Palisades Virtuosi ‘in residence’ Concert!
MEET THE PALISADES VIRTUOSI MUSICIANS!
Each member of the Palisades Virtuosi is now available for private study as well as ensemble coaching at The Ridgewood Conservatory. We invite students and student ensembles to take advantage of this unique opportunity to study with Ron, Donald and Margaret this semester….
RON LEVY – PIANO
Oberlin Conservatory; Juilliard Preparatory School. Studied with Joseph Schwartz at Oberlin, Diana Arlyck, and Leland Thompson of Juilliard. Former Exec. Director of the Bergen Youth Orchestra. President of the Professional Music Teachers’ Guild. Currently chairs the Music Dept at Felician College, while maintaining active and ongoing affiliation with the Manhattan School of Music, Kean University, and the Juilliard Preparatory School. Regularly appears as a soloist and in partnership with many leading singers and instrumentalists, including more than four dozen artists on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera. Founding member of the Hudson Trio, Kaleidoscope, the New World Trio, the Manchester Chamber Players, and the Palisades Virtuosi; has been pianist and harpsichordist of the Oberlin Orchestra, the NJ Philharmonic and the Westchester Symphony and is currently keyboardist of the Manchester Music Festival, the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra and the Albany Symphony. Faculty and board member of the Manchester Music Festival. Composer of many works for voice and piano. Several prominent composers have written works for Mr. Levy, notably James Grant, John Lampkin, Richard Lane, Erik Nielsen, and David Sampson. Adjudicator, conductor, critic, lecturer and writer on musical subjects. Recordings by Mr. Levy are available on the Albany, Centaur, Eroica, Koch International, MMF and Summit labels.
DONALD MOKRYNSKI – CLARINET, BASS CLARINET
M.M., The Juilliard School; B.M. Eastman School of Music. Studied with Herbert Blayman (former principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra); Stanley Hasty, Leon Russianoff, and Richard Waller. Principal Clarinetist with the national tours of Phantom of the Opera and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Michael Crawford. Performed with the NJ Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, Solisti NY, and Orchestra New England, as well as the Jersey Lyric, New Haven and Connecticut Grand Opera companies. As an avid chamber musician, has performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Mokrynski is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Palisades Virtuosi, performing in concert throughout the tri-state area as well as in Hawaii and Canada. The first five volumes of their New American Masters series has been named to Fanfare magazine’s “Most Wanted” lists. Attended the music festivals of Aspen, Waterloo and Heidelberg and has recorded for Albany, Koch International, Soundstream and Elektra records.
MARGARET SWINCHOSKI – FLUTE, PICCOLO, RECORDER
M.A., Aaron Copland School of Music, CUNY-Queens College; B.F.A., B.A., Johnson State College. Studied flute with Edward Powell, Thomas Nyfenger, Sophie Sollberger, and Trudy Kane. Has taught flute privately to students of all ages and levels for over thirty years. Debut recital by Artists International at Carnegie Hall. Featured soloist at the National Flute Association Convention in the World Premiere of Leo Kraft’s “From The Hudson Valley,” and Richard Lane’s Flute Concerto with the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra. Has appeared as a concerto soloist with numerous orchestras, and has served as principal flutist with the Westchester and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. Has performed regularly with the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and with the Broadway orchestra of Phantom of the Opera since 1991. Formed the Legacy Duo with harpist Emily Mitchell, performing in concerts and on radio and televisions stations in the NY metropolitan area. As a founding member of the Palisades Virtuosi, has commissioned and premiered over 70 works for flute, clarinet and piano from such well-known composers as Paul Moravec, Melinda Wagner, Eric Ewazen, Carlos Franzetti, Robert Manno, Dan Cooper, Frank Ezra Levy, and Allen Shawn among others, playing concerts throughout the tri-state area and in Hawaii and Canada – with Volumes 1 though 5 of Palisades Virtuosi’s New American Masters series being named to Fanfare magazine’s “Most Wanted” lists. Ms. Swinchoski’s solo debut CD From The Hudson Valley garnered rave reviews from Fanfare magazine and American Record Guide. She can be heard on the Albany Records, Newport Classics, CRI, and High Point labels.