Acclaimed for his "elegant poetry and virtuosic fire," Alan Chow has won First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the UCLA International Piano Competition, and the Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition.
Winner of the Silver Medal and Audience Favorite Prize at the Gina Bachauer International READ MORE
Since winning the gold medal at the first Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Douglas Humpherys' concert career has spanned more than three decades across four continents.
During recent years, he has concertized in many of the major cities of cities of Asia. A frequent guest artist in READ MORE
Peter Mack was born in Ireland, where he had his early training with Frank Heneghan at the Dublin College of Music.
Founding Artistic Director of the Northern Lights Music Festival, pianist Veda Zuponcic made her formal European debut in 1971 as a recipient of the Martha Baird Rockefeller grant.
Critics in London, Vienna, Amsterdam and Berlin noted her powerful and fluent technique, intelligent READ MORE
Mitsuko Ichimura has concertized extensively throughout Japan and the US, as a soloist and in collaboration with other artists on stage and on television. She is known for her huge coloristic range and lyricism.Ms. Ichimura is founder and director of the Ichimura Music School in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, where she produces strong READ MORE
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Dr. Grigor Khachatryan began studying music and playing the piano at Barsej Kanachyan's Music School of Yerevan, where he graduated with honors. Shortly thereafter, Khachatryan moved to the United States to continue his education and Bedford, Indiana READ MORE
Mikhail Kopelman graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Maya Glezarova and Yuri Yankelevich.
In 1973 he won second prize in the Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris. READ MORE
Respected around the world, Latvian-born cellist Yosif Feigelson enjoys a solo career spanning over three
He has been compared to such cello greats as Rostropovich and Piatigorsky, and praised for his arvelously singing tone, effortless technique, and sincere, enlightening interpretations. READ MORE
Igor Petrushevski is widely considered as one of the leading violin professors in Europe. His students are winners of international competitions including: P. I. Tchaikovsky, N. Paganini, M. Long-Thibaud, Tibor Varga, Rodolfo Lipizer, Indianapolis, Tokyo, Wieniavsky, Cologne, Heifetz, Sion, Postacchini, Joachim, Britten, Caneti, Enescu, Valsesia and READ MORE
Montreal native Céline Leathead joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1994 after being a member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony.
At Orchestra chamber concerts, she has played music by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Mendelssohn, Mozart, READ MORE
Concertizing regularly in recitals and concertos throughout the United States and Europe, violinist Timothy Schwarz has been praised for his “energetic performances” (Rome News) and “technique beyond reproach” (Buffalo Times). Schwarz has recorded solo and chamber music READ MORE
Violist Matthew Williams was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and is an alumni of the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, The Berne University of the Arts, and is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota. He began his viola studies with Susan Barton and READ MORE
Sally Gibson Dorer is an active freelance performer and teacher in the Twin Cities. She is a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and performs frequently with the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition, she has performed on Prairie Home Companion with the house band, and READ MORE
Born in America and educated in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Gavriel Heine is equally at home in symphonic, operatic and ballet repertoire. He was one of Ilya Musin's last pupils at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and follows a long line of conductors who were deeply influenced by the legendary pedagogue. In 2007, Valery Gergiev invited Heine to make his debut READ MORE
Maxim Mikhailov was born in Moscow to a traditional opera family. His grandfather Maxim Dormidontovich Mikhailov was one of the Bolshoi's best Russian basses. In 1987 Maxim Mikhailov joined the Bolshoi Opera House as the principal soloist and soon after he won the READ MORE
Since her debut as Amneris in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in 1994, Barbara Dever has been in demand throughout the world for dramatic mezzo-soprano operatic and concert repertoire.
In 16 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, Miss Dever has been heard in the READ MORE
Dr. Lourin Plant holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wittenberg University, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Choral Conducting from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
He has served as the Assistant Director of the Chicago Children's Choir READ MORE
Leah-Beth Frey-Rabine was born and raised in Crosby, Minnesota and grew up listening to the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts as a child.
She developed her talent by attending Indiana University, where she received her Bachelor of Music in opera and Master of Music in vocal performance. READ MORE
Dr. Cory J. Renbarger joined the faculty at Bemidji State University in 2012. He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Concordia College.
Beginning his training in Moorhead, MN, he studied with David Hamilton READ MORE
One of the most exciting conducting talents of his generation, Gavriel Heine is currently a resident conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia and Music Director of Northern Lights Festival Opera in Minnesota, USA.
Born in the United States and educated in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, he was one of Ilya Musin's last pupils at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and follows a long line of conductors who were deeply influenced by the legendary professor. In 2007, Valery Gergiev invited Heine to make his debut at the Mariinsky Theatre, resulting in his appointment to the conducting roster. He is equally at home in symphonic, operatic and ballet repertoire, and has since led nearly 400 performances at the Mariinsky, where his repertoire includes the operas Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Macbeth, La bohème, Tosca, Il Trittico, Pelléas et Mélisande, Jenůfa, L'heure Espagnole/Gianni Schicchi, Bluebeard's Castle, Turn of the Screw, Pagliacci and La forza del destino, special versions of The Tale of Tsar Saltan, A Love for Three Oranges and Wagner's Ring cycle, as well as the ballets The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Sylvia, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Firebird, Rite of Spring, Apollo, Le Spectre de la Rose, The Swan, Paquita, Jewels, Bambi/In the Jungle, Chopiniana, Carnaval, Scheherazade, Cinderella and Raymonda. At the Mariinsky Theatre he has premiered Robert Carsen's production of My Fair Lady (co-production with the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris), Delibes/Ashton's Sylvia and Bambi/In the Jungle.
He received unanimously stellar reviews from the critics for his work as conductor on the most recent Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra tour to the USA, leading performances of Raymonda at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa and Cinderella at both Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Earlier in 2015 he led performances of Swan Lake with the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and Rite of Spring with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra (Kennedy Center, Washington DC). Heine conducted Apollo/ A Midsummer Night's Dream on the 2014 Mariinsky Ballet tour to London (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), has led the Mariinsky Orchestra in concert at the Gergiev Festival in Mikkeli, Finland and made his Bolshoi Theatre debut conducting the Mariinsky's production of Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle during the Golden Mask festival in Moscow - all to great critical acclaim.
Heine was a co-author of the Mariinsky's first subscription series for young people - the very popular Academy of Young Theatre-Goers - where he created and conducted special versions of The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Love for Three Oranges and Wagner's Ring for younger audiences. He served as Artistic Coordinator/Assistant Conductor of the Mariinsky's New Horizons Festival of Contemporary Music, conducting works by Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux, György Kurtág, Rodion Shchedrin, Vladimir Tarnopolsky and Boris Tishchenko.
As a guest conductor, Heine has appeared with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, La Verdi Orchestra of Milan, Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of New Russia (Moscow), the St. Petersburg State Cappella Symphony Orchestra, Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra (Kazan, Russia), Samara Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), Mikkeli Chamber Orchestra (Finland), and has led rehearsals with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
From 2003-2007 he served as Principal Guest Conductor/Acting Music Director of the Kharkov Symphony Orchestra – Ukraine's only orchestra for emerging professional musicians - and has held the position of Assistant Conductor of Center City Opera Theater (Philadelphia). He has held the position of Music Director of Northern Lights Festival Opera (Minnesota) since 2011, where he has conducted new productions of Gianni Schicchi, Pagliacci, La bohème, Carmen and The Merry Widow.
Gavriel Heine is the first ever American citizen to have graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He did his post-graduate studies in conducting with Ilya Musin and Leonid Korchmar at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and holds a master's degree in conducting from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied with Imre Palló, Thomas Baldner and David Effron. He has taken part in master classes with Michael Morgan, Carl St. Clair and Colin Metters, including a televised masterclass with Valery Gergiev and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at De Doelen in Rotterdam. He was chosen by the League of American Orchestras as one of six rising conductors to lead the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview in Jacksonville, FL, USA.
Maxim Mikhailov was born in Moscow to a traditional opera family. His grandfather Maxim Dormidontovich Mikhailov was one of the Bolshoi's best Russian basses. In 1987 Maxim Mikhailov joined the Bolshoi Opera House as the principal soloist and soon after he won the Glinka Vocal Competition. Year later, in 1988 he graduated from the Russian Academy of Music with Master Degree as an Opera Singer, Vocal teacher and Actor. In 1991 he founded and was leading for 10 years as the Artistic and Stage Director The International Opera Festival of Maxim Mikhailov in the city of Cheboksary, where his grandfather was born. Year 1991 he began to study the opera direction as an auditor (special student) with Russian Academy of Musical Theatre Professor Boris Pokrovsky, one of the most remarkable opera staging directors of the last century. In 1993 he made his first work as the Stage Director – revival of the opera Gounod Faust for Mikhailov's Opera Festival. His international career began in the same 1993 year when he won the International Belvedere Competition in Vienna. In 1994-1998 Maxim Mikhailov was invited to Salzburg Easter Festival for Boris Godunov under Claudio Abbado, was a personal assistant of Director Boris Pokrovsky and made his European debut as the Stage Director having staged in collaboration with Philippe Alraud Paisiello's La Serva Padrona in Vienna Chamber Opera, Austria. The same year he began to take private lessons in stage directing by the General Stage Director of Viennese Volksoper professor Robert Herzl. In 1995 he made the revival of Borodin's Prince Igor in Cheboksary. Year 1994-2000 Maxim Mikhailov appeared as the opera singer on the most major opera stages around the world –Volksoper (Vienna), Opera de Paris, Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London), Houston Grand Opera (Houston TX), Teatro Communale di Bologna, Teatro alla Scala (Milan), De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam) , La Monnaie (Brussels), gave master classes as a vocal teacher and the Stage Director in Russia and Europe. In 1999-2003 he worked at the Summer Opera Festival in St. Margarethen, Austria as an assistant of the staging directors Robert Herzl and Gianfranco de Bosio in the productions of Magic Flute, Turandot and Otello.
In 2000 Maxim Mikhailov immigrated to the USA and continued his career as an opera singer and a vocal teacher. His repertoire at this time includes more than 50 major opera roles such as Philippo II in Don Carlo, Boris Godunov in Boris Godunov, Sarastro in Magic Flute, Golaud in Pelleas et Melisande, Ramfis in Aida, Mephistopheles in Faust (Gounod and Boito), Prince Gremin in Eugen Onegin and others.
Maxim Mikhailov appeared as an opera singer in Teatro San Carlo (Naples, Italy), German State Opera House "Unter den Linden" (Berlin, Germany), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona, Spain), San Diego Opera (San Diego CA), returned constantly to Opera de Paris, Covent Garden and other opera houses he already had sung with, and made his debuts at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, UK, and Metropolitan Opera, New York NY. During those years he worked with many stage directors, such as Francesca Zambello, Lotfi Mansouri, Richard Jones, David McVicar, David Pountney, Robert Wilson, improving skills of directing and dramatics couching. He was invited to Galina Vishnevskaya's Opera Center in Moscow for several master classes.
Dr. Lourin Plant holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wittenberg University, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Choral Conducting from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He has served as the Assistant Director of the Chicago Children's Choir (formally the nation's largest children's choir organization), and has been on the voice faculties of Sinclair College and Humboldt State University of California. Now in the eighth year of his appointment at Rowan University, he is an Assistant Professor of Voice. He is a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Marian Anderson Guild, the American Choral Directors Association, and New Jersey Music Educators Association.
He has served as an adjudicator and clinician, conducted the All-Region II Chorus for the Central Jersey Music Educators Association, and has presented vocal workshops and choral adjudications for New Jersey State Teen Arts Festivals. Dr. Plant concertizes as both countertenor and baritone throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West states. He has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati May Festival, Dayton Opera, Amherst Early Music Festival, Humboldt Bay Early Music Festival,Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Philadelphia Ancient Voices, Voces Novae et Antiquae, Piffaro, Jim Thorpe Bach Festival, and in the touring ensembles of Michael Crawford, Barbra Streisand, and Russell Watson.
He has performed in ensembles with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Singers Chorale in the Philadelphia Academy of Music, the Philadelphia Regional Arts Center (Kimmel Center),and in Carnegie Hall.
Leah-Beth Frey-Rabinewas born and raised in Crosby, Minnesota and grew up listening to the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts as a child.
She developed her talent by attending Indiana University, where she received her Bachelor of Music in opera and Master of Music in vocal performance.
She received numerous awards for academic and musical excellence, and was a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Auditions and the WGN Auditions of the Air. She came to Germany on a DAAD stipend, studying for 2 semesters at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, before beginning her first opera engagement in Kaiserslautern. She was a member of the opera companies in Bern, Flensburg, Nürnberg, Hagen and Frankfurt. In 1983 she began singing the dramatic soprano repertoire, embarking soon afterward on an international career.
Her roles at the Frankfurt Opera included Senta in The Flying Dutchman, Leonore in Fidelio, and Brünnhilde in the Ruth Berghaus production of Wagner's Ring. Berghaus brought her to Dresden for the title role in her new production of Elektra. Other roles in Dresden included Salome, Leonore, and Senta in Wolfgang Wagner's production of The Flying Dutchman.
In 1983 she received a Young Artists' Award from the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen for her first Brünnhilde, in the renowned John Dew Ring. In 1989 International President Josef Lienhart made her an honorary member of the Richard Wagner Society.
At the same time, she continued to develop her pedagogical skills, gradually shifting her focal point to teaching in Germany and abroad. Since 2003 she has been the voice teacher for the Frankfurt Opera Chorus, and she maintains an active studio at her home near Frankfurt.
Ms. Frey-Rabine is a member of the National Association of German Voice Teachers (Bundesverband Deutscher Gesangspädagogen BDG e. V.), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and the Frankfurter Tonkünstlerbund (Frankfurt Musical Artists' Organization), where she has been on the board of directors since March 2005.
In 2009 she began studying in the Aleph Jewish Renewal cantorial program and was ordained as a Cantor in January 2014.
Since her debut as Amneris in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in 1994, Barbara Dever has been in demand throughout the world for dramatic mezzo-soprano operatic and concert repertoire. In 16 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, Miss Dever has been heard in the house as Azucena in Il trovatore, Amneris in Aida, and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera, Eboli in Don Carlo, and Herodias in Salome. 2009-2010 marked her 17th season at the Metropolitan, where she performed in Il trittico and as the Countess in The Nose. She was also heard as Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer with the Canadian Opera Company of Toronto, in Mahler's Symphony No. 3 and Des Knaben Wunderhorn in Mexico City with the Mineria Orchestra.
Miss Dever made her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at the 2008 Tanglewood Festival as Filipievna in Eugene Onegin, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. She repeated the role this season at the Metropolitan and makes her Spoleto Festival USA debut in Louise by Charpentier. Miss Dever made her debut at the Canadian Opera in Toronto last season as Genevieve in Pelleas et Melisande, followed by Filipievna in the same house.
Most recent seasons have brought Miss Dever to the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera, and for her debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Mere Marie in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Vancouver as Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera, to Philadelphia as Amneris in Aida, to Mexico City for Mahler's Symphony No. 8, and to Paris with L'Orchestre National de Ile de France for Mahlers Symphony No 2. Miss Dever made her long awaited debut at La Scala in Milan in the 2003-2004 season as Mere Marie in Les Dialogues des Carmélites under the baton of Riccardo Muti, was in Mexico City for The Messiah, and returned to Philadelphia as Azucena in Il Trovatore. In recent seasons Miss Dever was in Tokyo for the Saito Kinen Festival to sing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which was recorded for Phillips and Decca, under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. She returned to Tokyo with the New National Theatre for Azucena, was Fricka in Das Rheingold in Mexico City, Amneris at the Metropolitan Opera, debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of Holiday Concerts, was with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Symphony No. 3 and returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and debuted with the Florida Philharmonic in The Messiah.
Miss Dever has been Eboli in Tokyo, was both the Princess de Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur and as Amneris in Aida in Catania and Arena di Verona, was Fricka in New Orleans, Azucena in Cagliari and Detroit, Klytamnestra in Elektra in Virginia, and Herodias in Salome with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and as Azucena for the Washington Opera, and Amneris in Montreal and Mexico City. Miss Dever opened the 1999-2000 season as Herodias in Salome in Mexico City, followed by her debut at the Vienna State Opera as Eboli where she returned later in the season as Amneris. Miss Dever was heard in opera galas at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia, was Azucena in Il trovatore in Parma, was soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in Reykjavik and closed the season with her return to Philadelphia as Herodias in Salome and as Azucena in Mexico City. Recent seasons for Miss Dever have included performances as Azucena in Antwerp, Eboli at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Ulrica in San Diego, and Adalgisa in Catania's Norma.
In 1998 Miss Dever was Dalila opposite Placido Domingo's Samson in Mexico City, was in Palermo for the grand re-opening of the Teatro Massimo as Amneris in Aida, was heard at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in the Missa Solemnis under the baton of Zubin Mehta and gave a Lieder recital at the Rutgers University SummerFest. She traveled to Vancouver and Santiago as Azucena in Il trovatore, and added two new Verdi roles to her Metropolitan Opera repertoire; Eboli in Don Carlo and Azucena in Il trovatore.
Miss Dever sang her first Amneris at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, where she has also been heard as Klytamnestra in Elektra. Miss Dever made her role debut as Fricka in Die Walküre for the Met's 1993 tour of Japan with conductor James Levine. Miss Dever made her German debut at Berlin's Deutsche Oper as Amneris, her Argentinean debut with her first performances in the title role in Samson et Dalila at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and her Italian operatic debut as Amneris at the Arena di Verona under the baton of Nello Santi. Miss Dever has sung Fricka in Die Walküre and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Adalgisa in Norma and Azucena in Il trovatore with the Israel Philharmonic, Ulrica for the Miami and Washington Operas, and Azucena for the Cincinnati Opera.
In addition to her vast operatic repertoire, Miss Dever maintains an active performance schedule with orchestras throughout the world. In recent season she has been heard in Mahler's Rückert Lieder with the State Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paulo, in the Missa Solemnis and Messiah with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, in Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Louisville Orchestra and at the Chautauqua Festival, in the Verdi Requiem with the Florida Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, and the National Orchestra of Mexico, in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra with Hans Vonk conducting, and in numerous performances of Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 8 and Das Lied von der Erde with the National Orchestra of Mexico.
Miss Dever has recorded Amneris for Naxos with the Irish National Orchestra, Azucena in Il Trovatore on Fone, live from Parma, Adalgisa in Norma from the Teatro Bellini in Catania, and is Mere Marie on the DVD release of Les Dialogues des Carmélites with Ricardo Muti from La Scala. Miss Dever has appeared in concert with the late Luciano Pavarotti on Pavarotti Plus, Great Performances at Lincoln Center telecast live throughout North America.
Dr. Cory J. Renbarger joined the faculty at BSU in 2012. He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Concordia College. Beginning his training in Moorhead, MN, he studied with David Hamilton and was a frequent soloist with The Concordia Choir, under René Clausen. He went on to receive both a Master's Degree in Voice and an Artist Diploma in Opera at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. There, he studied under Barbara Honn, performing Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, The Gamekeeper in Rusalka, Barney in The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Peter in Hansel and Gretel. Dr. Renbarger sang the roles of Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and The Emperor in Le Rossignol at the University of Minnesota, where he taught for two years during his assistantship and received his Doctor of Musical Arts, studying under John De Haan.
Dr. Renbarger apprenticed with Florida Grand Opera, where he portrayed Sid inLa fanciulla del West, El Dancaïro in Carmen, and Marullo in Rigoletto. Other engagements include Lyric Opera Cleveland and Dayton Opera, where he performed Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, Sciarrone in Tosca, and Mr. Dashwood in Little Women. He made his international debut as Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi with the Opera Theatre-Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. Other roles include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Cascada in The Merry Widow with Fargo-Moorhead Opera as well as Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with Ashlawn Opera and Angelotti in Tosca with Sorg Opera. Dr. Renbarger's credits also include many performances of Handel's Messiah, including a national broadcast on NPR with The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart's Requiem, Copland's Old American Songs and multiple performances of Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols.
In the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Dr. Renbarger was a national semifinalist in 2008 as well as twice receiving honorable mentions prior. Other engagements have included El Dancaïro in Carmen with Fargo Moorhead Opera, Perotti in a workshop of the new opera The Garden of the Finzi-Continiswith Minnesota Opera, Fauré's Requiem in St. Paul, MN, Bass soloist in Bach'sCantata 147 with the Southern Tier Symphony, and Raphael in Haydn's The Creation at Houghton College. During the 2009-2010 season, Dr. Renbarger also served as the official anthem singer of the Minnesota Wild hockey franchise.
Dr. Renbarger's publications include collaboration on the book, Musical Performance: A Comprehensive Approach: Theory, Analytical Tools, and Case Studies with Dr. Guerino Mazzola, published in 2011. Dr. Renbarger also continues to perform actively in recital, including numerous engagements with pianist and collaborator Dr. Sharon Johnson. Their most recent recital, performed in Spring 2013 at BSU, included an entire Russian presentation of Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death.
Prior to becoming a member of the Bemidji State University Music Department, Dr. Renbarger taught at Houghton College in New York, where he was Assistant Professor of Voice as well as Director of Lyric Theatre. His directing credits there included productions of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado and Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow. In Bemidji, Dr. Renbarger also serves as the Director of Opera Theater and started his directorial duties here with last season's opera, Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. He looks forward to the future of opera theater here in Bemidji and continues to develop that curriculum for BSU.
Besides his duties with opera theater, Dr. Renbarger also serves as the coordinator of vocal performance studies and teaches pedagogy, diction, song literature, and opera studies.
Igor Petrushevski Igor Petrushevski is widely considered as one of the leading violin professors in Europe. His students are winners of international competitions including: P. I. Tchaikovsky, N. Paganini, M. Long-Thibaud, Tibor Varga, Rodolfo Lipizer, Indianapolis, Tokyo, Wieniavsky, Cologne, Heifetz, Sion, Postacchini, Joachim, Britten, Caneti, Enescu, Valsesia and Khachaturian and are performing with Maxim Vengerov, Krzysztof Penderecki, Vladimir Yurovski, Christian Jarvi and other very prominent musicians.
He is professor at the Richard Wagner Konservatorium -Vienna and honorary professor of the Yerevan State Conservatory. For 15 years he worked at the Royal Academy of Music in London where apart from having one of the biggest classes his students won most prizes at the international competitions.
He has made numerous radio and television performances all over the world. Over the last 20 years he has given master classes and played in the major concert halls of Italy, France, Austria, UK, all of former Yugoslavia, Russia (Moscow Conservatory), North and South America, China (Beijing Conservatory) and Korea. He is artist in residence in festivals in Italy, Great Britain, Montenegro, Austria, Korea and the USA where he also gives regular master classes in solo violin and chamber music.
Some of his current and former students are leading important orchestras in USA, Russia and UK and are playing in major orchestras such as the Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Covent Garden Orchestra etc, have prominent solo international careers and are holding teaching posts in universities all over the world.
He is an Artistic Director of the 'Strings in London' international music festival. A documentary film about his life and work has been broadcast in over 20 countries. He is an artist in residence in festivals in Italy, Great Britain, Montenegro, Austria, Korea and the USA where he also gives regular master classes in solo violin and chamber music. He regularly works in important festivals such as: The Beethoven Easter Festival, The Salzburg Summer Academy, The Enescu Festival just to name a few.
He has been a jury member of international competitions including: The George Enescu International Violin Competition, The London Oratory International Violin Competition, Tchaikovsky Competition for the Young Musicians and The Aram Khachaturyan International Violin Competition. He plays on L. Storioni violin.
Montreal native Céline Leathead joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1994 after being a member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony. At Orchestra chamber concerts, she has played music by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schumann and Schulhoff, including the Brahms Piano Quintet with Emanuel Ax at Sommerfest 1996. She performed Dvořák's String Quintet and Bloch's First Piano Quintet on the Chamber Music at MacPhail series in 2010.
Leathead received a bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Ivan Galamian, Jascha Brodsky and Jaime Laredo.
Mikhail Kopelman graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Maya Glezarova and Yuri Yankelevich. In 1973 he won second prize in the Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris.
A former member of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and concertmaster of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kopelman was appointed first violin of the Borodin String Quartet in 1976, and played with the ensemble for two decades. As a member of the Borodin Quartet, he has been awarded the state prize of the U.S.S.R. and he has been named People's Artist of the Russian Federation.
From 1980-1993 Kopelman was on the faculty of the Moscow Conservatory teaching both solo violin and string quartet. He has given master classes at the Guildhall School of Music in London, the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, UK, in Tour (France), Rome, Florence, Turku (Finland), Stockholm, the Hochschule in Hamburg, and the Hochschule in Vienna.
Since 1993, Kopelman and his family have lived in the United States. In 1995, he received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and the Concertgebouw Silver Medal of Honour. He was first violinist for the Tokyo String Quartet from 1996-2002 and formed the Kopelman Quartet in 2002. From 1996-2002, he was also professor at the Yale School of Music, coaching chamber music.
Kopelman has performed in many international festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival (UK), Hong Kong, Schleswig-Holstein, Florence, Salzburg, Tour, Moscow, the Ravinia Festival, Santa Fe, Caramoor, Norfolk, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City. For over 15 years he was closely associated with Sviatoslav Richter in numerous performances and recordings. He has also collaborated with Mstislav Rostropovich, Gideon Kremer, Natalia Gutman, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Alicia de Larrocha, Christoph Eschenbach, Yuri Bashmet, Victor Tretyakov, Eliso Virsaladze, Peter Donohoe, Boris Berman, and Emanuel Ax.
Kopelman has made numerous recordings for the Melodia, EMI, Virgin Classics, Teldec, Philips, Nimbus, and Wigmore Live labels. Kopelman has also served as a jury member for several international competitions. These have included the Evian, ARD Munich, and Bejing String Quartet competitions, as well as the Indianapolis and Queen Elisabeth International Violin competitions.
In 2002, with the purpose of continuing the rich traditions of the Russian School of Quartet Playing, he founded the Kopelman Quartet together with some of his contemporaries from the Moscow Conservatory. He has been professor of violin at Eastman since 2002.
Respected around the world, Latvian-born cellist Yosif Feigelson enjoys a solo career spanning over three decades. He has been compared to such cello greats as Rostropovich and Piatigorsky, and praised for his marvelously singing tone, effortless technique, and sincere, enlightening interpretations.
As a child, Mr. Feigelson was virtually surrounded by music: his father, an opera tenor, his mother, an orchestra violinist. He began playing cello at the age of six, studying under Don Yaffe at the Darzins Music School in Riga. After winning First Prize at the Concertino Prague International Competition (1970), he struck the interest of legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and consequently became his pupil at the Moscow Conservatory, continuing his studies with Natalia Gutman. Prizewinner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky (Moscow 1974) and J.S.Bach (Leipzig 1976) competitions, he toured throughout the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries, appearing among other major venues at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Dvorak Hall in Prague, and Musikbienale in Berlin.
Mr. Feigelson made his widely publicized New York orchestral debut in 1988, when he stepped in on a short notice to substitute ailing violinist Nathan Milstein with the New York Chamber Symphony. Thereafter, he has performed at every major hall in New York City, as well as Symphony Hall in Chicago, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and other major venues. He was guest soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphonietta, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and Knoxville Symphony among others. In 1990, the cellist received the Avery Fisher Career Grant given to outstanding instrumentalists.
In Europe, Mr. Feigelson has taken numerous tours of France, Germany and other Central and East-European countries, including participation in the Schleswig-Holstein and Handelfestspiele festivals; Tuscany Festival in Italy, Musiktreffen in St.Moritz, Switzerland; Bach Festival in Madeira, Portugal; Rostropovich and Summertime festivals in Latvia, and many orchestral and recital performances in the United Kingdom, Austria, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Israel, and the Baltic countries. Mr. Feigelson was also featured on TV and radio, including NPR's "Performance Today". His 1996 performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Detroit Symphony under Neeme Jarvi was recorded for Eurobroadcast and heard on radio stations around the world.
Mr. Feigelson has collaborated with some of the world's best known musicians as soprano Barbara Hendrix, pianists Vladimir Feltsman and Bella Davidovich, violinist Oleh Krysa, violist Yuri Bashmet, conductors Neeme Jarvi, Gennady Rozhdestvennsky, Lukas Foss, Lawrence Foster, Gerard Schwarz, Andre Raphel Smith, David Amram, Moshe Atzmon and others.
The cellist's repertoire boasts more than 50 works for cello and orchestra, an equal amount of sonatas, and variety of music including his own transcriptions. A fervent advocate of unjustly overlooked music, he made a 1996 world premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's unique 24 Cello Preludes and subsequently recorded it along with composer's Four Cello Sonatas; available today on Naxos label. In addition to performing, Mr. Feigelson has offered master classes for string players and ensembles at the Aspen Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Detroit Civic Orchestra, Rutgers University, Waterloo Festival, and other venues in the U.S. and abroad. He is a Founder and Artistic Director of Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, Preludes of Pont-Aven and The Stravinsky Circle.
Concertizing regularly in recitals and concertos throughout the United States and Europe, violinist Timothy Schwarz has been praised for his "energetic performances" (Rome News) and "technique beyond reproach" (Buffalo Times). Schwarz has recorded solo and chamber music CD's for Naxos, EMI, Marquis Classics, and Centaur Records. The American Record Guide praised his 2006 solo CD as "good enough to be the only recording in your collection", and his 2013 CD featuring the Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Higdon was on the Top 10 Classical Albums in 2013 by the Philadelphia City Paper. Other awards include Best Artist in Maryland from the National Endowment from the Arts, and Gold Medal in the Artistic Ambassador Competition in Washington, DC. His 2015-16 season includes planned tours of Europe, Asia, and the United States.
An avid educator, Schwarz is currently Assistant Professor and Head of Strings at Rowan University, and director and founder of Techne Music, which includes a summer chamber music camp and concert series. Before his appointment at Rowan University, Dr. Schwarz was Assistant Professor at Kutztown University, where he was awarded an Honorary Membership in the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity. Prior appointments have included Head of Strings at Lehigh University, and Artistic Director of the Wilmington Community Orchestra.
Between 1996 and 2001, Schwarz served three tours as Artistic Ambassador in South America, Asia, and Africa, performing over 100 recitals in 15 countries. He made his solo debut with the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra at age nine, where he now appears as a substitute section member. As part of winning the Starling Violin Competition, he studied with Dorothy DeLay at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He later received aMM from the Peabody Conservatory and a DMA from Temple University. His violin is a J. B. Vuillaume made in 1830, which he purchased in 2014.
Violist Matthew Williams was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and is an alumni of the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, The Berne University of the Arts, and is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota. He began his viola studies with Susan Barton and later teachers include Ulrich Eichenauer, Misha Amory and Korey Konkol. Matthew has participated in the Killington, Kneisel Hall, and Spoleto Festivals and has studied chamber music with members of the Mendelssohn, Brentano, Juilliard, and Fine Arts Quartets.
He has maintained a vibrant freelance career and has performed with several orchestras and chamber orchestras including The Berne Symphony, Camerata Schweiz, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and The Minnesota Orchestra. Performances this season include the premiere of "Test Pilot", a new dance opera by composer Jocelyn Hagen and choreographer Penelope Freeh, as well as chamber music performances at The Baroque Room.
In addition to performing, Matthew is also passionate about teaching and maintains a private studio in Minneapolis as well as co-founding Cambridge Summer Strings, a summer program for children, and teaching on the faculty of the Northern Lights Music Festival. He lives with his wife Anna and daughter Mara in Minneapolis and his hobbies include vegetable gardening, biking, and restoring vintage furniture.
Sally Gibson Dorer is an active freelance performer and teacher in the Twin Cities. She is a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and performs frequently with the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition, she has performed on Prairie Home Companion with the house band, and she has also performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
She enjoys teaching in her private studio and has coached youth symphonies in Florida, New Mexico, and Minnesota. She has also served on the faculty of Carleton College and Augsburg College as a cello instructor. Before moving to Minnesota, Ms. Dorer was a member of the New Mexico Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and she also performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. For five years, she was the Assistant Principal Cello of the Florida West Coast Symphony, and a member of the New Artists String Quartet, which performed recitals throughout Florida. Ms. Dorer studied at both the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, and her teachers have included Timothy Eddy, Dudley Powers, and Martha Gerschefski.
She is an avid chamber music performer and has done many educational concerts with quartets and also with Trio Callisto, an ensemble consisting of flute, harp, and cello. She has also performed many Kinder Konzerts for the Minnesota Orchestra, performing in a small ensemble for preschoolers at Orchestra Hall. Since 2011 she has been a member Trio St. Croix, a Piano, Violin, Cello Trio.
Many of her students have participated in Minnesota Youth Symphonies, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Music Camps, and have gone on to pursue cello in colleges across the country. She has a particular interest in cello choir music and enjoys playing and performing with her students.
Peter Mack was born in Ireland, where he had his early training with Frank Heneghan at the Dublin College of Music. Subsequent study was at Trinity College, Dublin, and with Bela Siki at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and at the University of Washington where he earned his doctorate in piano performance.
Celebrated for his moving playing and easy rapport with audiences, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia, India, and the former Soviet Union. He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists, and Pacific International Piano Competitions. Known for his extensive repertoire, he has performed twenty-six concertos with various orchestras.
Mack, who is Professor of Piano at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, is equally in demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, and teacher, and his pupils are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions.
"Mack is one of those lucky ones, born with a completely balanced set of talents. He has perfect piano hands, his technique is all but infallible, he has boundless temperament, style and taste, and above all, he communicates directly.... In all capacities he is indefatigable...." Los Angeles Times
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