News about our alumni
Rose Lombardo, former student of Donald Zook and Summer Music Festival and Duxbury Music Festival alum was recently signed as principal flute with the San Diego Symphony.
Alex Nelson, bassoonist (DMF 2009, 2010) and Ruta Kuzmickas, pianist (DMF 2011) have both won Jack Kent Cooke awards (From the Top)....Both are going to appear on From the Top
Proclaimed by the media "... as one of the rarest occurrences in orchestral music", multi-talented rising star Anita Chen received accolades by critics and audiences for being equally talented as a soloist on two instruments. She is quickly becoming an internationally recognized double-treat on both the violin and piano. Launching her career as a professional soloist at age eleven, Anita performed in eight concerts on both violin and piano with the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble at the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2002.
In 2006, Anita made her recording debut on the Bel Air Music label with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitry Yablonsky, featuring E.Grieg's Piano Concerto, and J. Conus's Violin Concerto and Formosa Capriccio by Albert Markov. Critic Julian Haylock of 'The Strad' wrote about her violin performance: "...Her tone is both alluring and sensuous..." and about the piano "...Her inspirational account of the Grieg Concerto exudes confidence in all departments..." Robert Matthew-Walker of the Record-Review (March 2007) said about her Grieg performance "it is a most enjoyable, clean and fresh performance" and "her playing of Conus's Concerto is also excellent."
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Duo Clarinet – Gurfinkel The exciting Clarinet Duo, brother-twins Daniel and Alexander Gurfinkel already gained a solid artistic biography. Born in 1992, Twin brothers Alexander and Daniel started their clarinet and music education in the year 2000. In 2004, at the age of 12, they were invited by maestro Zubin Mehta to the solo position at the annual concert for young musicians with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performing Krommer's Double Concerto under the maestro's baton. In 2010 - 2011 Seasonas, Duo Gurfinkel are invited to play again with M° Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic as well as with the international orchestra of Zagreb Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Vienna Tonkünstelr Orchestra, Kiev (Ukraine) as well as a tour in France of 11 concerts with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loireunder thebaton of theEgyptian Conductor Nader Abbassi, Moscow Virtuosi & the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion.
Duo Gurfinkel's engagements include performances in Switzerland (Mendelssohn Concerto for Two Clarinets) at the "Moscow Meets The Friends" festival, with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra under Maestro Vladimir Spivakov and Los Angeles under the hospice of Zubin Mehta and in 2007 with Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists at the Tchaikovsky Hall, in Ekaterinburg and the Capella Istopolitana at the Rheingau Festival. In summer 2007 they won the first prize for Chamber Music at the Duxbury USA Festival.
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