Artur Kaganovskiy, Violin
"Artur Kaganovskiy has been captivating audiences around the world with his unique and distinctively rich sound, superb musicianship and outstanding interpretations, having been compared on numerous occasions to violinists of the Golden Era. Artur Kaganovskiy is one of the great violinists of our generation. His playing is characterized by technical virtuosity, a warm tone and musical intelligence.”
Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1986, Artur started to play the violin at age three and, with guidance from the famed Isaac Stern, he quickly established himself as a leading personality in the violin world. Winner of the Waldo de Mayo International Violin Competition and recipient of the prestigious Fritz Kreisler, H. Gilbert and Joseph Fuchs achievement awards, Mr. Kaganovskiy is a graduate of The Juilliard School (B.M.; M.M), where he studied with Masao Kawasaki. Additionally, Mr. Kaganovskiy took masterclasses, studied and performed with Pinchas Zukerman in Ottawa, Canada, Grigory Kalinovsky, Zachar Bron, Joseph Silverstein and Michael Tree. In January, 2015, Mr. Kaganovskiy was chosen as a recipient of the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Career Grant.
Mr. Kaganovskiy made his Carnegie Hall debut, performing Elgar’s Violin Concerto at the Stern Auditorium in 2007 with the retired members of the New York Philharmonic, under the baton of David Gilbert. Highlights of the 2015-16 concert season include performances in Mexico, USA, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Italy, and Sweden. In addition Mr. Kaganovskiy will be performing and recording the Brahms and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos with the National Symphony of Ukraine and The Kiev Philharmonic, in late February, 2016, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at Sava Centar in Belgrade. In December, 2016, he will make his debut with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in Bilbao, Spain.
Besides his extensive solo career, Mr. Kaganovskiy is also an avid chamber musician as the violinist of the Kaganovskiy Duo. Mr. Kaganovskiy will also be touring with Liana Isakhadze and the World Chamber Virtuosi in Batumi, Georgia, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
Some of his recording accolades include a Debut Album featuring David Chesky's 3rd Violin Concerto with The Chelsea Symphony which was nominated in the first round of the Grammy Awards, and a Duo Album of the Kaganovskiy Duo with Eszter Szilveszter Kaganovskiy, viola. In December 2014, Mr. Kaganovskiy was signed to Cantaur Records for whom he will be producing six albums over the next three years.
Eszter Szilveszter Kaganovskiy, Viola
New York City based concert violist, Eszter KAGANOVSKIY is member of the Kaganovskiy Duo, Westerlund Trio, World Chamber Virtuosi and Memling Ensemble performing regularly with members of the Metropolitan Opera and musicians of Lincoln Center. Eszter has performed at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, Lincoln Center, Zankel Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She is a former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony, and has performed under such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Mark Elder, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Cliff Colnot, Emil Simon, and Philip Greenberg.
Eszter holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, a Masters Degree from Western Illinois University, Illinois and Performance Certificate from DePaul University, Chicago. A recipient of many awards and scholarships, she had the President’s Award at Western Illinois University and the Viola Award at DePaul University. Her major teachers include Rami Solomonow, Daniel Panner, Lawrence Dutton, Sorin Gherbanovschi, and Derzsi Albert. She has been featured in masterclasses with Lawrence Dutton, Csaba Erdelyi, Christian Euler, Cyrus Forough, Yehuda Hanani, and many others. She has performed regularly at the Bowdoin International Festival, Bayreuth Young Artists Festival, and the International Bachakademie in Stuttgart.
As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with many of the world’s top artists, comprising of Hans-Jacob Eschenburg, Alexander Fiterstein, Ilya Kaler, Robert Levin, Mark Peskanov, Rami Solomonow and Anthony Newman. She often plays solo as well as she has been also principal viola on numerous occasions for World Chamber Virtuosi, Camerata Serbica, the Bayreuth Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Josef Schwab and the New York Concert Artists orchestra as well as many others.
Mrs. Kaganovskiy’s recent performances include the Telemann Viola Concerto with the Higieno Ruvalcaba Chamber Orchestra in Guadalajara, Mexico; a Kaganovskiy Duo tour of Tuscany, Italy; Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the Moldovan Chamber Orchestra in Moldova; chamber concerts at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington D.C. with the Guarneri Chamber Players and the Bruch Double Concerto with her husband, Artur Kaganovskiy and the Szekely Philharmonic in Romania. Her popular music appearances include performing with Imagine Dragons on Saturday Night Live.
A Duo violin-viola album with Artur Kaganovskiy, as part of the “Hill and Hollow Music” series was released in January 2015. She has been also member of the Chelsea Symphony Orchestra “Joy and Sorrow” Album, conducted by Yaniv Segal which was nominated for the 2015 Grammy as best classical ensemble.
Among her upcoming performances can be mentioned that as as member of the Westerlund Trio Eszter has been chosen to perform at the Myra Hess Series in Chicago on their 2015/2016 season, which performance will be also aired on WFMT, Chicago’s classical music station.
Mrs. Kaganovskiy’s upcoming performances will be at the Verbier Festival as principal of the World Chamber Virtuosi Orchestra; Sinfonia Concertante with Artur Kaganovskiy, violin and the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra in Cluj- Napoca, Romania and other chamber and solo apperances with former members of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic and Anthony Newman.
Sven Stucke, Violin
An active concertizing violinist, Sven Stucke has appeared with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Europe, United States and Asia. Winner of the Louise-Henriette International Violin Competition and the Queen Sophie Charlotte International Violin Competition, Mr. Stucke has been a scholarship recipient of the Maggini Foundation, International Association of Wagner Societies(Richard Wagner Association Magdeburg), Associazione Intonarumori and Doms Stiftung.
Mr. Stucke has made CD and radio recordings for RBB, WDR, MDR and SWR. As a young artist of Villa Musica and Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Music Now, he has collaborated in chamber music with worldwide renowned artists including Pinchas Zukerman, Vadim Gluzman, Rainer Honeck and Augustin Dumay. Highlights of his recent seasons include debuts at Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center as well as Gezeiten Festival and Guangzhou Arts Festival.
He appeared with “Sound of Unity” Exhibit-In-Concert in New York, Brussels, Magdeburg, Chengdu and Guangzhou, China, and was invited as a special guest to perform at the 10th Chinese Golden Bell Award For Music. In summer 2014, he returned to Brussels for his 3rd solo recital appearance at the European Parliament. Among his teachers are Pinchas Zukerman, Victor Tretjakov, Pavel Vernikov and Jost Witter.
Currently, Mr. Stucke plays on a violin on loan by the Maggini Foundation in Switzerland and a bow made by Heinz Dölling.
Soyeon Park, Piano
Pianist, Soyeon Park has taken her music to the stages of many concert venues throughout the United States, Canada, Romania, Italy, Czech Republic, China and Korea. A highly sought-after versatile artist in New York City’s demanding classical music scene, Soyeon has frequently appeared at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall. Her energetic and insightful interpretations of classical works have charmed and inspired many audiences, young and old. Sponsored by the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation, Inc., Soyeon appeared on stage this past season at the Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy. Other professional engagements of the past season include a recital and master class with Leon Fleisher in Prague, a recital and giving a master class in Bejing, China and an artist residency at the Banff Centre, Canada giving numerous concerts and world premieres of works by contemporary composers. In the same season she won top prizes at the Simon Belsky Piano Competition and the Mieczyslaw Munz Competition.
A passionate advocate and educator of music, Soyeon served as an associate faculty member at The Center for Musical Excellence, and taught master classes at International Piano Academy in Beijing, Amati Music Festival 2014 at Princeton University and the New York Piano Festival. She has served as an adjudicator for various auditions and competitions including Children’s Foundation for the Arts and the annual concerto competitions in the preparatory division of Manhattan School of Music.
Soyeon received her Bachelor and Master Degrees from Manhattan School of Music and is a Teaching Fellow in the Doctoral program. She is a recipient of the Svend Svendsen and Margarethe Svendsen Scholarship and the President’s Award. Mr. Zenon Fishbein, a renowned pianist and pedagogue, guided Soyeon for fifteen years and continues to influence her after his passing.
Soyeon is a Si-Yo Artist.
Julia MinJeong Kang, Cello
Cellist Julia MinJeong Kang is an active performer known for her mastery of lyricism and versatility. Julia has played concertos with various professional orchestras such as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and Seoul Pops Orchestra. She is a recipient of many notable awards such as the Governor’s Award in Arts Education, the Samuel Mayes Memorial Cello Award, Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship Award, and the Staller Scholar Award. She has attended the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Castleton Music Festival. She is a frequent sub with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and plays with groups such as the Mozart Orchestra of New York, New York Chamber Soloists, New York Classical Players, and Distinguished Concerts International New York. She has also played in multiple soundtracks of various films such as Noah, Hail Caesar, Extremely loud & Incredibly Close, and many other independent films.
She is a founder of AKDuo, a bass/cello duo that plays original compositions and arrangements. She plays with her Bassist/Composer husband Tomoya Aomori, and together they have appeared live in Vermont Public Radio (VPR) and have performed in many countries across the world. AKDuo is in the artist roster for the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation, as well as Musica Themis artist management in Japan. AKDuo aims to create music and concert experience to better communicate with the new generation audiences. Julia and Tomoya also co-foundedSounding Nice, LLC., a music production company providing music for all types of media.
Julia received her Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and her DMA degree from SUNY Stony Brook University.
Carl Patrick Bolleia, Piano
Regarded as a "strong pianist" by New Music Connoisseur and his playing “an extremely high quality” from The And of One Blog, Carl Patrick Bolleia has collaborated with musicians of the The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. Performances as soloist, conductor and collaborative pianist have occurred at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, le poisson rouge, Merkin Hall at The Kaufmann Center, Vienna ConcertoFest in Austria, Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg, Brevard Music Center, Northwestern University New Music Conference, The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music Piano Conference at West Virginia University, South Oxford Space Brooklyn, and numerous engagements on the New Music Series at William Paterson University.
He has recorded for Composers Concordance Records distributed by Naxos, and has recorded and authored liner notes on the MSR Classics release, “CME Presents: Piano Celebration”, which was hailed by Gramophone for "show[ing] a heightened affinity for the music… Carl Patrick Bolleia [is] savouring the novel, harmonic flights in Frederic Rzewski's Down by the Riverside.” As soloist in the World Premiere of Jinsil Lee’s, in Austria’s Marble Hall, The Beginning: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, NÖN (Niederösterreichische Nachrichten) heralded the performance, writing that “The highlight was the world premiere of “The Beginning for piano and orchestra in three movements by the young composer Jinsil Lee (Korea). The chamber orchestra played with the excellent Carl Bolleia”, where “Musician and composer received frenetic applause…this concert joins another cultural pearl in the long chain of events in the Marble Hall of 1740…”
Committed to education, he is adjunct professor of piano and collaborative piano at William Paterson University, where he served as Director of Music Admissions, and part time lecturer in piano at Rutgers University. He has lectured at Caldwell University and has recorded and performed at Connecticut College and St. Peter’s University. He is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Piano Performance at Rutgers University, he performs with HELIX! Contemporary Ensemble and harpsichord with the Rutgers Baroque Players. His doctoral thesis focuses on the role of soloist as conductor in keyboard concerti. Principal piano studies have been with Min Kwon, Ursula Oppens and Gary Kirkpatrick. Masterclasses with Alan Feinberg, Nicolas Hodges and Fred Hersch. Additional pursuits include transcription and arrangement for the 125th Anniversary Promotional Campaign of Dr. Pepper, the study of sacred music at The Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, and organ at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. He has served as a liturgical musician from monasteries in rural Illinois to cathedrals and churches in Italy, Barbados, and as Director of Sacred Music in the Archdiocese of Newark and Diocese of Paterson for the past 16 years, beginning his career as liturgical musician at the age of 13.