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2013 Jurors for Rondo Young Artist

Jurors for Rondo Young Artist, 2013

Violinist, Laura Oatts, got her Bachelors degree in Music Performance at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and Schools for the Arts. At Stony Brook University, she was the first Violinist in the Graduate String Quartet. She has toured with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Soviet Émigré Chamber Orchestra, New York City Ballet orchestra and the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. She has played with the American Symphony, the Caramoor Festival Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York, American Ballet Theater, the Kammer Guild Orchestra, Musica Aterna (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Manhattan Philharmonic, Musica Sacra, the New York Choral Society and the American Song Book at Lincoln Center. She has worked on numerous occasions under the direction of Lenard Bernstein and James Levine. The Chamber Music Laura has played includes concerts, music festivals, and tours in Europe and the United States with the Astor String Quartet and the Piano Trio St. Gilles, as well as string quartets in television and film appearances. She is involved in a series of Chamber music concerts with the concertmasters of the New York City Ballet in Saratoga. Laura plays with the New York City Ballet, where she has been working for the past 28 years. She is a long time member of the following orchestras: American Composer’s Orchestra (with Dennis Russel Davies and new music director George Manahan), New York Pops (with Skitch Henderson), and the Westchester Philharmonic conducted by Itzhak Perlman. Laura has been a member of five long running Broadway shows: “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Victor Victoria,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Crazy for You,” and the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”. In addition, she has played for 35 other Broadway shows on Broadway. Laura has recorded extensively. This includes Classical, Jazz, Pop, Broadway, Film, and Jingles.

Sarah Bonsignore holds a Bachelor's Degree in piano performance from the University of Natal, South Africa, and a Master's Degree in voice from Mannes College of Music, New York. She is currently serving as the Vice President of the Dalcroze Tri-State Chapter in New York. A native of South Africa, Sarah has performed as a soloist with the Durban City Orchestra, South African Broadcasting Corporation and Pietermaritzburg Philharmonic Society, as well in concert with The Mannes Baroque Chamber Players, The Connecticut Opera Alliance and the Schubert Club, and as a soloist and conductor at venues including Weill Recital Hall and Carnegie Hall. Sarah is on the faculty of the Trinity School where she serves as the choral director for grades 7-12, and the high school musical director.

llinka Manova, born in Macedonia in 1976, studied piano with Professor Arbo Valdma in Cologne, Germany, and with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music. She received a full scholarship to study with Stephanie Brown at SUNY Purchase, where she earned a Masters Degree and the Artist Diploma. Ilinka is a winner of the Artists International Competition in New York. She gave a solo recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2001 and received other awards including the prestigious DAAD German Scholarship in 1995 and the Yugoslav National Competition Award for Musicians in Sarajevo. Ilinka has performed in Paris, Rome, Bonn, Cologne, throughout Eastern Europe and in major cities across the U.S. She was featured in The New York Times, Greenwich Time, The Journal News and in all major Macedonian news papers. Her repertoire ranges from well-loved standards to contemporary music with a special focus on new works from her native Macedonia. Ilinka serves as a Managing Director for ArtsAhimsa, an NPO that promotes nonviolence through the arts. A much sought-after teacher, Ilinka is a member of the piano faculty at the Browning school in New York City and at the Church Street School for Music and Art.

Concert Pianist, Emilia Oskotsky is the recipient of countless awards, including the The Memorial Scholarship Committee Competition, the Harry Bachrach Fine Arts Scholarship and Artist International. Emilia gave her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008 to acclaimed reviews. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe in many famed concert halls, including Suomen Opisto Recital Hall (Finland), Ann Goodman Hall, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center among many others. Mrs. Oskotsky was a musical consultant on the film “You Cannot Start Without Me” about the life of the famed Russian conductor Valery Gergiev. She currently serves as a piano instructor at the Browning School, NYC and maintains a private studio in NY and CT.  (Please see “About Us” for a full biography.)