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HACK PG Music - The Pianist Series



With a hands-on, experimental spirit, Nicolas Collins demystifies the process of crafting your own instruments and enables musicians, composers, artists, and anyone interested in music technology to draw on the creative potential of hardware hacking.




HACK PG Music - The Pianist Series



James Lorusso is a graduate of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, through its collaboration with Mercy College, where he was the recipient of a Conservatory scholarship as well as a scholarship from the Epstein Fine Arts Fund. He studied guitar with Leo Brouwer, Alirio Diaz, Angel Romero, Manuel Barrueco and musical interpretation with renowned pianist Bruce Hungerford. Mr. Lorusso made his New York Debut at CAMI Hall in 1984, and was a top prize winner in the 1983 international guitar competition at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Puerto Rico. Mr. Lorusso has served on the Conservatory faculty for over 30 years and is also a faculty member at Manhattanville College and Westchester Community College. He has also taught at Marymount College and the American Institute of Guitar. He has studied in Spain with guitarists Narciso Yepes and Jose-Luis Lopategui.


Laetitia has performed all over Europe and the States as a solo pianist and accompanist. In New York, she played at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. She performed in concerts hosted by violinist Joshua Bell and soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. She is one of the founding members of the companies Loft Opera and Bare Opera, and she regularly collaborates with opera companies in New York and Europe. She was a young artist at the National Opera Studio in London, where she did some residencies at the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and Opera North Leeds. Passionate about art songs, she participated in SongFest and the Schubert Institute, where she worked with artists like Helmut Deutsch, Christa Ludwig, Elly Ameling, Julius Drake, and Roger Vignoles. Laetitia has always been interested in new music, she often collaborates with The Center For Contemporary Opera, and she has worked with many living composers, like John Musto, Libby Larsen, Mohammed Fairouz and Christian Lauba. She was also part of the Klezmer group 12th Night Music, coached by David Krakauer.


Warren Hartman has worked with Kenny Rogers as music director and conductor for 23 years. Kenny, being one of the best-selling music artists of all time, had three albums co-produced by Warren together with Randy Travis producer Kyle Lehning, and another produced by Warren, Kyle, and Dann Huff. Since 2014, Warren is pursuing his own career as a composer/pianist, compiling music from several genres. He is currently involved in new piano/orchestral underscore for Spoken Word pieces by John David Teems, and several album projects.


Recently, Mike has changed his hardware rack for a computer set-up, and while a lot of the synthesizers and sample based natural sounds such as strings were relatively easy to port across, even some of the most high-end piano sample libraries ultimately disappointed him. Moving away from samples he discovered in PIANOTEQ the perfect tool, both in the studio and on the road. The moderate CPU load it puts on a system, combined with superb sonic performance and low inherent latency make it the ideal base for his key rig now. In a series of recent concerts PIANOTEQ has proven to be exactly what was called for, both musically and technically.


A native of Poland, Dr. Szklarska received her piano diploma in the area of Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the prestigious Frederic Chopin Conservatory of Music in Warsaw, Poland. Her pianistic profile was influenced by the outstanding Polish pedagogue and concert pianist Halina Czerny-Stefańska. In 1990, she received a music scholarship from the Polish-American Kościuszko Foundation in New York City to study in the United States. She studied piano with well-known concert pianist Jerome Rose at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She holds her Master of Music Degree in Piano Accompanying and Literature from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Dr. Szklarska served as a faculty member at Broward Community College in Davie.


Armando Tranquilino is a composer, conductor and pianist whose compositions include chamber, orchestral, electro-acoustic, and film music. Born in Havana, Cuba, he immigrated to the United States with his parents at the age of 7 and began his musical studies at the age of 9 in Miami, Florida, where he studied piano with Arminda Schutte, a protégé of the virtuoso Russian pianist Joseph Lhevinne. He subsequently studied composition and electronic music at Indiana University with Earle Brown and Claude Baker and earned his M.M. and D.M. (1997) from that institution.


As an accomplished pianist and voice coach, Vindhya was Principal Pianist/Voice Coach and Associate Chorus Master at Palm Beach Opera under the baton of the late Maestro Anton Guadagno. She is a pianist for the Sherrill Milnes Voice Studio in Savannah, GA and has performed as a singer in the Savannah Voice Festival. She is the Music Director and pianist for the opera concert series at Opera Benvenuto in Boynton Beach and is on the music staff of Temple Sinai of the Palm Beaches.


As an accomplished pianist and voice coach, Vindhya was Principal Pianist/Voice Coach and Associate Chorus Master at Palm Beach Opera under the baton of the late Maestro Anton Guadagno. She has worked as a pianist for the Sherrill Milnes Voice Studio in Savannah, GA and has performed as a singer in the Savannah Voice Festival. She is also the Music Director and pianist for the opera concert series at Opera Benvenuto in Boynton Beach.


Prospective students in voice should be prepared to sing three selections from the standard vocal repertoire for their audition. Songs or arias of contrasting style, mood, and tempo, are recommended. A song in a foreign language is encouraged, but not required. It is recommended that students dress professionally and sing their audition songs from memory. Please bring music on the day of your audition for the pianist (who is provided at no cost.)


Yuki Kajiura (Kajiura Yuki) is a Japanese musician, composer and record producer. She has provided the music for several popular anime series, such as the final Kimagure Orange Road movie, Noir, .hack//Sign, Aquarian Age, Madlax, My-HiME, My-Otome, Pandora Hearts, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and the Kara no Kyoukai movies (amongst others). She also assisted Toshihiko Sahashi with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. Kajiura has also composed for video games, including the cutscene music for Xenosaga II and the entire Xenosaga III game soundtrack. She composed the music for NHK's April 2014 morning drama (asadora) Hanako to Anne.Credit: Wikipedia


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