Dylana Jenson has performed with most major orchestras in the United States and traveled to Europe, Australia, Japan and Latin America for concerts, recitals and recordings. After her triumphant success at the Tchaikovsky Competition, where she became the youngest and first Costa Rican - Jewish - American woman to win the Silver Medal, she made her Carnegie Hall debut playing the Sibelius Concerto with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
After writing a fairly serious first movt., Violet’s Lullaby came to David Lockington on waking, 2 days after his granddaughter (Violet) was born in February, 2018. The lullaby became the theme for the variations of the second movt. and transformed the angular stomping themes of the finale into a joyful Copland-like dance. Youtube link below is the second full performance, the premiere being given by the commissioners, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.
Violinist Leonid Sushansky has been acclaimed widely for his, "Gorgeous tone...Passionate intensity." The Washington Post. Sushansky was a scholarship student at the renowned Juilliard School, where he remained for 7 years under the tutelage of Dorothy DeLay. He also had the privilege of being coached by the great violinist, Isaak Stern. He is currently the Artistic Director and Founder of the National Chamber Ensemble.
A pupil of Dorothy DeLay and Aida Stucki, Mathias Boegner follows up on the path of Pedagogic Legacy. Mathias Boegner has performed solo violin around the world, including Carnegie Hall. Professor at the China Conservatory of Music and the National University of the Arts, Taiwan. Previous Concert Master for Shanghai Broadcast Symphony Orchestra and Principal Viola with Thailand Philharmonic.
Chudnovsky is the winner of top prizes from nine international competitions. Chudnovsky has performed in Great Britain, Italy, Israel, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Equador, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. In the United States, he has played recitals and concerts with orchestras in Washington D, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia, New York, South Dakota, Maryland, California and Florida, including multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall. He holds degrees from Mannes College of Music and Yale University.
American conductor Michael Avagliano is passionate about redefining what's possible for an orchestra. He serves as Music Director for the Summit Symphony and Somerset Symphony orchestras, with a focus on inclusive collaborations and active community involvement.
Michael Avagliano has guest conducted internationally, with orchestras such as the Balimore Chamber Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philarmonic, Pleven Philarmonic, Italian Scuola Populare di Testaccio, Plainfield Symphony and University of Oregon Symphony.
A doctoral candidate for Orchestral Conducting at Rutgers University (D.M.A.), Mr. Avagliano has worked in masterclasses and workshops with Neil Varon, Kenneth Kiesler, Diane Wittry, and Kirk Trevor. He studied under Kynan Johns and Markand Thakar, and also serves as associate faculty at Thakar’s workshops with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.
At the age of 13, Victoria Sánchez joined the “Simón Bolívar” Conservatory of Music where she also joined El Sistema. El Sistema is a social rescue project for low-income youth. Victoria came from a slighty violent Venezuelan neighborhood, and is proud to be a product of the program. Inside the conservatory, Victoria met Eduardo Marturet, director of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, who mentored her in conducting. In 2018, she made her international debut as Music Director with the Symphony Orchestra of the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo (UAEH) in Mexico. With UAEH, she developed classical academic concerts and also didactic concerts for children, with a reach of 3,000 spectators. Victoria loves continuing the tradition of uplifting the youth, and founded and directed the “Garzas de la Música” Youth Symphony. Today, she's the President of Victoria Sánchez International Music Foundation, CEO of the Vienna Conducting Competition, and has an academy called 'Piano con Clase'. From humble beginnings to soaring heights, her journey through music has been a symphony of determination and passion.
Harmonizing grace, the artistry and precision of Ballet Maestro Gabriel Gordon is unparalleled. Since 2019, Gabriel has served as a Cover and Guest Conductor for Ballet West, conducting The Nutcracker, Rodeo, and Les Noces. He is also Conductor of The New American Philharmonic and a frequent guest conductor with the Chamber Orchestra Ogden and The Nova Chamber series. Gabriel also serves as the Artistic Director of The Ogden Bach Festival, is the Orchestra Director at Syracuse Arts Academy, and is board member of the David Arts Council.
For the last 17 years, Mr. Saless has been the music director of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. He has also conducted the Martinu Philharmonic, Astoria Symphony, Zlin Symphony and the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra. His recent guest appearances include conducting La Traviata with the Italian Dominico Scarlatti Orchestra, the Brazilia National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese and the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra in Italy. He will be guest conducting the Orchestra of the famous Teatro Goldoni in Livorno Italy in November of 2023.
Mr. Saless is also a co-founder of the International Conducting Institute (ICI), which provides frequent workshops for young conductors from all over the world to learn the best practices of conductors and music directors.
Cellist Gloria Kim has appeared in the US and across the globe as both a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed extensively in renowned concert venues in the New York metropolitan area, and toured throughout Europe, China and Korea. Gloria Kim also had the honor to perform at the United Nations and United States Capitol for president Bill Clinton.
Her first Album “An Evening of Sentimental Classic” was released in April, 2023 in Korea - sponsored by Huks Music.
Born into a family of musicians, she studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship.
Kim is currently on faculty at the County College of Morris and the Summit Music Festival in NYC. She is a founding member of the BeneSori Quartet and a member of the Trio Portinari.
Two-time national finalist for the American Prize in Conducting, Dr. Joshua Shepherd brings expertise as violinist, violist, singer and conductor to both classical and commercial music audiences in his role as Music Director of The People’s Orchestra of Nashville. Joshua has sought ways to meaningfully serve the community by providing live orchestral music experiences for both musicians and audiences, during and since the pandemic lockdown. In summer 2020, he founded the Nashville Reading Orchestra so local musicians could play together in a safe environment. Under his baton, the group began performing publicly with a new name: The People’s Orchestra of Nashville. Shepherd has attended workshops led by Dr. Donald Portnoy, Peter Jaffe, Cristian Măcelaru, Octavio Más-Arocas, and Mark Gibson. Joshua has also served as cover and guest conductor for ensembles across the U.S. In addition to his love of repertoire from the Western classical music canon, Joshua is a passionate advocate of music composed for Broadway, film, television, and video games.
Scott E. Woodard is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra, and Founding Music Director of the West Virginia State Philharmonic Orchestra. Woodward holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University.
Dr. Woodard's primary teachers were Dr. Leonid Kochmar of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory of Music and the Mariinsky Theatre, Dr. Oleg Proskurnya, and Dr. Paul A. Balshaw.
In 2006, Scott Woodard was named first prize winner of the International Conductor's Workshop Competition and served as Guest Conductor of the Macon Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Woodard was also awarded first prize at the International Academy of Advanced Conducting.
Dr. Woodard is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Conductors Guild, and has worked with internationally acclaimed soloists Cristian Fatu, Yip Wai Chow, Victora Fatu, Anton Shelepov, Michael Riksin, and Elizabeth Pitcairn.
Katy Smith made her concerto debut performing Lalo's Symphony Espagnole in Birmingham's Adrian Boult Hall, aged ten, after winning the Junior Department’s concerto competition. Since then she has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the UK and abroad. In 2022, with just five days notice, she stepped in for a tour to Prague with the Kimichi Symphony Orchestra performing the Tchaikovsky concerto twice on the same day.
Katy was soloist with the New English Concert Orchestra at the Battle Proms - a series of six concerts across the summer to audiences of up to 10,000. She was the first soloist to be invited back for a second year running, and again as their favourite soloist for their 20 year anniversary concert. She has worked with notable conductors such as; Ben Palmer, Keith Slade, Russell Keable and Douglas Coombes MBE, and appeared on national television as a strings finalist of BBC Young Musician of the Year.
After auditioning for a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music, Katy was propelled straight onto the Advanced Diploma course due to her experience and standard, studying with György Pauk.
Katy is an advocate for musicians with disabilities, being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome herself. She has begun telling her story as a successful musician with a disability on social media gaining 1.1k followers in a fortnight, inspiring others to share their stories.
Katy plays on a fine 18th century English violin made by Nathaniel Cross and is generously sponsored by Pirastro.
Daniel Perttu's second piano concerto, A Planets Odyssey, and has been characterized by critic Tom Wachunas as a “sensational non-stop trek across millions of miles” that “possesses an uncanny acuity for translating visual and tactile phenomena into palpable realities in themselves, endowing the work with a phantasmagorical dimensionality” (Artwach).
Perttu's recent overture, To Spring, is based on an ode of the same name by poet William Blake. Writing for The Whole Note, Tiina Kiik characterizes To Spring as being “majestic” and “lyrical.” And, in Textura, the authors describe To Spring as “vivid, multi-hued scene painting packed with orchestral detail [that] feels like a blossoming, whether it be of youth or the natural world, and a triumphant one at that.”
Daniel Perttu's music has been performed on four continents and in more than 40 of the United States. His concert opener Phoenix was released on a recording by the London Symphony Orchestra in October, 2022, and his “Spring” overture was recently recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic (Czech Republic). Both recordings are on the GRAMMY-winning Navona Records label, an imprint of PARMA Recordings.
Upcoming performances slated for the 2023-2024 season include the world premieres of pieces with the Grand Junction Symphony (Colorado), Butler County Symphony (Pennsylvania), and Western Piedmont Symphony (North Carolina). Additional performances will include Dan's "Planets Odyssey" Piano Concerto with the Springfield Symphony (Ohio), his “Spring” overture with the Rapides Symphony (Louisiana), Perrysburg Symphony, and Butler Philharmonic, and his concert opener Phoenix with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony.
Adam Piotr Żukiewicz is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed concert pianist. Mr. Żukiewicz has performed in some of the most important concert venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Residenztheater in Munich, Goldensaal at the Musikverein in Vienna, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, KKL Luzern, and many others.
Mr. Żukiewicz’s creative musical activities led to a recording of a debut album The Beginnings, exploring musical ideologies and languages of the great masters of the past and the present. The Beginnings was released to critical acclaim by the DUX label in November 2018, and selections of the album are broadcast regularly by the Colorado Public Radio Classical in the USA.
Following his long-lasting interest in the music of Fryderyk Chopin, in 2021, Mr. Żukiewicz has received a USA government grant to complete the "Chopin Unknown" recording research project. The project will have wider educational implications through the presentation of the recently published and never recorded study works of Chopin (Three Learned Fugues after Cherubini) as well as more renowned works, directly influenced by those.
As an avid performer of new music, Mr. Żukiewicz regularly presents modern works and premieres new compositions: most recently Jim Klein’s Piano Sonata The Abyss.
Adam Piotr Żukiewicz holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Masters of Music degree from Indiana University. He has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, and was a music scholar at the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy.
1st prize winner of the International Violin Competition 'Luigi Zanuccoli', Rimini, Italy 2018, Chang has done solo performances with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan University Orchestra, Wenzhou City Symphony Orchestra and Taiwan Philharmonic. Chang is actively performing in Southeast Asia and Europe. He is FULLY booked til March 2024.
In 2016, Max debuted as a soloist at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in their Honors Performance Series. In May 2017, Max was awarded first place at the American Protege International Piano and String Competition and performed his solo at Weill Auditorium, Carnegie Hall. Under the baton of Itzhak Perlman, Max is the only Perlman Music Program Super Strings performer that has played with them consecutively for seven years, from 2013 - 2023. In 2018, he won the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition. He was recently invited to the Paganini International Violin Competition preselection round.
Levi is an avid solo and chamber musician, having had international success in both respects. Namely, he has recently won 1st Prize at the International Society of Bassists in the Youth Solo Division. He has attended the Yehudi Menuhin School in London with Caroline Emery since September 2020, and will continue his studies with Caroline at the Royal College of Music London beginning in 2023. In addition to his success in competitions, Levi was asked to record Andres Martin's 'La Feria de San Telmo' with Nathan Perry for Orchid Classics' CD 'Around the World in 80 Days' with the Yehudi Menuhin School. This was subsequent to the duo's performance of Andres Martin's 2 Tango at King's Place London. Levi became a member of the Missouri philharmonic in 2017 and now holds the Principal Bass position since 2021. In 2018, he performed the second movement of Bottesini's Concerto no. 2 with the ensemble, after being named winner of the Charles R. Hall competition. He will soon return to perform Bottesini's Gran Duo Concertante in August of 2023. Other competition successes include 1st prizes in London Classical Music Competition and Caneres International Music Competition Vienna, among others.