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Musicians - Guest Artists - 2012-2013 Season

"Season Finale" May 3, 2013

Guest Artist
Cecilia Violetta López

Cecilia Violetta López

Soprano Cecilia Violetta López recently made her Opera San Jose debut performing roles such as Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Lauretta (Gianni Schicci), Suor Angelica (Sour Angelica), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) and Leonora (Il trovatore). Other performance credits include Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Opera Las Vegas and title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Opera San Luis Obispo. Other roles the soprano has performed include Micaëla (Carmen), Gasparina (La Canterina), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly).

In addition to her operatic work, Ms. López frequently sings as soloist in oratorio and concert works. Within the last two years she was a featured soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Rachmaninov’s Vocalise and Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for soprano and cellos.

A recent graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. She received scholarships to attend both the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria (2010) and the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival located on the Big Island of Hawai’i (2011). Ms. López was a semifinalist in the Loren Zachary Vocal Competition in Los Angeles and won consecutive first place awards in the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions. Ms. López won the 2012 The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Utah District and advanced to perform in the Rocky Mountain Regional Finals at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado.



Young Artists Concert April 14, 2013

Guest Artist
Kelly Haines

Kelly Haines

Kelly Haines, 15, is a sophomore at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts, and has been playing bassoon for five years. She has served as principal bassoonist for the 2012 and 2013 Nevada All State Orchestra, Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, The Desert Winds Contemporary Wind Ensemble, and the Las Vegas Academy Wind Symphony. Kelly was one of only six bassoonists in the country accepted to participate in the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy Advanced Bassoon Institute last summer. As a soloist, Kelly has been selected as a Command Performance candidate for the Nevada All State Music Conference twice and has performed three times in the Honors Concert at the Curry Summer Music Camp at Northern Arizona University.



Guest Artist
Devon Zubka

Devon Zubka

Devon attends Green Valley High School under the private instruction of Robin Reinarz and under the orchestral instruction of Ms. Shelly Burger and Mr. Chuck Cushinary in the Nevada School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra. He is the assistant principal cellist of the Green Valley High School Symphony Orchestra, and was the principal cellist of the 9-10 CCSD Honor Orchestra this year.

He attended Burkholder Middle School and was chosen to be in the advanced group for two years in middle school and go on to be the first cellist from Burkholder ever to be accepted in the CCSD Honor Orchestra.



Guest Artist
Kelsea Au

Devon Zubka

Violinist Kelsea Au, 13, lives in Henderson, Nevada where she attends Greenspun Junior High School. Kelsea began her violin studies at the age of five.

Currently, she is under the tutelage of Shakeh Ghoukasian at the Nevada School of the Arts. She has competed and won several local, regional competitions (Silver State, Bolognini, MTNA State) and participated in chamber ensembles and orchestras (Greenspun, LVYO & NSA Chamber Orchestra). Kelsea also finds time to study piano and performs in her school's Madrigals.

Beyond her musical activities, Kelsea enjoys a bit of competition outside of a recital hall by playing volleyball in a local recreational club. She also finds time to volunteer in community charities with her friends who created their own organization called TeenMD (Teens Making a Difference).



Guest Artist
Jacob Davis

Jacob Davis

Jacob Davis is a senior at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts in St. George, Utah. He started playing the violin at age 10 in Salt lake City, UT with Murray Symphony violinist Marie Madrian. He's been a violinist in the Granite, Utah Valley, and Zion Youth Symphony Orchestras and has also played with the Tuacahn Youth Chamber Orchestra, Red Cliffs Chamber Orchestra and the Canyons Chamber Orchestra.

He's had the pleasure of being able to work with Linda Ghidossi-Deluca, Basil Vendreyes, Dr. Solomyia Ivahkiv, Dr. Claudine Bigelow, among others. The majority of his training has come from his teachers Jason Bonham, Las Vegas Philharmonic and Taras Krysa, Henderson Symphony and the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.

In 2012, Jacob finished first in the youth concerto competition with the Southwest Symphony where he was then able to perform the Mozart's 3rd Violin Concerto with the orchestra. In July of 2013, Jacob will go on an international tour with the National Youth Symphony of the United States under the direction of Valery Gergiev and featured soloist, Joshua Bell.

Besides being a musician, Jacob also is an avid reader, hiker and dancer.



Guest Artist
Deric Pang

Deric Pang

Deric Pang is a junior at Clark High School where he is a concert master. For two consecutive years, he has been concert master of the Nevada HS All State Orchestra and a Nevada All State Command Performance Finalist. He is a violin student of Mary Straub at the Nevada School of the Arts where he was a Cox Communication Scholarship recipient. Deric has been a repeated first place winner in the MTNA, Silverstate and Bolognini Competitions in Las Vegas. He attended the Green Valley Chamber Music Festival in 2012. Deric is also an avid tennis player and helped Clark win the state team tennis championship as well as the state doubles championship.



Guest Artist
Aida Badalian

Aida Badalian

Aida Badalian began playing piano at the age of 8. She has performed with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra and the Green Valley Chamber Orchestra. She has won five MTNA state competitions successively, second prize in the MTNA Nationals for Duets, and numerous other competitions. She has also performed master classes for acclaimed pianists such as Valentina Lisitisa, Fabio Bidini, and Matti Raekallio. She is now in the process of preparing for a workshop held in Vienna, Austria, as well as the Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition.









October 12, 2012
Guest Artist
Dimitry Berlinsky

Dimitry Berlinsky

Mr. Berlinsky arrived on the International scene as the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. This victory led to his performance on Nicolo Paganini's own Guarneri del Gesú instrument, a privilege shared by only a handful of artists in history. Subsequent triumphs at the Montreal International Violin Competition (Grand Prize), the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, led to appearances with major orchestras in Europe, Russia, the Far East, North and South America.

Mr. Berlinsky has performed in such major venues as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Mariinsky Concert Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Munich Herkulessaal, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Bonn Beethoven Hall, Le Place des Arts in Montreal, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires among others.

His extensive performance schedule has taken him to the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival, the Settimane Musicale in Stresa, Italy, Bratislava Festival, as well as appearances at the Ambassador Foundation in Pasadena, the Fiddle Fest at Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y.

Recently he performed with Russian National Orchestra at the Arts Square Festival in St.Petersburg, Prague Radio Symphony at the Budapest Spring Festival, Orchestra de Chambre Français in New York, Russian Chamber Philharmonic on European Tour, Directed and performed with “International Chambers Soloists” at the Fontana Arts Festival, San Francisco Conservatory, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto. He gave recital in US, Taiwan, Korea, England, Italy, Mexico, and Brazil.

Recent highlights include performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Sinfonia Toronto, Montreal Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Quebec, Utah, Virginia, Kalamazoo, Miami, San Antonio, and West Virginia Symphonies, Seoul Philharmonic, New Jersey Philharmonic, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Weimar Staatskapelle, Berlin Staatskapelle, Gent Opera Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonia Siciliana, UNAM Symphony in Mexico City, I Musici de Montreal in Canada and the United States, South American tour with the Prague Chamber Orchestra,as well as appearances at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and festivals in Italy, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Costa Rica.

His playing was featured in Emmy-Award documentary “Life on Jupiter” and “New York Canvas”.

Dmitri has been Artist Teacher and Professor at the College of Music at the Michigan State University. His students have won important international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky, Menuhin, Tibor Varga, William Byrd and have assumed positions in orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony.

In high demand as a teacher Mr.Berlinsky has tought and given Master Classes in Europe, Asia, Canada and in US at the Chautaqua Festival, Summit Music Festival in New York, Festival Internacional de Campos do Jordão in Brazil, International Academy of Music in Italy, Music in the Mountains Colorado, Schlern Festival, Instrumenta Verano in Mexico, University of South California in Los Angeles, Eastman School of Music, Temple University in Philhadelphia, DePaul and Roosevelt University in Chicago, Western Michigan University, Weber University in Utah, and UNT in Texas.

Mr.Berlinsky is the founder of the chamber orchestra “International Chamber Soloists” and Artistic Director of “Southampton Arts Festival” in Long Island, New York.

Mr.Berlinsky has been recepint of many awards including SONY,Juilliard, YCA and Bagby Fondations. For several years he played on famous “Yusupov” Stradivarious-same instument David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan played.



Beethoven Fifth
September 14, 2012
Guest Artist
Bill Bernatis

Bill Bernatisv

Bill Bernatis is currently an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, principal horn with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, assistant principal horn with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (New York), and is on the faculty of the Chautauqua School of Music.

Previously he was Assistant Professor of Horn at Del Mar College in Texas, Baylor University in Texas, and Ithaca College in New York. His performing background includes a wealth of orchestral performance, chamber music, studio recording, and commercial experience. He has been principal horn with the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Waco Symphony, the San Angelo Symphony, the Breckenridge Music Institute, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.

His teachers include John Iltis, William Scharnberg, and Philip Farkas. After receiving his Bachelor of Music from Washburn University, Bill taught music in public school, then went on to earn his Master of Music at Indiana University and pursue doctoral studies at the University of North Texas. Bill has taught in higher education for over three decades and has former students performing in orchestras, brass groups, and teaching successfully throughout the U.S.

Over the years, Bill has performed solo recitals, judged competitions, done studio recording for movies, games, and CD’s, held master classes around the country, and is a prominent player on the Las Vegas Strip and in the community. Most recently he was invited to Shanghai, China to teach and perform at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He has toured with the Dallas Brass, performed as soloist with the Chautauqua Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Corpus Christi Symphony, Waco Symphony, Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, the Victoria Bach Festival, the Penfield Symphony, and International Horn Society regional and international workshops. He is still an active recitalist and freelance performer.

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