite of its 18thcentury owner, the composer-conductor Louis Spohr. A noted pedagogue, Miriam Fried is on the faculty of New England Conservatory and is invited to give master classes throughout the world.


Violinist JOANA GENOVA, Artist Associate in Violin at Williams College, has an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher, and soloist. She is a prizewinner of the National Competition in Bulgaria and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in her native country. Since 2000, Ms. Genova has lived in the U.S. where she performs with the Berkshire Symphony, is concertmaster of the Manchester Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Her collaborations include performances with the Shanghai String Quartet, Andres Cardenes, Nathaniel Rosen, Michael Rudiakov, Yehuda Hanani, Ruth Laredo, David Deveau, Adam Neiman, and David Krakauer, among many others. She has performed as soloist with the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra; the Metropolitan, Rockaway and Danbury Symphonies; the Berkshire Symphony; and the Manchester Festival Orchestra. Joana Genova took up the violin at the age of six, and made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In Holland, Ms. Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.


VADIM GLUZMAN'S extraordinary artistry both sustains the great violin tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries and enlivens it with the dynamism of today. The Israeli violinist appears regularly around the world: with major orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and NHK Symphony; and with leading conductors including Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marek Janowski, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Among his festival appearances are Verbier, Ravinia, Lockenhaus, Pablo Casals, Colmar, Jerusalem and the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Northbrook, Illinois, founded by Gluzman with his wife and long-standing recital partner, pianist Angela Yoffe. This season Gluzman begins a collaboration with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, in the position of Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist. His wide repertoire embraces contemporary music, and he has given live and recorded premieres of works by composers Giya Kancheli, Lera Auerbach, Michael Daugherty, and Sofia Gubaidulina. Accolades for his extensive discography—under an exclusive contract with BIS Records—include the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Choc de Classica, and Disc of the Month (ClassicFM, Strad and BBC Music Magazine). Born in the former Soviet Union, Gluzman began violin studies at the age of seven before moving to Israel, where he was a student of Yair Kless. In the U.S. his teachers were Arkady Fomin and, at The Juilliard School, Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Mr. Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and support of Isaac Stern, and was awarded the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award in 1994. He plays the extraordinary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari, on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.


COSMO GORCSI attended Mannes College of Music in New York and studied privately with the famous cimbalom player Karoly Szoradi. He also studied traditional cimbalom performance technique in Hungary and through family members passing down secrets from generation to generation.




RENANA GUTMAN Praised by the New York Sun for playing “with great vigor and aplomb” and for the “true poetry in her phrasing,” pianist Renana Gutman has performed across three continents as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and collaborative artist. A top prize winner at the Los Angeles Liszt competition and International Keyboard Festival in New York, she has performed with orchestras including the Jerusalem Symphony and Belgian “I Fiamminghi.” She was one of four young pianists selected by Leon Fleisher to participate in his workshop on Beethoven piano sonatas hosted by Carnegie Hall where she presented performances of Hammerklavier and Appassionata to critical acclaim, and she spent three summers at the Marlboro Music Festival where she collaborated with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, and members of the Guarneri and Mendelssohn string quartets. Much affiliated with vocalists, she has performed with soprano Susan Naruki and Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford. Her piano trio Terzetto has won critical acclaim and was featured at the Banff Center, Canada, and Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, North Carolina. Recent appearances with her duo partner, violinist Dan Zhu, include Ravinia Rising Stars, Washington National Gallery, Stresa Music Festival, Italy, and a South African tour. A native of Israel, Ms. Gutman started playig piano at the age of six, soon recognized as a prodigy garnering multiple awards and honors. Her most influential teachers were Richard Goode at Mannes College of Music, where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and mentors Victor Derevianko, Andras Schiff, and Vladimir Feltsman.


ERIN KEEFE Winner of the 2006 Avery Fisher Career Grant, American violinist Erin Keefe is quickly establishing a reputation and earning praise as a compelling artist who combines exhilarating temperament and fierce integrity. A top prize winner of several international competitions, she took the Grand Prizes in the 2007 Torun International Violin Competition (Poland), the 2006 Schadt Competition and the Corpus Christi International String Competition, and was the Silver Medalist in the Carl Nielsen, Sendai (Japan) and Gyeongnam (Korea) International Violin Competitions. She has appeared with orchestras and in recital in the United States, Austria, Germany, Korea, Poland, Japan and Denmark and has collaborated with many leading artists of today including Edgar Meyer, Gary Graffman, Richard Goode, Colin Carr, Menahem Pressler, and Leon Fleisher. She appeared on a program with Michael Tilson Thomas premiering his own chamber music at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. Her recording credits include Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet for the Naxos Label, recordings of the Dvořák Terzetto and the Dvořák Piano Quartet in E-flat for the CMS Studio Recording label and live performances of the Bartok Contrasts, Dvořák Piano Quintet, and Mozart E-flat Piano Quartet recorded for Deutsche Gramophone. Her festival appearances have included Marlboro, Music from Angel Fire, Ravinia, Seattle, OK Mozart, and Bridgehampton. As a member of Chamber Music Society Two she has appeared at Lincoln Center numerous times as well as on tour and was featured on Live From Lincoln Center. She holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music Degree from The Curtis Institute. Ms. Keefe holds the position of Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra.




LINDEN STRING QUARTET Recognized as “…polished, radiant and incisive…” by The Strad, the Linden String Quartet is a winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Founded at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2008, the Quartet enjoyed immediate success and has now returned to establish home base in Cleveland to become part of the artistic fabric of this thriving musical city. To that end, the group has created its own “Parallels Cleveland Chamber Series” at Severance Hall’s Reinberger Hall. The Quartet began the 2013-14 season at the Ravinia Festival and Fontana Chamber Arts, as well as a residency at La Jolla Summerfest. Recent U.S. highlights include: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; New York’s renowned Schneider Concerts Series; Purdue University; Caramoor Center for the Arts; and a weeklong residency for the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, culminating in a performance with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. In Canada, the ensemble has performed at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Banff Festival, and recently completed its third annual residency at the Music at Port Milford Chamber Music Festival in Ontario. The Lindens are active with educational residencies, at the University of Iowa School of Music and as the Steifel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, leading a series of educational workshops in the area school districts. The culmination of this residency was a Caramoor Festival performance in July 2012 featuring the world premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s Line Up! – commissioned for the Quartet. The Linden completed the two-year Graduate String-Quartet-in-Residence program at Yale University School of Music, where they were mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet. Previous mentors have included members of the Juilliard, Guarneri and St. Lawrence quartets. In addition to Concert Artists Guild, other competition victories were top prizes in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (Gold Medal/ Grand Prize) and the Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition. The Quartet was also selected in 2011 for the prestigious A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Fellowship, which included a $25,000 award. Members of the Linden Quartet are Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello.

KELLEY O'CONNOR Possessing a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication far beyond her years, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor is one of the most compelling performers of her generation. During the 2012-2013 season, the California native’s impressive calendar included John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary in a world premiere staging by Peter Sellars performed in the U.S. and Europe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of music director Gustavo Dudamel. She also debuted as Suzuki in a new production of Madama Butterfly by Lillian Groag at Boston Lyric Opera. Recent performances have included Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with both Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra and Robert Spano and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Debussy’s La Damoiselle élue with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony, Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony, Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony; and Lieberson’s The World in Flower with Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Ms. O’Connor brought her “smoky sound and riveting stage presence” (The New York Times) to performances of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénedict with Opera Boston, and to her signature role as Federico Garcia Lorca in a Peter Sellars staging of Golijov’s Ainadamar at Teatro Real in Madrid. Her festival appearance include the London Proms, Colorado Music Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, and the Berlin Festival, among others. Recent operatic engagements have included her Canadian Opera Company debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Falstaff at Sante Fe Opera. Other highlights have been Mozart’s Requiem both with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and with Iván Fischer leading the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall. For her debut with the Atlanta Symphony, in Ainadamar, she joined Robert Spano for live performances and a Grammy Award-winning Deutsche Grammophon recording.



ROMAN RABINOVICH Twenty-eight year old Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich is winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel. Praised by critics for “vivacity and virtuosity” and his “impeccable clarity of execution,” he has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Israel in such prestigious venues as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Wigmore Hall, Lucerne and Davos festivals in Switzerland, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Metropolitan and the Isabella Stewart Gardner museums, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Glazunov Hall in St. Petersburg, Vienna’s Musikverein, as well as Jordan Hall in Boston, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Les Invalides in Paris and the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. At age ten he made his Israel Philharmonic Orchestra debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta, performing with that orchestra and Maestro Mehta again in 1999 and 2003. He has since appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Ann Arbor Symphony, Dohnányi Orchestra of Budapest, and the Neuchatel Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland), among others. In May 2008 he replaced Murray Perahia in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv. His chamber music collaborators have included violinists Daniel Hope and Miriam Fried, clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, the Atrium string quartet and the piano quartet Fourtissimo. Born in Uzbekistan, Mr. Rabinovich began his piano studies at the age of six with his mother. In 1994, he and his parents immigrated to Israel where he studied at the Rubin Academy of Music. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and with a Masters Degree from Juilliard, he also excels as an artist, often combining concerts with exhibitions of his paintings.

ARIEL RUDIKOV Recently appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, Ariel Rudiakov has won critical acclaim as both violist and conductor. His collaborations in both areas have included performances with many renowned musicians and ensembles. These include pianists Ruth Laredo and André-Michel Schub, clarinetist Stanley Drucker, violinist Jaime Laredo, the Shanghai Quartet, Camerata New York, and many more. Rudiakov is a founding member of the New York Piano Quartet and the String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC). He has also served on the faculties for Bennington, Middlebury, and Green Mountain Colleges, and assumed directorship of the Manchester (VT) Music Festival in 2001. Additionally, he has held guest and permanent conducting posts with the Metropolitan Symphony, the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, and the Bergen Philharmonic. He is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division and the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy and has led the Manchester Chamber Orchestra since 1989. Performing extensively in the U.S. and abroad, he has appeared as a guest on radio stations, including Vermont Public Radio, WAMC’s Performance Today, and WQXR in New York City. Rudiakov is active in the commissioning of new works for both solo viola and orchestra. He records for the Eroica and MMF labels.

Pianist YEGOR SHEVTSOV enjoys a multi-faceted career as a solo performer, chamber musician, recording artist, collaborator and educator. His performances have been singled out for their “Mozartean elegance” (New York Times) and “superb musicianship” (Miami Herald). His recent engagements have included appearances as a concerto soloist at Symphony Space (NYC), Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan, the National Theater in Taipei, and Auditorio de Ciudad de León (Spain). In recent seasons, Mr. Shevtsov performed at the Ojai Festival, Present Music Season Finale in Milwaukee, Rockport Chamber Music Festival and with members of many renowned ensembles, such as the American String Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Bang on a Can, red fish blue fish, Alarm Will Sound, Wet Ink Ensemble and Manhattan Sinfonietta, among others. Shevtsov’s most significant artistic associations have been with choreographer Mark Morris; Red Light New Music, a ground-breaking contemporary music collective; New World Symphony, America’s orchestral academy founded by Michael Tilson Thomas; American Ballet Theatre; and Mischa Bouvier, an award-winning baritone. Born in Ukraine, he began to play piano and dance competitively at an early age. After completing an Economics degree in Ukraine and the Netherlands as a George Soros International Scholar, he moved to New York, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with his dissertation on unpublished song orchestrations of Maurice Ravel. A faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music, he currently studies flamenco in the studio of Soledad Barrio.

JEFFREY SWANN enjoys an international performing career which has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He won first prize in the Dino Ciani Competition sponsored by La Scala in Milan, a gold medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and top honors at the Warsaw Chopin, Van Cliburn, Vianna da Motta and Montreal Competitions, as well as the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York City. His large and varied repertoire includes more than 60 concertos as well as solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez. In addition to presenting lecture/recitals worldwide, Mr. Swann has performed with the symphonies of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Dallas, Saint Louis, Phoenix, Houston, Baltimore and Minneapolis; and in Europe with the orchestras of Rotterdam, The Hague, Belgian National, La Scala, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Prague Philharmonic, and the London Philharmonia, among many others. The conductors with whom he has performed include Zdenek Macal, David Robertson, Esa- Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti and Leonard Slatkin. In addition, he continues to lecture regularly at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, and at Wagner Societies in the United States and Italy. Mr. Swann has also served as a judge at many competitions, most recently at the Utrecht International Liszt Competition. A native of Northern Arizona, Jeffrey Swann studied with Alexander Uninsky at Southern Methodist University and with Beveridge Webster and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School, where he received his B.M., M.M. and D.M.A. Degrees. His CD, The Virtuoso Liszt (Music & Arts) won the Liszt Society’s Grand Prix, and his first volume of the Complete Beethoven Sonatas (Agorá) was chosen one of the Best of the Year by Fanfare magazine. Since 2007 Jeffrey Swann has been Artistic Director of the Dino Ciani Festival & Academy in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.


AUGUST VENTURA Writer, architect and film-maker August Ventura has written extensively about Giuseppe Verdi for il Giornalino di Parma Lirica and Opera News, focusing on the unique relationship the city of Parma, Italy maintains with the Maestro’s operas and legacy. For the past two years he has been producing and directing an independent, feature-length documentary film on this subject entitled “27” in which Parma’s legendary Teatro Regio and the Club of 27 figure prominently. Most recently he presented sequences from this film-in-progress at Parma’s Teatro Regio as part of their 2012 Festival Verdi.


WEST SIDE 5, an award-winning vocal jazz ensemble based in New York City, is known for its refined sound and sophisticated approach to jazz. Inspired by greats like Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, and The Real Group, WS5 has crafted its own unique sounds, characterized by highly original arrangements, complex harmonies, and outstanding musicianship.

Corrine Byrne, Soprano
Sara Wajnberg, Alto
John Shumway, Tenor
Eric Hughes, Baritone
David McIntosh, Bass


Violist PIERRE HENRI XUEREB has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing with musicians such as Natalia Gutman, Eugène Istomin, Christian Ivaldi, Oleg Kagan, Gary Karr, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Janos Starker, and Walter Trampler, among others. He has made regular appearances on TV and in radio broadcasts and has recorded works of Ernest Bloch, Erwin Schulhoff, Arthur Honegger and Toru Takemitsu for Harmonia Mundi, Calliope, and Deutsche Grammophon. Pierre Henri Xuereb is professor of viola at the Paris Conservatoire and at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Gennevilliers. He regularly performs and teaches at international summer academies and festivals, including Académie de Courchevel, Festival Pablo Casals (Prades), Hamptons Music Institute, the Flanders Academy, in Choggia, Italy, and at the Johannesen International School of the Arts in Victoria, British Columbia. From 1991 to 1998 he was artistic director of the Florence Gould Hall Chamber Players in New York City. He is a member of the Patrick Gallois Quintet and an enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music with the members of Ensemble Alternance and the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. One of the last students of the great William Primrose, at the age of sixteen, he was awarded First Prize in Viola at the Paris Conservatoire, where he now teaches. His chamber music collaborations have been with many prestigious ensembles and orchestras—the Audubon, Enesco, Muir, Orlando, Parisii, Rosamonde and Talich quartets; Orchestre lyrique Région Alpes-Provence; Israel Sinfonietta, and Belgrade Chamber Orchestra.

ANGELA YOFFE Admired for her outstanding musicianship, extraordinary sensitivity and virtuosity, pianist Angela Yoffe has performed in the concert halls of the U.S., Europe, Japan and Canada. Ms. Yoffe was born in Riga, Latvia where she began her musical training, later immigrating to Israel, where she studied with Victor Derevianko. She continued her studies in the U.S. at Southern Methodist University. She served as a piano assistant in the violin studio of Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School, where she studied chamber music with Jonathan Feldman. As a chamber musician and recitalist, Angela Yoffe has performed in New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Berlin, Paris, Geneva, Rome and Tokyo. She has also appeared with the Seattle Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, SWR Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony and with New York’s Jupiter Symphony under the batons of Andrey Boreyko, Gerard Schwarz, Victor Yampolsky, Sebastian Lang-Lessing and the legendary Jens Nygaard. Angela Yoffe has received top prizes in many competitions, including the Dvarionas International Piano Competition in Lithuania.

Violinist ITAMAR ZORMAN is winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia, where he subsequently performed in the winners’ concerts with Maestro Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. In 2013, he was named a winner of the Avery Fisher Prize. Mr. Zorman has performed as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, with the Juilliard Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, the Het Gelders Orkest at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, and Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has appeared at Lincoln Center, in Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and at the Kennedy Center. A founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project, Mr. Zorman has toured with the group across Israel and North America for the past four seasons. This past summer, he made his debut at the Verbier Festival and returned to the Marlboro Music Festival. Born in Tel Aviv to a family of musicians, he holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Jerusalem Academy of Music where he studied with Nava Milo and Hagai Shaham. He received his Master’s degree from The Juilliard School and Artist Diplomas from Manhattan School of Music and from Juilliard. He has been supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Ilona Feher Foundation and plays on a 1737 Pietro Guarneri violin from the private collection of Yehuda Zisapel.

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