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CLASSICAL CROSSROADS, INC.
2015 – 2016 Concert Series
Talented rising artists from around the world are selected at the Beverly Hills National Auditions and presented monthly in the South Bay on The Interludes concert series, graciously hosted as a gift to the community by FirstServe Community Services, the nonprofit community service partner organization of First Lutheran Church & School – Torrance. The concerts also are presented on the preceding Friday evenings on the Music By The Sea recital series in the beautiful Encinitas Library with its expansive view of the Pacific Ocean. From January through June, the concerts are presented the following Sundays on Beverly Hills' Music In The Mansion recital series in the Beverly Hills' historic Greystone Mansion.
"The series is a much-sought opportunity for young performers...the talent level is extremely high." ~ Los Angeles Times
Saturday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations Appreciated
Dean of Southland flutist, David Shostac was appointed
Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1975.
"Extraordinary, dazzling, world class" and "a musician of the
highest order" are words critics have used to describe his
artistry. An alumnus of The Juilliard School and Tanglewood
and recipient of two Rockefeller performance grants, he has
also served as Principal Flute of the St. Louis, Milwaukee and
New Orleans symphony orchestras.
Violinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory is a Laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition and the 2015 National Sphinx Competition as well as Gold Medalist of the 2012 National NAACP ACT-SO competition among numerous other competition wins. In 2010, as part of a national tour, she performed at Carnegie Hall as a 1st violinist of the Sphinx Virtuosi and recorded with the ensemble on their debut album, Sphinx Virtuosi: Live in Concert. In 2014, Annelle released a CD with pianist Alexander Sinchuk, Annelle K. Gregory & Alexander Sinchuk: Grieg, Mozart, Szymanowski and in 2015 recorded with organist Carol Williams on her CD, Just Carol - Compositions.
Annelle Gregory studies under Glenn Dicterow at the USC Thornton School, where she
was awarded the 2014 Glenn Dicterow Music Scholarship. Her previous teachers include
Michael & Irina Tseitlin.
Among the Top Winners of the
Italian pianist Jacopo Giacopuzzi has studied in leading schools worldwide including the Conservatorio "E.F. Dall'Abaco" of Verona (undergraduate diploma cum laude in 2006, Master's degree cum laude, 2011), Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Salzburg Mozarteum, and Liszt Hochschule in Weimar (2008-2010), Music Academy of the West under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal (2013), and Pianofest in the Hamptons (2014). He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Piano Performance at the USC Thornton School of Music with Prof. Kevin Fitz Gerald. Jacopo Giacopuzzi has been the outright winner of many competitions, and most recently was among the top winners of the 2014 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition.
Rising Stars from the USC Thornton Cello Studio
SAKURA cello ensemble
The brainchild of cellist Peter Myers, Sakura (Japanese for "cherry
tree") is an ensemble of ten cellists who are currently in or recently
graduated from the USC Thornton Cello Studio of renowned American
cellist Ralph Kirschbaum (German for "cherry tree").
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Coleman Itzkoff cello & Alin Melik-Adamyan piano
Like Sakura, the Amicus Duo - cellist Coleman Itzkoff and pianist
Alin Melik-Adamyan - were also winners of the 2015 Beverly Hills National Auditions.
Coleman is pursuing his Master's degree with Ralph Kirschbaum at the USC Thornton
School, where Alin is pursuing her Doctorate with Kevin Fitz Gerald.
EUROPEAN CONCERT TRIO
The European Concert Trio was formed in 2015 by three European-born, Los Angeles-based professional artists - Serbian-born pianist Irina Bazik, English-born soprano
Harriet Fraser, and English-born clarinetist Amanda Walker - each with highly
successful solo careers, to fulfill their passion for chamber music and share it with
Southern California audiences. Their program is sure to include Schubert's sublime song
Shepherd on the Rock
Guitarist Ines Thomé & Violinist YuEun Kim
German guitarist Ines Thomé and Korean violinist YuEun Kim met at the USC
Thornton School, where Ines is pursuing a Doctorate with the renowned guitarist William
Kanengeiser of the famed LAGQ and YuEun - winner of last year's USC Thornton
Concerto Competition - is pursuing an Artist Diploma with famed violinist Midori. Their
program features selections for violin and guitar inspired by the cinema.
"Vladimir has a virtuosic technique that he molds into sounds that impact the listener with deep emotional intensity." ~ Daniel Pollack
Pianist Vladimir Khomyakov was born in Kirovograd (USSR) into a family of musicians. His piano studies started early at Chelyabinsk Special Music School with Merited Artist of Russia and then Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory (St. Petersburg, Russia), where he graduated. In 2011 he received a post-graduate degree from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (Moscow, Russia). In 2012, he finished with honors, the highly prestigious Artist Diploma Program at the USC Thornton School of Music in the studio of world-renowned pianist, Professor Daniel Pollack. Vladimir Khomyakov is a top prizewinner of numerous International Piano Competitions.
"These very special young artists have the ability to both
impress and to touch the listener. "
Flutist Yoon Hee Jung Harpist Ko Ni Choi
The flute/harp duoKYaria was formed by two highly talented graduate alumna of the USC Thornton School, who separately have fast-rising solo careers.
Cellist Yoon-Hee Jung received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees with Academic Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music. She recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance at USC Thornton School under Jim Walker, past longtime principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and member of the famed ensemble Free Flight..
Harpist Ko Ni Choi studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Glenn Gould School at
Royal Conservatory of Music, and USC Thornton School under JoAnn Turovsky, a
principal harpist of Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Kenton Youngstrom acoustic guitar
The ensemble Quarteto Nuevo was created by East Los Angeles-native and critically acclaimed performer/composer/percussionist Christopher Garcia in order to have his original compositions - as well as those by some of his favorite composers - performed with the very specific instrumentation of acoustic guitar, cello, woodwinds and hand, stick and finger percussion of the world. The goal was to invite musicians to bring their formidable skills as players and improvisers to the ensemble, as well as their original compositions, and breathe life into black notes on a page. Regardless of the composer, the music is held together by the unique and easily identifiable sound of the band.
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