YELENA & VLADIMIR POLEZHAYEV Co-Founders and Artistic Directors of the Concert Festival International Competitions
Pianists Yelena and Vladimir Polezhayev met during their studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. After graduation they had successful performing careers before they moved to the United States. In 2010 Yelena and Vladimir founded Concert Festival International Competitions. They have also enjoyed long careers as performers in USA and abroad as Long Island Piano Duo, as well as The Polezhayev Family Ensemble with their two sons Anton – violinist, and Simon – double bassist.
Yelena Polezhayev – Pianist, Co-Founder and President of the Concert Festival. Born in Moscow, Russia Yelena graduated from St. Petersburg Conservatory, and went on to a career as a performer and a collaborating artist, concertizing all over Russia and Europe. She has worked at both Central Music Schools of St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories. Upon settling in United States she continued her performing career as well as maintaining a large private teaching studio.
Vladimir Polezhayev – Pianist, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Concert Festival. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mr. Polezhayev graduated with the Honors Degree Diploma from St. Petersburg Conservatory. Later on Vladimir was appointed to the position of chief arranger and pianist of Moscow State Radio and TV Orchestra. He composed and orchestrated music for Russia’s biggest music stars for the major performances both in Russia and abroad. Vladimir is a published Composer, Arranger, Music Director and Conductor of the Concert Festival Orchestra.
Long Island Piano Duo
IRINA SHARAPOVA Head of the Jury Panel
Irina Sharapova, Professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Honored Artist of Russia, Winner of International Competitions, Artistic Director of the “Three centuries of classical romance” Festival-Competition. Irina Sharapova graduated from the St.Petersburg Conservatory in piano and chamber ensemble.
Her repertoire is unusually wide: among her programs hundreds of works from ancient European and Russian music to contemporary composers. Irina Sharapova is constant participant of concerts at the Small Hall of the Philharmonic, Academic Cappella, concert activities of the Union of Composers and Conservatory at St. Petersburg music festivals. Ms. Sharapova had organized a series of concerts at the Small Hall of the Philharmonic, Academic Cappella, concert activities of the Union of Composers and Conservatory at St. Petersburg music festivals.
Educational activity of Irina Sharapova is extensive and productive. More than 160 students have graduated from her class, many of them clearly expressed itself in the music world, more than 50 have the title of Winner of International and National competitions. Irina Sharapova regularly conducts master classes in different cities of Russia as well as in the United States.
JEONG-YOON PARK Cello
Educated in South Korea and Germany, she holds a Ph.D. in music from the Hochscule fur Musik in Wuerzburg, Germany, a Master’s from Detmold, Germany, and a BA degree from Seoul National University.
Ms. Park’s artistry has been recognized with several awards, including a First Prize in the Korean Times Competition and the Tibor Varga Scholarship from the Swiss Lion’s Club.An active performer and recitalist, she has appeared with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, as Principal Cellist with the Seoul Metropolitan Orchestra, as soloist with the Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, and with the Yewon Orchestra and Detmold Kammerorchstra.
She has also been a faculty member in the Gloville Conservatory of Dongduk Women’s University and is currently on the faculty of the Long Island Conservatory.
LI-PI HSIEH Piano
Pianist, was born in Taiwan where she began her early musical studies. While on concert tour in the Orient, renowned American pianist Richard Goode heard her play and suggested that she come to New York, where she continued her studies with him. Ms.Hsieh also studied with other famous pianists Claude Frank and Peter Serkin, and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Klaus Adam.
Ms. Hsieh has performed both as a soloist and in chamber music groups in America, Canada, Europe and Asia. She has also collaborated with Cassatt, Manhattan, Sequoia String Quartets and with such artists as Cho-Liang Lin and Aaron Rosand.
Her recordings include interpretations of the sonatas of Beethoven, Brahams and Debussy with German violinist Wolfram Konig. She has participated in festivals in Ost-Friesland, Germany and Norfolk, CT and in the Arkandor festival in Bras d’Or, Nova Scotia. Ms. Hsieh has taught piano at Mt.Holyoke College, Smith College and Choate Rosemary Hall. Ms. Hsieh currently resides in Stamford, Connecticut USA where she conducts piano classes at her studio between concert appearances.
ANTON POLEZHAYEV Violin
Anton Polezhayev, violinist won “Grand Prix” and gold medal at the “International Violin Competition of Pierre Lantier” in Paris France, 1997. He was one of the finalists at the “Paganini International Violin Competition” in Genoa, Italy 1998, placing 5th, and was also a finalist at the San Francisco International String Competition of E.M. Klein in 1994. He has won numerous other competitions, awards, and scholarships.
Anton was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 2002 to 2004. Prior to the Philharmonic, he was a member of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2002. Anton was also an associate concertmaster of the New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra from 2004 to 2008. In 2006 he performed as Associate Concertmaster with the Mariinsky (Kirov) Orchestra, St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2007 Anton held a position of Associate Concertmaster with Orchestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a soloist and recitalist Mr. Polezhayev was featured on the cover of Part 2 of on October 21, 1992 and New York Times January 18, 2004 and has performed on radio and television. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras in the US and his native Russia. His credits also include performances at Carnegie Hall, Tilles Center, Alice Tully Hall, and numerous concert halls of Europe and Russia.
Anton was educated at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Mitchell Stern (1991-92), Albert Markov (1993-1999) and Sheryl Staples (1999-2001). He began his violin studies at the Central Music School of Moscow State Conservatory. His first teachers were Anatoly Schwarzburg, Galina Turchaninova and Mikhail Bezverhny.
SUSAN DEAVER Conductor
Susan Deaver has conducted orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia. She is currently Music Director and Conductor of the University Orchestra at Stony Brook University and a frequent guest conductor. She will conduct the University Orchestra in a series of orchestral concerts at Staller Center during the 2020-2021 season. In June 2016 she completed 25 years as Music Director & Conductor of the the North Shore Symphony Orchestra during the orchestra’s 55th Anniversary Season. In addition to conducting the University Orchestra, she has taught conducting classes at Stony Brook University, Manhattan School of Music Precollege and college divisions and at LIU Post.
As an orchestral fellowship student at Tanglewood, she worked with both Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa and was selected to participate in Tanglewood’s Conducting Seminar Classes with Gustav Meier. She was selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic’s Conductors Table with Zubin Mehta, Alan Gilbert and Leonard Slatkin. In Korea she was a guest conductor at the New International Music Festival at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul, the Pusan Festival Orchestra and the Masan City Symphony Orchestra.
As a flutist and avid chamber musician, she has performed extensively and has been praised by critics for her “superb playing” and “atmospheric virtuosity”. In addition, Susan Deaver is co-founder and currently the director of the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, which is held each July, and has collaborated with members of the Emerson String Quartet, Imani Winds, and members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln.
HARRY MARENSTEIN Conductor
In 2005 conductor Harry Marenstein was among the inaugural participants in the Eastman Summer Institute, in which he conducted the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Over the years, Mr. Marenstein has conducted a wide variety of ensembles, both here and abroad, including the Pleven Symphony, the New Symphony Orchestra (Sofia), the Lautremont Festival Orchestra, Anti-Social Music, Reizen Ensemble, and the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York.
An advocate for contemporary music, particularly that of living American composers, Mr. Marenstein served as Music Director and Resident Conductor of Forecast Music from 2004-2010, and has performed in diverse venues throughout the greater metropolitan area, including Alice Tully Hall, Galapagos Arts Space, LeFrak Concert Hall, Alliance of Resident Theaters, Adelphi Performing Arts Center, Singer’s Forum, the Brooklyn Conservatory, Christ and 0St. Stephen’s Church, the Diller-Quaile School, and the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew.
Mr. Marenstein joined the faculty of Nassau Community College (SUNY) in 2005, where he is Director of Orchestral Activities, and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. He is also the conductor of the Youth Symphony at Gemini Youth Orchestras.
OKSANA KROVYTSKA Soprano
Ukrainian soprano, Oksana Krovytska, was invited to America by the renowned manager Thea Dispeker, who brought her to New York City Opera in 1993. For the next 10 seasons, the soprano was acclaimed there as Liu in Turandot, Micaela in Carmen, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Musetta and Mimi in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Magda in La Rondine, Yaroslavna in a new production of Borodin’s Prince Igor, and numerous appearances as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly – including a new production by Mark Lamos. She was honored with City Opera’s coveted “Diva Award,” and such media as The New York Times described her performance in a headline as “the Butterfly Puccini wanted,” as well as calling her “the center of our attention [and] the object of our admiration.”
Following her New York success, Ms. Krovytska has become internationally known through such roles as Margherita and Elena in Boito’s Mefistofele (Casals Festival in Puerto Rico), Elvira in Ernani (Santiago Opera in Chile), Marguerite in Faust (Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico), Marie in Smetana’s Bartered Bride (Opera de Monte Carlo), Renata in the acclaimed Francesca Zambello premiere production of Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel (Bolshoi Opera in Moscow), Senta in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman (Arizona and Anchorage Operas), Katya Kabanova (Florida Grand Opera, L’Opera de Montreal, and San Francisco Opera), the title role in Suor Angelica (Opera Santa Barbara), Tatiana in Eugene Onegin (Todi Music Festival), Liu in Turandot, Mimi in La bohème, and Micaela in Carmen (Opern Air Festival in Austria) …
Ms. Krovytska has made many concert appearances with such orchestras as New Jersey Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, National Symphony, Opera Orchestra of New York, RTVE Orchestra (Spain), Netherlands Radio Symphony, Tokyo National Orchestra, and the North German Radio Orchestra.
ADRIAN SYLVEEN Conductor
Award-winning musician, Adrian Sylveen enjoys a performing career both in the United States and in Europe. He is a founder and the artistic director of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Lyric Opera Company. Under his leadership, both Connecticut Virtuosi and the Connecticut Lyric Opera developed into major artistic institutions in the State of Connecticut. Both organizations also continue to develop international partnerships and collaborations.
Adrian Sylveen is a winner of prizes at competitions in Poland and in the United States and had participated in several international Festivals such as Weimar, Łancut, and others. Sylveen holds Master of Music, and Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale University School of Music, he is also a graduate of the Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan, Poland. Since 2012 he is on the faculty of the Virtuosi Summer Music Institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and, since 2015 an Artistic Director of the Greve Opera Academy and Chamber Music Festival in Greve-In-Chianti, Italy.
In his career Sylveen has conducted approximately 35 operatic titles, more than 70 symphonies, and numerous concertos and chamber orchestral music works. He has conducted and performed concerts in the United States, Poland, Italy, Israel, Cuba, Switzerland, Germany, and the former Soviet Union.
DAVID WYN LLOYD Conductor
Davis Wyn Lloyd, Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in England, began his higher studies in 1981 at the Royal College of Music, London. During the period when he attended this school won several prizes for viola and chamber music. He continued his studies with Peter Schidlof, the Amadeus Quartet, and participated in masterclasses in Cornwall.
He has had an intense professional career, performing with major orchestras in London, working in film and television and making several recordings. David Lloyd was a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra for four years. During his stay in London he played with various conductors, including Klaus Tennstedt, Christoph von Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Sir John Pritchard, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zubin Mehta,Günter Wand, Sir Simon Rattle, Guiseppe Sinopoli, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Alexander Lazarev and Pekka Salonen. Lloyd played in prestigious venues like the Albert Hall, Festival Hall, Barbican Centre (London), Berliner Philharmonie and Concertgebouw, Opera (Paris), La Scala, Musikverein and Gewandhaus. Since April 2012 the chief conductor and artistic director of the “Orquestra Classico Do Centro”.