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Musicians - Guest Artists - 2011-2012 Season

Guest Artist
Solomiya Ivakhiv
Master Series IV
May 4, 2012

Solomiya Ivakhiv

Ukrainian born violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, has received distinguished critical praise in each instance and is especially noted for the superb musicianship, “truthfulness of emotions”, “assured noble sound” and her distinct ability to illuminate a score with mature and “deeply realized” insights.

Ms. Ivakhiv made her debut with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of thirteen and went on to win top prizes in numerous competitions. These included the S.Prokofiev and Y.Kocian International Competitions, the Fritz Kreisler Charles Miller Award from the Curtis Institute, and the Award from the President of Ukraine. Her recent performances include recitals in CBC's Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, DC, WMP Concert Hall in New York City and M.Lysenko Colonnaded Hall in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Other solo performances have included appearances with the International Symphony in Michigan, Orchestra of Southern Utah, Civic Orchestra of New Haven, National Symphony of Ukraine and the Hunan Symphony Orchestra in China. Many of her concerts have been broadcast on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television and on China’s Hunan Television.

As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with renowned artists such as Joseph Silverstein, Claude Frank, Steven Isserlis, Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucker from the Emerson Quartet. In January 2011, Ms. Ivakhiv became an Artistic Director of the Music at the Institute Chamber Series in New York City.

Ms. Ivakhiv appeared as guest concertmaster with the Fresno Philharmonic and Augusta Symphony in Georgia, a principal violinist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Philly Pops. She frequently plays in the Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony.

Ms. Ivakhiv graduated from the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank and the late Rafael Druian. During this time, she was concertmaster of both Curtis Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras. Ms. Ivakhiv also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers were Phil Setzer and Pamela Frank.



Concert Series II: Young Artists - Sunday, March 11, 2012

Guest Artist
Emily Richardson

Emily Richardson

Emily Richardson is a 6th grade student at Miller Middle School. She began her violin studies when she was three years old and is under the guidance of violin pedagogue Shakeh Ghoukasian at the Nevada School of the Arts.

Emily is a winner of numerous competitions locally and nationally. Emily was a Cox Communications Scholarship recipient at the Nevada School of the Arts in 2008 and 2010 and won 1st place at Nevada Music Teachers’ Association Silver State Competitions in 2009 and 2010 and Bolognini Competition in 2011. Emily was one of the winners of Las Vegas Philharmonic Young Artist Competition in 2010.

Emily made her orchestra debut with the Las Vegas Philharmonic performing Dimitri Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto for the annual Youth Concert Series in January 2011.

Emily is a Gold Medal Winner in 9-10 age category of the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented International Young Musical Festival. As a winner of this competition she was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall in April, 2011.

She is a member of the “Vivace” Violin Ensemble and Chamber Music Program at the Nevada School of the Arts.

Emily is performing on a Neapolitan Violin made by “Giuseppe Desiato/fecit Napoli 1890” generously loaned to her by Las Vegas Philharmonic violinist Marty Connally.

Emily has varied interests that include reading, crafting, and jogging. She is fluent in Japanese. Emily enjoys performing and thrives on the musical challenges presented to her.



Guest Artist
Artem Alexanyan
Piano

Artem Alexanyan

Artem Alexanyan was born in Donetsk, Ukraine in 1995. When he was nine years old he began his piano studies under the guidance of Ekaterina Melkamini. He showed a unique passion for music, which can be seen not only during his rigorous studies at the piano, but also in his general knowledge of music and musicians. Artem won several top places in the Bolognini Piano Competition, MTNA State and Regional Piano Competitions. In 2007 he made his orchestral debut as a soloist with the Nevada Chamber Orchestra playing J.Haydn’s Piano Concerto. In 2008 and 2009 he participated in the Green Valley Chamber Music Festival working with many prominent teachers, such as Taras Krysa and Mykola Suk, among others.

In January of 2010, Artem performed Piano Concerto No.1 by L. van Beethoven with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Taras Krysa. Recently, he performed C.Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2 with the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra. To enrich his musical studies, in the summer of 2011 he was invited to study with Stanislav Ioudenitch at the International Piano Academy in Lake Como, Italy.

Working on his solo repertoire, he played for such world-famous pianists as Stanislav Ioudenitch, Valentina Lisitsa, Blair McMillen, Julian Martin, Joel Fan , Fabio Bidini, and Haochen Zhang.

In the future, Artem plans to participate in several music festivals and competitions while attending a music college, majoring in Piano Performance.



Guest Artist
Hazen Mayo
Trumpet

Hazen Mayo

Hazen Mayo is a senior at Palo Verde High School, and a four-year member of the Panther Pride Band. In addition to being in the many Palo ensembles, such as marching, jazz, and wind for four years, Hazen has been involved in the band leadership program for the past two years.  Hazen is a section leader in the Palo Verde Band program, and he has empowered his individual section and band for self-improvement through long hours of hard work, dedication, as well as a passion for music.

Hazen began his interest in music at Johnson Junior High under the direction of Mr. Rich Matta, a fellow trumpet player.  Hazen’s first instrument was clarinet, but a yearning for jazz led him to switch to the trumpet in 8th grade, and he hasn’t put it down since.

Hazen has participated in the CCSD Honor Band for the past four years, the CCSD Honor Jazz Band for the past three years,  the Nevada All-State Band for his first two years in high school, and has participated in the Nevada All-State Jazz Band his junior year.  Hazen was a member of the Palo Verde Band Leadership Program when the program donated to the Make a Wish Foundation in 2010.  He has also played in the Palo Verde Jazz Band for various non-profit organizations (Opportunity Village, retirement communities) as well as other charities such as the Walk for Parkinson’s in 2010.

 

Hazen will continue music past high school, and has plans to double-major in Jazz and Concert Performance at UNLV.



Guest Artist
Nicole Whelchel

Nicole Whelchel

Nicole Whelchel is a senior at Las Vegas Academy's Performing Arts High School. Her teachers include Alexander Viazovtsev and Tina Hadley along with master classes from renowned players.

She is going into her seventh year studying flute and has played in her high school’s top band for four years, three of those years as principal chair.

Nicole has been selected for the top city Honor Band the past six years along with All State High School Band and Orchestra for four. As a freshman, she was placed in her school's prestigious Philharmonic Orchestra and has been principal flute/piccolo for the last three of four years. She teaches students privately and has been in many competitions, recently winning the Las Vegas Philharmonic Concerto Competition.

Nicole has also played in wind ensembles, chamber groups, choirs, weddings, Doctorate recitals, and pit orchestras. She hopes to continue music throughout college and pursue it as a career.



Guest Artist
Sabrina Parry
Violin

Sabrina Parry

Sabrina is a junior at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts in Ivins, Utah where she studies Musical Theatre and the Violin. She is 16 years old and began studying the violin at age six with Utah Symphony member Teresa Hicks.

At the young of seven, she joined her first orchestra. She has been a member of several including the All City Children’s Orchestra (concertmaster), Youth Chamber Orchestra, Youth String Ensemble (concertmaster), Wasatch Mountain Camerata (concertmaster), Utah Youth Prepartory Orchestra (concertmaster), Utah Youth Symphony, Zion Youth Symphony, Red Cliffs Chamber Orchestra and currently, the Tuacahn Titan Chamber Orchestra. She has attended many string Summer Festivals including the BYU Young Musicians SummerFest where she was concertmaster in both 2010 and 2011, Southern Utah Music Institute, concertmaster, and has been involved in many chamber music groups. This past April, she won the Youth Concerto Classic with the Southwest Symphony and had the opportunity to solo with the orchestra. In February, she was recognized as the outstanding violinist and vocalist in the Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival. She was also a finalist in the 2011 “Salute to Youth” competition with the Utah Symphony. Just this past month, she attended the Shakespeare Competition in Cedar City and performed in the Minstrel division receiving third place in the entire competition. In January of 2012, she soloed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and won first place in the Young Adult Category of “Dixie’s Got Talent” with the violin. She has participated in the Nevada School of the Arts Chamber Program.

She currently studies the violin with Taras Krysa at UNLV. In addition to the violin, she has a passion for musical theatre and singing.



Guest Artist
Liam Mansfield
Violin

Liam Mansfieldy

Liam Mansfield is a fifteen-year-old orchestra major at the Las Vegas Academy.

He has been playing violin for four years and currently studies with Dr. Laraine Kaizer. He has performed with the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras for three years, and went on tour last summer to Beijing with the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, performing Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony. Through the Nevada School of the Arts, where he has studied for two years, Liam was awarded the Cox Communications Scholarship Award.

His dream is to attend an Ivy League school and double major in biotechnology and violin performance. Liam is also a self- taught guitarist, and he plays in progressive metal bands in his free time

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Guest Artist
Caolinn Mejza
Violin

Caolinn Mejza

Caolinn Mejza, currently a junior at the Las Vegas Academy, starting playing violin at the age of four and started studying with her current teacher, Shakeh Ghoukasian, at the age of eight.

She has won both the LVMTA Silver State Competition and the Bolognini Competition and has placed in the Nevada MTNA competition. She enjoys orchestral playing and has served as the concert master of the CCSD Honor Orchestra and the LVA Philharmonic, as well as the principal second violin of the Nevada All State Orchestra.

She has also played in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the music festival Interlochen and participates in the Green Valley Chamber Music program over the summer.

She is currently a member of the Nevada School of the Arts Quartet and a former member of the NSA Violin Performance Ensamble.

Besides playing her violin, she also enjoys studying journalism as a youth writer for the Las Vegas Review Journal and the opinion section editor of her school newspaper, the LVA Accolades. While she is not planning on majoring in music in college, she would like to always keep it a part of her life.





Guest Artist
Ricardo Cobo
February 10, 2012

Ricardo Cobo

Ricardo Cobo is recognized as one of the world's leading virtuosi of the new classic guitar generation. He made his astonishing debut to American audiences as the first Hispanic ever to win consecutive medals at the Guitar Foundation of America’s Solo International Competition. Born in Cali, Colombia, to a musical family, he began playing at age 8 and studied classical guitar at the Conservatorio Antonio María Valencia. He gave his professional debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá at age seventeen on a nationwide telecast for an audience of over nine million.

Ricardo began undergraduate studies at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore with renown pedagogue Aaron Shearer and received his BM from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He received a Master of Music and was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship from Florida State University in Tallahassee where he worked with Bruce Holzman. While completing his Doctorate he won the 9th Alirio Diaz International Solo Competition in Caracas, Venezuela, and thus began touring as a concert and recording artist incessantly throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Equally in demand as chamber musician, pedagogue and recording artist, Cobo's busy touring schedule has taken him from New York's Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and 92St.Y to Korea's Ho Ham Hall, Los Angeles' Ambassador Auditorium, Madrid's Teatro Real, and Zaragoza's Palacio Real, to Venezuela's Teresa Carreño, and his native Colombia's National Library, among hundreds of others.

Cobo's versatility can be heard in his award-winning solo recordings of classical and children's music (Brouwer Vol.1 on Naxos and Guitar Lullaby on Ellipsis Arts), his orchestral and crossover recordings (Brouwer Concerti , Walking on the Water, and Café 1930 on Angel/Emi), and in hundreds of credits for commercial releases worldwide.

His diverse and innovative programming ranges from solo concerti with orchestra (Rodrigo, Brouwer) to historical chamber settings (Bocherini, Beethoven, Schubert) with, The Shanghai String Quartet, the St Lukes Chamber Orquestra, the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, as well as Tango and Flamenco dance ensembles (Tango Vivo, Ballet Jazz of Montreal) , and Latin and world music concerts with Flutist Alexandra Hawley and Folk virtuoso Alfredo Lopez of “QuetzalCoatl”. His performance of the historic American Premiere of Leo Brouwer's Concerto de Toronto under the composer's own baton with the San Antonio Symphony was called "extrovert, lyrical and rhythmically alive...Cobo's performance was characterized by generosity of spirit, to say nothing of knockout virtuosity," added the San Antonio Express News.

Cobo has been decorated by the Colombian government on numerous occasions, receiving Colombia's "Order of Cañasgordas" and the "Order of Belacazar" for outstanding merit in cultural affairs. He is director of the classical guitar department at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and is cofounder of the “Guitar Series at UNLV”, now on its eighth consecutive season. Mr Cobo keeps a loyal studio of students from ages 12 to 70 whom study via the internet and in hundreds of workshops around the country. www.ricardocobo.com



Guest Conductor: Anna Binneweg
Holiday Program, Light Classics
December 9, 2011

Anna Binneweg

Anna Binneweg has distinguished herself in the areas of symphonic and operatic conducting early in her career. She is the Music Director/Conductor of the Anne Arundel Community College Symphony Orchestra (Annapolis, MD) where she also serves as Associate Professor of Music, and is the Music Director/Conductor of the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (Edgewater, MD). She holds a doctor of music degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University where she studied with Victor Yampolsky, while serving as the Music Director/Conductor of Chicago’s OperaModa, a company committed to producing and performing modern American opera. She has served on the conducting faculties at Loyola University (Chicago, IL) the Sherwood Conservatory of Music (Chicago, IL) and American University (Washington, DC).

Dr. Binneweg made her conducting debut at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra in the 2005 National Conducting Institute, and presently serves as one of their cover conductors. She has worked with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Daniel Barenboim, Robert Spano, James Paul, Michael Morgan, Duaine Wolfe, Nurhan Arman and David Effron through various engagements sponsored by the League of American Orchestras, the Conductors Guild, the Conductors Institute of New York and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

She is a graduate of the Meadows School of the Arts of Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) where she completed a double master’s degree in conducting and music education while serving as the assistant conductor of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. Dedicated to the development of music education, her youth orchestra experience includes various guest conducting and clinician appearances with orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, along with former positions with the Houston Youth Symphony (Houston, TX) and the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony (San Luis Obispo, CA) where she fulfilled her undergraduate degree in music at Cal Poly State University.  Binneweg is originally from Lake Tahoe, California.



Guest Artist: Deborah Fleischer
Holiday Program, Light Classics
December 9, 2011

Deborah Fleischer

Deborah Fleischer, Soprano, received both her Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and her Choral Music Teaching Credential from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she studied with Dr. Paul Kreider and Professor David B. Weiller. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, where she studied with Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe and Dr. Edith Copley.

Deborah placed as an award winner in the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions in 1997 and can be heard on a recent recording of Daren Hagen’s Shining Brow, on the Arsis Record label performing as Townswoman #2 / Wife. Other operatic credits include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Mercedes in Carmen, Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Sylvienne in The Merry Widow, Lizzie Borden in Lizzie Borden, Apollonia in La Cantarina and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Deborah performs frequently with Opera Las Vegas and has been a soloist with the Vancouver, B.C. Symphony, the Marktoberdorf, Germany Symphony, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Las Vegas Music Festival Orchestra, the Performing Arts Society of Nevada, the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society Orchestra and the Henderson Symphony.

Deborah has performed with Kenny Loggins on two occasions, Cybill Shepherd, and had the prestigious honor to be the rehearsal accompanist and to sing with Barbra Streisand in her 2000 millennium concert, under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch. Over the past nineteen years she has been on the voice faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the College of Southern Nevada, the Nevada School of the Arts, and has maintained a large, award winning private vocal studio. She is an active accompanist for several choral programs in the Clark County School District and is the pianist for the Henderson Symphony.

She is currently in her eleventh year as the choral director at Schofield Middle School in Las Vegas. Her choirs have received straight superior ratings at the Clark County School District Choral Festivals since the school opened in 2001. Her Madrigal Singers were chosen to perform at the 2007 NMEA Nevada Music Educators Association Convention and were very honored to have performed at the 2010 American Choral Directors Association Western Division Convention in Tucson, Arizona, and also at the 2011 American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Deborah was named the State of Nevada New Music Educator of the Year for 2007 and received the 2008-2009 Distinguished Educator of the Year Award for the Southeastern Region of the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV. She has served and currently serves as the chairperson for the ACDA / Clark County School District Middle School Honor Choir for the past eleven years, as chairperson for the NMEA Middle School All-State Choir for the past six years, as a board member for the Nevada Music Educators Association, as R & S Chair for the Nevada ACDA Middle School Honor Choirs and as the Clark County School District Middle School Choir Task Force Chair.

Deborah resides in Henderson, NV, with her loving husband, Eric, and their six-year-old daughter, Julia.



Guest Artist: Tod Fitzpatrick
Holiday Program, Light Classics
December 9, 2011

Tod Fitzpatrick

Baritone Tod Fitzpatrick is an active singer, teacher and student of the craft of singing. Interested in a wide variety of vocal repertoire, his performance experience includes over forty operatic and music theater roles in addition to a substantial number of oratorio and concert works. He also has a passion for song recitals and new works for voice. Currently an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, he remains highly active as a performer and lecturer in America and abroad.

Frequently performing with distinguished organizations around the United States, a few of the ensembles with which he has sung include the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opera Pacific, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, the Sacramento Choral Society, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, the Utah Festival Opera Company, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Long Beach Opera, and Los Angeles Opera where he was a resident artist for three years. He can be heard singing Quatre mélodies de Ronsard on a new compact disc recording by composer Judy Cloud and the song cycle A Journey After Loves by Virko Baley on a disc to be released later this year.

A native of California, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Chapman University. His Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees are from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he received the Marilyn Horne Voice Scholarship. Recent work includes studies in voice science and vocal pedagogy with Ingo Titze at the National Center for Voice and Speech where he earned a certificate in Vocology from the University of Iowa and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

He was a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and at the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. He performed in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program and studied at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in England. Dr. Fitzpatrick was also selected to be a National Association of Teachers of Singing intern at Ithaca College in New York.

As a teacher, his students routinely perform professionally in concerts and major productions based in Las Vegas and elsewhere. They win awards in regional and nationally recognized voice competitions and attend summer music festivals in the United States and Europe. He has served as a consultant/teacher for several Cirque du Soleil productions and singing artists in Las Vegas. This past summer he taught at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival on the island of Hawaii and again served as the General Director of the Big Bear Lake Song Festival. As an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, he has served as the Las Vegas Chapter of NATS, the Nevada District Governor and is currently the Cal-Western Regional Governor and national board member. In addition, he is also the coordinator for the upcoming Sixth International Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference to be held on the UNLV Campus in 2012.



Guest Conductor: Mykola Suk
A Celebration of Liszt
October 28, 2011

Mykola Suk

Mykola Suk, Assistant Professor of Music, received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Moscow State Conservatory, having studied with Lev Vlasenko. He also holds a combined Bachelor and Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance, Pedagogy, and Chamber Music from the Moscow State Conservatory. Before coming to the United States he served as Professor of Piano at the Kiev State Conservatory and Moscow State Conservatory.

Mr. Suk has given master classes at many festivals and music schools around the world. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at various music schools such as the New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music (NY), Columbia University (NY), and the University of Southern Alabama. In 2001, he settled in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking responsibility for keyboard studies in the Music Department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

“An astonishing blend of muscular power, poetry and utter control - he will prove to be one of the more formidable talents to have appeared in this country in years.”

This assessment by the American Record Guide certainly describes well the Ukrainian-American pianist, Mykola Suk, who gained international recognition as the winner of the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1971 International Liszt-Bartok Competition in Budapest, Hungary. His international career has spanned four continents, with performances in the most prestigious venues from the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory to Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Toronto Star comments on his "...enormous digital control... such an impressive technique was so completely subsumed in the task of musical characterization. Suk never used the piano to show off; he made it the servant of Liszt’s expressive ideas."

Mr. Suk has appeared as soloist with numerous leading orchestras, from the Russian National Symphony under Mikhail Pletnev to the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn under Roman Kofman. He has collaborated artistically with the world’s outstanding conductors, among them Charles Bruck, Janos Ferencsik, Arvid Jansons, Stefan Turchak, James DePreist and Carl St. Clair. Mr. Suk’s interviews, live performances, and CD recordings have been broadcast throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia on prominent radio stations and broadcast systems, such as WQXR and WNYC, New York, WMFT, Chicago, and WGBH Boston.

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