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Aminda Asher is an active performer of orchestral and chamber music in New York City. She has appeared in concerts at many of New York’s greatest performance venues including Carnegie Hall, T ...
Aminda Asher is an active performer of orchestral and chamber music in New York City. She has appeared in concerts at many of New York’s greatest performance venues including Carnegie Hall, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Bargemusic and (Le) Poisson Rouge. She performs with several regional orchestras in the New York metropolitan area including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Arcos Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts International New York Orchestra. She has also performed and recorded with the Albany Symphony. Outside of New York, Ms. Asher has performed with the New World Symphony in Miami, Fl, the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra in the Dominican Republic, the Arcos Orchestra on two European tours and has participated in the intensive summer study programs at the Music Academy of the West and the Banff Centre of the Arts Chamber Music Residency Program. As an avid performer of contemporary chamber music, Ms. Asher is a member of Cadillac Moon Ensemble and Periapsis Music and Dance and has performed with Talea Ensemble. Also a dedicated traditional and Suzuki teacher, Ms. Asher is currently on the faculties of 92nd Street Y, Turtle Bay Music School and Lucy Moses School. Ms. Asher holds a B.M in cello performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and a M.M. in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
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Alicia Bennett has lived in New York since 2001 and is active as a clarinetist, private music teacher in the New York area. In addition to a private studio, Alicia teaches at the 92nd Street Y and ...
Alicia Bennett has lived in New York since 2001 and is active as a clarinetist, private music teacher in the New York area. In addition to a private studio, Alicia teaches at the 92nd Street Y and the Bloomingdale School of Music; she has also taught for Stony Brook University’s Pre-College Music Program and Suffolk Community College; in summers past, she has contributed her teaching skills to the Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Alicia plays with New York City-based orchestra Camerata Notturna and The Chelsea Symphony. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, and her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in clarinet performance from Stony Brook University. Past notable engagements include an Artist Residency at the Banff Center for Performing Arts; playing Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet with Camerata Notturna Orchestra; and performances of Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto (2018) and Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs (2019) with The Chelsea Symphony. Pandemic teaching has inspired Alicia to create a YouTube Channel to aid her students with remote online learning.
Flutist Keith Bonner has performed in a wide variety of ensembles, ranging from symphony and opera orchestras to small chamber groups, Broadway pits as well as movies and television.
Mr. Bonner is currently principal flute of both the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and Riverside Symphony as well as a member of the Borealis Wind Quintet. He performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Symphony Orchestras of New Jersey, and Stamford, CT and the New York City Ballet Orchestra. As soloist, Mr. Bonner has performed concertos by Nielsen (Lincoln Center), Gluck, Telemann, Bach, Doppler and Mozart with various orchestras in the New York metropolitan area and across Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Keith has also performed much chamber music for flute with the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, Harlem Chamber Players, Carolina Chamber Music Festival and Wind Soloists of New York.
Keith maintains an active freelance career in New York City and has played in the Broadway pits of over a dozen productions.
Mr. Bonner currently teaches at 92Y School of Music, Special Music School, and the New York Youth Symphony. He was a board member of the New York Flute Club from 2006 until 2012.
Mr. Bonner holds a bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Bridget Fitzgerald, violin, is a soloist and chamber musician based in Brooklyn. She performs and records around the world with an eclectic roster of ensembles spanning a variety of genres includin ...
Bridget Fitzgerald, violin, is a soloist and chamber musician based in Brooklyn. She performs and records around the world with an eclectic roster of ensembles spanning a variety of genres including classical, rock, punk and electronica on viola, electric violin, guitar and synths. Bridget plays and records regularly in the NYC area with the band Stereo Off (stereo-off.com). She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. Bridget is on the violin and viola facilty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music, and the Williamsburg School of Music, as well as maintaining a private studio.
Leonard Hindell began his bassoon studies while at the High School of Music and Art in New York. After graduation, he attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he won the Harold Bauer Award. Up ...
Leonard Hindell began his bassoon studies while at the High School of Music and Art in New York. After graduation, he attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he won the Harold Bauer Award. Upon graduation in 1964 he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1972 he became a member of the New York Philharmonic. He retired from the Philharmonic in 2005. Mr. Hindell has given recitals at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, where he premiered numerous pieces written for him. He served on the committee that established the Philharmonic Ensembles, a series of chamber music programs featuring members of the New York Philharmonic in its series at Merkin Concert Hall. In addition to being a distinguished member of the 92Y faculty, Mr. Hindell is on the faculty of the Steinhardt School at New York University. He has given master classes throughout the United States, South America and Europe.
James Jeter, bassoon, has an international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician, with various performances in Europe, South America and Asia. In 2010, he toured internationally as principal ...
James Jeter, bassoon, has an international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician, with various performances in Europe, South America and Asia. In 2010, he toured internationally as principal bassoon for Star Wars in Concert. Currently, principal bassoonist for the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and Cecilia Chorus Orchestra, he has often performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Orchestra of N.Y., Berkshire Opera Company, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Alvin Ailey Dance Co., Jupiter Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Atlantic Sinfonietta, various Broadway shows and orchestras in New York and abroad (Italy and Switzerland). As part of its “Debuts and Encores Series” The Carnegie Hall Corporation sponsored Dr. Jeter in a critically acclaimed solo recital. He has been a featured concerto soloist for the Arcady Music Festival (ME), Connecticut Chamber Orchestra and the Biel Symphony (Switzerland). In addition, he founded the Virtuosi Quintet in 1983 , he made a debut solo recording for Crystal Records. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at SUNY Stony Brook in May, 2000. Each summer he performs and teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in western Michigan.
Pianist Luba Poliak made her professional debut at the age of eleven with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared on four continents as a soloist, recitalist and chambe ...
Pianist Luba Poliak made her professional debut at the age of eleven with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared on four continents as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Luba has performed recitals in prestigious venues and series including 92nd Street Y in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Dudley Hall in Houston and the Embassy Series in Washington, D.C. Her performances have been broadcast worldwide, on stations including Chicago’s WFMT, ABC Classical FM in Australia and Kol Hamusica, the national classical music station in Israel.
As a chamber musician, Luba has performed with acclaimed musicians from the Metropolitan Orchestra, New York City Opera and A Far Cry. Festival appearances include Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Long Island Chamber Music Society, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players and the Houston Piano Institute.
Luba began her studies at the age of six in Novosibirsk, Russia. After immigrating to Israel, she continued her studies and graduated magna cum laude from the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv under the tutelage of Michael Boguslavsky. After additional studies at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and the Verbier Academy, she received her Masters Degree with Honors from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Patricia Zander and Gabriel Chodos. Luba then earned her Doctorate at Stony Brook University with Gilbert Kalish. She currently resides in New York City, where she teaches at 92nd Street Y and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Debbie Schmidt is the former principal horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic. In the New York area, Ms. Schmidt has made solo appearances with the Hofstra Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, L ...
Debbie Schmidt is the former principal horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic. In the New York area, Ms. Schmidt has made solo appearances with the Hofstra Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center presents "Principally Poulenc" festival, Bard Festival, Orchestra of the Bronx, Vassar College Chorale, and Long Island Choral Society. With the Modern Brass Quintet Debbie has toured the Northeast, appearing in recital and school concerts reaching thousands of children. In this area, she has appeared in education and outreach programs for the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Midori, Princeton Symphony and New Philharmonic of New Jersey. She has appeared with the Albany Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, Queens Symphony and Ridgefield Symphony, among others. Ms. Schmidt has students attending major university music programs and accepted to LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. Debbie studied with Dale Clevenger, Julie Landsman, Erik Ralske and Laurie Frink. She attended Peabody Conservatory and graduated from Northwestern University. Ms. Schmidt is on the faculty of the Mount Tabor Summer Band Program where she teaches horn and trumpet.
Esther Schwartz, pianist, chamber music coach and vocal coach, has performed in many concert programs both as solo artist and accompanist, and is strongly involved in the showcasing of today’ ...
Esther Schwartz, pianist, chamber music coach and vocal coach, has performed in many concert programs both as solo artist and accompanist, and is strongly involved in the showcasing of today’s rising performers. She has been on the faculties of Adelphi University, C.W. Post and Mannes Conservatory as both piano coach and vocal coach. Currently, she serves on staff with the 92nd Street Y Chamber Music Program. Esther has collaborated in performance and master classes with such distinguished artists from the Metropolitan Opera House as Licia Albanese and Fredrica von Stade. Her concert appearances include WQXR Radio with the Robert Sherman Young Artist series, Kaufman Hall at 92nd Street Y, Yale University Faculty Series, The Concert Series of Charlotte N.C., the Munich Germany Chamber and Concert Festival, and Portland Maine Chamber Music Festival. She has also served as musical director for Guys & Dolls, A Little Night Music and Man of La Mancha at the Zurich Opernhaus, Switzerland. Ms. Schwartz maintains her busy teaching and performance schedule in the tri-state area.
Steinway Artist Tania Tachkova has been praised by critics for performances that are “white-hot” and “very impressive.” She has appeared throughout the United States, E ...
Steinway Artist Tania Tachkova has been praised by critics for performances that are “white-hot” and “very impressive.” She has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand as a soloist and in chamber concerts at such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall New York, Wiener Saal at Mozarteum, Henri Selmer Hall in Paris, Grand Bulgaria Hall and the National Palace of Culture in Bulgaria, Centro de Bellas Artes and Museo del Arte in Puerto Rico to name a few. She has been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra of the State Academy of Music in Bulgaria, Shoumen Philharmonic, Razgrad Philharmonic, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. Festival appearances include Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival. Tachkova’s performances have been broadcast on radio and television, including WQXR, WITF, WPRB, and Bulgarian National Television. Her recordings include two critically acclaimed chamber music CDs released by MSR records and extensive solo and four-hand repertoire for Steinway Spirio. As a chamber musician she has performed with members of the Berlin and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Locrian Chamber Players, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and Schweizer Oktett. Tachkova’s most recent project, duo per se (with clarinetist Scot Humes) has performed in recital in Washington D.C., New York City, Paris (France), as well as being a featured ensemble at the New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival. duo per se’ s recent engagements included recitals in Christchurch and Auckland in New Zealand as well as a recital and a master class at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. Tachkova’s students consistently earn many accolades, winning various international and national competitions as well as receiving a national gold medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music Development Program. Her students have performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill and Zankel recital halls as well as Steinway Hall New York as competition winners. In addition, she has presented numerous master classes and has adjudicated various international and national competitions in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Tachkova holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from Stony Brook University.
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