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Lisa Lee : violin
"Brilliant young violinist" [The Boston Phoenix] Lisa Lee made her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 16, and since then, has also appeared with the Pacific Symphony, the Macau Youth Symphony, the Shanghai Symphony, the California Youth Symphony, and the Fremont Symphony orchestras. She has been sought after as soloist and chamber musician throughout China, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, and the United States, and been invited to such distinguished festivals as Ravinia, Evian, International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Caramoor Rising Stars, and Marlboro.
Lisa has received numerous honors and awards including 1st prize in the International Sheffield Violin Competition and Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Concerto Competition, 2nd prize in the International Tadeusz Wronski Solo Violin Competition in Poland, and 3rd prize in the Irving M. Klein International String Competition.
As a member of Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Nordica, Lisa has toured throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Croatia, and England, and continues working this season with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She has recorded, as a former member of the Lark Quartet, in Jennifer Higdon's album Summer Shimmers for Koch International.
Born in San Francisco, Lisa began violin lessons at age five. She studied with Zaven Melikian in the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory, and Arnold Steinhardt at the Curtis Institute of Music, her alma mater. Her other mentors have included David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music under the auspices of the Fulbright Commission, Donald Weilerstein, and Denes Zsigmondy. She plays on a Hungarian violin from 1878 by Samuel Nemessanyi.
Amy Sue Barston : cello
Praised as "passionate and elegant" by The New York Times, cellist Amy Sue Barston has performed as soloist on stages throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, Caramoor, Bargemusic, Haan Hall (Jerusalem), The Power House (Australia), and Prussia Cove (England). She has performed Osvaldo Golijov's Omaramor in twenty international cities, receiving twenty consecutive standing ovations. Of the world premiere of Ned Rorem's Aftermath at Ravinia, The Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "the deep, rich tones of Barston's cello haunted the vocal line like a sorrowing vision." At seventeen she appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony on live television, won Grand Prize in the Society of American Musicians' Competition, and has since performed as soloist with dozens of orchestras. In 2007 alone she gave thirty solo recitals and masterclasses, spanning from New York to New Zealand. She studied with Eleonore Schoenfeld at USC where she won the “Most Outstanding Graduate Award,” and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, where she earned her Masters degree and is frequently Guest Faculty. Amy is a devoted teacher; students commute hundreds of miles for lessons and occasionally come from as far as Alaska and Japan. An active chamber musician, Barston is the cellist of two acclaimed ensembles —a string quartet (The Corigliano Quartet), a piano trio (Trio Vela) — and is co-director of The Canandaigua Lake Music Festival.
For more about Amy Sue Barston, please visit www.amybarston.com.
Olga Vinokur : piano
Olga Vinokur is a dynamic pianist who is gaining recognition for her impassioned performances and elegant musicianship. Her career has taken her across the North America, Israel, Russia, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, China, Czech Republic and Canada where she has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestra. Ms. Vinokur was the featured artist in the Young Artist Festival in Russia, Woodstock Mozart Festival in USA, Israeli "Music in Galilee" Radio Music Festival, Rolfs Piano Festival in Florida, USA, International Piano Festivals in Paris and Canary Islands of Spain. Ms. Vinokur participated in Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses in Israel where she was awarded a prize in honor of Ada Caspi. Her performances have been broadcast on the Israeli "Voice of Music" radio station, Russian National Public Radio, WNYC and WUWF radio station in USA, Czech National Radio, CKWR radio station in Canada.
Olga Vinokur is presented in the film documentary "Women of Music", a classical music series on Bravo TV station, which feature interviews and performances with today's top classical performers from around the world. Ms. Vinokur has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, New York's Town Hall and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York where she played solo recitals and chamber concerts, which included the world premiers.
Recently Ms Vinokur has toured in China as a soloist with Manhattan Symphonee Orchestra where she performed in major concert halls of 11 different cities. Other recent orchestral engagements include Prague Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra of Czech Republic, Manhattan Symphony, Salome Chamber Orchestra, Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, Four Seasons Orchestra of New York, La Primavera Chamber Orchestra of Russia, Sinfonietta of Pensacola, Orchestra of the Bronx in New York.
She is a member of critically acclaimed Trio Vela, which has been hailed by New York Times as "polished ensemble."
Her recent solo CD was described by American Record Guide as "…comparisons with many of top pianists of the past 75 years. She stands up very well and also manages to say something new along the way…"
A native of Russia, Olga Vinokur began her piano studies at the age of six, and at twelve was awarded First Prize in the National Young Artist Piano Competition in Russia. Since then she has been a recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including First-Prize in the Prokofiev Piano Competition in Russia and major prizes in the Torrefranka International Piano Competition in Italy, the Koussevitzky Piano Competition and Artist International in New York, and the Rubin Academy Competition in Israel among others. She has been an annual scholarship recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Olga Vinokur began her studies in Russia. Moving to Israel, she received her Bachelor's Degree and Artist's Diploma with honors from the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv University, after studies with Victor Derevianko and Natasha Tadson. She pursued her Master and Doctor of Musical Art Degrees at the Manhattan School of Music in New York under the tutelage of Solomon Mikowsky.
For more about Olga Vinokur, please visit www.olgavinokur.com.