Musician Bios

Inna Faliks pictured with Poet Jesse Ball

Called “adventurous” and “passionate” by The New Yorker and “poetic” by Time Out New York, Ukrainian-born, New York City based pianist Inna Faliks (www.innafaliks.com) has established herself as one of the most passionately committed, exciting and poetic artists of her generation. After her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart. Critics praise her “courage to take risks, expressive intensity and technical perfection” (General Anzeiger, Bonn), “poetry and panoramic vision” (Washington Post), and “riveting passion, playfulness” (Baltimore Sun). Her acclaimed CD on MSR Classics, “Sound of Verse”, was released in 2009. Ms. Faliks has performed numerous recitals and concerti in prestigious venues in the US and internationally. She has been featured on radio and international television broadcasts, and has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ Salle Cortot, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and in numerous important festivals. Committed to innovative programming, Faliks has premiered 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg, has performed and recorded the unknown piano works of Russian poet Boris Pasternak, and has premiered new works by Ilya Levinson and Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin. She was the winner of many prestigious competitions, including the International Pro Musicis Award 2005.  Ms. Faliks, the founder and curator of Music/Words, is represented by John Gingrich Managagment, Inc. – www.gingarts.com.

Sharan Leventhal Musician PhotoSharan Leventhal, violinist and chamber musician, received her B.M. from Boston University and her M.M. from Yale University. She completed studies with Joseph Silverstein, Sally Thomas and Thomas Moore. Leventhal has toured four continents as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A champion of new music, she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording and the Fromm and Koussevitzky foundations, and she has premiered more than 100 compositions. Leventhal has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras, was a founding member of the Gramercy Trio, the Kepler Quartet and Marimolin, and can be heard on the New World, Northeastern, Newport Classic, Naxos, Navona, GM and Catalyst record labels. She currently teaches at The Boston Conservatory and Brandeis University, and is founder and director of Play On, Inc., a non-profit supporting chamber music programs for children.

An artist of wide-ranging musical interests, pianist Leon Livshin performs extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He also enjoys an oversight role in a number of concert series and festivals in the New York City area. For his graduate studies, Mr. Livshin attended the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, following the Stuttgart Hochschule, where he received soloist diploma. In 1997, Mr. Livshin came to the United States on full scholarship to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied with renowned American pianist Barry Snyder. Additionally, Mr. Livshin holds a doctorate degree from the Stony Brook University. As a soloist and chamber music player, Mr. Livshin has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall at Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall, Cologne Philharmonic, Berlin Musikhochschule, Vienna Konzerthaus, Zurich Town Hall, Moscow White Hall, and the United Nations. He has also been broadcast on National Public Radio, as well as classical radio in Boston and Rochester. Mr. Livshin is currently artistic director of the Resonance Concert Series.

Hailed by Strings magazine for her “youthful, surging playing, natural stage presence and almost frightening technique,” Wendy Warner (www.wendywarnercello.com) is one of the world’s leading cellists. Since she first garnered international attention by winning first-prize at the Fourth International Rostropovich Competition in Paris in 1990, audiences have watched Ms. Warner perform on prestigious stages including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angles, Paris’ Salle Pleyel and Berlin’s Philharmonie. Ms. Warner has collaborated with leading conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Spivakov, Christoph Eschenbach, Andre Previn, Jesús López-Cobos and Michael Tilson Thomas. Her musical career began at age six under the tutelage of Nell Novak, until she joined Mstislav Rostropovich at the Curtis Institute from which she graduated. She made her New York debut with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich in October 1990, playing Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto. A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. Warner teaches at Roosevelt University and resides in Chicago.

Daniel Schlosberg (www.danielschlosberg.com) has been described as an “expert pianist” (Boston Globe), and his performances have been praised for their “intellect and passion” (Washington Post). He has given solo and chamber music recitals at venues including Bargemusic (Brooklyn), Austrian Cultural Forum (New York City), Sundays Live (LosAngeles), Dame Myra Hess Series (Chicago), and the Phillips Collection and the embassies of Austria, Germany, Israel and Romania in Washington, D.C. He appears on radio stations across the country, and his repertoire interests range from Couperin and Bach to Lachenmann and Saariaho. His recording of Stephen Andrew Taylor’s “Quark Shadows” with Oto Carilo (CSO), Masumi Rostad (Pacifica Quartet) and Michael Cameron is due to be released on Albany records. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame.

Ukrainian pianist Angelina Gadeliya was born in Sukhumi, Georgia (former USSR) in 1978, and moved to the US in 1990. She has been praised for the beauty of her tone, as well as for her exquisite artistry and poetic interpretations. Her performances as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra have taken her throughout the United States, as well as to Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, and Ukraine. In April of 2007 she was selected into The Academy- a prestigious Fellowship Program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, and was invited to perform on the Emerson String QuartetBeethoven Project in Weill Hall in June of 2007. As a member of the Academy, Angelina is actively involved in educational outreach to New York City’s public schools, and performs regularly at Carnegie Hall and at the Juilliard School. She has appeared as soloist with the Stony Brook Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia of Colorado, the South Dakota Symphony, and the Oberlin Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with conductors such as James Conlon, David Stern, Ian Hobson, Theodore Kuchar, and James Levine, among others.

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