Born in Istanbul, Turkey of Armenian heritage, Kavafian began piano lessons at the age of three. At age nine, in the United States, she began the study of the violin with Ara Zerounian and eventually with Mischa Mischakoff.
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Kavafian is Professor of Violin at Yale University. She plays the Muir McKenzie Stradivarius violin. Randolph Kelly has enjoyed a distinguished and multifaceted career as principal violist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was signed […]. The PSO commissioned this piece for their Season. He has recorded and toured extensively with the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. As a soloist, Kelly has appeared on some of the most prestigious concert stages in the world. In addition to his rigorous performing schedule, Kelly has recorded a wide range of music for the Albany, Naxos and Music Masters labels.
He is committed to performing new music, and he generously volunteers his time to educational programs in an effort to bring a wide range of musical experiences to young audiences. Helen Hwaya Kim made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at the age of six, and has gone on […]. Helen Hwaya Kim made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at the age of six, and has gone on to become a respected and sought-after artist.
While at Juilliard, she served as Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and was the winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition at both the pre—college and college levels.
She is the recipient of more than one hundred national and international awards. A native of Canada, Ms. An avid performer of new music, she can be heard on the recent CD release of the works of Alvin Singleton on Albany records. Kim currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where she served as Assistant and Associate Concertmaster for the Atlanta Symphony for three seasons.
Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Kindel played principal bassoon with the Long Beach Symphony, performed frequently in the film recording industry, and freelanced with visiting opera and ballet companies. Koekkoek continued her studies with the late Aube Tzerko in Aspen and Los Angeles and was invited to participate in master classes with Mischa Dichter and Menachem Pressler.
Her recordings include works for piano and violin by contemporary Dutch composers. Melissa Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. Having developed and trained some of […]. Having developed and trained some of the outstanding young musicians of today, Dr. Kraut has demonstrated a unique ability to teach all ages and stages of dedicated students, helping them reach their highest potential both at and away from the cello. An active performer, Dr. Kraut has led a diverse career on stage, with solo and chamber performances throughout the United States and Europe.
She has held leadership positions in several orchestras, and has played under the baton of conductors such as Sir Georg Solti, Valery Gergiev and Semyon Bychkov. Kraut currently enjoys performing chamber music with her friends and colleagues throughout the world. Kraut enjoys reaching students from all over the world through master classes and workshops.
Her status as a Suzuki Teacher Trainer, enables her to pass on her love of pedagogy to the next generation of teachers. In addition, she is passionate about public speaking and the ability to reach audiences of a larger scope, about topics broader than cello. In the summer of , Dr.
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Kraut and famed cellist Zuill Bailey launched the inaugural summer of the Sitka Cello Seminar in Sitka, Alaska, bringing 10 elite cellists from all over the world to study under their guidance. In prior summers, Dr. Kraut was on the faculty of several summer festivals including eight summers at the Meadowmount School of Music and eight summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, where she was also the Head of Strings.
Students of Dr. Armen Ksajikian started out his professional career at age 12 with the Abkhazian State Philharmonic in the former Soviet Union.
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London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has a flourishing international career, which has taken him to more than forty countries. Highlights […]. Piers Lane is in great demand as a collaborative artist, and he continues his long-standing partnerships with violinist Tasmin Little and clarinettist Michael Collins. In he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, where he has been a professor for many years. David Leisner is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a multi-faceted career as an electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and […].
David Leisner is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a multi-faceted career as an electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and a master teacher. Lawrence, Enso and Vermeer Quartets and many others. Mertz and Wenzeslaus Matiegka. And Mel Bay Co.
Leisner is also a highly respected composer noted for the emotional and dramatic power of his music. Schirmer, Doberman-Yppan and Columbia Music. David Leisner is the co-chair of the guitar department at the Manhattan School of Music. Kathleen Lenski was first violinist and a founding member of the Angeles String Quartet, formed in in Los Angeles.
Following years of touring in the U. Lenski grew up in Los Angeles, and as the daughter of two violinists, began performing in public at the age of three. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she was a full scholarship student of Oscar Shumsky, winning the Naumberg and Kriesler scholarship awards. Lenski plays on the J. She rejoined us in Laurence Lesser was a top prize winner in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a guest performer in the […].
In , Lesser was the first to perform the Schoenberg Cello Concerto with orchestra since its debut by Emanuel Feuermann. Subsequently, in , Lesser became the first to record this work. He has also been actively involved with the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Laurence Lesser occupies a teaching chair endowed by the estate of Walter W.
Jeffrey Levine has been composing music professionally since his first commission from the Fromm Foundation and Tanglewood in A widely experienced and eclectic musician, he has drawn upon his musical background of jazz, symphonic and chamber music, and contemporary artmusic, to write pieces that range from the most post-modern-abstract to easily accessible pieces for children.
His music has been played by such eminent musicians as Pierre Boulez, Gunther Schuller, and Ursula Oppens, and in such diverse venues as the New York Philharmonic, in the northern reaches of Alaska, and in music festivals throughout America and Europe. Levine has written for solo instruments, for voice, for chamber ensembles, for orchestras, jazz bands, and for film. A graduate of Brown University and the Yale University School of Music, he has received many grants and awards, including a Fulbright grant, and a fellowship-grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Levine, in recent years, has developed his own unique harmonic style — one adaptable, but not restricted, to forms and techniques commonly found in the music of the past century and in music from earlier eras as well.
In addition to his activities as a composer, Jeffrey Levine is an accomplished bass player and teacher. He was a founding member of Speculum Musicae, principal bass with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and an original member of the ground-breaking new music group, the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.
He has played in orchestras and chamber music groups in the United States and Europe, and, earlier in his career, in jazz ensembles, and big bands. As a teacher, Mr. The main body of his works is published by his own publishing company, Music Door Editions. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as the top classical performer of , Phillip Levy has received worldwide critical acclaim […]. Martin-in-the-Fields, with whom he also appeared as soloist. Concertmaster of The Monterey Symphony Orchestra for six seasons he frequently appeared with them as soloist and conductor.