BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Ellina Blinder, Lilia MuchnikEllina Blinder and Lilia Muchnik, Co-founders

Pianist Ellina Blinder received her education at Hartt School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music earning Bachelor and Master Degrees. Ms.Blinder was a top prizewinner of the Connecticut and Massachusetts Young Artists Competitions. She has performed solo and chamber music in Europe and the United States. As a collaborative pianist, Ms.Blinder frequently performs in various ensembles from sonata duo to piano quartet. Her recent performances included concerts at the Rostropovich memorial with the young Russian cellist Sergey Antonov in New York, and concerts at the Chamber Music Foundation of New England concert series in Boston. Together with the violinist, Lilia Muchnik, she performs frequently as a Boston Duo. Ms.Blinder serves as an artistic director of the International Chamber Music Festival & Institute, Southborough, Massatchussetts.

Violinist Lilia Muchnik has graduated from the Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow. She has been a top prize winner of the Russian National Violin Competition where she received a Special Prize for the Best Performance of Contemporary music and toured the country as a soloist and chamber musician. While in Russia, Lilia has been a member of the Radio and Television String Quartet, with whom she performed concerts in Berlin, Budapest and Algiers and made several recordings under Russian Musical Archive Label. Currently, Ms. Muchnik is on the violin faculties of the New England Conservatory, Division of Preparatory and Continuing Education and International Chamber Music Festival and Institute, a summer program for advanced music students that takes place in St. Marks School in Southborough Mass

After immigrating to the United States in 1991, Ms. Muchnik began performing with the pianist Ellina Blinder, as Boston Duo. Together the ensemble has recorded all J.S.Bach keyboard and violin sonatas as well as a disc titled Violin and Piano Duets under Classical Recording Company Label.

Boston Duo has performed in such venues as Jordan Hall in Boston, St.Paul's School in London among others. As dedicated teachers as well as performing musicians, the Boston Duo understood the need for more venues and opportunities for the young emerging musicians. In 2004 they co-founded the Chamber Music Foundation of New England.

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Tatyana Dudochkin, President and Founder of the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition

Tatyana Dudochkin is a distinguished pianist, teacher and educator, critically acclaimed for her remarkable performances as a soloist and chamber musician. A winner of numerous awards, including First Prize and Grand medal from the Lithuania Early Music Competition and the Ukrainian Chamber Music Competition, Ms. Dudochkin chairs the Piano Ensemble Department of the New England Conservatory Preparatory and Continuing Education Division. She also serves on faculty at the Puigcerda Music Festival in Spain. A great number of of her students won top prizes in international, national and world piano competitions including: International Piano Competition (Cinigalia, Italy), International Young Pianist Competition (Montreal, Canada), International Piano Duo Competition (St. Petersburg, Russia), Spivakov International Foundation (Moscow), International Piano Competition (Purcerda, Spain). Competitions based in USA include: Young Virtuoso at Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), International Piano Competition in Washington D.C., New England Conservatory and Brockton Symphony Concerto Competitions, Malborough National Piano Compeititon, Massachusetts Music Teacher Association, New England Piano Teachers Association, and "Steiner & Sons" piano competitions (Boston, MA). Ms. Dudochkin received many Recognition of Outstanding Teacher Awards and is often invited to judge international and national competitions. She has concertized extensively throughout former Soviet Union, United States, Canada, Spain, Italy and Holland. Most recently, Tatyana performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall in New York and Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory. Ms. Dudochkin served as artist-in residence at the Rockport, Hampton, Summit, Spring of Prague, Vladimir Horowitz Summer Festivals and many other music festivals. Her radio and television performances include WGBH, WBUR, "Voice of America," Morning Pro Musica," Washington National Public Radio, and Continental Cable vision "In Performance. She is also featured in many recordings Live from Jordan Hall. Tatyana is the founder and Artistic Director of the annual New England Conservatory Composer?s Anniversaries Celebrations series at Jordan Hall since 1991.

Suzanne Polk

Suzanne Polk began her study of the cello at the Juilliard School of Music with Harvey Shapiro and continued her studies at New England Conservatory with Laurence Lesser and British cellist Colin Carr. She is the recipient of the Stamford Young Artists' Award and has performed with the Arden String Quartet, the Virag Piano Trio, the Boston Duo and the multi media ensemble Melodic Vision. An active freelance musician Suzanne has appeared with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Opera North and the Manadnock Music Festival. A dedicated teacher, Ms. Polk is an Affiliate Cello Artist at the University of Vermont and has taught on the faculty of Middlebury College, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Division, the Longy School of Music and the International Chamber Music Festival and Institute at the St. Mark's School.


Sergey Antonov- Artistic Director, Chamber Music Festival Concert Series

In his early 20's he was hailed as "a brilliant cellist" by the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich and Sergey Antonov went on to prove his mentor's proclamation by garnering top honors in numerous soloist and chamber competitions, ultimately landing the most coveted prize of them all, the Gold Medal at the world's premier musical Olympiad, the quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007.
Born into a musical family in Moscow in 1983, Antonov was one of the youngest recipients of the Tchaikovsky award. His subsequent performances have taken him round the globe, from the Moscow Conservatory's Great Hall to Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and as a repeat guest artist at the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island, where he made his American debut in 2008.
He has collaborated with such maestros and classical artists as Jonathan McPhee Yuri Simonov, Maxim Vengerov, David Geringas, Michiyoshi Inoue, Mikhail Pletnev and Yuri Bashmet, Christian Arming, Dmitry Sitkovetsky among others, and has appeared on Russian National Television in performance with the Moscow Philharmonic in their "Stars of the 21st Century" series, and in live concert on Boston's NPR radio station WGBH. In addition to his solo performances Sergey is a member of Hermitage Piano Trio. Antonov now calls Boston, Massachusetts his home.

Diana Fayngersh Lee

Diana's carrer interests are in high tech.  She is a hardware engineer working primarily in video technology.  However, her love of music and chamber music in particular as well as applied and high art draws her to get involved in Greater Boston cultural scene.  Diana has recently joined the CMFONE board  to lend a hand with publicity and fundraising.  She is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and a resident of Concord MA, where is a member of the Local Cultural Council.

 

 

 

 

BOARD OF ADVISORS

 

Victor Rosenbaum

Pianist, professor of piano at New England Conservatory and Mannes School of Music, NYC (please click here for bio)

 

Vivian Hornik Weilerstein

Panist, professor of collaborative piano at New England Conservatory (please click here for bio)