2014 Jurors for Rondo Young Artist

Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine has toured throughout Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Italy, and North and South America, as well as in China and Japan. In recent seasons, he has appeared as soloist with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Television Orchestra of Spain, Cleveland Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Valencia Philharmonic, the Gran Canaria and Tenerife symphonies in the Canary Islands, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Panama, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic. His recital in London’s Wigmore Hall was hailed by International Piano magazine as “grandly organic, with many personal and pertinent insights, offering a thoughtful balance between rhetoric and fantasy…technically dazzling.”

Mr. Moutouzkine’s performance of Chopin Études in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory was recorded live and released on the Classical Music Archives label in Russia. The winner of many renowned piano competition awards, Mr. Moutouzkine claimed top prizes at the Walter W. Naumburg, Cleveland, Montreal, and Arthur Rubinstein international competitions, among others. He is a winner of Astral Artists’ 2009 National Auditions, and The Philadelphia Inquirer said of his Philadelphia recital debut under Astral’s auspices, “Moutouzkine’s kind of talent has an impact on his surroundings…[he gives] clarity to his musical choices, but heat to the conviction behind them,” and went on to say that his is “a career that will matter.” His recital with violinist Kristin Lee on Astral’s series also received critical acclaim. Highlights of the upcoming season include Mr. Moutouzkine’s performances and master classes at 8th Festival, Musicfest in Pergia (Italy), Forum Musicae in Madrid, Euro Music Festival and Academy in Halle (Germany), International Piano Festival in Havana, Piano Festival in Tel Aviv, and performance of complete solo piano works of Sergei Rachmaninoff at the Carnegie Room series in NY.

Recent highlights include Mr. Moutouzkine’s debuts at the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Berliner Symphoniker, a chamber music concert in Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse with the Jasper String Quartet, an appearance with The Philadelphia Orchestra on its “Beyond the Score” series, chamber music concerts with violinist Mikhail Simonyan at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Bremen Musikfest, performances in Colombia, a recital in Puerto Rico, and recitals throughout Asia, including appearances in the Beijing Concert Hall and Japan’s Yokohama Hall. The Greenwich Citizen claimed of his recent debut with the Greenwich Symphony in Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 that Mr. Moutouzkine is “poised to join the pantheon of greats…outperforming even the composer himself.”

Following the success of a performance of his own solo piano transcription of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, performed live alongside specially commissioned animation entitled Who Stole The Mona Lisa?, he opened Astral’s 2012-2013 season with a repeat performance, in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Alexandre Moutouzkine holds a Master’s degree and post-graduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky. He holds undergraduate degrees from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover and Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Music Academy. In November Alexandre was awarded a “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Manhattan School of Music and was appointed its Beijing International Piano faculty member in September 2013.

Alexandre Moutouzkine is an Astral artist.

Described by the Chicago Sun Times as “…riveting and insightful, who lights up in passages of violin pyrotechnics,” Caroline Chin gave her solo debut at age 12 and has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia where her performances have taken her to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Kennedy Center, and the White House. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Chin performs regularly in New York and at various music festivals including the Scotia Music Festival, Newburyport Music Festival, Consonances Festival in France, and the Schiermonnikoog Chamber Music Festival in Holland where she has collaborated with Charles Neidich, Gary Hoffman, Nobuko Imai, and Colin Carr. She is a member of the Hudson Piano Trio, the Musica Reginae Chamber Players, and tours the USA as the concertmaster of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. An advocate of new music, she has performed works of composers Paul Moravec, Christopher Theofanidis, Michael Gotanska, Lisa Bielawa, Elizabeth Hoffman, and Alexandra Vrebelov and has recorded for Centaur Records, Avie Records, Siva Records, and New World Records. Ms. Chin received her degrees from Indiana University’s School of Music and from the Juilliard School. Her former teachers include Miriam Fried, Robert Mann, and Rolf Schulte

Pianist, Tereza Lee, born in Brazil to Korean parents and raised in Chicago, received her bachelor's and master's degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Madame Nina Svetlanova. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, under the instruction of Dr. Marc Silverman. Tereza has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan School Symphony, and has appeared as soloist at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Barge Music, The Ravinia Festival and Lincoln Center. Tereza is married to jazz trombonist Danny Kirkhum, and resides in New York City. Tereza is also a DREAM Act activist, and one of her many dreams is to share her passion for music through education. She is a teaching fellow at the Manhattan School of Music and a faculty member at MSM Sunday.

Rosemary Rossi is an opera singer, classical voice trainer, and piano teacher in the New York Metropolitan area. She also serves as Music Department Chair at the prestigious Ursuline School in Westchester, New York. Rosemary manages full-time vocal and piano training studios at both the Ursuline School and at her home in Bronxville, New York. Rosemary graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and obtained a Masters degree in music with specialization in opera and classical voice from Mannes College for Music. Rosemary was recently presented with the Saint Ursula Award from the Ursuline School. Her recent performance was in “La Traviata” with the New Rochelle Opera.

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.)

Janine Knox de Nigris, was born in San Diego, California and grew up in Washington state. She began piano lessons at the age of seven and studied violin throughout high school and college. She made her New York solo debut in 1999 with the Albert Einstein Symphony Orchestra and subsequently performed across the United States and in Europe. Ms. Knox de Nigris' Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall recital debuts followed in 2006, following the release of her first solo album, Inspired Journey. The album is currently available on Amazon, iTunes and Rhapsody.

Ms. Knox de Nigris has performed extensively with principals from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as well as with violinist Misha Keylin, most notably in a performance at the acclaimed Dame Myra Hess Recital Series which was broadcast live on WFMT Radio in Chicago. Her other engagements have included many solo and collaborative performances in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Spokane, Albany, Nice and Rome.

Janine holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance from SUNY-Purchase Conservatory of Music. Her summer studies include the Aspen Music Festival and the Academie d'Ete in Nice, France. As an educator, Janine is committed to coaching and supporting young musicians. A certified K-12 New York State Music Teacher, Ms. Knox de Nigris currently directs orchestra at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont, NY. She is credited with over 10 years of experience judging New York State School Music Association auditions as a certified NYSSMA judge and her students are consistently awarded the highest scores and honors in Area and All State competitions and auditions.