2018 FACULTY & GUESTS ARTISTS
Michigan State University, Artist teacher, professor of violin
vocal coach, collaborative piano
DMA Candidate at Stony Brook University, voice
Montclair State University, Long Island University, piano, vocal coach
Mannes The New School, soprano
St. Petersburg String Quartet, Wichita State University, cello
Co-founder of Vermeer String Quartet, violin/viola
University of Maryland, mezzo-soprano
New England Conservatory, piano
The Juilliard School, vocal coach, French diction
Past faculty include:
New York Conservatory of Music, violin
New York Philharmonic, violin
Michigan State University, Artist teacher, professor of violin
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, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Mariinsky Concert Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Munich Herkulessaal, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Bonn Beethoven Hall, Le Place des Arts in Montreal, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires among others.
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
Recently he performed with Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival, 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, Directed and performed with “International Chambers Soloists” at the Fontana Arts Festival, San Francisco Conservatory, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto. He gave recital in US, Taiwan, Korea, England, Italy, Mexico, and Brazil.
Recent highlights include performances with the London Philharmonic, 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.
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 and concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony.
In high demand as a teacher Mr.Berlinsky has tought and given Master Classes in Europe, Asia, Canada and in US at the Chautaqua Festival, Summit Music Festival in New York, Festival Internacional de Campos do Jordão in Brazil, International Academy of Music in Italy, Music in the Mountains Colorado, Schlern Festival, Instrumenta Verano in Mexico, University of South California in Los Angeles, Eastman School of Music, Menuhin School, Manhattan School, Temple University in Philhadelphia, DePaul and Roosevelt University in Chicago, Western Michigan University, Weber University in Utah, and UNT in Texas.
Mr.Berlinsky is the founder of the chamber orchestra “International Chamber Soloists” and Artistic Director of “Southampton Arts Festival” in Long Island, New York.
Mr.Berlinsky has been recipient of many awards including SONY, Juilliard, YCA and Bagby Foundations. For several years he played on famous “Yusupov” Stradivarious- the same instument David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan played
vocal coach, collaborative piano
John Greer is an active accompanist, vocal coach, conductor and composer and is heard in these capacities throughout the United States, Canada and abroad, in recital and on various CBC broadcasts. He is an honoured music graduate ofboth the University of Manitoba and of the University of Southern California where he was a student of pianists Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Brooks Smith and harpsichordist Malcolm Hamilton, followed by conducting studies with Boris Goldovsky. Currently residing in Toronto, Mr. Greer was previously Music Director of the Eastman Opera Theatre in Rochester, New York (1996-2001) and the Opera Studio at the University of Maryland (2001-3). He was subsequently recruited as Chair of Opera Studies at the New England Conservatory, a position he held from 2003-2010. Mr. Greer was General Manager and Head of Music Staff of the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina for ten seasons, Head Coach of Voice and Opera in a visiting capacity at the University of Kentucky, Lexington for three years and joined the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York in 2008 as head coach/continuo player for Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto, joining the Chautauqua Opera music staff the following summer. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada.
His numerous vocal & choral compositions, including ten song cycles with either piano or chamber ensemble accompaniment, have been heard worldwide, recently at the first“Greeriad”, a performance of exclusively Greer compositions in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has written two operas for the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and a recent Aldeburgh Connection CD features two of Greer’s song cycles; Allegory of Sweet Desire with soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and his Liebesleid Lieder for vocal quartet and piano, four hands.
New England Conservatory, piano.
Constantine Finehouse was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and attended New England Conservatory, Juilliard and Yale. His principal teachers included Fredrik Wanger, Natalia Harlap, Herbert Stessin, Jerome Lowenthal, Boris Berman and Bruce Brubaker. Praised by Rhein Main Presse Allgemeine Zeitung for his "interpretations of depth and maturity,” Finehouse has performed extensively in the US (including in California, Colorado, Connecticut, the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington) and abroad (including in Lausanne, London, Salzburg, Odessa, St. Petersburg, and Trieste). His newest album with cellist Sebastian Bäverstam feautures the universally-admired Brahms Sonata, Opus 38 for piano and cello, as well as several new works in the High Romantic style by Boston composer, Tony Schemmer. His 2009 solo recording, Backwards Glance [Spice Rack Records 101-01], interweaves music of Johannes Brahms and Richard Beaudoin.
The Bolcom Project, made in collaboration with his American Double partner, violinist Philip Ficsor, included a double-CD [Albany Troy 959/960] and a national tour. Fanfare praised the recording as “indispensable to any serious collector with an interest in later 20th-century duo repertoire for violin and piano.” As part of American Double, Finehouse also toured Hungary, performing sonatas by Brahms, Bolcom and Ravel. More recently, he collaborated with violinist Olga Caceànova at the Lausanne Conservatoire and on a 5-concert tour of North Carolina and Georgia, as well as with cellist Sebastian Bäverstam at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), Merkin Recital Hall (Kauffman Center) and Mozarteum (Salzburg). In partnership with pianists Ursula Oppens and Christopher Taylor, Finehouse has recorded Bolcom’s solo piano works for Naxos Records, to be released later this year. Starting in 2016, Finehouse also performs as part of the Ellipsis Trio, based in Boston.
The 2016-17 season brings recitals celebrating William Bolcom's 75th birthday, in which Finehouse will be featured as a soloist as well as in chamber music performances across the United States. Of special note was a highly-praised solo recital at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in March, 2014. Finehouse has been awarded the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship from Juilliard, a 2004 St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant and a 2006 Classics Abroad Project Award. He serves on the faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory and Extension Divisions in Boston and as Visiting Artist/Faculty at Westmont College, Santa Barbara. For more information visit www.cfinehouse.com or www.facebook.com/ConstantineFinehousePianist.shows as a member of a string quartet.
University of Maryland, mezzo-soprano
American mezzo-soprano Delores Ziegler has been heralded as "the mezzo we have been waiting for" by Martin Bernheimer in the Los Angeles Times. Her career takes her to every major theater in the world and into collaboration with the great directors and conductors of our time. Many of these extraordinary performances have been recorded and released as audio recordings and on video and film.
With a repertoire that extends from bel canto to verismo, Ms. Ziegler has appeared in the world's greatest opera houses. At the Vienna Staatsoper, she made a debut as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, returned for Idamante in a new production of Idomeneo, for Dorabella in a new Cosi fan tutte and for Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier. At Teatro alla Scala she has opened the season as Idamante in a new production of Idomeneo, as well as having appeared as Dorabella, Romeo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi and Meg Page in a new production of Falstaff. She opened the prestigious Salzburg Festival as Sextus in a new staging of La Clemenza di Tito. At the Glyndebourne Festival she was heard as Dorabella and at the Bastille in Paris she sang Cherubino and Idamante.
Highlights of her many appearances in Germany include the Composer in a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos in Munich, Marguerite in a new staging of La Damnation de Faust in Hamburg and Salieri's Falstaff in a new production by Cologne. Other European appearances have included the Florence May Festival, where she sang Idomeneo, Octavian and Dulcinée in Massenet's Don Quixotte, Athens Festival for her first Gluck's Orfeo and Dresden for a rarity, Bertoni's Orfeo.
An acclaimed interpreter of bel canto mezzo roles, she has the honor of being the first singer in operatic history to sing Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Bolshoi in Moscow, at the San Francisco Opera and in Japan. In another milestone, Ms. Ziegler is the most recorded Dorabella in operatic history, first on two audio recordings, one with Bernard Haitink on EMI and another on Teldec with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She can also be seen as Dorabella in a videodisc of the La Scala production with Riccardo Muti and in a film of "Cosi" which has been televised throughout Europe, this the last project of director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle.In South America she has performed Adalgisa in Norma at the Teatro Colon in Argentina and in Rio de Janeiro. In the United States, this Georgia native has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Octavian, Dorabella, Cherubino and as Siebel. Her initial appearances at the Lyric Opera of Chicago were as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte.
On January 6, 1986, Delores Ziegler was featured in the initial "Pavarotti, Plus! - Live from Lincoln Center" PBS Television Special. Ms. Ziegler had the honor of making her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in the Rossini Stabat Mater with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra, this in Maestro Muti's last performance in America as music director of that prestigious orchestra. She has also appeared with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. With London's BBC Symphony she sang Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder; with Santa Cecilia in Rome the St. John Passion and at Aix-en-Provence and in Venice, the Rossini Stabat Mater. She is a gifted Lieder singer and has appeared in that capacity in such cities as Paris, Florence, Vienna, Cologne and Bonn. In 1992 she made her New York City recital debut in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall Series.
Delores Ziegler has a discography of twenty-one recordings that includes the Mozart Requiem, Mozart's Great Mass and the Mahler Symphony #8 on Telarc with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony; Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra on EMI; the Bach B-minor Mass with Nikolaus Harnoncourt on Teldec; both the Boccherini and the Pergolesi Stabat Maters on Frequenz conducted by Claudio Schimone; and the Mozart Coronation Mass on Deutsche Grammophon with James Levine and the Berlin Philharmonic.
In addition to the two Cosi sets, Ms. Ziegler's complete opera recordings include two of La Clemenza di Tito – one as Sesto conducted by Riccardo Muti on EMI and one as Annio with Nikolaus Harnoncourt on Teldec; the title role in Bertoni's L'Orfeo with Claudio Scimone on Frequenz; Margarad in Lalo's Le Roi d'Ys with Armen Jordan on Erato Disque; Fatima in Weber's Oberon with James Conlon on EMI; and Meg Page in Falstaff with Riccardo Muti on Sony Classical. Ms. Ziegler recently recorded Sara in Roberto Devereux and Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena for the Nightingale label with Edita Gruberova, both conducted by Elio Boncompagni. Her most recent CD is Ned Rorem's song cycle "The Evidence of Things Not Seen"; she took part in the world premiere of this work in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.
Montclair State University and Long Island University adjunct faculty, piano, vocal coach
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Victoria Schwartzman (formerly Mazin) performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. Victoria has appeared at the Music Mountain Festival with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, in the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series at Merkin Hall, at Bargemusic, in the Gessner- Schocken concert series in Cambridge, WMP Concert Hall, and the Nicolas Roerich Museum concert series in New York City. As a member of the Yanvar Trio, she was a prizewinner in the Val-Tidone Chamber Music Competition and a finalist in the Zinotti International Chamber Music competition, both in Italy. As soloist with orchestra, Victoria has performed with the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra, the Longy School of Music Chamber Orchestra, and the Riverside Orchestra. She has performed at the Quartet Program in Pennsylvania, and participated in the Tel-Hai International Piano Festival in Israel and the Lyrica Chamber Music Festival in New Jersey. Also active in the field of opera and art song, Victoria was vocal coach and accompanist at Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Brevard Music Center, the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute, and the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival in Graz, Austria. She recently gave a master class in Russian vocal repertoire at Queens College, New York. She is on the coaching faculty in the Vocal Department at Montclair State University and Long Island University Post.
After graduating from Jerusalem Conservatory, Victoria continued her education at the Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory. While pursuing various degrees in solo and chamber music performance, she was selected to perform in masterclasses given by Dmitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, and Richard Goode, among others. Her principal teachers include Irina Kivaiko, Issak Kossov, Victor Rosenbaum, Sally Pinkas, Eda Shlyam, and Eteri Andjaparidze.
Wichita State University, cello
Leonid Shukaev is a cellist who belongs to a great Russian cello tradition. As a student at St. Petersburg Conservatory ( 1979-1984 Bachelor Degree; 1986-1989 PhD), he was fortunate enough to study with Emanuel Fishmann, the teacher of Misha Maisky, Boris Pergamenshikov, and many other great cellists who are now playing in leading Russian and European orchestras. Mr. Shukaev had a rich and successful teaching experience at St. Petersburg Conservatory and the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College ( 1988-1999), where he held the position of professor of cello and string quartet. He was also on the faculty at Oberlin Conservatory for five years ( 1997-2003). Several of his students have been winners of international competitions, and many of them now play in European and Russian orchestras and teach in conservatories in Russia. They include Dmitri Sokolov, who is now a professor at Moscow Conservatory. Mr. Shukaev founded the St. Petersburg Quartet in 1986.
The quartet's honors include : • A Grammy nomination, "Best Record" honors in both Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines • First Prize and the "Grand Prix Musica Viva" at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (1991) • Silver Medal and a Special Prize at the Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition (1989) • First Prize and both Special Prizes at the Vittorio Gui International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Florence, Italy (1989) • First Prize at the All-Soviet Union String Quartet Competition (1987) • Third Prize at the First Dmitri Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition (1987).
He was also a founding member of the Brahms Trio and the St. Petersburg Trio. As a member of the St. Petersburg Quartet, Mr. Shukaev regularly performs in North America, Europe and Asia on the most prestigious music series and festivals. The quartet's numerous engagements include: an opening night performance at the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center, NY; seven concerts over five years at London's Wigmore Hall; numerous British festivals, including Aldeburgh; Canadian débuts in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver; Lincoln Center's "Great performances" series; NYC's Frick Collection and 92nd Street Y series; and the Caramoor, Piccolo Spoleto, and Music Mountain Festivals. The Quartet has toured Germany (including the prestigious Frankfurt Alte Oper and Herkules Hall in Munich), the Netherlands (including the Concertgebouw), Ireland, Iceland, Poland, Japan, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Belgium and major festivals in Mexico. With the St. Petersburg Quartet Mr. Shukaev has recorded the complete cycle of the Shostakovich string quartets on the Hyperion label, as well as the Prokofiev and Glazunov quartets on the Delos label, and the Borodin and Prokofiev quartets on the Dorian label. The quartet’s disc of Shostakovich Quartets Nos. 3, 5 & 7 on the Sony label was nominated for a Grammy, and the disc of Quartets Nos. 5, 7 & 9 won the Chamber Music America/WQXR Radio Prize for Best Chamber CD (2001). Some other recordings include the Debussy, Ravel, Dvorak and Mendelssohn quartets on the Marquise label (2008). One of the more recent recordings would be Tchaikovsky chamber music works with the quartet's own label (2009).
Co-founder of Vermeer String Quartet, violin, viola
At the age of 13, Richard Young was invited to perform for Queen Elisabeth of Belgium at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Since then he has been soloist with various orchestras and has given solo and chamber music recitals throughout North and South America, Europe, the Far East, Africa, and Australia. A special award winner in the Rockefeller Foundation American Music Competition, he was a member of the New Hungarian Quartet as well as the violinist of the Rogeri Piano Trio. From 1985 he was the violist of the renowned Vermeer String Quartet.
Mr. Young has performed at many prestigious festivals throughout the world and has recorded over three dozen works for Teldec, Naxos, Orion, Cedille, Vox, Musical Heritage, Angelicum, and Alden Productions. He has received three Grammy nominations, and was the producer of the Vermeer Quartet’s CD of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ, which has been broadcast to over 60 million people throughout the world. His most recent CD – with Alex Klein and Ricardo Castro – includes works for viola, oboe, and piano by Loeffler, Klughardt, Hindemith, White, and Yano. Mr. Young is also the author of a best-selling book on Haydn entitled Echoes from Calvary, published by Rowman & Littlefield. He has taught at Northern Illinois University, the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia), Wichita State University, North Park University, and was chairman of the string faculty at Oberlin Conservatory. He has an honorary doctorate from Dominican University and is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. His recent master classes include the Paris Conservatory, the International Academy for Chamber Music of Lower Saxony, FEMUSC in Brazil, the Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland, the Dutch String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam, and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
In addition to his more traditional teaching activities, Mr. Young has done a substantial amount of inner-city volunteer work for the benefit of disadvantaged children – at the People’s Music School in Chicago, and as a supervisor of the International Music Foundation’s extensive “outreach” program. He has also been seriously involved with various social/music projects, including the YOURS Project in Chicago, NEOJIBA in Brazil, Esperanza Azteca in Mexico, and BATUTA in Colombia. His Comprehensive String Pedagogy & Curriculum provides uncommon assistance for teachers and conductors of both sistema-inspired projects and traditional youth orchestras.
The Juilliard School, piano, French diction
Thomas Grubb is the author of SINGING IN FRENCH, A MANUAL OF FRENCH DICTION AND FRENCH VOCAL REPERTOIRE (Schirmer Books/Macmillan, 1979) with a foreword by Pierre Bernac and now distributed by Cengage and Amazon. Mr. Grubb participated in the coaching of all French productions at New York City Opera for more than twenty years. He was also on the coaching staffs of Houston Grand Opera and the Opera Society of Washington, D.C. For three decades, Thomas Grubb was a member of the faculty of The Juilliard School where he gave both classes and coachings in French Vocal Repertoire and French Diction.
From 1984 until May of 2007 he taught Advanced Vocal Performance and French Diction at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Previously he served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music (1964-1985), The Curtis Institute of Music (1970-1977) and the Academy of Vocal Arts (1977-1983), both in Philadelphia, as well as at New York University in the early 1970s.
From 1970 until 1977, Thomas Grubb assisted the renowned maitre of French song, Pierre Bernac, in his master classes throughout the United States, Canada and France as both pianist and coach. Mr. Bernac eventually became his primary mentor and the inspiration for his specialization in French Vocal Repertoire. In addition, Pierre Bernac generously monitored the writing and editing of Mr. Grubb’s above-mentioned book Among his most influential piano teachers were Magda Tagliaferro, with whom he studied in Paris for three years, as well as Dora Zaslavsky and Artur Balsam with whom he studied at the Manhattan School of Music where he earned his Master of Music degree in Applied Piano in 1966. In 1962, Mr. Grubb received a Master of Arts degree in French Literature from Yale University Graduate School and in 1960 his Bachelor of Arts in French and Piano from the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music.
As a performing pianist, Thomas Grubb has appeared in recital with Elly Ameling, Benita Valente, Eleanor Steber, Elizabeth Mannion and Dawn Upshaw, plus numerous others. He also made two North American concert tours with the French trumpet-player, Maurice Andre, as both pianist and translator. Mr. Grubb has recorded for both the Orion and the Lyrachord labels with Carol Kimball, mezzo-soprano, and Gerald Tarack, violinist. Thomas Grubb has given master classes throughout the United States, in France, Germany, Lithuania, Korea and annually in Taiwan from 1991 until 2006. Mr. Grubb has participated as adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, the International Voice Competition of Paris, the Fulbright Commission Auditions, the Rockefeller American Music Competition of Carnegie Hall, various NATS competitions and those of the Oratorio Society of New York.
In May, 2002, Mr. Grubb was decorated as Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry
of Culture in Paris for his advancement of French culture throughout the world. Presently, Thomas Grubb is working on a second edition of his Singing in French as well as a companion book to Pierre Bernac’s Interpretation of French Song. Mr. Grubb is on the Advisory Board of the Art Song Preservation Society of New York (ASPSY), and he maintains a private studio on the Upper West Side of Manhattan not far from Lincoln Center where he has resided since 1974. Thomas Grubb was born in Bridgehampton, New York and is an American citizen.
Mannes College The New School, voice
For over 20 years Beth Roberts has been a dedicated and accomplished voice teacher and music educator. She has been on the faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music since 1996 and has served as Coordinator of the Vocal Department since 2001. Her voice studio at Mannes has produced principal artists in many national and international professional venues, including the San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Saint Louis Opera, Covent Garden and La Scala. Students of Ms. Roberts have been finalists and winners of such major vocal competitions as the Metropolitan Opera National Finals, the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, the Giuseppe di Stefano Competition, the Jenny Lind Competition, the Gerda Lissner Competition, the Giulio Gari Competition and the Joy of Singing Competition. Others have entered young artist programs at Merola, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, Tanglewood and Chautauqua.
Through her affiliation with the Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Department, Ms. Roberts co- created a vocal pedagogy course and Professional Development Outreach for Mannes students in New York City public schools. The success of this venture has been most evident over the past 10 years in the graduates now employed by the Metropolitan Opera Education Department, as teaching artists for the New York City Opera, and as music teachers at the United Nations International School and other New York City schools. Ms. Roberts’ relationship with the Metropolitan Opera Education Department began in 1988, when she was a teaching artist and led master classes on vocal pedagogy for music educators. She has recently been appointed to serve on the Education Committee of the Board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Ms. Roberts has been a vocal instructor for the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca (with the University of Cincinnati), a guest lecturer at the Classical Singer Convention, and an adjunct faculty member at the Westminster Choir College. She has served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions, including the Fulbright Scholarship and the Finals of the Concours de Musique du Canada. She is currently a faculty member of the International Vocal Arts Institute, and she gives frequent master classes at Yale University.
A lyric soprano, Ms. Roberts has sung with many opera companies throughout the United States, including the Santa Fe Opera and the Washington Opera, and performed numerous concerts at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall. She was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Winner and a Liederkranz Foundation Competition Winner. She has also recorded for radio and television.
Ms. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Screen Actors Guild.
DMA Candidate at Stony Brook University, Voice, French diction
From operatic repertoire to art-song, Morgan Manifacier's sensibility and purity of expression has lead him to sing both in America and abroad.
A native of France, Manifacier received his Bachelor's of Music from Holy Names University, and his Master's of Arts in Voice Performance from Long Island University. There, he notably appeared at Tenor Soloist with the LIU Post Chorus in Handel’s Messiah, and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major.
He recently made his operatic debut with NY based Opera company Amore Opera as Borsa in Rigoletto, and sang the role of Tircis in Lully’s Carnaval Mascarade with the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College. Earlier this season, he performed Buxtehude’s cantata Membra Jesu Nostri as Tenor Soloist with the Amherst Early Music Workshop, before studying the role of Ferrando from Così fan tutte in Martina Arroyo’s Role Performance Class.
This July, he will be singing the role of Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with the Manhattan Opera Studio, and perform in an Opera Scene concert at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall. In addition, Manifacier will be starting his DMA in Opera Performance at Stony Brook University in the Fall 2017.
Also deeply connected to the French repertoire of the fin-de-siècle, Manifacier has given lectures and recitals throughout Northeastern universities and concert halls on important French musical figures of the fin-de-siècle and XX century, such as Gabriel Fauré, Nadia Boulanger, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Francis Poulenc.
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New York Philharmonic, violin
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.
Ms. Rabinova has toured Germany, Italy, the former Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Bulgaria, performing concertos with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and numerous other European orchestras. They include the Halle Philharmonic, Schwerin Philharmonic, Moscow Radio Orchestra (Vladimir Fedoseev conducting), Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Eisenach Symphony, Russian State Symphony, and Berlin Symphony (Lior Shambadal conducting). In the United States, she has made solo appearances with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Symphony Orchestra (Leon Botstein conducting), and Memphis Symphony, among others, and has premiered works by John Corigliano and Alfred Schnittke.
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. In April 2004 she served as concertmaster of the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra. Her festival performances have included appearances at the Schleswig Holstein, Berlin Chamber Music, and Long Island Mozart festivals, the Music Festival of the Hamptons, and at Tanglewood and Caramoor.
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, which was broadcast worldwide and produced by Paul Smaczny. 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, the Manhattan School of Music, and LaGuardia High School, in addition to giving master classes in the U.S. and abroad.
A native of Moscow, Nadya Meykson holds a Master's Degree in Music from the Eastman School of Music, where she served as Teaching Assistant for Mikhail Kopelman. Her other primary teachers include Levon Ambartsumian, Alexander Volobuev, Alvia Vandysheva, Elvira Simonova and Ai-Yi Bao.
Nadya has performed as soloist and chamber musician in venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, WMP Concert Hall, David Josefowitz Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music in London, The State Kremlin Palace Concert Hall, and All-Union House of Composers in Moscow.
As soloist with orchestra, Nadya has appeared with the OSSIA Orchestra, Shoals Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and Alabama Youth Symphony Orchestra. Nadya has won various prizes, including Noel Levine Award, First Prize at Ray Dunmyer Youth Concerto Competition, Howard Hanson Scholarship, Charles W. Kennett Scholarship and First Prize at Shoals Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. In 2006, Nadya was selected to participate in London Master Classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She also received a full scholarship three consecutive summers to participate in the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her recent performances were in Moscow in collaboration with a harpsichordist Anna Kuchina and ensemble La Villa Barocca.
Nadya teaches violin at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Williamsburg Music Studio and The New York Conservatory of Music.