Martin Labazevitch

Artistic Director

Praised by critics in Europe and the United States for his lyricism, virtuosity and an intensity of performance, pianist Martin Labazevitch appeared in many concert halls and festivals in Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Israel, Japan, South Korea and the United States. He is a recipient of many awards and recognitions in piano competitions in the U.S., Spain and Japan as well as recipient of the Honorary Ambassador Award in Stalowa Wola, Poland, Rina Menashe Award in Israel, Kosciuszko Foundation Award in New York as well as the Harold Bauer Award for the most promising pianist at the Manhattan School of Music.

Born in Poland, Mr. Labazevitch studied at the Odessa Conservatory in Ukraine, with Anatoly Kardashev, before immigrating to the United States, and obtaining scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music with Mme Nina Svetlanova and later with Cuban-American virtuoso Horacio Gutierrez - whom he considers his greatest inspiration. Currently, he is pursuing his doctoral studies with Jose Ramos Santana in Washington DC. He has worked with such renowned artists as Dmitri Bashkirov, Lazar Berman, Isidore Cohen, Bella Davidovich, Philippe Entremont, Stephen Hough, Ruth Laredo, Nikolai Petrov, and Earl Wild. He has also collaborated with contemporary composers such as Richard Danielpour, Jan Radzynski, Haskel Small, and Lukas Foss.

His performances have been broadcast on radio stations throughout the U.S. such as WQXR, WWFM, and WFMT in New York, WFMT in Chicago as well as classical radio stations in Poland and Lithuania. Mr. Labazevitch has been a soloist with leading orchestras in Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Japan, and the United States. As a chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Paderewski Trio, an all-Polish ensemble, which for the entirety of its existence had been coached by the late Isidore Cohen - member of the Juilliard String Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio. Paderewski Trio’s debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall was praised by Strad Magazine as “…exuberant, multi-faceted, …gripping from first note to last.”

Highlights of the most recent seasons include performances with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Rzeszow Philharmonic and Lutoslawski Chamber Orchestra in Poland, performances at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall and with the Vilnius String Quartet in Lithuania, recital tour in Spain with his duo partner, cellist Rafal Jezierski, performance at the Tedmed conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, performances at the Weill Recital Hall in New York as the winner of the La Gesse Foundation auditions, and recital at the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago.

In 2015, Mr. Labazevitch released his first commercial recording on Delos Music label, to very enthusiastic reviews in Poland, France, Germany and the United States. Fanfare Magazine wrote: “His way with Chopin is fluid and convincing. He plays with a superb control of rubato and has the most beautiful way of melting a phrase.” The American Record Guide wrote: “Pianist Labazevitch injects more fire into the two concerto works, rushing the tempos in some passagework to build excitement; orchestra and conductor gamely, calmly follow his lead. Labazevitch is excellent.” ConcertoNet wrote, “…he pleasantly refrains from overtaxing Chopin’s conclusive Allegro vivace with shimmering grandeur and eloquent precision that could even rival that of Arthur Rubinstein.”

Mr Labazevitch is the co-artistic director of the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival in San Juan, serves on the board of directors of the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition in New York City and is the founder and artistic director of the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition in Washington DC.

Enthusiastic educator, Mr. Labazevitch shares passion for teaching with his students at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC.

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Magdalena Stern-Baczewska

Columbia University

Born in Poland, Magdalena Baczewska [baCHEVska] has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a pianist, harpsichordist, educator, recording artist, producer, and an administrator, currently serving as Director of the Music Performance Program and Lecturer in Music at Columbia University. The press describes her as a “world-class” musician (The American Record Guide), and a “player of taste and admirable sensitivity” (Palm Beach Arts Paper). Her performances have been praised as “eloquent & technically flawless” (The Washington Post), “highly sophisticated and truly admirable” (The Weekend, New York). She has concertized worldwide, performing with the San Francisco Symphony, China National Symphony, and Macao Symphony, among others. She has appeared in concert with violinist Joshua Bell, as well as with maestro Tan Dun, with whom she has enjoyed an extensive collaboration. Magdalena is the first pianist since Rosalyn Tureck to perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations twice in one evening, on the harpsichord, then on piano. Her 2016 album, containing works of Chopin and Szymanowski (Paraty), and has been applauded for its “imagination and spontaneity” (Jan den Kruijiff, Musikalifeiten), and “magnificent, unique voice” which “ stylistically never falters “ (Donald Isler, Classical Music Guide Online).

Magdalena is a laureate of international piano competitions, as well as the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Polish Minister of Culture. She holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Mannes College The New School for Music, under the tutelage of Jerome Rose, and her doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music, in the studio of Constance Keene. Her doctoral dissertation, In Search of Bach’s Cantabile: The Role and Aspects of Oratory and Singing in Keyboard Interpretation was published by Lambert Academic Publishing.

Magdalena is a full-time faculty member of Columbia University, where she teaches Music Humanities and conducts a weekly performance master class. She has given piano master classes worldwide, in the Central Conservatory (Beijing, China), International Keyboard Institute and Festival (NYC); Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, to name a few. She also gives long-distance master classes using Remote Lesson Yamaha Disklavier technology. In her spare time, Magdalena volunteers as an instructor of music appreciation online, reaching out to homebound seniors via Virtual Senior Center program.

As Artistic Director of BlueSleep Music, Magdalena produced music for MetroNaps EnergyPod®, popularized by Google. Her best-selling albums Music for Dreams were conceived with BlueSleep®, a medical team specialized in research and treatment of sleep disorders.

Magdalena is Artistic Director of the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition in New York City, and member of the board of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival.

Magdalena is a Yamaha Artist. She enjoys traveling and learning new languages, most recently having taken up Mandarin.

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Jose Ramos Santana

New York University

Jose Ramos Santana has appeared as a guest soloist with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, 92nd Street Y Orchestra, The New York Virtuosi, Casals Festival Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony, and the orchestras of New Mexico, Sioux City, Utah, Syracuse and many others. Additional solo performances include the Moscow Philharmonic Latin-American tour, Orchestra of L'Hermitage of Saint Petersburg, the Orchestra of Guatemala, the Orchestra of San Salvador, and the Orquestra de los Reyes in Lima, Peru.

He has collaborated with distinguished musicians and conductors such as Krzsztoff Penderecki, John Adams, Dennis Russell Davies, Jerzy Semkow, Dimitri Kitaenko, Joseph Silverstein, cellist Arto Noras, violinist Gregory Zhislin, and pianist Vladimir Viardo.

Jose Ramos Santana's much lauded guest appearance with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall during the Sonidos de las Americas Festival was his third Carnegie Hall performance in one year. Mr. Ramos Santana has also performed at Zankel Hall and the Weill Recital Hall under the auspices of La Gesse Foundation.

A top prize winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and a participant in the Xerox Piano Artist’s Program, he has appeared in music festivals such as Spoleto, Caramoor, Casals Festival, Grant Park Festival in Chicago, International Keyboard and Institute Festival at Mannes College, Washington International Piano Festival, Inter-American Music Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy.

His recital work has taken him to major venues throughout the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Central America, and the Far East.

He has been featured in documentaries on the PBS network, A&E channel and CBS Sunday Morning.

Jose Ramos Santana is also an established recording artist. His world premiere of "Glosas" by Roberto Sierra on the Fleur de Son Label received critical acclaim. His collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra also includes recordings of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G and Saint- Saens Piano Concerto in G minor op. 22 He has also recorded the complete works for piano and violin by the Spanish Catalonian composer Xavier Montsalvage with violinist Eva Leon on the Naxos Label.

As an active member of Musica de Camara, Inc., Jose Ramos Santana has served as jury member of the Gershwin International Music Competition, Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition, Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, Louisiana International Piano Competition and William Kapell International Piano Competition selecting jury.

Jose Ramos Santana is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Adele Marcus, William Masselos and Sylvia Rabinof. He has also coached with Leon Fleisher and Alicia de Larrocha.

He is a member of the piano faculty at The New York University Arnold Steinhardt School of Music, The Catholic University of America and teaches at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C.

Jose Ramos Santana is the founder and artistic director of the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival

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Golda Vainberg-Tatz

Manhattan School of Music

Hailed as “a pianist with wonderful clear touch” (The New York Times), a “fascinating interpreter” (Tagblatt, Germany), and an “artist of depth and virtuosity” (The Times Argus, USA), Golda Vainberg-Tatz received her musical education in her native Lithuania at the Čiurlionis School of Art, Israel’s Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School in New York.

Ms. Vainberg-Tatz was a guest artist at the Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, the Vilnius Festival in Lithuania, the St. Petersburg Palaces Festival in Russia, the Puigcerda Music Festival in Spain, the International Academy in Garfagniana, Italy, the Shanghai Conservatory International Festival, and the Shanghai Himalayas International Piano Festival, where performed the Mozart Double Piano Concerto with Andre-Michel Schub and the Shanghai Philharmonic.

She performed with the Lithuanian National Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, St. Kristoforas Chamber Orchestra, the Kaunas Symphony in Lithuania, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in Moscow, the Ann Arbor Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony in USA among others.

Her prizes and awards include first prize in the Lithuanian State Competition for Young Pianists, full scholarships with distinction from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Maurice Claremont prestigious awards in Israel, top prizes at the Young Keyboard Artists Competition, the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Frinna Awerbuch International Competition in New York, the Prix du Disque from the French Piano Institute in Paris, and the Palm Beach Invitational International Competition.

Among her mentors: Mindru Katz, Emanuel Krasovsky, Bella Davidovich, Nina Svetlanova, and Rosalyn Tureck.

Ms. Vainberg-Tatz is an associate faculty member at The Juilliard School, a faculty member at the Pre-College Division at MSM, associate faculty at Columbia University, and on the faculties of the Young Artist Program at Kaufman Center in New York, Morningside Music Bridge International Summer Festival, Puerto Rico International Piano Festival.

Among her recordings: Mozart piano concertos with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Schumann recital on 3D label, France (to highest acclaim in Fanfare and American Record Guide), Moisei Vainberg Piano Quintet with the Vilnius String Quartet (Delos, USA).

In 2003, she was appointed by Mme. Rosalyn Tureck to serve as director of the Tureck International Bach Competition in New York. Golda Vainberg-Tatz is a Steinway Artist.