Pianist, host, and author Zsolt Bognár holds a meteoric, multi-dimensional career that re-defines what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Known to many around the globe in musical and cultural circles, Mr. Bognár is host of the award-winning film series Living the Classical Life. As concert pianist, he frequently gives inspiring performances in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Zsolt Bognár’s acclaimed work for Living the Classical Life seeks to highlight the inner world, artistic output, and vigorous process of famous performers and musical personalities including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Joyce DiDonato, Yuja Wang, Yefim Bronfman, Daniil Trifonov, Joshua Bell, John Corigliano, Susan Graham, and many more. With over 60 episodes, the show continues to grow and feature more outstanding artists discussing the rarely heard stories of how they became who they are today.
A protégé of Deutsche Grammophon recording artist and distinguished teacher Sergei Babayan, Mr. Bognár has toured as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has appeared at New York’s Lincoln Center and 92nd Street Y, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. With notable performances in Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Chicago, and Los Angeles, he has appeared on many NPR programs including full-length recital programs, interviews, poetry readings, and discussions of historical recordings and performers.
Zsolt Bognár’s debut album Franz & Franz was recorded in Berlin with Grammy-winning producer Philipp Nedel. It has been heralded by international press for the benchmark status in solo works by Schubert and Liszt. Mr. Bognár’s speaking engagements exploring music and the lives of the composers seek to reach new audiences. His two-time TEDMED presentations in San Francisco were broadcast live in 164 countries to 172,000 people.
Zsolt Bognár won the prestigious Artist Presentation Society Auditions (2009) and was later featured in two appearances at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago. In 2012, he made his Berlin sold-out debut at Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt for the Young Euro Classic festival. The recipient of an International Festival Society Grant, his work as performer and author have been featured in International Piano, The Examiner, The Washington Post, and on his blog where he wrote a multi-part, behind-the-scenes portrait of Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan.
Born in Kent in the UK in 1985, Oliver Brett was educated as a music and academic scholar at Tonbridge School and then as organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge from where he graduated in 2007 with a degree in music. Since then, he has held positions at Westminster Cathedral, Durham Cathedral and St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. He is currently a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music, studying the organ with Prof David Higgs. He also serves as Director of Music at St Anne’s RC Church and plays the organ for Christ Church’s Schola Cantorum. He is in demand as a choral accompanist and continuo player, regularly collaborating with many of Eastman’s choral ensembles.
As a recitalist, Oliver has performed across five continents. Whilst organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, he was heard by millions worldwide when he played for the 2006 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. He has performed in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Royal Albert Hall, London; the Seoul Arts Centre in South Korea; the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore; the Istanbul International Music Festival; concerts in Scandinavia and the Baltic States. As a solo concert artist, he has performed at the Festival of Sacred Music in Ecuador; and venues across the USA, including Washington National Cathedral and St Thomas’, Fifth Avenue, NYC. In the UK, he has given recitals at Westminster Abbey, St Albans Abbey, Lichfield Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, Truro Cathedral, and at Worcester Cathedral as part of the Three Choirs Festival. In Australia he has given recitals in Melbourne, Perth, Hobart, Adelaide and Sydney, including at Sydney Town Hall, regularly collaborating with David Elton, currently principal trumpeter of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, Florilegium, the Armonico Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music.
In October 2017, Oliver was awarded second prize and the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition.
In his spare time, Oliver enjoys long distance running and has completed several road/trail and ultra marathons. He volunteers as a pace leader for Fleet Feet Sports in Rochester and runs on their race team.
Born in Davis, California, American cellist Eunghee Cho was recently awarded Second Prize and the special award for Outstanding Chinese New Piece Performance at the Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China. He began studying cello with Julie Hochman at the age of eight, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Minor in Natural Science from the University of Southern California’s Thorton School of Music, where he earned First Prize in the Solo Bach Competition. He is currently a Doctoral student of distinguished pedagogue Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory, where he also completed his Master's degree. His previous instructors include Paul Katz, Andrew Shulman, Andrew Luchansky, and Richard Andaya.
Mr. Cho has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras around the country including the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and Sacramento State Symphony Orchestra. Currently Principal Cellist of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Cho also frequently leads the cello sections of the Cape Symphony, Unitas Ensemble, and Eureka Ensemble. An avid chamber musician, Eunghee has collaborated with artists such as Midori Goto, David Shifrin, François Salque, and Kineko Okumura, and has performed as a guest artist with A Far Cry, Da Camera Society, and the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento. He has participated in classes at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival and Académie Musicale de Villecroze in France, and has attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Rencontres Franco Americaines de Musique Chambre in Missillac, France. Mr. Cho is the Artistic Director of the inaugural Mellon Music Festival in Davis, CA. He performs on a 1930 Anselmo Gotti cello on generous loan by the Colburn Foundation.
Violinist, Dylan Kennedy is the founder and director of the Keuka Lake Music Festival. The first ever recipient of three Entrepreneurial Musicianship awards from the New England Conservatory, Kennedy has established himself as a promising arts leader among his generation. As a performer, he has been praised for his “exceptionally well crafted dynamics and phrasing” and for “not shying away from the challenges” (Sarasota Harold Tribune).
Kennedy has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Penfield Symphony Orchestra, Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra, and at Bowling Green State University. Kennedy has won the Albright Award at the Rochester Philharmonic League Young Artist Competition, the David Hochstein Recital Competition, and gave live performances on the radio show ‘Live from Hochstein’ on WXXI in three consecutive years. He was also awarded 3rd prize in the Lewisville Lake Symphony International String Competition, and was a quarter-finalist in the Prague Spring International Competition.
As concertmaster, Kennedy has led the NEC Chamber Orchestra, Moritzburg Festival Orchestra in Germany, CIM Orchestra, and Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and currently serves as Principal 2nd Violin of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists such as Jerome Lowenthal, Joseph Silverstein, Martin Chalifour, and Peter Lloyd, and has been a guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society. He has attended and performed at several summer music festivals, including the Sarasota Music Festival, National Arts Centre of Ottawa Young Artists’ Program, Music Academy of the West, and the Meadowmount School of Music.
Kennedy completed his Master’s Degree at the New England Conservatory under Professor Ayano Ninomiya, and his Bachelor’s Degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Professor Ivan Zenaty, with minors in Economics and Business Management from Case Western Reserve University. A native of Rochester, NY, he previously studied with the late Distinguished Kilbourn Professor, Zvi Zeitlin, at the Eastman School of Music.
Robert May is a singer and composer based in New York City. A graduate of The Juilliard School in voice, he makes his living in the city as a freelance musician, performing, teaching, and coaching. Robert lent his voice to the off-Broadway show The Trial of Martin Luther and performed his original songs in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Robert had the pleasure of arranging and singing spirituals for MetLiveArts, the performance component of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with members of the New York City Ballet in a preliminary showing in March 2018. The final performance in March 2019 will feature the same personnel in addition to original music by incarcerated men at San Quentin prison. Active in the professional choral scene in New York, Robert has sung with the New York Virtuoso Singers, Pro Arte Singers, Bard Festival Chorale, and MasterVoices. Robert is passionate about teaching, maintaining a studio of beginning to professional singers. Robert is active in the music program at his church under the leadership of his wife, Martha, leading the congregation in song as well as arranging hymns. As a composer, Robert orchestrated music for a student-run production of Büchner’s play Wozzeck at Juilliard in 2015, and his barbershop quartet arrangement of “The Lusitania Went Down” was performed in the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission Ceremony at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City in April of 2017.
Brothers Page is the electronic/folk rock duo of Zach and Josh Page. They have spent the past year amassing a following of over 1.6 million fans from around the world through weekly covers posted on Instagram and are currently independently writing and producing their first highly anticipated release of original music out of upstate New York. This release will be followed by a tour in which they will connect with their fans for the first time face-to-face through live performances across the U.S. and soon after, globally.
Zach, in addition to being the main producing force behind Brothers Page has given live performances on stages around the world, including the School Of Rock All-Stars at Zappanale in Germany, Lollapalooza Music Festival, Cleveland House of Blues, the Knitting Factory (LA & NYC), The Roxy, Starland Ballroom, as well as the legendary CBGB's and BB Kings. He has performed with musicians such as Peter Frampton, Zappa's Mike Keneally, Perry Farrell, Nuno Bettencourt, and toured with John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia) and Jon Anderson (YES). In addition to electric guitar, Zach specializes in classical guitar, having studied with Yasha Kofman at the Classical Guitar School of New York.
Josh is a born operatic tenor with a decade of singing training. After winning the David Foster and Friends talent competition in 2009, he began performing throughout the nation, most recently sharing the stage with Jackie Evancho on a west coast tour. Josh is a founding member of the tenor trio, Forte, which was awarded 4th prize in Season 8 of America’s Got Talent. Forte has performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House, and made their debut album with Columbia Records, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart.
Elizabeth Rodbell, originally from Sandy Hook, Connecticut, recently began working as a freelance dancer after dancing for seven seasons with Rochester City Ballet, often in principal roles. She graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in three years with a Bachelors of Science in Ballet and Political Science. Elizabeth received her ballet training from The Harid Conservatory, Draper Center for Dance Education, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, State Street Ballet, and the Ballet School of Stamford. She performed at the 51st World Congress of Dance in Athens and has attended the ART of Ballet professional Forsythe Program in Berlin, Germany. Elizabeth is a comprehensively certified Pilates instructor and is fully Balanced Body Certified. She teaches Pilates at Midtown Athletic Club, Evolution Pilates, and the Wellness Program at RIT. She has taught ballet at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Nazareth College, for the Ballet Performance Group at the University of Rochester, and several dance studios in the Rochester area.
The daughter of Russian-Israeli immigrants, Sandra Shapiro began her piano studies at the age of three and a half, and by age 11, was performing in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras. Because of her prodigious talent, Ms. Shapiro left home at age 15 to study at the Juilliard School upon the recommendation of her mentor, Gina Bachauer. Her teacher's and greatest musical influences include Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Nadia Reisenberg, and Guido Agosti.
As a member of the renowned duo-piano team of Hecht & Shapiro, Ms. Shapiro's laureates include winning the Munich International Duo Piano Competition, the Ellis National Duo Piano Competition, and top prizes in the Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, and the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition. Ms. Shapiro's performances have taken her throughout most major cities in the United States and Europe. She has been featured in radio and television productions for RIAS Berlin; Sudwestfunk Radio Production, PBS; WQXR, NPR McGrawHill Young Artist Showcase, Australian Broadcasting Commission and NPR.
As a soloist, orchestral appearances include the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Stuttgart Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Belgrade String Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra, Florida Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Everett Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, as well as Cleveland Orchestra appearances at both Severance Hall and the Blossom Music Festival.
The laureate of many National and International Competitions, awards and prizes include First Prizes in the Young Musician's Foundation National Debut Competition, and The World Piano Competition, as well as a laureate in the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. Other recognitions include the “Outstanding Chamber Musician Award” from the University of Southern California, and the “Young Maestro Award” from the Peabody Institute of Music.
Her great love for chamber music has led to collaborations with Truls Mork, Peter Rejto, Stanley Drucker, Mats Lidstrom, Franklin Cohen, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Joan Kwuon, and members of the New York Philharmonic on the New York Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Series. Recordings include "Sentimiento" on the Azica label, as well as a collaboration with the principal wind players of the New York Philharmonic in an album entitled "The Complete Music of Robert Schumann for Winds and Piano.”
Ms. Shapiro is a member of the Piano and Chamber Music faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Visiting Chamber Music Teaching Artist at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and an alumni teaching artist for The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Global Partnership Program.
Ms. Shapiro is a Steinway Artist.
Classical guitarist David Steinhardt currently studies with the Grammy Award-winning guitarist William Kanengiser and Pepe Romero as a scholarship student at the USC Thornton School of Music. David has been a prize winner in over 10 competitions including 1st Place at the 2014 Great Lakes Collegiate Guitar Competition and 1st Place at the 2015 Hamilton International Guitar Competition. Orchestral highlights include his 2014 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra debut and 2018 LA premier of Stephen Goss’ Concerto of Colours with the USC Wind Ensemble. David has been featured in a range of live radio-tapings including NPR’s From the Top, WXXI’s Backstage Pass, and KUSC’s Sunday’s Live. Through online platforms, David has performed under Guy Travis and Guitar Salon International. As host and producer of The Tonebase Classical Guitar Podcast, David has brought insightful conversations with leading figures of the field including Scott Tennant, Eliot Fisk, Judicael Perroy, among others. David currently plays on a guitar made by the Spanish luthier, Paco Santiago Marin.
A native of Penn Yan, NY, Amy Stuart was recently appointed Director of Operations of the Keuka Lake Music Festival where she directed the festival’s first-ever ballet performance in 2018. Ms. Stuart danced with Rochester City Ballet for four seasons, where her performance credits include Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Adiemus, Summer of Love, and Mist by director David Palmer and Yanis Pikieris, Dewdrop, lead Spanish, Merliton, Snow and Flowers in The Nutcracker, Swan in Jimmy Orrante's The Ugly Duckling, and Jamey Leverett's Gershwin Preludes with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Stuart graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Concentration in Ballet. While attending Purchase College, Ms. Stuart performed roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Grand Pas de Deux, and lead Marzipan in The Nutcracker, lead Pas de Deux in Taryn Kaschock Russell's Psalm and Allegros, principal dancer in Matthew Neenan's As It's Going, and corps de ballet in Balanchine's Valse-Fantaisie. Prior to joining the KLMF team, Ms. Stuart also worked as Assistant Director for Administration with the New York State Summer School of the Arts’ school of ballet in Saratoga Springs, NY; a summer intensive program which she attended herself for four consecutive years. In addition to performing, Ms. Stuart teaches ballet at Performance Plus Dance in Greece, NY, Sea Her Shine in Pittsford, and regularly substitutes at Nazareth College and the University of Rochester.
Music critics, fellow musicians, and audiences are calling Ivan Zenaty “the most important Czech violinist of this time.” Besides the technical perfection one would expect, he is also appreciated for his taste, style and a captivatingly beautiful tone. With his exceptional wealth of repertoire including more than 50 violin concertos, he is a favored guest artist with many international orchestras. Known for his versatility, his engagements also include solo recitals and chamber music collaborations.
The springboard to his international career came as a result of being a prize winner in the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, followed immediately by debut engagements with the Moscow and Czech Philharmonic. Other successes include First Prize at the Prague Spring Competition, as well as being a chosen laureate of the UNESCO International Rostrum of Young Performers. In the subsequent years following his victories, Mr. Zenaty made his orchestral and solo debuts in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich, Tokyo, New York, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Jerusalem.
The musicianship of Ivan Zenaty has been influenced the most by his personal encounters with Nathan Milstein, Ruggiero Ricci and André Gertler. Studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow under the tutelage of Igor Bezrodny had the greatest impact on his technical approach to the violin.
The great Czech musical tradition was passed on to Mr. Zenaty through his mentor Josef Suk, which resulted in many subsequent years of professional partnership, and culminated in a recording of the complete works of W. A. Mozart. Other collaborations include great artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, Serge Baudo, Valery Gergiev and Neville Marriner.
Ivan Zenaty’s prolific output of over 40 CD’s includes the complete works of Telemann, Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Schulhoff, Dvořák and Grieg. His new recording of the complete works of Dvořák has attracted extraordinary attention, as has his recording of both violin concertos by J. B. Foerster with the BBC Symphony Orchestra London and its music director Jiri Belohlavek.
A natural counterbalance to Ivan Zenaty’s concert and recording activities is his work as an acclaimed teacher. Mr. Zenaty has taught at the Hochschule fur Musik in Dresden, Cleveland Institute of Music, and is currently Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Summer activities include teaching at the Meadowmount School of Music. Thanks to the Harmony Foundation of New York, Ivan Zenaty plays a rare Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu violin made in 1740.
This is Mr. Zenaty’s third season performing at the Keuka Lake Music Festival!