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Yelena Beriyeva, piano
Hailed as “the paragon of the concert pianist” by the Los Angeles Examiner and “a standout performer” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Georgian-born American pianist Yelena Beriyeva continues to hold esteem as one of the finest artists of her generation.
Ms. Beriyeva made her solo debut at the age of 5 with the Tbilisi State Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has performed extensively as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist in Georgia, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. While pursuing her master’s degree at the New England Conservatory, she was no stranger to prestigious Jordan Hall, where she performed works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Chopin, Barber, Bartok, Berg, Stravinsky, and others.
Peter Sulski, violin/viola
Peter Sulski was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for seven years. While in England, he served on the faculty of the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama, and was artistic director of Chapel Royal Concerts, which he founded in 1993. For seven years he gave the annual viola masterclass, along with many solo recitals and chamber music concerts, at the Dartington International Summer School. He gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999, and his first London South Bank appearance in 2001.
After a brief stint in the Middle East as head of strings of the National Palestinian Conservatory, bicommunal coordinator for chamber music for the Cyprus Fulbright Commission, and principal violist of the Cyprus Chamber orchestra, Peter returned in 2002 with his wife Anita to his native Worcester. He is a member of QX and Mistral, artistic director of the Thayer Festival in Lancaster, Mass., and records for Centaur Records.