On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Music at the Institute presented a concert Alexander Shchetynsky and the New Ukrainians featuring music of Oleh Bezborodko, Alexander Grinberg, Serhiy Pilyutikov, and Lubawa Sydorenko.
Clarinetist Moran Katz won all top prizes of the prestigious 2013 Ima Hogg Competition — First Prize, Audience Prize, and Artistic Encouragement voted on by the Houston Symphony Musicians. She has also won first and second prizes respectively in the Freiburg (Germany) and Beijing International Clarinet Competitions. Her performance credits include recitals for the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. and the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, a New York debut recital at Merkin Concert Hall as part of the Tuesday Matinee Recital Series, and a Debut at the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. Chamber music appearances at the Marlboro Music Festival, United Nations Hall (Switzerland), France’s “Les Musicales” Festival in Colmar, Les Invalides in Paris, Music in Drumcliffe (Ireland), and Homburg Musiktage (Germany). She received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where she was admitted with presidential distinction and a full scholarship. Ms. Katz was a member of Ensemble ACJW–The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education, performing chamber music at Carnegie Hall and bringing classical music to students in the NYC public schools.
A pianist of unique versatility, Timothy Hoft has been praised for his recent performances. “Hoft’s objective approach to performing new music was especially successful…[his] precise control of dynamics and quiet approach to the keyboard with a perfect technique led to a beautiful, automatic sense of music making…” (Michael Lodico, Ionarts). Hoft has given performances as soloist and chamber musician in the concert halls of France, Italy, the Czech Republic, England, Scotland, and the U.S., including the Phillips Collection, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center, the Yamaha Piano Salon, and the Smith Center, performing with ensembles such as the Phillips Camerata, Peabody Camerata, Peabody Wind Ensemble, UNLV Wind Ensemble, Henderson Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Civic Symphony Orchestra. His primary interests include collaborating with composers and performing unfamiliar repertoire, having worked with composers such as Virko Baley, Diego Vega, David Lefkowitz, Daniel Asia, Jorge Grossmann, Max Duykers, Sean Shepherd, and Judith Lang Zaimont. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Peabody Conservatory, Hoft holds Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in piano performance. His primary teachers were Logan Skelton and Benjamin Pasternack. In 2012, Hoft joined the piano faculty at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he teaches piano and collaborative piano. Before coming to Las Vegas, Hoft worked as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at SUNY-Fredonia. Hoft is currently exploring and performing repertoire of 20th and 21st century Ukrainian composers including the works of Virko Baley, Valentin Silvestrov, Valentin Bibik, Boris Lyatoshynsky, and Vitaly Hodzyatsky for a series of forthcoming recordings to be released on TNC Recordings.
Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach has been lauded by the press for the “gripping emotion” and “powerful artistry” of her interpretations, qualities which have led to a career striking for its wide range of artistic collaborations. She has appeared extensively in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America, with such conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, James DePreist, and Peter Oundjian. Ms. Gerlach is a founding member of the acclaimed Trio Solisti, with whom she performs throughout the U.S. in major concert series. The group has recorded extensively, most recently trios by Ravel and Chausson for Bridge Records, a recording met with rave reviews from both the New York Times and Gramophone. As a founding member of Concertante, a string sextet based in New York City, she has toured throughout North America, Asia, and the Middle East. Ms. Gerlach has performed at festivals, including Marlboro, Aspen, Bridgehampton, La Musica di Asolo, Caramoor, and as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has played extensively with Musicians from Marlboro, performing on both national and international tours. A frequent collaborator with dancers, Ms. Gerlach has performed as solo cellist with the Paul Taylor Dance Company on a tour of India and at New York’s City Center, and in a duo with New York City Ballet principal dancer, Damian Woetzel. She is active in commissioning and premiering new works from many preeminent composers, such as Kevin Puts, Lowell Liebermann, Shulamit Ran, Richard Danielpour, Tigran Mansurian, and Paul Moravec, and has worked with many others including Philip Glass, Thomas Ades, Osvaldo Golijov, and Bright Sheng. Ms. Gerlach was born in New York City and studied with Aldo Parisot at The Juilliard School and The Yale School of Music.
Mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek is a member of the world famous vocal quartet Anonymous 4, performing all over the world and recording many CDs, including the Billboard chart-topping “American Angels”. She was also a featured soloist on the Grammy award winning album “Calling All Dawns”. Other solo work has included Bach cantatas with The Washington Bach Consort DC and the Bach Sinfonia DC, Bach and Handel arias at Carmel Bach Festival with Bruno Weill and “When Musick and Sweet Poetry Agree”— a program of Elizabethan song and poetry with the viol consort Parthenia. She was the mezzo soloist in the world premieres of Richard Einhorn’s oratorio about Charles Darwin, “The Origin,” at SUNY Oswego and “Requiem for the Titanic,” which was performed at St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast and broadcast live throughout Ireland. She is currently singing the role of Katherine in an opera in development about Nicolai Tesla being created by Phil Kline, Jim Jarmusch, and Robert Wilson and has performed excerpts from the work at Winnipeg New Music Festival in Canada and Opera America New Works Forum in NYC. Upcoming projects include the role of Alcina in Jonathan Dawe’s “Cracked Orlando” and a monodrama being written for her by Phil Kline based on the life of Joan Crawford.