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Rick Breitstein


RICK BREITSTEIN is a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and Literature as a fellowship student of Bonita Boyd at the Eastman School of Music. He earned the Master of Music in Flute and was awarded the Performer's Certificate from Eastman in May, 1995, while serving as the Graduate Teaching Assistant to Ms. Boyd. He received the Artist Diploma Degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1992, where he was a student in the class of Michel Debost and the recipient of an Oberlin Applied Teaching fellowship. Additional study was done at Northwestern University as a Graduate Assistant in the studio of Walfrid Kujala. A native of Seattle, WA, his principal teacher was Felix Skowronek of the University of Washington School of Music. A scholarship winner to the festivals of Music Academy of the West, Aspen, and Sarasota, he held the position of Artist Faculty Instructor of Flute at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, before moving east to continue his advanced musical studies. A winner in the National Flute Association 1995 Jacques Zoon Masterclass Competition, he has also performed in the classes of Rampal, Paula Robison, and Samuel Baron. Mr. Breitstein's solo performances include First Prize in the competitions sponsored by the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Orchestra, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the Mu Phi Epsilon Young Artist Series at the Batelle Institute.

STELLA SIMAKOVA is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, where she earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. She continued her piano studies at the Juilliard School of Music in 1992 as a student of Bella Davidovich and the recipient of the Vladimir Horowitz scholarship. While at Juilliard, she was the winner of the 1993 Gina Bachauer International Piano Scholarship Competition. An internationally recognized concert pianist, Ms. Simakova was honored with the Special Prize award in the 1990 Frederic Chopin National Competition held in Warsaw, as well as being named the First Prize winner in the Chopin National Competition held in Russia. Most recently, she was awarded first prize in the 1993 East and West Artists International Competition for a New York solo debut, and was the featured concerto soloist in the Piano Concerto in g minor of Saint-Saens with Andre Previn and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at the Caramoor Festival, June, 1996.

These recitals were presented as partial fulfillment for the Artist Diploma degree.

Song List/Times

  • Le Carnaval Russe, Variations brillantes on an operatic theme from Rogneda by Seroff Cesar Ciardi (1818-1877)

  • (Fantasca, Op. 91) Ernesto Kohler (1859-1907)

  • Reverie in A minor OP.17 Matthieu-Andre Reichert (1830-1880)

  • Sonata in G Minor Henry Eccles (1670-1742) Largo Corrente Sarab and Gigue

  • Concerto in G minor OP.97 Allegro Giusto Ernesto Kohler (1859-1907)

  • Les Chants du Rossignol, Op.11 Joseph-Henri Altes (1826-1895)

  • Rimembranze napoletane, Fantasia Giovanni Paggi (ca. 1850)

    Total Time 56:13

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