Joy Miller Kiszely

USA (Piano)

Joy Miller Kiszely received her musical and pianistic training in performance both in the U.S. and in Europe, at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to performances as a soloist, Mrs. Kiszely collaborated with her brother, a violinist, and later, as duo-piano partner with her late husband Dr. Andor Kiszely, a graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, who also held  an Artist Diploma from the State Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria. Together they founded the Main Line Conservatory of Music in the Philadelphia suburbs in 1967.

During the many years of her teaching career, Mrs. Kiszely has produced a steady stream of winners in national, state and local competitions like the Philadelphia orchestra Albert Greenfield competition and Mann Music Center competition; Bartok-Kabalevsky National competition, Steinway Competition on Belgium, Young Pianist of New Jersey whole concerto competition, National League of Performing Arts Grand Winners Competition, West Chester University Competition, New Jersey Steinway Competition, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Junior Baldwin winners.  For more than 30 years, Mrs. Kiszely’s winning students in the World Piano Competition have performed annually in Carnegie Hall, (Weill) and many have won the WPC Young Artist Grand Prizes in Solo and Concerto, and performed with orchestra. In 2011, her student Brynn Elcock was a winner in the American Fine Arts Concerto competition, performing with orchestra in Kostroma, Russia.

Mrs. Kiszely is often invited to be among the 8 distinguished and accomplished musicians and historians who speak every year at the Friday lectures for the Philadelphia orchestra pre-concert series. Other facets of her distinguished career are listed in the International Who’s Who of Music, and Who’s Who of American Women.


Anna Korondi

Hungary (Voice)

The Hungarian soprano, Anna Korondi, began her singing studies in Budapest, her native city. In 1993 she graduated with distinction from the Vienna Conservatory. Anna Korondi was a member of the company at the Komische Oper in Berlin from 1993 to 1997, then of the company at the Bonn Opera from 1997 to 1999. The next year she made her debut at the Bavarian State Opera singing the title role in the world premiere of Aribert Reimann’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba conducted by Zubin Mehta (in a production by Harry Kupfer). At the 2001 Salzburg Festival she played Adele (Die Fledermaus) in a production by Hans Neuenfels, conducted by Marc Minkowski. Today Anna Korondi, whose repertoire extends from Baroque to contemporary music, is invited to perform with the great European orchestras and in important festivals (Bachfest Leipzig, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival). She has worked under such conductors as Howard Arman, Frans Brüggen, Adam Fischer, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Philippe Herreweghe, Yakov Kreizberg, Erwin Ortner, Eliahu Inbal, Marcello Viotti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Helmuth Rilling. She is also in great demand as a lieder singer. She will shortly be appearing at the Komische Oper in Berlin and at the 2003 Schwetzingen Festival.


Grigory Gruzman

Germany (Piano)

Grigory Gruzman was born in St. Petersburg in 1956. Grigory Gruzman studied with Prof. Gregory Haimowsky at the Academy of Music in Jerusalem and then with Prof. Vitalij Margulis at the College of Music in Freiburg (Germany), where he obtained the artistic exam as well as the concert exam. Gruzman is the prizewinner of the international piano competitions in Monza and Vercelli (Italy).

As a soloist, chamber musician and teacher of international master courses he has performed on the stages of almost all European countries, in the Far East, in Latin America and in the USA. Everywhere his concerts are received with enthusiasm by the audience and the press as well as among experts. “All my life I have waited for his interpretation of the Rigoletto Paraphrases”, said Herbert von Karajan once and invited Gruzman to Salzburg.

About 100 of his performances have been broadcast by TV and radio stations all over the world. His arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” for piano-trio received special attention. In 1998, Grigory Gruzman was named Professor for piano at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg. Together with Irina Gruenwald (violin) und Ekaterina Kitáeva (piano), he is member of the ensemble “Trialogue Musical”.


Nikolay Shugaev

Russia (Cello)

Nikolay Shugaev was born in Moscow in 1988.

He graduated with distinction from Gnesin’s Moscow Music college (class Vera Birina) as well as from the Moscow State Conservatory (Natalia Shakhovskaya).

He is currently a student at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, Lugano (prof. Robert Cohen and prof. Enrico Dindo).

Nikolay has participated in master classes of such great musicians as David Geringas, Natalia Gutman, Gary Hoffman, Maria Kliegel, Ralf Kirshbaum, Misha Maisky.

He is a winner and laureate of many other international competitions:

VIII Concorso Internazionale Valsesia Musica, Italy (2007, First Prize), International Music Competition “Paper de Musica”, Spain (2007), XII International Competition of chamber music in Krakow, Poland (2008), Concorso Internazionale Città di Pinerolo, Italy (2011), 38e Concours International de Musique de Lausanne, Switzerland (2012). In 2013 Nikolay Shugaev won the “New Masters on tour” of TIHMS (The International Holland Music Sessions) which gives him the opportunity to perform, in April 2015, with his chamber пкщгз “SPIEGEL TRIO” at some of the most important venues in Europe including Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Philharmonics of Bratislava and Ljubljana.

Nikolay has appeared in the Russian festivals “Violoncello Generations” (Moscow), “D. Shostakovich”, “Beethoven Days in Moscow”, “Moscow Autumn”; “Art-November” Moscow, “Glory to the Maestro!” (Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation), in the programs of the Spivakov International Foundation and the Inter-regional Social Fund “New Names” as well as at the “Aurora Chamber Music” and “Atelié42” (Sweden), the Jeunesses Musicales (Croatia), “Cistermusica Festival” (Portugal), Festival Internacional de Música “Pau Casals” Vendrell 2013 (Spain), Summer Events Engadina Classica 2013 and Ceresio Estate 2014 (Switzerland), “ Eilat Chamber Music Festival” (Israel), “The International Holland Music Sessions” (2011, 12 and 13), Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Società dei Concerti Milano 2014, Lugano Festival, Rome Chamber Music Festival.

Nikolay Shugaev played in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall) New York; Great Hall, Small Hall and Rachmaninov Hall of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, the Armoury Chamber at the Moscow Kremlin, the Great Hall of Nijny-Novgorod M. Rostropovich Philharmonic, the Great Hall of Saint-Petersburg D.Shostakovich Philharmonic, the Sala Verdi Milano, the Auditorio RSI Lugano, the Salle Paderewski Lausanne, the Auditorium Pau Casals Barcelona.

He collaborates as a soloist with the conductors Igor Frolov, Pierangelo Gemini, Leonid Nikolaev, Alexander Polishuk, Alexander Skulskiy, Arturo Tamayo.

Nikolay performs with musicians such as Zlata Chochieva, Enrico Dindo, Haik Kazazyan, Andrei Korobeinikov, Massimo Quarta, Fazil Say.

Nikolay plays cello made by Milano artist G. Grancino 1697.

Nikolay speaks English, Italian and French languages.


Michal Schmidt

Israel (Cello)

Israeli musician Michal Schmidt has been a double major instrumentalist throughout her career. She received her musical training in Israel at the Rubin Academy of Music of the Tel Aviv University, studying piano with Ilona Vincze and cello with Uzi Wiezel. She later continued to study in the Advanced Performance Course of the Royal Academy of Music in London England. There, she was the only student in the history of the school to receive Artist Diplomas for two instruments in one year. In the United States Ms. Schmidt studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Guarneri Quartet cellist David Soyer, and at the University of the Arts (Masters Degree) with former New York Philharmonic principal cellist Lorne Munroe. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Temple University under Jeffrey Solow. Michal has taken part in seminars and master classes with William Pleeth, Lynn Harrell, Mischa Schneider, Mischa Maisky Josef Gingold, Karen Tuttle and many others. Her piano teachers in the United States were Raquel Adonaylo, Peter Serkin and Claude Frank.

Ms. Schmidt won numerous awards and scholarships in both piano and cello including stipends from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation and the Israeli Arts Council; she received the Harold Samuels and Tobias Matthay piano awards of the Royal Academy of Music and the Josef Hoffman Competition award. She was also awarded prizes at the Jean Federic Perrenoud String Competition in Vienna, the Palm Beach International Piano Competition and the University of Maryland Piano Competition. She was selected for Who’s Who among Students in American Universities & Colleges, and she is included in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who in America. Ms. Schmidt is also an inductee of the Pi Kappa Lambda Society.

Her performances have been broadcast on the radio in the USA and Israel. As a contributing faculty at Dickinson College in PA, Michal was the cello professor as well as the chamber music coordinator at the college. She currently teaches at Haverford and Bryn Mawr as well as at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms Schmidt has been a returning faculty at the Israeli International Cello Congress and Festival which takes place annually in Israel.

Ms. Schmidt is an active performer as recitalist, chamber musician and soloist. She has appeared in concerts and conducted master classes in various cities in the US, Israel, South Korea, France, Costa Rica and Canada.


Kenneth Ellison

USA (Clarinet)

Kenneth Ellison has performed with many ensembles, including the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Riverside Symphonia and the Greenville Symphony, and has played under such conductors as Andrea Quinn, John Rutter, Frederick Fennell and Rossen Milanov at such venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, NJPAC. He performs regularly with the Chelsea Opera Company, Trio21, The Danzon Trio,Princeton Symphony woodwind trio for the BRAVO! Program, Ionization, and Tripleplay Winds. Kenneth can be heard on Laurie Altman’s CD titled “On Course”. He holds degrees from Furman University and Arizona State University.


Ilya Ovrutsky

USA (Flute)

Ilya Ovrutsky, a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with a Master’s Degree in flute/piccolo, started his musical training at an early age, first playing violin and then switching to flute at age twelve.
Mr. Ovrutsky performed extensively around the world between 1980 and 1992 as a member of Symphony Orchestra of The Moscow Bolshoy Theater, and of the former USSR State Symphony Orchestra under direction of E. Svetlanov. He has performed in the major concert halls of Russia, United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, and South America under the baton of conductors V. Gergiev, M. Jansons, P. Kogan, A. Lazarev, A. Litton, K. Mazur, G. Rozhdestvenski, Y. Simonov, Y. Temirkanov, A. Zhuraitis, and others.
A dedicated flute teacher since arriving in the United States in 1992, Mr. Ovrutsky has been with MLMA since its inception. He has also continued his teaching affiliation with the Settlement Music School where he began teaching in 1993.


Clipper Erickson

USA (Piano)

Believing that music is a form of communication, pianist Clipper Erickson speaks the language with pure passion. After making his debut at age 19, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra under Calvin Simmons, Erickson began performing as a soloist with orchestras and in recital throughout the United States. After completing studies at Indiana and Yale Universities his playing also has echoed through some of the most famous concert venues in the world, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Kennedy Center in Washington. Critics use words like “color,” “power” and “excitement” to describe his performances, with one writer at The Standard Times in New Bedford, Mass., stating, “Astounding would be one way to describe his ability to get from the piano … more sound than I have ever heard.”
Even though he has played all over the world, Erickson has a special interest in the music back home: specifically how American composers reflected American history and how America views itself in its music. On concert programs he often features African-American music by including works that have roots in jazz and blues. He also likes to promote new composers, always choosing pieces that “speak” to everyone, not only the initiated. Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour has recently selected him for inclusion in their roster, enabling him to bring this repertoire to wider audiences.
Erickson’s unusual, creative programming is reflected in his CD releases and concert programming. His mission is to make classical music accessible to everyone through conversation and an informal relationship with his audiences. Remarks from presenters such as “Equally impressive was his ability to relate to the audience during the pre-concert lecture”, and, “in preconcert discussions his winning personality, down-to-earth presentation, humor, and compelling understanding of music, social history, and his audiences made him an instant success” describe this relationship. Erickson has reached out to diverse listeners through participation with Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and the Xerox Pianist Program of Affiliate Artists, bringing programs to school children, residents of nursing homes, church groups and prisons. He lives in suburban Philadelphia where he is active as an advisor to local performing groups and as a performer for charitable organizations.
Erickson is the recipient of many honors throughout his career and has won prizes at several international competitions including the Busoni Competition, the William Kapell Competition and the American Pianists Association auditions. He currently teaches piano at Rider University and Westminster Conservatory in Princeton.


Sandra Wright Shen

USA (Piano)

Shen has appeared at the Kennedy Music Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Monte Carlo Opera House, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Taiwan National Concert Hall, the Frankfurt Cultural Center in Germany, Palao de la Musica Halls in Barcelona and Valencia, Spain’s Granada Music Festival, Les Rencontres Musicales de Chaon in France, Masterworks Music Festival, and Brevard Music Festival. Shen has garnered first prizes in the 2012 International Piano Competition of France, 1997 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, and the Taiwan National Piano Competition. “Sandra is a pianist of the first order…” (Andre-Michel Schub, winner of the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition).

Shen’s four recordings include a debut CD featuring Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto and a CD of Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals” both on the Taiwan Rolling Stone Music label. Sandra received her Bachelor and Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory under Ann Schein, a former student of legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein. She also studied under Zalina Gurevich, Oleg Barsov, Jörg Demus, Grant Johannesen, Thomas Laratta. Sandra has served on the piano faculty at Brevard Music Festival, and Southern Illinois University and was named Distinguished Visiting Professor at Furman University. Shen is the Artist-In-Residence of the Charleston Symphony for 2017-18 season.

Shen’s dedication to philanthropy has led to her playing benefit concerts for disaster relief, orphanages, foster children, and underprivileged children’s music education. An ambassador of classical music, she has filmed a 4-part series called “The Movements of the Piano Masters” (translated) for Hong Kong TV, hosted a classical music program for Taiwan radio, and played live for Asheville NC radio.

Sandra is a Steinway Artist. Please visit her website at


Dr. Tian Song

USA (Piano)

“Her subtle expressiveness was impressive…Infallible rhythm, admirably even finger work,
and a great deal of excitement…” —–New York Concert Review


Praised by New York Concert Review, Dr. Tian Song, a recipient of Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music, has been the winner of many piano competitions, such as the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition and other notable competitions. In addition to many of her solo performances at Carnegie hall, Steinway hall, Yamaha artist, and other important venues in both the States and abroad, she has collaborated with Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic and the Redwood Symphony Orchestra. Her teachers include Constance Keene, Abbey Simon, and Phillip Kawin. Both a performer and pedagogue, Dr. Tian Song founded Tian Song Musical Arts, a private music school provides professional music education to youth. Her students have competed and won hundreds of awards in national and international piano competitions, which include gold medals and Audience Most Favorite Award in Seattle International Piano Competition, first place in Music Teacher National Association New York State Piano Competition, first places in Music Teacher National Association Empire State Piano Competition, first places in International Young Artist Piano Competition, first places in New York Music Competition, Hazal Ghazarian Skaggs Award and first place in Piano Teachers Congress Piano Competition, Special Young Musician Award, First Absolute Prize and first places in Grand Virtuoso International Piano Competition, first places in Golden Classic Piano Competition, first places in New York Music Teacher Association Winners Concert Audition, gold medals in American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented Young Musicians Piano Competition, second place in Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, silver medals in American Teen’s Talent Show, third place in New York International Music Competition, honorable mention in Ithaca College Piano Concerto Competition, finalist of International Bösendorfer and Yamaha Piano Competition, semi-finalist of International Piano-e-Competition, semi-finalist of Kaufman International Youth Piano Competition, and many other notable piano competitions. As the winners of the competitions, Dr. Song’s students have been featured on Sinovision New York, World Journal Newspaper, Xing Tao Daily, Brooklyn Daily, Qiao Newspaper, Phoenix News, Guiyang Daily and many other news medias. Her students have been invited to perform at U.S. Department of State, Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, J. F. Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall in London, Mozart Concert Hall in Austria, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Artist, Queens Theatre, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, University of Rochester, Queens College, Brooklyn College, Sinovision TV Station, Symphony Space, An die Music in Baltimore, and other important venues. Dr. Song’s student has collaborated with New York International Chamber Orchestra performing Beethoven Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall. In addition to winning competitions, Dr. Song’s students have been accepted by The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division and College Division, Kaufman Special Music School, and New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program. She has been invited to serve as jury in competitions, such as the American Teen’s Talent Show and many others.


Alexander Kaatz

Germany (Piano)

Alexander Kaatz was born in Berlin in 1976. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 14. Between 1996-2002, Mr. Kaatz studied in Weimar under P.Waas and L.Berman. In 2006, he received his Konzertexam in Rostok with distinction. Since 2001, he held a teaching position as Assistant Lecturer at the Franz Liszt Conservatorium of Music Weimar. In 2007, Mr. Kaatz was substitute Professor at the Conservatorium of Music Rostock and was a candidate at the audition of the Piano Professorship. Since 2008, he has held further teaching positions at the Conservatorium of Music Rostock.
He performs regularly as guest pianist at the German National Theatre” Weimar. Mr. Kaatz has made recordings of works by Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Mozart, Skrjabin, Schubert and Godowsky.


Natasha Agilina

Russia/USA (Piano)

Natasha Agilina was born in Russia. She received her Bachelor of Music from State Gnesin Music College, Moscow, Russia and Master of Music degree at State Ukrainian Conservatory. She studied with the great pedagogues and pianists such as professors V.Belov, A.Egorov, and S.L.Dizhur. Ms. Agilina resumed her piano studies at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia, taking piano lessons in the class of respected professors B.M.Berlin. All of her teachers studied piano with legendary pianists and pedagogues in Russia such as K.Igumnov and G.Neigauz.
A frequent performer as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, she devotes most of her time to teaching. During her tenure as a piano teacher in Moscow, her students won numerous regional and state competitions and are currently performing throughout Russia and aboard. Many of her students have been accepted to various Conservatories, including Moscow State Conservatory. The committee of Culture of the Administration of City of Moscow awarded Natasha Agilina the highest qualification category of piano teacher. She also was awarded numerous medals and high honor certificates for her creative work from Ministry of Culture of Russia. Ms.Agilina conducted piano courses and master classes in Russia and Ukraine.
For many years Ms.Agilina was one of the leading pedagogues of the Moscow G. Neigauz State Music School and was highly respected by her colleagues as Head of Piano Department (1985-2001), and coordinated Moscow’s G.Neigauz Young Pianist Festival (1994-2001). She also as the performer of chamber music won First Place winner of pedagogical philharmonic competitions in Moscow.
In 2002, Ms.Agilina moved to the USA where she’s continued to maintain a private studio in NJ and, since 2008, has taught at Westminster Conservatory of Rider University, in Princeton, NJ.


Peter Waas

Germany (Piano)

Peter Waas was born in 1950. From 1965 his teachers have been Heinz Vogler, Leipzig, Jakow Sak, Elisso Wirssaladse and Tatjana Nikolaewa at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow, Amadeus Webersinke at the Academy of Music Dresden.
Since 1993 Peter Waas is professor for piano at The Liszt School of Music Weimar. He has been the first director of the Institute for keyed instruments and ancient music since its establishment in 1999.
Concert career as soloist and chamber musician mostly in European countries and Asia. Initiator and artistic director of the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists 2005 which will be pursued in the years 2009 and 2011 in the age groups till 13, 14-16, 17-19. Master classes in various European countries and China.


Mikhail Volchok

USA (Piano)

Mikhail Volchok studied in the best schools of Russia: with Professor Yakov Zak at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (1968 – 1972) and with Professor Pavel Serebriakov at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg for his BM, MM and DMA obtained at the age of 25.
In 1976 he won the gold medal at the 5th Bach International Competition of pianists in Leipzig. By that time he had already won the prizes at the Pan Soviet and Russian Contests.
After completing his studies, Mikhail Volchok devoted his carrier to both performing and teaching. In 1975-1979 he taught at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg. Since 1990 he taught at the Central Music School of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. It is his talent both as pianist and a pedagogue, that led him outside Moscow, to train students of the highest level. He was invited to attend Music Seminars in Italy, Croatia, South Korea, and to impart some of his abilities to master-classes in Germany, Switzerland, France and the United States. Mikhail Volchok taught as a visiting professor at the Music Academy “Ino Mirkovich” in Croatia.
A soloist member of the Moscow Philharmonic Society since 1979, Mikhail Volchok toured his country with famous Russian conductors M.Yansons, A.Lasarev, A.Yansons and E.Serov. He performs with orchestras abroad, gives solo and duo recitals (with Larissa Dedova) in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Finland and Israel. In 1996 Mikhail Volchok won (together with Larissa Dedova) the International “Pro Piano” Competition in New-York. In 1994 Mikhail Volchok was named “The Honored Artist of Russia”.
Mr. Volchok’s recording credits include releases for the “Melodia” label as well as for ConClaRec and Morning Storm labels.
Currently Mr.Volchok is a Piano Faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master-teacher at Levine School of Music, Washington DC.


Larissa Dedova

USA (Piano)

For over 30 years Larissa Dedova has performed extensively as a soloist and in a duo with husband Mikhail Volchok in concert halls throughout the world. She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including St.Petersburg Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Orchestre de Chambre de Budapest, Moscow Philharmonic and Estonian State Symphony Orchestra, among many others. As a recitalist, Ms. Dedova appears frequently in major venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
She has appeared as festival artist for numerous music festivals such as the William Kapell International Piano Festival at Maryland, Semaines Musicales de Tours in France, White Nights in Russia, Russian Stars in South Korea, and International Piano Festival in St. Petersburg. Her chamber music activities include performances with the Guarneri Quartet, flutist Raimond Guiot and cellist Menahem Meir. The lyricism, romanticism and virtuosity of Ms. Dedova’s performances have brought her love and affection of audience and critical acclaim.
She began her studies at the age of five at the Gnessin Special Music School and continued her education at the Moscow State Gnessin College. She holds a Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in piano performance from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she studied with Lev Oborin and Evgeny Malinin.
Commenting on Ms. Dedova’s performance of D-minor Brahms Concerto with Fairfax Symphony, the “Washington Post” described it as “performance that went straight to the heart of the music”.
A prodigious technique and musical aplomb have earned her the most important honors and awards. Larissa Dedova was a winner of the Bach International Competition in Leipzig and “Pro Piano” International Piano Competition in New-York, among others. In 1994 Larissa Dedova was named «The Honored Artist of Russia”.
A dedicated teacher, highly regarded for her master-classes presented throughout the US, Europe and Asia, L. Dedova has prepared many winners of most notable international piano competitions. She taught at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory for 27 years.Ms. Dedova’s recording credits include releases for the “Melodia” label as well as for ConClaRec and Morning Storm labels. Presently Ms. Dedova is recording The Complete Piano Works by Claude Debussy. Ms. Dedova is a Professor of Music at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.


Galina Prilutskaya

USA (Piano)

Russian-born pianist Galina Prilutskaya has been a faculty member in the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, New Jersey since 1992. Prior to her teaching position in the United States, Ms. Prilutskaya was on the faculty of the Moscow Music School in the former USSR.
Ms. Prilutskaya’s pedagogy experience as a Piano Teacher in Moscow State Music School, at the Westminster Conservatory, in private studios in Moscow and Princeton also complimented by a Master class lecturer, adjudicator at various competitions and festivals, and chamber music coach. Throughout her career she gained diverse experience: from early childhood music through advanced repertoire and performance techniques, and was able to inspire all students to be life long music lovers.
Galina Prilutskaya received her musical education in former USSR: MM in Astrakhan Conservatory and BM in Ippolitov-Ivanov Music College in Moscow. Among her teachers are Roman Klyachko, Valentina Pavlova, Lidya Fichtengoltz, and Gregory Dinar.
Ms. Prilutskaya has an extensive performing experience as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician throughout Russia and United States.
Ms. Prilutskaya’s students have earned numerous prizes from various competitions over the years and many of them became professional musicians. She resides in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.


Jewgeni Schuk

Germany (Violin/Chamber Music)

Jewgeni Schuk, born in 1960 in Moscow originates from a famous Moscow family of musicians, his mother being a solo-cellist with the state orchestra in Moscow and his father an internationally renowned violinist – winner of several international competitions. From 1978 until 1983 he studied with the famous Russian violinist Igor Besrodny at the Tschaikowsky Conservatoire in Moscow. During this time, frequently performing, Schuk was member of Swjatoslav Richter’s Quintet, with which he gave many concerts in Russia and abroad. While still studying, he became assistant of both his professor Igor Besrodny and Dimitri Schebalin and the Borodin Quartet. With only 23 he was given the position of first violinist of the Moscow Philharmonic, which he has been filling for five years. The door to an international career was opened for Jewgeni Schuk when Juri Bashmet , one of the most outstanding Russian musical figures, took him as concertmaster on to his newly-founded chamber orchestra Moscow Soloists. This event was followed by a three-year-period of worldwide concert tours and music festivals, which established Schuk as an authority in his field.
In 1990 he was offered the position of first concertmaster at the Stuttgarter Staatstheater, in which he is still active. Together with Robert Benz and the cellist Stephan Gerlinghaus he founded the TrioBamberg in February 1994. Performing with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin, at the Rheingau Musikfestival, music festivals in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein, Ljubljana, Bergen(Norway), Cervantino, Mexico City he proved a masterly soloist’s virtuosity. He also performed in Japan, China, France and other places.


Vladimir Agilin

USA (Music Director/Violin)

Mr. Agilin received his early musical education at the Moscow Central Special Music School, and later studied at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow, under M. Pitkus, U. Yanklevich, and M. Gleizarova.
After receiving his Masters in Performance, Mr. Agilin joined the Russian State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Eugene Svetlanov. As a member of the renowned orchestra Mr. Agilin traveled extensively, performing in many of Europe’s major concert halls and throughout the former USSR. In 1993, Mr. Agilin became a member of Vladimir Spivakov’s “Moscow Virtuosi” Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to his career as a performer in Russia, Mr. Agilin has been a dedicated educator, teaching at the Moscow Music Vocational School under Tchaikovsky Conservatory and conducting numerous violin courses and masterclasses in Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Australia. Mr. Agilin’s students have won numerous competitions and many have been accepted to prestigious conservatories.
In addition to his duties as AFAF Music Director, Mr. Agilin teaches at Westminster Conservatory of Rider University, Princeton, New Jersey.


Alexander Povolotsky

Israel (Violin/Composition/Jazz)

Alexander Povolotsky, violinist and composer, was born in the Ukraine to a family of musicians and started studying the violin at the age of five. He studied his art with Prof. Mordkovich at Odessa Academy, the musical institution with very best traditions such renowned musicians as Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels and David Oistrakh were among its graduates. Alexander Povolotsky was a prizewinner of many Republican and All-Union competitions. After graduating from the Academy in 1970 he was employed by the Philharmonic Society as a soloist and a first violinist of the String Quintet, and then he played with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. At that time he began his teaching career in Gnesin college in Moscow. 1975- 1985 he played the 1st violin with the Orchestra and Violin Ensemble of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. 1982-1985 he became the music director of the Ensemble. 1985-1990 he became a member of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Soviet Union under the guidance of maestro Evgeny Svetlanov.
He also composed music scores for the theatre and numerous ensembles, as well as having made several recordings for Moscow radio and TV.
In 1990 Alexander Povolotsky immigrated to Israel and became a member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. He founded the “Trio Povolotsky” where he’s playing with his son Eugene and his daughter Marianna- violinists of the IPO. A. Povolotsky founded as well the soloist ensemble of the musicians of the IPO “Virtuosi of Tel- Aviv”. With those ensembles he gives concerts in Israel, USA, Canada and Europe and recorded three CDs with his own music and arrangements. His music books are sold all over Europe and USA. In 2001 the inauguration of the 12th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznan was opened with Alexander Povolotsky’s Concert Overture, based on original themes from Wieniawski’s works. Alexander Povolotsky was a member of the jury at that competition.


Sigrid Lehmstedt

Germany (Piano)

Sigrid Lehmstedt studied under professor Hugo Steurer at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Academy. Ms. Lehmstedt frequently performers as a soloist, in a piano duo, and as a chamber musician. Between 1953-1982 Ms. Lehmstedt worked at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin, where she organized and managed a special piano department attached to the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. Since 1982, Ms. Lehmstedt has taught at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar where she also supervises Music High School Schloss Belvedere. Since 2003 she has also taught classical music in Halle, Gotha, Erfurt and Eisenach. Ms. Lehmstedt has published numerous scholarly works, including “Vor-ABC der Pianistik : der Anfang am Klavier.” Sigrid Lehmstedt has taught masterclasses in the US, Great Britain, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland and Germany and has acted as a judge for various international competitions. Among her students are over two hundred competition winners.

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