Golda Tatz – Piano
Described as “a pianist with wonderful firm, clear touch” (New York Times), “fascinating interpreter (Tagblat, Germany), “artist of depth and virtuosity” (The Time Argus, USA) received her musical education in Lithuania at the Ciurlionis School of Arts, Israel’s Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv University, and The Juilliard School in New York. As a recitalist, Vainberg-Tatz performed throughout Europe, Israel and U.S. and appeared on many radio and television broadcasts in Europe, such as WQXR in New York City, recitals live on “Dame Myra Hess” series in Chicago, “Sundays Live” KMZT in Los Angeles, in major halls in New York City, including the Weill Recital Hall, 92nd street Y, Merkin Hall. She was a guest artist in Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, Vilnius Festival in Lithuania, St. Petersburg Palaces chamber music festival in Russia, Puigcerda music festival in Spain, International Music Academy in Italy, among a few. As a soloist, she performed extensively in her native Lithuania with the National Symphony (Saint Saens No.2, Ravel in G Major, Beethoven No.4) Robert Servenikas, Zeev Dorman conducting, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (Mozart K. 382, 466, 453, 537, Shnitke and Mendelsohn double concerti) under the baton of Saulius Sondeckis. She performed the Mozart Concerto K. 453 in the Tchaikovsky Grand Hall, with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Constantin Orbelian conducting. In USA she performed with Ann Arbor Symphony in Michigan (Brahms Concerto No1), Cincinnati Symphony (Rachmaninov Concerto No2). As a chamber musician she appeared with the Vilnius String Quartet in many occasions, performing the Chausson Concerto (with the late violinist Raimundas Katilius), the Concerto Grosso No 6 by Schnittke, the Double Concerto for violin and piano by Mendelsohn (with the violinist and conductor Sasha Rozhdestvensky), and chamber music with the violinist Dmitry Berlinsky and cellist Suren Bagratuni. She premiered works by such composers as Moisei Vainberg, Erwin Schulhoff, Jan Radzynski in Lithuania, Washington D.C. (at the Holocaust Museum concert series), Israel (at the Holocaust Museum in Tel Aviv), Columbus Ohio University, Toronto, Canada (at the Jewish Festival Week). Her prizes and awards include the first prize in the Lithuanian State Competition for Young pianists, full scholarships from America – Israel Cultural Foundation, Maurice Claremont contest in Israel, top prizes at the Young Keyboard Artists at the University of Michigan, The World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Frinna Awerbuch International Competition in New York, the Prix-du Disque from French Piano Institute in Paris, the Palm Beach Invitational International Competition in Florida. Ms. Vainberg -Tatz recordings include Moisei Vainberg Chamber Music with Vilnius String Quartet (Delos label, USA), “The Portrait” (solo works, FPI label), French violin-piano sonatas with Raimundas Katilius, Mozart piano concertos with Moscow Chamber Orchestra, piano music by Robert Schumann (3D label in France), which received highest critical acclaim in Fanfare and American Record Guide. Ms. Vainberg-Tatz studied with Mindru Katz, Emanuel Krasovsky (Rubin Academy, Tel Aviv University) in Israel, Bella Davidovich (The Juilliard School) Nina Svetlanova (Manhattan School), Jeffrey Swann, and Dr.Rosalyn Tureck in New York. She serves on the faculties at the Manhattan School of music (preparatory division, associate faculty at the college division), Special Music School in New York, and as guest associate teacher in The Juilliard School, gave master classes in Tel Aviv University, Buchman –Mehta Academy, Edward Aldwell Center at Jerusalem Music Academy, among others. She has been active as a judge at The Juilliard School concerto and scholarship competition, including national and international competitions. Numerous of her students won top prizes in International and National competitions.Under appointment of the late Dr. Rosalyn Tureck, she is serving as director to the Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists.
Jerry Grossman – cello
Since his New York Carnegie Hall début at age 11, violinist Misha Keylin has continued to earn critical and audience acclaim for his exuberant musicality, keen interpretive insight and rare tonal beauty. Noted for a wide range of repertoire, Keylin attracted particular attention with his world-premiere three CD series, featuring all seven of Henry Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concertos, released on the Naxos label. These recordings have sold over 120,000 copies worldwide and have garnered numerous press accolades and awards (such as “Critic’s Choice” by The New York Times,Gramophone and The Strad). His most recent CD features Vieuxtemps’ violin showpieces with orchestra (Naxos 8.570974) and its continued success has led Naxos to invite Keylin to record the remaining orchestral works of Vieuxtemps. In a career already spanning forty-five countries on five continents, Keylin has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Roberto Benzi, Irwin Hoffman, Eliahu Inbal, Vakhtang Jordania, Theodore Kuchar, Fabio Mechetti. John Nelson, Marco Parisotto, Alexander Schneider, Jörg-Peter Weigle, Bruno Weil and Takuo Yuasa. He has been guest soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Marseille Philharmonic, NDR Philharmonic of Hannover, Budapest Philharmonic, Israel Sinfonietta, Bologna Philharmonic, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Brandenburg Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Chile; in addition, he has performed with the National Symphony Orchestras of Ukraine, Latvia, Colombia, Costa Rica and other noted ensembles. United States concerto and recital appearances have brought him to major venues in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Denver and San Francisco. As an active chamber musician, he is a regular guest artist with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and has participated at the Aspen, Ravinia and Australian Chamber Music festivals, amongst others. In 2011, Keylin became a founding member of the Hermitage Piano Trio together with renowned soloists – Sergey Antonov (cello) and Ilya Kazantsev (piano). Misha Keylin began musical studies with his mother in St. Petersburg, Russia. He immigrated to the USA at nine and was immediately accepted as a student by the legendary Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. After winning New York’s coveted Waldo Mayo Award as “Best Young Performer of the Year,” Keylin went on to capture top prizes in the prestigious Hannover (Germany), Paganini (Italy), Sarasate (Spain) and Viña del Mar (Chile) competitions. Keylin has been a Career Grant recipient of the Clarisse B. Kampel Foundation and he currently resides in New York and performs on a violin made by Antonio Gagliano in 1831 and a bow made by Dominique Peccatte.
Ben Breen – violin (Artistic Dir.)