2019 Faculty and Guest Artists

2019 Faculty and Guest Artists

A native of East Lansing, Michigan, violinist Ani Gregorian Resnick received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Joseph Fuchs, Harvey Shapiro and Earl Carlyss.  She has performed on Broadway in The Lion King, Sister Act, Miss Saigon and Jane Eyre, with Train on the Late Show with David Letterman, with Bono (of U2) in Giants Stadium and with Bryan Adams on MTV Unplugged, which was subsequently released on A&M Records.  Mrs. Resnick has also performed in Italy with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, toured Asia with the Juilliard Orchestra and is currently a member of the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra and the New Choral Society of Scarsdale. She can be heard on various television commercials for Sprint, Disney, Ethan Allen, and Este Lauder.

Over the years Mrs. Resnick has performed with such diverse artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Art Garfunkel, Arlo Guthrie, Olivia Newton-John, the Moody Blues, Don McLean, Donna Summer, Kurt Masur, and Bobby McFerrin.   She was first prize winner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as first violinist of the LaStrada String Quartet.

Mrs. Resnick continues to give recitals and chamber music performances throughout the United States, and is an active violin teacher and clinician.  She is the founder and director of the prestigious music school, Suzuki on the Island (formed in 2000) and The Artists Program Summer Chamber Music Festival (formed in 2013). She was formerly a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic School Partnership Teaching Program.

Alejandra Mahave was born in Chile and comes from a family of professional musicians.   She is a graduate of the University of Chile, National Conservatory of Music with a degree in Viola Performance and a former member of the Chilean National Symphony, a position she won by audition while finishing her studies at the Conservatory.

Upon her arrival in the United States, Ms. Mahave toured extensively, performing throughout the country and Canada with the Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber featuring Michael Crawford. As a performer Alejandra has been active in many different aspects of musical life, joining  the Riverside Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Westfield Symphony, The New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, City Island Chamber Ensemble and Alma String Quartet. Alternative venues include appearances and recordings with a wide range of popular artists such as Donna Summer, Bryan Adams, Tony Bennett and Mark Mangold, as well as  on numerous commercials for radio and TV.   Ms. Mahave has also participated in Music Festivals around the world including the Festival di Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, the Frutillar Summer Festival in Chile, the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont and the Chamber Music Festival of the Hamptons.

Alejandra started assisting in the studio of violinist Norma Kokisch at a very early stage of her career, making teaching a relevant aspect of her development as a musician. Since then she has been involved with many music schools  in the Metropolitan area including the Third Street Settlement, Manhattan School of Music Preparatory School, The Queens College Preparatory  School and the Birch Wathen Lenox School.  She has done extensive coaching in the Tri-State Area including the Connecticut Youth Symphony and  with a special program from BOCES coaching youth orchestras throughout Nassau County. She has been on faculty at Suzuki on the Island for over 15 years and is thrilled to be returning to The Artists Program Summer Chamber Music Festival for her 6th year!

A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Boston University, cellist Isabel Fairbanks has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia as a chamber and orchestral musician. Currently residing in New York City, she has been heard most recently at the 92nd Street Y and the American Songbook at Lincoln Center, as well as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and at the United Nations Friendship Summit. Festival appearances include the Banff International Masterclasses, Roundtop Music Festival, Tanglewood, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Orpheus Institute.

Her primary teachers include David Geber, David Soyer, George Neikrug, Mary Lou Rylands, and Andres Diaz. Ms. Fairbanks has performed with the Circe Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, the Salome Chamber Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and alongside members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has been a finalist and prizewinner at the Montpelier Arts Center Competition as part of the Circe Ensemble, the New England Chamber Music Competition, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Ms. Fairbanks plays an Italian cello made in 1910 by Carlo Carletti. She teaches privately as well as at the Turtle Bay Music School and Saturday Music Project in New York City.

Noah Luft-Weissberg found his great grandfather’s violin in a closet when he was two years old, and it hasn’t left his hands since.  A native of Niskayuna, NY, he started lessons in the Suzuki method with the late Ann Posner and after completing the program, began advanced studies with Paula Shaw in Schenectady.

Noah participated in the Empire State Youth Orchestra for 4 years, the NYSSMA All State Festival Orchestra 2 years, and the New York State School of Orchestral Studies for 4 years, all of which he served as concertmaster.  He went to Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied with the former concert master of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the late William Depasquale,  and earned BM and MM degrees in Violin Performance.  In addition, he played with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge Colorado for 2 years as principal second violin and soloist, as well as in many regional Orchestras in New York.

Noah has enjoyed a performance career all over the world, playing in Alaska, California, Colorado, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and notably at the Spoleto Festival in Italy.  He recently trained in the Suzuki Method at the School For Strings in Manhattan, NY, an intensive two year program.  Noah has maintained a private teaching studio for eight years, as well as teaching for the community outreach programs Harmony Program and Noel Pointer Foundation in New York City. He is happy to be returning to The Artists Program Summer Chamber Music Festival for his 2nd year!

A Michigan native, Ms. Hanish called Cleveland, OH home for over a decade before moving to New York City in 2015. She received her B.M. degree in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan, M.M. from the University of Miami, and Professional Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her principal instructors include Richard Aaron, Ross Harbaugh, Anthony Elliott and Louis Potter. Ms. Hanish is a registered Suzuki teacher, and received teacher training with Tanya Carey, Barbara Wampner, and Pamela Devenport through the School for Strings.

As a freelance musician, Ms. Hanish performs frequently for theater, chamber ensembles, orchestras and new music groups around NYC. While in Cleveland, Ms. Hanish spent a decade as Assistant Principal for the Akron Symphony, and freelanced with orchestras around the Northeast Ohio region. As a soloist, she performed the Boccherini Bb Cello Concerto in 2014 and the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Andréa Belding Elson in 2013. Ms. Hanish was also a founding member of the Azalea String Quartet, which received high accolades as finalists at the Hugo Kauder and JC Arriaga International Competitions in 2010.

Equally versed in the non-classical scene, Tara plays cello for the Cleveland-based rock band Seafair and the NYC-based alternative cello duo, The Whiskey Girls. As a back-up musician, Tara has performed with notable artists like The Foo Fighters, Michael Bublé, Kanye West, Josh Groban, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In 2008, she performed at the Grammy Awards with the Foo Fighters as a You Tube My Grammy Moment winner.

A passionate educator, Ms. Hanish works with students of all ages and levels through an individually tailored blend of Suzuki and traditional methods. In addition to Suzuki on the Island, Ms. Hanish is on the faculty at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies at Queens College, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and the JCC Thurnauer School in Tenafly, NJ. She is happy to be returning to The Artists Program Summer Chamber Music Festival for her 2nd year!

Awarded first place in the 2012 Collegiate String Division at the National Music Teachers National Association competition in New York City, Caroline Cox Turek has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist, orchestral musician, and chamber musician. As a student of Ara Gregorian, Caroline won the East Carolina University concerto competition in her freshman year; in her junior year, she won both the Durham Symphony Orchestra and Raleigh Symphony Orchestra concerto competitions. Caroline was selected as a finalist to compete in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Competition in Houston, Texas and in 2015, she won the Manhattan School of Music Classical Concerto Competition.

An avid chamber musician, Caroline was selected to perform in the East Carolina University Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival: Next Generation Series several times, giving her the opportunity to perform with such artists as Hagai Shaham, Michael Kannen, and Robert McDonald. She was also chosen to perform Lowell Liebermann’s Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet alongside Lucie Robert and Pavlina Dokovska on a recital in New York City honoring Dr. Liebermann. She also performed Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet with Jeffrey Cohen, Lucie Robert, Laurent Verney, and Philippe Muller in Tignes, France.

Caroline holds a Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University in violin performance and piano performance and a Master of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in violin performance. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied under the tutelage of Lucie Robert. Caroline has cultivated a private studio for over 10 years and also has served on the faculty of the Distance Learning program at MSM, the ECU Summer Chamber Music Institute in Greenville, NC, and Suzuki on the Island. She is thrilled to be returning to teach at The Artists Program Summer Chamber Music Festival for her 3rdyear!

The eclectic landscape of the chamber music repertoire forms the ideal musical playground for Jamaican-American violinist, Katherine Dennis. She has been a frequent guest at North Carolina’s famed Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival where she has performed alongside such renowned artists as Elina Vähälä, Ittai Shapira, Hagai Shaham, Hye-Jin Kim, Melissa Reardon, and Emanuel Gruber. She also has participated in a bevy of international music festivals, such as the Holter Ensemble Music Festival, AIMS Graz, Domaine Forget, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, High Peaks Music Festival, Beethoven Institute and Madeline Island Music Camp.

In addition to her love of standard violin repertoire, Katherine has immersed herself in the world of new music. She has given premiere performances for many composers, including Matthew Lyon, Scott Rubin, and Faustino Solis. Venturing beyond even the classical universe, Katherine collaborates frequently with her friends in the pop and jazz worlds and often performs with New York neo-folk quintet Ransom Pier.

As a teacher, Katherine has facilitated multiple workshops at Carnegie Hall. During her undergraduate career, she received two years of intensive Suzuki teacher training and maintains her registration for all 10 Suzuki Books. She currently is on faculty at the Hudson River School of Music and the Bronx Conservatory of Music.

Katherine holds a bachelor’s degree from the Fletcher School of Music at East Carolina University, where she studied with Ara Gregorian, and a master’s from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music under the tutelage of Axel Strauss. She recently completed Hunter College’s Lincoln Center Scholar Alternative Certification Program where she earned a second masters in Music Education. Katherine is currently the founder and director of the Thurgood Marshall Academy Middle School Orchestra, a public school in Harlem, NY.

Pianist Kyle Walker’s performances have been featured on media broadcasts including WQXR’s Mcgraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase, NPR’s Public Radio East, and UNC-TV, to name a few. Recently, he made his solo debut at New York’s Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and has presented solo performances at Steinway Hall NYC, The Queens Museum, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, The House of the Redeemer, National Opera America, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Birmingham Jefferson Concert Hall in Alabama, and the innovative music and multimedia venue Spectrum NYC.
Mr. Walker is a founding member of Artists By Any Other Name based in NYC. The group endeavors to increase the accessibility of classical music by encouraging its symbiosis with other art forms, including dance, drama, poetry, and visual art. He is a member and chamber music director of The Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra which supports NYC-based civil rights and community organizations through concerts and presentations.

Mr. Walker is the 1st prize winner of the 2013 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, also having taken 1st prize in The National Talent Hunt of Omega Psi Phi, and the Greensboro Music Teachers Association Young Artist competitions. As a chamber musician, he is a frequent collaborator in premiere performance projects with living composers such as John Link, Courtney Bryan, Brian Erickson, Matthew Lyon, Timothy Messina and Joan Szymko, whose work he premiered at the American Choral Directors Association in Memphis TN.
Kyle Walker received his Masters of Music from Mannes College, The New School for Music under the tutelage of Thomas Sauer. He holds a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and has studied with Benjamin Hochman, Keiko Sekino, Henry Doskey, and Clifton Matthews. Walker has received generous support of his upcoming artistic endeavors from the Peter M. Gross Fund. A dedicated teacher, Walker maintains an extremely active teaching studio compiled of private students as well as on piano faculty at Fort Lee School of Music, The Music School of New York City, and The Wifi Music School.

Graduated from The Juilliard School with Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees under Prof. John A. Schaeffer, Double Bassist Kageki Nagao later went on to earn his DMA from Stony Brook University. He has performed throughout Europe and the USA as a soloist, orchestral player, and chamber music player. His orchestral experience includes performances under conductors such as, Sergiu Comissiona, Paul Zukofsky, James DePriest, Stanislav Skrowaczewski, Sixten Ehrling, and Zubin Mehta. Kageki Nagao was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to serve as principal bass for the Schleswig- Holstein Festival Orchestra. Since then, he has served as principal bass in Westchester Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, Merrick Symphony, Atlantic Philharmonic, Berkshire Opera, and the Transfiguration Chamber Ensemble.

A frequent recitalist, he has given numerous solo recitals throughout the New York Metropolitan area. He gave the world premiere performance of “Unlawful Assembly” commissioned for the Martin Luther King celebration composed by Jay Zimmerman. Having served as the principal bass player with Westchester Symphony Orchestra for 13 years, Kageki Nagao has given countless master classes for children in Westchester County. As a member of the Classical String Quintet, he offers master classes for young string players throughout Long Island, NY. Kageki Nagao currently directs the String Department of Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School and serves as the double bass faculty and orchestra director at the Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts. Recently, Dr. Nagao appeared as a member of the Strauss Symphony of America participating in the Salute to Vienna concert tour, which played in venues such as the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia and David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center, NYC. He is happy to be returning to The Artists Program Summer Chamber Music Festival for his 3rd year!

Kimberly Iannuzzi, soprano, was a member of the Dicapo Opera Theatre Young Artist Program and has performed with the New York Opera Forum and New York Opera Productions.  Roles performed include: Suor Genovieffa, Suor Angelica, Nella, Gianni Schicchi, Despina, Cosi fan tutte, Barbarina, The Marriage of Figaro and Zerlina, Don Giovanni.  She has given several recitals and has performed with ensembles including the Western New York Chorale in its performance of Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore.  Kimberly was a finalist in the Rising Star Opera Competition.

Currently, Kimberly is the soprano soloist of the Community Church of Douglaston where she has performed Vivaldi’s Gloria, the Mozart Requiem, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Faure’s Requiem and Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ.  She is also an active composer, having written a series of sacred choral works for children.  Kimberly has enjoyed performing in the Douglaston Concert Series and at Northport’s Opera Night for the past twelve years.   She is Director of the Kyrie Choir, and is the music specialist at North Shore Nursery School.

Kimberly has been directing the choirs for The Artists Program Summer Chamber Music Festival since 2013. She teaches voice privately and has prepared students for NYSSMA and auditions.  Kimberly resides in Manhasset New York with her husband and two children.

Leon Gregorian retired from the College of Music after 28 years of service as professor of music, director of orchestras, and head of the graduate orchestral conducting program, which he began. Professor Gregorian joined MSU in 1984 and built the orchestra program into one that is recognized nationally and internationally for its excellence.  Under his leadership, the MSU Symphony Orchestra has performed in such prestigious venues as Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and Orchestra Hall in Detroit.  At the invitation of the Austrian government, Professor Gregorian and the MSU Chamber Orchestra participated in the worldwide celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth with concerts in Salzburg and Vienna.

Professor Gregorian has guest-conducted orchestras in Venezuela, Mexico, South Korea, Italy, Romania, Armenia, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, the Czech Republic, Australia, and the People’s Republic of China, as well as orchestras throughout the United States, including the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Boston Esplanade Orchestras.  He has recorded for PBS, Koch International Classics, Crystal, and Arizona Records.  A ten-CD set, “Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra,” was recorded with the MSU Symphony Orchestra for worldwide distribution by GIA Publications. Professor Gregorian received the Teacher-Scholar Award, the Apollo Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Award in recognition of the international stature of his teaching, conducting, and outreach achievements.

Maestro Gregorian spends his summers at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Main, conducting the symphonic orchestra and advanced chamber ensembles. He also enjoys being the orchestra director and chamber music coach at The Artists Program Summer Chamber Music Festival in Manhasset, NY.

Linda Gregorian began playing the violin at age 10.  She attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance.  She received her Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Evansville.  She later earned her teaching certification from Michigan State University. In 1994 she began teaching for the 5th grade Strings program in the Okemos (MI) Public Schools.  She currently serves as a teacher in the Okemos Strings and Orchestra Program.  She also teaches violin and viola for the Okemos Suzuki Program.  Through the years, many of Linda’s students have been recognized for their high level of playing, receiving awards and performance opportunities. Aside from teaching, Linda is an active chamber music performer and has been a member of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra since 1985.

Linda has served as a clinician for a variety of Suzuki Workshops in Michigan and Indiana.  She has also been a presenter at the Michigan Music Conference.  She has taught at various summer programs including the Owensboro (KY) Music Camp, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI), and she continues to teach violin & viola at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine and is a chamber music coach at The Artists Program Summer Chamber Music Festival in Manhasset, NY.

Linda is married to Leon Gregorian and together they have three grown children, all professional musicians, and seven grandchildren.

A native of Korea, cellist Daeil Yang received his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music at Aaron Copland School of Music at City University of New York, where he studied with Alexander Kouguell, Vagram Saradjian and Marcy Rosen.  He has acquired his Doctorate in cello performance at the University of Rutgers in New Jersey under numerous scholarships.

He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut as well as member of Nova Philharmonic, Astoria Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Bronx Opera, Brooklyn Opera, St. Martin’s orchestra, Ensemble 212, Korean Broacasting Symphony Orchestra and have recorded for prestigious SONY label and independent labels.

Over the years Dr. Yang has performed recitals in such venues as carnegie hall, Lincoln center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Kaufman center and colden center stages with such diverse artists as Jay-Z during super bowl, Marylin Horne, Wynton Marsalis, Sir Rolland Hannah, and has played for Mayor Giuliani, Bloomberg, Kurt Masur and Lorin Maazel.

Dr. Yang continues to give recitals and chamber music performances throughout the United States, and is an active cellist, teacher and clinician. He is happy to be returning to the Artists Program Summer Chamber Music Festival for his 4th year!

A native of Seoul, Korea, cellist Kee-Hyun Kim has been praised for his “assertive style…and vital musical spirit.” (Pittsburgh Tribune) On faculty at Harvard University’s Department of Music, he is a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet, Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard since 2014. The quartet maintains a robust touring schedule, traveling extensively around
North America, Europe and Asia, and has recorded for ECM, Naxos, Innova, Zig Zag and Nimbus labels. Some awards and distinctions include 1st prize at the Bordeaux String Quartet competition, the Cleveland Quartet Award, and 2010’s Grammy Award for “Best Chamber Music Performance.” Outside of the quartet, he has participated in festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Kronberg Festival, World Cello Congress III, Aspen, Kneisel Hall, Yellow Barn, and the Perlman Music Program.

Mr. Kim started his musical education at the Juilliard pre-college in 1992. Since then, he has attended the preparatory divisions of the Korean National University of the Arts, where he studied with Myung-Wha Chung; the New England Conservatory, and the Walnut Hill School. He holds a B.M. from the New England Conservatory, as well as two M.M. from the same institution, where his principal teachers were Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz.

Kee plays on an 1844 Giaccomo Rivolta cello made in Milan, as well as a custom-made bow from Benoit Rolland, made in 2007. He lives in Arlington, MA.

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