- should be accessible to ALL regardless of socioeconomic status
- is a universal language that UNITES us
- EDUCATES & opens minds
- is vital to economic development, and
- is the soul of a great metropolis.
MBAW produces one-of-a-kind multicultural performances by the finest musicians from around the globe. Our mission is to unite, educate and inspire through culturally diverse programming. Cornerstones of our programs include:
- Providing free admission to the public, making art accessible to all
- Targeting youth – particularly at-risk, to develop audiences of tomorrow
- Partnering with the City and other organizations to foster San Antonio’s reputation as a cosmopolitan cultural center
MBAW was founded in 1998 by Russian-born pianist, Dr. Anya Grokhovski and a group of avid music lovers. Anya’s fiery passion for music, commitment to San Antonio, and connections to world-class musicians, provided a platform for the creation of an exciting new musical experience for the community.
MBAW’s programming includes: Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral: A concert series held on select Sunday evenings in the heart of downtown San Antonio; International Music Festival, featuring 10 days of world-class artists in cross-cultural pairings; Kids to Concerts (KtC), a free educational outreach program for San Antonio Title One schools; and a new pilot summer series of 5 concerts, Musica Caliente, at the Mexican Cultural Institute.
MBAW produces artistic collaborations creating unique, critically acclaimed fusions. MBAW’s 2014 MWB Festival was focused on geographic regions currently experiencing political turmoil. As Americans, we are often only exposed to certain cultures through negative news in the media. Some artists at MWB 2014 included Israeli-Palestinian Piano Duo Amal, Syrian Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, Ukrainian born soprano Uliana Alexyuk, and the St. Petersburg String Quartet from Russia. Participation of these artists forged new community relationships and attracted unfamiliar audiences to our concerts, showcasing the talent of stereotypically violent regions.
In May 2015, the second annual International Music Festival will be held at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The spectacular artistic line-up will include members of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble featuring: Cristina Pato from Spain, Sandeep Das from India, Kayhan Kalhor from Iran as well as artists from Argentina and Colombia. In addition to their festival appearances, these artists will present free master classes and workshops at local colleges and universities during their stay in San Antonio.
As a part of the International Music Festival, Music Without Borders, in February 2014, MBAW launched a new educational outreach program, the Kids World Music Festival. Nearly 2,000 children were bussed to Trinity University to learn about Russian Folk Music, Spanish Flamenco and American Jazz.
Teachers awarded high praise to the live performance, and due to popular demand we will expand this series to six dates at the Tobin Center in 2015. These concerts will collectively reach over 10,000 students who will engage the same world renown artists featured as part of the International Music Festival. This program will be available to ALL children including homeschoolers and families with children.
MBAW’s vehicle for educational outreach programming, KtC, is an interactive, multicultural concert series for students in grades K-12, bringing the inimitable experience of live performing arts directly into economically disadvantaged San Antonio schools, at no charge to schools visited. This year MBAW introduced children from 35 San Antonio schools to Russia, Senegal, Spain, Syria and India. Due to popular demand, MBAW will take children from 50 schools on a musical journey through the Mediterranean, Spain, Israel, Argentina, and Peru in the next season. Click here for KtC Season 17 artists.
Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral 2014-2015 will showcase guest artists of the highest caliber from Cuba, Italy, Korea, Greece, et al., in 5 free public offerings over the course of our 17th Season.
Musical Bridges Around the World is a non-profit performing arts organization with the mission to UNITE, EDUCATE & INSPIRE through culturally diverse programming.
Multicultural performances by the finest
musicians from around the globe.
Eric Miller, MD – President
Dr. Miller is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and founded the Central Texas Pain Center in 2004 in New Braunfels, TX. His practice now has over 7000 patients. He earned his B.A. in Biology from Washington and Jefferson College in 1995 and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1999. He completed a one-year internship at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and then completed both his anesthesiology residency and pain fellowship at Duke University. He is the owner of Hunter’s Creek Pharmacy and Positive Returns (a medical billing company). He is also a general partner for New Braunfels Sports and Spine Physical Therapy Center. In his spare time he enjoys travel with his family, tennis, and golf.
Yurii D. Borshch, MD
Dr. Borshch obtained his Fellowship in Pain Management and completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He later practiced as an assistant professor and Chronic Pain Clinic Director at The Department of Anesthesiology at Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada for seven years, and in private practice for three years in upstate New York. Before moving to North America, Dr. Borshch practiced as a general surgeon in the former USSR. Currently Dr. Borsch is practicing medicine in San Antonio and is a founder and owner of Precision Spine and Pain Management. In his spare time he enjoys scuba diving and great music.
Judy Piatek Crabb was born in Pleasanton and raised in Jourdanton Texas. She spent 15 years as a vocal performer in the entertainment field. She married Jefferson A Crabb, Jr. and is an Office Manager in his busy real estate law practice in McAllen and San Antonio. Judy and Jefferson have two daughters attending college: Jordan at Trinity University and Jeryn at the Texas State School of Music. Judy enjoys supporting Musical Bridges Around the World and looks forward to its continued success.
Adriana Flores was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University at College Station with a Bachelors Degree in English. She obtained her Master of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked for the San Antonio Public Library for 10 years and left as a Branch Manager of the Johnston Library. Her love of literature, music and education returned her to work with her family business, Alamo Music Center. She runs Alamo Music Center with her two nephews, continuing its history into its fourth generation. She shares her love of music and the arts with her two sons, as they learn and explore all forms of arts in San Antonio together.
Susan C. Franklin
Ms. Franklin is Co-Founder of Franklin Companies, an industry leader in the development, construction and management of multi-family and luxury senior living communities. She is responsible for Franklin Park Communities’ brand, design and first impressions management as well as community outreach and philanthropic efforts. In June 2014, Susan and her husband, Aubra, were awarded the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year designation for Central Texas. In addition to serving on the boards of Musical Bridges Around the World and Arts San Antonio, Ms. Franklin is a Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation board member where she serves on the Building Committee and is a Founders’ Network Co-Chair. Through this service, Ms. Franklin has worked diligently with others dedicated to bringing forth both the vision and the necessary support that is making the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts a reality for San Antonio. She contributes her resources and talents to further the mission of many cultural and philanthropic efforts, including opening her home to notable musicians such as Nobuyuki Tsjuii, 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist.
Mr. Gonzalez was the recipient of the 2011 Volunteer Award, and has singlehandedly taken Musical Bridges’ educational outreach vehicle, Kids to Concerts (KtC), to the next level. He is a leading force in developing lesson plans and curriculum for the schools visited. For years, he has coordinated the scheduling of the in-school concerts, and has also provided in-kind donations of sound and musical equipment through his business, BandStar Music. Mr. Gonzalez studied Fine Arts at San Antonio College and the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has taught music and fine arts in San Antonio public schools for 13 years. He and his beautiful wife, Dalila, have a toddler son, Ethan.
Arseni Grokhovski holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s University, School of Law. He currently serves as Corporate Counsel – Procurement at Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 100 refining and marketing company in San Antonio, Texas. His legal practice focuses on construction law, licensing, and business law. In his free time, Mr. Grokhovski enjoys playing water polo, international travel, and playing piano and harmonica.
Barbara Lind, Senior Vice-President of Corporate Development Seno Medical Instruments has more than 25 years’ experience in strategic sales, marketing, new business development and fund raising. Seno Medical Instruments is a San Antonio Texas based medical imaging company with a ground breaking technology for cancer diagnosis. Barbara was a founding member of Harvard University’s Center for Children’s. She also founded the JFK School of Government Women’s Leadership Board where she served as a Board member and chaired the Strategic Planning Committee. Barbara served on the Board of the Interface Foundation, a leading center of holistic health and education; where she chaired conferences and galas. Barbara is a former Board member of Project Step, the foundation started by Ann Hobson Pilot to promote racial and ethnic diversity in classical music.
Veronika Liskova was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic where she earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Corporate Management and European Economic Integration at the University of Economics. After moving to US in 2003 she co-founded and co-owned Alamo Photographic, a successful photography studio in Alamo Heights. In 2011, she accepted a position at a global bank as a Business Banker where she is currently working. Veronika loves art and music and has become a socialite on San Antonio cultural scene. Her favorite sports include skiing, water sports and running. She has competed in multiple races including marathons in Dubai.
Mr. Martin is Managing Partner & CIO, Martin Capital Advisors, and is an active participant in the Austin and San Antonio communities through leadership positions, including the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the San Antonio Museum of Art Contemporaries, the Thomas Jefferson Center at the University of Texas, the San Antonio Artist Foundation, and the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship at UTSA. He is an active member of the CFA Societies of Austin and San Antonio, the alumni association of the San Antonio Masters Leadership Program, the Rotary Club of San Antonio, the San Antonio Business and Economics Society, the Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio, the Association for Corporate Growth and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. He is a lifetime member of the Naval War College Foundation and the UDT-SEAL Association.
Sebastian A Mora, DO
Dr Mora is a board certified ophthalmologist. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and attended medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine—Midwestern University. Dr. Mora belongs to The Texas Ophthalmological Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. Currently Dr. Mora is practicing at Vision Source, located in Leon Springs, Texas and is the Medical Director at Ideal Image in San Antonio. Dr. Mora has continued his medical education through symposiums, conferences and research. He is also a commercial real estate entrepreneur, owning and managing commercial real estate ventures in the San Antonio and Austin areas. Holding dual US and French citizenships, Dr. Mora is trilingual speaking English, Spanish, and French. Dr. Mora enjoys traveling with his wife and their three children. His interests include exploring French history, literature, and music.
Awilda I. Ramos, MD
Dr. Ramos has served on the Board of Directors for Musical Bridges Around the World for seven years, three as President. She was born in Puerto Rico, obtained her medical degree at the Universidad Central del Caribe, Puerto Rico, and completed her Pediatric Residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. After 30 years, she retired from the Army Reserve with the rank of Colonel in 2010. She currently practices Pediatrics in New Braunfels, Texas and is a sub-investigator at Central Texas Heath Research. Both, she and her husband, Dr. Luis R. Ramos, and their two children, Luis and Rafael, share a love of music and art.
Reema Shroff, JD
Ms. Shroff holds a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University, School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Trinity University with a bachelors of arts in business administration. Ms. Shroff currently serves as a research consultant for several large physician practices. In her private legal practice, she focused on corporate and regulatory healthcare law. With over 15 years experience in the healthcare field, Ms. Shroff has been a speaker at various industry symposiums in clinical research and has authored publications on bioethics and healthcare fraud. In their free time, Ms. Shroff and her husband, Dr. Naveen Kella enjoys travel, music and the arts.
Rafa J Veraza
Rafa J Veraza, originally from Mexico City, has spent most of his early career working with non-profit organizations and international organizations such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Rotary International, Caritas Internationalis. He is a graduate from the Honors College at the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Biology were he focused on Neurobiology studies. He was the recipient of a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to represent Rotary International in Botswana and Southern Africa after his undergraduate degree. While in Botswana he worked with WHO, and Baylor College of Medicine on several HIV public health projects. After completing his year in Botswana he was the recipient of an NIH Fogarty Fellowship to study his Masters in Public Health at Emory University. After his studies, his passion for serving others led him to participate as a consultant for UNICEF to work with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Angola. Rafa currently resides in San Antonio with this wife Lisa, he is pursuing a PhD in Translational Science at the Health Science Center and runs his own business Global Direction Consultants, helping non-profits and individuals with financial programs for significant living and giving.
Stan O. Zebrowski, D.D.S.
Dr. Zebrowski was born and raised in Kharkov, Ukraine, and started his dental education at the Kharkov State University, School of Dentistry. Upon relocating to United States, Dr. Zebrowski enrolled in University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, graduating with high honors. During his free time, Dr. Zebrowski enjoys sports, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. Dr. Zebrowski is an active member of the American Dental Association, San Antonio District Dental Society, and Texas Dental Association. Dr. Zebrowski is a founder and co-owner of a Northwood Dental Spa located in San Antonio Texas.
Anya Grokhovski, DMA
Artistic Director /CEO
Director of Development & Marketing
Executive Administrative Assistant
Development and Communications Assistant
Media Producer –James Sanders
Photographer – Ken Mahnke
Graphic Designer – Amanda Silva
Publicity – Rudy Arispe of Arispe PR
We are also pleased to thank our Board of Advisors:
Shahrzad Dowlatshahi, Jo Long, Gustavo Medellin, MD, Eliseo Rios, Leland Stone, and Liz Tullis.
Others who have given countless hours to our cause are:
Victoria and Sophia Acuna; Irina Alekseeva; Tatyana Boulgakova RN; Roberta Cohen; Amy Erwin; Elizabeth Friedman; Arseni Grokhovski JD; Cristina Hotea; Maria Houston RN, Adilya Kleinpeter; Catherine Lee; Lisa Lopez; Ray McDonald; Erik Michaelson; Robert Michaelson MD; Evette Ortiz RN, Gary Popov; Elena Portnaya; and Rafael A. and Luis A. Ramos; Matt Schulman; Helen Silantien; Bill White; and Sveta Zhilkibaeva
Musical Bridges Around the World was founded in 1998 by Russian-born concert pianist Dr. Anya Grokhovski, along with a group of music lovers who wanted to promote cultural understanding through innovative, multicultural performances. MBAW envisions San Antonio as a vibrant cosmopolitan epicenter that embraces its rich heritage and increasingly diverse cultural make-up through performances of international repute for all residents and tourists, regardless of socioeconomic standing.