Courses available in 2014 include violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, bassoon, jazz, trombone, flute, trumpet, Saxophone, percussion, piano, tuba / Euphonium and voice. Students will receive credit for private lessons and may also register for Italian and chamber music courses. Click here for select course descriptions.
Levon Ambartsumian - University of Georgia
Tuba David Zerkel - University of Georgia Violoncello David Starkweather - University of Georgia Claudio Merlo - Alessandria Conservatory / Principal Savona Symphony Orchestra Massimo Macri - coservatorio di Torino Double Bass
Milton Masciadri - University of Georgia / Accademia Filarmonica di Bolgna / UNESCO Artist for Peace
Giuseppe Rutigliano - Alessandria Conservatory - Italy
Davide Botto - Torino Conservatory
Amy Marinello - University of Georgia Percussion Thomas W. (Tony) McCutchen -University of Georgia Mario Tesio - Alessandria Conservatory Piano Jazz Studies Steve Dancz - David D'Angelo - University of Georgia Trumpet Brandon Craswell - University of Georgia Saxophone Connie Frigo - University of Georgia Claudio Lugo - Alessandria Conservatory Flute
Angela Jones-Reus - University of Georgia
Wendy Cohen - South Carolina Philarmonic
Michael Hasel - Berlin Philarmonic Voice Riccardo Ristori - Alessandria Conservatory Trombone Joshua Bynum - University of Georgia
Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger serves as the new Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Georgia. In addition to serving as the conductor for the Wind Symphony, she teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Dr. Hartenberger received a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, under the tutelage of Jerry F. Junkin. Prior to her graduate degree work she served as a middle school and high school band director in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex for distinguished music programs. Dr. Hartenberger received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, where she performed and recorded with the prestigious UNT Wind Symphony.
Dr. Hartenberger has served as a visiting conductor inconcert with the West Point Band in New York; the University of Missouri Wind Ensemble in St. Louis, Missouri; and most recently traveled to Brazil serving as visiting professor and wind band conductor for the Festival International de Inverno da USFM.
Bio: Maurizio Cadossi (Violin)
Maurizio Cadossi is the chair of ensemble music for string instruments at the "Antonio Vivaldi" Conservatory in Alessandria. He has performed as a a violinist with chamber groups throughout Italy in such prestigious venues as Il Teatro Regio in Parma, Il TeatroVerdi in Trieste, the Siena Summer Music Performance Institute, the Bologna Festival, and the Ravenna Festival. He has also performed abroad in such divergent loacations as Wien, Prague, Nice, Santiago de Compostela, Washington, and New York. As a soloist, he has won several international competitions and performs regularly in Europe, the U.S.A, Mexico, and Japan with the most prestigious Italian chamber orchestras. Mr. Cadossi graduated from the "A. Boito" Conservatory of Parma in 1985. He has also studied with H. Szeryng at the Geneva Conservatory, R. Zanettovich at the Music School of Fiesole, D. Terenzio at the Civic Music School in Milan, and F. Rossi at the Artists Association in Verona. A specialist in Baroque music, Mr. Cadossi is the founder and conductor of the Ensemble Orfei Farnesiani. The ensemble performs on period instruments and aims to peak interest in the Lombard-Emilian literature of the XVII and XVIII centuries. Mr. Cadossi has issued recordings on the Tactus, Casa Bongiovanni, and Koch labels.
Bio: Elisabetta Garetti (Violin)
Elisabetta Garetti graduated from the Conservatory “G. Nicolini” of Piacenza and has studied with such notable teachers as Franco Gulli at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena, Christian Ferras at the Academie National de Nice, Dora Schwarzberg, and Leos Spirer.
Garetti performed with the “Haydn Symphony Orchestra” of Trento and Bolzano from 1987 to 1989 as both a section player and soloist. In 1989, she became chief assistant at the “Fondazione A. Toscanini Symphony Orchestra” of Parma, and for more than ten years, served as a soloist and director of chamber groups performing in such illustrious locations as Gewandhaus of Lipsia, Schausspielhaus of Berlin, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. In the role of chief assistant, Garetti has collaborated with the Public Theater of Bologna, the “G. Verdi” Theater of Trieste, and the “La Fenice” Theater of Venice. Since 1999, she has presided as chief assistant at the “Carlo Felice” Theater of Genova and was recently awarded the position of “Premier Violon Solo” in the Orchestra National du Capitol de Toulouse.
Garetti's diverse repertoire of contemporary music has led her to perform as a soloist at such prestigious international venues as Settembre Musica at Lingotto's hall in Turin, Ircam in Paris, Instituto Nacional de las Artes y la Musica in Madrid, as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and “Ciaykowsky” hall in Moscow. She has toured in Japan, China, Austria, and the United States achieving public and critical success.
Recently, Garetti was awarded the “Minerva Prize,” which recognizes women working in the fields of knowledge who serve as models of professional skill and moral values. Garetti plays the “Nachez” Stradivarius of 1709, which is donated by the Costa's Family of Genova.
Wendy Cohen (Flute)
Wendy Cohen is in her thirteenth season as principal flute with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra in Columbia, SC. She is also principal flutist of the Augusta Symphony in Augusta, GA and second flutist with the Greenville Symphony in Greenville, SC. She has done additional playing with the Atlanta Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Alabama Symphony, and Savannah Symphony. She has played piccolo with the Aspen Festival Orchestra during the summer months under such conductors as James Levine, David Zinman, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and James DePeriest. Ms. Cohen was the first place winner of the 1999 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition.
Ms. Cohen was visiting flute professor at the University of South Carolina for the 2007-08 school year. In 2008 she served as a faculty performing artist for the Festival del Invierno in Vale Veneto, Brazil. Other teaching positions have included Georgia Southern University, Lander University, and Columbia College. She is a founding member and past president of the South Carolina Flute Society and is currently is serving as treasurer.
Michael Hasel (Flute)
was born in Hofheim near Frankfurt and began his music studies on conducting, piano and organ, intending to graduate as a church musician. He studied conducting with Prof. Francis Travis and flute with Aurèle Nicolet at the Freiburg Musikhochschule.
Further conducting instructions he got in private lessons with Prof. Michael Gielen and several masterclasses.
His first orchestral appointment as flutist was from 1982 to 1984 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, after which he became a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan.
For several years he performed as principal flute with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra under conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pièrre Boulez and James Levine.
In 1994 he was appointed Professor of Wind Ensemble and Chamber Music at the Heidelberg-Mannheim Musikhochschule.
As conductor and soloist Hasel has worked with renowned ensembles like Ensemble Modern, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Gustav Mahler Orchester, Orchestra Simon Bolivar und Berliner Philharmoniker.
Bio: David Starkweather (cello)
David Starkweather is professor of cello at The University of Georgia Hodgson School of Music where he has been on the faculty since 1983. He was awarded a certificate of merit as semifinalist in the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition. Starkweather grew up in the San Francisco bay area. He attended the Eastman School of Music, followed by graduate studies with cellist Bernard Greenhouse at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, earning the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1983. In 1985 Starkweather spent six months in Switzerland with Pierre Fournier, receiving the French cellist's accolade, "Pure talent as an interpreter at the devotion of music and one of the best cellists of his generation." Two CDs with pianist Evgeny Rivkin are available at iTunes and CDBaby, featuring sonatas by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Brahms, and Britten. Starkweather’s publications include articles in American String Teacher and Strings, and an edition of two Locatelli sonatas published by Artaria Editions, Wellington, New Zealand. His 3-DVD set of the Bach Six Suites is available from Ludwig Music. The cello he has played since 1975 is a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume from c. 1830.
David D'Angelo (Jazz)
Dave D'Angelo's career encompasses many facets of the music industry. He is a jazz performer, music educator, woodwind doubler, Broadway musician, movie soundtrack musician, film actor, orchestral clarinetist and a published author. He holds a B.M. degree in Music Education, and a Masters degree in woodwind doubling from Youngstown State University. As a jazz and classical musician, Dave D'Angelo and has studied clarinet, flute and saxophone with some of the most notable musicians in the country such as: Joseph Edwards, at YSU, Louie Paul of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Peter Seminauer of the NY Philharmonic.
As an educator, from 1992-1996 Dave worked in Atlanta at Pace Academy where he developed their instrumental music program. Dave also assisted in expanding the instrumental music program at The Woodward School from 1992 -1996, also in Atlanta. While in New York, Dave was instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Wagner College in Staten Island for 6 years., and worked for 9 years teaching instrumental music grades 4-8 in catholic schools for Future Musicians, Inc in New Jersey. In 1999 Dave D'Angelo traveled with Section 8 Jazz to Anaheim, CA., performing at the International Association of Jazz Educator's National Conference as the featured director of Section 8 Jazz, and was honored by receiving the national IAJE award for outstanding achievement in jazz education.
As an alto saxophonist, Dave D'Angelo has worked locally, nationally and internationally. From 1980-1982, Dave was as a member the Buddy Rich Big Band, touring nationally and internationally playing major jazz festivals, and numerous BBC televisions appearances in London. In 1981, he was a featured studio musician on MCA records.
In 1996 Dave D'Angelo rejoined the Buddy Rich Reunion Band in NYC playing alto saxophone and flute on Atlantic Records Grammy nominated 2 CD release entitled, "Burning For Buddy", produced by Neil Peart of "Rush." The recording session brought in drummers of historic proportions including: Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, Omar Hakim, Bill Bruford, "Guns N Roses" Matt Sorum, and Max Weinberg of the Bruce Springstein E St. Band. In 1999, Dave D'Angelo was cast as the featured onscreen jazz saxophonist in Disney's movie, "A Cradle Will Rock, " written and directed by Tim Robbins. In 2011, Dave toured the U.S. and Canada onstage and in the orchestra pit as "Herschel the clarinetist" in the national touring company of the Broadway musical, "Fiddler on the Roof." In 2011 and 2012, he was a guest clinician at; The Hartford Academy For The Arts in Hartford, Connecticut, The Cincinnati Conservatory, Boise State University, Arizona State University, Youngstown State University, and most recently Jacksonville State university and the Birmingham High School of the Performing Arts.
Currently, Dave is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Georgia, Athens.
Bio: Claudio Merlo (cello)
Claudio Merlo Born in Tortona in 1968, Claudio Merlo began his cello studies under the guidance of Maestro Marco Perini and graduated in 1988 with highest honors. His advanced training took place at the Fondazione “W. Stauffer” in Cremona under Maestro Rocco Filippini. He has participated in numerous musical exhibitions, both as a soloist and chamber musician, in Italy and abroad. As part of a cello / piano duo, Merlo has had the opportunity to perform with some of the most important concert associations of Italy (Amici della Musica di Arezzo, Teatro S.Filippo di Torino, Amici della Musica di Trapanim, Les Junes Concertistes-Aosta, l'Ora della Musica-Reggio Emilia). This duo also performed in Czechoslovakia in 1989 to great critical and public acclaim. As cellist of the Aries String Quartet, Merlo took part in numerous concerts both in Italy and abroad ( Spain , France ), culminating with a recital at the Auditorium Nazionale di Madrid. Merlo also performs with the Trio di Alessandria, which was invited to perform a series of coincerts at the University of Georgia in April 2003, including a performance of A. Casella's Triple Concerto in Hodgson Hall accompanied by the UGA Symphony Orchestra. Merlo maintains an active orchestral career as the Principal Cellist of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Savona, and has worked often with the Orchestra Sinfonica dell'Emilia Romagna “A.Toscanini.” Merlo is the Cello Professor of the Conservatorio “A.Vivaldi” in Alessandria . His instrument is a 1954 Gaetano Gadda.
Bio: Milton Masciadri (Double bass)
Milton Masciadri has delighted audiences in three continents with a combination of virtuosism and lyric interpretations on the double bass. The third generation of double bass players, Born in Montevideo - Uruguay he began his studies with his father. By the age 17, he was already Co-principal Bassist with the Porto Alegre Symphony in Brazil, and at the age of 19, he joined the faculty of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil). He completed his Masters and Doctorate Degrees with work under Gary Karr, Julius Levine and Lawrence Wolfe.
As a frequent recitalist and soloist with major symphony orchestras, Milton Masciadri has appeared in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, United States, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, England, Mexico, Greece, Eastern Europe and Central America. During the summers he teaches at several international music festivals and double bass conventions in the United States, South America and Europe. He has performed chamber music and in duo with such artists as George Bolet, Robert Mc Duffie, Aldo Parisot , Sidney Harth, Gary Karr, Francesco Petracchi, etc.
Masciadri's enthusiasm for enlarging the repertoire of the double bass has led him to publish and premiere works of many contemporary American and South American composers and to make notable contributions of his own with numerous transcriptions and arrangements. Some of Masciadri 2012 performances included performances in Italy, Spain, France, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, China, Denmark and the United States
In 2009 Dr. Masciadri received the title of Distinguished University Professor of the University of Georgia, the first faculty member in the fine arts to be so honored in 62 years, and he also holds the title of "Accademico" of the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, Italy – Europe’s oldest musical educational institution. He has been awarded the Brazilian Medal of Honor for Academic Achievements for his musical and educational services to the people of Brazil, is listed in the “International Who's Who in Music”, and in 1998 was designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace and in 2011 he received the Knighthood honor of the designation of Cavaglieri di San Marco a Venezia.
Masciadri performes on a 320 years old Testore double bass, appears in the International Who’s Who in Music and has solo recordings on DMR, ACA, Fondazione & Sinfonica Labels
Bio: Giuseppe Rutigliano (Double bass)
Giuseppe Rutigliano, Graduated at the age of 20. He won several scholarships in collaboration with the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, the Accademia Musicale Ghigiana and the School of Music in Fiesole, studying with the Masters F. Petracchi and Gary Karr.
He gained also different qualifications in several Italian orchestras. He was principal double bass in the European Youth Orchestra, with which he toured throughout Europe and America, receiving a prestigious recognition from the Massachusetts House of Representatives and its Congressional recording of the solo concert on July 7, 1992.
He worked with many orchestras both as a first bass and row: Dutch National Orchestra in a European tour; National Orchestra of Malta; Play House of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; Philharmonic Orchestra of Tianjin (China); Italian International Orchestra (East Tour); Accademia Nazionale of S. Cecilia Orchestra; Youth Orchestra of St. Cecilia; Solisti Aquilani; Solisti Dauni; Philharmonic Orchestra of Teatro Petruzzelli; Umbria Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra Abruzzese.
He collaborated in orchestral and chamber music teams with: Daniele Gatti; Michele Campanella; Pavarotti; Katia Ricciarelli; Chick Korea; Milton Masciadri; Giuliano Gelmetti; Myung W. Chung; Franco Petracchi; Andrea Bocelli; Jan Lathan Konig; London Symphony Chorus; Cecilia Bartoli; Fabio Biondi; Christian Zacharias; Massimo Quarta; Piero Bellugi; Norbert Balatsch; Raina Kabaiwska; Jose Carreras; J. Kakhidze; Alirio Diaz; Alexander Lonquich; Paolo Bordoni; John le Main; Vinko Globokar; Renato Bruson.
He made several tours in Belgium (Brussels - Gothic Room); Holland (Amsterdam - Concertgebouw); USA (Boston Concert Hall); China (Shanghai - Grand Theater; Hong Kong -Lyrical Opera Theater; Beijing - Opera Theater and Forbidden City Theater); Macao; Greece (Athens - Theater of Herod); Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur Theater); Thailand; France; Switzerland (Lucerne - Ambassadorsaal Room); Germany; Spain; Portugal. He taught in several Italian Conservatories including the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome.
He is currently double bass professor at the “Vivaldi” Music Conservatory of Alessandria.
Davide Botto is Principal Double-bass of the Orchestra and Filarmonica ’900 del Teatro Regio, Turin and Professor of Double-bass at the city’s Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi.
Born in 1965, he studied under Elio Veniali, receiving his degree in double-bass at theage of eighteen. He went on to study with Franco Petracchi, first at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona and then at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, where he obtained his Diploma di Merito. At the same time he pursued studies in history and literature at the University ofTurin, graduating cum laude.
In 1983 he was the only Italian double-bass player selected for the European Community Youth Orchestra, with which he toured the most important European and Asian cities under Leonard Bernstein and Claudio Abbado. Having successfully auditioned for the post of Principal Double-bass at the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI in Rome, the Arena in Verona, and Teatro Regio, Turin, he received the Carlo Capriata Prize in 2009, awarded annually to a distinguished Italian double-bass player.
In 2011 he recorded Rota’s Divertimento concertante for the the british label Chandos.
Davide Botto plays an instrument made by Antonio Artioli in Milan,1892.
Bio: Amy Marinello (Bassoon)
Amy Marinello is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Ms. Marinello recently served as Lecturer of Bassoon at Baylor University and has also been on faculty at the University of Dayton and the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts. During the summer she is on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Center Advanced Bassoon Institute.
Ms. Marinello continues to study toward her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in bassoon performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under William Winstead. She holds a Master of Music degree from the CCM, as well as a Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University.
Ms. Marinello currently holds a position as second bassoonist with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. She has previously performed with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.
Her experience as a concert soloist includes performances of Michael Daugherty's Dead Elvis, Jurriaan Andriessen's Concertino for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble, and Robert Russell Bennett's Concerto for Woodwind Quintet and Wind Symphony. She is an avid chamber musician, having played in such groups as the Georgia Woodwind Quintet, the Baylor University Woodwind Quintet, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, the Fiato Woodwind Quintet (of which she is a founding member), and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players. Ms. Marinello has performed at venues throughout the United States and also internationally in Ireland and Belgium.
Bio: Angela Jones-Reus (flute)
Angela Jones-Reus, earned the Bachelor of Music from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1985 and the Master of Music from the Juilliard School in 1986. Her teachers have included Julius Baker, Philip Dunigan, Carol Wincenc, and Murray Panitz. In 1987 she was the sole recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for Music to Italy.
Serving as principal flutist of the Stuttgart Philharmonic from 1992 to 2000, Ms. Jones-Reus has performed extensively throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Japan, South America, and the United States. Among her numerous compact disc recordings are her solo recording with "I Virtuosi di Prague," the Mozart piano concerti with Keith Jarret and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and a live recording of the Brahms Fourth Symphony with the Stuttgart Philharmonic in the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Ms. Jones-Reus performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claudio Abbado, in Carnegie Hall on their 1999 and 2001 U.S. tours and in Berlin in the televised New Year's Concerts (2000). She joined the faculty of the University of Georgia School of Music in August 2000.
Bio: Tony McCutchen (percussion)
Tony McCutchen has served as the Percussion Coordinator at the University of Georgia School of Music since 1979. He is director of the UGA Steel Band “Tropical Breeze,” the UGA Percussion Ensemble, and the UGA Salsa Band. Prior to his appointment at UGA, he served as Assistant Band Director/Percussion Instructor at Auburn University and as Associate Director of Bands at the University of Mississippi. He has performed at PASIC, IAJE, MENC, MTNA, World Saxophone Congress, CMS and GMEA conventions as well as various PAS “Days of Percussion”. Dr. McCutchen is a Fulbright Scholar, having taught and done research for a period of six months in Brazil . He served on the faculty of the annual International Music Festival of the Federal University of Santa Maria (Brazil) for a period of ten years. He has presented clinics and performances in various parts of the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy and Taiwan. As an arranger, Tony has various scores published by Arrangers' Publishing Company, Hal Leonard Publishing Company, Band Music Press and MalletWorks Music. He is an Artist - Clinician for Ludwig/Musser Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, and Innovative Percussion. He hosted the 1994 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, which set an attendance record of over 4,500. Dr. McCutchen performs regularly on drumset with Prime Time Jazz, plus jazz vibes, steel drum and orchestral percussion in various professional settings. Tony has degrees from Auburn University (B.S.), East Carolina University (M.M.) , and the University of North Texas (D.M.A.). He and his wife Susie have four children.
Bio: Mario Tesio (percussion)
Mario Tesio was born in Pavia in 1953. He studied percussion at the Milan Conservatory and Musicology at the Bologna University. Since 1980, he has played regularly with the orchestras of RAI (Italian Radio Television) in Milan, Turin, Naples, and with SSR (Italian Suisse Radio) in Lugano, and has also performed as percussion soloist at the Teatro alla Scala (Milan, 1979). Showing a keen interest in 20th-century music, Tesio has often performed pieces by Donatoni, Boulez, Petrassi, Bussotti, Corghi, Clementi, and Berio, and has been part of a contemporary chamber ensemble. In 1989, Tesio was appointed Professor of Percussion Instruments at the Alessandria Consevatory. His music criticism has appeared in a number of newspapers and musicological journals.
David Zerkel (Tuba)
David Zerkel is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Georgia, leading an active career as both a performer and educator. Before his arrival at UGA, he taught in a similar position at Illinois State University. His students have distinguished themselves by winning international and national competitions and attaining positions with professional performing organizations.
David has performed with many orchestras, to include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He is a member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, was a founding member of the Washington Symphonic Brass and has performed with the Burning River Brass. He began his performing career as a member of the United States Army Field Band and The United States Army Band, both located in Washington, D.C.
David has performed as a featured soloist at many workshops and symposia, including the Leonard Falcone Festival, several International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, and the United States Army Band Tuba Conference. In addition, he has performed as a solo recitalist at many of the leading colleges and conservatories in the United States. His first solo CD, American Music for Tuba: Something Old, Something New, was selected as the recipient of the inaugural ITEA Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording at the 2006 ITEC in Denver, Colorado. His newest CD, Tuba Helper, was a Bobo finalist at the 2008 ITEC held in Cincinnati, Ohio.
David is Past President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association.
Bio: Evgeny Rivkin (Piano)
Evgeny Rivkin was born in Russia and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied with Professor Evgeny Malinin.
He has been the recipient of many major awards, including top prizes in the USSR National Piano Competition in 1977, the Sixth International Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, the Bayerishe Rundfunk Competition in Munich, 1985, as well as the L. MacMahon International Competition in Lawton, Oklahoma. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Italy, France, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Yugoslavia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and other countries in live performances as well as radio and TV broadcasts, always earning enthusiastic praise for his exciting pianism and sensitive artistry.
Mr. Rivkin has made symphonic appearances and presented solo recitals in many world-famous halls, such as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Great Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society, Hercules-Saal in Munich, Gewandhaus Hall in Leipzig,, Wagner Hall in Riga, Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest,Weill Carnegie Hall in New York and others.
His repertoire includes all the keyboard concertos of J.S.Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and the piano concertos of Schumann, Liszt, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Brahms, Grieg, etc., and the major solo literature from the Classical and Romantic eras.
Mr. Rivkin has recorded for A-RAM and Melodiya labels in Russia, Sintez records of Latvia, and in the United States, ACA Recordings. “Treat yourself to this fine rendition,”wrote Fanfare magazine about his recording of Tchaikovsky’s G major Piano Sonata and The Seasons, adding that Rivkin brings out the best of this music.
Mr. Rivkin has been a Professor of Piano at the University of Georgia since 1995.
Bio: Marco Vicenzi (Piano)
Born in Genoa, Italy, in 1958. Piano degree cum laude at Genoa Conservatory. Upper piano studies under the direction of Maria Tipo at Geneva Conservatoire Superieur, Switzerland. Prix de Virtuosité 1986. Composition degree 1986 at Genoa Conservatory. Master of arts 1986 at Genoa University cum laude. Award in musicology at Dinu Lipatti Foundation in Bucharest, Rumania. 1st Prize for piano at Stresa International Competition (Italy 1977). 1st Prize for piano at Sommerakademie of Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria 1978). Recitals and concerts in Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Nederlands, Rumania, Switzerland. Soloist with important orchestras. Participant in complete performances of Chopin’s piano works, Beethoven’s piano Sonatas, Mozart’s piano Sonatas and Concertos. Chamber music with flute, violin, cello, string quartet. Performer in 8 CDs: (Lipatti, Wolf-Ferrari, Busoni, Pizzetti, Vieuxtemps, Rota, Respighi, Mozart-Busoni), all produced by Dynamic, Italy. Author of articles and reviews in Italian musical magazines, and papers in the proceedings of musicological congresses about Busoni and Lipatti. Editor of the book Ferruccio Busoni e il pianoforte del Novecento (Lucca 1999). Piano professor at Alessandria Conservatory. Director of Centro Studi Musicali Ferruccio Busoni in Empoli (Busoni’s birth town).
Favorite repertoire (to perform and teach): Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Busoni and other Italian composers of XX century.
Bio: Maurizio Barboro (Piano)
Maurizio Barboro is on the Piano Faculty of the “Vivaldi” State Conservatory in Alessandria. He completed his artistical education at the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” in Rome, under the guidance of nationally renowned pianist and pedagogue Lya De Barberiis.Winner of national piano competitions, since 1980 he has combined an intense career in Italy as well as in the major cultural centres in Europe,Asia and North America.Since 1996 Barboro has been currently “artist in residence” and “permanent soloist” of the “Dumitrescu” Philharmonic Orchestra of Valcea (Romania).In 1999 he made his debut in US,where now he is periodically invited to hold master classes at institutions such as the Boston Conservatory, the Longy School of Music and the Rivers School (MA),Southeastern State University (OK),Clark College Music Dept.(WA).Last 5 years he was a guest soloist with the Berkshire Symphony,Longwood Symphony, Newton Symphony (MA),Clark College Orchestra (WA),The Villages Community Orchestra (FL),appearing in Boston “Jordan Hall”. CD recordings include Shostakovich’s Piano Concertos,the Brahms,Franck,Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Kabalevsky Sonatas for Cello and Piano, the complete works for two pianos(eight hands)the works of the Italian contemporary composer Mario Panatero. Barboro is Artistic Director of the “Città di Ovada” International Piano Competition. www.camtmonferrato.it
Bio: Silvia Leggio(Piano)
Born in Palermo, she studied piano at the Conservatory “V. Bellini” of Palermo achieving her diploma cum laude.
She has improved her technique and performances over time by attending stages held by Maestros Gyorgy Sandor, Bruno Canino, Alexander Lonquich, Paul Badura Skoda.
She has a degree in harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano at the Conservatory “G. Verdi “ in Milan and she already has performed some concerts as a harpsichordist. She attended proficiency seminaries with the harpsichordists Clemencic (music of ‘500), Dreifus (French music) and Fadini (Scarlatti’s sonatas).
She has performed many concerts as a soloist as well as in chamber ensembles for outstanding Italian musical institutions, such as the Amici della Musica of Palermo, the Accademia Filarmonica of Messina, the Teatro Massimo of Palermo, the Arts Academy of Rome, the Società dei Concerti of Milan, and the Teatro Comunale of Reggio Emilia.
She has been on tour in Egypt, Portugal, Caraibi.
She holds piano proficiency courses during the summer season in Bergolo (Cn) and Palermo.
She is currently teaching piano at the Conservatory A. Vivaldi in Alessandria.
The lessons are based on the pianistic literature of the Classical Period including not only the most important composers like Haydn (sonate and pieces), Mozart (sonate, variations, piano concerts), Beethoven (sonate, variations, piano concerts ), but also the minor ones.
The lessons will deal with the specific matter of interpretation, style, technical approach, in considaration also of the problems coming from the mechanical differences between the modern piano and the ancient fortepiano
Bio: Gian Maria Bonino (Piano)
Graduated at the Conservatory “G.Verdi” of Milan with Lydia Arcuri and at the Conservatory of Lucerna with the M° Myeczislaw Horszowski. Later on studies harpsichord graduating in 1989 in the Conservatory of Genoa and in January 1999 in the Superior Conservatory of Winterthur (CH). He has played with orchestras like the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, the Orchestra of La Scala and Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, and moreover with the string quartet Atheneum of the Berliner Philharmoniker, with which it has played first absolute executions of Contemporary music for 3rd Italian Radio RAI in February 2005 and at the festival of Contemporary music of Cincinnati (USA). He plays also regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker Virtuosen, the Philharmonische Kamerata Berlin with the oboist Albrecht Mayer in Luzern festival and Rheingau - festival .Recently he has played like soloist at the Berlin Philharmonie in the opening concert of season 2007 – 2008 in the Berliner Philharmoniker concert season with a Joel Hoffmann’s contemporary piece.
Bach e figli: repertorio e prassi esecutiva al pianoforte
Chopin: approfondimento tecnico ed esecutivo degli Studi op. 10 ed op.25
Bio: Steve Dancz (Jazz)
Steve Dancz began his professional career at the age of fifteen and by his twenty-first birthday was performing extensively in Europe, the Soviet Union, Japan, The People's Republic of China, Africa and South America. He has studied piano with Harold Danko, Tom Ferguson and Monty Alexander. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts grant, he has performed and/or recorded with The Chieftains, Eddie Harris, Kevin Mahogany, Joe Lovano, Bill Cosby, Dizzy Gillespie, John Clayton, Clint Holmes, Don Menza, Allen Vizutti, Willie Thomas, Rich Matteson, Gus Mancusco, Martin Taylor, John Pattitucci, Paulino de Costa, Rufus Reid, John Clayton and Clark Terry. He has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), the Vienne Jazz Festival (France), The Brussels Conservatory of Music (Belgium), Tocar la Vida (Argentina), and the first World Festival of Sacred Music (India) at the request of His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama.
Dancz worked as a record producer and A & R director during the years he was based in Los Angeles and composed and conducted orchestral scores for television ("Designing Women") and motion pictures ("Grim Prairie Tales" starring James Earl Jones). He studied film scoring with master composer Earl Hagen (“Andy of Mayberry,” “I Spy,” “Mod Squad”). Steve has composed and produced numerous original scores for National Geographic Films, many of which have aired internationally as part of the National Geographic "Explorer" television series. Dancz’s most recent work with The Geographic was the PBS Special “Inside Mecca.” Four recent scores, “The Raising of the Hunley,” "The Filmmakers," "Africa's Dinosaur Giants" and "Great White : Deep Trouble" are available on Home Video/DVD from the National Geographic Society. He has just completed scoring the latest season of "THE GIRLS OUTDOORS," a new TV series broadcast on the GAC Network and his most recent film project, "SACRED SITES OF THE DALAI LAMAS," is currently in release with an accompanying soundtrack album available on iTunes.
Mr. Dancz is currently on the faculty of the University of Georgia where he directs the Jazz Studies Program and co-founded the Music Business Program. He can be reached at stevedancz.com.
Bio: Brandon Craswell (Trumpet)
Brandon Craswell holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in trumpet performance from Indiana University, and has completed coursework toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. Prior to his 2008 appointment to UGA, he coordinated the brass department and directed the jazz ensemble at Minot State University, in Minot, North Dakota.
In demand as an orchestral musician, he has played with the Atlanta, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Honolulu Symphonies, including a performance at Carnegie Hall with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons, working with “Bud” Herseth, former principal trumpet of the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra for over fifty years. Adept at both classical and jazz, Craswell recently finished a North American tour of the Broadway musical “42nd St.” As a soloist, he has been a featured artist at the Aspen Music Festival, the International Romantic Trumpet Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has an upcoming engagement with pianist Olga Kern at the Porter Center for the Arts in Brevard, North Carolina. Craswell is a New York Trumpet Company performing artist.
Dr. Joshua L. Bynum currently serves as Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Georgia. He holds degrees from Jacksonville State University (BME), Temple University (MM), and the University of Iowa (DMA), where he was the 2002 recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship. Prior to his current appointment, Josh served as Assistant Professor of Trombone and Low Brass at Ouachita Baptist University. Bynum has held positions in the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Tuscaloosa, Gadsden, and Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestras. Additionally, he has regularly performed with numerous ensembles, including the Arkansas and Shreveport Symphony Orchestras, Joffrey Ballet, and Stuttgart Ballet. Bynum was selected as one of 12 international tenor trombonists to participate in the 2007 Alessi Seminar, where he received individual and ensemble instruction from Joseph Alessi (principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic). Recently, Josh was an invited member of the Cramer Trombone Choir for the 2010 International Trombone Festival in Austin, TX. In the fall of 2010, Dr. Bynum gave a consortium premiere of John Mackey’s Harvest: Concerto for Trombone with John Lynch and the UGA Wind Ensemble. He has appeared as guest artist and clinician at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, Northeast Alabama Trombone Workshop, Cedar Rapids Trombone Day, as well as with numerous schools and universities across the United States. Dr. Bynum currently serves as the Journal Advertising Manager for the International Trombone Association and is an Artist/Clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company.
Bio: Riccardo Ristori (Voice)
Riccardo Ristori graduated in piano and bassoon at the Genovese Conservatorio “N.Paganini” and then he started singing studies under the guide of M. Tristano Illersberg, coming to graduating in 1988. He went on with his vocal specialization with M_ Guglielmo Gazzani, who made him study the bel canto repertoire. He won several national and international competitions, like “Tito Schipa” in Lecce, “Mattia Battistini” in Rieti and “Laboratorio Lirico” in Alessandria. He sang in Italy with: Teatro dell’Opera Giocosa-Savona, Arturo Toscanini Orchestra-Parma,Teatro Pergolesi-Jesi, Teatro Comunale-Bologna, Tetaro Regio-Parma, Teatro Bellini, Catania, Teatro Massimo-Palermo, Teatro Comunale-Modena, Teatro Giordano-Foggia, Teatro Comunale-Cagliari, Teatro Donizetti-Bergamo, Teatro Ponchielli-Cremona, Teatro Grande-Brescia, Teatro Carlo Felice-Genova, Teatro Cilea-Reggio Calabria, Festival Pucciniano-Torre del Lago, Festival della Valle d’Itria-MartinaFranca,Politeama Greco-Lecce, Teatro Olimpico-Vicenza.He performed abroad in Holland, Switzerland, Giordania, Iraq, Malta, Tunisia, Denmark, Germany, Bulgaria, Albania. Principate of Monaco and Finland. In 1997 he is Pallante in Handel’s “Agrippina” under the conduction of Jean Claude Malgoire at Massimo in Palermo, and Gelsomino in Giordano’s “Madame Sans-GÈne” wirh Mirella Freni at Bellini in Catania and at Comunale in Modena, where a recording has been made. In Fabruary 2000 he played the role of Claudio in a reprise of the Palermitan production of Handel’s “Agrippina” at Politeama Greco in Lecce. In May 2000 he played one of the main roles in the restoration of Paer’s “Camilla o il sotterraneo” at the Teatro Regio in Parma. In July 2000 he sang Segeste in Handel’s “Arminio” with “Il Complesso Barocco” conducted by Alan Curtis at Festival Barocco”in Solothurn and in Siena for “Settimane Musicali Senesi”, where the opera has been recorded for Virgin Records. In April 2001 he sang in the absolute first performance of Sylvano Bussotti’s composition “Concerti Grossi all’Ara degli Ulivi” with O.R.L at Teatro Valle of Rome and September 2001 at Santa Maria della Piet‡ in Venice. From 1992 he collaborates with “Alessandro Stradella Consort” and he is a member of “Concento Ecclesiastico” too. He is an appreciated interpreter of sacred music and Italian, French and German chamber repertoire. He has at his credit several recordings for Bongiovanni, Agor‡, Nuova Era, Dynamic, Callisto and Virgin. In 2007 he sang the first performance of the opera “Teneke” of Fabio Vacchi at the Teatro alla Scala of Milano.