Pianist, conductor and an educator, Vladimir Feltsman was born in Russia in 1952. He studied piano and conducting in Moscow and Leningrad conservatories. After immigrating to US in 1987 he became one of the most highly regarded musicians of his generation and concretized worldwide. His discography includes more than 60 CD’s. Deeply committed to the musical education, he founded the “PianoSummer in New Paltz” in 1995. Vladimir and his wife Haewon established the “Feltsman Piano Foundation” in 2011 to help young musicians to realize their potential. Mr. Feltsman is teaching at SUNY New Paltz and at Mannes School of Music.
Robert Hamilton has enjoyed a distinguished career covering five decades, earning tributes from critics and audiences following his concerts in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, and multifarious American cities, as well as from the major music capitals of Europe. He won “an impressive number of international competition prizes” (New York Times), and has performed over such radio and television networks as NPR, ABC, BBC-London, DRS-Zurich, Radio Warsaw, and Voice of America. His recordings on Philips and Summit Records have been favorably compared by critics to leading pianists of the past (e.g., “Unquestionably the equal of any ‘historically best’ interpretations” – Keju Zhang/Classics Overseas). As teacher, Hamilton has been a music professor at Indiana University and Arizona State (currently), and is also a proud member of the faculty of PianoSummer in New York.
Phillip Kawin serves on he faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has taught since 1989 and is a Professor for the Euro Arts Academy. He has given masterclasses throughout Asia, Europe, Russia, Australia, Israel and the US. His performances internationally have been met with critical acclaim. Phillip Kawin has recorded an all Schubert CD, an all Beethoven DVD/CD with the Russian National Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz and videographer Paul Carasco, as well as a multi-composer CD for the Master Performers Label.
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Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Alexander Korsantia has won great critical for his versatility, power and sincerity of his playing. Among his teachers are his mother Svetlana Korsantia, Tengiz Amiredjibi and Alexander Toradze. Mr. Korsantia’s biography is highlighted with the trophies such as First Prize and Gold Medal at Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition, First Prize at Sydney International Piano Competition and Medal of Honor, bestowed to him by Georgian government. Korsantia’s career has taken him to many of the world’s major concert halls, collaborating with renowned artists such as Vadim Repin, Gianandrea Noseda, Paavo Jarvi and Christoph Eschenbach and orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, City of Birmingham, Tokyo Philharmonic, Kirov Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic. Hänssler and Piano Classics are among the recording labels Mr. Korsantia has worked with. The most recent release includes the Second Concerto by Rachmaninoff with Stuttgart Philharmonic. He is a professor of the New England Conservatory in Boston and artistic advisor of music festival “From Easter to Ascension” in Georgia.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Paul Ostrovsky has appeared on the world’s great concert stages - Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein, Amersterdam’s Concertgebouw, and at the great international festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Aspen, and Salzburg. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, he has recorded for Melodiya, Vox, Origin and Deutsche Grammophon labels. Mr. Ostrovsky is a professor at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase.