About 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.
More information at martinpiecuch.com
Regan 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.
A 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,