Cello Andre Emelianoff is known worldwide as a cello soloist, chamber artist, and teacher whose innovative recital programs interweave new works, neglected older works and the classics of cello repertoire. He has toured as soloist and chamber artist throughout Japan, Russia, Austria and England as well as North America and has given recitals in central Asia and the Mediterranean as an American Ambassador for the Arts. Mr. Emelianoff has been principal cellist of the New York Chamber Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Musica Sacra and a member of the Cleveland Orchestra. As a member of the Da Capo Chamber Players,winner of the Naumburg Award and in residence at Bard College, he has participated in over 60 premiers and recorded Schönbergs Pierrot Lunatre. A winner of a 1985 NEA Solo Recitalists award, Mr. Emelianoff has recorded for RCA, CRI, Opus One, New World Records, Nonesuch, GM Recordings, Bridge Records and Prop Arte. He has been guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Houston's Da Camera, Mozarteum Salzburg and the Round Top Festival in Texas. He is on the cello and chamber music faculty
of the The Juilliard School of Music and its Pre- College Division.
Allyson Tomsky, violin
Allyson Tomsky, is an active freelance musician and chamber music artist in NYC. She has been playing the violin since the age of four, and studied with Arik Braude since the age of 9. Allyson has played in the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Strathmere Orchestra and the Scandia Orchestra. In the fall 2010, Allyson appeared as a soloist with the Mainz Kammerorchester in a series of concerts in Germany, for which she received some stunning reviews. She has served as concertmaster of the Mannes Philharmonic and the New York Youth Symphony, among others. In 2007, she appeared on national television as part of the PBS series "From the Top at Carnegie Hall," collaborating with pianist Christopher O'Riley. Allyson has also soloed with the Mannes Philharmonic and Ambler Symphony Orchestra as the winner of their concerto competitions. Since 2007, Allyson has performed frequently throughout the French Alps as a co-concertmaster of the "Jeunes Virtuoses de New York". In 2009, Ms. Tomsky performed as a soloist with the Fetes Musicales de Savoie Orchestra, playing "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" by Saint-Saens. She has participated in music festivals such as Music@Menlo, the Killington Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Interharmony International Music Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival. Her chamber music coaches haved included David Finckel, Wu Han, Laurence Dutton, David Ying, and Lewis Kaplan among others. She has been a first violinist of the Juilliard Orchestra and has performed in Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall under the direction of James DePreist, Nicholas McGegan, Alan Gilbert and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has attended the Juilliard School where she was a student of Lewis Kaplan. Allyson has been a member of JVNY since 2007.
"Allyson Tomsky, the 20 years old New Yorker played looking not at the music but rather into the depth of her soul. Her performance was very mature, filled with strong articulation and exquisite shifing; her dramatic and wistful expressiveness was irresistible."
Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung, December 1, 2010
Gerald Robbins , Piano
Pianist Gerald Robbins has distinguished himself internationally as a soloist having performed throughout the world in virtually every major music center including New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Bonn, Munich, Athens, Frankfurt, Belgrade, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Tokyo. He has appeared with many major orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and its affiliates, London Mozart Players, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, and the New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra under such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Edouard van Remoortel, Harry Blech, Okko Kamu, Jorge Mester, Lawrence Foster, Kenneth Klein, and Louis Frémaux.
A champion of neglected romantic repertoire, Gerald Robbins has received critical praise for his solo recordings for the London-Decca, Orion, and Genesis labels. His world premiere recordings of concerti by Litolff and Reinecke, performed in collaboration with the Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra and conducted by Edouard van Remoortel, were successfully re-released on compact disc for Genesis Records. The critical acclaim for these recordings include statements, such as “Gerald Robbins, who plays the poet of the piano so effectively in the Reinecke concertos, here takes on the demonic persona that Litolff requires, and burns up the keyboard with velocity and brachial power..when permitted to sing, he proves to have a keyboard voice of true eloquence” and “Gerald Robbins’s technical prowess is phenomenal” and “Robbins does this with a strength and delicacy that enhances both the orchestra and piano lines” and “Robbins turns in a first-class, bravura performance.”
His other commercial CD recordings include a highly praised solo performance of Dvorák’s “Poetic Tone Pictures,” and Goetz’s Complete Chamber Music for Piano and Strings, all for the Genesis label. Mr. Robbins recorded the Leonard Bernstein and John Corigliano Sonatas for Violin and Piano with violinist Glenn Dicterow for Cala Records, and the Mendelssohn complete works for ‘cello and piano with ‘cellist James Kreger for the Koch Discover International label. His newest CD release for 4-Tay records includes a collaboration with conductor Kenneth Klein and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra of the Schumann Piano Concerto, and a re-release on CD for Genesis of piano works by Sjögren and Kjerulf, as well as a newly released CD of the Strauss and Turina Piano Quartets performed by the Lyric Piano Quartet on the Black Box label.
In addition to his solo activities, Robbins has distinguished himself as a chamber musician in collaboration with many noted musicians such as Nathan Milstein, Pinchas Zukerman, Kyung-Wha Chung, Bronislav Gimpel, Zara Nelsova, Joseph Schuster, Ruggiero Ricci, and Glenn Dicterow. A co-founder with Glenn Dicterow of the Lyric Piano Quartet, Mr. Robbins records and tours with this ensemble. He has also appeared as a frequent guest artist with solo members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as part of its subscription concert series at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, as well as performing with them at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Hall in New York City. Mr. Robbins is also an accomplished conductor. He co-founded with Kenneth Klein the Westside Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles, presently called the Beverly Hills Symphony, and is a co-founder of the London Concertante, an ensemble that specializes in 18th and early 19th-century concerto repertoire.
Mr. Robbins has received many important prizes throughout his career, including a major prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and a diploma from the Tchaikovsky International Competition. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Southern California where he assisted in the string master classes of Jascha Heifetz, William Primrose, and Gregor Piatigorsky.
A native of California, Mr. Robbins lived in London for several years and is now residing in New York City, where he is an Artist-in-Residence with the Lyric Piano Quartet at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY. He has developed a highly successful chamber music concert series at Queens College which continues to serve the community. He is also affiliated with the Hoff-Barthelson School of Music in Westchester, and is a member of the chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Roberto Rega, Conductor
Italian choral conductor and pianist, Roberto REGA was recently appointed as conductor at the Ruse State Opera in Bulgaria in 2014. There he has conducted instrumental, vocal and opera productions, including Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurridice and Verdi’s Rigoletto and Aida among others. In addition he is the director of the Chœur Laudate de Lausanne, the Chœur des Pays du Mont-Blanc, and the vocal ensemble Si Fa Soul Singers in Turino.
Roberto REGA has directed the Arte Musica women’s choir and Gospel Spirit of Geneva, the Terni orchestra, the Turino Conservatory orchestra and choir, the orchestra and Chœur Symphonique du Mont Blanc, the Jardin Musical de Grenoble, and the « Jeunes Virtuoses de New York ».
Mr. Rega obtained his diploma in piano performance from the Conservatory of « L. D’Annunzio » in Italy. From 1991 to 1996, Rega studied under Victor Merzhanov, professor of piano at the Tchaikovksy Conservatory in Moscow, Russia. In addition he has pursued studies in composition.
From the age of 12, he won numerous competitions and performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Italy, Poland, Russia, France, Egypt, Switzerland and Holland.
In 1997 he was engaged as a pianist at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, and then at the Opéra National de Paris. He was awarded the audience prize by the Société des Arts de Genève in the «Jeudis du Piano» and he performed the «2&3 Part Bach Inventions» with the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève on tour in the opera houses of Geneva, Caire, Alexandrie and Montpellier.
From 2007, Mr. Rega dedicated himself fully to choral and orchestral conducting. He obtained a diploma and a Master’s degree in conducting under Mario Lamberto at the « Verdi » Conservatory in Turino, Italy, as well as a master cum laude in composition and choral conducting under Paolo Tonini Bossi and Dario Tabbia. His opera conducting studies were under Maestro Niels Muus.
Blanca Cecilia González
Violinist Blanca Cecilia González is a widely diverse musician. She is an active performer, creator and collaborator. Her love and dedication to music have taken her to different concert halls and venues in the world. Since an early age, Blanca has been motivated by the words of her father "a violin has the shape of a key, and this can be your key to the world."
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Blanca began traditional conservatory training at age four. Her classical training began with the Suzuki Method and at age six she was interviewed on a Colombian national television show, where she performed a short number from book 1. Blanca grew up in a home where music and art were loved. Her parents and teachers encouraged her performance of Latin-American music and she performed alongside her first teacher, Luis Maria Díaz.
At age 11 Blanca and her family moved to New York City. She graduated from LaGuardia High School and Mannes College The New School for Music preparatory division. While attending Mannes prep and LaGuardia, Blanca was instructed and mentored by violinist Arik Braude and continued with him until she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She also holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Lewis Kaplan.
Ms. González has won several competitions and as a result has performed as a soloist with orchestras in New York and Philadelphia, including the Ambler Symphony, Queens College Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra Society, JeunesVirtuoses de New York amongst others. She has attended Music@Menlo, the Killington Music Festival and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Blanca has participated in masterclasses with Charles Castleman, David Finckel, Wu Han and Donald Weilerstein amongst others.
Blanca's own sound and artistic identity have been influenced by the vivid New York community around her. She is happy finding new musical approaches and incorporating them into her own sound and language. Her current projects vary from traditional classical rep, to new jazz, contemporary, rock and folk music. She is the concertmaster of the Reona Ito Chamber Orchestra. Together with conductor Mr. Ito, Blanca led his orchestra in their debut at Carnegie Hall. She is co-concertmaster of the Jeunes Virtuoses de New York, where she has been a member since it was founded in 2007. In 2013, Blanca ventured to the French Alps with JVNY as a leader and soloist. While studying at Juilliard, she also served as concertmaster for the New Juilliard Ensemble. She has collaborated with beatboxer Chesney Snow, folk band The Rob Crowe Situation, contemporary ensemble with mixed instrumentation InnoVox sextet, original music sextet ElderChild Ensemble, progressive rock band Foldersnacks, and original music duo 1in2. Together with pianist and composer Jesse Elder, she created the project 1in2 where visual arts and sound mesh in live performance. With the release of their debut album Creature Venturesthe duo had a concert tour around the Great Lakes region in Michigan and the great city of Chicago. They held masterclasses and workshops for children from elementary schools up to college students. 1in2 performs in schools and community venues in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Long Island. Some of her new collaborations and projects include High Five, a five piece collective whose musical landscape explores original compositions as well as covers and arrangements from other beloved artists, and Flor de Toloache, a fun and empowering all-lady Mariachi band. Blanca's active freelancing and her distinctive collaborations have brought her musical ideas to stages from France to Colombia and the Midwest to the East Coast in The U.S. She has performed in many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Bargemusic and the Blue Note.
Delaney Harter, violin
DeLaney Harter was introduced to the violin at the age of three. She studied with Betty Haag Khunke for thirteen years, and was touring soloist with the Betty Haag Academy Magical Strings of Youth. She also studied with David Yonan in Chicago and Peter Zazofsky in Boston. Currently, DeLaney studies violin with world-renowned violinist Aaron Rosand and Christina Khimm. DeLaney is a graduate of Mannes College in New York, and of Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts. She was a member of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander. She toured China with the Manhattan Symphonie for their most recent tour of China. DeLaney continues to perform with The New York Chamber Players, The Gateway Classical Orchestra, and the Chelsea Symphony. She is proud to have performed at the White House, The Hannah Neil Children’s Awards, Chicago Tonight, WGN News, Korean Morning News, The Portugal Tonight Show, and WTTW Public Radio. DeLaney has been the recipient of many honors and awards including the Chinese Fine Arts Society Concerto Competition, the Grandquist Concerto Competition, Walgreen’s National Concerto Competition, Lima Symphony Young Artists Competition, Harper Concerto Competition, and the Philharmonic Society of Arlington. She has performed solos at the Chinese Embassy in Rome, various Chinese Fine Arts Society events, the Chicago Cultural Center, Music in the Mountains, The Music Academy at Schloss Ort in Austria, Master Classes Internationales at Chateau de Champs Sur Marne with Edward Wulfson, The Summit Music Festival Gala, The Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, the Young Steinway Series, the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program, for Joseph Suk and the Royal Lobkowicz family in Prague, and The Pinchas Zukerman Young Artist Program at the National Centre for the Arts. DeLaney was also honored to have been selected to perform with the Youth Music Initiative Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at Chicago Symphony Center. Most recently, she played for the TV pilot “Mozart in the Jungle” along the premier celebration. DeLaney is a current instrumentalist member for “Cover Girls Live” and the AEon chamber ensemble. She also has a special interest and passion for playing baroque violin, and has participated in Baroque Music Festivals at Oberlin College and The International Baroque Institute in Boston, as well as performing groups at Mannes. Delaney Harter has been a member of JVNY since 2014.
Justyna Jara, violin
Justyna Jara began her violin studies at age 7 in her hometown in Poland. Prizes include twice laureate of the Aleksandra Januszajtis National Violinists Contest in Gdansk (1999 – 3rd prize, 2001 – 2nd prize), the 4th award in G.P. Telemann Violinists Contest in Poznan (2004), 2nd (2002) and 1st (2005) prizes in H. Wieniawski – S. Serwaczynski Young Violinists Contest in Lublin, and 4th (2003) and 2nd (2006) prizes in the Karol Lipinski and Henryk Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists in Lublin. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many European countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine and Switzerland, as well as in Poland in such venues as the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Zielona Gora Philharmonic, Lower Silesia Philharmonic, Lublin Philharmonic, Royal Castle in Warsaw, The Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music, the Castle Balroom and little Romantic Castle in Lancut, Atma (Karol Szymanowski Museum in Zakopane), the Witkacy Theater and the Wladyslaw Hasior Gallery in Zakopane. She has attended festivals such as the Zenon Brzewski International Music Courses in Lancut, (Poland), Summer Academy in Salzburg (Austria), Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine (USA) and Fontainebleau Summer Music Program (France). Currently Justyna Jara studies at the Juilliard School as a student of Lewis Kaplan. She joined JVNY as a co-concertmaster in summer 2011.
Born in Poland, Kacper Nowak began playing the cello at the age of eight. A year later, he was the laureate of the Liezen Cello Competition in Austria and entered the Fryderyk Chopin School in Poznan, in the class of D. Taczanowska.
Having won several national and international competitions, he became amember of the National Foundation for Gifted Children. In 2005 he won first.
prize at the Concours de Woluwé St-Pierre in Brussels and the following year he entered the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the class of D. Poskin. In 2010 he joined the class of M. Kliegel in Cologne and won both the Van Cutsem prize and the Fely Wasselle prize. He subsequently pursued his studies with J. Grimm at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and in 2012 won the grand prize of the Prix Edmond Baert competition. In 2014 Kacper obtained his master’s degree summa cum laude and was awarded the Oranjebeurs scholarship from the Netherlands. He has participated in a number of master classes with musicians such as G. Caussé, B. Vodenitcharov, F. Springuel, G. Capuçon, the Danel Quartet and J. G. Queyras. Since September 2014 Kacper has been studying at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, under the direction of GaryHoffman where he received a scholarship by Haas-Teichen.
In August 2015 Kacper wins the first prize and the public prize at ISolisticompetition in Belgium, and in September he becomes a laureate of the 22nd Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria.
Kacper has been a member of JVNY since 2008 during which time he grew from a talented young cellist to a mature, experienced chamber musician who is an inspiration to the young students who attend the JVNY workshops. In the 2014 & 2015 workshops, Kacper performed over 8 major chamber music works in ten days, collaborating with the artistic directors and JVNY, and delighting the Courchevel summer audiences..
Kacper plays on a «Thomas Meuwissen» cello lent by the Queen ElisabethMusic Chapel.
Nathan Braude, Viola
The young Belgian-Israeli violist Nathan Braude is rapidly emerging as one of the most promising viola players of his generation. Nathan has performed in many of the world's most prestigious concert venues including the Wigmore Hall inLondon, Théâtre de la Ville inParis, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Palais des Beaux-Arts inBrussels. He has also appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the “Brussels Philharmonic”, “Orchestre National de Lille”, “Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège”, “Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen”, “Limburgs Symfonie Orkest”, “Solistes EuropéensLuxembourg”…
Nathan’s festival appearances include “Progretto Martha Argerich” in Lugano, “Ravinia Festival” inChicago, ‘’Festival de RadioFrance” inMontpellier’’ and the “Festival Juventus” where he was nominated “Lauréat Juventus” in 2008. Since 2010 Nathan regularly performs in duo recitals together with his wife Polina Leschenko.
Past highlights have included Bartók's viola concerto and Paganini’s Gran Sonata per la viola with the “Limburgs Symphonie Orkest”, Berlioz's Harold en Italie with the Brussels Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Michel Tabachnik at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, début recitals at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the Palais des Beaux Arts and numerous chamber music concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
His début recording for the Fuga Libera label with the complete works for viola, by the Belgian composer Joseph Jongen, has been released to great critical acclaim. Nathan’s recent recordings include the Dvorak piano quartet op.87 released on EMI Classics as part of the “Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012” series. His first recital CD together with Polina Leschenko will be released in September 2015 for the Avanti classic label.
Since 2012 Nathan holds the position of principal viola at the Brussels Philharmonic. Nathan is a regular guest principal with numerous orchestra’s such as “Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie,Bremen”, “Gurzenich Orchester”,Koln, “La Monnaie” opera Brussels etc…
Alongside his concert appearances Nathan teaches at the Royal Conservatory of Music inGhent,Belgium.
Nathan Braude plays a viola by Pietro Giovanni Mantegazza (Milano, 1772).
Polina Leschenko , Piano
Polina Leschenko was born in St Petersburg into a family of musicians and began playing the piano under her father’s guidance at the age of six. Two years later she performed with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra in St.Petersburg. At the age of 12 Polina made her UK debut at the Barbican Hall in London playing Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto.
Since then Leschenko has worked with prominent orchestras such as the Salzburg Camerata, Hallé Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Bern Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Orquesta de Euskadi and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Polina has given critically acclaimed solo recitals and chamber music concerts at such renowned venues as the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Cité de la musique in Paris and the Opera House in Sydney.
An accomplished and admired chamber musician, Polina Leschenko also performs frequently at many festivals, including the Salzburg Festival, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Verbier, Risor, Stavanger, la Roque d'Anthéron Aldeburgh, Oxford, Cheltenham, Stift, Istanbul, and Musiktage Mondsee. Regular collaborations with artists include Martha Argerich, Ivry Gitlis ,Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Ilya Gringolts, Julian Rachlin, Heinrich Schiff, Mischa Maisky, Torleif Thedéen and the Auryn Quartet.
In 2003 Polina Leschenko recorded a début CD for EMI Classics in the series ‘Martha Argerich presents...’ with works by Liszt, Chopin, Kreisler/Rachmaninov, Brahms and Bach/Feinberg. She has also recorded a well--‐received disc of Prokofiev chamber music with Martha Argerich, Christian Poltéra and Roby Lakatos, for Avanticlassic, with whom she has a recording contract. Her recital disc – featuring an all--‐Liszt program including the B minor Sonata – was released in May 2007 to great critical acclaim, receiving a “Choc” du Monde de la Musique. Polina’s most recent CD’s include a recital CD entitled “Forgotten Melodies” (Avanticalssic), Mendelssohn double concerto with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Richard Tognetti (BIS ) and a recording of the Dvorak piano quartet op.87 on EMI Classics as part of the “Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012” series.
Pianist Evan Solomon has appeared in chamber music and vocal recitals in France, Germany, China, Korea, Japan, and throughout the United States. His exceptionally wide repertoire has led to frequent engagements as official pianist at events such as the Hannover International Violin Competition, the International Viola Congress, the West Point Clarinet Summit and the Starling-DeLay Violin Symposium. Mr. Solomon's performances as faculty artist of the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea have been heard on the Korean Broadcasting System and NPR's "Performance Today." Additional television credits include appearances on A&E Network's "Breakfast with the Arts" with violinist Sarah Chang and, cellist Han-Na Chang, and "Live from Lincoln Center: Perlman at the Penthouse" on PBS.