Cathy Fuller has two degrees in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. When she was 16, she won the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Young Artists Competition, and played the Schumann Concerto with conductor Harry Ellis Dickson and the BSO at Symphony Hall. She has been a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell, Clark University and the Longy School of Music, and she continues to teach privately. She began her radio career at WICN in Worcester where she became Classical Director and Host. She joined the WGBH Radio team in 2000 as Classical Host and Producer, and you can hear her every day from 9am to 2pm on Classical Radio Boston, 99-5, WCRB.
Astrid Schween, Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Massachusetts, is critically acclaimed for her solo, quartet, and chamber music performances. She has performed extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. A member of the Lark Quartet since 1989, Ms. Schween has performed at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Istanbul Festival and many others. With her colleagues, she has garnered numerous awards in international competition, the Shostakovich Gold Medal in Russia and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award among them, and commissioned and premiered many of today’s most celebrated composers including Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Moravec, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Julia Wolfe, Peter Schickele and Jennifer Higdon. Recent solo engagements include US recital tours with pianist Gary Hammond and a recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, with concerto performances at The Peninsula Music Festival, the Memphis Symphony, Cleveland Institute and Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Ms. Astrid Schween also serves on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Center as a Valade Fellow. In 2008, she will release a solo CD for Arabesque Recordings.
Jakov Jakoulov is an author of three ballets, five instrumental concertos, five string quartets, music for over 20 theatrical, TV and cinema productions and numerous symphonic, chamber and choral works. In recent years Jakoulov’s music has been presented by London’s New European Strings Orchestra, Boston Symphony Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, “Future Classics” Series with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Chamber Concerts, Armenian National Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, Bachanalia Festival Orchestra.
Recipient of six Annual Awards of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Doctor of Music of Boston University, Elected Member of National Honor Music Society, Jakov Jakoulov has international reputation with commissions and performances of his works in Germany, Sweden, Scotland, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Armenia, Russia, Israel as well as the United States.
In 1987 Jakoulov left Moscow to begin to work in Munich, Germany and elsewhere in Europe. Since 1990 he lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a former member of the faculties of Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky, Boston University and Community Music Center in Boston.
Jakov Jakoulov holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition of Boston University. His teachers have included Theodore Antoniou and Lukas Foss.
Bruce Brubaker, the Chair of the New England Conservatory Piano Department, has earned Bachelor of Music (1982), Master of Music (1983), and Doctor of Musical Arts (1992) degrees at The Juilliard School of Music. His doctoral document, “Pianist’s Life,” was a study of the social and cultural implications of the position of the concert pianist in contemporary America. As a concert pianist, Mr. Brubaker performed with orchestras in Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Atlanta, Seattle, and New York, and toured England, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Latin America, and Asia. Mr. Brubaker has premiered music by John Cage, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Jonathan Lloyd and gave first performances of Glass’s Six Etudes in London, Boston, and Manila. He made the world premiere recording of Edward Steuermann’s Piano Sonata for Vital Music (partnering it with music by Wagner and Brahms). Brubaker has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s, at Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, at Tanglewood, Antwerp’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and at Finland’s Kuhmo Festival. Mr. Brubaker is the Artistic Director of SummerMusic, an annual chamber music festival in Iowa that he founded in 1994.
Irina Morozova, is a faculty member of Mannes College of Music and the Special Music School Special Music School at Kaufman Center in NYC. She made her New York debut with a solo recital at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1996 after winning the Artists International Auditions. Since then Irina Morozova has given numerous solo recitals throughout the U.S., Germany, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Chile, China, and Australia. She has made solo appearances with the South Carolina Symphony, Irving Symphony Orchestra, and the New American Chamber Orchestra, among others. A passionate chamber music player, she has performed in ensembles with members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera orchestras. Her performances were broadcast on Russian radio and TV, KPAC (Texas), WFMT (Chicago), ABC (Australia), and BBC. Every summer Ms. Morozova teaches and performs at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College. Ms. Morozova was a top prize-winner of the New Orleans, the Frinna Awerbuch, and the San Antonio International Piano Competitions. Irina Morozova graduated from Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music and Saint-Petersburg Conservatory where her major teachers were Galina Orlovskaya and Vladimir Shakin. She later received Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Dr. Arkady Aronov.
Gabor Viragh is a graduate of the Liszt Academy of Music Teacher Training Institute and the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music in Budapest, Hungary. He also completed studies at Berklee College of Music on a professional scholarship and attended the Academie Musicale Ottorino Respighi Festival in Assisi, Italy. Mr. Viragh is a frequent guest clinician and lecturer at numerous colleges, universities and school systems throughout the United States. He has performed with numerous jazz artists such as Phil Wilson, Luis Bellson, Bob Berg, Joe Wilder, Claudio Roditi, Igor Buttman. Founder of the Hartt Jazz Trumpet Ensemble, Mr. Viragh actively performs throughout New England in various ensembles including the Steve Lord Big Band and the New England Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Viragh is an Associate Professor of Theory and Jazz Trumpet at The Hartt School of Music Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT.
Laurence Lesser, President Emeritus of New England Conservatory, has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as concert artist, teacher and arts administrator. Mr. Lesser was a top prize winner in the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a participant in the historic Heifetz-Piatigorsky concerts and recordings. Mr. Lesser has been soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the New Japan Philharmonic and other orchestras worldwide. He has performed under the batons of Ozawa, Rostropovich and Tilson Thomas, among others. As a chamber musician he has participated at the Casals, Marlboro, Spoleto, and Santa Fe festivals. He has served as jury member for numerous international competitions and in 1994 was chairman of the Tchaikovsky Competition (cello) in Moscow. Mr. Lesser, was President of NEC from 1983-1996, during which period America’s oldest independent school of music enjoyed an impressive rise in reputation. A high point during his tenure was the complete restoration in 1995 of the 1000-seat Jordan Hall, one of the world’s greatest acoustical spaces. Mr. Lesser came to NEC in 1974 as a member of the faculty, a position he still holds. He also teaches an international class of highly gifted cellists. Mr. Lesser plays a 1622 cello made by the brothers Amati in Cremona, Italy.
It would be an honor to have your expertise for our next competition.
It would be an honor to have your expertise for our next competition.