iPalpiti Festival 2021

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Coming-out 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 Welcome to our 24th annual festival – LIVE in Southern California! As LIVE concerts will take place in all scheduled venues – even with post-covid provisions – iPalpiti musicians will infuse all performances with their “trademark” of “positive emotional energy, sending a message of UNITY and HOPE.” This Festival, 23 musicians from 18 countries were selected to be featured in nine scheduled concerts during July 15-24. Amidst much uncertainty, we were thinking of programs to gift our dear audiences heart-filled, soulful performances of truly special selections that epitomize media’s universal praises, including “… iPalpiti Festival has become one of the highlights – in some years, the highlight – of the summer here.” — R. Ginell, American Record Guide, 2015 During the “streaming” season, musicians were grateful to hundreds of virtual audiences and to all those who sent contributions. The affirmations that their craft matters kept their spirit and hopes buoyed up. Now, they cannot wait to perform for you, dress up for you, and hear and see your applause. We are so looking forward to greeting you IN PERSON at the concerts!

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


Letter to the Audience


About iPalpiti: History


Festival Concert Programs


Testimonials (continued on page 50)


Meet the Artists


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


24th annual FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES Coming-out of Corona

July 2021 Beverly Hills • Encinitas • La Jolla

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”






July 15-24, 2021 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 24th Festival! 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 people across LA County every year. This year 23 musicians from 18 countries were selected to be featured in live concerts to perform music that is full of unity and hope. The pandemic has deeply affected many different industries, including musicians and the music industry. Last year, iPalpiti, Maestro Eduard Schmieder, the board of directors, and many dedicated benefactors went above and beyond to support musicians as well as putting on a virtual concert. This year, LA County residents will be able to safely listen to these musicians live. I am grateful to everyone for making this happen. Your music inspires hope and unity amongst all of us. I send my very best for an enjoyable and successful event! Sincerely,

Sheila Kuehl Supervisor, Third District



iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates 2021

15 JULY [Thursday] 7:30pm VIRTUOSI I: Violin Extravaganza Encinitas Library

16 JULY [Friday] 7:30pm VIRTUOSI II: Jaewon Wee, violinist/South Korea Encinitas Library

17 JULY [Saturday] 7:30pm VIRTUOSI III: Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev, violinist Encinitas Library

18 JULY [Sunday] 3:00pm iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center




6:00pm iPalpiti Soloists Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood

20 JULY [Tuesday] 6:00pm iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder Greystone Mansion Courtyard

21JULY [Wednesday] 7:30pm iPalpiti Soloists Greystone Mansion

Locations: Encinitas Library 540 Cornish Drive Encinitas 760.633.2746 The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center 7600 Fay Avenue La Jolla, CA 92037 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 Elsewhere Topanga 21914 Gold Stone Rd. Topanga, CA 90290 Saban Theatre 8440 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Tickets for all events: (310) 205-0511 www.iPalpiti.org

22 JULY [Thursday] 7:30pm Maestro, iPalpiti orchestra, Soloists “Hollywood Night” at Elsewhere Topanga Estate

24 JULY [Saturday] 8:00pm iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates / Eduard Schmieder Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills FESTIVAL GRAND FINALE


Artists and programs are subject to change without notice.

“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)



about iPalpiti and the orchestral ensemble program at Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Theater July 18, and Saban Theatre July 24 Dear Friends, Music is a gift that enables us to muse without words. “Music is my life and my life is music” — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The name of the orchestral ensemble, iPalpiti – THE HEARTBEATS – is a spiritual child of my belief in music as a reflection of the psyche and the soul, as a manifestation of the divine. Genuine music comes from within; it comes from the heart. I perceive the art of music-making as a poetic idiom, a fascinating inspiration, and a cultural component to express a broader spectrum of emotional, intellectual, and philosophical experience. I impart these principles in my interaction with iPalpiti. An ancient Jewish work of mystical lore identifies three dimensions of human experience that the Divine reveals in the world: space, time, and soul. All of these elements are essential to music. True music contains multiple levels of meaning, a potential of a greater dimension. A composer is a vessel who absorbs and translates the highest impulses into music, often with a more complex meaning than at first appearance. Nowadays, we are admonished repeatedly to find a fixed and certain meaning in a work of art. And yet, all interpretation is relative, no matter how impartial the artist may try to be. There is no art in absolute exactness; it survives poorly in a changing world. “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the minds, flight to the imagination, and life to everything” — Plato “Imagination is greater than knowledge because knowledge is limited…” — Albert Einstein If a “correct” interpretation were to be found, only one performer and no critics would be needed. The opportunity to experience a new view of a familiar work should be cause for celebration. At a time when the spiritual dimension of the creation and re-creation of music is evaporating, it is our intention to replenish souls with loving energy, beliefs, and ideas by infusing music with positive spirit. “To love alone can music ever yield, and love is melody” — A.S. Pushkin We have selected the compositions to be performed in the hope of inspiring you, the listener, to explore the interconnections among the pieces as you discover the immeasurable potential of these beautiful works of art. “Beauty in music is not a heap of effects, but simplicity and naturalness” — P.I. Tchaikovsky Anton Arensky’s Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky was written as a tribute to the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky after his death in 1894. It was based on his song Legend: Christ in his Garden, the fifth of Tchaikovsky’s Sixteen Children’s Songs. Although he was a composition student of Nikolay RimskyKorsakov, his work was more akin to that of P.I. Tchaikovsky as the predominant moods of his music are lyrical and elegiac. Among Arensky’s compositions of three operas and over a hundred piano pieces, his Piano Trio in D Minor and String Quartet in A Minor show him at his best, but the Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky remain among the most popular of all Arensky's works. The real masterpieces of Russian violin music of the XIX century are five pieces of P.I.Tchaikovsky. In spite of their independence, they unify in lyric beauty, sincerity, and approximate simultaneous creation: “Serenade Melancolique” (1875); “Valse-Scherzo” (1877); the three pieces - Meditation, Melody, and Scherzo - were united in one opus under the name of Souvenir D'un Lieu Cher (“memory of a beloved place”). Created in the summer of 1878 at the Brailov estate of Nadezhda von Meck, Tchaikovsky’s patroness and friend, the composer


remembered his stay there as the happiest days in his life. Thus, Souvenir bears an enigmatic dedication to “B******” with a gift of his manuscript to von Meck. Violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) composed a collection of Classical Manuscripts, which he had passed off as transcriptions of settings of the Old Masters, and published original works early on as well. Kreisler's original compositions are lovely miniatures, lively and catchy, even with a touch of melancholy - yet full of charm and elegance. His Marche Miniature Viennoise is a wonderful example with its humorous theme and a rather march-like middle section - and everywhere, Kreisler takes the audience by surprise with a little Viennese snide humor. “I am in love with older music, but I was born in the 20th century…pretty much all of my music and inspiration comes from 18th and 19th century. My hope is that I'm writing music that is tonal, melodic, makes sense harmonically and still has something of my own voice” — Alexey Shor Typical of Shor's music, Seascapes Violin Concerto in four movements (2014) is written in a neoclassical style, with a strong emphasis on melodies and traditional harmony. The inspiration for this work comes from the composer's love of and fascination with the sea. I came across Shor’s Seascapes in 2019 when I conducted the Eurasia Symphony Orchestra in Kazakhstan’s State Performing Arts Center with Samuel Nebyu as featured soloist, followed by a US tour with concerts in New York at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and in Philadelphia where the soloist was Shlomo Mintz. With Samuel Nebyu well known to Southland audiences through his performances with iPalpiti since 2015, we decided to share the Seascapes with you in its West Coast Premiere. 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 We are in accord with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who said, “it is the union of hearts which constitutes their felicity.” Inspired young musicians of iPalpiti, from 18 countries, are united in their hope of bringing beauty into your life through celestial sound, vital rhythm, and eternal emotional energy. May we all be blessed by the touch of higher harmony!

And long will people fondly call to mind my story About the kindly feelings which my lyre awoke That in my cruel age, I sang of Freedom’s glory And mercy for the fallen spoke.

­­— From a poem by Alexander Pushkin

Eduard Schmieder Founder of iPalpiti Laura H. Carnell Professor of Violin Artistic Director for Strings, Temple University, Philadelphia


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 25 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.”


City of Encinitas Mayor’s Office

July 1, 2021 Dear Friends, On behalf of the City of Encinitas, it is my pleasure to welcome the 24th Annual iPalpiti Festival, and its founders, Eduard and Laura Schmieder, to our city for the 9th year. We are excited to host the festival for eight days in Encinitas and offer four different concerts for the public to enjoy. Four iPalpiti Soloists, including the Honored Artist of Azerbaijan violinist Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev, will be in residence starting July 11 at the Encinitas Library and will present three unique concerts, from July 15-17, in the Community Room with its expansive view of the Pacific Ocean. The iPalpiti Orchestra will be in residence starting July 11 at the Encinitas Library and will present a concert of great orchestral masterworks on Sunday, July 18, 3:00 p.m., at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla. We are thrilled to present the acclaimed twenty-six member orchestra conducted by Maestro Eduard Schmieder. To experience an iPalpiti Festival is to witness the future of classical music. The remarkable world-class young musicians from twenty-two different countries exemplify the true spirit of iPalpiti: to touch the lives of all who hear them through their gift of music. I extend my best wishes for a memorable festival. Sincerely,

Catherine S. Blakespear Mayor

Tel 760/633-2600 FAX 760/633-2627, 505 South Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024 TDD 760/633-2700


CO NC E R T S THURSDAY, July 15, 7:30 p.m. Encinitas Library Auditorium VIRTUOSI I: Violin Extravaganza iPalpiti violinists play their favorites for the audiences’ delight Jacopo Giacopuzzi, pianist

J.S. Bach

Largo from Sonata for Violin and Piano in C minor, BWV1017 3:30’ Aleksandr Snytkin (alumnus) Daniel Snytkin (son), piano

Eugène Ysaÿe

Sonata for Two Violins in A minor, Op. posth. I. Poco Lento, maestoso –Allegro Fermo 12’ Miclen LaiPang & Samuel Nebyu

Maurice Ravel

Ernest Bloch Edgar Elgar

Joseph White



Blues & Perpetuum Mobile from Sonata N 2 in G-major for Violin and Piano 9’ Takamori Arai Nigun (Improvisation) from Baal Shem, Three Pictures of Hassidic Life (1923) 6’ La Capricieuse, Op.17 3:30’ Samuel Allan-Chapkovski La Jota Aragonesa, Op.5 6’ Samuel Nebyu Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin 6’ Miclen LaiPang

Aram Khataturian

Nocturne from “Masquerade” Ballet-Suite 3:20’ Sendi Vartanovi

Vazha Azarashvili

Nocturne for two violins 3:40’ Akhmed Mamedov & Irina Rostomashvili

Sulhan Tsintsadze

From “Miniatures” 6’ 1. Mzkemsuri 2. Suliko 6. Satchiado Irina Rostomashvili


Franz Schubert

Der Erlkönig, D.328 Transcription for Violin and Viola 4’ Xuan Yao & Zigmund Wang

Heinrich Ernst

Grand Caprice sur Erlkönig de Schubert, Op.26 5’ Yuan Tian

Enrico Morricone

Heinrich Ernst

Theme from Cinema Paradiso 3:30’ Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev “The Last Rose of Summer” Variations 8’ Jaewon Wee

FRIDAY, July 16, 7:30pm Encinitas Library Auditorium VIRTUOSI II: Jaewon Wee, violinist/South Korea iPalpiti Special Prize recipient 2021

Igor Stravinsky (1882 –1971)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Divertimento 20' Sinfonia. Danses Suisses. Scherzo. Pas de deux. Adagio. Variation. Coda. Rondo Brilliant in Bb, Op.70 D895 15’ Jaewon Wee, violin Jacopo Giacopizzi, piano Piano Trio No.1 in Bb, D.898 (1828) 35’ Allegro moderato Andante un poco mosso Scherzo. Allegro Rondo. Allegro vivace Jacopo Giacopizzi, piano Jaewon Wee, violin Egor Antonenko, cello


CO NC E R T S SATURDAY, July 17, 7:30 p.m. Encinitas Library Auditorium VIRTUOSI III: Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev, violinist/Azerbaijan-Turkey iPalpiti Special Prize recipient 2021

FROM MY HOMELAND Fazil Say (1970- )

“Composing is always a form of improvisation: with ideas, with musical particles, with imaginary shapes.“ – Fazil Say And it is in this sense that the artistic itinerary and the world-view of the Turkish composer and pianist Fazıl Say should be understood

Kara Karayev (1918-1982) Azerbaijani

Sonata for Violin & Piano, Op.7 (1997) 14’ Melancholy (Andante Mysterioso) Grotesque (Moderato Scherzando) Perpetuum Mobile (Presto) Anonym (Andante) Melancholy Da Capo (Andante Mysterioso)

Sonata for Violin and Piano in D-minor (1960) 18’ Moderato Recitativo – Andante Moderato Andante- Largo

& more to be announced from the stage Jacopo Giacopuzzi, piano


C ONC ER T S SUNDAY, July 18, 3:00 p.m. Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center | Baker-Baum Concert Hall iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder

Anton Arensky

Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Opus 35a 17’


P.I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher Op.42: 18’ Meditation. Scherzo. Melody. Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev, violin soloist Intermission

Fritz Kreisler

Marche Miniature Viennoise 4’


Alexey Shor (1970 -)

“I am in love with older music, but I was born in the 20th century…pretty much all of my music and inspiration comes from 18th and 19th century. My hope is that I'm writing music that is tonal, melodic, makes sense harmonically and still has something of my own voice” — Alexey Shor

“Seascapes” (2014) West Coast Premiere 20’ I. Abandoned Lighthouse. II. Lonely Sail. III. Gathering Storm. IV. Summer Hail. Samuel Nebyu, violin soloist


CO NC E R T S MONDAY, July 19, 6:00 p.m. Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood iPalpiti Soloists

Artists' selections from July 15th program.

TUESDAY, July 20, 6:00 p.m. Greystone Mansion Courtyard iPalpiti Orchestra / Eduard Schmieder

Maestro’s Selections from Festival programs as announced from the stage

iPalpiti has been festival-in-residence of the City of Beverly Hills since 1998

Thank you to the City of Beverly Hills for continuing support since 1998: Art & Culture Community Services Department: Kristin Buhagiar, Brandy Scott, Brooke Putich Simon & Sara Scrimshaw Mayor Hon. Bob Wunderlich  •  The City Council Members: Lili Bosse, John A. Mirish, Julian A. Gold, M.D., Lester Friedman 16

C ONC ER T S WEDNESDAY, July 21, 7:30 p.m. Greystone Mansion iPalpiti Soloists

Fazil Say (1970- )

Sonata for Violin & Piano, Op.7 (1997) 14’ Melancholy (Andante Mysterioso) Grotesque (Moderato Scherzando) Perpetuum Mobile (Presto) Anonym (Andante) Melancholy Da Capo (Andante Mysterioso) Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev, violinist Jacopo Giacopizzi, piano

Igor Stravinsky (1882 –1971)

Divertimento 20' Sinfonia. Danses Suisses. Scherzo. Pas de deux. Adagio. Variation. Coda Jaewon Wee, violin Jacopo Giacopizzi, piano

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Piano Trio No.1 in Bb, D.898 (1828) 35’ Allegro moderato Andante un poco mosso Scherzo. Allegro Rondo. Allegro vivace Jacopo Giacopizzi, piano Jaewon Wee, violin Egor Antonenko, cello


CO NC E R T S THURSDAY, July 22, 6:00 p.m. “Hollywood Night” at Elsewhere Topanga Estate Maestro, iPalpiti Orchestra, Soloists

An evening in a private gated estate amidst rural and tranquil setting Surrounded by breathtaking nature accompanied by deer roaming freely Begins with Champagne Social in a Great Hall of Infinite Proundry A gourmet picnic basket & rosé in a Riding Ring Amphitheater iPalpiti “astounding, memorable, moving” performance followed by Dessert & libations at the Little Barn Terrace Meet the Artists reception

The Great Hall of Infinite Proundry | elsewherecalifornia.com


SATURDAY, July 24, 8:00 p.m. Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills Festival Grand Finale: iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates / Eduard Schmieder

Anton Arensky

Variations on the Theme by Tchaikovsky, Opus 35a 17’


P.I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher Op.42: 18’ Meditation. Scherzo. Melody. Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev, violin soloist Intermission

Fritz Kreisler

Marche Miniature Viennoise 4’


Alexey Shor (1970 -)

“I am in love with older music, but I was born in the 20th century…pretty much all of my music and inspiration comes from 18th and 19th century. My hope is that I'm writing music that is tonal, melodic, makes sense harmonically and still has something of my own voice” — Alexey Shor

“Seascapes” (2014) West Coast Premiere 20’ I. Abandoned Lighthouse. II. Lonely Sail. III. Gathering Storm. IV. Summer Hail. Samuel Nebyu, violin soloist



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 25 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 2021 Eduard Schmieder, conductor Violins Peter Rainer, concertmaster / Germany Samuel Allan-Chapkovski / Ireland Takamori Arai / Japan Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev / Azerbaijan-Turkey Miclen LaiPang / Malaysia-USA Akhmed Mamedov / Turkmenistan-USA Nunè Melic / Canada-Armenia Samuel Nebyu / Hungary-Ethiopia

Irina Rostomashvili / Georgia Aleksandr Snytkin / Lithuania-USA Yuan Tian / China Sendi Vartanovi / Georgia-Armenia Jaewon Wee / South Korea Xuan Yao / China Diego Zapata / Venezuela



Julia Clancy / USA Joseph Kauffman / USA Can Sakul / Turkey Zigmund Wang / China

Egor Antonenko / Russia-USA Gustaw Bafeltowski / Poland Josephina Kim / USA Laszlo Mezo / Hungary-USA



Justin Smith / USA

Jacopo Giacopuzzi / Italy-USA

iPalpiti is a unique festival, giving stage to its outstanding participants both in orchestral ensemble setting and chamber music. The consolidation and unity of the young players, both musically and personally, creates an incomparable rehearsal atmosphere which produces unforgettable concerts. – Tibi Cziger/Clarinet (Israel) 2009


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 inF.M. 1994 and his Master of Violin Stefan Schneider Consul General of theof Federal Republic of Germany Performance degree in 1995. Upon his return to Germany, he was concertmaster the Brandenburgische Philharmonie in Potsdam from 1996 to 2000. In 2005, he received a commendation from the City of Los Stefan F.M. Schneider Angeles for his leadership of iPalpiti and his contributions to culture. Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Los Angeles, June 20, 2021 Los Angeles, June 20, 2021 Stefan F.M. Schneider Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany

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M E E T TH E AR TIST S SAMUEL ALLAN-CHAPKOVSKI / IRELAND Violinist Samuel Allan-Chapkovski was born in Ireland in 2000 and began studying violin at the age of 4. For the last several years he studied in Central Music School for Gifted Children of Moscow State Conservatory, Russia. From the 5th grade Samuel studied with Prof. Victor Pikayzen, pupil of David Oistrakh. Upon Prof. Pikayzen retirement in 2016, Samuel has won full scholarship in Boyer College of Music, Temple University of Philadelphia, USA in the class of Prof. Eduard Schmieder where he received his Bachelor’s and now continues in the Master of Performance program. Winner of numerous competitions including 2010 Gran Prix in Bari, Italy (Euterpe), Samuel received First Prize in “Remember Enescu” competition, Sinaia, Romania (2018), First Prize in “Young Talents of Performing Arts”, New Jersey, USA where he also won a violin by contemporary luthier (2019), and also won Temple University Concerto Competition, performing with Temple University orchestra. As a Laureate of international competitions in Italy, Slovakia, Estonia, and Latvia, Samuel was invited to perform with various festivals’ orchestras. In 2013 he was a soloist with Moscow State Symphony Orchestra performing J.S. Bach concerto in A minor under the conductor Dm. Orlov. Samuel gives regular recitals throughout Ireland. As an active participant in the Alion Baltic festival in Riga, Latvia and in Summit Music Festival, Purchase, New York he was featured in solo performances. Samuel’s hobbies and interests are Music, Composition, and Mathematics. This is his first season with iPalpiti.

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 third season with iPalpiti.



ELVIN HOXHA GANIYEV / AZERBAIJAN-TURKEY Violinist iPalpiti Special Prize recipient 2021 A concert violinist, Elvin is the youngest musician presented with the certificate and badge of the honorary title of the Honoured Artist of Azerbaijan for his merits in the development of Azerbaijani culture (2018) and is the recipient of the 2019 IKSV Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation Aydin Gun Encouragement Award. Born in 1997 into a family of esteemed musicians, he started playing the violin when he was 5 years old. At the age of 8, he gave his first orchestral concert with his grandfather Server Ganiyev, and that same year he was admitted to the Zurich Conservatory Young Student program. Since the age of 10 when Elvin made his debut with Moscow Virtuosi under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov at the Kremlin Palace, he has always performed with renowned conductors, such as Zubin Mehta, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sasha Goetzel, Gürer Aykal, Rauf Abdullayev, Placido Domingo, Jules van Hessen and David Bernard among others. Elvin has performed with Amsterdam Philharmonic, Shanghai Chamber Orchestra, Borusan Philharmonic, Azerbaijani Philharmonic, Qatar Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic, New Russia Orchestra, BMTG NY Chamber Orchestra, Burgogne Lyric Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony and all leading orchestras in Turkey, Albanian RTSH Orchestra, and many others. Elvin is a winner of numerous international competitions including David Oistrakh Violin Competition, LipinskiWieniawski Competition for Young Musicians, Golden Medal Berliner International Music Competition, and Vienna International Music Competition to name a few. He has performed at many festivals internationally such as Interlaken Classics Festivals in Switzerland, Menton Festival in France, Rostropovich Festival and Gabala Festival Music in Azerbaijan, Vladimir Spivakov Invites Festival, Trans-Siberian Art Festival in Russia, Istanbul Music Festival and Ankara Music Festival in Turkey, Cannes Music Festival, Voices for Peace and Festival du Floréal Musical d’Epinal in France, Oettingen Festival in Germany and Megaro Festival in Greece. He has recorded with LGT Young Soloists for the album “Italian Journey” under RCA Red Seal/Sony Music Switzerland. In 2019, his debut album “Say’s 1001 Nights in the Harem Violin Concerto” and a single in 2020 “Chausson, Poème Op.25” were released on digital music platforms. Elvin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Spain and currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany, Elvin is supported by ÇEV Contemporary Education Foundation of Turkey Young Talents Project and also by Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Foundation Music Scholarships Program. He performs on a 1715 Guiseppe Guarneri “filius Andreae” violin with an Eugène Sartory bow.

“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)



MICLEN LAIPANG / MALAYSIA-USA Violinist The international prize winner Miclen LaiPang is praised by the New York Times as “a force to be reckoned with…” while German newspaper Die Welt said he is “a musician of daring virtuosity with gripping access and noble elegance”. Miclen started his first violin lesson at the age of three and by the age of 9, he had won the grand-prize of the Merit Award Competition, ASTA, MTNA, and Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition. Since then, Miclen has performed in over 50 countries and has won multiple awards, including the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, Schoenfeld International String Competition, Grand Prize of the American Fine Arts National Competition, 1st Prize of the American Music Talent Competition, and 1st and Special Prize at the International Moscow Music Competition. Miclen has recorded numerous CDs on both Sony RCA Red Seal and Naxos with the most recent one released in November 2020 featuring a transcribed Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata for Violin and Strings. He has appeared in festivals including IMS Prussia Cove, Rome Chamber Music Festival, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Verbier Festival, and the Castleman Quartet Program. In 2021, Miclen won a three-year scholarship from Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz where he will start working with leading musicians from around the world. He has had the privilege to work with international artists such as Ivry Gitlis, Janos Starker, Gerhard Schulz, Robert McDuffie, Irvine Arditti, Csaba Erdélyi, and Peter Serkin. His primary mentors include Ida Bieler, Charles Castleman, Ruggiero Ricci, Aaron Rosand, Alice Schoenfeld, and Linda Rose. Currently, Miclen resides in Cologne, Germany and is the teaching assistant of renowned violinist Ida Bieler while completing his post-graduate Konzertexamen at the Robert Schumann Hochschule and further studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz with Boris Kuschnir in September of this year. Miclen performs on a violin by J.B. Vuillaume c.1850 once owned by Arthur Grumiaux and a bow made by D. Peccatte. He is grateful for the generous support from the American Fine Arts Association, National Artists, DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) and Talent Unlimited. Miclen was selected to join iPalpiti in 2019.

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.



NUNÉ MELIK / CANADA-ARMENIA Violinist A violinist who has proven the theory of self-actualization (The Strings Magazine), Nuné made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium in 2016. Based in Montreal and New York, she appeared in the United Nations Headquarters, as well as Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, Palace des Arts, Bolshoy Hall, Toronto Arts Centre among others. An Artist-in-Residence in the Miami Chamber Orchestra and Orquestra Filarmonía since 2015, she has been an invited artist at festivals such as the Montreal Bach Festival, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Festival du Monde Arabe, iPalpiti Festival, Festival Classica, Musical Armenia, Strad for Lunch, St. Barth Music Festival, and was representing Canada at the XVII Sommet de la Francophonie, 2018. Exploring the unknown repertoire since 2010, she founded the ‘Hidden Treasure’ ©. It comprises research, performance, and lectures of the rarely heard music. As a specialist in music of the Caucasus, Nuné has performed and lectured on this in venues like Columbia University, Wayne State University, University of Arizona, Alberta University. In 2017, she produced the “Hidden Treasure” CD to great critical acclaim. The musician has also directed a documentary about Armenian composer, Arno Babadjanian which was screened at the POM Festival (Toronto). In 2020, she founded ArtMelik, a non-for-profit advocating for the diversity in arts. A laureate of various international competitions, Nuné is a recipient of the grants such as the Canada Council for the Arts, the AGBU Arts Fellowship, McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship, and Paul and Marie Gélinas Bursary. She holds and a Doctorate Degree from McGill University and Master’s Degree from University of Montreal. Nuné plays on a 1824 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin loaned by the Groupe Canimex. She is the North American Representative of the Arno Babadjanian Foundation which celebrates the Centennial of the composer’s birth in 2021. Nuné joined iPalpiti in 2017.

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



SAMUEL NEBYU / HUNGARY-ETHIOPIA Violinist Samuel Nebyu 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 EthiopianJewish descent, Samuel spent most of his early childhood in Asia. Starting playing the violin at the age of six, at fifteen, he was admitted to the Young Talents Program at the Brussels Royal Conservatory where he received tutelage from renowned musicians, including Igor Oistrakh. He was a violinist-in-residence for several years at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. Currently, he is in DMA program at Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University working with Eduard Schmieder who is a Distinguished University Carnell Professor of Violin and Artistic Director of Strings. Samuel has performed as soloist with number of orchestras, including the Brussels Philharmonic, at important international music festivals, and in venues such as the Centre of Performing Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), Peles Castle in Romania, the Wiener Saal in Salzburg, and Alice Tully Hall in New York. In 2015, he was selected as iPalpiti Junior and was a featured soloist with iPalpiti orchestra in Los Angeles at the Wallis Annenberg Center. Since, he has returned to iPalpiti every season, and in 2017 was a featured soloist together with iPalpiti alumnus violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez at Walt Disney Concert Hall, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. 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. From 2017, Samuel teaches at the Community Music Scholars Program at Temple University. Highlights of the 2019 season were: featured soloist at Kimmel Center Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, performing Concerto for Violin with Choir and Orchestra by Jennifer Higdon, recital with Professor Lambert Orkis (long-time piano partner of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter), and a tour with Mutter’s Virtuosi exclusive soloist ensemble of Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, performing through South America. Samuel is the 3rd iPalpiti artist chosen by the great violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; prior artists were cellist Kian Soltani and bassist Roman Patkolo. Highlights of this spring was a recital with Charles Abramovic (collaborative pianist of Midori) at LACMA’s Sundays Live! livestream series. His CD Violin Gems from Black Composers was released on BCM+D label in 2018, selected for Grammy nomination, named Best Album of the Year by numerous classic radio stations across the nation, including KUSC-FM.

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)



IRINA ROSTOMASHVILI / GEORGIA Violinist Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, Irina was accepted to Tbilisi’s Central Music School for Gifted Children in 2018 where she remained one of the most successful students, featured in multiple music festivals and competitions including Future Stars festival (2015) Diploma for the Best Performance and the First Prize in the 7th National Music Competition of Georgia. Irina was honored to perform as a soloist multiple times with the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra. Irina performed in numerous masterclasses of visiting brilliant violinists from Germany, Spain, Russia, Norway, Finland, including iPalpiti’s alumnus Daniel Austrich (Russia/Germany) and took part in Telavi International Music Festival and in the International Summer Academy in Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana, Italy, where she received First Prize in the International String Competition. Accepted into the Tbilisi State Conservatoire for Bachelor Music Performance in 2018, by early 2019 she already started professional career as the Associate Concertmaster in the Tbilisi Youth Orchestra, also serving as concertmaster of the Tbilisi state conservatory orchestra. In the fall of 2019, Irina was accepted to the Artist Diploma Program in Prof. Schmieder’s class in the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, became a matriculated student in the Bachelor of Music Performance program in 2020, and in 2021 became the recipient of The Helen Kwalwasser Prize. This is her first season with iPalpiti.

ALEKSANDR SNYTKIN / LITHUANIA-USA Violinist Lithuanian-American violinist Aleksandr Snytkin has been praised by critics as “a virtuoso with delicate touch and a sense of intimacy, technical and artistic maturity.” Member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2011, Aleksandr served as guest concertmaster in Texas’ Irving and Plano Symphony Orchestras and the Bergen Philharmonic (Norway), where he served as a full-time associate concertmaster for 2009-2010 seasons before returning to Dallas. Born in 1977 in Potsdam, Germany, he began his musical education at the age of seven, studying violin at the B. Dvarionas Music School. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Lithuanian Music Academy and Malmo Music Academy (Sweden). In 2001, Snytkin came to the United States to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Kansas and later was accepted into Artist Certificate program at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in the class of Prof. Eduard Schmieder. Snytkin has been soloist with several chamber orchestras in his native country, as well as being an active chamber musician, performing at festivals and participating in competitions in Lithuania, France, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, Israel and the United States. He made his American orchestral solo debut, performing the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Springfield (Missouri) Symphony Orchestra, as a result of his winning the Hellam Young Artists Competition. He has also performed with many renowned musicians such as members of Accorda String Quartet (Kansas City), pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, violist Mikhail Iakovlev, Hansa String Quartet (Norway) and is a founding member of the ART Piano Trio (Lithuania) and the Emerald Piano Trio (Dallas, TX). He frequently performs in various chamber music groups and is a member of the PLUS string quartet. Most recent solo performances include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. Snytkin is a member of iPalpiti since 2005, including three tours to Israel (2006, 2011 and 2017).


M E E T TH E AR TIST S YUAN TIAN / CHINA Violinist Tian Yuan was born in Harbin, China in 1999, the city of music. With the unique musical atmosphere and the influence of his hometown and family, Tian began learning violin at the age of three with his father and had his first public performance at the age of four. At the age of seven, he entered the Harbin children’s palace High School Symphony Orchestra and became the exceptional youngest first violin player there. In 2008 Tian came to Beijing to study with the famous violin teacher Lin Yaoji, continuing at the affiliate primary school of Central Conservatory of Music, where he received the highest scholarship from The Affiliated primary school of Central Conservatory of Music and Hong Kong Brothers Fund. In 2011, Tian gave a solo concert in Harbin concert hall, performing 11 solo compositions and the virtuosic Vieuxtemps’s Fourth Violin Concerto, with a review famous music critic, “ …The topic of the city of music, the pride of the city of music, this warm night, due to Tian Yuan’s wonderful string becomes more romantic, more charming.” The highlight of 2012 was successful performance of the famous violin concerto “Butterfly Lovers” at the Harbin Summer Music Concert. Winner of the Outstanding Performance Award at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in 2014, Tian took part in the Central Conservatory of Music scholarship competition and won third prize (2015), and the following year, won a second prize in Hong Kong Art Festival violin competition. In July 2017, Tian was selected member of the NYO-China Youth Symphony Orchestra concert in the US Carnegie Hall and a world tour with conductor Ludovic Morlot and pianist Yujia Wang. Tian participated in the Karvendel Music Festival in the MittenWald, Germany, with many masterclasses, including Viktor Tretyakov, and in SUMMIT Music festival in New York, with many performing opportunities in festivals’ concerts. As a winner of the First Prize of the Young Talent World Festival of Performing and Visual Art 2019, he had a chance to debut with a solo performance at Carnegie Hall. Selected again by NYO-China again, he performed in Shanghai Oriental Art Center, followed by European tour in Konzerthaus Berlin that broadcast to millions via ARTE, United Kingdom’s Snape Maltings Concert Hall and Italy’s Fondazione Teatro Comunale as part of the 2019 Bolzano Festival. On this tour, he also played in piano trio at the Chinese Embassy in the UK. Tian continues his violin studies with Prof. Eduard Schmieder as recipient of a full scholarship at Temple University in Philadelphia. This is his first season with iPalpiti.

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 SENDI VARTANOVI / GEORGIA-ARMENIA Violinist Born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1997, Sendi studied piano up to the age of 10 and from the age of 10 has been learning the violin under the honored teacher Victoria Voskanova at Tbilisi Z.Paliashvili Central Music School for Gifted Children. During first 2 years of studying she has achieved a place among the 10 top students and frequently performed at gala concerts. In 2017, Sendi became a student of Tbilisi State Conservatory and in 2019 was principal violin and concertmaster of the Tbilisi Youth Orchestra. From the age of 16, Sendi started her private violin studio teaching students of different ages. Winner and the laureate of numerous competitions including First Prize at the American Protégé Competition in New York with invitation for a solo performance at Carnegie Hall and Georgian Republic of Musician-Performers (2019), Radio festival “Muza,” the first national Eurovision competition “Eurovision Young Musicians,” second international festival “New names” and the Festival and Competition “Musika Sepashvili”, “MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW GENERATION”, from 2012-2018 Sendi took part in international projects in Germany and Austria, performing in International Youth Orchestra Academy (IJOA) in Hessen, Hamburg, Selb, Bayreuth, project “Kammerton” (under Lyudmila von Berg) in Berlin, and gave recitals in Vienna and Hamburg. During June 2019, Sendi performed concerts in New York and Philadelphia, including the stages at Carnegie Hall, Baruch Performing Art Center, and solo concert in The National Opera America Performing Center. In August -September of the same year she has been chosen as a concertmaster of Mahler 2nd Symphony in the opening concert of Tsinandali Festival, concluding the season as a member of “Baroque Festival” with Georgian Sinfonietta. In 2020, Sendi was accepted by the prestigious Erasmus Exchange Program and fully sponsored to attend Finland’s Sibelius Academy, Norway’s Norwegian Academy of Music, or Denmark’s The Royal Academy of Music; however, after being accepted into Prof. Eduard Schmieder class, she came to Philadelphia to become his student at Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance. This is Sendi’s first season in 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 JAEWON WEE / SOUTH KOREA Violinist Born in 1999, Jaewon made her recital debut and solo debut with orchestra at age 11. This May, Jaewon won the Second Prize and the Special iPalpiti Prize at the George Enescu International Competition 2020–2021 in Bucharest where she performed Brahms’ Violin Concerto with “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra at the Romanian Athenaeum, a capital’s landmark since 1888. As a winner of the Concerto Competition at Juilliard School, Jaewon performed Prokofiev 2nd violin concerto at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall. Jaewon was awarded Grand Prix and first prizes in both national and international competitions, including the KBS·KEPCO Music Competition, the Journal of Music Europe Debut Concours, the Concerto Competition at the Great Mountains International Music Festival, the Ishikawa International Music Award, Menuhin Competition 2014, Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians, and Kloster Schöntal Competition. As a soloist, she has appeared with many orchestras including New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, SeongNam Philharmonic. Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. Graduate of the Juilliard’s Master of Music Degree program under the tutelage of Ronald Copes, from the fall of 2021 Jaewon will continue in a graduate diploma program on the Dean’s scholarship at the New England Conservatory with Donald Weilerstein. She received her bachelor’s degree from Korea National University of Arts, where she studied with Nam Yun Kim, Koichiro Harada, and Takashi Shimizu, and graduated with the president’s and highest performance awards. She attended Aspen Music Festival (as a violin fellowship), Ishikawa International Music Academy, Great Mountains International Music Festival, Busan International Music Festival, and Friends International Violin Academy where she had masterclasses with many great musicians such as Pinchas Zukerman, Midori Goto, Stefan Jackiw, Dong-Suk Kang, Mihaela Martin, and Sylvia Rosenberg. After iPalpiti, Jaewon will travel to the Palermo Classica Festival 2021 in Italy as an artist to perform Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor with the Festival Orchestra and will in several chamber concerts.

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 third season with iPalpiti.


M EET THE AR TIS T S DIEGO ZAPATA / VENEZUELA Violinist Born in Carupano, Sucre State, Venezuela in 1993, Diego began his training as a musician at 5 years old. At ten he began musical studies in Caracas Simon Bolivar Conservatory with Professor Eddy Marcano, Efrain Lara and continued at the School of Music Mozarteum Caracas, with teacher Richard Biaggini. He was part of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and in the concert conducted by the Director of the Orchestra of Berlin, Sir Simon Rattle. He received his bachelor degree in Juan N Corpas University, in Bogotá, Colombia, followed by an Artist Diploma and a Performance Certificate at the Richard Wagner Conservatory in Vienna and the University of Kansas, respectively. In 2021, Diego graduated from the University of Kansas where he was working on his Master’s degree with the violin professor David Colwell. Diego took part in numerous festivals including the seminar on advanced technical development of violin in Merida, 2007-2008, summer courses with the professor Yuval Yaron in Santa Barbara, California, and master classes with such violinists as Kristof Barati, and Daniel Austrich (iPalpiti alumnus). Diego has played several times with the National Symphony of Colombia and he was featured in the Documentary Film Foundation Orchestras of Venezuela “Tocar y Luchar.” This is his first season with iPalpiti.

JULIA CLANCY / USA Violist Violist Julia Clancy is currently based in Northwest Louisiana where she is on faculty at the Academy of Fine Arts at FBC Shreveport. Before pandemic Julia worked in the Staatskapelle Berlin under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. She performs regularly with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Boulez Ensemble, Konzerthaus chamber orchestra, Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra and has been a principal violist in Krzysztof Penderecki’s festival orchestra, Britten-Pears Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, Sarasota Festival Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, Moritzburg Festival Orchestra, and Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Orchestra. As a member of Aldeburgh Strings, Julia performs regularly in London and Snape, England, and has collaborated with the ensemble in two albums for Linn Records. She can also be heard in the iPalpiti album, “Life Cycles” by BCM+D records. As an educator, she has taught or assisted in teaching music theory, history, writing, and viola performance at both the Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale School of Music. She is currently an associate faculty member of the Encore Chamber Music Institute and teaches at the Moabit Musikschule. As a writer, Ms. Clancy was a guest columnist for the Case Western Observer, and was regularly published by the Yale School of Music as a program annotator. Her early musical education began at the Juilliard Pre-College program where she studied with Heidi Castleman. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in medical anthropology from Case Western Reserve University and with a Bachelor of Music with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey and Robert Vernon. Julia received her MM and is currently pursuing her DMA from Yale University, where she was a two-time winner of the Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Prize. Julia joined iPalpiti in 2015.


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, and has been a dedicated orchestra manager during the festivals. 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.

AKHMED MAMEDOV / TURKMENISTAN-USA 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.


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.

ZIGMUND WANG / CHINA Violinist / Violist Zi Wang was born in Shanghai and started to learn the violin at the age of four. He attended Szechuan Conservatory of Music with Professor Kaixiang Li and at the High School for Gifted Children of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Professor Mengla Huang. During 2016 -2018 seasons he was selected to work in violin section of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Opera Orchestra, and performed with the Zurich Youth Symphony Orchestra. He participated in various music festivals, including Summit Summer Music Academy in New York. In 2018, Zigmund was accepted into Professor Schmieder international violin class at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University where he is currently working toward his Bachelor’s Degree. As the first prize winner of the 2019 World Youth Talent Festival, he performed solo at the Carnegie Hall in New York in the 2020 season. Zigmund’s father is a well-known luthier in China, and for this iPalpiti season, he will be playing viola made by his father. This is his first season with iPalpiti.



EGOR ANTONENKO / RUSSIA Cellist Russian-born cellist, Egor Antonenko has distinguished himself as a versatile soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Making his solo debut at the age of eight with the Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra, he continued to perform with many of the prestigious Eastern European orchestras including the Moscow and Ryazan chamber orchestras, and the Petrozavodsk, Yaroslavi and Volograd Symphonies. Egor has made his American orchestral solo debut at the Longy School of Music performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Bard College Symphony, and most recently, performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Egor has performed under the baton of Marius Stravinsky, Leon Botstein, Miguel Etchegoncelay, Gil Rose, Benjamin Zander, Terry King amongst many others. A prize winner in numerous competitions including the International Competition of Moscow’s Young Musicians “Rising Stars”, the 18th “Citi di Barletta” Italian International Young Artist Competition, and “Gradus ad Parnassum” of Lithuania 2nd International competition, he has collaborated in performances with Shanghai and Hausmann String Quartets, William Preucil, the Newport and Lyrica chamber music festivals and the International Music Festival of St. Marks. Egor received diplomas from the Moscow State Conservatory and Central Music School as a student of Maria Zhuravleva, an undergraduate diploma in cello performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College as a student of Dr. Terry King and currently continues at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University as Teaching Assistant to his mentor Dr. King. In 2016, Egor toured more than 30 countries, performing over two hundred chamber music concerts through a partnership of the Lincoln Center Stage and the Holland America Line. He also participated in a live performance collaboration between BBC Earth and Holland America Line for a documentary series known as “Frozen Planet Live”. Currently, Egor is a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra under maestro Benjamin Zander, as well as principal cellist of Lyrica Chamber Orchestra and has participated as acting principal cellist with Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Egor joined iPalpiti in 2019.

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



GUSTAW BAFELTOWSKI / POLAND Cellist Winner of the awards in a number of competitions, home as well as abroad, including the International Dotzauer Competition in Dresden, the International String Instruments Competition “Talents for Europe”, the Kazimierz Wiłkomirski International Youth Cello Competition in Poznań, Gustaw graduated the Zenon Brzewski Secondary Music School, and from 2018 continues his studies at the Leopold Mozart Centre of the Augsburg University in the class of Prof. Julius Berger and Prof. Hyun-Jung Berger. He also has taken part in master courses run by outstanding professors from all around the world. So far, he has performed with suc orchestras as: The Orchestra of the Foundation for Early Music, under Paweł Osuchowski, The Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus under Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, The Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina State Chamber Orchestra under Serhiy Khorovets, and the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra „AMADEUS” under Anna Duczmal-Mróz. He has participated in many concerts, in Poland as well as abroad, including the concert hall of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the Ballroom of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra in Warsaw, the Auditorium Maximum of the Warsaw University, the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, and the Concert Hall of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing as well as the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City (Beijing). Gustaw has been recipient of grants from the National Fund for Children, the Foundation of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, and the Swiss Foundation ‘Kunst ohne Grenze’. From May 2018, Gustaw Bafeltowski is a Young Artist of the Scandinavian Cello School under the guidance of Prof. Jacob Shaw (iPalpiti alumnus) and in June 2021 was selected into “Yehudi Menuhin Society Live Music Now!” (Augsburg). This is his first season with iPalpiti.

JOSEPHINA KIM / USA Cellist Josephina You-Kyung Kim performs internationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Among numerous international competitions prizes, she received top winner prize at the prestigious Heida Hermann’s International Competition, the same contest that launched the cello careers of Amit Peled and Rajan Krishnaswami. As a recipient of a full scholarship award, Josephina attended the esteemed Juilliard Pre-College, where, as a winner of the concerto competition she performed the Korngold Cello Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center. At age 15, she was invited to play solo recital at the Carnegie Hall. Ms. Kim graduated with an undergraduate diploma from the Longy School of Music of Bard College as a student of Dr. Terry King, where she won all of the institution’s top honors; most notably a concerto performance at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater under the direction of Leon Botstein, performing Elgar Cello Concerto. A core member of Lyrica Chamber Music, Ms. Kim has performed numerous performances with Lyrica, ArtsAhimsa and the Yale Cellos and Philharmonic Orchestra at Woolsey, Sprague, Carnegie, Lincoln Center, Pickman, Sanders Theater, and Boston’s Symphony halls. Josephina received Master of Music at the Yale School of Music, and currently is at New England Conservatory in the studio of Laurence Lesser. Ms. Kim has been honored to play for cello luminaries, Yo-Yo Ma, Aldo Parisot, Ralph Kirshbaum, Sol Gabetta and Matt Haimovitz, Laurence Lesser. Ms. Kim is currently Co-Principal cellist of the Lyrica Chamber Orchestra. This is her first season with iPalpiti.



LASZLO MESO / HUNGARY-USA Cellist Born in Budapest, Hungary, Laszlo gained national recognition as one of the top musicians of his generation when he won First Prize in the “Kertész Ottó Memorial Competition” at 18. Since then, he has won numerous other competitions which have brought him international recognition including the Fourth Prize in the “Antonio Janigro Junior International Competition” in 1998, Second Prize in the “International Dávid Popper Competition for Young Cellists” in 2000, the Special Prize in the “International Dávid Popper Cello Competition” in 2004, and First Prize in the “Ima Hogg International Competition” in 2008. Mr. Mezo has forged a career as a soloist, recitalist, master teacher, and chamber musician. He has performed extensively in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Mr. Mezo is currently an adjunct professor in cello at Chapman University and Saddleback College in California, and he was Assistant Teacher at the University of Southern California between 2007 and 2008. Laszlo has also conducted master classes in Japan, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, and the United States. As a soloist with orchestras, Laszlo has performed with maestros Ádám Fischer, Thomas Wilkins, Grant Llewellyn, Zsolt Hamar. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated in recitals with pianists Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Steven Vanhauwaert, Gábor Farkas, Márta Gulyás, Piotr Folkert, and Balázs Szokolay, violinist Kristóf Baráti, cellist Philipp Muller, and the Bartók Quartet. He has also played under the direction of Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano as a member of the Bayerische Staatsorchester in Munich, Germany. Laszlo holds two master's degrees from the Liszt Ferenc University of Music in Budapest and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, and also graduated from the class of Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Laszlo is a member of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, is a sought after soloist, and an active studio musician in Hollywood. He has played in many film scores, some most updated blockbusters include Ice Age, Life of Pi, Wolverine, and The Lone Ranger. His first CD recording of Dávid Popper’s works, on the Hungaroton label, includes several first time ever recordings of the master’s cello works. He recently finished his second CD, “Made in Paris,” with romantic cello pieces from the 19th century also featuring world premiere works by cellist-composer Daniel Van Goens, and pieces from the Suite Populaire Espagnole by Manuel De Falla. Laszlo joined iPalpiti first in 2008; his brother, violinist Peter Mezo, participated in iPalpiti Los Angeles & Salzburg tours in 2017, and we are happy to welcome Laszlo again.

There are several reasons iPalpiti is such a special festival. First and foremost is the inspiration of Eduard Schmieder. Dr. Schmieder is a tremendous artist with such creativity and spirit in his musicianship, and he knows how to communicate his passion and love of music to those around him. With iPalpiti, he and Laura Schmieder gather together a group of young artists who are all interesting and unique. This blend of personalities from around the world contribute to the special environment found at iPalpiti, with friendships formed through the sharing of musical and cultural ideas. I believe there is a mutual respect and affection between the young artists and Dr. Schmieder that enables each to offer their best during the festival. – Jennie Jung Pianist / Canada 2010



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, later to receive his Bachelor of Music from Juilliard, and now is a second-year master’s student in The Juilliard College Division, working with Professor Eugene Levinson. Justin studied at Juilliard as a 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, and is currently the general manager and music director for the School of Rock in Port Jefferson. Justin was invited to iPalpiti by Maestro Schmieder in 2018, after working with him at the Summit Music Festival in New York. During his seasons at SMF chamber orchestra, Justin also served as the Residential Advisor and Artistic Coordinator for the festival, where was granted a full scholarship. Justin is a laureate of numerous competitions, including the Bottesini International Competition in Italy in 2017, and in the same year he was a winner of the Camerata Artists International Competition where he gave a solo recital in Merkin Hall, New York. This is his fourth season with iPalpiti.

JACOPO GIACOPUZZI / ITALY-USA Pianist As a soloist as chamber musician, Jacopo has performed at major festival and venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a winner of 14 international competitions including the International Piano Competition San Dona` di Piave, Ibiza International Piano Competition, International Liszt Competition in Los Angeles, and the Beverly Hills National Auditions. Jacopo has taught at the Conservatory of Verona E.F. Dall’Abaco, worked as collaborative pianist at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels, has been performing regularly in collaborative duos with international instrumentalists, and, most recently, formed Solo Due with pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski with a premiere at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center Protostar Series in the fall of 2021. Born in Italy to a family of pianists, Jacopo studied in Weimar at the Liszt Hochschule, earned his first Master`s Degree in Piano performance, Master`s in Sound Design (with Mauro Graziani) at the Conservatory of Verona in 2012, obtained his Diploma at the International Piano Academy of Imola Incontri col Maestro with Leonid Margarius, and completed his studies in Piano Performance from University of Southern California (2016) with Kevin Fitz-Gerald. After attending the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Jacopo found himself embraced by this loving community and makes Santa Barbara his home, surfing at sunrise before heading to his piano. Verona is still his home as he continues his international career. His most recent musical engagements take him every year to Harmos Festival in Portugal, iPalpiti festival in Los Angeles, Pianofest in the Hamptons and at the Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii. He has been invited to serve on competition juries and to give presentations, masterclasses and concerts throughout the world. Jacopo was selected as an iPalpiti artist for the 2016 iPalpiti Festival of international laureates in Los Angeles and since, has been an active member as a musician as well as great web and graphic design staff. He is also a talented photographer and film maker.


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“ 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 Pictures at an Exhibition

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

(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, Osaka 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… 48


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,

Schmieder & Lord Menuhin

Board of Directors

In Memoriam

Mikhail Gershfeld, Chairman Mary Levin-Cutler, Founding Chairman Ada Sands, Vice Chair Theodore Bikel, In Memoriam Stefan Ashkenazy Lauren Dani Helena Kolodziey

Artistic Advisors

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Lynn Harrell, In Memoriam

Cho-Liang Lin


Laura Schmieder 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

Community Advisory Board

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 Jonathan Steinberg 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

Hillel Smith - Graphic Design

Jacopo Giacopuzzi Juan Tomas Lopez Alexander Milovanov



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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



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As all planned events from March 2020 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 Stefan Ashkenazy/ Petit Ermitage City of Beverly Hills City of Encinitas Thomas Backer, Ph.D Jaime Castellanos/ Conroy’s North Hollywood Jim Eninger, IT/PR

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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


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

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Cover photo: Larisa Birta