Musical Bridges Around The World

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Vadim Mazo

Associate Professor of Music

Head of String Department

Illinois Wesleyan University

Vadim Mazo has pursued a career as a teacher, soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. He studied at the Byelorussian State Conservatory in Minsk with Michael Goldstein, a student of Pyotr Stoliasky.  From 1968 to 1980, he was a soloist with the Byelorussian Philharmonic and performed with the Minsk Chamber Orchestra and the Byelorussian Symphony Orchestra. He performed on radio, television, and with performance tours throughout the former Soviet Union with such international artists as O. Kagan, M. Rostropovich and M. Shostakovich, among others.  He immigrated to the United States in 1980. Prior to coming to Illinois Wesleyan University, Mr. Mazo collaborated with the Fine Arts Quartet and held teaching positions at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and the University of Evansville.

Mr. Mazo founded and directed the Illinois Wesleyan Camerata, an ensemble which Ovation magazine deemed “excellent by any standard.”  It toured the former Soviet Union, Germany, and England, and performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in with the “Music for Peace” program. 

Mr. Mazo founded the Ameropa Musical Arts Festival in 1993, an organization dedicated to the collaboration of American and European chamber musicians and ensembles.  Having experienced that music is an international language that crosses all borders, Mr. Mazo chose Prague for its central location and rich musical heritage that greatly enhances the harmony and understanding inherent in the artistic experience.

Professor Mazo is a devoted teacher and pedagogue, whose activities have taken him around the world, from American music schools such as Northwestern University, Lawrence University, the Universities of Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Long Beach California to Greece, Spain, the Czech Republic, Japan, England, Germany, Canada, the Conservatoire Superior in Paris, and elsewhere in France.  More recently he has conducted master classes in Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Russia, and Byelorussia.  He has taught and performed at the Boccherini and Mozart-issimo festivals in Madrid, the Mozart in Monterey festival, the Southeastern Music Center, the B. Martinu festival in Prague, and the Interlochen Chamber Music Conference. 

Professor Mazo is an active performer both as violinist and violist, and was featured in a 1992 Carnegie Recital Hall concert, “Homage to Shostakovich.” He has appeared as both conductor and soloist with the Suk Chamber Orchestra in the Prague Spring Festival, with the Virtuosi di Praga, and most recently with the Manila Symphony Orchestra. 

Pavel Eliashevich

Professor of Piano and Chamber Ensemble

Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia at St. Petersburg

Born 1969 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Pavel Eliashevich graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatoire as a pupil of Vadim Monastyrsky (Piano) and Tamara Fidler (Chamber ensemble).  For several years he attended the “Holland Music Sessions” Academy where he studied with both of Eugene Indjic and Pascal Devoyon.

Mr. Eliashevich is Laureate of various international competitions in Germany and Italy. He is founder and artistic director of the noted Russian chamber ensemble “Musica Da Camera,” since 1998 known as the Ensemble of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society).

Mr. Eliashevich has appeared in recitals with noted singers, instrumentalists and with orchestras in the some of the most prestigious halls of St. Petersburg and abroad (Germany, Holland, Italy, Denmark, USA, etc.). He has made several recordings for radio broadcast and on CD labels. He appeared in the NHK-Japan TV documentary film “Culture of St. Petersburg” that subsequently received the UNESCO Annual Award in New York in 2000.

In 1993 he was appointed Professor of Piano and Chamber Ensemble at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia at St. Petersburg. As guest professor he has presented numerous masterclasses abroad, including for the Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark, the Young Artists Performance Academy in Belgium, and in the USA at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Professor Eliashevich serves frequently on the jury of international competitions in Russia and Europe.

Since 2004 he participates as a solo pianist in Stravinsky’s “Les Noces” in the Mariinsky Theatre under the direction of conductor Valery Gergiev. Pavel Eliashevich has the distinction of presenting one of the first US performances of the first version of Rachmaninoff’s Fourth Piano Concerto in 2009.

Yulia Lipmanovich

Concert Pianist
Head of Chicago Private Studio
Owner of The Art of Piano Playing & Performing Arts Inc.

Dr. YuliaLipmanovich ​ is a  Russian born concert pianist and distinguished piano  teacher.​ She has performed  worldwide  and mentored hundred of students. 

​ She is  the Executive Director and Founder of The Art of Piano Playing & Performing Arts, Inc, located at the Fine Arts Building, in Chicago were she is teaching her students.

Dr. Yulia Lipmanovich brings to her Piano Studio a vast wealth of teaching and performing experience 

elieves her role as educator to facilitate and motivate each student in finding a successful and fluid piano technique, exploring their individual creative abilities and performance skills while also developing the fundamental understanding and mastery of each composition learned and performed.

Many students have become outstanding performers and teachers,

 Dr. Lipmanovich ​was appointed by the Julliard School to teach  Piano in the After School Arts with Juilliard  Nord Anglia Performing Arts  Program at the British International School of Chicago in South Loop.​ Dr. L;ipmanovich  is ​actively teaching and performing,

​S​he has taught on the piano faculties of the Boston Conservatory, Boston College, Northeastern University, Daley College, and the Rubin Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem in Israel.She is a Member ​ of the Music Teachers National Association  (​MTNA) and Chicago Area Music Teachers Association (CAMTA). 

Since 2013 she is each year serving on the Piano Faculty at the Summer Music Festival of the  Gulf in San Marco, Italy, is a Honorary President of the Jury at the  International  Piano Competition  of Madame  Rosina Lhevinne  at San Marco di Castellabate,  Solerno, Italy  

In July 2016 Dr. Yulia  was in Thailand   Sixth  International Mozart Piano Competition held in Bangkok,  Thailand were  She gave  Master Classes and Solo Performances.

.As a very young child, Yulia studied with her mother, Madame Luba Lipmanovich-Yackobishvili, who was an outstanding pianist, a great teacher. Later with well known Russian pianist Tatiana Nickolayeva in Moscow Tchaickovsky Pre-Conservatory. 

Dr. Yulia Lipmanovich holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School of Music in New York, She  was  studying at the Juilliard School of Music in New York were she was a protégé student of the legendary  pianist Madame Rosina Lhevinne,  the teacher  of Van Clibern.  Yulia was a protege student of Madame Rosina Lhevinne who brought her from Israel to Juilliard School. Yulia lived at Madame Rosina Lhevinne’s home and had a daily lessons with the legendary teacher.

 She  received a Master's  Degree from the Rubin Academy of Music of the Tel Aviv University, in Israel where she studied on a full scholarship awarded by the University.   She  was awarded her Doctorate in Piano Performance in 1998. from  the University of Illinois in Champaign- Urbana   Among her teachers were Anthony di Bonaventura, Rudolfo Caporally.

As a concert pianist Dr. Yulia Lipmanovich has appeared in major concert halls as a soloist, with orchestras and chamber groups throughout Russia, Israel, Europe and in such prestigious venues in the United States such as Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York. She  participated at the Tenth Annual Young Artists International Competition (New York) were she was a winner from 300 contestants. She was recognized as an outstanding young performer and named in the National Collegiate Academy Honorary Book as “Collegiate All-American Scholar”.Recently she was performing in Russia Chopin Piano Concerto No 1 with Kirov Philharmonic Orchestra and a Chief Conductor Maestro Valery Raevsky. Gave numerous performances in Chicago  among them were  Solo Recital of All Chopin  Favorits  at the Studebaker Theater,
For more information  about upcoming performances and Piano Lessons with Dr. Lipmanovich  at "The Art Of Piano Playing  & Performing Arts Inc. "  please visit   or call   Cell:  773-407-2852
Rachel Koblyakov

Juilliard Graduate
Artist Diploma,
Conservatory of Paris
Aeon Ensemble

Rachel Koblyakov violinist of American origin, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician internationally through the United States, France, Switzerland and Germany. She has collaborated with various musicians and composers such as Ida Haendal, Philippe Entremont, Dejan Bogdanovich, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she studied with Ronald Copes. She debuted as a soloist at the age of 12 years with the youth orchestra of Illinois, and performs regularly as a soloist with orchestras such as: the Hof Symphony, St. Dizier chamber orchestra and the New York AeonEnsemble. She has won numerous first prizes such as the Gail and Harry Adams contest, the Baroque Young Artist contest, and was in the final for the International Violin Competition in 2014. She won the scholarships Young Artists Scholarship, the Abram Shtern Scholarship Prize and the Grand Prix 2012 des Instruments à Cordes de Fontainebleau. She participated in different festivals such as the Keshet Eilon violin Mastercourse with Shlomo Mintz, the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), the Academy of Fontainebleau, and the international festival of Bowdoin. A specialist in contemporary music, she has closely collaborated with many composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Matthias Pintscher, and Stuart Smith. Many composers such as Stuart Smith, Jules Matton, Yuri Boguinia, and Thomas Menuet have dedicated to her and entrusted her the premieres of their pieces. During the summer 2014 and 2015 she performed at the Lucerne Festival in the Contemporary Ensemble under the direction of Matthias Pintscher and Sir Simon Rattle. She currently lives in Paris, where she studies at the Paris Conservatory and follows the Artist Diploma curriculum.