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Gracias Concert Artist

Boris Abalyan [Conductor]
Distinguished artist of Russia
Graduated from the Glinka Vocal Music School and the St. Petersburg Conservatory
Established a chamber orchestra LEGE ARTIS
Best Conductor at the Busan Choral Festival and Competition
Presently a professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory
Presently the principal conductor of the Gracias Choir
Igor Lebedev [Pianist]
Distinguished artist of Russia
Served as judge in the Citta di Senigallia Concours (Italy)
Served as judge in the Serebryakova National Concours (Russia)
Presently the dean of the doctor’s program in the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia
Alexey Massarsky [Cellist]
Honored Artist of Russia
Grand Prize Winner of the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen (Germany)
Laureate of Belgrade International Competition and International Tchaikovsky Competition
Member of Rubinstein Trio and St. Petersburg Chamber Soloists
Current Professor of Cello at the St. Petersburg National Conservatory
Paul Edmund-Davis [Flutist]
Top player in the London Symphony Orchestra
Top player in the Philharmonic Orchestra
Top player in the English Chamber Orchestra
Presently a professor at the Royal College of Music
Pianist Mikhail Benediktov
1st Prize Winner of the Rachmaninoff Competition in Volgograd, Russia
2002-2008 Guest Soloist of the Mariinsky Theater
Current Professor of Piano at the St. Petersburg National Conservatory
Chingiz Osmanov[Violinist]
Graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia
Awarded Best Performer at the International Jascha Heifetz Competition For Violinists
Presently a professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory
Oboist Victor Khussu
Top Graduate from St. Petersburg State Conservatory
Currently Principal Oboist at the Russia St. Petersburg Mariinsky Opera Theater Symphony Orchestra
Baritone Hyunsoo Choi
Awarded First Prize and Best Baritone Award at the G. Verdi International Competition in Italy
Awarded First Prize at the Mario del Monaco International Competition
Awarded Grand Prize at the Tenor Luciano Pavarotta International Competition
Awarded First Prize and Special Prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Russia
Currently a Professor at the Korea National University of Arts Academy of Music
Soprano Sunyoung Suh
Graduate of the Korea National University of Arts Academy of Music
Graduate of Düsseldorf Schumann National Academy of Music Best Performer Course
Won the Maria Callas International Voice Competition
Won the Woman’s Voice section of the Tchikovsky International Competition in Russia
Cellist Dmitry Eremin
Awarded the Daniil Shafran prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia
First place in the M. Yudina International Concours
Presently a professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia
Soprano Galina Kiselyova
Graduated from St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia
Awarded at the Wagner’s Voices International Competition
Professor at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia
Soloist at the Opera and Ballet Theater of St. Petersburg State Conservatory and the Mariinsky Opera Theater
Baritone Hee Doh An
Graduate of Korea National University of Arts and Berlin University of the Arts
Awarded Special Prize at the Renata Tebaldi International Competition
Adviser to the Gracias Music School, Lectures at the Voice Department of Korea National University of Arts
Conductor Mikhall Golikov
Conducting Prize at the Ekaterinburg International Competition
Music Director and Conductor of the International Youth Orchestra of Tavicheskaya Kapella
Conductor of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory Orchestra
Pianist Pavel Raykerus
Awarded Frist Prize at the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Germany
Awarded Young Pianist Prize and First Prize at the Prokifiev International Competition in Russia
Adviser in Piano to the Gracias Music School
Soprano Veronika Dzhioeva
Winner of the Maria Callas International Music Competition
Awarded Grand Prize at the Amber Nightingale International Voice Competition
Soloist at the Novosibirsk National Opera and Ballet Theater
Pianist Izabella Krasnova
Awarded the Concertmaster Diploma at International Competitions in Russia, Geneva, Poland, and other countries.
Chief Concertmaster at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia
Violinist Hugo Ticciati
Awarded the Giovani Talenti and Mendelssohn Cup at the Italy International Competition
Violin Professor at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm, Sweden
Pianis Helena Abalyan
Graduate from St. Petersburg State Conservatory
Professor of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory Piano Department
Guest Performer at the Mariinsky Theater, Frequent Solo Recitals at Bian Barzu’s Hall in London, and other solo performances
Choral Conductor Russu Dmitry
Top Graduate of St. Petersburg State Conservatory Class of 2005
Currently studying at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory Graduate School
Clarinetist Vladimir Kashalaba
Graduated from St. Petersburg State l Conservatory in 1986
Winner of, and presented with the Modern Composer and Best Performer Diplomas at, the Russia Concourse
Violinist Anna Laukhina
Awarded Special Prize at the International Music Foundation
Tenured Professor at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory Undergraduate Strings Department
Tenor Sergei Nikulsin
Department Chair at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory Voice Department
Soloist at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory Opera and Ballet Theater
Mezzo Soprano Larissa Tedtoeva
Distinguished Artist of Russia
Department Head at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia
Soprano Ma Mei(馬梅)
Soprano Soloist at the Chinese Central Opera
Collaborated with the three great tenors of the world including Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo
Gracias Choir & Orchestra
2000 GraciasChoir Established
2008 Gracias Christmas Cantata performance at Sydney Opera House in Australia
2007-2008 Performance Series at the Theater at Madison Square Garden
2009 Performance at Eisenstadt Haydn Hall commemorating the 200th year anniversary of the death of Haydn
2010 Special Concert by personal invitation for the President of Paraguay at Palacio de Lopez
2012 Performance at the 11th China International Chorus Festival & IFCM World Choral Summit Opening Ceremony held at Master Card Center in Beijing, China
2013 Special Concert by personal invitation for the President of Tanzania at the Presidential Palace
2014 Grand Prize, 13th Concorso Corale Internazionale Riva del Garda, Italy.
2014 First Prize, Montreux Choral Festival, Switzerland.
2015 The First Prize at the 14th Marktoberdorf Choral Competition in Germany, as well Romantic Choral Work Prize