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Michael Brown

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Kivie Cahn-Lipman


Diana Cohen
Escher String Quartet


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.


Ieva Jokubauiciute



Los Angeles Guitar Quartet


Canadian violinist SARAH MCELRAVY is a founding member of the award-winning Linden String Quartet. She has toured extensively throughout Canada, Europe, and the United States, performing in some of the world’s great halls including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. As an educator, Ms. McElravy has broad experience, having been in residence at the music departments of Yale University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Idaho and frequently presenting master classes, lectures, and educational outreach performances at other educational institutions. Notable residencies include those with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, Canton Symphony Orchestra, and the Caramoor Center for Music as the 2011-12 Ernst Steifel Quartet-in-Residence. Ms. McElravy has worked closely with composers Gabriel Kahane, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Andy Akiho and recorded an album of music from eight prodigious young composers who were mentored by Chickasaw composer and pedagogue Jerod Impichaachaaha’ Tate, released by Azica Records. With the Linden Quartet, she was winner of the gold medal and grand prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, a management contract with Concert Artists Guild out of New York City, the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the 2009 Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition, and the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition. Ms. McElravy is the founder and artistic director of Chamber Music Society México (CMSMx), an organization dedicated to presenting world-class chamber music in México City. She received her BM and MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and subsequently completed a two-year graduate string-quartet-in-residence program at Yale University’s School of Music, mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet.


Rachel Lee Priday


ROMAN RABINOVICH is winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. 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 the Leipzig 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 the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Les Invalides in Paris and Kennedy Center. At the age of 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. 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 Master’s from Juilliard, he also excels as an artist, often combining concerts with exhibitions of his paintings. 


Misha Rachlevsky

Danielle Telemantes


XIAO-DONG WANG has been called the most talented violinist to emerge from China. He began his studies at age 3 with his father, concertmaster of the Shanghai Symphony; he then studied with the renowned teacher Zhao Ji-Yang at the Shanghai Conservatory. As first prize winner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition and the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Violin Competition at the ages of thirteen and fifteen, he was brought to the attention of violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay who arranged a four-year scholarship at Juilliard. Mr. Wang has performed as soloist with orchestras around the world, including the London Royal Philharmonic, the London Mozart Players, Adelaide, Perth, and Queensland symphony orchestras and Sydney Opera Orchestra. His recording credits include the Bartok Concerto No. 2 and Szymanowski Concerto No. 1 for Polygram. He has also appeared performing on both violin and viola in chamber music concerts at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Aspen, Ravinia and festivals and music series worldwide. Wang was the resident soloist of the Shanghai Symphony for the 2012-13 Season, during which he also performed as a soloist with other major Chinese orchestras, including the China Philharmonic in Beijing. He is artistic director of the chamber music group Concertante, collaborating with world renowned musicians and producing a vast number of recordings.

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