Ernest Barretta - Education: B.M. Oberlin Conservatory; M.M., University of Arts, D.M.A., PeabodyBarretta - Education: B.M. Oberlin Conservatory; M.M., University of Arts, D.M.A., Peabody Conservatory. Honors and awards at all three schools including the Rudolf Serkin Prize (Oberlin), StrineSerkin Prize (Oberlin), Strine Award (U. of A.) and Zierler Award (Peabody).
Performances here and abroad as both soloist and chamber musician; broadcast performances and interviews on WFLN (Philadelphia), and WBJC (Baltimore). Recent performances include performances as soloist with The St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia), the National Gallery Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony.
Solo recitals in New York and Washington D.C., including an appearance at XM Radio Studios. Juilliard Pre-College faculty since 2000 and former faculty member of Peabody Conservatory and Towson University. Dr. Barretta twice appeared as soloist at the Seoul Summer Music Festival and Academy in South Korea, where he also served as a member of the piano faculty. Dr. Barretta has recorded contemporary, chamber and solo repertoire on multiple labels, and his solo recording of works by Bach, Beethoven, and Musorgsky on the MRC label has earned critical acclaim.
Aneta Otręba-Kuźnik - received her doctorate degree in cello performance from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied with Professors Evelyn Elsing and Peter Wiley. Dr. Otreba won first place in the Baltimore Music Club Competition and the Liberman Music Competition in Baltimore, and has performed as a soloist with the Towson University Orchestra. Her additional performances include the New World Symphony (Florida), the Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Summer Opera. Dr. Otreba was also accepted by the Hyogo Performing Orchestra in Japan. Since 2002, she is a member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Otreba is a cello faculty at the Siena Summer Session for Music and the Arts in Italy.
Swiatoslaw Kuznik - received his doctorate in violin performance at the University of Maryland, College Park where he studied with Elisabeth Adkins. He finished his master of music degree in violin performance at the Frederick Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, and graduate performance diploma at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. Dr. Kuznik is a member of the Maryland Symphony, performs with the Concert Artist of Baltimore, and is a founding member of the Kuznik Piano Trio. He has performed with the New World Symphony Orchestra (Florida), the Philharmonic of the Nations (Germany), National Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Washington Summer Opera Festival, and Lafayette Symphony. Dr. Kuznik served as a concertmaster and the violin faculty at the Siena Summer Session for Music and Arts in Siena University, Italy and he serves as a violin faculty at the InterHarmony International Music Institute.
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