Eliza Bokman, Musical Director
Eliza Bokman was exposed to the world of classical music at the age of 5, and began to excel immediately. After studying for several years at the International School of Music, Dance, Art, and Sport, by 12 years old she was accepted into the studio of the distinguished professor Dr. Lydia Boguslavsky, as well as the Mark Twain Middle School for the Gifted and Talented. In those several years prior to beginning studies for her Bachelor of Music Degree at Rowan University, some of Eliza Bokman’s accomplishments included First Prize at the Young Artist International Competition, Silver and Bronze medals at the Z’ecchino D’oro Music Competition, and performances with some of the world’s most renowned artists such as Leonid Ogonessov and Gennady Kupisok. While studying at Rowan under the chair of the Piano Department, Professor Veda Zuponcic, she placed 3rd in the NJMTA Piano Competition as well as Honorable Mention Recognition. She also had the pleasure of performing with the distinguished St. Petersburg String Quartet and take master classes with some of the world’s most notable pianists such as Tatiana Werkina, former Director at the Kiev Conservatory in Ukraine, and Naum Shtarkman, famous concert pianist and recording artist. Ms. Bokman's extensive accompaniment experience of both vocalists and instrumentalists continued when she was invited by Professor Zuponcic to participate for 5 seasons in the Northern Lights Music Festival both in N.J. and Minnesota. While there, she gave numerous solo and chamber ensemble performances.
Following the completion of her Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance, Ms. Bokman went on to graduate with a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music under Professor Nina Svetlanova. During her studies, she was on the faculty of the Douglaston School of Music where she led the music class for the youngest of musicians as well as a private studio class. After graduating with her second Masters in Music Education from Columbia University, Ms. Bokman moved to N.J. where she was on the faculty of Monmouth County’s premier music academy, Music University for almost 10 years. In addition to her private piano studio, Ms. Bokman is on the Music faculty at the Taylor Mills Elementary School in Manalapan, N.J. Eliza Bokman is the founding member of the National Young Maestro Competition.
Dr. Marc Silverman, Piano Faculty Judge
Exceptional authority and impeccable taste” was the description in the New York Times for the playing of pianist Marc Silverman. His “richly colored sonorities” and “thrilling surges of power” have prompted critics to compare him to the legendary Josef Hofmann. Dr. Silverman has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician, performing televised concerts, conducting master classes, and presenting lecture-demonstrations on the tradition of romantic pianism and interpretation. Marc Silverman is a founding member of the Carnegie Trio. In addition to their international touring and summer festival residences, they have recorded many works from the standard repertory. As a soloist, Dr. Silverman has recorded 20th-century works in RCA’s iconic Studio A for international release. An award winner of the Kapell International Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Competition and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, Dr. Silverman is frequently quoted in publications including Chamber Music America, Piano and Keyboard Magazine, the New York Times and the Washington Post. In 1999, he was named International Consultant to the Nanyang Academy, Singapore’s flagship arts institution. The Australian government engaged Dr. Silverman in 2003 and 2007 to serve as Visiting Artist at the Australian National Academy of Music, the country’s premier institution for the training of classical musicians. In 2009, he was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service by the Manhattan School of Music, the highest award bestowed by the school. Dr. Silverman has been Chairman of the Piano Department at Manhattan School of Music since 1989 and has coordinated piano chamber music at the school since 1985.
Dr. Lidiya Boguslavsky, Artistic Director
One of the most distinguished pianists to emerge from the former Soviet Union, Lydia Boguslavsky has captured audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Russia with a “brilliant combination of technical assurance and sensitivity.”
Ever since her debut with the Byelorussian State Philharmonic at the age of 14, Ms. Boguslavsky has been recording and performing extensively, both with orchestras and in solo recitals in major cities of the Soviet Republics. Among her many honors and awards are the Byelorussian Government’s Honorable Award, the Superior Teaching Award from the Queens College Cultural Heritage Competition in New York, and top prizes at the Byelorussian National Competition and the Soviet All-State Competition. A major advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Boguslavsky has premiered and recorded many works by leading Russian and Byelorussian composers and many of them wrote some works in consideration of her artistic individuality. Her passion for collaborative work resulted in a highly successful partnership with the celebrated Metropolitan Opera soloist, Dimitri Kavrakos.
Lydia Boguslavsky began her distinguished teaching career early, becoming one of the youngest piano professors at the Byelorussian State Conservatory upon receiving her Doctorate at the age of 25. Among her students are many successful soloists, chamber musicians and collaborative artists who actively perform and teach both in Russia and abroad.
A highly sought-after pedagogue, Ms. Boguslavsky has published numerous scholarly works, including Working on New Repertoire and The Art of Legato, where she introduced her own methods that reflect on the celebrated Russian school of piano playing. Lydia Boguslavsky has presented master classes in St. Petersburg, Moscow, New York, as well as in Lithuania, Latvia, Germany and Spain and has served as a judge at various competitions, including the MTNA State Competition and The Young Pianists Competition in New Jersey. Ms. Boguslavsky holds degrees from the Moscow Gnessin Pedagogical Institute (DMA), the Moscow Conservatory, and the Byelorussian Academy of Music. Among her teachers are such renowned performers and pedagogues as Yakov Milstein, Alexander Yoheles and Eugene Malinin.
Lydia Boguslavsky is a member of the piano faculty of the Rowan University in New Jersey and Summit Music Festival in New York. She has also taught and performed at Burgos International Music Festival in Spain, Northern Lights Music Festival in Minnesota, Weimar Festival in Germany as well as serving on a faculty at the College of Staten Island, the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase and Wagner College.
Grigory Kalinovsky, Violin Faculty Judge
Violinist Grigory Kalinovsky has been hailed by critics as a "superior poet" (Vancouver Sun), "...an intelligent, probing violinist...easily shifting from lyricism to playfulness to tragedy" (Strings Magazine), and praised for his "heart and indomitable will" (Gramophone). Concerto engagements, recitals, and master classes have taken him across North and South America, Europe, Israel, and South Korea. As a chamber musician, Grigory Kalinovsky has collaborated with such renowned musicians as Pinchas Zukerman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Dora Schwarzberg, and Paul Coletti. Mr. Kalinovsky has performed and taught in numerous festivals including Lucas Foss Festival at the Hamptons, Newport Festival, the Olympic Chamber Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Heifetz Summer Music Festival, and the Perlman Summer Music Program. His orchestra appearances include Nashville Symphony (USA), Symphony Nova Scotia (Canada), Kwang-Gu Symphony (South Korea), KwaZlu-Natal Philharmonic (South Africa), Bolivian National Symphony, and Guatemala National Symphony, among other. Grigory Kalinovsky is a graduate of Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. Mr. Kalinovsky is currently a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music, the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and Pinchas Zukerman's Young Artists Program in Canada. His debut recording featuring Shostakovich's Violin Sonata and Twenty-four Preludes for Violin and Piano with pianist Tatiana Goncharova has been released worldwide by Centaur Records to great critical acclaim. He has been a member of the Manhattan School of Music College faculty since 2005 and the Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 1999.
Andrey Komantsky, Composition Faculty Judge
Andrey Komanetsky received his Master of Music Degree in Composition and Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music (NY). Andrey is the winner of the 2011 Trio Anima Mundi Composition Competition (Australia) with his 6 Preludes for Piano Trio.
His one-act opera Bobok won the BMO Mainstage Award in the Contemporary American Festival Composers’ Competition and will be performed by the Boston Metropolitan Opera in its 2011-2012 season. He won first prize in the 2005 International Composition Competition for Piano Trio (Austria). His winning work Affinity to Movement was the designated chamber music selection at the 6th International Competition “Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne” (Austria). It made its world premiere in the Embassy of Japan in Belgium in January 2006, and was followed by performances in the Kammermusiksaal, and the Stefaniensaal at the Graz Convention Center in Austria in February 2006, and in Europe and Australia thereafter.
He was also a prizewinner in the 2001 Discover America Competition for New American Chamber Works. Andrey has had 9 collections of piano works published to date, by FJH Music Company, Willis Music Company and distributed by Hal Leonard International Corporation. His pedagogic compositions are hailed by the Music Teachers National Association as “…substantive and realistic challenges that promote musical and technical
growth…evoke some of the most effective pedagogical works of Bartok and Kabalevsky…”.
His liturgical vocal work Panis Angelicus was published by Church Publishing Incorporated in 2010. In addition, Affinity to Movement was selected to be published in the annual series of SCI Journal of Music Scores, Vol. 47. Andrey is the Music Director, Organist, and Choir Director at the Roman Catholic Church of St. John (NY). He is an active collaborative pianist, featured frequently in concerts in the tri-states, and is a sought-after music arranger.
Becilia Wong, Events Coordinator
Becilia Wong received her Professional Studies Diploma in Piano Performance,Master of Music Degree, and Bachelor of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music (NY). She earned the Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Schools of Music (United Kingdom) at age 14. While pursuing double majors in Pure Mathematics and Music in preparatory school, she was honored as a Fellow of the Trinity College (London) in Music Performance at age 17, and was subsequently invited to be an associate lecturer of undergraduate music theory at Hong Kong Baptist College that same year. Becilia was a recipient of many academic and performance awards, college teaching fellowships, merit scholarships and Minority Leadership award. She was an instructor of graduate and undergraduate piano courses at Manhattan School of Music, voicecoach and staff pianist at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, and pianist-inresidenceof the NYC-based Telesis Contemporary Ensemble.
Becilia is an active performer, both as a pianist and a singer, and has been featured in solo recitals and chamber concerts in North America and Asia. She has been a licensed examiner and a licensed piano class instructor, specializing in childhood musicianship training, for Yamaha Music Education System USA since 1990. She is also the Music Director, Choir Director, and Soprano Soloist at the Roman Catholic Church ofVisitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (NY).