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  • The St. Petersburg Quartet
  • Alla Aranovskaya, violin
  • Boris Vayner, viola
  • Thomas Mesa, cello
  • Vladimir P. Perlin, cello (world's most acclaimed cello professor for young students)
  • Alexander Polyanichko, conductor
  • Stanislav Golovin, clarinet
  • Svetlana Smolina, piano
  • Marina Sultanova, piano









  • The St. Petersburg Quartet

    St.Petersburg Quartet






     
    Alla Aranovskaya, violin
    Dr. Alla Aranovskaya, violin
    B.M.A., M.M.A., D.M.A.
    St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia.

    Alla Aranovskaya was born in August, 1958 in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), Russia. She started to play piano when she was two and a half years old , and violin at the age of six.

    Ms. Aranovskaya graduated the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College in 1977. In 1985 she graduated the St. Petersburg Conservatory, receiving a Master degree in 1987 and a Doctor of Music in 1989.

    She was a winner of the All-Russia Solo Violin Competition in 1985. From 1987 until 2001 she was Professor of Violin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. Her solo appearances include St. Petersburg State Capella Orchestra, Kazan Philharmonic, Moldova National Orchestra, Ulyanivsk Philharmonic.

    As a founding member of the Saint Petersburg String Quartet Ms. Aranovskaya won First Prize at the All-Soviet Union String Quartet Competition, the Silver Medal and a Special Prize at the Tokyo International Competition of Chamber Ensembles, First Prize and both Special Prizes at the Vittorio Gui International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Florence, Italy, and First Prize and the "Grand Prix Musica Viva" at the International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Melbourne, Australia.

    Ms. Aranovskaya was a faculty member of the Oberlin Conservatory from (1997 to 2003).  She was a jury member of several major competitions including the 2004 Melbourne, Australia International Chamber Music Competition

    Ms. Aranovskaya's students have won numerous prizes at competitions, including the Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, CA (Erato Quartet, Oberlin), First Prize at Germany's "Jugend  Musiziert" (Jeunesses Musicales) Competition, the Sarasate competition in Spain, the Beethoven Competition in  Austria, Corpus Christi and  Tchaikovsky competition for young musicians.

     
    Boris Vayner, viola
    Boris Vayner, viola
    B.M.A., M.M.A.
    St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia
    M.M.A. New England Conservatory, Boston, MA

    Boris Vayner was born in Novosibirsk, Russia. His professional background includes Novosibirsk Music College and St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied with Aleksey Lyudevig. While studying, Mr.Vayner played recitals in St. Petersburg(Russia), Drammen (Norway), Berlin(Germany), and took part in the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival.

    Mr.Vayner was a founding member of the Krasny String Quartet, which received 1st prize at the Gartow Fund Chamber Music Competition in St. Petersburg in 1999, and recorded all the quartets of Vissarion Shebalin for Olympia label. As a soloist Mr.Vayner appeared with St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonie. He also received 2nd prize in the Gartow Fund Solo Competition in St. Petersburg in 2002.

    Mr.Vayner was an assistant principal viola of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and a principle viola of the Novosibirsk Youth Orchestra.

    Mr.Vayner moved to the US in 2003 to study at the New England Conservatory, in the class of Carol Rodland, and he earned Master of Music in 2005. He has attended master classes by Kim Kashkashian and Karen Tuttle, and played with Boston Symphony.

    Since 2005 Boris Vayner has been a viola player of the St. Petersburg String Quartet, intensively touring in US, Europe and Asia.

     
    Thomas Mesa, cello
    Thomas Mesa, cello
    B.M.A. Juilliard School
    M.M.A. Northwestern University

    Thomas Mesa, a native of Miami, Florida, holds a Bachelors Degree in Cello Performance from The Juilliard School (2012), and will receive his Masters Degree in Cello Performance this Spring from Northwestern University where he on full scholarship as the recipient of the Richard and Helen Thomas Fellowship. An avid chamber musician, Thomas has toured with Itzhak Perlman and Proteges both nationally and internationally, and is a member of the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet. He has performed either in ensemble or as a soloist in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Art Museum, Alice Tully Hall, Paul Hall, WMP Music Hall, Arsht Center for Performing Arts, Jordan Hall, and on PBSs From the Top. He performs regularly as the Solo Cellist in choral productions under Donald Nally, the most recent this past December where he performed the American premiere of "Astralis" by German composer, Wolfgang Rihm, with The Crossing Choir (winner of the 2009 and 2011 ASCAP award for adventurous programming) at the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York. He is a collaborating artist with Fonema Consort, an established new music group in Chicago, and can be heard on their debut CD which was released in May, 2014.

    Thomas' awards include First Place in the 2013 Thaviu Competition for String Performance; First Place Alhambra Concerto Competition, Ray Millete Young Artist's Award, Certificate of Merit in Music from the City of Miami; and Outstanding Musicianship Award from New World Symphony Concerto Competition. He is a principal cellist of Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and has also performed in orchestras under the batons of distinguished conductors such as James Levine, Tan Dun, David Afkham, Alan Gilbert, James Conlon, Nicholas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, Franz Welser-Most, Joel Sachs, Benjamin Zander, and, most recently, Victor Yampolsky, Donald Nally, and Timothy J. Robblee.

    Thomas has attended Summer festivals and institutes such as the Banff Centre Masterclass Program, Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Stowe Residency (Perlman Program), Kneisel Hall, Heifetz International Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Kronberg Masterclasses, and Royal Danish Academy Masterclass Program, and Meadowmount School of Music where he was a teaching assistant. In Miami, Thomas was a Chamber Music Coach for Greater Miami Youth Symphony and has taught private lessons both in Miami, Chicago and New York. Thomas has studied under Hans Jorgen Jensen (Northwestern), Timothy Eddy (Juilliard), Mark Churchill (New England Conservatory), Ross Harbaugh (University of Miami), and Wells Cunningham (Miami).

     

    Vladimir P. Perlin, cello
    Vladimir P. Perlin, cello
    B.M.A., M.M.A., D.M.A.
    State Conservatory of Belarus

    Vladimir Perlin began cello lessons at the age of 7 at the Music School in Minsk (Belarus). In 1960 he was accepted at the Academy of Music, in the class of the outstanding cellists and musician Alexander Stogorsky in which he completed his cello and chamber music studies. Since 1971, Vladimir Perlin dedicates his time to teaching and training young talent. He tours regularly with his students and gives master classes in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, England, Poland, the Vatican, Spain and the USA. His students playing in some of the leading orchestras and music schools in the world. About Vladimir Perlin and his class two feature-length documentaries are recorded and been broadcast in several countries. In recognition of his life's work in training him, the French government granted the title of "Officier de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques".

    Ex teachers: Gregor Piatigorsky, Alexander Stogorsky

    Students: Karizna Ivan, Georgi Anichenko, Kyril Zlotnikov, Ilia Laporev, Alexander Khramouchin

     
    Alexander Polyanichko, conductor
    Alexander Polyanichko, conductor
    B.M.A., M.M.A., D.M.A.
    St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia.

  • Honoured Artist of Russia
  • Prize-winner at the VI All-Union Conducting Competition (1988)

    Graduated from the faculty of opera and symphony conducting of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire and trained as an assistant to Professor Ilya Musin (1988). Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Byelorussian State Chamber Orchestra (1986-1989). Has taught at the opera and symphony conducting faculty of the Leningrad and Byelorussian Conservatoires (1986-1989).

    Has been a conductor with the Mariinsky Theatre since 1989 and has toured with the company to Europe, Israel, the USA, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. As a guest conductor he has appeared at many renowned opera houses including the Australian Opera, English National Opera, the Bolshoi Theatre, Welsh National Opera, the Danish Royal Opera, the Deutsche Oper, the Stuttgart Oper, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Norwegian Royal Opera, San Francisco Opera and the Opera National de Paris. Has worked with leading symphony orchestras throughout Russia, the CIS, Australia, Belgium, the UK, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, France and the USA.

    Jury member at the Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers' Competition (1995). Together with the Royal Baltic Festival and the Hermitage Academy of Music he regularly gives international master classes in conducting. Appears at many prestigious music festivals in Russia and abroad.

     

    Stanislav Golovin, clarinet
    Stanislav Golovin, clarinet
    B.M.A.,CIM M.M.A., D.M.A. UMKC

    Stanislav Golovin has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

    Mr. Golovin is a Gold Medal winner of the prestigious Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition. As a result, he made his solo debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Hans Graf, performing Copland's Clarinet Concerto. In addition, Mr. Golovin performed with The Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Most, Alan Gilbert, Manfred Honeck, David Robertson, Giancarlo Guerrero, Paavo Jarvi, Andrew Grams, Tito Munoz, James Gaffigan, Lionel Bringuier and many others. He also performed with the Kansas City Symphony, CityMusic Cleveland, Youngstown Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan, Britt Festival Orchestra and Blossom Festival Orchestra.

    Mr. Golovin has won numerous awards and competitions, including National Young Artists Competition of Uzbekistan, International Jewish Arts Festival Competition in Moscow, the Milhaud Performance Prize Competition, the Wagner College Young Artist Competition, the Fine Arts Award in Clarinet at Interlochen Arts Academy, the Tuesday Musical Club Competition and the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition.

    An active educator, Mr. Golovin has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and at Interlochen Arts Academy. His other teaching engagements included at the University of Iowa, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, at University of Missouri in Columbia, Truman State University, Wichita State University and others. While studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mr. Golovin served as the first-ever teaching assistant to legendary Franklin Cohen.

     
    Svetlana Smolina, piano
    Svetlana Smolina, piano
    B.M.A., M.M.A., D.M.A.

    SVETLANA SMOLINA performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Notable appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher,St.Petersburg, Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Florida Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, New York Chamber. A frequent guest at festivals worldwide, Ms. Smolina has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia Rising Stars, White Nights, Maggio Musicale, Mikkeli, Ruhr, Easter, Rotterdam Phillips Gergiev, International Gilmore, SettimaneMusicali di Stresa, Michelangeli, Hennessy Artists Series at Hanoi Opera House, The Voice of Music in Upper Galilee,in Royal Covent Garden Opera, Mariinsky 3 Concert Hall, Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, Mozarteum, Merkin Hall, Kravis Center, NJPAC, Gulbenkian Foundation, Grand Artists Series in Tel-Aviv, Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome. Recent recordings include Stravinsky's Igor Stravinsky Les noces (Valery Gergiev, conductor on Decca/Phillips and on Mariinsky Label which received ICMA award for Best Choral Work in 2011), a recording of solo Chopin Album for the Chopin iTunes Project, Benjamin Britten Young Apollo live recording from Walt Disney Hall for BCM+D records and many broadcasts for NPR, BBC, PBS, RAI, Cultura TV and other networks. In the summer of 2011 Svetlana joined iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles, making her debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall with iPalpiti Orchestra (Eduard Schmieder, conductor). Since 2011 Svetlana is directing piano program at Philadelphia International Music Festival. In 2014 Svetlana was appointed as Artist in Residence in Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music & Dance, in the Department of Instrumental Studies.

    In 2014 Svetlana won "Live on Stage" live showcases and was chosen as their only Classical Pianist Artist for 2015-16 season. This upcoming tour brings her to more than 20 states. Svetlana recently was featured and gave an interview for Keyboard Magazine Other collaborations include a series of concerts with Robert Davi and Dave Konig at Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater presented by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

    In 2014-15 Vadim Repin gave a series of concerts /presentation with Svetlana at the residences of Ambassador of Russia in Washington DC and in London UK for Maestro Repin's Trans -Siberian Art Festival. Their recent recital in March 2015 in Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada received an astonishing critical acclaim. In July 2015 they performed a recital as part of "2015 - Russian Year in Monaco" in the Salle Garnier, Monte-Carlo Opera. This "Summer Dream" Gala evening was organised in aid of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and was presentedby famous novelist Vladimir Fedorovski.

    In 2015-16 season Svetlana will be a featured soloist on a tour with Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra , open the season with OrquestaSinfonicaNacionalJuvenil in Lima, Peru, and will come back to playwith the South Florida Symphony.

     
    Marina Sultanova, piano
    Marina Sultanova, piano
    B.M.A., M.M.A., D.M.A.
    Moscow State Conservatory, Russia.

     
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