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Musicians - Guest Artists - 2010-2011 Season

Guest Artist: Alex Gonzalez
Master Series IV: Season Finale
May 20, 2011

Alex Gonzale

Alex Gonzalez has studied violin at Nevada School of the Arts and Eastman School of Music. He has participated in such programs as Sarasota Music Festival, The Quartet Program, and Interlochen Arts Camp. He has been concertmaster of the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, Las Vegas Youth Symphony, Las Vegas Academy orchestras, Eastman School orchestras, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has made solo appearances with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Henderson Symphony, and Las Vegas Academy Orchestras as winner of their concerto competitions. Masterclasses include William Preucil, Pamela Frank, and members of the Pacifica, Cavani, and Ying quartets. Alex is currently studying with Oleh Krysa at Eastman. Other teachers include Shakeh Ghoukasian and Cyrus Forough.

Guest Artist: Tussah Heera,
Concert Series II: Young Artists
March 27, 2011

Tussah Heera

Tussah Heera's musical journey started at the age of three in London, improvising on a single-octave digital keyboard. The need for a real instrument became evident. She got her first upright piano and immediately started composing and teaching herself to play. Soon she was enrolled in the Royal Academy of London and started playing cello. After feeling more and more passionate about music, she asked for formal piano lessons at the age of eight and began lessons with renowned pianist Irina Botan, who laid out the foundation for Tussah's advanced technique. After moving to Las Vegas, her first teacher was the enthusiastic Polya Bankova and currently studies with the spirited, young-at-heart Roger Bushell with a treasure trove of music experience. Since then, she has won the MTNA Junior Piano State Competition in 2007 and the Bolognini Piano Scholarship Competition in 2008 and 2010. She has also soloed with several orchestras and has played for Valentina Lisitsa, Raja Rahman, Dr. Scott McBride Smith, Dr. Enrico Elisi and Dr. Mykola Suk.

Tussah is a young, voracious composer. She studies composition with the noteworthy Dr. Jorge Grossmann. In 2009, her original composition, Renovation Toccata in E Flat won second place at the MTNA Southwest Divisional Competition. She is currently working on her "Circle of Minors", consisting of 12 piano preludes all in minor keys. She has also written a piano trio and suite among numerous other works. She also likes to write songs, poems and stories. She was the Nevada State Spelling Bee winner in 2009 and placed 11th in the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC.

Guest Artist: David Chavez,
Concert Series II: Young Artists
March 27, 2011

David Chavez

David Chavez is a senior at the prestigious Las Vegas Academy of Performing and Visual Arts, David's entire adolescent life has been consumed by music, he now studies under Tianna Harjo, the viola professor at UNLV. In addition to his high school orchestra and chamber ensemble, David has juggled the rigorous rehearsal and performance schedules of Clark County Honor Orchestra, Nevada All State Orchestra, and the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. Spurred on by the support of his family, his musical studies have taken him to San Francisco, Chicago, and even the prestigious Lincoln Center in New York City. A big supporter of volunteer work, David has clocked numerous hours with the Nevada PEP foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving children and families affected with intellectual disabilities. His junior year, David received a generous scholarship from the Janet Sue Mason foundation, dedicated to assisting struggling musicians and breast cancer patients, that will allow him to tour with LVYO to China this coming June. David would like to thank his friends for their companionship through high school, Michael Beckner for his invaluable moral support, the Leavitt family for their immeasurable kindness, and his parents for their unending love and support. This summer David will lead the LVYO viola section on their musical tour through China. He hopes to pursue a degree in political science while still furthering his studies in Viola.

Guest Artist: Victoria Young,
Concert Series II: Young Artists
March 27, 2011

Victoria Young

Victoria Young was born on February 22, 2000. She is a sixth grade student at Bob Miller Middle School. Victoria has been taking piano lessons at Nevada School of the Arts (NSA) since the age of five under the instruction of an accomplished pianist and piano pedagogue, Mrs. Damaris Alvarez. Victoria has performed in various venues as a featured soloist from a very young age, which included performing at the NSA Gala and Spring Soiree showcases. She has also been selected to perform as a piano soloist with Nevada Chamber Symphony and Las Vegas Youth Camerata Orchestra. In 2010, Victoria performed at the Carnegie Hall New York as a gold medalist of AADGT (American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented) International Young Musician Competition. She also won 1st place in the suites and partitas' category in the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Piano Competition which was held at the Lincoln Center in New York. Locally, Victoria has won first place in the College of Southern Nevada Piano Concerto Competition, Silver State Competition, and Bolognini Competition. She has also been selected as a Cox Communications Scholarship recipient at the NSA. In the summer of 2010, Victoria held her solo recital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, which was sponsored by the Eduardo Brito National Theater Santo Domingo. She played a beautiful program of Bach, Debussy, Xavier Montsalvatge, Chopin, and a Dominican composer, Luis Mena, to a full house of mesmerized audience. Her concert was very well received and was reported as a miracle on the full front page of a Dominican newspaper, El Nacional. Apart from playing music, Victoria loves to swim, cycle, draw, act, write stories, compose, and see the world. She is the past winner of PTA Reflection contest in visual arts and music composition. Victoria is a straight A student. She loves to read about the U.S. history during her free time, and her favorite subjects in school are Computer Literacy and Math.

Victoria is a happy kind-hearted child who loves to laugh and play with friends. She also loves to dance hula and Tahitian dance. She volunteers at two senior centers performing piano or hula once a month.

Guest Artist: Tammy Hung,
Concert Series II: Young Artists
March 27, 2011

Tammy Hung

Tammy Hung is a 17 year old Legal Studies Major at Advanced Technologies Academy. She has been in the violin studio of Mary Straub at the Nevada School of the Arts for the past seven years where she is a member of the NSA Violin Performance Ensemble. Tammy has won numerous awards and recognition that include the Ennio Bolognini Competition and Silver State Competition. As a senior in high school, Tammy will have participated in her school orchestra for four years as concertmistress. In addition, she will have participated in the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras for nine years, Honors Orchestra for seven years, and All State Orchestra for four years this spring. She has been a finalist for the All State Command Performance twice and an alternate for the 2010 MTNA competition. She has also received the Cox Communications Scholarship award twice for her studies at the Nevada School of the Arts. In the fall, Tammy plans to attend CSU Fullerton and double major in music and pre-law.

Guest Artist: Grace Haeun Kim,
Concert Series II: Young Artists
March 27, 2011

Grace Haeun Kim

Grace Haeun Kim was born on April 25, 1994 in Su Won, Korea. She started the piano at seven years old and has studied with multiple different teachers. At 11, she began studying with her current piano teacher, Patricia Lee. She is currently a Junior at Las Vegas Academy. She performed at UNLV with the Orchestra Chamber group on April 15th, 2010, and has received 1st place in several competition. Also, She is an accompanist at church. She has never received a rating lower than 1 in Solo and Ensemble, and wants to major in music.

Guest Artist: Tamas Toka,
Concert Series II: Young Artists
March 27, 2011

Tamas Toka

Tamas Toka was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 7, 1995. He has been studying the violin since he was seven years old. Tamas' family comes from a musical background in Hungary and he wants to keep the music running in the family. Currently his teacher is Laraine Kayser; he has been studying with her for two years. He won numerous competitions like the Silver State competition, Bologhini competition and now the HSO Young Artist competition. He attends Odyssey Charter High School, a home school. This gives him more time for school, practicing and free time to have fun. He is planning to go to college and pursue his musical dream.

Guest Artist: Phillip Lenberg,
Concert Series I: Winterfest
December 9, 2010

Phillip Lenberg

Phillip Lenberg is the Assistant Conductor of The University of Nevada Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and opera program, as well as the Apprentice Conductor with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Other conducting positions have included Resident Conductor of Nextet-New Music Ensemble of Las Vegas, Music Director of the SGI Orchestra of Northern California, Assistant Conductor of the Stony Brook University Orchestra, and Founder and Director of the Stony Brook Chamber Orchestra.Prior to Las Vegas Mr. Lenberg served as the Chair of the music department at Woodside International School in San Francisco.

As a composer he has written soundtracks for films premiered at Sundance International Film Festival and CineVegas Short Films Festival. Mr. Lenberg has studied at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and is currently in the DMA program at UNLV. His principle conducting teachers include Taras Krysa and David Lockington.

Guest Artist: Oleh Krysa
Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Oleh Krysa

The Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa, long esteemed in the former USSR as a distinguished soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, made his American debut in 1971 at Carnegie Hall with a performance that won glowing reviews from the critics. Heralded by the New York Times as "a performance to make a violinist's reputation had he come without one." After an 18-year absence from the American concert stage, his appearences in 1990 at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center were again met with exceptional critic acclaim and confirmed his reputation as a master of his instrument.

A prominent student of David Oistrakh, Oleh Krysa won major prizes in such international competitions as the Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky, and Montreal, and was outright winner of the Paganini Competition. When he won first prize in the Paganini Competition, the local press speculated he must have been born with a violin in his hands.

After completing his postgraduate work, Oleh Krysa began his teaching career as chairman of the Violin Department at the Kiev Conservatory. In 1973 he took the same position at the Gnesins Musical and Pedagogical Institute in Moscow and, two years later, returned to the Moscow Conservatory as Professor of Violin, where he remained until 1988. Currently he is Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and actively performs all over the world.

Oleh Krysa has performed in major music centres throughout the world, with leading orchestras and conductors and ensembles. He has also appeared at major festivals in
* Russia ("Moscow Stars")
* Czechoslovakia ("Prague Spring")
* Poland ("Warsaw Autumn")
* Austria (Wiener Fest, Lockenhaus)
* Germany (Schleswig-Holstein, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart)
* Scotland (Edinburgh)
* Finland (Kuhmo, Korsholm)
* USA (Oregon Bach Festival, The Lake Winnipesaukee Music Festival, Park City International Chamber Music Festival, Peninsula Music Festival)
* Australia (Perth, Townsville) and
* New Zealand (Wellington)

In addition to his thriving solo career, Oleh Krysa was leader of the celebrated Beethoven String Quartet 1977-87.

Oleh Krysa is also a champion of contemporary music and has worked closely with Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, Myroslaw Skoryk and Vyacheslav Artyomov. He has premiered a number of their works and many have been written specifically for him.

He has recorded on the Melodiya, BIS, Triton, Olympia, Amadis, Polskie Nagranie, TNC and Russian Disc labels.

Oleh Krysa is married to pianist Tatiana Tchekina who has been his partner in most of his recitals and recordings over the years.

Master Series I Mozart Madness

Guest Artist: Patrick Hsieh
Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Patrick Hsieh

Patrick Hsieh (MD, Maj USAF) began his violin studies in Bridgewater, NJ with Barbara Barstow, and continued with Thomas Lindsay of the New Jersey Symphony. He was a charter member of the New Jersey Youth Symphony and also performed with the New York Youth Symphony, once serving as concertmaster for one of their performances at Carnegie Hall. He spent many summers at various music programs, including two seasons at the Tanglewood Music Festival where he had the opportunity to study with members of the Boston Symphony and to perform under such pre-eminent conductors as Victor Yampolsky, Seiji Ojawa, and Leonard Bernstein. While pursuing his degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, he was a member of the student-led Bach Society Orchestra, and served as concertmaster of the Harvard / Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players for 4 years. After graduation, he worked as an Associate Member of Technical Staff at SRI International's David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, NJ and performed as a member of several professional orchestras in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including the Riverside Symphonia, Delaware Valley Philharmonic, and Trenton Symphony. Dr. Hsieh remained musically active throughout medical school at the University of Connecticut and during his residency in Emergency Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, performing regularly as a member or concertmaster of a number of civic and professional orchestras, including the St. Louis Philharmonic (not to be confused with the St. Louis Symphony) and Gateway Festival Orchestra.

After completing his residency, Dr. Hsieh entered active military service with the US Air Force and was assigned to Nellis AFB, NV. He subsequently completed three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as team leader of one of the USAF's elite Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATT), and has logged over 350 combat flight hours. For his deployed actions, Maj Hsieh has been awarded an Air Medal and four Aerial Achievement Medals, ranking him among the USAF's most experienced and highly decorated CCATT physicians. Now a Reservist, Maj Hsieh continues to serve as a Flight Surgeon and Chief of Aerospace Medicine for the 926th Group (USAFR) at Nellis AFB, and is a practicing Emergency Physician in the Las Vegas valley. He has been a member of the Henderson Symphony for the last three years.

Guest Artist: Naoko Taniguchi
Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Naoko Taniguchi

Naoko Taniguchi had her formal study as a violinist in Tokyo Japan under the supervision of Professor Louis Graeler and Professor Tsuneo Iso.

After the completion of the university music program, Naoko experienced a professional violinist position of several orchestras. In recent seasons, Naoko appearances as a violinist have included Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra Chiba and Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. Besides the activities in Japan, Naoko also has international activities in the United States, Germany and Indonesia.

In addition to performing, Naoko has been spending considerable time to teaching violin in individual lessons, youth orchestra and citizen's orchestra. Some of her students have extended the scope of the study in institute of music in Japan and Europe to become professional violin performer.

Naoko has relocated to Las Vegas in the United States since July 2008. Naoko is living with her husband and conducting violin performance and teaching activities in Las Vegas since then.

As the most recent activities, Naoko won the audition of the violin section of the Las Vegas Philharmonic in June 2010. Naoko is continuing her violin performance in Japan simultaneously.

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