The City of San Antonio boasts an array of Texas's most diverse artistic sensibilities, religious beliefs, and ethnicities. Anya Grokhovski, our Artistic Director, scours the planet to find musicians whose exceptional talent communicates the uniting spirit of all of our sensibilities, across the expanses of time and world geography.
Enjoy the Season!
Season 16 Performers
Ukrainian soprano Uliana Alexyuk is a featured soloist at the Bolshoi Theater, where she has been singing since 2010. Her roles include Brigitta in Iolanta; First Lady in The Magic Flute; Adele in Die Fledermaus; Lyudmila in Ruslan and Lyudmila; Frasquita inCarmen; Marfa in The Tsar's Bride; Fire, Princess, and Nightingale in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges; and, most recently, Amina inLa sonnambula. She returned there in December 2013 to sing Adele in Die Fledermaus. In 2011, she sang in the world premieres ofLe Cerisaie by Philippe Fénelon at the Opéra National de Paris and Lo stesso mare by Fabbio Vacchi at Teatro Petruzelli in Bari, Italy. Last summer she sang the role of Zerbinetta in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos with the Glyndebourne Festival. She has won second prize in the Young Singers Contest in the Ukraine, third prize in the Paris Opera Awards, the Bella Voce Competition in Moscow, and the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo.
Beth Madison Fellow
HGO Appearances: Current season: Ida in Die Fledermaus, Ivette in The Passenger, Gilda in Rigoletto, Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, Frasquita in Carmen; HGO Studio Artist (2013–14).
About the Artist:
Ricardo Anglada, a native of Northern New Mexico, began playing guitar at age 12. In 2003 Anglada won 1st place in the Festival Flamenco Internacional Concurso. Under the studies of first his father, Ricardo later studied with Jose "Chuscales" Valle and has taken classes with artists such as Jesus de Rosario, Pedro Sierra, Calvin Hazen, Santiago Aguilar, Anton Jimenez, Pedro Cortes and other local flamenco artists. He works with the flamenco program at the University of New Mexico and at the National Institute of Flamenco under the direction of Eva Encinias-Sandoval. Ricardo is currently the guitarist for the American Flamenco Repertory Company, “Yjastros” under the direction of Joaquin Encinias. Ricardo has also worked with the companies of Maria Benitez, Carlota Santana's Flamenco Vivo, and Juan Siddi & company. In addition he has worked with many flamenco artisits and groups throughout his career and works closely alongside his cousin Vicente Griego and has become one of the most sought after guitarists in the southwest. In 2006 Ricardo co-starred in the film “Cante Jondo” directed by Lewis Teague (Cujo, Navy Seals). With his passion for flamenco song, dance, and music, Ricardo is a powerful performer and promises to be one of America's top flamenco artists yet to come.
He is the artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Players, and member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. www.kinanazmeh.com
Since capturing Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cárdenes has appeared as a soloist on four continents with over 100 orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Sinfonica Nacional de Caracas, Sinfonica de Barcelona, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. He has collaborated with many of today’s greatest conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir André Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, David Zinman and Manfred Honeck.
Over the course of eight years, with three albums as a leader, several studio projects as a sideman, and countless worldwide performances, pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists who are fluent in the range of styles that make up today’s jazz lexicon. Hailed by The New York Times for his “huge, authoritative presence,” Clayton is well on his way toward etching his own enduring mark in the long and rich tradition of jazz. Never has this been more apparent than in Life Forum, his latest recording on Concord Jazz and his most ambitious project to date.
“What comes after Life Forum is anyone’s guess,” says Clayton, who does not want to be defined by any one musical tradition: “I prefer to ignore the boxes, the genre distinctions,” he says. ”I focus on creating honest musical expressions and collaborating with people whose ideas resonate with my own.”
Protégés of Maestro Zubin Mehta, international concert pianists Bishara Haroni and Yaron Kohlberg joined forces in 2011, forming the Israeli-Palestinian Piano Duo Amal. A collaboration which started in a concert for peace in the Opera House in Oslo has led to a permanent partnership which is becoming a highlight in the world's classical music scene. The duo's performances in prominent halls throughout the globe, such as the Beijing Concert Hall, the Melbourne Recital Centre, and Goyang Center of the arts in Korea, have led to critical acclaim and enthusiastic feedback. Future performances include recitals at New York's Metropolitan Museum, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Mushashino Center in Tokyo, London City Festival, among many others. Duo Amal will also play concert tours with the Israel Philharmonic and Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra in Italy, conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta and Maestro Christoph von Dohnanyi.
Kohlberg and Haroni have both played recitals since a young age, and have performed at the Carnegie Hall in NYC, Kremlin in Moscow, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Bellas Artes in Mexico City, among many others. Haroni and Kohlberg are active in efforts to bring Palestinians and Israelis together, and have formed a Palestinian-Israeli Cultural Club in Berlin. On a personal level, they have become close friends.
Percussionist John Hadfield’s dedication to bending genres has taken him from the jungles of Indonesia to concert halls and clubs across the world. This diversity has allowed him to perform with a broad variety of ensembles including Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road ensemble, The Saturday Night Live Band on NBC, Bang on a Can, The Michael Gordon Band, the rock bands Amandla and Dead Heart Bloom, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, ComboNuvo, MAYA, Phil Kline, The Bassam Saba Ensemble, Ethos Percussion Group and Gamelan Dharma Swara.
While performing with jazz groups John has worked alongside Kenny Werner, Lenny Pickett, George Garzone, Gil Goldstein, Andrew D’Angelo, Bobby Watson, Dominique Eade, Ben Monder, Satoshi Takeshi, Brad Shepik, Mike Richmond and Erik Friedlander. Currently, John lives in NYC and is on Jazz faculty of New York University.
Antonio Granjero was born in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain). He began his studies of classical Spanish, classical ballet, and flamenco when he was ten years old, with the teachers Fernando Belmonte and Paco del Río. A year-and-a-half later, he made his debut in "Centro Cultural de la Villa" in Madrid and presided over by the prince and the princess of Spain. Granjero performed in theatres of countries such as Israel, Italy, England, Switzerland, France, Japan, and others. As a final phase as a child's ballet, Albarizuela performed in the Alcázares of Seville where Granjero performed as first dancer for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II of England. In 1991 Granjero left Albarizuela, moving to Madrid and where he had the opportunity to share the stage with such prestigious artists as Antonio Canales, Gerardo Nuñez, and others. The following year he was invited to reappear with Albarizuela in order to represent Jerez in the International Exposition in Seville (EXPO 92) throughout the entire event.
After finishing the Expo 92, Granjero returned to Madrid where he remained for two years performing flamenco dance in the tablaos of Madrid. Granjero toured Germany and Poland as the guest artist of the flamenco company Alhama; collaborating also in the choreography of the show "Viva Sevilla." In the summer of 1995, Granjero traveled to the United States to join the María Benitez company as a soloist and choreographer. He has maintained his collaboration with her company during the summer season and autumn tours. In 2005, he presented sold performances at the Hobby Center Theater in Houston, Festival Flamenco de Santa Bárbara and the Empire Theatre of San Antonio. The following year he presented the Entre Flamenco Company at the National Theatre of Panama. He has worked as the invited dancer with the Seattle Opera, and is currently the Artistic Director at Entre Flamenco Dance Space. In 2010 he was awarded a Choreography Grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio for the production of FLAMENCO “DEL SUR.”
Soprano Pureum Jo, a native of Korea, is a Juilliard graduate. Ms. Jo has appeared as Matsukaze (Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival), Blanche in Dialogues des carmélites(The Chautauqua Institution), and, Gianetta in L'elisir d'amore (Met+Juilliard Production), Fraarte in Radamisto, and Sandrina in La finta giardiniera (The Juilliard School). She has covered Norina in Don Pasquale and Giulia in La scala di seta (The Juilliard School). She has also performed at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in concert, including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Annual Recital The Song Continues..., Juilliard's Wednesdays at One series, Juilliard Songfest with Brian Zeger, and a concert of Rameau works with Juilliard 415 under Robert Mealy. Ms. Jo appeared as a soloist in Haydn's Mass in Time of War, Mozart's Laudate Dominum, Mendelssohn's Hear my Prayer with Voices of Ascension. Her 2013-2014 calendar includes Micaela from Carmen (Aspen Music Festival), Pamina and Papagena in Magic Flute (Houston Grand Opera).
Roberto Lorente of Madrid, Spain began his career at an early age working in Madrid's most emblematic tablaos: Corral de la Moreria, Café de Chinitas, Las Carboneras, and Casa Patas. He has sung for many dance figures of prestige and has also had the privilege of working with gran cantaores sharing the stage with some of the most renowned flamenco artists of the present time. Roberto has traveled around the World with his singing, performing in some of the most important theatres such as the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Gran Teatro de la Habana in Cuba, Gran Teatro de Cordoba, Spain, in Jerez de la Frontera Teatro Villamarta, Madrid’s Teatro Albeniz, and Teatro Real.
Roberto Lorente is considered a young singer fond of this art. He has performed in a project parallel to the flamenco singing profession, topping the leading voice of Spanish pop group “D'Paso”. This is the third season that Roberto is featured as a singer with Entreflamenco.
Baya Kakouberi, pianist, was born in Tbilisi, Georgia and received degrees from the Moscow Conservatory of Music. She has appeared as piano soloist with orchestras in Europe and the United States. Her career has brought her to China as well as Carnegie Hall. Ms. Kakouberi is founder and Artistic Director of the Blue Candlelight Chamber Music Series, and she on the faculty of the Elan International Music Festival. Ms. Kakouberi recently collaborated with violinist Gary Levinson for a four CD set recording of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin for the Classical Music Recording Foundation.
Sitarist Dr. Amie Maciszewski is an award-winning artist and educator. Audiences describe Amie’s music as “mesmerizing,” “enchanting,” and “elegantly vibrant.” Her training in North Indian music includes both formal academic training at Santiniketan, India, and the U.S., and ongoing traditional study with Hindustani music legends: Grammy-nominated Ustad Aashish Khan and vocal diva Padmabhushan Girija Devi. Her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011 Austin Chronicle Polls) seamlessly blends traditional Indian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating a boundary defying sound. Passionate about sharing North Indian music culture, Amie has traveled three continents completing artist residencies, performing recitals, and conducting lectures on Hindustani music. Her musical credits include four CDs and a number of independent films.
Abdou Mboup was born in the small town of Kebemer, Senegal to a family of oral historians and musicians. Having studied traditional drumming under the tutelage of his family, Abdou soon became a key figure in the development of the Mbalax style (Senegalese dance music). In fact in the early 1970s, he was the first musician to incorporate various traditional instruments into Senegalese popular music. A few years later, he joined the renowned Dakar based group Xalam, which he toured Europe and Africa under the patronage of south African trumpeter, Hugh Masekela. He has toured and recorded in Africa, Europe, America, Southeastern Asia, Japan, Nepal and India. Abdou has written original composition for Jean Luc Ponty, Pharoah Sanders, Tom Tom Club and Randy Weston. Abdou Mboup currently teaches at the New School University, NY and lives in Union City, NJ.
Mastering one of the most difficult string instruments 'Sarangi', Ramesh Mishra is today acclaimed as an outstanding artist of India. Son of great sarangi maestro Pt. Ramnath Mishra, Ramesh began his initial intensive training at a tender age with his father and acquired further knowledge from legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. A recipient of India's most prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Awards) in 2008 for his outstanding contribution in the field of music, in 1959 Ramesh was sent as a cultural delegate to Pakistan by late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru - the first Prime Minister of India. His sarangi can be heard in Ravi Shankar's 'Live in Kremlin' and the Grammy nominated album 'Legacy' produced by the legendary Ali Akbar Khan. He was also a participating artist in the production of the "Concert for George" at Royal Albert Hall in London, November 2002. Pandit Mishra is one of the recording artists in Aerosmith's acclaimed album " Nine Lives."
Octavio Moreno studied at the Universidad de Sonora and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and is a Houston Grand Opera Studio artist. Principal teachers are Jesus Li, Marybel Ferrales, Bill Schuman and Stephen King. In 2002, he won the Grand Prize in the Mariana de Gonitch Competition in Havana, Cuba, and the Young Artist Prize in the Carlo Morelli National Voice Competition in Mexico City. In 2004 Octavio won first prize in the VIII Premio Ciudad Trujillo Competition in Peru. For the Academy of Vocal Arts he played the title roles in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto, Guglielmo (Le villi), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), De Bretigny (Manon) and Renato (Un ballo in maschera).
Anton Nel, winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall enjoys a remarkable career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Following an auspicious debut at the age of twelve with Beethoven’s C Major Concerto after only two years of study, the Johannesburg native captured first prizes in all the major South African competitions while still in his teens, toured extensively and became a well-known radio and television personality. Highlights of Mr. Nel’s nearly four decades of concertizing include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the symphonies of Chicago, San Francisco, and London, among many others. Anton Nel became a U.S. citizen on September 11, 2003. He is a Steinway artist.
Francisco Orozco "Yiyi" is from Andalusia family, born in Barcelona, was introduced to Flamenco rhythms at the tender age of four. Yiyi was trained by flamenco singer and father-- “Joselón de Jerez” in his Spanish peña named “Peña Fosforito”. Considered a “child prodigy” of percussion Yiyi began his professional career at the young age of twelve. By seventeen years of age, and one CD later, he became more involved with singing, particularly for dancers, and left Spain for Germany on a long-term contract with the company “Flamenco Rubio”. Since that time he has performed with “Compañia Flamenca Alhama” throughout Europe and Japan; with internationally known María Benitez “Teatro Flamenco” on Broadway and throughout the U.S.; Domingo Ortega in Venezuela as well “Casa Patas” in Madrid; Jose Greco II in the U.S. and Taiwan; and world-renowned guitarist Serranito . He has also performed with Alejandro Granados, Yolanda Heredia, El Toleo, El Pelao, María Serrano, La Tania and Antonio Granjero. Critics, worldwide, have toted Yiyi’s performance as “fiery”, “riveting” his percussion techniques executed with “machine-gun speed” that possesses and “casts a spell”.
Estefania Ramirez began dancing at the early age of four. In her teen years, she began working in the professional dance environment, studying classical ballet, modern dance and African dance forms. Shortly after, she traveled to London, England and debuted at the Royal Albert Hall. Upon completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico, she toured nationally with Pablo Rodarte's Dance España as the principal female dancer. She then was contracted by MARIA BENITEZ TEATRO FLAMENCO with whom toured extensively in the U.S. and Canada Since then she worked as a performer and instructor throughout the United States, Canada, Panama, Colombia, Germany and Spain.
Estefania has been featured as the principal female soloist with Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo Company, with such company she has performed in Colombia and North America. She is the Co-Director of Entre Flamenco Company with Antonio Granjero. With EF, she has been awarded 2010 Chorrography award from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. Most recently she has founded Spanish DanzArt Society a non for profit organization.
Zlatan Redzic has been a member of the San Antonio Symphony since 1999. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music from Indiana University where he studied with Bruce Bransby. At Indiana and at Aspen Music Festival, he was a winner of numerous awards as a soloist. Zlatan has served as a mentor at the Aspen School of Music which he attended for three years. He is an active chamber musician and performs regularly with major San Antonio chamber groups. Zlatan also performed with Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Jacksonville Symphony and San Antonio Opera.
He finds inspiration in variety of styles from Brazilian, Balkan and Gypsy to jazz and classical contemporary music. On occasion he can be spotted jamming at local jazz venues. He enjoys teaching and is on faculty at Our Lady of the Lake, Northwest Vista and San Antonio College.
Dr. Mei Rui is an internationally award-winning concert pianist, an avid chamber musician, and a dedicated piano teacher. A magna cum laude graduate from Yale, Mei holds duo-degrees in Molecular Biochemistry and Music. Equally active as a soloist and a chamber musician, Mei has been invited to perform at the prestigious Ravinia Festival, Van Cliburn Piano Institute, Music Academy of the West, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, The Perlman Festival, Taos School of Music, and Yellowbarn CChamber Music Festival. She has collaborated with the most eminent musicians in the world, including Paul Katz, Isaac Perlman, Roger Tapping, Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, and Members of the Ariel quartet.
Urmi Samadar is an accomplished performer, choreographer and trainer in Indian classical dance forms – Kathak and Odissi. She received her training in Kathak from Guru Sumitra Mitra Mukherjee (exponent of Jaipur Gharana) and Odissi from award winning exponent Guru Aloka Kanungo and Bharatanatyam from Guru Sumitra Mitra Mukherjee.
Besides endorsing the pure classical traditions, Urmi experiments by blending creative and regional forms in her productions. To widen her perspectives in western dances, she has attended courses and workshops in western dance forms such as Nia, Ballroom Dancing and Isodara Duncan Dance.
Urmi was a recognized child artist on Doordarshan (Indian television) and was invited to perform before Mrs. Indira Gandhi, late Prime Minister of India, at New Delhi, when she was in elementary school. Urmi has received several awards and positive media reviews throughout her dance career.
Her awards include:
- National Talent Scholarship – awarded by the Government of India, Ministry of Culture for Kathak dance for maximum number of years graduating from the junior to senior category
- Nehru Talent Search Scholarship for three consecutive years
- Winner of the prestigious United School Organization award (affiliated to UNESCO)
Critics have hailed Michael Schneider as “a pianist with exceptional insight,” at venues including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the International Chopin Festival at the château of George Sand in France, the Music Festival in the Hamptons, and the 8th Annual Paderewski Festival in California. Michael recently performed at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, Mexico and in the famed Liszt Museum in Budapest. Michael was a featured guest artist at the Bicentennial Chopin Festival in Nohant, France in July 2010. In the fall of 2010, Michael was a visiting adjunct professor of piano at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. He holds a doctorate degree from University of Texas in Austin.
Grammy Award winning percussionist Shane Shanahan has cultivated his own unique and highly sought after sound by combining his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock and Western music. Shane’s rare set of diverse skills is what attracted Yo-Yo Ma when he was forming the Silk Road Ensemble. He has been touring the globe performing side-by-side with Mr. Ma as an original member of the award-winning Silk Road Ensemble and can also be seen and heard on Mr. Ma's Grammy nominated CD/DVD release "Songs of Joy." He has performed and/or recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Frankin, Philip Glass, Alison Krause, Sonny Fortune, and Deep Purple, among others. Shane was one of two featured musician in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" and "The Tempest," directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes. On Broadway, Shane has played for Caroline, or Change; The Color Purple; Shrek and Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. He has been seen/heard on TV and radio: David Letterman, Good Morning America, the National Geographic Channel, NPR, PBS, NHK, and The Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics in Shanghai. Shane is currently the Lead Teaching Artist for the Silk Road Projects education initiative: Silk Road Connect.
The St. Petersburg Quartet is one of the world's most esteemed chamber ensembles. Their rise to fame has included a Grammy nomination, "Best Record" honors in both Stereo Review and Gramophone, an opening night performance at Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, a five-year residency at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and hundreds of concerts on many of North America, Europe and Asia's most prestigious series and festivals.
Their current season includes a performance at Carnegie Hall; a collaboration with the Naumberg Piano Competition winner Anton Nel; and tours of England and France. Alla Aranovskaya and Leonid Shukayev are founding members of the SPSQ; Boris Vayner joined in 2005 and Evgeny Zvonnikov in 2010.
Eugenia Zukerman is a true Renaissance woman. While maintaining an international concert calendar with more than thirty performances annually, her multi-faceted career also includes distinguished work as an arts administrator, author, educator, internet entrepreneur, and journalist. In demand from New York to China as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, Eugenia Zukerman has been praised by The New York Times for her performances — "Her musicianship is consummate, her taste immaculate and her stage presence a sheer pleasure." She has enjoyed musical collaborations with Emmanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Shanghai String Quartet and fellow flutists Jean- Pierre Rampal and James Galway. This season she will perform with the Manhattan Piano Trio in Pennsylvania, with the Symphony Space All-Stars in New York City in a festive concert of Brandenburg Concerti, and with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Lowell Liebermann's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra Op.39 conducted by Rossen Milanov, Music Director and Conductor. Miss Zukerman studied English at Barnard College and received a B.M. from The Juilliard School where she studied with the renowned flutist Julius Baker. She is an adjunct faculty member at New York University's Steinhardt School of Music and a frequent guest teacher at conservatories nationwide.