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2016 Bay State Contest Judges Biographies Seully Hall Alexandra Costin A certitude of her generation , a special musical sensitivity and intuition these are some remarks written in concert reviews to
2016 Bay State Contest Judges Biographies Seully Hall Alexandra Costin A certitude of her generation , a special musical sensitivity and intuition these are some remarks written in concert reviews to describe world renowned pianist Alexandra Costin. Winner of national and international competitions, Alexandra gave her first performance with an orchestra at age 14 and has subsequently given over 200 performances with orchestras including the Radio Romania Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, Münchner Bachsolisten, Gewandhausmusikern Leipzig, and the Belgrade Philharmonic and has collaborated with such conductors as John Rutter at Carnegie Hall, Justus Frantz, Alexander Rahbari, Horia Andreescu, and Gerd Schaller. Alexandra has made numerous recordings for TV and radio. The first recording brought such critical acclaim and success that the Radio Romania Symphony gave her a permanent invitation to record with them. As a recitalist she has performed in many leading festivals, including the George Enescu festival. DMA 10, Boston University, with Anthony di Bonaventura. Diane Lim Pianist Diane Lim holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School and a D.M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Rosina Lhevinne, Martin Canin, and Barry Snyder, respectively. She collaborated with Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson String Quartet, and their concerts have included the Schenectady Museum and Union College International Festival of Chamber Music Concert Series and the Smithsonian Institution Concert Series in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lim s New York debut took place during the 1999 season in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and featured the New York premiere of Bagatelles for Piano Quartet (1997) by the noted composer George Tsontakis. Among her numerous awards are the Julliard School s Josef Lhevinne Prize, National Arts Club Competition, Leopold Schepp Foundation Award and Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Competition Prize. Piano faculty: Phillips Academy, Andover. Houston Hall Karine Bagdasarian Pianist Karine Bagdasarian received her B.M. and M.M. honors degrees in piano performance from the Tchaikovsky Music School and Komitas Conservatory in Armenia. Her post graduate and artist diploma was awarded from St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia and until 1995, she was an associate professor at Yerevan State Conservatory. After moving to the Boston in a mid 90 s, she taught in a various schools throughout the area. Since 1998 she has been on the faculty of Brookline Music School, where she is teaching now full time. Her students won 1st and 2nd prizes at school competitions many times. Karine performed extensively while still a student. She participated in various festivals as a soloist and in chamber groups including numerous solo recitals. She has performed live on national television and appeared as a soloist with different chamber orchestras. Karine has premiered many compositions,including some that were written for and dedicated to her. In the Boston area Karine has performed i piano recitals at Longy School, Northeastern University and other venues such as the Emmanuel at Newbury Street and Brookline St. Paul churches. In 2006, Karine was inducted into Phi Beta Delta, an Honor Society for outstanding international scholars. In 2009, she was awarded the Special Prize at the Perrenoud Foundation Competition. Margaret Cheng Tuttle Margaret Cheng Tuttle, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, has been active as a soloist and chamber musician in Greater Boston and the Midwest, and has also given concerts in Taiwan and Reykjavik, Iceland. She has performed concertos by Mozart, Ravel, Beethoven, and Chopin with orchestras including the Omaha and New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestras. Her performances have aired on radio and television in Boston (WGBH), Israel, and the Midwest. In addition to appearing at Jordan Hall and most of the major colleges and universities in Greater Boston, she has given numerous concerts in Chicago, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Colorado. She has performed with Boston's Alea III and at summer festivals including Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine; the Aspen (Colorado) Music Festival; and Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. While earning her Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory, she was a winner in both the Piano Honors and the Commencement Competitions. She has studied with Seymour Lipkin of the Juilliard School, Ronald Copes of the Juilliard Quartet, Eugene Drucker of the Emerson Quartet, and cellist Yo Yo Ma. Margaret enjoys collaborating with composers, including Samuel Adler, Stephen Halloran, and Lior Navok. She and her students have premiered several works, and she has made a CD of piano music by Harry Chalmiers. She also holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from MIT. She is a former Emerson Instructor of Piano at MIT and former member of the piano faculty at the Rivers Music School in Weston, Massachusetts. Most recently, she earned her MD at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and is currently serving as Program Chief Resident in psychiatry at U Mass Medical School. She looks forward to resuming a more active performing schedule again after graduation from residency this coming June. T401L (Hemenway) Lois Shapiro Pianist Lois Shapiro conjures enchantment and produces and inspires musical magic, notes The Boston Globe. A New York Concert Artists Guild Award winner and highly sought after soloist and collaborative pianist, she has appeared throughout the U.S. and abroad in concerts ranging from 18th century period instrument performances to premieres. Shapiro has recorded on Afka, Bridge, Channel Classics, Centaur, MLAR, and Pierrot. Formerly an instructor of piano at Smith College, Brandeis University, New England Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music, Ms. Shapiro is currently on the faculty of Wellesley College. She gives numerous masterclasses and lectures on subjects such as the nature of musicianship, late Beethoven piano sonatas, and Robert Schumann s music in cultural context. As an expression of her abiding interest in bringing the musical experience to underserved populations, she was recently awarded an Alumni Ventures grant from Yale University to create and offer innovative interdisciplinary music programs in the Boston public schools. Always seeking to inspire music lovers of all ages, Ms. Shapiro has recently created an intergenerational orchestra called FIGCO and, in collaboration with the Longy School of Music Dalcroze Department, she co produced a series of engaging and highly popular family programs in which she performed as narrator and pianist. She received her musical training at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, and the New England Conservatory. Richard Dyer has said of her playing, She is a wonderful artist and a dangerous person to work with What makes her dangerous is her imagination and her insight; these lead her directly into what is most interesting about the music. And her technical resources are such that she is able to do exactly what her imagination and insight intend Shapiro has the great gift of making everything she does sound inevitable even when it is surprising. Rasa Vitkauskaite Rasa Vitkauskaite is the Winner of the Grand Prix at the Mendelssohn Cup Piano Competition in Italy, Rasa Vitkauskaite has won top prizes at numerous prestigious international piano competitions including First Prizes at Les Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes (Belgium), the competition in Taurisano (Italy) and the Rubinstein Piano Competition (Paris). Recently, she was awarded the Westmont Fellowship at the Montecito International Music Festival in Santa Barbara, California. In 2007, she won a Kathryn Wasserman Davis $10,000 grant that supported her tour in Israel. In 2014, Ongaku Records published Ms. Vitkauskaite s debut solo CD Reflections to great critical acclaim in Gramophone, Fanfare and MusicWeb International. She has performed as soloist with the Kaunas, Latvian, Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestras, I Solisti di Perugia, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. Her most recent concert engagements include performances in China, South Korea, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Hungary, and the United States. Ms. Vitkauskaite performs regularly with world renowned clarinetist Jonathan Cohler. The duo recorded three CDs Rhapsodie Française, Romanza and American Tribute. She is also the pianist of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to her active performing career, Ms. Vitkauskaite is a dedicated teacher and adjudicator. She has many students both at the Concord Conservatory of Music, where she is on the faculty, and in her private studio. Opera Studio 406 Elaine Greenfield Elaine Greenfield is a widely acclaimed pianist, recognized internationally for her performances, recordings, and teaching, with a distinguished career as soloist/lecture recitalist, and collaborative artist. Nationally, Ms. Greenfield has received rave reviews for performances at Carnegie, Merkin and Steinway Halls, the Phillips Collection, Boston s Gardner Museum, and concert venues coast to coast. After her NY recital debut, the NEW YORK TIMES hailed her crystalline clarity, tonal warmth, graceful airiness, and rhythmically strong playing, with a formidable technique. CLAVIER magazine recently lauded Ms. Greenfield s CD release Debussy Preludes, Bks.1 & 2, Centaur Records, calling her performances impeccable how this music was meant to sound. She is half of the Transcontinental Piano Duo, with ASU pianist Janice Meyer Thompson. The Duo has performed nationwide, having reached 16 states, which includes a performance at the MTNA National Conference in New York City. In addition to The Transcontinental Piano Duo, Ms. Greenfield was a founding performer of the VT Contemporary Music Ensemble and toured for fifteen years with Philadelphia flutist and NY Concert Artist Guild winner, Pamela Guidetti. Most recently, she participated at Carnegie Hall as a performer in the annual concert to benefit the Adamant Music School, international summer piano festival located in Adamant, VT, where she is a member of the artist faculty. Elaine is artistic director of St. Paul s Cathedral Arts, Burlington, and Greenfield Piano Associates, an educational organization dedicated to the art of piano playing. Known nationally as an educator, Elaine Greenfield is sought after as an adjudicator, workshop clinician, and instructor of piano teachers, offering master classes and a private course in piano teacher enrichment. She has worked with mature artist students in her studio in So. Burlington, VT and at the Adamant Music School since Please visit her website for more complete details. Gregory Tolwinski Pianist Gregory Tolwinski has appeared frequently in Boston and New York as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist, including on the Faculty Artist Series of Brookline School of Music; the New Music Collective series of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music; and the Guest Recital series of the City University of New York. He has performed as a soloist and accompanist across Lombardia, Italy, with the Casalmaggiore International Festival. Recent performances include solo and chamber works of Debussy, Fauré, and Poulenc at Brookline Music School; a program of French art songs with acclaimed soprano Teresa Wakim; and a solo appearance with the Stow Festival Orchestra for Shostakovich s Piano Concerto No. 2. A committed teacher of all levels, Mr. Tolwinski is on the piano faculty of Brookline Music School, where he has also served as Director of Education and Admissions since He previously taught piano and theory at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in New York. Mr. Tolwinski holds a masters degree in piano performance from the Boston Conservatory, where he studied under Max Levinson. He completed his undergraduate studies with majors in music and English at Oberlin College / Conservatory of Music, where was in the studio of Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein. He has also studied extensively with pianist Sergey Schepkin, and has performed in seminars and masterclasses of Wha Kyun Byun, Robert Helps, Hung Kuan Chen, Jonathan Bass, Joseph Silverstein, and Carmit Zori. T406 (Hemenway) Wanda Paik Wanda Paik is a former NEPTA president who has played with the Boston Pops and taught at Regis College as well as at her home studio in Lincoln MA. Lydia Reed Guertin Lydia Reed Guertin received her Bachelor s and Master s Degrees in Piano Performance from Boston University, where she studied with world renowned pianist and teacher, Anthony dibonaventura. Imparted with lifelong artistic and technical direction, Lydia blended her passion for performing and teaching by serving on the faculties of Pine Manor College and the Concord Community Music School in New Hampshire and exclusively since 2001, maintaining a private studio in Lexington MA teaching students of all ages and levels. Lydia has performed extensively in the area along with her sister, Elizabeth Reed, and as a duo piano team they have recorded for the Alfred Label. Lydia is Past President of the New England Piano Teacher s Association and Past Vice President of Membership in the Massachusetts Music teachers Association. In addition to being an active teacher, performer and adjudicator in the New England area, Lydia is a devoted wife, mother of two and an avid Red Sox fan. She firmly believes that in our lives, musical connections within a teaching community are the key to enrichment and growth. Piano Studio 306 Elizabeth Borowsky Pianist Elizabeth Borowsky enjoys a versatile musical career as pianist, composer, recording artist, educator, and speaker. She has been a featured performer in over thirty countries, including distinguished venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, China Concert Hall of Tianjin, Beethoven House (Bonn) and Bosendorfer Hall (Vienna) and, was an Artist in Residence of the Rhein Neckar Kulturstiftung (Germany). She has performed as soloist with orchestras world wide, including the Polish Camerata, St. Christopher Orchestra (Lithuania), Young German Symphony Orchestra, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. As a collaborative pianist she has performed with renowned musicians Kam Lung Cheng, Amit Peled, Teresa Kubiak, and Erick Friedman, as well as her mother (cellist Cecylia Barczyk), and her siblings, known internationally as The American Virtuosi. Her compositions have been performed the Tianjin Philharmonic (China), Šiauliai Chamber Orchestra (Lithuania), Cumanayagua City Band (Cuba) and King David String Ensemble of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel). CD and DVD recordings, including an all Chopin recording, are available under the Intermuse label. Ms. Borowsky has earned a reputation as an enthusiastic, dedicated, and effective instructor. She has taught at Indiana University Bloomington, Morgan State University, Towson University and the Maryland Conservatory of Music and, has presented masterclasses in Lithuania, Germany, Cuba, Japan, Poland, and Germany. She is founder and director of Piano Prodigies LLC, a unique approach to private piano instruction that focuses on holistic artistic and personal development of each student. She frequently presents workshops on topics including yoga for musicians, improvisation, performance artistry, and solo/chamber music. Since 2010, she has held the position of Executive Director of the Intermuse International Music Institute and Festival USA, a summer chamber music program for exceptional young musicians. She is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher (RYT200). A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Borowsky grew up in a musical family, and studied at Towson University, Trinity College of Music (London), and Indiana University. Her primary teachers have been Reynaldo Reyes, Arnaldo Cohen, Ann Schein, Yonty Solomon, and Arno Drucker. She received scholarships from the Chopin Foundation, Maryland International Education Association, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Ford Foundation, and Kosciuszko Foundation. Website: Anne Munstedt Anne Munstedt has taught piano full time for over 35 years. She received her Bachelor s degree in music education in piano and voice at James Madison University and a Master s degree in piano performance from the University of Kentucky while holding an assistantship in choral conducting. She also worked towards a DMA at the University of Missouri Kansas City. During that time, she was chosen to play for Claude Frank in a teachers master class at the University of Kansas. In addition, Anne performed for Seymour Lipkin in the NEPTA master classes. She continues to perform with her children, a violinist and cellist, as well as solo. After teaching private piano in Kentucky, Missouri, and Massachusetts, she received permanent certification through MTNA. In addition to teaching piano, she also taught vocal/instrumental music at Tenacre Country Day in Wellesley, MA for eight years. Most recently, she has been teaching young beginners after many years of researching and designing a curriculum for four year olds. Anne has judged the Non Competitive Evaluations for MMTA for 5 years, the New Hampshire State Contest, the Milton Piano Festival, the Rhode Island Festival, and the Bay State Contest for many years. Anne presented lectures on the Brahms Schumann Variations in Kentucky, and presented Paul Creston and Practice Motivators for the Kansas City Music Teachers Association and Missouri State Music Teachers Association, respectively. Anne served on the Needham Cultural Council for seven years and was on the founding committee for New Year s Needham. Room 303 Franco Leon Pianist Franco Leon received his B.M. Magna Cum Laude and M.M in Piano Performance from The Boston Conservatory. His principal teachers include Jonathan Bass, Max Levinson and Luisa Guembes Buchanan. Franco has been with the Brookline Music School since 2009, and is also currently a faculty member of the Quincy Point Music Academy and Chamber Players. He previously taught at the Bell Music Academy and Page Music Center between 2006 and Mr. Leon specializes in a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Classical to Jazz and teaches students of all ages and levels. A winner of the Bela Bartok Latin American Piano Competition at age 8, Franco Leon has performed throughout Europe, North, and South America. He has appeared at the King s School of Canterbury, Churton House in Wales, Voorburg in Holland and in many venues in his native Peru, where he has been broadcast in national radio. As a soloist with orchestra, he has given concerts at Markham College, interpreting works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Franco enjoys performing regularly for the local community around Boston. He is currently a faculty member of both the Brookline Music School and Quincy Point Music Academy, where he enjoys teaching since My passion for music and piano is something that I look forward to sharing with others every day, be it when teaching or performing. It is truly wonderful to be by my students sides and see them grow from the very first steps of musical understanding, to independent and fulfilled performers. Music is a very important complement of life, and I believe that everyone who feels like expressing him or herself through this wonderful and rich medium, should be able to do so. Heather Rogers Riley Heather Rogers Riley is a Boston area piano instructor, performance coach, adjudicator and performer. The enthusiasm and creativity she brings to her work is the result of two combined passions: piano and teaching. Heather was completely addicted to the piano from her first lesson as a child in California and unlike some students, had an insatiable
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