Sunday, October 14, 2018 @ 3:00PM
Steinway Society Members: $15
General Admission: $20
Admission payable at the door
New York City native, Christopher Sacco, is an active performer and teacher based in Phoenix, Arizona. Sacco has been the winner of several competitions including the Florida MTNA Young Artists Solo and Chamber Competitions, SUNY Fredonia Concerto Competition, and Bronx Arts Ensemble Young Artists Competition. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Tuesday Musicale of Detroit’s Joan Graham Award. This past summer he was the principal saxophonist of Germany’s esteemed Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra where he performed under the baton of renown conductors Vladimir Jurowski (London Philharmonic) and Wayne Marshall (WDR Funkhausorchester in Cologne). He has served as a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University where he taught private lessons, coached chamber ensembles, and gave saxophone instruction to future band directors. In addition, he has taught saxophone fundamentals classes to high school and middle school students in New York, South Carolina, and Florida. His principal mentors have been Wildy Zumwalt, Carina Rascher, Patrick Meighan, Dan Graser, and Christopher Creviston. Sacco is currently a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University.
Ukrainian native, Yaroslav Gnezdilov, is an active performer and Graduate Assistant at Eastern Michigan University along with doing his graduate degree in Piano Performance, and performer member of the “Tuesday Musicale” of Detroit. Before residing in the U.S., Yaroslav was an Soloist of the Dnipro State House of Organ and Chamber music (Ukraine), collaborative pianist at the Mikhail Glinka Academy of Music (Ukraine) and ABRSM piano teacher (Branch of United Kingdom music program in London), and he also had his own project “Warm Nights” where he brought together talented performers and musicians of his native Dnipro county for performances.
Yaroslav has many honorable awards from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine for important contributions to the development of musical artistry, and has been the winner of numerous International Competitions including the “Pearls of Europe” in Prague, Frederic Chopin International Competitions, White Lake music society competition, the Grand Prix in “Magic Keys” International Competition of Pianists, the Grand Prix in the Collaborative Pianists competition, the Grand Prix of “Serpentine of Fall” International Competition and also participant in the “Music Without Limits” International Festival of Art (Ukraine).