Martin Piecuch - Dress Rehearsal NYC - Web ReadyAbout Martin Piecuch

In June and July 2012, Martin Piecuch enjoyed his seventeenth tour of Russia as both conductor and wind soloist. During this trip he visited Vladivostok for the eighth time, and Krasnoyarsk for the fourth time, conducting and performing in the third International Festival of the Asian Pacific Countries where he was again the only American conductor present. Maestro Piecuch has conducted over 800 performances with the finest orchestras, as well as top jazz bands. In 2005 he made his debut as guest conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, where he boldly conducted Liebermann’s Concerto for Jazz Band and Symphony. In 2003 he was named Permanent Guest Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic, and has also conducted the orchestras of Archangelsk, Khabarovsk, Omsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Krasnoyarsk and Vladivostok, Mro. Piecuch was presented with a Bronze Medal by Russia’s Minister of Culture.

Outside Russia, he was the Music Director and Conductor of the Washington (D.C.) Symphony for nine years and has also conducted the Seoul National Symphony, the Hradec Kralova Philharmonic in Czech Republic, the Vogtland Philharmonie of Greiz/Reichenbach, Germany, several other American orchestras as well as opera productions in New York, Washington DC, St. Petersburg, Yakutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Graz, Austria, Hungary and Wolf Trap outside Washington DC. Mro. Piecuch is Music Director and Conductor of PALA Opera Association, New York City, and was founder and Artistic Director of SoundMusic in Connecticut, which employed America’s fourth oldest orchestra, the New Haven Symphony. He made his Kennedy Center conducting debut in 1996: the world premiere of LanYing, the first of nine collaborations with Stage Director Elizabeth Falk, whom he married in 2001 the way they met: on stage, in an opera. Martin Piecuch is a Légère Artist and enjoys using Légère synthetic reeds.

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ReganRyzuk-SmallRegan Ryzuk is an American Composer and pianist. He studied with Robert Helps at Manhattan School of Music and attended the Juilliard School. Ryzuk’s classical music studies then led to jazz studies with Jaki Byard and Sir Roland Hanna. Ryzuk began touring with various ballet companies – traveling through Europe and Latin America. The playing of dance classes improved his improvisational techniques and laid the groundwork for one of his greatest compositional works – “48 Preludes and Fugues.” This work was composed over the course of a year while in Switzerland. He has composed music for more than 500 television programs and films with such credits as Kissing Jessica Stein, Chasing Papi, The Night Listener, 60 Minutes and American Idol. He has recorded for The Wu Tang Clan, Russell Simmons and Quincy Jones, to name a few. Original theater credits include The Lodger, Joe’s Bar and seven full-length Grimm’s Fairy Tale musicals. His recent project of ten piano sonatas is contained in a 4 CD set . Other highlights include a Concerto For Two Pianos, a Piano Fantasy, Epi-Cycles Beyond The Kyper Belt as well several orchestral works. Equally at home in jazz settings, Ryzuk has played on dozens of jazz records. He has just finished his first piano concerto.


Dave_AckerA musical performer and educator with a career that spans thirty years, David Acker has performed with musicians including Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, Bernard Purdie, Grady Tate, Glenn Moore, Marty Ehrlich, Ron McLure, Will Lee, Nat Adderly jr., Patti Austin, Richard Bona, Gil Goldstien, Mark Soskin, Peggy Stern, Steve LaSpina, Mike Clark, Jeff Andrews, Jerome Harris, Boris Koslov,Paul Bollenbeck and many others on the stage and in the recording studio. Davids’ long held love of the Brazilian musical tradition is reflected in his playing and compositional style.  He uses the language of traditional and modern Brazilian grooves in combination with a jazz sensibility. Along with his coice of violon (acoustic nylon string guitar) as his instrument of choice, David accomplishes a real melding of styles.

Recently, David has been performing and recording with the composer and pianist Rubens Salles. David holds a masters degree in classical guitar performance from the Mannes College of Music in NYC and has had extensive studies with such teachers as Charles Banacos in Boston and Frederic Hand and John Scofield in New York. He has taught at Bennington College in Vermont and Hunter College and the City University of New York as well as Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. David currently teaches private students at the Dwight School in NYC.

Acker’s current recordings include “Angles in Time and Space”,  “Echoes and Images”  ,“Handmade” and ” Songs From the Long View”..


Dmitri Kolesnik, bassist and composer,
is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia. Growing up during the times of the Iron Curtain he was steered towards jazz music by his father, mathematician, jazz fan and a piano player. He taught himself to play upright bass by listening to Willis Conovers Voice of America Jazz Hour and transcribing from smuggled records.
Kolesnik abandoned his engineering career to become a professional musician. He graduated from Mussorgsky College of Music and began touring and recording with top Russian groups, jamming with visiting American and European musicians including Dave Brubeck, Billy Taylor, Jon Faddis and Pat Metheny. At the age of 24 he was voted Discovery of the Year by the Russian Jazz Federation and for the next several years was listed among the top bassists of the country. He was featured on eight LPs on the state-owned Melodia label. His name is recognized in “Jazz. XX Century. First Russian Encyclopedia.”
Dmitri’s love of American Jazz made it one of his life long dreams to come to New York to learn first hand from great musicians there. He was trying to get this opportunity for 15 years but was refused by the Soviet government. He finally came to New York in 1991. Legendary bassist Ron Carter accepted him as a student and Kolesnik studied with him for 4 years while earning his Master’s degree in Music from City College of New York. Asked by Carter, he wrote a book: “Ron Carter Collection. Note-for-Note Solo Transcriptions to 19 Songs,” which was published by Hal Leonard Corporation in 1996. Later Carter wrote in the liner notes for Dmitris first album: “His sound is warm and big, and his choice of notes is truly inspirational. His playing continues to grow and make his presence on New York jazz scene necessary. His compositions also merit close attention.”
Over the years in New York Kolesnik worked and recorded with many wonderful musicians: Lenny White, Mark Murphy, Eric Alexander, Anthony Wonsey, Andrei Kondakov, Jim Rotondi, Gene Jackson, Graig Handy, Joe Farnsworth, Harold Mabern, Paul Bollenback, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Peterson, Billy Drummond, Alex Sipiagin, Phillip Harper, Joe Cohn, Grant Stewart, Bob Mover, Jed Levy, Valeri Ponomarev, Richie Cole, Woody Allen, Chris Gillespie, Keith Loftis, Bill Ware, Johnny Colon, Joe Magnarelly, Harry Whitaker, Jimmy Madison, John Hart, Café, Bobby Purceli, Willard Dyson, Manny Duran, Papo Pepin, Duke Ellington Big Band and many others. He performed at such well-known places as Iridium, Birdland, Smoke, Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzys Club Coca Cola, Smalls, Café Carlyle, Symphony Space, Flushing Town Hall, Knitting Factory, JVC, Montreal, Rochester International Jazz Festivals.
Composing was always a part of his musical personality. Kolesnik released 3 CDs as a leader and composer: “Blues for Dad” (Boheme Music), “Five Corners” (Challenge) (both are featuring Lenny White on drums, Eric Alexander on tenor, Alex Sipiagin/Jim Rotondi on trumpet and Andrei Kondakov on piano) and Dmitri Kolesnik & HMK Trio: Russian Caravan (Bomba-Piter) with John Hart on guitar and Jimmy Madison on drums. Dmitri also composes for a band, which he co-leads with pianist Andrei Kondakov. The band released 2 albums: The Corners Five: Live at the Hermitage Theater (sponsored by Finnair) and Meeting Point: “Quintessence” (Challenge) produced by Todd Barkan.
His latest recording Spiritrio: Episode I (Masha Records), documents his collaboration with pianist Anthony Wonsey.