Today our tour group enjoyed their first public performance with a successful (standing ovation!) concert as part of the St. Margaret's Episcopal Church concert series in Annapolis. IIMIF Executive Directors Elizabeth Borowsky and Frances Borowsky traveled and performed with the group. Students introduced themselves and their performance selections to the audience, demonstrating how they have been refining their public speaking skills throughout the week in addition to all the technical and artistic musical work. Congratulations musicians - the audience went wild!
Watch the video to see (and hear) the amazing progress they've made in just a few short days!
We had a fun field trip to the "Shoppes at Gettysburg" (aka outlets) and then got right back to work with rehearsals, an interactive masterclass by Artistic Director Cecylia Barczyk, and a thought-provoking workshop on "Careers in Music" (and, the personal and professional characteristics required to successfully pursue them) by faculty member Sharon Eng.
Thank you to Brian Ganz for an inspiring masterclass and phenomenal recital. You have inspired us with your music and teaching, but also your words and example, encouragement, and generous time in answering all of our questions on life and music. We are so very grateful.
We were thrilled to have Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Carney coach the violinists and violists and listen to the Gershwin Lullaby. He shared so many specific tips and tricks for sound production, technical practice, and artistry. What a fantastic musician and teacher! Later in the day, Artistic Director Cecylia Barczyk gave a presentation on "Coloring Your Music." We concluded the day with stretches/yoga to help ease our bodies.
Another day of learning and of gratitude for the amazing people who share their time and talent with IIMIF :) Upper strings rehearsed with their pianists in the morning to get ready for tomorrow's masterclass with Jonathan Carney. Everyone (students and faculty) got together for a workshop by dancer, choreographer, and teacher Vincent Thomas that explored movement and breathing.... and so much more. So many fresh ways of thinking about movement that can be applied to our music and lives! In the afternoon we dug further into chamber music with coaching sessions, then enjoyed a presentation on "Classical Music in the Age of Globalization" by IIMIF founding director Charles Borowsky. After dinner, an orchestra rehearsal led by Sharon Eng, and then a workshop on "All Things Strings" by Emmanuel Borowsky.
The chamber groups are coming along - today's coaches were VERY impressed! We're thrilled to see the camaraderie among students, and were tickled to see them squeezing 11 seats at one table so that they could sit together. Pianist Michael Delfin gave a scintillating recital of music by Scarlatti, Debussy, Sirocki, Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt and then a masterclass for pianists. Dr. Eng reported that the Gershwin Lullaby for strings is already "conductor-less" and playing together "beautifully."
We've had quite a full day of wonderful music making... and the friendships are coming along, too. Students rehearsed with their ensembles in the morning and then enjoyed learning effective stretches to take care of their bodies. We had dinner on the Borowsky family's farm (with special guests Max and Min) and toured the garden; learning what grapes, plums, tomatoes, okra, and beans look like as they're growing, tasted freshly pulled carrots, and guided a runaway duckling back to his mother. Faculty performed a powerful concert of music from around the world at Dickinson College and were rewarded with a standing ovation.
We were so excited to finally meet our 2016 program participants in person today! We spent the afternoon getting to know the ropes, learning about each other (and tackling fears of public speaking with a minute-long self-introduction monologue), discussing effective practicing, and rehearsing small and large ensembles. It's a fantastic group of young musicians - get ready for some amazing music making!
The International Music Institute and Festival USA was pleased to welcome back three of our participants for a special showcase performance at Oak Crest Village on Sunday, October 25.
Gray Scott (piano/guitar), Stephanie Herdoiza (viola), and Gustavo Fernandez (violin) impressed the large and enthusiastic audience with their artistic performances and technical finesse. Each also spoke eloquently about the role of music in their lives, their education, their experience at IMIF, and their aspirations. IMIF Artistic Director Cecylia Barczyk and Executive Director Elizabeth Borowsky presented each performer with a medallion to commemorate their participation and accomplishment.
Scroll down for photos, program, and bios. Videos to come!
Fantasy in C minor, K. 475 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Gray Scott, piano
Grande Ouverture Op. 61 - Mauro Giuliani
Gray Scott, guitar
Allegro moderato from Sonata in D minor - Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
Stephanie Herdoiza, viola
Jing Zhang, piano
Capriccio for Solo Violin - Grazyna Bacewicz
Gustavo Fernandez, violin
Romanza Andaluza - Pablo de Sarasate
Gustavo Fernandez, violin
Elizabeth Borowsky, piano
5 Pieces - Sulkhan Tsinsadze
Frances Borowsky, cello
Elizabeth Borowsky, piano
Gray Scott, 16, lives in Bridgeville, Delaware. He started guitar with Christopher Braddock at the age of 9, then transferred to Douglas Seth at 14. Gray has won 1st place in the Salisbury Guitar Competition and two time winner, 1st place in Solo Instrumental at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Fine Arts Competition, Eastern Region. Most recently, he was recognized by The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program for obtaining the highest scores in the nation for which he received their Gold Medal. He has performed in master classes for guitarists Allen Krantz, Matt Palmer, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Benjamin Verdery. Gray began piano at the age of 6 with his father and, at the age of 10, began studying with Dr. Oleg Maslov. Since August, he has been a student of Dr. Daniel Weiser, Baltimore. He has won 1st place in the Delaware Concerto Competition and is a two time, 1st place winner in the ACSI Fine Arts Competition, Solo Piano division. In the summer of 2014 he was selected to participate in the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he studied with William Wolfram. Recently he was awarded the Second Prize in The Stravinsky Awards 2015 J.S. Bach Piano Competition. This past summer he attended the Intermuse International Music Festival USA, where he studied piano with Elizabeth Borowsky. “He is quite a natural and communicative talent, who plays easily and with great personal sincerity.” Mr. Roger Shields, Executive Director, The Stravinsky Awards.
Stephanie Herdoiza is a violist from Silver Spring MD, who has attended the Intermuse International Music Festival USA for the past four years. Ms. Herdoiza is currently in her fifth year at Towson University studying Music Education and is also in the Honors College. At Towson, she has been studying under the tutelage of Dr. Sherrie Norwitz and started taking violin lessons with Dr. Howard last spring. Herdoiza has been principal violist in the Towson University Symphony Orchestra every year at Towson. Ms. Herdoiza has been part of a number of quartets and quintets at Towson under the direction of Professor Barczyk and Dr. Howard. Some of the chamber works she has taken part in include: Schubert’s The Trout Quintet, Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D Major, and Haydn’s String Quartet in G minor “The Horseman.” She also enjoys playing in the pit orchestra for various operas and plays at Towson such as The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, and Sweeney Todd. Ms. Herdoiza is an active member of the Towson Chapter of The American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA). She also has a private studio of violin and cello students. After graduating this coming spring, Ms. Herdoiza hopes to get a job teaching instrumental music in the public schools.
Gustavo Fernandez was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. At the age of five was accepted to the Bellas Artes Music School, and at eight, becan his violin studies with Jiri Sommer and Carmen Luisa Blanco. He performed in the major cities of Bolivia as soloist, chamber musician, and was selected as the youngest member (and only current-student) of the Amati String Quartet of Bolivia. WIth youth orchestras he performed in several music festivals including the International Baroque Music Festival Misiones de Chiquitos and Contemporary Music Festival in Cochabamba. In 2012, he received a scholarship from Maestro Israel Getzov to study in America at the University of Central Arkansas. At UCA, his violin teachers have been Linda Hsu, Algis Staketvicius and Tatiana Kotcherguina. He participated in the Hot Spring Music Festival from 2012 to 2014. He played for the Bolivian Embassy in the USA in Washington DC in 2012. He played in master classes for Alexander Markov, John Corigliano, Oleh Krysa and Muneko Otani, and continues to work with Ms. Otani in New York City. In the summer of he 2015 participated in the Intermuse International Music Festival USA and the International Academy for the Arts.
Gracing the stages of over twenty countries, cellist (and IIMIF Assistant Director) Frances Borowsky is quickly establishing herself as one of the most sensitive artists of her generation. The German newspaper, Heidelberg Rhein-Neckar Zeitung praised her as “very courageous...marvelously colorful, and performing with deep expression and a compelling temperament.” A dedicated citizen of the world, Frances embeds her memories of Norwegian fjords, Parisian chocolates, and friendly Belgian cows into the rich tapestry of her explosive interpretations. Recent performance highlights include solo recitals in Rome, a recital in Paris with pianist Georges Beriachvili, a concert as soloist with the Young Symphony Orchestra of Poland, performing in the The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music, and collaborations with faculty and students of the Alanus Hochschule for an interactive and interdisciplinary audiovisual performance at the senseLAB Symposium. Ms. Borowsky was the sole American participant in the 2014 Tchaikovsky Youth Orchestra Festival in Yekaterinburg, Russia, as well as in a project with Camerata Villa Musica at Schloss Engers in Germany. As a precocious college student, she graduated from the Honor's College of Towson University at eighteen. Her mother, acclaimed cellist Cecylia Barczyk, was her primary instructor from childhood through her studies at Towson University. Ms. Borowsky continued her education under Amit Peled at the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University (MM), and recently earned a second masters degree from the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, where she studied with Alexander Hülshoff and Laurentiu Sbarcea. In addition to the above teachers, she has been mentored by prestigious cellists Janos Starker, Johannes Moser, and Michael Flaksman. She is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Musical Arts program at the University of Maryland.
Heralded by the press as “a brilliant young musician with a great personality,” Baltimore native Elizabeth Borowsky enjoys a versatile musical career as pianist, composer, educator, speaker, and recording artist. She has performed critically acclaimed recitals and concerts in over 30 countries spanning the gamut from Canada and Cuba, to Israel, Jordan, Ukraine, Germany, Estonia, and Indonesia. Elizabeth is a passionate musician who truly loves sharing music with people. She has proven to be equally comfortable performing at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center as she is with community outreach concerts in public schools, retirement homes, community centers, and hospitals. She credits her parents with them being her role models, both in terms of their humanitarian and artistic work. Her mother is renowned cellist Cecylia Barczyk. Her father, Charles Borowsky, has utilized music as a tool in bridging together people and nations. Music and outreach have played such a vital role in the Borowsky household that perhaps it’s not surprising all three Borowsky “kids” are now professional musicians. The family performs together worldwide as “The American Virtuosi,” and they have been profiled in numerous publications, including Baltimore Style. Elizabeth has earned a reputation as an inspiring and effective teacher. She has taught at Indiana, Morgan State, and Towson Universities. She is the founder of Piano Prodigies LLC, a program for developing the talents of young students, and has been honored for her work by the Maryland State Music Teachers Association and the Towson University Alumni Association. She is also Executive Director of the Intermuse International Music Institute and Festival USA. Ms. Borowsky studied at Towson University, Trinity College of Music in London, and Indiana University. Her primary teachers have been Reynaldo Reyes, Arnaldo Cohen, Ann Schein, Yonty Solomon, and Arno Drucker. She received scholarships from the Chopin Foundation, Maryland International Education Association, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Ford Foundation, and Kosciuszko Foundation. She is a registered yoga teacher and enjoys culinary improvisation, hiking, photography, and spending time on her parents’ farm.