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Salon 58: Opera & Chamber Concert Series

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CitySpire 150 west 56 street NEW YORK CITY, NY 10019

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Salon58 organizes donation-based concerts to support young and established NYC musicians. All our concerts are hosted in unique and intimate NYC venues and private homes. We present a curated series of intimate and unforgettable nights with musicians, music enthusiasts and art aficionados enjoying concerts covering a diverse repertoire in chamber music, opera and jazz.

All concerts are on first-come-first-serve basis. Reserve your seat by registering with a min $50 contribution. All contributions go directly to sponsor the musicians.

We look forward to welcoming you and we hope this will fill the gap of live music in our culture starved souls.

Lora Aroyo and Chris Welty

May, 22, 2022: Vesna Duo

Salon58 is delighted to invite you to join us for an evening with Vesna Duo for their private recital and album launch party celebrating the duo's debut album Constellations showcasing a star-studded contemporary music program of the most exciting transcriptions for marimba and piano.

Vesna Duo - brilliant marimbist Ksenija Komljenović and pianist Liana Pailodze Harron.

Program:

  • The Rite of Spring (1913) by Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) arr. Komljenović
  • La Muerte del Ángel (1959) by Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992) arr. Komljenović
  • The Ever Evolving Etude (2008) by Avishai Cohen (b. 1970) arr. Komljenović

Watch trailer: Ksenija & Liana discuss performing Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"

Location: CitySpire

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About Vesna Duo

Vesna [ˈvɛsna] / — a goddess associated with youth and springtime in early Slavic mythology

Vesna Piano/Percussion Duo devotes its passion to bringing new and reimagined works to life. Their performances span a fiery new arrangement of The Rite of Spring, to premiering works by trailblazing international composers, to re-envisioning pieces by jazz musicians Avishai Cohen and Tigran Hamasyan.

Hailing from The Republic of Georgia and Serbia, Dr. Liana Pailodze Harron (piano) and Dr. Ksenija Komljenović (percussion) embrace their dynamic backgrounds while exploring a diverse blend of musical traditions, cultures, and styles. Beyond arranging existing works, the ensemble seeks to transform the boundaries of what it means to be a pianist/percussionist, interpolating theatrical percussion works in their already vibrant repertoire. Between them, Dr. Harron and Dr. Komljenović share multiple international solo and chamber music awards.

Ksenija Komljenović

Dr. Ksenija Komljenović (Belgrade, Serbia), a prizewinner of the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg, is a percussionist, educator, and composer. Throughout her career, she has performed, taught, and studied across Europe, the United States, and Asia. Ksenija is the first woman from Serbia with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Degree. She holds the Assistant Professor of Percussion position at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Ksenija’s devotion to percussion is shaped by her advocacy for contemporary/chamber music, as well as intercultural collaboration. Her chamber ensembles (PNEUMA, Vesna Duo, Balkan Percussion Duo) unite some of the finest young performers from across the world. Vesna Duo's debut album (to be released in May 2022) will feature Ksenija's arrangement of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring for marimba and piano.

In 2019, the same year she made her Hong Kong debut, Ksenija was selected to be a co-principal for the World Percussion Group with whom she toured England, Spain, and Portugal. In 2021, she performed at the XXI International Conservatory Week Festival (Russia) and the 31st International Young Laureate Music Competitions Festival (Poland).

Ksenija serves on boards of the Tierras Percussion Competition and the SoundWaves Music Festival. Her initiative resulted in pioneering cultural-exchange projects between the U.S. and her home country, including the first drumline camp and contemporary percussion workshop in Serbia. Ksenija is a producer/co-host on the At Percussion Podcast. She holds degrees from the University of Miami, Illinois State University, and Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Serbia.

Liana Pailodze Harron

Georgian-American pianist Dr. Liana Pailodze Harron is a bold performer, recognized for her passionate and striking interpretations of contemporary classical music. She has appeared at leading venues across the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, Arsht Center, Lincoln Center, the New World Center, and the United Nations. Musical collaborators include Maestro Zubin Mehta and Maestro Leon Botstein, as well as Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin, Sting, and Steven Tyler.

A champion of contemporary music, Liana cultivates diverse collaborations guided by artistic curiosity. As a soloist, Liana has performed with the Shilakadze Chamber Orchestra, the Georgian Television Orchestra, the Georgian Symphonic Orchestra, the Frost Symphony Orchestra, and the Frost Wind Ensemble. Most recently, she has worked with saxophonist Dr. Thomas A. Giles, honing works of Györgi Ligeti and Olivier Messiaen among others, with an album Mysteries of the Macabre released in spring 2022. Liana’s work in Vesna Duo with percussionist Dr. Ksenija Komljenović garnered rave reviews at the 2022 Chamber Music America Conference. Their recording of Igor Stravinky’s The Rite of Spring for marimba and piano arranged by Komljenović will be released in spring 2022.

A prolific recording artist, Liana has embodied contemporary works by composers such as Alexej Gerassimez and Archil Giorgobiani, beloved classics of Hindemith and Respighi, and modern repertoire from John Adams and Ólafur Arnalds, the latter of which she arranged for piano and Loopstation. Her most recent solo album Light-Year is a heart-rending collection of intimate pieces, cast from cinematic and contemporary composers Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter, Philip Glass, Ólafur Arnalds, and Kris Lennox.

Currently a faculty member of the prestigious 92nd Street Y School of Music, Liana teaches applied music lessons and groups classes to a wide array of students. She is also an in-demand clinician, holding masterclasses and workshops at universities around the United States. She holds her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

== Past Concerts ==

May, 13, 2022: Goodness Triumphs

Join us for a special edition of Salon 58 at the National Arts Club (NAC)

On the only Friday 13th this year, enjoy a colorful program of solos and ensembles from favorite operas and classical songs delivered by a quartet of leading voices from the New York opera world: Mary Beth Nelson, Chelsea Bonagura, Frank Mathis, and Kofi Hayford, with William Hicks on piano.

  • Doors open at 7:00 PM
  • Music starts at 7:30 PM EDT

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Location: National Arts Club

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Apr, 10, 2022: Project: Music Heals Us

Join us for a very special edition of Salon 58 presenting members of the Project: Music Heals Us (PMHU)

PMHU a non-profit organization that aims to democratize access to the healing potential of compassionate human connection through live arts performance, creation, and learning. Since its founding in 2014, PMHU has presented over 1,000 free concerts and interactive programs in hospitals, shelters, refugee aid centers, and prisons across the United States and abroad. All donations from this concert will be in support of the musicians at PMHU.

  • ANDREW JANSS, cello
  • JEREMIAH BLACKLOW, violin
  • LEAH (Leike) GLICK, viola
  • NATHAN MELTZER, violin
  • BRIAN HONG, viola

The program will open with a little treat by the amazing violin duo Hina and Fiona Khuong-Huu performing the beautiful Jean-Marie Leclair Sonate No. 5 for two violins.

Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 76, No. 4, "Sunrise"

  • Allegro con spirito
  • Adagio
  • Menuetto: Allegro
  • Finale: Allegro ma non troppo – Più allegro – Più presto

Franz Schubert, String Quartet No. 13 in a minor, Op. 29, No. 1, D. 804, "Rosamunde"

  • Allegro ma non troppo
  • Andante
  • Menuetto. Allegretto
  • Allegro moderato
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ANDREW JANSS, cello: Executive Director of Project: Music Heals Us. Hailed by the New York Times for his "muscularity and shimmering lyricism", "insightful musicianship", and "sumptuous elegance”, cellist and non-profit leader Andrew Janss' performances have been enjoyed across five continents in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Sydney Opera House, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Louvre.

As a professional cellist, Mr. Janss has collaborated in concert with a long list of iconic classical artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, as well as chart-topping performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Lana Del Rey, Mary J. Blige, Estelle, Florence + the Machine, Erykah Badu, Kurt Elling, and The Roots. The performance of his arrangement of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon for singer and string quartet at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles was attended by over 5,000 people, to rave reviews.

Janss was the founding cellist of both the Solera Quartet, winners of the 2017 Pro Musicis International award and Chamber Music America Guarneri String Quartet-in residence; as well as the Escher Quartet, seeing that group through their initial residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as part of Chamber Music Society Two from 2007-10.

He has served as Guest Principal Cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and tours extensively with the Mark Morris Dance Group. Highlight performances with the company have included premieres of new choreography in Boston, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Miami, New Orleans, and internationally in China, Italy, and Australia. He was a cellist at the Marlboro Music Festival from 2010-12.

Andrew also tours and records for the groundbreaking cello rock band Break of Reality both in the United States and as cultural ambassadors for the US Department of State. Recent tours through American Music Abroad have taken the band to Eastern and Central Asia, Haiti, and Brazil, collaborating with local musicians and composers in each country they visit.

JEREMIAH BLACKLOW, violin: began studying the violin when he was three. As a soloist and chamber musician, Jeremiah has performed at important cultural centers across the globe including Incheon’s Tri-Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Neue Galerie. He was concertmaster of the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra from 2018-20 and is one of a small selection of principals for The Juilliard Orchestra. Jeremiah has had the opportunity to learn chamber music performance from members of the Parker, Brentano, Shanghai, Juilliard and Cleveland Quartets. He has participated in summer and winter festivals at the Perlman Music Program, Kneisel Hall, the Taos School of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Jeremiah has appeared as a soloist with the Concord Orchestra and Boston Civic Symphony, and recently performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Bach Society Orchestra. In 2018, Jeremiah and his longtime friend Noah Krauss began working together as a violin-piano duo, and they have collaborated during the pandemic performing live-streamed concerts for people in healthcare sites around the northeast.

Jeremia currently studies with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School, where he is pursuing a Masters degree in violin performance as a recipient of the Fidelity Foundation Scholarship and the Dorothy Starling Scholarship. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literature from Harvard College in 2020, and is a graduate of the Juilliard Pre-college program.

LEAH (Leike) GLICK, viola: A passionate and versatile young Israeli - American musician. She has performed worldwide as both a chamber player and soloist. She currently is based in NYC and is the ‘Arts Leadership Intern’ at the non - profit organization Project: Music Heals Us. Leikie received her Bachelor of Music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music under Michael Gaisler, followed by a Masters degree from the Mannes School of Music under Daniel Panner. She received her Graduate Diploma from the Juilliard School with Roger Tapping and her Professional Studies Diploma at the Manhattan School of Music under Patinka Kopec. Currently, Leikie is studying privately under the violist Molly Carr.

Leikie has participated in several music festivals such as the Young Israel Philharmonic Summer Course, Orford Music Festival, Classical Tahoe, Keshet Eilon Mastercourse and more. She has performed worldwide in major concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Menuhin Hall, to name only a few. Leikie has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony and was the principal of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music orchestras. She is a recipient of the America - Israel Cultural Foundation, the Ronen Foundation, and the President Scholarship. She has won first prize at the Rudolf Barshai International Competition and at the Fuchs Chamber Music Competition at the Manhattan School of Music. In summer 2022 Leikie will make her soloist debut with the Israel Chamber Orchestra playing Mozart Sinfonia Concertante.

Leikie is the founder, Artistic Director and violist of the Ensemble Finale, an up and coming Israeli ensemble performing throughout Israel and the world. She is also an avid music educator, teaching privately and most recently at the Ghetto Classics program in Nairobi, Kenya. Leikie performs on a viola made by Jonathan Hai generously loaned to her by Mr. Yehuda Zisapel.

NATHAN MELTZER, violin: Recipient of the 2020 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and youngest ever to win the Windsor Festival International String Competition, Nathan has been a soloist with the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the Aalborg, Berlin, Concepción, Evansville, Indianapolis, Medellín, and Pittsburgh orchestras, among others, performing in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, the UK, and across the US.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Nathan has performed at ChamberFest Cleveland, Giardini La Mortella, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Krzyżowa Festival, the Moritzburg Festival, the Musical de l’Orne, the Perlman Chamber Workshop, and the Verbier Festival Academy. He was a concert artist with Omega Ensemble from 2016-2020.

Nathan’s 2020-21 season includes the release of his debut CD with Rohan De Silva, appearances with the Adelphi and Charlotte Symphony orchestras, and the launch of Opus Illuminate, an online concert series dedicated to the works of composers from underrepresented communities.

Nathan studies with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin at Juilliard. He was the inaugural recipient of the 1734 “Ames, Totenberg” Antonio Stradivari violin from Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative.

BRIAN HONG, violin/viola: With a growing reputation for passionate and powerful performances, Korean-American violinist and coffee addict Brian Hong is forging a career as a soloist and chamber musician. Known for his commanding stage presence and honest interpretations, Mr. Hong has performed with such orchestras as the Juilliard Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony, American Youth Philharmonic, Chesapeake Orchestra, US Army Orchestra, National Philharmonic, and the Springfield Symphony. A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Hong’s festival credits include Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall, and the Perlman Music Program.

Mr. Hong is a co-Artistic Director of NEXUS Chamber Music Chicago in Illinois, a collective of vibrant and dynamic musicians committed to providing classical music with the tools necessary to meet the demands of the 21st century by combining unique programming and high production-value video assets with performances in both conventional and unconventional venues.

Mr. Hong is a graduate of Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program under the guidance of Laurie Smukler and Catherine Cho. As a Fellow of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, he performed in a variety of venues in New York City and abroad, as well as maintaining a two-year teaching-artist partnership with Celia Cruz High School for Music in the Bronx. Mr. Hong also holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he was awarded a prestigious Kovner Fellowship. In his spare time, Mr. Hong can be found brewing espresso or single-origin pour-overs at his home coffee bar.

Mar, 27th, 2022: Latin Vibes & Southern Warmth

Join us for the Spring edition of Salon 58!

Let's all gather for some energizing chamber music to welcome the spring with latin rhythms and warm sounds from the south:

Astor Piazzolla: Libertango

Roberto Sierra: Piano Trio no.1 ‘Tropical.’

  • Rítmico
  • Habanera nocturna
  • Intermezzo religioso y movimiento perpetuo

Astor Piazzolla: The four seasons of Buenos Aires

  • Verano porteño
  • Otoño porteño
  • Invierno porteño
  • Primavera porteño

Performed by Noah Koh (cello), Leonard Fu (violin) and Albert Cano Smith (piano).

Location: CitySpire

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NOAH KOH, cello: A chamber musician born and raised in Queens, New York City. He has just completed a master's degree at the Juilliard School studying under Natasha Brofsky and is continuing his education at the Manhattan School of Music with Julia Lichten, earning a Professional Studies certificate. When he is at school, Noah performs with local orchestras and chamber groups for private events, teaches private lessons and also enjoys practicing yoga and playing soccer with his friends. Noah loves to share music with all sorts of audiences, with the pursuit to bring them through the progression of masterpieces from the first note to the silence at the end.

LEONARD FU, violin: Chinese-German violinist is a laureate of major competitions, such as the Joseph Joachim, Andrea Postacchini, Rodolfo Lipizer, TONALi, Ton & Erklärung competition, at which he received the First Prize. He is performing in Germany, China, Russia, the United States, Italy, and Spain. He is an active soloist and chamber musician and has played concerts with major orchestras (Bremer Kammerphilharmonie, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Hamburger Sinfoniker, etc.). His chamber partners amongst others have been Janine Jansen, Amihai Grosz, Jens-Peter Maintz, Laurence Lesser, Kim Kashkashian, Jörg Widmann, Donald Weilerstein, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Thomas Riebl, Manuel Fischer-Dieskau, Nimrod Guez, Gregor Horsch, Peijun Xu, Tanja Becker-Bender, etc. Mr. Fu is currently playing on a “Charles Claude Francois Darche, Brussels, ca. 1850.”

ALBERT CANO SMIT, piano: Dutch pianist, winner of the First Prize at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert Prize for support of his Kennedy Center debut, the Friends of Music Concert Prize (NY), and the Sunday Musicale Prize (NJ). He also won First Prize at the 2017 Walter W. Naumburg Piano Competition, which presented him in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Cano Smit performs the Brahms Concerto No. 2 with the Las Vegas Philharmonic conducted by Donato Cabrera, and debuts with the Seattle Symphony, Boca del Río Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfònica de Barcelona and Glacier Symphony. He has also appeared with the San Diego Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Manchester Camerata, Nottingham Youth Orchestra, and American Youth Symphony. Albert Cano Smit has given solo recitals at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, for the Steinway Society The Bay Area in San Jose, New York’s Salon de Virtuosi, and Bravo! Vail Festival, and has been in residency at the Tippet Rise Art Center. He has given recitals abroad in Xiamen, China, in France at the Wissembourg Festival and Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, at Germany’s Rheingau Music Festival, and throughout Spain. Mr. Cano Smit tours with violinist William Hagen in venues throughout the U.S. and in Germany, and with flutist Anthony Trionfo he has performed in New York at Merkin Concert Hall and the Morgan Library & Museum, and at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, DC.

Feb 13th, 2022: Voices from the Masters

Join us for the Salon 58 Valentine's concert with a very special program performed by Mari Lee (violin) from Salon Séance, Andrei Ionita (cello), David Fung (piano )arriving from Berlin for this concert!

Special program for the evening:

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8

W.A. Mozart: Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548

  • I. Allegro
  • II. Andante Cantabile
  • III. Allegro

Robert Schumann: Piano Trio No.3, Op.110

  • I. Bewegt, doch nicht zu rasch
  • II. Ziemlich langsam
  • III. Rasch
  • IV. Kräftig, mit Humor

Location: CitySpire

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DAVID FUNG, piano: Praised for his “ravishing and simply gorgeous” performances in The Washington Post, pianist. David Fung is widely recognized for interpretations that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. A frequent guest of the world’s premiere orchestras, Mr. Fung has collaborated with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the major orchestras in his native country of Australia, including the Melbourne Symphony, the Queensland Symphony, and the Sydney Symphony. An incisive interpreter of Mozart and Bach, Mr. Fung has collaborated with the Israel, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Orpheus, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

He has captivated audiences at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Louvre, Gewandhaus, Palais des Beaux-Arts, and Zürich Tonhalle, as well as the major halls in Asia, including the Beijing Concert Hall, Guangzhou Opera House, Hong Kong Town Hall, Seoul Art Center, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Taiwan National Concert Hall, and the Tianjin Grand Theater. Notable festival appearances include Aspen, Blossom, Caramoor, Edinburgh, Hong Kong Arts, and Ravinia Festival.

Mr. Fung garnered international attention as laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv, where he was further distinguished by the Chamber Music and Mozart Prizes. He is the first piano graduate of the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where he studied with John Perry, and later worked with Peter Frankl, Claude Frank and Arie Vardi at Yale University and the Hannover Hochschüle. He curates the Spirio Piano Series at the Chan Center in Vancouver and is a Steinway Artist.

ANDREI IONITA, cello: The Gold Medal-winner at the 2015 XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, the phenomenal young cellist Andrei Ioniță was called “one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade” by the prestigious Times of London. He was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2016-18 and was the Symphoniker Hamburg’s artist-in-residence for the 2019-20 season. A versatile musician focused on giving gripping, deeply felt performances, Andrei has been recognized for his passionate musicianship and technical finesse. 

Andrei made his U.S debut in 2017 with recitals in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and gave his New York debut recital in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Highlights of the previous two seasons have included concertos with the Münchner Philharmoniker (Valery Gergiev), Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (Kent Nagano), BBC Philharmonic (Omer Meir Wellber and John Storgårds), Danish National Symphony (Christian Kluxen), Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Karl-Heinz Steffens), San Diego Symphony (Case Scaglione), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony (Sylvain Cambreling) and BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Ainars Rubikis); he has given recitals at Konzerthaus Berlin, Elbphilharmonie, Zurich Tonhalle, LAC Lugano, and L’Auditori in Barcelona, as well as at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier and Martha Argerich Festivals. Andrei’s debut album on Orchid Classics combined a Brett Dean world-premiere with Bach and Kodály, prompting Gramophone to declare him “a cellist of superb skill, musical imagination and a commitment to music of our time.”  

Before winning the Tchaikovsky Competition, Andrei won First Prize at the Khachaturian International Competition in June 2013; in September 2014, he won Second Prize and the Special Prize for his interpretation of a commissioned composition at the International ARD Music Competition. In 2014, he received Second Prize at the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann in Berlin. 

Andrei was born in 1994 in Bucharest and began taking piano lessons at the age of five before receiving his first cello lesson three years later. He studied under Ani-Marie Paladi in Bucharest and under Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste Berlin. A scholarship recipient of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, Andrei performs on a cello made by Giovanni Battista Rogeri from Brescia in 1671, generously on loan from the foundation. 

MARI LEE, violin: Mari Lee is an artist dedicated to engaging her audience by instilling curiosity for music. A violinist, producer, and entrepreneur, she aims bring the audiences, performers, and composers into a shared emotional space. Mari has performed internationally at the South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Le Festival de Radio France Montpellier, Philharmonie de Paris, and Carnegie Hall. Praised as “extremely impressive” by the Strad Magazine, she has been invited to renowned festivals including Ravinia, Verbier, and Marlboro.

Mari is co-founder of Salon Séance, an interdisciplinary series that reveals the intersection between music, history, and our lives through a unique presentation: a concert theatre. Salon Séance has won multiple awards including Tarisio’s Young Artists Grants and the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Britten Award.

Mari’s commitment to audience engagement has taken her beyond traditional concert venues and communities. During her fellowship at Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, she created interactive performances for the incarcerated, homeless, developmentally disabled populations, and Title-1 schools in New York. Highlights from past seasons include performances with Salon Séance at Schubert Club and The Crypt Sessions; a collaboration with dancers from BodyVox; multimedia concerts at CreArt; and performances of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire with lighting and theater at Carnegie Hall.

Mari is a graduate of The Yehudi Menuhin School, New England Conservatory of Music, and Universität der Künste Berlin, where she studied with Natasha Boyarsky, Miriam Fried, and Nora Chastain. She is an alumna of Beth Morrison’s Producer Academy and is a member of CIPA (Creative & Independent Producer Alliance). She plays on 1863 Jean-Baptiste Villaume.

Jan 7th, 2022: Ziggy and Miles Johnston (Classical Guitar Duo)

Join us for the first Salon 58 concert in 2022!

Believing that musical performances create an environment offering a shared experience, Ziggy and Miles Johnston break down barriers between musical genres and audiences. Through their artistic versatility and commitment to diverse cultures, the brothers interpret music across the fabric of time to weave stories and landscapes through their music. Crisscrossing the standard classical guitar canon with music from Australia, Spain, Latin America, and jazz-influenced works, the brothers also expand musical boundaries by offering new works and arrangements.

The program for the evening:

  • Tango no.1, by Astor Piazzolla
  • Valses Poeticos (arr. Duo Gruber/Maklar), by Enrique Granados
  • The Fool on the Hill , (arr. Leo Brouwer), by Lennon/McCartney
  • Clair de Lune (arr. Ziggy and Miles), by Claude Debussy
  • Songs from the Forest, by Nigel Westlake

Location: CitySpire

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Performing across New Zealand and their home country of Australia, Ziggy and Miles gained a reputation as two of Australia’s finest young concert artists and in 2019 were the youngest artists ever featured in the Melbourne Recital Centre’s distinguished Local Heroes concert series. They have performed at venues both large and small, from the 15,000 seat Rod Laver Arena to facilities for people with severe mental disabilities and brain damage. Also heard offstage at every kind of event from weddings to corporate function, art galleries, museum exhibition openings, fundraisers for major arts-based non-profit organisations and federal political parties, they were featured performers for an event for the Supreme Court of Victoria hosted by the Court of Appeals.

They each recently were awarded their Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School where they studied classical guitar under Ms. Sharon Isbin. During their studies, they continued their passion for community engagement through the McCabe Guitar Fellowship, where they introduce classical guitar to young audiences and educators, and the Gluck Community Service Fellowship, where they performed for patients in hospitals, nursing homes and alternative care facilities. Both brothers received distinguished awards to assist financing their studies at Juilliard from Australian foundations, including the American Australia Association, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and Phonographic Performance Company of Australia.

Dec 5th, 2021: Celebration of Lights

Join us for the last Salon 58 concert in 2021.

We are gathering on the last day of Hanukkah - The Festival of Lights and setting off in to the Christmas season, so plenty of reasons to be a celebratory mood.

In order to make this an even more memorable experience, we have prepared for you a bit of everything you have experienced during the Salon 58 series - a bit of opera, a bit of jazz, a bit of baroque and a bit of chamber music and more with the talented group of musicians:

  • Sein An (violin)
  • Eva Ding (flute)
  • Lukas Goodman (cello)
  • William Hicks (piano)
  • Benjamin Katz (harpsichord)
  • Vita Koreneva (mezzo soprano)
  • Melanie Marod (vocal, jazz)
  • Emilio Pons (tenor)
  • Lacy Rose (vocal, baroque)

Performing among others some of the following songs and pieces:

  • Chanson de l’Adieu, Tosti
  • Gestillte Sehnsucht, Op. 91, No. 1, Brahms
  • Coming Home, Vita Koreneva
  • Rozhinkes mit mandlen, Jewish Lullaby, Abraham Goldfaden
  • Corpus Christi Carol, Benjamin Britten/Anonymous
  • What if I Sped, Robert Jones
  • What a Little Moonlight Can Do, Harry M Woods
  • Running Back to You, Melanie Marod
  • The Great Train Race, Ian Clarke
  • Sunstreams, Ian Clarke
  • Passacaglia for Violin and Cello, Johan Halvorsen
  • and more ...
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SEIN AN, violin: made her concerto debut when she was 12 years old with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra after winning the concerto competition with the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole. Ever since then, as a soloist, she has been invited to perform with the Wilmington Symphony, Temple University Orchestra, Cairn University Symphony, Old York Road Symphony, and Ambler Symphony, and many others. While Sein loves playing as the soloist, she is also an avid chamber and orchestra player. She has performed at some of her dream concert venues like the Carnegie Hall-Stern Auditorium, Royal Concertgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam, Smetana Hall in Prague, and Opera Berlioz in Montpellier as the principal leader in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States. Some of her favorite summer music festival memories include learning chamber music for the first time at the Hotchkiss Summer Portals Chamber Music with violinist Ida Kavafian, practicing 10 hours a day at the Meadowmount School of Music, consuming at least ten Mozartkugels a day while studying at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria, and most recently, teaching a student for the first time at the Ashkenasi-Kirshbaum chamber music seminar at the Heifetz Institute. Sein received the Grand Prize at the “Remember Enescu” International Violin Competition, the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and the National YoungArts Award. She has also appeared three times on NPR’s From the Top, a radio show that gave her an opportunity to meet and talk with her favorite musician of all time—violinist Janine Jansen.

EVA DING, flute: Often humorously likened to an inflatable tube man onstage because of her enthusiasm and physicality, all flutist and multi-disciplinary artist Eva Ding ever wants to do is imbue in others the same sense of joy and richness the performing arts brings to her. Ever-changing and growing in her crafts, Eva recently completed an artist residency at The Center at West Park where she had a three-night run of an immersive, interdisciplinary chamber music show, which she created that melded together her passions for music, theater, and film. Along with her cello duo partner, Eva is dedicated to illuminating classical music in a way that is exciting and interesting for a new kind of audience - one that looks and feels more like the world around us. In her spare time, Eva plays with her poodle Chocco, who adores singing along to her flute practice. http://www.eva-ding.com/

LUKAS GOODMAN, cello: A native of Winchester, Massachusetts, Lukas won First Prize in the Shepherd School Concerto Competition, as well as a Gold Medal at the 35th annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition. Lukas has performed in masterclasses for renowned musicians such as Laurence Lesser, Lynn Harrell, Carter Brey, and members of the Brentano Quartet. A devoted chamber musician, Lukas has attended the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop, Winter Residency, and Fall Retreat, as well as the Heifetz International Music Institute, and the Meadowmount School of Music. In June, Lukas made his concerto debut playing the Dvorak Concerto with the Missouri Symphony. Lukas plays on a 2011 Grubaugh and Seifert Cello on generous loan from the Virtu Foundation.

WILLIAM HICKS, piano: one of the leading voice coaches of our time. He has regularly collaborated with some of the most notable singers of all time, including Luciano Pavarotti, Roberta Peters, and Harolyn Blackwell. He worked for many years as Assistant Conductor and soloist at The Metropolitan Opera, and for New World Records recorded 102 pieces by Victor Herbert. He is the Chairperson of The Musicians and New Works Development Fund, Inc., and with Carson Cook the co-author of a new Opera libretto, Embracing the Light. www.williamhicksonline.com ====== @whichks10023

BENJAMIN KATZ, harpsichord: takes a creative and imaginative approach to the harpsichord and early keyboard, inspired by the vibrant traces of the past inscribed in ancient scores and musical sources, and the magical present-day exchange of ideas and energy between fellow musicians. He has worked with celebrated Early Music artists including vocalists Julianne Baird and Catherine Bott, and baroque cellist Phoebe Carrai. He has also appeared as a guest artist with chamber orchestras in NYC and Boston, The Knights and A Far Cry. Katz is active in the performance and scholarly community investigating historical improvisation. In 2013-2014 he was supported by the Beebe Foundation (Boston) to study 17th century semi-improvised compositions (partimenti) in the British Library. As an artist- researcher, he has discovered and performed from previously unrecorded manuscript sources for baroque composers Henry Purcell, John Blow, Andrea Falconieri, Domenico Anglesi, and Girolamo Frescobaldi. He has also worked with contemporary composers on new music for harpsichord with pieces premiered by Steve Long at ISSUE Project Room (NYC) and a transcription of music by composer Anthony Coleman, created in collaboration with the composer, at the Owl Music Parlor (NYC). Learn more and listen at benjaminkatzharpsichord.com

VITA KORENEVA, mezzo soprano: An award-winning Russian-American mezzo-soprano Viktoriya (Vita) Koreneva’s charisma and rich, distinctive voice make her the “emotional heartthrob” of the operatic stage. A few of her operatic highlights include: Lubasha in Bel Cantant’s Tsar’s Bride, Lyubava in the US premier of N. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko, and Adalgisa in NJ Verismo Opera’s production of Norma. She has performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, the State Capella of St. Petersburg, Russia, and appeared with the United Nations Orchestra and Washington National Cathedral Choral Society. Ms. Koreneva received an Honorary Award from UNESCO (NY) and from the Russian Cultural Center (DC) for strengthening Russian-American cultural relations. Ms. Koreneva's education includes piano studies at the Central Music School of Moscow (Tchaikovsky State Conservatory), an MBA in Finance from American University and a Composition degree from Berklee School of Music (2022). Viktoriya is a winner in international vocal competitions: 2021 Con Fuoco Competition (1st Place), Big Romansiada (Best Voice) in Moscow, Russia; 2016 Lyra New York Competition (2nd Place), Verismo Opera New Jersey (Finalist), and 2015 William Haralson Vocal Competition (1st Place) in New York. Ms. Koreneva is a co-founder of DictionBuddy, a lyric diction mobile app with 800+ titles across 9 languages that makes learning new repertoire simpler. vitakmusic.com

MELANIE MAROD, vocal: "She has truly mastered the knack of writing catchy and memorable songs that suit her own voice superbly, in addition to considerable skills at interpreting standards" -Will Friedwald, music critic, The Wall Street Journal. Melanie was born and raised in Spring Lake, Michigan where she began singing and expressing her love for music at the age of seven. By age ten, she had performed in the musical Sweeney Todd with Tony Award Winner George Hearn and Tony Nominee Pamela Meyer. Melanie Graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Musical Theatre. She studied opera in Buenos Aires, Argentina at Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte and Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia. Melanie sang on the sound track and appeared as a wedding singer in the movie “God’s Behaving Badly,” directed by Marc Turtletaub and starring Christopher Walken and Sharon Stone. Her original song “Running Back to You” can be heard on the sound track and in the film “Wetlands” with Heather Graham. Since moving to New York she has performed at Birdland, The Blue Note, a weekly residency in The Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel, and The Carlton Hotel to name a few. Melanie enjoys song writing and her influences are Stacey Kent, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and Nat King Cole to name a few.

LACY ROSE, vocal: a classically trained vocalist, composer and lyric poet based in New York. She has opened for and performed with such eclectic artists as Cocorosie, Baby Dee, Dave Malloy, Gelsey Bell, and Osso String Quartet. She has also collaborated regularly with choreographer Coco Karol and composers Sxip Shirey, Isaac Hayward and John K. Stone. She made her Mostly Mozart Festival debut in the Schubertiade Remix at Lincoln Center alongside members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. Lacy performed with Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley for their New Year’s Eve Phantasmagoria at the Brooklyn Bazaar. With her Starling Quartet, Rose has also performed her Baroque Cabaret at venues such as the McKittrick Hotel (home of “Sleep No More”), National Sawdust, the TANK, Owl Music Parlor, and HERE Arts Center. As a composer of neoclassical art songs, Lacy regales her audience with tales of magic, myth, tragedy and love. MARIA, her six- part song cycle, explores the inner life and personhood of Gustav Klimt's muses, Maria “Mizzi” Zimmermann and Maria “Ria” Munk. Rose composed the score for a theatrical adaptation of Dylan Thomas' screenplay, THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS, which had its workshop premiere at Ensemble Studio Theater. She is currently adapting Clarice Lispector’s THE PASSION ACCORDING TO G.H. into an opera with director Dara Malina. The first workshop production took place at Mabou Mines for their Resident Artist Program under the mentorship of JoAnne Akalaitis. Rose is also composing the song cycle LISPECTOR, devoted to the author’s glamorous, complicated, and radical life and works. “More and More” and “Sure as the Stars,” Rose’s surrealistic standards for the lost technicolor films of the 1940s, were recently recorded and produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile), lacyrosemusic.com

Nov 12, 2021: The World is an Opera Stage

Join us for another opera concert of the Salon 58 Fall Season

with the beautiful voices of Julianna Milin (soprano) and Frank Mathis (tenor) accompanied by the unparalleled William Hicks (piano):

  • Vissi d’arte , Tosca, Puccini
  • A cette vois… Je crois entendre encore, Pearlfishers, Bizet
  • Ecco l”orrido campo… Ma dall’arrido stello divulso, Un ballo in maschera, Verdi
  • Teco io sto, Un ballo in maschera, Verdi
  • Lensky’s Aria, Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky
  • Träume, Wesendonck Lieder, Wagner
  • Cäcilie, Op. 27, No. 2, Strauss
  • O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe, Tristan und Isolde, Wagner
  • In questa reggia, Turandot, Puccini

Location: CitySpire

Thanks to Frank Mathis for the support in organizing this concert.

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JULIANNA MILIN, soprano: Recently praised for her “Big, glorious Verdi voice in the Golden Age tradition” (Bruce-Michael Gelbert, Q OnStage), Julianna Milin has received standing ovations from audiences worldwide. With her very fluid line, energy and focus with spectacular high notes, Julianna has sung in New York City venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Leonard Nimoy Symphony Space, and Komponist at The National Opera Center. Most recently Julianna Milin made her stage debut in the role of Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore with Regina Opera. In 2015, Julianna made her role debut in the role of Tamara in the Philadelphia premiere of The Demon, by Rubinstein. In 2014 Julianna performed in the Lotte Lehmann Sommerfestival Concerts and Gala in Germany. In 2013, Julia opened the prestigious Whakatane Summer Arts Festival in New Zealand. She was also a member of the repertoire company, Pacific Opera, in New York City. In collaboration with Engel Entertainment, the appearances were filmed both in live performance and on location to be aired on cable television in the USA and eventually internationally. https://juliannamilin.com ====== @juliannasoprano

FRANK MATHIS, tenor: grew up singing at Bethany Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. He has sung as a chorister with the Schiller Institute for 15 years and was a proponent of singing at the “Verdi Pitch” of A=432 Hz. He has co-directed choruses in the Boston and NYC areas, and in Germany. Frank trained with Italian soprano Antonella Banaudi, and recently made the switch from Baritone studying with NYC-based Jonathan Hare and William Hicks. He was a soloist at Carnegie Hall in 2016 to celebrate the life and legacy of Sylvia Olden Lee. He works with the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture’s program to expose public school children throughout NYC to classical music and choral singing, and is choral director for FFRCC’s ongoing youth chorus program, and has his own studio teaching voice. @mathisfrank

WILLIAM HICKS, piano: one of the leading voice coaches of our time. He has regularly collaborated with some of the most notable singers of all time, including Luciano Pavarotti, Roberta Peters, and Harolyn Blackwell. He worked for many years as Assistant Conductor and soloist at The Metropolitan Opera, and for New World Records recorded 102 pieces by Victor Herbert. He is the Chairperson of The Musicians and New Works Development Fund, Inc., and with Carson Cook the co-author of a new Opera libretto, Embracing the Light. www.williamhicksonline.com ====== @whichks10023

September 27, 2021: Chamber magic

Join us for the first concert of the Salon 58 Fall Season for some chamber magic by Bach, Beethoven, Boccherini and more.

  • Cello Suite No. 3 in C major - prelude, allemande, by Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Lamentations Black/Folk Song Suite for Cello, by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
    • Cello Sonata in A Major, G.4, by Luigi Boccherini
    • String Trio in C minor, Op.9 No.3 , by Ludwig van Beethoven

    Location: CitySpire

    Thanks to Nicholas King and Lukas Goodman for the support in organizing this concert.

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    Adrian Steele, violin: A native of Seattle, Adrian is violinist at Juilliard who performed with the Seattle Youth Symphony and has appeared with several professional orchestras including the New York String Orchestra under conductor Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall, which has been his favorite musical experience thus far. Adrian was a 2018 National YoungArts Winner.

    Devin Moore, viola: A native of Pittsburgh, Devin is currently at the Juilliard School. Devin is an alumnus of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra, and Youth Chamber Connection, where he held many principal/leadership positions. He was a winner of the Montgomery Fellowship Award and Quartet Position for the 2014-2015 and 2016-2017 seasons. In 2017, Devin, alongside colleague and friend, James Cunningham, performed as a duet with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. At the Juilliard School, Devin has held the position of principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard Orientation Orchestra, the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, the Juilliard Lab Orchestra, and is a member of the 2019-2020 String Principal Pool for the Juilliard Orchestra.

    Eliana Yang, cello: A native of Philadelphia, cellist Eliana Razzino Yang has performed solo recitals in London, Paris, Rome, Brussels, Frankfurt, New York, Helsinki, and Philadelphia and concertos with orchestras at the Incontri di Canna Music Festival, Lansdowne Symphony, and Musicopia String Orchestra. She has also performed as part of Harrisburg’s Market Square “Rising Star” series and the Taos Chamber Music Group, and received top prizes in the Philadelphia All City Orchestra, YCVT, Caprio, and Vivace competitions. She has collaborated with members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, Audubon, Aizuri, and Momenta string quartets, Ensemble Epomeo, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and performed in Carnegie Hall as a participant of the New York String Orchestra Seminar under the baton of Jaime Laredo.

    Lukas Goodman, cello: A native of Winchester, Massachusetts, Lukas won First Prize in the Shepherd School Concerto Competition, as well as a Gold Medal at the 35th annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition. Lukas has performed in masterclasses for renowned musicians such as Laurence Lesser, Lynn Harrell, Carter Brey, and members of the Brentano Quartet. A devoted chamber musician, Lukas has attended the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop, Winter Residency, and Fall Retreat, as well as the Heifetz International Music Institute, and the Meadowmount School of Music. In June, Lukas made his concerto debut playing the Dvorak Concerto with the Missouri Symphony. Lukas plays on a 2011 Grubaugh and Seifert Cello on generous loan from the Virtu Foundation.

    July 9, 2021: French Opera

    This evening will be devoted to favorite arias from French operas and songs from French composers, e.g. Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Debussy and more.

  • Pres des rampart de Seville, Carmen -- George Bizet
  • Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante, Carmen -- George Bizet
  • Qui m”aurait dis la place , Werther -- Jules Massenet
  • Flower Duet, Lakmé -- Léo Delibes
  • Beau soir -- Claude Debussy
  • Mon Coeur s’ouvre a ta voix, Samson and Dalila -- Camille Saint-Saëns
  • De fleurs -- Claude Debussy
  • Élégie -- Jules Massenet
  • Oh quand Je dors -- Franz Liszt
  • Après un rêve -- Gabriel Fauré
  • Chère nuit -- Alfred Bachelet
  • Barcarole, The Tales of Hoffman -- Jacques Offenbach
  • Location: Saint John' in the Village

    Thanks to Kofi Hayford for the great support in organizing this concert.

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    MARIA BREA, soprano: A native of Caracas, Venezuela made her debut as Olga in December 2020 in Giordano's "Fedora" with Teatro Grattacielo. She was a Finalist of the renown BBC Cardiff competition and a semi-finalist in the Éva Marton International Voice Competition taking place in Hungry, August 2021. Recently, Maria won 6th prize and the Zarzuela prize at the 2020 Francesco Viñas Competition in Barcelona, Spain which resulted in her debut at Teatro Liceu in the winners concert. In addition,Maria was nominated as Best Actress in Musical by ACE as well as awarded Best Musical Actress by the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors for her performance as Elena in "El Barbero de Sevilla" by Giménez with the New Camerata Opera. Maria won first prize in the Giulio Gari (2017), New York Lyric Opera (2016) and second prize in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition (2017). In April 2020, Maria was selected to make her debut as Frasquita in the MasterVoices production of Bizet's "Carmen" at the Rose Theater, Lincoln Center NYC. Previously, Ms. Brea performed as the title role in the world-premiere of the late Anton Coppola's "Lady Swanwhite" with Opera Tampa. She researches and curates Latin American Music and is the cofounder @latinawomeninopera, an alumna of the Juilliard School of Music and Manhattan School of Music. mariabreasoprano.com

    VITA KORENEVA, mezzo soprano: An award-winning Russian-American mezzo-soprano Viktoriya (Vita) Koreneva’s charisma and rich, distinctive voice make her the “emotional heartthrob” of the operatic stage. A few of her operatic highlights include: Lubasha in Bel Cantant’s Tsar’s Bride, Lyubava in the US premier of N. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko, and Adalgisa in NJ Verismo Opera’s production of Norma. She has performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, the State Capella of St. Petersburg, Russia, and appeared with the United Nations Orchestra and Washington National Cathedral Choral Society. Ms. Koreneva received an Honorary Award from UNESCO (NY) and from the Russian Cultural Center (DC) for strengthening Russian-American cultural relations. Ms. Koreneva's education includes piano studies at the Central Music School of Moscow (Tchaikovsky State Conservatory), an MBA in Finance from American University and a Composition degree from Berklee School of Music (2022). Viktoriya is a winner in international vocal competitions: 2021 Con Fuoco Competition (1st Place), Big Romansiada (Best Voice) in Moscow, Russia; 2016 Lyra New York Competition (2nd Place), Verismo Opera New Jersey (Finalist), and 2015 William Haralson Vocal Competition (1st Place) in New York. Ms. Koreneva is a co-founder of DictionBuddy, a lyric diction mobile app with 800+ titles across 9 languages that makes learning new repertoire simpler. vitakmusic.com

    COLBY CHARNIN, piano: American Pianist Colby Charnin has had an extensive performance career that has taken him all over the United States and Europe. He studied with many notable teachers including Nina Svetlanova, Sergei Babayan, Aldo Ciccolini and Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Besides being a solo pianist, Colby has had extensive experience in collaborative work and accompanying, having performed with singers of all voice types, a diverse array of instrumentalists, and symphony orchestras. He is also a skilled composer, songwriter and arranger, including having written voice and piano arrangements of Latin American folk songs. In addition, Mr. Charnin is a music teacher with a formidable skill in curriculum development and successful piano teacher, which includes a studio with several advanced, award-winning students. Colby Charnin is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. linkedin

    Jun 25, 2021: C minor: Mendelssohn & Beethoven

    The key of c minor was commonly used among composers through the ages. This particular key evokes emotion of sadness of high intensity, often surrounded by tragic love. Beethoven's fifth symphony is an iconic example of that. The two works in this concert by Beethoven and Mendelssohn utilize c minor as their melodic foundations and explore the vast possibilities this infamous key has to offer.

    • Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 1 no. 3
    • Felix Mendelssohn Piano Trio Op. 66

    Location: 12 West 10th Street

    Thanks to Jeffrey King for the great support in organizing this concert.

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    NOAH KOH, cello: A chamber musician born and raised in Queens, New York City. He has just completed a master's degree at the Juilliard School studying under Natasha Brofsky and is continuing his education at the Manhattan School of Music with Julia Lichten, earning a Professional Studies certificate. When he is at school, Noah performs with local orchestras and chamber groups for private events, teaches private lessons and also enjoys practicing yoga and playing soccer with his friends. Noah loves to share music with all sorts of audiences, with the pursuit to bring them through the progression of masterpieces from the first note to the silence at the end.

    JIYOON ARIANA HAN, piano: A chamber musician based in New York City. Born in Seoul, Korea. She began her musical studies on piano and violin when she was 5 years old. Her newfound passion for music led her to Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School. She then went in to receive her bachelor's degree at the Seoul National University. It was as a chorus accompanist when she found a new interest in chamber music, leading her to work as an accompanist at the National Chorus of Korea after graduation. She is currently pursuing a Professional Studies certificate in Collaborative Piano under the tutelage of Dr. Heasook Rhee at the Manhattan School of Music, where she also received her Master of music degree.

    JAEOOK LEE, violin: Jaeook Lee is currently pursuing a Professional Studies in Violin Performance at Manhattan School of Music. A recipient of the 2020-21 Robert Mann Scholarship, Mr. Lee studies with Mark Steinberg. Mr. Lee’s rise in accolades began in South Korea where he swept top prizes at most of the competitions, including the Strad, Kookmin , Elwha & Kyunghyang, and the Music Journal competitions. Lee was on the artist roster for Kumho Cultural Foundation of Young Artists in Korea through which he concertized numerously. His endeavors continued internationally through his studies with Glenn Dicterow, Kyung-Wha Chung, and Sylvia Rosenberg at the Juilliard School. He made his American debut in Lincoln Center, performing the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No. 4 in Alice Tully Hall and won the special prize at Concours International Yehudi Menuhin. Lee recently won the third prize at the Munetsugu Angel Violin competition which generously awarded him a loan of the “Ex-Shultz” 1831 Giovanni Francesca Pressenda violin. Lee received his bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and master’s degree from the New England Conservator under the tutelage of Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein.

    May 23, 2021: Gershwin melodies

  • Someone to watch over me -- George Gershwin
  • Nice work if you can get it -- George Gershwin
  • The man I love -- George Gershwin
  • How long has this been going on -- George Gershwin
  • Over the rainbow -- Harold Arlen
  • I’ve got plenty of nothing -- George Gershwin
  • Summertime -- George Gershwin
  • Some enchanted evening -- South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • If I loved you -- Carousel, Rodgers and Hammerstein
  • Rhapsody in Blue -- George Gershwin
  • At last -- Sun Valley Serenade, Mack Gordon & Harry Warren
  • Our love is here to stay - George Gershwin
  • On the sunny side of the street -- Jimmy McHugh
  • I got Rhythm -- George Gershwin
  • Location: The National Arts Club

    Thanks to Kofi Hayford for the great support in organizing this concert.

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    KEITH CHAMBERS, piano: Keith Chambers has conducted over 150 performances of over 50 operas for The Dallas Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Amarillo Opera, Shreveport Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, First Coast Opera, Florida State University, Queens College, among others. As Founder & Artistic Director of New Amsterdam Opera, his performance of La favorita was named 2018 Best Opera in Concert in the United States by noted WQXR opera blogger Fred Plotkin. A former assistant to noted conductors Patrick Summers and Emmanuel Villaume, Mr. Chambers was Assistant Conductor of New York City Opera and The Dallas Opera. He has been Director of the Young Artist Program for Opera New Jersey and Guest Coach for Seattle Opera and Florida Grand Opera. A protégé of pianist Ivan Davis, Mr. Chambers has appeared as concerto soloist with the Naples Philharmonic and Delaware Symphony. Upcoming conducting engagements include La bohème for Vienna Summer Music Festival, Don Giovanni for Indianapolis Opera, and I Vespri Siciliani for New Amsterdam Opera.

    DANIEL SUTIN, baritone: Baritone Daniel Sutin recently covered the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Wozzeck. Next on his calendar is the complete Der Ring des Nibelungen at Lyric Opera of Chicago, in which he will be covering the pivotal role of Alberich. In addition to the Met and Chicago, Mr. Sutin has graced many great opera stages all over the world throughout a long and distinguished career, including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera ,Musica Viva of Hong Kong, Austin Lyric Opera, and the opera festivals at Savonlinna, Caramoor, Spoleto, and New Jersey. A momentous career highlight occurred on March 10, 2014, when Mr. Sutin sang the title role of Wozzeck on the Metropolitan Opera stage, stepping in for an indisposed Thomas Hampson on less than a day’s notice. More notable career highlights: Jokanaan (Salome) with the Detroit Symphony, Giacomo (Giovanna d’Arco) with Odyssey Opera of Boston, Baron Scarpia (Tosca) with Boston Lyric Opera, the title role of Macbeth with Boston Lyric Opera, and Biterolf (Tannhauser)at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Other favorite roles in his large and versatile repertoire include Iago (Otello), Giorgio Germont (La Traviata), the title role of Rigoletto, and Tonio (I Pagliacci), ). Notable conductors Mr. Sutin has performed with include Sir Andrew Davis, James Levine, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Jurowski, Semyon Bychkov, Bertrand de Billy, Marco Armiliato ,Sir Antonio Pappano, and Valery Gergiev. Mr. Sutin is a graduate of The Juilliard School of Music, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees in Vocal Performance.

    CHELSEA BONAGURA, soprano: American soprano Chelsea Bonagura enchants audiences with her “gorgeous sound” and “parallel mixture of tenderness and fire” (The Roanoke Times). Ms. Bonagura appears frequently with the acclaimed New York City Opera; recent highlights include the role of “Water” in the North American premiere of Los Elementos and performances of Rachmaninoff’s Alekko, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and Respighi’s La Campana Somersa. Ms. Bonagura is a member of staff at the prestigious Mannes School of Music in New York City, and is quickly gaining an international reputation as a premiere voice teacher and vocal technician. Students of Ms. Bonagura have gone on to sing in renowned training programs including San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program. Highly respected by fellow professional artists, she works with musicians performing at leading international opera houses and concert halls including the Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, Dutch National Opera, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Concertgebouw, and the Metropolitan Opera. Non-classical students have embarked upon international Broadway tours and enjoyed careers as acclaimed pop recording artists.

    May 7, 2021: Italian Classics

    • Che gelida manina -- La Boheme, Giacomo Puccini
    • Si, mi chiamano Mimi -- La Boheme, Giacomo Puccini
    • O Soave Fanciulla -- La Boheme, Giacomo Puccini
    • La danza -- Tarantella Napoletana, Gioachino Rossini
    • E strano..sempre libera -- La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi
    • Io lo perduta -- Don Carlo, Giuseppe Verdi
    • Parigi o cara -- La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi
    • Morro, ma prima grazia - Un Ballo, Giuseppe Verdi
    • E lucevan le stelle -- Tosca, Giacomo Puccini
    • In Questa Reggia -- Turandot, Giacomo Puccini
    • Nessun Dorma -- Turandot, Giacomo Puccini
    • Oh Sole Mio -- Neapolitan Song, E. di Capua
    • Time to say goodbye/ Con te partiro (Andrea Boxelli & Sara Brightman)

    Location: The National Arts Club

    Thanks to Kofi Hayford for the great support in organizing this concert.

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    ALLA MILCHTEIN, piano: Born in Russia, but growing up in Mexico, Alla discovered her love for collaborative arts at an early age. Since then she has enjoyed an international career as a collaborative pianist to emerging stars in the musical world. She maintains an active performing career with vocal and instrumental partners and chamber ensembles. Currently Alla is staff pianist at Mannes College New School for Music where she works for the College and Prep divisions. Past positions include being part of the accompanying staff at the Rotterdam Conservatory (The Netherlands), Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy) and the Jalisco State Choir (Mexico). Alla has performed at festivals throughout Europe, Mexico and the United States. Ms. Milchtein served as a staff pianist at prestigious Competitions and also worked as coach/ repetiteur at different Opera programs such as Glimmerglass, Aspen, Lucca Summer Program, etc. Ms. Milchtein is a recipient of “excellence in accompanying” award.

    ANASTASIYA ROYTMAN, soprano: praised for her “magnetic stage presence” and her “dramatic intensity” by Opera News, Russian-American soprano Anastasiya Roytman is one of the most exciting talents in the international opera world today. Recent engagements include her role debut as Abigaille (NABUCCO) and a return to the International Open Air Festival Český Krumlov to reprise the role of TURANDOT. Others include concerts at the Municipal Theater of Santiago, Chile, Frau in VOM FISCHER UN SYNER FRU (Schoeck) and SALOME with Opera Sakrale (Berlin and Hamburg), Artemisia with Center of Contemporary Opera (NYC) and scenes from LA CLEMENZA DI TITO with members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Her concert credits include appearances with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New Hampshire Music Festival and the Bolshoi Theater (Moscow).

    FRANK MATHIS, tenor: grew up singing at Bethany Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. He has sung as a chorister with the Schiller Institute for 15 years and was a proponent of singing at the “Verdi Pitch” of A=432 Hz. He has co-directed choruses in the Boston and NYC areas, and in Germany. Frank trained with Italian soprano Antonella Banaudi, and recently made the switch from Baritone studying with NYC-based Jonathan Hare and William Hicks. He was a soloist at Carnegie Hall in 2016 to celebrate the life and legacy of Sylvia Olden Lee. He works with the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture’s program to expose public school children throughout NYC to classical music and choral singing, and is choral director for FFRCC’s ongoing youth chorus program, and has his own studio teaching voice.

    April 11, 2021: Russian Romantics

    • The Night - Anton Rubinstein
    • Bless You, Forests - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    • Forget So Soon - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    • None But The Lonely Heart - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    • Lyubava's Aria - Sadko , Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    • Song Of The Viking Guest - Sadko , Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    • Prelude In B Minor, Opus 32 No. 10 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • In The Silence Of The Night - Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • King René's Aria - Iolanta, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    • Do Not Sing To Me Those Sad Songs - Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • Aleko's Aria - Aleko, Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • Spring Waters - Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • If I Loved You - Carousel, Rodgers & Hammerstein

    Location: Silver Towers

    Thanks to Kofi Hayford for the great support in organizing this concert.

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    WILLIAM HICKS, piano: one of the leading voice coaches of our time. He has regularly collaborated with some of the most notable singers of all time, including Luciano Pavarotti, Roberta Peters, and Harolyn Blackwell. He worked for many years as Assistant Conductor and soloist at The Metropolitan Opera, and for New World Records recorded 102 pieces by Victor Herbert. He is the Chairperson of The Musicians and New Works Development Fund, Inc., and with Carson Cook the co-author of a new Opera libretto, Embracing the Light. www.williamhicksonline.com

    VIKTORIYA (VITA) KORENEVA, mezzo-soprano: an award-winning Russian-American mezzo-soprano Viktoriya (Vita) Koreneva has been lauded for her “extraordinarily beautiful voice simply mesmerized the audience” (Voices of NY). She has appeared as Lubasha in Bel Cantant’s Tsar’s Bride and as Lyubava in the US premier of N. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko, as Adalgisa in NJ Verismo Opera’s production of Norma and as Amneris covering the role in Verismo Opera New Jersey’s production of Aida. A native of Moscow, Viktoriya’s extensive musical training includes piano and vocal studies at the Central Music School of Moscow under the auspices of the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. She is a 2016 winner of the International Lyra New York Competition, the finalist at the Verismo Opera competition in New Jersey, and the 2015 First prize winner of the William Haralson Vocal Competition in New York. www.vitakmusic.com

    KOFI HAYFORD, bass: Ghanaian-American bass, described as possessing an “impressive” (Brooklyn Discovery) “sonorous,” (Meet Me at the Opera) and “stentorian bass voice” (National Herald) also produces a distinct sound - easily identified for its unique timbre. With over 30 different operatic roles under his belt, he is swiftly building his reputation as an accomplished bass by bringing an ‘exciting’ and ‘stunning’ sound to the stage. Kofi has performed with many prestigious organizations including: The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, United Nations Symphony Orchestra, and many others. He is the 2018 1st Place Winner of the Tchaikovsky Music Competition(Albany, NY), 2017 NJ State Opera Guild Competition Finalist, and a 2007 Songfest Young Artist. Mr. Hayford received his degree from the University at Buffalo and is a founder of the DictionBuddy mobile app. He is a Full scholarship recipient for the Berlin Opera Academy 2022 Festival. www.kofihayford.com

    We look forward to welcoming you and we hope this will fill the gap of live music in our culture starved souls.

    Lora Aroyo and Chris Welty

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