Igor Pikayzen, Violin Faculty 

Award-winning Russian-American violinist Igor Pikayzen is confidently establishing himself as one of the most prodigious and in-demand soloists of his generation. Praised on four continents by critics and audiences alike for his “astounding technical ability” and a “majestically lush tone”, Igor Pikayzen “surely is at a forefront of a major musical career” (Moscow Times). 

Since his concerto debut at the age of 8, with Mozart's Violin Concerto #2 and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Pikayzen has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras spanning Europe, Asia, North and South America, including the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony, Bucharest Philharmonic, State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Milano Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonica Nacional de Chile, Filharmonica di Bacau, Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Bialystok Philharmonic, Stamford Symphony, Czestochowa Philharmonic, Lima Chamber Orchestra, Tbilisi Opera Orchestra, Antalya State Symphony, Yokohama Sinfonietta and countless others. In the last two seasons alone, he has given debuts and returned to Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Tchaikovsky Hall and Minor Hall in Moscow, Teatro Llago in Frutillar, Congreso Nacional in Santiago, President Hall in Ankara, Flagey and Le Bozar in Brussels, Le Bourget in Montreal, Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City and Cadogan Hall in London, to name just a few. 

Pikayzen's 2017-18 season includes debuts and return engagements under the batons of Gürer Aykal, Łukasz Borowicz, Emil Tabakov, Enrique Batiz, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Lior Shambadal, Jerzy Salwarowski, Daniel Huppert, Roman Revueltas, Vakhtang Matchavariani, Christopher Lyndon-Gee and Hobart Earle. A frequent guest at some of the most prestigious chamber music festivals and series in the world, Pikayzen regularly appears at Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Napa Valley Festival in California, Semanas Musicales de Frutillar in Chile, Night Serenades Festival in Georgia, New York's Bargemusic and 92nd Street Y. 

A dedicated recording artist, Pikayzen's live performances and recordings have been broadcast on WQXR and RTVi (USA) Kultura (Russia) RTBF (Belgium) CBC (Canada) Radio Kultura (Poland) RadioSwiss Classic (Switzerland) Imedi (Georgia) TRT3 (Turkey) Beethoven Radio (Chile)as well as MediciTV and ViolinChannel. His extensive discography demonstrates his incredible versatility as an artist, and includes his debut album, with virtuoso works of Saint-Saëns, Ysaÿe, Paganini, and Wieniawski on the ProArte label, as well as live recordings of the Glazunov and Matchavariani violin concertos, Tchaikovsky's “Souvenir de Florence” with the Russian Virtuosi of Europe for Orchid Classics and “On My Journey now”; a recording of spirituals with the acclaimed baritone Lester Lynch for Pentatone Classics. A champion of new and under-performed composers, Pikayzen's recording of the Henri Marteau clarinet quintet with the Phoenix Ensemble has been met with critical acclaim; 2018 sees the release of the Brahms and Elliot Carter clarinet quintets for Navona/Naxos. 

Grandson of the legendary Soviet violinist Viktor Pikayzen, Igor was born in Moscow, Russia. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree from Juilliard, as well as a Master's Degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, he is currently completing his DMA at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he holds the coveted position of Enhanced Chancellor Fellow and is on the violin faculty of Brooklyn Conservatory. Pikayzen is the 1st prize winner of the 2015 Edition of the International Violin Competition Luis Sigall in Viña del Mar, Chile as well as the Wronski International Violin Competition in Warsaw, in addition to being a silver medalist at the Szeryng and Kloster-Schöntal international violin competitions. A native of Moscow, Mr. Pikayzen shares his time between New York and Westport, CT, where he launched an annual summer music festival, Edelio. 


Sergey Ostrovsky, Violin Faculty and Orchestra Coordinator and Conductor 


Sergey Ostrovsky has been described by Isaac Stern as "...one of the most outstanding Israeli violinists". Sergey was born in 1975 in Russia to a family of musicians, and has built an active and successful career as the First Violinist of the Aviv Quartet, as a soloist and as First Concertmaster of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande de Genève, Orchestre Comunidad,Valenciana of Palau Des le Arts in Valencia, Spain and Violin Professor of HEM de Geneve Neuchatel branch).

Sergey began playing at the age of 6, inspired by the great talent and extraordinary musicianship of his father Valery Ostrovsky, a concert pianist and professor whose pedagogical touch and knowledge assisted him throughout his studies. as well as coaching Sergey, his father was his accompanist from 1990 - 2002. Sergey first studied with David Lapidus in the Music School for 8 years, during which time he made his first public concert appearance at the age of 8 and performed for the first time with a symphony orchestra at the age of 13.

In the Music College of Gorky Conservatory, Sergey continued his studies with Lazar Gantman and Yury Gluchovsky. In 1991 the Ostrovsky family emigrated to Israel, where he pursued his studies with Prof. Yair Kless and Irina Svetlova at the Rubin Academy Tel Aviv (from 2005-Buchmann-Mehta High School of Music). He completed his Bachelor Degree Diploma with Natalia Morozova in 2000 and his Master Degree Diploma in Amsterdam Conservatory with Alexander Kerr in 2002.

As a soloist, he has performed with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and many others, with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Yoel Levi, Hugh Wolff, Bernard Guller, Uriel Segal and Maxim Vengerov.

Sergey has recorded the Mozart Concertone for two violins with Maxim Vengerov and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra for EMI Classics. In 2010, he recorded less known Russian concertos by Anton Arensky, Jules Conus and a world premiere recording of a Concertino op. 42 by Mieczysław Weinberg, for Naxos.

Sergey Ostrovsky teaches Chamber Music and is actively involved in conducting youth and professional orchestras. He plays a 1716 violin made by Giovanni Grancinno, purchased with the generous support of Mr. James Mayer and "Tzfonot Tarbut", a non-profit organization for supporting arts in Israel.


Emilia Oskotsky - Rondo Summer Academy Director and Piano Faculty 


Emilia Oskotsky first began her musical studies at the age of eight in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she first discovered her passion for music. In 1989, Emilia and her family moved to the United States where she continued perusing her piano career with the renowned pianists Elizabeth Stern and David Allen Wher. She received a full scholarship to the Hoff Bartherson Music School, where she was a student of Miyoko Lotto. Mrs. Oskotsky then went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Purchase College. There, she took an active role in chamber music, under the direction of Stephanie Brown, Peter Wiley and Paul Ostrovsky. Mrs. Oskotsky then completed her Masters in Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, as a scholarship student of Nina Svetlanova.

Mrs. Oskotsky is the recipient of countless awards, including the first place in the Schubert Club, Bach and Chopin divisions. She was the Winner of the Memorial Scholarship Committee Competition, in which the judges reviewed her performances as “having total musical involvement, and powerful mature playing”. Emilia Oskotsky was the recipient of the Harry Bachrach Fine Arts Scholarship, and the winner of Artists International, which resulted in her Carnegie Hall debut at in 2008. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe in many famed concert halls, including Suomen Opisto Recial Hall (Finland), Ann Goodman Hall, Merkin Hall,  Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center among many others. Mrs. Oskotsky most recently worked as a musical consultant on the film “You Cannot Start Without Me” about the life of the famed Russian conductor Valery Gergiev.

Mrs. Oskotsky has been part of the faculty at the Hackley Music Institute, and she continues to work as a piano instructor at the Browning School in NYC. Mrs. Oskotsky has had a successful music studio in NYC for many years, and recently resides in Westchester, NY, where she continues to teach


Ilinka Manova - Rondo Summer Academy Director and Piano Faculty 


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.


Eugenia Pilyavina - Rondo Summer Academy Director and Piano Faculty 


Eugenia Pilyavina was born in Kiev into a family of a professional musician and began her piano studies at the age of six. Together with her family, Eugenia then immigrated to the United States in 1989 and continued her studies at the Manhattan School of Music. As a winner of the First Annual Chopin Competition (New York,) she was the first recipient of the Louis Leibowits Scholarship. She is also a recipient of the Sheldon Smith Piano Award and the 1997 Artists International Special Presentation Award, which lead to her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

As the soloist and chamber musician, Eugenia has performed at such prestigious New York venues as Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall, as well as Tarpon Springs Music Series in Tampa, FL, Chopin Council Presentations in Miami, French Embassy in Washington, D.C., Rockefeller University Concert Series, Bargemusic in NYC, and Tzavta Music Series in Tel Aviv. In collaboration with her husband, a renowned violinist Sergey Ostrovsky, she has given numerous concerts in the United States, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland and France.

Eugenia Pilyavina is a founding member of “Barton” piano quartet, which made its international debut at the Cervantino International Festival in Mexico in October 2015 with critical acclaim and live broadcast on the Mexican National Radio. Ms. Pilyavina has participated in prestigious summer festivals among which are: AIMS (Solsona, Catalonia,) Gotland Chamber Music Festival (Sweden,) Kfar Blum Music Festival (Israel,) Recontres Musicales Internationales des Graves (Bordeaux, France,) Fete de la Musique and Pulplinge Classique (Geneva, Switzerland.) She was featured at the Swedish National TV broadcast alongside famous Swedish pianists Staffan Scheja and Roland Pontinen.

Eugenia actively collaborates with opera singers and maintains an active teaching career. Many of her young piano students have become laureates of different competitions. Mrs. Pilyavina is a founder of the Association called "50 shades of sound" which deals with organizing diverse concerts at the art galleries around the world.