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INSTRUMENTALISTS

  DANIEL BINELLI, Bandoneon

  • International orchestras, ensembles, Tango companies and soloists have commissioned and/or performed his works, including Zurich Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, Montevideo Philharmonic, Colombia Symphony, and Buglisi/Foreman Dance Company as well as Osvaldo Pugliese Orquesta Tipica (Argentina) and Tango 7 (Switzerland)
  • Internationally renowned master of the bandoneon
  • Composer of Homenaje al Tango - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH1Kc-YayHY
  • Acclaimed as the foremost exponent and torchbearer of the music of Astor Piazzolla
  • Featured on the 2010 Grammy-nominated Naxos CD 8.572271 – Astor Piazzolla – Sinfonia Buenos  Aires - soloist in Piazzolla’s Bandoneón Concerto, with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra
  • Works frequently with pianist Polly Ferman in Binelli-Ferman Duo - http://www.binelli-ferman.com
  • Recordings on Universal, Sondor, Decca, Black Sun, Dorian and many others - http://www.danielbinelli.com/ndb/discography/
  • Website: http://www.danielbinelli.com

  MIRIAN CONTI, Pianist

"...a rising star who proves she is destined for greatness."
- Wired Magazine

"Mirian Conti is a pianist of refined musicality. A genuine sensitivity individually applied to each composer"
- La Naci-n - Buenos Aires, Argentina


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  POLLY FERMAN, Pianist
"Musical ambassador of the Americas"
- Japan Times

"Considerable power and exquisite sensibilities, while exhibiting an astonishingly wide range of tonal hues."
- Phillipine Star

"Polly Ferman, Uruguayan interpreter of wide international acclaim, revealed a remarkable musical skill and a superb mastery of technique."
- La Nacion, Buenos Aires

"She left us with no doubts as to her feelings."
- The New York Times

  • Read Polly Ferman's New Imagenes Newsletter Here.
  • See New Video of Polly Ferman and the Leading Ladies of Tango Here and Here
  • See New Video of Tango de los Cuadros. Music by Daniel Binelli, performed by Polly Ferman & Leading Ladies of Tango Orchestra
  • See New Video of Silvana de Luigi and the Leading Ladies of Tango Orchestra performing Nostalgias
  • New Videos Of Polly Ferman In Performance With Havana's Camerata Romeu Here, Here and Here. Visit Camerata Romeu Here.
  • Leading interpreter of music of the Americas, with illuminating performances of works by Gottschalk, Nazareth, Gershwin, Villa-Lobos, Ginastera and Piazzolla.
  • Appearances with Orchestras of San Francisco, Vancouver, Indianapolis, Tokyo Philharmonic, Kharkov Philharmonic, (Ukraine), Philippines Philharmonic, Sao Paulo State Symphony, the National Symphony of Argentina and Cuba's Camerata Romeu.
  • Recital appearances in New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, Milwaukee, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco, London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Munich, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Jerusalem, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Manila, Mexico City, Havana, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo and Buenos Aires.
  • Featured in PBS Television documentary:Tango, the Spirit of Argentina.
  • Works Frequently with Bandoneonist Daniel Binelli in Binelli-Ferman Duo.
  • Director of Pan American Musical Art Research (PAMAR).
  • Recordings for Musical Heritage Society, Music Masters, PAMAR, Romeo, Talent, EPSA and SONDOR.
  • Website: http://www.pollyferman..net

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  ANASTASIA KHITRUK, Violinist
"Anastasia Khitruk is masterful"
- RealTime, Adelaide, Australia

"She captured the audience with her dramatic and passionate Brahms Concerto"
- Il Secolo XIX, Genoa, Italy

"Sparkles with brilliant violin playing"
- Vremya, Moscow, Russia

  • Read the New Anastasia's Violin Newsletter Here.
  • See a Video of Anastasia Khitruk Performing Michael Colina's Der Golum for Solo Violin Here
  • Hear Anastasia Khitruk's Naxos Podcast Here and Read A Minnesota Public Radio Review Of Her Naxos CDHere

  • Read a St. Peterburg Times Story About Anastasia's Work with the Music of Ivan Khandoshkin Here.
  • Orchestral Performances with Adelaide Symphony (Australia), Sofia Symfonietta and the Burgas Philharmonic (Bulgaria), BDMG Orchestra, Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Avignon Symphony (France), Orchestra della Fondazioni Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa (Italy), Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra Academy Soloists (Kazakhstan), Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (Lithuania), St. Petersburg Philharmonia and Moscow Chamber Orchestra (Russia), La Grange Symphony Orchestra, Georgia, Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Alabama and Fordham University Orchestra, New York
  • Recitals at Sala Bulgaria and National Center for Culture (NDK) (Sofia, Bulgaria), Op'ra d'Avignon et des Payes de Vaucluse, (Avignon, France), Theatre du Cavaillon (France), Teatro Carlo Fenice (Genoa, Italy), Hermitage (St. Petersburg, Russia) and Salons de Musique (Geneva, Switzerland), Aspen Music Tent (Colorado), Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall (New York City), and Bargemusic (Brooklyn), and numerous performances in Boston and Los Angeles.
  • Festival appearances at Telstra Adelaide Festival (Australia), Sofia Music Weeks (Bulgaria), Musicales du Luberon, Festival de Musique de Chambre les Musicimes Courchevel (France), Festival "Elba, Isola Musicale d'Europa" (Italy) "Sommet Musicaux" Festival in Gstaad (Switzerland), Aspen Festival, and Festival of Russian Culture in Los Angeles.
  • Guest appearances and interviews on Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Bulgarian National TV, Russian Television, Swiss Radio and Russian Television in NY.
  • Premiered and collaborated in creation of new live music score accompanying the first Oscar winning silent film "Wings" (1927)
  • Recordings - "La Folia" (suoni e colori SC 253312), "Works of Ivan Khandoshkin" (Naxos CD 8.570028) and Brahms Violin Sonatas (Titanic 260).
  • President of Manhattan Music Society, non-profit foundation based in New York.
  • Visit Anastasia's MySpace page
  • Website: http://www.anastasiakhitruk.com

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  ELENA KLIONSKY, Pianist
"...musician with command of her instrument.... fluency at her natural best..."
- Bernard Holland, The New York Times

"...Elena Klionsky immediately captivated the listeners through the loving care with which she approached the classical works, while at the same time making no attempts of injecting herself into the scene...technical bravura and heartily felt belcanto....someone who has the talent and technique of this artist, these sheets of a salon album seem to be playing themselves...impressive art..."
- Saarbrucher Zeitung, Germany

"...I always enjoy Elena Klionsky's playing tremendously!..."
- Mstislav Rostropovich

  • Read Elena Klionsky's New Piano Phoenix Newsletter
  • As a teenager, made her debut with National Music Week Orchestra with Julius Grossman in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
  • Professional debut with Chattanooga Symphony and Vakhtang Jordania at UTC Arena for 15,000 people on same concert with Itzhak Perlman
  • Was first foreigner ever to open Moscow Stars Festival in Moscow with the Moscow State Symphony, Gennadi Provatorov, conductor (at Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory)
  • Parallel debuts in New York (Weill Recital Hall) and in Moscow (Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatory) -- both sold-out
  • Performed on ABC Television's "People, Places, and Things" program
  • Participated in Elizabeth Taylor's "Concert for AIDS" in Helsinki, Finland
  • Website: http://ElenaKlionsky.com

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  LAUREL ANN MAURER, Flutist
"Technically superb in every way"
- Fanfare

"A secure technician and an assured, communicative interpreter"
- The New York Times

  • Orchestral, chamber and solo performances across America and in Europe
  • Many important commissions and premieres of new chamber works by major American composers.
  • Miyazawa Artist
  • CDs on Albany, CRI 4Tay and Soundspells
  • website: http://www.laurelannmaurer.com/

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  MICHAEL NORSWORTHY, Clarinetist
Norsworthy was a dramatic performer... with beautiful tonal nuances.
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"I first heard Michael Norsworthy play my music at Harvard in April 2006 and I was immediately impressed by his musicality, his technical abilities and his capacity to make even the most difficult music sound spontaneous. I am pleased to recommend him as a player."
- Magnus Lindberg, composer

"I have known and worked with Mr. Norsworthy for about five years now. He is, in my view, one of the world's best clarinet players."
- Michael Finnissy, composer

"Michael Norsworthy entranced listeners with the command and fluidity of his playing in the recital's second premiere, "The Sadness of Detail", by Australian composer Chris Dench."
- The Clarinet

"Norsworthy demonstrates amazing tone in each of the clarinet's registers, his melodic lines are sinuous and simply beautiful, and his crescendos are subtle and effective."
- Northeast Performer

"Michael Norsworthy (clarinet) and David Russell (cello) were stunningly good at traversing the pages of Lindberg's Steamboat Bill, Jr., making every virtuoso demand seem effortless and striving mightily to bring out background shapes.."
- New Music Connoisseur

"Performances were top-shelf wonderful, among the best heard all season. Festival organizers Carol Rodland (viola) and Michael Norsworthy (clarinet), joined by violinist Ariadne Daskalakis, cellist Scott Kluksdahl, and pianist Max Levinson, played as if their very lives depended on it. All aspects of execution -- pitch, tone, technique, pacing, interpretation were flawless, as was chamber interaction and blend."
- New Music Connoisseur


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  JOSHUA PIERCE, Pianist
"Pierce's bravura is polished and often fearless ..."
- Gramophone, June 2007

I kid you not when I tell you that Pierce's Brahms Second put my long-standing favorite, Fleischer/Szell, at grave risk. This is one of the most difficult of piano concertos to bring off, and Pierce's reading of it is about as near to perfect as one is likely to hear..
- Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine, July/August, 2006

"One of the truly outstanding versions of the Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto is a brand new recording with Joshua Pierce on MSR Classics 1148"
- Fanfare Magazine, July/August, 2006

Pianist Pierce gives an exciting performance of the Brahms Concerto in B-flat Major, Op. 83. It was a pungent, vigorous delight, muscular and often free-wheeling in temperament.
- Audiophile Audition, April 1, 2006

The recent rendition of the Moonlight Sonata by Joshua Pierce was a revelation: dehackneyed, disconnected from routine hearings, the piece took on incredible beauty and power."
- Sequenza 21, April 2, 2006

"Pierce is an old-school virtuoso who likes to mix things up. His stunning performance Saturday was a feat that will not be soon forgotten. "
- Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, May 2005

"The measure of Joshua Pierce's greatness as a contemporary music pianist has been his awesome performances of the extended/exhaustive modern masterpieces, among them John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes, Charles Ives's Concord Sonata, and Michael Harrison's Revelations, which are keyboard challenges that separate giants from duffers."
- Richard Kostelanetz, writer, artist, and critic April. 2005

"Joshua Pierce plays with tremendous dramatic flair and exuberant relish."
- Brian Hunt, The London Daily Telegraph

"moments that could excite even the most staunch traditional jazzman."
- Billboard's Top Album Pick, Summer 2000

"Joshua Pierce, an eloquent new-music pianist..."
- Alan Kozinn, The New York Times, May 2, 2003

"Pierce's performance of Franck's suggestive Symphonic Poem, Les Djinns, provided a wide degree of capricious nuances and expressive differences. Joshua Pierce further captivated his audience with brilliant articulation as well as delicate dynamics and supple melodic lines."
- Pavel Stojar, Malada Fronta/DNES, Zlin, Czech Republic 1999

"Joshua Pierce possesses an arsenal of pianistic talents that can astonish the ear and instruct the mind"
- Robert D. Cummings, Classical Net

"Performances by Pierce are spectacular."
- Fanfare

"The 'maestro' Pierce literally 'hit the heights' as one of the greatest pianists to ever perform at the Degollado Theatre. Every aspect of the pianist's interpretation is in complete harmony, filled with honest feelings and musical intelligence; with each note shaped in a precise, spiritual and crystalline way."
- El Occidental, Guadalajara, Mexico

  • Read the New Pierce on Disk Newsletter Here
  • Two New CDs From Joshua Pierce - Solo Piano Music From The American Festival Of Microtonal Music And Chamber Music From The Afmm
  • Two New CDs From Joshua Pierce - The Schubert Recordings, Volume II And Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
  • New Recordings: Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (MS 1200); Rondo Brilliant (MS 1196) And Joshua Pierce/The Schubert Recordings, Vol. 1 (MS 1204).
  • Joshua Pierce's recording of a cycle of original solo piano pieces by acclaimed composer Teo Macero can be found at http://www.teorecords.com/joshua_pierce_a_dream.html.
  • 2 New Joshua Pierce CDs - Read More About Them HERE AND here.
  • Recital, chamber, orchestral and festival performances throughout North America, South America, Mexico, Europe, Russia and Asia. 
  • Important interpreter of contemporary music. Many World Premiere Recordings of works by John Cage including "Mysterious Adventure", "Daughter of the Lonesome Isle", "Quest", "Our Spring Will Come", "The Book of Music for Two Prepared Pianos"(with Maro Ajemian), "Three Early Songs" (with American Tenor Robert White), and "Three Easy Pieces for Piano."
  • World Premiere Recording of Ragtime Caprice for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 45 by American composer Paul Turok.
  • Internationally acclaimed CDs on Wergo, Carlton Classics/IMP, Koch International, Sony Classics, Mode, Premiere, Labor, Vox, MMC and Helicon. 
  • Performances and award winning recordings with the Pierce/Jonas Piano Duo. World Premiere Recordings of Concertos for Two Pianos and Orchestra by Roy Harris, Walter Piston, Quincy Porter, as well as Benjamin Britten, Alexander Tansman, Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Paul Creston, Nikolai Berezovski, Arthur Benjamin and Pierre Max DuBois.
  • Noted and respected artist teacher with special training technique in the rehabilitation of injured pianists. 
  • Special award from the Music Conservatory of Westchester for over twelve years of distinguished service. 
  • Website: www.jamesarts.com/pierce/ 
  • For more news and releases on Joshua Pierce, click here.

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  ZINA SCHIFF, Violinist
"An instrumentalist of luscious high voltage"
- The New York Times


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  PIANIST AND COMPOSER CESAR VUKSIC
"...Burning passion and intellectual reflection..."
- Washington Post

"Impressive"
- New York Times

  • Argentinian pianist and composer 
  • Compositions performed in Latin America and the U.S. in concerts and festivals by such organizations as Agrupacion Nueva Musica de Buenos Aires, North South Consonance (NY), Ball State University (Indiana), Octeto Academico de Caracas (Venezuela) and the Americas Vocal Ensemble
  • Piano lecture/recitals and performances with chamber ensembles & orchestras throughout U.S., South America, Europe & Japan 
  • Premiered many compositions by South and North American composers, many written especially for him
  • Bi-lingual programs available 
  • CDs on 4Tay 
  • website: under construction 

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  PIANIST/MUSICOLOGIST DR. ALICIA ZIZZO
Rediscovers the Lost Classical Piano Music of George Gershwin
"...future Gershwin performers will have to come to terms with Zizzo's discoveries, which means (her) recordings and the newly edited scores from Warner-Chappell."
- Gramophone

"Alicia Zizzo is, from New York to Toronto to London to Tokyo, the talk of the town"
- Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo)

  • Read Dr. Alicia Zizzo's New Once Upon a Time in Manhattan Blog Here
  • Read Alicia Zizzo's Essay Seeking Gershwin's True Rhapsody in Blue here
  • Read Alicia Zizzo's Essay On George Gershwin and Elitism here
  • Musicologist Alicia Zizzo's Warner Bros. Gershwin/Zizzo solo classical piano editions of Rhapsody in Blue, Seven Preludes, Lullaby & Blue Monday are the first new Gershwin solo classical piano editions in 70 years - available from SheetMusicPlus and The Sheet Music Store.
  • Read an overview of these groundbreaking editions here. 
  • Gershwin Rediscovered, Volumes I & II on Carlton Classics 
  • Articles, interviews, reviews and personal broadcast media appearances throughout North and South America, Europe & Asia 
  • Coming soon - Gershwin/Zizzo solo classical piano editions of Selections from the RKO Motion Picture Shall We Dance for solo piano - adapted and arranged by Alicia Zizzo - including Walking the Dog, (Promenade) and Ballet Rehearsal No. 1 - AND NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED GERSHWIN SOLO PIANO COMPOSITIONS, INCLUDING Sutton Place, Machinery Going Mad, Three Note Waltz, Romantic and Impromptu in 2 Keys (from the original manuscript) - 11 miniature gems altogether - Published by Warner Bros. 
  • Reconstructed Rhapsody in Blue performed by, among others, Boston Pops, St. Louis Symphony, Music in the Mountains Festival (CA), Bochum Symphoniker (Germany) and Ocean City Pops (NJ) - also performed at Library of Congress, New York Historical Society, Long Island University's Tilles Center, the National Arts Club and Steinway Hall (NY) and in Spain and Mexico 
  • Call Jeffrey James Arts Consulting for details 516-586-3433 
  • Performs exclusively on Steinway Pianos 
  • Read her biographical sketch here
  • Website: http://www.jamesarts.com/zizzo/gershwin.htm

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