Nina Beilina is known and loved by audiences world wide. Ms. Beilina started her career in Soviet Russia, where she studied with Abraham Yampolsky, Julius Eidlin and David Oistrakh. She later emigrated to the United States, where she currently directs Bachanalia and is professor of at the Mannes College of Music in New York.
Nina gained first fame in her homeland after winning the Enescu, Long-Thibaud and Tchaikowsky Competition. Subsequently, she became the foremost woman violinist in the former Soviet Union, as well as in Scandinavian and South America.
Critical acclaim: gA violinist of formidable powersh New York Times. gA sound so powerful, so enormous, that it appears epic. The intonation is fulminating, mathematically infallible, bordering on the incredible.h Il Messaggero, Rome. gA gorgeous sonority at the service of a warm and brilliant technique; a muscular tone without ever becoming intrusive.h Le Soir, Brussels. gNin aBeilina offerd a performance which can seldom be matched. After a standing ovation, Beilina played an encore which transformed the theatre into a temple and provoked a new ovation.h Jornal do Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.
Her numerous recital appearances include performances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and in important cities throughout North America, Russia, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Israel, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and many others. Ms Nina Beilina has also performed with the Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra several occasions with Gregory Singer conducting.
Russian-born violinist Mark Peskanov won an Avery Fisher Career Grant and Carnegie Hallfs first Isaac Stern Award in 1985. He was presented with the first Frederick R. Mann Young Artist Award following his performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Music Center in 1987.
Mr. Peskanov has been a guest soloist on numerous occasions with the Chicago Symphony and the New York, Los Angeles and London Philharmonics as well as the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestra, among others. He has appeared regularly at the summer festivals in Aspen, Boulder, Grant Park, the Mann Music Center, Tanglewood and the Hollywood Bowl. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout North America as well as in Australia, Japan, the Middle East, Europe and South America. His most recent engagements include tours with the NHK orchestra in Japan and with Maestros Leonard Slatkin and Wolfgang Sawallisch performing the violin concertos of Hindemith and Mendelssohn.
Mr. Peskanov is the Music Advisor to the Woodstock Mozart Festival in Illinois where he performs and conducts. Mr. Peskanov is also a gifted composer. His recording of Stravinskyfs LfHistoire du Soldat on Koch Records was nominated for 2003 Grammy Awards. He is executive and artistic Director of Bargemusic. He has collaborated with the Manhattan Symphonie on several occasions with Mr. Gregory Singerfs conducting. Works include, but not limited to concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Sarasate, etc.
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 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 gMusic in Galileeh 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 gVoice of Musich radio station, Russian National Public Radio, WNYC and WUWF radio station in USA, Czech National Radio, CKWR radio station in Canada.
Recent orchestral engagements include Prague Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra of Czech Republic, Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra of New York, Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, La Primavera Chamber Orchestra of Russia, Sinfonietta of Pensacola, Orchestra of the Bronx in New York.
Olga Vinokur is presented in the film documentary gWomen of Musich, a classical music series on Bravo TV station, which feature interviews and performances with todayfs 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 Yorkfs Town Hall and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York.
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.
Christine Walevska has been center stage in the cello world ever since her first international concert appearances at the age of 18 inspired accolades normally reserved for star performers of mature years. The Los Angeles music critic Patterson Greene wrote, "She parallels on the cello the singular persuasiveness of Fritz Kreisler on the violin." In over thirty years of concertizing across the globe she has played with orchestras throughout the United States, Germany, France, in every corner of Spain, Poland, Mexico, Central and South America (where she has brought music to every large city or small, wherever there is an orchestra or piano to accompany her), in Holland with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Hague, in the Concertgebouw, the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, Vienna, Prague, Cuba, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dresdener Philharmonic, recitals in Japan, and lately, her first tour giving concerts in China and Hong Kong. She has recorded 17 cello concertos on the Philips label, among which her recording of the Schumann Concerto, "Schelomo" and "Kol Nidrei," produced when she was 21, was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as gthe greatest recording in the cello catalog. "Another, her recording of the Dvorak Concerto with the London Philharmonic, was celebrated in a recently published book by Prof. Fabio Uccelli, analyzing her performance in a phrase-by-phrase comparison with that of Rostropovich. The book is dedicated to her as gthe worldfs greatest interpreter of Dvorakfs Cello Concerto." Her recent in-depth interview by Tim Janof, "Conversation with Christine Walevska," can be read on the internet here