Mirian Conti – Piano
Argentine/ American pianist, based in New York City, enjoys a growing reputation as a musician whose performances combine technical brilliance with striking originality and artistic insight. Stylistically assured in a wide range of repertoire, Ms. Conti’s prolific recording output has garnered praise and awards. In recognition of her extraordinary talent, a scholarship honoring Mirian Conti has been established at The Juilliard School by the Edwin Bachman Estate. In addition, she was selected as one of the “100 Outstanding Alumni ” to celebrate The Juilliard School’s Centennial in 2005-6, where she was a Scholarship student of Richard Fabre and Josef Raieff. She graduated from the Juilliard School with a BM and MM. Other teachers include Genny Blech, Freda Rosenblatt and Byron Janis. Her CD on the Koch International label “Danzas Fantasticas” has been praised by Gramophone , as well as “Looking South” on the Albany Label , attracting the major classical radios stations in the USA and abroad. She has also recorded works by American and Spanish composers for Toccata Classics, Island Record, XLNT, Parnassus Records, Koch and Albany. She has appeared worldwide as soloist and with many orchestras, in Europe, Asia, Africa, South and Central America, Canada and throughout the US. The pianist has made solo, orchestral and chamber appearances at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York , and has performed at numerous concert halls throughout the world, including the Teatro Colón in her native Argentina. She has appeared in Poland, Latvia, Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Montenegro, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and many cities in China. Her two CDs on Toccata Classics have been recognized with an award for best recording of piano contemporary music by International Piano Magazine in 2008, UK.
Her lecture-recitals and masterclasses on the music of Spain were presented at Oberlin College, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Tulane University, William Paterson College and at the National Conservatory López Buchardo in Buenos Aires and the Simar Festival in Cali, Colombia as well as the main conservatories in Beijing, Dalian (China). Committed to promoting the classical piano literature of Latin America, Spain and USA, Mirian Conti has been organizing competitions, directing festivals and promoting careers of promising young musicians through master classes and special prizes, and has contributed as a board member of several renowned musical organizations. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of the “I Certamen Musical Rioplatense”, a competition for musicians of Argentina and Uruguay which took place in Buenos Aires. She has also created and directed the “New York City International Tango Competition” for professional musicians in New York and “Teachers del Norte-Pianists del Sur”, an international exchange between Argentina and the USA (2008 and 2012) under the auspices of the USA Embassy (US Dept of State). Celebrating Women’s Month in March 2002, the Cultural Center of Queens and The Women’s Council of New York awarded her a recognition for her dedication to classical music in the Latin American community. She is also an active adjudicator of important international piano competitions. She has recently released the complete Chopin Mazurkas on the newly created Steinway & Sons label in addition to more recordings on Albany Records, and Parnassus Records . Fanfare review of her Chopin Mazurkas praises: “Conti brings all these pieces to life with a spirit of fantasy and imagination that is totally endearing. …Conti’s mazurkas rest beside splendid complete sets in my collection by Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alexander Brailowsky, and Alexander Uninsky”. Since 2007, Ms. Conti is on the Faculty of the Evening Division at the Juilliard School.
Inbal Segev – Cellist
Israeli-American cellist Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “characterized by a strong and warm tone . . . delivered with impressive fluency and style,” by The Strad and “richly inspired” by Gramophone. Equally committed to new repertoire and known masterworks, Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of music that she performs. Segev’s repertoire includes all of the standard concerti and solo works for cello, as well as new pieces and rarely performed gems. She gave the U.S. premiere of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Cello Concerto in D Major, which was written in 1866 but never published. She performed jazz musician and composer David Baker’s cello concerto at Town Hall in New York, and was the first cellist to perform Dutilleux’s challenging Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher at Carnegie Hall. She gave the world premiere of Max Schubel’s Concerto for Cello, which was written for her. Currently, Grammy-nominated composer Avner Dorman is at work on a new concerto for Segev, and Grammy-winning composer Fernando Otero is writing a Tango-inspired concerto for her. Segev has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Helsinki Philharmonic, Radio Symphony of Helsinki, Reutlingen Symphony, Dortmund Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Bangkok Symphony, and with all the major orchestras of Israel. She made debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta, at 17. Segev is a founding member of the Amerigo Trio with New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus, formed in 2009. In addition, Segev regularly performs chamber music with artists including Emanuel Ax, Agustin Dumay, Pamela Franck, Gilbert Kalish, Michael Tree, and the Vogler Quartet throughout the U.S., Europe, and Israel. Inbal Segev’s discography includes Sonatas by Beethoven and Boccherini (Opus One, 2001), Nigun (Vox, 2005), Schubel’s Concerto for Cello (Opus One, 2001), and Fernando Otero’s Pagina de Buenos Aires (Nonesuch, 2007). With the Amerigo Trio she has recorded serenades by Beethoven and Dohnányi (Navona Records, 2011). Segev’s many honors include the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, and top prizes at the Pablo Casals, Paulo, and Washington International Competitions. She was invited by Isaac Stern to come to the U.S. at 16, and earned a B.M. from Juilliard and M.M. from Yale, studying with masters Joel Krosnick, Harvey Shapiro, Aldo Parisot, and Bernhard Greenhouse. Inbal Segev (pronounced Inn-BAHL SEH-gehv) lives in New York with her husband and three young children. She performs on a cello made by Francesco Rugeri in 1673 and is managed by Barrett Vantage Artists. www.inbalsegev.com
Dov Scheindlin – Violist
Acclaimed by the New York Times as an “extraordinary violist” of “immense flair,” Dov Scheindlin has been violist of the Arditti, Penderecki and Chester String Quartets. His chamber music career has brought him to 28 countries around the globe, and won him the Siemens Prize in 1999. He has appeared as soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Paris Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic. Mr. Scheindlin has recorded extensively for EMI, Teldec, Auvidis, Col Legno, and Mode, and won the Gramophone Award in 2002 for the Arditti Quartet’s recording of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows. As a member of the Arditti Quartet, he gave nearly 100 world premières, among them new works by Benjamin Britten, Elliott Carter, György Kurtág, Thomas Adès, and Wolfgang Rihm. He has also been broadcast on NPR, BBC, CBC, and on German, French, Swiss, Austrian, Dutch and Belgian national radio networks. Dov Scheindlin was raised in New York City, where he studied with Samuel Rhodes and William Lincer at the Juilliard School. He has taught viola and chamber music at Harvard, Wilfrid Laurier University and Tanglewood. He has regularly participated in summer festivals such as Salzburg, Luzern, and Tanglewood, and has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Met Chamber Ensembles. His chamber music partners have included members of the Juilliard, Alban Berg, Tokyo, and Borodin String Quartets, as well as concertmasters of many major symphony orchestras. Dov Scheindlin currently lives in New York. He is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and an associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He plays a viola by Francesco Bissolotti of Cremona, made in 1975. www.dovscheindlin.com
Benjamin Breen – Artistic Director, Violinist
Australian born violinist Benjamin Breen – recognized for his “exceptional purity of tone” and “beguiling sensitivity” (the Strad) made his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. His “intense emotion” and “tone tinged with gold” (Sydney Morning Herald) have led to engagements in Australia, Europe, the United States and Japan, both as soloist with orchestra, in recital, and as chamber musician. Breen has also premiered works dedicated to him by the eminent Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. In Australia he has made television appearances on ABC-TV and the 9 Network and participated in radio broadcasts on ABC-FM, ABC Radio National, 2MBS-FM & 3MBS-FM. His growing list of U.S. broadcast credits include performances on WNYC, and National Public Radio stations nationwide. Breen began studies at the age of 5 in Sydney. At 11 he entered the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where his teachers were John Harding and Janet Davies. After pursuing musical studies in Germany, he returned to Australia, where he participated in master classes with Valery Klimov, Igor Ozim and Raphael Hillyer. Participation in the Melbourne Summer Music Festival with Pinchas Zukerman led Mr. Breen to continue his studies in New York. At The Juilliard School, Breen studied violin with Stephen Clapp and chamber music with Samuel Sanders and Paul Doktor. He subsequently continued violin studies with violinist Harry Shub in New York, whose pedagogy influenced him greatly. As chamber musician he has appeared at the Aspen and Next Generation, Telluride and Sitka music festivals. Performances with ex-Heifetz pianist Milton Kaye led to the release of Breen’s debut recording of the Brahms Sonatas on the Australian Tall Poppies label available world-wide. Tall Poppies have also released “Cafe Fiddle” to wide critical acclaim. Mr. Breen is the Artistic Director of New York’s Hudson Chamber Society which presents a diverse series of chamber music. His instrument is from 1712 made by Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andrea – the “ex-Boyle” with a bow by Joseph Henry he also performs on a violin by Boris Sverdlik made in 2005. www.aussifiddler.com