A Community of Passionate Educators and Learners
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At Solo Classic, we encourage spirited learning, growth, development and fun. Our highly skilled and trained educators aim to empower students through music encouraging insightful questions, broadening skill sets and exploring disciplinary boundaries along the way. Our curriculum encourages the engagement with healthy challenges and confronts conventional ways of thinking that go beyond music. We invite you to learn more about Solo Classic and discover an education designed for you.
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About Our School
GAINING SKILLS THAT LAST A LIFETIME
Opening its doors in 2001, Solo Classic has been a neighborhood staple dedicated to providing students with a rich musical education as well as encouraging the foundation of music programs in surrounding schools. Our school provides unparalleled teaching methods centered on a diverse learning environment-we firmly believe in a customized curriculum based on the needs of the student. Solo Classic is located in Buffalo Grove and has over 350 students and a renowned, diverse staff ready to create a customized musical education for each student so that they may achieve their musical aspirations quickly and more efficiently.
Our distinguished faculty includes graduates from Northwestern University’s School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, DePaul University, members of the Civic Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, and Highland Park Strings. At Solo Classic, we pride ourselves on building a diverse team of people that not only study their craft, but also work as professional musicians across the country.
If you or your child is enrolled in a school orchestra, our educators work directly with Chicago school programs and follow their curriculum in order to prepare students for improved performance, competitions, and auditions. Many of our teachers have working and personal relationships with educators in local school districts and often collaborate on teaching in order to maximize learning and set up a customized music schedule for enhanced performance.
Competitions are a great way to boost any kind of resume and win scholarships, but with so many applicants, it can be difficult to stand out and achieve your goals. With years of experience preparing students for the IGSMA Contest, IMEA, Walgreens National Concerto Competition and many others, our educators are ready to share necessary tools to get ahead and win.
PRIORITIZING DIVERSITY AND ORIGINALITY
Solo Classic Music School honors the individual needs of our students and believe that with the correct guidance, all students can achieve their musical potential. We encourage original thinking and test the boundaries of conventional approaches, because music is art after all! We also firmly believe in providing students with a diverse array of educators from all backgrounds so as to broaden the scope of understanding concerning music performance and beyond.
FROM HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER TO STRING INSTRUMENT MAKER
Roumen Raykovski (owner) was a teacher at Simon Bolivar High School in Bulgaria when he first heard about the Chicago School of Violin Making-one of the few schools in the world that offers classes in the traditional methods of string instrument making. The Bulgarian native made a decision that would change the course of his and his family's destiny: to pursue his dream of string instrument making and immigrate to America. Alongside his studies, Roumen honed his skills and began working for Karnes Music Co. in Chicago where he repaired, set up, and made adjustments to string instruments. A few years later, Roumen moved to William Hariss Lee where he restored priceless instruments as well as instruments of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Roumen's hard work and dedication, not only towards making string instruments from scratch, but also assimilating to his new country of residence, paid off when he opened Solo Classic , a small family store located in Buffalo Grove. With the help of his wife, Dani , daughter Iliana and son Peter, Roumen's dream came to fruition and expanded into a music school. From Bulgarian educator to American luthier, Roumen is living proof of the American dream and continues to share his passion for music with his community.
Meet Some of Our Solo Staff
TALENT IS JUST THE BEGINNING
Sonia Hadar is a master violinist and instructor who received her training from the renowned Tel Aviv University and was a student of the proclaimed Shlomo Bohr and Oedoe Partos.
Sonia is a first prize winner of the Gina Bachauer competition; principal, co-principal and 1st violinist in Haifa Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Israeli Opera and Radio of Israel Light Music Orchestra, Tel Aviv, soloist and ensemble player in chamber groups, Ramat Gan (Israel) and Musicanti of the Cape Town Symphony. Currently Sonia teaches at the Music Institute in Highland Park as well as Solo Classic Music School.
Sonia's students, of all ages, have earned countless awards and garnered insurmountable success in the music world. Her experience speaks for itself and Solo Classic is most lucky to have her.
Assistant concert master of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, Highland Park Strings, former member of Galveston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Civic Symphony, La Orquesta Sinfonica de la U.AN.L., Filharmonica “George Dima”, and “Virtuoziidin Transilvania.” During his eight year tenure at Solo Classic, Fabian has enjoyed teaching a range of ages and experience levels using traditional methods and the Suzuki method. He often encourages his students to participate in local activities, school orchestras or local competitions in the hope of preserving music in communities and celebrating art. In the last IGSMA, several of Fabian's students have taken gold medals. A highly driven teacher, Fabian's dedication to his students is showcased through their focus and talent.
Loved by students and faculty alike, Desi Tantchev holds both the BM and MM from the State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. Prior to moving to the U.S. In 1996, Desi has been performing with leading orchestras in Europe. She served as principal violist for the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra for 8 years, performed regularly with the Illinois Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony Orchestras and is currently a member of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and Highland Park Strings. Teaching both Traditional and Suzuki methods, Desi has been on the faculty of the MCMC in Crystal Lake since 2002, NSMI in Northfield, Starland and Wilmette Park District. She has taught at Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South H.S. for several years.
A native of Lviv, Ukraine, Nazar Dzhurym graduated from the Lviv Music School, where he studied with Evgeny Shpitzer and earned his Master of Music degree at the Moscow State Conservatory under Prof. Igor Gavrysh. Upon graduation, Nazar taught at the Moscow State Conservatory as an assistant professor before moving to Chicago in 1998. Since then, he has been in high demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher.
Nazar’s solo recitals for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts and the Piano Forte Salon Series have been broadcast live on 98.7WFMT. He has appeared as a soloist with the Moscow State Symphony “Young Russia,” Moscow Conservatory Symphony, Elgin Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, 2011 and 2013 he appeared as a soloist with Lviv Philharmonic, National Symphony of Ukraine in Kiev, Minsk Philharmonic and Ensemble of Soloists Classicus in Zagreb, performing Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante, Barber’s Concerto, Dvorak’s Concerto and Haydn’s Concertos. In addition, Nazar has given numerous solo recitals and master classes in Russia, Ukraine, South America, South Africa, South Korea and the U.S. In 2008 he released his solo debut CD, Cello Monologue, featuring works by Reger and Kodaly. His next CD, Cello Monologue 2 was released in 2013, featuring works of Ysaye, Hindemith, Crumb, Ligeti and Laniuk.
Nazar has performed in Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral and as a guest artist with the Chicago Chamber Musicians; his chamber-music partners have included members of the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Formerly the principal cello of the Moscow State Symphony “Young Russia” and the Moscow Conservatory Symphony, Nazar has served as the assistant principal cello of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra since 2000 and as the principal cello of the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra since 2004. He participated in the Rostropovich Festival in Evian, France, and has performed as an orchestral musician under Georg Solti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim, and Helmuth Rilling.
Nazar’s students have won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, and the Chicago Chamber Music Competition (sponsored by Midwest Young Artists).
Robert Monroe graduated with High Distinction from the University of Iowa in 2012 and holds a Bachelors Degree in Classical Piano Performance. Robert has toured internationally to Brazil serving as the pianist for the Johnson County Landmark big band. In 2013, he was selected to perform at the Iowa City Jazz Festival with the Small Container Trio. Robert also performed in the 2011 festival. He has had multiple performances broadcast by television stations UITV, PATV, and radio stations, KCCK, and KRUI. Robert has over 6 years of private jazz and classical piano teaching experience. He draws from his many performances to provide individually suited instruction for each student.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Alessandra is an active performer and piano teacher.
She first began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 while living in Japan and continued
to take lessons after moving to Brazil at age 9. Alessandra received a diploma from Sao
Paulo Municipal Theater Conservatory of Music where she studied with Scheilla
Glaser for 11 years. She also holds a BM in Piano Performance from São Paulo
State University where studied piano with Dr. Claudio Richerme.
Alessandra has been an active participant in master-classes with several
renowned pianists such as Olga Kiun (Russia-Brazil), Ronan Hara (England),
Piotr Banasik (Poland), Caio Pagano (Brazil-USA), Flavio Varani (Brazil-USA),
Maciej Pikulski (Poland), Frank Braley (France) and Marcos Fregnani (Brazil-
Alessandra decided to move to the United States topursue her MM in Piano Performance at Southern Illinois University and studiedwith Dr. Junghwa Lee.During her first semester she was the winner of the concerto competition “Starsof Altgeld”. This gave her the opportunity to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto N. 20in D minor, K. 466. as a soloist with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra.
Alessandra believes that a good teacher is also a good performer who never stops
seeking improvement and maintains active practice, but one that stems from an innate passion for music, which she hopes to inspire in her students!
A passionate and dedicated educator, Andrew received his B.M. in Cello Performance, summa cum laude from Arizona State University where he studied with Thomas Landschoot and worked with the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, Orion, and Brentano Quartets. He received his M.M. in Cello Performance, with distinction from DePaul University where he studied with Stephen Balderston. He has performed in master classes for Emmanuelle Bertrand, Andrés Diaz, Timothy Eddy, Bernard Greenhouse, Philippe Muller, and Menahem Pressler, among others. During summers, he has attended several music festivals, including the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, Interlochen Arts Camp’s Advanced String Quartet Program in Michigan, the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, the Domaine Forget Summer Music Academy in Quebec, and the Castleman String Quartet Program in Boulder, Colorado. In the summer of 2012, Andrew taught cello lessons in Trujillo, Peru as a volunteer with a non-profit organization. He maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the Chicago area and has played with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, 42nd Parallel Self-Conducted Orchestra, and the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Marina was born in Moscow, Russia, into a musical family and her mother, a gifted pianist, was her first piano teacher.
Marina moved to Estonia at age 15 where she graduated in piano performance from Georg Ots Music School in 1993 and the Estonian Academy of Music in 2002.
Upon gradation Marina received a full scholarship to continue her Masters in Music studies in the world renown Toradze Piano Studio at the Indiana University of South Bend where she completed both Masters and Artist Diploma degree and taught several classes at her university, including piano and ear training.
In 2007-2010 Marina was awarded a full scholarship and assistantship to complete her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) under the guidance of esteemed American pianist Lydia Artymiw.
Marina has been teaching students of all ages and levels for over 25 years and her students have participated in local and national festivals and competitions winning countless awards and diplomas. In fact, several of Marina's former students have become successful professional musicians.
An active solo and chamber performer herself, Marina always encourages her students to perform on stage and participate in local music events so as to build character and confidence-- not just as musicians, but individuals.
Marina has taught at the Indiana University South Bend, University of Minnesota, New Music School of Chicago and Family Piano in Waukegan. Marina’s husband Yuri Orlov is an accomplished violist and they have been performing in duet since 2009.
In addition to Piano, Marina has been singing professionally in an a-capella church choir, as well as serving as a substitute choir conductor at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral of Chicago.
Among other hobbies, Marina is a jewelry artist and participates in several Chicago art festivals every summer and fall. She resides in Zion, IL, with her husband and eight birds.
Marina's artistic background, extensive education, and musical family have enabled her to create a unique curriculum for her students which centers on proper technique as well as inspiring a deep passion for music that translates into all aspects of life. Providing the gift of musical ability to her students is Marina's greatest privilege and honor.
Farid Ishkinyaev started his music education at the age of 6. Before he immigrated to the United States, he studied at the Academic Music College, Moscow State Conservatory with Professor Elena Demidenko. He received his BA in Music Performance (2016) at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Isaac Malkin. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at DePaul University where he is studying with Olga Kaler.
As an added bonus, he performed with the world renowned Russian violinist Dmitry Kogan with the Ulyanovsk Symphonic Orchestra. He also got the President Award for his cultural achievements in Russia (2008).
Farid has performed as an orchestral musician with the the Manhattan Symphonic Orchestra (2012-2016), the Bergen Philharmonic orchestra (2013), Philadelphia Chamber Virtousi Orchestra (2015). He has also had the privilege of playing for famous musicians including Mikhail Kopelman and Emanuel Borok. Highly skilled, Farid is extremely knowledgeable of music and technique which he imparts to all of his students.
John Bitoy is a Chicago based, classical pianist who began exploring his musical endeavors at the age of nine and has performed at countless solo recitals across the country.
John has a a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) where he received the piano division award. He is currently attending DePaul University where he is working on his master's degree in piano performance.
Most recently, John was rewarded four first place prizes and two second place prizes in the Great Composer Competition Series.
In addition to classical music, John enjoys experimenting with other genres such as gospel, jazz, neo soul, R&B, and pop. He aims to successfully teach and develop a fun, engaging, and supportive music space for students of all backgrounds, skills, and ages.
A talented and warm presence, Ana Bivol began her teaching career at the Music Academy.
Alongside her undergrad studies, she was a member of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), first violin 2007-2010 (Moscow, Russia) where she got to perform together with well-known conductors as V.Spivacov, M.Gorenstein, I.Simonov, F.Mansurov.
In 2011, Ana moved to Chicago to follow her musical aspirations and received a Masters Degree in Violin Performance (2013) at DePaul University School of Music, followed by a Certificate Performance in 2015.
At the moment, she is a member of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra-violin, Candid Opera Orchestra, and also violin teacher at Logos School of Music, Niles, IL; substitute violin with Peoria Symphony Orchestra, former substitute violin with the Racine Symphony, and former member of the Chamber Orchestra of the theatre "M.Eminescu" Rep. of Moldova. She uses traditional method of teaching combined with some elements of the Suzuki method. Ana is comfortable in teaching any level and working with various repertoire of different genre always ready to customize musical education to the student's needs.
Patrycja Likos earned her Master of Music in cello performance from the Academy of Music, Poland under the tutelage of Andrzej Orkisz. She received an Artist Diploma in cello performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the studio of Brandon Vamos. Between 2012-2014, Patrycja was a member of Civic Orchestra in Chicago.
Patrycja has performed as a soloist in many cello master classes led by such outstanding cellists as G. Gnocchi, A. Bauer, M. Flaksman, J. Pegis, J. Reuling and P. Uyterlinde. As a chamber musician, she took part in chamber music master classes in the United States and Italy with I. Golan, I. Gitlis, Pacifica Quartet, Parker Quartet, Arianna Quartet and Jupiter Quartet.
Patrycja has participated in cello competitions in the United States and abroad. In 2011, she won the first prize in the Krannert Center Debut Artist Competition at Urbana-Champaign. Patrycja earned the third prize at the International Cello Competition in Kosice, Slovak Republic, and the first prize at the Chamber Music Competition in Stalowa Wola, Poland. Currently Patrycja Likos is a co-founder and teacher of the Likos String Academy located in downtown Chicago. She is also a cello instructor at the Lycée Français de Chicago. In addition to teaching, she is an assistant principal cellist of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and a member of Heartland Symphony Orchestra. Patrycja has consistently brings passion and dedication to her private lessons which explains her students' enthusiasm for music.
Agniezka Likos completed her Master’s Degree in violin performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in the studio of S. Hersh. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, where she studied with S. Bernhardsson and was awarded the Smith Scholarship for artistic work and academic achievements. During her pre-college studies, Agnieszka was a student of M. Dreher at the Music Institute of Chicago. She began violin in Poland under the direction of D. Pelczar at I. J. Paderewski School of Music in Krosno, and continued with I. Wojciechowska at H. Wieniawski School of Music. Agnieszka realizes her musical interests in the field of chamber music, performing at multiple chamber music festivals in Santu Lussurgiu (Sardinia), Bowdoin (ME), Madeline Island (WI), Hot Springs (AR) and Urbana-Champaign (IL). She took part in multiple master classes led by outstanding chamber musicians such as Itamar Golan, Gordan Nikolic, the Guarneri Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Hugo Wolf Quartet, Arianna Quartet, Parker Quartet and Shanghai Quartet. From 2004 to 2006, she was a member of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Program. As a member of a piano trio from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Program, Agnieszka won the first prize in the O.P.U.S. Chamber Music Competition in Chicago. In addition to teaching, Agnieszka is a member of Heartland Symphony Orchestra and Northbrook Symphony Orchestra. She is a co-founder and a violin teacher at the Likos String Academy in downtown Chicago and also a violin instructor at Elgin College.
Born in the Republic of Moldova to a family of music teachers, Constantin studied violin performance at Sveatoslav Tolmocev music school. Shortly after, he continued his music education and picked up the viola under the guidance of Vladimir Andries at Stefan Neaga College of Mucis. Constantin continued his education at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts where he received his Bachelors in Arts and eventually a Master Degree in Arts.
Constantin performed with the National Chamber Orchestra of Theatre M.Eminescu, the National Chamber Orchestra of Organ Hall, Chisinau, the National Filarmonica S.Lunchevici, World Peace Orchestra, collaborated with Moldavian Youth Orchestra, Romanian Youth Orchestra, Mondial Jazz Festival Bucharest EuropaFest, and Orchestra of Principese Margareta.
With hundreds of concerts across Europe under his belt, playing alongside the best musicians in the world, Constantin strengthened his performance skills beyond school and earned 6 National prizes and 1 International prize for both solo violin and viola.
Constantin not only played alongside world renowned international orchestras, but also played solo with orchestras accompanying him. He has played solo violin and viola with the National Filarmonica Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra, Academia Chamber Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra of Organ Hall, Moldavian Youth Orchestra program performing music ranging from the Baroque Era to contemporary music.
Constantin's tremendous amount of experience has resulted in superior teaching, able to accommodate to any age and level passing on years worth of musical wisdom. His commitment to his students enables them to easily shine in their musical endeavors.
Ekaterina Kalinina graduated with honors from Temple University, PA majoring in Piano Performance. She has been studying and performing piano since the age of five, participating at local competitions and graduated from Nizhny Novgorod Musical College, Russia with honors. Ekaterina continued her education in the Glinka Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. During her studies, she worked as an accompanist for the Department of Conducting at the conservatory and at the Nizhny Novgorod Ballet School. Before joining Solo Classic, Ekaterina taught at the International School of Music, Bethesda, MD, Mozart Music Academy and Go Musicians School in Philadelphia, PA.
Ekaterina's approach: "The focus of my teaching strategy is to provide an effective and joyful learning through different tactics and techniques that unlock students' potential. My philosophy is to find the unique approach for each student and infuse the knowledge and skills to work independently. My students are encouraged to discover their power as musicians through the wide range of suggestions and tools that facilitate the creative process. The lesson plan is designed to integrate interconnections between music and other art related disciplines to nurture a versatile personality as well as to make music a passion of life."
Picking up the guitar at the age of thirteen, Ron hasn't put it down since! Over the years, Ron embarked on an intensive musical education and performance journey receiving his professional training and a degree of arts from William Rainey Harper College under the tutelage of Steve Vazquez and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with Dr. Brian Torosian from Northeastern Illinois University, majoring in classical guitar performance. Not only did Ron study classical guitar through these schools, but also took lessons in jazz guitar and piano and studying and preforming classical piano.
Along with his degree studies, he has participated in several highly accredited master classes at university as well as widely renowned international classical guitar conventions: Denis Azabagic, Lily Afshar, Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell, Eduardo Fernandez, Raphaella Smits, Quaternaglia Quartet (Brazil), Rene Izquierdo, Xuefei Yang, and Oscar Ghiglia.
Since graduating, Ron has been expanding his range of music with studies of baroque and renaissance music on the mandolin and lessons in flamenco guitar with Nico Angel, a former student of Juan Serrano, and Denis Azabagic.
From the inquisitive thirteen year old to today's guitar maestro, Ron has far surpassed a simple interest in guitar and turned it into a lifelong passion which he hopes to impart onto his students!
Ron's extensive skill set allows him to explore any and all genres of music which, alongside his student's interests, can create a customized performance plan for their individual interest and skill set.
Grace Yang is an enthusiastic teacher and an active violinist who frequently performs as an orchestral and chamber musician in the Chicago-land area.
Receiving her Master
of Music (MM) and Bachelor of Music (BM) degrees in Violin Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the tutelage of Megan Freivogel and Stefan Milenkovich, Grace hopes to share her extensive knowledge of music to her students and incorporate smarter techniques that provide greater results in musical ability.
While at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, she had invaluable
chamber music experience working with the wonderful members of Jupiter String Quartet which has shaped her musicality and musicianship immensely as a chamber musician and as
a violinist. Her major teachers included Megan Freivogel, Jupiter String Quartet, Stefan Milenkovich and Cornelius Chiu.
Grace enjoys sharing her lifelong love of music with others, especially with her students. She feels grateful to have gained so much from learning music
from her master teachers and making music with aspiring musicians.
She believes the process of learning an instrument helps one to grow in many positive ways in life and hopes
to pass on as much wisdom and love of music to her own students in the years to come. Grace's favorite part about being a musician is the freedom of expression. Being musically endowed can open the door to opportunity, but more importantly, yourself. She hopes that through proper technique, her students can open the door to their soul and let it speak through their instruments.
Grace's method of teaching not only centers on proper form and preparation, but through a customized work plan that yields greater retainability of musical knowledge so that her students can be proficient and successful with their music with or without guidance.
Christian Yi is a performing musician, arranger, composer, pianist and keyboardist, educator, producer, and music director.
Taking classical piano lessons at the age of 5, he eventually ventured into the musical realms of jazz, pop, church, rock, and soul music working extensively with a variety of phenomenal educators throughout his musical career.
Christian has had the wonderful opportunity to play at the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall (Northern Illinois University), Pick-Staiger Concert Hall (Northwestern University), The Jazz Showcase (Chicago, IL), the Chicago Symphony Center (Chicago, IL), the House Cafe (DeKalb, IL), Heritage Church (Lake Zurich, IL), the various campuses of Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL), and the United Center (Chicago, IL).
Currently, Christian is pursuing a Bachelor's in Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University. He has the amazing opportunity to study jazz piano with Professor and Northern Illinois Director of Jazz Studies, Reggie Thomas. He also studies with Tom Garling, professor of jazz trombone, in jazz arranging and composition.
Christian desires to bring his comprehensive experience and education to foster a unique and meaningful teaching environment for his students. He seeks to provide a fluent understanding of music, technical and artistic, and a skill that will serve them for the rest of their lives. Christian provides a customized curriculum for all of his students and adjusts his teaching according to his student’s needs in order to optimize learning in a shorter amount of time.
Zarui Vardanean is an Honored Artist of the Republic of Moldova and a National and International contest prize winner.
Zara has a Master of Fine Arts in Music from the Academy of Music Republic of Moldova as well as a BBA from the Institute of the Continuing Education Republic of Moldova. Currently, she is working on her second master’s degree at Roosevelt University focusing on Preforming Arts Administration.
In recent seasons, Zarui Vardanean has established herself as one of the most important dramatic mezzo-sopranos singing today. A recent performance of Bizet’s Carmen with Opera & Ballet
International Company in the UK led one critic to write, “Yet it is Zarui Vardanean`s Mezzo-soprano voice and perfect dark gypsy beauty, combined with the rare ability for an opera star to act, which will
live long in the memory. Vardanean not only takes on the role of Carmen, but she also possesses it to lock, stock and barrel and turns the whole show into something quite exceptional.”
Zara is well-known to audiences in the UK, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Germany and her native country Rep. of Moldova. She made an auspicious debut at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Moldova in 1998 when she appeared as Ulrica in opera Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi. Subsequently, Zara sang in over twenty-three leading roles including Carmen, Amneris, Azucena, Adaljisa, Lyubasha, Olga, Pauline, etc.
Zara was a welcome permanent guest artist at the leading opera houses of Romania--National Opera Bucharest, National Opera Cluj-Napoca, National Opera Constanta, and Opera
Romana Craiova. In addition to stage performance, Zara has participated in International Festivals some of which include “Va Invita M.Biesu” (1998–2013), The “Days of Russian Culture Festival" in Chisinau, Moldova (2004), and the 8th International Festival of Performance Art “Bitei” organized by “E.Ionescu” theatre (2007) where she won a cup as the best
musical performance artist, “Martishor” (1998-2013), "Crizantema de Aur" (2011), and “Opera Nights” (Hunedoara, Transylvania 2013).
In concerts, Zara has appeared with the National Philharmonic S.Lunkevici, National TV and Radio
Orchestra Rep. of Moldova, Banatul State Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), Cadenza Productions Company (The Netherlands) etc.
Zara's vocal- symphonic repertoire includes Requiem by Verdi; Requiem, Messa C-Dur by Mozart; Stabat Mater by Dvorak; 9th Symphony by Beethoven; Brahms Rhapsody; Alexander Nevsky by S.Prokofiev and also vocal cycles like Five Poems of Mathilde Wesendonk by Wagner; From Jewish Folk Poetry by Shostakovich; Seven Spanish Folk Songs by M.De Faglia; and Songs About Dead Children by G. Mahler.
After immigrating to the USA in 2013, Zara opened her Voice Studio for young singers, where she shared her experience and knowledge with pleasure, as well continuing her opera career in Europe. Now at Solo Classic, Zara hopes to use her time spent on stage, masterful education, and world renowned experience to educate the next generation of singers.
Denys Dzhuryn started teaching flute in 2003 while studying at the conservatory of music in Lviv, Ukraine. His first teaching job was at a Children's Music School and later, in 2006, at Lviv College of Music. While studying and teaching, he was also working at the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra as a principal flutist and later at the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theater as a second flute/piccolo.
Denys also did musical tours to Western Europe and South Korea with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2008, Denys moved to the United States and immediately began teaching private students and performing in recitals serving the community including retirement homes, hospitals, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.
Students can expect Denys to use his 10 year plus experience as a professional musician towards forming a comprehensive and efficient musical plan
that will produce great musical results in a shorter period of time. Within just a few lessons, the student will be able to create a good quality sound (and technique later) without straining or putting in an excessive amount of effort.
DenysI structures his lessons so students can learn what they want to learn, while also maintaining correct posture and proper technique--and most importantly, having fun while doing it!
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