InterHarmony Open Master Class Series  USSR Special Forces in Special Music Schools for the Gifted with violinists Oleh Krysa, Yuri Mazurkevich, Dana Mazurkevich, and cellist Misha Quint on May 20 at 6pm EST.
Presented by InterHarmony International School of Music
Open Master Class Series

USSR’s Special Music Forces in Special Music Schools for the Gifted: Join IISM’s panel - Misha Quint (cello), Yuri Mazurkevich, Dana Mazurkevich (violin), and Oleh Krysa (violin) - as they impart their experiences studying music in the USSR in regard to artists to whom they were exposed, discipline, and musical lifestyle, how it influenced them as soloists and professors, and how it is different from studying music now and perceptions have shifted.

Our Panel:

Misha Quint, cello soloist – InterHarmony – Studied with Daniil Shafran, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow, and Emanuel Fischman, studied at Saint Petersburg Conservatory and Leningrad Special School for the Gifted

Oleh Krysa, violin soloist – Professor at Eastman School of Music – Studied under violinist David Oistrakh and inherited his studio for a year after his death, at the Moscow Conservatory of Music.

Yuri Mazurkevich, violin soloist – Professor at Boston University –  Studied with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory of Music, and taught at the Kiev Conservatory of Music in the Ukraine.

Dana Mazurkevich, violin soloist – Professor at Boston University – Studied with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory of Music, and taught at the Kiev Conservatory of Music in the Ukraine.

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About the Artists

Oleh Krysa violin
The Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa is long esteemed in the former USSR as a distinguished soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A prominent student of David Oistrakh, Krysa won major prizes in such international competitions as the Wieniawski (1962), Tchaikovsky (1966), and Montreal (1969), and was outright winner of the Paganini Competition (1963). Oleh Krysa began his teaching career as chairman of the Violin Department at the Kiev Conservatory. In 1973 he took the same position at the Gnesins Musical and Pedagogical Institute in Moscow and, two years later, returned to the Moscow Conservatory as Professor of Violin, where he remained until 1988. Currently he is Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music, and was a Visiting Professor at Tokyo University of Arts in 2009. He is also a Honored Professor at Lviv Music Academy (Ukraine) and a Honored Member of the Japanese String Teachers Association. In March 2016, Oleh Krysa was elected a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine. Established in 1996, the Academy’s members are distinguished specialists of professional artistry. As a Foreign Member, Oleh Krysa will give master classes, present concerts and recitals, and create and develop musical projects. The artistic association “World of Classical Music” founded the Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition to honor Professor Krysa. The first competition was held October 25 to November 3, 2013, in Lviv. From October 20 to 31, the Second Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition will take place in Lviv.

Yuri Mazurkevich, violin
A native of Lviv, Ukraine, Yuri Mazurkevich studied with the legendary David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory, where he received his Master’s degree, Artist’s Diploma and Honors Diploma. A winner in the Helsinki, Munich and Montreal International Competitions, he performed extensively in Europe and the USSR. For his accomplishments as a concert violinist, he was designated “Outstanding Artist of the Ukraine.” After leaving the USSR in 1975, Mr. Mazurkevich made his highly acclaimed solo debut with Toronto Symphony. Since then he has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, the USSR, South America, Australia, and Asia. He has worked with many great artists including Sir Andrew Davis, Raphael Hillyer, Igor Markevitch, John Ogdon, Leslie Parnas, William Primrose, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Saulius Sondeckis and Quartet Italiano. Mr. Mazurkevitch is also active as a recitalist. He was the violinist of the Quartet Canada and was the first violinist if the Leontovych Quartet for many years. As the Mazurkevich Duo, he and his violinist wife, Dana Pomerants-Mazurkevich, also a prominent student of Oistrakh, have toured numerous countries, receiving high accolades. Mr. Mazurkevich taught at the Kiev state Conservatory in the USSR, and he is a professor of violin at Boston University where he has taught since 1985. He has participated in numerous summer festivals including Tanglewood Institute, Victoria International Festival, Banff Center for the Arts, Heifetz International Music Institute and various European festivals.

Dana Mazurkevich, violin
Dana Mazurkevich is a brilliant representative of the Russian School of Violin. Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, into a family of violinists, she studied for eight years at the Moscow Conservatory with the legendary David Oistrakh. While at the Moscow Conservatory, Dana received her Master’s Degree, Artist Diploma and Honors Diploma. Dana also won prizes at the J.S. Bach and G. Enesco International Competitions. While living in the former Soviet Union, she taught at the Kiev Conservatory. In 1975, Dana with her husband, Yuri Mazurkevich, also a student of David Oistrakh, emigrated to Canada and shortly afterwards joined the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada). Ms. Mazurkevich has appeared as a highly acclaimed soloist and as a member of the Mazurkevich Duo in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, the Far East and South America. The artist has to her credit many recitals, radio and television performances, recordings on the Masters of the Bow and SNE labels. She also recorded for BBC, CBC, Sender Fries Radio and Radio France. Dana Mazurkevich’s summer activities include number of summer festivals such as Tanglewood Institute, Victoria International Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Heifetz International Music Institute and various other European festivals and summer schools. Dana was a jury member of the Lipitzer International Competition in Italy and the Jascha Heifetz International Competition in Lithuania. Since 1985, Dana Mazurkevich has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Violin at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. In 2016, a documentary film about Dana’s life, called Sisters, was released.

Misha Quint cello
Russian-born cellist MISHA QUINT captivates his audiences with his lyricism, passion and dazzling technique. Described by Harris Goldsmith as a "brilliantly accomplished virtuoso - an embodiment of interpretive and executive music-making at its rarefied best". He is Music Director and Founder of InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy and Germany, and InterHarmony International Music Festival Online, InterHarmony International School of Music Online – the first online music conservatory – Started September 2020, and InterHarmony Concert Series at Carnegie Hall. Quint performed with such celebrated as orchestras as Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional do Brasilia, New York Chamber Orchestra, National Irish Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, and Euro Sinfonietta Wien.

InterHarmony International School of Music Presents
Open Master Class Series

Learn about the InterHarmony International School of Music Online by attending the Open Master Class Series. These free by RSVP classical music events will showcase IISM Professors. Informative and fun, potential students will get a taste of what it is like to study classical music at IISM.

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USSR Special Forces in Special Music Schools for the Gifted with violinists Oleh Krysa, Yuri Mazurkevich, Dana Mazurkevich, and cellist Misha Quint

    InterHarmony Open Master Class Series  USSR Special Forces in Special Music Schools for the Gifted with violinists Oleh Krysa, Yuri Mazurkevich, Dana Mazurkevich, and cellist Misha Quint
    May 20 at 6:00 PM EST

    USSR’s Special Music Forces in Special Music Schools for the Gifted: Join IISM’s panel - Misha Quint (cello), Yuri Mazurkevich, Dana Mazurkevich (violin), and Oleh Krysa (violin) - as they impart their experiences studying music in the USSR in regard to artists to whom they were exposed, discipline, and musical lifestyle, how it influenced them as soloists and professors, and how it is different from studying music now and perceptions have shifted.