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“Warm greetings to the young talented musicians, to the highly professional and creative teachers, the organizers and jury members of this wonderful event. I believe the musical culture that nurtured the organizers of this Festival will pass on to the young participants and enrich their creative spirit, as well as, boost their desire for high professional achievements.”
Sergei Slonimsky, Composer, People’s Artist of Russia

“I had the great privilege of conducting the OCC with these dynamic young soloists! The performances of Andrew, Kailey, Maxim, Gwyneth and Carrie will stay in my memory for a long time! Thanks guys! Bolshoi spassibo!! Come to Portugal again!”
David Wyn Lloyd, conductor

“I cordially welcome all the participants of such a large-scale musical event, which is Concert Festival. Encouraging interest in classical music, maintaining and developing the performing traditions of music-making at all levels – a great initiative that promotes not only professional but also the cultural and spiritual growth of our youth.”
Mikhail Gantvarg, Rector of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, People’s Artist of Russia, Professor

“What a wonderful performance we were lucky to hear on the anniversary of Coimbra University! Congratulation for everyone and we hope to see you next year!”
Marina Pikoul

Thank you so much for bringing such an outstanding concert experience to our residents. The young musicians are truly gifted and remarkable. The music that the students and the orchestra played together was so moving and beautiful. It was a very memorable afternoon. We are so grateful to have had an opportunity to get to know the caliber of work you all do in cultivating musicianship, and in performing on such an outstanding level.Thank you for sharing these award-winning musicians with all of us. Our residents were glowing with delight as they left our concert hall. Warm regards.
Tracy A. Warzer, Community Programs Manager, The Amsterdam At Harborside

Бесконечно благодарен устроителям Ньюйоркского концертного фестиваля.  В нем принимало участие 10 моих учеников. Я уверен, что для  юного музыканта нет более сильной мотивации его занятий, чем игра на публике.  Потому я, как и многие другие  преподаватели фортепиано, устраиваю каждые полгода  концерты своего класса. Но эти концерты не выходят за пределы Квинса  или Лонг Айлонда и проходят в основном в одних и тех же залах для при одной и той же публике. Нью Йоркский концертный  фестиваль подобен глотку свежего воздуха. Это первый выход части моего класса  за пределы коммюнити, эта первая попытка показать себя незнакомой публике в более пристижных залах Манхетона и первая попытка сравнить свои достижения с достижениями сверстников приехавших из разных уголков земли. Низкий поклон организаторам фестиваля за подаренные нашим детям  яркие впечатления; за особый глоток нового для многих из них, конкурсного воздуха; за усиление мотивации заниматься  музыкой более серьезно, а для кого-то и за выбор будующей специальности.
Ариэль Д., композитор, Лауреат премии Премьер-министра Израиля

Maya and I returned and still reflect on what a wonderful time we had in Vienna. We cannot thank you Yelena and Vladimir enough for all your hard work and organization and thoughtfulness.
Nooshin Brinster

Just wanted to say thank you to all involved in planning this wonderful concert! It was very enjoyable and impressive and we recognize that a lot of work behind the scenes took place to make it happen so beautifully. The orchestra was great! Our son is very appreciative of the opportunity to play with such high level performers.
Angeline and Fred Guida

Thank you very much for all of your support in Winners’ recital at Carnegie Hall last Sunday. It was incredibly great experience for us.
Haruno Tokura

Dear Committee, Thank you for your special present for Bryan. He is so happy about that recital. Thank you for your well organization.
Li Liu

Thank you for an enjoyable concert evening on Saturday. My family really enjoyed it.
Peter Meyer

Dear Yelena and Vladimir, cannot thank you enough for this opportunity for Kate. She was on Cloud nine yesterday, so inspired and moved! As always, my complements to you for running things so smoothly and for your positive and welcoming atmosphere.
Irena

It was a wonderful concert this Saturday! It was a great opportunity for all kids who performed!
Jenny

Just wanted to say that we really enjoyed the concert on Sunday. As always, thank you very much for organizing it and giving Rachel the opportunity to perform.
A.M.

Thanks for the beautiful concert.
Anna Lee for Theo

Dear Festival Organizers, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the excellent logistics and warm reception at the concert festival in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on April, 2013. You are doing a wonderful job organizing these festivals which allow the students to show their achievement and gain stage experience in the best environment. I am looking forward to present another student from my class to participate in the concert festival because it provides invaluable motivation for the student to aspire higher levels of piano technique and musical expression.
Julia Barykina, piano teacher, San Jose, CA

I would like to express my gratitude to the creators and organizers of the Concert Festival for giving young musicians the opportunity to express their talents, and to perform at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, such as Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Weill Hall. It was wonderful to see that classical music is still very much alive in the hearts and minds of younger generations.
Natalia T., piano teacher, Great Neck, NY

We are thrilled that our son, Max, has been chosen to participate in the Concert Festival. Thank you for creating this opportunity.

Thank you for your letter announcing the selection of the Chaminade Vocal Chamber Ensemble into the concert at Weill Recital Hall at  Carnegie Hall on March 21, 2010. We are thrilled to be included and looking forward to our participation. Thank you for your acceptance of Shikoh H. for your Concert Festival. It is such a precious chance for him. We look forward to listening to the talented youth lineup on these evenings. Thanks for creating this opportunity.

Dear Festival Organizers, It was a pleasure to participate in the recent Concert Festival. To that regard, I am writing on behalf of my daughter, Lana S., and family. It was an honor to take part in the audition and I would like to express my gratitude to you for providing a forum for all children to share their skill and talent with others.  As we know the children are very dedicated and hard-working and deserve this opportunity. I greatly appreciate your efforts to make this happen.

I wanted to congratulate you on a wonderful concert last night and express my sincerest thanks for the opportunity to be a part of it. I know this was an unforgettable night for Kira (one of many more to come, I hope). She was absolutely thrilled to be performing on a Carnegie stage. Thank you again for your hard work organizing this festival and showcasing our young talented performers.

When I entered the Concert Festival program I was not very excited about it – I thought that it would be too much work and too nerve racking. But, looking back, I am very happy that I took part in this event. Of course it was a lot of work, but all of it was worth the effort. Firstly, it was a very friendly environment and the team of organizers was always around to answer a question, direct you where to go, and cheer you up. The concert was truly a celebration of music in all its forms and I loved it. I am really looking forward to another chance to compete and play in this concert because it really is the chance of a lifetime.

Last night  I was lucky enough to watch my son perform at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.  I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving him this wonderful opportunity, the evening was incredible.  The group of performers were some of the most musically talented people I have ever seen.  It was an experience my son will never forget and neither will I. Thank you!

Thank you so much for creating Concert Festival. The experience of playing in a show in New York City with other young children who share a passion for performing made a tremendous impact on our daughter, Alexandra. She cannot wait to learn her next classical piece so that she may audition again next year. She loves her certificate and she absolutely adores the huge teddy bear she received; she has even told us that she wants to be a famous pianist someday! The organization of the event we attended at Baruch Performing Arts Center was first rate.  It was truly a pleasure and an honor to watch  young  people perform classical pieces at such exceptional levels. We look forward to Alexandra’s participation next year. We thank you so much for your dedication to our children and to the performing arts. Sincerely,
Mr. & Mrs. E.

We cannot thank enough the organizers of the Concert Festival for creating the opportunity for talented children to play with an orchestra. Thank you!
Parents of Elena Gribelyuk

I cannot thank Concert Festival enough for all it has done for my children and others, and continue to do for youth and music and the arts. Our girls have had a great experience. Thank you for your time and dedication.
N.P.