Month: February 2011

Natalya Antonova Master Class

Please join us for a master class with internationally renowned pianist and teacher Natalya Antonova on Saturday, February 19th, from 3-5 pm on the stage of the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.  Ms. Antonova is currently a tenured professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Ms. Antonova started her piano studies at the age of 4 as a protege at the Leningrad Conservatory.  At the age of 16 she made her debut with the Leningrad Philarmonic.  The same month she graduated from the prestigious Leningrad Conservatory, she accepted an invitation from the Conservatory to become the youngest professor ever appointed in its history.  Ten years later, Ms. Antonova accepted a position of Professor of Piano in the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow (formerly the Gnessin Institute of Music).  Among her former students are winners of international competitions, successful artists, and teachers all over the world.

Natalya Antonova has given hundreds of concerts, master classes and lectures throughout the world including the Moscow Academy of Music, Paris Conservatory, Budapest Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Seoul National University, Singapore University, and Taiwan University.

Ms. Antonova has participated in many International Music Festivals in France, Hungary, Germany, South Korea, United States, Russia, etc.  She has judged numerous competitions including the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Sibelius International Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and Moulin-Ande International Competition in France.

On Sunday, February 20th, Ms. Antonova will give a free recital at 5 pm in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.  Both the master class and the recital are free and open to the public.

Academy Students to Play in Master Class

Please join Academy cellists for a master class with Professor Andre Gaskins, 9:30-11:30 am on Saturday, February 12, in Harper Hall at the Lawrence Conservatory.  Academy student cellists will play Kol-Nidrei by M.Bruch, the first movement of Concerto in C by J.Haydn, Prayer by E.Bloch, the third movement of C-minor Concerto by J.C. Bach, and Allegro Appassionato by Saint-Saens.  Parents, students, and community members are welcome to attend and watch this free session.

Andre J. Gaskins enjoys a diverse career as conductor, soloist, and music educator. He currently serves as Director of Orchestral Activities and cello at the University of Oshkosh Wisconsin. Previous conducting positions include the Columbus Ballet Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, the Columbus State University Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony, the Earlham College Orchestra and the New World Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Maintaining an active schedule as a performing cellist, his recording of Martinu’s ‘Concertino’ for the Summit Records label was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Awards, in the category of ‘Best Performance by a small ensemble (with or without conductor)’. Solo appearances with orchestra have included performances with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Fort Smith Symphony, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and the Butler Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights for the 2010-2011 season include a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Concepcion, Chile and a tour of Europe as guest soloist with the Purdue University Symphony. Mr. Gaskins served as the principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra from 2002 – 2009. While pursuing doctoral studies at Indiana University, he studied conducting with David Effron and composition with David Dzubay. He also served as the teaching assistant to world-renowned cellist, Janos Starker.