Kenneth Kiesler

Conducting Masterclass

Kenneth Kiesler is a Grammy nominee and recipient of The American Prize in Conducting.  He has conducted many operas, premieres, recordings, and over 85 orchestras on 5 continents.  He is Conductor Laureate of the Illinois Symphony where he led Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall debuts during 20 seasons as Music Director.  As one of the world’s most sought-after mentors of conductors, he has taught masterclasses in Berlin, Paris, Ottawa, Moscow, New York, São Paulo, Mexico City, and Los Angeles, and is the director of the renowned graduate program in conducting and the orchestras at the University of Michigan. His students have won many major international competitions and regularly conduct major orchestras worldwide.

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Douglas Bish

Competition Chairman and Conductor

Dr. Bish has conducted professional, community, and academic orchestras around the world. Considered an expert on adjudication and music competitions, he is the former President of the National Association of Music Festivals.

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John Cuk

Choral Conductor

John Cuk has conducted choral and orchestral ensembles in Italy, Argentina, Ireland, Russia, Finland, Estonia, England, Moldova, Poland and the United States. His groups have performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall.

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Dario Chiazzolino

Jazz Guitar Program

Internationally acclaimed artist Dario Chiazzolino is deemed as one of the most considerable today’s jazz guitarists. Well- known as phenomenal player with a significant musical personality.

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Branka Ristic

Voice Faculty

Professor Branka Ristic completed her studies at the Academy of Music in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. and at Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome. Since 2004 Professor Ristic taught at the School of Music in Split and at the Musical Academy “Ino Mirkovic” in Lovran. She is currently working as a lecturer and a visiting professor at the Accademia Internazionale di Musica in Taranto, Italy. She is the author of a study “Italian School of Bel Canto Singing (2002).”

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Alina Kozachenko

Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music

Professor Alina Kozachenko is a sought after performer and a teacher. The array of her professional activities combines solo performances, accompanying, teaching and working as an orchestra musician.

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Olga Yanovich

Strings Faculty

Dr. Yanovich has coached violin/viola and chamber ensemble master classes in Russia, Finland, Italy, France, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, and at music festivals in the USA.

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Nargiza Yusupva

Strings Faculty

Nargiza Yusupva is a recipient of Yehudi Menuhin’s society “Live Music New”. As a soloist and chamber musician she performed concerts throughout Germany with musicians such as Rebekka Hartmann, Sabrina Hausmann, Boris Schoenleber, Jan Schulte-Bunnert, Oliver Klenk, Viola Mokrosch and Luis Borda.

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Svetlana Gorokhovich

Piano Faculty

SVETLANA GOROKHOVICH is internationally recognized pianist and a prolific recording musician. Her performances include major concert halls in USA, Germany, Holland, Japan, Caribbean, Iceland and Italy. Svetlana’s wide range of musical abilities makes her highly attractive as a soloist and chamber music partner. As highly demanded chamber musician Svetlana participated in international music festivals in Holland, Germany, Italy and New York during 2005-2014.

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Paulina Derbez

Strings Faculty

Paulina Derbez began studying violin at the Yuriko Kuronuma Academy in Mexico City. At an early age she was selected to participate in a tour in Japan playing as a soloist with the Fujiwara Symphony orchestra. She continued her studies at the music school Ollin Yoliztliwhere she was the concert master of the youth orchestra Vida y Movimiento and assistant concert master of the Orquesta de las Juventudes Musicales, world organization, in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Tammy Hensrud

Voice Faculty

A most versatile artist, she has performed in Musical Theater, Cabaret and in Kurt Weill one-woman shows both in NY and abroad. Ms. Hensrud serves on the Faculties of Hofstra University and St. Olaf College as Professor of Voice.

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Irena Portenko

Festival Artistic and Executive Director

A Masterclass with Dr. Irena Portenko in Austria is a singular experience to enhance musicianship and broaden skills for dedicated piano students.

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Lidiia Vodyk

“Rising Stars” Program Coordinator and Assistant to the Director