Emilia Oskotsky - Co - Executive Director and Founder
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 - Co - Executive Director and Founder
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.
Anna Vidiaev - Director of Operations
Anna Vidaev was born to the world of paint brushes, pencils and erasers. She had no choice but to pick up the talents of her parents who were both architects and find her own voice in the art, photography and design community. With many days and nights spent on sketching cartoon characters and arts & crafts projects as a child, her skills developed into her own promising talent and an individual artistic voice.
Anna is also a legal professional and a published writer. She previously supported day-to-day operations and business management of a private company. In the last few years she added nonprofit management to her professional endeavors, having worked with a diverse group of nonprofit organizations. She assisted a number of organizations with program evaluation, needs assessment, outsourcing capacity, resource mobilization and development, mission creation and event coordination.
Her continuous curiosity and thirst for knowledge resulted in a comprehensive educational background. Anna obtained a BBA in Marketing and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from Pace University, and a JD from New York Law School. She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
Jasna Popovic - Artistic Director
The award-winning and internationally-acclaimed Serbian pianist Jasna Popovic resides in New York City.
This generation of classical music performers has recognized Popovic as a pioneer in advancing the creation of contemporary solo and chamber works while being rooted in the traditions of the past. She has performed, promoted and organized concerts for composers and musicians in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, playing a significant role in introducing both classical and new compositions to the public and a younger audience.
Jasna Popovic attended prestigious Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany. She has won numerous awards, including Fourth Place at the International Competition in Rome (2002) and Second Place at the National Piano Competition in Belgrade (1994). Popovic, who has performed at various festivals throughout the world, was particularly honored in 2005, with an invitation to perform at the International Keyboard Festival in New York. In 2006, following her receipt of the Passantino Award for Extraordinary Achievements from the City University of New York, she had a series of successful performances in New York at Weill Recital Hall/Zankel/Stern Perlman Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Steinway Hall, Lefrack Hall; at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; at Kolarac Hall in Belgrade; and at other major venues throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. As a pianist for Sing for Hope, Popovic performed at the Times Square Opening on May 16, 2013, the Metropolitan Opera on June 5, 2013, and at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on June 7, 2017 in front of thousands of people. She has played alongside numerous award-winning musicians including Rodin Scedrin, Anna Gourari, David Bryan and Roman Patkolo to name a few.
Politika Belgrade states, “Her playing is a pure emotion!” and Munich Mercur writes, ”Excellent! Her elegant and effortless playing is something you have to hear!” In 2017, Popovic conceived of an international music project, “Around the Piano World,” posting an invitation on Facebook. Within less than an hour, she received compositions from more than 30 composers from China, Germany, Israel, and the United States. Impressed that they wanted to share their music with her, she premiered these international works in New York City. While it was easy to discover composers from Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Russia, Popovic found it difficult to locate composers in countries where the piano is not a traditional instrument. She did her research, found them through the internet, and sent them emails. She was very surprised by their enthusiasm about the project. She has collected music from around 30 countries and started practicing. Although some of the pieces have been very challenging, she was determined to learn all of them. With the support of her friend Joseph Patrych, the acclaimed recording producer and owner of Patrych Sound Studios, she has begun recording these works weekly, with a CD to be released in September. Popovic performs these compositions monthly at different venues, with the composers either present or conferenced in so that the audiences can have a conversation with them. She is excited about the growth and future of this project.
Eugenia Pilyavina - RONDO Representative in Geneva, Switzerland.
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.
Jeffrey D. Macklis - Director of Development
Jeff Macklis is retired, after a financial consulting career of 40+ years. Mr. Macklis background includes planning positions in finance as Vice President, Banker Trust Company and as Manager of Business Planning, Pepsicola Company. In 1982 he was a founding partner in the firm of Stern Steward & Co. Mr. Macklis founded and acted as President of AFS Associates, Inc. for more than 20 years. He is the primary developer of the EVManager™ software.
Mr. Macklis has been designing financial forecasting software throughout his career and pioneered the use of economic performance measurement and valuation software. His other software packages include: Analyst IV, Finanseer® (a registered trademark of Stern Sterwart and Co.), and Finance Advisor. EVManager™, at the time, was the logical next step in the development of advanced economic valuation systems. His software packages were used by leading corporations and financial consultants.