American Symphony Orchestra | Concert I
About the Artists
Pianist Maryna Kysla ’15, from Kharkov, Ukraine, is one of winners of The Bard College Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition in 2014. She started piano lessons at the age of five and graduated from the music high school in Kharkov in 2010. At the age of nine, she won the first of 10 awards at international piano competitions for young pianists in Moscow, Uzhgorod, Feodosiya, Donetsk, and Dnepropetrovsk during the period from 2002 through 2008. In 2002, as winner of the Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey International Competition, she performed with the WKO Symphony Orchestra in New Brunswick, Canada. She has also performed in Germany, Spain, Japan, Belgium, and frequently appeared as a soloist with the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra . She has participated in numerous summer music festivals including in Kiev, and the Musica Mundi in Belgium. In 2010, she entered The Bard College Conservatory of Music where she has been studying with Peter Serkin and Matti Raekallio. Her second major is Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Leon Botstein is now in his 23rd year as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. He has been heralded for his visionary zeal, creating concert programs that give audiences a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear live performances of works that are ignored in the standard repertory, and inviting music lovers to listen in their own way to create a personal experience. He is also artistic co-director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival, which take place at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where he has been president since 1975. He is also conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he served as music director from 2003–2011.VIEW MORE >>
Now in its 53rd season, the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) was founded in 1962 by Leopold Stokowski, with a mission of making orchestral music accessible and affordable for everyone. Music Director Leon Botstein expanded that mission when he joined the ASO in 1992, creating thematic concerts that explore music from the perspective of the visual arts, literature, religion, and history, and reviving rarely-performed works that audiences would otherwise never have a chance to hear performed live.VIEW MORE >>