Page 1

In the Time of Corona

With the blessing and support of the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin – after years of collaboration, friendship, and conversations about the future of classical music with Eduard and Laura Schmieder – Young Artists International was born in 1997. In 2008, we became iPalpiti Artists International.

Musician and Visionary


GR EETINGS Laura & Eduard Schmieder Founders of iPalpiti In Corona-ravaged times when spiritual dimension in recreation of music communication is evaporating because of the impossibility of personal interaction, we strive to replenish craving souls by infusing iPalpiti’s virtual performances with positive emotional energy, sending a message of UNITY and HOPE. The iPalpiti Festival “has become one of the highlights – in some years, the highlight – of the summer here” (R. Ginell, American Record Guide, 2015). Nothing can replace musicians’ live connection from the stage. As we could not bring our 23rd Annual Festival to Los Angeles this July, inspired young musicians of iPalpiti from around the globe, are united in their hope of bringing beauty into your life through celestial sound, vital rhythm, and eternal loving energy. Join us for a “Festival at your home” adventure. Dress to the nines. Get comfortable. Experience LIVE and archival premieres selected specially for you! May we all be blessed by the touch of higher harmony!

Director, iPalpiti Artists International, Inc.

Music Director & Conductor, iPalpiti orchestra Distinguished Carnell Professor of Violin & Chamber Music | Artistic Director for Strings Temple University, Philadelphia, USA





Founders’ Greetings




About iPalpiti: From the Media




Festival Concert Programs


Testimonials (continued on page 46)


Meet the Artists


About iPalpiti: History


Discography & New Releases


Alumni Achievements


Founders, Artistic Advisors, Board of Directors


How You Can Help


Contributors and Friends




Magic Cloud - photo essay by Dana Ross



In the Time of Corona

July 2020 Beverly Hills  •  Los Angeles

From la Reine Fabiola, Queen of Belgium “Her Majesty strongly supports the aim of the iPalpiti Artists International and especially the purpose of creating a spiritual contact with the audience. Her Majesty really hopes that the classical music played by these young musicians will bring together different cultures and promote peace and unity”



Lester J. Friedman, Mayor


July 8, 2020 Dear Friends,

On behalf of the City of Beverly Hills, it has been our great pleasure to host outstanding young musicians and guests each year for the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates at Greystone Mansion. While the 23rd season of on-stage performances has been cancelled, the new and reimagined virtual iPalpiti performance scheduled later this month will bring inspiration and positive energy during a time it is needed the most. This orchestra’s exceptional musicianship is matched by an equal commitment to cultural exchange and mentorship. For each successive season that it brings together and cultivates the world’s young talent, iPalpiti’s prestige and fame grows.

Best wishes to the members of iPalpiti Orchestra this year and we look forward to welcoming you back to Beverly Hills in the near future. Sincerely,

The Beverly Hills City Council

Lester J. Friedman Mayor

John A. Mirisch Councilmember 6

Robert Wunderlich Vice Mayor

Lili Bosse Councilmember

Julian A. Gold, M.D. Councilmember




July 18-22, 2020 iPalpiti Artists International 1900 Avenue of the Stars #1880 Los Angeles, CA 90067 Dear Friends: It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to iPalpiti’s Virtual Festival, “In the Time of Corona.” iPalpiti Artists International supports the career advancement of exceptionally talented young professional musicians as well as promoting peace and understanding through music. Since 1998, iPalpiti has been hosting festivals in Los Angeles that attract more than 5,000 individuals across LA County every year. The pandemic has affected many different industries, including musicians and the music industry. I want to extend my thanks to Maestro Eduard Schmieder, the board of directors, and dedicated benefactors for working together during these challenging times to support musicians. I also want to extend my thanks to all the musicians who are playing virtually. Your music inspires hope and unity among all of us during these difficult times. I send my very best for an enjoyable and successful event! Sincerely,

Sheila Kuehl Supervisor, Third District


Hon. Judge Harold Shabo Benefactor of iPalpiti since 2000 Published with permission

July 26, 2019


“Los Angeles County is honored indeed to host [iPalpiti events]… Please join me in welcoming iPalpiti Artists International and savoring their contribution to the artistic life of our community.” –Hon. Zev Yaroslavsky, Supervisor, Los Angeles County, 1994-2014 Music is a chain reaction that reaches down through the generations. Musicians are its links. It is wonderful to know that young musicians have a hand held out to them that they, in their turn, will reach out. Bravo iPalpiti Artists International.

The international press is unanimous in writing about iPalpiti and its artists. A leitmotif resonates through the distances year after year: “…For one evening in July, the iPalpiti Orchestra, the flagship of the region’s Festival of International Laureates, holds its annual Grand Finale concert in Walt Disney Concert Hall, and it has become one of the highlights - in some years, the highlight - of the summer here.” — Richards Ginell, American Record Guide (2015) “Eduard Schmieder’s art is all about communicating energy through glorious sound.” — Rick Schultz, Los Angeles Times, July 2014 “The international ensemble’s playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall, led by conductor Eduard Schmieder, proves to be world-class…sensational… This was an invigorating world-class performance by young players with technique to burn and a palpable desire to live every note.” – Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times (2013) “… [led] by conductor Eduard Schmieder with passion, intelligence, refinement and imagination, iPalpiti demonstrated an almost uncanny unanimity of sound and vibrato, a quality repeated again and again throughout the evening... It was especially remarkable to hear such a wide variety of individual tones emerge and then slip back into those fabulous unisons…” — Bill McLaughlin, The Strad (June 2009). Review on the Carnegie Zankel Hall concert of March 5, 2009 “…[under Mr. Schmieder’s direction] iPalpiti sprang to life as a single, singing voice. It was the natural, “vocal” quality that stayed with me long after the final notes of the concert were sounded… “ — John Ardoin, Music Critic, Dallas Morning News “… an astounding demonstration of seamless and beauteous string playing… memorable, luminous, deeply moving performance…” — Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times (2000) “…the ensemble was particularly noteworthy for its unity of purpose and blend. It was as if the musicians’ hearts were beating to the same buoyant rhythm…lustrous, polished tone and graceful phrasing.” — Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times (2007) “..rich sonorities [of iPalpiti] audibly took the audience’s breath away - especially whenever concertmaster Peter Rainer, whose technically immaculate tone throughout the night was sweet and thrilling, had a few bars to play - showed that iPalpiti had charms to soothe a hall well filled with music lovers of all ages.” —STRINGS Magazine (2005) “Eduard Schmieder transforms the young professional players of his iPalpiti orchestra into tomorrow’s first-rank musicians.” — The Strad Magazine (2004) “iPalpiti played with striking unity and spirit and had an infectious way of making music...” — The Strad Magazine (1999) “[iPalpiti] performance can be called righteously overwhelming…” — Noord Holland Dagblad (1996) “When one hears these musicians play, one realizes there is a connection between the title and the musical outcome… when it comes to 24 very talented string players … and a conductor who leads them with great musicality, the result is naturally captivating and exciting.” — Ora Binur, Ma’ariv Daily, Jerusalem (2006) “…astonishing musical odyssey…elegant Maestro Eduard Schmieder at the helm, conducting this world-class group with a brilliant sense of balance, tension and phrasing.” — Beverly Hills Outlook (2004) 9

CA LE NDAR iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates 2020 Th e Schedule T hat Woul d Have Taken Pla ce 15 JULY [Wednesday] 7:30pm VIRTUOSI I: iPalpiti Soloists Encinitas Library

16 JULY [Thursday] 7:30pm VIRTUOSI II: iPalpiti Soloists Encinitas Library

17 JULY [Friday] 7:30pm VIRTUOSI III: iPalpiti Soloists Encinitas Library

18 JULY [Saturday] 7:30pm iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

19 JULY [Sunday] 2:00pm iPalpiti Soloists & iPalpiti Orchestra Rolling Hills United Methodist Church

20 JULY [Monday] 12:00pm iPalpiti Soloists Rotary Club of Beverly Hills

21JULY [Tuesday] 12:00pm iPalpiti Soloists Powell Library Rotunda, UCLA

22 JULY [Wednesday] 7:30pm iPalpiti Soloists Greystone Mansion

23 JULY [Thursday] 7:00pm iPalpiti Soloists Petit Ermitage

Locations: Encinitas Library 540 Cornish Drive Encinitas 760.633.2746 The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center 7600 Fay Avenue La Jolla, CA 92037 Rolling Hills United Methodist Church 26438 Crenshaw Blvd. Rolling Hills Estates 310.377.6771 Powell Library Rotunda Election Walk, UCLA Los Angeles, CA 90095 Petit Ermitage 8822 Cynthia St, West Hollywood, CA 90069 Greystone Mansion 905 Loma Vista Drive Beverly Hills 310.285.6830 Municipal Gallery City of Beverly Hills 455 N. Rexford Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210 The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles

Tickets: For all events & Disney Hall: (310) 205-0511 www.iPalpiti.org

25 JULY [Saturday] 8:00pm iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates / Eduard Schmieder Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall FESTIVAL GRAND FINALE


Artists and programs are subject to change without notice.

C ALENDAR In the Tim e of C o ro na 18 JULY [Saturday]



4:00pm PST Festival opens with cheers from around the world iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder, conductor

19 JULY [Sunday]



2:00pm PST iPalpiti Soloists: TRIO ZADIG LIVE FROM PARIS at Foundation Singer-Polignac

20 JULY [Monday] 8:00pm PST WORLDWIDE any time after

SELECT SPECIALS: iPalpiti alumni Pavel Ŝporcl violin/ Svetlana Smolina piano iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder, conductor | Pavel Ŝporcl, solo Archival from Festival 2012: LACMA & Disney Hall, Los Angeles

21 JULY [Tuesday] 8:00pm PST WORLDWIDE any time after

SELECT SPECIALS: Svetlana Smolina piano/Yury Revich violin/Jacob Shaw, cellist Ernest Chausson Piano Trio in G minor, Op.3 Archival from iPalpiti Festival 2015 Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, CA

22 JULY [Wednesday] 8:00pm PST any time after



iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder, conductor Beverly Hills TV channel broadcast: Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th

24 JULY [Friday] Any time SELECT SPECIALS: “STROLL” through post-concerts through the seasons Photos by Dana Ross, iPalpiti volunteer photographer since 1998

25 JULY [Saturday] 8:00pm PST WORLDWIDE any time after

iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder, conductor LIVE from Walt Disney Concert Hall at the 2019 festival grand-finale, PART 2 YouTube Premiere: Antonio Vivaldi Concerto Grosso Felix Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 13, “Sinfoniesatz” in C Minor Franghiz Ali-Zade Harmony *World Premiere commission 2019 J. Brahms–S. Dreznin Fantasia Hungariana *World Premiere commission 2019 Live Recordings generously underwritten by Rigler-Deutsch Foundation and broadcast on Classical Arts Showcase worldwide

Links to all programs at ipalpiti.org/ipalpiti-festival-2020


CO NC E R T S SATURDAY, July 18 4:00 p.m. PST, worldwide any time after iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder, conductor Festival opens with a short musical greeting: each musician of 2020 performing from their own home! Enjoy a minute and a half of a happy start, “wave” to familiar faces, note the names and countries where musicians are playing from. The video will continue with the same Perpetuum Mobile in a LIVE performance from Disney Hall when it was played as an encore after the grand-finale of the 17th annual festival in 2014, so you get to see the orchestra and maestro on our “home” stage in LA. Searching through iPalpiti archival videos, we found the program from 2004, with Dmitri Shostakovich music, which was always against injustice and aggression. Watch Theodore Bikel introducing iPalpiti. Listen to Maestro Schmieder historical excurse in time of the composing Prelude and Scherzo. The importance of this concert is also that it was the inaugural concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. After the years of iPalpiti concerts on local best stages of the Ford Theater, Zipper Hall at Colburn and other locations, when Disney Hall opened, iPalpiti was the FIRST ensemble performing on the new stage on August 1, 2014, before LA Philharmonic season began. The concert was dedicated to the memory of a great friend and supporter of the arts Lloyd E. Rigler, as iPalpiti continues to benefit from annual grants of the Rigler-Deutsch Foundation to this day. The selected participating musicians of that season became illustrious alumni: Karina Canellakis (sitting next to concertmaster Peter Rainer) is now a Chief Conductor, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Principal Guest Conductor, London Philharmonic; Maria Machowska is a concertmaster of National Warsaw Orchestra; Daniel Austrich is a violinist in a famed Michelangelo Quartet; bassist Roman Patkoló is professor at University of Basel and recording with Anne-Sophie Muter; Miguel Juan Hernandez, violist in the Fine Arts Quartet and prof. at the Royal Academy in London; Isabelle Lambelet is a violinist in the Tonnhalle Orchestra of Zurich; cellist Eldar Saparaev leads a solo career and Klassik Konstanz; Catharina Chen is a first concertmaster and soloist of the National Opera of Norway, and the list goes on…. “Young Artists’ Concert is a stunner…it was both moving and heartening to hear young musicians of such caliber and passion. Each hurled themselves into their music with such fervor you could not help but gladly caught up with it and carried along. The audience was responding with cheers, standing ovations and cries “Bravo, bravo!” And justifiably so. As long as the world has more fine musicians like these, the future of classical music performance is in good hands.” –The Taos News (this was the season that iPalpiti also was touring New Mexico).

Carl Böhm

Perpetuum Mobile iPalpiti 2020 ZOOM & iPalpiti 2014 archival LIVE

Dmitri Shostakovich


Prelude and Scherzo, Op.11 YouTube Premiere: ARCHIVAL 2004, inaugural Disney Hall opening concert. “National treasure” Theodore Bikel introduction. Maestro Schmieder foreword about music & times

C ONC ER T S SUNDAY, July 19 2:00 p.m. PST, worldwide any time after iPalpiti Soloists: TRIO ZADIG Live From Paris at Foundation Singer-Polignac Boris Borgolotto/Violinist Ian Barber/Pianist Marc Girard Garcia/Cellist Trio Zadig was scheduled to return to the iPalpiti Festival as soloists in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 25. For this In the Time of Corona virtual festival, the Trio has recorded a very special program with LOVE from Paris to our very special audiences. As Artists-in-Residence of the famed Fondation Singer-Polignac, the concert was recorded in the concert space of its mansion. From Trio Zadig: “As a trio, it has been one of the highlights of our career to come to California from Paris to participate in iPalpiti last summer. The artistic and virtuosic quality of all the individuals who participate is outstanding, and it was an honor to perform alongside them and under the baton of Maestro Schmieder. We were so looking forward to performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto at Walt Disney Concert hall this year with everyone again, and it’s been difficult to accept that this will not be possible. As so many festivals and concerts are canceled, we realize what a privilege it is to be able to perform the music that we love and share it with a live audience. The concerts we played with iPalpiti last year — in Encinitas and Rolling Hills, at Greystone, at Walt Disney Concert Hall — rest in our memory as part of the most special occasions making music. We will miss the collaborations with excellent musicians, the friendships, and also the warm and engaged public. We take solace in the fact that this will all pass eventually, and can’t wait to see everyone then!” ~ Boris, Ian, Marc

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1993)

Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904)

The Seasons (Arr. for piano trio by A. Goedicke (1877-1957) January, April, June, October, December

Piano Trio No.4 in E Minor, Op.90, “Dumky” 1. Lento maestoso, E minor 2. Poco adagio, C sharp minor 3. Andante, A major 4. Andante moderato, D minor 5. Allegro, E flat major 6. Lento maestoso, C mino


CO NC E R T S WEDNESDAY, July 22 8:00 p.m. PST, worldwide any time after iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder, conductor Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th: String Symphony after ”Kreutzer” sonata Last summer, this work was premiered by iPalpiti in anticipation of Beethoven anniversary year. Here is an excerpt from the review “iPalpiti Transforms the Kreutzer Sonata at Disney Hall” by music writer Richard Ginell: “One thing that hasn’t changed in the 22 seasons of this festival’s existence is Schmieder’s willingness to ignore fashion and so-called authenticity by programming out-of-the-way, audience friendly repertoire and transcriptions of chamber pieces. He remains firmly on message, presenting another spirited riposte to the period-performance-practice crowd in his “Letter to the Audience” in the program book. This served as a noapologia preface to what iPalpiti calls the “U.S. premiere” of a Beethoven string symphony, after the Kreutzer Violin Sonata in C Minor…. inflating Beethoven chamber works for string ensembles [Mahler, Bernstein, Toscanini to name a few] adds heft and sensuality to scores that are usually sturdy enough to take on the extra weight and I don’t mind the loss of intimacy…The “Kreutzer” was played with zest and fire by iPalpiti, with unified execution in rapid passages originally written for the solo violin that sound difficult to hold together, and equally cohesive delicacy in the quiet variations of the second movement, with most convincing Finale.” (Full review can be read at ipalpiti.org/news/press) Since, we received an endless stream of requests to perform it again, and today, this performance is premiered on the YouTube, making this performance public. We also offer Maestro’s research on this composition, which were shared with the audiences in his “Letter to the Audience” in 2019: “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy” ­­— Ludwig v. Beethoven The “Kreutzer” sonata is well known among his chamber compositions and is notable for its technical difficulties, unusual length (around 40 minutes), and emotional scope. Unusual circumstances surround this composition. The final movement for the work was originally written for another, earlier, sonata by Beethoven: opus 30, No. 1, in A-major. Beethoven gave no key designation to opus 47, usually titled as being in A-major, but in fact, the main key is A-minor (only the opening 18 bars of the first movement and the Presto movement are in A-major). Originally, the sonata was dedicated to the violinist George Bridgetower, written in a joking manner as “Sonata mulattica composta per il mulatto Brischdauer [Bridgetower], gran pazzo e compositore Mulatico” [Mulatto Sonata composed for the mulatto Bridgetower, great fool mulatto composer”]. The dedication is preserved in an autograph in the Archives of Ludwig van Beethoven. There are many versions of why, in print, it was dedicated not to Bridgetower but to Kreutzer. The most common story: after the premiere of the sonata, during which Beethoven himself played the piano and Bridgetower (unprepared for the performance) played the violin, in an argument with Beethoven, insulted a young lady whom Beethoven held in high regard. Angrily, Beethoven removed the initial dedication and re-dedicated the sonata to a popular French violinist, Rodolfe Kreutzer. Kreutzer never performed the sonata,



which he considered “outrageously unintelligible,” and Beethoven, frustrated at being unable to hear this music (as it turned out, never in his lifetime in original version), began to rearrange the composition for string quintet. In 1832, five years after the composer’s death, German music publisher Nikolaus Simrock published the work as an anonymous arrangement for string quintet, which possibly was made by Beethoven himself with the involvement of his friend, pupil, and assistant Ferdinand Ries. Later, the sonata became popular, thanks to the inspiring novella by Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata. “Music is the shorthand of emotion.” — Leo Tolstoy You will hear this immortal composition in the iPalpiti rendition, which follows the violin sonata fairly faithfully. When there were doubts about how to resolve difficulties in orchestration, references have been made to the Henle edition of the original score. In this program you also will hear Felix Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 13 in C minor “Symphoniesatz” — the last and most significant composition of his 13 string symphonies — and Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso for Four Violins. On the new commissioned compositions Fantasia Hungariana by Sergei Dreznin and Harmony by Franghiz AliZadeh, read composers’ notes on the following pages. Follow us, Dear Listener. Talent is a mission and must be repaid to the Creator through people. The most beautiful things in the world can only be felt with the heart. “It is only with the heart one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible for the eye.” ­­— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry iPalpiti concludes with TRIBUTE TO THE SOULS LOST to the COVID-19: A solemn Bach Arioso (arr. by Stokowski for the Philadelphia orchestra) “After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley “A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence” — Leopold Stokowski

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

String Symphony after Kreutzer Sonata in c minor, Op.47(1803)* Adagio sostenuto – Presto Andante con Variazioni Presto *USA Premiere LIVE from Walt Disney Concert Hall at the 2019 festival grand-finale, PART 1 Live Recording generously underwritten by Rigler-Deutsch Foundation and broadcast on Classical Arts Showcase worldwide.


Bach Arioso Live from Mozarteum, Salzburg


CO NC E R T S MONDAY, July 20 8:00 p.m. PST, worldwide any time after SELECT SPECIALS: iPalpiti alumni Pavel Ŝporcl violin/ Svetlana Smolina piano iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder, conductor | Pavel Ŝporcl, soloist Antonín Dvorák

Mazurek, Op. 49 and Sarasate Zigeunerweisen Four Romantic Pieces Op. 75 Czech virtuoso plays “From Homeland”& virtuosi Romantics Archival LIVE, Los Angeles County Museum, iPalpiti Festival 2012

C. Saint-Saens Fritz Kreisler

Introduction & Rondo-Capriccioso “Devil Trills” Sonata on a theme of Tartini (arr. R. Zandonai) Soloist with iPalpiti: Archival LIVE from Walt Disney Concert Hall, Festival 2012

TUESDAY, July 21 8:00 p.m. PST, worldwide any time after SELECT SPECIALS: iPalpiti alumni Svetlana Smolina piano/Yury Revich violin/Jacob Shaw, cellist Ernest Chausson

Piano Trio in G minor, Op.3 I. Pas trop lent II. Vite III. Assez lent IV. Anime Archival LIVE, iPalpiti Festival 2015, Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, CA


C ONC ER T S FRIDAY, July 24 or any time SELECT SPECIALS: “STROLL” through iPalpiti post-concerts through the seasons Photos by Dana Ross, iPalpiti volunteer photographer since 1998

SATURDAY, July 25 8:00 p.m. PST, worldwide any time after iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder, conductor LIVE from Walt Disney Concert Hall at the 2019 festival grand-finale PART 2 Antonio Vivaldi Felix Mendelssohn Franghiz Ali-Zade Johannes Brahms–Sergei Dreznin

Concerto Grosso for 4 violins & orchestra String Symphony No. 13, “Sinfoniesatz” in C Minor Harmony *World Premiere commission Fantasia Hungariana*(Arr. for string orchestra & Trio Zadig) *World Premiere commission After Three Hungarian Dances by J. Brahms Live Recordings generously underwritten by Rigler-Deutsch Foundation and broadcast on Classical Arts Showcase worldwide



Still under the spell of last night! Pure magic. Elegy was out of this world experience. Spellbound! Beethoven – absolutely remarkable. Vivaldi – refined fun. Congratulations! No borders for our admiration and love. You are unique gifts in our lives. — Yana & Roman Words fail to say how much we enjoyed that excellent concert! Everything about the evening was just perfect. The music was a real revelation—composers and pieces you thought you knew in a completely fresh and unexpected light. The joy and camaraderie of the musicians was truly infectious. — Donald G. M.(Pres., Downey Symphonic Society) It was a magical night. The program was marvelous - each piece was a delight. Our only complaint was that the time went so fast! Please congratulate from us Maestro Schmieder for the painstaking research he did for the Beethoven etc. And that is before one considers the exquisite playing of the orchestra members, with their usual precision and musicality. We love them all. I think this was the finest of all the iPalpiti finales that we have attended. — Irene W. What an incredible concert! The program was indeed really special. It moved me deeply! The orchestra and Maestro always find a way to be even better every year that passes. Please thank him again for his gift to us all. I hope you get to relax now and enjoy the fruit of a great work. You are amazing by making all that happen so beautifully! — Theresa V. What an exceptional concert, it was great fun to be a part of it. We were so inspired by the evening, we donated to iPalpiti when we arrived home. It must be a wonderful feeling to know how your efforts have reached people, with the wonderful musicians and a nearly packed house being inspired. It is annual event we have enjoyed very much. — Larry Z. The concert was a huge hit, in fact, I heard people saying that this was the best concert ever. Today I spoke with the other of one of the children from the summer camp. She’s Mexican and speaks very little English. She told me that the concert was one of the best experiences she’s had since coming to the US. So, thank you on behalf of those children. — Ariane D., ELF …captivated…the program was extremely rich in content, touching on a whole series of memories/emotions, with the acute execution of iPalpiti once again proving the brilliance of this ensemble concept. The (nearly?) uniquely exposing acoustic of Disney Hall revealed the results -- the myriad sound spaces a string ensemble can achieve. Magnificent! — Mark Evans, Delos Records/OWN TV



What a phenomenal ensemble! Thank you again for one of the most enjoyable evenings we’ve ever had listening in classical music and once again reiterate how incredible the orchestra was last night. We still can’t get over how your orchestra sounds like “one big soloist.” … extraordinary performance. — Karen Benjamin [noted soprano] & Alan Chapman [host KUSC-FM, pre-concert lecturer at LA Phil] Year after year you give us a gift of the best concert in town. Impeccable Dvorak! — Dennis Bade [LA Phil program writer, musicologist] What a magnificent concert last night at Disney Hall; truly remarkable. You are without doubt one of the most gifted musicians I have ever encountered in my life. And one of the few conductors in the world who understands how to elicit character from the musicians’ performance. In short, I was blown away. — Derek Gleeson [conductor & music director of Dublin Philharmonic] “After this concert one wants to live again” - Let this gratitude enter the flow of gratitude coming to you from myriad of hearts, and sustain you in continuity of the noble task you and Eduard have taken upon yourself. Congratulations to you and your extraordinary musicians on the success of the festival. Listening Mahler I received answers to my questions. How right Eduard is: music helps to pray without words. Impressions overcame all expectations. — Galina Stolina, Journalist, Almanac Panorama It was so magical and fantastic. The energy and passion was tremendous. We gave many standing ovations to the musicians. Thank you so much, MaryJane Mitchell I am on the Expo Line back home after an evening of amazing music at the Walt Disney Concert. I am enamored by iPalpiti. Thank you for the opportunity of this once-a-year experience. — Nora O’Connor Once more we want to tell you how amazed and grateful we are each time and each time more when we come to the Grand Finale of all your talented musicians. What a standing ovation… and they deserved it all! Thank you for giving so much to this world! — Ulrika & Douglas Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to see and hear the great iPalpiti Orchestra perform. The maestro was truly mesmerizing not only for us but for the rows upon rows of his enthralled audience who were standing, waving and cheering so deafeningly. Again, thank you so much. — George, Clark and Katya You have to check out this [iPalpiti] concert. I have been there 3 years in the row and it is by far the best classical music I have ever heard. — Goldstar Audience


M E E T TH E AR TIST S E d u ard S c h m i e d e r

musi c di rec to r & c o n du c t o r “… a serious and resourceful podium personality.” — Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times “… He elicits great dynamic from the orchestra…altogether, all the participants honor and wait anxiously for the conductor’s wishes… predominant excitement brought out by Schmieder.” — Eberhard Iro, Review on Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Landshuter Rathausprunksaal “… The virtues of Mr. Schmieder as a sensitive and true musician inspired the players to create a very deep and emotional interpretation which kind of magnetized all its sensual harmonies and well phrased performance. This was a concert which could be titled as “pearls of music” from any point.” – Ora Binur, Ma’ariv Jerusalem Daily


“… Eduard Schmieder, the founder of the admirable iPalpiti, believes that music remains a functional universal language… Schmieder is an authoritative conductor. A tall and serious Russian of the old school, he goes in for intense expression and dug-in string sonorities…” — Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed, Chief Music Critic (2010) Born and educated in Russia, Eduard Schmieder has been characterized as an “extraordinary musician of the late 20th century” (Henry Roth). As artist and teacher, Schmieder seeks to preserve and enhance the great traditions of American and European art. He maintains a concert schedule as conductor and violinist and teaches an internationally selected class of students. Schmieder has performed in such prestigious halls as Cite de la Musique in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Crown Hall in Jerusalem, Grand Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and other major concert halls worldwide. He has collaborated with such musicians as Yehudi Menuhin, Ida Haendel, Martha Argerich, Brooks Smith, Nathaniel Rosen, Jon Kimura-Parker, Erick Friedman, Maria Kligel, Atar Arad, John Perry, Dame Diana Andersen, Fou Ts’ong, Lynn Harrell, and many others. He was a founding member and artistic director of the Venice International Violin Institute and the Moscow Trio. In 1996, Eduard Schmieder performed a recital in Genoa on Paganini’s famous Guarneri del Gesu “Il Cannone” violin which is only given for the performances to exceptional virtuoso violinists. On this rare occasion, it was a posthumous International Peace Prize ceremony given by the Italian government to Yitzhak Rabin. One of the most highly regarded violin pedagogues of his generation, Eduard Schmieder is the L. H. Carnell Distinguished Professor and Artistic Director for Strings at Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to his appointment at Temple University, he held the Distinguished Algur H. Meadows Chair of Violin and Chamber Music in the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas (1990-2006), and a tenured Professor of the Violin at the University of Southern California, the position formerly held by Jascha Heifetz. Students of Professor Schmieder are winners of top prizes at the most prestigious international competitions, have established careers as soloists, chamber musicians, and hold leading positions in orchestras in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He is a recipient of American Cultural Specialist Award from United States Information Agency (1999), and throughout the years received numerous awards for his accomplishments as a Musician and Teacher and recognition for his invaluable contributions to culture. In 2020 he was honored with a prestigious Great Teacher Award, given annually to two university professors across all disciplines. Schmieder has taught master classes in virtually every foremost conservatory in the world. He has been performing, teaching, and conducting at international music festivals in Canada, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, and other countries. In the United States he has worked in music festivals at Aspen, Interlochen, Musicorda, Idyllwild, and Summit in New York. Since 2004, he is a member of the faculty at the Mozarteum Summer Academie Salzburg. He frequently represents the United States as a jury member at leading international competitions including the Queen Elisabeth, Sibelius, Paganini, Sarasate, Lipizer, and ARD. In 2003, he was invited and accepted the position as Artistic Advisor to the Sarasate International Violin Competition in Spain. He is also an Artistic Advisor to the Foundation “Remember Enescu” in Romania. He has been written about in books by Henry Roth “Violin Virtuosos: From Paganini to 21st Century” and Margaret Campbell “The Great Violinists,” as well as three featured articles in The Strad magazine. www.EduardSchmieder.com


Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates Acclaimed by the press for its “beauteous string playing,” “lustrous, polished tone,” and “vocal quality,” iPalpiti (ee-PAHL-pit-ee is Italian for “heartbeats”) is a consortium of prize-winning young professional musicians from around the globe, where each member is considered a soloist. “Eduard Schmieder, the founder of the admirable iPalpiti, is a serious and resourceful podium personality...he goes in for intense expression and dug-in string sonorities…” — Los Angeles Times Under his direction, iPalpiti has performed to sold-out audiences in prestigious venues such as Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Mozarteum Grosse Hall (Salzburg), Nikkei Hall (Tokyo), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), YMCA (Jerusalem), Carnegie Zankel Hall (New York), and has been invited as ensemble-in-residence at festivals in Slovenia, Israel, Carinthia, Belgium, and Italy, as well as the Martha Argerich Festival in Beppu, Japan. Founded by Eduard Schmieder in 1991, iPalpiti has since grown to an ensemble of international recognition, establishing a summer residency in Beverly Hills, California in 1999. iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles — presented annually since 1998 — is one of the nation’s significant music festivals and the subject of international accolades. The prestigious STRAD magazine devoted numerous enthusiastic features and reviews, and the Los Angeles Times acclaimed the Festival’s “takeyour-breath-away demonstrations of musicianship and technique,” where artists are encouraged to find their “own voice,” performing as iPalpiti Soloists in solo and chamber ensemble concerts. Referred to as a “Musical Peace Corps,” iPalpiti has created an international cultural network of hundreds of classical artists, forging lifetime associations and friendships that transcend the conflicts of our time. The orchestra’s players (ages 19 - 32) are all winners of prestigious international awards and represent countries worldwide. iPalpiti alumni have established solo and chamber ensemble careers and have taken up leading positions in major international orchestras such as the Chicago, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Monte Carlo, Bavarian State and Munich Symphonies, London, Berlin and Israel Philharmonics, Dresden Staatskapelle, etc. Several have exclusive recordings with labels like Decca, Telarc, and Supraphon records, and are considered among the premier musicians of their generation. iPalpiti’s performances have been acclaimed by critics throughout the world. In 1996 Noord Holland Dagblad proclaimed “[iPalpiti’s] performance can be called righteously overwhelming.” John Ardoin of the Dallas Morning News raved “iPalpiti sprang to life as a single, singing voice. It was the natural, ‘vocal’ quality that stayed with me long after the final notes of the concert were sounded,” while the Los Angeles Times hailed the group’s performances as “an astounding demonstration of seamless and beauteous string playing…memorable, luminous, deeply moving performance” (Daniel Cariaga, 2000) and as a “cool display of virtuosity…unified to an often startling degree” (2006). The New York Times noted that “…ensemble was particularly noteworthy for its unity of purpose and blend. It was as if the musicians’ hearts were beating to the same buoyant rhythm… lustrous, polished tone and graceful phrasing.” (2007) iPalpiti has produced 24 CDs released on TELOS, YAI/iPalpiti and BCM+D Records. Performances are broadcast by Classic Arts Showcase nationally to over 62 million viewers on PBS/Art Channel and other public television channels, in Philadelphia on WRTI, New York on WQXR-FM. iPalpiti is represented worldwide by iPalpiti Artists International. www.ipalpiti.org

“The orchestra with such musicians is notable for the richness of colors; it is a great pleasure to listen to range of expression... The Festival provides [participating] young musicians with unique possibilities for the creative growth and artistic improvement. In my opinion, implementation of this outstanding international forum requires not only very through organization but also ultimate artistry... Thank you!!!” – Mark Kopytman, composer, Israel



iPalpiti 2019, Dana Ross Photography

iPalpiti Festival 2020 Eduard Schmieder, conductor Violins Peter Rainer, concertmaster / Germany Takamori Arai / Japan Boris Borgolotto / France (Trio Zadig) Conrad Chow / Canada Azer Damirov / Azerbaijan Sara Dragan / Spain Kornelia Gra˛dzka / Poland (Splot Quartet)

Karolina Gutowska / Poland (Splot Quartet) Lorenzo Mazzamuto / Italy Samuel Nebyu / Hungary Semyon Promoe / Russia Xuan Yao / China



Joseph Kauffman / USA Ahmed Mamedov / Turkmenistan Agnieszka Podłucka / Poland (Splot Quartet) Can Sakul / Turkey Julia Clancy / USA alumni Gabriel Bussi / Uruguay-Spain alumni

Dobrawa Czocher / Poland (Splot Quartet) Marc Girard-Garcia / France (Trio Zadig) Jaani Helander / Finland Dylan Lee / Malaysia



Justin Smith / USA Artem Chirkov / Russia alumni Mariechen Meyer / SAR alumni

Ian Barber / USA-France (Trio Zadig)

Quartet in-residence SPLOT / Poland

Ensemble-in-residence Boris Borgolotto, violinist 22

TRIO ZADIG / France Marc Girard Garcia, cellist

Ian Barber, pianist

M EET THE AR TIS T S PETER RAINER / GERMANY Concertmaster, Violinist Peter has been iPalpiti’s Concertmaster since 1994. In his native Germany, he is a concertmaster and a founder of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, and leads an active career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. Since 2007, Peter has been on the faculty of the “Universität der Künste” (University of the Arts) in Berlin and of the “Stern Institute” for young talented students. Since 2018, Peter is the Head of the string department of “Musikgymnasium Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach at the “Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik,” a school for highly talented musical kids in Berlin. He is the founder and leader of the Persius Ensemble, focusing mainly on repertoire written for the classical nonet, and has released three CDs; a CD with nonets by Spohr, Clementi and Mozart was chosen by Berlin-Brandenburg Radio (RBB) as one of the best releases of 2007. In 2008, he founded the Merlino String Quartet and has been a member of the Max Brod piano trio from 2012. In 2016, the piano trio released a CD of compositions by Robert Kahn, a wonderful discovery of romantic music in style of Johannes Brahms. Peter has worked as the assistant to Professor Schmieder at the Holland Music Sessions, at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas and at Temple University in Philadelphia. Music-loving children know Peter Rainer through the many interactive concerts he developed for them in the past 20 years, such as Till Eulenspiegel, Ferdinand the Bull, The Horse on the Violin, to mention a few. In the past 3 years, he has appeared at the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente together with iPalpiti artist Jacob Shaw, and continues to collaborate with iPalpiti alumni on international musical projects. Peter studied violin in the U.S. with Professor Eduard Schmieder at the Meadows School of the Arts, where he received his Artist Certificate in 1994 and his Master of Violin Performance degree in 1995. Upon his return to Germany, he was concertmaster of the Brandenburgische Philharmonie in Potsdam from 1996 to 2000. In 2005, he received a commendation from the City of Los Angeles for his leadership of iPalpiti and his contributions to culture.

Stefan Schneider Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany

The annual iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates has become a truly outstanding institution that for 22 years promotes musical excellence, cultural and international exchange. It is very remarkable that the festival manages to offer a big part of its performances free to the public and is reaching out underprivileged communities and groups, underlining its humanitarian driving force under the direction of Maestro Eduard Schmieder. We are proud to see, again violinist Peter Rainer representing Germany. We wish him personally and the festival best of success.

Stefan Schneider Consul General of Germany


M E E T TH E AR TIST S TAKAMORI ARAI / JAPAN Violinist Winner of numerous prizes in international and national competitions, Takamori is a graduate of The Tokyo University of Arts with the top score and the Acanthus Music Prize for such outstanding academic achievements. During his college years he was selected numerous times as a soloist with the university symphony orchestras, and play under baton of such conductors, as Prof. Kazuki Sawa, Prof Douglas Bostock, and Prof. Ken Takaseki. He studied with Prof. Eduard Schmieder in his international class Artist Diploma program at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia as a recipient of the scholarship. Currently he is in the doctoral degree program in Tokyo, working with Prof. Takashi Shimizu and Prof. Sung Yang. In 2014 he was selected as a soloist of the Musical Activity Supporting System by YAMAHA Music Foundation, and has been performing in concerts and music festivals in Europe. This is his second season with iPalpiti.

BORIS BORGOLOTTO / FRANCE Violinist “I had the opportunity to get invited the first time to iPalpiti on the year 2015. I knew nobody from the festival but from the first minute I arrived I could feel this friendly ambience and we were already friends! It was a wonderful experience rich of music making, concerts and friendships. Maestro Schmieder is full of inspiration and a deep musician, it’s such an honor to be coach and conducted by him. All this together makes a lovely family which I’m part of it and will be. Of course we are living around the world but we get in touch all the time and we are all very impatient to meet and play together every summer! “Special Memento”: when I met Pamela Anderson at the breakfast next to the swimming pool on the rooftop of the Petit Ermitage hotel where iPalpiti stays during festivals; and of course last year, with my trio, when we were part of the program as soloists and performing at the Walt Disney Hall, it was such a blast!!!” Boris began playing the violin at the age of seven at the National Conservatory of Toulouse and continued at the National Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt, where he was awarded a unanimous first prize with a special mention from the jury and prizes of Chamber Music, Analysis and Musical Culture. He entered the Paris Conservatory (CNSM) in 2009 where he received the Violin 1st prize and honors unanimously, and parallel courses of chamber music with Itamar Golan. He continues mentoring with Dora Schwarzberg and Patrice Fontanarosa at the Vienna University of Arts and Paris, and participated in the master classes of prominent musicians. Prizewinner of numerous competitions including “Jascha Heifetz” Special Mention at the IBLA foundation of New York International Competition in Italy (2011), in 2012 he made his Carnegie Hall debut, followed by USA Recital tour. He was invited as a Rising Star at the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea in 2011-2013 seasons, and has played with the Academy of the Radio France Philharmonic under the direction of Myung-Whun Chung. Boris performs internationally as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musicians, and in festivals at important venues in France such as Radio France, Cite de la Musique, Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau, Carnegie Hall in New York City, theaters throughout Europe and Asia. Beginning 2015 season, Boris became an artist in residence at Queen Elisabeth Chapel with his piano trio “Zadig.” Boris was selected and joined iPalpiti in 2015.



CONRAD CHOW / CANADA Violinist “With the exception of the birth of my son two years ago, each July of the last 12 years has been filled with much laughter & bonhomie, great enthusiasms and artistry during two or three weeks enjoyed with my iPalpiti family. It has been heartbreaking to see the world close down this year - especially the music halls of the world, but absence only makes the heart grow fonder. Wishing all my best to our audiences, supporters, and most of all, our Maestro; and hoping that before too long, we can soon frolic again with Bohm’s perpetual motion side-by-side.” – April 2020 Born and raised in Toronto, Conrad has established himself as a foremost performer and teacher in his native Canada. Currently, he is a Director of the Community Lab School|String Pedagogy at the University of Toronto and the Violin Faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music. A review in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald praised “the full, sweet, seductive intensity of Chow’s sound” Conrad began his violin studies at the age of three at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University’s School of Music under Miriam Fried, and completed his DMA from the State University of New York, Stony Brook (under noted violinists Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Philip Setzer). He later pursued further post-doctoral work with Eduard Schmieder at Temple University in Philadelphia. Conrad studied chamber music with the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet and is appearing in chamber music performances with Paul Biss, Christina Dahl, David Finckel, and Miriam Fried. He is a prize-winner of the 2006 International Stepping Stone Competition in Quebec and the David G. Whitcomb Foundation’s Young Artist of 2003 and his string quartet was winner of the Indiana University Kuttner String Quartet Competition, performing as the quartet-in-residence for the 2001-2002 seasons. As soloist, he appeared with numerous orchestras, in recitals, broadcasts, and on international stages including Mozarteum in Salzburg, Qingdao Music Hall in China, and 2010 Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut. As a member of the prestigious iPalpiti orchestral ensemble of international laureates since 2008, he performed at Carnegie Zankel Hall, Disney Hall in LA, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and Israel. Being a teacher of one of the leading precollege private violin studios in Canada – his students are winners in many important national and provincial competitions and have made solo debuts with Canadian orchestras - in 2010 he has been appointed to a faculty position at the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music’s elite pre-college academy. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the 2006-2007 seasons, and was member of the faculty at the Summit Summer Music Festival in New York in 2010. Dr. Chow has served as jury member and adjudicator of various Canadian competitions, at the international “Remember Enescu” in Romania, and is a presenter of master classes in Canada, the United States, and Asia.

“Exhilaration, thrills, and awe conquer audiences faced with irrepressible virtuosity and musical achievement of emerging young performers. These are the stock in trade of Young [iPalpiti] Artists International.” – Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times (2001)



AZER DAMIROV / AZERBAIJAN Violinist “In 2008, when I received a prize at the International Postacchini Violin Competition in Italy, and was completing my studies in Moscow, I was honored to also receive an iPalpiti prize to participate in its Festival of International Laureates, to join incredible iPalpiti ensemble and perform concerts at several prestigious venues. The day of arrival in LA was totally overwhelming for me. Having grown up in the different country, USA was a cultural shock. However, meeting all this wonderful musicians from all over the world, organizers, everyone who was involved in iPalpiti, and the amiable atmosphere they had created, made me feel at home. Joining this great festival was a turning point in my life as it did impact the course of my musical future. I was fortunate to meet Eduard Schmieder, the founder and music director of iPalpiti orchestra, and continue my musical journey by studying with him in Philadelphia. Since I joined iPalpiti in 2009, Maestro Schmieder, Laura Schmieder, the executive director of the festival, and the iPalpiti orchestra members became my family. Special thanks to the benefactors of this festival for their generous support and genuine interest in music. Without them all this would not be possible. Due to pandemic crisis for the last months all of us are dealing with unprecedented challenges not only globally but also on a personal level. Every year old and new members of iPalpiti reunite to make music, however, unfortunately this year we are confined to our homes and will miss seeing and hugging each other. We will miss strolling around the gorgeous LA and enjoying delicious food. It is very sad to see what a challenging test our iPalpiti has to go through. But light always overcomes darkness and I hope that this crisis will end soon, so we can get back together and heal our souls with live music again.” – May 2020 Azer began his musical studies at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted in the Musical College of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Professor Maria Keselman from which he graduated in 2007 at the age of 20 with an equivalent of a Bachelor Degree Diploma. Azer participated in master classes and festivals in Dortmund in Germany, Britten-Pearce Orchestra in Great Britain, and Volga Regional Young Symphony festival. Recipient of the Ministry of Culture Russian Federation’s Stipend, Azer is a Laureate of numerous national competitions. In 2007 Azer received a Diploma at the 14th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Fermo, Italy, and a special iPalpiti prize for participation in the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles. In the fall 2010, Azer was accepted into Bachelor of Music Program at Boyer College at Temple University in the class of Professor Schmieder, where, subsequently he completed his Master’s degree in 2013, and currently pursues a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. Last year, Azer formed the Philadelphia-based The Amaranth Piano Trio with several performances in its debut season. He is a member of iPalpiti since 2009, including East Coast residency and in concerts at the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall, and Los Angeles festivals. In 2012, he performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music. In 2018, on a special invitation by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan he gave solo recitals and master class in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital. In May 2019, as a winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions he and fellow iPalpitian, violist Adelya Shagidullina gave a series of concerts in Southern California.


M EET THE AR TIS T S SARA DRAGAN / POLAND Violinist “Dear iPalpiti Audience, I am very sad that we will not be able to meet this summer again. I joined this elite group of musicians last summer and I have absolutely amazing memories from our last tour. This is such a limited and special group of musicians, wonderful opportunity to share music and stage with such a great people. It is such an honor and pleasure to work with Maestro Schmieder which with his knowledge, passion, love for music and energy makes this festival so exceptional. All I want to say is, that last iPalpiti tour had huge impact on my life, taught me a lot, I made unique friendships and gained so much experience, especially that I was the youngest member of the group. In the same time I had so much fun! I want to wish everyone health and patience during this difficult period, I hope music will play in your hearts. In the meantime I keep working, practicing and planning performances. I am absolutely aiming for remaining a soloist till the very end and iPalpiti is one of those things in life that keep me going in the right direction.” – June 2020 Sara Dragan was born in 1999 in Poland and began learning to play the violin at the age of 7, under the tutelage of her parents, Konrad and Alicja Dragan. She attended the Music School in Legnica and concurrently studied with Prof. Zakahr Bron in his Meisterklasse Interlaken in Switzerland, continuing with him at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid. Despite her young age, Sara won first prizes/Grand Prix in about 50 violin competitions in Europe and the USA, including International Violin Wieniawski & Lipinski Competition, New York International Artists Association Competition, International Telemann Violin Competition, and International Violin Young Paganini Competition. Sara made her debut as the soloist with orchestra at the age of 7 playing Wieniawski’s Obertas and since, performed with many orchestras including the Orchester Berlin, RRCMC Moscow Orchestra, Ukrainian National Orchestra, Uzbekistan National Symphony, important Polish philharmonic orchestras, with virtuosi repertoire such as Paganini’s Concerto No.1 and Carmen Fantasie by F. Waxman when she was only 12. At 15, she made her United States debut at Carnegie Hall (NYC) where she played Wieniawski’s Concerto in F-Minor and The Last Rose of Summer by Ernst, and gave concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic, Rachmaninov Concert Hall in Moscow, Polish Royal Palace in Warsaw, Auditorium Sony in Madrid, touring around Europe and the United States. Sara has participated at prestigious festivals including Schleswig-Holstein and Mozarteum in Salzburg and is a laureate of many awards. For her outstanding artistic achievements she received “Young Poland” scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage, is a multiple grantee of the National Fund for Gifted Children in Warsaw. She is engaged in many charity events performing for promotion of talented children, as well as taking part in charity auctions for children with Down’s syndrome. Sara was given opportunity playing on instruments of the best Italian luthiers by Guarneri, Vuillaume and Gagliano. Currently, Sara is playing on Nicolo Amati (1666) on the generous loan from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. This is her second season with iPalpiti.

Dear Laura – Great music speaks for itself… what you and Eduard do so lovingly is nurture, educate, and advance these young savants allowing them to move forward into mature careers as professional musicians. These exceptional musicians find safe haven, family and direction under your extremely knowledgeable care. The world of music, the world at large is a far better place with it. THANKS – All of us from the City of Encinitas (2015)



KORNELIA GRA˛DZKA / POLAND Violinist Kornelia is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in prof. Roman Lasocki’s violin class and in chamber music with Professors Katarzyna Jankowska and Maia Nosowska. She is a laureate of several national and International competitions: III prize at National Competition for Young Violinists in Lublin (Poland), III prize at “A. Januszajtis” National Violin Competition in Gdańsk (Poland), II prize at International Chamber Music Competition in Jurmala (Latvia). Kornelia participated many masterclasses and orchestral workshops among others: in Łańcut (Poland), Bremen (Germany), Moscow (Russia), Paris (France) having opportunity to work with such renowned artists as Marcin Baranowski, Andrzej Bauer, Wolfgang Marschner, Alexander Gebert, Edward Zienkowski, Andrzej Bauer, Jose Gallardo, Janusz Wawrowski. Kornelia joins iPalpiti festival as member of the new “Splot” string quartet with iPalpiti’s violist Agnieszka Podłucka.

KAROLINA GUTOWSKA / POLAND Violinist A graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (class of prof. Jan Stanienda), Karolina is a violinist of the Sinfonia Varsovia, a leading Polish symphony orchestra and an ambassador of Polish culture around the world. Karolina is a winner of numerous solo and chamber competitions, including 2nd prize at II Tadeusz Wroński Youth Competition for Solo Violin and 1st prize at the III Grażyna Bacewicz National Competition of String Chamber Ensembles. As a recipient of the Yamaha award for Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien scholarship, she participated in International Summer Academy in class of Dora Schwarzberg. During the studies, she was chosen with her string quartet to represent the University in concert exchange with Universität der Künste Berlin, on the Warsaw Spring Festival in Tallin, and at International Festival of Contemporary Music. She has also participated in numerous festivals like International Academy of Art in Zakopane, Princess Daisy Ensemble Festival in Ksia˛ ż castle, Musethica Festival – editions in Zaragoza and Berlin and workshops, during which she worked with such names as Krzysztof Jakowicz, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Leszek Brodowski, Marcin Markowicz, Krzysztof Meyer, Alexander Gebert, Simon Cartledge, Tomoko Akasaka, Jose Gallardo. Karolina joins iPalpiti festival as member of the new “Splot” string quartet with iPalpiti’s violist Agnieszka Podłucka.

I continue to be impressed by the quality of the musicians you find, certainly for their artistry and musicianship and also for their being such rich human beings. Looking at the past years, I’m constantly reminded of iPalpiti when I regularly hear Robert Thies, Valentina Lisitsa, Jonathan Karoly, Catherine Leonard, Ken Aiso, and Cameron Carpenter play. Indeed, I must hear Thies a dozen times a year, and Karoly almost every week during the LA Phil season. You understand how extraordinary your selection and education process is, and how each year becomes a high point of the musicians’ and audiences’ lives. Warmest regards, Grant Barnes, Esq.


M EET THE AR TIS T S LORENZO MAZZAMUTO / ITALY Violinist Born in Catania in 1986, Lorenzo graduated in 2005 from the Vincenzo Bellini Musical Institute of Catania with cum laude as a student of Professor Vito Imperato, with a solo debut with an orchestra at the age of 11. In 2013, he graduated from the famous Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory with the highest scores in the class of the People’s Artist of Russia Sergey Girshenko. Lorenzo has taken part in over 25 national and international musical competitions, obtaining in all either first prize or absolute first prize. Under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, at the age 14, he received a special merit admission to study with Maestro Salvatore Accardo at the Senior Specialization Course of the Walter Stauffer Academy of Music; the honor which is given only with a performance degree, exempts younger students who are deemed by to possess exceptional talent. Lorenzo’s talent has on many occasions been encouraged by famous international musicians, such as Igor Oistrach, Michail Kugel, Rocco Filippini, Katia Ricciarelli, Giuliano Carmignola, Glenn Dicterow, Bruno Canino, Vladimir Skanavi, Irina Bochkova, etc. Lorenzo has given recitals for many important concert associations in Italy, Europe, Russia and in the U.S.A. As a soloist with orchestra, he performed the Ploesti Symphony Orchestra, the Kiev’s Camerata, the Russian chamber orchestra and others. Since October 2004, he has been first violinist with “L’offerta Musicale Ensemble.” The ensemble, under the guidance of Riccardo Insolia, focus in 20th century and contemporary music. In Russia he has played in White Hall, Rachmaninov Hall, Small Hall and Big Hall of the Moscow conservatory. He plays a Claude Lebet Violin of 2010. This is his second season with iPalpiti.

I want to thank you tremendously for the, once more, great experience in this year’s festival. We all know that you have put in so much effort and energy to make this all happen. You deserve our highest admiration and respect. Please send my great love to Maestro and I hope to see you both very soon again. Yours as always, Karina Canellakis (2004)

Violinist | Conductor. Winner of the 2016 Sir Solti Conducting Awards. Guest conductor of the leading orchestras including BBC, Dallas Symphony, LA Phil, Orchestre de Paris Chief conductor for the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra


M E E T TH E AR TIST S SAMUEL NEBYU / HUNGARY Violinist “I have been a member of iPalpiti since 2015, starting as iPalpiti Junior featured soloist in Waxman’ Carmen Fantasy at the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills. Since, making great music with Professor Schmieder and the members of iPalpiti is something I am always looking forward in my concert schedule. I was fortunate to be invited again as a featured soloist at Walt Disney Hall in 2017, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with iPalpiti alumnus, renowned violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez, and I was also part of the ensemble’s fantastic and memorable tours to Salzburg and to Israel where we performed in the most prestigious concert halls all across this amazing country. Not only because the level of every player is exceptional, but because this festival is a “family gathering” where we come together from all parts of the world for 2-3 weeks and enjoy music making together. Maestro Schmieder inspires each of us with his incredible passion for music during rehearsals and concerts, and the music that the audiences get to experience during the concert is phenomenal. An excellence, love for music, and human understanding towards each other is the best way I can describe iPalpiti.” – May 2020 Samuel is the winner of numerous national and international competitions including Grand prizes at the National ASTA (American String Teachers Association) Solo Competition (2015), “Remember Enescu” International Violin Competition (Romania, 2013), Flame International Violin Competition (Paris, 2008), and a winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions (CA, 2014). Born in Hungary of Ethiopian-Jewish descent, Samuel spent most of his early childhood in Asia. At 15, he was admitted to the Brussels Royal Conservatory where he received tutelage from renowned musicians, including Igor Oistrakh, and was a violinist-in-residence at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium for several years. Currently, he is in DMA program at Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University working with Professor Schmieder. Samuel has performed as soloist with orchestras and at important international music festivals. In 2016, he received the prestigious Clifton Emerging Artist Award, gave a recital at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and became a prize winner of the Mozarteum Salzburg Festpiel competition – the only one of 291 violinists to be selected as one of the eight prize winners – and was further honored to conclude the winners concert at the Mozarteum Grosse Saal. His CD Violin Gems from Black Composers was released on BCM+D label in 2018, selected for Grammy nomination, and named Best Album of the Year by numerous classic radio stations across the nation, including KUSC-FM. Since 2017, Samuel teaches at the Community Music Scholars Program at Temple University. Highlights of last season were a featured soloist at Kimmel Center Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, performing Concerto for Violin with Choir and Orchestra by Jennifer Higdon, a recital with Lambert Orkis (long-time piano partner of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter), and a tour through South America with Mutter’s Virtuosi exclusive soloist ensemble. Samuel is the 3rd iPalpiti artist chosen by the great violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation; prior artists were Kian Soltani – Cellist and bassist Roman Patkolo.

Dear Maestro Schmieder, Thank you for the inspiring us so much, including myself. I look back to my time at iPalpiti –and forward also – with a great joy. I learned so much from you and hope that there will be many years forward for people learning and loving you around the world!


—Kian Soltani, cellist. Deutsche Grammophon artist.

M EET THE AR TIS T S SEMYON PROMOE / RUSSIA Violinist “I have been a member in the iPalpiti festivals since 2017, and toured in Austria and Israel. Participation in the concerts of the festival is of great importance to me. But sometimes circumstances are beyond our control. For instance, due to this new contagious virus, the festival could not take place this summer. This means that in the next year we will be working much harder to produce an unforgettable performance at the festival together. I’m looking forward to meeting with the participants and with a wonderful audience!” – June 2020 Named a principal soloist of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Society in 2015, giving concerts throughout Russia, Finland and Israel, from 2019, Semyon also serves as a Concertmaster of the Tomsk Symphony Orchestra and a Violin Faculty at Novosibirsk College of Music. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the assistant concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic and toured Switzerland, Germany, France, and Belgium. As a member of the ensemble of violinists “Bright Bows” Semyon performed in numerous international festivals, including the Summit Music festival in New York. Promoe is an Honors Graduate of the Novosibirsk Glinka State Conservatory (with the qualifications of Life Performer, Orchestral Performer, Ensemble Performer, Teacher of Instrumental Performance Majoring in Instrumental Performance) from the class of Professor and Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation Marina Kuzina. He has also completed Postgraduate studies in performance and musicology. He taught a violin class at the Novosibirsk Music College from 2011 to 2013 and participated in the International Forum Musical Performance and Pedagogy in Jyvaskyla, Finland. As a soloist, he has performed with numerous symphony orchestras throughout Siberia’s major cities such as Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Barnaul, and his home city of Novosibirsk. He is a founder of the string quartet Phaeton. Semyon was selected to iPalpiti in 2017 summer festival, and toured with iPalpiti in Israel and Mozarteum Salzburg. This is his 4th season with iPalpiti.

Dear Laura and Dr. Schmieder, My heart is full of memories and warm feelings which I will never forget. iPalpiti is a festival where I can laugh more than in many months. The facilities and experiences which you create and offer to your musicians are unique! Many musicians could only dream to be in my position.. I am truly grateful of what I can feel and learn through your festival. I am full of inspiration and ideas to bring classical music to the people and new audience. I highly respect both of you and your sense of music making. And it is really rare to hear every day that someone says “I love you all”! This great gesture from Dr. Schmieder made my days. I am very much looking forward to study under him and learn more from his passion for music and to deliver it forward in many ways in the future. Sincerely, Kreeta-Julia (post-festival 2015) Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä has served as concertmaster of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Oulu Symphony and Vaasa City Orchestra in Finland and guest concertmaster of London BBC Symphony Orchestra.


M E E T TH E AR TIST S XUAN SHIRLEY YAO / CHINA Violinist Xuan Yao began to learn violin at age four, studying from 2004-2010 with Weijian Tang in the middle school of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. While in Beijing, Xuan was actively performing as soloist, in string quartet, piano trio and was an assistant concertmaster of Chinese Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, Xuan was accepted to Temple University in Philadelphia on a full scholarship to study with Professor Eduard Schmieder in his select international violin class at Boyer College in the Center of Performing Arts, receiving Bachelor degree in 2015 and Master degree in 2017. A recipient of the Garrigues Scholarship, Xuan currently is DMA student at Temple University, where she is a teaching assistant in Prof. Schmieder studio. While in Philadelphia, she performs actively as a chamber musician and in Symphony in C. Xuan is a prize-winner of national competitions in her native China including First Prize of Hunan Province Soloist Competition in 2002, First Prize of Chinese Junior New Artist competition, and Grand Prize of Changsha Soloist competition (2003). In USA, she received 2nd prize in Pi Kappa Lambda Competition in 2017 and was a First Prize winner of Young Talents World Festival of Performing Arts in 2018. Xuan performs in numerous international music festivals, including Mozarteum Salzburg and Summit Music Festival in New York. This is her second season with iPalpiti.

JOSEPH KAUFFMAN / USA Violinist / Violist Born in Oakland, California, Joseph began his violin studies at the age of five. He has studied with Yayoi Numazawa of the Philadelphia Orchestra, James Lyon and Max Zorin of The Pennsylvania State University, and Eduard Schmieder of Temple University. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, he was honored to receive the Creative Achievement Award, given to only one exceptional student. Winner of many competitions in Pennsylvania, Joseph received first prize in the PSU Philharmonic Concerto Competition performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto (2008). He returns to State College every summer for the Penn’s Woods Music Festival under the direction of Maestro Gerardo Edelstein. Kauffman founded and performed with the “Valens” Piano Quartet, which received First Prize in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Most recently, Kauffman (along with his iPalpiti colleague, cellist Yoni Draiblate) founded a chamber music concert series in Wayne, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb. As a chamber musician – both as violinist and violist – Kauffman was featured live on classical radio in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. In 2008, Kauffman was accepted into the international class of Prof. Eduard Schmieder in the Master’s Degree program at Temple University, which he completed in 2011, with distinction and received the Albert Tashjian Prize for excellence in performance. He frequently served as concertmaster for the TU Symphony Orchestra and TU Opera Theater. In 2010, Kauffman was selected to join the acclaimed iPalpiti orchestral ensemble of international musicians. He has performed on major concert stages including Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center, and the Kennedy Center, among others. He has participated in master classes with world-class soloists and ensembles, including Jaime Laredo, Philip Setzer, Martin Chalifour, the Shanghai, Emerson, the American, the Tokyo quartets, and many others. Currently, Joseph is continuing his violin studies in the DMA program at Temple University, where he is also a teaching assistant. He teaches a talented class of students at the NBS School, maintains a thriving private violin studio, and leads an active performance career. Together with iPalpiti alumnus and cellist Yoni Draiblate, he founded the MUSIC TRANSFORMS concert series in Philadelphia.


M EET THE AR TIS T S AKHMED MAMEDOV / TURKMENISTAN Violinist / Violist Ahmed Mamedov started to play violin at the age of seven and graduated from the Sobinov Saratov State Conservatory in 2005, actively performing in solo, chamber ensembles, and string quartet concerts. Among his awards are the Grand Prize in the Fourth Regional Goldenberg Violin Competition, stipend from the “Russian Performing Art” foundation, Diploma at the 5th Demidov International Violin Competition, and an award from the VI “Golden Talent.” In 2006 Akhmed was selected to join “Youth Symphonic Orchestra of CIS Countries” and through 2009 toured the cities of CIS, Europe, and USA, under such conductors as Yury Simonov, M. Gorenshtein, Vladimir Spivakov. In 2010 Akhmed was accepted into Artist Diploma Program at Temple University in Philadelphia, completed his Master of Music degree in violin performance (2014) in the class of Professor Schmieder, and MM as a second major in viola (2017). He plays both as violinist and violist at Symphony in C, New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra, Vox Ama Deus Orchestra, Wayne Presbyterian Oratorio Society, and Bach Festival Orchestra of Bethlehem. Ahmed Mamedov is a co-founder and active performer of the Blue Line Quartet. Since 2018, he enjoys teaching at the Perkins Center for the Arts Conservatory in New Jersey. Ahmed is a member of iPalpiti since 2013.

AGNIESZKA PODŁUCKA / POLAND Violist Agnieszka was born in Łódź in 1994. She started her violin education at the age of seven and since, has been awarded First Prizes at numerous national and international violin, viola and chamber music competitions, including ARD International Music Competition in Munich (2018), Michał Spisak XI International Music Competition (2017), Intercollegiate Viola Competition (2017), II Baltic Competition for String Duos (2016), II Chamber Music Competition in students category (2015), XX International Johannes Brahms Viola Competition (2012, semifinal); IV Tadeusz Wronski Young Solo Violin Competition. She was awarded the “Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage” scholarship and continues her studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in violin and viola with professors Jan Stanienda and Piotr Reichert. Agnieszka has been a participant in many festivals as violinist, violist, chamber musician and orchestral player, including International Summer Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Musethica International Chamber Music Festival in Spain, Sweden and Germany, International Chamber Music Festival in Wałbrzych, International Chamber Music Festival “Quarto Mondi” in Poznan, Warsaw Festival, Summer Academy of Music from Berliner Philharmoniker, and in master classes worked with Tabea Zimmerman, Jerzy Kosamala, Wolfgang Boettcher, Jose Gallardo, and others. Agnieszka has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in her native Poland as well as in Europe, Japan, South Korea, United States. She was a member of Sinfonia Varsovia Academy as a violist. Upon return to Poland from iPalpiti festival in 2019, Agnieszka accepted principal viola position in the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, joined the faculty of the viola class at the Fryderic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and founded new ensemble: string quartet “Splot.” This is Agnieszka’s second season with iPalpiti. Just as she was recommended by iPalpiti alumni Maria Machowska (2004-2009) who is a Concertmistress of the Warsaw Philharmonic [Filhamonia Narodowa/Sinfonia Varsovia] since 2008, this season Agnieszka returns with her newly formed “Splot” quartet.


M E E T TH E AR TIST S CAN SAKUL / TURKEY Violist “For me, the summer season is incomplete without the iPalpiti, as I’ve been participating in the festival since 2011. Every year, I look forward to the joy of making great music with talented musicians from around the world, fully devoted to music, achieving outstanding concert performances under the guidance of Maestro Schmieder. iPalpiti has contributed a great deal to my artistic growth. Performing with musicians from different cultures and backgrounds, broadens the vision of an artist. Touring Salzburg, Israel, and Philadelphia was an enriching experience. I feel very lucky to have bonds with artists from many different countries, whom I see as my iPalpiti family. I’m looking forward to the next festival, making music again together.” Born in 1987 in Ankara, Turkey, Can is a member of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. His M.A. in Viola is from the Lausanne Conservatory (Bruno Pasquier’s class) and his B.M. in Viola is from the Bilkent University of Music and Performing Arts. In 2009, he became a member of the Camerata de Lausanne under the leadership of Pierre Amoyal. Can held principal viola positions in Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra (2005-2008), Bilkent Youth Virtuosos (2006-2008), toured with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Damiano Guiranna (2007), and with Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy (Summer 2008). He has performed in chamber and solo concerts, and in festivals all over the world including Turkey, Switzerland, France, Russia, Singapore, Greece, Germany, and Cyprus. He has also performed at television and radio broadcasts on Mezzo, Radio Suisse Romande and Turkish National Television and Radio. Member of iPalpiti since 2011.

DOBRAWA CZOCHER / POLAND Cellist “This was supposed to be my first time at iPalpiti Festival and it was a great dream to come true. I will never forget how happy I was when our Splot Quartet got an invitation. Traveling to USA with my dear friends and making music with them, being surrounded by amazing artists from all around the world, playing in incredible concert halls – all of that is the best thing a musician can receive. However, we all have to adjust to the situation with a hope that beautiful music will again arise at iPalpiti Festival next year.” – May 2020 A graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, both in Bachelor and Master Studies, in 2018, Dobrawa won an audition to Szczecin Symphony Orchestra and started her tenure as solo cellist. She also completed Master Solo Studies of the Hochschule fur Musik Detmold in Prof. Alexander Gebert’s cello class. During her time in Germany, Dobrawa was a member of Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and principal cellist of the Neue Philharmonie Berlin. Winner of eight national solo music competitions in Poland, she has won in several chamber music competitions, including the 2nd prize in National Chamber Auditions in Sochaczew, 1st prize at the International Music Competition Julius Zarebski, finalist of the VI International Competition for Chamber of Johannes Brahms in Gdańsk, and a 2nd prize in 2014 as a member of Sillage Piano Quintet at International Chamber Music Competition in Jurmala (Latvia), winning distinction with the same ensemble in National Chamber Music Competition in Bydgoszcz (Poland). Dobrawa has participated in numerous master classes with renowned cellists and performed in chamber music festivals. During 2008 - 2010 she was a scholar of the National Fund for Children On. Since 2012 she is a member of duo “Hania Rani & Dobrawa Czocher” of classical and contemporary music. The Duo’s debut album “Biała flaga,” released in 2015, was a bestseller in Poland. Dobrawa performed in many prestigious concerts halls in Poland and abroad (Germany, Lebanon, Serbia, Austria, Turkey, Portugal). She joins iPalpiti festival as member of the new “Splot” string quartet with iPalpiti’s violist Agnieszka Podłucka.



MARC GIRARD-GARCIA / FRANCE Cellist “I took part of the iPalpiti Festival for the first time last summer (2019). I came with my Piano Trio, Trio Zadig. Our violinist, Boris Borgolotto, was already an iPalpiti member and recommended us to participate. It was for him a great memory of Friendship and great Music shared by a group of excellent people and under the leadership of an incredible and very inspiring musician, Maestro Schmieder. I have to say that my experience was above my expectations. I Loved to have the opportunity to meet and play with such musicians from so many countries, the public of the solo performances in Encinitas was incredibly supportive and the last concert as soloist with the orchestra in Walt Disney Hall was for me one on the highlights of my musician’s life. We were supposed to play the Beethoven Triple Concerto this summer and I will really miss this opportunity to play again in this beautiful hall with Maestro Schmieder. I’m very much looking forward to have the opportunity to come back to California. ” – June 2020 The cellist Marc Girard Garcia captivates audiences with the depth, elegance and warmth of his performances. Born in 1990 in San Francisco, Marc began his cello studies at the Toulouse Conservatoire in France, and graduated with highest honors at age 16. He then obtained his Masters degree at the Paris Conservatoire under the tutelage of Marc Coppey in 2015. Over the years, Marc received numerous awards, including the International Competition of Contemporary Hungarian Music in Ballassagiarmat, the International Competition of Epernay, the International Competition of Vatelot-Rampal, and was also invited by the soloists of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to perform chamber music at the Musikverein. Marc studied with cellists Gary Hoffman, Philippe Muller, Arto Noras, Roland Pidoux, Xavier Phillips, Jerome Pernoo and Robert Nagy, and participated in festivals like the Wiener Philharmoniker Musikforum Trenta, the Maurice Ravel Academy of Saint Jean-de-Luz and the Pablo Casals Academy at Prades. In 2014, together with the American pianist Ian Barber and his childhood friend Boris Borgolotto, Marc created the Zadig Trio. Since its foundation, the Trio has won 11 international prizes in France, the USA, Austria and Italy, and is regularly invited to play in great halls worldwide. The Zadig Trio is currently a resident of the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel, under the tutelage of Artemis Quartet. It is also the first trio resident of ProQuartet in Paris, and is generously supported by the Banque Populaire Foundation. Marc Girard Garcia plays a Frank Ravatin cello, generously loaned to him by the El Pasito association.

Dear Maestro, I want to thank you for the incredible eye-opening opportunity to join iPalpiti in 2004, inspiring and fun super hi-level chamber music, and since, traveling with you around the world. What you and Laura built together for young talented musicians is incredibly important. It is definitely I always would hope to be part of, because I know how great this mission is, and I forever, will be appreciative to be a part of this world-class iPalpiti” – Juan-Miguel Hernandez Concert violist, Fine Arts Quartet, Professor, Royal Academy of Music, London



JAANI HELANDER / FINLAND Cellist “The most I love about iPalpiti is getting together with the amazing people, a very special creative atmosphere each year, and the beautiful locations and venues we are performing. The first time arriving at the legendary Disney Hall in 2016 and playing a concert there, in an acoustics that I to date regard as one of the best I’ve played in, is a highlight of my professional career experience. I’ve been a member of iPalpiti since 2016 and I’ve been on memorable tours in 2017 to Salzburg, Austria and also in 2017 in Israel.” – June 2020 Member of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and a faculty member at the Sibelius Academy, Jaani is also sharing the artistic directorship of the Helsinki Chamber Music Festival with another iPalpiti member Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä. Graduate of the Sibelius Academy in 2013, he is a laureate of many competitions: in 2010 he was the first prize winner in the string competition at the ISA-festival in Austria and a second prize winner in the Turku National Cello Competition in Finland. He has been a soloist with many orchestras in Finland and in Austria with the Spirit of Europe. In 2013, he gave the Finnish premiere of Uljas Pulkkis’s “Dragonfly”concerto with the Nya Tidens Ensemble. Jaani has studied with Prof. Martti Rousi in Finland, Prof. Christoph Richter in Essen, Germany, and Prof. Natalia Gutman in Florence, Italy. Chamber music is Jaani’s true passion and he has performed at several festivals in Finland and abroad, in the USA and Greece, among others. He joined iPalpiti in 2016 as an “emergency” cellist, after being recommended by iPalpiti’s Finnish violinist Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä; “plucked” from his vacation in Zagreb, arriving on a day’s notice, Jaani was an instant, perfect fit. He and Kreeta-Julia launched the Helsinki Chamber Music Festival with its first season July 2017 and just completed a virtual 3rd season. Recently he began arranging and composing for the ensemble of two cellos. Jaani toured with iPalpiti to Salzburg’s Mozarteum and two-week tour to Israel. He plays a Vincenzo Postiglione cello (1914), on loan to him from the Finnish-Swedish Instrument Foundation.

DYLAN LEE / MALAYSIA Cellist Praised for his poetic and engaging performances, Dylan is a graduate of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, completed his Master’s studies with Professor Julius Berger at the Leopold Mozart Zentrum in Augsburg, and currently based in Basel, Switzerland, studying in the School of Excellence at the MusikAkademie Basel under Danjulo Ishizaka. Most recently, Dylan was the soloist playing Schumann Cello Concerto with the Uzbekistan State Symphony Orchestra as the Grand Prize winner of the Global Music Partnership Concerto Competition. Numerous international awards include 1st prize in the 2019 Andreas Stein Wettbewerb and a Meißterkonzert at the Mozarteum Summer Academy Salzburg. Dylan was among founders in the KL String Project – alongside members of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra – of a chamber orchestra based in the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. As a founding member of the contemporary music quintet, Dylan has premiered chamber music works by young composers from the Asia Pacific region, performing in Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong, Ensemble GO. In 2014, he was invited to and attended the Seiji Ozawa Chamber Music Academy held in Japan. Solo masterclasses include those with artists such as Gavriel Lipkind, Norman Fischer, Natalie Clein, Johannes Moser and Sebastian Comberti, and as a chamber musician, he has played in masterclasses by the Julliard String Quartet, Belcea Quartet, Shanghai String Quartet, and Fournier Piano Trio.



JUSTIN SMITH / USA Double Bassist Justin Smith is an aspiring double bassist from Smithtown, NY with a goal to a professional career as an orchestral musician. He began playing the double bass at age 8, continuing his studies at The Juilliard School pre-college division, and now is a fourth-year student in The Juilliard college division, working with Professor Eugene Levinson. He is recipient of the Ann S. Alderman & Harold Alderman Scholarship, Homer & Constance Mensch, and Jim Wargowsky Scholarships. Since acceptance into the College Division at Juilliard, Justin was offered a mentoring position in the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, where he continues to mentor and teach Pre-College students today. Outside of Juilliard, Justin has worked with Nassau Pops, Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island, The World Youth Alliance, and also as a session musician. Justin also was granted a full scholarship to both the Miami Music Festival, and Summit Music Festivals. Justin is a laureate of numerous competitions, including the Bottesini International Competition in Italy in 2017. In the same year he became a winner of the Camerata Artists International Competition and gave a solo recital in Merkin Hall, New York. For the past three seasons Justin participated in the Summit Music Festival Chamber Orchestra under direction of the Maestro Schmieder who invited him to the iPalpiti. This is his second season with iPalpiti.

IAN BARBER / USA-FRANCE Pianist “It was my first experience coming to iPalpiti last summer and it was definitely one of my favorite festivals that I’ve participated in. As the pianist of Trio Zadig, I performed of course with the trio and it was quite an honor to play together as soloists in venues such as Greystone mansion and at Walt Disney Hall, but beyond that, I truly enjoyed working and playing with the many other soloists invited to iPalpiti who were all extraordinary musicians and wonderful human beings. I think the energy that Dr Schmieder and Mrs Schmieder bring to the festival is really special and creates this environment that attracts such quality and great performances. I’m very much looking forward to seeing everyone again as soon as possible and getting back to playing music!” Ian Barber started studying piano at age seven in Colorado with Patricia Chen, continuing with Larry Graham and Rodney Mobley in high school. He has also worked with several prestigious teachers including Jullian Martin and Yoheved Kaplinsky from the Juilliard School of Music, Emilio del Rosario from the Music Institute of Chicago and French pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jean-Claude Pennetier. Winner of several national competitions, he was twice chosen to serve a two-year term on the Young Musicians Foundation Roster. After winning Yamaha Piano Competition in 2004, he was selected to perform with the National Repertory Orchestra in the Breckenridge Music Festival, and the following year, as a winner of the Denver/Steinway Piano Competition, he was the soloist with the Colorado Symphony and reinvited to perform with the National Repertory Orchestra playing Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto. In 2008 he won Indiana University’s concerto competition and performed Brahms 2nd piano concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra. With French violinist and cellist Boris Borgolotto and Marc Girard Garcia, Ian founded the Zadig Trio. Since its creation in 2014, the Trio has won 11 international prizes in France, the USA, Austria and Italy, and is regularly invited to play in great halls worldwide. The Zadig Trio is currently a resident of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, under the tutelage of Artemis Quartet. The Trio’s first album, called “Something in Between”, was released in March 2019. It features music by Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Attahir and Maurice Ravel.


M E E T TH E AR TIST S TRIO ZADIG / FRANCE Boris Borgolotto, violinist. Marc Girard Garcia, cellist. Ian Barber, pianist Festival’s ensemble-in-residence. “As a trio, it has been one of the highlights of our career to come to California from Paris to participate in iPalpiti last summer. The artistic and virtuosic quality of all the individuals who participate is outstanding and it was an honor to perform alongside them and under the baton of Dr. Schmieder. We were so looking forward to performing the Beethoven triple concerto at Walt Disney Concert hall this year with everyone again and it’s been difficult to accept that this will not be possible. As so many festivals and concerts are canceled, we realize what a privilege it is to be able to perform the music that we love and share it with a live audience. The concerts we played at iPalpiti last year – in Encinitas, at Greystone, at Walt Disney Hall – rest in our memory as part of the most special occasions making music. We will miss the collaborations with excellent musicians, the friendships, and also the warm and engaged public. We take solace in the fact that this will all pass eventually, and can’t wait to see everyone then!” Founded in 2014, Trio Zadig gained critical praise for their impressive 11 international competition prizes, including First Prize at the Fnapec Competition and second prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in the US. The Zadig Trio is currently a resident of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel alongside the Artemis Quartet. It is also the first trio resident of ProQuartet and is supported by the Banque Populaire Foundation. Friendship is at the core of the Zadig Trio’s strength and authenticity. Boris Borgolotto and Marc Girard Garcia are childhood friends who studied together at the Paris Conservatoire National de Musique and at the University of Music in Vienna. Upon their return to France, they crossed paths with Ian Barber, an American pianist from the renowned studio of André Watts at the University of Indiana. The chemistry between them is immediately apparent; in a strong desire to unite their talents, they found the Zadig Trio. The name comes from Voltaire’s eponymous character, Zadig (from the Hebrew for the ‘just’ and the Arabic for the ‘truthful’). Much like the music that the Trio performs, the story of Zadig is fantastically entertaining, while touching upon universal and uncompromising truths about the nature of reality. Trio has performed all over the world, from the USA to the Republic of Congo, as well as in prestigious halls like Wigmore Hall, Shanghai City Theater, Paris’ Philharmonic and the Salle Cortot. In parallel with this demanding schedule, the Trio has met with great artists who have contributed to the development of its musical expression, most notably Ivry Gitlis and Menahem Pressler. Due to its auspicious beginning, the Zadig Trio has been invited to several broadcast shows: “Génération Jeunes Interprètes” and “Le nouveau Rendez-Vous” on French Public Radio (France Musique) as well as “Puisque vous avez du talent” on Musiq’3 (RTBF) in Belgium. From Haydn to contemporary composers, the Zadig Trio’s audacity and freshness gives youth and vitality to the piano trio repertoire. The depth and sincerity of their interpretations, as well as their vivid, poetic sound, make them the creators of captivating performances. Their DC debut at the Phillips will include Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor, Bernstein’s Fantasy on themes from West Side Story, and some works from Toulouse-born composer, Benjamin Attahir. Just like Voltaire’s hero, the Trio promises to have a long and adventurous life. Trio’s violinist Boris Borgolotto was selected for the Festival 2015 and we welcome his return to iPalpiti with his trio.


iPalpiti® Artists International, Inc.

Dedicated to the artistic career advancement of exceptionally gifted young professional musicians and to the promotion of peace and understanding through music.

HISTORY With the blessing and support of the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin — after years of collaboration, friendship, and conversations about the future of classical music with Eduard and Laura Schmieder — Young Artists International was born in 1997. In 2008, we became iPalpiti Artists International. From the beginning, our mission has been to discover and support post-conservatory musicians, whose talents were destined to make them the leading classical musicians of their generation. Sometimes referred to as a “Musical Peace Corps,” iPalpiti has created an international network of classical artists, forging lifetime associations that transcend the conflicts of our time. Our mission attracted the attention of a group of the world’s leading classical musicians, who joined as Artistic Advisors, with the Great Dame of the Violin Ida Haendel, CBE as Honorary President. With their support and keen ear for talent, we have been able to promote the most exceptional young professional musicians from around the globe. Our program grew from a six-artist festival in 1998 into an annual production of international significance, centered on the iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates with Maestro Eduard Schmieder as conductor. In addition to the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates at our home base in Los Angeles, iPalpiti has been an invited ensemble-in-residence in Japan, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Korea, Austria, Slovenia, and Israel, performing to sold-out audiences in venues from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to Carnegie Hall in New York. Since 1998, iPalpiti Artists International has: • Presented awards and scholarships to 380 outstanding young musicians in 45 countries. • Presented more than 500 private and public concerts promoting young exceptional artists nationwide, including international tours. • Presented annual “Benefactors Concert Series” throughout the years in private estates. • Released 24 CDs of iPalpiti Orchestra & Soloists in live performances. • Created the Mentor Program and Student Coalition for the Arts for 7-12th graders to nurture the growth of interests, personal confidence and building a future audience. • Released three short documentaries about iPalpiti and its Festival. In 2007, iPalpiti celebrated its 10th anniversary with a New York Carnegie Hall debut to a rave review in the New York Times. Now a bi-coastal presence in the US, iPalpiti is an ensemble-in-residence at Temple University in Philadelphia, with “iPalpiti Musicales” has been presented in New York at the home of Susan & Charles Avery Fisher since 2007. In 2009, iPalpiti expanded its festival to the East Coast, with performances in Philadelphia (Kimmel Center), a finale concert at Carnegie Hall, and returned to the East Coast in 2011. iPalpiti’s Festivals have been featured in publications such as the STRAD magazine (1999, 2004, 2013), Strings magazine (1998, 2004) and the Los Angeles Times (1998, 2003, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017), calling the Festival’s performances “world-class” and “take-your-breath-away demonstrations of musicianship and technique.” iPalpiti Artists International is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that stands on the belief that “music is the spiritual factor which brings people together and unites them irrespective of religion and culture, appealing to sublime senses.”


Enjoy iPalpiti music year-around CDs available for purchase after the concerts, online: www.iPalpiti.org, CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, and at iTunes.



“ Schmieder led [iPalpiti] with crisp signals more concerned with impulses and phrases than beats …they produced a splendid and colorful sound… and polished armor. The virtuosity was quite impressive.” —Timothy Mangan, The Orange County REGISTER, 2013

Acclaimed by the press for its “beauteous string playing”, “lustrous, polished tone,” and “vocal quality”, iPalpiti (ee-PAHL-pit-ee is Italian for “heartbeats”) is a consortium of prize-winning young professional musicians from around the globe, where each member is considered a soloist. “Eduard Schmieder, the founder of the admirable iPalpiti, is a serious and resourceful podium personality...he goes in for intense expression and dug-in string sonorities… - Los Angeles Times

“The international ensemble’s playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall, led by conductor Eduard Schmieder, proves to be world-class…sensational… This was an invigorating world-class performance by young players with technique to burn and a palpable desire to live every note.” — Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 2013 Midori Maruyama /Japan Francesca Gilbert /UK Can Sakul /Turkey Emma Wernig /USA-Germany


Eduard Schmieder holds the Temple University Carnell Chair Professor of Violin at Center of the Arts in Philadelphia where he is an Artistic Director for Strings and teaches an internationally selected class. Prior positions were a Distinguished Algur H. Meadows Chair of Violin and Chamber Music in the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas (1990-2006), and tenured professor of the violin at the University of Southern California, the position formerly held by Jascha Heifetz. Schmieder has taught master classes in virtually every foremost conservatory in the world. Since 2004, he is on the faculty at the Mozarteum Summer Academie Salzburg. He frequently serves as a jury member at international competitions including Queen Elisabeth, Sibelius, Paganini, etc. Throughout the years he received awards as a Musician and Teacher and for his invaluable contributions to culture. He has been written about in books by Henry Roth “Violin Virtuosos: From Paganini to 21st Century” and Margaret Campbell “The Great Violinists,” as well as three featured articles in THE STRAD magazine.

Rachel van Amburgh /USA Siri Bloom /USA


Peter Rainer, Concertmaster /Germany Stephanie Appelhans /Germany Davide de Ascaniis /Italy Niv Ashkenazi /Israel-USA Azer Damirov /Azerbaijan Joseph Kauffman /USA Lorenzo Mazzamuto /Italy Nuné Melik /Canada-Armenia Sami Merdinian /Argentina Ryo Mikami /Japan Samuel Nebyu /Hungary Semyon Promoe /Russia Irakli Tsadaia /Georgia-Germany


EDUARD SCHMIEDER, born and educated in Russia has been characterized as an “extraordinary musician of the late 20th century” (Henry Roth). As conductor and violinist Schmieder performed in prestigious concert halls worldwide and has collaborated with such musicians as Yehudi Menuhin, Ida Haendel, Martha Argerich, and many others. In 1996, he performed a recital in Genoa on Paganini’s famous Guarneri del Gesu “Il Cannone” violin.


Founded by Eduard Schmieder in 1991, iPalpiti has grown to an ensemble of international recognition. With a summer residency in Beverly Hills, California since 1998, iPalpiti features 24-30 select international laureates in an annual Festival in Los Angeles with a grand-finale at Walt Disney Concert Hall, which “has become one of the highlights - in some years, the highlight - of the summer here” (LA Times). iPalpiti has performed to sold-out audiences in prestigious venues such as Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Mozarteum Grosse Hall (Salzburg), Nikkei Hall (Tokyo), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Carnegie Hall (New York), and has been invited as ensemble-in-residence to festivals in Slovenia, Israel, Carinthia, Belgium, Italy, Poland, and Martha Argerich Festival in Japan. iPalpiti considers each member a soloist. The orchestra’s players are all winners of prestigious international awards and represent countries worldwide. Referred to as a “Musical Peace Corps,” iPalpiti has created an international cultural network of hundreds of classical artists, forging life-time associations and friendships that transcend the conflicts of our time. iPalpiti alumni have established solo and chamber ensemble careers, and taken up leading positions in over 20 orchestras including the Chicago, London, Berlin, Tokyo Israel symphonies and philharmonics. iPalpiti has produced 24 CDs, released on TELOS, YAI/iPalpiti and BCM+D Records. Performances are broadcasted by Classic Arts Showcase nationally to over 62 million viewers on PBS/Art Channel and other public television channels, and heard on Philadelphias’s WRTI-FM, New York WQXR-FM, Los Angeles KUSC-FM. iPalpiti represented worldwide by iPalpiti Artists International. www.ipalpiti.org

* Featured Soloist Derek Tywoniuk /USA Edward Hong /USA


Rachel Mellis /USA Katherine Grant / USA


Adam Wolf /USA Chris Wilson /USA


Sam Shuhan /USA


Egor Antonenko /Russia Sinead O’Halloran /Ireland Eldar Saparayev /Kazakhstan-Switzerland * Francisco Vila/Ecuador


Alex Rosales Garcia /USA Anne Ranzani /USA


Micah Wright /USA Ryan Glass /USA


Eduard Schmieder, Conductor

Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates

PICTURES DESCRIPTION  Pictures at an Exhibition

Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates

Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates

Eduard Schmieder, Conductor

iPALPITI LIVE 2018  Eduard Schmieder, conductor

Eduard Schmieder, Conductor


Scherzo Op.81


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)


Chaconne for String Orchestra


Anton Webern (1883 – 1945)


Langsamer Satz


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)


Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 for violoncello and orchestra


Eldar Saparayev, violoncello

DISC II Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. J. Cohen & iPalpiti)


I. Promenade II. Gnomus (The Gnome) III. Il vecchio castello (The Old Castle) IV.. Tuileries V. Bydlo VI. Ballet of the un-hatched Chicks VII. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle VIII. Limoges IX. Catacombs (Roman Sepulchre) X. Con Mortius in Lingua Mortua XI. The Hut on Fowl’s Legs XII. The Great Gate of Kiev

 Recorded LIVE at Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles


Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)

iPALPITI LIVE 2018  Eduard Schmieder, conductor

Promenade: This prelude, which reappears as an interlude throughout the suite, represents the composer strolling for picture to picture. As the suite progresses, however, it emerges less frequently as the viewer becomes more involved in the pictures. Indeed, after its 5th official rendition, its two remaining appearances are integrated in the pictures themselves. It has been suggested that the irregular, changing meter reflects the composer’s uneven gait, but it seems more likely that this trait, more commonly associated with 20th century music, is attributable to the influence of Russian folksong. Gnomus (The Gnome): The design for a wooden nutcracker that inspired this extraordinary composition must have been a fearful creature. A unique juxtaposition of alternately fast and slow music punctuated by abrupt silence builds up to a terrifying climax. The whole short movement is pervaded by a mood of menace. A more subdued Promenade follows. Il vecchio castello (The Old Castle): A melancholy troubadour sings nostalgically by a medieval Italian castle on a mysterious, warm summer evening. This movement is notable for its sad, beautiful melody underpinned throughout by a drone. Promenade follows. Tuileries: This delightedul miniature depicts children quarreling in the famous Parician gardens. The middle section depicts the governesses (in this version played by sedate solo quartet) trying in vain to pacify them. Bydlo: A Polish oxcart travels towards us, reaching a climax before disappearing back into the distance. The snap pizzicators represent the drivesr’s whip cracks. Promenade follows. Ballet of the un-hatched Chicks: This humoresque represents Hartmann’s illustration of costumes for the ballet Trilbi Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle: The 6th movement has been popularly regarded as a musical portrayal of a single painting, a dialogue between a rich Jew and a beggar. In fact, two separate portraits exist, one of a prosperous Jew in a fur hat and the other of a Jew in rags, cane in hand, head bowed in dejection. But this general conception can be viewed in another light! Mussorgsky, who had been anti-Semitic, as was fashionable in 19th-century Russia, experienced a personal epiphany brought about by a Jewish doctor (baptized as a Christian), who was in charge of a military hospital. At the last stages of composer’s life, this doctor unselfishly laid his career and reputation on the line by falsifying Mussorgsky’s record to reflect a fictitious military career, allowing the composer to enter the hospital and enabling the doctor to care for him. Thus the idea put forth as “Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle” can be regarded as that of two peers sharing their respective problems and tragedies, a counterpoint of equality and brotherhood. Promenade follows. Limoges: This hilarious scherzando portrays the ferocious arguing of fishwives in the well-known French marketplace. It leads directly into: Catacombs (Roman Sepulchre): The original picture showed Hartmann himself with a lantern, actually in the catacombs of Paris, not Rome! Con Mortius in Lingua Mortua (With the Dead in a Dead Language): Notes in the autograph score reveal that this subsection conveys the composer, representedby the Promenade theme, communing with the soul of his friend. The Hut on Fowl’s Legs: this drawing was a design for a clock in the shape of the home of Baba Yaga, the infamous, cannibalistic Russian witch. The middle section isthought to represent the witch flying through the air with pestle and mortar as she pursues her victim! This leads straight into: The Great Gate of Kiev: The gate was designed by Hartmann to celebrate the narrow escape from assassination of Czar Alexander II in 1866, but was never built.The triumphant theme is twice interrupted by a religious procession, the 2nd procession climaxing with the final appearance of the Promenade theme – perhaps tosuggest the composer walking home!

PICTURES At AN EXHIBITION “A painter paints pictures on canvas, but musicians paint their pictures on silence.” – Leopold Stokowski

Producer: Robert T. Stroker • Engineers: Fred Vogler Media • Design: Alan Chan /iPalpiti Interior photos: Dana Ross © 2018 • Image: Steinway art case piano by Paul Wyse (inspired by “Pictures at an Exhibition”) Recorded LIVE on July 7, 2018 at the Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California © iPalpiti Artists International, Inc. 1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1880, Los Angeles, CA 90067 www.iPalpiti.org All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Made in USA ©+℗ 2019 BCM&D Records, Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University 1715 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 temple.edu/boyer

Bach • Mendelssohn • Mussorgsky • Tchaikovsky • Webern





ALUM NI iPalpiti’s alumni have become leading soloists, concertmasters, and orchestral and chamber players around the world.

While the accomplishments of all 300+ alumni would be too lengthy to list, here are some highlights: Roman Patkoló ( Slovakia) - Double Bass Soloist under Columbia Artists Management. Leader, Bassonia Amorosa. Member, Zurich Opera. Collaborates with Anne-Sofia Mütter, including performance with the Boston and London Symphonies in the premieres of Previn’s Double Concerto. “I’ve never heard such a fantastic player,” said Previn. “...[Patkoló] certainly lived up to his billing as a sensational soloist...” - Strad Magazine Alexandru Tomescu (Romania) - State Soloist of Romania, international soloist. Performs on Stradivarius violin from the State collection. Records four CDs annually. Winner of 28 international awards, and recognized as a “violin superstar” by the prestigious Strad (UK) and Classica (France) magazines. Pavel Sporcl (Czech Republic) - Ranks among the foremost representatives of today’s young generation of violinists. Frequent guest of TV and radio programs; exclusive Supraphon artist, awarded Gold & Platinum albums. Valentina Lisitsa (Ukraine - France) - Compared by critics to the legendary artists Horowitz and Rachmaninov. Collaborates with Lynn Harrell, Ida Haendel, Cho-Liang Lin, Vadim Repin, and Hilary Hahn. IMG Artists. Sayako Kusaka (Japan) - First Concertmaster of Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin (formerly Berlin Symphony Orchestra founded by Kurt Sonderling). “Best Musician of the Year” award from Critic’s Association of Japan (2005), Idemitsu Music Prize (2009). Top prizes in the most prestigious competitions. Solo engagements in prestigious series in Europe and Japan. Luiza Borac (Romania) - Concert pianist. BBC 2007 award for the best solo CD recording of the year. (Avie Records) “… pianist of enviable professionalism”- Gramophone. Featured covers & reviews in Fanfare and Gramophone and other major international publications. Faculty, Hanover Hochschule. Cameron Carpenter (USA) - Multiple Grammy nominee. “Maveric Organist” –New York Times. Multi-album record contract with TELARC® Digital. Karina Canellakis (USA) - Guest Conductor with major orchestras. Appointed as Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra starting 2019 season. Concert Violinist. Askonas Holt Management Latonia Moore (USA) - Performs with Dresden, Covent Garden and Houston Opera companies in leading soprano roles. Winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Auditions. Recorded Mahler 2nd Symphony with Deutsche Grammophon. Laifer Artist Management. Boris Brovtsyn (Russia) - Soloist and Chamber ensemble violinist, IMG Artists. Former: Concertmaster, Kremerata Baltika, Royal Coventgarden. Prize-winner of international violin competitions. Under prestigious Caecilia management. Svetlana Smolina (Russia - USA) - Performs with orchestras and in recitals worldwide, including Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fischer, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France. iPalpiti debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2011. Daniel Austrich (Russia - Germany) - Violinist and member of the Michelangelo Quartet – the youngest to play alongside such renowned artists in a classical international world as violist Nobuko Imai, cellist Frans Helmerson, and violinist Michaela Martin.



Qing Yung Yu (China) - Associate Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony. Vadim Tchijik (France) - Award and recording contract with Harmonia Mundi, recital engagements and festival performances in Europe. Professor at Rameau & Satie conservatories in Paris. Lisa Kerob (France) - Concertmaster of the Monte Carlo Symphony, Monaco. Peter Schoeman (RSA) - Leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Robert Kowalski (Poland) - Violinist, Szymanowski Quartet. Former: First Concertmaster at the Radio Orchestra in Lugano / Switzerland. Catharina Chen (Norway) - iPalpiti Ambassador. Soloist. First Concertmaster, Norway National Opera Theater. Leader: Oslo Camerata, Norway Chamber Orchestra. Member of iPalpiti since 2004. Conrad Chow (Canada) - Soloist Faculty, Royal Conservatory of Music. Jury, international competitions. Peter Rainer (Germany) - Concertmaster, Kammerkademie Potsdam; Leader, Persius Ensemble; guest soloist. Faculty, Unversitat der Kunste Berlin and Hanns Eisler Hochschule fur Musik. Juan Miguel Hernandez (Canada) - Violist, Fine Arts Quartet, Professor, Royal Academy of Music, London. Julia Sakharova (Moldova) - Violinist, Arianna String Quartet. Assistant Professor of Violin, University of Missouri, St. Louis. Former: Associate Concertmaster, Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Daniel Turcina (Slovakia) - Violinist, Trondheim Orchestra and Soloists, Norway. Artistic leader, Chamber Philharmony. Alexander Snytkin (Lithuania) - Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Former: Concertmaster, Bergen Philharmonic, Norway. Vladimir Dyo (USA) - Faculty, Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia. Concertmaster, Capital Philharmonic, New Jersey. Vesselin Demirev (Bulgaria) - Concertmaster, Aalborg National Symphony, Denmark. Yamei Yu (China) - Concertmaster, Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich. Professor chair for violin at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Dusseldorf. Eugenia Pikovsky (Israel) - Principal violinist, Israel Philharmonic. Former: Concertmaster, Bern Symphony, Switzerland; Concertmaster Jerusalem Symphony. Ryo Mikami (Japan) - Co-Concertmaster, Sapporo Symphony. Former: Member, Lausanne Soloists (Swiss). Misa Yamuro (Japan) - 1st violinist, Berlin Radio Symphony; former, Munich Philharmonic (Zubin Mehta, Director). Catherine Leonard (Ireland) - Leading violinist in Ireland and sought-after soloist in Europe. Miroslava Ivanchenko (Ukraine) - Tours as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the U.S. Dayton Philharmonic, assistant principal. Former: Alabama Symphony, Concertmaster New World Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor). Lauraine Desgrees De Lou (France) - Chamber musician, 1st violinist, Paris opera.



Michael Arlt, Philipp Bonen (Germany) - Violinists of the Berlin Philharmonic. Xinlai Jiang (Hong Kong / China) - Principal Bass, Hong Kong Philharmonic. Thibault Vieux (France) - Assitant Concermaster, Paris Opera. Peter Danis (Slovakia) - Concertmaster, Malaysia National Symphony. Ken Aiso (Japan) - Violinist/violist, chamber musician, Former: Leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London. Faculty - Royal Academy of Music. Eliah Sakakushev (Bulgaria) - Artistic Director of Villa Seligmann of Hanover - Germany’s only full time organization for Jewish Music and Jewish Sacred Music. Artistic Director, Musikfest Schloss Wonfurt, Germany. Former: Director of the Jewish Music Festival in Madrid. Principal, Auckland Symphony, New Zealand. Member of the cello faculty, Kronberg Academy (“cello capital of the world”) in Germany. Pedro Carneiro (Portugal) - Recognized as one of the world’s foremost solo percussionists, performs frequently in Europe, the Far East and the USA, and a guest soloist with numerous orchestras. Solo recordings. Alexander Dzyubinski (Moldova) - Principal, 2nd Violins, Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Denmark. Fumika Yamamura (Japan) and Gabriel Bussi (Uruguay) - Violinists, members of Orquestra de Sinfonia de Galicia, one of Spain’s premier orchestras. Robert Ashworth (Canada) - Member of Auckland Philharmonic, New Zealand. Timo-Veikko Valve (Finland) - Principal Solo Cellist, Australian Chamber Orchestra; founding member, Helsinki Cello Ensemble. Emmanuel Held (Germany) - 1st violin section, Dresden Staatskapella. Janna Dimont (Israel / Cyprus) - Concertmaster, Cyprus Chamber Orchestra. Dennis Posin (Germany) - 1st violin section, National Mannheim Opera. Dmitri Ratush (Israel) - Violist, Israel Philharmonic. Former: Principal Violist, Bern Symphony, Switzerland; Israel Camerata. Raushan Akhmedyarova (Kazakhstan) - 1st violinist, San Francisco Symphony; former: Concertmaster of New World Symphony. Alex Akimov (Russia) - Violist. Member, Moscow State Orchestra. Winner, Brahms International Competition (Vienna, 2004). Kazuhiro Takagi (Japan) - Soloist. Concertmaster Dallas Chamber Symphony. Former: Concertmaster Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Eldar Saparaev (Kazakhstan) - Soloist/Chamber musician. Principal Cellist, Süd-West Philharmonie Orchestra, Germany. Peter Dènes (Hungary) - Violist, Salzburg Camerata. Isabelle Lambelet (Switzerland) - 1st violinist, Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich.



…iPalpiti has become part of my life. And a huge part. From initial email almost 5 years ago, to the friendships I’ve made (for life), the invaluable time spent with maestro Dr. S, and the lessons learnt from you Mrs. S in building festivals/sponsors/professional relationships. …Peter, Conrad, Lars, Kian, Catharina, Nora, Marie, etc. etc. etc. the list goes on – all iPalpiti family that I continue to work with on each season: each of us introducing each other to other contacts, sharing beautiful concerts together, travelling around to meet each other informally too – iPalpiti is a real family. It’s unique. The supporters and benefactors of iPalpiti - such kind and generous people is invaluable to my emotional health, and gives me such strength knowing the support I have the other side of the world. …Hearing Peter play that first rehearsal back almost 5 years ago sticks in my memory… his solos, grace, attitude has taught me many things: especially how to cope with situations professionally. And what a player......... Any time on rehearsal or performance with him is just 100% joy. …The time with Dr. Schmieder - both in rehearsal/performance and out. The things I’ve learnt – and the inspiration is impossible to measure. I think he is without doubt, one of the biggest influences on my musical development in the last 5 years since I met him. And he will continue to be for many years to come. And the things that he has opened my mind to play SUCH a role when I teach. Even my students, when I start the phrase “you know, Dr. Schmieder told me........,” immediately sit up and know that what I am about to say comes directly from my innermost feelings. …I just had a great tour in Toronto with Conrad [Chow]. Such a mature artist – and one on the most warm people I’ve ever met – preparing concerts (recital and Brahms double) in Canada with him was an unforgettable experience. …This season several iPalpiti coming to my own festival. Socially, meeting numerous ones all over the world, as our touring paths cross. …I could go on - iPalpiti as you must know, is deeply installed in my life. All my love, very warmest and best wishes, Jacob. JACOB SHAW/Cellist UK-Denmark: Founder of the Scandinavian Cello School, director of his own festival in South France, solo artist… 46


Over than 15 years, I have been a participant in the iPalpiti festival, which can undoubtedly be called the jewel of the annual music seasons in California. Unfortunately, the situation this year has changed the traditional plans for musical summer highlights. But musicians all over the world still need audience members with whom to share a piece of our soul and heartfelt music from the stage. Everyone believes in the speedy end of this difficult period and we look forward to the genuine joy when we can meet again on the big stage and give our art, share new masterworks and accept the warm love of our listeners. ARTEM CHIRKOV St.Petersburg Philharmonic Principal Bass|Bradetich Foundation Board Director DoubleBass World Festival President|Bassiona Amorosa ensemble member iPalpiti Artists International has a special place in my heart. I was fortunate and privileged to be a member of this wonderful group from 2004 to 2013, including tours in Northern California and Israel. I always looked forward to make music with the iPalpiti family under Maestro Schmieder’s baton and perform in beautiful concert halls such as Walt Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall and Kimmel Center. Maestro Schmieder inspired all of us during rehearsals and on stage to perform in “one heartbeat.” One of the special moments for me was the performance of Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade at Disney Hall when everyone played in one breath from the beginning to the end. All of this wouldn’t be possible without the support of iPalpiti benefactors and devoted audiences. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Maestro Schmieder and Mrs. Schmieder for your guidance and for creating this opportunity for young musicians from all over the world. In these unprecedented times I wish iPalpiti to stay strong and continue to have successful seasons! AISHA DOSSUMOVA DMA|Artist-in-Residence at Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University,Philadelphia. I became a member of iPalpiti in the Summer of 2016 and joined the Israel tour in Fall 2017. The tour to Israel changed my life. Not only did we get to play incredible music, including Tchaikovsky’ Souvenir de Florence, we got to see the most amazing historical sites in Israel thanks to the extraordinary planning by director Laura Schmieder. I met so many remarkable people that I continue to be in contact with, and will treasure these memories for the rest of my life. I’m thankful to iPalpiti for bringing us all together to make music, even when that might be very difficult. I wish Dr. Schmieder, Laura Schmieder, all current and former iPalpitians, as well as our beloved audiences good health during this incredibly difficult time. JULIA CLANCY, Violist/USA |Staatskapelle Berlin, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin I had the honor to join the iPalpiti Orchestra in 2014. Many thanks to Maestro Dr. Schmieder and Laura Schmieder for allowing me to share my talent in the viola section. The immense talent of each musician in iPalpiti and world-class music making is abundant. With a unique pool of international talent, iPalpiti brings together musicians from all walks of life for an experience you won’t find anywhere else. I urge anyone who supports the arts to offer their support to this ensemble. While we live in such a dark time in our world history, music has always been a way for each and every one of us to escape. The current state of affairs have placed many performing artists in a difficult place. Live performances have been either canceled or postponed with no potential date in sight. Besides it affecting our income, it also prevents us from expressing ourselves musically and gifting that expression to our beloved audiences. I remain hopeful that one day, all artists will be able to take the stage once again. I look forward to seeing iPalpiti continue to heighten the artistic lens of the classical community in Los Angeles, and the world, for many years to come. STEFAN L. SMITH, Violist & Composer|Hollywood Bowl Orchestra


TE S TI MO N I A L S Our favorite excerpt “reviews” from young audiences 7th graders from Berendo Middle School: Dear Maestro Schmieder, …You conducted iPalpiti beautifully. The music that iPalpiti played was not only wonderful but entertaining as well. I think you kept the group on key and in unison… – Matthew Ramos Dear iPalpiti Orchestra and Maestro Schmieder, …I had a great time and would like to go anytime again. It sounded really great how you put all your energy into playing the instruments. It sounded actually a lot like a rock concert. It sounded like that, since all the musicians played the instruments really fast. In my opinion the only difference was that it was more classical. It was really amazing of how you could hear the music loud without any speakers…. I got used to liking this type of music which is classical. –Juan Augusto Dear Conductor Schmieder, When I first went in I thought it was going to be really boring, but it was the complete opposite… It was very nice music. It was different kind of listening to the music, because I do not hear that kind of music at home. My friend next to me also liked it as much as I liked it. … It was a really fun experience to hear music that I don’t listen to at home. Thank you for letting us students listen to this beautiful music. – Francisco Avalos From Youth-at-Risk: Dear orchestra iPalpiti, I, Shetara Marie Sheard, greatly appreciate the tickets that you donated to my placement. I made my own dress especially for this evening. I have much respect for the people who are willing to help children in need. I highly appreciate this evening generosity and can’t wait to hear this wondrous opportunity. Allowing Youth-at-Risk to experience the “Arts” is a great thing. Your giving makes a difference. The group learned to appreciate classical music and were speechless. Thank you for sharing your beautiful music. – Kimberly McKinney, Deputy Probation Officer Dear Orchestra, …we really don’t get these opportunities but once in a life time, your generosity has uplifted and changed my life in such a genuine way. Thank you, I will remember this night always. – Ashley Crawford Dear Orchestra, Thank you for the tickets and giving us the opportunity to see the world. For most of us aren’t that fortunate but your consideration and kindness have given us a chance. THANK YOU! – Lucy Malveaux From the Rescue Mission: … it was a phenomenal performance, thank you so much and G-d bless. …it was one of a kind night …being a musician at the mission I was so happy and astounded at the level of the performance …thank you for the fabulous and inspiring time…words are not sufficient to express our gratitude. — Rescue Mission [an emergency shelter for homeless families with children – a room for 40 with sleeping cots]


FOUNDERS & AR TIS TIC ADV IS OR S “Young Artists International is an organization that consists of active and participating musicians following the dictates of their conscience; i.e. their responsibility to the younger generations. I endorse it with all my heart.� (1997) -Lord Yehudi Menuhin Founding Member, In Memoriam

Eduard Schmieder Carnell Distinguished Professor violinist, conductor / USA

Ida Haendel, CBE Great Dame of the Violin United Kingdom/Canada, In Memoriam

Lynn Harrell, In Memoriam

Board of Directors

Jonathan Steinberg, Chairman Mary Levin-Cutler, Founding Chairman Ada Sands, Vice Chair Theodore Bikel, In Memoriam Hernando Courtright, Vice Chair East Coast

Artistic Advisors

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Schmieder & Lord Menuhin

Cho-Liang Lin


Laura Schmieder

Community Advisory Board

Julius Berger

Gary Karr

Wynton Marsalis

Yefin Bronfman

Gidon Kremer

Igor Oistrakh

Menachem Pressler

Ruggiero Ricci, In Memoriam

Angel Romero

Vadim Repin

Martin Chalifour

Nathaniel Rosen

Thomas Backer, Ph.D. Dr. Jim Eninger Jim Gilliam, Arts Administrator, City of Encinitas Monte M. Lemann II, Esq. Harold Schloss, The Schloss Group of Merrill Lynch Wanda Presburger, Community Liaison Anna Volkoff, CPA Hon. Zev Yaroslavsky

International Council Directors, International Competitions

Count Yvan De Launoit - Vice President Queen Elizabeth International Competition (Belguim) Kaija Saariketu - Director, Sibelius International Competition (Finland) Mihai Constantinescu - Director, George Enescu International Competition & Festival (Romania)

Festival Staff

Alexander Milovanov Jacopo Giacopuzzi Hillel Smith - Graphic Design



“I have heard of dierent

similar organizations. All of these things are so often promised, but so seldom seen. iPalpiti has done it for me and I shall always remember that; therefore, I consider that its future development is vital for young musicians and for saving classical music. Alexandru Tomescu, State Soloist of Romania/International soloist/Recording Artist One of the six original iPalpiti soloists in 1998 inaugural festival



(Ca nno t exis t with ou t you - T H A NK YO U! )

Dedicated to the artistic career advancement of exceptionally gifted young professional musicians and to the promotion of peace and understanding through music.

In these unprecedented times, we invite you to Give LIFE to iPalpiti for this 23rd season and future years, and, in return receive the “music from the heart” which iPalpiti is so known for. You, our Audiences and Supporters, mean the world to the musicians and the Maestro. $3,000 + “Adopt” an Artist (Award, Lodging & Travel) $1,680 provides housing for 1 musician during the festival $500 provides 25 tickets for local and disadvantaged students $160 provides lunch for 1 musician during the festival $104 provides breakfast for 1 musician during the festival $50 provides a string set for 1 musician $

Any amount makes an impact


In Honor Of

100% of Your Contribution goes toward support of exceptional prize-winning young professional classical musicians and Musicians Relief Fund.

Festival promotes peace and understanding through music.

Charitable Information Card No. V7214 (solicitation dates May 19, 2019 to September 1, 2019) Please make checks payable to iPalpiti Artists International

Name: Address: E-Mail address: Please put me on the mailing list for current events.


Telephone: (_____)

Enclosed, please find my:


In the amount of $:

Check Visa Mastercard AMEX

Card #:


iPALPITI ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL, INC. 1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1880 • Los Angeles, CA 90067 (310) 205-0511 • Fax (323) 969-8742 www.iPalpiti.org • email: info@iPalpiti.org 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization EIN: 95-4618040

PLEASE REMEMBER US IN YOUR END OF THE YEAR GIVING... The Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation produces video recordings of our annual Disney Hall concerts, offered free to Patrons and above. To purchase a DVD ($18), please call 310-205-0511.


CO NTR I B U TO RS MAESTRO CIRCLE ($25,000 +) Joyce & Aubrey Chernick Lloyd Rigler−Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, James Rigler, President

LAUREATE CIRCLE ($5,000 - $15,000) Anonymous Foundation (2) Thomas Dengler City of Encinitas Mary Levin Cutler Anita Lorber Celeste van Myers E. Nakamichi Foundation Ada Sands Laura & Eduard Schmieder Hon. Judge Harold Shabo Jonathan Steinberg & Dr. Buf C. Meyer David Wiener

BENEFACTORS ($1,000+) Anonymous Foundation Beverly Hills Rotary Community Fndn. Ariane David, ELF Valerie Field Susan & Charles Avery Fisher Dr. Bernard Franklin Stanley & Helena Kolodziey Monte Lemann & CC Pulitzer-Lemann Patricia Nettleship ProtoStar Foundation, Gary Poon George Pao, ELF Dale Seltzer Hugh & Barbara Smith Anna Volkoff & Norman Rachitsky Larry & Susan Zipursky

PATRONS ($500+) Ann Berman & Daniel J. Feld In honor of Chip & Susie Fisher CAFA/Kimiya Mammadova Yoon Kahm/Dream Orchestra


(C ann o t e xi s t w i t h o u t yo u - T HAN K YO U ! )

Fred Manaster William Schneider Nancy Snyder Scott A. Shuping, Jr. Stephen & Julia Webber Georgeann Wyatt Trude & Hermann J.W. Zillgens

PARTNERS ($100+) Richard Blumenberg Michael Bortman & Lianne Halfon Brian Byrnes Bonetta Cacavas Jim & Lee Cavanaugh Emily Chien & Thomas Mahoney Martin & Nancy Chalifour Francine Coyetaux Samantha De La Cruz Gabriel Danovitch Marsha & Joey Dick Connor Johnson Dr. Eleanor Lavretsky Esfir Lebovich Ann Leonard, In honor of Jonathan Steinberg Russel Loring Daniel Lowenstein Rosy Macarah Jay Markoff Douglas McPherson Lana Melman Sunny Moss Justin Okin Lauren & Martin Koopman Justin Okin Nancy & Harris Oliff Lambert Orkis Vadim & Anna Rappoport Ellen Walker Rienstra Regina Rogers Natalia & Marat Rosenberg Sheri Sacks Katherine & Howard Sands Linda & Peter Schlesinger Foundation Andrea & Gregory Smith Marina Smorodinsky Gloria Sokolin

Dr. & Mrs. Charles Solomon Mark Wisniewski Annette & Herb Wolas Mike & Debbie Zeiden, In honor of Ada Sands & In Memory of Leonard Sands

FRIENDS & ASSOCIATES ($75 & UNDER) Robert Aronson Maurice Attie Savalan Atilla Zsuzsa Avery Timothy Barker Mandi Bishop Abe Bodj Lauren Chung Dani Musya Dayanovskaya Kathleen Fitzgerald Anda Galffy Tunde Garai Ramona Gifford Diana & Tom Gingell Catharine Goldsmith Marjorie & Jay Goldsmith Serafima Goldberg Kathleen Fitzgerald Neal Halfon Rita Hazin Ellen Jaqua Katerina Kaplun Samuel Kim Marian Komori Arnold & Judy Liebman Andriy Lutsenko Eliizabeth Masurkka Ray Maxwell Alan Melgaard Mona Mikael Donald Morris Daniel Oberle Darlene Orlov Ann Marie Poclembo Amanda Pope Ludmila Preys


(Ca nno t exis t with ou t you - T H A NK YO U! )

Angelina Quiroz Diana Rodriguez Sam Rogers Dr. Robert Ruder Markus Sakamoto Melvyn & Benita Schwarts Alexander Shoykhet

Bella & Feliks Shoykhet William & Marian Siegel James Spears Galina Stolina Zoltan Stroll Galina Tsoyrev Edward Tucker

Thereza Verboon Laura Weber Sophie Weinroth July 15, 2019 – July 15,2020 Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. Any omissions are sincerely regretted.

As all planned events from March until the times After Corona have been cancelled, we are grateful to all patrons who have been lending their support with unbreakable commitment through the years. Grateful to those who able to support remotely in these times, and looking forward to their future dedication. IN-KIND Jeri Abernathy John Conconnon Linda Bame Alla Feldman/WHCHC Residents

Sima Goldberg Esther Lebovich Svetlana & Alexandr Milovanov Judy Montague

Florence Nakao Dana Ross/Photography Eduard Schwan

VOLUNTEERS Jeri Abernathy John Conconnon Linda Bame Alla Feldman/WHCHC Residents

Sima Goldberg Esther Lebovich Svetlana & Alexandr Milovanov Judy Montague

Florence Nakao Dana Ross/Photography Eduard Schwan

Wonderful dedicated people who give their talent, time, knowledge and experience so generously help us make it all possible. In our goals to unite the future generation of musicians internationally, we are also building a social group of supporters at our home base in Los Angeles. Many of our volunteers are young professionals who make it even more exciting. Volunteers are vital part of iPalpiti Artists International. Join us!


Please extend our thanks by patronizing our supporters. Let them know that you noticed their support of iPalpiti Artists International.

Thank you John E. Anderson & TOPA Management Company for your invaluable support!

Thank you for providing iPalpiti office space since 2005



Thank you for supporting iPalpiti since 1999!





ad from Petit Ermitage


Roman Genn salutes iPalpiti & the Maestro!

Roman Genn is a contributing editor for the National Review. His work appears regularly in leading publications nationwide, such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

iti i Pa l p s Artist ional t a Intern

If you would like to learn more, be a part of, or support the programs of iPalpiti Artists International, please fill out and mail page 51.


2015BrochureInterior-alt_2015Brochure Interior 6/23/15 6:29 AM Page 65

magic cloud through the eyes of Dana Ross, iPalpiti photographer since 1998

iPalpiti 2011 in Beverly Hills



Violinist/violist Alfiya Latypova/Tatarstan


Violinists Waiting, The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall

Violinist Noco Kawamura / Japan warming up at Greystone Mansion pre-concert discussion






Violinist Daniel Turcina / Slovakia solos in Klezmer Dances by Syrian composer Kareem Roustom at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall (2011)



Maestro Eduard Schmieder contemplates during a rehearsal break


DONATE ONLINE: www.ipalpiti.org or use page 51 to mail your donation.



Thank you for being part of our festival.

A bow at the Bing Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

See you again in 2021!

Donate Online: www.ipalpiti.org or use page 51 to mail your donations. All photos from the 2011 iPalpiti Festival in Los Angeles dana@danaross.com danaross.com

Cover photo: Larisa Birta

Profile for ipalpiti

iPalpiti Interactive Virtual Brochure 2020  


Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded