In the spirit of the holidays we wish to express our gratitude to all the people who have made our most recent festival such a success.
22nd Festival, Fall 2012, Boston
Ekaterina Anoshkin was born in Moscow, Russia. She received her Bachelor of Music (at The Higher Music School named after Ippolitov- Ivanov) and Master of Music degrees in Choral conducting. After completing her Master’s program at the Russian Academy of Music named after Gnessin (former Institute named after Gnessin) she continued her study at the Moscow Conservatory at then newly organized department of Choral Singing of Contemporary Music. While studying at the Russian Academy of Music she began her teaching career; she was a conductor assistant and taught solfege and voice for the Children’s Choral School “Phoenix” for 8 years (1991-1999). She participated in choral and vocal festivals as a piano accompanist, a choir and a solo singer (The Children’s Voice Festival in Moscow, Moscow’s Fall Festival and Italy’s VII Festival Chorale). After moving to America in 1999, she became a music teacher for the New England Hebrew Academy. She continues singing in choirs. For four years she had been a music director for Russian Amateur Women’s Choir in Boston from 2000-2004, for two years a choral conductor of Wilbraham Mixed Choir, and since Fall 2012 she is a choral conductor of the Intergenerational Community Chorus of Carlisle, MA. Currently, Katya works as a music director for Wellesley Hills UU Society, and she is a doctoral student at the Music Education department of The Boston University College of Fine Arts. Katya resides in Needham with her husband and young son. She loves photography, movies and painting the interior walls into new colors.
Anna Arazi is a winner of a number of Israeli competitions, including the Calmi Piano Competition (Jerusalem, 2006; 2008), "King's Way" Competition (Ashdod, 2008) and the Piano Concerto Competition (Jerusalem, 2008). She has taken part in masterclasses with John O'Conor, Oxana Yablonskaya, Victor Rosenbaum, Vladimir Viardo, Jose Ribera, Boris Berman, Grigory Gruzman and others. Ms. Arazi has won scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Danish-Israeli Studies Foundation in memory of Josef and Regina Nachemsohn, the Golda Meir Scholarship, the Lions Scholarship and the Scholarship of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Ms. Arazi frequently performs as a soloist as well as a member of chamber ensembles. Among her recent engagements is a performance with the Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva orchestra under the baton of Maestro Doron Salomon. Born in Russia, Ms. Arazi began playing piano at the age of 5 at the Ural College of Music. In 1997 Ms. Arazi immigrated to Israel with her family and, after her military service, continued her studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where she completed her B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees with Prof. Isser Slonim, Prof. Zelma Tamarkin-Slonim and Prof. Asaf Zohar. Ms. Arazi began the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance in Boston University in the fall of 2011 under the tutelage of Prof. Boaz Sharon.
Leon Bernsdorf was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1992. At five years of age, he received his first piano lessons from the renowned piano pedagogue Carol Tainton. In 2007 he continued his studies with Prof. Volker Banfield as a pre-student at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hamburg and since 2010 he is studying with Prof. Boaz Sharon at Boston University. Furthermore he has participated in master classes with John Perry, John O’Connor and Karl-Heinz Kammerling, as well as in the Young Artists Piano Program in Tanglewood.
At the age of six, Leon participated in the renowned German music competition “Jugend Musiziert”. In the following years, he won several first prizes in Piano Solo, Piano Duo and Chamber Music. In 2008, he won the first prize at the Steinway Competition in Hamburg and in 2009 he received the Steinway Advancement Award at the International Music Competition in Oldenburg, Germany. Recently, Leon won the second prize at the “Dedication to Franz Liszt Competition” at the Central Music School of the Tschaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow in 2010. Leon Bernsdorf gave his debut as a soloist in 2008 with the Piano Concerto by Grieg in the Laieszhalle in Hamburg. He has had appearances with orchestra throughout Germany, and has performed solo recitals in Spain, Italy, Japan and the US.
Alexandra Carlson earned her Master of Piano Performance cum laude and her Doctor of Musical Arts from the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory under Tatiana Voronina and Stanislav Igolinski. She now performs a wide range of solo, chamber and orchestral works in Russia, Europe and the USA. Dr. Carlson has won prizes at the Maria Yudina International Piano Competition (Russia), the “Hopes, Talents, Masters” Competition (Bulgaria), the London International Piano Competition (England) and at the Valentino Bucci International Competition (Italy). The New Horizons Project (USA) awarded her a fellowship, which included an internship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in the Baltic International Piano Duo Festival, the Festival junger Kuenstler Bayreuth and the US-Russia Educational Bridge Project Festival. More recently she performed at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Concert Hall, the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall and at the Atlantic Music Festival.
Brian Christian, composer, pianist, and conductor, was born in Berkeley, California. He has played piano since age five and composed since age eleven. He received a B.A. from University of California-Berkeley, and a M.M. in Composition from the Peabody Institute where his teachers included Nicholas Maw and Kevin Puts. Mr. Christian won first prize in the collegiate division of the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, and performed Prokofiev's third piano concerto with the UC-Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. He received the Gustav Klemm award in composition from the Peabody institute upon graduation. Mr. Christian compositions include works for piano, voice, chorus, solo violin, and chamber ensemble; he co-produced his opera “The Little Prince” in 2003 as well as an operetta “Eva” in 2008. His piano piece “Six French Sweets” was premiered in July of 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia. For more information visit brianlloydchristian.com
Clara Campbell Christian
Clara Campbell Christian is a doctoral student in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music where she studies with Alan Chow. An active performer, she has given solo recitals throughout North America as well as in St. Petersburg, Russia. She earned an M.M. from the Peabody Institute while studying with Ellen Mack and received her B.M. from Wheaton College while studying with Daniel Horn. At the Peabody Institute, Ms. Christian was awarded a Keyboard Studies Assistantship and a Career Development Grant. In 2011, she was a finalist in the Thaviu Isaak Piano Competition and the Musicians Club of Women awarded her the Elaine and Jerome Nerenberg Piano Scholarship, their top prize in piano. She is the rehearsal accompanist for the Chicago Master Singers and a frequent collaborative artist.
Ms. Christian is adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, faculty at Northwestern University's Music Academy, and maintains a private studio in the Chicago area. An active member of the Music Teacher's National Association, she presented at the 2012 national convention in New York City and gives guest lectures in piano pedagogy throughout the year.
Born in Leningrad, Georges Devdariani graduated with honors from the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory where he majored in clarinet performance. He continued his studies at the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory in Antwerp and later at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, graduating with a Master of Musical Arts in musical theatre.
A winner of international competitions, Mr. Devdariani takes part in a variety of international musical projects and festivals; he tours as a clarinetist performing in Russia, the USA and Holland and has conducted the clarinet orchestra “Lignum” in Leiden.
Mr. Devdariani also studied drama at Amsterdam’s Theater school De Trap from which he graduated in 2005. He starred in the movie “Hang” and won two awards at an international film festival in Scotland. He was the assistant director and production coordinator in the Russia-Holland opera production of Mozart’s Don Juan and Verdi’s Il Trovatore and directed the world premiere of A. Tikhomirov’s opera Dracula in St. Petersburg. Recently he was invited to stage Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne in Amsterdam as co-director.
Ehud Ettun - Bassist, composer and arranger. Born in 1987. Graduated from the Israeli Arts & Sciences Academy in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Music Academy (B.Mus) and The New England Conservatory in Boston (M.M). Ehud studied Bass with Dr. Michael Klinghoffer in Jerusalem, and later on with Donald Palma and Dave Holland in the United States. Ehud started his composition studies in high school with Prof. Andre Haydu and Dr. Michael Wolpe, and later on studied composition with Dr. Ken Schaphorst and Dr. Hankus Netsky in the United States. As a Bassist, Ehud performed at the Red Sea Jazz Festival (Eilat), The Jerusalem Music Center (Mishkenot Sha’ananim), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C), Blue Note in New York, Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston and more. As a composer, Ehud was part of the “Half Colors Half Voices” project composing music to the poems of the poetess Rachel Bluwstein. Ehud also released his debut album as a composer recently: “Heading North”. Ehud is a recipient of the AICF scholarship in the years of 2004-2008.
Resident Conductor of the Collegium Musicum Joseph Fort‘s musical endeavors straddle the worlds of both performance and scholarship; he combines his new post with life as a graduate student, pursuing a PhD in Music Theory at Harvard. He also serves as a Resident Tutor in Eliot House. As an organist Fort has recorded and performed on UK and U.S. radio, and has on occasion performed in this capacity with the University Choir at Memorial Church. He has also worked with other ensembles in the area, including the Tufts University Choraleand the Concord Chorus. Fort is a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, UK, where he was the organ scholar, directing the chapel choir in its twice-weekly services and on tours to Ireland, Italy, Mexico (with two televised performances) and North America.
Alexey Grigoriev was born in 1989 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). In 2007 he graduated from the Special Music School-Lyceum of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied with Zora Tsuker. In 2007-2011 he continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Prof. Mikhail Voskresensky and Alexander Strukov. Currently he is a fourth-year student at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (class of Prof. Leonid Zaychik). Aleksey was a prizewinner at the Second International H. Neuhaus Festival of Young Pianists (2003, Moscow); he received a diploma and a special prize at the International Ettore Pozzoli Piano Competition (2009, Italy) and an audience award at the Kissinger KlavierOlymp Festival (2010, Germany). From 2000 to 2007 he was the holder of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society Scholarship. He has participated in the Kissinger Sommer Festival (2011, Germany) and in concerts organized by the Gartow Foundation.
Dr. Natalia Katonova, Executive Director of the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Museum's orchestra “Camerata,” is a long-time participant in the Educational Bridge Project's festivals in the US and in Russia. Dr. Katonova received her education as a piano solo and ensemble performer and musicologist at the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory and the Moscow Conservatory. Dr. Katonova has authored two books and many articles on the subject of clavier-ensemble performances; her “Catalog of the Clavier-ensemble Music from the 16th to 20th Centuries” from 2002 was the first catalog of its kind published in Russia. Dr. Katonova successfully combines an active international performing schedule with teaching at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and talks at musicological conferences.
Born in Moscow and educated in Israel and the US, Matti Kovler wrote his first opera at the age of 17. His works have since been performed in Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Boston, Oslo and New York, by the Metropole Orchestra (Holland), Fox Studios Symphony Orchestra (Los Angeles), the Ariel Quartet (Boston) and the Brillaner Duo (Berlin).
Kovler’s music has been praised for its “emotive potency” (New York Times), "bold orchestral colors” (The Boston Globe) and described as “part mystical, part comical” (Grade A Entrepreneurs). Recent projects included a Carnegie Hall commission—a monodrama for soprano and chamber ensemble; the work, Here Comes Messiah!, was premiered at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in 2009.
Presently, Matti is a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship for study in the US - he is finishing his doctorate at the New England Conservatory. He has been a fellow at the Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festivals, and at Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Italy). Recognitions include first prize in the Dorfman International Composers Competition (Germany), the Theodore Presser Award and two Morton Gould awards from ASCAP.
Rachel Anna Kuznetsov
Rachel Anna Kuznetsov was born in Boston, USA in the year 2000. She started composing music when she was six years old, and for the past five years she has been studying composition and music theory with Matti Kovler, a young composer at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Rachel’s compositions for piano and chamber ensembles received awards at the young composer competitions in the US – the 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould competition, and in Russia – the 2012 V.A. Gavrilin competition in St. Petersburg.
Ruth Lomon's compositions include symphonic, chamber, and vocal works and multimedia installations. She has been awarded commissions and grants from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Pro Arte Orchestra, Dinosaur Annex, Auros, The Laurels flute project, Brandeis Hadassah Institute, New Mexico Arts Division, National Endowment for the Arts; residencies at Yaddo, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Virginia Centre for Creative Arts and MacDowell/Norlin fellowship.
Since 1998 Ruth Lomon has been Composer/Scholar with the Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC) at Brandeis University. She composed oratorio Testimony of Witnesses for chorus, orchestra and soloists, a work that took years to complete because of the extensive research on the poetry and writings of the victims of the holocaust. The work was completed in 2008, but there were performances of the choruses before the entire work was completed. Two of the choruses from this oratorio will be performed as part of the Educational Bridge Project's Concert with Historical Commentaries on October 30, 2012 in Boston University. The American premiere of these choruses took place at the Festival of Women Composers in October 2004 in Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis University, with the Secession chorus under the direction of Jane Ring Frank. The oratorio is dedicated to Shulamit Reinharz, Founding Director of WSRC.
The Russian premiere of two choruses from the Oratorio, Borah Ad Ana and Chor der Waisen, took place on May 23, 2009, at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, during the Educational Bridge Project's 15th Russian-American festival. Maestro Alexander Soloviev, laureate of the International Conductors Competition, led the Concert Choir of the Moscow Pedagogical State University in this performance.
Maria Lyudko - daughter of opera singers - started to study music when she was just four; when she was eight she had her début on the opera stage with the part of the Nightingale in N. Bryansky's comic opera "The Quartet". A graduate of the musicology and vocal departments of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, Maria Lyud’ko further developed her singing skills at the Academy of the Mariinsky Theatre and The International Bach Academy. An Honored Artist of Russia, she has been a winner of many international and All-Russian competitions, including Hans Gabor Belveder in Vienna, The L. Sobinov Competition in Saratov, and The "Romanciade" in Moscow.
Greek-Venezuelan pianist Alexia Mouzá was born in Athens in 1989. At an early age she began taking lessons from her mother, Patricia Arenas. Beginning in 1999 she studied with professors Leonid Margarius and Anna Kravtchenko at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy. Alexia Mouzá has given concerts in prestigious venues such as the Megaron Mousikis of Athens, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, the Concert Hall in Hong Kong, and the Sala Verdi in Milan. She frequently participates in international festivals, including the Sächsisches Mozartfest (Germany), la Semaine musicale (Switzerland), International Mozart Festival in Hokkaido (Japan), International Music Festival of Santorini (Greece), and Festival MITO (Italy). At the Festival de Jóvenes Pianistas (Venezuela), she recently performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Alexia has recorded two DVD/CDs, Mozart’s Concerto for Three Pianos “Lodron” with the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano as well as a piano recital featuring music of Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart and Schumann; both were released by the Italian label Domovideo, Multigram. She is currently working on an Artist Diploma at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where she is studying with Professor Boaz Sharon.
A native New Yorker, harpist Amanda Romano debuted as a soloist at the age of 15 in Alice Tully Hall. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory in harp performance, studying with former Boston Symphony Orchestra harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, and her Master’s degree from Boston University. As a 2010 Harp Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Ms. Romano was privileged to work with John Williams, Michael Tilson Thomas, Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Robert Spano, and Oliver Knussen. As an ensemble performer, Ms. Romano plays with the Boston Philharmonic and the Atlantic Symphony. She has also performed with other orchestras throughout New England including the Bangor Symphony, the New England Philharmonic, the Cape Ann Symphony, and the Symphony by the Sea. Ms. Romano is on faculty of the Brookline Music School and also keeps a private teaching studio. She has recently appeared as soloist with the Northeastern Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Jordan Winds.
Anthony Russell, bass, has sung with various opera companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and the New York Metro area over the past ten years. He made his professional début with the San Francisco Opera Company in the world premiere of Philip Glass's opera Appomattox, creating the role of the Fourth Freed Slave. Recently, Anthony has devoted himself to performing the Yiddish art song repertoire of operatic bass Sidor Belarsky (1898-1975), most recently in September at the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, North America's largest international Jewish music festival. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his partner of five years, Rabbi Michael Rothbaum.
Tony Schemmer, born in New York City, graduated from Yale College with honors in Music Theory and Composition. He subsequently studied jazz with George Russell and conducting with Richard Pittman at New England Conservatory as well as popular music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
His pop opera Phaust premiered in 1980 at Sanders Theatre, on the campus of Harvard University, under Philip Morehead (currently Head of Music Staff, Lyric Opera of Chicago). ’Bus, a play with music for kids, was produced for the Columbus quincentennial by the noted Boston area children's music and theater group “PALS.”
His incidental, chamber and choral music has been performed in St. Petersburg, Odessa and Salzburg as well as in Italy, Ireland and throughout the USA. Over the past decade, Mr. Schemmer has enjoyed collaborations with notable young “emerging” talents. With pianist Constantine Finehouse and ‘cellist Sebastian Bäverstam, he just released the CD “Brahms/Schemmer,” featuring Brahms op. 38 and three original compositions for ‘cello/piano duo.
Tony Schemmer serves as a Director of the Harvard Musical Association, a member of the Advisory Board of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School and as Overseer of New England Conservatory. His music is tonal with clear reference to American jazz idiom as well as Western classical traditions.
Tanya Schwartzman is the Music Director of the Sharon Music Academy, which she has founded in 1990. She is Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, Master Teacher of World Piano Competition and is a faculty member of several international summer music programs. Tanya holds MA in Musical Education from the prestigious Novosibisrk Conservatory (Russia) and conducted postgraduate studies at the Moscow Pedagogical University, where she subsequently taught piano pedagogy to the future piano teachers. She is the author of several articles in the field of Music Theory and Pedagogy. Among her students are many winners of local, national and prestigious international piano competitions, including International Young Artists Competition in Washington, DC, Manchester Young Artist Competition in Connecticut, Young Promise International Music Competition. Tanya’s students have been selected to perform in Holland, Switzerland and France, as well as on the famous stages in US, such as Carnegie Hall in New York and John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. She is frequently invited to serve as a judge at various piano competitions.
Yaroslava Serdobolskaya was born in 1992 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). In 2011 she graduated from the Special Music School-Lyceum of the St. Petersburg Conservatory (class of Zora Tsuker) and entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory (class of Prof. Ekaterina Murina). She participated in the Arts Square Winter Festival dedicated to the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg (2003), where she performed the solo piano part at the premiere of Sergey Banevich’s concert opera Scenes from Nikolen’ka Irteniev’s Life, and in the “Night of Music in Petersburg” Festival dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s 170th anniversary (2010). Yaroslava was an award winner at the International Children’s Festival (Tallinn, Estonia, 2010). She has performed both as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles in various cities in Russia and Germany as well as appearing with the St. Petersburg State Capella Orchestra.
Anna Shakina was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) into a family of professional musicians. In 1996-1997 she was the holder of the St. Petersburg Culture Fund scholarship. Anna is a graduate of the Special Music School-Lyceum of the St. Petersburg Conservatory (class of Zora Tsuker) and the St. Petersburg Conservatory (with honors, class of Prof. Oleg Malov). Her awards include the Grand Prix at the International IBLA Grand Prize Piano Competition (Italy, 2005) and prizes she received at the First All-Russian “Road to Mastership” Piano Competition (Moscow, 2006) and the International Maria Yudina Competition (St. Petersburg, 2006 and 2007). Having completed her Masters in Solo Piano Performance (class of Prof. Ekaterina Murina), Anna was invited to join the faculty of the Piano Performance Methodology Department at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Nina Siniakova is a composer and pianist. She studied both piano and composition in Minsk, Belarus, received her Doctorate in music composition at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory and also studied in Cologne, Germany. She currently lives in New York.
Alexander Soloviev is a well-known Russian choral conductor, recipient of many prestigious awards, associate professor of choral conducting, and Director of Chamber Choir at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He graduated with honors from the Gnessin Musical Institute in 1997 (under Prof. V. K. Lubarsky) as well as from the Choral Conducting Department of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2002 (under Prof. S. S. Kalinin). After defending his undergraduate thesis on the musical language and style of William Walton’s choral compositions (under Prof. V. S. Tsenova), he completed his graduate work at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Prof. B. G. Tevlin in 2004. In 2008 Maestro Soloviev founded the Concert Choir of the Moscow Pedagogical State University, which has since been granted many notable awards, both in Russia and internationally.
Karina Sposobina was born in St. Petersburg and began playing piano at the age of 5. A 1999 graduate of St. Petersburg Conservatory, Karina Sposobina was a 2006 recipient of the International Competition “Arts of the XXI century” in chamber music in Vienna, Austria. In 2009 she was a recipient of the International Chamber Music Competition (III Prize) in Piacenza, Italy. Since 2004 Karina has been a professor of chamber music at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Sposobina actively performs as soloist, member of chamber ensembles, and accompanist in Russia and abroad.
Alexey Stadler, born in St. Petersburg in 1991 into a family of musicians, began playing the cello at the age of 4. Alexey continued his studies in the Rimsky-Korsakov Musical College and in 2010 moved to Weimar, Germany, where he has taken master classes with David Geringas and Frans Helmerson. Since 2010 Alexey has been studying with Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar. He is also a scholar of the Oscar und Vera Ritter Foundation. In 2012 Alexey Stadler won the Grand Prize in the “TONALi 2012” Competition in Hamburg and participated in the project of the Kronberg Academy “Chamber Music Connects the World,” where he performed together with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Christian Tetzlaff. Alexey Stadler was soloist in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Hamburg Symphony under Luciano di Martino and performed the Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie.
Vladimir Tarnopolski, professor of composition at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, studied composition at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Edison Denisov and Nikolai Sidelnikov. His graduate work, the Concerto for Cello (1980) was selected by conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky for a series of concert programs, entitled "From the History of Russian Music". Since then his works have been regularly performed in Russia and abroad by numerous famous musicians. He has written pieces on commission for some of the world's leading orchestras and his musical compositions have been awarded many prizes including the Dmitri Shostakovich Prize (Russia) and the Paul Hindemith Prize (Germany).
Tarnopolski plays a significant role in the development of contemporary Russian musical life. In 1993 he founded the Centre for Contemporary Music at the Moscow Conservatory, the first of its kind in Russia, and the Studio for New Music Ensemble. In 1994 he founded the Moscow Forum, an annual International Festival of Contemporary Music, the main focus of which is the integration of contemporary Russian music with Western European contemporary music.
Recently in celebrating the 70th jubilee of renowned Russian musician Zora (Zoriyat) Tsuker, the entire city of St. Petersburg became a month-long festival of music and piano pedagogy. A multitude of concerts by her students and their students honored her outstanding contributions to the training of young artists over the years. Zora Tsuker has taught piano at one of the most prestigious of Russian music schools, the famous Central Special Music School-Lyceum of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. Among her students are International Tchaikovsky Competition 2007 Laureate Miroslav Kultyshev as well as Inga Dzekzer and Alexey Zuev, recipients of the Géza Anda piano competition, the Monte Carlo Piano Masters competition and the Prokofiev Competition, among others.
Ms Tsuker studied at the Lvov Conservatory with Professor Alexander Edelman who, as a young musician, was a classmate of Vladimir Horowitz in Professor Blumenfeld’s class. An Honorable Member of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society since 2000, Zora Tsuker was awarded the title “The Best Teacher of the Year” by the City of St. Petersburg.
Diana Vinkovetsky was born in Kronshtadt and graduated from Leningrad (St. Petersburg) University, Russia, with M.S. in Geography and Ph.D. in Geomorphology. She has worked in geological expeditions in Kazakhstan and taught at St. Petersburg University. Together with her husband, Yakov Vinkovetsky, she was involved in the struggle between intelligentsia and the KGB for political freedom in the Soviet Union, struggle that involved arrests and house searches. Since immigrating to the USA in 1975, she has worked at Virginia Tech University, Research Center of Exxon Corporation, and Boston University. After Yakov tragically died, she remarried to Leonid Perlovsky.
Diana Vinkovetsky published seven books, nine essays, and two film scenarios. Her books are funny and sad and are written, according to the words of Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky, in a new genre for Russian literature, a mixture of real life and fiction. Diana's books received three literary awards - "Master Class", "Petropol" and "Tsarskoselskaya" - and highest acclaims from Nobel prize laureates and common people. Her motto in life is: “Don’t be afraid to love what you love.” http://dianavinkovetsky.com/
Bret Werb is Music Collection Curator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, a position he has held since the museum first opened in 1993. In addition to programming the museum's long-running chamber music series, Werb produced four CD recordings of Shoah song repertoire for the museum: Krakow Ghetto Notebook, Rise Up And Fight!: Songs of Jewish Partisans; Hidden History: Songs of the Kovno Ghetto, and Ballads and Broadsides; the last features archival recordings of Polish prisoners' songs from the Nazi camps. Werb has contributed to several music and Holocaust reference works, including The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians and the Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies. He currently curates the online exhibition "Music of the Holocaust" (www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/music). Werb earned his MA in ethnomusicology at UCLA and is a Ph.D. candidate at the same institution.
Tal Zilber (b. 1982), a native of Israel, enjoys an intensive career of unusual diversity as a concert pianist, an active composer and improviser. Along with his career as a classical recitalist, his compositions and arrangements were performed by a variety of ensembles and orchestras, among them the Carmel String Quartet and the Sinfonietta Beer Sheva Orchestra in Israel. He performed his electro acoustic compositions at the Louisiana-Texas electro acoustic music festival (LaTex) in Texas and his piece Four Preludes for Piano and Alto Saxophone was broadcast on Radio Clásica (Spain National Radio). Tal Zilber was chosen to serve as an Outstanding Musician in the Israeli Defense Forces. During the three years of his military service, he was chosen by the Zionist Federation to participate in a concert tour in Australia. He is an alumnus of the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University with a Master’s degree, of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, with a Performer Diploma, and the Rubin Israeli Music Academy, Tel Aviv University with a Bachelor's degree. Currently, he is studying towards a Doctorate Degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston with Ran Blake and Bert Seager.
Educational Bridge Project
Fall 2012, Boston
List of the 22nd festival participants
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